Winner Announcement from my stop on the @EvernightPub Christmas Blog Hop: @uavery, come on down!

Happy Holidays, y’all!

BlogHop1SThanks for participating in Evernight’s Christmas Blog Hop. My stop on the tour had lots of traffic and conversation, and now that the contest has wrapped, I’m announcing the winner for my Fidget Bead Bracelet. Through the strict scientific method of numbering each of the comments, then having my 14 year old pick a number between 1 and 37, we have arrived at a winner:

Ursula Avery

Ursula, keep an eye out on your e-mail for a note from me. Once I get your mailing address, I’ll put your Fidget Bead Bracelet in the mail. Hopefully you’ll get it before Christmas.

Thanks everyone for participating. And good luck on the BIG prize of the iPad 2!

Winner Announcement from my stop on the @DecadentPub Book on the Nook Blog Hop

Happy Holidays, y’all!

ReaderAReader_poster_blue3Thanks for participating in Decadent Publishing’s Book on the Nook Blog Hop. My stop on the tour was December 9, and now that the contest has wrapped, I’m announcing the winner for my stop. Through the strict scientific method of numbering each of the comments, then having my 14 year old pick a number between 1 and 7, we have arrived at a winner:

IRIS

Iris, keep an eye out on your e-mail for a note from me. Once I get your mailing address, I’ll put your Fidget Bead Bracelet in the mail. Hopefully you’ll get it before Christmas.

Thanks everyone for participating. And good luck on the BIG prize of the Nook!

Christmas Blog Hop with @EvernightPub

BlogHop1SWe love the holidays at Evernight Publishing, we love making our readers happy and we love giving away swag.

What better way to do that than to hold a blog hop? Here’s how it works… the more blogs you hop to (shown below) the more chance you have of winning prizes. Each site on the hop is offering a prize and Evernight is offering an iPad 2 as the grand prize! To be in with a chance of winning the site prize simply follow the blog you’re visiting and leave a comment which includes your email address. Each entry on each blog is then counted towards the grand prize draw. The more entries you have, the better your chance of winning that iPad 2! You also get extra points for liking the Evernight Facebook page. Just make sure you let us know in the comments that you’ve done so. Happy hopping!

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Everybody needs a guardian angel, particularly during the holidays. Depending where you are in life, the holidays can be the best, or the worst, of times. For me, they’re wonderful. I love decorating our house, baking things with my son, the extra time my husband has for relaxing around the house and being silly. We like to drive through neighborhoods and see the lights; I love holiday music (and singing it enthusiastically, much to the chagrin of my husband and son), and the way folks smile and speak when you’re out and about. My boys are my guardian angel, and I know that if I’m feeling a little blue, missing family and friends who are far away or passed on, I can grab a quick hug and recharge.

I found an article on 20 dependable holiday stress busters with some pretty good, practical advice. Things like slow down, don’t try to be everywhere at once, let family and friends help out, and the best of all: “hang on to hope.”

GA_LGI hope you’ll check out my Guardian Angel, released by Evernight Publishing in 2011. Here’s the blurb:

Hot shot graphic novelist Sasha Mitchell is learning how to adjust to life as an underground hero with one of the hottest video games on the market. Her newfound wealth is no replacement for her brother’s recent passing, though, and certainly no balm to Doctor David Ellington, who’s adjusting to life without the dominating wealth of his powerful father.

And even though this senator’s son is far more interested in making his mark in the community through the clinic where he volunteers, he still has to overcome decades of enforced emotional barrenness to let Sasha’s powerful character reignite his passion.

– – > Click here for an excerpt of Guardian Angel

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So tell me: Who’s your guardian angel during the holidays?

One lucky commenter on this post will win a Fidget Bead Bracelet (continental US residents only; $5 Amazon gift card if you’re far away). Be sure to leave your e-mail address in the comments so I can contact the winner on Dec. 15 to get your addy.

PS. I always appreciate when you LIKE me on Facebook, and FOLLOW me on Twitter. Thanks y’all!

1NS Blog Hop Winners!

Along with the 31 other Decadent Publishing
1Night Stand authors, thanks so much for participating in last week’s 1NS Blog Hop!

Blog hostess Jessica E. Subject announced that there were over 1,600 comments over the four-day hop, which is pretty cool.

Here are the three grand prize winners:

  • Grand Prize # 1 – Kindle Touch
    #1404 – Erykah Wyck’s blog – Yvette
  • Grand Prize #2 – $50 Amazon.com gift certificate
    #135 – Kerry Adrienne’s blog – Megan @ Riverina Romantics
  • Grand Prize #3 – Goodies from Coffee Time Romance
    #326 – C.R. Moss’s blog – Teresa T. Miller

* * MY PRIZES * *
The prize on my blog, drawn randomly from my 101 comments, is:

Lisa G (@wolphcall) 

Congratulations! I’ll be e-mailing you a $5 Starbucks gift certificate and
a copy of The Great Outdoors!

And in other news, my nearest comment came from a fellow Triangle-area reader here in North Carolina; but my farthest comment came from Azerbaijan!

Thanks for participating, y’all! Happy reading!

1NS Blog Hop!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I’m excited to be one of the 32 authors participating in the 1NS Blog Hop. What exciting adventures have I got in store for you today? Why, a trip to The Great Outdoors, of course!

I think I was born with wanderlust in my veins. Or maybe it developed at a young age when I frequented the library because it was free and fed my imagination. it could have been whisked along through movies, too. Through books you could imagine that you were anyone, anywhere, doing awesome feats of badassness. I could sail the seven seas with Jacques Cousteau, climb Mt. Everest with Hillary and Norgay, unearth ancient Egyptian tombs and discover the next King Tutankhamun. I’d like to see Machu Pichu in Peru; hike the Costa Rican rainforest; tour the castles in England and Scotland; drift down the Amazon; and see Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Someday. But, you know, even as much as I love big, sweeping adventures (like my family’s extensive hiking trip to the Grand Canyon and Sedona, Arizona on May), I also love a quick weekend trip. They’re typically closer to home, but no less adventurous. a new community and new things to do are fun and pull you out of the same routine.

That was my theory with Mitch and a Tallulah in The Great Outdoors. They were stuck in a rut– both of them. Stuck in the routine of busy, demanding careers with little time for social lives or romance. Stuck in the shadows of relationships gone awry. Tallulah’s demanding job as the Director of Education for the Atlanta Museum of Modern Art keeps her on her toes, and Mitch’s preparation for becoming the Chief of Police in Charleston don’t give them a lot of wiggle room for elaborate vacations to Paris or Egypt, or sailing in the South of France.

But thanks to Madame Evangeline’s 1Night Stand dating service, good friends who encourage them to take a chance, and a sexy weekend getaway in Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains, maybe they have a second chance at love.

Now for the good stuff!

One lucky winner will win an e-book copy of The Great Outdoors and a $5 Starbucks card if you tell me in the comments what your dream getaway would be if you had just one night to do it … money is no object, and the constraints of time and travel don’t hold you back.

There are three grand prizes for the 1NS Blog Hop! So be sure to leave your e-mail along with your comment below for a chance to win one of three fabulous prizes:

  1. 1st place: A Kindle Touch
  2. 2nd place: a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate
  3. 3rd place: a box of Goodies from Coffee Time Romance (US only), including books, swag and other goodies!

And remember: the more blogs you hop to from July 5 – 8, the more chances you have to win! Winners will be chosen and announced July 9. Good luck!

– – > Jump back to the 1NS Blog Hop here.

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Mark Your Calendars for the 1NS Blog Hop, July 5-8

Mark Your Calendars:
July’s shaping up to be a HOT month! The 1Night Stand Blog Hop runs from July 5 – 8, with
32 participating authors and THREE Grand Prizes!

  • 1st place – A Kindle Touch
  • 2nd place – a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate
  • 3rd place (US Only) – a box of Goodies from Coffee Time Romance … books, swag and other goodies

I’m excited to get in the groove with my fellow Decadent Publishing 1NS’ers. Check back here on Thursday, July 5 and I’ll have a link to the blog hop. Leave a comment as you hop along for the chance to win prizes at every stop of the blog hop!