Happy New Year!

by Ashlynmathews on December 31, 2012

Click to Hop in!Happy New Year and thank you for stopping by my blog in the New Year’s Blog Hop. Over 200 authors and bloggers are giving away prizes ,and as you can see to your left, the grand prizes are awesome! Remember to comment below to be entered to win my giveaway. Plus your name will be entered for the grand prizes. Everything but the Swag Pack is international. The more blogs you leave comments at, the more times your name gets put in the drawing. Easy and fun. Just click on the image to go to the link for more bloggers and authors’ websites.

I can’t believe 2012 has come to an end. What do you do on New Year’s Eve? Do you have a family tradition?

My family and I like to spend the evening at home in our PJs. We live in the Pacific Northwest and it’s too cold for the kids to be out until midnight. So every year we turn on the t.v. and watch the countdown. My kids ooh and ahh at the fireworks shooting off of the Space Needle.

After the firework show, we toast each other with glasses filled with sparkling cider. Then we run out onto the front porch and yell “Happy New Year” to the neighbors. The kids have fun and my husband and I get in our first laugh of the year :).

For my giveaway, I have a “Leatherette Journal.” As it says on the tag, why not start your 2013 by thinking, creating and recording with style? As a writer, I try to have a notebook or piece of paper with me in case a scene pops into my head. If I don’t get the scenes down, I might not get it back. Odd, I know :). I hope you enjoy the firework show in your time zone, whether live or on the television.

If you like fireworks of passion in your romance novels, be sure to include the steamy stories of a relatively new author like myself in your 2013 to-be-read pile. For a limited time, my contemporary novella, IF ONLY, is free on Amazon! Again, thank you for stopping by and have a happy and safe 2013!

Here is my giveaway! Leave a comment for a chance to win this journel. Psst, there’ll be a secret gift inside :).

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Mary Kirkland January 1, 2013 at 3:01 am

Thanks for participating in the blog hop and Happy New Year. We don’t have a New Years tradition we just stayed home this year.

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M.C. January 1, 2013 at 9:07 am

Happy new year!

My family meets the new year with a sort-of party, and because it ends in the morning, we tend to sleep in on the first day of the year 😀

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Kirsten W January 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway 🙂

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Kassandra January 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Thank you for the chance!

Kassandra
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Nikkie Locke January 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Hey Ashlyn!
My family celebrated with a rousing hand of chicken scratch (a dominoes games), Alice from Syfy, Justified from FX, and lots of yummy food. 🙂 Best of luck in 2013!

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Rita Wray January 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm

We stay home and watch TV. Happy New Year!

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laurie g January 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Thanks for the great hop.Happy New Year!

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Tyler January 1, 2013 at 5:42 pm

No traditions really, just watch the ball drop on tv.
Happy New Year!
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Joy F January 1, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Thanks for the great hop.
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Sherry January 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Hubby & I just got together with our neighbors had a couple drinks and watched TV.
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ki pha January 1, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year. Just read and watched the ball drop on TV.

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Tin January 2, 2013 at 1:06 am

One of the things I like to do is read Tuesdays with Morrie on New Year’s Eve — the insights I gain from reading it serves as my compass for the new year.

Thank you for the great giveaway!

Happy 2013!

– Tin (khriscc at yahoo dot com)

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Tammy Turner January 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing your heart and your soul with us through your books for another year!

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cris January 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Happy New Year!

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kimmyl January 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Snuggled up with my honey and watched tv. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!!!!! I can’t wait for all the new books that will be coming out in 2013!

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Chelsea W January 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

We always just eat the traditional Southern foods–black-eyed peas, cornbread, collard greens, and ham.

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Dawna Newman January 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm

We just watched wrestling then my boys played Xbox while I played on the PC until it was midnight then we watched the Backup Plan.

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vicky b January 2, 2013 at 10:36 pm

played games
happy new year! Thanks
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going to try to lose weight this year

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Wendy Pogrant January 3, 2013 at 1:37 am

Stayed home and watched tv.
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Mimi Smith January 3, 2013 at 6:53 am

Quietly, with friends and family.

Happy New Year!

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Nancy Reece January 3, 2013 at 8:38 am

We always toast with cider as well. This year both my kids went to downtown to see the Peach Drop live. I waited until 3am for them to text they were safe at my son’s apartment.

Happy 2013!
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Alice January 3, 2013 at 9:17 am

No traditions in my family, just spending time together relaxing 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway and happy New Year!
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Jeannie Platt January 3, 2013 at 10:12 am

We stayed home due to being sick over the holidays… cleaned the house and moved around the living rooms… I did have a glass of wine… Thanks for being part of the hop and I hope that 2013 treats you good.

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Cassandra Hicks January 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I normally just watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s show 🙂
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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Ronda Tutt January 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

No traditions or resolutions for me this year, Hubby and I stayed at home this year, we had a nice evening with the fire place going, I had a glass of wine and about 8:30 hubby wanted to watch Batman Rising. It ended just in time before the New Year for our New Year Kiss, which by the way was interupted by our 3 big dogs who jumped up on the couch with us – LOL They were scared from the loud noises coming from the fireworks going off outside – LOL It was funny but was all good, we just laughed and realized how much love we have in our lives.

Happy New Year

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bn100 January 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm

to exercise more
Happy new year!
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Judy January 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE! I’m going to lose 25 # and read 52 + books this year. I watched the ball go down and stayed up to the wee hours reading a great book.

Judy
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Penumbra January 4, 2013 at 12:34 am

I don’t make NY resolutions 🙂

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Missie Jones January 4, 2013 at 8:37 am

We stay in and spend a romantic night watching movies….lol
Happy New Years
Missie Jones
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Drea January 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Happy New Year!

My resolution is to spend more time on myself. I spread myself to thin.

~*Drea*~
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donna ann January 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Enjoyed a nice relaxing evening reading & watching the balldrop
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Readsalot81 January 4, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Our new years are typically pretty quiet. I have to admit, I don’t like battling traffic or tipsy drivers.. so I’m pretty much in for the night. Our family will have snacks, watch movies, play music or board games, then call it a night. 🙂 Fun, but not crazy.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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JanD January 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Stayed home & watched the ball drop.
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Dione Sage January 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
Best Wishes in 2013
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donnas January 4, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Happy New Year!!

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Michelle Tucker January 5, 2013 at 12:36 am

Didn’t see any fireworks this year. It’s too dry here atm for them. 🙁 Thanks so much for participating in the blog hop. Hope you have an awesome 2013!
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Dita January 5, 2013 at 5:43 am

I stayed home with my family. Sometimes we go to masquerade ball after the midnight!
Thanks!

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Maureen January 5, 2013 at 7:41 am

We usually have a nice dinner at home.
Happy New Year!
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Jennifer Rote January 5, 2013 at 10:05 am

No traditions except we take our tree down on New Years Day.

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Becki Wyer January 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Thanks for being part of this huge hop. Happy New Year!!

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Sherry Johnson January 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Happy New Year,thanks for the chance to win.

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Mel Bourn January 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm

We are very low key around our house. We have friends over, the kids play, the adults play board games and try new drinks. Lots of food, laughter, and fun. Not to mention, the doggy gets lots of attention from everyone.

Happy New Year.

Mel
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Mary Doherty January 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm

A surprise?! I love surprises! lol Thanks for doing the Blog Hop and Happy New Year. I love finding new authors, so I will be looking you up on Amazon.com.
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April Holgate January 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I definitely added you to my TBR pile!! I am finding so many new authors this hop! And I love surprises! I hope it is an Amazon card! Happy New Year!

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latisha depoortere January 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
I wish you a very Happy New Year!
Latisha D
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Dee January 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm

We just watched the ball drop in Times Square!
Thanks for the chance and the hop! Happy 2013!
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Daniel M January 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm

happy new year and thanks for the giveaway! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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Lisa Walker Liese2 January 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm

We had snacks and watched the Twilight Zone marathon with the kids!
Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!
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Katie Amanda January 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm

I spent New Years on the couch! Thanks! katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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LaTonia January 5, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Happy New years to all
Happy Reading…
Happy Writing…
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Natasha January 5, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Staying home with my family.
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Toni Porter January 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm

My mom and I traditionally have our “midnight meal” on New Year’s Eve, consisting of appetizers and snack foods, while we wait for the ball to drop. (We used to watch the Twilight Zone marathon on SyFy, but since we cut cable in 2012, we didn’t this year.) We sip on sparkling pear juice instead of wine.
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Veronika January 6, 2013 at 1:48 am

Happy New Year to you!
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Shadow January 6, 2013 at 3:13 am

Hi! Happy New Years! I spent the day with my family. We watched movies, put together a puzzle and toaster in the new year. 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!
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elaine bishop January 6, 2013 at 8:38 am

thanks for the hop
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Stacey January 6, 2013 at 9:11 am

NO traditions here 🙂

Happy New Year
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J Lenni Dorner January 6, 2013 at 7:17 pm

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Happy New Year from What-Are-They.com ! I hope you have a great one. Thanks for taking part in the hop.

I don’t really have a New Year tradition. I like to do something different each year. Go with the flow and see where the tide takes me kind of attitude.

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Jennifer January 6, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Happy New Year to all and thanks for the hop.
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Michelle Bledsoe January 6, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Happy New Year
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