Guest Post with Geralyn Corcillo

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hi Everyone!

I am so excited to be here today with a Guest post today from Geralyn Corcillo! Please help me by giving her a warm welcome...


Hi Valerie! Thank you so much for hosting me on your wonderful blog today! Now …

Let's Bedazzle Away Any Post-Holiday Blues!

When I was growing up, my mom would get very depressed after Christmas. So much so that she could not bring herself to take down the Christmas tree … and it would stay up until Valentine's Day. I kid you not. But I LOVED it, so no complaints from me. And we kept turning on its lights every night. Don't ask me HOW our house did not burn to the ground - since we often had a real tree. But when I got older and got my own house with my own tree, I must confess the pine needles everywhere would eventually drive me batty so we usually cut up the tree for firewood by the first week of January.

But I understand the feeling of post-holiday blues at this time of year. And I find that Romantic Comedy is a fantastic way to dispel such mopey feelings. And you know what? Three of my all time favorite holiday movies are romantic comedies that take place in the often bluesy week between Christmas and New Year's Day. So … if you are feeling a bit down or let down after all the holiday fuss and celebration, try checking out some of these “The Best Things Happen at the End of December” movies.

Number One on my list is While You Were Sleeping (1995) with Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman, and an incredibly charming supporting cast including Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle, and Jack Warden. The story begins on Christmas Day – a Christmas everyone essentially “misses” because of what happens. Then the sweetly delicious plot unfolds over the next week and wraps up shortly after the New Year.  One misunderstood remark makes an entire family think that city transit worker Lucy is engaged to their son Peter – who is in a coma after Lucy saves him from almost getting killed on the train tacks. The family takes Lucy into their fold as they all wait for Peter to wake up. And Lucy meets Peter's brother Jack …

I adore this movie because the love story that develops between Lucy and Jack is all about two people who just really like each other. And the movie is HILARIOUS, thanks to brilliant writing by Daniel G. Sullivan and Fredric LeBow and spot-on performances by the amazing cast! This movie is all about post-Christmas magic. Here is one of my favorite scenes from the movie:

Another of my all time favorite movies, and it also happens to take place between Christmas and New Year's Day, is the 1938 classic Holiday starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. After a Christmas holiday in Lake Placid, beautiful blonde heiress Julia Seton returns to her family's Park Avenue mansion with her whirlwind fiance, handsome and charming man of the people, Johnny Case (Grant.) Julia's independent and spirited sister Linda (Hepburn) sees right away that Johnny Case is the best thing to ever happen to her snobbish, calcified family and she sets to work to make sure her family accepts Johnny and her beloved sister Julia marries him just as soon as possible. But can Linda convince her stubborn, supercilious father to embrace the working class Johnny? Can she keep Johnny from becoming tainted by the marble pillars and the quest for wealth above all else? And can she do it all without falling for Johnny herself? Lew Ayres as Linda and Julia's brother and Edward Everett Horton & Jean Dixon as Johnny's surrogate family add such charming sparkle to the movie! Here is a sweet, gleeful tribute to Holiday, set to much more modern music: 

And let's not forget my absolute favorite of the Hallmark Christmas movies – A Boyfriend for Christmas (2004). Santa (Charles Durning) convinces Ryan (Patrick Muldoon) to be a Christmas gift for Holly (Kelli Williams.) And what does Holly want? A boyfriend. A boyfriend to get her family off her back and to stave off unwanted advances from her ex. Ryan shows up at Holly's place on Christmas, and a delightfully sweet and wacky Christmas day ensues. But it is over the next week, as Holly and Ryan get to know one another, that a wonderfully funny and subtly romantic love story unfolds and comes to a head on New Year's Eve. Here is a fun teaser trailer for the flick:

And along with watching these feel-good movies, don't forget to fill your Kindles, Nooks, and phones with wonderful Romantic Comedy novels and stories! My short story “All Summer on a Date” takes place on New Year's Eve as Summer Hodiak goes to the party of the year with the gorgeous Kyle Hunter, who is everything she thinks she's supposed to want in a man. But when an unexpected dilemma slams into their exquisite evening, will Summer decide to follow her date... or follow her heart? You can get the story in my FREE anthology 4 in the Afternoon here:
When you claim the book you will be signed up for my newsletter – alerts I send out when I want to tell my fans about RomCom freebies and deals. And since I'm often participating in much bigger giveaways, you'll get info about lots of RomCom freebies.  

And please enjoy my RomCom novels any time. They are funny, fast-paced and romantic as my heroines often stumble (but never give up) on their way to living life to the fullest. Lola Scott from Queen of the Universe is one such woman. Queen is in KindleUnlimted for only a few days more, so if you read books via KU, download Queen today. And if you don't read via KU, Queen is FREE on Amazon thru January 1and becomes available at other ebook retailers in mid-January. 

Queen of the Universe Book Tour
By author Geralyn Corcillo
Tour Dates: December 28th – January 4th, 2017

Can a charismatic TV writer convince a reclusive handyman to become her show’s leading man in time to save her career?
Savvy Hollywood writer Lola Scott is about to get fired from the TV show she created because she still hasn’t cast the role of the dark, brooding bounty hunter. But then HE walks in … Arlen Black. And he’s perfect for the part. But he’s not an actor there to audition. Nope. He’s the handyman Lola hired to renovate her historic Hollywood house. No problem—Lola gleefully offers him the dream job of a lifetime. But the stoic recluse-in-a-tool-belt wants nothing to do with Lola and her show. What?! Really?
So Lola goes after him with everything she’s got. But as she draws Arlen into her chaotic world of TV production, Hollywood gossip sinks its claws into him. And when one paparazzi photo threatens to destroy everything he holds dear, Lola’s got to move heaven and Earth not to save the show … but to save Arlen.
This novel reads as a stand-alone story within the In Love in the Limelight universe: Los Angeles, where the stars and paths of different characters might cross, and where the paparazzi is always ready to sink in its glittery talons.

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About the Author:
Geralyn Corcillo

When she was a kid in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Geralyn Vivian Ruane Corcillo dreamed of one day becoming the superhero Dyna Girl. So, she did her best and grew up to rescue animals and constantly pick up litter. At home, she loves to kick back by watching black & white movies, British mysteries, and the New York Giants. Corcillo lives in a drafty old house in Hollywood with her husband TV writer Ron, a guy who’s even cooler than Kip Dynamite.
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Tour Schedule:
December 28th

ItaPixie's Book Corner - Book Excerpt
Steamy book momma - Book Excerpt 

December 29th

Rachel Brimble Romance - Author Q&A
He Said Books Or Me - Author Guest Post

December 30th

Book Lover in Florida - Book Excerpt

December 31st

January 1st

Hello...Chick Lit - Book Review

January 2nd

Jena Books - Book Review

January 3rd

Kristin's Novel Cafe - Book Promo Post

January 4th

Valerie, thank you so much for hosting me today! I've loved sharing with your fans some details about my favorite RomCom post-holiday movies and letting them know about some RomCom book deals. I hope you and all your wonderful fans have a sparkly, healthy, safe New Year! Peace out and rock on.


Thanks for coming by today!

Happy Reading!


  1. Oh, Valerie, what a lovely feature of my blog post and my books. Thank you so much for hosting me today. I hope you and all your fans discover some sweet new romcom entertainment!

    1. :) Thank you for being here! I enjoyed you stopping by and am looking forward to your book.