BOTTOMS UP Manifesto

Anyone else feeling a little blue? Months of Holiday excitement – beasts to roast, gifts to buy, parties to rock – then suddenly it’s Boxing Day. (Actually it isn’t. Little know fact: if Boxing Day falls on a Sunday it gets moved to Monday. Somehow, I don’t think that’s going to effect the activity at the malls today!) We now have one week to get ready for the last party of the year, one week to make New Year’s resolutions, one week to decide how best to change our lives for the better. It’s enough to make a girl want to crawl back into bed!

How about… not? I just don’t think I can do it this year. I don’t want to take a good look at this self who has been indulging in fruitcake, chocolate truffle bars, Chex mix and booze and say, “You must go the the gym three times a week in 2011! You must put away the laundry immediately! You must read to your children and not let them play Wii all day over break!” I don’t know about you, but as a general rule, I’m pretty hard on myself ALL the time, due to a lifetime spent trying to gain my father’s approval. (WHEN will I grow out of that? Ugh.) Instead of examining my life for flaws and resolving to fix them, I’m going to look at my life and say, “Good job, you!” Trust me, that’s going to be much harder than making a list of New Years resolutions.

For example, just yesterday I was freaking out because my father-in-law sent out a mass e-mail telling all the relatives about Bottoms Up, my first-ever release which is coming out on December 28th – my kinky, twisted, deviant, angst-ridden BDSM love story. I hope at least a few of you cocked your heads in interest. You are my target audience, after all! However, the relatives? Ahhhhhhh! While I was assimilating this info by reading the e-mail aloud to my husband, he suddenly said, “Enough!” I swiveled around in the computer chair and found him glaring at me. “You are doing what you always do, finding something to feel bad about in the middle of something fantastic. Quit it. You have a book coming out on Tuesday. You worked really hard to make this happen. Be proud, and don’t make excuses for the kink- even to my relatives!”

I love that man.  That is why Bottoms Up is dedicated to him. A few minutes later, my manifesto was born.

I hope you’ll join me this year in focusing on the positives instead of emphasizing the negatives. Let’s end the year believing in our abilities, our prospects and our people. Life isn’t perfect, neither are we – but it’s all good. And let me be the first to say, “Good job, you!”

For a chance to win the first author copy of Bottoms Up, enter Miranda’s Contest.

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Drum Roll Please…And the Kindle Winner is…

The grand prize winner of the Amazon Kindle is…Sherry from Ohio! Congratulations!

And the winners are…Contest 2

Congratuations ladies! You’ve won a free ebook and the authors will be contacting you shortly.

Alison Paige – Iokijo

Anne Hope – Nicole

Lynne Connolly – Susan

Lissa Matthews – Nikki

Kate Davies – Sherry

Meg Benjamin – Natasha

Mari Carr – Archana

Vivi Andrews – Nancy

Sydney Somers – Sue

Julia Knight – Judy

Lexxie Couper – Daphne

Shelley Munro – Deanna

N.J. Walters – Pam

And the winners are…Contest 1

Congratuations ladies! You’ve won a free ebook and the authors will be contacting you shortly.

D. McEntire – Laurie

Jayne Rylon – April  

Cathryn Cade – Julie  

Beverly Rae – Sherry  

Madelyn Ford – Judy  

Mary Hughes – Nicole  

Michelle Pillow – Jo  

Mandy Roth – Sue  

Nikki Duncan – Kirsten  

Sheryl Nantus – Heather  

Jodi Redford – Catherine

J.C. Wilder – Vanessa

Spook-a-Palooza Contest #2 – Win a Free eBook!

Contest 2 – Runs from October 26 – November 1 Midnight EST

The Prizes (13) are ebook downloads of:

Alison Paige – Little Red  /  Anne Hope – Broken Angels

Lissa Matthews – Cracklin’ Rosie  /  Lynne Connolly – Richard & Rose book – Reader’s Choice

Kate Davies – Ritual Love  /Meg Benjamin – Be My Baby

Mari Carr – Happy Hour  /  Vivi Andrews – Winner’s Choice

Sydney Somers – Primal Pleasure  /  Julia Knight – Wicked Lady

Lexxie Couper – Death, The Vamp  /  Shelley Munro –  The Bottom Line

N.J. Walters A Touch of Magick

Contest Rules & other info: 1. One entry per household. 2. Void where prohibited. 3. Employees or the family of Samhain Publishing are prohibited from entering. 4. You must be 18 to enter. 5. Twelve winners will be randomly drawn from all complete and correct entries. 6. Contest winners will be announced on this website. 7. By entering you are agreeing to join the Samhellion mailing list.

How to Play: Go to the websites of the participating authors (above) and look for their Spook-a-palooza icon.

(HINT: The icons are on of the following: Candy, Costume, Ghost, Skull, Scarecrow, Broom, Witch, Bats)

Once you find all 12 icons,  in an email list all twelve authors and their corresponding icons then send it to samhellion.contest at gmail.com.

Good luck!

Spook-a-palooza: Enter to win a Kindle eReader!

 

Kindle Contest – Runs until October 31, 2010

Contest Rules & other info – 1. One entry per household. 2. Void where prohibited. 3. Employees or the family of Samhain Publishing are prohibited from entering. 4. You must be 18 to enter. 5. One winner will be randomly drawn from all complete and correct entries. 6. Contest winner will be announced on this website. 7. By entering you are agreeing to join the Samhellion mailing list.

How to Enter – Visit each of the websites of the participating authors and write down their name and the book title of their latest Samhain release or upcoming (print or ebook). In an email list the author name, book title and email that to samhellion.contest at gmail.com. Good luck!!

 

 

Participating Authors

Vivi Andrews / Leah Braemel / Cathryn Cade / Mari Carr  / Kaye Chambers / Lynne Connolly 

Lexxie Couper / Kate Davies / Nikki Duncan / Madelyn Ford / Anne Hope / Mary Hughes

Sloan Mcbride  / Tilly Greene  / Carolan Ivey / Myla Jackson / Beverly Rae / Jodi Redford 

Moira Rogers /  Jayne Rylon / Sydney Somers / J.C. Wilder / Amanda Young

 

Clarification – 10/20/2010 – Latest release = most recent Samhain release print or ebook. If an author ONLY has a coming release, please use that title. 

Spook-a-Palooza Contest – Win a Free eBook!

Contest 1 – Runs from October 17 – October 23 Midnight EST

The Prizes (12) are ebook downloads of:

Kissing Cowboy – J.C. Wilder  /  Night is Darkest – Jayne Rylon

Prince of Dragons – Cathryn Cade / Cougar – Beverly Rae

My Avenging Angels – Madelyn Ford / Bite Me Softly – Mary Hughes

King of the Unblessed – Michelle M. Pillow / (TBA) – Mandy M. Roth

Sounds to Die By – Nikki Duncan / Wild Cards and Iron Horses – Sheryl Nantus

Midnight Savior by D. McEntire / The Voodoo that You Do – Jodi Redford

Contest Rules & other info: 1. One entry per household. 2. Void where prohibited. 3. Employees or the family of Samhain Publishing are prohibited from entering. 4. You must be 18 to enter. 5. Twelve winners will be randomly drawn from all complete and correct entries. 6. Contest winners will be announced on this website. 7. By entering you are agreeing to join the Samhellion mailing list.

How to Play: Go to the websites of the participating authors (above) and look for their Spook-a-palooza icon.

(HINT: The icons are on of the following: Candy, Costume, Ghost, Skull, Scarecrow, Broom, Witch, Bats)

Once you find all 12 icons,  in an email list all twelve authors and their corresponding icons then send it to samhellion.contest at gmail.com.

Good luck!