Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday Prizes

I’ve always wondered about “the type” of person who would rush out before dawn to stand in line for hours or jostle other customers for door buster deals. I’m an online kind of shopper and never saw the need. Then I heard about the 20% off on your total purchase at Bed, Bath and Beyond in-store only of course during Black Friday Madness.

Insanity struck hard! I actually considered dragging my 5 month old infant out at 0600 to stand in line (my hubby is deployed so no choice) and jostle other customers (strapping son in Baby Bjorn naturally).  As I write this, I’m still thinking about it, but the love for my son and need to maintain his schedule is stronger than the my desire to save a few bucks.

Dang it, I’d save almost $100 now that I add up everything I want. Hmmm…

Here are three fast Black Friday facts:

1. The day's name originated in Philadelphia. The Police Department coined the phrase to describe the massive traffic jams and over-crowded sidewalks that occurred on the day after Thanksgiving. 

2. Around 1975, the term “Black Friday” was used to refer to the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are "in the black", changing the connotation to something positive.

3. Retailers traditionally opened at 6:00 a.m., but in the late 2000's the time steadily moved earlier until 2011 when several big stores opened at midnight for the first time. This year, Walmart, Sears, Toys R Us and a few other stores announced they would open at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

When will the madness end?

Enter on Rafflecopter to win PRIZE:
A $30 Amazon or B&N Gift Card, an exclusive excerpt booklet of my paranormal romance KINDRED OF THE FALLEN, and a chance to NAME A CHARACTER in the third book of the series!

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Winner will be announced Saturday before noon.

Please leave a comment with your email address to be entered for the grand prize.

Three Grand Prizes (winners will be commenters from all participating blogs chosen by Carrie Ann):

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!
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Thank you Carrie Ann for hosting this blog hop!




  1. Thanks for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  2. thanks! beccaboo97200 (at) att (dot) net

  3. Thanks for the giveaway!


  4. Thankfully reason reigns when I get ideas to join the Black Friday craziness.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  5. *shudder* Working in malls during the season when I was younger scarred me for life. I saw all the bad things - theft, car break-ins, rude people. Give me online shopping any day!

  6. Thanks! :)


  7. Amazing prize! Thank you!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. Oh i'm staying home this black friday!!! Nothing in the sale ads could make me go today. i do like to look them over and usually can find a better deal online.thanks you for joining the hop!

  9. I'm not a Black Friday shopper. I don't believe that shopping should ever be a full contact sport. I spend the day baking cookies with my kiddos instead.

  10. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Thank you for the chance. angelacisco79(at)yahoo(dot)com

  11. Thanks for the giveaway


  12. I'm not a black Friday shopper. lisarayns at gmail dot com

  13. Black Friday always sounded sinister--I'm not getting near a store today!


  14. I do not like crowds so BF shopping is not for me! I will be spending my day hopping and then snuggled up reading! Well that is after I decide on what new book I have just added to my to be read list! It gets longer every hop! Thanks!

    I am thankful for all the wonderful books I am finding on the hop!


  15. Black Friday has been my thing since a few years ago. Me and my nephew would get up early and brave the crowds splitting up and grabbing what we wanted, lots of fun memories :) This year I didn't get to do it cause of money problems but I'm looking forward to next year.

  16. thanks so much! would be great to read your book :)
    Gfc - swordlily

  17. I skipped Black Friday shopping this year.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  18. Thanks for the great giveaway I stay home and enjoy the quiet and leftovers no black Friday shopping for me.
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  19. I haven't gone shopping but I do look up some online deals.:)


    GFC: kiss_shani

  20. I was tempted to, they had a laptop so cheap at Walmart ugh LOL.


  21. I have friends who go Black Friday shopping but it's not for me. Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. I'm staying home to read & discover some more authors thru the blog hop...
    No BF shopping for

  23. Hi! Happy Holidays to you! No, im not a shopper on black friday. I hate crowds. Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

  24. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm back from my shopping and loving this Blog Hop!


  25. Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  26. Thank you for the lovely giveaway! Already been out in the crowd for Black Friday and now home again~

    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

  27. This is the BEST way to spend Black Friday. Sitting at home, hopping with old friends and making new ones. I can't handle the crowds anymore so I only do Black Friday shopping online if I do any. I tend to pick up gifts throughout the year so come November I'm finished. That way I can spread out the purchasing and not spend a fortune at the time of the year when my job is at its slowest and my paycheck is at its lowest. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  28. Fabulous thank you.

    Too much madness at the sales to my liking.


  29. I do some Black Friday shopping, but I'm more addicted to Cyber Monday. No lines, No rude people, free shipping.... how can you go wrong!

  30. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! Not a huge fan of Black Friday myself.

  31. Love your blog post, I can just picture you with your bjorn clad baby pushing people out of the way! 20% off is great savings!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  32. I do all of my black friday shopping online! You can get the same deals and free shipping! Thanks for participating in the hop!


  33. I know how you feel with the hubby being deployed... My eldest was little now 9 when my husband was in the marines... when he was little i lived on base so black friday at the PX wasn't to bad... But never really did that crazy walmart thing ever... But i did go to micheals today with youngest going to be 3 next month because of 50% off beads then a 30% of everything coupon before noon.. I went at 8 this morning... Yep paid 20 some bucks saved just about 50 dollars.

  34. I hate shopping. My family only want money. How boring.

  35. Thanks for participating. I did some holiday shopping online today.


  36. The madness is never going to end...Not as long as consumers go along with it! I'm not a big fan of Black Friday, be we did got out this morning for a couple of specific things and got them...and NO LINES!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  37. I no longer go Black Friday shopping. Too many crazy people out there. I don't have the patience I had when I was younger, LOL. So today I am staying in and blog hopping, instead of shopping! Thanks for the hop!

  38. Awesome giveaway.


  39. I had no idea the term originated in Philly! I spent this Black Friday taking my daughter and her friends to the movies and avoiding all the crowds at the mall. We saw Rise of the Guardians and it was lots of fun. Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  40. I'm with you on the BB & B thing...I can ALWAYS find things I want there.

    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

  41. I only shop on Black Friday if it's online lol
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  42. Thanks for the hop stop!

    melhalp at

  43. I do my shopping online to avoid the crowds.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. I have to admit that I did go out shopping at 4:30 am today. By that time the door buster crowd had come and gone and the stores were like a Tuesday in February. I was home by 6 am and was able to get some nice deals without waiting on long lines.

  45. I am not shopping. Not for me. Instead of shopping, I'm hopping! I prefer to do my shopping online.
    Happy Black Friday.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  46. I love Black Friday shopping, but this year I waited until the store was almost empty and I still got all the specials on my list. I live in a small town and even though there are a couple hundred people in Wal-Mart, most are friendly and they even say excuse me when they push you to get to what they want. I would never shop in the places they show in the news, way too scary., but in my town, I try to go every year.


  47. The sad thing is, the madness will never end. What has humanity come to? lol.


  48. No BF for me this year. So glad I didn't go. Thanks for doing the hop.


  49. Thanks for participating in the hop! Happy Holidays!


  50. Now I really want to know if you ended up going to BB&B! I imagine it was a madhouse either way. I remember how hard it was to take my little one out and that was over 19 years ago! I never attempted the Black Friday thing until last year and it definitely was not my cup of tea. I appreciate that your husband is out fighting for our freedom but I am sure it is difficult for you having a baby at home. :(

    Thanks so much for being a part of the hop and for the giveaway!

    Happy Holidays,

  51. Isis, I think I may have a new favorite writer!! So cool to get to know new authors and bloggers on these hops.

    As for BF, I only shop online. Today I got a couple of great bargains!

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

    3girlzmama at

  52. Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
    Lets see would the character Cyrus be in the third book?!!?

    GFC: red_tigergirl2

  53. I stay home on BF and do my shopping online! thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    tworeads (at) gmail (dot) com

  54. Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  55. thanks for the great giveaway!

  56. I don’t go out on Black Friday, but I do shop online.
    Marlene Breakfield

  57. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  58. Thanks for the information. I wondered about the name but never thought about researching it.