Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Naughty New Years Blog Hop


Welcome to 2013 and my stop on the Naughty New Years Blog Hop Tour! A huge thank you to Skye Warren for her hard work putting this event together. Don’t forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win one of my Heat Wave books, then hop on to the next blog. The hop starts on January 2nd and runs through January 7th! Give yourself some time because we’ve got a lot of hosts… which means a LOT of prizes.


New Year's Day is my favorite day of the year. I wish I could bottle the feelings of awe, excitement, and hope that I hold for the year ahead, then pop it open and take a sip as the year grinds on and I need a reminder of the optimism I had on January 1st.

The way kids wait with anticipation for Christmas morning, is the way I feel waiting for New Year’s Day. However, there is one problem that accompanies my anticipation. I tend to become a little psychotic the week between Christmas and New Year, clearing out the old, getting us “ready” for the new.

All the Christmas decorations need to be down, packed up, and stored away. The house has to be clean and organized: closets and drawers sorted and cleared of clutter; baseboards cleaned, screens washed, windows clean, kitchen cabinets purged...

Are you getting the picture? :D

One year, I moved everything out of my laundry room, went to Target and purchased storage units, and completely reorganized the laundry room. It needed to be cleaned, and I’m glad I did it, but that’s just one example of how crazy I can get while trying to get my physical and emotional house in order so I’m “ready” for the New Year.

This year, my husband and I have been sick so my normal routine was derailed. I do have the Christmas decorations put away, but I haven’t organized anything and I’ve barely been able to keep the house average-clean.

However, even though I haven’t been able to stick to my usual routine, I’ve held on to my usual optimism and excitement and hope for an amazing new year.

So what about you? Do you have an annual ritual to make sure the upcoming year is all you hope for? Do you have any New Year resolutions or plans to make 2013 the best year ever?

Leave a comment for a chance to win one of my Heat Wave books, and then hop on to the next blog and leave a comment there. All comments are entered into the Grand Prize Drawing - a $100 gift card to EdenFantasys and a digital gift basket of 10 erotica books. All comments across the blog tour are entered, so stop everywhere and increase your chances!!

Happy New Year! Make 2013 YOUR year!!

Peace and love,
Alannah

List of blog participants:

74 comments:

Shayna Snyder said...

I love Blog Hops! Can't wait! Happy New Year Alannah! May 2013 bring on more wonderful books like yours! ;)

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Shayna!! Well this one will keep you busy for a while! :D Good luck in the contests, and thank you!!! {Hugs}

Rhonda Lee Carver said...

Happy New Year !!!May 2013 be the BEST year yet :)

S.A. said...

Happy New Year! Loving this blog hop! Sarina Asheford

LM said...

Love your series!! I try to get more organized each year. I've finally learned to pick a start place and keep at it until I finish that spot!
modularmates(at)comcast(dot)net

Becki Wyer said...

My New Year's activities are very similar to yours. I take down all the Christmas decorations, then I start spring cleaning early.

rmwyer at shaw dot ca

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Rhonda - Thank you! Same to you!!!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Sarina - Tons of great goodies being given away. Thanks for stopping by to visit with me. Happy New Year!!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi LM - Thank you so much. I'm glad you're enjoying the Heat Wave! :-)

Having a starting place and sticking with it until it's finished is a great rule! I need to do the same thing. I'm so easily distracted, I hop from one thing to another to anothe. And then nothing gets done. :-D

Happy new year! Enjoy the blog hop!!

Alannah Lynne said...

Becki - I usually don't do spring cleaning because I've cleaned everything so well around New Years. But this year... I'm gonna need to do spring cleaning. :-/

Have a great day!!

magic5905 said...

Thanks for the great hop.
magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Magic!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Happy New Year!!

laurie said...

Happy New Year!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Laurie!! Thanks for dropping by. Happy New Year to you, too!!

Shadow said...

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

Jessi said...

Happy New year.

jess820[at]gmail[dot]com

vera mallard said...

thanks for the hop. cant wait to see who wins
vera28546 at yahoo (dot) com

CBarton said...

Thank you so much for the fun giveaway and hop to start out the new year.

cmucha319@yahoo.com

Ms. Reality said...

Thanks!!!

realityfun2@gmail.com

Rhianna said...

Have a naughty new year and thanks for the giveaway!

always.and.never AT gmail DOT com

susanmp said...

I hope you and your family are feeling better and you are more than welcome to come to my house and clean and organize. I try, but with a 6 yr old and 2 yr old, it is almost impossible!

Happy New Year!

susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

Jillyn said...

My only plans are to ring in my 21st birthday this year!
Thanks for the giveaway.

jillynann(at)gmail(dot)com

kimmyl said...

Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!!!!! I can't wait for all the new books that will be coming out in 2013!

readingdiva@ymail.com

Dione Sage said...

Thank you for the giveaway!
uilani25 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Tessa said...

Not really any special rituals for me. But I hope the new year will be a great one for me, and for you. Hope it will be rich what comes to new books from you, ang generally a great one.
tessa (dot) bamberg (at) kolumbus (dot) fi

Stacey said...

Happy New Year

stardf(at)gmail(dot)com

Shar Simms said...

Happy New Year!

aprilnu2003(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jeanette Platt said...

so totally know how you feel... We were sick so i still have a lot to do.. by my laundry room has nice new shelves built by hubby so our evil youngest would stop getting into everything lol. Thanks for the hop and hope you get feeling better.

j.m.platt83@gmail.coms

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

My goal for 2013 is to be more active. I didn't follow through on my 2012's.

Happy New Year!!
Jennifer Rote
wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

Pepper Penn said...

i freaking LOVE your heat wave books! can't wait for the 3rd. thanks for the hop. happy 2013.
pepperpenn42 at gmail dot com

kimberly holgate said...

i plan to write read and draw more this year
kaholgate at ymail dot com

Cassandra said...

My resolutions are to get healthy and to better myself and my relationships :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

Erika said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! Would love to check out one of your books:) Happy New Year! saltsnmore at yahoo dot com

Mer said...

I do housecleaning before the new year as well, but my family's favorite new year's ritual is making greens and black eyed peas for dinner on New Year's Day. It's supposedly to ensure health and wealth in the new year.

Happy new year!

dancingcelt at gmail dot com

S Oconnor said...

I don't have any rituals or anything. I hope to get a new job to make my 2013 great!

Thanks!

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

Kathy L. said...

Hey girl, I finally got to your blog. I had trouble in the beginning. Happy New Year. Did you hear I won the name of character on ebay. Yay so excited about that.
coach4kat at gmail dot com

K. April Holgate said...

Thanks for doing the hop!! This New Year I resolve to be extra naughty and really earn my spankings!!
So, many great new authors and book to add to my TBR pile and stalk after this hop!
grapeapril75(AT)gmail(DOT)com

bw said...

Alannah- thanks for the blog-hop! Beth
hotreaderbethy(at)hotmail(dot)com

Linda said...

No ritual other than taking it easy, so i´m ready for the new year with a rested, happy mind =)
Love this, =) thanks for the giveaway & Happy New Year!
//Linda
fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

jessiel said...

No particular ritual, just relaxing. Plan on eating healthier this year & reading more steamy books. My hubby not complaining because I get some ideas. Thanks for being part of this hop & your giveaway!

JessieL62 at comcast dot net

Kyla Whitley said...

Hi! Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing in the hop!
jukyjoauka(at)aol(dot)com

Eva's Flowers said...

Happy New Year, thanks for being part of such a cool naughty blog hop!

Eva
evitap67(at)gmail(dot)com

whitk227 said...

Nope. No resolutions here. I’m old enough to know my limitations

But I love how a new year can feel like a new start.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Happy New Year!

Karen

whitk227 (at) gmail (dot) com

Janea C. said...

Happy New Year!

janeajlc@gmail.com

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Shadow!! I've been out of town, so I'm a little behind in responding to all the comments, but I wanted to say hi and thanks for dropping by and visiting with me!!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Jessi!! Happy New year to you, too!! Thanks for dropping by and visiting with me!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Vera!

Thanks for visiting with me. I hope you had good luck in the contests (I'll be drawing mine in a little bit)!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi CBarton!

Happy New Year! Thanks for commenting! :-)

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Ms. Reality! Happy New Year! I hope you had good luck in the contests!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Rhianna

Happy New Year to you!! Thanks for commenting!!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Susan!

We are feeling much, much better! Thank you! I remember when mine were little... the worst were the toys with little tiny parts that got separated from the bigger toys and always found their way under my feet! :D

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Jillyn!

Happy early 21st!!!! I hope you have a magnificent year!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Kimmyl! I wish I had more time to read because there are several books coming up that I've been waiting for for a long time!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Dione!

You're very welcome. I hope you've had good luck in the contests!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Tessa!

I hope it's a great year for all of us, too!!! The best ever!!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Stacey!!

Happy New Year to you, as well!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Shar!
Happy New Year!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Jeanette!

I hope you're feeling better, too, and that all your holiday trimmings have found their way to their storage places (if only it was that easy!) :D

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Jennifer!

I didn't follow through on my goal either, which really irritates me. I wonder how fit and thin I would be right now if I'd stuck with it for the entire year. Good luck to you with that goal!!

Alannah Lynne said...

Aww, Pepper... thank you!!! It totally made my night to read that!! Muah!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Kimberly!

Those sound like great goals! Good luck!!

Alannah Lynne said...

Wow, Cassandra, those sound like great goals!! Good luck!!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Erika!

I don't know if anyone will see these follow-up comments or not, but I'm going to email each of you as soon as I'm finished. I totally forgot to let you know that "Savin' Me" is free at all major outlets! *doh*

So even if you don't win, I want to make sure everyone knows they can pick up Savin Me for free!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Mer! Are you in the south, because my husband's family has the same New Year Day ritual. I grew up in Southern Ohio and had never heard of that until I moved to NC.

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi S Oconnor - Best of luck to you with your job search!!!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hey Kathy!!

I'm sorry you had problems. It's my understand that the linky thing wasn't working the first few days and that lots of people were having problems getting around. I'm glad it got "fixed!"

I just found out yesterday about you winning the "Name the character" bid. Congrats!!!! Look for a message from me in the next couple of days about it! :-)

Alannah Lynne said...

Woo-hooo!! K. April!! That sounds like a lofty, fun goal!! Good luck!! :-D

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi bw!! You're very welcome! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Alannah Lynne said...

Linda, that sounds like a lovely ritual! I'd probably be better served going your route than mine!!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Jessie!! I'd think every husband would celebrate when his wife said, "I got a new book today!" :D Mine loves it when I say, "I need to do some research." LOL

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Kyla - you're very welcome. Thanks for dropping by!!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hey Eva!! I'm thrilled that I was able to participate!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Karen - knowing our limitations is huge, so you're very wise!! Happy New Year!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Janea!!

Happy New Year!