How Do You Celebrate the New Year? #2013 New Year’s Giveaway Blog Hop

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Can you believe 2012 is already over? Well we authors, readers, and bloggers sure can’t. And to celebrate the New Year with bang, we’re going crazy and sending out so many prizes, fun parties, experiences, and other goodies, that it’s a bit scary. Each author has a favorite New Year memory, book, idea, or way to party and we’re going to show you! 

How I Celebrate the New Year
For the past 49 years, my mother’s relatives have celebrated the New Year by gathering on New Year’s Day. My grandparents began the celebration as a way of uniting their 17 children, along with spouses and grandchildren. It started out small, if you consider over fifty people, a small celebration. 🙂 

Over the years, the family has grown, and at times, more than one hundred people attend the party. It’s a blast and a great time to catch up with relatives I don’t see often. Unfortunately, these days, I’m the relative that isn’t often seen since I live on the West Coast and my family is on the East Coast.

Now, my usual celebration involves watching the count down on television with my husband and children. This year though, we did something a little special, involving a certain castle and fireworks. You might recognize it.

My Prizes

Dana Delamar’Revenge, the first book in her Blood and Honor romantic suspense series, where the sex is as gritty as the suspense story.

A woman on the run. A damaged Mafia don. A rival bent on revenge…

Mafia don Enrico Lucchesi struggles to preserve a fragile truce with the Andretti family. But when Kate Andretti flees from her abusive husband, Enrico won’t leave her in jeopardy. Can he save her without reigniting the bloody feud between the families? 

Deadly Addiction, the second book in my Deadly Vices series.

A violent clash of cultures and nations tests the forbidden love between a Native American man and a white female cop.

When beautiful police sergeant Alyssa Morgan enters his life, Rémi Whitedeer never expects her to upend it. Not only does she have his hormones in an uproar, she’s also threatening to take the position he wants—Chief of Police for the Iroquois Blackriver Reservation. But Alyssa is more than a Barbie cop. Her ends-justifies-the-means philosophy, so different from his own, challenges Rémi on every level. With her sharp investigative skills and her fearlessness, she leads Rémi to confront bitter truths about his family and his standing as a man of mixed race within his tribe. 

Tall hunky Rémi Whitedeer, of the panty-melting grin and the smoldering green eyes, flips Alyssa’s world ass over teakettle. She’s always had a laser-like focus on the job, but Rémi proves a constant distraction. His inner strength and sense of purpose strip away the winner-take-all attitude Alyssa wears like armor. Soon she’s longing for more—a more that terrifies and intrigues her.  If he finds out the fine line she’d walked while undercover, will he still want her? And will she ever find the courage to let him—or anyone—that far in? 

When Alyssa and Rémi uncover a drug-fueled scheme involving a biker gang from Alyssa’s past and a militant sovereigntist group led by Rémi’s cousin, they are forced to choose between their growing love for each other and the lives they’ve worked so hard to build. Will Rémi and Alyssa have to leave everything behind—even their identities—for the chance of a future together?

Have you read Deadly Obsession, the first book in the Deadly Vices series? If not, now would be a good time to pick up a copy. It’s only $0.99 until the end of the blog hop (January, 6th). 

Only 99¢ at Amazon ebook (77p at Amazon UK, 75p at Nook UK), B&NKobo

To Enter: Simply fill out the rafflecopter below! Be sure to provide your email address in a comment.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Grand Prizes
We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $300 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Note: Prize 1 and 2 are international. Prize 3 is US-only.

To Enter: Leave a comment below with your email address. Tell us what is your favorite way to celebrate the new year.

Keep Hopping!

Thank you to everyone for participating in this year’s New Year’s Blog Hop. I wish you all heath, happiness, and success for 2013!

Keep hopping for more chances to win. Click on one of the blogs in the linky list below, or go to the main blog hop website: Website:


146 Responses

  1. This year I stayed home with my kids!

  2. Thanks for doing the hop this is so fun!!

  3. We really don't stay up late to greet the new year because my 2 kids are still a bit young — but what we love to do is go out on New Year's Day and attend mass then have lunch or dinner out together.

    Thank you for the great giveaway! Happy New Year!

    – Tin (khriscc at yahoo dot com)

  4. Thanks for taking part in the blog hop and Happy New Year. I stayed home this year.

  5. Happy New Year! We spent a quiet evening at home.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  6. We used to celebrate the way that you did with everyone gathering at my mom's. Since her passing, we've all scattered to the wind. She was the glue that help us together.

    • My Mom's family has managed to keep it going for 49 years. Sadly, it seems that next year, the 50th anniversary of the family gathering just might be the last one. As people get older, things start to fall apart.

      On a more pleasant note, Happy New Year and good luck!

  7. Usually celebrate the New Year sitting at home watching Harry Potter with my kids. It's usually only my middle son and me that last long enough to see midnight though. Thanks for being a part of the hop!

  8. This is my first participating
    I look forward to 2013 and all that it holds

    Thank you

    ashlynn wiliams


  9. Happy New Year

    I love to celebrate with my husband – whatever we might do! I look forward to the day when he is not on a night shift and we can do that again 🙂


  10. Wow, that certainly sounds like fun!!

    We don't go out for new year eve, but I love to hang around the house, doing little things, eating fun things and starting the year as I mean to go on 😉

    Thanks for the giveaway and happy new year!

    xandrajames AT gmail DOT com

  11. Spend New Years holiday with family.

    awesome blog hop

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  12. Different ways but the most important is as long as I'm with my husband and daughters. Thank you for the blog hop and awesome prizes. Happy New Year.
    Cwill030104 at yahoo dot com

  13. Like you I was raised with the family tradition of gathering and having a big meal but now that I am older and my kids are older and have their own little families living in different parts of the states we are lucky to get together once a year so I am always thankful for that. So New years hubby and I spend it watching a movie and just chilling. But I remember the days of when the kids were home and how we stayed up and popped fireworks etc… After spending Thanksgiving and Christmas this year with all the family, hubby and I are not cooking a big meal, we are just gonna snack all day long on pig in the blankets, cheese dip, and BBQ Chicken wings – LOL And of course watch foot ball – lol.

    Wishing you a wonderful new years day,

  14. Normally we would be visiting family, but my husband has a nasty case of bronchitis, so we are being homebodies today, catching up on Netflix movies.

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  15. With good food and a bottle of Asti 😉


  16. It was just me and my daughter and dog today as we didn't feel up to much with my hubby not being here. Just few more months. Will be adding you to the list for reads thats for sure. 🙂
    Happy New Year

    • Thank you so much, Brandy! Sometimes a quiet ringing in of the new year is just as meaningful as a big noisy party. I hope your husband will soon be back home with his family. 🙂 Happy New Year and good luck!

  17. I celebrate the new year by putting away all the Christmas decorations and starting my spring cleaning early.

    rmwyer at shaw dot ca

  18. Hi Kristine … Wow – 100 is a lot bigger than my celebration! I hope you had a great time at Disney! I went once on New Years Day and it was a madhouse. Don't get me wrong, I love Disney – just not at this time of year 😉

    My normal New Year's celebration is to hanging out with my friends, watching football, enjoying a few drinks, and watching the ball drop.

    Here's wishing you a great start to 2013! I just bought Deadly Obsession – thanks for letting us know about the sale!

    Theresa Esterline

    • Theresa – Disney was fun, but yes, it was a complete madhouse. We didn't stay until midnight because by 8:30, it was so packed you couldn't even move from area to area.

      Thank you so much for getting Deadly Obsession. I hope you enjoy Nic and Lauren's story.

      Happy New Year and good luck!

  19. Spending last day of VACA with my babies. Perfect day.
    Thanks for the fun and Happy 2013!

  20. Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  21. We stayed home with the kiddos 🙂
    Happy New Year

  22. Thanks for the giveaway! And Happy New Year!

  23. Great contest! I love your books. Happy New Year!

  24. We stayed home, had a bubbly, read a book and that was it!

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

  25. We are Irish so we do corned-beef and cabbage and have a nice hang out day with the family.

    Thanks for the hop!


  26. Corned beef and cabbage here in our house on New Years..Thanks for a Great contest..adgaliatymaildotcom

  27. super kewl giveaway, thanks for participating! We rang it in as usual, ringing in the UK new year, and then watching a movie.
    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

  28. We are very low key around our house. We have friends over, the kids play, the adults play board games and try new drinks. Lots of food, laughter, and fun. Not to mention, the doggy gets lots of attention from everyone.

    Happy New Year.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  29. Happy New Year! I like to watch the ball drop and read a good book.


  30. Normally we play board games with the kids and grandparents but last night we just hung out at home and they played the wii u they got for Christmas.


  31. We just watch the countdown.
    Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year.


  32. We normally go to a party but this year my household was under the weather so no party this year… We stayed home and had a drink and cleaned the house.

  33. I enjoy a relaxing quiet evening at home reading & watching the ball drop on tv
    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot)com

  34. Just hanging with the family watching games and eating way to much food.
    Happy New Year.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  35. Oh perfect! I've been wanting to read Revenge and I'm due to start Deadly Addiction.
    I've been to Disneyland for Christmas but not New Years. I bet that was a fun trip for your family.
    Thanks for the giveaway! danao.b7(at)gmail(dot)com

  36. I am new to your books – woo hoo – always love "meeting" new authors – what a great way to start off the new year – lucky 2013!

    Felicia Ciaudelli

  37. I celebrated the same way I have the last few years, I am the neighborhood Mom. I watch all the kids at my house so the parents can party it up safely.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  38. We had snacks and watched the Twilight Zone marathon. thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!

  39. Snacks and drinks with friends to celebrate the new year. 🙂

  40. Aloha!

    …just hopping through…


  41. We just stayed home, watched wrestling then The Back Up Plan (great movie by the way).

    Rafflecopter Name; Dawna Newman

  42. Oh, I would love to win a copy of your book.
    Years ago, I use to love going out and ringing in the New Year with friends and alcohol, lol. Now my husband and our 2 teen boys just hang out together playing board games.

  43. I watched the ball drop with my husband at home and shared a glass of wine to ring in the New Year. Thank you for the giveaway 🙂 Happy New Year!!

  44. I forgot to leave my email address in my comments above…My email is

  45. Usually my New Years are pretty quiet. I don't much like battling traffic or tipsy drivers. So we'll stay in & snack or watch movies.. play music, whatever suits our mood 🙂


  46. Happy New Year!


  47. thank you for this giveaway. I like staying home, cooking a nice meal and eating it with my family.

  48. We go geocaching on New Year's Day and generally have some fun family time. Hope I win!

  49. Great prizes!

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. It's a great way to start the year. No major resolutions beyond reading a lot and staying active, but I hope you have a great year 🙂

    Thanks again!


  50. I am so jealous of how you spent your New Years! I've always thought it would be cool to spend it there.

    But there is something to be said about being in the comfort of your own home. We have punch along with an array of other "mini" foods ( which makes it okay to eat more, because they're "mini"). And depending on the night maybe play a game or two. So that's typically how the New Year gets spent.


  51. We called each othet at midnight!
    Happy New Year!
    Thank you for the hop!

  52. I spent my New Years at home in front of the tv, watching movies with my love 😀
    Happy New Year 😀
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

  53. Happy New Year!

    I spent my new years taking down my christmas tree. It feels good to have my living room back lol.


  54. I spent the new years at home with my three furry babies, Cali, Lassie, and Lucky! We curled up on the bed, enjoyed some good movies, and read the evening away until time for the ball drop. And for my midnight kiss … sloppy love from all three of my furry ones! Couldn't have been more perfect!
    Heather Sowalla

  55. I stayed home with the kids this year, while hubs was out driving. New Years Day is always spent with family, eating our hog jowls, greens, blackeyed peas, and cornbread 🙂

  56. I stay at home with my kiddos and pop fireworks

  57. I celebrated my new years at home with family.

  58. We stay home and safe every year. The roads are crazy!


  59. Used to go out and party, but now since we moved…I spent it in front of the TV watching the ball drop on TV…yeah me…LOL
    beejee77 at gmail dot com

  60. My tradition is board games and attempting to stay up to midnight.

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  61. Pretty quiet at home away from the crowds.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  62. stayed home with boyfriend and family
    movie1997 at live dot it

  63. I normally just watch Dick Clark's New Year's show 🙂
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  64. I always stayed at home with my kids, with snacks, movies and games. Now I get to do it with my grandkid's. They all passed out around ten this year and grandma was out at eleven. It didn't matter that we didn't see the ball drop, we had a fun night.


  65. I take the kids to the beach to watch the fireworks. 🙂

    Happy 2013!

  66. we do a lot of reflection on the year before and make predictions for the year to come. thanks for the giveaway! happy new year
    pepperpenn42 at gmail dot com

  67. Stay home as usual. Did drink some champagne though. Thanks for joining the hop.

  68. Stay home and watch the ball drop.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  69. This year me and my husband did something different. Was a brilliant was to see the new year in together . Fireworks and evrything

  70. I stay home and watch TV.

    Happy New Year!


  71. We celebrate with friends and family. We eat appetizers and the kids all play. hthurmeier @ gmail . com

  72. my cousin brought her kids over and we just sat around bumming it all day
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  73. ho festeggiato in modo classico…in famiglia e con il mio ragazo. quest'annno non mi è stato possibile fare di più! ma è stato comunque bello!

  74. Celebrating with family and friends is how I like to start my new year off. Then I like some quality time with the hubby once everyone leaves.

  75. I celebrate by hanging out and watching the New Year's celebrations on TV.


  76. Thanks for the giveaway. my reading goal for 2013 is to read 200 books as far as how i spent my new years… snugglin with hubby where i belong

  77. me my and my husband we watch the ball drop and drink a glass of wine and we share a new years eve kiss

  78. Hi! Happy New Years! I spent the day with my family. We watched movies, put together a puzzle and toaster in the new year. 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!

  79. we had 4 grand babies over night but we usually spend a quiet evening at home on new years eve. thanks for the hop

  80. watching the countdown
    Happy new year!

  81. Happy New year and may we all be gloriously successful authors in 2013

  82. My New Year celebrations are different every year. I sort of go with the flow. This year it was a quiet one with the family. One year it was on a boat. I think I'd like to join the group of people who board a plane and fly west from the International Date Line for 24 hours, ringing in the New Year all 24 times!

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

  83. My favorite way to celebrate the new year is to attend themed parties/masquerade balls.


  84. 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

  85. My mom and I celebrated New Year's Eve with sparkling pear juice and by watching TV over a meal of appetizers. Exciting, I know, but it's tradition.
    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

  86. My husband and I just have our children, their spouses and our grandchildren over for dinner.

  87. Thank you for the giveaway!
    uilani25 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  88. With my husband and friends eating food and watching movies.

  89. I stayed in.
    Happy New Year!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  90. Happy New Year,thanks for the chance to win.


  91. Spending time with husband. Relaxing and enjoying dinner made by someone else. New Year's eve means decadence without the guilt. Yum.

  92. I spent it with my boys and hubby we had fun dancing and eating and watching to ball drop

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

  94. We toasted with some sparkling grape juice and then went to bed

    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  95. I celebrated with my husband and a bottle of champagne 🙂

    dreammie_angel at yahoo dot com

  96. That would be so cool to have all the family get together like that..wish ours could and would. We rent movies, make lots of neat snacks, and toast the new year with sparking cider. On new years day we just relax, play some games and then have a big meal. Yours sounds so much better. Hope your new year is full of adventure, laughter and love.

  97. We don't have a set way to celebrate New Year's. We simply chill at home. That is a good New Year's for us.

    Thank you for the giveaway.


    abinormyl AT gmail DOT com

  98. We usually get together with family and hang out and eat and play games. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    thompsonem3 at aol dot com

  99. I celebrate it with my family! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  100. We celebrate by eating seafood and cheese fondue then watch the ball drop!


  101. At home with my family.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  102. I have read all of yours and Dana's book! I loved them all! The older I get I kindof like a relaxing New Year just at home with family! We go and run so much for Christmas, then my husbands birthday is the 28th of Dec. , mine jan 6, my father-in-law the 7th Then my grandmother's sides reunion is either first weekend or second weekend of jan! So it is nice to sit back and relax at least one day:)

  103. I stay home on new years eve watch tv.Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
    I wish you a very Happy New Year!
    Latisha D

  104. I watched the fireworks show my crazy electrician neighbor puts on. He spends about 10k so it's impressive!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    Happy New Year!

    whitk227 (at) gmail (dot) com

  105. I spend the New Year at home with a sick husband and a good bottle of champagne, and cuddle my dog Kobe who was afraid of all the fireworks.
    Thank you for this great giveaway. Happy New Year

  106. I spent my New Year's home with my wonderful family. Many thanks for this giveway. I wish you so much sucess.


  107. Personally, I stay home for New Year's. But I try to watch the Rose Parade even though I don't live in California anymore.

  108. I like to spend New Years with my daughters. We sit down and watch the ball drop. We put some spanish music on and dance till our sides hurt and we eat a really big meal.

  109. Love all of these authors! Thanks for sharing!

  110. Blog hops and giveaways are the best of both worlds.
    My hubby and I have a daughter that is a New Years Eve baby, so we celebrate with my sister in law and brother in law every year and their kids. It is so much fun.:)

  111. Great contest. Much success in 2013

  112. We don't have any New Year traditions, but we just stay at home as a family. Maybe we will have to think of something fun next year to start as a new tradition for our famil 🙂

  113. New Year's Eve is also my mother's birthday, so the evening is usually a family evening at home. Games, movies, and fondue!!

  114. Hi Kristine,
    I love your blog. I excerpt was awesome and now I want to read it! 🙂
    Patricia ♥

  115. I'm going to read Under His Command this week. Thanks for being part of this hop!

    JessieL62 at comcast dot net

  116. I like watching fireworks 🙂 Thanks for the great giveaway!

    j-g-holmes at hotmail dot com

  117. We spent a quiet evening at home.
    lauratroxel at yahoo dot com

  118. We celebrate by staying up till midnight for that New Years kiss! Thanks! girlfloyd at gmail dot com

  119. I usually go out to a bar dressed in a sparkly dress with my best friends.

  120. We stay inside, it can be zero below. We watch the ball drop and kiss at midnight.

  121. Since it's usually bitter cold where I live, New Years Eve is spent indoors with friends &/or family. We play games, snack & watch the last 5-10 minutes of the party in Times Square then toast in the New Year with something sparkly before going to bed.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  122. I like to celebrate with my 7yr old by cooking the night before and the day of Christmas… I also like to go around and look at the Christmas lights…


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