New Year Blog Hop

Happy New Year everyone! I’m happy to once more be participating in a blog hop. This time there’s a Kindle Fire and a gift card up for grabs and every time you make a comment on any of the connected blogs  you’re entered!

Isn’t that easy?

The hard part was for me to write about my most memorable New Year’s Day memory. Why because I’m a morning person. Morning people do not stay up until midnight. I can count on all my thumbs the number of times I actually stayed up to midnight. Morning people think that when the sun goes down that mean you can sleep now. I like sleep. Sleep is my friend.

But this isn’t about sleep, it’s about my favorite New Year’s memory.

My favorite memory happens most New Years. I go to be at a reasonable 9PM, snuggle under the blankets and sleep without interruption until my husband climbs into bed. He gives me a kiss and wishes me a Happy New Year. I wake up about 4 hours later and stare at him in the glow of the alarm clock, then I snuggle up to him, debate about whether or not to let him sleep then nip him on the shoulder. Er, I mean, kiss him on the shoulder. Yeah, that’s it. I wish him a Happy New Year and kiss him. He murmurs and goes back to sleep.

I get up feed the animals, walk the dog, answer all my emails, check my sales numbers then take a shower before crawling back into bed and wait until he rolls over and hugs on me before falling back to sleep.

Of course, being that practice makes perfect, I repeat the procedure every chance I get (although we do swap the Happy New Year for good morning, with the occasional Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary thrown in for good measure).

So now since that is out of the way, I suppose you’re wondering what exactly I’m giving away on my blog to one lucky commentator. Well, since you’ve asked, it is an free download from smashwords for my latest release, an urban fantasy/scifi entitled Blue Maneuver (released January 11th, 2012).

Here’s the blurb:

The extraterrestrials have landed and they’re human.

Rae Hemplewhite didn’t believe in aliens until a close encounter with out-of-this-world technology drags her into the extraterrestrial security program. Helping alien refugees adjust to life on Earth is difficult enough, but her first clients have a price on their heads. Plus, her new partner seems torn between the urge to kiss her or kill her.

And that’s the good news.

The bad news: Alliances are forming in deep space. If Rae doesn’t keep her witnesses alive long enough to transfer their top secret information to the right faction of humanity, Earth will become a battlefield.

And all you have to do is answer one simple question: Do you believe that extraterrestrials have visited the Earth? And are any of them your coworkers or family? Wait that’s two questions.

Oh, and if you want to follow my blog (Most Saturday’s I host an author who is coerced, er, asked to give away a free book)

I’m also on twitter and facebook.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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64 Responses to New Year Blog Hop

  1. Beth Henningsen says:

    Although you are a morning person, and I am a confirmed night owl, I love you anyway! I just don’t quite understand you larks. I think early in the morning is anytime before 9 am. I just try to get me up at like 5:30 am. I’m not even human. But I can stay up all night just reading a book!

    • Beth, you’re not an alien, the beings on the mothership told me so:-). I can’t even sleep in until 5:30am. Geez, the day is half gone by then. If it’s a good book I can stay up as late at 10:30 but I’m dragging the next afternoon. I love you too!

  2. Beth Henningsen says:

    How do you go to sleep at 9 pm? I an still puzzling over that. AND on New Year’s Eve!

  3. Beth Henningsen says:

    Of course extraterrestrials have visited here. I’m thinking most of them are smart enough to run away from the stupidity that characterizes most of the humans. My family growing up was normal and really quite boring. I was adopted, and didn’t quite conform – maybe that means I’m the extraterrestrial!

  4. Dan says:

    Yes, extraterrestrials have been here. I think most of them run for public office.

  5. Cathy m says:

    We’ve celebrated until dawn, partied with friends, hung out with family, and lately have just enjoyed being together to watch a favorite movie at home. We don’t usually make it until midnight either, lol.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  6. Anne says:

    I used to be a night owl, but now my eyes pop open at 5:30 a.m., but on weekends I insist to my body we’re staying in bed until 6:30 at least, but that’s about it cause my back starts to hurt. I think I managed to stay up until 11 ish this year, whoo hoo, what a wild thing!

    I was expecting neighbors to make noise and wake me up at midnight, but it was quiet as a ghost town.

  7. Lindsey E says:

    No aliens in my family but not certain about the neighbors.
    linze_e at

  8. Kathryn says:

    I’m a night owl and have a hard time waking up in the morning. I set 3 (yes, 3) alarms just to get me moving. I don’t understand how you morning people do it. In bed by 9? I toss and turn just trying to GO to sleep, lol! richnkathy718 (at) msn (dot) com

  9. Miho Li says:

    I love your new year’s! And actually, I do like to think that aliens have visited. Too many inexplicable things and… well, it makes the universe seem less lonely 🙂

    Happy new year!

    mihoxli at gmail dot com

  10. CrystalGB says:

    We watch movies on New Years eve and go to be before midnight. 🙂

  11. Danielle says:

    muaww your New Years sounds romantic 🙂


  12. My fav New years memory is when I was in the Navy and we had a huge party before we shipped out to Iraq
    teressaoliver at gmail dot com

  13. JeanP says:

    I am not an night owl, much prefer getting up early. Especially as I have gotten older. Lately our new years celebrations consist of a nice supper out, then home to watch movies and eat popcorn. Sometimes we make it til midnight, sometimes not

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  14. Sherry S. says:

    I stayed up reading New Years. I’m a major night owl and lots of times if I’m not working I’ll stay up all night reading or on the computer. Actually I went to bed this morning about six and got back up about twelve. Where I work we do six weeks of days and six weeks of nights when were on days it kills me. I tell them at work it should be illegal to get out of bed before nine.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  15. Maria says:

    I am a night owl who has had to transform because of work into a day person…lol…I prefer to stay up late but on work nights…yeah…I pretty much crash and if I don’t then the next day when I get home from work I pretty much have to crach.

    Thanks for the giveaway

    ringpop2010 at gmail dot com

  16. Eva P. says:

    What a great way to spend your NYE 🙂 I’ll have to say that I have yet to get a kiss from a special someonet…yet…I’m still waiting for him! 😉 Thanks for sharing and being part of the Blog Hop.

  17. Gena Robertson says:

    I am like you, Linda…I am a morning person! I like to be in bed at 9 pm! So not a lot of New Years Eve memories for me. This last one was spent in bed with a good book until sleepy time, hehe

    Thanks so much for participating in the hop and for the giveaway! Your book sounds awesome!

    I hope 2012 brings you nothing but happiness and great things!

  18. June M. says:

    My NYE are spent with family. I am a night person so it is easy for me to stay up. This year, I spent NYE with my sister and 2 of her kids watching a zombie marathon on TV. Goofy but fun!
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  19. I never could understand morning people lol. But, it sounds like you & your husband have a wonderful ritual – so why change what works? 🙂

    Thanks for sharing & for the giveaway opportunity!

    May God bless,
    Trisha Wilson

  20. Vojalyn says:

    I usually have great time at new year’s eve, and I remember of my best one: it was when I stayed up with my first boyfriend who kissed my for the very first time at midnight 🙂 It’s a nice memory 🙂

  21. CinnaMinion says:

    Pretty sure my little sister is an extraterrestrial. I always thought she was odd growing up. I may or may not have convinced her she was adopted a few times too. You’d think after the first time she’d stop believing me. I don’t know that if I were an alien race I’d want to come to Earth what with all the crazies we’ve got down here. This place might be on an intergalactic no go list. ~.^


  22. vampedchik says:

    Well my birthdays New Years eve so I could tell tons of stories from that! LOL But one of my most memorable would probably have to be last year just for how funny it was. My friend was 9months pregnant. Due any time and she decided that she wanted to play ‘Just Dance’ on my wii. So she seriously got into it. It was insane watching her dance with her big belly. I have it on video. Probably the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. 🙂 And of COURSE ET’s have visited. Theres just to many coincedences(?) for them to not have! LOL Thanks!

  23. Joanne B says:

    I would like to be in bed by 9 but,sadly, I never make it. Usually it’s between 10 and 11. I try to stay up on New Years, but normally I can’t.


  24. Bre Allison says:

    I don’t believe that aliens have visited earth but I do believe it is possible that they exist. I don’t have many new years memories. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    I follow you through email and twitter (@SeverusSnape87)

  25. i love the hop and more for your book to come out this year
    desi the

  26. Gloria says:

    Sure, anything is possible. And yes, I believe my kids have sometimes been taken over by aliens. Thanks for the giveaway!

    geschumann at live dot com

  27. Missy says:

    Yes, I believe they have been here and still are. Sometimes I wonder if I really gave birth to my kids, because honestly, some of the stuff they say and do is truely out of this world. I don’t think I even speak their language!!

  28. Shadow says:

    I believe anything is possible. Yes i do think aliens are here or have been here. Are any of them family or coworkers? I dont think so. lol Thank you for sharing! Happy new year!

  29. snulfers says:

    My birthday is NYE and one of my sisters is NYD so we have a combined birthday party at midnight.
    snulfers at hotmail dot com

  30. Monica says:

    When I was working, I couldn’t stay up either, so you are not alone. Now that my husband retired and I quit to keep him company, we are night owls. My mom says we are like cats. We sleep all day and are up all night. Actually we go to bed about 1 am and get up at 8:30 am. That’s not so bad, is it?

  31. Monica says:

    forgot my email
    mcv111 at hotmail(dot)com

  32. I’m a night owl but I like to get up when the house is asleep and write. 😀

  33. chey says:

    I believe aliens have visited earth.
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

  34. Heather Cox says:

    “the truth is out there” and i work with every one of them! lol
    thank you so much for being part of this giveaway!!! Happy New Year!

    yankeedragon4 at gmail dotcom

  35. SiNn says:

    honestly ims ure there are cnat be selfish thinking only humans exist i think that my nieghbors are hey maybe even i am dundun dun ty for the chance


  36. bookattict says:

    Of course I believe in aliens…..and I’m positive that for a few years (from the ages of 13-15) my daughter was replaced by a pod person!

    Thanks for the giveaway and have a Happy New Year!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  37. Juliana says:

    I have to say my brother must be an E.T.! Thanks for being part of the blog hop! Happy New Year!

  38. Catherine Lee says:

    My favorite memory is a lot like yours except with role reversal–my hubby is the one in bed in the 8:00 hour…although he did make it until the 9:00 hour on NYE. I kiss him on the forehead at midnight, climb into bed a little later, and he’s up well before 5:00–to feed the cats, clean the kitchen, etc.–while I blissfully sleep late because school is out for the holiday.


  39. elaing8 says:

    I am not a morning person at all. People know to stay away from
    to answer your question…I don’t think so.

    great giveaway

  40. Barbara says:

    I’m not a morning person either…totally gotcha! Fun question..I think aliens have visited…have often wondered if I’ve worked with a few and thought that some of my family might have mated with one or two in the distant past…another story. But, no…I don’t really think I know any. 🙂 Happy 2012!

  41. Anne R says:

    I am a morning person too, my dear husband is the night owl. It is usually a challenge for me to see midnight but I did manage to get my midnight kiss this year.
    Great giveaway!
    areeths at new dot rr dot com

  42. latishajean says:

    I stayed home on New years Eve watched movies with my mom I went to bed before midnight!
    Thank you very much for taking part in this fun blog hop! Happy New Year too you!
    Latisha D

  43. Theresa Newbury says:

    As I work late or all nighters my sleep pattern is erratic, so morning, noon or night isn’t a bother after the first fifteen minutes of dragging myself out of bed.

    Hmm, aliens, yeah been here for a bit. I didn’t come down on space ship, but am a decedent!! lol

  44. That was cute! My husband is usually asleep by ten, so I hang out with my family and watch ‘The Twilight Zone’ marathon until midnight, then run outside to greet the New Year.

  45. Vanessa N. says:

    Cool contest. Thanks for the chance.

  46. My favorite New Year’s memory is when I was around 7 year’s old and my best friend and I stayed up through the New Year all the way up until around 4am. We were the happiest 7 year old’s ever! Our parents were too wasted to even notice! lol

  47. Susan says:

    I have a few neighbors I wonder about!!! LOL! Happy New Year!

  48. Donna B says:

    We like to play cards, drink mimosa’s and watch the ball drop in Times Square

  49. Christine T. says:

    Occasionally I have wondered if the aliens didn’t swapped me The things that they can get into are hair raising 😛

    christinetoney (at)

  50. jeanette8042 says:

    I think it might be possible that extraterrestrials have visited Earth and I’ve never considered anyone near me to be aliens.


  51. Thank You for sharing that memory and for the blurb. It looks like a great read.
    I am not a morning person….at least for the last year or so I haven’t been, but I sure am slowly becoming that way lately. I’m liking the mornings!

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

    thewildtwo @ sbcglobal (dot) net

  52. Dang….forgot the answer to your question.

    Yes! Extraterrestrial have visited earth!! Sometimes I think that they pop in and out of my siblings, depending on the mood and how weird they are acting!! LOL

    thewildtwo @ sbcglobal (dot) net

  53. Nanners says:

    I’m just going to come out and say this but I absolutely LOVE romance involving aliens. Actually, I love aliens, period. I do believe that we were once visited by extraterrestrials, and as nerdy as it is to admit, a lot of my beliefs is shared with the creator and guests of the show “Ancient Aliens”.

  54. Lori Z says:

    Aliens? Yeah, they’ve been here. I’m sure one of my mother-in-laws cat’s was an alien.

    Happy New Year!


    knitrix29 at gmail dot com

  55. Mary Keith says:

    My best NYE – We had a party for our friends and family. We could see the high school fireworks from our backyard. We all had a great time being together. Almost all the food was gone and the drinks…well there weren’t any Those who needed to spend the night found a piece of floor and blankets and we had breakfast the next morning…some not so much LOL

    Great Blog Hop. Hope you will blog at KP sometime.

    Mary Keith

  56. Deb Pelletier says:

    I would love to sleep more.

  57. wyndwhisper says:

    thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway.
    my favorite memory is the year my husband asked me to marry him.

    tammy ramey

  58. Gayle Oreluk says:

    Yes, I do believe that there is something out there.

    Thank you for the wonderful contest.

    I hope you have a very prosperous New Year.

    orelukjp0 at gmail dot com

  59. Pamela Jo says:

    Yes… One was my boss. You could tell because he believed the cardboard tassel protectors on his shoes were suppose to stay on all the time.

    Pamela Jo

  60. Hi everyone!

    Sorry to be late posting this. Carrie Ann posted the winner of the kindle fire and gift card on her website.

    Pamela Jo won the ecopy of my urban scifi/fantasy Blue Maneuver.

    Thanks you for participating.We’ll be doing something again for St. Paddy’s day.

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