Monday, November 28, 2011

Cynthia Eden with Holiday Survival Tips and a Giveaway!

Holiday Survival Guide

Hi, everyone! (And a very big thank you to Leagh for inviting me over!) In the U.S., we’re currently recovering from Thanksgiving (oh, the turkey, the dressing!) and, of course, we’re trying to get over the mania that is Black Friday.  The holiday shopping season is in full swing. Chaos is reigning.  Folks are trying to get presents. Deal with relatives. Clean houses.  Wrap. Gah!  Madness.

And how do you survive this madness? 

Well, the characters from my new book, ANGEL OF DARKNESS, are here to offer some tips. 

A Vamp’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays:

  1. Flash some fang to the folks who steal your parking space. Yes, you know what/who I’m talking about.
  2. Mother-in-law drama? She says your house isn’t clean enough? Really?  Bite her.
  3. Only one Nintendo Wii left at that awesome discount price? Don’t be afraid to dig deep and use some supernatural strength to grab that goodie.
  4. Channel your inner vamp. You don’t fear the shopping. Make the shopping fear you.
And in the interest of equal time, my hero, the fallen angel Keenan, wanted to offer his survival advice, too…

Angel Advice for Holiday Hell

  1. Lines are for the weak. (Uh, I think he means to shop at home and use your computer.)
  2. Punish your enemies by withholding gifts.  (Right…I think he means give to those who made the nice list!)
  3. Reward yourself.  (Oh, that’s a good one. When you’re shopping—don’t forget to pick up something for yourself—chocolate, anyone?)
  4. And if you cross my path, it will be the last mistake you make.  (I’ll assume Keenan means not to get between him and—um, anything? But maybe you can use this fierce mantra to empower yourself—or maybe we should just avoid advice from an angry fallen angel…)

Available tomorrow!!! 11/29/11

As an angel of death, Keenan’s job is to collect the souls on his list. He’s carried out his duty for two thousand years and never faltered once. Until he meets Nicole St. James.  When the moment of death comes, Keenan hesitates, and instead of taking Nicole, Keenan touches the vampire who’s attacking her.
Cast out of heaven for disobedience, Keenan plummets to earth. Six months later, he finally manages to track Nicole to a bar in Mexico. He’s stunned to discover that the woman he remembers has undergone a dramatic change—she’s become a vampire. And when he realizes that she’s the target of all manner of enemies—other vampires, demons, even shifters—he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her, even if all hell breaks loose…

Read an excerpt here
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I hope your holidays are filled with cheer and laughter...and not so much holiday stress. And if you've got some holiday survival advice to offer, please do! One commenter will win ANGEL OF DARKNESS

Best wishes,
Cynthia Eden
ANGEL OF DARKNESS—Available 11/29/11 from Kensington Brava
When an angel falls, all hell breaks loose…

Thank you everyone for visiting by blog!!!


  1. Ahh comments that will truly help you this season. Thanks for sharing
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. Stress is a big part of the Holidays! And it's over so soon we don't mind. The only advice? Take it one minute at a time.

    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

  3. I like this advice...LOL
    I should take Keenan shopping with me. :)
    Happy Holidays.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  4. I like the part about biting your mother-in-law. :) That's too funny. I will be thinking about that next time my in-laws make any remarks. :)

    maybe31 at

  5. For me it was always hard to visit my parental grandparents as a kid, because I knew that they never loved me, but I kept thinking if that is over I can go visit my other grandparents. So I had something to look forward to.

  6. Thanks so much for having me over today, Leagh!

  7. Debby, you never know when you might have to bite someone...

  8. Great advice, Diane! I always want the days until Christmas to rush past, then, on Christmas Eve, I wish I could just freeze time.

  9. Michelle, I think Keenan would love to go shopping with you!

  10. LOL, I think I'll remember that, too, May!

  11. Oh, no, Danny! I'm sorry you had to go through such uncomfortable visits when you were a kid. I hope the holidays are much happier for you now.

  12. Those are wonderful tips. I'd really like to employ them :). Thank you.

  13. Heheh! Oh I am totally loving Keenan's tips. He and I NEED to go shopping together. LOL. Hubby doesn't like to go with me when there are large crowds.

    Though I reallly don't want to bite my mother in law. LOL

  14. This upcoming holiday will be hard one, due to my grandfather's death a month ago.

  15. Those are wonderful tips.tnx 4 sharing

  16. This sounds like a great book and would love to win and read. Have read a couple of Cynthia's other books and loved them. I would love tow in and read this one also. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  17. Who knows, Victoria? You may just decide to get a little wild and use some of these tips...

  18. Oh, Danny...sending some hugs your way. When you lose a loved one, it just seems to make the holidays harder. I'm so sorry.

  19. Thanks for checking out the tips, roro!

  20. Christine, I am so glad you enjoyed the other stories--thank you!

  21. The tips are great. I'd love to be able to flash a little fang and get people to back off. Oh well I can always give them the stink eye. I'll contribute one tip: xanex, don't leave home without it.

    I can't wait to read Angel of Darkness. Happy holidays.


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  23. I love the Vamp's advice #1 & 2... any use of fang = priceless! And Keenan is my kind of shopper. LOL

    Thanks for sharing. :)

    bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com

  24. I definitely have to agree with the stay home and shop part. Either that or Miss Mel's xanex, don't leave home without it comment. That would be the only way to get me out in that kind of mess.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  25. Advice for the holidays...find something that lets the kids have fun - in separate rooms or at least where they can't touch each other.

  26. Definitely stay at home and use the internet. No parking spaces to hunt down, no long lines at cash registers and , no crowds. Besides these, you can usually find the best deals instead of driving between all the different stores (gas saving too). Thanks for this contest.

  27. LOL, good tip, Miss Mel!

    Hi, Barbara! Thanks for checking out the advice!

  28. June, I am all for online shopping this year. I love avoiding those holiday crowds (and so do my characters).

    OOOOhhh...great advice, Tiana!

  29. CatsMeow, nothing can beat that stay-at-home shopping! Thanks for entering the giveaway!

    Thanks so much for all the comments! And have a great holiday season!

  30. This sounds like an amazing is on my wish list...Thank you!!!!

  31. I do the whole Black Friday thing myself and would love some Holiday Survival advice because I swear this time of the which is supposed to be the most relaxing for me is the most stressful time of the year. Those are some great tips for Vamp’s and Angel's though:)

  32. Great post! Love the advice you gave, made me lol :)


  33. And we have a winner!!!!!

    Congrats to commenter #23 Barbara!

    Please email me at to claim your prize.

    Thanks everyone for coming out to play with Keenan, Nicole, Cynthia, and me


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