Friday, August 31, 2012

Romancing the Hop Blog Hop and Giveaway #romhop

Hi everybody and welcome to the

Romancing the Hop
       Blog Hop

 glad you could stop by

The rules here today are pretty simple...

Just leave me a comment below telling me what your favorite thing about Romance is and make sure to leave your email address so you can be contacted if you win!  See?  I told you, simple :)

There are over 200 authors and bloggers participating in this hop and they're each doing a giveaway of their own so make sure you better your chances of winning by stopping by and leaving a comments at each one, of course along with your email address so they can contact you if you win !

Now, besides all these great authors and bloggers giving away great stuff, we have 3 main prizes as well...wanna know what they are??

Well, take a look.....

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!
Now who wouldn't want any of this great stuff huh??
So again, all you have to do is stop by each of the blogs in the list at the bottom of my post and leave a comment and your email address...oh and don't forget to leave a comment here for me too :)
It will get you entered in to win an Amazon $5 gift card  and your choice of one of my 4 anthologies listed below :)

Believe !
A collection of uplifting Christmas short stories from Turquoise Morning Press. Romance, inspiration, and unexpected gifts— Reminding us to simply...believe.
 Second Hand Horses by Amy LeBlancMall Magic by Cat Shaffer
Another Quirky Christmas by Tonya Kappes
Concourse Christmas by Margaret Ethridge
Love in an Elevatorby Krista Ames
Fixing Christmas by Elizabeth Chalkley
Angel on Board by Janet Eaves

The Twelve Seductive Days of Christmas by Marissa Dobson

Be Mine, Valentine......A dozen short stories of love…just as good as roses. Maybe even better! This short story collection celebrates love—young love and old, mended love, secret love, and love enduring. Twelve talented writers share stories to touch your heart and soul.

Anthology Authors:
Krista Ames, Suzanne Barrett, Elizabeth Chalkley, Marissa Dobson, Janet Eaves, Jennifer Johnson, Margaret Ethridge, Amy Le Blanc, Tracy March, Nancy Naigle, Cat Shaffer, Bobbye Terry

Summer Shorts is a collection of light romantic reads about love, life and endless summer nights.
With everything from a first kiss, to the rekindling of a long marriage, there is something for everyone. Beaches, cruises and summer days, perfect for tucking into your beach bag or your e-reader, and heading off to lie in the sun, bask in the warm breezes, and dream….enjoy.
Declarations of Dependence by Margaret Ethridge
Best Friends by Suzanne Barrett
Retrieving Hope by Bobbye TerryBeach Towel by Grace GreeneFireworks by Julie Anne Lindsey
The Green House by Amie Denman
Old Devil Moon by Bobbye Terry
Surf’s Up by Krista Ames

All Bets Are On !                                       
Romance ~ Mystery ~ Murder

Some might say placing (and winning!) a win, place and show bet—a trifecta—is the triple threat of racing, and to the winner goes the spoils. In this Kentucky Derby themed short story collection, All Bets Are On! the trifecta may include romance, mystery and even murder! We’re betting you’ll find a story or two to savor as you sip a mint julep, study the daily racing form, and pick out your Derby hat. We hope you enjoy.

Remember My Love by Cheryl Norman
The Winner by Jan Scarbrough
Going The Distance by Margaret Ethridge
As Luck Would Have It by Christina Wolfer
Glynda’s Dare by Shanon Grey
Whiskey’s Sweet Revenge by Krista Ames
I know I asked everyone to tell me their favorite thing about Romance but you know, I'm not even sure I can name just one thing.  Romance makes you feel all ooey gooey inside lol.  Romance makes me think of my husband actually.  He'd never admit to it but  he is absolutely a romantic at heart.  I remember when we were dating....we met online :)  We talked for two months before we ever met face to face.  I swear I lived for those texts until we worked our way up to that nerve-racking first phone call and then whew....what a voice.  To this day, I still get all fluttery when he calls me out of the blue.  He used to write poems for me, which i've kept every one and he likes to buy me those mushy cards I love.  We lived about 3 hours apart when we were dating, which was awful so once when we had plans to meet in Auburn Hills for a Piston's game, I met him at our hotel and he had a handmade card waiting for me on the bed with another poem he'd written.  Made me cry when i saw it.  Any way, after a while we finally moved in together, mixing our family of 4 children and for my birthday one year he gave me the ultimate in poems inside a lumpy card.    He'd written a poem telling me how much he loved me and couldn't live without me and asked me to marry him.  The ring was taped to the inside of the card :) 
 My oldest daughter and I have spent the last few hours watching youtube where people posted the ultimate marriage proposals.  I swear I cried for every one of them but I'll never trade my own lumpy card!
Thanks for stopping by today and sharing your favorite thing about Romance and don't forget to visit all the other sites below......happy hopping :)


  1. Your husband sounds wonderful, Krista - definitely my kind of romance hero!

    1. Thanks Paula! He's definitely a keeper:) Thanks so much for stopping by, don't forget to add your email address in your post!!!

    2. Thanks for the reminder, Krista - my email is paulamartinromances(at)

  2. What a wonderful story, Krista! Congrats on finding such a cool guy.
    livrancourt (at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. Great story about your husband. Romance to me is just being with my husband, alone (not easy with three kids) at night.

    kesummer69 at gmail dot com

  4. your story. Romance to me is the little things that are done that remind you you're loved.

  5. romance is all of the little moments that you remember at the end of the day (or week ).. that tell you that you are thought of and treasured.

    thanks for participating

  6. My favorite thing about romance is that safe and happy feeling in the other person's arms

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  7. your husband sounds like a right dream. too bad he can't be cloned lol

  8. What a fun hop! I do not know how I would begin to pick an anthology. They all look great! delphinareadstoomuch at yahoo

  9. A wonderful story! For me my favorite thing about romance is that no matter what we are each other's rock.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  10. Wonderful!


  11. What a lovely heartwarming story. I'm going to keep it simple. Romance in general makes a person feel good. Is there anything better than falling in love? Keeping that love going?


  12. Romance to me is doing anything to make your significant other feel special.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

  13. Romance is doing the little things for the one you love, especially the everyday things...

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  14. Romance is when someone does something to make the other person feel special.

  15. Romance is putting someone elses' feelings and needs before your own. It's doing things for each other just because you can and want to make them happy.
    Your anthologies sound interesting. :)
    Thanks for participating in the hop and giving us all a chance to win.

  16. My favorite thing about romance is the HEA. It can and does happen!
    mcv111 at hotmail dot com

  17. For me, romance is all about the trust and respect built between the characters. Since I write BDSM, these elements are very important.
    Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

  18. Romance is doing the little things for the one you love

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  19. Thanks for the giveaway. All the anthologies sound good!


  20. Great post!!! I love romance books but they must have HEA’s! My favorite are series because I love seeing the characters again in other books!!

    thanks for the contest!!

  21. Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win...

  22. I love romance novels because I love the guaranteed HEA :D

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

  23. Romance is about building relationships :-) Fun hop! Love the blog!

  24. The best thing about a true romance is the journey :) Thank you for a wonderful giveaway! :)

    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

  25. Wow, you've really got a keeper there! :)

    My favorite thing about romance is exactly the lovey-dovey feelings that come with it, haha. I love it when two people fall in love and are happy together and KNOW that that's the person they're supposed to be with for the rest of their life. :) Thank you for the giveaway!

    Crystal Craig

  26. I love romance books because everyone's journey to love is different. I like reading their journeys. I also like them because it is nice to take a break from reality every once in a while. Thank you for the giveaway.

  27. Its the journey and Hea

    Thanks for being part of the hop

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  28. Romance: a quickening , a pleasure 4 ever 2 B shared , a touch That I LOVE 2 feel soo((much)..with hopes that Romance takes me 2 that Special place. Let’s face it Romance means Clarity ,becoming undone more or less it’s understood..come on bring the Real Fun!!!
    Taking a chance, trying, never denying a chance on LOVE allowing ur-self 2 B Romanced it’s Raw then sweet a pleasurable alluring keeps me excited then upbeat oftentimes up all nite without any Sleep but of all by far it’s my diamond N the rough..that I submissively Never cant get enough.. also it can b that lover thats dress 2 the nines or even define at best a wild burst of colors I View at a huge picturesques perfect window on show I’m Awed by it’s brilliant rainbows & it’s dazzling white Winters Snow. A wat’s ur pleasure kinda thing without or attach 2 strings…((sometimes;)
    Lastly Romance is namely the same as SATISFACTION its totally domination it demands a Will but its so darn orgasmic!! 4 real, It Always comes 2 gives electrifying passioniate Thrills.
    Romance: An action on display also a personal dance of erotic show of feelings simply being convey if ya really want 2 know. A Saying N pictures ,Words , actions or deeds wat ur heart desperately desires long 4 wants craves& hopelessly need!
    A brand stamped on the heart & mind of hopes of a Love longed 4 it's simply wild & devine shared 4 ever 4 all times!

  29. Romance to me is about surprising each other when you think there are no more surprises left. Thanks for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  30. I love romance because of the HEA, because of the journey it takes to reach the HEA, and because of the alpha hero I can fall in love with. It is an escape from everyday life. A fantasy world where things always seem to work out and the hero is perfect in every way.


    1. SOMEONE is getting to FEEL. That's what I like the best.

      Samantha Jane

  31. Romance is all about the intense feelings and loving each other!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  32. I lov e the chase and the HEA.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  33. What a great hop! Grand prizes, old friends to visit and new ones to meet… and chances to win at each stop too. I’m in Blog heaven! :-}
    I’m a sucker for the HEA. All my favorite authors give me a great story line, characters I can identify with, HOT love scenes and a perfect HEA!
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

  34. Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! My favorite thing about romance is the romance. lol I love the characters, the plots, the HEA's, the love. I love it all!

  35. What a beautiful story! Love to read romance books because I like to know that at least someone is getting an HEA, even if the characters are only fiction! Thanks for joining the hop and the awesome giveaway!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  36. Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! I love reading, especially romance. I love reading contemporary, historical and erotic romance. I love the happy ending that is garenteed at the end. My favorite book is Lover Mine by JR Ward! I love John Matthew and Xhex. My favorite romantic moment was when my fiancé asked me to marry him! We meant two years ago right around when summer was ending when my friend and I went out for our last big night out before classes started again. I think it is romantic when he brings me flowers because no one else has ever done it! Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!

  37. Romance is magical <3 and that's what makes it so special.

    elyzabethmvaley at gmail dot com

  38. I love the happy endings.

  39. I love romance because I love the hot and bothered feelings much better than cring my eyes out because someone dies at the end. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkythebest at aol dot com

  40. i like the paranormal or comedy - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  41. Romance gives me hope that true love and happy ending exist.

  42. I like the happily ever after
    Thanks for the giveaway.


  43. Thanks tons for the hop! I only read romance. My fav is Lora Leigh! Going to parade Monday with brothers and sisters! Should be FUN!

  44. I love the story of your engagement! Thanks for sharing it!
    shermie40 at yahoo dot com

  45. My favorite thing about romance is that the couple always makes it through the struggles and drama together to get to their happily ever after. Thanks for being part of the blog hop and for the giveaway!

  46. The favourite thing about romance is that it leaves me warm inside and that I know that eventually there will be a happy ending.

  47. I love romance because I get to fall in love over and over. Just such a wonderful feeling.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  48. My favorite thing about Romance is it always ends with hope. I can't stand stories/shows that just leave me wanting to cry. Second to last page? Ok. But not the very end. The world has too much hopelessness already.

    doxisrcool at

  49. You are so lucky you got handmade cards lumpy and all.

  50. I love romance Thank you for the great giveaway!
    What a great blog hop!

  51. For me it's the HEA.
    Thank you for being part of the blog hop. :)


  52. My favorite thing about romance is the passion between two people that can grow into an all encompassing love and that happy ending that few of us get in real life.


  53. My fave thing about Romance is when they meet each other! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  54. My favorite thing about romance is the build up between the the hero and heroine. I also love angst and characters who are able to move on after past hurts. Thanks for the giveaway!

  55. My favourite part about romance is the heroine and hero laughing together.

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  56. I love seeing how they work out problems and get together and I love a HEA ending.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  57. My favorite thing about romance is that it can be found in all my favorite genres, so I can read about mysteries and vampires, and whatever else, but still get some romance too! Thanks for the giveaway!


  58. My favorite part is how the couple build there relationship and how grows and blooms :)

    Thanks for sharing :)


  59. The main things that I like about romance is the happy ending, the lightness of the read (not having to think too much) and the feelings. I can't seem to pick one as my favorite. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you had a great labor day weekend!
    jessangil at gmail dot com