Halloween Blogfest: Christina Courtenay


Autumn is my favourite time of year because I’m not a hot weather person, so when it finally starts to cool down I’m just so relieved! A lot of people complain about the fact that summer is over, the days are getting shorter and it’s so dark and gloomy, but that’s not how I see it at all. No, bring it on!

The lovely cold, crisp air is invigorating and finally, after months of being too hot and bothered, my brain starts to function properly again. I can type without my fingers sticking to the keyboard and I don’t get sleepy around midday. There’s nothing nicer than having to wrap up warm in a jacket and scarf, and getting my fingerless mittens out. And walking the dogs in the park, I get to have the paths more or less to myself, as everyone else is huddled indoors – brilliant!

I’ve never experienced a New England fall, with the spectacularly coloured leaves on display, but it gets very pretty in London’s Hyde Park too, which is my closest green area. And the acer trees in our garden really come into their own, the different reds and ochres quite simply stunning. I take pictures of them every year, even though I know I’ve still got last year’s.

“It gets dark so much earlier,” my husband complains, but that’s just cosy if you ask me. You can light a fire and lots of candles, and listen to the rain and wind tapping at your windows – what could be better? Although if you have a good book and some chocolate too, that’s just perfect.

If you agree with me, tell me what it is about autumn you like best or if not, what you hate the most!

Best answer wins a signed copy of my YA contemporary romance New England Rocks, together with a set of eight character bookmarks and a couple of mobile phone charms.

Happy Halloween everyone!

NER Front Blurb for New England Rocks:

First impressions, how wrong can you get?

When Rain Mackenzie is expelled from her British boarding school, she can’t believe her bad luck. Not only is she forced to move to New England, USA, she’s also sent to the local high school, as a punishment.

Rain makes it her mission to dislike everything about Northbrooke High, but what she doesn’t bank on is meeting Jesse Devlin…

Jesse is the hottest guy Rain’s ever seen and he plays guitar in an awesome rock band!

There’s just one small problem … Jesse already has a girlfriend, little miss perfect Amber Lawrence, who looks set to cause trouble as Rain and Jesse grow closer.

But, what does it matter? New England sucks anyway, and Rain doesn’t plan on sticking around…

Does she?

Author Bio:-

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Christina Courtenay lives in the UK and is married with two children. Although born in England she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden. In her teens, the family moved to Japan where she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Far East.

Christina is the current chairman of the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association. She writes historical romance, time slip and contemporary YA romance and is published by independent publisher Choc Lit. Three of her novels have been shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Novel Awards (RoNA’s) in the Best Historical category and in 2012 her third novel Highland Storms won this award. Her fourth novel The Silent Touch of Shadows won the 2012 Romance Reader Award for Best Historical Read at the UK’s Festival of Romance.

Christina is a keen amateur genealogist and loves history and archaeology (the armchair variety).

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New England Rocks, paperback – http://www.amazon.com/New-England-Rocks-Christina-Courtenay/dp/1781890307/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378762293&sr=8-1&keywords=new+england+rocks

Kindle – http://www.amazon.com/New-England-Rocks-Choc-ebook/dp/B00DRLAILU/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372971137&sr=1-1&keywords=new+england+rocks


  1. Autumn is the most reliable month in my town, just north of Melbourne. We have long winters, and summers are often short, but the Autumn seems to throw us a string of lovely, sunny days.

    (And don’t include me in the giveaway because I’ve ordered my paperback copy of New England Rocks, which my 12-year-old thought was fantastic and which I’m about to read.)

  2. Drinking hot cider and watching holiday movies

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  3. I’m a warm weather person so sorry, I have to disagree. With Autumn comes biting wind, dark nights and all those dreaded leaves which manage to swamp my drive, linger in my porch and then insinuate themselves into my house! We can agree on one good thing about Autumn, though – curling up in front of the fire and reading. And I’ve got a copy of New England Rocks lined up to do just that.

    • Christina Courtenay says:

      Thanks Kathryn, sounds good! Maybe it’s because I grew up in Sweden, but I love the dark nights and piles of leaves 🙂 Good thing we’re all different!

  4. Autumn in my favorite season. I love the shorter nights and chillier weather. There’s nothing like taking that hooded sweatshirt out of the closet for the first time and cuddling up in it. Fall is so sensory and cozy, what’s not to love?!


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