Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Party Post 7: Annette Blair

Author Annette Blair took a twenty-year roller-coaster ride to overnight success. Yes, her tenacity is legendary, though some just call her stubborn. Her latest release, THE SCOT, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE is a December 2006 release. www.annetteblair.com

Dear Friends,

Christmas always comes early at my house—a legacy from my mother. The season is enough. I even like Christmas commercials. But TV Christmas stories are my favorite. I tape and watch every one. I collect Christmas movies: favorites are Meet Me in St. Louis, Miracle on 34th Street—with Dylan McDermott, of course—the Bishop’s Wife, The Gift of Love, and Love Actually. I collect Christmas romance novels to re-read yearly at Christmas, especially Mary Balogh’s Playing House. I got my first job at Christmas in a department store as a salesgirl in the toy department. I loved it.

I even started my family at Christmas—December 13th—and beneath our tree that year was a cradle with our baby girl in it. Can you think of a better gift? When she was five, at a Christmas service, she whispered, "This is it! The Christmas Spirit. It's here!"

Over the years, Christmas included delivering food baskets and toys to the needy, which taught me to appreciate my gifts all year round. Writing is a gift for which I am daily grateful. Who knew I’d end up writing about Witches? What fun! This season, whatever holiday you celebrate, let me wish you the best of the best, kisses beneath the mistletoe, a snuggle by the fire, joy the year round, a life of happy endings, and long hours of reading pleasure.

Blessed Be! Happy Holidays! Merry Merry!

I'm giving away a signed copy of my December release, The Scot, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, with a pair of lucky witch socks, the kind I wear when I write.

Tell me what celebrities you think would make the best looking heroes, to be in to win!

Annette Blair

49 comments :

wandergurl said...

Brad Pitt! I might not like him as much as I used to but yeah, he's hot. So is Rodrigo Santoro, the new guy in lost who was in the chanel commercial with Nicole Kidman - that commercial is like a romance novel that never happened. And also Eduardo Verastegui, this mexican actor who was on Chasing Papi. Sigh. I think there's more but so far that's it!

Emmy said...

Their are so many to choose from but I am going to have to say Matthew McConaughey. He can be dressed up in just about anything or nothing and look gooooood.
Happy Holidays to you.

Minna said...

Michael T. Weiss. He was a very good reason to watch Pretender. And let's not forget David Boreanaz (Buffy, Angel and Bones).

Amy Andrews said...

Oooh, cool topic. Chosing men, one of my favourite things.
Hugh Jackman, Patrick Duffy, George Clooney, Mark Harmon.
There are more but I won't be greedy ;-)

Anonymous said...

Josh Duhamel from Las Vegas; Heath Ledger; Nick Lachey; there's a few others but my mind's blank right now lol

Nalini Singh said...

Sean Bean - so manly! And this tall, dark and gorgeous guy

Dannyfiredragon said...

Hugh Jackmann, Karl Urban, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen. Seems that I watched a little bit to much LOTR

Tessa Radley said...

Chris Noth!

jennybrat said...

Colin Firth and Josh Hartnett.

Annie West said...

Annette,

Oh how to choose? Definitely Hugh Jackman. That smile! And Colin Firth and Sean Bean.

And - help me here - the British actor who plays Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter. Dark hair (when not bewigged), bright blue eyes and a stunning smile.

I'm fascinated by the look of your book. What a great title. I'll keep an eye out for it.

regards,
Annie

Maureen said...

I pick George Clooney.

Anonymous said...

The Rock, Hugh Jackman, Owen Wilson (I love his voice) I can't think of his name, but he played Arthur in the King Arthur movie (he is so rugged) LOL

Chell

KimW said...

I love the Christmas holiday, too. It seems to have a way of bringing people together and you can't help but smile when you see the lights, Santa, sales and everything else that goes along with it.

Josh Holloway would be my choice...hot and mysterious. I think he'd make a good hero. He could do some bad things throughout the book and then that warm inside he has would come out at the end.

Amy Andrews said...

Jason Isaacs I think it was Annie.

I agree, definitely Colin Firth.

Forgot Hugh Laurie - not sure when he went from geeky brit comic to blue eyed sex god but man, he makes me want to bring him home and hand feed him vikadin!!!

Oh goody, goody, this is fun.

CrystalG said...

Matthew McConaughey is my first choice. He is gorgeous and I love his voice. I also think Hugh Jackman, Orlando Bloom, and Josh Lucas are good choices

Anonymous said...

Clive Owen :)

Estella said...

George Clooney!!

Meljprincess said...

Hi Annette,
I e-mailed you when I lived in CT. Now I live in RI and I've been meaning to get in touch with you. I've seen your new book in a couple of blogs and I can't wait to read it! I love the WITCH books. Your new cover is awesome!

Celebs that would make good heros:
Alan Cumming, Benjamin Bratt, Michael C. Hall, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Feuerstein, Edward Burns, Val Kilmer, Sean Bean - I'm with ya, Nalini. I love him! And Jason Isaacs (played Lucius Malfoy) yea, Annie, I love him too!

alissa said...

Definitely Ewan McGregor. Perfect!

pearl said...

I nominate Kiefer Sutherland. Ideal!

joelle said...

Andrew Lincoln looks great to me.

Little Lamb Lost said...

Matthew McConaughey

ellie said...

Vin Diesel and Viggo Mortensen are acceptable candidates.

BarbaraV said...

Antonio Banderas! There we have a real sexy, tall, beautiful, macho-man with that sexy Spanish accent that makes a woman knees wobble. What else could I ask for?

Pamk said...

Hugh Jackman, Viggo Mortensen the one on the LOTR, Heath Ledger, and I like brad Pitt. Not personally but he is sexy

Joan said...

You do pick a hard question!! But a fun one!! I will give you a list of who I would pick not in any order.
Matthew Conaughey, Josh Duhamel, Owen Wilson, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie(for my MOM), Val Kimer, Bin Diesel, The Rock, Heath Legder.
Think about it Matthew Conaughey makes my go off into dream land.

Happy Holidays to everybody!!!

Jennifer K. said...

Adrian Paul for sure. Loved The Highlander series. And Dominic Purcell and Ben Browder, from "John Doe and Prison Break" and "Farscape and Stargate."

Those guys rock!

Merry Christmas!

Amy S. said...

Keanu Reeves, Johnny Depp, Matthew McConaughey, and Christian Bale

sharon said...

James Purefoy is my choice. Wow!

Joyce said...

To name a few -
Hugh Jackman
Viggo Mortensen
Shemar Moore from Criminal Minds

Sagittarius Uisce Beatha said...

I like my boys bad and hot. I'd have to say Colin Farrell is my first choice. Gerard Butler is also high up on my list. There's so many to choose from :P I absolutely love Nir Lavi, I know he's not an actor but he's one yummy man

aBookworm said...

Brad Pitt's the universal choice, I suppose. I'd also nominate - Hugh Jackman, the guys who play the characters of Jack and Sawyer in the serial 'Lost', the new James Bond, Antonio Banderas, Clooney etc.

Cherie said...

Joaquin Phoenix
Johnny Depp
Adrien Brody

~Cherie K~

Carol said...

Hugh Laurie, George Clooney and Patrick Swayze

Jennifer Y. said...

I am looking forward to reading your book Annette!!!

Here are some celebs that I think would be good heroes: Mark Collier (Mike on As the World Turns), Paul Leyden (Simon on As the World Turns), Josh Lucas, Hugh Jackman, Clive Owen, Matthew McConaughey, Adrian Paul, Christian Bale, etc.

And don't throw anything at me, but Brad Pitt has never really appealled to me...hmmm.

Jennifer L. said...

Taye Diggs. That smile, that body! Deee-lish!

Cathy said...

Matthew M., Ben Browder, Mark Harmon, Leonardo (he looks great in his new movie) and Brad

Amy andrews said...

No way, Jennifer y - I've never fancied Brad Pitt either (actually I did in Thelma nad Loiuse but that was before he was "Brad Pitt" ). He's too skinny. Give me a man with a bit of bulk any day.

Pam P. said...

Hey Kim, stay away from Josh Holloway, he's mine! LOL.

Besides Josh, Hugh Jackman, Antonio Banderas, Adrian Paul, Goran Visnjic.

Love your witch series, Annette, can't wait to read the latest, love the humor.

I have a nephew with the same birthday as your daughter - he gets lots of stuff in December since we always make sure he celebrates his own day.

Jeanette J said...

Viggo Mortensen and Hugh Jackman

froggie said...

I'm not good with names of actors... I don't watch TV and I rarely go to the cinema, so I don't know who to pick!

Anyway, do you think I have a chance to win Annette? Or is it like all the other draws where there are rules agains family members from entering?

Jac.
a.k.a. Froggie

I'm really looking forward to reading the last Witch story, as I mentionned to you the second was better than the first and I'm thinking this third one is going to outshine the second!

LadyVampire2u said...

So many great actors but I have to add my own two cents in anyhow. My picks are Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Skeet Ulrich and Joaquin Phoenix. Happy Holidays everyone!

Annette Blair said...

Wow, you are all wonderful in your choices. I guess Hugh Jackman is a universal pick. He's the model for my Scot, in THE SCOT, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE shipping from B & N, due on Dec 5th. Another early Christmas Present!

Mel J, email me through my website so we can get together for lunch. So glad you're around. Rhode Island Romance Writers is awesome, btw.

Jac, no rule against family members, I'll put your name in the box, but if you win, I'll pick a second winner. (Jaclyne is a Canadian cousin I've never met. Her mother used to babysit me. There's a picture of me when I was a year old, with Jac's mother, on my website author page.)

Matthew McConaughey, Colin Firth, Hugh Laurie (Amy, LOL at the hand-feeding him Vicodin), George Clooney are also yummers. I can't believe no one picked Patrick Dempsey. Swoon.

Pam P happy birthday to your nephew on the 13th. Was he also born on Friday the 13th by any chance. :) We always made a point of separating her birthday from Christmas, but then for many years, she got a Christmas nightgown and robe on her birthday and a craft kit for making Christmas decorations, both of which she adored. She's an adult, but if I put a Christmas nightgown in the mail for her birthday, she becomes a kid again.

We also have little ones whose birthdays are Nov 21st and Dec 2nd, so yes, we always start celebrating Christmas early.

Nalini, I loved the picture you posted, but I don't recognize him. LOL. I'm going to get my nose away from my writing and find out who some of these men are. Hey, it's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. Thank you all for your wonderful answers. I really wanted a whole new set of faces to choose from and you gave me a great many.

Okay, since I can't print this page without crashing my computer, I'm going to hand write them and do some picking. Come back in a little while for the winner.

Drum roll please . . . He, he, he!

Annette Blair said...

Okay, I figured out that I could cut and paste your answers to a word file, print them out and cut them with my papercutter. Then I folded each, put them in a covered box and took them out to the garage for my real life hero to pick a lucky winner.

And the winner is:

AmyS whose answer was Keanu Reeves, Johnny Depp, Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale.

Congratulations, AmyS. Email me via my website: www.annetteblair.com to give me your mailing addy.

Peace & Merry Merry!

Hugs,

Annette

Amy S. said...

Thank you!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Amy S :)

Anonymous said...

congrats Amy! :o)

Meljprincess said...

Congrats Amy!

Sagittarius Uisce Beatha said...

Congrats Amy!!! :)