Blog Tour : The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Lisa Dickenson - Guest Post

I am so thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Lisa Dickenson's The Twelve Dates of Christmas paperback release. She wrote about her most Unforgettable Christmas and here it is! YAY!

By Lisa Dickenson

My most unforgettable Christmas involved snow storms, an engagement, cancelled flights, New York City, peeing outside a Travelodge and visiting three families in one day.  It all began five sleeps before the Christmas, when, the night before flying home after a year of travelling the world, my gentleman friend (Husband Phil) proposed upon a chilly NYC rooftop bar.  I said “YEEEEEEEEESSS!!” and we whooped and chugged our Manhattan cocktails and were total smug-engaged-faces for the rest of the evening.  I didn’t even care the next morning when a snowstorm across Britain – yes Britain – cancelled our flight.  Whatevs, stuck in the Big Apple one more day, looking at my sparkly ring, rah rah rah.

     One day turned into four and by this point the big plan of being home for Christmas, finally seeing our friends and family as a perfect end to an amazing year, sharing with them our big news, seemed to be getting further and further away.  I sobbed into my cheesecake, I chewed my nails over my bottomless coffees, I forlornly stared up at the Empire State Building (yes, in hindsight I can see that being stuck in New York – hotel and food paid for by British Airways – is really no great hardship AT ALL, but you can’t help how you feel at the time, and I felt sad.  I wanted to go home).

     Then like a big old British Airways angel, we finally managed to get on a flight on Christmas Eve, which by the way means we were flying at the same time as Santa Claus, which by the way means I’m basically Santa Claus.  We arrived bleary eyed but sparkly ringed into Heathrow on Christmas morning, where Husband Phil’s dad picked us up and drove us to his house.  We borrowed his mum’s car and drove as far as Bristol to visit his brother and family (these were all people we’d been due to visit during the days leading up to Christmas).  And then eventually we ended up at my parents’ house in Devon, at about 4pm on Christmas Day, where we sleepily ate turkey and unwrapped presents and shared our big news and had a jolly rest of the holiday.

     Oh, and did you know motorway service stations are closed on Christmas Day?  Well that’s why I peed outside a Travelodge. Unforgettable.


At thirty, Claudia's life is stale and the romance with long-term boyfriend, Seth, has disappeared. Determined to inject some festive spark back into their love life, Claudia and Seth go on their first date in a very long time. But when the night ends in disaster, Claudia suddenly finds herself facing life - and Christmas - alone.

Life alone is exciting, scary and full of soon-forgotten exercise regimes and ill-advised attempts at crafting sexy underwear. It's also filling up with dates, surprisingly. With best friends Penny and Nick at her side, a surplus of festive markets, mulled wine and Christmas tunes, Claudia attempts to face all this change with gusto. One thing's for certain: this year, Christmas is going to be very different...


Lisa Dickenson was born in the wrong body. She was definitely meant to be Beyoncé. Despite this hardship, she grew up in Devon attempting to write her own, completely copyright-infringing versions of Sweet Valley High, before giving Wales a go for university, and then London a go for the celeb-spotting potential. She's now back in Devon, living beside the seaside with her husband and forcing cream teas down the mouths of anyone who'll visit. She is sadly still not Beyoncé. The Twelve Dates of Christmas is Lisa's first novel. Follow her on Twitter for all her book news and Beyoncé-related chatter: @LisaWritesStuff.

Before I sign off, do check out the other participating blogs and if you're on Twitter, join the conversation with #12Dates! Take a look at the lovely blue tour poster and thanks for reading! It's always fun taking part in blog tours and working with fab authors and their publicists!



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