New Year’s Blog Hop!!

Another year is over! Can you believe it? Well we authors, readers, and bloggers sure can’t. And to celebrate the New Year with bang, we’re going crazy and sending out so many prizes, fun parties, experiences, and other goodies, that it’s a bit scary. Each author has a favorite New Year memory, book, idea, or way to party and we’re going to show you! Can’t wait to see you January 1st – 6th!

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways, each hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that’s not all….

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 $300 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!

 I’ll be giving away two $5 gift cards to Amazon or All Romance eBooks – winner’s choice! Just answer my question and leave your e-mail address for entries to my contest and for chances at the Grand Prizes! All prizes except the swag pack are International!  🙂

Happy New Year!

The holidays are a time to get together with family and friends, to celebrate the ties that bind us all together.  I don’t have a large family, and we’re spread out far and wide, but the branch I’ve always identified with the most has an origin story, so I thought I’d share some of it with you.

My grandmother’s grandmother was born in Quebec in the mid-nineteenth century, and to protect the guilty (me) I’ll call her Marie.  For reasons I doubt anyone really knows (although many have speculated), Marie didn’t want to stay in Quebec.  So, strong French Canadian woman that she was, she walked away from it.  Literally.  She ended up in village in Upstate New York, where some of her descendants still live (which is the only reason I’m not naming it—to spare them the knowledge that another of her descendants is a shameless smut-pusher ;)).  She ended up working for a Mohawk family—which, if she was anything at all like me, amused her greatly—and married one of the sons.

By the time my Grammie was raising my mom and her siblings, speaking French in this village meant you were from the wrong side of the tracks.  Since she’d descended from Marie, Grammie’s only choices were to keep her children from learning French or personally smack down everyone who called them trash.  Even though I’m sure she could’ve managed it quite well (as a few Catholic school nuns could attest) she just didn’t have the time, so they were only allowed to speak English.

One of the main characters in my novella Comfort and Joy, Sam, is part Mohawk, but he and much of his family actually look it.  I’m pretty sure the only place I show any of my Mohawk blood is on my face—my nose to be precise—so I didn’t write much about Sam’s family for a long time, except through the eyes of his blond and blue-eyed mother.  But the older I get the less I care whether someone thinks I have the right to tell a particular story.  It also took me many years to accept my Mohawk nose but now I dig it, partly because my Grammie had one just like it but also because it ties me to Marie.  I love my badass ancestor—she could’ve stayed where she was and made the best of whatever situation she found herself in, but she made her own way.  And so, with ever-changing levels of success, am I.

That’s my origin story, what’s yours?

This isn’t Sam’s origin story, but it’s shorter and much sexier.

CharleyDescoteaux_ComfortandJoy_200x300Comfort and Joy by Charley Descoteaux

How much love does it take to heal the wounds of hate?

Sam and Charlie have been together over a decade, and their commitment to each other has only grown stronger through the years. But love isn’t always easy, and eighteen months after a violent assault, their fairy-tale relationship is still struggling. Charlie can’t shake the lingering fear of attracting more violence by displaying affection, and he’s angry at himself for not getting past it. Sam would do anything to help Charlie feel better—if only he knew what that was.

The century-old farmhouse in Northwest Oregon is the perfect place to spend the holidays with Sam’s family, but it was their refuge after the attack, and it still holds painful memories of those difficult first months. Christmas should be a joyful time, but even being surrounded by people who love him isn’t enough to make Charlie feel safe. He could try to keep to himself, but even if Sam agreed to give him the space he needs, Sam’s warm and loving family might not. And even though they agreed not to exchange gifts, Sam has a surprise up his sleeve that he hopes will make everything merry and bright. But he may end up more surprised than Charlie before the week is out…

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure and comment for a chance at all the fabulous prizes and the click the pic below to keep hopping! #2013Hop

Happy New Year!

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92 thoughts on “New Year’s Blog Hop!!

    • Also, I have a big family. Every year for christmas we gather at my aunts, open gifts, eat dinner and play games. I’m so blessed to have a great family. They are my support sytem. As are my friends.

  1. I have an ancestor (Sarah Rodenbaugh Gates) originally from Québec also. She escaped from British soldiers in the bottom of a boat taking her to Ohio via Lake Erie, holding her baby above the water. My great-grandfather was afraid of her!
    Happy New Year!

  2. I don’t have a very exciting origin story. My family lives in Florida and has for generations 🙂

    Happy New Year!


    • Thanks for your comment, Kirsten! I always thought it sounded nice to live in a place where the family has a history. I don’t have that in real life, so I’ve done the next best thing & written it into some of my stories. 🙂

      Happy New Year!

  3. I am a mutt 🙂 half from the Indian(Native American), some english, and a little bit of Mutt 😉

    Happy New Year

    • *lol* Thanks for your comment, Jamie! It’s interesting how our family trees get mixed and then mixed again. I have to stay off if I want to get any writing done! 🙂

      Happy New Year!

  4. Is this comp open to those of us who live outside US?
    Did you know that if you live outside US you can’t use Amazon $ gift coupons to buy ebooks? but you can buy paperbacks and have them shipped. Daft, isn’t it?
    Good luck to everyone and Happy New Year!


    • Hi Avalie! I think you can use ARe outside the US, but if I’m wrong I’ll be happy to substitute a Barnes & Noble gift certificate if I have an International winner. The Grand Prizes except for the swag pack are INT as well. Thanks for pointing out that I forgot to put that in my post!
      I’m in favor of shrinking the world so we can all be friends! 🙂

      Happy New Year!

  5. Oh, it’s long and complicated. Far as I know, it involves a French sea captain, a Taino princess, the slave trade, a boxer, a laundress… and then there’s a Norwegian stowaway and farmers from Germany. I have an amazing ancestory history. tchevrestt(at)

  6. My late dad was Croatian, and my mom is Portuguese and Irish. We’re an eccentric but close-knit bunch!


  7. Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year. For me we’re Hmong and a our origins goes back to China so yea, long story.


  8. Don’t know much about my ancestors since my grandparents etc died overseas in Asia and never got to meet them. Loved your family story with the Mohawk ancestry.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  9. My mom’s family is german/polish and my dad’s family is English… My grandma was one crazy Brit she was one of a kind and I am told i take after her a lot…my sister takes after my mom’s german side and is an amazon brown hair, big boned, big boobed and tall where i was born petite with white blonde hair/blue eyes and fair skin and short 5’4 and weighed close to nothing till i had my boys and then i got curves from my mom’s side(boobs)… I look more like my dads side and have what my mom calls very british traits.

    Thanks for being part of the blog hop and happy new year

  10. Thanks so much for the chance to win. It’s a great way to start the year. No major resolutions beyond reading a lot (let’s go 50 books!) and staying active (jog, jog!), but I hope you have a great year 🙂 And good luck with any resolutions!

    Thanks again!


  11. My grandmother was only 5″ but nobody messed with her, I found out that she took after her grandmother who was French Canadian. They must have bred them tough there. 😀


  12. super kewl giveaway, thanks for participating! We stayed at home with the boys, ringing in the UK new year, watched a movie, and put the boys to bed by 9 🙂
    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

  13. My family has been living in Lithuania at least since my grand parents’ time, although part of my ancestors might come from Ukraine. Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  14. My family on my fathers side came to America from Germany.It was my great, great, great grandfather.

  15. I’m not sure about my origin as I am adopted. I know my real mom’s family were from the South and that is about all I know.

    Dawna N.


  16. Nothing exciting. My Dad is your typical American mutt and my Mom is from a Pacific Island. Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway!
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

  17. My mother’s parents and dad’s dad came from Italy (outside of Naples) – however both my dad’s last name and mom’s maiden name are of French and Belgian origin, so there may be some French and Belgian ancestors in the mix, too, which is cool –
    it’s neat to hear about everyone’s backgrounds here – these are the stories I love!

    Happy and Healthy 2013 to everyone!


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