Thursday, December 15, 2011

Giveaway & Guest Post by Peter Hansen for Riptide Publishing

    Saying Grace 
    I was raised very secular. For my family, Christmas was one of the year's two Epic Cookoffs, when we got a chance to load the table with turkey and stuffing and rutabaga and homemade cranberry sauce (none of that sliceable canned nonsense for us). We ate in the dining room rather than the kitchen, because only the dining room table could hold my parents, my sisters, my aunts and uncles, and my grandmother, as well as whichever of our neighbors wound up alone at Christmas. The kitchen was for a nuclear family, watching the weather report with the evening meal; the dining room was for an extended family and its extended gossip. My grandmother, the lone religious holdout, would always insist that one of the kids speak a blessing before we could eat—and we did, although my uncles grumbled at the delay and we weren't sure we believed in a higher being. 
    Around the time I moved out of my parents' house, I started seeking spiritually, and eventually I connected with eclectic paganism. I liked the cycle of solar and lunar holidays and the animist feeling that the whole world was full of life and spirit. It was a good faith for me, and the online pagan community has been more or less accepting of queer people and trans people and fat people and all the kinds of people I was. 
    At Christmas, though, I always felt a little out of place. I'd go home to spend the holidays with my family, and my grandmother would ask one of us to say grace, and I'd always glance at my sisters and have a silent little conversation: I'm not doing it, we'd say with our eyes. You do it. Then my uncle would grumble that someone had better do it, or we'd never get to eat. 
    By then, I'd become a vegetarian, and my parents made me special stuffing without turkey broth and special miso gravy for my potatoes. I could smell that miso gravy, even over the smell of the turkey, and I wasn't sure how I felt about them making extra foods, just for me. It felt like a gift I hadn't done anything to deserve. 
    Last Christmas, I didn't really know what to say. My sisters would say some nonspecific grace, beg some deity they wouldn't name to bless our family and our meal and the oncoming year, and I'd sit there awkwardly and look for a god I could pin that on. 
    Grace, though, is about having something special done for you that you haven't done anything to deserve—and that's a human thing, too. More than that, it's a communal thing, and this Christmas, I understand that a community blesses its members. I've been fortunate enough to fall in with good writers, good readers, and good publishers, who will do kind things just for me. They'll make me a cover and make me a website and promote my books and retweet my tweets and move small mountains for me. They'll even laugh at my jokes, which I frankly think deserves a medal. 
    This year, I'll spend Solstice with my little family here in Buffalo. I'll pet my cats, get Indian takeout, and review a good book or play Team Fortress 2. And then I'll drive home for Christmas, and I'll help my parents chop celery for stuffing and help them eat all the pie on Christmas eve. I'll be a part of a community, for my holiday and my family's, and we'll reaffirm that community with every shared bit of gossip and every dutiful laugh. 
    This is the blessing I know how to speak: Thank you, everyone, for making a place for me in your hearts and at your tables. Thank you for doing extra things, special things, just for me. Thank you for the goodness you spread through the entire community, and thank you for the wonderful year you've given me. Thank you for giving me the chance to be good for you. Thank you for showing me grace.
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All Giveaways will end Saturday, December 24th at Midnight....
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Tuesday, December 27th!

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The giveaway is  ~ First Wave Winner’s Choice: Pick any one backlist book from Rachel Haimowitz, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Brita Addams, or Cat Grant (“Frontlist” books, i.e. Riptide releases and newest non-Riptide release, are excluded, as are the Courtland Chronicles).... 

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We're gearing up for three months of games, prizes, interviews, chats, and scavenger hunts, and we'd love to have you along! At each stop along the tour, we'll be giving away great prizes - tons of books from our authors' backlists, swag by the boatload, gift ceritficates to All Romance Ebooks, and entries into the Grand Prize drawings for a Nook, a Kindle, and an iPad.

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  1. it's so nice of your family being considerate of your vegetarian situation and still took the effort to cook ur special xmas dinner... =D

    read your first watch novel... =D hope to see more from you in the 2012...


  2. Great Post.
    I was raised Catholic, but I honestly can't really say My family and I, have really given grace. We're not like most traditional families that sit around a dinner table and all that. Things have been... challenging for us ever since I can remember. Even though things are hard(er) now and my family separated and torn apart, Though it's hard to feel any type of grace or gushy religious feeling, I'm happy and so grateful to the gods out there than my family is at least alive and well.

    Loved First Watch! I am really looking forward to It's sequel!

  3. I enjoyed reading this post; it was nice and caring.

    I look forward in reading your works.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  4. That's a grace I can understand as well. While my year wasn't exactly what I wanted it to be, it could have been worse without people there to laugh at my jokes. Here's to another year. Take care.


    sabrinayala at gmail dot com

  5. Such a lovely post! One I can relate to.
    Thank you! :)

    japoki at inbox dot lv

  6. Thank you for sharing - I'm always interested in different religions and viewpoints from my own :-)

    smaccall AT

  7. Thanks for sharing..I enjoyed reading the post


  8. Hey Hon!

    Stopping in for a visit and to give you a big cyber hug!


  9. Great post. It was emotional and very much in the spirit of the holidays. I look forward to your 2012 releases.

    GFC follower.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  10. I am a follower and email subscriber. I love hearing about the different relgions. Please enter me in contest.

  11. Thanks for sharing. First Watch is on my wishlist. :)

  12. Hey everyone!!!!!! I hope you are enjoying this week as much as I am! Thanks to everyone for coming over to my little blog home!

    This post are so interesting!!!
    Hugs to everyone that came over!

  13. My father's family is Southern Baptist, and he had a litany drilled into him for Grace. I can almost, but not quite remember the entire thing. I have heard him say it a lot, but usually far between instances. (Only when we visited my grandparents, essentially.) It covers the basics of Christ, food, family, and blessings.

    Me? I can suffice with: "Good food, good meat, good God, let's eat." =)

    adara adaraohare com

  14. Cute picture Adra, is that a Chinchila?

    Sorry I'm easily distracted by cute things ^_^''

    Please count me in for the giveaway!

    Happy, and hopefully snowy, Holidays!

  15. Peter...I love your thoughts about community. I also love that you have rutabaga at Thanksgiving. For me, it's not Thanksgiving without rutabaga! Now that I'm old, I realize that it's not a fun thing to cook and you can't really make a "small batch"'s alway too much for me and my hubby...but I still do love it & have to have it!


  16. Hi, interesting post I'm always interst how people in other countries celebrate. :)

    Happy Holidays!



  17. Hi,
    thank you for the interview! I think your family did not want you to feel left out, so they prepared the miso stuffing!

    My stepbrother and his wife forgot to tell us that they became vegetarian and we had a lot of food prepared, mostly with meat and they just couldn't eat anything.

    We all didn't feel that great after the evening meal...

    On a happy note please count me in, I'm following!

    Happy Holidays!



  18. uhm, I forgot to tell that in GFC my nick is Aramis_blue! from Aramis_blue(at)gmx(dot)de

  19. Such a lovely and nice post!
    Merry Christmas!


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