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Happy New Year!

Let’s start this new year off right—and in my world, that means with a good book (and a cute ereader cover!), PLUS a $25 gift card from Amazon.

It’s the only place you can find my new women’s fiction release, Condemn Me Not.  This is a story about working mothers, those that stay home, and those that work outside of the home.  It’s a hot debate, and this novel is sure to heat of the flames of discussion. :)

And what better time to ignite discussion than the new year?  (I know many were a bit anxious about December 21st, so this year’s celebration will prove all the more sweet.  Not only are we “still” here (**happy dancing**), but we have so many wonderful books to read!)

As an author, books bring me double the pleasure.  Not only do I get to READ, but I get to WRITE, too!  It’s the job of a lifetime for me, and one I enjoy sharing with all of you.

So this year, I’m counting my blessings.  My family and friends, my freedom to write the story of my heart…  Sometimes that’s a romantic fiction, as in the case of my tropical Miami series, including award-winning Jennifer’s Garden, Lust on the Rocks and Whisper Privileges, and now, my women’s fiction, Condemn Me Not.  As a mother, I love all my ” children,” butthis one is especially near and dear to me.

But I do LOVE free stuff, so let’s start the year off with a giveaway.  Enter to win this 10″ tablet sleeve and $25 Amazon gift card by leaving a comment, liking me on facebook, or following on twitter.  3 EASY ways to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway Don’t delay—you have more blogs to hop!

209 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Evie says:

    No, nothing special.
    Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!

  2. Laura says:

    I’m looking forward to starting college (and a bit scared too :S) and to reading more ^^

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. WONDERFUL. College is great! Have fun and enjoy…

  3. Mimi Smith says:

    Starting college and moving away from home… Am really excited!
    Happy New Year!

    1. FABULOUS. Have fun! Hopefully, you will remember college as some of the best days of your life. :)

  4. Dovile says:

    to get a new job

    1. Wishing you the best for a prosperous outcome!!

  5. Karina says:

    Yeah, some plans.. like spend more time with friends.

    1. Me, too. :) We need our friends–especially we women!!

  6. Jennifer Irving says:

    We’re just hanging out at home trying to recover before school starts tomorrow.

    1. Starts tomorrow? Wah!

  7. Jeannie Platt says:

    Plans for the new year… Getting an accounting job… So when i graduate in Oct I am not running around looking for one… Plus read some good books, and get my blog going good… Want to do reviews of all the great books i read so others can enjoy them also.

    1. YAY! I love reviewers!! :) Good luck and Happy New Year!

  8. Elizabeth D says:

    My plans are to read lots! (:

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Excellent idea. ;) Have a happy New Year!

  9. Dawna Newman says:

    My plans are to enjoy this year with my son and DH. That and read lots of books.

  10. Dianne Venetta says:

    Sounds like a great year in store for you. :)

  11. Jenny Newton says:

    My plans are to get in better health this year.

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Start a garden! :)

  12. Trix says:

    I just want to have a calm and happy year!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Me, too. Phew, but life gets busy!

  13. Mandala says:

    Plan to eat healthier and exercise more. Happy New Year!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Always on the top of my list, come January.

  14. Flora says:

    I’m looking forward to moving into my new house :)

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      FUN. Enjoy the new beginning!

  15. Kirsten W says:

    To read as many books as possible :D

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Always love that answer. ;)

  16. Jennifer Rote says:

    To be more active.

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Ride a bike or garden? Hm. TOUGH decision. :)

  17. michelle pickett says:

    I plan on getting married this year :)

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Now THAT’S an adventure.

  18. Daraya says:

    To become more fit! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Always a good idea. (Originally wrote “food” instead of “good.” Accident?)

  19. Maria Malaveci says:

    Some of my plans are to read more…..!

  20. Shelly Hammond says:

    Read, drink coffee. read some more, drink more coffee, read a bit more, and (you guessed it) drink a bit more coffee! I suppose I might have to add to this but for now this sounds like a good plan…

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      LOVE that plan! Sounds a lot like my weekends. :)

  21. Lacey T says:

    I’m going to catch up on my TBR list :)

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      If yours is anythinf like mine–Good luck!

  22. ACReads says:

    My plans are to read as many books off of my TBR shelves as possible. I have way too many. Happy New Year and thank you for the giveaway!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      You’re welcome and good luck!

  23. Sierra says:

    To try to fit in more reading with all my school work

  24. kimberly holgate says:

    have fun read a lot maybe actualy get some work done around the house

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      UGH. You and me, both.

  25. Sandra says:

    I mostly plan to read a lot and stick to writing consistently :) I’d like to get an internship somewhere as well, in publishing for instance.

    Thanks for the chance. Have a great new year filled with books!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Good luck with your writing!! It’s an AWESOME occupation.

  26. Cassie says:

    Read lost of books, pass AP tests & graduate :)

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      FANTASTIC goals. Good luck!

  27. Krista says:

    I read a little and went to bed early. I party hard ;) Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Good girl ;) and good luck!!

  28. Traci Lynn Butler says:

    I want to start a blog this year

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Have fun with it!

  29. Maryann says:

    Making time to read more

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      EXCELLENT idea. :)

  30. Anne C says:

    New Year’c celebration is over, and for this year’s serious plan, I would like to go back to school. :)

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      And you can. Follow your passion and the rest will come… Happy 2013!!

  31. Sarah Handrich says:

    I plan to spend more time with my kids and take them on an awesome vacation!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      FUN!!!!

  32. Cynthia R says:

    i plan on saving some money this year!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Love to hear it. Good luck and best wishes for a prosperous new year!

  33. Eva says:

    to save money!!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      YES!!! Good luck and happy New Year!

  34. Katie Contests says:

    Gallbladder removal :D

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Yay?!?! Hope it goes GREAT!!!!

  35. Jill W. says:

    My plans for the new year are to hopefully a trip somewhere warm and read more books by authors I haven’t before.

  36. More reading and more blogging. Hope your New Year is wonderous!!!

  37. Jillyn says:

    To get healthier. Thanks for the giveaway.

  38. Victoria CK says:

    We had some, but ended up backing out and just staying home. We have gotten old enough that we would rather stay home together and have a quiet evening to ourselves than rush around all over the place. I read and hubby watched a TV series he had missed on Netflix. Sounds boring, but we were happy with the stress-free evening :D

    Seems to be the biggest goal for the year as well- peace and stress-free. Hubby’s job is putting extra on him lately and he enjoy an easy home-life. The little things that we so easily take for granted…

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      I’m with you. :) Normally, we stay home. This year–hotel and dinner in. ;)

  39. Jen Haile says:

    Lose more weight!

  40. Jaime Lester says:

    I plan t have a fantastic year this year. My biggest plan is to have a little one. That is the goal!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Great goal and good luck!!

  41. Live more and read/review as many books as humanly possible! :)

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      LOVE it!

  42. Dione Sage says:

    I am really hoping to do things that I keep putting off… but that is my wish daily.

  43. Holly says:

    Save more money!

  44. Toni Porter says:

    Well, my two big goals are to finish editing my current novel, and to find a better job. Freelance graphic design just hasn’t been cutting it the past few years.

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Excellent. Good luck with new horizons!

  45. Michele L. says:

    I’m finally getting my bachelor’s degree!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      YAY!

  46. Susan Fletcher says:

    Plans for the new year – get my body healed (spine, ankle/foot) from surgeries so I can enjoy life much more abundantly!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Yes. Working on a few of my own physical ailments. :)

  47. For the new year i am just going to try and stay positive & pray my husband finds a new job soon.

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      My prayers are with you. Here’s to good fortunes coming your way!

  48. Jeannette says:

    Just to be a more patient person

  49. Kerri says:

    To keep working hard on the new business my sister and I are opening!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      WOW. Big opportunity. Good luck!

  50. brookea_2006 says:

    Finishing up school :)

  51. Emily R says:

    College Graduation

    1. EXCELLENT. Congratulations and have a great new year!

  52. Rita Wray says:

    I plan to pay off all the bills.

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Dave Ramsey would be proud!

  53. Susan Smith says:

    I hope to get some home improvement projects completed

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      In my world, it’s hello honey bunny and Home Depot!

  54. Krista says:

    I want to workout more and keep better records of all the books that I read. Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Krista

    1. Awesome plan and good luck!

  55. Christine says:

    I’m going to be working finishing my degrees and I’m determined to try more new things this year, step out of my comfort zone a bit.

    1. Always scary, but usually worth it!! ;) Good luck!

  56. Megan B says:

    I want to fulfill my dream and get a job as a teacher.

    1. We need more people like you. :) Thanks for answering the call!

  57. Lisa Vazquezanzua says:

    I do actually. I will be moving in the next month or two. And starting a new chapter in my life.
    Thank you for being a part of this fun and awesome blog hop!!
    Wishing you a Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks for taking part and good luck with your move!

  58. Kendra says:

    Start reviewing books!!!

  59. I plan on getting more into photography :)

    1. You and my daughter, both. Have a great year and good luck!!

  60. Kamla L. says:

    I’ve made a few New Years resolutions. Only one that is book related. Since my TBR/wish list is longer than “The Song That Never Ends”. More and more great new releases keep coming along and pushing the older titles further back on my list. My 2013 list is already over 60 titles and growing, I have resolved to this year read at least 40 books from my TBRs that were written prior to 2010.

    1. Wow, you have a lot to catch up with, don’t you? Good luck and happy reading!!

  61. jodi frasier/lasher says:

    My plans for the new year are to drop down at least 20lbs. Thanks for the giveaway

    1. Great goal!! Good luck and happy New Year!!

  62. Joy F says:

    Paying down my credit cards.

    1. We need more people like you–and we can start with our government!! :)

  63. Suz Reads says:

    Read a lot of great books! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

  64. Dena says:

    My plans are to get more work done :) It’s not working out so well.

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Family first, for holidays and then work, work, work!

  65. Heidi S says:

    Travel more (2 vacations already planned) and to go to the beach (it’s not very far away but I never get there!).

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      You and me both!

  66. Throuthehaze says:

    I plan on finding a job

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Wish you well on your endeavor!

  67. Tiffany says:

    I stayed home and read a book!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Good for you. I met Hulk Hogan! Totally embarrassed myself…. ;) Worth it!

  68. nannypanpan says:

    just to get healthier
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Gardening works for me!

  69. Tara says:

    We ended up staying home with a sick 4 month old

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      UGH. Hope it wasn’t the flu. :( get well, soon!

  70. JanD says:

    Read and exercise more.

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Goos plan.

  71. DeeDee Griffin says:

    The usual – read more books, lose 10 pounds, focus more at work…
    Thanks and Happy New Year!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      AWESOME.

  72. Angela says:

    Be more active and read more! :D

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Woohoo! :)

  73. Samantha D says:

    School! and to find a job!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      YAY!! Good luck :)

  74. I’m continuing my pursuit of my teaching degree and we’re making 2013 a healthy year for the whole family!

    1. Dianne says:

      Ever thought about starting a garden to help in this endeavor? ;)

  75. Linda Henderson says:

    I am going to work hard to lose some weight and eat healthier.

  76. Tiffany Drew says:

    Read, read and read!

  77. Tiffany Drew says:

    Read, read and read some more!

  78. Christina T says:

    New Job, starts soon!!

  79. Tamara says:

    My plans include reading many great books this year! And also… get the house organized! Thanks for hosting this absolutely wonderful giveaway. Would love to win the prize!

    1. Dianne says:

      Appreciate you taking part –can’t do it without you!!

  80. Cheryl says:

    I would LOVE to have a baby this year!

    1. Dianne says:

      Precious. Good luck!!!

  81. Allie L says:

    Staying at home :D

  82. Erika says:

    I hope to get more organized in all aspects of my life and read more this year! Thanks for the giveaway! Happy New Year!

    1. Dianne says:

      Happy New Year!!!!

  83. Daniel M says:

    hopefully find more time to read! thanks for the giveaway

    1. Dianne says:

      You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by!!

  84. Jennifer H says:

    Continue working on my nursing degree
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

    1. Dianne says:

      We need good nurses :)

  85. ashlee lewis walls says:

    my son graduates high school this year so it is a very busy year with all of the senior things and preparing for college

    1. Dianne says:

      VERY busy. Enjoy it!!

  86. stephanie o'day says:

    Have a great semester at school and buy a house!

  87. Kim Reid says:

    To be a healthier me, thanks!

  88. Brittany Utley says:

    My plans are to join a gym and lose 60lbs and become a healthier more confident me! Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Dianne says:

      WONDERFUL — and you can do it!!!

  89. michelle dement says:

    to get healthy! :)

  90. Chasity Boatman says:

    working on my degree

  91. Laura Bradley says:

    to read more!

  92. Tia says:

    I’m hoping for a family vacation this spring or summer

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Would love a great trip to the beach!

  93. celina k says:

    My plan is to enjoy it as much as I can!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      My sentiments exactly.

  94. Kayley F. says:

    My most significant plan is to graduate from my university and get a post-grad job.

  95. Gaby says:

    My goal is to get to my reading goal this year.

  96. Stacy says:

    My major plans for the year include an Alaskan cruise in June and then a week in New England in the fall.

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Wow. I would LOVE that!

  97. Laurent says:

    Save money to buy a new car!!!

  98. LisaILJ says:

    I am looking forward to the National Championship game on 1/7.

  99. My plans are to read more and stress less!
    thanks for the great giveaway!
    my1lulabug at yahoo dot com

  100. Lisa Walker says:

    Last year was pretty hectic for us so we are looking forward to a more relaxed one for 2013.
    Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!

  101. Deborah says:

    No big plans!

    Thank you and Happy New Year!!!

  102. Laura H. says:

    My main objective this year is to lose 50 pounds!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Great goal and you can make it happen!

  103. beth c says:

    to blog more, sing more, play more, read more, do more yoga, juice more and make it to the east coast to visit the family we haven’t seen in a long time & some we haven’t met yet!!
    thanks for the giveaway! :)
    happy new year!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Perfect.

  104. Bonnie Hilligoss says:

    My favorite plans for this year (besides read a lot!) are a trip to Hawaii and a cruise around the United Kingdon in the fall.

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Wow…speechless. Have fun!

  105. Jessie says:

    I have no big or important plans for 2013.

  106. Mer says:

    No concrete plans as of yet. I am looking forward to taking a trip with my family (location undecided, but not too relevant. Togetherness is the goal!) and reading some new books.

    Happy new year!

  107. Ashley A says:

    No real plans yet except to try to do things that make ME happy :)
    Thanks for the great giveaway!! Happy New Year!!
    Ashley A
    ash_app@hotmail.com

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      We ALL need me time!!!

  108. Kathy Ross says:

    I plan on losing more weight.

  109. plan to read more of the books that I already have on hand

  110. sandy says:

    Just planning to read more! :)

  111. Sarah L says:

    My goal is to swim 3 times a week.
    Thanks for the contest.

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Swimming proved to me how OUT of shape I was! But great exercise.

  112. I plan to lose 20 lbs this year

  113. AEKZ2 says:

    My plan is to eat healthier

  114. Karen says:

    To be healthier

  115. Cordelia Fitzgerald says:

    To read more books wo breaking the bank….I know: impossible!

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      Not with all the freebies out there. Go for it!!

  116. steve weber says:

    just hoping to win lots of contests!
    groogruxking40 at gmail dot com

    1. Dianne Venetta says:

      You know it!!!

  117. Bridget Merker says:

    My first Cruise!

  118. Amber H. says:

    Find a new job since my store closed. :( and find more time to read!

  119. latisha depoortere says:

    I would love to read more books this year! Thank you for the great giveaway and Happy Holidays!

  120. Brianne says:

    My most exciting plans for 2013 include trying to get pregnant :)

  121. Lisa Hackney says:

    I am hoping to find more time to read in the new year!!

  122. Tara says:

    Spend more time with my family!

  123. bn100 says:

    to read more books

  124. Stephanie W. says:

    Read more and finish my Master’s degree!!

  125. Kaci Verdun says:

    We plan on moving to Florida!

  126. Kate says:

    Continue my grad school education! Try and read a bit more than last year!

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