Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Blog Hop!!!


It's another year over! Can you believe it? Well we authors, readers, and bloggers sure can't. And to celebrate the New Year with bang, we're going crazy and sending out so many prizes, fun parties, experiences, and other goodies, that it's a bit scary. Each author has a favorite New Year memory, book, idea, or way to party and we're going to show you! Can't wait to see you January 1st - 6th!

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $300 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!
(The Swag Pack is US ONLY.)

Can you believe it’s 2013? Time flies, for sure! I hope you all celebrated responsibly last night and today. I’m spending the day with family, watching football and…thinking about where 2013 will take me. I’ll definitely continue writing. It’s a passion, and job, I can’t and don’t ever want to give up. But you know what else I’m hoping to do this year? Read more.
Now, it may seem like an odd hope to have, especially for a writer, but reading is a luxury I have to fight to keep. You see, in the last 3 years, the total number of books I read dwindled each year. I was sure that in 2012 I’d be able to read a book a week. Yes, I had a lofty goal that I shared with the world. On all my social media sites, I vowed to read 52 books in 2012.
Didn’t happen. I managed to read 30, which isn’t too shabby, but I had really hoped for more. So, in 2013, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to read 40 books. I think that’s doable and still a bit more than last year. What do you think?
Also, though, I’m planning to read a wider variety of books. I’m a romance writer who happens to love suspense, so naturally a lot of what I read is romantic suspense. But I also like contemporary romances, inspirational romances, historical romances. I bet you’re saying to yourself, “This woman only reads romances”, but you’d be wrong! I also love non-fiction historical stories, crime dramas, thrillers, classics. I’m pretty open to trying any type of story once. In 2013, some of the stories I plan to read are Rebecca (by Daphne du Maurier), Common Sense (by Thomas Paine), a book about the history of Ireland I can’t seem to find in the house, The Art of War (by Sun Tzu), and anything I can get my hands on by Alexander McCall Smith and John Hart. Of course, I’ll also be reading new romances too. I'm a new Jodi Thomas fan and I can't live without reading Laura Griffin's books or anything by Jill Shalvis. 
What about you? Do you have books you plan to read this New Year? Or do you have any other New Year’s Resolutions you’d like to share? Leave a comment and be in the running for a prize from me as well as be in the running for those fantabulous GRAND PRIZES mentioned above.


  1. Thanks for participating in the blog hop and have a Happy New Year. I plan on reading as many books as possible this coming year. lol


  2. My New Year's resolution is to become more assertive. I have a tendency to be kinda shy. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

    Happy New Year!!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  3. My resolution is to eat healthier.
    Happy New Year!!


  4. Thanks for visiting! Mary, I like the sund of that! Elizabeth, I should add that to my list of resolutions too. Shar, My whole family is already on a diet!

  5. My resolution is to become more confident... And to read more books :)

    Happy New Year!


  6. I just barely made my 2012 goal of 75 books so I'm still trying to decide how many for 2013. I want to read more but find less and less time to read each year. :(

    Rebecca is a lovely gothic romance. Loved it!

    always.and.never AT gmail DOT com

  7. I'd like to be able to read a book a week and still get my writing done.


  8. I plan to do a lot more writing (and reading) this year! Happy New Year!


  9. No resolutions for me this year.

    Thank you for the chance!


  10. Happy New Year!

    chellesy.clay at gmail dot com

  11. Happy New Year. I have so many books on my TBR it would take the entire page up. LOL Thanks for participating in the hop.


  12. I have a long list of books I want to read. Happy New Year!


  13. Thanks for the great hop.Happy New Year!


  14. Happy New Year!
    t.abule (a) yahoo (dot) com

  15. Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  16. Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year. For this year I need to find a job since I’m graduating college this Spring, so yup. Have so many books lined up to be read and bought this year so it's going to be piled up~


  17. My resolution is to read a book from an author I have just "dicovered" . There so many of them which I would like to read their style of writing, but the list is so long. Thanks to blogs, like yours, I get a chance to win a book and add an author to my reading list!

  18. Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing your heart and your soul in your books for us fans to enjoy!


  19. I have a bunch of books on my two read list... I plan on reading 100 and want to review most of them on my page so we will see how 2013 works out for me.


  20. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!!!!! I can't wait for all the new books that will be coming out in 2013!


  21. I have too many books I'd love to read, but my goal this year is to publish my first novel, so they'll wait :)
    movie1997 at live dot it

  22. I want ti be able to stand and walk for 5 min...and another one is to take all those recipes I been saving to try and start making one at least every 2 weeks and see if we really do like them..
    hope your new year is jet packed with fun

  23. ~

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. It's a great way to start the year. No major resolutions beyond reading a lot (let's go 50 books!) and staying active (jog, jog!), but I hope you have a great year with positive energy :)

    Thanks again!


  24. I'd like to read more books.
    Happy new year!


  25. My favorite genres are paranormal or historical romance. I do go out of my genres though too. I plan on knocking off books on my TBR list.

    Dawna N.


  26. Wow! Thanks for visiting, everyone! I just came home from a mini-vacation and found all these cool comments! It seems we're all inclined to read, some of us want to be healthier and some of us will spend time writing. I think we've got some EXCELLENT goals for 2013!!!

  27. played games
    happy new year! Thanks
    mrsbrinius at comcast dot net
    going to try to lose weight this year

  28. super kewl giveaway, thanks for participating! I'm trying to vary my reading this year.
    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

  29. Happy New Year,thanks for the chance to win.


  30. I am on Goodreads and I set my goal to read 125 books. I read 130, so this year I have set my goal for 150. I would hate it if I was an author and it stopped me from being able to read lots and lots of books.

  31. Thanks for the great hop and Happy 2013

  32. I'm looking forward to the last Sookie Stackhouse book, the next Immortals After Dark, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Guardians of Eternity, Night Prince, and many more :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  33. Happy New Years, I hope you get to meet your challenge to read 40 books this year. I know how it goes for I went from reading 300 books a year to 108 books a year. I shut down my blog and already I have found I have more time to read. I miss my blog though but with my new adventure with hubby of RVing I just dont have the time to blog full time.

    Best wishes for this new year


  34. My personal reading goal is to read 150 books this year. I tried to in 2012 and was about 10 books shy of the goal.

    Books I'm looking forward to: The next installment in Courtney Milan's The Brothers Sinister series. The next installment in Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series.

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

    Happy 2013!

    - Tin (khriscc at yahoo dot com)

  35. There are so many that I want to read this year.

    skizzles_22_hju at yahoo dot com

  36. happy new year

    work less and play more!


  37. I have so many books too read still have alot of 2012 books so I need to read more this year. Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
    I wish you a very Happy New Year!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  38. I love ALL Books, but my absolute fav is Paranormal Romances. Now I like the ones with some action in them. Fighting, killing, run for your life, die if they catch me supernatural thrillers :D My Library must haves include: JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters, Lara Adrians Midnight Breed. Kat & Bones series by Jeaninne Frost, Christine Feehans Carpathinians & Drake series, Katie MacAlister's Dark Ones...lol I shall stop now. I have many more...hehe I LOVE to read & love my authors so I'm always waiting for the NEXT one in a series. Thanks for the blog & giveaway :D Happy New Year

    1. oops for got my email :P
      Missie Jones
      missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

  39. Happy New Year!

    My resolution is to spend more time on myself. I spread myself to thin.


  40. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE! I'm going to lose 25 # and read 52 + books this year.


  41. Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
    Best Wishes in 2013
    uilani25 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  42. My goal is to reduce my TBR pile.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  43. Happy New Year!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  44. I want to eat healthier and exercis more.
    Happy New Year!
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  45. My goal for 2013 is to be more active. I didn't follow through on my 2012's.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  46. don't have any resolutions, just trying to make it through another week, what are you giving away here? - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  47. First Congrats on being put into print!! eBooks are great but nothing can replace the feel and smell if a real book!

    This year I have several reading goals and am trying to read a book a day! And your Honor Guard Series is on that TBR list! Maybe I will pick it up in print!
    Thanks for doing the hop!!


  48. Congrats on being in print!! What an awesome accomplishment.

    This year we are going to take a real family vacation. We have been married for 15 years and haven't taken the kids anywhere. Many reasons why, but this year, we are changing that. Looking for a pet friendly cabin for a week's vacation. We will do it.
    Happy New Year.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  49. I want to start eating healthier this year.
    Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!

  50. Reading more.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  51. diet and exercise, thanks

  52. I'll read almost anything paranormal, fantasy, or historical--and most often outside the "romance" label. That said, I've never made resolutions, but I have a short-term goal to finish editing my current novel.
    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

  53. Hi! Happy New Years! Hmm. I dont really make new year resolutions. I kinda just take it one day at a time and go from there. Thanks for the awesome hop and all the giveaways! This is so fun! I love these hops! I always meet new authors, reconnect with old ones and my TBR list grows by leaps and bounds! Thank you!! Have a great day! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

  54. Happy New Year to you!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  55. My goal for 2013 is To find a job I love!


  56. I want to write a lot more in 2013 :)

    Happy New Year

  57. thanks for the hop

  58. Thanks! My biggest goal is to save money to buy a house this year. katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  59. My New Years resolution is to get out of these two casts so I can walk down the aisle on my wedding day without the aid of a wheelchair. I fell on the ice on Wed Jan 9th and broke both of my ankles. So not the great start to the New Years that I wanted.

    Thanks for participating!


  60. I have to complete my weight loss program!
    Thanks for the hop & Happy 2013!
    Deethomas291 at gmail dot com

  61. I resolve to meet the goal of finishing the polishing of my first book in the Existence series and to submit it to agents/publishers.

    What book am I looking forward to coming out this year? My own... ;) Hey- I can hope!
    I also hear that "The Burn Palace" by Stephen Dobyns is supposed to be good. That comes out in Feb.


    Happy New Year from What-Are-They.com ! I hope you have a great one. Thanks for taking part in the hop.

  62. Thanks for the giveaway! My resolution/goal is to get a new job.


  63. My goal is to swim 3 times a week.
    Entering for Grand Prizes.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  64. Thank you to everyone who has commented and visited my blog during this blog hop. I appreciate your support!

    The winner of the prize from me is Sandra!!!

    Happy 2013 to you all!