Guest Author: Bad Santa by Anne Calhoun

Posted December 5, 2012 by Shari in Book Tour, Guest Post / 15 Comments

Today I am excited to welcome Anne Calhoun to Delighted Reader.


I cry at the drop of a hat. As Christmas approaches I’ll lose it over the Marine Corps Toys for Tots commercial, welcome home videos in which troops are reunited with their families, movies with happy, or sad, or hopeful endings, or anything that reminds me of the beauty and goodness in the world. I complement this sensitive side with a distinctly low-brow sense of humor. You know the “Eighteen crotch hits in twenty-three seconds” montages on America’s Funniest Home Videos? Those slay me. Stone cold dead.

This mix might explain why Bad Santa is my favorite holiday movie. There are two kinds of people in the world: people who love Bad Santa and people who wish they could sue Billy Bob Thornton for the two hours of their lives they wasted on the movie and will never get back. I own the former category. I love that movie. I love it for the perfectly written, scathingly delivered lines like, “In case you haven’t noticed, I’m three-feet-f-ing-tall!” I love the boxing ring scene. I love John Ritter in a really brilliant, expectation-busting performance as an uptight store manager (his last performance before his death).

But what I really love is the unsentimental way the movie reminds us that Christmas miracles come to foul-mouthed, alcoholic, law-breaking, perverse thieves as well as the George Baileys of the world. Willy Stokes, the main character, lacks a conscience, a functioning moral compass, or any other redeeming quality. He spends thirty days working as a department store Santa so he can crack the store’s safe on Christmas Eve and steal enough money to drink his way through the next eleven months. But when a fat kid and a pretty waitress come into his life, they accept him unconditionally, caring about him for exactly who he is and where he is in life. Simple, honest affection slowly changes Willy. If I had to describe his character arc, I’d say he goes from “alcoholic degenerate” to “functioning human being”.

Now that’s a Christmas miracle I can get behind.

In keeping with the idea that good things come to those who least expect them, I’ll mention that Thea Moretti, the heroine of my holiday release BREATH ON EMBERS, also gets a miracle. Hers comes in the form of a FDNY firefighter who uses every sexy weapon in his considerable arsenal to coax her through darkness, into the light.

So…yes or no to Bad Santa? What’s your favorite Christmas movie or story? Comment below for a chance to win an e-copy of BREATH ON EMBERS.

Review Breath on Embers by Anne Calhoun

Breath on Embers
by Anne Calhoun

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Christmas is the perfect time for Firefighter Ronan O’Rourke to take things to the next level with his sexually adventurous girlfriend. He knows she has feelings for him—and he’s sure of his feelings for her—but when Thea refuses his invitation to sample Christmas in New York City because what they share is nothing more than sheet-burning sex, Ronan sets out to change her mind.

Deep down Thea Moretti knows she cares for Ronan, but she can’t move past her grief over her late husband. Loud music and sex with Ronan are the only things she’s got that her feel alive, so she takes as much of both as she can get. She knows Ronan wants more, but during the darkest time of the year finding her way won’t be easy.

Ronan gambles everything and challenges Thea: one night of passion with him and another man. Can he prove to her that what they share isn’t just great sex but an emotional connection strong enough to last forever?

Delighted Reader Giveaway

So…yes or no to Bad Santa? What’s your favorite Christmas movie or story? Comment below for a chance to win an e-copy of BREATH ON EMBERS.

*Giveaway ends December 14, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!


  • pc

    Yes to Bad Santa! One of my favorite Christmas stories is Gift of the Magi.

  • Viki S.

    Yes to Bad Santa. ELF is my favorite Christmas movie. Oh how I laugh 😉


  • Gail D

    I agree with Bad Santa and Elf!!! Tho watching Charlie Brown’s Christmas with grandbabies is awesome too!!


  • Laurie

    Yep to Bad Santa. I love all the old cartoon shows like How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the one with the head/snow misers, reminds me of being a kid and the wonder of Christmas time.

  • Natasha

    Yes to Bad Santa. Elf is one of my favorites. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  • Joanne B

    Yes to Bad Santa. My favorite holiday movie is Miracle on 34th Street with Maureen O’Hara and Edmund Gwenn. Thanks for the giveaway.


  • Jenny

    I’ve never seen Bad Santa! Clearly I am missing out, I’ll have to rent it. My favorite holiday movie is While You Were Sleeping. It’s not strictly a Christmas movie but it takes place around Christmas.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  • bn100

    Haven’t seen Bad Santa. I like Home Alone.


  • June M.

    I absolutely love BAD SANTA!
    My favorite movie would probably be THE SANTA CLAUSE movies with Tim Allen. My niece loved them and I would buy them for her whenever they were released on DVD.
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  • Andie Wardlow

    Yes to Bad Santa…i love The Christmas Story and Scrooged with Bill Murray

  • Susan T.

    Bad Santa!!! I love watching How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Anne

    I’m not a Billy Bob Thornton fan. I still laugh at A Christmas Story.

  • Mary Preston

    I have to say no to BAD SANTA. I did not find it funny at all.

    A MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL on the other hand is more for me.


  • Erin HIll

    I love ELF!!!

  • I have to say I’ve never seen Bad Santa, but after reading your post I will make a point of it. As for my favorite Christmas story, well it just isn’t Christmas until I see The Grinch.