If Die Hard is a Christmas movie, then…

There is a debate that rages every year across social media about whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie. It’s placed at Christmas time, and it seems to get shown around the holidays on various cable channels. I’m not entering the debate, but I enjoyed the film. There’s even one thread I saw about whether it’s a missing Harry Potter film, because Bruce Willis chases Professor Snape around a spooky building. (Not touching that one at all.)

I’m here in my usual corny style to make a different connection. If Die Hard is a Christmas movie, then The Playground is a Christmas book. This is one I wrote a few years ago, and I have a deal for you. I don’t usually run deals, but it’s the holidays, so why not?


The hottest new toys of the Christmas season are the Playground Network dolls. They contain a worldwide social network for children. Except the network is controlled by a ruthless businessman with dreams of power.

To reach his goals he turns to the occult. Will our children make up his personal army? Could we have an enemy soldier in every home?

Gina Greybill is a cancer survivor who stumbles into her own brush with the paranormal. She wants nothing to do with it, but may be the only one who can bring down the Playground Network. To do it she’ll have to embrace her new situation and recover the next generation of Playground software.

There is competition for the software in the form of a brutal thug named Clovis. He’s bigger, more ruthless, and more experienced. To top it all off, he has a head start.

The Playground is suitable for mature readers, due to violence and mature themes.

This one is written in the style of a Frank Miller comic, or a Tarantino film, in that three different stories orbit around the main event. They come together at the end to complete the picture.

Clovis and Gina, along with her sidekick, Gupta, make a return to my book world in Viral Blues that published this year. Clovis remains one of the most popular characters I ever came up with, and I got some nice feedback about his return. (Viral Blues is still linked in my sidebar if you’re of a mind to check it out.)

I set up a sequence of free days for The Playground, starting today. If you’re an early visitor, you may have to cycle back through, because I’m on Amazon time here. Pick up your free copy at this link: http://a-fwd.com/asin=B01D6EF6RI

Enjoy your free book, and since I know someone is going to ask, I count Die Hard as a Christmas movie. (Gremlins, too.)


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48 responses to “If Die Hard is a Christmas movie, then…

  1. This is my very first Christmas present, and this one will not be going back!
    Thank you for thinking of us, Craig and we hope you and yours have a lovely Christmas…

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  2. I loved the Playground, Craig. Love the link between this and Die Hard, too, lol. In my mind, if you enjoy it, then it’s great for Christmas! đŸ™‚

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  3. I got my copy, thanks! Die Hard and Gremlins are totally Christmas movies. Merry Christmas!

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  4. Thanks for the early Christmas present, Craig. And i alike the way you think.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

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  5. I agree – Die Hard is a Christmas movie. It’s been years since I’ve seen Gremlins – didn’t even remember it took place around the holidays. And The Playground is an awesome read – Clovis!

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  6. What a great giveaway! I loved The Playground, and hey–it introduced Clovis and the dog (can’t forget the dog). I hope you get a ton of new readers, Craig. Yeah, Die Hard is a Christmas movie, just not of the Hallmark variety, LOL.

    Loved the line about Professor Snape. I still miss Alan Rickman. He was so talented!

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  7. Lol, Craig! I think any book or movie can be a Christmas entertainment treat! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. HH and I went to The Festival of Trees this year, and one of the trees was decorated with Christmas movie covers and ribbons–and Die Hard was one of the covers. Caught me by surprise alongside Elf and White Christmas:) Hope tons of new readers download your book and find you as an author.

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  9. Excellent Craig and I think Die Hard is a Christmas movie and we watch every year.. We were away in Austria over one Christmas and they kindly translated the German daily programme of activities in the town for the us, proudly presented with breakfast.. Some things got lost in translation, such as Cancer butter (crab butter) and Die Hard with a Vengeance became The Hard with a Vengeance, which resulted in the only other non-german speaking couple being escorted out of the dining-room…Merry Christmas.

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  11. Looks like a good story – just downloaded it. Thanks!

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  12. Loved The Playground. I hope you give away many.

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  13. D.L. Finn, Author

    My daughter insists Die Hard is a Christmas movie and I definitely can accept Playground as one. It is on my TBR list. I’ll move it up my list this season:)

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  14. Aww. Thank you for the great Christmas gift, Craig. The way I see it, there’s no debate; if I choose to believe that Die Hard is a Christmas movie, then it is. No one’s going to tell me otherwise. Happy Holidays! đŸ˜‰ xo

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  15. Cheers on the Holiday Special!

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  17. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out the gook, The Playground, by C.S. Boyack as featured on his Entertaining Stories blog. It’s a great read.

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    C. S. Boyack’s The Playground is on special. Have a look at it.

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  19. The Playground is a jolly good story, Craig, Christmassy or otherwise. I have not seen Die Hard but I doubt it would fall into my idea of a Christmas movie.

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  20. I agree, both Die Hard and Gremlins are Christmas movies.

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