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Sunday, November 13, 2011

SAVE A TURKEY: GOBBLE A BOOK BLOG HOP TOUR (NOV 14-21)

Blog Hop Rules

1)     HAVE FUN!!!                                                                                                                                                                               

2) INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!


3) THIS TOUR STARTS: Monday, November 14, at Midnight (Arizona Time)

THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, November 21, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
Winners will be drawn and posted November 22nd! ***

4) MEET AND MINGLE WITH ALL THE AUTHORS & BOOK PAGES! EXPERIENCE A NEW DESTINATION AT EVERY STOP! PARTICIPATE IN EVERY BLOG CONTEST AND BE ENTERED FOR CHANCES TO WIN MULTIPLE PRIZES! EVERY BLOG VISITED IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN!!


5) PARTICIPATION AT ALL BLOGS IS RECOMMENDED, BUT NOT REQUIRED. REMEMBER, THE MORE BLOGS YOU HOP, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING PRIZES. EVERY AUTHOR & BOOK PAGE IS WAITING TO MEET AND INTERACT WITH YOU, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SHOW THEM SOME LOVE!


6) DID I MENTION TO HAVE FUN? WHOO! HOO!! HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOO!
***Authors & Book Pages have full discretion to choose an alternate winner in the event any winner fails to claim their prize(s) within 72 hours of their name being posted or after notification of win, whichever comes first. Anyone who participates in this blog hop tour is subject to these rules***


Now for the good stuff...
                                                                             
Imagine that its Thanksgiving morning.  You’re in a good mood because for starters you aren’t working.  You’ve also gotten a head start on your Thanksgiving dinner by cooking a lot of stuff on Wednesday.  The good china even got washed because you ought to use it at least once a year.  The turkey’s in the oven, and it smells delicious. 

Dinner’s at one so the turkey comes out of the oven at eleven.  That should give you plenty of time to get it sliced.  (We don’t carve turkeys at the table.  We slice them beforehand.  Well, to tell the truth my husband slices them beforehand.) 

You give him the special platter that you use on Thanksgiving and Christmas and run upstairs to change your clothes.  It’s such a perfect day that you even like the way your hair turned out.

You run back downstairs and put the finishing touches on the table.  You add the spare leaf because you have close to twenty people coming for dinner.  Then, your husband joins you in the dining room.  “I finished the turkey,” he says, so you go into the kitchen to check on it. 

Gasp!  What horror!  The cat Elizabeth is sitting in the turkey eating her fill!  Oh, no!  Oh, no!  Now what? 

Readers, this really did happen to me.  When I announce my winners, I’ll tell you what I did.   To enter my contest, follow my blog and leave a comment telling me that you followed.  If you’re already a follower, tell me that too.  Now there’s only one thing left to do.  Tell me what you would have done if your cat was sitting in your turkey. 
Here are the prizes:

Prize 1 an ecopy of my new Christmas release The Table in the Window.  (available on Black Friday at http://www.astraeapress.com  The photo of the cover is only the proof, not the finished product.

Prize 2 a set of black and silver earrings by my favorite designer Lucy O.

Prize 3 a PDF copy of my novel A New Dream (available at http://www.astraeapress.com/#ecwid:category=662249&mode=product&product=2676585 )

Would you like to read an excerpt from The Table in the Window?  This is from Chapter One where my heroine's fiance breaks up with her right before Christmas

Robert offered them a menu, but Michael waved it away.  “I’m not having lunch.”

Marley’s eyebrows shot up.  As the waiter left the table, she said, “I thought you wanted to have lunch.”

“No, I said I wanted to talk to you.”

“Okay, talk.”  Marley reached for his hand, but he drew it away and put it in his lap.

“Uh, Marley, I have something to tell you.”  He cleared his throat, and this time he stared at some point right behind her left shoulder.

Marley’s heart thumped.  “What is it, Michael?  What’s wrong?”  Was he ill?  Had he lost his job? 

He stared at a burned spot on the rustic table as if it had come to life and was about to bite him.  “I..I’ve met someone.”

Marley cocked her head.  “Who did you meet?”

His voice was so low she had a hard time hearing him.  “Her name is Heather.”

Everything clicked.  He wouldn’t hold hands with her.  He wouldn’t look at her.  Cold more intense than anything outside settled into her veins and almost took her breath away, but she clung to the hope that she was wrong.  “I..I don’t understand.”
His eyes briefly met hers before they slid away.  “Yes, you do.  I’m sorry, Marley, but I can’t marry you after all.”
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20 comments:

Marilyn said...

Great give aways! I'd love to win one.

Marilyn Yarbrough
mk@mkyarbrough.com

Ronda (Queentutt's World of Escapism) said...

Awesome Hop and Giveaway, Wishing you a blessed holiday season.

Ronda Tutt
mrsqueentutt@yahoo.com

Patsy said...

Happy Thanksgiving!
If the cat had started eating my Thanksgiving turkey and I had twenty people coming, I think I would have panicked! I probably would have thrown the cat outside, grabbed my car keys and drove to the nearest Honey-Baked Ham outlet. If it hadn't been open, I would have found a grocery store and bought as many roasted chickens as they had. I'd laugh hysterically and try to pass them off as turkey! I can hardly wait to find out what you did!
I am a new GFC follower
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Patricia said...

Loved the excerpt and really want to know what happens after she realizes he's met someone else!
Patti

Patricia said...

I'm now following your blog.

shadow_kohler said...

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for the great giveaway! Your new book sounds so good! I cant wait to see what happens. I hope she throws her drink on him! Great exverpt! I already have A New Dream.
shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

Eva's Flowers said...

Thanks for being part of the Blog Hop! That's too funny of a story, can't wait to find out what you did!
GFC follower: Eva Perez

evitap67(at)gmail(dot)com

Sophia Rose said...

My heart went out to you when I read your story. I could see my cat wrecking that sort of havoc on our holidays.

Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.

GFC: Sophia Rose
sophiarose1816@gmail.com

geschumann said...

GFC - Gloria
I would scream first, then take the turkey in the kitchen & carve it up, place it on a lovely platter & take it back out to the dining table. Cats & dogs mouths are cleaner than ours are. I know y'all are saying, I'm not eating at her house. That's okay, we don't have a cat.
Thanks for the giveaway!

geschumann at live dot com

Kathryn Merkel said...

GFC: Kathy Merkel

First I would lose my religion & at full volumn call the cat lots of dirty words, that I hope the kids didn't hear. Then when I had scared the cat off the turkey, I would boil up a bunch of pasta, rinse the remaining turkey off & throw together a quick turkey casserole, since the extra cooking is sure to kill off any cat germs.

Can't wait to hear what you did.

drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

desitheblonde said...

wow great gifts and then i f i win i blog on them and then i would put them on my face book page
desi the blonde @ msn.com

desitheblonde said...

the blog hope is great and t he git are great thank you have great holiday
desi the blonde @msn.com

Sandy Ruth said...

I'm a blog tour participant too and just stopped by to say "hi" and wish you success on this blog tour. I absolutely LOVED your story! Can't wait to hear what you did.

inga said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

I do have a cat, so I fully understand. She is very nice cat, but she has been naughty couple of times during her 4 years.

In this situation I would probably through the cat not only out on my kitchen, but also out of the house for the rest of the day. Then I would take a look at the damage the cat has done and either use the "useful" parts of the turkey and order something from a restaurant if needed.

You know what my cat did once? I was translating an university diploma which was an original document. It was on my writing desk when I had to go and give some food to my dog. During this 3 minutes, my cat did something unbelievable - she eat the document! Literally! I was horrified! Can you imagine what I went through when I had to call to the customer telling her that her university diploma was eaten?!!! I also had to contact the Ministry of Education to get a copy of the diploma. I can tell you, that the customer was not very happy.

P.S. I am still thankful that I have my cat!

inga(dot)kupp(at)gmail(dot)com

inga from http://www.ingasilbergbooks.com/

marybelle said...

A fabulous giveaway THANK YOU.

GFC: Mary Preston

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Lori Z. said...

Boy, I'm not sure what I would do if I found the cat eating the turkey. I'd probably let the cat eat the turkey and secretly hope it will get sick. Then I would go through the freezer and see if I could find another protein to serve instead.

Pet do make life interesting.

I'm a GFC follower and twitter too.

Lori

knitrix29 at gmail dot com

Christine A. said...

Great giveaway, thanks.

The earrings are beautiful.

your1chef at aol dot com

Imajicasnow said...

Awesome giveaway and prizes!
imajicsnow@inbox.com
imajicasnow@gmail.com

Andrea I said...

Great giveaway.
Happy Thanksgiving.

GFC follower - Andrea I
ainfinger(at)comcast(dot)net

Barbara said...

Hey! Great hop and giveaway! OMG! I have a cat and I love her to pieces...but I think she would have learned how to fly that day! I would've looked at the damage done and tried to salvage what I could. If there weren't enough there to get by, I'd have to call the nearest restaurant and begged for takeout and then sent my husband running! Then when he returned...I'd made him take a vow of silence upon threat of something really, really...awful! And when our guests arrived, we'd pretend that nothing happend out of the ordinary...or something like that. ROFL!! Happy Thanksgiving!

New GFC follower - Barbara
barbbattaglia@yahoo.com