Friday, November 4, 2011

Holiday Fever and Giveaway!

First up today, the winner of Anita Clenney’s giveaway of her second book in her bestselling paranormal romance series:


JUNE M.


Congratulations, June! Please contact Anita at anita@anitaclenney.com to receive your free copy of Embrace the Highland Warrior.




There are so many things that I’m looking forward to this holiday season. Even though November just started, I thought I share a few with you.


5. Clarisonic Blue Plus Deep Pore Cleansing System. It uses oscillation technology to cleanse the skin 6x better to give a healthier, more radiant complexion. It has three speeds, three brush heads, and I think I’m a little too eager to get my hands on it. I’ve heard and read so many amazing things about this product I can’t wait to get one. (Hopefully my hubs is reading this post and will mark this item for upcoming birthday or Christmas item *wink, wink*).





4. Sunshine in Tampa, FL and a snow-free winter. I’ve endured some of England’s worst winters in history! And did I mention I’m not a fan of snow. Bring on the sunshine.





3. There are a ton of new book releases for Nov and Dec, from big publishers, small press, and indie authors. I have a long list, but without a doubt the one book I’m most excited to read is the urban fantasy Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla coming out in Dec.



2. Last year when I read an article that Angelina Jolie decided to put on a director’s cap and make a movie, I believe I sighed quite loudly. Of course I’d go see her directorial masterpiece just to satisfy my curiosity. Then I saw a preview for it and people let me tell you, I was impressed. Turns out she not only directed it, she also wrote it. Action star and Academy award winner, Angelina Jolie, who I really do enjoy on the big screen, might have what it takes to be a darn good director and screenwriter. Talk about a triple threat. I'll go see In the Land of Blood and Honey on Christmas Eve the day after it opens.

Take a look and give me your opinion.






1. Christmas in a new house with decked out tree, celebrating life with my husband and two canine kiddies.

Here are our furry babies dressed up for Halloween. Bella is wonder dog and Bodhi is a pumpkin. Yes, we are "those kind of people", but the dogs were rewarded with lots of treats and weren't kept in costume long.




What are you looking forward to this holiday season? Thanksgiving with an extra helping of family drama? Great cup of hot cocoa, perhaps spiked? Vacation with loved ones? Reading a gripping book while hiding from loved ones?


Please bear with me as I'll be delayed in responding to comments and visiting other blogs today.

28 comments:

  1. Awww. Love the puppy pics -- so cute!

    I'm looking forward to a huge Thanksgiving dinner at my in-laws'. Luckily, no family drama anticipated, only delicious food, and too much of it.

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  2. Yay, cute puppy pics :-)

    The trailer looks interesting. I'll probably give it a go. It looks like one of those films you're glad you've seen but don't want to watch again.

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  3. Linda ~ The only big family Thanksgiving I've ever had without "drama" was at my in-laws as well. Hmmm. Might be something to that.

    Sarah ~ It does look like the kind of film that will take you through an emotional journey. I'll watch it, I imagine I'll enjoy it, but not sure I'd own it to watch again and again. Have to wait and see.

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  4. Being with my love in Mexico. Of course, the warm Caribbean air is a bonus. The trailer for Angelina's movie was intriguing. I'll probably see it. Best of luck and happiness in your new home in the Sunshine State.

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  5. Suddenly I'm excited about Christmas.

    I skip on anything related to Angelina and Brad. It's a moral issue thing. ;)

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  6. Em ~ Oooh, Mexico w/ your love sounds nice for the holidays. Enjoy!

    Stina ~ I completely understand your take on the Brangelina issue. I just want Jennifer Anniston to find some happiness.
    What are you waiting for? Get excited about Christmas!

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  7. Awww. I love the pic of your doggies. Yes, I'm "that kind of person", too. I love Christmas. It's my favorite holiday. I love the decorations- trees, lights. the smell of evergreen. I am vowing to STAY out of the stores this year and shop online. I'd love to curl up with a book and a yummy spiked coffee this Christmas.

    I'm glad you'll be celebrating in a warm climate. I love Florida.

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  8. Hot cocoa and great books to read!! YAY. :)

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  9. Your dogs look cool. As long as they enjoyed it.

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  10. Brinda ~ Christmas is one of my faves as well for all the reasons you listed.

    Margo ~ Sounds good to me.

    Alex ~ Glad you liked the pic. They sort of had fun, but enjoyed their handsome reward of yummy treats.

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  11. Puppy pics look cute...love wonder dog! And sure, tease me with Tampa weather. My entire family is there while I'm sniffling and freezing in Nebraska. Have a good weekend. :)

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  12. Laila, I don't even you at all. Nebraska just doesn't sound like a place I'd enjoy. Then again, I thought that about Ohio and ended up loving Columbus. At least you have a great place to visit family.

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  13. Oh, thank you so much! I will be emailing Ms. Clenney. And I love the picture of your doggies! And am totally jealous of your no snow and warm weather. I live in KY and we generally have as least on really bad ice storm every year. And that is in addition to the regular snow and ice that we get throughout the winter.

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  14. What adorable dogs! Also, love the trailer. It's going to be popular and maybe award-winning.

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  15. June ~ Congratulations again! After living in England, I know all about bad winters :).

    Clarissa ~ I think so. It looks really good.

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  16. I had no idea that Angelina was directing now. She is a super woman I think.

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  17. Those poor pooches. LOL. They need captions over their heads.

    "There better be a cookie deal in this for us."

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  18. Oh, your dogs are so adorable! I spent Christmas in Florida two years ago and I did not miss the snow one bit. The kids built a snowman in the sand, and we saw Santa walk by with a surfboard. Have fun!

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  19. The pups are stinkin' cute!!! I'm not looking forward to the nasty snow and ice that always drowns middle Tennessee, but I love the Holidays and thankfully, the bad weather usually holds off til January and February. I'm shopping this weekend and looking forward to it! Hope you have a great time in Tampa!

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  20. Wow, I'm impressed with Angelina's debut. I had no idea she had that kind of talent. Enjoy your humid holiday in Tampa. I remember going water skiing one year on Christmas eve. LOL

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  21. Michael ~ I think she's truly talented. Excited to see the film.

    Maria ~ Are you a doggie mindreader? Lol!

    Kirsten ~ I plan to. Thanks!

    Charissa ~ Have fun shopping. Good to get it in early. Hope your holidays are wonderful.

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  22. Ciara ~ It's not humid in the winter. The weather is divine! Angelina's debut looks so good. Hope I'm not disappointed.

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  23. Great pics. Especially your furry babies. Aww...

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  24. Those are some lovely things to be thankful for. :) I can't wait to put up the tree! Aw...your babies look so cute. You make them dress up. LOL

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  25. E ~ Thanks so much!

    Debra ~ At Christmas they little outfits too, lol, but they get tons of toys and treats.

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  26. Wow, that really is a powerful trailer! I was also amazed (*clears throat*) when I heard she was going to direct this, and I also didn't know she'd written it. It looks like a good one. I'll be sure not to miss it (if it comes to Curacao--good films rarely come here). Thanks for the recommendation!

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  27. No problem, Guilie! Hope you enjoy it.

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