Friday, December 16, 2011

MISTLETOE MADNESS BLOG HOP ; DEC 16 - DEC 23



The Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop kicks off on Friday, December 16th.
What is a giveaway hop?
Each participating blog hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop from one giveaway to the next.
Join us and enter to win over 50 giveaways hosted by our participants!


Books pre-loaded on the Grand Prize Color Nook from the following authors: GRAND PRIZE IS FOR USA ONLY. MY INDIVIDUAL PRIZE IS INTERNATIONAL. 
PJ SchnyderDana Marie BellLia Habel
Allison PangYvonne NicolasStephanie Burke
D Renee BagbyVivi DumasKayleigh Jamison
Clarissa YipRobert C RomanA.L. Davroe
as well as KC Hendricks, Marie Dees, Kay Keppler, Angela Campbell, PR Mason, Natasha Blackthorne, Sharon Cullen, Ruth A Casie, Linda Andrews, Dianne Venetta, Eliza Knight, Linda Andrews, DC Juris, Adrienne Giordano, Margay Leah Justice, RA Vaughn, Jane Kindred…




THE HOLIDAYS HAVE CHANGED A LOT SINCE I WAS A CHILD.  WE WERE HAPPY IF SANTA LEFT A FEW TOYS AND FILLED OUR STOCKING.  IN TODAY'S WORLD, MARKETING STARTS AFTER HALLOWEEN AND THE MEDIA BRINGS ALL OF THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY TO OUR CHILDREN, MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO MAKE THEIR LIST FOR SANTA.





IT IS IMPORTANT TO HONOR THE TRADITION OF FAMILY SHARING, GRATITUDE, AND GIVING BACK AS OUR HOLIDAY SEASON APPROACHES. I'M NOT AGAINST BIG GIFTS, HOWEVER, I FIND KIDS BECOME OVERWHELMED WHEN THEY RECEIVE AN ENDLESS AMOUNT OF PRESENTS.   






EXPECTATIONS ARE NOT ALWAYS MET DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, BUT MAYBE WE SET OUR GOALS TOO HIGH.



FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE A JOB, OUR HEALTH AND A HOME, WE OUR TRULY BLESSED. THERE IS SOMETHING MAGICAL ABOUT A WARM FIRE, SNOW ON THE LAWN, THE SCENT OF A HAM IN THE OVEN, AND THE COMFORT OF HOME.  A HOLIDAY SPENT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, SHARING A MEAL, AND GIVING THANKS IS STILL THE BEST GIFT OF ALL.









MY HEROINE MADELINE YOUNG FROM ECHOES AT DAWN IS A CHEF. SHE ATTEMPTS TO  MAKE THE HOLIDAYS SPECIAL, DESPITE THE CHALLENGES SHE FACES.






BLURB:

The strangely intertwined lives of a widowed woman, and a charismatic bachelor come together in order to show that in life, there are no coincidences… only destiny.

Waterfront restaurant chef Madeline Young adores her job. If only her love and family's lives were as successful as her career. With a teenage son, who spends time in the emergency room for alcohol poisoning and a dementia-plagued mother, Madeline doesn't know how much more she could handle. Then her mother enlists the help of her deceased twin sister, Mary, to guide Madeline to find happiness. An early dawn visit from the spirit directs Madeline to volunteer at the local hospitals center for addiction recovery, where she comes alive for the first time in many years under the attention of Nat Griffin.

Nathaniel Griffin, a part-time counselor and contractor, fascinates his clients with his lectures. In keeping with his philosophy of professionalism, Nat prefers to keep his personal life private. When attraction tests his beliefs, Nat must confront his marred past. Is he willing to face his demons or take the easier path and remain isolated?

Can unworldly ghosts save this couple from their own self-destructive behavior? Will they be able to accept change and move forward, or allow secrets to stand in the way?




ONE RANDOM COMMENTER WILL RECEIVE A PRINT COPY OF ECHOES AT DAWN. MY CONTEST IS INTERNATIONAL. YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE TO PARTICIPATE. 

DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. 






20 comments:

miki said...

i think you are right... but even i still want to have at least one special magical christmas with a lot of gifts and such ( not necessary expensive but thoughtful)
since it's difficult for me at the moment and i know my mother is working so she has not the time to go to look for something i'm trying to do it myself with sevreal gifs for all the member of the family.. becaus ei want to see them happy and smiling

thanks you for this giveaway

miki said...

oups sorry i forgot my email ( really sorry)

isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

buddyt said...

Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

Your book sound like an inretesting read, so please enter me.

Thank you and have a happy and relaxing Christmas season.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

JoanneR said...

I so look forward to the time with family more than any gift under the tree, although the gifts are always pleasant.
joannereynolds@sbcglobal.net

Jean P said...

As I have gotten older, I look forward to being with family and enjoying my time with them. I sometimes think in our hurried lives, we have forgotten the real meaning of Christmas.

skpetal at hotmail dot com

wanda f said...

Happy Holidays .Im haveing a great time with this hop loving all the posts .
Thank you for this chance to win

flanagan@mebtel.net

Ronda (Queentutt's World of Escapism) said...

I loved your post and you are so right about how things are now days. Viewing those photos you have brought back great memories. first the photo of the little girl and boy reminded me of some old photos I have of myself as a little girl wearing a dress just like that with those black shinny shoes.

Then seeing Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation reminded me of how much I laughed while watching that movie.

The nice photo of the town street full of snow made me smile as I made a wish that it would snow where I am like that down here in deep south Texas where it is still 78 degrees. Sometimes it does get cold but usually it doesnt last but over night or for one day but never snow. I think if it did everyone would totally freak.

Anyhow the most important thing is that during this season is spending the quality time together as a family as we cherish the warmth of love during the season.

Merry Christmas!
Ronda Tutt
mrsqueentutt@yahoo.com

Denise Z said...

For me the most important thing about the Christmas holiday is spending it with my family. We are small in our neck of the woods and there is not a lot of goings on, but it is special to me. Echoes at Dawn sounds like an awesome read and I would love to read it. Thank you for sharing in this fun Mistletoe Madness:)
dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

marybelle said...

The gifts I always appreciate most are those hand made. Very personal, useful & made with love.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Falcata Times said...

For me, its not about the cost, its about the thought that people have taken to pick the thing for me. For example I know that I'm getting some homemade Gingerbread Men (Christmas themed) from one of my nephews. I don't care that they didn't cost the earth, its the fact that he thought that I'd like them as he's decorated them to look a little like me. (Beard included)

Ok so he's had some help from his parents (as he's four) but thats not the point. Its the fact that he specifically remembered that I'd admired his gingerbread men when he made them with his Gran (my Mum) earlier in the year and wanted to make sure I had some this year.

books4me said...

A unique story...sounds like a great read!

The best gift that I have received in a long time is the fact that my hubby quit a well paying job to a job he LOVES!!! We see him more and he is so less stressed. I can ask for NOTHING MORE!!!

books4me67 at ymail dot com

Kathryn Merkel said...

What a neat idea for a story. Would love to read it.

drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

KimberlyFDR said...

I always appreciate presents that come out of the love for another person. Doesn't matter how much it costs or if it's handmade, it's the thought that counts.

kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

Unknown said...

Being 47 years old, I can totally relate to your post! And I fell in love with the blurb from your book - I would SO love to read it. It's on my TBR list if I am not lucky enough to win =)
Thank you for participating in this hop - I love finding new to me authors!

Happy Holidays!

Gena Robertson
robertsongena@hotmail.com

Helen said...

It isn't the price of the presents or how many.I just love the surprise of wondering what it could be.
helldog3 at aol.com

Hillary Jacques said...

Such an interesting-sounding story.

Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

killary AT gmail DOT com

Linda Henderson said...

Family and friends are so important this time of year. I'm so lucky to still have my family and a roof over my head. Since I lost my home in the tornado, I now live with my youngest daughter and her family. So I'm very lucky this year.

seriousreader at live dot com

Kathleen said...

Wanted to stop by thank everyone for taking the time to attend the blog hop. Your comments are very special to me. Wishing you a holiday season filled with love, peace and happiness!

June M. said...

All I really need to have a great holiday is my family. Everything else is just a bonus. Have a wonderful holiday and thank you for the giveaway.
June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Kim S. said...

Very thought provoking post. Thanks for posting. Your book looks very interesting.

Happy Holidays to all!!

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