Friday, November 9, 2012

Autumn's Harvest Blog Hop

Link to Men & Women of the Military Giveaway/ Blog Hop Here!

What do you love about Autumn and Fall? What does it remind you of? What about reading? Do you think it's a good subject to read? Tell us your favorite Autumn stories! Well, we authors are ready to share our favorite Autumn stories and why we love snuggling in the cold.  *wink* Starting on Friday and ending on Oct 22nd, over 200 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about those sexy men we know and love.

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog 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 $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains 10+ paperbacks, e-books, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Blog Hop creator and main host -Carrie Ann Ryan

 My favorite thing about Autumn is remembering what it felt like as a child to build that perfect pile of leaves and launch myself into the very middle of it sending leaves flying everywhere. Then you start all over again rake and launch, until mom or dad comes out to yell about the mess.

  To find some interesting season info. Go here-

  One of my all time favorite books has a scene like that, but it is so much better than a little kid plying alone. In the book The Face on the Milk Carton By: Caroline B. Cooney.

  To easily find a copy go to Amazon- Link here-

  We have a girl named Janie who was kidnapped from the mall when she was just three years old. The main theme is about her kidnapping, but there is also a love story mixed in. Janie has a crush on her next door neighbor Reid.

With young love comes that first stolen kiss. Being sent out to rack was the last thing Janie wanted to do, but it became a lot more fun when Reid walked over to help. There was more playing and goofing off than actual racking going on. When they fall into the leaves laughing, it happens, that sweet, perfect first kiss.

  That scene was one of the reasons I fell in love with romance stories. If you haven't read it or scene the movie I highly recommend it. I have both the book and DVD. I still use both from time to time when the mood strikes. 
  Now that I'm all grown up leaves are more of a nuisances and just really great exercise to clean. Now my favorite thing about Autumn is watching the critters on my morning walk around the lake. Besides the number of birds, ducks and geese that go by, there are also the furry variety.

  I found that this picture with an interesting article at-

  We have the beautiful fuzzy fellow the squirrel who stills our bird feed and curses at me in his little squirrel language if I dare shoo him away. There are a number of sets of twins in the neighborhood and I love watching them run and play tag together. Too Cute!

  We also have a number of Chipmunks along the way. I love when they run back and forth with their pouches so full their faces are like little balloons.

The one thing I love the most about them though is how they will climb up on rocks or flower boxes and stuff. They will stand there and watch you until you make a sudden move and scare them away. They are just the most curious and playful things.

  To find interesting info on local Chipmunks in New England area check out.

  As a matter of fact, we have two who come up on the back porch. They will wait until they see the cat peeping out of the door, then they will run back and forth in front of the cat just to tease him. He is a funny sight to see with his tail flopping back and forth, while he makes the most pitiful tiny meow noises.
  I don't have a book particularly about Autumn, but when I think of Autumn I think of the reflection of leaves on the water of the lake. So to celebrate the last few warm days I'll share not the lake, but the whole ocean with you.

  My book One Wish is a pirate time-travel romance. To one of my blog followers who leaves me a comment and their e-mail address, I will be giving away a copy of One Wish. So, sign up, leave me a comment any time between November 9th and the 12th and tell we what Autumn read you would recommend.


    As she looked quickly from side to side and happened to catch a small glance of Nero swinging his sword wildly, taking out one man. But there was another advancing on him quickly from behind. Knowing he would never hear her over the roar of the battle, she had one of two choices do something or stand here and watch him die. She choose to do something.

  A quick survey around and above her gave her the perfect idea. Near by  she climbed a pole, grabbed one of the many ropes holding up their sail and jumped, propelling her weight through the air. Holding on for dear life, grinning for all she was worth, she thrilled at this new adventure. Well I did dream of being an acrobat as a child. She laughed to herself.

  Something must have alerted the Captain, because he looked up in time to see her fly by him and watched as her shoe landed right in the face of the man only a foot behind him now. Melanie knocked the man over and jumped down.

  Instantly she whorled around and sunk her short sword through the man’s chest, shocked at her own behavior, yet some how extremely ecstatic by doing something totally out of character and so wild. “What the hell do you...” Nero started to yell at her, but she cut him off, by swinging around him and taking out yet another enemy.

  “Pay attention damn it, unless you want to end up dead.” Melanie yelled back.

  “Fine, but we will talk about this later.” He said, swinging his sword in the opposite direction, taking out another man. They stood back to back, for what seemed like hours fighting, but was only mere minutes. They killed one man after another, never stepping more than a few inches away from each other. But no matter how many men they killed, there always seemed to be ten more to replace the one that had just fallen.

  What happened next, Melanie didn’t know, everything just stopped. They were surrounded by at least thirty men, but none attacked them. They just stood there, waiting and watching them. Melanie took a look around, there didn’t seem to be any of their crew left, and finally the truth dawned on her.

  They had lost the battle.

  But why don’t they just kill us and take the ship? What is the hold up? Her heart pounded along with her thoughts, before she could get the nerve to whisper to Nero. “Why didn’t they just kill us?”

  Resigned he sighed and let his sword fall to the deck in front of him, making a loud clanging noise in the total silence, “They want us alive. We are to be a trophy for their Captain.”
  For your chance to win a copy of One Wish, leave me a comment with your e-mail address and follow my blog. And since I made a little timing error, I am participating in two blog hops right now. Leave a comment on both for a chance to win both a copy of One Wish and Ancient Enemies.
Can't wait to hear from you. Good luck and happy hopping!


  1. oh how exctiting! i'd love to win both books!

  2. I remember diving into huge leaf piles with my brother as a kid. Loved that. I still remember the smell, the crackle, the itch. Having to pull them out of my long hair. Fun. Nice post, Debra. terrimuhich(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. I still love to rake a giant pile of leaves and fall into them. It is the greatest feeling ever.

  4. I love fall! And that pile of leaves is still fun!

  5. I like to ride my horses through piles of leaves!


  6. I love the leaves changing colors, snuggling with the one I love and hot cocoa.


  7. Autumn is my favorite season! I like all the beautiful colors outside and the weather is not that hot anymore but not freezing cold either. It's just perfect! Thank you for the giveaway!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. I love the changing of the colors and the smell of a campfire.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  9. I'm not sure what book I would recommend. I'm going to be reading Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost soon though :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  10. I'm very excited about your book! I loved the excerpt!

  11. I am in New England, love to watch the chipmunks and squirrels. did you know they dont remember where half of the nuts they buried are :)

    thanks for the blog hop fun !


  12. Thanks for the great post and excerpt!

  13. enjoyed your post thanks for the chance to wim autumn is great

  14. It’s my favorite season-- love the changing leaves, anything pumpkin and halloween!!

    Thank you for the giveaway!!


  15. The best thing about autumn is . . .apples! I love them and all the things they are in, applesauce, apple pie, apple fritters! YUM!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  16. I adore autumn because of the amazing colors, bundling up in sweaters, Halloween and my birthday! Autumn also means cuddling up with a good book and a cup of cocoa!


    I love the hops cause of all the awesome new books I find to add to my to read list!

  17. Love the photos, Deb, and hearing about how you enjoy nature and the changes that take place with the seasons. I'll leave the contest for the hopping readers.

  18. AWWWW! Just had to squeal about the adorable animal pictures. And I still must jump into the leaf pile every year. It wouldn't be fall without it.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  19. Love the cooler weather.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  20. I LOVE EVERYTHING PUMPKIN! Yeppers! Coffee, bread I could go on a while!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    tobihelton at gmail dot com

  21. Changing of the leaves on the trees
    Seeing family that you may only see during that time of the year

    Happy Holidays

  22. where i live i love to watch the mountains changing colors. thanks for joining the hop.

  23. I love the burst of colors! The fall earth tone colors are very festive and beautiful. I am lucky to live where you can see the seasons change. Unfortunately, at this moment I can’t recall a book where autumn was a major focus of a given story. I love reading any time so the season doesn’t matter.

    Thanks for the opportunity for both of us to share!

    Belinda G
    belgre AT Comcast DOT net

  24. My favorite thing is the cooler weather.
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  25. Hi, I loved your chat about chipmunks and squirrels. It may seem funny but right now I'm writing a romance that takes place in the Maine woods, so it's great to find a post with a little info like that when hopping through the blogs today. I love the leaves when they are on the trees and all pretty, but not so much when they are on the ground and I have to rake them up. Your book sounds awesome. I love time travel romances. I hope to win a copy, if not, it will be on my TBR list.

    Thanks for the great giveaway,

    Lily at

  26. My favorite thing about Autumn/Fall is the changing color of the leaves, orange, yellow, red, even purple. They are so pretty. My least favorite thing is raking up those pretty leaves. LOL I love to curl up by the fire and read a hot romance book on a cold fall evening. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  27. I love pumpkin and anything with it. The smell, hmmm the taste of pumpkin pie. :)

    Thanks for the giveaways,

  28. I love that chipmunk with his cheeks puffed out. Too cute.
    Happy fall!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  29. I love the Fall because of the football games and tailgating! And of course having a campfire with roasted hotdogs! Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway!

    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

  30. Thanks for sharing and being a part of the hop!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  31. We just moved to a new place with leaves and my kids cant wait for all those leaves to fall so they can jump in them. I came across that book you mentioned as I am looking for a book for my son who wants to start reading YA and actually wants a love story. As for me IM a huge Nora Roberts fan. However, the book I am rereading ang think everyone should read is Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate,,and don't get thrown by the cover like I was. It will make you appreciate all the things in your life.

  32. Leaves have their benefits and their drawbacks. Have you ever tried to rake wet leaves? Or walk down an incline that it covered with leaves? The northeast is getting to experience disaster clean-up with wet leaves on top and it has given me a different perspective on fall leaves.

  33. I love jumping in the leaves, even now as a grown up! I love to jump in them with my grandchildren. It's so much fun to listen to them laugh and watch them run through the crunchy leaves.


  34. I love the changing leaves in Autumn.
    lisarayns at gmail dot com

  35. I love driving up the river road to see the amazing colors and drink wine at one of the quaint restarauants.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  36. Thanks for the book. I'm looking forward to reading it. :)