Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday Blog Hop - And Giveaway!


Update: The randomizer has done its job for this hop - and chosen April H (grapeapril85) to win the necklace and earrings. April, look for an email from me shortly. And more winners are here - including the grand prize winners...so go see what else you may have won!

Every holiday season is special but this one gets a highlighter from me: it's my first Thanksgiving as a Published Author. My debut, a contemporary romance, came out from Crimson Romance in June - and it was a long time coming. So this holiday I consider myself very lucky - not just to see my book in print but to have met so many wonderful new friends - both authors and readers!

I'm still giving thanks although the calendar has turned from Thanksgiving to Black Friday. In my family, we don't do the mall thing. We do the Family Day thing - games, leftovers from Thanksgiving and just spending time.

And reading. Because my Kindle screams for attention during holiday weekends. I've found some great new-to-me authors over long weekends, and as you're hopping through the Black Friday Blog Hop I hope you find a new book to read, too. Here's a peek into my debut:

What a Texas Girl Wants: Kathleen Witte is a down-to-earth girl. She has to be, with the family ranch on the verge of success. After seven months of keeping it all together by swearing off men, however, Kathleen needs a bit of fun in the sun. Waking up with a husband she can’t remember isn’t how she planned to blow off steam.

The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl. He has four weeks of freedom in which to find his birth mother. He’s done well avoiding commitment until now, so when he wakes up on a Mexican beach with Kathleen his first reaction is curiosity. When he spies the matching wedding rings on their left hands curiosity turns to concern.

Neither Jackson nor Kathleen want to stay married, but when her family shows up, they have no choice. Once back in Texas, however, can they keep this all-business marriage from turning into an all-consuming love?

Buy the Book: Amazon   BN.com   iTunes

What is your favorite thing about the Thanksgiving holiday? Leave me a comment - don't forget your email addy! - for a chance to win a necklace and earring set...the kind of thing one of my heroines might wear! 

While the rest of the US is out handling the crowds, fighting for their holiday gifts, some of us like to stay in, shop online, or just ignore Black Friday all to together (I'm in the ignoring crowd). The 2nd annual Black Friday Blog Hop is a ONE DAY hop - filled with giveaways, plus we have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

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!
Don't forget to leave your comment - with email address - below...and hop on to the rest of the Black Friday Blog Hop blogs!

80 comments:

  1. Happy Holiday Kristina, Wishing you a happy successful HOP. xo cindy roesel @ "Viewer Discretion Advised" writeoncindy@yahoo.com

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  2. Carmen1:19 AM

    Congrats on your debut novel this year! My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is spending it with my parents and hubby.

    bbabygirl1908@aol.com

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  3. i love all the food lol and family! thanks for the giveaway!

    beccaboo97200 (at) att (dot) net

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  4. Kristina,
    We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia but I'm truly grateful for all the wonderful friends I've met online.
    Suzi Love
    suzi@suzilove.com

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  5. We don't have Thanksgiving -- but I love that idea of being able to reflect on all the things I am thankful for.

    Congratulations on the new book!


    - khriscc (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  6. The pumpkin pie :) Thanks for joining the hop and for the chance to win!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

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  7. The Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

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  8. We simply don`t celebrate Thanksgiving here (northern Europe).

    Thanks!

    dita(dot)skarste(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway.

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  11. Hi, everyone! Thanks for coming by, and enjoy the hop!

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  12. I am so glad to have found you on the black friday blog hop. I am always looking for new authors to read. kim86004@gmail.com

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  13. Hi, Kristi, just finishing up What a Texas Girl Wants. Loving it by the way. I'm grateful for so much.

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    1. *swoons* so glad you're liking it, Jerri!

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  14. My favorite things about the holidays are spending time with family and friends and the food. brendem7@comcast.net

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  15. Hi, Kristi! Just stopped to say hello. Have a great family day!

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  16. Happy family day! We're snuggled in with leftovers today too.

    lcahoon7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here I live, so no Black Friday for me either. But it must be fun to go shopping :)

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  18. Congrats on debut!! Your books look interesting (TBR shelf growing!)

    brbalwaysATyahooDOTcom

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  19. 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!
    miriam.whitewolf@gmail.com

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  20. Congrats on your debut! I'm staying in this Black Friday. No crazy shopping for me. I'd much rather blog hop. ;-)

    Have a lovely holiday!

    jinni_james@yahoo.com

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  21. I love the earrings and necklace!

    I don't go shopping on Black Friday. I stay home with my kids and relax!!

    Julie K
    kornhsl@yahoo.com

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  22. cynthia garcia
    shygrumpychica1@hotmail.com

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  23. My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is the family gathering. I'm not a black Friday shopper. lisarayns at gmail dot com

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  24. Congrats on being a published author! I love that I have 5 days off from work! I love my job, but 5 days off is blissful.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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  25. with all the people (like us) avoiding stores, I wonder what the shopping is actually like? I know, I know, we're a small segment... ;) happy hopping, everyone!

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    1. Crazy. I worked the midnight shift at my store. We weren't too bad because we're in an outdoor mall and were the only store open. I hear Kohls was CRAZY! And of course Walmart and Target too.

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  26. I don't really do much in person shopping on Black Friday anymore. If I so head out in the evening if I need anything. All the crazy shoppers are sleeping off their morning splurging.
    planterofhope(at)aol(dot)com

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  27. I am sick , cooked meal yet unable to taste if good or not, My teen said good tho! I am thankfull to wake each day, I am thankful for my daughter! No shopping except for the .99 cent books special !!!
    staci1964@hotmail.com

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  28. I got talked into going out last night with my mom and sisters. We hit Target at 9:00 and got some DVD's and kitchen stuff for my daughter who's moving out after the first of the year. It was actually kind of fun. I'm probably going to hit Fred Meyer's for the half-price sock sale after I get my shower--nothing too crazy though.

    Then I go to work to repair the damage done by our black-Friday shoppers :)

    Have a great day, Kristi- Happy readings to you

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  29. I love the turkey! This is the only time of year that we make a turkey!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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  30. Congrats! I love having the whole family here and the food
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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  31. My favorite part was spending time with the whole family

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. Always family. christiethemom@hotmail.com

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  33. Everyone being home from work! Thank you for the lovely giveaway~<3

    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

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  34. I loved the pies :)
    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

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  35. No black Friday shopping for me...
    ktyler13@yahoo.com

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  36. Happy Thanksgiving, Kristina. Fav: turkey & dressing. OK. Family first. :)

    dmburton72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. I loved spending time with family!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  38. Spending time with family and really good food that I only get at this time of year. Why is that? It'd not like I can't make a pumpkin pie in Feb. Thanks for doing the hop!

    gatormaryd(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. 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!

    grapeapril75(at)gmail.com

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  40. Thanks for participating in the hop!

    xxsquigglesxx(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. bn1004:14 PM

    I like the turkey.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  42. love this necklace and earrings set! Thanks for a chance to win :)
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

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  43. Thanksgiving..a such a great time, yet such a stressful time! Still, I love it though. Being around family, especially family I don't see often, is the best part!

    Enjoy!
    TBQ
    The_Book_Queen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. 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

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  45. Great giveaway! Congrats on your first Thanksgiving as a published author. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is socializing with family and seeing the kids all play together.

    kesummer69(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. Hi! Happy Holidays to you! My favorite thing is spending time with my family. We all cook together, eat together and share childhood stories. :) I love it! Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. My favorite thing about the holidays is spending time with my children. They've all left home, so it's even more special when I see them. Happy Holidays!

    sandywolters(dot)author(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. I love getting gifts that people will love.

    jenceyg at gmail dot com

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  49. Anonymous4:58 PM

    My favorite thing about the Thanksgiving holiday is spending time with family with a close second of the amazing food we get to eat!

    Thanks for being a part of the hop and for the giveaway.

    Happy Holidays,
    Marlena
    charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  50. Just being with family is what makes my Thanksgiving great. 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! angadair@nwcable.net Thanks for the hop!

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  51. I worked today, but I don't usually do Black Friday. But I love the food and family at thanksgiving.

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  52. I didn't participate in Black Friday this year - in fact, I only left my house to take my daughter and her friends to the movies. Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

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  53. Grats on publishing your first book!

    My favorite thing about Thanksgiving was being able to spend it at home with just me and my kids. I call it pajama Thanksgiving because we stay in our jammies all day and relax.

    krankimom @ comcast .net

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  54. 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!

    angelheart618@gmail.com

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  55. Congrats!!!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  56. You got to READ on Black Friday?!!! Unfair! LOL. I'm just visiting, Kristi.

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  57. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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  58. Happy First Thanksgiving as a published author, Kristina. I think it's awesome that you take Friday for more family time.

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  59. I was born on Thanksgiving, so I guess I like that it's sometimes my birthday. Thanks for participating!

    katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. family and Pie those are my favorite things... As i have lost 30 lbs the pie is fat jeannies friend but skinny jeannie the evil witch will only let me have one peice and one plate of food... Evil I tell you... I tell you turkey day food shopping was hard this year... But great food and family time makes it all better.

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

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  61. My favorite thing is having 4 days off in a row! Thanks for the hop stop!

    melhalp at msn.com

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  62. I'm happier staying at home

    charraddon@pobox.com

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  63. My fave thing about the thanksgiving hoilday is the turkey!! Thanks for the great giveaway!!
    red_tigergirl2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  64. My favorite thing are the pies!
    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  65. Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  66. My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is the excuse to coat my food in gravy lol. Thanks for the hop!

    jillynann(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is the mix of turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn or green beans, cranberry sauce & then apple pie with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Also, stopping & taking a moment to reflect on what I'm thankful for. Thanks for the giveaway & being part of this hop. I truly love them & they take me forever sometimes to get thru because I'm constantly stopping & adding another TBR to my list on Goodreads. LOL

    JessieL62@comcast.net

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  68. Best part of thanksgiving is spending it with my family. I enjoy helping my sister in the kitchen.

    Sblasi9285@aol.com

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  69. Hi Kristina!

    Congrats on having your first Turkey Day as a pub. author! Way cool!! I bet I will love your book! Faveorite thing about Thanksgiving? Family and Pumpkin Pie!

    3girlzmama@gmail.com

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  70. Favorite thing: time with my kiddos!!
    Thank you!
    Deliachic3@hotmail.com

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  71. Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  72. sitting around playing cards as a family.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    nerdswillruleoneday@yahoo.com

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  73. Time with the family and the delicious food. Thank you for the giveaway and being part of the blog hop. :)

    yazmin593 AT msn DOT com

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  74. Finding things to be thankful for. This year my hubby was robbed a few days before. I'm very thankful the robbers didn't use the gun they shoved against his head. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jesse
    jesse.kimmelfreeman@gmail.com

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  75. Thanks for the blog giveaway :)

    eliseandtegan@gmail.com

    Love shopping BF with friends.

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  76. I love everyone getting together to eat and then shop the next day!

    hisboywonder(at)gmail(dot)com

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  77. Natasha12:15 AM

    Spending time with my family. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  78. Happy Holidays and thank you for the opportunity to win some great prizes. I can't do Black Friday shopping (unless it's online) - I don't have the patience or the stamina for the lines and the crowds. cfierstein@cox.net

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