Mae Clair’s New Year’s Eve Blog Hop G*I*V*E*A*W*A*Y

New Year ButtonHappy New Year and welcome to the second annual New Year’s Blog Hop! Can you believe another year has passed?

Well we authors, readers, and bloggers sure can’t. And to celebrate the New Year with a bang, we’re going crazy and sending out so many prizes, fun parties, experiences, and other goodies, that it’s a bit scary. Each author has a favorite New Year memory, book, idea, or way to party and we’re going to show you!

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger. For a complete list of participating authors and bloggers and the giveaways they’re offering, click here.

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? Check these out:

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Here, ON THE PEN OF MAE CLAIR, I am giving TWO prizes to ONE lucky winner:

A $15 Gift Card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner’s choice) plus an ebook copy of my time travel/paranormal romance novel WEATHERING ROCK in Kindle or Nook format (winner’s choice).

So, let’s talk 2013 for a minute.

The New Year has officially arrived, and ushered in a horizon of possibilities. Each January most of us start fresh with a brand new set of goals and, usually, several resolutions (we don’t always end up keeping). I have two this year: hop back on the exercise bandwagon and publish two new titles. My husband and I were fairly strong P90Xers several years ago but age and the daily routine of life gradually crowded out the time we’d reserved for that. Feeble excuse, yes, I know.

Daily workouts dwindled to sporadic exercise to ‘ugh-maybe-I’ll-tackle-the-health-thing-tomorrow.’ Well, part of getting older is realizing the ‘health thing’ (which includes exercise) has to become a priority. So it’s back to P90X for us (albeit slowly at first as our bodies readjust).

As for the other goal, I have a novel releasing in August through Lyrical Press called TWELFTH SUN. A contemporary romance, it revolves around an older woman, a younger man, and a treasure hunt for a marine artifact. The other title I hope to finish and have under contract (or indie pub) is a mystery/romance with a strong emphasis on family relationships, called THE SECRET OF ECLIPSE LAKE. That one involves an unsolved murder, a free-spirited photographer, and an ex-con (now a successful businessman) who returns to his hometown fifteen years after cutting all ties with his family. My plan is to pull off both of these before 2013 rolls to a close. As a writer, I’m finding goals are good to have.

Case in point: 2012 saw the publication of my debut novel, WEATHERING ROCK a novel of romantic suspense, interwoven with elements of time travel and the paranormal. Publication was a goal I’d set for myself at the start of 2012 and one I succeeded in achieving (yay, me! :)) Check out the blurb:

Weathering-Rock-mockup2Drawn together across centuries, will their love be strong enough to defeat an ancient curse?

Colonel Caleb DeCardian was fighting America’s Civil War on the side of the Union when a freak shower of ball lightning transported him to the present, along with rival and former friend, Seth Reilly. Adapting to the 21st century is hard enough for the colonel, but he also has to find Seth, who cursed him to life as a werewolf. The last thing on Caleb’s mind is romance. Then fetching Arianna Hart nearly runs him down with her car. He can’t deny his attraction to the outspoken schoolteacher, but knows he should forget her.

Arianna finds Caleb bewildering, yet intriguing: courtly manners, smoldering sensuality and eyes that glow silver at night? When she sees Civil War photographs featuring a Union officer who looks exactly like Caleb, she begins to understand the man she is falling in love with harbors multiple secrets–some of which threaten the possibility of their happiness.

Finding a decent guy who’ll commit is hard enough. How can she expect Caleb to forsake his own century to be with her?

I’m hoping a few of you find it interesting enough to add to your TBR list on Goodreads and/or consider purchasing through:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Kobo
Lyrical Press
iBooks

I’m happy to award an ebook copy (Kindle or Nook) to one winner along with a $15 gift card to Amazon or B&N. Comment WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS to be eligible for the grand prizes being offered. Tell me the one thing you’d most like to accomplish in 2013 (it doesn’t have to be a resolution). Use the Rafflecopter link below for more ways to win the prizes on my blog.

When you comment, don’t panic if it doesn’t appear immediately. Comment moderation is on, but I promise your comment won’t get lost and will materialize as soon as I check in. 🙂

Happy New Year! May all your dreams and goals meet with success!

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175 thoughts on “Mae Clair’s New Year’s Eve Blog Hop G*I*V*E*A*W*A*Y

  1. Mae, congrats on your wonderful 2012. I know 2013 will be a great one for you too. I’m really looking forward to TWELFTH SUN. I need to get back to working on my goals, before this year gets away from me! LOL

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    • LOL! Yep, those goals can be awfully slippery. I’ve got mine formulated but need to nail them down and show them who’s boss 🙂

      It’s nice to know you’re looking forward to TWELFTH SUN. That was such a fun one to write. Happy New Year, Donna!

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  2. Happy New Year. My new years resolution is to lose more weight. I have lost 63 lbs so far and plan to lose 50 lbs more.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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  3. I posted my writing goals, but I do also have a health goal too – eat healthier (I’m keeping it simple), and moving past the season of chocolate will probably do wonders to my goal. 😉
    Wishing you all the best for 2013 and your goals – I’m looking forward to seeing your new books come out!

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    • Thanks so much, Lorraine. I’m excited about the new release and WIP. 🙂

      As for ‘the season of chocolate,” I completely agree with you.It was fun while it lasted but it’s time to shove it in the past and embrace ‘the season of healthy eating.” I always feel so much better when I eat right.

      Happy New Year! 🙂

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  4. Mae – You never to cease to amaze me with your accomplishments. You are an inspiration to my ‘keep going forward look at life.’ This past year has had it’s number of health challenges but my primary goal is to finish my WIP, ‘Not the Man I Married’, keep up with my blogging schedule and continue finding ways to approve on the health front.
    You’ll find me at sheri@sheridegrom.com.

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    • I’m cheering you on in all those goals, Sheri. YOU have been such an inspiration to me. I’m crossing my fingers that you get to finish your WIP. I know “Not the Man I Married” is going to be an amazing book when it’s released. Happy New Year and I’m looking forward to your blog posts for 2013!

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  5. As I sit here, my husband is working on what we want to do this year…take a real family vacation. We have been married for 15 years and haven’t taken the kids anywhere. Many reasons why, but this year, we are changing that. Looking for a pet friendly cabin for a week’s vacation. We will do it.
    Best of luck in your goals and Happy New Year.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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    • That sounds like a fantastic goal, Mel, and I like that you’re looking for a ‘pet friendly’ cabin – – including the WHOLE family, LOL. I hope you find a great vacation spot to cherish quality family time together. Thanks for the well wishes and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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    • Adventure! I love it! My husband and I have often kicked around that idea for the future. It sounds like a lot of fun. I would love traveling through and exploring mulitple states. I hope you get to do it. Happy New Year!

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  6. I’m with Lynn. Finding an agent would be good. But in the mean time, it’s awesome working with Lyrical Press! Glad to have you, Mae, as a Lyrical sister!
    For New Years, I don’t have any resolutions, but I just want to continue to read and write as much as I can while raising two adorable toddlers.
    Hugs!
    jessigage at gmail dot com

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    • That’s a fantastic outlook, Jessi. Resolutions are so hard to keep but those things close to our hearts are much easier. 🙂 Happy New Year to a wonderful Lyrical Press sister!

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  7. Congrats on being published this year! This year I am going to try to read some of those free reads I pick up daily on Amazon. So, many books on my kindle I have yet to read. I blame it on the hops distracting me and making me spend money on books I find!

    grapeapril75(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    • I know what you mean, April. My Kindle is overflowing and I just keep buying more books during hops, LOL. If only I could take a few weeks and do nothing but read. Happy New Year!

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  8. Hmm.. well I’d really like to finish up school and find a decent job. *g* I have a gym membership and am putting it to good use already 🙂 (Getting a lot more fit and building up endurance is a particular goal of mine)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    readsalot81(@)hotmail(dot)com

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    • Wishing you luck with all your goals. And congrats to you for putting that gym membership to good use. You definitely sound motivated and that’s half the battle in any goal we undertake. 🙂

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  9. I’d like to attend comic con this year 🙂 Also, I would love to read at least 50 books!

    Thanks for the chance and have a great year!

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  10. I made a goal to be kinder to myself this year. I often do things for other people to the detriment of myself.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

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    • Yep, P90X is a kick-butt routine. Hubby and I did it for a number of years, then moved on to Insanity. Last two years we haven’t really done anything and want to get back into a regular routine again. The problem is we’re OLDER now *cringe* and it’s a whole ‘nother ball game, LOL.

      Thanks for dropping by and Happy New Year!

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  11. Happy New Year!

    I don’t do the whole eight loss thing for a resolution…mostly because I know I won’t reach it and don’t want to disappoint myself.

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

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    • Hi, Drea! Thanks for stopping by. Yep, the weight loss thing is so rough, especially when the pounds don’t melt off the way they used to no matter how hard you work out. I don’t make resolutions so much as say I’m going to give it a try, LOL.

      Happy New Year!

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  12. I want to actually finish a novel I have been working on for some time. A PNR with a twist….lol
    Hope u have a wonderful New Year & Big Hugs
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

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    • Oooh, a PNR with a twist. THAT sounds like my kind of read. I hope you finish it, so it’s available for readers to gobble up 🙂 Wishing you much success in meeting your writing goals. Happy New Year, Missie!

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  13. Hi, Mae!

    Congratulations on publishing your debut in 2012!

    My goal for 2013: To read 150 books! I tried in 2012 and was 10 books short of the goal — so I’ve started the year with a monthly reading goal and checklist. ^_^

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    – Tin (khriscc at yahoo dot com)

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    • What a wonderful goal to have!!! 150 books – – and you almost made it in 2012?!?! I’m cheering you on. 2013 is going to be YOUR year. Thanks for the congrats and I’ll cross my fingers that WEATHERING ROCK might make it onto that 150 list *big grin*

      Happy New Year!

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    • Another great reading goal! I’m starting to think maybe I should give myself a goal for reading. You’re inpsiring me!

      Good luck with the camping too. I used to do it when I was younger but I’m not sure I could ‘rough it’ any more, LOL!

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  14. no major goals for 2013, but wouldn’t mind tackling some de-cluttering that is needed, but rather spend that time tackling the tbr pile instead 🙂
    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

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  15. I would like to accomplish spending more time outside. I am the sole caregiver to my bed ridden mother, so it was hard to spend time outside this year. I am hoping I can relax my paranoia enough to go outside…LOL
    Happy New Year.
    Michelle Bledsoe
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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    • I understand how difficult that can be. A good baby monitor might be able to give you the reach you need outside while allowing you to maintain peace of mind. I’m sure your mother appreciates all you do for her. Be sure to look after yourself too!

      Happy New Year!

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  16. I don’t make resolutions anymore. I am going to try to pay off at least one of the credit cards though. Wishing you good things and much success this year. Happy New Year and thanks for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. This looks interesting! I like historicals, and a nice old fashioned werewolf adapting to modern day sounds intriguing…

    My goal for 2013 is to be more organized and at least TRY to follow a schedule. I’m hoping that way I can schedule in some me time with a book!

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  18. I need to read more; so I’ll relax more!
    I did the tweet thing and the amazon like; but no luck with the url thing yet again; this is the first problem with amazon, I put the # that came up but I don’t think it’s correct because it stayed the same when I tried again later; oh well; I tried! LOL!!!!
    Thanks for the hop & Happy 2013!
    Deethomas291 at gmail dot com

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    • Thank you so much for trying, Dee. It is much appreciated. It’s so hard for newbie authors to break into the field and we appreciate all the help we can get. Happy New Year!

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  19. Happy New Year! My New Years traditions are easy, I spend time with my family and friends. I can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year. My resolutions this year is as always to loose a few pounds and spend a little more time with my family.

    Ifightforlove36@gmail.com

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  20. I don’t make NY resolutions any more. I figure they are just as valid any time throughout the year 🙂

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. What I’m really hoping to accomplish and SOON is to get my own place again… a lot needed to get it done, so I have to work hard to get it

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  22. My goal this year is to work harder on my home business. Thanks for doing the Blog Hop and Happy New Year!
    gatormaryd(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. I plan on organizing everything from kids’ schedules to receipts to laundry duty and eating healthier. The exercise thing may come into play in the spring, but I’m not promising.
    t dot mailhes at yahoo dot com

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  24. Love your pic, you are such a hat person.*jealous*..Your books sound wonderfully exciting….see if I hadn’t done this blog I never would have known about them..lucky me. I am hoping to regain more of my health back this year it has been long difficult recovery. I will feel more myself if I can get m obile again. Also want to start actually cooking some of the recipes I have been collecting..will be fun to see if they are really as good as they look or sound..lol..Hope your new year is full of fun adventures, laughter, love, and warm memories.
    peach_hugs@yahoo.com

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    • Yes, I love hats, LOL. I have a lot of them but have only been bold enough to wear them out in public the last couple years. It’s kind of like diving into cold water – – an initial shock and then you get used to it, LOL.

      I’m glad you think WEATHERiNG ROCK sounds exciting and I hope you get a chance to check it out. I also wish you the best for being healty in 2013. It sounds like you’ve had some hurdles along the way but are also focused on overcoming them. Wishing you the best. Many thanks for dropping by and commenting.

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  25. Happy and Healthy 2013 to everyone – thank you so much for sharing with us and for the great chance to win – for 2013, my plans are to “man up” and get my life, home and health in order, including getting back on track with my weight loss and to work with my son on getting a better job!

    Felicia
    mrschopchop(at)verizon(dot)net

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  26. not thinking that far ahead, just want to make it through this week, happy new year and thanks for the giveaway! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  27. Hi! Happy New Years! Hmm. I dont really make new year resolutions. I kinda just take it one day at a time and go from there. 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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  28. I don’t do resolutions, but it’s my hope that I’ll get my finances in order this year! Happy 2013!
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

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  29. I would love to read more books still a little behind
    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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  30. Great title! Kindle copy would be grand.
    Funny thing- 2 of our characters have the same name! Great minds, eh?
    Nice to meet you.

    I resolve to meet the goal of finishing the polishing of my first book in the Existence series and to submit it to agents/publishers.

    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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  31. Thanks for the giveaway. My resolution is to spend more time with friends and lets time at work.

    amnell(dot)khalan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I want to get healthier to that end I am starting with small goal like adding more veggies and fruit to the diet and start exercising in some form twice a week as soon as the muscle my son pulled on christmas day goes away lol.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

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