Friday, December 19, 2014

Guest Post and Giveaway: William Hazelgrove, author of Real Santa

Real Santa
Today I am pleased to welcome William Hazelgrove, author of Real Santa as a guest on Shelf Full of Books. Please tell us about how you happened to write this book.

I wrote Real Santa when my daughter started doubting the existence of Santa Claus. I happened to be in her room and I looked out at the chimney outside her window and noticed how the roof was almost flat and I thought well a man could land reindeer on that roof if he had to. From there the book wrote itself. A man who will do anything to keep his daughters belief in Santa alive. Saying that I knew it had to humorous and quirky and I purposely wrote very short chapters . I think people read a lot differently now and you have to hook them very early on or you will lose them to something  else. This is the age of the internet. I think the thing that amazed me was that no one had written Real Santa before. A man who actually becomes Santa Claus and lands reindeer on his roof and then flies away. The story really just wrote itself.

  Real Santa
Real Santa 
By William Hazelgrove
Publisher: Koehler Books
Published: Aug. 1, 2014

 George Kronenfeldt is an unemployed engineer with one shot to keep his daughters belief in Santa intact. When Megan tells him the only way she will believe in Santa is if she can videotape him and then tells her fourth grade class she will prove the existence of Santa Claus by posting her video to YouTube, George realizes he must become the Real Santa. He devises a plan to land nine reindeer on his roof and go down his chimmney, hiring a broken down movie director who eventually has him funding a full scale production that bankrupts him and and threatens his marriage. When George goes to find the Real Santa to help him, the line between what is real and magic is crossed. Real Santa is a funny heartwarming story of parenthood gone wrong and illuminates what lengths parents will go to keep their children happy.

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 Author William Hazelgrove

william William Elliott Hazelgrove is the best-selling author of eight novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks, Mica Highways, Rocket Man, The Pitcher, Real Santa and the forthcoming Jackpine and The Pitcher 2. His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly,Kirkus and have been selected as Book of the Month Selections, Junior Library Guild Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway's birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. He has been the subject of interviews in NPR's All Things Considered along with features in The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Richmond Times Dispatch, USA Today, People, Channel 11, NBC, WBEZ, WGN. His most recent novel, The Pitcher is a Junior Library Guild Selection and was chosen Book of the Year by Books and Authors. net. His next book Jackpine will be out Spring 2014 with Koehler Books. A follow up novel Real Santa will be out fall of 2014. He runs a political cultural blog, The View From Hemingway's Attic.


Blog Tour Giveaway

 $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 12/29/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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