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Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Happy holidays! In my urban fantasy setting, the Senyaza Series, many things we're not too certain about in real life do exist... but not quite in the form we expect. Things like angels, faeries, monsters... and Santa Claus. I'm very fond of Santa Claus, you see. I'm especially fond of Santa Claus stories that present him as much more than a jolly old toymaker. There's a movie out right now that presents him as a dual-sword-wielding guardian, which I love! I, however, have my own ideas.... Read on for a glimpse:

I dug this exchange out of the archives. It takes place before and after the events of Matchbox Girls. Leave a comment below to enter a drawing for a DRM-free digital copy of the novel!

Dear Uncle Nick,
The girls have been asking about you. There have been several incidents lately that make me really hope you won't be disappointing them come December.
--Zachariah

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Dear Z,
It's August. I get one night a year to do my magic. If they're hoping for a personal audience, you know where to find my associates.
--SC

P.S. Please don't call me Uncle Nick. It's far too close to Old Nick and I'm a reformed character. Further attempts to transparently exploit our relationship will get you on the naughty list.

P.P.S. I see you're already on the naughty list. Nice boys are more considerate of their friends. Better watch out...

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Dear Sinterklauss,
I'm a little old to be on any naughty or nice lists. If the kids aren't satisfied come Christmas, they may do something dramatic. This isn't a threat, this is a concern. Last spring I had an egg-laying rabbit on my hands for a few days. Help me out here?
--Zachariah

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Dear Z,
One night a year. If I had more than that you can bet your knickers I'd concern myself with adults on the naughty list, especially if they committed offenses against children. But I made my choice and I'm sticking with it. Your kids look like sweet girls but no matter how many bunnies they enchant or how you wheedle for them, they're not getting special privileges.
--SC

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Dear Father Christmas
A lot can change in a month. How about now? They'd probably be content with Christmas Eve Eve.
--Zachariah

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Dear Z,
What have you done?
--SC

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Dear Saint
It wasn't me. It was them. I did say. Shall I plan on goose for dinner on December 23rd?
--Zachariah

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Dear Z,
Oh yes, I feel it. Suddenly I have much more than one day a year to work my magic... and so much to catch up on. The naughty list must be dealt with...
--SC
About the Author:
Chrysoula Tzavelas went to twelve schools in twelve years while growing up as an Air Force brat, and she never met a library she didn't like. She now lives near Seattle with some random adults, miscellaneous animals, and two handy small children. She likes combed wool, bread dough, and gardens. She's also a certified technology addict; it says so on her (trademark-redacted) music player.

Find Chrysoula online at

https://twitter.com/chrysouladreams
http://www.dreamfarmer.net/
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5049815.Chrysoula_Tzavelas



Marley Claviger is just trying to get her life together. Stumbling into an ancient conflict between celestial forces is going to make that a whole lot harder... When Marley wakes up to a phone call from a pair of terrified children, she doesn't expect to be pulled into a secret war.

She rescues them from an empty house and promises to find their missing uncle. She even manages to feed them dinner. But she barely feels competent to manage her own life, let alone care for small children with strange, ominous powers... And when a mysterious angelic figure shows up and tries to claim the girls, it all falls apart...

Plagued by visions of disaster, Marley has no idea what she's gotten herself into, but she knows one thing: magical or not, the kids need her.

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"Lovely worldbuilding and an unusual heroine surrounded by strong relationships and good intrigue kept me reading Matchbox Girls until well past my bedtime. Tzavelas has created a winning story universe and I'm impatient for the next book!"
- CE Murphy, author of Urban Shaman and The Queen's Bastard

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11 comments:

  1. I like the idea of changing Santa Claus into a more active character! Thanks for sharing your post today! debbifarmer@yahoo.com

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  2. I like the idea of viewing Santa as more active. Sounds like a fun read.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. Dear Z, What have you done? --SC


    I am standing in line at the post office and literally laughed out loud when I read that. ;)

    Thanks for a "omg stuck in line at the post office three days before Christmas hell" giggle!

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  4. How does he feel about being Father Christmas? Does he miss getting to change into the old long green coat (and out of the cold, wet, soot-stained red one for a bit) now that the British kids expect him to be in red too?

    Geni

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    1. Yes! Green is a more peaceful color. Red has... other associations.

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    2. Congratulations, you've won the digital edition of MATCHBOX GIRLS! Drop us a line at info AT candlemarkandgleam DOT com with your format preference (ePub/Kindle/PDF) and we'll get your copy right out!

      Happy Holidays!

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  6. I just finished reading Matchbox Girls the other day and thoroughly enjoyed it! I highly recommend it as a read.

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  7. I imagine that the saint who prayed three boys killed, butchered, and packed in brine back to life would indeed have something to do with more days to work his magic.

    Saint Nicholas is also the patron saint of many groups other than children. (Sailors, pawnbrokers, repentant thieves, a few cities, etc.)

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    1. Second chances, so appropriate for my ideas about the character. :-)

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    2. And for the unrepentant, I'm imagining a Santa that appears to some people as Krampus or Belsnickel.

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