Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Starting the New Year with a Blog Jump! with Mia Downing

The winner for my prize for the blog hop is: 

Mel Bourne! 
I've send off an email. Congrats! 

Thanks to everyone who entered. It was so fun to see your comments! 

The grand prize winners will be posted on the main site.


I just posted a blog entry about New Year's Resolutions in Are You One of the 22%?. So for this post, I'll tell you one of my funniest New Year's eve evenings. My best friend and I were spending it watching movies (we were in our twenties) and she told me they had a New Year's tradition in her family. They had to run barefoot around the house, twice, in order to have good luck for the year. I thought this was stupid, but whatever, I was on a quest for good luck. I shed my shoes, drank the wine and waited. 


Midnight struck and she made me go first, both of us streaking around the house in our bare feet, the lawn spotty with snow and the air frosty cold. I finished, turned around and she pegged me in the head with a snowball. Come to find out she had made up the tradition because she was sick of being pegged with snowballs, since I was a better shot! All she wanted as an opportunity to get back at me. We still joke about this every year.



Now on to what you could win for reading that. 



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!


Now what are those prizes?


1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $300 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize (USA only): A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!


To celebrate Spy Games: Trained for Seduction making Smitten With Reading's Best Reads of 2012 List, I'm giving away a signed print copy. 

All you need to do to enter the grand prize drawing and my drawing is to make sure you fill out the Rafflecopter gadget. You MUST leave at least your name on the blog with your email addy if you want to be considered for the grand prizes. If you're chatty, then share your New Year's tradition or resolution. I'd love to know! 

To continue along the New Year's Blog Hop, visit here: 



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92 comments:

Kim Muhl said...

HAHA!! That's a funny story!!

I don't do resolutions, but one tradition we used to do as kids is run around the neighborhood with noisemakers and drive all the old people crazy. It took us a good 10 minutes to run around the entire block. We thought we were so cool and "big" because we were allowed to go alone in the dark. We found out later that our parents told the neighbors that we would be around and they all watched out for us.

Mary Kirkland said...

Thanks for participating in the hop. I don't make resolutions anymore. Staying home and watching it all on tv.

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Tin said...

One of my New Year's Resolution is to lose the last 8 pounds that I had gained in the past 8 years. That and to take better care of my health.

Thank you! Happy 2013!

- Tin (khriscc at yahoo dot com)

Holly said...

Thanks for being a part of the hop and I hope you have a great New Year!!
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Stacey said...

Happy New Year and thanks for being part of the hop :)

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Jacobsonlr said...

That was funny thanks for sharing . Heres to getting her with a snow ball. jacobsonlr@yahoo.com

Michelle said...

Happy New Year!!

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susanmp said...

My goal for the new year is to continue to be successful in losing weight. I have lost 63 lbs so far and have 50 lbs to go.

awesome blog hop

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nikki.t.23 said...

Happy New Year! Awesome blog hop!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks, and happy new year!

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Mimi Smith said...

Happy New Year!

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vicjbr said...

that must have been cold
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Kassandra said...

Thank you for the chance!

Kassandra
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Ronda Tutt said...

One thing I look forward to this year is Hubby and I finally getting to start our dream of RVing, hopefully in spring if our house sells. I look forward to traveling through many states.

Happy New Years!
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Mary D said...

Sounds like you have a fun friend! Thanks for doing the blog hop! Happy New Year!
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Vanessa N. said...

Happy New Year! Thanks for the chance.

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Anonymous said...

Happy New Year.
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Elie said...

Thanks for the fun and happy 2013!
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Jo said...

My family has a tradition that you have to wear new underwear on New Year's Day or you are doomed to wear old clothes all year long.

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magic5905 said...

Would love a copy. Thanks for the great hop.
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laurie said...

Thanks for the great hop.Happy New Year!

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Mel Bourn said...

We start with waffles for breakfast, play games, eat more food, and watch football. Just an all around lazabout day.
Mel
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Maureen said...

Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!
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kipha said...

Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year.
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Bona Fide Reflections said...

Happy New Year!! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to win such a wonderful giveaway!

Laurielu
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Jenn Irving said...
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Jenn Irving said...

super kewl giveaway, thanks for participating! My resolution is to read more!
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Cheryl said...
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Poisoned Rose said...

Happy new year! That was an awesome story. :) Thank you for sharing that.

My goal for this new year is edit my drafted novel to submit for publication. Your blog post on the 22% inspired me.

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Diane said...

Happy New Year!

better health is what I'm working on.

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strawberryrose said...

I hope everyone has a wonderfully HAPPY NEW YEAR! My resolution is to finish unpacking from the May 2012 move to a new home and complete the last 25# of weight off of me.

Judy
strawberryrose@earthlink.net

Liese2 said...

Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!
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latishajean said...

Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
I wish you a very Happy New Year!
Latisha D
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Michelle Bledsoe said...

Best friends are awesome.
Happy New Year.
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Jeanette Platt said...

Sounds like something that happened to me in college during the winter time... Icehockey games=drinking=slipping on ice back to dorms and snowballs being put down my pants... Gotta love besties.

j.m.platt83@gmail.com

Michel King said...

I am releasing my debut novel and moving to a new city. I am hoping to retain my sanity and pant size through the process. Sadly, I think one may be lost along the way. LOL

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BLHmistress said...

LOL I probably would have believed it too. Happy New Year!

Rafflecopter Name: Dawna Newman

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K. April Holgate said...

Congrats on getting on the best reads list!! I am gonna have to check it out!!

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Shannon said...

Happy New Year! I enjoyed your snowball story. :)

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Lucy Felthouse said...

Thanks for a fantastic hop! Happy New Year!

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LT said...

wonderful Blog Hop.. Happy New years to all
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Carla said...

My goal for this year is to be kinder to myself. I am learning that it is okay to say no to others.
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Sherry Johnson said...

Happy New Years,thanks for the giveaway.

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Missie1 said...

Happy New Year
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Drea Becraft said...

Happy New Year!

~*Drea*~
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Christine Jensen said...

THanks for participating in the blog hop!

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Anonymous said...

I want to do more de-cluttering of my house. Fun story about your best friend and New Years Eve.

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Jamie Miller said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR
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MY RESOLUTION IS TO READ 130 BOOKS THIS YEAR :0)

crystaley73 said...

I don;t make new year resolutions but I hope to enjoy life to the fullest
Crystal
crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

Sarah Handrich said...

Happy New Year!

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Bj Gaskill said...

Snowballs...ouch!!!
Must have been fun though :)
Happy New Years!!!

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Ipro55 said...

Happy New Years! I didn't make any resolutions this year. I just decided to take one day at a time

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Cassandra said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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Katie Amanda said...

I'd like to buy a house in 2013, so I need to save more. Thanks! katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

gamistress66 said...

cute prank ;) happy new years :)
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bn100 said...

Happy new year!

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Sandra said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win. It's a great way to start the year. No major resolutions beyond reading a lot (let's go 50 books!) and staying active (jog, jog!), but I hope you have a great year :)

Thanks again!

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JanD said...

My resolution is to exercise 5 times a week.
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Xandra James said...

Loved the story!

Thanks for the giveaway and happy new year :)

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Ingeborg said...

Happy New Year!

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Dee Thomas said...

We call each other at Midnight!
Thanks for the hop!
Happy 2013!
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aurora minuto said...

fb minuto aurora
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buon 2013

Shar Simms said...

Happy New Year!

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Alice said...

Thanks for the giveaway and happy New Year!
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jkgf27 said...

I always have to be with family on New Years. I was always told as a kid that the person/people you kiss at midnight will be who you are with in the next year. With that said I kiss the hubby first and then my four boys.
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Nay Nay said...

Wishing you good things and much success this year. Happy New Year and thanks for the chance to win. <^_^>
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Shadow said...

Hi! Happy New Years! Hmm. I dont really make new year resolutions. I kinda just take it one day at a time and go from there. 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!
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Dita Škarste said...

Hi, Mia! Happy New Year!
Since I already got Spy Games: Trained for Seduction from you in another blog hop, I`m just entering the grand prizes. :)

My resolution is To find a job I love!

dita(dot)skarste(at)gmail(dot)com

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

My goal for 2013 is to be more active. I didn't follow through on my 2012's. Happy New Year!

Jennifer Rote
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Dione Sage said...

Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
Best Wishes in 2013
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myboo63 said...

thank you for the hop
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Daniel M said...

happy new year and thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

donnas said...

Happy New Year!!

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Toni Porter said...

Happy New Year, and thank you so much for participating in this hop!

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LEENA7 said...

Hope we both have a year full of warm memories love laughter and good health
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Veronika said...

Happy New Year to you!
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Ruth Reynolds said...

I am going to try my best to get out of state at least once a month cant stand it here. angel0319@hotmail.com thank you

Sarah Kalaitzidis said...

Have a great New Years!!
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Natasha said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
Happy New Year!
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kyreadinggirl said...

Thanks for the blog hop and Happy New Year!

Ann
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teena3940 said...

Great hop,Thanks!!adgaliatymaildotcom

kimberly holgate said...

thanks for the hop i am going to draw more this year
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Brenda A. said...

Happy New Year! And thats funny!

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SheriV said...

Happy New Year!! My resolution is to be more organized. We will see how well that works out.

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J Lenni Dorner said...

*SPLAT*
Just wanted to throw another snowball at you. :) Fun story. Thanks for sharing!

I resolve to meet the goal of finishing the polishing of my first book in the Existence series and to submit it to agents/publishers.

j.lennidorner@facebook.com

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

S Oconnor said...

Thanks for the giveaway. My resolution is to spend more time with friends and lets time at work.

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Minnie Medina said...

Well as I always stray from my resolutions this year my resolution is do things my way and don't let other people tell me what to do. That seemed like something I could do! ^_^

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Pamk said...

Funny story, and I don't really make resolutions I just try small steps. Mine this year is to add two exercise sessions a week to my life.
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Meghan said...

I don't really do resolutions.
This is a great giveaway! Thanks!

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Anne Consolacion said...

I'm going back to school this year! :)

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Emily said...

LOL, nice story! Thanks for sharing!

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Renald said...

Happy new year
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