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#ROFLOL Blog Hop

Ooh, it’s time for another blog hop, this one for Elise Sax‘s debut novel, An Affair to Dismember, which is going to be released later this month. I had the good fortune to meet Elise at RWA12, and we hit it off immediately. She is one funny lady, and I am SO excited for this book, I can’t tell you! (Ask her how she thought up the title for her second Matchmaker series book!) Ahem.

The contest runs from January 14-21, 2013, and for one week only, you have the chance to win, win, win a copy of the book (plus other great prizes)!

Affair

Prizes from Random House include:

* A $25 e-gift card grand prize

* Four winners receive one copy of An Affair to Dismember by Elise Sax and Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O’Keefe

 * Three winners receive a copy of An Affair to Dismember

* One winner receives a Mashup of books from Random House!

Click on the Rafflecopter link here!

Good luck!

And oh, yes, ROFLOL stands for “rolling on the floor laughing out loud,” so here’s something funny for you: Gangnam Style. Psy is a genius, and this song is overplayed but it will never get old. Never!

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Thanks to everyone who left a comment. Loved hearing from all of you, and now I have some more songs for future installments of Sexy Song Saturday! The winners of the books are: Marlena Fein and RaonaidLuckwell. I’ll contact you both to get you your prizes! Also, please head over to R@R to see if you’re a winner there!

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The Hot Holiday Hop starts today in honor of J. Kenner’s Release Me and Random House is giving away some great prizes! Julie’s book is Picture (Device Independent Bitmap) 1getting some really super reviews which I am very psyched about (18+ only, if you’re considering it!).

But before we get to that, I also must mention that it is Sexy Song Saturday (“SSS”)! I started my SSS feature earlier this year, and this is only its third installment (you can read the first and second ones, if you’re interested). Because it’s the holiday season, I’m going to deconstruct a holiday song—the famous Santa Baby.

Have a listen (sung by the inestimable Eartha Kitt), and check out the lyrics:

Santa Baby
Written by J. Javits and P. Springer

Santa Baby, slip a sable under the tree, For me.
been an awful good girl, Santa baby,
so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa baby, a 54 convertible too,
Light blue.
I’ll wait up for you dear,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Think of all the fun I’ve missed,
Think of all the fellas that I haven’t kissed,
Next year I could be just as good,
If you’ll check off my Christmas list,

Santa baby, I wanna yacht,
And really that’s not a lot,
Been an angel all year,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa honey, there’s one thing I really do need,
The deed
To a platinum mine,
Santa honey, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa cutie, and fill my stocking with a duplex,
And checks.
Sign your ‘X’ on the line,
Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Come and trim my Christmas tree,
With some decorations bought at Tiffany’s,
I really do believe in you,
Let’s see if you believe in me,

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing,
A ring.
I don’t mean on the phone,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight,
Hurry down the chimney tonight,
Hurry, tonight.

The song was written in 1953, is noteable for being one of the few hit Christmas songs written by someone with two x-chromosomes (go, Joan Javits!), and has been described as a tongue-in-cheek look at the Christmas list of a woman who wants extravagant gifts.

On first blush, and without hearing the song, you could certainly read it that way, but when you listen to the song, with all its “boo doo be doos,” in the background and its pregnant pauses between lines, a different picture emerges.

First of all, the song is written as if she’s talking to Santa…but is she really? I’m not so sure. Now, this might be sacrilegious, but what if Santa = sugar daddy? Sure, it can be in a holiday style, but I’m envisioning a man dressed up as Santa Claus (like in the old movies) sneaking around the house trying not to get caught by the kids. Santa’s a “baby,” a “honey,” and a “cutie,” and there are all those “other fellas that [she hasn’t] kissed,” which leads me to think that Santa really isn’t Santa. This is especially true because of the lyrics of last two stanzas in general, and these two lines in particular:

Come and trim my Christmas tree,
With some decorations bought at Tiffany’s

and

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing,
A ring.
I don’t mean on the phone

I won’t get into the obvious double entendre of trimming one’s tree (especially with the pause between that and the next line, leaving just enough space for the listener to wonder), but I will certainly discuss the “ring.” I’m interpreting this as an engagement ring. It’s the good-girl (but not really) as gold-digger ploy, I think. Plus, the breathless, “hurry, tonight,” really nails it home.

So part of my reading of this song is Eartha Kitt’s sex-kitten voice and part of it is that I’m convinced these are seriously suggestive lyrics. What do you think? Have I just completely spoiled an innocent holiday classic, or am I right on the money?

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for: the prizes! The Hot Holiday Hop runs from 12/1-12/10, and Random House is generously giving away:

  • Grand Prize $25 Gift Certificate to a retailer of your choice!
  • 10 print copy winners of RELEASE ME, must be 18 or older!
  • 15 Net Galley Preview copies of RELEASE ME, must be 18 or older!

The Rafflecopter link to enter is here.

And hop on over to these other sites for more chances to win!

1. Books Books and More Books 2. Ruthie Knox
3. SOS Aloha 4. Bea’s Book Nook
5. Elisabeth Barrett 6. Review From Here
7. Forget About TV Grab a Book 8. Author Julieanne Reeves
9. Tempting Reads 10. Cocktails and books
11. Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews 12. Read Your Writes Book Reviews
13. Romantic Reading Escapes 14. Mimmi’s Musings
15. Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Review 16. In Love with Romance
17. Treasuring Theresa 18. Ex Libris
19. BookHounds 20. Read-A-holicZ
21. Fic Fare 22. From the TBR Pile
23. The Romanceaholic 24. Talk Supe
25. Books R Us 26. Manic Readers Guest Author blog
27. Book Lovin’ Mamas 28. Blogging by Liza
29. Saucy & Sinful Reviews Blog 30. Tome Tender
31. Bookshelf Confessions 32. Delighted Reader
33. RomCon – Romance Readers Convention 34. Sascha’s Secrets
35. The Book Reading Gals 36. Readaholics Anonymous
37. herding cats & burning soup 38. Tyhada’s Bookshelf
39. Reading Reality 40. The Itzel Library
41. The Book Tart 42. Yvonne @ Socrates’ Book Review Blog
43. Book Monster Reviews 44. Book Obsessed Chicks Blogspot
45. Book Lovers Inc. 46. Boekie’s Book Reviews
47. Autumn After Dark 48. J. Kenner Hot Holiday Hop Featuring Release Me!
49. Sinful Reads Blog 50. Novels On The Run
51. Sharon the Librarian 52. Book Lovers Inc.
53. Seduced By A Book

I’ve been on a giveaway spree myself, so while the giving’s hot (put intended), I’m going to give away an autographed copy each of Deep Autumn Heat and Blaze of Winter. All you have to do is to leave a comment either (a) letting me know whether you agree/disagree with my reading of Santa Baby; or (b) giving me a song suggestion for another Sexy Song Saturday. U.S. only, please, and the contest ends at 9pm PDT on 12/10.

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The contest is over, and Allison Anderson is the lucky winner of the Loveswept gift card! Congratulations, Allison. Please email me ejbarrett15 [at] gmail [dot] com so I can get you your prize! Also, for everyone else, please be sure to check the R@R site to see if you’ve won any prizes there.

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Holiday Blog Hop?

I know what you’re thinking. Man, it is way too early to be thinking about the holidays. Well, you’re right (unless you’re talking about Halloween, which is next week). But seriously, it always freaks me out when I get catalogues for Christmas stuff in August (right after the Halloween stuff that comes in July), so I feel you. But there’s something to celebrate, here. Namely Naughty & Nice, a compilation of holiday stories from three of my favorite authors, Ruthie Knox, Molly O’Keefe and Stefanie Sloane, which is to be released on November 5th.

$1.99 for all this goodness? You heard that right! In fact, the cover alone should make it an auto-buy! See for yourself (and if you click on the image, it takes you to Romance @ Random’s main site for the hop:

And of course, this being a blog hop and all, R@R is giving away a ton of goodies:

· 15 Net Galley Preview copy winners of Naughty & Nice

· 5 ABOUT LAST NIGHT paper giveaways (US only)

· Grand Prize of $15 Gift Certificate to eRetailer of choice!!

Note that you must be 18 or older to participate

There are so many other awesome bloggers participating:

1. Ruthie Knox 2. Stefanie Sloane
3. Reading Reality 4. acting balanced
5. From the TBR Pile 6. Coffee Beans & Love Scenes
7. Manic Readers Guest Blog 8. Manga Maniac Cafe
9. Musings from an Addicted reader 10. Shawntelle Madison
11. The Book Reading GAls 12. Seduced By A Book
13. The Book Tart 14. herding cats & burning soup
15. Bea’s Book Nook 16. Romance Around the Corner
17. The Bunny’s Review 18. Books Books and More Books
19. Lori’s Book Blog 20. Molly O’Keefe
21. Full Moon Bites 22. Delighted Reader
23. Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews 24. Eye On Romance
25. eBookGirl.com 26. Liz Maverick
27. Harlie’s Books 28. BookHounds
29. Sascha’s Secrets 30. Romantic Reading Escapes Book Blog
31. Ramblings From This Chick 32. Book Lovin’ Mamas
33. Saucy & Sinful Blog 34. Book Flame
35. cupcake’s book cupboard 36. Storm Goddess Book Reviews & More
37. Sharon Cullen 38. Ex Libris
39. Ahhhhhhhromance 40. Darkest Addictions Book Reviews
41. Confessions From Romaholics 42. What’s On the Bookshelf
43. StuckInBooks 44. Blogging by Liza
45. Read Your Writes Book Reviews 46. Victoria’s Titallating Tidbits
47. Guilty Pleasures 48. Ravishing Romances
49. Cassandra Carr 50. The Lucky Ladybug
51. Romantic Book Affairs 52. Simply Ali
53. Elisabeth Barrett 54. Book Lovers Inc.
55. SOS Aloha 56. Socrates’ Book Review Blog
57. Book-A-Holic Anon 58. Love To Read For Fun
59. Romance Junkies 60. Romancing the Darkside
61. The Book Nympho 62. Romantic Reads and Such
63. GraveTells 64. Fic Fare
65. Romance Book Craze 66. Me and Reading
67. Blackraven’s Erotic Cafe 68. Blackraven’s Reviews
69. AJ’s Readng Nook 70. The Readers Roundtable
71. Dark Divas Reviews 72. HEA Romances with a Little Kick

And you should know by now that I can never get the Rafflecopter thingy to appear on my site, so please click here for the Rafflecopter giveaway.

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! I’m also giving away one Loveswept gift card, good for one free e-book! All you have to do is to leave a comment below. Here’s a topic for discussion: Christmas catalogues in August: love ‘em or hate ‘em?

One random commenter will be selected. U.S. only, please. Contest ends 10/30 at 9pm PDT.

Happy hopping, and good luck!

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The Random House blog hop is over, and so is my contest. I have chosen three winners for the Blaze Of Winter ARCs (randomly, using one of those random picker things), and they are: Gale D. Sroelov, Karen Phillips and Donna Sing. Thank you to everyone who left a comment, and please stay tuned for more contests!

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Oh, Labor Day! When I was really young, the first day of school was always the Wednesday after Labor Day.  As I got a bit older, the district moved up the start date to just before Labor Day weekend…this made no sense to me but I guess it let the kids get acclimated to school before taking a breather. I always marched proudly in our town’s Labor Day parade wearing my Girl Scout uniform (is anyone surprised that I was a Girl Scout? No?). Regardless, Labor Day was always bittersweet for me, and not just because it was the last day (until May of the following year) that I was allowed to wear white. Or seersucker. All kidding aside, I always thought of Labor Day as summer’s last hurrah—the last barbeque, last long walk on the beach, and the last lazy day to lie in the grass before fall would sweep me up in school, events, and crisp, brisk weather.

To commemorate the holiday (which honors the economic contributions of workers in our country), I’m very happy to be participating in this blog hop, which also commemorates the release of my second novel, Blaze of Winter. This book was one of my favorites to write because it features a sexy-as-hell author of swashbuckling adventure novels named Theo Grayson. When he takes a room at the Star Harbor Inn, Theo thinks he’s going to get some peace and quiet. He finds something else entirely—a gorgeous, guarded social worker who seems to be hiding out. Slowly, Theo breaks down Avery’s defenses until she has no choice but to fall in love with him.

*Sigh*

If you’re interested in reading an excerpt of Blaze of Winter, click here. You can also buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBookstore (Apple)

So, back to the goodies! Random House is giving away some great prizes, including:

  • 10 Free romance books
  • 1 Grand Prize $25 Book eGift Certificate
  • 5 President Winner Prizes – Author Elisabeth Barrett will create a personalized promo prize pack

Sixteen prizes in total, and yes, you read that right! I’m preparing a personalized promo prize pack for five of the lucky winners! The contest ends on 9/15, so get hopping!

How do you enter?

Since I can’t, for the life of me, get the Rafflecopter entry form to appear on this site, please use this link to get to the Rafflecopter entry form.

Also, visit the other sites to get more chances to win!

1. Romance At Random 2. Ruthie Knox
3. Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews 4. Reading Reality
5. Storm Goddess Book Reviews 6. Manga Maniac Cafe
7. Full Moon Bites 8. Reading with Holly
9. Bookie’s Book Reviews 10. All Things Books
11. Good Choice Reading 12. The Write to Make a Living
13. The Book Diva 14. Bea’s Book Nook
15. Shawntelle Madison 16. Elisabeth Barrett
17. Socrates’ Book Review Blog 18. Shelley Munro
19. Insane Hussein Reviews 20. Books R Us
21. Jessica Scott 22. Book Flame
23. Manic Readers Guest Blog 24. My Book Addiction and More
25. SOS Aloha 26. Pump Up Your Book
27. Sharon Cullen 28. Under the Covers Book Blog
29. Musing Of A Bookworm 30. The Book Tart
31. Reviews by Molly 32. Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews
33. Seductive Musings 34. Romance Junkies
35. Love To Read For Fun 36. Cassandra Carr
37. BookHounds 38. Otterwise
39. From the TBR Pile 40. Love Saves the World (INT)
41. Sharon Cullen 42. So You Think You Can Write
43. Babbles From Scott Eagan 44. Bronwyn’s Writing
45. TE Garden of Book Bloggers 46. Bookshelf Confessions
47. Review From Here 48. Celticlady’s Reviews
49. Labor Day Hop 50. Romantic Reads and Such
51. In Love with Romance 52. The Bookpushers
53. Reviewing Romance 54. Queen of The Night Reviews
55. Queen of All she Reads 56. Romantic Crush Junkie Reviews
57. Saucy & Sinful Reviews 58. Romancing the Book
59. Book Faery 60. Harlies Books
61. Love, Laughter, Friendship 62. Ramblings From This Chick
63. My Secret Romance 64. Rambling Reads
65. Delighted Readers 66. suzy henderson
67. Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance 68. Blackraven’s Erotic Cafe
69. HEA Romances With a Little Kick 70. AJ’s Reading Nook
71. Blackraven’s Reviews 72. The Readers Roundtable
73. Dark Divas Reviews 74. T B R
75. Romance Book Club 76. Seaside Book Nook
77. Cheeky Reads 78. Mimmi’s Musings
79. Kindle Fever 80. Not Now…Mommy’s Reading
81. herding cats & burning soup 82. Kindles and Wine
83. Harlequin Junkie 84. Caribbean Accent Book Reviews
85. Sara Jane’s Eclectic Reading Blog 86. Sharon Hamilton Author
87. Coffey Brown Books 88. From the Bootheel Cotton Patch
89. Teena in Toronto 90. Me and Reading
91. The Romance Dish 92. All Things Books
93. Amber Kallyn 94. Book Review Diva
95. Leigh Ellwood 96. Me Want Food
97. Captain marketing 98. One Word At A Time, Joan Swan, Author
99. You’ve Been Hooked 100. The Things You Can Read
101. The Autumn Review

But wait, there’s more!

In addition to the prizes Random House is offering through the hop, I’m personally giving away 3 signed ARC copies of Blaze of Winter by Elisabeth Barrett. For your chance to win, in the comments section, please tell me the greatest thing you did this summer.

And because this is official, here are the rules for my giveaway (for Random House’s giveaway rules, go to their official blog hop page):

Rules:

(1) Winner must be a member of my mailing list. Please sign up for my mailing list here.

(2) In the comments section below, tell me the greatest thing you did this summer.

(3) Three random commenters will be selected.

(4) U.S. only, please! (I’ll be shipping paperbacks).

(5) Contest ends 9/15 at midnight, PDT.

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The contest is over and all winners have been contacted! Thanks for joining me and Romance at Random!

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Welcome all! This is my first time participating in a blog hop and it’s a big one! In honor of Ruthie Knox’s upcoming release, About Last Night, Romance at Random presents the Diamond Jubilee Blog Hop, which runs from 5/21-5/31! Click on the photo for a link to the main site:

Here are some of the fabulous prizes you can win by participating:

• 1 winner, 1 copy – Born To Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann
• 1 winner, 1 copy – The Proposal by Mary Balogh
• 1 winner, 1 copy – Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian
• 3 winners, 1 copy of WITCHFUL THINKING by HP Mallory
• 10 winners, 1 copy of a PREVIEW from Net Galley of ABOUT LAST NIGHT by Ruthie Knox
• 10 winners, 1 copy of PREVIEW from Net Galley of DEEP AUTUMN HEAT by Elisabeth Barrett

And the most important part – HOW TO WIN:

1. Enter the hop using the Rafflecopter at Romance at Random

2. For more chances to win, answer this question in the comments section below:

If you’ve been to England, what favorite memory do you have of your trip?

If you haven’t yet been to England, what would you most like to do if you went?

3. Visit all of the participating sites to increase your chances! Just click on the image above to return to Romance@Random, where you can visit any and all of the other participating sites to be entered for more prizes!

U.S. entries only, please.

Good luck!

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