Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year! Blog Hoppin' Fun!

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Instead of talking about traditions on New Year's day, I thought I'd share this short history of New Year’s Day and those pesky resolutions.
The date of the "new year" varies from society to society. For instance, the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, is celebrated in the fall, while the Chinese New Year begins on the second new moon after winter solstice (late January to mid-February). Until 1753, England and its colonies rang in the new year on March 25, which coincided with a Christian holiday called Lady Day (the Feast of the Annunciation). They made the switch to January 1 when they converted from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian. Simple as that!
If you're making any difficult new year's resolutions this year, take heart: people have been struggling with them ever since the early Babylonians started the tradition. (Their most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment, in case you were wondering.) LOL! I don't borrow much from people, but earlier this year I borrowed a pole tree saw and returned it. Keeping it too long meant I actually had to use it! What’s the most unusual or the last thing you’ve borrowed and did you return it?
2012 was a fantastic year for me and surpassed my wildest dreams. After a 4-year dry spell where I didn't think I'd ever sell another book or get an agent, I sold my second novel, WICKED PARADISE. I then went on to sell my debut YA novel, VIGILANTE NIGHTS, and obtained agent representation. WICKED PARADISE will always have a special place in my heart, as will 2012.

As the most powerful sorceress from medieval times, Morgan of the Druids has magic desired by both good and evil. Desperate to save a future post-apocalyptic world from total destruction, sorcerers send Morgan through time to an island prison to kill WindWraith, the long-imprisoned Fomorian demon. When Morgan arrives, she learns that WindWraith plans to possess her body to enable its escape, for she contains the perfect mix of magic and a bond to the fiercest Druid-assassin of the 21st century. A bond as lethal as it is desirable to the dangerous man intruding upon Morgan’s dreams.

After a deadly squall tosses Druid-assassin Ryan O'Rourke into the Pacific Ocean, he washes ashore on an unchartered island brimming with magic. Ryan's determined to find a way to return to Earth's wasteland to battle the resurrected Fomorians plaguing the dwindling human race. When he stumbles across the enchantress who tantalizes his dreams to the point of madness, his plans turn upside down. For she stirs in him a hunger that puts his life's purpose at risk.

Morgan has no choice but to kill the Fomorian before it kills her. But Ryan has other plans for the demon…and without Morgan’s magic, there’s no escape from the island. Now Morgan and Ryan must decide between love and duty in a perilous race against the evil that could destroy Earth.
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We have THREE grand prizes. You can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. You can enter over 200 times!

Grand 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! (This prize is closed to non-US recipients due to high shipping costs).
 Plus, you have up to three chances to win a $25 gift card to Amazon or B&N (winner's choice)  from me during this New Year’s Blog Hop (one winner randomly selected from all qualified entries). Here’s how to increase your chances to win the extra gift card: 1) leave a comment in this blog post with your email address (which you need to do anyway for the Grand Prizes); 2) answer the question in my New Year’s blog post; or 3) follow my blog.
Wait...there's more!
WICKED PARADISE is on a Review Tour now through January 11. I’m giving away another $25 gift card to Amazon or B&N and eBook copies of my romantic suspense novel, CHASING SHADOWS to random commenters. See details here: WICKED PARADISE Review Tour.
Check back on my blog or on Goodreads between January 15 – February 15 for details on how you can win an AUTOGRAPHED print copy of WICKED PARADISE through my Goodreads giveaway.

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