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Friends & Fiction—The Christmas Spectacular with the 12 Authors of Christmas

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For our super special F&F Christmas episode, we invited EIGHT amazing author guests to join us. Join the fun for a special group reading of a custom adaptation of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas penned by our own Kristin Harmel. Each of our eight guests also talks about their latest book and answers a few questions from the Fab Four. You won’t want to miss all the festive holiday fun! Meet F&F’s 12 Authors of Christmas: VIOLA SHIPMAN, The Secret of SnowJULIA KELLY, The Last Dance of the DebutanteSADEQA JOHNSON, Yellow WifeANITA HUGHES, A Magical New York ChristmasJULIE CANTRELL, It's a Wonderful ChristmasRACHEL HAWKINS, Reckless GirlsCOURTNEY WALSH, A Cross Country ChristmasSUSAN MEISSNER, The Nature of Fragile ThingsMARY KAY ANDREWS, The Santa SuitPATTI CALLAHAN, Once Upon a WardrobeKRISTIN HARMEL, The Forest of Vanishing StarsKRISTY WOODSON HARVEY, Christmas in Peachtree Bluff

Welcome to friends and fiction for NewYork Times. Bestselling authors. Endless stories Novelists Mary KayAndrews, Kristin Harmel, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Patti Callahan Henry Arefour long time friends with more than 70 published books between them.Together, they host friends and fiction with author interviews and fascinatinginsider talk about publishing and writing to highlight and supportindependent bookstores. They discussed the books they've written, the booksthey're reading now and the art of storytelling. If you love books andyou're curious about the writing world, you're in the right place. Mhm. Hello, Hello, happening holidays. It isWednesday night, and that means it is time for friends and fiction. It's thehappiest night of the week and tonight Do we have a show for you? Not oneguest, not to guests, but eight guests. Eight. Who are here to help uscelebrate this season and a few more surprise friends in the after show. Weare so glad you're here. I'm Kristin Harmel. I'm Kristy Woodson Harvey. I'mPatti Callahan Henry, who forgot her Santa hat so she has a red flower.Horrible. I'm appalled. I know. I know, I know. I'm also Mary Kay Andrews, Thisis friends and fiction. Headwear optional for New York Times BestsellingAuthors. Endless stories to support indie booksellers. Tonight we thoughtwe would do something a bit different, since this is our holiday episodebefore you get worried. We do have an episode next week, too, but we knowsome of you might be traveling or getting ready for Christmas, andtherefore you might watch that show later. So plus, celebrating today sortof splits the difference between Christmas and Hanukkah a bit better,which is an additional benefit. And where there are holidays, there ishappiness. And where there is happiness, there are books to escape into. Andtonight do we have a treat for you All week long and last week to we've beensharing with you. eight of our 12 authors of Christmas books out thisseason. Kristen, Mary Kay, Christy and I are the other four, and tonight alleight of them are here to help the four of us celebrate books and thisbeautiful reading community. We'll chat about the holidays and we might knowwe're definitely going to even have a little poetic surprise for you because,you know, how are Kristin Harmel is, and it is sprinkled throughout the show.I cannot wait for them to see what she has done, and if you want to find out,it is dorky. It's pretty awesome. Is what its peak dork dork. That's what Iaspire to if you want to find out more about the yeah, adorable. As Meg says,it's adorable. I'll take it. I'll take it off and adorable. You want to findout more about the new books from each of these eight authors or from the fourof us, and we hope you will just head over to our Facebook group page, whereyou'll find all those posts under announcements. And I think it's calledfeatured now, along with a link To enter a contest to win a bundle of alleight books. But don't delay because the contest closes tomorrow, Thursdayat midnight. And as you know, we continue to encourage you to supportindependent booksellers when and where you can. And one way to do that is tovisit our special friends and fiction bookshop dot org page, where you canfind all eight of tonight's guest authors and books by the four of us andour past guests at a discount and, of course, at bookshop dot org. A portionof each sale through the Friends Eviction Shop goes to supportindependent bookstores and to support the show. So if you enjoy watching,this is a way to support our guests, independent bookstores and the friendsof fiction group itself all at the same time. And I'm going to apologize inadvance that every time I move the bell at the top of my hat rings. But if youget annoyed, just think every time in follow Rings an angel gets its actuallymakes me think Santa's on his way As we speak, it gets very festive, and it'smaking me feel even more guilty than in Alabama. You shouldn't have saidanything. Your hat just looks like you're like sugar than I mean yourflowers, your your secret. That doesn't look like the hat is the re yes,optical illusion. Alright, y'all. And don't forget that this month we'reworking with the friendly folks at Butterball Turkey who are celebratingthe 40th 40th anniversary of the famed Turkey Talk Line. But it just hit methat the Turkey talk line is older than Kristy. Mm Hmm. Alright. Just saying,Yeah, we'll look at their Yeah, and it...

...is open through the end of December.Make sure to join us on our talking turkey with butter ball after showtonight to find out more. And you know what else we have Fur store in storefor you. In the after show our pal Mary Alice Monroe. She is stopping by one ofour co founders of Friends in fiction along with us. She will be dropping byto help us celebrate. And you do not want to miss that. Mm. And we also wantto remind you or, you know, nag you. We're almost out of days to shop onlinefor delivery before Christmas, along with our friends at Oxford Exchange,which is a fabulous independent bookstore in Tampa. We have to designthe first ever friends and fiction reading journal, and it makes theperfect gift for other readers or for yourself. It has a gorgeous blue linencover, quotes from the friends in fiction host interspersed throughoutand plenty of space to write down your thoughts on what you're reading. Wehope you will consider ordering one for yourself and maybe even if you for yourfriends or loved ones. Oxford exchanged as beautiful gift wrapping, too. Soit's kind of the perfect hands off easy gift for the writers readers in yourlife. We're so proud of this collaboration, and we hope you love itas much as we do. Yes, and right now, if you order a friends of fictionjournal or any other piece of friends and fiction merchandise, you can get20% off at Oxford Exchange with the code FF happy holidays. And you aregonna want that Reading Journal because we are so excited to announce afabulous new initiative for 2020 to the Friends and Fiction reading Challenge,which will be spearheaded by our friends and Lisa Armstrong, who I'msure you all know. So together with Alisa, we've put together a categoryfor each month that we think is not only fun but will also put push each ofus to expand our reading horizons this year and ensure that we fill up ourbeautiful friends and fiction reading journals. So be on the lookout for postfrom Anissa each month about the categories and be sure to chime in withwhat you are reading. Um, speaking of our reading challenge, two of the booksthat fit perfectly in the challenge are the Wedding Veil, shameless selfpromotion here that comes out in March, and Mary Kay Andrews. The Home Records,which comes out in May, which are a part of our spring reading box fromOxford Exchange that also comes with a snazzy free notebook gift. And if youorder it before the 24th, also comes with the Seasons readings ornament inyour very first box. Sounds good to me. Okay, ladies a lot. Well done. Welldone, ladies. Good news. I know, I know. There's alot of information dropped. I love it. All right, let's talk about theholidays. So, you know, friends in fiction is still relatively new. Thisis our 103rd episode and our second holiday season together. But we hopewe're here with you. For many, many more holidays to come. We haven't had aton of time yet to establish holiday traditions as a group, but we do thinkthere are a few traditions we've established over the last 103 episodesand 20 months. And yes, in case you're wondering our first episode was exactly20 months ago today. Wow, one of those traditions and we hope you agree, isthat we all get to be together every Wednesday night. Is one big family andnot one of those families that gets together in squabbles. The family whoshows up each week to support each other right here in the comments of theshow and on the page throughout the week. If you've enjoyed being a part ofthat family, we hope you'll take a second now to say hi and happy holidaysto everyone in the comments, even if you don't comment often and even if youdon't comment at all, we're so glad that you're here and we totally feelyour support. Yep, and another tradition we've established is tosupport other authors, and the four of us are not the only ones who do so. Sovery many of you out there take the time to post in our community whenyou've read a book you love. And that means so much the way that you spread.The love for reading has grown this community. It's such a great way tosupport authors as his posting reviews online and simply telling your friendson and offline about an author you have fallen in love with. Well, we're pretty fickle on this show.I mean, we fall in love all the time. Tonight we have a special treat for you.In line with that tradition, we have eight of our author friends joining usfor a bit of holiday fun. And to celebrate being part of this big, happyfamily of those who love books will be bringing the first four guests on injust a minute. This couldn't possibly be just astandard episode, couldn't because you know what other tradition we'veestablished. We've established a...

...tradition of having fun. So we havesomething special up our sleeves. You knew we would, didn't you? And ifyou've been on our friends in fiction Facebook Group page this week, you knowthat we're doing a Big 12 authors of Christmas giveaway. We started onDecember six, introducing you to eight of our author friends who have booksout this holiday season. Every day for the last week and a half, there havebeen different posts each day, introducing you to a different authorand giving you an opportunity to enter a massive giveaway for 12 books. Thecontest closes tomorrow. So after our show tonight, if you haven't alreadymake sure to look for those posts under announcements and enter the contest fora chance to win. We'll be announcing the winner on Friday. And what a happyday that's going to be for the dinner. You know, I would argue that we are allwinners because tonight all eight of the authors are here to celebrate. Butfirst, as Christy mentioned, it's time to have a bit of fun. Ladies, are youready? Alright. Without further ado, we have prepared a poem for you. Wait. Canwe be more accurate? Kristin has prepared a poem for us. Were youspecifying that just in case it goes down, you don't want to take any creditfor the right Right on twas the night before Christmas when all through thehouse, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hungby the chimney with care and hope set up Santa suit soon would be there. TheChildren were nestled in Peachtree Bluff with Christmas and hurricanes notnearly enough, and Mama in her kerchief and I in my cap had just settled in theforest vanishing stars for a nap When, once upon a wardrobe there arose such aclatter I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter away to the windowI flew like a hawk tore open the shutter and there was wrong block Themoon on the breast of the new fallen snow showed Brenda and Lisa standingbelow When, what? To my wondering eyes should come on. But our director, Megand our producer, Sean I Oh. Oh, my gosh! Best day ever! I haven't seenthat a little old driver so lively and quick. I knew in a moment it must be STNick more rapid than eagles. His authors. They came and he whistled andshouted and called them by name. Now, Julia. Now, Anita. Now Julian Viola onRachel on Susan on Courtney and Sequa to the holiday gift prize to thisbundle of books. Now dash away, Dash away, Dash away. Look! All right onthat silly note. Should we pause the poem and tell you about our first fourguests tonight? Absolutely. No, I was never good. I cannot unsee that pictureof Sean would want to get my Christmas car. That's totally okay on my wall.First up tonight we have our old friend who really needs no introductionbecause he's incredibly active on our page. Plus, you've seen him here on theshow. Wade Rouse, who writes his viola shipment, is the bestselling author ofnine novels, including this year's smash hit The Secret of Snow. TheSecret of Snow is about a Southern California meteorologist who, afterbeing laid off, returns home to Michigan to a past she would havepreferred to leave behind. It's a novel of second chances, making Peace withthe past and, of course, the magic of winter. Shawn, can you bring weight on? All right. What stuff is Anita Hughes,the bestselling author of 15 novels, two of which Roman Love and Christmasin Vermont have been made into television movies, the first one onHallmark and the other one on Lifetime? She also writes as Anita Abriel, andunder that name, she has a World War two novel called a Girl. During the war,coming out in March, she has penned five Christmas novels, including amagical New York Christmas, which just came out this year. It's a love storyset at New York's iconic Plaza Hotel with shades of the famous Eloise books,which pop Sugar calls the perfect holiday romance. Sean, can you bringAnita on, uh, holidays? We also have JulieKentrell, a good friend of all of ours...

...and the best selling author of severalbooks, who is one of five authors who contributed to an event who contributeda novella to the Christmas anthology. It's a Wonderful Christmas classicsreimagined in the book, which I loved and had an opportunity to get read. Anearly copy of Lynn Gentry takes on Miracle on 34th Street. Kelly Stewarttakes on The Nutcracker. John. I'm not going to say her name right again. JaneEyre Trump tackles White Christmas and Allison Pittman reimagines the 1940Barbara Stanwyck classic Remember the Night? But if you read my parade essayearlier this year about my holiday decorating fiasco, you probably knowthat I identified the most with Julie's Story, which is a take on the griswaldof National Lampoon's Christmas vacation. Sean, can you bring Julianne? I love it a little reef. We're justgoing a little wacky tonight, like it really coordinates with your blazer,which I feel like just really like you playing at all. And one is a genius,and all our names are in red. I mean, brilliant. Okay. Tonight we also haveCourtney Walsh, a best selling author who runs a performing arts studio andyouth theater with her husband and who also writes small town romance andwomen's fiction, including this year's Across Country Christmas, which is partof the Kindle Unlimited program. So if you belong to that, you can grab it forfree. Right now, it tells the story of the T V set decorator who hitches aride home for Christmas from California to Illinois with her brother's goodfriend Will, who also happens to be the childhood crush she's been trying toforget for the last decade. John, could you bring Courtney on, please. I had ahat like Courtney Courtney looking around my room, thinking to haveanything I should have told you ahead of time. I was too busy writing foolishpoem to actually anybody in any real information. I put a point set on myhead, but I didn't I Look, it's good. It's good. All right, Welcome Ladiesand gentlemen, we are so happy to have you here to help us celebrate theholidays. To all of you out there, you can read all about these four books indepth on our page. They've been posting all this week and last. But for now, wewanted to ask these four authors each a question. So each of you has written aChristmas story this year, as have two of the four of us. What appeals to youabout writing stories set during the holidays? Wait, Do you want to start usoff? Sure. Um, how much time do you have? Because I love everything aboutthe holidays. You know, I think most of all, I like writing about the heirloomsthat my family had. And I love bringing those to life. You know what? Theornaments or bottle brush trees. I think the bigger thing is I think theholidays are where we try to be our best. But it's also when we're the mostfragile. So I like really exploring that depth of human emotion in myholiday book. So that's one of the things I love the most. Oh, I love that.How about you How about you, Anita? Um well, this is my my fifth Christmasbook. Um, so I guess I'm a bit of a junkie and writing them, I thinkbecause they can be a little bit more whimsical, a little bit more magical,and because it's so much about the time of year or so much about gratitude andforgiveness. So both those things at the same account. That's a good point.Absolutely. How about you, Julie? It's fun. It's just a lot of fun. And Ithink regardless of what kind of tradition we celebrate this time ofyear, these winter holidays all kind of have that same shared core message,which is the light outshines the darkness. And I think that's abeautiful thing to explore. And it was a fun way to do it, a natural way to doit through the holidays and a fun way to do it through our favorite holidayfilms. Because what makes people happier than than watching holidayfilms that just give us a fun escape? It was a lot of fun. Oh, that's that'sawesome. And how about you, Courtney? Like I think for me, I read sweetromance, so I mean the setting is really important to bring in the storyto life. And I think you kind It's kind of like cheating a little because thesetting at Christmas is automatically cozy, magical, and you just sort offeel like I want people to feel like they're curling up with, like, a cup ofcocoa when they remained. It's like a hug. It's like a Christmas hug. Sothere's There's just something so magical and special about this thistime of year, and you're kind of starting with that when you get thestory. And then you can just keep building the story on some such a greatfoundation. So and I have to agree. It's tons of fun. You guys are makingyou want to write a Christmas. But but...

...never say never. But you, Mary Kay, Ithink for me it's the notion that I've been given permission to be unabashedlysentimental, Um, to be nostalgic. I can let go of cynicism and irony and, um,you know, embrace the light instead of talking about the dark for me. You know,last year was dark enough, which is why I wrote the Santa suit because I wantedto embrace the light. Mm, that's awesome. And Christie, you just wroteyour just had your first Christmas novel come out. How's that experiencebeen for you? What appeals to you about it? Oh, it's been so great. And I guess,you know, sort of echoing what everyone else said, especially last year, youknow, during 2020 the holiday season just looked a little bit different. Andso I thought I would write the Christmas and the holidays that I wishwe were having. And that was sort of. But as far as the idea for Christmasand Peachtree Bluff and kind of echo of Mary Kay said, there would be momentsand turns in the story when I would think, Is that a little bit to staffing?And then I'd be like, No, it's because I love it. Okay, so I now have a quickquestion for each of you. Anita, what has it been like seeing two of yournovels made into movies on Hallmark and Lifetime, senior characters come aliveon the screen. What was that like for you? It was really fantastic. And RomanLove was filmed in Rome and, um, in the in the suite at the Hassler Hotel,where Audrey Hepburn stayed when she shot room Holiday because that's whatthe book was based on. So it was a really, really wonderful to see allthat on the screen. And Christmas is really fun. Oh, I'm so envious,Courtney. You come from a performing arts background. How do you think thathas shaped your novels, especially your holiday novels, that performing, I think for For me it's kind of weirdbecause, you know, a lot of people grew up reading, uh, novels. I grew upreading plays and musicals, and so I think there's two ways that shaped me.One. I'm very drawn to writing dialogue, the chunks of, like explanation anddescription. Those are hard. That's harder for me to write. I could writedialogue. I love writing dialogue because that's what I'm very familiarwith. But I think I I learned how to create characters in acting class, andso a lot of it is really similar. A lot of it kind of overlaps with what youknow. I think a normal novelist would do where their character, motivationand background, and it's figuring out why characters are doing what they'redoing and and what happened in their back story. But I think the other thingis that when I'm making a creating a character, I'm like in acting class,you have to immerse yourself in that character. So you really have to becomethat character. So there's a lot of times where I'm writing where I feellike I can slip into that because that's what I was taught, you know, Iwas taught to do. But I never would have thought that it would haveinformed my I never wanted to be a novelist, so I never would have thoughtit would have informed writing. I always just thought it would, you know,bringing a character for life on the stage. So it's been really cool to seethat part of my life kind of meld with this other part of my life. And Iwouldn't trade it for the world. What a great way to approach. It's amazing.You do it so well. So and now these? Yes, you do. Um, Julia. Julia. Wow. Ihaven't even really I'm sorry, Julie. You remember, Um, both her novelcollective and the tall poppy writers, which I'm involved with two and morethan that, you're generally just an advocate for women's voices in a reallypowerful way. Um, I wish we had more time tonight to get into that, becausethere's so much to talk about. But briefly, how do you think that advocacyshapes the way that you right? Oh, thank you, Yeah, there's so much to say,but I'll try to keep it quick. I think in life in general it's my goal,whether I'm writing or doing anything else to make people feel seen and heardand loved. And so, in my writing, I try to give the message not only a model ofcompassion and empathy and how to love one another, but to remind people whoare going through hard seasons that no matter how unfair life may have been toyou or how terrible someone may have treated you, you were sent here to loveand be loved, and you are worthy of being loved. And I just don't want anysoul in this world to forget that, because it's something that happens tothem. So that's my goal, is a writer, and as a human being, I love your sucha bright light Julie. Thank you for sharing that. That's really that'sreally powerful. Okay, Last but not least, Wade, I feel like we are seeing.Where did we go? There You are going to go into your Christmas collectibleletter with glitter so much you were...

...saying The secret of snow everywherethis year. I think this must have been a really breakout year for you. Couldyou talk about what it's like to have your hand your book in so many handsthis holiday season and seeing it all over the Internet? Thank you. Yeah,I've been, um, very humbled by the response to the Secret of Snow. Youknow, it's my first holiday winter novel and it was inspired by, you know,a deeply personal story by the loss of my brother when I was a kid. And thatsets the foundation for the entire novel. And I wrote this book as Youknow, a big holiday hug for readers. You know, over the last couple of years,we've lost 800,000 people. Holidays will never be the same for so many. Youknow, there'd be holes under the trees and there'll be holes in hearts andempty chairs at the dining room table. And I know what that experience is like.And I just I wanted the Secret of Snow really to be a reminder to readers thatit's okay to give voice to grief and loss this time of year that it's okayto feel less than perfect at the holiday season. And yet also to remindreaders that we need to celebrate and remember those we've lost. It's okay tofeel that and to reach out and give hugs to those who need it more thanever right now. And I can't thank the friends and Fiction group and authors.Um, enough for all of your support. I mean, it's meant the world to me andmade a huge difference in the success of this book. So thank you all. Wait, Imean, you're doing such an amazing job with the show that you host, too. It'sjust so nice to be for all of us to be part of this community together. Ithink it just means so much. OK, folks, quite sadly, time is running short, butbefore we let you go, I do believe we have a bullet. Continue, Everybodyready way alright as dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly when theymeet with an obstacle mount to the sky. So up to the housetop, the coursers.They flew with the sleigh full of books and ST Nicholas, too, and then filledwith gratitude that knows no end. We reached out to thank you, our friendsand fiction friends as I drew in my head and was turning around a crosscountry Christmas, swept by with a bound neck was thrust all in fur fromhis head to toe. I leaned in to hear the secret of snow, a bundle of toys hehad flung on his back and a magical New York Christmas came rushing back hiseyes. How they twinkled, his dimples. How merry. It's a wonderful Christmas,I thought how very his droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow. And youcould win all of these gifts books, you know? All right, we have four moreauthors coming up, but in the meantime, don't forget you can win books by alleight of our guests and the four of us tonight by entering on our Facebookgroup Page Wade Julie, Anita, Courtney, Thank you so much. for being with us sofun and thank you for your beautiful, honest answers. You guys, you guys. Well, that was so funny. My alreadyhurt right now. Mine, too. And they were also wonderful and honest. Yougave such just beautiful answers. Okay, So while we are waiting for our nextauthor guests to sign on, Patty, you wrote this month's essay for paradeabout holiday traditions which will be out in the next week or so. Um, andeach of us shared a holiday tradition with you, which I thought was such agreat idea on your part to talk to all of us about our traditions, includingMegan. Sean, can you tell us a little bit about that essay? It was a reallyfun essay to write because, you know, sometimes we on the show, we often talkabout the origins of stories, but we don't think about the origins oftraditions. You know, who was the first person who put up a Christmas tree? Whowas the first person who started going from door to door singing like Thinkabout it. Let's knock on some doors and sing right now. It was the first personto put gifts under a tree, and so I explored some of the bigger traditions.But then I talked to all of you and Shawn and Meg and to Ron and really duginto some of the traditions that are built into your families and where theycame from and how some of us have taken older traditions like you, Kristen andmodified them for for kind of a new world. And how many of the traditionsrevolve around food and candy. And how...

...many of them revolve around, you know,decorations or gathering of vintage things or family heirlooms, and alsodive in a bit, too. Why tradition matters and why ritual matters and howit grounds us not only to the present and to where we are, but to each otherand to our community. Because if we're doing something that was done before us,we're grounding ourselves in history and our ancestry as well as intospiritual traditions. And I just loved writing about it and in the essay, allgo check it out when it comes out. In a week or so, I talk about where thefirst Christmas tree came from, and I'm you're going to have to guess, butyou'll read about it next week. The first image of gifts under a tree.You're never gonna guess who it was. So I hope you all enjoy it. Great. Youwant to go around a round table style real quick and share just a holidaytradition, maybe even something different than the one that we've told.Patty. Um, that means something to us as we're waiting for the next authorsto pop on. Absolutely. So I don't think I talked about this in the thing. Butit's so funny today. My sister is here visiting and my son is here, and mydaughter is here with her babies. And, um, we were talking about you know,what if we all just took a big trip one Christmas and left And it was my 23year old son who said No, we do this, this, this and this in this order, andwe're not going to go pick it up and take it to some stranger's house andrent something. And I just think it's really interesting that even no matterhow old, they get traditions like not putting the gifts out until Christmasmorning, are things that they rely on To feel granted in safe. How aboutY'all? That's awesome. We watched the night they saved Christmas every year,which I think I've talked about before. It's made for TV movie from, like, theearly 80s, but it's not Christmas in our house until we've seen that movie.It's a little tradition, but sometimes it's those little traditions that kindof hearken back to your earlier days in your early memories. And that means alot. How About You, Christy or Kate? OrKathy? Mary Kay. Either one. Um, okay, um, I think for us, and I think so. Ithink maybe Kathy or make a you do this to, But we, um, open like we get tochoose one present on Christmas Eve to open, which is really fun. And I mean,especially like as a kid, you know, I just remember the anticipation of likelooking under the tree and picking out. Okay, this is the one I'm going to openone and which is going to be the wine. And, um, but it's just it's like yousaid Patty. We talk about that, too, Like, well, maybe, you know, in a fewyears like we'll just start doing a trip every year and we'll go somewherewarm or whatever. And but then thinking about letting go of all of thesetraditions is really hard. Very grounding. Yeah, absolutely. How aboutyou, Mary Kay? Well, we started a new tradition with the grandkids. They loveto watch home alone. So we try to have a family viewing of home alone. That'sawesome. Now we can all recite the lines, you know, that's awesome. Wejust had no watch it for the first time. It was like at the beginning of Griffinknows exactly the point to say, Buzz Wolf, your girlfriend. It's amazing.That's his favorite. Oh, well, you know, I love the traditions. Means so much toall of us and to all of you out there watching tonight, if you have a holidaytradition you'd like to share with us, we would love for you to tell us aboutit in the comments. But for now, I don't know about you, but I would loveto see how this poem ends, right? I mean, the suspense is killing me.Should we bring on the next four authors? Absolutely. And remembertonight we're celebrating. Oh, I heard my voice twice. The 12 authors ofChristmas giveaway, which gives you a chance to win 12 novels from the fourof us Kristy, Mary, Kay, Kristin and me. And from the eight authors we have ontonight, if you're watching this live, you have until tomorrow to enter. Justlook for the posts about each book under announcements or featured on yourFacebook page. But if you're watching this later or if you don't want to giveaway, please do take a look at all of the books. All are new or coming in thenext few weeks, and they're all written by authors we adore and recommend.Which leads me to introducing the first of our Final Four author guests. JuliaKelly, who happens to be a publishing sister to Kristin and me since allthree of Us are published by Gallery books, is the best selling author of 10novels, including the brand new The Last Dance of the Debutante, comingJanuary 4th. It's set in mid century Britain in 1958 the last yeardebutantes were presented in court, and it tells the story of three of the lastdebutantes ever presented to Queen Elizabeth the second Sean, can youbring Elizabeth on, please? Oh, my God. It's like it's Elizabeth.I'll go by Elizabeth. That's fine.

Wrong with me, Julia, you are now thequeen. We don't have it, but it's really been aspiring to my whole life.So, you know, kick me off. You should You should kick me off the show. Ican't do people's names. Obviously we w the Queen Julia can net her ownsweaters. But I cannot help you to the right name. The knights sweater. It'snot like I don't know that I can We talk about the Duchess Queen. Okay, I'mgoing to tattle on you, Julia, for all of you out there. Julia knit thatsweater herself. I admit that sweater. And then I realized it looks like yourbook cover, so I had to let you know about it. It's amazing. We've beentalking about you behind your back all week. It's you. Thank you. Um, is it my turn? I'm sorry. All I'mhaving technical difficulties. Can you Can you hear me? Okay. Okay. We alsohave Rachel Hawkins who, like Anita Hughes, has a double identity. I know alittle bit about that. Her alter ego is Aaron Sterling. Under that name, shereleased the Ex Hex back in September. Great Title Under Rachel Hawkins. She'sthe bestselling young adult writer who penned the popular Hex Hall series, Andshe also writes best selling women's fiction, including reckless girls, agothic suspense novel set on an isolated island in the middle of thePacific. Also coming on January four. Shaun, can you bring Rachel on? Hi, I'mright here, I've got but oh my gosh, y'all as a Southern girl, I have to sayMary Kay Andrews just said both my names. So, like, that was a big momentfor me right now. Thank you so much. I didn't know that was gonna happen. Sonow I'm super sized bathroom. That's awesome. Okay, next up, we have ourfriend Sadiq a. Johnson with the paperback edition of last year'spopular beautiful and crawling novel Yellow Wife, a searing historical aboutan enslaved woman named Phoebe Delores Brown, who has to survive in theDevil's Half acre, an infamous jail in Richmond, Virginia. That paperback willbe out in just three days after Christmas, so get your gift cards ready.Sequa is the best selling author of four novels. And like Julie Cantrelland just like our very own Christie, she is a member of the tall poppywriters. Sean, can you bring her on, please? Mhm. These are my jazz hands.Guys, go back and get his hands. Look at your cute little tree. I'm loving it.Finally, we have Susan Meisner. See how I said her name is that the best selling author of 15novels, including the nature of fragile things, which is coming out inpaperback on January 4? and I love that bug. It's originally detailedhistorical novel set during the infamous San Francisco Earthquake of 19oh, six about three women whose lives intertwine in the story of motherhood,love and fear. Sean, can you bring Susan on, please? Hi. I'm crazy. You Well, welcome,ladies. Happy holidays. We are so happy to have you. Now we have a question foreach of you and we'll have to keep these quick since we're short on timesequence. Susan, the first one is for you. You've both written novels abouttime periods that are perhaps less prevalent in new historic fiction thesedays. Siddiq a yellow wife is set just before the Civil War, And Susan, thenature of fragile things is set just after the turn of the last century.Both tackle very difficult subject matter. Susan, you write about aterrible earthquake, but there's also a character in this book who is asdangerous as the earthquake itself. How did you handle writing about such atough subject? Yeah, here's the book. It's the nature of fragile things. And,you know, um, dark times fall upon all of us. Um, we can't escape them, and Iand I know that's true. I also know that dark places and dark times theydon't usually last. We usually get through them. And I think you read abook about a character who has gone through a dark time or has beenimpacted by a dark person. You can learn things through their experiencethat you might be able to then bring into your own life at another time. Andwhen I write, it's kind of the same way. I know that I'm writing about somethingthat's probably really terrible, but it's not going to last. I am going tobring that character through it. and...

...they're going to be transformed. And Iknow dark times do that to us to most of the time, we emerged from a darktime or a dark moment in our in our experience in our life that transformsus. And so we're usually, um, maybe better versions of ourselves stronger.Now we know what kind of, um, courage we have. We know what we know, howstrong we love. Um, so it's not all bad. It's just difficult when you're goingthrough it. But when you're writing about it or reading about it orexperiencing it, usually a dark moment in your life when you come out on theother side of it, you find that you're you're transformed in a good way. That's great. And sika some of thethings Phoebe goes through and Yellow Wife are almost unimaginable. But theywere part of our country's history, and we can't forget them. There are, Andthere are beautiful, happy moments in this book, too. I don't wanna I don'twanna, you know, not talk about those. But ifyou will talk about the importance and the difficulty of sometimes going tothose dark places in your writing Yeah, it is. It is important for me. It's awhole vibe. I have to turn my my whole body over to my characters. And I waswriting a scene, probably like two or three weeks ago, and I sent an email tomy agent after I finished. And I was like, I have to go to bed like I justneed to go get under the covers and and take care of myself. And so you know,these things happen and and that is really what storytelling is for me isshining a light in a dark place and given it enough energy that people cansee it, feel it, taste it, touch it and understand that you know, this is wherewe came from. But we can do things differently. Going forward. Yeah,that's awesome. That's such a great message and such a beautiful, beautifulbook. And his goodness received so much praise this year that is so welldeserved. So, Julia, your book is also historical, but is set more recently,you've really become known for these sweeping historical tales set inEngland where you've lived for the last several years. So what appeals to youabout writing fiction set and your adopted home. It's a good question, Ithink for me a lot of it stems from the fact that I'm I'm an expat, but I'malso a British citizen. I'm a dual national, and I've always beeninterested in understanding a little bit more about where my mother's familyis from where I'm from, even though I didn't grow up there. So I think one ofthe things, as as an author that I often find in talking to other authorsis we're always looking for something new. We're always trying to learnsomething with the books that we write, and this really allows me to learn alittle bit more about about myself and my family's history. But then also, ofcourse, about the wider history of the place that I live in now, and it's justa wonderful, wonderful way to sort of really settle in and try to understand,um, the U. K. And and the history over here. That's awesome, amazing. And wehave to tell everyone that although we already told them that you knit yourown sweater so also so happy, you joined us because it's after midnightin London. Honestly, this is so much fun for me. I'm really, really gladthat I could join. This is worth staying up for. Oh, thank you. Okay,we'll be hearing more about Julius books set in England on our friends andfiction writer's block podcast with Ron Block this January. So make sure youtune in for that now, Rachel, My Auburn girl like wild card from romcom toGothic thrillers to y A why and more importantly, how that you find upwriting about so many different kinds and types of thugs. Um, you know, Ihave a very, like, sort of glib answer that's always like, Oh, well, I wasdiagnosed with a D. D this year and was suddenly like, Oh, becomes clear now,you know, I think shiny way a lot of especially mothers. My child gotdiagnosed and then I was going through, like, the testing stuff with him andwas like, Wait, I get it. I see. I see now, um, but you know, that can also bea blessing in its own way, because it's a lot of it just comes down to, um, asa writer, I believe really strongly and sort of listening to my gut and and sothat leads me down. Weird path, sometimes story wise, career wise. Um,but I always want I always feel like I'm doing the best work that I can doif I'm being true to what my gut is telling me it wants to write. Um, andfor me, that does. It just means writing a bunch of different stuff. Now,I'm pretty sure that I'm done with way. I did a solid kind of 10 years there,and I'm really proud and happy of all...

...of those books. But once I sort ofmoved into both thrillers and romance, I sort of, um, felt really rejuvenatedas a writer. It was kind of like, Oh, okay, like I had, you know, we jokeabout like, Oh, we don't run out of ideas, but sometimes you do run out ofideas. And I had I had really run out of ideas for y. And so rather than sortof panic, it was like, Okay, well, what do you have ideas for? What do you wantto do next? And as someone who also reads really, really wild both wildlyand widely, what to me to kind of like chase the stuff that I was interestedin. So, um, you know, chasing the shiny that catches my eye has has not led mewrong yet in life or in the career. So yeah, it's basically that it's thatthing of just writing is hard. So what would make me really happy to write?And that's what I write. It's a great first question to put on the table whenyou're thinking what to write next, right? It's like you fill me withenergy and happiness. Do I want to write it right? Like what? Ideas exciteme, you know, because again, like you're going to end up in that. Like,I've written 150 pages. And I'm so sick of this where Britney some words and Ihate it. Yeah, you're gonna end up there whether you love it or we're justsort of like, Maybe this will sell. Yeah, So I feel like, you know, atleast if you love it like love can kind of pull you through those tough part.Sometimes there's this song in there. Yeah, Okay. I feel like a next episode.Christian Writings for Conviction Album exactly. You know, Rachel, I think it'sa good It's a good reminder for readers to I think a lot of us feel like, Oh,well, this is the genre I read in, and so I have to keep reading books in thatgenre. But, you know, it's about what speaks to you. And if you're if you'recalled to these books that sound appealing or sound exciting, like,maybe that's your next book. Even if it's not what you feel like you'reexpected to read. So, yeah. Good question. Good out there. You know, agood section of the bookstore has got, like, so many amazing things like soyeah, I could never I could never limit myself to reading or writing. So true.Okay, ladies, it is now time to finish up this holiday poem. Are you already?Are you ready for this? Okay. As a reminder, we are picking up with ourold friend ST Nick, the stump of a pipe he held tight inhis teeth and his TVR list was long enough to wind into a He had a broadface and some fuzzy red pants, and he said he was excited about thedebutantes last dance. A was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, and hehoped to read reckless Girls as a gift to himself. A week of his eye and thenod of his nature of his head soon gave me to know there were no fragile thingsto dread. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his life and filled all thestockings with the book Yellow White and laying his finger, which that doesnot look good. I'm not doing her letting his finger on his pile of books.He gave thanks to all the authors and their great story hooks. Good line. Hesprang to his sleigh, But before his reindeer could leave, he said, Hey,Rudolph, we're taking a short reading retreat. Then I heard him exclaim Withall his friends and fiction might Happy Christmas to all readers And to all agood night Christian five stars. Very good. Fivestars for sure. That was excellent, ladies, if we haven't terrified you orjust alienated you entirely by being such dorks. But that would be me. Wewould hope you would stick around for just a few more minutes because we haveone additional question for you after a few quick announcements. Just a quickreminder always for me, because I love our writer's block podcast featuringour dear Friend library and Ron Block. We always post the links underannouncements each time a new one goes out and Ron often post little teasersto where you can hear a little bit of it. A new episode launches every Friday.This past week, Ron talked about reality T. V, and you have to listen toit. It's hilarious with Amy Phillips,...

...and this Friday we have a super treat.Part two of Ron chatting with Kim Richie and Gretchen Peters aboutsongwriting as storytelling. I have to tell you all I am obsessed with thistwo part podcast about writing songs. Yeah, If you're not hanging out with usyet and the friends and fiction official book club, you are missing out.The group, which is separate from us and run by our friends Lisa Harrisonand Brenda Gartner, is now 10,000 strong. I'll be joining them on Mondayto chat about Christmas and Peachtree Bluff, and then they'll be reading TheSecret of Snow by our good friend Wade Ralph. So you saw earlier who writeshis viola shipment. The group will be discussing his book on January 24 and make sure to join us for our nextepisode of Friends and Fiction next Wednesday, right here at seven p.m.Where we will host Maria Amparo Escandon, the author of La Weather,which was a Reese's book club pick. Then in two weeks, join us as wewelcome best selling romance author Sarah MacLean. And if you are everwondering about our schedule, it is always on the friends and fictionwebsite and on our header on the Facebook group page. All right, ladies,before we let you go, we just have one more question this year. Is hopefullygoing to be so different from last year? Both, for all of us, is touring authorsand as human beings in our own lives. What is your hope for this readingcommunity and the world at large this holiday season? As we close out 2021and move into 2022. Julia, do you want to take that 1/1? Well, I kind of likedwhat Rachel said about reading wildly, so I hope people read wildly with wildabandon and also read widely, um, and discover something brand new that maybesurprises them this year. I love awesome new hashtag reading that. Yeah,I love that. How about using a friend and I love it. I guess my hope is thateveryone would hold on to hope. I wrote about a pandemic, an early one at the1918 pandemic I wrote about in another book, and I can tell you it ended. Itended. And I feel like our time that we're in right now. It's This is notforever, folks. So hang on to hope the end is coming. We don't know when, butit's come and hang on to hope. And don't forget to love. It's so easy tolove. Just hang on to those things. I love that. How about you, Rachel? Yeah,I think you know. My biggest hope is that I do hope that things are safeenough that we can kind of gather as readers and writers again. You know,writing is such a solitary business, and getting to meet with readers andtalk to them is such a like, soul filling kind of thing. Um and so andI'm so, so grateful that we've been able to find other ways of doing that.Things like this. Things like zoom visits and things like that. But I dohope that we can all sort of gather in a place. Um, you know, in person,hopefully in 2022 that things will will be safe for them. Um, and yeah, and thesame thing. Like, I hope that people continue to find joy in books, continueto surprise themselves, actually said with, like what they read with whatappeals to them and just I hope they find, like, the best thing in the wholeworld is being like finding an author that is new to you, but they've got aback list of, like, 25 books. That's what I wish for everyone. That's theone. Yeah. How about you? You know, for the writing community, Ijust want people to read and they read things that that burns their fingerslike that's the type of reader I am. I love to read a book where I'm justwalking around and I'm thinking about it, and I can't wait to get back intoit. And so I hope that our reading community. Find those books. And then Ihope they will share them with their book clubs and their aunties and all oftheir friends. And the biggest thing I want to say is that I just wisheverybody joy unspeakable, unspeakable joy for 2022. You know I love it. Yes,a perfect way to close out this part of the show. Ladies, thank you so much forspending the evening with us. We all wish you the happiest of holidays. Andwe hope everyone out there has been so inspired by what you said tonight thatthey'll go out and pre order each of your books immediately. Thank you,ladies. Happy holidays, everyone. Tonight, everybody. Goodnight.Goodnight. Night. Goodnight. Now make sure all of you out there to stay tunedfor our talking turkey with butter ball after show. And don't forget that youcan find all of our back episodes on YouTube. We are live there every week,just like we are on Facebook. And if you subscribe, you won't miss a thing.Plus, you'll have access to special short clips. Which Patty? You'll behappy to know. I finally pulled today and finally sent to our clip. I haven'tso much of it. Uh, yes. But be sure to...

...come back next week. Same time, sameplace as we welcome Maria Amparo Escandon. Don't forget to stop by theFacebook page tonight to read about tonight's guests books and to enter thecontest to win all 12 novels. Remember, the deadline for entry is tomorrownight. Thursday, Happy holidays. And we'll see you in just 30 seconds in theafter show, where we will be joined by friends and fiction co founder MaryAlice Monroe. Good night, everybody. Seeing a second in a second. Oh,episode was so much fun episode You knocked it out of the park, You guys,that wasn't That wasn't me. That was I mean, we just had such We had greatguests. I mean, they were phenomenal. So, speaking of great guests, welcometo the talking turkey with butter ball after show. All this month, we'recelebrating the holidays with our partner butter ball. What do you thinkof when you think of carving up a big butterball turkey? Well, I think offamily and friends around the table. And tonight we have invited our oldfriend Mary Alice Monroe back to our table to celebrate. Sean, can you bringMary Allison? Hey. Oh, my gosh. I hate to see you. Okay, What's your hair isgetting, you know, it's going to say that I have to say truly, it was awonderful show. The comments were great. Especially the wishes for the New Yearand the u. K. It was really touching, so well, that's great. So many greatbooks that just came out or getting ready to come out. It's so exciting. Iknow. I love what Sadiq was said about reading a book that burns your fingers.I had never heard that expression before that I hadn't either. I loveThat's awesome. Okay, Mary Alice, it's so good to see you. What have you beenup to this holiday season? Holidays? I what? I'm a Christmas fanatic. I loveit. My tree's been up since Thanksgiving. I love my secret. Guiltypleasure is reading Christmas books and watching Christmas movies. I know, Yeah,shopping, but I think the secret particular. I'm seeing family this year,and I think a lot of us are going to actually go out of our homes and sharethe holiday. So I'm very excited about that. So exciting. Well, speaking ofexciting things, Christian, Patty and I are going to be joining you on Al uponthe Wild Dunes Resort next month. And we're so looking forward to that justto is there still time left for people to buy tickets? Because they absolutelyyou know, we we have a we're gonna sell out. It's moving really fast. I'm so,gosh, January 16th and Martin Luther King holiday. Because it's a three dayholiday, a lot of people are actually flying in. And while Jews Resort, which,by the way, will be lovely in January, a cold climate they are offering adiscount like 15% off on the hotel rage discounts for meals. And we have addedthe weekend, and all the girls are going to be talking on Saturday andSunday. So but the big event is Sunday, and friends of friends in fiction likeCaroline's Cakes and Charleston Coffee Roasters, they're all bringing theiryoung MI's for everyone to share. It's going to be just wonderful. So go toall our sites since my Facebook page, wild dunes dot com and get your tickets.It's a perfect fit for your book club for your pal. Or maybe just yourself. Ilike one for me. One for you. Honestly, it's you know, I've been doing this.This is the 19th year. Oh, my God. I'm go by fast. And I've had first who isthe very first? I think petty like a uh oh, uh, 35 people. And now we have near500. It's really grown, but we've had Let's see, I remember the year PattyPat Conroy came with Cassandra and Kathy Rights came with her family.Brendan and Carrie and Kathy. Mary Kay Andrews. You've been here a couple oftimes, had so many great great guests. And this year, having Christy andKristen and Patty join us and we'll miss you. Mary Kay. Yeah, I'll be up tomy ears and copy of it. That's what I under I It's gonna be fabulous to seeyou all in person again. Yeah, it is. It's gonna be so much fun. And beforewe know it, I know Ron Block. Let's not forget Ron Block and then the girls andI have a meeting, so it's going to be a...

...friends and fiction sort ofLollapalooza it will be nice to you because I think so many of us know eachother just online, and it'll be one of those wonderful opportunities we haveto meet in real life. And, uh, and and there's for anyone even feeling alittle bit, um, uneasy about pandemic members or whatever, like there's somuch outdoor space at Wild Dunes to It's just a beautiful yeah resort.There's so much to do outside. I think it's gonna be a lot of fun. What a goodpoint. Thank you for making that Christian because the beaches there youcan walk, going to be very mindful and very careful of all the covidrestrictions. But we are really snapped doing badly in South Carolina, and wewill be careful and it's going to be wonderful and hurry up and take a lookbecause tickets truly are speeding away. So if you stay in, if you're out oftown and you want to fly into wild dunes, come see your favorite F NFmembers. And No, that sounds good. Give us something to look forward here.It'll be 20 22. I can't, I can't, I can't. It's going to be an excitingyear for all of us. I'm sure. I think so, too. All right. Before we forget,this is a good time to remind you that our partners at butter ball arecelebrating the 40th anniversary of their Turkey talk line, which startedas just a phone line. But now they have a website and a Facebook page, andthey're even on Instagram and Tiktok. Of course, we all know that we can callin with the last minute question on Thanksgiving Day, but they're actuallyopen through the end of December. So if you have any turkey questions at all,give them a call or check out their website. Yeah, go ahead. You like terrible,perky story, okay. And for thanks. I was away for Thanksgiving, and so Ialways have to make my own turkey. So I defrosted it and was already and I putit on the counter. I forgot all about it. You ever do that where you just putsomething on the counter and you are in the oven and you forget all about it.So I have to buy another butterball turkey and still like, Well, thank youfor supporting our sponsors. I love my But maybe that's what happened to thatSharon lady. She forgot her pumpkin pie in the oven. That's exactly right. Haveyou guys ever put like, boiled eggs on the stove and forgot about them Notexplode on the ceiling? Yeah. Happened recently. The dogs really enjoyed whatthey salvaged from the floor. I am. I've made pancakes a week or so ago,and you know how, like sometimes she put them in the oven to warm, like onthe warm setting. Um, and I just completely forgot they were in thereuntil I open the oven several days later to put something else in there.Oh, Oh, yes. Or squash or potatoes or I mean, they just sat there. So scene.Right now, we all evolve into, like, major food talk in the after show, soOkay, well, okay. So, ladies, we talked about gathering around a butterballturkey for a big family get together, but our family is more than just thefive of us. Sean, would you like to pull up a chair? And are there anyother family members out there who might want to come on? Anybody thinkAny thinking? Shawn, we were kind of hoping you comeon in. Your in your Santa hat, you know, you're pose. And that was amazing. Thebest moment of Joe. I did a sweep picking up my Christmas card, so justjust act surprised later. I think it's a framer. I think we need to blow it upin a poster and have it behind us for the user. I That should be on your eyeon your professional linked in Beijing on. So I thought maybe I could get Seanto add to the collection. I Okay, everybody. Yeah, Alright. You all knowSean, I hope who runs all of our tech behind the scenes. And Meg, who is theglue? A k a managing director. And I hope you know what? She's a sparkling blue right blueglitter glue by now you also know Lisa Harrison and Brenda Gardner, who runour book club. And if you spend any time on our page a page look at whatyou do, you know. Okay, now you never...

...want to live down. Holla are neverNever. It was my first Christmas card I received this year. I had to share,Okay, but we have to make sure everybody knows Anissa, who has alsobeen doing our Tuesday launch day Love Post to announce the new releases.Welcome, friends who would like the stuffing it is anybody gonna toss?Would anybody enjoy some tofurkey? No. Alright, folks, now that we're herebecause, you know, we're all sitting around the dinner table together wewould love to play a quick game of would you Rather. And since there are10 of us, we have to get through those quickly. So, as you know, normal gamerules. Quick, fast. One word answers, please. And those of you at home feelfree to play along by putting your answer in the comments. All right, sohere goes and let me pull this up so I can cue you, and you're gonna answer inthe same order each time. So remember where I called you. All right? Wouldyou rather drink hot chocolate or eggnog? Mary Kay. Hi, ChocolateChristie. Hot chocolate Patty. Eggnog Spiked. Who? I love it. Mary Alice.Eggnog. Meg, Which everyone is spiked Stahn I'll chocolate spiked. Alright.How chocolate? Hands down! Awesome! Lisa, Eggnog spiked. Me too. Okay. And Anissachocolate spiked. Okay, Fantastic. Here. Okay, Would you rather hear the songJingle Bells or the song? Silver Bells on Repeat for 24 hours straight 24hours. No break of either song. Jingle Bells Question What is this liketorture? Our is We had the joyful episode Now it's time to bring you alldown a notch, you know, very, very K Jingle Bells, Chris, Um, Silver bells. Mm. Mary Ellis. Silver bells to Meg. JingleBells. Okay, Sean, Silver bells, silver bells. Alright, Silver bells. Okay,Brenda. Jingle Bells. Okay, Lisa. Silver bells and Anisa Silver bells,Silver bells. All right, sister me to your silver bells. Okay. Would yourather binge a day full of new holiday classics like love, Actually or a dayfull of old holiday classics like It's a wonderful life. Okay, hold. But Idon't want to see It's a wonderful life. It's my least favorite. Oh, that'sinteresting. Okay, I like Christmas girl. Okay, okay. Fair, Christie. Ilike them all, but I'm gonna say new, probably because love actually is likemy favorite. So love, love. Actually, such a good movie. Okay, Patty, I'mgonna say if I'm binging a whole day, I'm going to do the old classicsbecause I haven't seen as many of them as I have the new ones. So I'm gonnasay Okay, fair. How about you, Mary? Alice, You know what's crazy is love,actually, is getting to be an old movie I just gave myself. Yeah, I If loveactually is in the lineup, I have to watch that. I love that movie. Okay,how about you make definitely new, okay? It sounded like nude, which is anotherchoice. Oh, there is a couple of scenes in love, actually. Oh, my God. Yes,there are. I know a couple of you still have to answer, but we, um, projectedmovie onto our garage door for the neighborhood once a year. So we alwaysknew, uh, the Polar Express. But a couple of years ago, we were like, Oh,well, we've already watched. You know, we we watched the Polar Express, and wewere like, Let's put on love, actually as like, a second. And like, we totallyforgot about the nude scenes until they were, like, 20ft tall on our garage.Yes. Now, I would not say that with my parents and one of my friends, and wewere like Oh, God, it's likely. All right, Sean. Old movies, new movies arenude. Why not? Uh oh. Movies and everyone in the chest Don't at me. Ihate love. Actually, I hate it. I'm sorry. Oh, I feel good. No, No way.Love actually is okay. How about you? I'm gonna say new New, Okay. And Lisa,new and nude. Alright. Uh, I'm old movies. Okay, So and this is going tothe classics. Okay. All right. And finally, ladies and gentlemen, wouldyou rather be visited by the ghost of...

Christmas past or the ghost ofChristmas future? In other words, assuming that you've lived a lesscreepy life than Ebeneezer Scrooge, would you like, Would you like anostalgic look at the past during Christmas? Or would you like a peek atwhat the future holds? Mary Kay? How about you? Well, you know, I'm going tosay Christmas past. Yeah, you have to say Christmas past two. Very nostalgic.Okay? I gotta say Christmas past, but especially the ones I don't remember.Like when I was three or four or fine. That's good. I like that. Okay. Howabout you, Mary Alice? Definitely Christmas past I would love to see mygrown up Children as little kids again waiting. I'd like to see it. I'm tired.Yes, Yes. Oh, my gosh, that's so sweet. How about you, Meg? Definitely past.I'd like to spend some time with my grandmother's again. I love. How aboutHow about you, Sean? Past? I don't want any spoilers. Okay. All right. Brenda,how about no spoilers from either pay? Okay. Past. Okay, Lisa, I'm gonna bethe oddball and safe future. Who? I like it. What's your life? And I wantto know You want to know as a single lady, I want to know what's coming up.I like that. I like that a lot. Okay, how about you and Lisa? Last, butcertainly not least Christmas past, so I could spend time with my parentsagain. Oh, I love I love that. Well, this was so fun. I feel like I knowit's huge. You Christian. Now, you know, I just make up dorky poems. I don'thave to get insights. Definitely. You know, I think I would go with Christmaspast also just for kind of for the same reasons. You've all said, just, youknow, people people we don't have with us anymore. And and glimpses of my ownchildhood Christmas that I didn't have the maturity to understand orappreciate at the time. Yeah, but luckily, we have Christmas presents,and I think it's gonna be a beautiful Christmas. That's what we have alwayshave. Yeah. Yeah. So? Well, this was lovely. Ladies and gentlemen andgentlemen, but in his beautiful pose way. Well, this was great. So, um, youknow, of course, we'll be back next week. Um, this isn't this, isn't it?For the holiday season, But as we said, this was just a fun opportunity to gettogether to kind of kick off the final, you know, week and a half or so aswe're rolling toward Christmas. 10 days, right? 10 days, 10 days from today,days. And, you know, we're so happy that Mary Alice, in a way, that was aweird echo. It's really great to be back. I'd love to love to see you all.Yeah, way before they closed it down. Since Anita is here, I want to announcethe fabulous Yes, thank you. Initiative for 2022 friends and fiction readingchallenge. We have picked one category for every month of the year, and it's asurprise you'll find out this week will make a big announcement, and it will bespearheaded by our very own Anissa Armstrong. We have put together acategory for each month that we think it's not only fun but will also push usto expand our reading horizons this year and another way to fill up thegorgeous transit fiction reading journals. So be on the lookout for postfrom Anissa each month and will be announced from the categories. Thank you, Lisa. Thank you for doingthat. We're so happy you're going to be helping us with that. That's gonna beso much fun. I can't wait to see what people pick for each category. You know,so excited. You and Lisa and Brenda. Huge. Congratulations on 10,000 andastonishing. You guys are amazing. You can happen during the show. Yeah,really? Oh, my. We're, like at 9:97, I think this afternoon. That's awesome.It's great. Let's do January, February March because you guys just had a bigannouncement, right? Yes, we did. Um, January January, We're doing the secretof snow. Okay, By violence shipment and then February. We're doing the weddingdate with Jasmine Guillory. And we also have a happy hour with Ron Block andNancy Johnson. That's going to be a lot of fun. And Linda, do you want to doMarch?...

Oh, you want to do March? Brenda? Uh, my mind went blank. Okay. Um, so wait February We've gotJasmine Guillory. March. We've got Chris Wylie. Who do we have? Christina.Lauren. I think I think it was Lauren. So made equation on Winston. I blamed too. It I it I,like called people I've known for 15 years. The wrong Elizabeth. Exactly. Itwas like I was reading Queen Elizabeth. And then somehow, like my I just wentback to I don't know, it's all good. Long day. Yeah, Yeah, This has been somuch fun. Mary. Alice! Thanks for coming. You get back together. All right. MerryChristmas, everybody. Happy holidays will still love you guys. Holiday. I thank you for tuning in. You can joinus every week on Facebook or YouTube, where our live show airs on Wednesdaynights at seven p.m. eastern time. Also subscribe to our podcast and follow uson Instagram. We're so glad you're here.

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