Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Naughty and Nice Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2013 Naughty and Nice Blog Hop sponsored by Safari Heat Book Tours. The hop runs from Dec. 11-16th. All the rules and how the hop will work it listed on the Safari Heat site. Follow the link above.

Grand prize is a Kindle Fire HDX 7” plus books to go on the winner’s new Kindle.

Prize Rules:
Winners that win prizes that have to be shipped need to be in the US or Canada. Sorry this is because of shipping cost. But ebooks (and my e-gift card) can be won by anyone, anywhere. Winners are chosen using Random.org. All the prizes on the hop page except the books for the winner’s Kindle will be given daily. The hop coordinator, Carey, will be randomly popping into blogs to pick winners.

My prize is a $10.00 e-gift card of the winner’s choice: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, whatever, and will be awarded at the end of the hop.

For today, I thought I’d share some quick facts about the main character of The Best Present, my holiday short story in Sweetwater Springs Christmas: A Montana Sky Short Story Anthology by Debra Holland and Friends.

Ten-year-old Allison Harcourt's life has been turned upside down since her father lost his job and her beloved grandmother died. She's not looking forward to Christmas, especially since she can't figure out how to finish the scarf she's making for her mother. An unexpected stop in Sweetwater Springs brings her and her parents to the boarding house of the widow Murphy. Sometimes sweet things can be found in the most unexpected places.

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Current residence: Sweetwater Springs, Montana, but only for Christmas
Family: Mother and Father but no siblings
Nickname: Honeybee
Hobbies: Reading
Favorite book: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Talents: Baking and knitting (well, sort of, see blurb)
Favorite holiday treat: Fudge
Favorite carols: Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem and The First Noel
Pet peeve: Adults lying to children “for their own good”
Most treasured possessions: Books given to her by her grandmother
If you could ask your author one question, what would it be? Why didn’t we get to stay at the fancy new hotel instead of the old boardinghouse?

Sweetwater Springs Christmas: A Montana Sky Short Story Anthology is available at Amazon

What’s your favorite holiday treat? Leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing for the $10 e-gift card. If you’d like extra chances to win, you can follow this blog, like my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter (@LyndiLamont). Let me know in the comments if you did any of the extras. (These last 3 are optional but the comment is not. You must comment for a chance to win.)

Comment Example:
Name: Jane Doe
Email: janedoe at yahoo.com
Comment: candy canes
Twitter: Followed
FaceBook: Followed
Blog: Followed
Country You Live In: USA

To keep hopping follow the link below:

Happy holidays!

Linda McLaughlin


Alicia Dean said...

Awesome post...your story sounds delightful and heartwarming. I love Christmas stories! Thanks for sharing. I'm going over to check it out now.

Name: Alicia Dean
Email: AliciamDean@aol.com
Comment: Christmas Sugar Cookies
Twitter: Followed
FaceBook: Followed
Blog: Followed
Country You Live In: USA

Linda McLaughlin said...

Thanks for commenting, Alicia.

joye said...

Joy Isley
I love ribbon hard candies. It is getting harder to find this kind of candy.
I signed for your newsletter
I live in Arizona

Anne said...

Hey, Joy- I buy ribbon candy all year long for a science kit we produce, try http://ribboncandyman.com/

My favorite is milk chocolate in the shape of balls, santas, etc.

Name: Anne
Email: acm05 at juno.com
Twitter: Followed (acm05)
Blog: Followed (email)
Country You Live In: USA

Kimberly Mayberry said...

Name: Kimberly Mayberry
Email: kbinmich@yahoo.com
Comment: My favorite Holiday treat are Church Windows. It is multicolored mini marshmallows covered in semi-sweet chocolate, and rolled into a log to cut into slices.
Twitter: Followed - @SexyWriter69
Facebook: Followed both – Kimberly Mayberry
Blog: Followed
Country you live in: US

Linda McLaughlin said...

Joye, I remember the candy ribbons from childhood. Delicious.

Anne, thanks for the link to ribbon candyman. Milk chocolate is the most popular, but I'm a dark chocolate gal. But of course, anything chocolate will do. ;)

Kimberly, the Church Windows sound amazing. I've never had that.

Thanks to all for joining the hop and following me. Happy holidays.

Anonymous said...

Name: Barbara
Email: bkg0605@aol.com
Twitter: Followed
Facebook: Followed
Blog: Followed
Country: USA
Comment: All Candies and treats whats not to like!

Linda McLaughlin said...

LOL, Barbara. The holidays are a delight to the sweet tooth, aren't they? Hope you're enjoying the hop.

Eva Millien said...

Eva Millien
evamillien at gmail dot com
I love coconut cake and peppermint ice cream. Thanks for sharing the hop and giveaway. Wishing everyone a wonderful and magical holiday season.
Facebook - done
twitter - done
Blog - Networked

Linda McLaughlin said...

Eva, I love peppermint ice cream and anything with coconut. Coconut cream pie was my dad's favorite.

Happy holidays.

Martha Lawson said...

My favorite is sausage balls!
"Liked" on fb.

mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

Beautiful Disaster said...

I like to eat peanut butter fudge and chocolate pie. Yum :)
I also have followed your blog via of email lorih824 at yahoo dot com
by twitter @loriharvey3 and...
by FB lorih14 at bellsouth dot net
Happy Holidays

Linda McLaughlin said...

Sausage balls sound good, Martha.

Lori, peanut butter and chocolate are two of my favorites, too, together or separately.

Darn, now I'm getting hungry.

Louisa Bacio said...

Most definitely have to check out this college. Sounds delightful! Just saying hello!

Carey Abbott said...

Time to give away another prize and the winner is...Beautiful Disaster! You have won a signed hard back book by bestselling author Diana Gabaldon. Congrats! I will be contacting all the winners toward the end of the hop.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Louisa, thanks for dropping by.

And a big congratulations to Lori (Beautiful Disaster) for winning the Diana Gabaldon book.

Michelle Willms said...

Michelle Willms
FB yes
Twitter yes
Blog yes
My favorite treat is the sugar-free pies my mother always makes me. I don't know the recipe, so I can't make them for myself. I'm hoping she'll share it...

Lyndi Lamont said...

Michelle, how nice of your mom to bake sugar-free pies for you. Moms are great like that. Happy holidays!

Quilt Lady said...

Name: Virginia Horton
Email: lead@hotsheet.com
Comment: Love the cover of your book Sweetwater Springs Christmas, would love to read it.
Twitter: Followed@VH110
Facebook: Followed Virginia Horton
Blog: Followed Quilt Lady
Country: USA

Linda McLaughlin said...

Virginia, thanks for the comment on the book cover. It is really pretty!

Mimi Barbour said...

Hi Linda,
Just wanted to come over and say hello. Can't enter the hop cause I'm involved but had to see your book. I found myself remembering a time and a place when I was a young girl where I could have walked past that barn. It's a beautiful cover!!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a very sweet story!

Linda McLaughlin said...

The cover is gorgeous, isn't it, Mimi?

Trix, thanks, for your comment.

amy bowens said...

Name: Amy Bowens
Email: amybowens34@yahoo.com
Comment: My favorite holiday treat would be Peppermint ice cream I can only find it around this time!
Twitter: Followed
Facebook: Followed
Blog: Followed
Country USA

Shadow said...

Name: Shadow Kohler
Email: shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com
Comment: I love chocolate covered caramels and homemade sugar cookies! So yummy! Ya all are so awesome! Thank you for the amazing giveaway! Very much appreciated! Thank you! Happy holidays!
​Followed Blog: ​GFC: shadow_kohler
Country you live in: US

Linda McLaughlin said...

Amy, do you like mint chocolate chip ice cream, too? That's available year round. I love it.

Hi Shadow, good to hear from you again. Glad you are enjoying the hop.

Happy Holidays to all!

Carey Abbott said...

Alicia Dean you have won a Gingerbread recipe and cookie cutter from author Melissa McClone. Congrats! I will contact you after the hop is over.

bn100 said...

Name: bn100
Email: bn100candg at hotmail dot com
Comment: cookies
Country you live in: US

amy bowens said...

Linda I do like mint chocolate chip. Eddy's Brand only

Linda McLaughlin said...

BN, so many delicious cookies this time of year.

Alicia, congratulations on winning a prize.

Amy, glad you can find choco chip mint you like. I'm not picky about the brand. ;)

Since the hop is officially over, I will announce the winner of my $10 e-gift card shortly.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Contratulations, Beautiful Disaster, aka Lori H., you are the winner of the $10 e-gift card. If you don't receive an email from me, please email me or send a direct message at Twitter or FB.

(Winner was chosen using randomizer.org)

Happy Holidays, everyone!