Getting to know you in the New Year – #Hello2016 Hop


We’re ringing in the New Year with lots of giveaways! And by sharing some fun and wacky facts about ourselves. There’s a new giveaway at each stop so be sure to visit them all!

So this blog hop is supposed to be about sharing things about us that people might not already know. I’m uh, not sure what you care about hearing and I’m writing this post at six in the morning after just (and I mean literally just) finishing a veeery long book. So I warn you people, you may wind up learning things about me you that you might have wished to not know. I apologize in advance. But hey! If you see me at a signing or a con now, you can come up to me and be like “I heard about the fact that you used to carry animatronic spiders in your purse!” and we can all have a good laugh (that’s legit – when my kids were little I kept toys in my purse to entertain them – bonus fact!).

So. Things you never knew about me. Probably. Unless you were around when I was drunk?

  1. I’m one of those people who’s convinced they’re spectacular at Karaoke but actually probably makes peoples’ ear drums beg for mercy. Get a couple of drinks in me and tell me to belt out Chandelier in front of your worst enemies. They won’t know what hit them.
  2. I’m a huge music junkie. Way back before I started scribbling angsty poetry in high school notebooks, I was attending every concert I could find in my tiny hometown and waiting outside of tour buses to get signatures from bands. In my *cough* spare time I watch music documentaries, and my favorites are Sound City, Produced by Dave Grohl, and I am still haunted by the Soaked in Bleach documentary which posits the theory that Kurt Cobain’s death wasn’t suicide.
  3. Brownies and salty snacks are my Kryptonite. The fact that I’m on a gluten free diet hasn’t managed to slow me down in the brownie scarfing department. Especially when I’m on a deadline.
  4. My favorite books (if one can possibly make such choices) of 2015 were Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and Hold Me Close by Megan Hart. One’s fantasy YA and one’s a psychologically challenging erotica but both amazingly written, thought-provoking, and sob-worthy. I love a book that makes me gasp and cry.
  5. My next book, By the Rules, is a small-town m/m romance about a young, corporate shark looking to escape his job and a former male escort who hates corporate sharks. 😉 It’s book 3 of my Evergreen Grove series, but reads as a standalone. I heart these characters so much, and this book was an amazing challenge for me (enemies to lovers stories always are for me, but they’re my favorite kind). I hope you’ll check it out:

About By the Rules

He thinks I want him because of the rumors around town. Because I think he’s easy. I want AJ, because he’s AJ.

No liars. No suits. Absolutely no straight guys…

AJ Fabin’s list of rules keeps him safe. Since getting kicked out of his parents’ home and attacked by a former escorting client, his rules and his life in the tiny town of Evergreen Grove provide a quiet haven. He may be lonely, and he may stick out like a sore thumb, but the folks like him well enough. When he’s not dodging his old pimp, things are peaceful.

Hayden Price is having a quarter-life crisis. Engaged to a woman he can’t connect to and working a job he secretly hates, he comes to Evergreen Grove to help his mother through a health scare. Returning to his childhood home makes Hayden reevaluate a lot of things, including himself. When he meets AJ and finds he can’t stand the mouthy jerk—almost as much as he can’t stop thinking about him—he has a lot more to change than his career.

To be together, they’ll both have to break all of their rules.

(Find out more at the following places: Amazon iBooks | B&N | KoboARe | Goodreads )


It’s the new year and we could all use some new books. Enter below to win a gift card and some swag to get yourself something bookish and pretty. <3 Think of me fondly when you use it, I hope. 😉

TONS of other great hop participants and chances to win – check them all out!



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Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasures

I’m looking forward to a few books this year Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9) by Patricia Briggs, Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9) by Ilona Andrews, White Tiger (Shifters Unbound, #8) by Jennifer Ashley, and many more…
Last year 2015 I ended up having several favorites. It was another great year for books!

Sara Zielinski

My favorite book I read in 2015 was insurgent.

Marcy Meyer

One of my favorites of 2015 was The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry. It was a very emotional story.

Richard Brandt

I’m looking forward to reading the autobiographies of Tom Jones and Burt Reynolds.

Tammie Browning

One of my favorite series in 2015 is the Donovan Creed series by John Locke. I was hooked on them. I would start one and wouldn’t be able to sleep until I finished the book.
I have so many books, by so many authors that I want to read this year that I can’t pick one.

Sonya Sanderson

I loved reading Go Set a Watchman.

Cali W.

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry was my favorite and I am looking forward to her new book On the Edge; thanks for the giveaway. 🙂


Love her books!

Carol L

One of my ffavorite reads n 2015 was E ho In There Bone . I’m looking forward to reading any new books from J D Robb’s In Death series.
Thank you for the giveaway.
Carol L

Carol L

Ooops, it’s Echo In The Bone. Sorry.

Mandy R

My favorite read of 2015 was When a Scot Ties the Knot.


I loved Aidee Ladnier’s THE KLOCKWERK KRAKEN last year, and am hoping that Damon Suede finishes HARD HEAD in 2016!


I know he’s written and re-written that book to get it just right. I hope he finishes soon, too!


i’m waiting for The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)
by Maggie Stiefvater to keep reading the series

E. Diane Macauley

I really enjoyed Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things [Jenny Lawson]. It was really good enough for me to read multiple times.
Now I am waiting for Warriors of the Storm: A Novel (Saxon Tales)Jan 19, 2016 by Bernard Cornwell, The Bands of Mourning: A Mistborn Novel Jan 26, 2016 by Brandon Sanderson, The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastard Sequence)Jul 21, 2016 by Scott Lynch, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (A Song of Ice and Fire) Oct 6, 2015
by George R. R. Martin and Gary Gianni, … just to name a few. 🙂


My favorite book of 20015…its just too hard to choose. But the next book I’m looking forward to is Feverborn.

Cynthia R

My favorite book of 2015 was the Gravity of Birds. I am looking forward to the next illustrated Harry Potter book.

Connie Williamson

The Nightingale

Gisela Salinas

Thank you for a chance! Can’t wait to read it!!

Jennifer Lessard

My favorite book of 2015 is Love After Pain by Torrie Robles, it’s a definite must read if you like a book that makes you FEEL! It is a gut-wrenching story about loss and healing.

Michelle B

My favorite book of 2015 is Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton….

Rachel B

my favorite book of 2015 was ghost of you by kelly moran

Misty Gee

I’m looking forward to the release of Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Dana Matthews

I enjoyed reading Susana and the Scot (Untamed Highlanders) in 2015 and look forward to reading Lana and the Laird (Untamed Highlanders) soon! Both are by Sabrina York.

bethany whitling

In 2015 I read so many books that I liked and loved, that there is no way to list them all and I can’t pick just one or two favorites,there are just to many……

angela smith

my favorite was Once Upon a Friendship by Tara Taylor Quinn

Laurie Gommermann

I discovered Fiona Lowe . I enjoyed her Wedding Fever series! The Runaway Bride


I’m looking forward to reading Kandy Shepherd’s book in the Hot Christmas Nights anthology. Just hasn’t been time since Christmas yet….


Right now I’m really looking forward to Brotherhood in Death by JD Robb. It prominently features Dennis Mira which really interests me.

lori byrd

Have way too many favorites to list.


way too many to list 😀

Jodi Hunter

My favorite book of 2015 is one I read and reread every year, Odd Thomas.


I am looking forward to Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning and The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones.

Barbara Stoker

I’m looking forward to new to me authors. This year I plan on finding at least 40 new authors to read


i started reading a couple of books, but none that grabbed me

Deborah Favorito

My favorite books of 2015 were the Beautiful Mess Series by T.k. Leigh

Janie McGaugh

Burned by Karen Moning was my favorite book in 2015, and I’m most looking forward to her next book Feverborn in 2016!


Favourite book of 2015 was actually a series of books by Charlie Cochet. I just adore her THIRDS books.

As for which book I am most looking forward to this year, it has to be Kings Rising: Book Three of the Captive Prince Trilogy by C. S. Pacat. I’ve had it on pre-order since July last year 😀

Virginia H

My favorite books was Linda Broday’s series

Heather R.

It was nice to learn about you. Daphne Oz on The Chew TV show has a great gluten-free brownie recipe that I am addicted to. It has teff and almond flour. Happy new year!

Sue hieber

I once had a purse full of kid soothing shit as well. Ah, the good old days. I now know why we have, (and let live), those annoying, obnoxious, truly horrible children. It’s so we can get those beautiful, intelligent, wonderful grandchildren.LOL


Christine Feehan’s new Game series

Mel K.


Amanda Fiore

My favorite book of 2015 was Me Before You by JoJo Moyes


i have a lot of favorites,too many to mention.

Josy Herrera

Breaking her by rk lilley

Jerry Marquardt

I liked Falling Star (Jersey Girl #1) by Laura DeLuca most in 2015.