Wednesday, December 16, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Giveaway & Guest Post and Review by Vicki Lesage, author of Christmas Confessions & Cocktails



SUMMARY 
Party girl Vicki tells it like it us, from her crazy Christmases growing up in the Midwest (book auction, anyone?) to her even crazier holidays in her new home of Paris (like a marathon 8-hour meal sitting on a stool). Bizarre gifts, weird food, and holiday travel disasters are just some of tales you'll chuckle at in this collection.

This Christmas-themed memoir features 25 funny and heartwarming essays, all with a tenuous tie to Christmas, and pairs each with a delicious drink recipe. So grab your martini shaker and get ready for some great cocktails and some hearty laughs this holiday season!


MY REVIEW
What a fun holiday read!  I LOVE how Vicki doesn't sugar coat reality, she tells it like she sees it and experiences it!
Some of my favorite pieces that she relives for us are downright hilarious! 
The secret Santa exchange makes me want to set one up between me and my friends and family just to see what craziness takes place!  (Let me just add I will take a Christmas Cosmo right now please, I'm sure work won't mind, right?  Tis' the season!)
Pet shopping 101, how did I forget to buy a Christmas present for our kitten Lila, thank you Vicki for reminding me!  
I'm sorry, no disrespect to the name Santa Claus, but I LOVE the name Pere Noel!  It sounds so festive and merry!
I am personally going to be starting a gift stock pile!  I get so many gifts from family and friends, that honestly I will never use and what better to save money and give a great gift!  Why stuff it in the back of my cramped closet (space is at a premium), why not pass it on to someone else?  I am all for it!
Fortune Cookies have always made me wonder "What are they truly trying to say?" and Vicki has now gave them a great purpose in life...When reading it add (In bed at the end of the statement)...Here's a great example: "Advice, when most needed, is least heeded." (In bed.) HAHA I love it!  I will be doing this from now on!
The fun continues - from bedtime antics to international travel with a baby!  I will not spoil all the fun, you have to read and experience the fun for yourself!  

DRINK SELECTION 
I am stealing one of Vicki's yummy recipes - Christmas Cosmo!  

 
MY RATING 

I loved this great Christmas read from Christmas Cosmo's to Tequila Tonic's!  I give it 5 glasses of wine all the way - I could not stop!
 



GUEST POST 
3… 2… 1… Zzzzzzzz

Vicki Lesage



I used to be a party girl. I think. I’m having a hard time remembering. And not from blacking out. No, these days I’m in a kid-induced sleep-deprived zombie state. I’m lucky if I walk out the door for work in the morning with shoes on. Bonus points if they match.

Between my sweet, angelic 18-month-old noisemaker who seems to have a perpetually sniffly nose and my sweet, angelic 3-year-old who seems to have a perpetual cough, my husband and I don’t get much sleep. Oh, did I mention our kids share a room with us? Yeah, because while Paris has a lot of great things to offer,  large and affordable apartments aren’t one of them.

So while I love living in the City of Light, I admit I might love it a little more if I could actually get a little shut-eye.

Which means this New Year’s Eve I’m not even gonna try to stay up until midnight. As soon as the kids are in bed, I’ll let myself enjoy one or two cocktails, but then it’s lights out. Goodbye Party Girl, hello several consecutive hours of sleep. Hopefully.

And since I’ll be hitting the hay a bit early, I plan to drink something festive but not too alcoholic. Like this tasty Aperol Spritz. Cheers!



Aperol Spritz

3 oz. Prosecco

2 oz. Aperol orange liqueur

1 oz. soda water

orange slice for garnish



1. Fill a large wine glass 1/3 full with ice.

2. Pour in Prosecco, then Aperol, then soda water.

3. Garnish with an orange and drink before the clock strikes midnight.

Guest Post brought to you by Vicki Lesage, author of Christmas Confessions & Cocktails 




AUTHOR BIO
Amazon bestselling author Vicki Lesage proves daily that raising two French kids isn't as easy as the hype lets on. In her three minutes of spare time per week, she writes, sips bubbly, and prepares for the impending zombie apocalypse. She lives in Paris with her French husband, rambunctious son, and charming daughter, all of whom mercifully don't laugh when she says "au revoir."

She penned the Paris Confessions series in between diaper changes and wine refills. She writes about the ups and downs of life in the City of Light at VickiLesage.com


GIVEAWAY

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If you're looking for a great read this holiday season, don't miss Christmas Confessions & Cocktails! The 25 stories in this holiday collection take you on an adventure full of Christmas spirit (and spirits, including Christmas cocktail recipes like Christmas Cookie Martini, Peppermintini, and Glitter & Gold). And it makes the perfect Christmas gift! 

December 7 – Chick Lit Plus – Review

December 8 – A Southern Girls Bookshelf – Excerpt

December 8 - Chick Lit Goddess – Q&A & Excerpt

December 8 – Living Life With Joy – Q&A & Excerpt

December 9 – Readsalot – Excerpt

December 10 – Around the World in Books – Excerpt

December 11 – Caroline Fardig – Excerpt

December 11 – Granny Loves to Read – Review

December 15 – Whispering Stories – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

December 16 – Love Chick Lit – Review

December 16 – My Pretty Little Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

December 16 – One Book At a Time – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

December 16 – Leigh Anderson Romance – Q&A, Guest Post & Excerpt

December 17 – Book Lover in Florida – Review & Excerpt

December 18 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

December 18 – A Page To Turn – Review