Author: L. A. Kelley
Publication Date: October 25th 2013Blurb Description: Not your mama’s yuletide tale unless she drank too much egg nog or was born with a cheeky sense of humor.
Murder, mystical artifacts, an invisible demon with anger management issues, and an overbearing cupid—not what Rosalie Thatcher wished for on her Christmas list.
The holidays had always been a magical time for Rosalie, but not this year. Stephanie, her new manager at Penrose’s Department Store, is determined to make this season the most profitable in the store’s history, even if it sucks the life out of every employee. Introducing arbitrary rules and stealing the affections of Anthony, the cute temp Santa, were bad enough, but forcing Rosalie into the stupid elf hat was the worst. The worst, that is, until she meets a real E.L.F. (Elemental Life Form) named David and gets lassoed into a desperate hunt for the stolenNaughty and Nice List. Rosalie and David must dodge a murderous invisible demon and recover the missing artifact before hellhounds track them down. The couple race against time for without the magical guidance of the Naughty and Nice List, the world will tumble toward eternal chaos.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
How does it feel- to actually have your book out there, for everyone to read?
I read a newspaper account once about a man who was lost at sea and then finally rescued after nearly sixty days. Imagine the joy he felt at that first sight of land. Being published feels twice as good without being sunburned or waterlogged.
2. Your inspiration to write The Naughty List:
A few years back I was in Barnes & Noble during the holiday season. All the cashiers and stock workers wore oversized, jingly Santa hats. Frankly, they looked ridiculous. When I got to the cashier to pay for my purchase I asked if the managers had to wear them, too. She leaned over the counter and whispered harshly, “Of course not. It was their idea.” The idea was born for a story about a harried clerk during the Christmas rush who unexpectedly discovers a little holiday magic.
Santa had to be included, but I didn’t want to go the traditional route. I decided to update the character and add figures from other mythologies and religions. It was fun trying to imagine how ancient beings would adapt to a modern world.
3. Tell us a little about how you got published:
I’ve been writing all my life, but never had the nerve to submit anything. Several people encouraged me to suck it up and send my work out into the world. After a lot of rejection I was finally published with a company called Wild Rose Press. I’ve never looked back.
4. Talk to us a little about your main characters
The most interesting characters to me are normal people dumped into abnormal situations who end up finding strength they never suspected. Rosalie is hardworking, sensible, and kind. All those factors come into play when she discovers a hidden world of supernatural beings and one particular E.L.F. who desperately needs her help. Rosalie has never thought of herself as courageous and yet she jumps into this wild adventure, willing to risk her life in order to protect the people she cares about.
David accepted the heavy burden of a family responsibility. When mistakes occur he shoulders the blame without excuses and is willing to put his life on the line to make it right. David is brave and loyal with a dogged determination to get at the truth. Although he doesn’t know it yet, he has the makings of a great leader for his people.
Neither David nor Rosalie has been lucky finding love. Perhaps with a little holiday magic, love will find them instead.
5. Do an acronym for The Naughty List (one adjective for each letter)
T Tinselly H Heartfelt E Enchanting
N Naughty or Nice. Take your pick. A Amusing U Unusual G Gripping H Humorous T Tender Y Yuletide
L Lively I Irreverent S Sassy T Thrilling
Okay, you got me going now…
The Hero Elf Needs An Uninhibited Guide. Hearts Triumph, Yet Love Is Squarely Tested.
6. What is your opinion on negative reviews?
It depends on how the review was written. Having intelligent feedback is helpful. No writer wakes up one day and says, “I think I’ll write a lousy story.” A careful critique can gently point out weaknesses in character and plot and help a writer improve her craft.
Harsh reviews that offer no constructive feedback are painful. It’s as if a stranger stopped me on the street to say I had an ugly baby. I accept everyone has a right to their opinion, but rather wish they’d kept that particular one to themselves.
The Naughty List is an extremely cute, one of a kind Christmas Read!
Going in, I truly didn't know what to expect- I haven't read much of the Christmas Genre, or anything like this, but I was intrigued by the synopsis- and the book itself was absolutely spellbinding- I found it EXTREMELY hard to put down.
While the characters- Rosalie and David- were really good, my favorite part was how the author managed to mix parts from all genres- Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Fairy Tales- AND include all the traditional characters from christmas legends.
My only drawback was that I couldn't imagine what the characters looked like due to the lack of detailed descriptions.
All in all, a book I will DEFINITELY be reading again!