Tuesday, 1 January 2013

New Year's Blog Hop!

Happy New Year!
Thanks once again to Carrie Ann Ryan for her help and support all year! You are wonderful. :)



There are so many exciting authors and prizes involved in this hop. And all you need do is sit back, grab a coffee and read. It's that easy. You'll learn about all kinds of new goodies for your TBR list.

Just remember: in order to win prizes, whether individual blog prizes or the grand prizes, YOU MUST COMMENT WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.  We don't want to miss you! For the grand prize, you must visit and comment on each blog. Please note: the swag pack is not an international prize.

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!



The new year is a symbol of new beginnings, a fresh start. Have you ever wanted to just start over? I think we've all had that moment in our lives. Sometimes a fresh start is thrust upon us, as in the case of my heroine Josie from Sweet Hell. When a curious, sinister character arrives in her bakery, spinning a terrible tale, she's forced to embark on a dangerous journey. Luckily, she happens to have hero Dionysus Iros at her side. Oh, and did I mention he's a Greek god?

Hubba hubba.


Tell me about a time when you needed a "do-over" and you might win Sweet Hell! Remember that email address. :)

In the mean time, cozy up and check out a blurb and sexy excerpt from Sweet Hell. Best wishes for a safe and happy new year, and thank you all for reading!

Rosanna Leo

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Sweet Hell Blurb:


Dionysus, Greek god of wine and theater, is the world’s original playboy. But lately, he has been restless, moody, and he knows something is wrong. His carefree and bacchanalian lifestyle is starting to feel like one long string of meaningless sexual escapades. Even worse, he is suddenly aroused by the idea of marriage. To top it all off, Josie Marino, the mouthy, disheveled, and eternally annoying woman who serves him coffee at the local bakery, sets him on fire.

 

Josie, a Toronto baker of Italian heritage, is not looking for love or lust. Especially not with Dionysus Iros, the most aggravating, demanding customer she'd ever had to serve. With his rippling muscles and sexy, knowing eyes, he's obviously trouble with a capital T. Unfortunately, he's also the star of her every X-rated dream. She’s known players like Dionysus before, and one of them almost got the better of her. Josie determines she will not fall for his considerable physical charms, come hell or high water.

 

But Dionysus turns strangely protective when a sinister character arrives at Josie’s bakery, and they can no longer deny their unwanted feelings for one another. They are forced to embark on a bizarre, sexually-charged journey to hell itself, which threatens to either change them for the better, or destroy them.


Sweet Hell Excerpt:


Coffee. He smelled strong coffee.

Determining the source of the gorgeous fragrance, he turned toward a little bakery, taking note of the name on the battered awning. Marino Brothers Bakery. Tempted, he walked inside and took a good look at the place. It was cute, kitschy, with salamis and breads ready for slicing, and row upon row of sinful-looking pastries behind the glass counter. There was a hot table with slabs of tender veal warming in homemade sauce. And, with a grin, he noticed a huge espresso machine at the other end of the counter.

Practically paradise. Eryx and Maia could wait a few minutes.

He paused before one counter, where a couple of beefy men were arguing over who was supposed to serve the next customer. But when they didn’t bother looking up, Dionysus just sat at the counter before the coffee machine.

Instantly, a female employee appeared before him. “Can I help you?”

He looked up at her. His cock soared, doing a rowdy dance of happiness.

What the…?

He looked at her again. He didn’t know why he’d have such an intense reaction to her. By the gods, she looked … dirty. Well, not truly dirty, just very floury, as if she’d been baking all day. But underneath the layer of flour smudges was indeed a woman. One with lush curves and shiny, tawny hair and hazel eyes that were so keen they seemed to recognize him…

Her eyebrows rose when he didn’t answer. “Would you like a sandwich? A coffee, maybe? Anything?”

Say something, you idiot!

And yet he couldn’t make his lips work.

The tip of her tongue darted out to wet her bottom lip while she waited for his response. Once again, his penis thumped against the inside of his pants, more erect than the soldiers outside Buckingham Palace.

Talk to her, it seemed to say.

She looked around. Other customers were filing in, and the two men behind the counter were still arguing, ignoring the lineup. A small noise of exasperation escaped from between her wet lips. “Maybe I should just give you a minute.”

The woman turned away.

“No,” he called and then cursed himself for sounding so eager. “I, uh, coffee would be outstanding.”

He could tell she was trying hard not to look at him as if he were simple. “Coffee it is,” she said. It seemed as if she grinned—not because she wanted to grin at him, but because customer service dictated she should. And then she escaped to prepare said coffee.

Dionysus sat in shock. What the hell was wrong with him? There had never been one moment in his life when he hadn’t been smooth and disarming. Yet with one glance, this coffee girl had completely disarmed him!


Sweet Hell is available at http://www.lsbooks.com/sweet-hell-p535.php and all ebooksellers.

114 comments:

  1. Thanks for taking part in the blog hop and Happy New Year. I can't think of a time when I needed a do over.

    Loved that excerpt though..whew ..hot stuff right there.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

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  2. Thanks for sharing the excerpt!!! I love when New Year's! It's the time when you can wipe away the previous year and start fresh. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

    Happy New Year!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! So glad you came!

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  3. Happy New Year my friend... try to not think about do overs..I've started to think that each thing teaches me something and makes me stronger.

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    1. Hi Savannah! Thanks for visiting!

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  4. I try hard not to think of what ifs and do overs.

    Kassandra
    sionedkla@gmail.com

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

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  6. Sending an email with the wrong signature and "outing" my author ID to my religious family!

    Happy New Year!

    susanaellisauthor@gmail.com

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  7. I don't really do do overs I just suck it up and apoligize lol
    mrsbrinius@comcast.net

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    1. Wise, indeed! Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Cool! I love stories based on mythology. Happy New Year!

    jochibi At yahoo DOT com

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  9. Holy crap and a half Batman! Yes, I have definitely wanted a do-over. This year I am finally getting it. A lot of changes are coming my way this year and I feel like as soon as I move the whole slate of my past will be wiped clean. It is an awesome feeling!

    Michel_Lee_King(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Sounds like the year is starting well for you! Yay! Thanks for joining in today!

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

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  11. I just hope for the best instead of wishing for a do-over.

    shana7426@aol.com

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

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  13. Do-overs? I don't or at least I try not to dwell on the past. I believe in karma :D
    That looks like one yummy book and I hope I get the chance to read it.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Wishing you a joyous and prosperous New Year!

    seelk67 at gmail dot com

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    1. Good plan!! LOL. Thanks for hopping with me!

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  14. Thanks for the fun and have a great 2013!
    zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Thanks as well, Elie! Happy new year!

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  15. Ha! Do over? Hum...I don't know about that. I think I've learned something important from every mistake I've made. I'd hate to tempt fate by changing something.
    danao.b7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Great excerpts~ I wouldn't want to go back in time but if I could it wouldn't be my life but just the era or space time. But I'll still be able to keep my memories and what not though. Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year.

    kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. I wish I could have a do over on some of the meals I make...Whew! There were some bad ones.
    Happy new year.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  18. Happy New Year!

    chellesy.clay at gmail dot com

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  19. I got my do over this past year, with my DH and I couldn't be happier.

    Dawna N.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Happy New Year and thank you for sharing a piece of your heart and soul in each of your books in 2013!

    angelheart618@gmail.com

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  21. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE! If I had a do - over I would have to say to get my mother back. I was 14 year old when I lost her. I would even trade my life for hers I she could come back. I have brothers and a sister that needed her too. It has almost 38 years now. Enough of that. I would like to do over on a few friends I left in less than I wanted place of friendship. But I can maybe still work that out yet. I'm still alive. Remember to find the simple things to make you smile and the world will be a happier place for you.

    Judy
    strawberryrose@earthlink.net

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    1. Happy new year Judy and thanks so much for sharing that with me! Hugs! Have a wonderful time hopping. :)

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  22. Happy New Year! I wouldn't change things. It makes me a better person, even the bad bits :) Though if I really had to pick, I wouldn't mind reversing having fallen ill twice last year.

    Thanks for the chance and have a great year!

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    1. I understand that Sandra! Happy hopping.

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  23. Only do over I need when I said some mean things to my hubby.... I feel horrible still!!

    I hope ur NewYear is filled with laughter, love , and time for the little things!!

    Carriefort29ATyahooDOTcom

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  24. I'm not sure that I would take a do over. It is the whole of what I've done and been that molded me to who and what I am today. If any one thing were gone or experienced differently then I wouldn't be me and I like the me I am today.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

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  25. I don't think that i would do a do over because i tend to learn from my mistakes however there are times i put my foot in my mouth where i wish i could take back something i say hurtful without meaning to be. So it is a toss up if i could freeze the dumb comment about to come out of my mouth then yes do overs are fine lol.

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

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  26. Not interested in a do over. Thanks for the blog

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

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  27. LOL - Do Overs - Did you know that every woman goes through a major do over once in their life, it happens when they turn 30 years old, for some reason it is a turning point in life (maturity). It happen to me at that time and I was so glad as my life completely changed. I was tired of the way I lived my life, I wanted more and it was time for a do over. I had already had a family, an education, but was missing excitement in my life. I up and joined the freakn' Army at 30 yrs old. Yep, sure did. I stayed in 10 years and retired. It was the best time of my life and so glad I made that do over.

    Wishing you a great New Year and hope your do over is the happiest of what you dream of.

    mrsqueentutt@gmail.com

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    1. Ronda, that is awesome! I'm so inspired by your story! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  28. Hmm.. I think most things that I would consider "re-doing" have made me a little bit stronger and certainly smarter.. so I'll say no do overs here :)

    readsalot81(@)hotmail(dot)com

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  29. Happy New Year!

    I know there is quite a few high school drunken times I would like to do over. But for the most part I wouldn't change a thing about my past because it has made me the woman I am today.

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

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    1. LOL, thanks Drea! I think we all have a couple of those. Happy hopping!

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  30. I try not to have regrets so I do not have any real do-over moments. But I would like to do my traveling again! Especially visiting Sri Lanka again.

    Sweet Hell looks and sounds great!! Another one for my TBR list on Goodreads!

    grapeapril75(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi April! I am with you there- I love travelling!! Thanks for reading and hopping with me!

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  31. If I had 1 do over that would have to be when I made the biggest mistake of my life. Right out of High School, I didn't go to college because I loved a boy *GASP* Yes I did to. 2 months before our wedding day I found out he was cheating on me. So I didn't get the man (didn't want him anymore) and I didn't get a higher education til years later. Yes I'll take one major do over right here...lmbo.
    Big Hugs & Happy New Year Darlin'
    This book is SOOOO GOING ON MY TBR LIST.
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

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    1. Hi Missie! I think that's a life experience that just makes us stronger and wiser. I hope you enjoyed those studies when you got to them. Hindsight is always 20/20, right? Thanks for hopping with me!

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  32. I dropped out of college to move to a new town for a guy... Yeah wish I could take that one back!

    nikki.t.23@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Nikki! Ah. life does throw curveballs, doesn't it? So glad you're hopping with me!

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  33. my regret is not going to college, great prizes, cant wait to see who wins
    vera28546 at yahoo (dot) com

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  34. I don't know... Mostly when I miss great opportunities to be friends with great people. No great regrets so far...

    Happy New Year!

    anasmithblue@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Mimi! I hear ya there, I think we all have moments like that. So glad you joined me on the hop!

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  35. Happy New Year!

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  36. There are many times I wish I had a do over button lol
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  37. I needed a do-over today. I am doing some rearranging and in the process I broke several serving dishes. I actually screamed and my daughter just shook her head and finished what she was doing...LOL
    Happy New Year
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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    1. LOL, Michelle. Do over granted! Thanks for hopping!

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  38. Maybe 2013 will be my do over year. So many things I wish I could change.
    lauratroxel@yahoo.com

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  39. I just hope this year would be more productive..

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      (Happy New Year and I am sorry I forgot that ...)

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    2. Hi Beckey! I think we could all use some of that!! Happy new year!

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  40. Thanks for being part of the Hop! There are things that I wish that I could re-do, where I didn't react a certain way, but in a better way. Can only try to work on the present for the future.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

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    1. Hello! Thanks so much for joining me in the hop! I think you're right about working on the present! :)

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  41. Sometimes when I say something I'd love to do over again :/ I just can't stop saying what I think!
    Happy New Year!
    movie1997 at live dot it

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    1. Alice, we have that in common!! LOL. Thanks for visiting and happy new year!

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  42. Oh I have... Since I was a kid I had all my life planned. I've always loved books, so, I would just go and teach literature when I grew up. I did all the right steps, and I did teach lit for a couple of years but it was really not my dream comming true.
    I guess, life threw me a curve ball and I've grabbed it in the air. My middle son has ADHD and we have battle it since he was 4. So, I decided to go into psychology and start my own non-profitable organization to work with kids like my son, but also kids that the parents couldn't pay for all the expensive treatment needed.
    We have opened almost 2 years ago and it has been wonderful. I feel "complete" every day and I'm always looking forward for what comes next. :)

    Happy 2013 Rosanna!
    morebooksthanlivros@gmail.com

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    1. Happy new year to you too, Isabelle! What an inspiring story! I'm so glad you shared, and wish you all the very best, in the hop, and in life with your beautiful family!

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  43. can't thing of anything
    Happy new year!
    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  44. I always wish I had do-overs. I'm not one of those clever people who have snarky or charming comments come out of their mouths with ease.

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. I don't dwell on do-overs.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

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  46. Sometimes I wish I could react to things/events/people differently. But they say it`s also good to say what you actually think, right?

    Thanks!

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

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  47. Im always wanting a do over..it is not until much later that I think of the clever comeback...I homeschool and people are always saying very stereotypical, and uninformed things...sometimes i would love to really say what I am thinking instead of being the polite informing parent....ugh.Hope your new year is full of wonderous things.
    peach_hugs@yahoo.com

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  48. Do over? OMG, my whole life?! Big one... I got married at 16 to escape my home life. And it was worse. lol I would have been better off just running away.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

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  49. Our brains have much in common. LOL. I love your excerpt! Added this to my Amazon list.

    A do over... I am certain that I could think of several things, but I've never been a fan of regret. Then again, there was this one time I kissed someone and said, "I Love You." The trouble with this was 1- we hadn't known each other that long and 2- I was actually reading the balloon that appeared outside of the car door. The person I said it to didn't see the balloon, and sort of freaked out. "Whoa... it's a bit early for that, isn't it? I mean, I can't say that I love you yet. I mean, kissing is great and I'm looking forward to more and..." the word vomit just went on. Disaster.

    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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  50. I need a do-over for my prom dress. Oh my! Happy New Year!

    Sue
    sue_holston@hotmail.com

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  51. There are to many to write down! lol Thanks for doing the Blog Hop and Happy New Year!
    gatormaryd(at)yahoo(dot)com

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

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  53. Unfortunately there are too many things in my life i wished i could do over again but i try not to look back. mkendallauthor@gmail.com

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  54. There are those times when I get home thinking that I should have said that or did that AND now I can think of one! They'll all come flooding back on the 7th. LOL Happy New Year!
    t dot mailhes at yahoo dot com

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  55. Happy New Year!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  56. There are lots of things that I could wish to do over, I suppose, but I remind myself that I am not responsible for the way other people act and react. I try to live without regrets.

    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

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  57. Thanks for the chance to win.Happy New Year.

    dragonkeep62(at)gmail(dot)com

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

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  59. thanks for the hop
    myboo63@hotmail.com

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  60. I should have not gone to a private college for my freshman year. Thanks for participating. katieamanda1(At)yahoo(dot)com

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  61. I would have finished college.
    Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  62. 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!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy New Year!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  64. Happy New Year to all and thanks for the hop.
    jkgf27@verizon.net

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  65. Happy New years to all
    Happy Reading…
    Happy Writing…
    Ms74LT@verizon.net

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  66. When we bought our house we had to redo almost everything in it.
    Happy New Year!
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  67. 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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  68. I don't think I've had many do-over experiences. I'm pretty happy with what's gone on in my life. I guess maybe the only thing I can think of would be to have taken care of my diabetes when it started.
    Thanks so much for participating in the blog hop. Hope you have an awesome 2013!
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

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  69. Happy new years. Thank you angel0319@hotmail.com

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  70. Diet and exercise , for the new year.
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  71. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy New Year!

    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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