Friday, December 16, 2011

Double The Trouble, Twice The Fun - Blog Hops, Two In One!

As the mother of fifteen year old twin daughters (remember their combined age is thirty which is what they believe they are most days), I'm familiar with every saying about double or twice.  Today is a special day on the blog because we're doing two blog hops in one.

We're still celebrating Kathleen Grieve's birthday - 29 and counting for the final day this week but we're also moving on toward Christmas with the long awaited Stuff Your Stockings Christmas blog hop set up by Drea Becraft.

So we're two in one - and I'm in the holiday spirit today because I'm giving away too!

Comment and you gain a chance to win a PDF copy of Sing We Now of Christmas plis a very special holiday ornament!  In fact, I'll give away two sets, one for each blog hop!

Over the next few days during the Stuff Your Stockings hop, I'll also be giving away....

Two PDF copies of Sing We Now of Christmas, two ebook copies of my short A Pagan Feast which isn't romance but literary but it deals with an Ozark fundamentalist group that doesn't believe in Christmas, and two more ornaments. 

Print copy of Classic Christmas: True Stories of Holiday Cheer and Goodwill including my essay about Christmas, an additional ebook copy of Sing We Now of Christmas, two more ebook editions of A Pagan Feast, and more ornaments.

I also have some 2012 calendars I'll be giving away too.  And stay tuned - Christmas always puts me in a generous mood and I love to give! So there may be more as well.

Everything will be sent or mailed within two days of the hop, too.
More prizes in the Stuff Your Stockings - check out this amazing list here:

Don't forget to visit the other blogs to finish up your chances to win Kathleen Grieve's great prizes and to hop on over to the Stuff Your Stockings Hop too!

Here's a little taste from Sing We Now of Christmas:

            She got up to leave, unhappy because her friend, Susan, spent all her time with the lead singer of the band, and backed into someone.   In her haste she almost lost her balance.  Strong arms caught her and held her upright as a voice said, audible above the music but not loud,

           “Whoa, there honey, take it easy.”

             Jessica whirled, embarrassed, to mumble an apology.  All her words faded away when she gazed into his eyes, dark brown and richer than sweet chocolate.   He looked back with interest and she felt a strong sense of attraction.  He wasn’t the kind of guy she would give a second glance under any other circumstance but tonight she couldn’t look anywhere else.   Everything about him was opposite of what she liked in a man – she liked tailored, Brooks Brothers business charm and he radiated country cowboy.

             He fit into his faded Wranglers as if they’d been made just for his long legs and his pearl snap button blue patterned Western shirt suited him.   He towered above her, taller by several inches even without the worn cowboy boots he wore.  She inhaled his scent, a potent mixture of musky cologne, tobacco smoke, and beneath it all, Irish Spring soap.  His hands, still holding her arms, were warm against her bare skin and she was glad, now, that she’d worn the black silk halter top despite the cold instead of the red sweater she’d worn to school. Jessica made her voice work with effort, “Thank you.”

             “No problem,” he said and she drank in his voice, strong and comforting with just enough Oklahoma twang to make it interesting. “Would you care to dance?”

“I’d love it,” Jessica said as he released his grip on her arms to grab her hand instead. “My name’s Jessica Martin.”

             “I’m Johnny,” he said and she committed the name to memory, “Johnny Devereaux.”

            He led her onto the tiny dance floor just as Mark began to sing the softer, sweeter vintage country song, Lookin’ For Love.  The old Johnny Lee song she remembered from that movie, Urban Cowboy, now felt like a theme song.  She recalled watching it one late night in college, hating the boot scooting dance moves and the mechanical bull riding but loving the scene where Debra Winger danced to this same music with John Travolta.  Such a coincidence she mused, Johnny Lee, John Travolta, and Johnny Devereaux. 

              Johnny put his arms around her and she cuddled close against him for the slow dance.  They swayed together, their easy motions in time with the music, and she felt safe.   Jessica’s head fell short of his shoulder and so as they danced, she could hear the steady rhythm of his heartbeat.  Above them, the stationary silver ball that must have once spun reflected the colorful Christmas lights strung above the bar and Jessica felt the strangest sense of coming home in his arms.  She wanted to stay there forever, wrapped in that magic cocoon of his embrace, and hold this moment close to her heart.


  1. Just loving this blog-hop!

    Merry Christmas :)

  2. can i hope these giveaway to be international too?

    all the best


  3. Miki - yes my giveaways are international too! - Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

  4. Thank you so much for the excellent giveaway. I think it's great that some of the giveaways are for ornaments. I lost all my Christmas ornaments along with my home in the tornado that hit my hometown back in May. So I'm starting all over with my book collection and everything else. I hope you have a joyous and safe holiday season.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  5. Count me in !

    Thanks for making it intl
    Happy Holidays :D

    rallu.93 (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Happy Holidays!

    Love the hop!

  7. Sing We Now of Christmas sounds great! Thank you for the giveaway and happy holidays!!!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  8. So glad you are part of the blog hop. Sing We Now of Christmas sounds wonderful & I'm putting it on my TBR list immediately.


  9. Thanks for the contest!

  10. Happy holidays! Thanks so much for the giveaways!
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  11. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

    geschumann at live dot com

  12. I hope you get your stocking stuffed this year. Thanks for the chance to win.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  13. i now what you going through i had twin but boy girl and then i like to read your book have not read them but give me chance

  14. Hopping right along :) Thanks for participating. I am discovering many new authors! Happy Holidays!

  15. Enjoying my hopping around and finding new (to me) authors.

  16. I'm loving all this thank you!!


  17. This hop is awesome! Im having a ton of fun! Thank you! Merry Christmas!!


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