Saturday, 28 November 2015

Guest Post & Giveaway - Christmas in New York by Katlyn Duncan - #CarinaChristmas

Thank you so much to Katlyn for sharing that makes New York magical at Christmas, and for the giveaway too. It has been a pleasure hosting you on Rachel's Random Reads for #CarinaChristmas.

I love reading Christmas/winter novels. There is something about curling up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate (or a glass of wine) and falling into the seasonal spirit. When I finished writing ‘This Summer’, I pondered where Will and Hadley would end up. I knew I wanted to write a Christmas novella and New York City would play a part in it. I wanted to share with you some of my top favorite things to do when I go to NYC around Christmas-time.

Coming off the train at Grand Central Terminal, I take a detour to the Bryant Part Holiday Shops ( They remind me of pop-up shops for festive crafts, unique shopping and some really great food! And it has a really great ice skating rink! (Fun fact, a scene from Glee was filmed on the rink!) And it’s free, definitely a place to check out! 

After I’ve explored the shops and checked out the skaters, I head down Fifth Avenue to Saks and check out the light show!. For some reason, it’s one of those experiences that really gives me goosebumps! It gets better and better every year!  (I don’t own this video but it’s a really great representation if you’ve never been to NYC at Christmas!) 

The last two things I like to do are in the same place… Rockefeller Center! It’s hard to ignore the gigantic, gorgeous tree in the middle of Rockefeller. So first, I usually take pictures with it in the background, which you can pretty much do from anywhere as it does get crowded, and then head closer to see the ice skating rink. This one is not free like the one in Bryant party but it’s so fun to people-watch the skaters below. 

I absolutely love NYC at Christmas-time and it’s a tradition that I look forward to each year.

What Christmas tradition do you always look forward to?

Giveaway to win an e-copy of This Christmas (Open Internationally)

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Katlyn Duncan has kindly offered readers of Rachel's Random Reads a chance to win an e-copy of  This Christmas, in either mobi or PDF file format. 

Giveaway open to everyone, all options are voluntary, but please do what they ask, as I will be verifying the winner. Giveaway closes 23:59 4/12/2015. Winner will be announced on twitter and emailed, and they will need to reply within 7 days, or forfeit the prize, and I will re-draw for a new winner.  Good luck everyone.

About Katlyn Duncan

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them. 

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

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  1. NYC is my favourite place in the world & it's especially magical at Christmas .. lovely to see the pics. Happy memories :)

  2. Smashing blog post - takes me back to working in NYC - boy was it cold in February!


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