Marteeka's Dreams

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Blog Hop!

Happy New Year everyone!

new year's blog hop

Click the image above to see the list of participants!

Well, we made it past December 21 and into 2013. *whew* Thank goodness, I did all my Christmas shopping and stuff so I wasn't caught with my pants down. Though, our local Wal-Mart was FREEKIN INSANE with last minute shoppers. I tried to avoid it at all costs. *wilts*

Looking forward, 2013 will be my best year as an author. I have SO many good things planned it almost makes me pee myself when I think about it. :D I've got three super fantastic publishers all of which supported me heavily when I decided to make writing my full time job. Now, they've made it their personal mission to either make or break me. Look for books from Changeling Press, Beautiful Trouble Publishing, and Shara Azod, LLC all through 2013! (check the post for Badland Savages: The Fin in a later post!)

But for now, I'm relaxing. Santa brought me a super soft throw that is simply DIVINE and I'm sitting here by the fire all snuggly watching all the movies Santa added to my DVD collection. I'm also getting ready to install a new game (that is actually several years old) that I added to my city building collection. I have Pharaoh/Cleopatra and Zeus/Poseidon from Sierra games and this one follows in that frame. Think it's the Chinese Empire? Maybe? Anyway, I have a city building fetish that I plan on fully exploiting this week before I get to serious work next week.

My son and I started a new tradition for Christmas Eve this year. I bought some Chinese wishing lanterns and we lit them and watched them rise into the air until they twinkled out. It was an amazing sight! I got several in the package and we only used two, but I'll probably do it again just cause they were so much fun to watch! Amazing how something so simple can give one so much pleasure. :)

Happy New Year everyone! 2013 will be the best year yet! After all, thirteen is my lucky number. :)

NOW! for the Prize!!

I'm giving away a digital copy of Badland Savages: The Fin. To enter, you MUST comment on this post. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS IN THE COMMENT. This will also enter you for the grand prize for the overall blog hop.

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!


  1. Wow awesome! Thanks so much for the chance! Hope your new year is full of great energy! I think it will be the best year yet as well :)


  2. Thanks for participating in the blog hop and Happy New Year.

  3. Happy New Year! And thanks for participating in the blog hop.

  4. I must take a closer look at Head Over Heels. The cover caught my eye. Happy new year. tchevrestt(at)

  5. I'm envious. I always wanted a fireplace but with a small cape there just isn't anyplace to put one. I can just imagine having my book, being in my favorite chair with a nice cozy blanket and a cup of hot chocolate. Then there just has to be a pet - either a cat or dog (even though I'm a dog person).

    Happy New Year,

  6. I never thought to try the lanterns! That's a tradition I could definitely get on board for. Happy new year!

    always.and.never AT gmail DOT com

  7. Thank you so very much for the chance!


  8. Happy New Year! Thanks for the chance. Great covers.

  9. Thanks for the great hop.Happy New Year!

  10. Happy New Year!

  11. Happy New Year!
    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  12. I got a snuggie last year and I love it!
    Happy New Year!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  13. Happy New Year!
    t.abule (a) yahoo (dot) com

  14. Congrats on the wonderful experiences planned this year!

  15. Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  16. Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year. Got a nice body pillow this Christmas~love


  17. happy new year! thanks for the hop
    movie1997 at live dot it

  18. Than you for the chance and Happy New Year!!!

  19. Love my snuggly throw....a good book and some hot chocolate and Im good to go..smilz
    Hope your new year is great

  20. Have to try those lanterns maybe next year sounds great.

    Happy New Year

    Dawna N.


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

  22. Happy New Year!

  23. Happy New Year! Love your books! What a great contest!

  24. I don't go to walmart had the crowds... Thanks for being part of the blog hop and hope that 2013 is great to you.

  25. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  26. Just popped in for the hop.
    Thanks for the fun and Happy 2013!

  27. Happy 2013! :)


  28. OMG, I so wana wana wana read your book "The Fin" LOL

    Wishing you an awesome great new year

  29. Happy New Year!
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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


  31. 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!


  32. Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
    Best Wishes in 2013
    uilani25 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  33. Happy New Year!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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


  35. Happy 2013 & Thank you for the hop!
    deethomas291 at gmail dot com

  36. 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

  37. Thanks for being part of this blog hop. Happy New Year!!

    rmwyer at shaw dot ca

  38. Um! Thanks for the chance to win!

  39. sounds like a neat new tradition. best of luck in 2013.
    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

  40. Sounds fun!
    Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!

  41. I have never seen a Chinese wishing lantern. I am going to do a google on that one. Sounds like something my kids would love.

    Happy New Year!

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  42. Sigh...I really do love that cover for A Dom for Christmas!! I could stare at it for quite a while. I better get it for my kindle to read and admire!
    Thanks for doing the hop!! You are one of the new authors I found to follow on Goodreads!!


  43. OMG I soooo want this book :D I shall cross my fingers & pray to the book gods to bless me :D hehe
    I hope you have a great new year in 2013. Thanks for the idea of the lanterns. I wanted to do something different for my 3 daughters birthdays this year and I believe I will do this. Let them make a wish. :D THANK YOU for this & Big Hugs Darlin'
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

    1. All my girls birthday are around the same time, Dec 18, Dec 30 & Jan 4. So we do one BIG Birthday blowout with all their friends when the bad weather slows down. :D

  44. Happy New Year to all and thanks for the hop.

  45. Thanks for being part of the Hop! Congrats on all of your success in 2012 and more to come in 2013.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  46. Entering for Grand Prizes.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  47. Happy New Year to you!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  48. Happy New Year, and thank you so much for participating in this hop. I love being introduced to authors I haven't read before! Regardless of whether I win, this book will be going on my TBR list.
    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

  49. Hi! Happy New Years! 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!

  50. Happy New Year!
    And thanks! :)


  51. Happy New Year

  52. thanks for the hop

  53. I WANT BADLANDS: THE FIN! Pick me please. :) I love all your books, and try to get as many as I can. Wishing you good things and much success in 2013. Happy New Year and thanks for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com


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

  55. Thanks for the giveaway!