What are we celebrating and why? It's Carrie Ann's birthday and she wanted to celebrate big this year. We thought a 60-author hop would be just the thing. And guess what is even better? Instead of giving gifts to Carrie Ann, we're giving gifts to you!
First a little birthday story
When my son turned eight, he asked for a Pirates of the Caribbean themed party, just the family. So I went to QFC and ordered the Pirates of the Caribbean cake, streamers, table cloth, plates, cups, napkins, etc. We then bought gifts and wrapped them in Pirates of the Caribbean wrapping paper.
On the grand day, I decorated the dining room, set the table, and prepared his favorite meal. Dinner went well, then we brought in the cake. His little eyes sparkled seeing Captain Jack and Will standing on the Black Pearl. He made a wish and blew out the candles. So far so good. Then the worst happened--my husband knocked over a bottle of pop and it fell on the cake. Mind you, it was only the corner of the cake. The cake I was about to cut so we could eat it. My son freaked!
He was like a child possessed. He cried and said my husband had ruined everything, then he ran upstairs to his room. We all just stared at each other dumbfounded. After a while, I served the cake and we ate while the little one got over himself alone in his room. Eventually, the birthday boy came back downstairs and rejoined us. Even now, many years later, he still says his father smashed his birthday cake :)
What's your worst birthday story?
The Grand Prizes
As part of the tour, the authors pooled money to offer not one, but two grand prizes to our readers. These grand prizes are tour-wide so be sure to check the linky list at the bottom of this post and hop to the other blogs for more chances to win.
First Grand Prize: a Kindle Touch
Second Grand Prize: a $60 Amazon or Barnes & Noble giftcard
What do you need to do? Simply comment on the blog and leave your email address so Carrie Ann can contact you if you win. Contest ends at 11:59PM Eastern Time April 6, 2012.
So today (and tomorrow--the hop is April 5 & 6), we have two giveaways. My gift to a lucky participant is a wonderful thong bookmark designed and handmade by Betty's Rubble Hand Made Creations. Here's a picture of it:
To enter, fill out the rafflecopter form. Perform the other tasks to get additional entries and more chances to win. Very simple. Open to International participants. Contest ends at 11:59PM Eastern Time April 6, 2012.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Visit these blogs for more chances to win!
While you're here, let me tell you about my books! Deadly Obsession is the first in the Deadly Vices series. Here's a very short blurb:
Nic Lamoureux’s perfect movie star life is shattered by a stalker who threatens any woman close to him. When he meets photographer Lauren James, the attraction is instant—and mutual. She’s exactly the sort of woman he craves, but the stalker makes deadly clear Lauren is the competition. And the competition must be eliminated.
Deadly Obsession is available in print and/or e-book format at the following retailers: Amazon ebook & print, Amazon UK, B&N, Smashwords, All Romance eBooks, Kobo, iTunes USA, Diesel, Sony eBookstore
Deadly Addiction, the second book in the Deadly Vices series is due to be released the week of April 23rd. Yay! Here's the short blurb:
When Rémi Whitedeer and Alyssa Morgan uncover a drug-fueled scheme on the Blackriver Reserve—a scheme involving a biker gang from Alyssa’s past and a militant sovereigntist group led by Rémi’s cousin—Rémi must choose between loyalty to family and tribe or his growing love for Alyssa. Will Rémi and Alyssa have to leave everything behind—even their very identities—for the chance at a future together?Deadly Addiction will be available the week of April 23rd.
Thank you for visiting and participating in the Birthday Blog Hop!