Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year Blog Hop

Welcome everyone. Thanks so much for stopping by and participating in the New Year Blog Hop.

When I heard the theme to this hop was favorite New Years memories, I didn't have to think very hard about which one I'd choose.

It would be New Years Eve 1999. I was pregnant with my first son, Jake, and we'd recently found out he was going to be a boy. We lived in the city at the time, so we drove out to the suburbs to visit my grandmother. We stayed the evening, surrounded by family as we ate entirely too much and watched the TV coverage of every country ringing in the millennium.  ABC news and CNN had worldwide coverage as the clock struck midnight around the world. We started with Australia and ended with California. I'm not certain how I made it to three am to see the west coast ring it in, but I did.

That all seems like yesterday. Remember Y2K?

I think the memory of that night sticks with me twelve years later because I was embarking on a new phase in my life... motherhood. A few months later, I'd leave my job and dedicate myself to my new little one. As excited as I was, I was scared to death. What did I know about being a mom?

It all worked out and now my little boy is in middle school and we've added a brother to the mix. Where did the time go? When I look back, it seems like yesterday. How can my boys be 11 and 8 already? And, I'm pushing 40! Really?

Its all good. We've made so many memories in these past twelve years and I'm looking forward to everything life has to give me. We've got nothing but time and I intend to make the most of it.

Happy New Year!

Today I'm offering up one copy each of my most current releases. Leave a comment and your e-mail addy. Let me know if you have a preference, but don't be shy, if you want them both, just let me know. I'll do a random drawing and pick two winners on January 5, 2012.

Successful businessman Alec Carter realizes his life is less than fulfilled when he meets beautiful Princeton University senior Clara Whittaker at a local coffee shop. Alec experiments in the BDSM lifestyle but doesn't consider himself hardcore until he crosses paths with the obviously submissive Clara. The more time Alec spends with young Clara, the more his dominant tendencies push to the surface. She could be what he has been missing.

After her grandmother's death, Clara ends up a guest in Alec's home until she can finish school. She quickly learns she's a natural submissive and decides she wants to explore this new side of herself with the man of house. Alec shows her a life she never knew existed as they enter a world of role playing, fantasy, and desire. Alec may be the Master, but Clara holds the key to his heart.

As the semester comes to an end, so does their arrangement. If Alec doesn't admit his true feelings for Clara, she could walk out of his life forever. But, Alec isn’t sure which she craves more . . . his dominance . . . or his love.

Sometimes love can be found where we least expect it.

When Parker Phillips, a successful attorney, has a confrontation with his friend Ava's abusive boyfriend, he finds himself facing assault and battery charges, and he's ordered to attend an anger management course. Parker, who has never been attracted to a man, is drawn to Dr. Jace Cross, the psychiatrist leading the class. But how can that be, since Parker is straight?

Jace accepted the fact that he was gay many years ago, and he's comfortable in his sexuality, but he's been single for some time now. He throws himself into his work to fill the lonely void.

Although sparks fly whenever they're together, Parker's reluctant to embrace these feelings he has for another man.

Can the sexy doctor help him discover who he truly is?


Be sure to check out all the other stops on the hop...

You can also win...

The 1st Grand Prize will be a Kindle Fire

The 2nd Prize (to a second winner) will be an $80 Amazon GC

So be sure to comment on as many blogs as you can.

Happy New Year!


  1. my new year memory is barbeque with family and see the firework in night sky ;)

  2. Thanks for sharing, Eli. That sounds like a nice New Year memory:)

  3. Wow, I'd love to live in an area with a climate were one could barbeque and be outside on New Years. Actually, it was pretty warm, 40's here this year.

    I was just talking to my sister about Y2K, it such a distant memory now, but fun to think about the crazies (I did have some extra food and water though.)

  4. Throw my name in the pot for Dominant! Whew! richnkathy718 (at) msn (dot) com

  5. It is fun watching the celebrations around the world on tv. This year the Samoan islands changed the position of the international date line so they got to celebrate 2012 first instead of last. Would like the Lonely Dominant
    linze_e at

  6. Motherhood is an amazing thing :) My daughter is 9 and every day, I am in awe of how big she's grown.

    Also, I would love Embracing the Unexpected!

    Happy new year!

    mihoxli at gmail dot com

  7. Y2K I was so freaked out haha oh memories!! Now 2012 I'm like oh well if it ends it ends!! Happy New Year!!


  8. Both would be great. 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

  9. thanks for your memory ^^ the time flies really fast.

    and i love the books - especially Embracing the Unexpected ;)

    witchvela at web dot de

  10. That's a great memory, I love it! Thanks for sharing. As for me, I have spent pretty much all of my NYE with family, just watching tv, eating snacks and playing games. :)


  11. Sounds like a great memory. Most of my memories are of being home with my family. Both books sound good but I would love to read Embracing the Unexpected.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  12. I remember all the hype there was about Y2K. Thanks for sharing your memory. Both the books sound really good.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  13. I remember Y2K, I watched the ball drop at 9pm PST and then went out and partied with friends. I figured if NY still had lights then we were cool, lol.


    wocaworld @

  14. I remember Y2K and everyone being worried their computers wouldn't work the next day. I usually spend New Years Eve with family - we eat, watch movies or play games, and then toast the New Year at midnight (or before everyone decides to go to bed whichever comes first).

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    ringpop2010 at gmail dot com

  15. I'm not shy I want them both :) The picture at the top of your blog is beautiful!!

  16. Thanks Savannah. I wish I could take credit for that beautiful picture but I can't. I found it on the internet.

    Wow!I ran some errands and just got back home to all of your wonderful comments and New year memories. Very nice. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Dominant sounds good. Thanks for sharing your New Year memory with us.

  18. You are a new to me author, Ella Jade. I am so happy to have found you! I love these hops exactly for that reason =) So I will not be shy! I would love BOTH of your books, hehe!

    I love the picture at the top of your blog too - it's breathtaking!

    Thank you so much for participating in this hop and for the awesome giveaway chance!

    I hope 2012 brings you every happiness and wonderful thing =)

    Gena Robertson

  19. Thanks Gena! I'm glad you found me:) lol I like hopping too so I can find new authors. Looking forward to chatting with you.

    Happy New Year!

  20. Thanks for sharing your New Year's memory with us. I always spend NYE with family so this year it was my sister, 2 of her kids (11 & 16) and a zombie marathon on TV. It was fun even if goofy.
    I would love either, but Dominant would be my first choice.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  21. What a great NYE memory! Most of my NYEs are spent at home. This year I fell asleep reading.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway. I would choose The Lonely Dominant.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  22. 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. :) Thanks!

  23. Both the books sound really great and I'd love to read them. I love discovering new (t me) authors!

    Thanks for the giveaway and have a Happy New Year!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  24. Thanks for the opportunity!
    I am really interested in Embracing the Unexpected. I want to fill those m/m shelves this year. I would love to be able to read one.
    Have a Happy New Year!

  25. love the book cover and then the site and t hen
    i would hope you have more books to come this year
    desi the blonde@

  26. Embracing the Unexpected sounds delicious. Trying to get more m/m stories this year :) If you can rec any stories that are must have for the genre please let me know. Going to check for more from you now :)


  27. I'd like to read The Lonely Dominant. My New Years are normally quiet spent with family at home.


  28. I have already read the Lonely Dominant and loved it!! It was an intersting book coming from the male POV, but did not take away from it whatsoever. Looking forward to reading moreof your books!

    Happy New Year!

  29. I would love both books! Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'm very excited.

  30. I'm interested in the first book. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

    geschumann at live dot com

  31. 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

  32. Wow, I'd love to win both! Greedy little me, even in 2012|

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  33. This new years was my favorite. My family stayed home and watched movies. We had tons of fun! We ate snacks and toasted the new year. It was great! I would love to have Embracing the Unexpected. I already have The Lonely Dominant. Thank you for sharing! Happy new year!

  34. TY for the memory and both books sound great.

  35. thank you so much for being part of this giveaway!!! Happy New Year!

    yankeedragon4 at gmail dotcom

    im not shy! id LOVE them both!

  36. Dominant The Lonely is going on my TBR list. Sound great.
    Happy 2012!
    mcv111 at hotmail(dot)com

  37. My mom would make shirley temples and snacks for new years eve celebration- loved it!


  38. Both are going on my list.

    Spent a quiet night with my honey. Watched a movie and barely made it to midnight.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  39. I remember New Years Eve1999 too and wondering if all the computers at work were going to crash.

  40. My favorite NYE memory is the one I spend with my now husband. We went out with my best friend and her (then) husband. It was horrible. They fought the whole night but at one point during all that craziness he leaned over and told me that he loved me.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

  41. My fam eating and having fun watching the ball drop is what we do! I love it!
    Toonsgirl1 @

  42. I LOVED The Lonely Dominant! So,if I were lucky enough to win, I would choose Embracing the Unexpected, THX!
    We usually spend the evening inside with family and friends, lots of good eats...playing cards (poker) and listening to music until the ball's about to drop. Then the wine is poured, toasts made, kisses shared...and then the party usually continues for a little while longer. Those that drank a little too much, or came without a designated driver snuggle in for the night...that's just how we play. Better safe than sorry. :) Happy 2012!

  43. Not shy here, I am open to either. *smiles*


  44. 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

  45. Both books sound good to me! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  47. greta memory id have to say my favoirte one is the first year is pentw ith my better half was great

    id like to be entered in both books please and ty for the chance


  48. Happy New Year! I would love either book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Beckerjo at Verizon dot net

  49. I'd love to win The Lonely Dominant.(I have the other book) :)

    Thanks for sharing your memory

  50. The Lonely Dominant for me. I'm new to this and I'm not ready for m/m!


  51. The lonely dominant sounds so good would love to read it! I stayed home spent New Years eve with my Mom watched movies! Thank you so much for taking part in this fun blog hop! Great giveaway and Happy New Year too year!
    Latisha D

  52. Both stories sound like good reads to me!


  53. Both sound great but Embracing the Unexpected would be my 1st choice :)

    christinetoney (at)

  54. Thank you so much for a chance at this giveaway, I would love to read The Lonely Dominant. I hope you have a wonderful new year!

  55. I would love to read The Lonely Dominant!! It looks soooo good!! Thanks so much for your kindness!!

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

    thewildtwo @ sbcglobal (dot) net

  56. Happy New Year! The Lonely Dominant sounds great.


    knitrix29 at gmail dot com

  57. Happy New year!

  58. Good luck everyone.

  59. Both of your books look like they would be great. I will take either one or both if I win. I like Jimmy on the cover.

    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

  60. Had to let you know I really like the picture with the red head.

    Pamela Jo

  61. My family parties at home with lots of good food and we watch the ball drop in Times Square.

    Thank you for the wonderful contest.

    I hope you have a very prosperous New Year.

    orelukjp0 at gmail dot com

  62. Oh, I would love to read the Lonely Dominant.

    Sorry, forgot to say.

    orelukjp0 at gmail dot com