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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

New Year’s Blog Hop: The New Year’s Kiss


My favorite part of a New Year’s Eve celebration is the kiss. It’s all about who you are standing next to when the clock strikes twelve. Stand near the wrong guy and the first kiss of the New Year will be less than spectacular. Stand next to a hottie or someone special and the New Year is off to a heart pounding bang.
 
It seems the New Year’s Eve tradition is more than crushing lips and dizzying sparks. Of course, the kiss loving Romans started the tradition of a kiss at the stroke of midnight. The Romans included kissing at their Solstice and Saturnalia celebrations, which spread to welcome the New Year.

Yes, it really does matter who you are standing next to when midnight arrives on New Year’s Eve—the kiss sets the tone for the New Year. Pick a loved one or someone that will welcome that lip lock. Awkward may not be the best way to start off the New Year. Tip: Alcohol can help loosen up those lips and nerves. So, down a big glass of champagne and plant yourself next to that hunky guy—and pucker up!

Happy New Year!

Daughter_of_Night
Blurb:
Two mortals are caught in the midst of the battle between the Titans and Olympian gods.

Becuille is a Daughter of Night, servant to the Great Goddess and wielder of Her vengeance. Callileon is a prince of the Hatti, and may be the one she was sent to punish.

When love finds them, they are cursed by the gods and surrounded by tragedy, which even the Fates are powerless to change.

Can two mortals fight the will of the gods?
 
Very short excerpt:
With the servant's help, they dressed Inaras in a warm tunic. He carried her to bed and covered her with warm blankets, stroking her cheek. She closed her eyes, falling asleep. He left her side and sat near the fire to dry his wet clothes, shifting to accommodate his aching balls. The kick she had delivered to his sensitive man parts had been like a kick from an untamed horse. He could not help smiling at her unbridled spirit. The smile faded and he stared into the fire, brooding.
“My lord, I found the pipe.” Zunia handed it to him.
“You may go now, but return at daybreak.”
“Yes, my lord.” She left the room.
He held the smooth clay pipe, feeling rage at the instrument that threatened to destroy the one he loved, but he knew the pipe was not his true enemy. Whatever had driven Inaras to hide behind the poppy demons was the true enemy. Clutching the pipe in his fist, he threw it into the fire. The pipe broke in two pieces. He watched with satisfaction as the flames consumed the evil pipe, crackling and spitting.
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Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author
Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly
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For a chance to win a $5.00 Mundania Press gift certificate from me, leave a comment with your email and the correct answer to this question that can be found in the short excerpt above: What did he throw in the fire?  
Below is the list of grand prizes. Leave a comment on this post with your email for a chance to be included in the grand prize drawings. Please note: The large swag pack prize can only be shipped within the U.S.















The link back to main blog hop site where you can find links to all of the participating blogs:
http://carrieannbloghops.blogspot.com/

43 comments:

Kassandra said...

Thank you so much for the chance!

Kassandra
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Mimi Smith said...

Happy New Year!

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Tea said...

Happy New Year!
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laurie said...

Thanks for the great hop.Happy New Year!

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magic5905 said...

Thanks for the great hop.
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kipha said...

Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year.

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BLHmistress said...

He threw in a smooth clay pipe into the fire.

Dawna N.

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Sandra said...

Interesting excerpt. Curious. Thanks for sharing :)



Thanks so much for the chance to win. It's a great way to start the year. I hope you have a great year :)

Thanks again!

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Jeanette Platt said...

he threw the evil clay pipe in the fire... Thanks for being part of the blog hop and happy new year.

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vicjbr said...

played games
happy new year! Thanks
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going to try to lose weight this year

Ingeborg said...

Happy New Year!

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Ronda Tutt said...

He threw the smooth clay pipe into the fire.

Like the excerpt - now you have my curosity and I want to read the rest of the story - LOL

Happy New year
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Anonymous said...

Thanks for being part of the Hop!
The clay pipe.

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Cassandra said...

The pipe :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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strawberryrose said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! He through a smooth clay pipe into the fire.

Judy
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JanD said...

He threw the pipe into the fire.
Happy New Year!
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Sherry Johnson said...

Happy 2013,thanks for the chance to win.

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Mary Doherty said...

Thanks for doing the Blog Hop and Happy New Year!!
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bn100 said...

Happy new year!
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Missie1 said...

Pipe.
Happy New Year
Missie Jones
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Liese2 said...

Every New Year's eve we eat snacks and watch the Twilight Zone marathon with the kids.
Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!
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joye said...

a clay pipe
Thanks for the giveaway
HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Wild N Mild $$$ said...

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

Jennifer Rote
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Drea Becraft said...

Happy New Year!

My resolution is to spend more time on myself. I spread myself to thin.

~*Drea*~
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Penumbra said...

The pipe.

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latishajean said...

I don't really make any I have to take one day at a time with being so sick. I would love to gain some weight I lost last year! 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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Dione Sage said...

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

Happy New Year!!

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michedt said...

He threw the the pipe in the fire.
Thanks so much for participating in the blog hop. Hope you have an awesome 2013!
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Cynthia Woolf said...

He threw the clay pipe into the fire. Have a happy new year.

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Dita Škarste said...

Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

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K. April Holgate said...

He threw a clay pipe into the fire.

I am gonna have to try kissing a hottie next year, even if it takes a bit of liquid courage!

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Toni Porter said...

He threw a clay pipe into the fire.

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

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Maureen said...

He threw the clay pipe in the fire.
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Michelle Bledsoe said...

Love the cross.
Happy New Year
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nikki.t.23 said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

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Natasha said...

The smooth clay pipe.
Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Shadow said...

Hi! Happy New Years! He threw the smooth clay pipe into the fire. 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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Veronika said...

Happy New Year to you!
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myboo63 said...

thanks for the hop
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Stacey said...

a smooth clay pipe :)

Happy New Year
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Ellen Thompson said...

He threw the pipe into the fire. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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J. Lenni Dorner said...

His evil pipe.

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