Thursday, 11 December 2014


Rocking Around the Holidays with Authors 

Hi everyone – welcome to our very first Rocking Around the Holidays. From now until December 23rd, we’re giving you the inside scoop and behind the scenes info on Rock Star Authors.  
To celebrate the holiday season there’s a HUGE contest to go along with it – which includes 2 iPad Minis, signed books by all of the authors, gift cards galore and much, much more! 

Behind the Scenes with Kate Canterbary 

Less cave, more guest bedroom. In my past life as a reporter, I learned to work anywhere: coffee shops, airports, church confession booths (true story). I'm able to tune most things out and don't require much routine. The one thing I require is headspace. The implements don't matter—paper, laptop, phone app—and neither does the location. I just need the right headspace. I need to hear the story, hear my characters, and from there I'm good to go. There's usually water or green tea, but that's it (and after spilling 32 ounces of water on my laptop a few months ago, I keep the water on the other side of the room).  

Holiday Cheer with Kate Canterbary 

Favorite Holiday memory as an adult: 
Cozumel. Tequila. Husband. Doesn't get much better than that. 

Favorite Holiday memory as a child 
I wanted to listen to Christmas music all year, but my parents wouldn't let me be quite that dorky. It was a big deal when I was finally allowed to have my Christmas tunes again after Thanksgiving.  

Do you have a silly holiday tradition 
We've never done typical traditions. Ours are rather unintentional and a wee bit dysfunctional. 
Somehow, my sister and I always end up on a crazy midnight obstacle course. Without fail, we realize around 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve that neither of us picked up a random-yet-highly-important gift. We find ourselves begging weary store clerks to stay open a little longer or tearing through the aisles of whichever 24-hour drugstore is still available, the whole time muttering about how we always forget Mom's perfume (essential to her Christmas morning happiness) or our brother's giant box of condoms (the gag gift turned very practical stocking stuffer) or the can of Spotted Dick (someone gets dick every year).  
Then we buy four varieties of ice cream and vodka, mix up some boozy milkshakes, and stuff stockings in the middle of the night.  

Favorite holiday food 
I consider champagne a food. Toss a raspberry in the glass if you feel the need to chew something. 

Favorite holiday dessert 
I consider champagne a dessert.  

Do you decorate for the holidays? (When do you start decorating?) 
My husband loves decorating. He's all about the lights and wreaths and trees, and he's ready to start unpacking the decorations before the Thanksgiving table is even cleared.   

Do you prefer a snowy or vacationing (tropical island) holiday? 
For me, the 'where' is irrelevant. It's the 'who.'  
I have a big, noisy family and whether our holiday gatherings are snowy or tropical, it's the people that make it special.  
And the champagne.  

Follow Along with Rocking the Holidays tomorrow, December 12th where author Meghan March will be featured on the sites listed below, plus there will be ways to enter the contest daily! 

About Kate Canterbary 
Kate doesn't have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean--Pacific or Atlantic--is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people—be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane—ever since. Kate lives on the water in Rhode Island with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn't writing sexy architects, she's scheduling her days around the region's best food trucks. 

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