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Day 14: Christine Ashworth

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Okay, so I didn't push myself much today. I believe I'm on the mend, but no matter how good I feel, I want to make sure I don't spiral back into something worse. So, I forced myself to walkaway after two chapters and a couple of pages. *laughs* I know, a couple of pages? As some of you might now, in conjunction with this event, I'm currently writing the sequel to Reaping Me Softly, my YA series with Omnific Publishing. I'm so excited about this second book. Lots and lots of new stuff!

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Today's post is another top 5, but this time Christine Ashworth shares with us her top 5 Christmas tunes. It's the holidays after all, and what's a holiday event that involves guest posts if someone doesn't tackle the Christmas songs.

Take it away, Christine!

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Thanks, Kate, for having me today to share My Top Five Christmas Songs!

There are three distinct times in my life that are defined by the Christmas music I love. The first, of course, is my childhood. My mother would put on her Christmas albums when she made Christmas cookies. I’d help her, and we’d croon along with Bing Crosby or Johnny Mathis or Barbara Streisand or Perry Como. I can still remember how some songs would just make her light up, smiling and singing and baking up a storm.

The second time was during my years with The California Ballet Company in San Diego, where I danced almost every part a young girl could dance (except I never played a soldier!).

The last is married life – when my husband brought Vince Guaraldi into my holiday routines.

It’s almost an impossible task to choose just 5 songs, so I put two albums on the list and added a couple extra songs. Take a look, and then tell me your favorite Christmas songs. Could YOU listen to just five? (I couldn’t!)

5. A Charlie Brown Christmas Album by Vince Guaraldi

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I can’t separate these songs out – all of them belong on your playlist. This is the album we put on when we’re decorating the house for Christmas. Who can’t be happy, listening to Vince’s jazzy holiday tunes?

4. The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky

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I danced in this ballet 6 years in a row (from ages 12 – 18) and I still love the music.

3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, the Frank Sinatra version

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I love this song. It was one of my mother’s favorites, so it’s also got sentimentality going for it.

2. Silent Night, the Barbra Streisand version.

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Babs does an excellent job on one of my very favorite Christmas songs. It reminds me of my childhood, and going to church on Christmas Eve. It’s a song that brings peace to my heart.

1. Do You Hear What I Hear, Bing Crosby

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Again, all wrapped up in my childhood. This was another one of my mother’s favorites – she was a huge Bing Crosby fan.

* Carol of the Bells is my true number one song…or maybe it’s Joy to the World, one of the most heart-stirring songs around. Or maybe it’s The Holly and the Ivy…

Which is YOUR favorite Christmas song or album?
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Great choices, Christine! I personally love The Christmas Song. No matter who sings, it's easily my most favorite because I feel like it encapsulates what the holidays is about. I always get the warm and fuzzies when I hear The Christmas Song. Thank you so much for sharing with us your top 5, Christine!

Now that we know what Christine's top Christmas tunes, what do we know about Christine?

Here are the deets:

Christine Ashworth is a native of Southern California. The daughter of a writer and a psych major, she fell asleep to the sound of her father's Royal manual typewriter for years. In a very real way, being a writer is in her blood-her father sold his first novel before he turned forty; her brother sold his first book before he turned twenty-five.

At the tender age of seventeen, Christine fell in love with a man she met while dancing in a ballet company. She married the brilliant actor/dancer/painter/music man, and they now have two tall sons who are as scintillating as their parents, keeping the dinner conversation lively.

Christine's two dogs rule the outside, defending her vegetable garden from the squirrels, while a polydactyl rescue cat holds court inside the house. Everything else is in a state of flux, leaving her home life a cross between an improv class and a think-tank for the defense of humans against zombies.

You can find Christine here:

Website and Blog: http://christine-ashworth.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/CCAshworth

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/ChristineAshworthAuthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4768755.Christine_Ashworth

After your visit with Christine, make sure to check out Demon Soul:

…to retrieve his soul, she’ll become fire… Gabriel Caine stands on the edge of the abyss. A vampire has stolen his soul and if he doesn’t get it back soon, his next step will be into hell.

Rose Walters has been sent back from the dead to complete one task – save Gabriel Caine. But this muscled guy in leather, black jeans and a dangerous aura didn’t look like he needed anyone’s help.

Rose has touched the whole of Gabriel, making him yearn for a love he believes he can never have. Her willingness to put her human life on the line for him forces him to bring all three parts of himself – demon, human and Fae bloodlines, and the traps and gifts of each – into harmony, and into the fight that will decide their fate.

As a special treat, Christine has given us an excerpt:

A sound came out of Rose then, a half-whimper. “It hurts. Gabriel, it hurts.

“What hurts?” He turned to her, shocked to see three claw marks deep on her left shoulder, ripping her tee shirt and reaching to her elbow. Blood dripped from her arm down onto the grass. “Damn it. Let’s get inside, I’ll fix you up.”

“What? Oh, my shoulder.” She winced. “Yeah. But that’s not what hurts.” Rose put her right hand just above her hipbone. “There. It hurts there.”

Frowning, Gabriel knelt in front of her and gently lifted her hand away. He tugged at her damp black tee shirt, bared the pale skin of her flat belly. A spiral of runes rippled and moved there, a mesmerizing magical dance. Made of colored ink, and yet not ink…a tattoo, but no human hands had a part in its creation. Gabriel narrowed his eyes. If he looked closely, he could see flickers of flame and a familiar pair of eyes sliding through the runes, not quite daring to meet his gaze.

A shudder of recognition went through him as his fear came true.

The demon scent, the fire, the runes. Mephisto.

The last time all three had been in front of him, he’d killed Marianne, the girl he’d loved, while trying to kill the demon Mephisto. Ten long years ago.

Now here he was, full circle, back home with as much bad hanging around him as the last time. Mephisto was back, loaning Rose his powers. Satine was somewhere near, coming to kick his ass. And Rose, the sexy little redhead in front of him, not only carried Mephisto, but she also held part of his soul.

Gabriel had always suspected Los Angeles would be the death of him. He just hadn’t expected it to be quite so soon.

Wanna know more? How can you not after reading that? Well, grab your copy today by visiting Christine's Amazon author page. Click here.

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9 comments:

  1. Love all your oldie but goodie choices. Funny that our favorite Jewish funny girl sings such wonderful Christmas tunes- lol.

    I have to admit that my fav album is Amy Grant's "Home For Christmas" Christmas Album. Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song) is gorgeous and so moving. I sang it once in church. "Grown Up Christmas List" is poignant and unfortunately wishes that have yet to be fulfilled. (" No more lives torn apart
    That wars would never start,(and wars would never start)
    And time would heal all hearts
    And everyone would have a friend
    And right would always win
    And love would never end
    This is my grown-up christmas list

    As children we believed
    The grandest sight to see
    Was something lovely
    Wrapped beneath our tree.(wrapped beneath the tree)

    Well heaven surely knows
    That packages and bows
    Can never heal
    A hurting human soul


    I'm going to go pop it into the CD palyer right now...

    Happy Holidays!

    Christine London

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  2. I love how you combined memories with your songs. That's the beauty of Christmas Music - it goes all the way back to our babyhood. Good feelings. Warm feelings. Sad feelings. Happy feelings.
    You choices are great, too. Love the Charlie Brown Christmas music - (and TV show) and anything Bing or Frank sings is great for the Holidays.
    If I'm blue - Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas is perfect.
    If I'm happy - Joy to the World! Or Carol of the Bells. Love them.
    I love British Christmas tunes like The Holly and the Ivy, too. (good taste eh?)
    I also love some of the pop songs written for Christmas - one is from Alabama, and some may call it hokey - but not me - Christmas is Love. If you want to add some twang to your Christmas that's the tune.
    Great blog, Christine!

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  3. Thanks so much for having me, Kate! Cheers hon!

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  4. My favourite Christmas song is "All I Want For Christmas Is You" - I even wrote a Christmas fan fic for my best mate titled that =)

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  5. Wow! There's just too many to pick from! Love all of your choices and as someone else said above, you can't beat Amy Grant. Garth Brooks actually has two really good albums too. My favorite song though is an accapella version of O Come Emmanuel by The Martins.

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  6. i love "silent night" but i also love "mary did you know?"

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  7. I totally agree on the Charlie Brown Christmas album. It isn't Christmas until I start that album up. But my favorite Christmas song? Hmmm, there really are too, too many. I love them all for different reasons. Okay, I knew which one I was going to pick, but now... gone! It's gone from my head. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to listen to them all again.

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  8. I met Christine before! :D

    Fave Christmas song is This Christmas or Jingle Bell Rock :D

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