New Year’s Blog Hop! And a GIVEAWAY!

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Congratulations to the winner of the $10 Amazon.com gift card — Savannah Miller!

Hi everyone!

Hope you all had a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. Today I’m participating in a blog hop with over 60 other authors and we’re all chatting about our favorite New Year’s Eve memories. There’s a ton of great prizes offered at each stop. All you have to do is drop by and visit the participating authors and leave a comment for your chance to win. And the great news is, you can win more than once!!



Also, one lucky commenter from somewhere on the blog stop will win A Kindle Fire!!! And another random commenter will win an $80 Amazon.com gift card!!! The commenter will be chosen from all of the comments left at each of the stops so be sure to leave a comment here and everywhere else!! So many great prizes to be won. Don’t miss out!




Now on to my favorite memories of New Years. I have to say I don’t have one specific memory. I haven’t had one NYE that really stands out from the rest as the end all, be all of NYEs. Sure I’ve had a few great ones out partying at some club somewhere. And I’ve had a few not so great ones. But none of those are the ones I come back to in my mind.

Instead, I think back to the ones that I spent with family and friends, eating lots of fattening appetizers, making mixed drinks (usually only halfway successfully), and sitting around a table playing games. Sometimes it’s Chicken Foot (dominoes). Sometimes it’s Canasta (cards). And sometimes it’s something silly like Yatzee. But whatever we do, we always share a ton of laughs. It’s the most perfect way to step into the New Year!

So, you want a chance to win a $10 Amazon.com gift card from yours truly?? All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me a little something about your New Year’s Eve! Who do you like to spend it with? How do you like to ring in the new year? What’s your favorite food or drink for the occasion?

Check out the other authors participating in the blog hop here:


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  1. Cathy m says:

    Love the quiet time with my hubby. We snuggled on the couch with popcorn and hot cocoa and watched the movie, Red.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  2. Gayle Oreluk says:

    I stay at home with my husband and children. I make a taco salad, beef ball, wrapped mini sausages & hot dogs. All kinds of finger foods. We just party starting with Australia and work our way to the California coast.

    Thank you for the great contest.

    I hope you have a happy and prosperous new year.

    orelukjp0 at gmail dot com

  3. eli yanti says:

    my new year memory is barbeque with family and see the firework in night sky 😉

  4. June M. says:

    I always stay home with family. This year’s New Year’s was great. I just hung out with my sister and 2 of her kids. We watched a zombie marathon on tv and just goofed off.
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  5. Pippa Jay says:

    My perfect new year’s eve is a cup of hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows, and snuggling up with husband before an early night, lol!

  6. Sherry S. says:

    I usually spend it with family but this year I stayed home by myself and read a good book. I had some coffee and cake too.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  7. Ash Breen says:

    I like having a quiet New Years. I did the crazy party thing when I was younger and it’s just not something I want to do anymore. Hangovers aren’t fun. This year the husband and I went out to a nice Indian restaurant and had absolutely amazing food. We were only out until 10 and then we came home and snuggled on the couch to movies. Much more relaxing and fun than some of the other ones I’ve had.


  8. Eva P. says:

    I haven’t really had any memorable ones, but have been fun anyway because they have been spent with family, just chatting watching the countdown shows on TV and having snacks 🙂

  9. SiNn says:

    for new years eve i celebrate it with the fiancee ussually and our boys sometimes my nieces and nephews we drink Pepsi and eat cold cut sandwiches while watching horror films that is how i spend every new yrs eve sometimes the ppl change but the menu and the horror films never do ty for the chance


  10. miki says:

    We stayed at home with my mother and brother, we eated a small special meal while looking some films at the tv

    it a quiet time fo us and we enjoy to be together. Before when my father was still alive we when ina restaurant owned by one of his friend but now the memories are too hard so we prefer to enjoy what we have

    all the best


  11. Christine T. says:

    I always have a quiet New Years at home with a strawberry daiquiri

    christinetoney (at) hotmail (dot) com

  12. Lisa J says:

    I don’t do anything speacial for New Years. Most years I am asleep before midnight hits.


  13. Lindsey E says:

    Quiet night in and sometimes miss the clock turning until start hearing the fireworks going off all over the neighborhood.
    linze_e at hotmail.com

  14. Phuong says:

    I always relax at home on New Year Eve with some takeout food and drinking a few piña coladas.

  15. Amy S. says:

    Spending time with my family and watching the ball drop on tv.

    amysmith98 @ gmail.com

  16. Kathryn H says:

    I like to spend New Year’s with my family, safe inside my home. What better way of bringing in the new year than spending it together with the ones you love? richnkathy718 (at) msn (dot) com

  17. Maria says:

    My favorite New Year’s Eve memories are like yours – spent with family. We eat too many appetizers, watch movies all night and then open a bottle of champagne right before midnight….or whenever we feel like we are going to go to sleep. Most of the time it’s around 11pm ….lol

    Thanks for the giveaway

    ringpop2010 at gmail dot com

  18. Danielle says:

    My favorite way to ring in new years is with my hubby & a good ole fashion new years kiss.. My favorite drink would be a toast with wine, and normally the food is pizza cause by the end of the night I have the drunky munchies!


  19. Vanessa N. says:

    I enjoy spending new year’s with my family. We drink champagne and eat grapes when the ball drops. For diner we make a pork shoulder and have rice and beans.


  20. Miho Li says:

    I prefer to stay home with my family and watch movies or play games as well 🙂 I’m not a big party person, and quiet and understated is always my preference. As for food? Pizza and cheese sticks! lol

    Happy new year!

    mihoxli at gmail dot com

  21. Diane Diamond says:

    My favorite memories that I have of New Years is celebrating my Mum’s birthday on New Years Day. We always had a huge family get together for her. She’s been gone a long time now, but it helps to remember how happy she used to be having all of her family around to celebrate her special day with her. I wish that she was still with us, she’s missed out on so much.

  22. JeanP says:

    A quiet evening spent at home with my husband and the dog, eating popcorn and watching movies.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  23. Anne says:

    For me, now that I’m not working for a hotel or hospital which means working on holidays, it’s taying home with family, good food and movies.


  24. Carrie Ann Ryan says:

    Thanks for participating!

  25. CrystalGB says:

    I like to spend New Years eve with my husband watching movies. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  26. Liz @ Fictional Candy says:

    This year I just stayed home with my daughter, and she was asleep hours before the New Year rang in. But I can’t wait for the time when she can manage to stay awake and we can create some new traditions together!


  27. teressa oliver says:

    This New Year’s I had to work. Next year I will be living in England and married to my British fiance. I plan on drinking lots of Champagne and enjoying being a newlywed
    teressaoliver at gmail dot com

  28. Dianne Hartsock says:

    Spending NY’s with family is my favorite way! We usually bundle up on the couches and floor and watch ‘The Twilight Zone’ marathon until midnight, then run outside to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

  29. Gena Robertson says:

    My perfect New Years Eve is with a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream and a Heather Thurmeier book to read *grin*

    I hope 2012 brings us LOTS of books from you, girl!

    Happy New Year! And thank you for the giveaway chance!

  30. jennifer says:

    All my favorite new years memories are the same; it doesn’t matter were I was as long as i’m with friends and family 🙂



  31. Beth says:

    I usually spend a quiet New Years at home this year i enjoyed an Irish coffee and watched the ball drop in Time Square

  32. Stephanie Haefner says:

    I remember when I was a kid..every year, my dad would fall asleep by like 9 and my mom would play games with us. It was the only night she’d play Monopoly with us!!

    haefner919 at yahoo dot com

  33. Amber says:

    This past New Years was spent with me trying to put my kiddo down while my husband was in the other room keeping the dogs quiet, since there was a party going on next door. Ah well, such is domestic bliss 🙂

  34. Trisha Wilson says:

    Spending it with family & friends – you can never go wrong 🙂

    And LOTS of chocolate, with diet mountain dew on the side LOL

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    May God bless,
    Trisha Wilson

  35. Savannah miller says:

    I spend every new year’s eve with my family playing games and eating to much!! We always get Wings, at least 10 different kinds 🙂 And my dad and brother fight over the rules of a game at least once every New year’s eve its like a tradition at this point!! Thanks for the chance to win

  36. Sebrina says:

    I’m not one to go out for it. Maybe someday I’ll change my mind. I hang out w/ my hubby and kids, watching movies, eating munchies, cuddling under blankets. Usually each one of us would have a dog in our lap (yes, we have 4 of them but w/ an average dog weight of 4 pounds, it’s all good)
    Thank you for the chance!
    Sebrina_Cassity at yahoo dot com

  37. Monica says:

    We just had a quiet night. We had a great dinner- beef tenderloin roast, baked potato & green beans almondine. Then we had some win and watched Rockin New Years Eve from NY. Jenny McCarthy is hilarious!
    mcv11 at hotmail dot com

  38. Sharita Lira says:

    So true, I no longer need clubs or big parties ike before. Now, my NYE’ are a lot more tamer.

    Thanks for participating!


  39. Vojalyn says:

    This year, I spent new year’s eve with my family. We had a lot of fun, especially when we were playing card games. And of course, with all that cakes, we had a great night 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway,

  40. Joanne B says:

    I usually get together with one or two friends. We watch movies, eat some fattening food (everything nachos and cannolis) and have a few drinks(margaritas anyone). We’re all usually home by 12:30.


  41. StacieD says:

    I don’t drink alcohol so I really don’t go partying on NYE. I like a quiet evening with friends. I do enjoy dressing up on NYE though.

  42. chey says:

    A nice quiet night at home. Watched some fireworks.

    chey127 at hotmail dot com

  43. Shadow says:

    I enjoy a nice quiet at home with my family. We watched superhero movies, at pizza, chicken and snacks, and we had beer and smirnoffs. It was really nice! Happy new year!

  44. Patti P says:

    This year I slept through midnight..so sad. Next year I’m hoping to be in bed for New Years but I plan on being busy…lol

    musicalfrog at comcast.net

  45. Amber says:

    Well my birthday is New Years eve so what I usually do is get together with family and friends for a lunch and then that night a few close friends and I will just stay in and drink and play games and watch movies. I found it’s alot more fun that when then it is to go out bar hopping. Thanks so much!

  46. Kaye Manro says:

    I love quiet new years eve and day. I don’t drink so I love to whip up some hot spicy tea and just relax.

    Happy New Year!

  47. Juana Esparza says:

    I like staying home and watching movies with my mom. We stay up and wish each other a happy new year.


  48. Bre A. says:

    I watched the Tv show Lie to Me. I didn’t do much.


  49. Gloria says:

    I like to play cards with the family & my folks. Thanks for the giveaway!

    geschumann at live dot com

  50. Marissa N. says:

    I enjoy being with my family and a fresh bottle of sparkling grape juice. It’s addicting, truly, and it is rarely ever bought otherwise. I hardly watch the ball drop anymore though. I crash too soon. Thanks for the opportunity and Happy New Years!

  51. Elizabeth (BookAttict) says:

    The food varies from year to year, but on NYE, it’s always a bottle of Macallan 18 year!


  52. Theresa Newbury says:

    Usually spend the holiday with my kids, staying up and ringing in the new year. But this year I had to work, turned out good for tips!

  53. Kim S. says:

    Ha, food on New Years…..before the kids and when they were little because we had turkey on Thanksgiving and ham on Christmas we started doing fish on New Years for something different. It was going well until a few years ago when the kids hit the late teen and asked “Ewww, fish? Why do we do fish on New Years???” So this year I did Cornish Hens!!(back to poultry! ;)) And we did the usual…hubby slept, daughter and son were on the computers and I was reading!

    Thanks for sharing your memories!

    thewildtwo @ sbcglobal (dot) net

  54. Lori Zalewski says:

    This year the husband and I had a quiet evening at home to bring in the new year. We spent Dec 26-30 in New Orleans. While we were there, we took a couple of plantation tours and a haunted vampire tour in the French Quarter. On all of these tours, they mentioned where scenes from Interview with a Vampire were filmed. Since the husband and I hadn’t seen Interview with a Vampire, we watched it on NYE. It was fun to notice the place we had seen in the movie. After the movie we watched the ball drop, drank some port and went to bed.


    knitrix29 at gmail dot com

  55. desiree says:

    thank you for the hop and then i did hop on the new year and then took
    for the new year and have many more
    dsithe blonde@msn.con

  56. Ljay Harris says:

    It was quiet and I spent it with my family watching the ball drop! It was great!

  57. Riane says:

    For the past 3 years or so, once my kids got old enough, my New Year’s Eve has spent the same way. Playing games with my family and watching the ball drop before we all fall into bed.

    riane at kinkybookreviews dot com

  58. reading mind says:

    i don’t like celebrate that much, so I usually have dinner with friends, but I loved NY when I was a kid because i could stay up late, sip champagne and watch fireworks!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  59. Barbara says:

    We usually spend the evening inside with family and friends, lots of good eats…playing cards (poker) and listening to music until the ball’s about to drop. Then the wine is poured, toasts made, kisses shared…and then the party usually continues for a little while longer. Those that drank a little too much, or came without a designated driver snuggle in for the night…that’s just how we play. Better safe than sorry. 🙂 Happy 2012!


  60. Sarah Ulfers says:

    My birthday is NYE and one of my sisters is NYD so we have a combined birthday party at midnight.
    snulfers at hotmail dot com

  61. Mary Keith says:

    My best NYE – We had a party for our friends and family. We could see the high school fireworks from our backyard. We all had a great time being together. Almost all the food was gone and the drinks…well there weren’t any left..lol Those who needed to spend the night found a piece of floor and blankets and we had breakfast the next morning…some not so much LOL

    Great Blog Hop. Hope you will blog at KP sometime.

    Mary Keith

  62. Missy says:

    We stay home with the family and have more family and friends over. We also eat the appetizers, play games, have a few drinks and tons of laughs. I t is always a very good time. Especially now that the kids are older, we love the newer games.


  63. Trish says:

    My favorite memory was making fancy party hats with my nieces and my two kids. We didn’t have fancy supplies, we just rolled up newspaper into pointy hats and decorated with left over sparkily Christmas garland. The girls felt like princesses with their fancy hats and we celebrated NewYears on the Newfoundland Chanel so they didn’t go to bed too late( it’s 11/2 hours earlier there). Good Times!!!

  64. Anne r says:

    My NYE was very low key. We watched the smurfs as a family, then I made shrimp creole. We polished off some champagne and watched Bridesmaids. I even made it to Midnight for that special kiss!

    Areeths at new dot rr dot com

  65. Meagan B says:

    My mom would make shirley temples and snacks for new years eve celebration- loved it!


  66. Heather Cox says:

    mine was boring…….i was asleep! lol
    thank you so much for being part of this giveaway!!! Happy New Year!

    yankeedragon4 at gmail dotcom

  67. Juliana says:

    I watched Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives! Thanks for being part of the blog hop! Happy New Year!

  68. Jesse Kimmel-Freeman says:

    I like to spend it with my family.

    jesse.kimmelfreeman @ gmail.com

  69. elaing8 says:

    I like to stay home and watch the festivities on tv.
    Thanks for sharing your memory

  70. Susan W. says:

    We love finger foods. That way we can snack all evening! Thanks for the giveaway!


  71. Catherine Lee says:

    I got married on New Year’s Day (1988) so that was my most memorable New Year–by far! I still enjoy spending the night with my man.


  72. Nathalia says:

    I sadly didn’t have anyone to spend this New Years with. ]: My boyfriend lives in New Zealand and I live in Connecticut, so I honestly just spent my new years curled up on the sofa playing Skyrim aha.


  73. jeanette8042 says:

    I enjoy sharing bottles of champagne with my best friends.

  74. latisha depoortere says:

    I spent mine with my mom we watched movies! Thank you so much for taking part in this fun blog hop! Great giveaway and Happy New Year too year!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  75. tammy ramey says:

    thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway.
    i prefer to stay at home with the family. we have clam chowder and potatoe rolls and watch movies. usually drink soda, coffee or cider and watch the ball drop of time square then go to bed.


  76. Deb Pelletier says:

    This year Dick Clark.

  77. Monica says:

    Thanks for the great opportunity. My New Year’s have all been pretty tame and spent in the company of family and friends. We have people from out of town, usually family visiting from Mexico. We do the grapes and certain other traditions, depending on what we want to focus for that year. It’s all about new beginnings.


  78. Donna B says:

    Spent New Years Eve with family playing cards and drinking Irish Coffee’s

  79. Andrea I says:

    My daughter and I went out for the first time this year to eat and drink.


  80. Kara DiDomizio says:

    I stay home (and di d this year) with my family and watch the ball drop on TV!


  81. Gayle Oreluk says:

    My family parties at home with lots of good food and we watch the ball drop in Times Square.

    Thank you for the wonderful contest.

    I hope you have a very prosperous New Year.

    orelukjp0 at gmail dot com

  82. Sara says:

    New Year’s Eve – we usually go out to parties for families, but this year my kids were recovering from a virus. We snuggled on the sofa in our jammies, ate popcorn oranges and cocoa and watched one of our favorite anime films by the fire. Can’t say I’m disappointed!

    atlanticsong at yahoo dot com

  83. BBL says:

    This year, I stayed at home and invited my friends. We made fun and at midnight, we sang Justin Bieber’s Baby, which was horrible, by the way 🙂
    Thanks for the chance! Happy new year to you!

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