31 Wicked Days of Christmas With Pip Ballantine


  • What is next for you book wise in 2013?

I have 2 novels and a novella coming out next year, so it is lovely and busy…but the first is Harbinger, the fourth book of the Order. I’m excited, but also sad as it is the last in the series.

  • Do you have a favorite book of 2012?

I really enjoyed Kate Locke’s God Save the Queen. It was lots of fun, but also a fresh take on both steampunk and the supernatural

  • What is your favorite holiday food?

I’m from New Zealand, so I love Christmas pudding (not the American kind of pudding!). It’s a dense fruit cake that is steamed, and then you pour a little brandy on it and set it on fire. Once it’s out, you pour on some brandy sauce.

  • Least favorite holiday song?

Baby It’s Cold Outside. Not particularly Christmasy to me…

  • Do you have any holiday family traditions?

Well back in New Zealand we always have a holiday BBQ.

  • Worst gift you ever received?

One of my dear old relatives who did love to knit, so I ended up with a huge amount of scarves and gloves that I never wore.

  • Worst gift you ever gave?

No ones ever told me I give bad gifts, but I guess I have probably given my Dad a fair amount of socks. He’s the hardest one to buy for!

  • Favorite holiday memory?

As a kid the Ballantine clan would gather on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) and my great-Aunt would cook. She would insist on all the trimmings even though it was summer and we were all sweating. Nothing quite like a full Christmas dinner, and then running outside to play!

  • If you could share one lesser known fact about yourself to our readers, what will it be?

Everyone always calls me Pip, except my parents who never will!

  • Weirdest thing you collect?

I like to collect a stone, or a rock from wherever I visit. Just a little reminder of my travels. I keep them in a tall jar.

Giveaway a signed copy of Hunter and Fox! Just tell Pip your favourite book on 2012!

  • PJ Schnyder December 22, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Hard to ever identify a fav but I loved Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews, and also enjoyed the Janus Affair. 😀

    Also, I truly want to try a proper Christmas pudding now. Brandy sauce!

  • sandyg265 December 22, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Vessels by Sara Beth Durst

  • Joy F December 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I loved Die for Me.

  • Readsalot81 December 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I loved Cold Days by Jim Butcher 🙂

  • Rebe December 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I loved Ilona Andrews’ Gunmetal Magic and Shelly Laurenston’s Bear Meets Girl.

  • Marie-Claude December 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Forbidden by Kelley Armstrong

  • Stephanie December 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I loved A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison.

  • bn100 December 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    lover reborn by JR Ward

  • erinf1 December 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks for a fun post! Man it’s hard to pick a fav. This was a great reading year for me. So I’d have to say top of the list would be Kevin Hearne and Ilona Andrews.

  • Brenda H December 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    SO many good books this year. I swear I give a different answer each time I’m asked. I absolutely loved Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston.

  • Barbara Elness December 22, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    It’s hard to choose just one, but here are several of my favorites: Jennifer Estep’s Widow’s Web, Kevin Hearne’s Tricked and Gini Koch’s Alien Diplomacy.

  • blodeuedd December 23, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I am not sure, I have read quite a few good ones but let’s sat Something secret this way comes by Sierra Dean 🙂

  • Chelsea B. December 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    It wasn’t written in 2012– but for me, it was Confessions of a Shopaholic!

  • Denise Z December 25, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to share with us. I think a holiday BBQ sounds just dandy 😉 One of my favorite reads this year was A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison, I just cannot get enough of Rachel Morgan and the gang.

  • Emilia December 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I’ve had this book on my wish list for a bit, so would love to win it.

    It’s hard to pick just one book but my fav reads this year would be Third and Fourth Grave books by Darynda Jones. Both were great.

  • Rain Maiden Jen December 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Shadow and Bone was a good one.

  • Mido December 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Ali Harkness – I’m so happy to see that first picture again. I love it! I can’t wait to live cloesr hopefully sometime we’ll get to meet our friend Owen!February 8, 2010 7:59 PM

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