Mae Clair: The Black Friday H0P is Here!

It’s here! The Black Friday Blog Hop has arrived!  If you’re reading this post, you’re probably not out among the throngs of shoppers competing for door-buster goodies offered at gargantuan discounts. Yes, it’s Black Friday, the day of retail chaos.

There was a time I used to enjoy Black Friday shopping. A friend and I would go every year. There was a camaraderie among shoppers as we all stood huddled outside store doors at 5AM, bundled into coats (I live in the northeast), armed with our colorful flyers, chatting about the items we intended to snatch up.

I bought my first laptop from a Black Friday sale many years ago, and got the last one in the store. It should have made me feel good (okay, it did) but I couldn’t help thinking about the people queued-up behind me who’d lucked out. If I’d arrived five, three, or even two minutes later that morning, I would have been hiking back to my car without a Toshiba.

It wasn’t long after that when I dropped the Black Friday routine. Maybe it was because the early-bird sale hours kept creeping earlier in the morning, defying sanity or, maybe, it was because the crowds didn’t feel as festive. Maybe I’ve just gotten older and can’t marathon shop like I used to, especially when I can do it online. Well, let me correct that:  I can still marathon shop, just not with crowds :D

So to celebrate all those not wanting to fight the chaos of Black Friday (and for those of you who’ve already braved it and need a break), please join us in the second annual Black Friday Blog Hop! It’s a ONE DAY hop taking place today, November 23.

We’re giving away prizes, talking about books we love, and most likely eating leftover turkey. :-) And while we do that, EACH blogger is 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 $75 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! 

You can find the complete list of participating authors HERE

Pretty impressive, huh?  If you’d like to be entered in my blog drawing to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card (winner’s choice), please comment below WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. The winner will be announced tomorrow on my blog so be sure to check back.

And while you’re here although it’s not mandatory, please consider “Liking” my Facebook Author Page. I’ve made it easy by giving you the link and also posting it in the sidebar. Aren’t I thoughtful? :D

I’d also LOVE if you would sign up to follow my blog my email (top of the sidebar). I enjoy blogging and interacting with my readers. Hang around and get to know me and my writing. :)

Finally . . . (Yes, there’s more. Consider this the fine print disclaimer, LOL) . . . while you’re here please take a peek at the book trailer for my time travel / paranormal romance, WEATHERING ROCK.

Caleb DeCardian, colonel for the Union Army during America’s Civil War, is transported to the present where he meets Arianna Hart. With her modern-day opinions and streak of stubborness, Arianna is unlike any woman Caleb has met before. And did I mention he’s also a super-hot, hunky werewolf?

WEATHERING ROCK is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble (among other sites) so that $10 gift card more than covers it. :D

Okay, pathetic author book plug is now over. Whether you’re shopping or chilling, I hope you have a blissful Black Friday!

104 thoughts on “Mae Clair: The Black Friday H0P is Here!

  1. Bravo to you for ever having braved black Friday I’ve never wanted anything that bad. LOL Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

    • I tried it again this year. Went mid-day. Found a parking space way at the rear of the parking lot, got in the store, took one look at the lines (couldn’t see the end of them), turned around and left!

  2. No longer shop on Black Friday. It just doesn’t excite me anymore. I signed up for your blog. I may need to go confirm in my email account. I don’t Facebook…

    I no longer go shopping on Black Friday. It just doesn’t excite me any more with the big crowds. I’d rather shop online or wait another day. There’s always a deal.

    bbabygirl1908@aol.com

    • Many thanks for signing-up for my blog. I so appreciate it! And I completely agree with you about the Black Friday crowds. I used to go, but no more. The crowds and parking lots are more than I can handle, LOL.

  3. I do not like crowds so BF shopping is not for me! I will be spending my day hopping and then snuggled up reading! Well that is after I decide on what new book I have just added to my to be read list! It gets longer every hop! Thanks!

    grapeapril75(at)gmail.com

  4. I’m not a Black Friday shopper. I don’t believe that shopping should ever be a full contact sport. I spend the day baking cookies with my kiddos instead.
    planterofhope(at)aol(dot)com

  5. We don`t have Black Friday sales here (I`m an international reader), so I`m just attending giveaways like this one,lol.
    Thanks!
    dita(dot)skarste(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Glad to see you in the blog hop! They are so much fun. No shopping for me! I love the online thing, but I’ve even ignored that this Black Friday. Just blog hopping, reading and editing today. Thanks for the giveaway!

    melindaromance AT gmail DOT com

    • Happy to see you here, Melinda. Thanks for dropping by. This is my first time participating in one of Carrie Ann’s hop and it’s a little like Black Friday — Amazing crowds, LOL! Good luck with the editing!

  7. I sent the hubby shopping today so I could work.I am glad to have found you on this blog hop and look forward to reading your works. Kim86004(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. Hi! Happy Holidays to you! No, im not a shopper on black friday. I hate crowds. I like to stay home, spend time with my family and eat leftovers. :) Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. I went Black Friday shopping for the first time in my 36 years last year. I didn’t enjoy it all for so many reasons it would take forever to list. Your post however has me thinking, was there a time when it wasn’t so horrific to go? There had to have been otherwise I do not see why so many people would make it a tradition. In another ten years will it be obsolete and online sales taking over our traditional shopping day? Just food for thought. :)

    Thanks so much for being a part of the hop and for the giveaway.

    Happy Holidays,
    Marlena
    charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • Happy holidays, Marlena. Thanks for dropping by. If my first exposure to Black Friday shopping was just last year, I would be completely turned off too. It’s definitely changed. But then I’m showing my age by saying I used to enjoy it “back when” LOL!

  10. I love Black Friday shopping, (I live in a small town and people are pretty friendly, no blood or bruising) but this year they started at 8pm on thursday so I decided to stay at home and read. I went out about 11:30, when the stores were almost empty and still got all the specials that I wanted.

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

  11. I no longer go Black Friday shopping. Too many crazy people out there. I don’t have the patience I had when I was younger, LOL. So today I am staying in and blog hopping, instead of shopping! angadair@nwcable.net Thanks for the hop!

  12. I did Black Friday (technically Thursday) last night and a little bit this morning. I love the hustle and bustle, but I do feel disappointed for the people that wait in line forever only to find that whatever they came looking for has sold out before they even got a chance at it.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  13. I’m not a big fan of Black Friday, but we did go out this morning for a couple of specific things and got them…and NO LINES!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  14. I don’t do Black Friday — the week before Thanksgiving usually marks the LAST time I deal with retail until after the New Year!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com (subscribed)
    Facebook: Elizabeth Kotkiewicz Hyatt

  15. I shop from home, I have a hard time dealing with rude people and lines. Makes me what to start drop kicking people (just the rude ones). Thx for the hop stop.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  16. I have had a wonderful time blog hopping today and finding lots of new authors to consider. Happy Holidays and thank you for the opportunity to win some great prizes. I can’t do Black Friday shopping (unless it’s online) – I don’t have the patience or the stamina for the lines and the crowds. cfierstein@cox.net

  17. Mae, you’re such a generous soul — I could see you feeling bad for the people who didn’t get the laptop deal that you did. :) Today wasn’t as busy as we expected, so I suspect there were a lot of people staying home to avoid the crowds. Wonder if that means they’ll all show up tomorrow instead? LOL

    • Hi, Donna! I’m glad you didn’t have to deal with crazed crowds. Hopefully, isn’t bad today either. And yeah, I was giddy I got that laptop, but bummed out for the people behind me, especially because I’d become chatty with a few of them waiting in line!

  18. I don’t go out on Black Friday, but I do order online. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Marlene Breakfield
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

  19. Thank you for the lovely giveaway~ I love BF shopping on and offline! Got all my big ticket items out of the way last night and this morning so now it’s time to just relax and hop!
    Liked your FB page :) Misha Kudo~
    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

  20. Thanks for participating in the blog hop! Hope you have a happy thanksgiving. I stayed home this year for black friday because its a bit frightening in stores, I prefer shopping at home LOL! ;)
    Liked your facebook page too :)

    swtlilangel4jc at yahoo dot com

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