12 Days of Giveaways: Day 3

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed, but don’t miss the rest of the 12 days! Here at XOXOAD, we love doing something special to usher in the holidays, and this year, we’re celebrating with 12 Days of Giveaways! Enter each day for your chance to win a different prize pack of books perfect for any reader—and we hope you get everything you wished for. Our third day of giveaways is brought to you by True Series author Liora Blake! To enter the contest, please leave a comment answering the following question: what does the Blake family eat on Christmas day? Keep reading for the answer!


Here in the Blake household, movies aren’t really our thing—so much that we once went ten years without stepping foot in a movie theater. Our DVD collection is the size of a shoebox. Even our Netflix queue is woefully neglected. However, around the holidays, we make an exception to our usual cinematic indifference and spend one night at home, watching something Christmas-esque while gorging on Chinese takeout and drinking a bit too much cheap wine. Why Chinese food? I have no idea. One year we ordered it, watched The Bishop’s Wife, and somehow a tradition was born.

As for our movie choices, as long as it has some sort of holiday sentiment, we’re happy—but there a few titles that always make it to the top of the list. These five never disappoint:

  1. Scrooged      

Bill Murray speaks to certain parts of my heart. Definitely not the most Christmas-y parts, but still. This is A Christmas Carol for those of us who prefer our redemption stories on the snarky side.

  1. Christmas in Connecticut    

A classic with all the hallmarks of a lovely 1940’s romantic comedy: A sparkling, witty, and headstrong leading lady, a relatively absurd set up, and plenty of madcap hijinks.

  1. Love Actually          

Some describe this movie as contrived, sappy, vapid, unrealistic, banal, etcetera. To which this romance writer sez: Yeah? So. What.

  1. Elf   

Will Ferrell doing what he does best. Don’t over think it. A candy cane forest and a sea of swirly twirly gumdrops couldn’t make me happier.

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas   

While I once maintained steadfast loyalty the 1966 original, the Jim Carrey version has its charms. “4:00, wallow in self pity. 4:30, stare into the abyss. 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one. 5:30, jazzercize. 6:30, dinner with me – I can’t cancel that again. 7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing… I’m booked.”

Today’s giveaways are:

True Divide by Liora Blake

From Scratch by Rachel Goodman

Dirty Lies by Emma Hart

Right Where You Are by L.E. Bross

Contest rules can be found here.

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True Divide

True Divide

Liora Blake

Spitfire Lacey Mosely feels stuck in a life she didn't necessarily want. But will she find a happy ending with the man who broke her heart? Liora Blake concludes her witty and poignant True series with this spirited romance.

From Scratch

From Scratch

Rachel Goodman

What do you get when you mix delectable peach cobbler, a piping-hot ex-boyfriend whom you never got over, and stubborn-yet-trying-to-do-what's-right father? Well, you get Lillie Turner back in her hometown of Dallas wondering if the life she left behind is what she really wants after all...

Dirty Lies

Dirty Lies

Emma Hart

Bad boy drummer Aidan Burke of Dirty B takes center stage in New York Times bestselling author Emma Hart's hotly anticipated follow-up to Dirty Past and Dirty Secret! Aidan Burke is the perfect rebound guy for Jessie Law after she catches her asshole ex-boyfriend with his hands down some other girl's pants. The world-famous drummer of Dirty B isn't shy about his preference for no-strings-attached relationships, so when she meets him on a night out, she takes him up on his simple proposal: One night of fun. Hot sex. Zero expectations. But Dirty B's tour is over, and they're back in South Carolina, which means running into Aidan more often than Jessie would like. When Aidan saves Jessie from her ex-boyfriend by insisting the two are dating, the band's manager convinces them to keep up the charade in the hopes of re-inventing Dirty B's image as lovable bad boys, as opposed to d-bags. Now all Aidan and Jessie have to do is put on a very obvious, very public show to convince everyone their affection is real. But pretending to be in a relationship is harder than it seems. Aidan's hordes of jealous fans have no problem bombarding Jessie with threatening messages online--and worse. And things only get more complicated when Jessie realizes her feelings for Aidan may not be so fake after all. Can Jessie live with the risks? And is Aidan willing to let her?

Right Where You Are

Right Where You Are

L.E. Bross

A college senior takes Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" a bit too literally in this smart, snappy new adult debut, the first in the Second Chances series, and finds herself sentenced to community service, where she meets a bad boy who might just be exactly what she needs.



106 comments so far

  1. Keemoody2014

    Chinease take out

  2. Chinese food and cheap wine….

  3. Cheap wine and Chinese Food. Two of my favorite movies I watch every year is White Christmas and Holiday Inn. We always watch The Grinch on Christmas Eve.


  5. Christmas day is a big family day, so turkey and/or ham and everyone brings a side dish.

  6. chinese food

  7. Chinese food and cheap wine

  8. Chinese takeout

  9. dfosterbooks

    Chinese take-out & cheap wine

  10. Libromatto

    Chinese takeout and cheap wine.

  11. Chinese take out.

  12. midnightallie

    Chinese take out

  13. g.bookley@gmail.com

    Chinese food

  14. Chinese food

  15. Diane Sallans

    Chinese food! We’ve done that on Christmas Eve sometimes!

  16. Chinese takeout…which sounds delicious.

  17. Chinese take out.

  18. acarrillo9393


  19. chinese takeout and cheap wine

  20. Jastothemine

    Chinese takeout!

  21. Chinese Food

  22. Chinese takeout and cheap wine.

  23. Andra Dalton

    Chinese takeout & cheap wine…thanks so much for the opportunity to win & good luck to all who enter!!! Happy Holidays!!!:)

  24. Chinese takeout (yum!) and cheap wine. Thank you 🙂

  25. Mamansupercool

    chinese take out and cheap wine

  26. NormaStar5

    I’d have to say, Not Chinese Food! They did that at night, before Christmas while they watched movie. So, I’d have to say, taking a suggestion from the movie – The Bishop’s Wife – the Blake Family ate a traditional Christmas Day Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. They had Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day! Perhaps consisting of: Holiday Cranberry Pot Pie with a side of Mashed Potatoes and Pot Roast; Angel Food Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream. These are the recipes from the movie so I’d figure it must be a Traditional Christmas Day Meal after binging the night BEFORE Christmas on Chinese Food. I hope I’m right about this! Wonderful Fun!

  27. Hey! Thanks for the contest. It’s a great chance to read some new books, and authors. I’m going with Chinese take out.

  28. chinese food and cheap wine!

  29. chinese food

  30. Chinese takeout and cheap wine! Sounds like fun!

  31. Chinese takeout (and wine)! Plus, Jim Carey’s The Grinch is my favorite holiday movie!!

  32. love_tea78

    Chinese food and wine

  33. Chinese take out and cheap wine…thank-you!

  34. chinese takeout and cheap wine

  35. Chinese food goodness

  36. ducktapegurl

    Chinese food!

  37. Chinese takeout and drinking a bit too much cheap wine

  38. grandmareads

    I’m going with Chinese Food with cheap wine. What better way to watch my favorite Miracle on 34th Street.

  39. Chinese take out

  40. jeanettemock

    Chinese takeout 🙂

  41. Chinese takeout

  42. zotski@comcast.net

    Chinese takeout

  43. Chinese food

  44. Dragon_ladyjo

    Chinese takeout and cheap wine 🍜🍷

  45. pattygangl

    Chinese takeout and drinking a bit too much cheap wine

  46. Daydreaming

    Chinese food

  47. Chinese takeout

  48. Chinese take-out. Always a winner in my book!

  49. Chinese takeout and cheap wine

  50. Chinese food

  51. Chinese takeout

  52. Chinese takeout and cheap wine.

  53. Chinese Takeout

  54. Chinese good takeout!

  55. Chinese takeout. That actually sounds pretty good. I don’t think I can take any more turkey.

  56. DanieReads

    Chinese food

  57. Chinese takeout

  58. Chinese takeout and cheap wine

  59. Not sure what they eat on Christmas day…but on Christmas movie night they eat Chinese take out and cheap wine!!

  60. Texas Book Lover

    Chinese take out!

  61. 3December2015 giveaway
    Answer is Chinese takeout and cheap wine

  62. Chinese takeout

  63. Sometime during the holidays you eat chinese…but no idea on christmas day. Whatever you eat-i hope you have a great holiday

  64. karenmrinn@aol.com

    Old movies and Christmas cookies.

  65. Chinese takeout and cheap wine.

  66. Cheap wine and Chinese food!

  67. faeriedreams

    Chinese food (take – out)

  68. QueenMother

    Chinese take out

  69. Chinese takeout and cheap wine.

  70. With Chinese takeout and cheap wine.

  71. Chinese takeout and drinking a bit too much cheap wine….

    “Love Actually”–when Emma Thompson’s character discover’s her husband’s infidelity…totally breaks your heart along with hers!

  72. Chinese takeout and drinking a bit too much cheap wine

  73. Chinese, cheap wine

  74. sailing2befree

    Chinese food and cheap wine with a Christmas-esque movie.

  75. Chinese takeout. Now I want some too!

  76. kimmyzychal

    Chinese takeout

  77. Chinese take out.

  78. Chinese food!

  79. stephcullers@gmail.com

    Chinese take-out and cheap wine fill the Blake menu along with cinematic entertainment. I also like to watch Love Actually.

  80. Chinese takeout and too much cheap wine. 🙂
    Thanks for the opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  81. curiouacutecitykitty888

    Chinese food and movie night-.can totally relate.

  82. Chinese Food and cheap wine … I can do that. Enjoy!

  83. Chinese takeout and too much cheap wine

  84. Chinese food

  85. Chinese food

  86. sunshinehdfan

    chinese food takeout and cheap wine

  87. lmcitrin60

    Chinese take out and cheap wine

  88. AnimePrincess_9387

    Chinese takeout and cheap wine

  89. ruthboaz373

    Chinese take out.

  90. Cheap wine and Chinese Food 🙂

  91. bgalbrecht

    If I’m going to be eating chinese food while watching a Christmas movie, it, it’s going to be one of the first two Die Hard movies.

  92. Chinese takeout and some cheap wine

  93. nowischick

    Chinese food and cheap wine!

  94. chinese takeout.

  95. karenmrinn@aol.com

    Chinese and wine.

  96. tootsiebutt

    Cheap wine and chinese food

  97. Chinese food

  98. Chinese takeout

  99. Chinese takeout and cheap wine… sounds like my kind of dinner!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  100. Ashley5724

    Chinese food and cheap wine!!!

  101. KristineAz

    Chinese food and cheap wine!

    (The best meal on any day really.)

  102. Schlauberger

    Chinese food

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