Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Gifts of Love Blog H O P #prizes #holiday

Thanks for stopping by the Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop!

 What's so romantic about the holidays? Lots! Just check out all the blogs on this hop. Not only will you find great books and romance, you can win awesome prizes just in time for the holidays. Prize information is below.
I hope you'll enjoy this short excerpt from my new contemporary romance, Hereafter. It's a modern day ghost story where the impossible somehow becomes possible...

Angel’s body tingled. Her skin rippled with electricity, and she recognized the signs that she’d be transported soon.
Yes. Finally. She closed her eyes, wishing she could rush the transition from her world to his. Cool air prickled her skin and she stood in the man’s dark apartment. With moonlight shining through the sheers, she could make out his form on the sofa.
He jumped up and faced her.
She wanted to speak, but she couldn’t.
“The electricity went off again,” he said.
She frowned.
He stepped closer. “Ghosts don’t exist.”
No. He couldn’t banish her again. She needed something in this world. The lights flickered, sizzled, and then went off again.
Please don’t tell me to go away; it makes me go away. She might not have a voice in this world, but she could at least think it. She would not go, not when potential answers waited in this place.
The man stepped closer. “What are you doing? Angie, why do you keep coming here?”
Don’t tell me to leave…don’t tell me to leave. Pictures flew into her mind. People smiling and laughing. A tree in the corner with white lights and boxes under it….
He’d called her Angie.
“You know me?” Her words came out a whisper, but at least they finally came out. Tears tracked down her cheeks. The electricity flickered on, and then, stayed off. The air stopped sizzling. She blinked to adjust her eyes to the darkness again.
“Christ, this can’t be happening.” He moved his fingers over something in his hand and then pocketed it.
She closed the distance between them and grasped his upper arms, pleading him with her eyes because her voice had left her again.
“Yes, I know you.” He glanced away and looked out the window, let out a huff of breath, and then gazed at her. “Your name is Angie Barsotti and you used to live here.”
No wonder the place felt so familiar. Her spirits lifted. He could help her find out who she was, help her find out what was going on.
“And,” he dragged a hand through his hair. “You died and I don’t believe in ghosts.”
Cold air, cold as ice tore through her, ripping her from the apartment.

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Hop around, comment at each stop for lots of chances for the GRAND PRIZES: KINDLE FIRE or NOOK TABLET, $200 AMAZON/BARNES AND NOBLE GIFT CARD, AND SWAG. And, comment here on my blog for a chance at MY prize: a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card. Tell me why you think December is a romantic month. Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you when you win!



Ronda Tutt said...

I love December, one is for the holidays but the other is because I got married Dec 20th and yes I got married in a red dress - LOL The greatest Gift to each other was ourselves and thats what makes it so romantic. Happy Holidays


Unknown said...

I think it is a romance month since all the cold weather brings on a lot of snuggling by the fire which brings on other things ;)

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Unknown said...

Irish coffee, a roaring fire, and a sexy partner

Rhianna said...

I think December is a romantic month because for most of us it's a reeeeally cold one. At least here in Montana it usually is. lol (Been really warm this year). Something about the cold makes folks want to get close and with the holidays people seem to be more interested in companionship. I remember the beginning of my 'courtship' phase with my husband involving lots of sitting in his warm car fogging up the windows. *giggle* Yep, quite romantic indeed.

Happy holidays Joya!

Belinda G said...

December screams family and love! It's the time to celebrate both and to share ourselves with the ones we care about. People seem to find the courage to pop the question in December. The true meaning of Christmas is sharing love which makes it romantic. I was marred 2 days before Christmas. At the time it was a great idea.

Thanks for the opportunity to share and explore your site.

Belinda G
belgre AT comcast DOT net

Diane Burton said...

Family time. From Thanksgiving thru the end of the year, we celebrate. My children were born 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after Christmas so lots of parties.

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Kaci Verdun said...

December is definately the most romantic month because in the snowy nights you have to cuddle with someone to keep warm, sit by the fire, drink hot chocolate!
Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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Gaele said...

The possibilities make December romantic - possible to curl up by the fire, to give presents that you may not ordinarily's just fun all around

thank you for participating - all the best to you and yours this season

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Krista said...

Because the cold weather was made for snuggling. Thanks for the giveaway!
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laurie said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Kayla's Place said...

I love December but it's never been much of a "romantic" month for me. Ha. My husband & I always have a good time in December but there's always so much going on, that I have a hard time relaxing. Work is crazy, getting over Thanksgiving and getting ready for Christmas is stressful sometimes, and living in Louisiana, our weather is always bonkers. Ha. But I can imagine playing in the snow, cuddling by the fireplace, snuggling outside wrapped up in blankets... :)

Thanks for joining this great hop!!

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Cassandra said...

I think it's romantic because it's a season for love and gathering :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

LEENA7 said...

I think it is romantic for several reasons..the cold makes you want to cuddle. The whole thing is based around family so it makes people think about starting their own and having kids soon. Plus there are all the parties and no one wants to go alone. Also everyone is nicer and it is more fun to be out and meeting new people then.

Becca F (ReadingTeen) said...

I think December is a romantic month bc all the cold weather brings lots of cuddling!

Happy Holidays!

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Evie said...

I think it's because people are happier during the holidays :)
Thanks for the giveaway!
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Anonymous said...

Three of my four grandchildren were born in December. Christmas is truly for children.

Thanks for the chance to win goodies!

Merry Christmas.

BLHmistress said...

I think because it's cold and you want curl up with someone you love for warmth. And just a time to be with your family.

Dawna N.


Anonymous said...

December is romantic because it's traditionally cold (but not here in Texas) and gives you reason to snuggle.

Veronika said...

Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for the giveaway!
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Unknown said...

Happy Holidays! Great Giveaway! The Holidays make for a romantic month. I love spending alone time with my husband cuddled in front of the Christmas tree and fireplace.


Raonaid Luckwell said...

Why is december romantic? Well think about it.. it already holds a depth of magic.. Christmas / Yule magic.
Many people don't go out and about when it's cold, so what's the next best thing.. sitting around a fire, talking, getting to know people..and viola

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Amy said...

December would be romantic beacuse of all the romantic lighting! lol
Happy Holidays!

crystaley73 said...

It is the romantic month because of the magic and miracles that happen in December thanks for the chance to win
Merry Christmas

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JanD said...

the cool weather and maybe some snow makes you want to cuddle with someone.
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Unknown said...

Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Unknown said...

I am so not a romantic BUT I would say it is more romantic than other months because I actually like to cuddle to keep warm! LOL

Thanks so much for the great giveaway and being a part of the hop.

Happy holidays to you and yours,

Liese2 said...

Thanks for the great excerpt!
Every Christmas Eve we go out to dinner and come home to watch the movie Elf.
Thanks for the chance to win and Happy Holidays!

Liese2 said...

Thanks for the great excerpt!
Every Christmas Eve we go out to dinner and come home to watch the movie Elf.
Thanks for the chance to win and Happy Holidays!

Lasha said...

December is a romantic month as the cold weather forces you to snuggle closer to the ones you love! :)

Happy Holidays,

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magic5905 said...

It's cold so you want to cuddle and be close to someone.
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Unknown said...

its cold out side and you have to snugle nice and close to keep warm
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Natasha said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
Happy holidays!
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Shari Jung said...

December is both a lovable and stressful month. But curling up with a loved one or a good book by the lights of the tree...beautiful.

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Missie1 said...

I love December because I'm a mom :D The look in my childrens eyes when they get that one Happy Holidays

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Dovile said...

December is romantic, because it's cold and it's perfect time for cozying up with your loved one.

Thank you for the chance!

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Unknown said...

I think it is as my hubby and I had our church wedding on the 18th.. It was cold as hell but beautiful with evergreen centerpeices with silver and blue accents... Hubby was in his Blues along with our Best man my girls wore red or black and the other grooms men wore black suits... It was during a snow storm lol so i plan on having a redo but can't say i didn't have a beautiful wedding with the man i love.

Daniel M said...

it's the best cuddling time with cool weather, hang on the couch watching holiday movies! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Amy Villalba said...

December is romantic because you get a chance to snuggle with your honey while toasting marshmallows in a fireplace.

Misty Williams said...

December is a time for giving and receiving. There is a different sizzle in the air that surrounds many people making it romantic and many times you see the true giving nature of people giving to those who in need.

I love your excerpt I'm hooked!!


Anonymous said...

One of my favorite Christmas Romance Books is The Untamable Rogue by Annette Blair! The story is about Ashford Blackburne Fifth Earl and he has to get married and get his willing bride pregnant before Christmas or his grandfather won’t let him inherit his money. Ash truly needs to inherit the money because his late father squandered it all away and he is taking care of his mother. After getting stood up at the alter, again, Ash and his friends go to the local pub where the owner plays a drunken Ash in a card game…his consolation prize is the pubs daughter Larkin, who he wants to get ride of. Ash has to learn to forgive…Larkin has to learn how to trust…can two completely different people find love together. This is a cute, extremely funny, romantic story with a surprise Christmas ending!

Shadow said...

What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

Holly said...

Hello, thanks for the giveaway!

Melinda said...

This is the time for forgiveness and that's all about LOVE!

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Thanks for the giveaway!

Darcy said...

Why do I love December? Well, in terms of the external things, I love the crisper weather, the gorgeous lights and holiday decorations, the sight of people hurrying through the streets loaded down with packages from all the department stores, the fact that even in a big city people tend to smile a little more even though they may feel grumpy. In terms of the internal things, I love the fact that it's the spiritual elements that most of us tend to concentrate on in the period between Thanksgiving and the New Year, the fact that it may only be for a brief time, but during that time we more often think about giving, loving and being with those we love. Okay, I admit it, I also adore the food and drink. Eggnog, yum!

Lacey T said...

December is romantic because of the cuddling in the cold and the overall happy feelings the holidays bring! :)

Krysta B. said...

It's so cold you need to share body heat ;)

LisaRayns said...

I'm spending this holiday season with my family and hoping to win so I can read more romances. I don't have an ereader. Happy Holidays! lisarayns at gmail dot com

Carla said...

The cold weather force snuggling. What better way to get warm than the good old fashioned way.
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Joya said...

Thanks so much for all of the awesome comments, everyone. You sure are a romantic and cuddly group at holiday time!

The winner of the $15 gift certificate for my blog is Liese2! Liese, I'll be emailing you today!

Thanks again, everyone, and I hope you have a very romantic Christmas!! :)

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