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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Blog Hop

Congratulations to Drea B  who won the $10 Amazon Gift Card.

It's the second annual New Year's Blog Hop!!! Come and celebrate the new year with brand new books, friends, authors, bloggers and more!! It's a season for change and we're ready to live it up with our favorite romance heroes and heroines!

Happy New Year!  I love New Year’s Day. It’s an opportunity to start over and make things right or better. I’ve made all kinds of New Year’s Resolution, stuck with them for a while and then gradually forgot about them.

This year, I plan to post what I want to accomplish in plain sight—above my computer monitor. It’s a little hard to ignore what’s right in your face. I hope. A lovely tradition a friend mentioned is a “good day” jar (I'm sure that's not the real name) where you write on a slip of paper something good that happened that day. We so often think only about the bad stuff. It would be so great to go back and read about the good things that had happened at the end of the week, month, year. I’m going to try that.

What is one thing you’re going to try this year?

If you’re looking for good books to read, be sure check out the rest of the participants in the New Year’s Blog Hop. (See link  below.)

Here’s a little bit about my latest book, The Pilot:

There's no place like home and he just stole hers. Cargo hauler, risk taker Celera d'Enfaden must work with rule-bound Administrator Trevarr Jovano to save her brother from a galactic gangster.

If you were here for the Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop, you'll be happy to read a new excerpt from The Pilot:

Celara stopped looking for the Dockmaster when she saw a pair of legs topped by the most gorgeous set of male buns she’d seen in at least a year. The owner of the aforementioned body parts, encased in the dark blue uniform of the repair crew, was bent over the open hatch of an Agilean Speeder.
Now, there was a ship. The sleek vessel—one of the fastest in the galaxy—almost distracted her from the mechanic. He’d shrugged off the top portion of the jumpsuit so that it pooled around his waist. The environment of the repair shop affected many newcomers, especially those unaccustomed to the heat.
As she stared at his butt, all she could think was oh, mama. She hoped he was human and that the rest of him lived up to the preview. Better yet, she hoped he was in a party mood. After escaping from the pirates, Celara wanted to howl . . . and someone to howl with.
“Hey, big boy,” she called to the mechanic. “Wanna party?”
As the mechanic abruptly straightened, he whacked his head on the raised engine hatch. He muttered a Bricaldian curse about origins. She hoped he meant the ship’s, not hers. But then, considering her origins, that curse wasn’t out of line. When he turned around, she sucked in a breath. Oh, yeah. A primal part of her sat up and took notice. His backside, gorgeous as it was, didn’t compare to the rest of him. He had the broad shoulders and muscles of a laborer plus the black hair, square jaw and blade-straight nose of Bricaldian aristocracy. What a delicious combination.
“Did you arrive on that hauler?” He nodded to her ship. His voice, a tantalizing allure of baritone and chokiris, sounded vaguely familiar.
“Yep. That’s my ship.” She tucked her thumbs into the side pockets of her trousers and thrust out her chest a little in pride. “D’Enfaden’s Thermopylae. Fastest little transport in three sectors.”
He walked past her to examine her ship then ran his hand—long, strong fingers, she noted—over the dents and scrapes along the aft section. “It appears to have sustained damage.”
“My thruster gimbal got damaged when I kissed an asteroid evading filthy pirates. They didn’t catch me, though.” She grinned. “Hey, you new around here? Don’t remember seeing you before—and I sure would remember seeing you.”
He arched his dark eyebrow.
She raised her hand, palm outward, in the traditional indie greeting. “Celara d’Enfaden.” As he stared at her with green eyes as sharp and clear as veridion, she raised her own eyebrow. “And you are . . .”
When he reached into the pocket of his work uniform and pulled out a zircan leather folder, she groaned before he even opened it. She knew what the folder contained. A shiny gold badge, carved with an intricate array of stars, swirls and a tiny red jewel in the center. The insignia of the Coalition.
“I am Administrator Trevarr Jovano.” He snapped his fingers and two armed Security personnel stepped out of the shadows of the Agilean Speeder. “I am impounding your ship and confiscating your cargo.”

The Pilot is available at Amazon ~ Smashwords ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Kobo

Leave a comment for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Be sure to leave your email address. For more chances to win, enter in the Rafflecopter giveaway.

Now for the Grand Prizes. When you leave a comment (with your email address, of course), you’re eligible for one of the Grand Prizes.

To continue on the Hop go to http://carrieannbloghops.blogspot.com/ for more links and to qualify for the THREE grand prizes. There are over 200 participants in the New Year’s Blog Hop. You can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times! So, be sure to leave a comment! And don't forget to leave your email address.


  1. Thanks for participating in the blog hop and have a Happy New Year. I'm going to try and read more books. lol


  2. Thank you for the chance! Thanks for sharing the excerpt too. I wonder if she got to howl ;)

    I'm hoping to try reading books outside of my comfort zone and visit another state.


  3. I'm going to try (and I hope, succeed) in fixing my life.
    Happy new year :)


  4. 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

  5. I'd love to try a new hairstyle.
    Thanks for the giveaway! And Happy New Year!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  6. I want to workout more and keep better records of all the books that I read. Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway!
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

  7. Happy New Year, Diane!
    I have two "resolutions" this year. (Something I rarely do, because I don't want to feel like a failure when I don't follow through...)
    1. Exercise - I am joining a health club and I hope the exercise will give me more energy and a positive outlook.
    2. Write!
    Keep your fingers crossed for me! :)

  8. Thanks for participating in the blog hop!


  9. I have a list of things I want to accomplish each month of 2013.


  10. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!!!!! I'm thankful to just be here. I can't wait for all the new books that will be coming out in 2013!


  11. Hope your New year is filled with laughter, love and make TIme for the little things!!!


  12. I am going to try and be more organized and lost some weight

    Hope your New year is filled with laughter, love and make TIme for the little things!!!


  13. Happy New Year... REad 130 books.. get my BA


  14. How utterly awesome that I found this. I LOVE women in aviation books. I worked in the industry 11 years (mechanic) and actually, my goal for the new year is to get back into it. I took a year off to write, got a lot of books out there, but now it's time to go back. I gave it my best shot, you know? Adding your book to my TBR. tchevrestt(at)yahoo.com

  15. I'm going to try a new sub-genre of romance if I can get the guts to move outside of my comfort zone. lol

    always.and.never AT gmail DOT com

  16. I want to read more books this year than I did last year :)


  17. I am finishing out my first year back to college!


  18. I'm going to try going for another degree--a doctoral degree.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  19. You guys have super goals. I wish you the best in achieving them.

  20. Happy New Year! My resolution is to lose more weight for 2013 so my goal is to be healthier.
    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  21. Less junk food.
    Happy New Year!
    t.abule (a) yahoo (dot) com

  22. I want to get in better shape.
    Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!

  23. I am going to try to pay down my credit cards.
    Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  24. 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.


  25. Becoming a real writer :)
    thanks for the hop!
    movie1997 at live dot it

  26. Getting high marks at school!!! Thanks for the wonderful prices:)


  27. I'm going to try a bunch of new recipes. I'm so bored with cooking.


  28. I'm toning to expand my cupcake business this year. danelle. chickyskitchen@yahoo.com

  29. I'm going to try to jump from a plane this year..I hope I do..

  30. I'd love to try snowboarding

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  31. I'm going to try to get a new job.

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  32. Trying to get healthier!

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

  33. I seen a post about that jar too and am going to try and do it..love where they said to put in LOLs..it will be such fun to read at end of year..just hope I stick with it.

  34. I am going to try to let peoples' negativity and comments not effect me as much. It drains the energy and fun out of life. Having new books help distract me :D Thanks for participating in the giveaway!

    Have a great new year!



  35. My main resolution is to love the woman my husband married.

    cristinegasser (at) gmail (dot) com

  36. Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing your heart and your soul with us through your books for another year!


  37. I'm going to try to read at least 70 books this year.

    chelseawoodring at hotmail dot com

  38. My goal this year is to lose weight and make as many happy memories with my loved ones that I can.


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

  40. My goal this year will be to make more time to read!
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!


  41. I am going to try and be more organized

  42. I am going to try to be more adventurous.

    Happy New Year!


  43. I'm trying to read more and get myself emotionally straightened out.
    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

  44. taking better care of me! :) sstogner1 at gmail dot com

  45. Hubby and i plan on Ziplining for the frist time this year. His golden birthday is this year he turns 31 so we are having a huge party and doing something fun that he has wanted to do for years.


  46. I really am "resolutioning" this year - to "man up" and get my life, health and home in order - including getting back on track with my weight loss!

    Happy 2013 everyone!


  47. I like the idea of a good day jar, I think I might try that and I would love to complete my reading challenges I signed up for this year.

    Rafflecopter Name : Dawna Newman


  48. I'm going to try to sculpt my abs.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  49. Going back to school :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  50. more exercise
    Happy new year!

  51. This year I'm gonna try to put up a book blog and make lots of book reviews (coz I don't have one yet)
    Anyways, Thanks for the giveaway! and Happy New Year! :)

  52. I'm going to try to cook more and get my children to try new things.
    Thanks for the fun and Happy 2013!

  53. I'm going to try to get on a better nutrition plan.


  54. I'm going to try to eat healthier and exercise more.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  55. Happy New Year


  56. Happy New Year,thanks for the giveaway.I'm trying to get a job.


  57. Happy New Year!

    My resolution is to spend more time on myself. I spread myself to thin. Maybe getting a cloning machine up and running would help!


  58. Read more books; better to relax!
    Happy 2013!
    deethomas291 at gmail dot com

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

  60. to eat better

    Happy New Year!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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


  62. I want to lose 50 pounds and read 50 new books this year.


  63. Read 100 books and start a book blog!


  64. I really like the idea of a Good Day Jar. I may have to try that one myself. God knows it might be handy to read them on one of those bad days. Thanks for the info & giveaway :D
    Happy New Years

    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

  65. 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

  66. Happy New Year. I'm looking forward to taking time off work to write!


  67. I would love to gain some of the weight I lost from being sick thats my big goal 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

  68. I,m going to try not to yell this year, its going good so far, lol. thx for the hop stop.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  69. no specific plans for anything to try this year other than to have some fun & enjoy myself :) happy new year

  70. going to try to find more time to read more! happy new year and thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  71. Thanks for doing the hop!! I am going to try reading some of those free books I get everyday from Amazon!!!


  72. 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

  73. i am going to try to finish writing one of my books and publish it no not try i am going to
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  74. Thanks for being part of the Hop! I going to read my first steampunk novel.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  75. I'm going to try to read more books in my TBR pile.

    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

  76. Read more.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  77. 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!

  78. My goal is to swim 3 times a week.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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

  80. I've never made resolutions, but I have a short-term goal to finish editing my current novel. It's actually my ninth book, but I guess I've always been intimidated by the prospect of getting my work published. (I don't want to self-publish unless it's my last option.) But not this year. I'm going to go for it, because heck, I've been telling stories and writing since I was six.
    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

  81. I would like to venture out and maybe try another genre or two in my reading. I also just finished my Ph.D, so my primary goal is finding a full time job!

    Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!
    snhoveln (at) gmail (dot) com

  82. 'm going to try and write more to make 2014 my year :)

    Happy New Year

  83. Happy New Year! My New Years traditions are easy, I spend time with my family and friends. I can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year. My resolutions this year is as always to loose a few pounds and spend a little more time with my family.


  84. thanks for the hop

  85. Trying to stay healthy this year.

  86. I'm going to try and be more patient with my family


  87. I'm going to try to buy my first home this year. Thanks! katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  88. I plan to write and read more in 2013.
    pamelakkinney (at) yahoo (dot) com

  89. i am going to try to travel more. thank you for the giveaway happy new year angel0319@hotmail.com

  90. For 2013, I am going to try to get back working in the States rather than overseas.

    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

  91. Lose 5 pounds and eat healthier. Happy New Year.


  92. For 2013, I'm going to finish up school, find a decent job, and have fun guest reviewing/blogging! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    readsalot81(@)hotmail dot com

  93. 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.


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

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


  95. There are so many great resolutions. I applaud all of you and hope your resolutions are achieved. Happy New Year!

  96. Thanks for the giveaway! My resolution/goal is to get a new job.
    New Furnace Cost Calgary


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