Saturday, December 14, 2013

25 Days of #HotHolidayHints: Day 14 with Jennifer Denys

We're on Day 14 of our 25 Days of Hot Holiday Hints with traditions from around the world. Be sure to leave Jennifer a comment for a chance to win a $5 gift certificate. We're giving away one each day!

I co-wrote ‘The Last Werewolf’ with author, Susan Laine. While I am English, Susan is Finnish and we drew on that for our characters – the heroine (Summer) being English and heroes (Levi and Rik) being Finnish, with the story taking place across both countries. It is not giving too much away to say they had a ‘happily ever after’, but I imagine they would have had to work at it coming from two different cultures, albeit both European.

Let’s take Christmas. In Finland it is traditional to have rice pudding for Christmas breakfast (or even the Christmas dinner!). My first reaction on hearing this was the memory of suffering through rice pudding at school as a child. In England if you want a hot breakfast you are more likely to have porridge.

But Summer would probably have adored the tradition of having saunas, including one on Christmas Eve before the meal – there is practically one on every street corner in Finland (okay, so that’s a slight exaggeration, but not much!).

If they spent Christmas in England, the guys would have been astonished at how early we decorate our tree as they don’t do that until Christmas Eve (although they put lights up earlier).

One item that doesn’t change is the drinking of mulled wine – they call it glogg.

In fact, Christmas Eve is their main celebration when they eat their meal, open their pressies, play games. So the heroine may have been delighted to get her pressies early, but wondered what to do on Christmas Day then – well, she could have stayed in bed…

I love the idea of people going to visit the graves of loved ones during the day and placing candles/lanterns on them in memory (can’t see that happening in the UK with our health and safety regs!!) and Summer would certainly have been moved by that since the her late mother was from Finland.

Similarly, the heroine would have been delighted with the ‘Declaration of Christmas Peace’ at noon on Christmas Eve, after all, she found herself in the middle of a fight between warring groups, and would relish some calm after the storm.

Susan Laine and I wish you all a very peaceful Christmas wherever you are! J

If you are interested knowing more about this story, it is available from Evernight ....

Summer Harrison has lost her father, and believes she is the last werewolf in the world. Going through his papers, however, she discovers an old letter from Finland suggesting there’s more to the story.

Taking the initiative, Summer travels to Finland. She meets a Finnish man, Rikhard Linna. The two are drawn together like magnets. Even though Rik confesses to still having feelings for his ex-boyfriend, Leevi Valo, their passion burns hot. But could one man alone satisfy a ravenous wolf like her?

During her journey through rural Finland, Summer discovers that uncovering the truth about her wolf heritage is fraught with peril. Abducted by a group of violent separatists and imprisoned in an old fort in the wilderness, Summer learns that it might have been safer for her to stay in England as the last werewolf.



Jessica Hale said...

nice hearing how others to xmas


amy bowens said...

I always love hearing about other's traditions and even though Christmas is celebrated in many parts of the world, everyone does it differently. I loved the blurb, I always enjoy a good paranormal story. Hope you guys have a Merry Christmas in your part of the world. thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed hearing about the English and Finnish traditions. I hope the rice pudding in Finland is better than what I have had in the US. I really enjoyed The Last Werewolf!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Jennifer ans Susan!!

elaing8 said...

I never heard of glogg before. And this is the 2nd time in a week I heard it (1st being on the tv show trophy was hilarious)

Kaylyn D said...

Those are some cool traditions!! Every country is so different and I love that! Sounds like a wonderful book!

Lorraine Lesar said...

Many years ago, I worked in Finland for nearly a year. Though I went back to the UK for Christmas, I was their for the run up and it was wonderful and so different!

Jennifer Denys said...

Thanks for your comments everyone. It was fun to discuss with Susan the differences between our two countries. :)

Have a wonderful Christmas.