Maryse’s Countdown to Christmas Giveaways – 3 Days (and a few hours) ’til Christmas!!

by Maryse on December 21, 2013 · 169 comments

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Oh you guys, look what another one of my favorite authors just emailed me! Charles Sheehan-Miles has a Christmas giveaway for our “Countdown to Christmas”! He said:

“I’d like to offer up paperback/hardcovers of the Thompson Sisters books (complete set)… signed, and anywhere in the world.”

Does he rock, or what? These books are awesome, heartwarming, and one or two of ‘em are definite tear-jerkers. These are the books he’s giving away:

  1. Just Remember to Breathe (Thompson Sisters #1) —> my Book Review
  2. A Song for Julia (Thompson Sisters #2) —> my Book Review
  3. The Last Hour (Thompson Sisters) - my Book Review (this is Carrie’s book – tear-jerker!)
  4. Falling Stars (Thompson Sisters) —> Novella Julia and Crank, but Sean and Carrie <— this one just came out so I’m not 100% positive it’s included in the giveaway but maybe!


How to enter for a chance to win this awesome signed set? Just leave a comment below and tell me your favorite Christmas book (or movie if you don’t have a book) and by tomorrow by 11pm EST (Sunday December 22nd 2013), I will randomly select ONE winner. The winner will be contacted and once I receive a response back confirming the address information, I will forward it to the author and she will send your signed book!

NOTE: The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email notification. If no response is received, I will randomly select another winner. Make sure to check your email, so you do not lose your chance. THIS is open to INTERNATIONAL!! YAY!!!

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{ 169 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly December 21, 2013 at 10:58 PM

My favorite Christmas movie is The Christmas Shoes Love It!!!

Donna December 21, 2013 at 11:04 PM

How the grinch stole christmas

Courtney December 21, 2013 at 11:07 PM

My Favorite christmas book is ’twas The Night Before Christmas. Movies are just wonderful this time of year too! Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Elf!!!!

Melissa December 21, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Always look forward to big bowels of popcorn lots of junk food my kidos and all the Home Alone movies, still watch them and my sons 21 and my daughters 17. Would love to have these books!!

Tracie December 21, 2013 at 11:10 PM

I just read a little christmas romance by hm ward.

Rachel December 21, 2013 at 11:10 PM

My fav Christmas movie…..actually there are two, A Christmas Story (which we leave on tv all day Christmas Day….Fa ra ra ra ra) and Elf.

Christina December 21, 2013 at 11:11 PM

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation :)

yael December 21, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Well, to be honest I’m not a Christmas movie fan, but I do enjoy all the classics that come on during the holidays, like Mary Poppins, Sound of Music (the real version) & The Ten Commandments :)

Karen December 21, 2013 at 11:25 PM

42nd St….brings tears to my eyes every time!!

Suzanne December 21, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Favorite movie = Elf!

Karen December 21, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Sorry… I meant is Miracle on 34th Street

Annie December 21, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Home Alone (1&2). It brings a smile to my face every time.

Ashley December 21, 2013 at 11:42 PM

My favorite Christmas movie is also my all time fav…Love Actually. Always melts my heart!

Kama December 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM

My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Carol (the one with George C Scott. I watch it every year. Love him as Scrooge.) – which is also my fave christmas book, I guess, since I read it each year with my English students. 8) (PS – tomorrow is my birthday, so winning this would totally rock!) 8)

Cindy Alexander December 21, 2013 at 11:59 PM

While You Were Sleeping. Love it!!!

Julie December 22, 2013 at 12:06 AM

I dont have a book. but I LOVE It’s a wonderful life. no Christmas is complete w/o watching it

Kaitlin December 22, 2013 at 12:12 AM

My favorite Christmas movie is Annabelle’s wish. I love the Thompson sisters series!!!

Marlena Fein December 22, 2013 at 12:13 AM

I don’t have a favorite Christmas book but I love National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I watch it at least once every year.

Courtney Harris December 22, 2013 at 12:14 AM

The Grinch is my all time favorite story and movie. I can quote it word for word! :)

Melissa December 22, 2013 at 12:25 AM

My favorite movie is Elf want to decorate my house like his father’s apartment all white lights snowflakes and paper chains!!!

Antonella December 22, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Santa’s Aussie Christmas. Great kids book where Santa comes to Australia for a holiday and goes surfing and meets all the animals. My kids love it.

Jenn December 22, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Christmas Vacation.

Jean Pak December 22, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Miracle on 34th Street.

Patricia December 22, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Favorite Christmas movie is Love Actually.

Jennifer N December 22, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Hands down A Christmas Story! It is not Chritsmas until we watch this movie;)

eta37 December 22, 2013 at 1:17 AM

I love Elf!

Annaiss December 22, 2013 at 1:49 AM

My favorite Christmas movie (?) is Love Actually <3 I heart that movie so much!

Deija December 22, 2013 at 2:42 AM

I loved The Christmas Hope….it’s such a lovely story and Mort than once did it make me (want to) cry…I love it *sighs*

Deija December 22, 2013 at 2:47 AM

I ment more lol

Michelle December 22, 2013 at 3:07 AM

I love White Christmas- watch it every year

Esther December 22, 2013 at 4:08 AM

Miracle on 34th Street and Home Alone

Elle December 22, 2013 at 4:12 AM

Not really a Christmas movie but it’s often aired during the holidays and I watch it everytime: Willow ;-)
And I loved Love Actually

Elle December 22, 2013 at 4:14 AM

I forgot to say: In books I love all the free Christmas reads on Tiffany Reisz’s website

Shai Villanueva December 22, 2013 at 4:36 AM

My favorite is Home Alone. First Christmas movie I’ve watched. It never gets old :)

Jen Donald December 22, 2013 at 5:18 AM

My favorite is National Lampoons Christmas Vacation! It always makes me laugh and gets me ready for the holidays!

fifi December 22, 2013 at 5:33 AM

My fave movie would be Home Alone :D

Paula Chatterton December 22, 2013 at 5:56 AM

Mine is Love Actually

Nicole Ash. December 22, 2013 at 6:39 AM

Home Alone hands down. =) Thank you for the giveaway. Merry Christmas!

Rhiannon December 22, 2013 at 6:41 AM

Favorite book is The Grinch. We recite all the words when it comes on tv, it’s my sons fav book too.

soney December 22, 2013 at 7:00 AM

My favorite book is the Bible (not to make this religious or garner sympathy votes) but this year in particular …I found comfort in my many romance novels to get through the hurt my ex caused our kids and I thrum his unfaithfulness …the Bible reinforced life will get better. The ultimate romance novel that solidified that one day I will breathe again/live/love again like many of the characters I read this year. Movie: Bridget Jones Diary.

Michelle December 22, 2013 at 7:09 AM

The gift of the magi

kerry K December 22, 2013 at 7:17 AM

unfortunately i don’t have one book that’s a favorite though i do have a favorite christmas movie The Grinch with Jim Carrey

Pam December 22, 2013 at 7:19 AM

How the Grinch stole Christmas

sonia December 22, 2013 at 7:25 AM

How the crunch stole Christmas and Elf.

sonia December 22, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Oops that was suppose to say Grinch not crunch lol

Kimberly Donovan December 22, 2013 at 7:28 AM

Home alone.

Kim Ervin December 22, 2013 at 7:28 AM

No favorite Christmas book but my absolute favorite Christmas movie ever is A Christmas Story. Tehehe…Frag-eeee-lay ;)

Betul Erikci December 22, 2013 at 7:35 AM

I don’t have a fav. Christmas book! My favorite Christmas movie is home alone 1 & 2

Feifei December 22, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Is it cliche for me to say A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens? Thanks for the giveaway!! Charles Sheehan Miles is one of my favorite authors! :D

Dawn M. December 22, 2013 at 7:56 AM

My favorite Christmas book is any of the Joe Wheeler Christmas in My Heart compilation series of books. I dare you to read some of these heart warming stories and not shed a tear.

Lauren December 22, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Haven’t read too many Christmas books other than kids Xmas books with my kids. Favorite movie is a Christmas story. I used to watch it over and over.

April December 22, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Holiday with bing Crosby!!

noelka December 22, 2013 at 8:15 AM

I can’t imagine Christmas without the most famous Czech fairy tale “Three Nuts for Cinderella”. It’s really popular not only in our country but also in Germany, Norway etc. You can watch it with English subtitles here:

Terra December 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

The Grinch … the book, cartoon, and movie. <3

Davina C December 22, 2013 at 8:42 AM

My favourite Christmas movie is…… The Goonies not really Christmassy but guaranteed to b on over the Christmas. Merry Christmas maryse and all ;)

Marsha Shew December 22, 2013 at 8:47 AM

A Christmas Carol :)

sabrina blanco December 22, 2013 at 8:47 AM

I would say my favorite movie would be elf

Jennifer Viau December 22, 2013 at 8:50 AM

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Corinne December 22, 2013 at 8:51 AM

It’s a Wonderful Life, a favorite every year. Merry Christmas!

Mindi Stacey December 22, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Favorite movie is Christmas Story!!

Molly R December 22, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Twas the Night Before Christmas — I’ve always read it to my kids on Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas Maryse!

Debra D December 22, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Mine is lame, I have kids, it’s polar express!!!

Ann December 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM

The Holiday!

Shelly W December 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

My favorite movie would be Elf.

Heather My Little HEA December 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

I don’t think I have a fav Christmas book but movie is The Santa Clause!

Nicole December 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Twas The Night Before Christmas

Nicole December 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Christmas Vacation!

Christian December 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM

A Christmas Story! Thanks!

Catherine December 22, 2013 at 9:57 AM

My favorite Christmas movie is Santa Clause is coming to town. I could watch it all the time!

Becca December 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM

My favorite Christmas book is How the Grinch Stole Christmas…and my favorite movie is, “A Christmas Story”!

Megan Stietz December 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM

I can’t say I have a favorite book or movie. It is tradition to always read The Night Before Christmas and we always watch The Santa Clause with the kids and Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (adults only)! I have watched NLCV every year since forever so maybe I should pick that one. Thank you Maryse and Charles for such an amazing giveaway!! ♥ Merry Christmas!! ♥

Debbie Price December 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

A favorite of my children’s was the Home Alone movies. We watched them sooooo many times over the years. As a tradition, since I was a child, we also watched Frosty and Rudolph. Christmas isn’t Christmas without those two.

anna December 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Christmas vacation! !!

Jean December 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Scrooged with bill murray! Thanks for the giveaway!

DA December 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM

So untraditional, but I really liked A Vampire’s Christmas Carol by Cynthia Eden.

Alison December 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

The night before Christmas, and its a wonderful life

Kim December 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

My favourite Christmas book is How The Grinch Stole Christmas and my favourite Christmas movie is Love Actually. A recent Christmas book which is part of the Alluring Indulgence series is Holidays with The Walker Brothers. You may want to wait until after Christmas to read it for fear of Santa putting you on his naughty list ;)

Renee December 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

The Christmas Story is always one that Christmas is not complete without

Salli Singleton December 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

How th Grinch Stole Christmas! Love It!!!

Diane December 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

My favorite Christmas book would have to be The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Thanks for the Give Aways.

Brenda December 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

My favorite Christmas book since I was a little girl…..The Night Before Christmas. So many GREAT giveaways!

Louise D. December 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

How the Grinch Stole Christmas :)

Melissa December 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

I love How the Grinch stole Christmas!! I had to read that book evening for the month of December, when my 16 year old twins were little! This went on for years!!! They still love it to this,day!

Thalia December 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

The Christmas Shoes and The Polar Express are my favorites.

Lisa Darnall December 22, 2013 at 11:34 AM

It’s a Wonderful Life

Kelley December 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM

White Christmas and Polar Express

Amanda December 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

My fave Christmas movie is The Ref with Dennis Leary and Kevin Spacey!

Lindsay December 22, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Favorite Christams movie movie is Elf!

Michelle M December 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

My favorite Christmas movie is a Christmas Story. Watch it every year!

Michelle December 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Home Alone Movies. I love how the movies were based on family.

Nina December 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

My favorite Christmas movie is Love Actually! :)

Sarah Hampton ❤ December 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM

The Elf!

Franceis December 22, 2013 at 12:39 PM

I don’t have a favorite Christmas book but I love The Grinch movie.

Sarah Jane December 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Book would have to be the Grinch. Movie would be It’s a Wonderful Life.

Anubha December 22, 2013 at 12:54 PM

I started reading Christmas titles last year and my absolute favorite is Bah! Hambug and Dashing Through the Snow :)

Bridget December 22, 2013 at 1:02 PM

I loved watching White Christmas with my mom.

Chanpreet December 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Any of the Home Alone movies! I loved them as a kid and I love them as an adult too!

Tina December 22, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Favorite movie is Lampoons Christmas!! The wrapped cat cracks me up.

Jen C. December 22, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Christmas Story. You’ll shoot your eye out kid!

Fabiana Otranto December 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM

My favorite movie (I’m not crazy abt then) BUT..
“THE POLLAR EXPRESS” had me in tears,
and the song still makes me cry every Cxmas.
It’s magical

Elena Chavez December 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

My Favorite chrismas movie would be How The Grinch Stole Christmas we watch it every year for Christmas sorry let me refrase the we watch it over 6 time because my daughter love to rewind the movie :) but i never get tired of it

bn100 December 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

home alone

Lynne December 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Home Alone :)

Kristen December 22, 2013 at 3:06 PM

I love The Holiday!!!

Leilani December 22, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Favorite tv program is Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town!! Favorite move is The Holiday!

Laura December 22, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Favorite movie Christmas Stroy!!

Kat P December 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Your A Mean One Mr. Grinch the animated one. Santa Claus with Tim Allen the 1st one always makes me tear up.

Janet W. December 22, 2013 at 3:38 PM

I love watching ‘Little Women’ with Winona Ryder. And there is a sweet story in a Christmas storybook my son got one year called ‘Evan A. Mouse’ that we like to read.

Trisha Reads December 22, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Miracle on 34th Street.

Tracie December 22, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Elf, definitely!!! Love the Thompson Sisters!!

Sandy December 22, 2013 at 4:46 PM

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas!

Sharon Betts December 22, 2013 at 4:53 PM

White Christmas. I don’t have a favorite Christmas book.

Carol M. December 22, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Polar Express! A book made into a movie that has started the tradition of Polar Express Day in elementary schools across the country. Children in pajamas drinking hot chocolate and celebrating a great book!

Bobbye December 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM

I love Bad Santa ;)

Trisha December 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Favorite movie – Christmas Vacation. Still looking for a great Christmas themed book to read…great question!

Sarah December 22, 2013 at 6:37 PM

I don’t have a book. I love to watch You’ve Got Mail on Christmas! Does it count as a Christmas movie? I hope so :)

Alex Margaret December 22, 2013 at 7:19 PM

My favourite Christmas book is one I got when I was about 10 years old. It is meant for children and has a lot of short stories and I love to read them every year near Christmas.

Kelly Watson December 22, 2013 at 7:20 PM

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and White Christmas with Bing Crosby….I know, total opposite ends of the spectrum, but I LOVE them both! :-)

Brianna Lee December 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Elf! And, A Christmas Story is a classic. I would LOVE to win this giveaway! I want to read these books sooooo bad! Thanks for the chance to wi !

Arika December 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Love the Santa Clause movies with Tim Allen!

Monica Villanueva December 22, 2013 at 8:53 PM

My favorite movie is A Christmas Story. I don’t rally have a book so that would have to do.

Celine M. December 22, 2013 at 8:53 PM

I haven’t read any christmas books yet, but my favorite christmas movie has got to be the Grinch! ❤️

Kris J. December 22, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Always Loved the Polar Express (both book and movie) I read it to my kids every year.

Cheyanne Holland December 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

My favorite Christmas movie is march of the wooden soldiers. It’s just a classic and even though they don’t show that channel where I live in sc, I rent it for the holidays. It’s a funny, well done, amazing movie and it’s a tradition for my family to sit and watch. Even our newest members!

Tricia December 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Favorite movie is Miracle On 34th Street!

Jennifer Taylor December 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Thank you for this amazing giveaway. Merry Christmas! I don’t think I’ve ever read a Christmas book that I can remember. Well I read Silent Night By: R L Stine when I was younger. My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story.

Bianca Smith December 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I don’t have a favorite Christmas movie per se. But I can say The Sound Of Music is something I watch every Christmas as it reminds me of the importance of family and love. :)

Teresa December 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas with Bing Crosby

Charity December 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Tabitha Wilson December 22, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Me and my son have fallen in love with The Polar Express.

Leeanne Perrin December 22, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Easy National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. It’s just a classic. My husband even bought me a Griswolds jersey just like Chevy Chase’s. love it! Thanks for a chance Merry Christmas!

Barb December 22, 2013 at 9:03 PM

A Christmas Story!!! xx

cicely December 22, 2013 at 9:04 PM

movie: home alone

Steph Bosworth December 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Favorite movies are Elf and Christmas vacation! Merry Christmas :)

Amanda Cox December 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM

The first Home Alone. Thanks for the giveaway.

jackie satti December 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Favorite movie is Home Alone

Jenny Kells December 22, 2013 at 9:10 PM

My favorite Christmas movie is Home Alone… watch it every year!

Kathlyn L. December 22, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Let It Snow by John Green

Alicia Hicks December 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM

My favorite Christmas movie is National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

Christine Runkel December 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Favorite Christmas book would have to be “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Favorite movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!

karina rodriguez December 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM

My favorite Christmas movie is Elf!

Jen reilley December 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

How the grinch stole Christmas

Chundra Hill December 22, 2013 at 9:19 PM

I love National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

Misty Battle December 22, 2013 at 9:19 PM

I love the Home Alone movies!

Kayla W. December 22, 2013 at 9:23 PM

I Need You for Christmas — short, but HOT read. By leah braemel.

Thanks for the chance!!

Melissa December 22, 2013 at 9:25 PM

White Christmas is my favorite. It takes me away just like with books!!!

Stella December 22, 2013 at 9:26 PM

I love the movie White Christmas!

Denice December 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Loved If I Return by Sawyer Bennett

dominique lee December 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Home Alone is a classic for me.

Trisha R December 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Home Alone!!! I always watch it, my favourite!!!! <3 <3 <3

Jennifer December 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

A Christmas Story , thank you for the giveaway!

Brandee Veltri December 22, 2013 at 9:44 PM

A Christmas Carol

Yunet December 22, 2013 at 9:51 PM

My favorite Christmas movie is Love Actually. Wonderful giveaway.

Kim Lambert December 22, 2013 at 9:52 PM

The Polar Express is the best book and movie. My kids and I read and watch it every Christmas.

susan yeske December 22, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Miracle on 34th Street is one of my favs!!!

Lori Walsh December 22, 2013 at 9:55 PM

It’s really not a Christmas movie or show, but it plays numerous amounts during the Season, and I never miss a chance to watch, even when it’s right after each other. I was 13 when I saw it the first time, it was after my dad had died, and somehow I felt better watching it. The Wizard Of Oz.

Kerrie December 22, 2013 at 10:01 PM

My favorite Christmas movie of all time is National Lapoons Chriatmas. It reminds me of my own family. Love it!!!

Yvonne C December 22, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Holidays with the Walkers by Nicole Edwards!

crystal December 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Christmas movie: The Family Stone!!!!

Mick Murphy December 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM

I don’t have a favorite Christmas Book, but my favorite Christmas Movie is Love Actually. I’ve seen it a million times! Thanks for the amazing giveaway! Hope to win!

Shelby December 22, 2013 at 10:53 PM

My favorite Christmas movies are Christmas Story and The Holiday. Book I would guess is ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Jessica massey December 22, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Love the Elf! Book- night before Christmas- read it to my kids.

Erika December 23, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Christmas Vacation for sure:) Thanks for the chance to win! Great giveaway!

Kait December 23, 2013 at 1:11 AM

My favorite Christmas book is The Polar Express. My mom, brother and I used to read it every Christmas. I’ve never seen the movie version and I don’t think I will. :)

Irene Velazquez December 23, 2013 at 1:33 AM

I loved Noah by Elizabeth Reyes. Its not a christmas book but it happens around Christmas.

Raechel December 23, 2013 at 2:59 AM

Love watching hallmark channel Christmas movies!!! National Lampoons Christmas Vacation makes me laugh every year.

Tracie December 23, 2013 at 3:40 AM

My favorite Christmas movie is Love Actually. :-)

Sue December 23, 2013 at 8:53 AM

My Favorite Christmas movie is Elf

Tina December 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Christmas Vacation. My friend has a Christmas Vacation party every year. With an overcooked turkey and ccostums.

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