Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Wacky Wednesday: WELCOME TO THE YEAR 2013

Happy New Year and Welcome to the first blog post of the year 2013. Although I'm not thrilled with it being a year ending in the number 13, I'm hoping that since I'm not the luckiest person on the planet that perhaps a year ending in a number that connotes the least amount of luck, that my luck will change. How about you?

On Monday, New Year's Eve, I gave you lists of my favorite Romance novels, anthology and novella as well as the debut authors of 2012 from whom I hope to see more wonderful reads come wheeling our way. I hope you've read some of them or will read some as we head into this new year.

Starting off a new year sometimes means turning back to something that happened in the previous year to use to build on as a plan for the new year. Mine is that I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and proved to myself that not only could I finish a novel and ready it for submission but that I could do it in record time. My plan for the year 2013 is to write more, finish each project and submit them then hopefully, if luck is with me, get published so that I can share more with you through my own writing.

What's your plan for the year 2013?

To start off the New Year with some fun, I've decided to make sure that one of you gets a chance to read one of my favorites from 2012 that perhaps you wouldn't if left to do it on your own. Time for a GIVEAWAY!!

Giveaway Prize:  One of my choices for Best of Romance Novels 2012

The winner of this Giveaway will be allowed to choose from any of the Best of Romance Novels 2012 listed on my New Year's Eve post. Click HERE to visit that post to see what you can choose from. The winner can pick one book in digital format to read at their leisure and hopefully introduce themselves to a new author and/or series. If the winner chooses the anthology, THREE WEDDINGS AND MURDER, since the anthology is no longer available, two novellas will be awarded - THE SCANDALOUS, DISSOLUTE, NO-GOOD MR. WRIGHT by Tessa Dare and THE MISBEHAVING MARQUESS by Leigh LaValle (these were both originally in the anthology and have now been published separately) You can also check out the amazon links at the bottom of this post for your choices.

Giveaway Rules:

***This Giveaway is OPEN TO EVERYONE!! International included (void where prohibited).

***To qualify for an entry, you must comment and leave a valid email address so you can be contacted if you win. Remember the magic formula:


*** This Giveaway will run through 11:30PM Friday, January 4, 2013 at which time one entry will be chosen by way of a randomizer and the winner will be notified by email and announced in a special Saturday post. Once the winner is notified and announced, that person will have until the end of the day, Thursday, January 10th to get back to me or I will run the randomizer to choose another lucky winner.  So, Good Luck!!

Happy Reading Everyone and may whatever you have planned - happen!



Anonymous said...

Elizabeth H. said...

I don't have an actual plan, per se. I'm just gonna do the best I can and we'll see what happens. My fingers are crossed for you to be published!!! Good luck!!!

ehaney578 at aol dot com

pamerd said...


Great choices for best books. Many are on my list of best also and many are on my TBR list.

Thanks for the chance

erin said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! Oh man... I'm hoping 2013 is more... relaxing... I'm making a goal to say and stick with "no" and be guilt free! And to seriously tackle the TBR mountain range I created in 2012 b/c I kept buying books w/out the time to read them. Fingers crossed!

Chrisbails said...

Great books and authors. Loved Jeaniene Frost's book. That is the only one I have read. Some great authors like Tessa Dare, Joan Swan, and Juliana Stone. Have read some of their other books. Thanks for the great giveaway.
christinebails at yahoo dot com

A Tasty Read said...

Great List Amy!! I already bought Texas Wide Open because of your recommendation!!

Sharlene said...

My plan is to exercise every day - at least something! I am trying to read at the same time, so the bike works out well! Happy New Year!

Amy Valentini said...

A TASTY READ, I hope you enjoy TEXAS WIDE OPEN as much as I did. I can't wait to read her next one. Do you want in on the #Giveaway? Need email address to qualify. : )

Erin and Sharlene,
Thanks for commenting but you didn't leave email addresses so you're not entered in the #Giveaway. Don't want you to lose a chance if you want in on it. : )

I don't save email or mailing addresses. Magic Formula!!

JB Lynn said...

Best of luck to you in 2013, Amy!

Amy Valentini said...

Thank you, JB! Happy New Year to you and much success to you, too! : )

bn100 said...

Happy new year! I'd like to exercise more.


Amy said...

I hope in 2013 I get a better paying job!

Amy Valentini said...

LOL! Amy, don't we all! Hope it happens for you. Best wishes for great success in 2013! : )

Tessa said...

Amy, I hope this year will be a good one, what comes to health and otherwhise. I hope your year is wonderful.
tessa (dot) bamberg (at) kolumbus (dot( fi

Grandmareads said...

For 2013 I want to slow down and smell the roses. I don't want to feel stressed and anxious all the time. Reading more would be a good way to do that. Don't you agree?

Amy Valentini said...

Hi Tessa and Grandmareads! Thank you for your good wishes and I hope you have a good year also.
Grandmareads, I agree, reading is a wonderful stress reducer. My best stress buster is writing. It's one reason I plan to do more.

Good luck in the Giveaway and thanks for visiting! : )

Melody May said...

Those are awesome selection. I hope this year will be a good year like last year.

Sharlene said...

OK. Made my comment. email - Thanks!

AuburnGirl said...

My plan is to try and stress alot less and enjoy my husband and kids alot more this year.

Amy Valentini said...

Sounds like stress relief is the name of the game. Reading good books is a great start. Good Luck!

Queen of Books Sue said...

Happy #13, Thanks for sharing all the fun to be had.

Zippy said...

Reading books is my way of stress relief along with my horses! I see alot I'd great reads on the list! Thanks for the giveaway !
zipstersclue04 at gmail dot com

MommyIves said...

plan to get in shape, take time for ME and hopefully read some awesome books along the way!

LOVE most of your favorites as well, Texas Wide Open is on my TBR list, but I haven't purchased it... YET :)

melissa.marion at gmail dot com

The Romanceaholic said...

lol My plan is just to make it to 2014 :P Does that count?

romanceaholic at gmail dot com

Marci Stamas said...

Might have to start a new series!

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