Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Blog Hop


Happy New Year! To celebrate the start of 2013, I'm participating in the New Year's Blog Hop sponsored by author Carrie Ann Ryan. I'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card, and the grand prizes for the blog hop are a Kindle Fire/Nook Tablet, $300 Amazon/B&N gift card, and a large swag pack. See all the details below for how to enter!

Here's a special deleted scene from LIFE ON THE EDGE, the first book in my EDGE series. It's a glimpse at what New Year's Eve 2001 would've been like for Emily and Sergei if certain events in the story hadn't happened ;-)

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Aubrey rushed into the kitchen, shrugging her coat over her shoulders and flipping her blonde hair over the collar. "Em, I need help carrying the champagne and glasses upstairs."

I turned away from my conversation with Chris. "We're going on the terrace? It's snowing."

"It's tradition. We have to."

I'd been hoping to sneak up there for a private toast with Sergei, so my plans would have to change. "Let me grab a jacket," I said while Chris stepped in and gathered a handful of plastic glasses from the counter.

As I snaked through the living room crowded with our party guests, I tapped on Sergei's and Trevor's shoulders and let them know we were going upstairs to toast. I assumed our other good friends were already on the terrace since I didn't see them inside. After stopping in my bedroom and throwing on my pea coat, I met everyone outside, where tiny flakes were lightly falling. 

Chris popped the cork on the bottle, and it shot over the balcony and into the trees, eliciting a raucous, "Ohhhh!" from all of us. Aubrey and Nick lined up the glasses on the wrought-iron table, and Aubrey signaled to Chris to pour the drinks.

Marley snatched a full glass and laughed as she quickly put her hand over the top."I don't want snow in my champagne."

Once the eight of us had drinks, we gathered in a tight circle. Trevor peered at his watch and started the countdown with thirty seconds left before midnight. Across the circle, Sergei's blue eyes gleamed in the lantern light as he gave me a look I'd come to know well. The quick look no one else would notice but that told me how much he wanted me in his arms. My pulse sped up with anticipation.

Trevor reached ten seconds, and we all joined him in the countdown, getting louder with each number. Fireworks exploded in the distance in the moment before we screamed, "One!"

"Happy New Year!" Chris bellowed above everyone.

We all tapped our glasses together and downed the contents. I exchanged hugs with each of my friends and saved Sergei for last. He put his arms around me, and I whispered in his ear, "My room in ten minutes."

His hand squeezed my waist as confirmation, and I swiftly moved over to Chris, who poured more champagne into my glass.

"What's your resolution for 2002?" he asked.

"Hmm..." I sipped my drink and pondered the question. I could say, Win an Olympic gold medal, but that was partly out of my control. I decided to go with, "No regrets."

"I'll drink to that," he said and raised his glass to mine.

A few minutes later, I snuck away and ducked into my bedroom, leaving the lights off so no one would notice me. Not long after, Sergei stealthily backed into the room and shut the door, encasing us in total blackness. I heard the lock on the door knob click.

"No one's going to catch us this time," he said.

My eyes hadn't adjusted to the darkness yet, so I could only feel his body approach. The sizzling energy grew stronger with each step he took. His hands grasped my shoulders, and I jumped and let out a tiny laugh. He massaged my neck and drew me toward him, bringing me closer to his warmth.

I pressed my palms to his hard abs and then slid them over his chest, rubbing the soft knit of his sweater. Feeling my way upward, I touched his cheek, and his stubble tickled my hand.

"Happy New Year," I said softly.

Faint light slipped through the blinds, allowing me to see the dark outline of Sergei's tall figure. He bent his head toward mine and our lips crashed together, not holding anything back. We both knew we only had a few minutes to be alone.

Sergei's fingers sank into my hair, sending a shiver through me, and I wound my arms around his neck, holding him tighter. I didn't want to let him go, but the longer I kissed him, the less willpower I'd have to stop. I tilted my head back slightly, and Sergei's heavy breaths fanned over my mouth.

"We should probably go," I moaned.

Sergei rested his forehead against mine. "I wish we could go back out there together... really together."

"I know." I sighed. "But I'm trying to look on the bright side. Last year all I could do was dream about giving you a New Year's kiss."

In the pale light, I watched his lips curl upward. He cradled my face in his hands and kissed me gently. "Funny, I had the same dream."

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Read more about Emily and Sergei in LIFE ON THE EDGE (currently on sale for 99 cents) and EDGE OF THE PAST!

And now for the giveaways! You can enter to win the $10 Amazon gift card through the Rafflecopter below. In order to be eligible for the grand prize giveaway, please leave a comment and include your email address.

To hop around to the other sites on the blog hop, check out the list here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

162 comments:

  1. Thanks for taking part in the blog hop and Happy New Year.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

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  2. My resolution is to buy less books and try to get through all the books I already own. Which is a lot! :P

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  3. I don't really make resolutions since people always break them. But I do try to set goals. This year my biggest goal is to finally land the publisher I've had my eye on for the last couple of years!

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  4. I'd like to relax more this year.
    Thanks for the giveaway! And Happy New Year!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

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  5. My New Year's resolution is to become more assertive. I have a tendency to be kinda shy. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

    Happy New Year!!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

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  6. Thanks for participating in the blog hop! I don't have a resolution, but I made a list of monthly goals for 2013 to keep me on track.

    susanaellisauthor@gmail.com

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  7. My New Year's resolution is to focus on my future, lose 100 pounds and read a ton more books then I did last year.

    fishiegirl22@yahoo.com

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  8. Be cheerful and happy.

    "Happy New Year!" Chris bellowed above everyone. [Yay! Chris! Of course he'd bellow. Such a happy guy.]

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  9. Eat healthier!

    Happy New Year!!

    aprilnu2003(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. Happy New Year :)

    JamieToddMiller(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!!!!!I need to lose about 30 pounds and eat healthier. I can't wait for all the new books that will be coming out in 2013!

    readingdiva@ymail.com

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in the blog hop. Now if I could just lose that last 50 pounds. LOL

    woolfcindy@aol.com

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  13. very cool Blog Hop.. Happy New years to all
    ms74lt@verizon.net

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  14. Happy New Year!
    I actually didn't make any resolutions this year. Decided to take it one day at a time

    purple975@msn.com

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  15. I don't make resolutions but this year I'm looking forward to taking a few more chances in life. Happy New Year!
    bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com

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  16. I do, I'd like to find a job I love :)

    aircdrewood(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Be more confident!

    Happy New Year!

    anasmithblue@gmail.com

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  18. No resolutions for me this year.

    Kassandra
    sionedkla@gmail.com

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  19. Not use my credit cards anymore, lol. Thx for the hop stop. Happy Holidays.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

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  20. I don't have one, but I know I should write more often, and exercise more. LOL Happy New Year!

    susangriscom@hotmail.com

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  21. Thanks for the giveaway! And Happy New Year!

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  22. Happy New Year! Nope, no resolutions for me... I never keep them. LOL

    chellesy.clay at gmail dot com

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  23. try to lose weight..my usual resolution. :P

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  24. Happy New Year! I spend New Years with family and my resolution is to lose more weight for 2013!
    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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  25. Less junk food.
    Happy New Year!
    t.abule (a) yahoo (dot) com

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  26. Happy New Year Jennifer!! My goals for this year are to get my daughter reading better (she is 6), to enjoy a fabulous vacation in Europe this summer, and to keep my recently acquired volunteer job or book reviewing! This in addition to my full time job, family, and my reading addiction - that should keep my busy ;)

    Theresa Esterline
    theresa.esterline@gmail.com

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  27. I just want to learn to take life in stride this year!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  28. No, I never make any anymore.
    Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  29. To get in better shape.
    Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  30. nah, i figure if it's something i actually want to do then i shouldn't wait for an artifical date

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  31. Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year. For this year I need to find a job since I’m graduating college this Spring, so yup.

    kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. actually, no. I am not sure what goals I want to set for this year, so I am still kinda holding off on goals. Thinking I Might stick to them better if I set them in a few weeks..then they aren't New Years REsolutions...LOL

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

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  34. I want to do more de-cluttering of my house.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

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  35. I have two resolutions this year. I have to lose weight, and I really want to get at least one of my books finished and ready to be published.

    adanger@live.com

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  36. In 2013, I want to to volunteer more of my time at my daughter's school and our church in order to in order to give back to the community

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  37. I knew you 'when'...you better remember that! :)

    My resolutions are get the book published like Jennifer. Just hope mine is even close to being as good as yours.

    melisa9717@gmail.com

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  38. I want to clear out some clutter and organize things in 2013.

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  39. My New Year's resolution is to finish my Master's thesis and get a good job! :)

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  40. I must declutter and get organized- no excuses this year.

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  41. It's more of a goal but I want to be lose weight and become healthier.

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  42. I don't make resolutions. The book sounds great, I love figure skating.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  43. to read more

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  44. Be a better wife and mother.

    bacarter630@gmail.com

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  45. to exercise more and to not try to be the holder of every ones problems

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  46. To be a better person and to spend more time with my Grandchildren..
    adgaliatymaildotcom

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  47. Mine is to tackle all of my books in a series. I'll need a whole year for it!

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  48. I'd love to tackle all the clutter in my house and live a simpler life in 2013

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  49. Katharine Davis - to declutter and exercise more

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  50. To be good to myself. kathewv@yahoo.com

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  51. To get rid of the clutter in my house.

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  52. To read some new authors - thank you.

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

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  53. I'm going to save some money this year.

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  54. Great way to start the new year!

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

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  55. To stand longer than 5 mins...and spend more time doing things with my son.
    peach_hugs@yahoo.com

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  56. I want to become a better mother!

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  57. To keep up with my blog.

    chelseawoodring at hotmail dot com

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  58. My main resolution is to love the woman my husband married.
    Secondary ones to finish editing book A, start editing book B, write draft of book C
    cristinegasser (at) gmail (dot) com

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  59. I want to workout more and keep better records of all the books that I read. Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Krista
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

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  60. Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing your heart and your soul with us through your books for another year!

    angelheart618@gmail.com

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  61. No resolutions for me because I never keep them!
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

    celine.guissart@gmail.com

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  62. I stayed home and barely stayed awake

    kannw27 at gmail dot com

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    1. Ok, I did not read that right. My only resolution is to put more money away this year

      kannw27 at gmail dot com

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  63. Just the normal resolution...lose some weight and tone up my body.
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. My New Years resolution is to get healthy.

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  65. My New Years resolution is to eat healthier in the new year!

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  66. 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 :)

    Thanks again!

    hisboywonder(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. My goal is to lose weight and make as many happy memories with my loved ones that I can.

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  68. I hope 2013 will bring more happiness to myself and my family including my fiancee. Looking forward to finish my master's thesis and get a good job!

    jazzcarnation@aol.com

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  69. played games
    happy new year! Thanks
    mrsbrinius at comcast dot net
    going to try to lose weight this year

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  70. My resolution is to be more organized.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  71. I do not do New Year resolutions
    wendy.pogrant@yahoo.com

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  72. My New Year's resolution is to continue to be smoke free. I quit smoking on June 24th after twenty plus years of smoking.It has been hard but worth it.

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  73. My New Years resolution is to lose 10 more lbs... and get a job in accounting by the time i finally graduate college in October. Thanks for being part of the blog hop

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

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  74. super kewl giveaway, thanks for participating! My resolution is to read more!
    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

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  75. no resolutions! why add that kind of pressure :) sstogner1 at gmail dot com

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  76. I want to make healthier meals for my family in 2013.

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  77. I do have resolutions this year - to "man up" and get my life, home and health in order - especially getting back on track with my weight loss.

    Felicia
    mrschopchop(at)verizon(dot)net

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  78. I don't have any real concrete resolution. basically to just do better

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  79. to contiune to loseweight. ihave lost 70lbs in 2012 and have 40 more to go

    mmas4370@yahoo.com

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  80. My resolution is usually not to have any, lol! Great hop. Looking forward to the next book in the Edge series.

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  81. I would love to complete my reading challenges I signed up for this year.

    Rafflecopter Name:Dawna Newman

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  82. My resolution is to exercise 5 times a week.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

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  83. My resolutions are to get healthy and to better myself and my relationships :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  84. to exercise more
    Happy new year!
    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  85. I want to be more organized this year

    sweepymummy at yahoo dot com

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  86. I would like pay off some of our credit card debt and put some money to the side. thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

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  88. I actually made some goals for myself this year. Here is a few of them :
    I have set some goals this year
    1. Quit smoking by 2014
    2. Spend more quality time with family & friends
    3. Finally finish my 1st novel
    4. Go back to work
    5. get my own place (home) again

    Hope u have a wonderful New year :D
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

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  89. I stopped making New Year resolutions years ago and I am very happy I did.
    gatormaryd(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  90. No, I don't have any New Year's resolutions :)
    laceyblossom1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  91. nope no resolutions - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  92. no resolutions, just long term goals this year.

    Thanks for the fun and Happy 2013!
    zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom

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  93. I want to eat healthier and exercise more.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  94. No special resolutions this year, just live day to day and be happy. Hopefully good karma will come back around and return the favor. LOL

    Happy New Year

    mrsqueentutt@gmail.com

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  95. I don't usually do new year resolutions. Just to stay happy and healthy (and I have a bad cold already!)

    sugarsweet7202@yahoo(dot)com

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  96. Happy New Year!

    My resolution is to spend more time on myself. I spread myself to thin. Maybe getting a cloning machine up and running would help!

    ~*Drea*~
    dreabecraft(@)aol.com

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  97. To read more!
    Hopping away!
    Thanks for the hop!
    deethomas291 at gmail dot com
    I did tweet I just can't work that url thing!LOL!

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  98. Happy New Year,thanks for the chance to win.

    dragonkeep62(at)gmail(dot)com

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  99. Yes, to get in better shape =)
    Miz Vickik

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  100. No resolutions, sadly. But I plan to read more this year!
    Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
    Best Wishes in 2013
    uilani25 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  101. I have a resolution to eat healthier.

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  102. I dont

    Happy New Year!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  103. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE! Yes, I'm going to lose 25 # and read 52 + books this year.

    Judy
    strawberryrose@earthlink.net

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  104. My goal for 2013 is To find a job I love!

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

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  105. My goal for 2013 is to be more active. I didn't follow through on my 2012's.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

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  106. no i don't have a new years resolution

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  107. To loose weight
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

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  108. eat healthier and lose weight

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  109. Happy New Year. Start walking again.

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  110. Happy New Year!

    Thanks for participating!

    daringzoey@yahoo.com
    Melissa

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  111. I don't make them anymore never keep them! Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
    I wish you a very Happy New Year!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  112. no resolutions this year happy new year and thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  113. I want to have more giveaways on my blog in 2013!
    Dede

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  114. Diet and Exercise.
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  115. I generally don't do resolutions. happy new year
    gamistress66-at-aol-dot-com

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  116. This year we are going to take a real family vacation. We have been married for 15 years and haven't taken the kids anywhere. Many reasons why, but this year, we are changing that. Looking for a pet friendly cabin for a week's vacation. We will do it.
    Happy New Year.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  117. Not really resolutions, more goals. I plan to read 365 books this year! fingers crossed!
    Thanks for doing the hop!!
    grapeapril75(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  118. I don't do resolutions...but my 30th birthday is the 6th and I have been really dreading it but My goal is to focus on the fact the I am able to enjoy another year not the age!
    allysonbrann06@yahoo.com

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  119. Don't really do New Year's resolutions, but I do have a goal to exercise more.

    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

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  120. Read more.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  121. to draw read and write more this year
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

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  122. Hi! Happy New Years! Hmm. I dont really make new year resolutions. I kinda just take it one day at a time and go from there. Thanks for the awesome hop and all the giveaways! This is so fun! I love these hops! I always meet new authors, reconnect with old ones and my TBR list grows by leaps and bounds! Thank you!! Have a great day! Best wishes and many blessings to you!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  123. My goal is to swim 3 times a week.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  124. I don't really make any resolutions.
    Happy New Year to you!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  125. no. never make em. myamurphy@mail.com

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  126. My resolution is to naturally lower my high blood pressure.

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  127. I've never made resolutions, but I have a short-term goal to finish editing my current novel.
    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

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  128. My new year's resolution is to believe in myself and what I will be able to accomplish on my own.

    Lisa Garner

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  129. No, I never make any.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

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  130. I have a list of "13 Things to do In 2013" that I will work on throughout the year. Some things are daily items, some are Bucket list once in a lifetime items, some are ongoing changes to my life items.
    hockeygalnc(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

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  131. My resolution was to not write 2012 on anything, already failed!

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  132. Happy New Year! My New Years traditions are easy, I spend time with my family and friends. I can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year. My resolutions this year is as always to loose a few pounds and spend a little more time with my family.

    Ifightforlove36@gmail.com

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  133. great excerpt :)

    i want to write more in 2013 :)

    Happy New Year
    staceyprice(at)gmail(dot)com

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  134. I'm hoping to become healthier this year.
    annettekz2@yahoo.com

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  135. I didn't make any this year.
    mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

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  136. Just to be more organized!


    Carriefort29ATyahooDOTcom

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  137. thanks for the hop
    myboo63@hotmail.com

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  138. Spend more time with friends.
    bones_mcp(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  139. Joining in for the bloghop!!! scotttianna@yahoo.com

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  140. To cook a dinner every night

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  141. Mine is to finish writing and publish at least one e-book.

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  142. no, I don't make any

    alterna7 at hotmail dot com

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  143. just to travel more thank you for the giveaway thank you angel0319@hotmail.com

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  144. I'd like to continue to save money to buy a house this year. Thanks! katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  145. My goal for 2013 is for both my husband and i to be working/living in the states rather than overseas!
    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

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  146. My resolution is to try new things.

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  147. To lose 5 pounds. Happy New Year.

    Sue
    sue_holston@hotmail.com

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  148. To pay down my credit cards.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  149. My resolution is to become better organized. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy New Year!

    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  150. I resolve to meet the goal of finishing the polishing of my first book in the Existence series and to submit it to agents/publishers.

    j.lennidorner@facebook.com

    Happy New Year from What-Are-They.com ! I hope you have a great one. Thanks for taking part in the hop.

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  151. Thanks for the giveaway!

    amnell(dot)khalan(at)gmail(dot)com

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