15 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Day 1 Avery Olive


Welcome to the kickoff of the 15 Days of Christmas Giveaways. I’m your host, Avery Olive. Please hang up your jacket and stay awhile. I’ve cooked up a fun first post with a prize package that is truly amazing! I like to go big or go home!

Firstly you must know that Today’s task is rather simple. At the bottom, you’ll find Mr. Rafflecopter. He and I are great friends. What he needs from you is a simple comment left on this post. Easy Peasy!

If you’d missed yesterdays posts with the rules and regulations and feel you must read them before entering, you can check those out here.

The Prize Package, you’re entering to win?
1 E-Copy of A Stiff Kiss
1 Special one of a kind canvas tote
1 Mouse Pad
And some A Stiff Kiss SWAG


Now, to start things off, I thought hard about my post, trying to come up with something a little different. And since we’re doing the 15 Days of Christmas, well, I thought I’d do...

15 Things About A Stiff Kiss You Might Not Know...

It’s simple, really. I’ve come up with 15 little facts to get you thinking about A Stiff Kiss, my debut novel.
1.                    Though the morgue scene in A Stiff Kiss was the first thing I thought about and gave me the main idea for the novel, it actually wasn’t the first scene I wrote. I started from the beginning and didn’t jump ahead.

 2.                    Some very cool people close to my heart have characters named after them. Even Mr. Olive has a character named after him, but no, I won’t tell you who it is!

 3.                    The first draft of A Stiff Kiss was written in a little less than 3 months. In fact the novels that I have started and completed consecutively have all been written in 3 months or less.

 4.                    Silversprings is a mythical town I created. Since I needed to pick a State as a point of reference, I chose Oregon, USA. Though I am Canadian, it made sense to set my novel in the USA since we Canadians do a great deal of things differently. I wanted to make sure I was as consistent as possible, without confusing anyone.

 5.                    Had I ever had another boy, their name might have been Landon. It was always on the top of my baby name chart! Xylia on the other hand, was just a name with a meaning that worked well with the novel. I pulled it from a baby name book.

 6.                    A Stiff Kiss was the first title I came up with...  but given the fact that the title can be interpreted more than one way (if you don’t know what I’m talking about J Sorry, I won’t spell it out) I was desperate to find another title. Here are a few examples of titles that never made the cut because no matter how I looked at it, A Stiff Kiss just suited the novel better, even if it has a double meaning: Kissing Corpses, A Corpse Kiss, A date with a Corpse...

 7.                    Tons of books have that hidden message thing going on. A Stiff Kiss is no different. One of the things I want readers to take away from A Stiff Kiss is the simple act of forgiveness. A person’s life can change undeniably once they’re able to forgive what they cannot change.

 8.                    Though Silversprings is mythical, and the other city/town names mentioned are too, each of them are named after a Cemetery. In fact, a little bit of extra knowledge: every city/town I’ve ever created has been named after a Cemetery.

 9.                    Before A Stiff Kiss got multiple publishing contract offers it was rejected over 54 times. A true sign that in this industry, if you want to make it, you never give up.

 10.                     The first person to read A Stiff Kiss was my super awesome friend and critique partner Steven W. The kicker: We’ve been friends going on six years, talk most every day, and share the journey towards publication together, yet, we’ve never actually met in person. One day, sooner rather than later, I hope to change that.

 11.                     I had to gain permission from Bryant H. McGill to use his quote at the beginning of A Stiff Kiss. The quote fits the book perfectly, and even things in my own life. I didn’t have a backup plan if he said no. I wanted so strongly to use the quote I worried if I had a Plan B I’d never get the permission I needed to use it. The Quote: There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love—Bryant H. McGill

 12.                     The novel and its theme about death allows me to understand it just that much more. If I write about it, maybe one day I will come to terms with my own fears about dying and death. I am terrified when it comes to the idea that one day I will no longer walk this earth.

 13.                     The cover artist, Taria Reed, came up with two mock-up covers. I chose the one I thought suited the novel the best, however, they were both great. Do they show the darker side of the novel, yes, was I worried it might be too creepy, yes, but when I look back now I couldn’t have asked for anything better. It suits the novel perfectly.

 14.                     Though I’ve been writing for many years, I was in the closet. When I signed the contract for A Stiff Kiss I came out of that closet and told my friends and family that I was, in fact, a writer, soon to be published. Some were very surprised to say the least.

 15.                     Some have stated the obviousness of Landon’s last name in relation to the book as being a tad cliché. Phoenix, as it were, is the symbol for rebirth. I did it on purpose, sort of throwing it in your face because I wanted readers to understand, right away, when reading the blurb that the rebirth plot-string was important to the novel. Morana, Xylia’s last name, though not as obvious, really does me death. Which is another throwback to the theme of the novel.

16.                     And because I’m all about one more for good measure, I’ll do a 16. I know a lot of you have asked whether or not A Stiff Kiss will have a sequel, or a prequel or a short story or something else attached to it. My answer: You never know. I will not discount the idea of adding to A Stiff Kiss, it may or may not happen. I’m just not sure when yet.

 And that’s all I have to say about that!

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10 Response to "15 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Day 1 Avery Olive"

  1. Unknown Says:

    My favorite Christmas memory was when I was 8 years old and my parents didn't have a lot of money. That night I went to sleep there was nothing under the tree, but when I woke up Christmas morning the tree was overflowing with the best presents every. Barbie Malibu Dream house and The barbie R.V. that's what I remember. My favorite Christmas memory.


  2. Alicia Says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is coming upstairs as a little kid 7 or 8 and seeing these homemade dolls that were as big as me at the time that my grandmother made for me and my sister. I played with those dolls so often of the next 5 years. I still have mine to this day! Though she lost her hair :) lol

  3. petoskystone Says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is watching my grandchildrens' eyes as they see the tree with presents underneath on Christmas morning.

  4. Erin Says:

    Thanks for the 16 facts about "A Stiff Kiss", I always like more about you! :)

  5. Ashley Applebee Says:

    Thanks for the great facts! :) My favorite Christmas memory is the year I got my Hug-A-Bunch...I think I was 3 or so, but I remember that day clearly!!
    Ashley A

  6. Arianne Says:

    It would be pretty cool to have a town called Silver Springs :)

  7. Soccerkidsmom Says:

    I actually think there is a town in Maryland called Silver Spring (s) or else it is the township name, but I think it's the city.

  8. laurie Says:

    Thanks for the 16 facts about "A Stiff Kiss", I always like more about you! :)

  9. Shawna Says:

    Great idea! Joining late!

  10. dawnluvz2scrap Says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is of my father dressing up as Santa for all of our cousins at a family party to give out presents and one of my cousins yelled "that's Uncle Har not Santa but I still want my present"