The Snarkology Halloween Hop 2016

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Welcome to this year’s Snarkology Halloween Hop! We have a ton of authors and bloggers this year and I’m so thrilled Melissa Snark put together such a fantastic and fun party for us all! I participated last year and it was a great time.

I’m going to admit, I’m not a big Halloween fan. I don’t write Halloween stories. I don’t decorate, save for a sign that says Boo. I don’t even buy the candy. I’m a scrooge on Halloween. But what I do like? What I do love? The lights. There are usually candy corn lights and purple and green and orange lights and I LOVE them! Also, candles. Ones that smell like candy corn. Or pumpkin scented everything. I love the scent. I won’t eat or drink it, but I could smell it all day and be so very happy. Purple twinkle lights and warm, pumpkin scented candles get me every time.

And being that Halloween is right in the middle of Fall, my absolute favorite time of year, I love writing books that are set in this season. It’s when I’m at my most happy, my most energetic, my most creative.

Two of my books that fall during this time period are paranormal. One is a werebear shifter, called Ink To Bear and it’s part of Amazon’s Kindle Worlds imprint. (Click on the covers to be taken to the book page for more information, buy links, and an excerpt)

InkToBearKindleWorlds-200Big, and built, Gus is one werebear most other shifters, and hybrids steer clear of; unless he’s got the ink out. Then, they line up for the chance to see him work and maybe, just maybe, get a little ink of their own. He’s made a name for himself as a traveling tattoo artist, but he’s a loner and his only rule is to never stay any place long enough to learn names.

But then, he sees her…

Bex is alone now. No family since her mother passed. Few people she would call friend. And she’s just sold the last remaining link to her childhood. None of it seems real and yet, it’s all too much reality for her. She wants to start her new life and she wants out of her small hometown.

Her way out comes in the form of a broad shouldered, tattooed biker, offering take her anywhere she wants to go, even if it means going over the infamous Tail of the Dragon mountain pass and through territory that isn’t always friendly to his kind.

She’s never been on a motorcycle. She’s never been this close to a shifter. She’s never done anything reckless. Can she trust him to keep her safe? More importantly, can she trust herself and her feelings when she climbs on and wraps herself around him?

And the second? A vampire paranormal M/M romance, I simply fell in love with while I was writing.

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Vampires exist, and travel through space and time. Immortal, beautiful creatures. Neither dead, nor living.

Dane has no memory of being human. He only remembers waking after being unwillingly turned. He is left with a parchment with one single line written upon it: his human birthday. For this one day a year, he can live and die as a human. He is ready. It is time. 126 years after becoming a vampire, he is ready to let go.

When he meets Jorge, with his dark good looks and brilliant blue eyes, Dane reconsiders his choice. Can he take back the life that was stolen from him by dying? Or can he make a life with a soulmate he never imagined having?

I’ll be giving away a $10 Amazon.com gift card if you’ll let me know what it is that you love most about your favorite season, whatever it is AND what Halloween candy you’re guilty of sneaking from the candy bowl or your kid’s bucket of treats. Leave your answers below in the comments!

You’re also welcome and encouraged to sign up for my newsletter and follow me on social media!

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Please follow along with the hop! There are over 70 participants. Tons of great giveaways. And likely a few authors and/or blogs that are new to you!

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And don’t forget to enter the hop-wide giveaway for a chance to win one of several gift cards! Winners will be chosen November 1st!

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Snarkology Halloween Hop

Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop 2015

Welcome to my blog and welcome to the Snarkology Halloween Hop!

I’m having a hard time accepting that it’s already the end of October and the wicked holiday season is nearly upon us. That scares me more than any ghost or goblin or scary campfire story ever could!

But, October is also one of the months I look forward to most. Not for Halloween. But because it’s right in the middle of Fall and college football is just getting good! Most teams have worked out the majority of their kinks and it’s time to start playing for something more than shaking the rust off.

I spend my Saturdays watching football. I check in on scores and watch some NFL on Sundays, but for the most part, I’m a Saturday’s football kind of gal.

Some of my favorite food is Fall food, too…

Sausage and cheese balls around Thanksgiving.

Boiled peanuts.

The entire table of Thanksgiving foods!

Caramel apples. Candy apples.

Warm cider. Hot chocolate.

Molasses cookies.

And Gingerbread lattes right AFTER Thanksgiving! (come to mama!)

I love warm foods. Soups and stews and those are consistently on the menu in my house.

Sports connect our family, but no sports like football connect us. We gather on Saturdays to eat and yell at the television, cheer and groan about good plays and c’mon man and you had one job plays. We get up for Gameday and talk over breakfast and anticipate the day’s match-ups. Football season is full of texts from out of town family asking did you see that play, can you believe that call…

I was raised in the South where college football is a religion all on it’s own and marrying into the wrong team family, can bring years of division and strife… But only on Saturdays.

What brings your family together? What do you connect over? Leave a comment and I’ll choose one winner to receive a $20 Giftcard to the etailer of your choice.

You’re also encouraged to enter the Hop-wide giveaway! Follow the hop from blog to blog, find new to you authors, catch up with some favorites, too!

Cam’s Molasses Cookies

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup molasses
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup coarse decorating sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and molasses.

Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape into 2-inch balls (ice cream/cookie scoops work well here) and roll in coarse sugar. Place 2-1/2-inches apart on ungreased baking sheets (I usually use parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil). Bake 13-15 minutes or until tops are cracked. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Yield: 2 dozen.

Have fun on the hop, y’all! And don’t forget to enter!

~lissa

Howling Good Hop 2015

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Welcome to the Howling Good Blog Hop! There are a ton of awesome authors and prizes. Follow along and enter the Rafflecopter. We have $200 in grand prizes!

For those of you new to me, my name is Lissa Matthews. I write contemporary romance, but have dabbled in paranormal romance and later this year, I will be doing a lot more paranormal romance. (more…)

Mix Up Some Romance Blog Hop

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Hey y’all! It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in a blog hop, but this one…yeah. I mean, c’mon now, the Grand Prize is a Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer!

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Do you have one? Have you ever used one? I’m on my 3rd one. The reason being is that I’ve upgraded each time and given my previous ones to up and coming bakers. I bought my first one close to 15 years ago when I took cake decorating classes. I fell in love the first time I used it and I can’t seem to live without one now. Between that and my coffee makers… I’d be hard pressed to choose. Seriously. Might have to pry both out of my cold, dead arms.

But, since that hopefully is not something I’ll have to worry about, we’ll stick with how much I love mine and how lucky someone is going to be to win the one being offered as the Grand Prize of the Mix Up Some Romance Blog Hop. (The mixer is only available to be shipped to a winner in the USA. If by chance the winner is International, the Grand Prize would be a $100 Amazon gift card). (more…)

Valentine’s Day Gift Hop

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There’s a lot going on with this blog hop we’re participating in and you don’t want to miss a second of it.

There are grand prizes and there are prizes at each blog stop. And there’s a fantastic grand prize of a Kindle Paperwhite (I have one and I LOVE it!) along with a New Adult romance bundle which features our wonderful host, Skye Warren’s Beauty series!

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Leave a comment below to be entered to win!

For my part of the hop, I’ll be giving away a $25 gift card to an e-tailer of your choice (books, lingerie, naughty toys, etc…) and ebook copies of The Cupcake Cowboy, Love and Tattoos, Melting Jane, and my new release Slide Down On Me! Talk about a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

Leave a comment below, answering the following the question… What was the least romantic Valentine’s gift you’ve ever received (if you normally receive anything)?

I hope you’ll have a fun and enter all the giveaways!