Wednesday, December 19, 2012


So here it is, the last Hump Day before Christmas!

Look who showed up early at my house:

Yes, that is a camel pulling Santa's sleigh! Santa's having a little trouble with the reindeer union. They're refusing to work until Christmas Eve, so Santa was forced to employ a stand-in.

 (Hey, it's Hump Day. You know I had to get a camel in here somewhere.)

And what's that in the sleigh with Santa? Why, it's a signed copy of In a Fix!

Santa has agreed to make a special stop at the home of one of my awesome commenters to drop it off for me. (Me & Santa, we're buds. He'll do that for me. Or at least take it to the nearest post office.)

All you have to do is tell me one NICE thing you've done this year AND (here's the fun part) one NAUGHTY thing you've done this year. 

Then Santa will throw your name into one of those random winner generator thingamahjigs, and TADA! A winner will be selected.

What's that you say? You already have a copy of In a Fix, so why on Earth would you enter (and divulge your naughtiness) just to win another one? Well, this one will be signed!

What? Still not enough? Huh. Rough crowd.

Okay, how about a pre-order of Quick Fix, too? (Sure, it won't be released until next summer, but still. It's never too early to line up your reading, right?)

Santa (aka "The Random Winner Generator") will make his selection from among all eligible participants on Christmas Day. (Though it might not be announced until the 26th, because, yannoh, Christmas Day tends to be a little hectic around here.)

Yes, the contest is open internationally. Heck, it's even open intergalactically, so if you know any aliens into LUF (light urban fantasy), tell them to stop by!

In the meantime, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all!

And if you don't celebrate Christmas, HAPPY HOLIDAYS! (I'd say HAPPY HANUKKAH, but that's over for this year. Alas, I am late.)

And if you don't celebrate any special holiday this time of year, HAPPY HUMP DAY!

Remember, you don't have to celebrate Christmas (or anything) to enter! All you have to do is tell me something Nice and something Naughty. I'm pretty sure anyone can do that. ;)

So, what are you waiting for? Give me a peek at your personal Naughty and Nice list, and let's get this show on the road!


Julie K said...

Well, this is an offer too good to refuse!

As to my nice list, I made several donations to my local library so they can buy new books...and I think I'll be donating In a Fix to them as well!

And my naughty list? Well, I still haven't posted a review of In a Fix on - maybe I'll run do that now!

Merry Christmas!

Carol Kilgore said...

Love the sleigh camel :)

I don't think I did anything especially nice or naughty this year. I've been too busy. I've had a naughty thought or two, though.

Kristina L. Martin said...

Ho-doggy. How do I pick just one thing? Really Santa, you know me. Because as naughty as I can be, I am also quite nice. (Really. No, really. Why do you look so surprised?)

Nice: well, I always round up the stray shopping carts on my way to the cart corral with my shopping cart. And I return the dropped bottles and baby socks that frazzled mothers don't notice their wee ones have deposited on floors. And I didn't yell at my husband the other day when he stayed in his pajamas and read the last 11billionty pages of his GoT book. But I also took a member of our church her favorite cookies and a hand-painted Christmas ornament -- she fell and is now in a care center where she will be for the remainder of her life. She was excited to see the cookies and the gift, but she was happiest to see my kids who I took with me and who gave her hugs.

Now, naughty. Ahem, well, I'm tempted to lie, but Santa already knows about the time I gave my 12yo a sample of horseradish white cheddar cheese without telling him about the surprise factor. And Santa knows about how I made the same kid think I'd ordered him a Velma costume to wear to a costume party. Or about how I switched the dresser drawers and each of my kids had the wrong clothes, and the time I...oh heck, Santa! You know me. I'm only talking about this month for pete's sake.

I guess I really am a naughty girl. :) But Santa, if you pick me, I promise to try to reform my naughty trickster ways. Really. No, really!

(Great give away Linda! I hope I win! I have a certain person in mind to gift In a Fix!)

Linda G. said...

Julie -- Awww, I just saw it. You are way too kind. But I love it, so thanks! :D

Carol -- Well, it's the thought that counts, right? ;)

Kristina -- LOL! I love the way you think. You "nice" is thoughtful and your "naughty" is all in good fun. :)

Unknown said...

I can't get past the "camel in her" line ;) I'd think that's pretty damned naughty. I'm just saying

Great contest Linda! You'll have more entries than you know what to do with

Unknown said...

okay. okay. i think i can keep a straight face now. (I know you slid that typo in on purpose to see what deviant would find it first) so can that be my naughty thing?

the nice thing? balls. i'm not nice. we all know that.

well, i did build my mom a really nice fire pit when i visited them last, although i did kind of injure both her and myself while building it...but still. that should count as nice. right? RIGHT?

Delia said...

Oh hell. I don't have much I'm willing to share on teh interwebz. Umm...does it count as naughty if I had gutter thoughts when both Ho and Hump were in your blog title? As far as niceties, I got my hubs a darn fine present on a day when I wasn't feeling particularly generous toward him. Does that count?

Eh. Who am I kidding? Kristina's got this thing wrapped up. I didn't need the second In a Fix, but was tempted by that pre-order. And now I'm also tempted to buy horseradish cheese.

Linda G. said...

Karla -- Ack! I did NOT do that on purpose! Sheesh. My subconscious is such a naughty girl. All fixed!

Linda G. said...

Delia -- Yes! That counts for sure! And presents for hubs absolutely count as nice. You're being thrown into the mix!

Judy,Judy,Judy. said...

Nice - I could have had xmas off but I declined so that a young mother of a 2 year old could have it instead.
Naughty - what can I admit to? Well if naughty thoughts count - wait no, that one involves Daniel Craig and you might disqualify me. I may have lied a time or two about 24 hour bugs in order to get time off of work. Alledgedly. Maybe. Only Santa knows for sure.

Linda G. said...

JJJ -- That IS nice! So nice it more than makes up for (allegedly) playing hooky. :)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Nice? Gee, I dunno, I always TRY to be nice. (If my husband disputes that, don't pay him any attention.) I regularly visit an elderly neighbor (even older than I am!) who is lonely and loves to talk. And I keep smiling, no matter how many times she tells me the same story.

Naughty? Sometimes, I buy some sort of sweet and eat the whole bloody thing before my husband even knows I bought it. (erp!)

What a great give-away! I've been awfully lucky this year, but would LOVE to end the year by winning an autographed copy of your book.

Merry Christmas!

Teri Anne Stanley said...

Hmmm. Nice? ummmmmmmmmmmmm

Okay, I let a couple of extra teenaged boys move in to my house this year. But maybe that's just doing something to get myself labeled "Sucker who didn't know what a grocery bill was before doubling her household teen man quotient".

Naughty? Maybe sometimes I read blogs while I'm supposed to be working. Shhhhhh.

Diane Henders said...

Nice - I played Santa's elf for a friend who wanted to give a laptop as a gift. He doesn't know anything about computers, so I bought it, configured it, loaded it with some free software, and shipped it to him to wrap up and put under the tree.

Naughty? Well, um... I threw my martial arts instructor and hurt his ankle. He quit the gym right after that and I haven't seen him since. I hope those two events aren't related...

I already have a signed copy of In A Fix and you know I'll buy Quick Fix for sure, so you can leave me out of the draw and give somebody else a chance. (I'm trying for some more "nice" points - I think I'm gonna need them.) :-)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Oh, so cute!
Naughty and nice, huh?
I'm not sure my husband wants me to reveal the naughty publicly ... couhg, cough, cough ...

And isn't nice every time I let my students off the hook with only a stinkeye after they've failed to bring me their homework?

Anne Gallagher said...

Have a Happy Humpday.

Jeez, nice for me this year...good question...Helped a couple of people with their queries, critiqued/beta read a few novels.
Oh wait, I also mowed the grass for my parents during the middle of the hottest summer on record. That has to count for something.

Naughty...refused to let my ex come see our daughter at Christmas. THAT is definitely not going to win me points with Santa. I made him cry. (But he's made me cry too many times over the years so he deserved it.)

Have an excellent holiday, Linda. Hope Santa is very good to you.

Kari Lynn Dell said...

Hmmm....nice. Let's see. *think think think* I tried to give a kid a hat on the school playground last week because it was really cold and windy. Does it count even if he ran away screaming "Save me from the crazy mom!"?

Naughty...I sneak over to my mother's house and steal ice cream bars out of her freezer without sharing with my kid.

Wow. I'm kinda boring.

Linda G. said...

Susan -- Ha! Hey, can we help it if husbands aren't on the ball enough to find the sweets before they're gone?

Teri Anne -- Wow! Feeding extra teenage boys is above and beyond!

Diane -- I'd say that's very nice. And heck, your martial arts instructor should've been better prepared, so that's not too naughty. I mean, unless you were trying to maim him...

Dianne -- LOL! That's okay. I'll use my wicked imagination. ;)

Anne -- You've been very nice! Especially the lawn-mowing. I don't think I'm nice enough to do that.

Kari -- LOL! Hey, that's still nice, even it the kid didn't appreciate it.

Jennifer Shirk said...


I asked for Uggs and workout clothes and my hubby broke it to me today that I'm not getting any of that.
So now I'll settle for an Iphone. :)

Susan Spann said...

Great contest Linda!

The nice thing: I bought my husband a gift card to the movie theater so we can go to movies all through 2013 - and this after telling him we were keeping our gifts VERY Small this year.

Naughty: I also bought him a SNUGGIE and I'm going to hide the movie gift card in the Snuggie box.

And yes, in our house, "Snuggie" is the symbol for all things bizarre, freakish, and not-to-be-purchased.

PS: my teenage son also gets some credit for the snuggie thing - it was actually his idea (he was joking, however). I get "naughty credit" because I actually bought it.

Rea said...

I'm not sure whether Santa makes trips across the pond, but some of the other entries made me giggle and I wanted to share my naught but nice stories too!

Nice: Well, just this week I wrote a poem for my colleague when she drew the boss's name for our secret Santa and she couldn't think of what to put. I also help my neighbour, who has Parkinson's, with the shopping whenever I see her. And I finally managed to coerce the boyfriend into building a fence part way down the garden so the bunny can enjoy a bit of freedom from the slippy floor (when we're there to protect him from the neighbour nasties).

Naughty: Well, I let work and school get in the way of the blog. I haven't posted on it in a couple of months because I just can't muster up the energy to write full reviews - hence why I do not yet have a review of In A Fix. On a funnier note, my father hates broccoli but when I accidentally dropped some in his red wine, I didn't tell him... he thought the cork had gone bad. I didn't correct him.

Feel free to not include my name in the draw if Santa is limited to North America only, but thanks for the giggles that came with this contest!

Happy holidays! :)

Tagless said...

Too much fun to pass up!
Nice: in 2013 my husband is walking across country to raise money for Child's Play charity and I've spent most of my free time acting as his social media and PR person.
Naughty: I buy stupid hats and put them on my cats for my own amusement (as we speak my husband is searching for the santa hat).
Happy holidays all!