I'm super excited to have Denver and Poppy stop by the Character Cafe today, two awesome characters from Stacy Renée Keywell's new book, Poppies for Christmas. They've come to discus their favorite reads and have some Christmas treats at the Cafe. Read on...
“How positively perfect, a plethora of possibilities!”
Next level cringy! I rolled my eyes at Poppy’s “P” laden proclamation as we sat at a corner table in the amazing, bustling Dessert Oasis Café downtown. Poppy swirled the frothy heart in the center of the oversized mug filled to the top with salted caramel mocha. I dipped a stir in the whipped cream that flowed over my vanilla latte. I stuck the wooden stick in my mouth and let the sweetness coat my tongue.
“This place is lit, Denver!” Poppy giggled.
“I know, right? It’s the most popular hangout, and so ovi snap- and insta-worthy.”
“No, I mean lit, with lights?”
I looked around. Bright strands of delicate lights decorated the streets with every color imaginable. Soft cinnamon scent wafted around my nostrils. Christmas time had definitely arrived.
“Relax, Den. Vacation is nearly upon us. Put away your phone and spend some time with me!” Poppy grabbed my hands and squeezed tight. I allowed myself to dissolve, destress.
“Let’s get down to business.” Poppy tapped the leaning pile on the table. “We have two weeks of school-free heaven. Let the book exchange extravaganza begin.”
“You should start with Fairest by Marissa Meyer,” I gushed. “Sometimes beautiful queens struggle terribly on the inside. It’s so hard when no one understands the ‘real you’. And it’s even harder when a queen struggles to know herself. Some days, I really, really relate.”
“Well, if you can’t get enough of Marissa Meyer then you should take my copy of Heartless, it is almost yummier, gooier, and more delicious than a Christmas feast at your house.” Poppy bounced in her seat dancing to the holiday music that filled the walls of the intimate space.
“Hmm, what about The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern?”
“Wow! The most magical book yet, you must read it, so enchanting, you’ll never want it to end.”
A cute waiter loomed above us with our order. He spun is tray until his arm floated down to the table.
“Poppy, you shouldn’t have,” I cried.
“Couldn’t help it,” she laughed, “like my British friends say ‘I’ll take the lot."
I hugged my new book to my chest and made a sweet wish that this Christmas my mistletoe will bring me romance, intrigue, and adventure, just like in our books.”
Poppy and I tucked into our treats, fruit loop cheesecake, chocolate fondue, and a plate filled with iced sugar cookies. Let the holiday feasting begin! And may all of your dreams come true!
Thank you so much for having me!
Poppies for Christmas by Stacy Renée Keywell
Publication Date: November 16, 2016
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
A celebration of love without labels. It’s easy to be brave with you by my side!
Popular DJ Dexx finds himself positively smitten by the precociously pristine Poppy Paris. Too bad she’s already taken by an older boy, Declan Davies, a beautiful model with a thriving career, and a perfect family. By a dreamful stroke of chance, Dexx finds himself invited to spend Christmas at the Davies home by a gorgeous girl, granting him the opportunity to pursue the precious Poppy. But in his quest to win her over, he unlocks a world of imperfection and insecurity, where people are picked on for their disabilities, speech, appearance, and eccentricities. For Poppy and her friends, love trumps labels, and everyone deserves a brave friend to stand by their side. What gifts will Dexx discover this Christmas? Will he ultimately find true love, or will he discover something even greater?
You are invited to read a powerful story about living with autism, but not letting it define you, about being bullied, but carrying on with determination and grit, and about having dreams, but not giving up in the face of adversity. Come celebrate something beautiful with Poppies for Christmas.
Author Stacy Renée Keywell lives a life of fabulous clichés. She enjoys asking rhetorical questions, and speaking redundantly. Stacy works hard at telling bad jokes, dancing oddly yet awesomely, and making up amazing new words in hopes that they will one day find their way into the dictionary. She strives to love without labels. She vows to bravely stand by the sides of those who need her, especially her two daughters. Stacy, her husband, and her children live in Michigan in a quaint house in the woods.