Wednesday, January 4, 2012

THE NEW YEAR BLOG HOP

1st Grand Prize is a Kindle Fire

2nd Prize (to a second winner) is an $80 Amazon GC

Everyone who comments on THIS blog is also entered into a drawing to win a $10 Starbucks gift card. (Make sure you leave your email addy so I can contact you if you win!)

Over 60 authors are participating in this blog hop. Each blog will offer a prize. And everyone who leaves a comment on any of the blogs will be entered to win one of the grand prizes. If you comment on each blog, that's 60+ entries into the grand prize drawing. See the links at the end to travel to the other blog sites.

What do I like best about ringing in a new year? A new year brings so many exciting possibilities. It’s a time to start over, to begin anew. January 1 is like opening the page of the next book on my TBR pile. I’ve read the back cover blurb, I’ve admired the cover, maybe I’ve read some reviews. I can’t wait to start reading. I start every new book hoping it’ll end up on my keeper shelf.

That’s how I like to begin my new year. I don’t really make resolutions, but I do journal and daydream about what I want to accomplish in the coming year.

Is every book I start reading my favorite? No. Sometimes, I don’t even finish. So it stands to reason that not every year is going to be as grand as I expect. But that doesn’t stop me from dreaming big.

My favorite quote: “Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.”  ~Les Brown

You can learn more about Rebecca at her website and her other blog, Once Written, Twice Shy.

Rebecca's available books are:

Her One-Night Prince

Borrowed Stilettos


71 comments:

  1. Love your quote, Rebecca. Happy New Year

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

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  2. Great thoughts to begin the new year. Already off and running.
    linze_e at hotmail.com

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  3. That's a great quote! I've never heard it before.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    ringpop2010 at gmail dot com

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  4. Cool post. Thanks for the chance.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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  5. Spending time with my family and watching the ball drop on tv.

    amysmith98 @ gmail.com

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  6. Cathy and Lindsey, thanks so much for stopping by. I love that quote too. :)

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  7. Maria and Vanessa, thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year. :)

    Amy, those are my favorite things, too. We don't like to go out on New Year's (too many crazies) so our kids always have their friends to our house.

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  8. I love the promise of a new year ;) richnkathy718 (at) msn (dot) com

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  9. I've never understood the journal thing, though I've known many people (all women, hmmm)who have kept them. I guess that's why I'm a reader, not a writer.

    Here's to many good books in 2012!

    acm05atjuno.com

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  10. I love the name of your blog :D

    Happy new year!

    mihoxli at gmail dot com

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  11. This year I dont have a resolution but a goal to move to England
    teressaolvier at gmail dot com

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  12. mmm Starbucks.. the way to a girls heart ;P

    Dprissypunk(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Wishing you a prosperous New Year.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  14. I actually love the way your blog is set up!

    Happy New Year!

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  15. I loved Borrowed Stiletos! I've been waiting for your 2nd book to come out! Yay!

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  16. What a great quote! Wishing you a fantastic 2012!

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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  17. All my favorite new years memories are the same; it doesn't matter were I was as long as i'm with friends and family :)

    ~jennifer

    wocaworld{at}gmail{dot}com

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  19. Happy New year! Thanks for the giveaway!
    brandon_savannah@yahoo.com

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  20. I appreciate these hops so much! I find so many new to me authors and blogs to follow!

    Thank you so much for participating and for the awesome giveaway chance!

    Happy New Year! I hope it brings you nothing but happiness and great things!

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

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  21. I LOVE new beginnings to a New Year...like the slate is being wiped clean, so to speak..time to put order into things!!! Great give away thanks for the opportunity to enter!! :)

    abbeycat34@yahoo.com

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  22. I love the way you look at each new year! Thanks for sharing your outlook AND for that awesome quote (& for the awesome giveaway opportunity!)

    I hope 2012 ends up being on your "Keeper shelf"!

    May God bless,
    Trisha Wilson
    TrishaWilson79@gmail.com

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  23. I don't do resolutions either. They are too easily broken. I do try to make some goals to just make my life better and to improve myself.
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  24. I usually have spent my NYE with the family, watching the countdown on tv, eating snacks and playing games, maybe not memorable, but good times all the same! :)

    Eva
    evitap67(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. Most of my New Years memories are about being home with my family.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  26. That's how I try to think about the year too. I may not like every little thing that happens but hopefully there will be plenty of good to outway the crappy parts. Last year that wasn't the case but this year is fresh and so I'm starting optomistic.

    a_breen87@yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I think that is a healthy outlook on the New Year. Resolutions put too much pressure on people.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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  28. I'm horrible about keeping resoltions. Pretty much the only thing I really want this year is to go to RT and to read more books than I did last year. I gotta beat like 125? Thanks for sharing!
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark@yahoo.com

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  29. I spend New Years with one or two friends. We watch movies, eat and drink too much and are always home early. I don't make resolutions either anymore. Always end up breaking them.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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  30. I love that saying!!! Hope you have a great year!

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

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  31. Thanks for the giveaway!

    charmed_sphere_mage69@hotmail.com

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  32. love the hops and hope fr the new year for you for more books love the cover here
    desi the blonde @ msn.com

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  33. I like wishing big. At least you have the fun of dreaming even if it doesn't come to pass. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

    geschumann at live dot com

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  34. My favourite New Years memories are of the ones spent with friends and family.
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

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  35. Anne--I journal to keep my sanity. It's more like a running ToDo list and bitch session than a diary. If I get all that crud out of my head onto the page, my day goes much more smoothly. :) Thanks for stopping by.

    Miho--Thanks! I kind of like the name myself, LOL.

    Teressa--I'm so jealous. Good luck in your quest to move to England. :)

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  36. honestly i think positivly every year some have disappointments others have triumphs so i look towards the future with the positive note of ill be good and the next day week month year will be better

    myf av quote is one my grams used to tell me nothing worth having in this life or the next is ever easy to get or keep so keep striving to be the best you can and ull have everything your worth its stuck with me threw out my life

    ty for the chance

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  37. DBookWhore--Your name makes me laugh, but I feel funny "calling" you that. :) Yes, Starbucks is awesome. Love the coffee and I'm addicted to their oatmeal. Yum.

    Crystal--Back atcha!

    Kaye--Thank you for the blog compliment. I try to make it easy to navigate.

    Vanessa--You just made my day. So glad you liked Borrowed Stilettos--I hope you like my new book just as much. It's not as steamy (you'll have to wait for my 3rd book for that), but just as fun and romantic. Let me know what you think.

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  38. Thank you for sharing! My family watches movies for new years. We like to stay in and just enjoy. Were not much for partying. Happy new year!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. I totally agree. Jan 1 is like opening a new book. Awesome analogy.

    :D

    Thanks for sharing

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  40. Happy New Year! Thanks for the Hop!
    snulfers@hotmail.com

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  41. What a great quote! I'm going to remember that.
    Happy 2012.
    mcv111@hotmail(dot)com

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  42. I agree...The romance of New Years is in the new, infinite possibilities, the new beginning.

    Cheers,
    catherinelee100[at]gmail[dot]com
    @capefearlibn

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  43. Wishing you a great new year. Here is to 2012!

    squenn91474@yahoo.com

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  44. thank you so much for being part of this giveaway!!!

    yankeedragon4 at gmail dotcom

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  45. Thanks for the blog hop! Happy New Year!
    OceanAkers@aol.com

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  46. Thank you so much fun blog hop I wish to read more books this year so my to read pile stays small!
    Happy New Year too you!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  47. My mom would make shirley temples and snacks for new years eve celebration- loved it!

    mconnolley(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. GREAT quote! My resolution was to stress - less this year...ya know, don't worry, be happy! HA! Happy 2012!

    barbbattaglia@yahoo.com

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  49. I like that quote

    great giveaway
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  50. Love that quote!
    My favorite NYE memory is the one I spend with my now husband. We went out with my best friend and her (then) husband. It was horrible. They fought the whole night but at one point during all that craziness he leaned over and told me that he loved me.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

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  51. Mmm, a tasty giveaway! Love it!

    brbalways(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  52. Awesome quote!! I look forward to the New Year hoping it will be better than the last. No resolutions for me either. I just want to be happy and have my family near me and healthy!

    mnjcarter@charter.net

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  53. Mostly I ring in the New Year at my Mom's house, sharing good food and laughter with my family. Hope you have a great year!

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  54. Happy New Year! Thanks for the giveaway!

    suz2@cox.net

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  55. My favorite New Year's memory is when I was around 7 year's old and my best friend and I stayed up through the New Year all the way up until around 4am. We were the happiest 7 year old's ever! Our parents were too wasted to even notice! lol

    Ishanie.Sanchez@gmail.com

    http://thealteregotracy.blogspot.com

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  56. You go for the moon and the stars, Becky!

    Happy New Year!

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  57. Happy New Year to you and yours!

    thewildtwo @ sbcglobal (dot) net

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  58. Happy New Year!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  59. Happy New Year to you and your family!

    christinetoney (at) hotmail.com

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  60. Happy New Year to you and yours! n.dematos@gmail.com

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  61. My favorite new years was when I had a fun and crazy party with friends last year, the champagne was literally flowing everywhere since one of my friends tried to make a champagne fountain but it turned into a river instead!

    lilazncutie1215[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  62. Happy New Year!

    I love spending my NYE with my husband no matter what we do.

    Lori

    knitrix29 at gmail dot com

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  63. Love playing cards and drinking Irish Coffees to bring in the new year

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  64. I'm a Dreamer for sure :)

    My best NYE - We had a party for our friends and family. We could see the high school fireworks from our backyard. We all had a great time being together. Almost all the food was gone and the drinks...well there weren't any left..lol Those who needed to spend the night found a piece of floor and blankets and we had breakfast the next morning...some not so much LOL

    Great Blog Hop. Hope you will blog at KP sometime.

    Mary Keith
    mary@keithpublications.come
    www.keithpublications.com

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  65. Hi, Rebecca!

    My New Year memory was to spend my time with my family and attended my cousin's wedding at the Disneyland World, located in Florida.

    My New Year Resolution 2012 - I'm considered to start writing my first book but I need to find my free time first. Who knows?

    Thanks for bringing up the Blog Hop. Looking forward to reading your new books soon.

    Joyce@romance-book-club.com
    www.romance-book-club.com

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  66. thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway.
    my favorite memory is the year my husband asked me to marry him.


    my main NYR is to quit smoking. i have already cut the amount from 1 1/2 packs a day to less than 1/2 a pack a day so now i just need to finish going the distance. it is a tough habit to break and i have been smoking for 30+ years. last year my mother got sick and has had lung problems since, her doctor told us that she needed to quit and we made a deal to do it together. it has been a slow go but we are getting there.
    my next NYR is to improve myself as a writer and try to find a group to help with that.

    i hope that all of you have a blessed and joyful New Year and may all of your dreams and wishes come true.

    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

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  67. May the year be wonderful and your printer never run out ink two weeks after you purchase it, like mine did grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    Bull

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  68. That's what is so exciting about the New Year... a change for something exciting to happen.

    Pamela Jo
    pmjg(at)E-jama(dot)net

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  69. My family parties at home with lots of good food and we watch the ball drop in Times Square. I loved when my children were little. They would dance in front of the tv to Dick Clark.

    Thank you for the wonderful contest.

    I hope you have a very prosperous New Year.

    orelukjp0 at gmail dot com

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  70. Thanks so much for everyone who stopped by and commented! We have a winner for this blog, picked randomly from Random.org. :) It's Kathryn (richnkathy718 (at) msn (dot) com).

    Happy New Year!

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