Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Ninth Day of Christmas with Regan Hastings


I Want a Witch for Christmas!


Regan Hastings is the paranormal alter ego of USA Today bestselling author Maureen Child. Regan’s series, The Awakening, features a coven of reincarnated witches trying desperately to atone for mistakes made lifetimes ago, mistakes that could destroy the world. With the help of their Eternal warrior mates, the witches embark on a quest to recover the pieces of a mystical artifact that will send evil back to the depths of Hell.

One lucky commenter today will win the first two books of The Awakening: VISIONS OF MAGIC and VISIONS OF SKYFIRE.

The holidays are here. Poor men! They try so hard to buy us presents we’ll love, but they seldom get it right. Plus, if your man is anything like mine, he hasn’t bought anything yet. After all, there are still five days left until Christmas. Why plan ahead when you can put it off until the last minute? Tell the man in your life to read this blog for ideas on what – and what not – to give you this year.

Five Terrible Gift Ideas for Women


1. An iron and an ironing board. If my husband ever gave me an iron for Christmas, he would spend January with an iron-shaped burn mark on every shirt he owns. Or really, anything that has to do with chores. No vacuum cleaners, no toaster ovens. Yes, yes, I know you enjoy receiving power tools, but it’s not the same thing. In fact, any chore-related equipment you give me will automatically transfer that chore to your to-do list.

2. Pants that are two sizes too small – on purpose. No, that doesn’t motivate me to lose the weight I gained over the holidays. I realize that I told you I was going on a diet on January 1, but I don’t want to be reminded on Christmas that I need to lose weight. That means a gift certificate to Jenny Craig is out, too.

3. Sweaters decorated for Christmas. For one thing, I wouldn’t be able to wear it until the next Christmas. For another, I wouldn’t be able to wear it ever.

4.  Granny panties. You really want to see me walking around in those things? I don’t want jeweled thongs, either, though. You know what, let’s just keep it simple – stay out of my drawers!

5. A knick knack. Actually, this relates back to number one, because all a knick knack is to me is something else to dust. No. More. Chores!


Tell Him What You Really, Really Want


So what’s a girl to do to make sure that she doesn’t have to fake it on Christmas morning? You need to give your man simple, clear direction about what you want. You like to be surprised? Too bad. Surprises are only fun when they’re pleasant. Let go of that little fantasy now, and you’ll be better off.

Here’s what you do: Tell your man, “I want a witch for Christmas.”


That’s it. One easy-to-remember, simple line, and then send him to the bookstore. You can even print out this blog so that he’ll have a picture of the covers of VISIONS OF MAGIC and VISIONS OF SKYFIRE, to make sure he gets the exact right gift.

“I want a witch for Christmas.”


Remember, a random commenter will win a copy of VISIONS OF MAGIC and VISIONS OF SKYFIRE, but I’m afraid the winner will be on her own as far as figuring out another way to get a good gift from her man.

So tell me, what’s the worst gift you’ve ever received? What’s the worst gift you ever heard of a friend receiving? Have you ever given a gift that you thought was good, but that the recipient didn’t seem to love? (That’s the worst feeling, isn’t it?)

PS - Don't forget to check out Pawing Through Books & Alaskan Book Cafe to see what authors they are featuring today!  Also, check out the main post HERE for links to the grand prize giveaways! Also, make sure you check out the previous days for other guest posts/interviews and giveaways!

33 comments:

  1. The worst gift that I've ever gotten, was a pickle ornament. I was absolutely speechless! What do you say to that? I've only given one gift that wasn't appreciated. It was a massive candle collection and apparently the girl who got my gift (it was a secret Santa) had allergies. It was a miserable feeling. Luckily, one of the other girls switched with her and was thrilled with it! Happy Holidays!

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  2. One year, I got an orange shirt from someone who knew I didn't wear orange. I used to give wine as a gift but I found out that the person I was giving wine to didn't like it and was giving it away! It was wine that I liked but they didn't have the same taste in wine that I did! Now, I give food!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

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  3. A pickle ornament???? I'm not sure what to say about that! Did the person think that you collect pickles or something?

    I once got a can opener in a Christmas gift exchange. Not an electric can opener, nothing fancy about it. Just an ordinary can opener that you can buy at the grocery store for a couple bucks.

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  4. Suz, ouch! I know regifting is a "thing," but when you find out that your gift has been regifted, it hurts.

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  5. The worst one I got was no gift. We had a gift exchange at work. The person that drew my name never showed up for the party or ever again at work. I would have taken his present, but the person that had his name didn't show up either.

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  6. My husband leaving me was both the best and worst gift I ever got. Should have known when he didn't want to put up a tree and bought me a Santa candle instead.....

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  7. I hate the feeling of giving a gift and finding out that the person didn't like it, or even worse, hated it. I love giving gifts and really enjoy the challenge of trying to find an awesome gift that the person will really enjoy, so it makes me extra sad when they don't.

    As for me, I can't remember anything particularly horrible. I've received a lot of lame gifts that showed the person put very little thought into them. I'm not counting Secret Santa stuff here, sometimes you end up with a coworker that you don't know at all. I mean family members and friends. But luckily none of them have been pickle-related...

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  8. I sooo agree with this post, Men try and try and seldom get it right. Whats with that? Me and my Hubby have been together 10 yrs, he does good some years and blah the rest. The worst for me would be clothes too small. He always buys everything in a size small, I don't know what he thinks. Does he really think I'll fit into it or is he trying to send another message...hmm. Thanks for the chance to win these amazing books!
    bluesun1218(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. Judith, that's just not right! What a let-down.

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  10. Well, Im a teenager. so, you can imgaine that this gift is a very, very bad one.

    A Bratz doll.

    My dads side of the family, including him, decided that, for three years, they wanted to give me bratz dolls. Makeup, everything! It was so annoying. i also dont like getting the makeup kits. Its like -- what? Are you TRYING to say something?

    Omg, I loved the first book in the series, and i havnt quite got around to finding the second one. It was real fun reading the first one on a tiny MP3 player, one sentance at a time, lol.

    Merry Christmas!

    gothiclove95@hotmail.com

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  11. Hmmm worst gift received was a used Christmas ornament, I could tell it was used because it was all scratched up and dusty! I've often thought of gifts to give and think they are so perfect for the intended person and usually their reactions are mediocre at best and sometimes it crushes me a little because I had spent time and a lot of thought in that "perfect gift" and thought oh they are so going to love this and they just say thanks or sometimes nothing at all...oh well I guess that's just the way it is sometimes. Maybe I should just give ornamental pickles from now on?? lol that's awful I hear they bring good luck or something?? Merry Christmas everyone!!!

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  12. Cre, OUCH! That sounds like a terrible Christmas. I hope your Christmases since then have been happier, and that this one will be the best ever.

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  13. LOL, Zorana!!! None of my gifts have ever been pickle-related, either. That is so strange! :)

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  14. Bluesun, I know, right? And it's such an awkward conversation to have. You don't want to HAVE to tell your husband, "Listen, buddy, I'm bigger than you think I am." I cringe just thinking about it.

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  15. One year my husband gave me a thick, white cardigan sweater with a belt and giant wooden buttons. One, I never wore cardigans; two, it was truly ugly. Turns out a friend picked it out for him to give me. After that I just gave him a list with name of store and detailed description of the items I wanted. LOL

    aunttackyx18 AT verizon DOT net

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  16. Ce-Ce, LOLOLOL!!!!! Oh God, I remember getting lots of age-inappropriate gifts when I was your age. Like baby dolls and tea sets. TEA SETS?! Seriously? I don't think I would've wanted a tea set when I was 4, much less 14.

    I hope they do better for you this year! Thank you so much for saying you loved VISIONS OF MAGIC. You just made my day!!!!!

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  17. Fairyluver, I feel the same way, for sure. It's a little bit of a kick in the gut when a gift isn't a hit because I don't go out and buy just anything. I really think about what the person might like. Hate when I guess wrong!

    I will not be jumping on the pickle wagon, though!

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  18. I'm lucky I haven't received bad presents but I agree jeans are great presents. Different brands and style fit me differently and even if they "fit" they may not look good. I did once receive a scarf with pom-poms for Christmas and before I even wore it -I took it out of the box and one of the pom poms detached and rolled away. Lol, it was from a family friend.

    Thank you for the chance to win your book. Now books make wonderful presents. They keep on giving!

    Cambonified[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  19. A rug cleaner - oh yuk. And we only have one rug left in the house - maybe we had two at the time. I told him nothing with plugs unless it was a TV or a new computer! And someone that I use to agonize getting a nice gift (at least $100) gave me a cheap $15 sweater in a horrible color. I don't remember giving anyone anything horrible but then again, maybe I just don't know lol.

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  20. Na, You're either lucky, or very open-minded when it comes to presents. :)

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  21. The "no plugs" rule is a good one, catslady, but it's not foolproof... there are a lot of plugless gifts that are truly terrible. ;)

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  22. The worse for me was a vacuum cleaner and, yes, that's all I got that year. Told my hubby not to get it so he did...just to be mean. I cried and told him that he ruined my first Christmas in our home. By the time it was said and done...he is trained now. He absolutely refuses and tells other guys not to do it. Lol! Now, we laugh bout it.

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  23. Wow, he's lucky he survived that joke! What was he thinking, Nicole?! I'm glad you can laugh about it now.

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  24. I was given a rock and told they saw it and thought of me. Hmm- is this meant to be a compliment????

    Your series looks great! And your post was fun!

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  25. Your list is very funny. I've been lucky in the gift department. My worst gifts are the ones that were absent, say when a boyfriend didn't think to buy anything. The worst gift my mother bought me was for my birthday - as an adult, mind you - was a bowl. Yes. A. Bowl. Granted, it was a cute bowl..but sheesh.A friggin bowl??!! Years later I mentioned the "bowl" and she was quite embarrased!
    MJB
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

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  26. The worst gift I ever received was a "grab bag" of items from the Dollar Tree. My husband had put off shopping for me, ran out of time & ran into Dollar Tree late on Christmas Eve to grab what he could. I wound up with a cracked coffee mug, an awful pair of "holiday" socks & some random Christmas decorations. He knew he was in the dog house on Christmas morning when I had him open gifts first & I'd bought him Craftsman toolboxes, gun cases, and stereo equipment. We all laughed, though I must admit I was hurt that he'd "forgotten" to shop for me. Needless to say, he now buys my gifts early. :)

    harlan_michelle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. My man bought me a fishing tackle box. Honey, I DON'T FISH!!!

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  28. A rock? A rock?!? Maybe they thought of you because of that old song "Rockin' Robin"? That's the only explanation I can think of... and it still doesn't make a rock a good gift.

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  29. MJB, If a cute bowl was the worst present you ever got, you're doing pretty well! ;)

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  30. Wow, Michelle, that would really hurt my feelings, too. I don't think any guy can claim he forgot, since Christmas music and decorations are pretty much everywhere from Halloween onward. It's just that they sometimes get lazy. I'm glad he learned his lesson. It's the thought that counts... but that means they mustn't be thoughtless.

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  31. Marybelle, What in the world was he thinking???? LOL!!!!!

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  32. The worst present, and my worst reaction, was when I got a pair of mud waders from my grandparents when I was about 7 or so. I flipped my wig and threw a tantrum. I still cringe thinking about that, oy.

    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

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  33. I guess your right, Regan. At least my mom thought to buy one with a cute birdie on it; which is my family's nickname for me..birdie.
    MJB

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