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Black Friday Blog Hop - 1 Day Only!

It’s Black Friday and not a minute too soon!  Or wait–is it too soon?

People ask that question every year.  Is Christmas pushing its way into Thanksgiving?  Creeping in on Halloween?  I don’t know about you, but I found it odd to walk the aisles of my nearby Lowes Home Improvement store where ghosts and ghouls littered the one side, while Santa and his reindeer pranced along the other.

Odd.  It was a tangle of confusion, resistance.  I was having a hard enough time as it was dealing with the fact that October was halfway over, let alone I had to start thinking about Christmas!

But what’s a gal to do–other than leave the kids at home when she goes shopping anywhere this time of year?

“Mom, can we get some more candy?”

“Because you didn’t get enough, traipsing through the streets the other night?”

“Can we buy some pumpkin pie?”

“Don’t you think you ate enough over the last three nights?  I know I did!”

“Mom–we NEED that ginormous Santa Claus balloon decoration for the front yard.  Can we get it?”

Are you kidding me?”

And on and on it goes, until Mom has pulled out the last shred of silvery tinsel from her hair, inadvertently stepped on last year’s collectible ornament, downed her final candy cane and dumped this year’s tree onto the burn pile, marveling at its capacity for holding its scent..  Every year, the holiday season seems to rip through the household like a cyclone of festivities and fun.

Fun.  Family.  Love, and the spirit of giving, the spirit of Christ.  That’s what it’s really all about, right?

It is.  So let’s keep focus here and be thankful for the blessings in our life, the gifts of joy in the form of family and friends and what the heck, celebrate a bit along the way. And in this spirit, I’d like to put up this gift in addition to the grand prize.  It’s an adorable case for that ereader you’re going to win, your choice of 7″ – OR – 10″ size, plus a sparkly butterfly decoration, perfect for planters or floral displays!  You’ll also receive a $25 gift card (Amazon or Barnes & Noble) and a free ecopy of one of my books — your choice!  (Giveaway is international.)

All you have to do is leave a comment with your email and you’ll be entered to win, both for this giveaway and the grand prize! What is the grand prize?  Actually, There are three.

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!

Wunderbar!  Now what should you comment about?  How about sharing a memorable gift or Black Friday moment? Anything will do, but HURRY–you’ve got a lot more hopping to do.  Over 200 chances to win!

UPDATE:  Congratulations to Tammy ~ winner of my Black Friday Giveaway!  Thanks to ALL who entered :)  For a list of grand prize winners, watch for Carrie Ann to post.

85 thoughts on “Black Friday Blog Hop – 1 Day Only!

  1. Evie says:

    What a great giveaway!
    Thanks :)
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  2. Becca fowler says:

    AWESOME giveaway! THANKS! happy holidays

    beccaboo97200 (at) att (dot) net

  3. Kirsten says:

    Great giveaway! I’m not a big Black Friday shopper- why brave the crowds when I can sleep in and read all day?


  4. fiza says:

    I prefer shopping online (I’m a international reader ^_^) we do have our own version of the Black Friday only it lasts three days. But I don’t like the pushing and grabbing.

  5. dv says:

    I love great deals–especially when they’re easy and involve no shoving, pushing or waiting in long lines!! Glad to have you all stop by and good luck :)

  6. Dita Š says:

    We don`t have Black Friday deals here (I`m an international reader), so I`m just attending giveaways like this, lol.
    Thanks for making your giveaway INT, I really appreciate that! :)


    1. dv says:

      You bet and glad to have you!

  7. laurie g says:

    What a great giveaway!
    Thanks :)

  8. JanD says:

    My most memorable gift was a wrist watch from my parents.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  9. Veronika says:

    Amazing prize! Thank you for the generous giveaway! We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here I live, so no Black Friday for me either. But it must be fun to go shopping :)

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. dv says:

      Always fun to go shopping…

  10. Dovile says:

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  11. miriam roman says:

    Oh i’m staying home this black friday!!! Nothing in the sale ads could make me go today. i do like to look them over and usually can find a better deal online.thanks you for joining the hop!

  12. cindy r says:

    Happy holidays! Great giveaway! I love on-line shopping! Have a fab blog hop and pop on over to 23 to visit with me. xo cindy writeoncindy@yahoo(dot)com

  13. Carla says:

    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.

    1. I’m not a Black Friday shopper. I prefer online or small local shops. Blog hop give always are always fun! Not just to try to win but helps me find new authors & books to enjoy. Swillis413 @

      1. dv says:

        I do love online shopping. WAY too convenient. :)

  14. Angela Cisco says:

    Love the butterflies, they are very pretty. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. angelacisco79(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. M.C. says:

    It’s not for Christmas, but for my birthday: my sisters gave me a box of books! There were 10+ novels in it.


    1. dv says:

      FABULOUS gift.

  16. Lisa Rayns says:

    I’m not a black Friday shopper. lisarayns at gmail dot com

  17. April says:

    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!

    I am thankful for all the wonderful books I am finding on the hop!


    1. dv says:

      Your TBR list sounds like mine… LOVE to find new authors! :)

  18. Trix says:

    So pretty! I loved the Scott Hannan San Jose Sharks jersey I got for Christmas in ’06…


  19. Theresa Newbury says:

    OMG!! *hugs* You are so generous!! Thanks!


  20. micheleann oboyle says:

    i go to my local shopping center on black fri for a gift card giveaway

  21. Tessa says:

    I’ve learned about this day through friends in the US, and yes, i try to find great deals thorugh Internet. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway and have a wonderful holiday season!
    tessa dot bamberg at kolumbus dot fi

    1. dv says:

      Same to you Tessa, and good luck with the drawings!

  22. Karina says:

    not familiar with black friday, don’t have it where I live, but I always love to receive meaningful gifts ,, when you know person had really thought what to buy specially for you :)

  23. Jennifer Rote says:

    Worst Black Friday moment. Standing in line with wind, sleet and 20 degrees at 4am!!
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

    1. dv says:

      AGH and OUCH! :)

  24. Shani says:

    Such a lovely giveaway! We don’t celebrate black friday here but I do like the online shopping

    1. Shani says:

      Whoops forgot to add email: kiss_shani(at)hotmail(dot)com

  25. Crystal Young says:

    I stay home and enjoy the quiet and the leftover on Black Friday Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway. Happy Holidays
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

    1. dv says:

      It’s the only day I eat a turkey melt sandwich. YUM.

  26. Dawna Newman says:

    My most memorable gift was when my honey made me a custom made dvd /bookshelf to hang on the wall. I loved it.


  27. Lisa Walker says:

    I have friends who go Black Friday shopping but it’s not for me. Thanks for the chance to win!

  28. Kandy Tyler says:

    I’m staying home to read & discover some more authors thru the blog hop…
    No BF shopping for me…

  29. KIM BROOKS says:

    I sent the hubby to pick up a few items..I am glad to have found you on this blog hop and look forward to reading your works. Kim86004(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. dv says:

      Thank you and glad you stopped by!

  30. Susan Buchanan says:

    couldn’t agree more – here in Scotland, our Christmas decorations are actually up before Halloween. I love Christmas and could happily listen to Christmas music etc for the whole of December, but not from mid-October!

    1. dv says:

      We start with the music on Black Friday and listen clear through Christmas. :)

  31. Shadow says:

    Hi! Happy Holidays to you! No, im not a shopper on black friday. I hate crowds. Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

    1. dv says:

      And to you, Shadow. Goodluck!

  32. Karen H in NC says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  33. bn100 says:

    no BF shopping; memorable gift was books by favorite author

    Thanks for participating.


  34. Rita Wray says:

    Thank you for the giveaway.


  35. Daniel M says:

    i can’t take the crowds anymore, great prizes thanks for hopping! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  36. Tammy Turner says:

    I do some Black Friday shopping, but I’m more addicted to Cyber Monday. No lines, No rude people, free shipping…. how can you go wrong!

    1. dv says:

      I LOVE cyber Monday. :)

  37. Jenny says:

    Years ago I worked at Toys R Us on Black Friday. We opened at 5am and it is the first Black Friday that comes to mind when I think of all the ones I’ve been involved in either in the retail capacity or as a shopper. It was insane! SO many people. As a cashier I thought it was kind of fun checking out what everyone was buying, but it after about four hours, a lady collapsing (paramedics were called) and a fight (police were called) it lost some of the fun factor.

    I do still go as a shopper but I’m glad I no longer have to work it.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

    1. dv says:

      Wow. Crazy!

  38. Renee B says:

    That cover is beautiful Make mine the 7inch one. :)
    This is the BEST way to spend Black Friday. Sitting at home, hopping with old friends and making new ones. I can’t handle the crowds anymore so I only do Black Friday shopping online if I do any. I tend to pick up gifts throughout the year so come November I’m finished. That way I can spread out the purchasing and not spend a fortune at the time of the year when my job is at its slowest and my paycheck is at its lowest. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. dv says:

      You are a SMART shopper.

  39. Mer says:

    Gorgeous cover! That looks so cheerful and perfect for escaping dreary winter days with a good book.

    Black Friday moment: I love shopping but I’m not a huge BF shopper. But my family who I love dearly decided it was a must do this year. I went along and was utterly shocked by the crowds. Especially unbelievable was when the lady next to me in line offered to buy my latte. As I was cold and sleep deprived I decided not to add $10 to my BF haul and drank it myself. Craziness.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  40. dv says:

    Appreciate ALL the international visitors today!

  41. Love your blog! I am new.

    jenceyg at gmail dot com

  42. susan platt says:

    I am not a black friday shopper at all myself! My kids are just like yours, I want, I need, Can we get!!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  43. I do all of my black friday shopping online! You can get the same deals and free shipping! Thanks for participating in the hop!


  44. Misha K. says:

    Lol! Your kids sound like the ones in my house, lol~ they want everything even if they just got a lot! So cute~ My favorite present was the year I got a PSP~ loved that thing to death until I got my DS, lol. Now it’s really the only handheld I play. Thank you for the lovely giveaway~

    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

  45. Jeannie Platt says:

    Wow thats pretty… I can say the gift i remember giving the most was during my husband’s and mine first christmas… he was an E3 in the marines and our eldest was 2 months old… We set a price for each of us to spend… I knew i wanted to buy him a wedding band because all he had was the silver ring that was my grandpa’s which i gave him when he asked me to marry him when i was 18… I gave him the ring right before he left to go to to MOS school in. Started dating in 1999, engaged in 2001, married in 2003

    I clipped coupons and had 5 gifts that i bought for him… He had opened 4 (clothes and some tools) the last one was in the christmas tree and i gave it to him… It was the only time i had ever seen him cry besides when our boys were born or when we lost good friends… I still remember him saying… Oh baby you got me a ring… It was a plain 10 kt gold wedding band and even though we have a new set he still wears his first ring/his new ring is for date nights and holidays (men lol).

  46. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the hop stop! Fabulous giveaway.

    melhalp at

  47. Katie Amanda says:

    Thanks for participating! Today I Went out shopping and came home with conditioner, tape, an ornament, and wrapping paper. I found it to be much easier to buy the supplies to wrap the gift than actually buying the gifts. I need to stick with online shopping.


  48. Catherine says:

    WOW, what a pretty giveaway! I’d love to win.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  49. Angie Adair says:

    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! Thanks for the hop!

  50. Krysykat says:

    I don’t go Black Friday shopping, but thanks for the giveaway.


  51. Jo says:

    I spent this Black Friday taking my daughter and her friends to the movies and avoiding all the crowds at the mall. We saw Rise of the Guardians and it was lots of fun. Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  52. Caitlin says:

    I do my shopping online to avoid the crowds.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. Cassandra Hicks says:

    I only shop on Black Friday if it’s online lol
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  54. Christine says:

    I remember getting the bright idea to go to toys r us on black friday when they opened at midnight….I got there, saw the line that wrapped all the way around the building, and turned right around. I was much happier curled up in bed in my PJs. isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

  55. Sue Sattler says:

    I love Black Friday shopping, but this year I waited until the store was almost empty and I still got all the specials on my list.


  56. Mel Bourn says:

    Instead of shopping, I’m hopping! I prefer to do my shopping online.
    Happy Black Friday.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  57. I can still remember a few years back when I was driving home from visiting some friends Halloween night. Mind you, kids are still being T-OR-T’ing! While at a stop sign, I glanced over at the house on the corner of the street– and there, in their living room, easily seen through the window, is a fully decorated and lit Christmas tree. My thought? WTF? WHY?! Followed by:That’s just wrong. Poor kids that went to that house for candy were probably just as confused. Or maybe they’re more prepared than I.


  58. Sarah p says:

    Really thankful for all of the wonderful, generous giveaways on this hop! I havent really experienced much in the way of Black Friday. From Canada so we’re just starting to do the crazy sales thing. Instead of braving the crowds, I may just stick to some online shopping next year Thank you!!
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

  59. Joy F says:

    I only shop online.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  60. Marlena Fein says:

    I am pretty sure in my lifetime I may see Christmas decorations sometime around my birthday in August at the local retailers. I remember (gosh saying that makes me feel old) when it was taboo to put anything out until the day after Thanksgiving. I wish the holiday was less commercial and people would remember the true meaning of the holiday.

    Thanks so much for being a part of the hop and for the giveaway! The ereader cover is beautiful. Did you make it yourself? If so, you should definitely market them. I am sick of purchasing all the “generic” and poorly made ones!

    Happy Holidays,

  61. Thanks so much for participating in this awesome blog hop!

  62. Mary Doherty says:

    The best gift I ever got was my Nook ereader. Thanks for doing the hop!


  63. My most memorable gift I ever received was tickets to a Linkin Park Concert Thanks for the great giveaway!

  64. Lynne says:

    My brother gave me a TV one year and I cried cuz I’d been without tv for over a year! Thanks for the awesome giveaway opportunity!
    tworeads (at) gmail (dot) com

  65. donnas says:

    Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  66. Natasha says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  67. Thanks for participating in the blog hop! Hope you have happy holidays. I stayed home this year for black friday because its a bit frightening in stores, I prefer shopping at home LOL! ;)

    swtlilangel4jc at yahoo dot com

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