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New Year, Old Times

Hi everyone!
As part of Carrie Ann Ryan's New Year's blog hop, today we're discussing New Year's memories. And giving away fabulous prizes including an $80 gift card to Amazon and a Kindle Fire (insert colllective 'oooooo' here).
If you leave a comment for me, you can win your very own copy of One Day In D.C. More about that in a minute.

When I was a kid, we always had big family get-togethers on all the major holidays. So I have several New Year's memories, but the one that stands out most to me is 1999. You know, pre-Y2K. I was 16 years old and for whatever reason, my parents (read: my mom convinced my dad) to let me have a slumber party with two of my closest friends. In our house, alone.

My parents and my older brother went to stay at the motel where my mom worked and left three teenage girls at home by themselves.

I'm not saying this was a bad idea, because it's not like the porn channels weren't blocked and there wasn't any liquor in the house and we were sworn to not go anywhere or enter my parents' bedroom, which was supposedly locked anyway (my dad had a gun collection). It was more like, here are some rented movies, here's a Super Nintendo, and all the Dr. Pepper/Pepsi and snacks you can consume. Which might be a little crazy, giving teenagers that much free rein.

We played Uno and Crazy 8's, watched movies and got big ol' sugar highs. Ah, the age of innocence. When midnight rolled around, we listened to Auld Lang Syne and sang along to the parts we knew--which amounted to Should old acquaintance be forgotten and never brought to mind... we'll drink a cup of kindness yet... something, something Auld Lang Syne. *Clears throat* music isn't really my area.

Man, I miss the metabolism I had back then and the care-free hijinx of youth. This year I was practically nodding off before midnight rolled around. Husband and I watched a movie and I sat there wondering if he'd notice if I closed my eyes.

Putting the past back in the past, let's see about making one lucky commenter a winner! Tell me about your New Year's, past or present, or heck, just say anything at all and leave your e-mail address or send ME an e-mail at and we'll try to fix you up with a copy of my novella, One Day In D.C. Here's the blurb:

Katlynn works hard in order to achieve her dream of someday opening her own daycare. When she meets Duke at the all-night diner where she's a waitress, she's drawn to his physique and his sense of humor. But she doesn't believe him when he tells her he's a secret service member in charge of watching over a presidential candidate.

Duke's attraction to the quick-witted redhead starts from the moment he looks into her eyes. He never picks up women for a one night stand, but he wants Kat bad. They spend a very special day together at her apartment where he tries to convince her that he really is with the secret service. But then she slips out in the evening, seemingly unwilling to continue what could have been the relationship of a lifetime.

One snowy evening fate brings them together again and this time Kat must make a choice that will make them a family or leave them out in the cold.

And don't forget to drop by the other blogs and comment to increase your chances of winning the gift card or the Kindle Fire!

Thanks for dropping by! Happy reading and writing, y'all!


  1. Stayed home and was warm and dry for the New Year. Should have opened some eggnog but forgot. Book sounds interesting.
    linze_e at

  2. Isn't it funny how when we get older we start to nod off. LOL. I remember being able to stay up till midnight. Not anymore. LOL.
    Sue B

  3. It sounds like you and.your friends had a good time. I wish I could have been there. However, I drank some Vodka and Sunny D that night and before I knew what happened, I was totally wiped out and had to take an ice cold shower to revive. After that, I was o.k. It's the only cold shower that I ever took Ansi am glad I don't drink anymore. Thanks for having the contest and Happy New Year. Arthur, highwayman

  4. I don't remember too many New Years Eves. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. This year I was in bed by 9:30. Usually the Jordan Valley fireworks wake me up at midnight, but they were cancelled this year because of the wind, so I slept right through it.

  5. Mine have been the same forever: family, good food and movies. That's the way I like it. Maybe if I lived in an area with a warm, dependable climate I would consider going out, but probably not until midnight, I'd prefer to be home for the toast.

  6. One day in D.C. sounds great! Wonderful post. Happy New Year and happy hopping!

  7. Your New Year memory was great. I don't really have one that stands out. We usually stay home. this year I fell asleep before midnight!

  8. I totally miss the energy of my youth as well =P

    Thank you for sharing your memory :) Happy new year!

    mihoxli at gmail dot com

  9. Mine is when I was in the Navy and we had a huge party before we shipped out to Iraq
    teressaoliver at gmail dot com

  10. NYE is always better staying at home and chilling with family. My parents did the same thing, left us home alone, as they worked. We survived ;) richnkathy718 (at) msn (dot) com

  11. What a fun memory! My best NY's have been spent with family and friends in much the same way.

  12. Happy New Year!!!


  13. Allison,
    Already purchased ONE DAY IN D.C.
    On Amazon and put up a Review.
    It is a fun read.
    Please enter me in the gift card and Kindle Fire drawing.
    Can't wait for your newest book to come out too.

  14. Any new year spent with family or friends is the best. ones without resolutions are just cake.
    wocaworld @

  15. Thanks for the giveaway and have a Happy New Year!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  16. Thanks for the chance to win, happy new year I hope 2012 is good to you :)

  17. Went out for a early supper, came home and watched movies and ate popcorn. Don't do crowds anymore.
    All the best in 2012.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  18. Sounds like a very good book. I stayed home this year reading. I wasn't in the mood to be around a lot of people.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  19. Ha ha - Sounds like you & your friends probably had a tummy-ache on New Years Day!

    Your book sounds like something I would love to read!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    May God bless,
    Trisha Wilson

  20. Stayed home this year, hunkered down with my hubby with popcorn, hot cocoa and the movie Red.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  21. My NYE are all spent with the family. This year I spent it with my sister and 2 of her kids, watching a zombie movie on TV. Kind-of goofy, but fun.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  22. I have never been one to stay awake to bring in the New Year - but when I was 21 years old, my best friend drug me out with her husband and friends to a pub to a New Year's Eve party that was really quite fun, so I'd have to choose that one, since it was my only experience *chuckle*
    Thank you so much for the giveaway chance!
    Happy New Year!

    Gena Robertson

  23. 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!

  24. One of my most memorable is the year 1996 New Years Eve praying my sister would not share my birthday with me. I got lucky she came the next day on New Years. We now celebrate together at midnight.

    snulfers at hotmail dot com

  25. i don't like celebrate that much, so I usually have dinner with friends, but I loved NY when I was a kid because i could stay up late, sip champagne and watch fireworks!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  26. I watched Lie to Me season two but usually I just spend it with my hubbie but this year he had to go to bed early because he had to work the morning shift.

  27. My then BF decided to start drinking in the early evening. Around 11pm, he runs out of the house and starts taking his clothes off. Needless to say, We spent NYE in the police station.


  28. Lol..your parents were brave:)

    For at least the last 10 years or more, I've spent New Years Eve/Day at home with family. We eat, play games or watch movies and if we are up late enough - we toast in the New Year. If we are all nodding off...we toast early and go to bed.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    ringpop2010 at gmail dot com

  29. thank you so much for being part of this giveaway!!!

    yankeedragon4 at gmail dotcom

  30. 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! Thank you for sharing! Happy new year!

  31. WE just stay at home with the kids, family and friends. Eat a little, drink some, play games and laugh alot. We also have the older teens as DD if we need them. Works out great!!

  32. First time ever this year, I went to bed before midnight. I do have an excuse, we just got home from a long road trip. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

    geschumann at live dot com

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


  34. I avoided the strip like the plague and was home by 10 to fall asleep on the couch. :)


  35. Thanks for the give away. My favourite memory is playing cards with family and drinking irish coffee's after midnight

  36. When I was growing up we spent New Years Day together as a family. Now that my parents are gone those are some of my favorite memories.

  37. 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

  38. Happy 2012! I enjoyed your post. At least your metabolism has just slowed down, after menopause, I have no metabolism at all!
    Enjoy your youth!
    mcv111 at hotmail(dot)com

  39. Shooting champagne out of my nose the first time I accidentally tasted it when I was 10! Thanks for being part of the blog hop! Happy New Year!

  40. 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

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  42. Thanks for sharing your memory

  43. 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!

  44. I got married on New Year's Day (1988) so that was my most memorable New Year--by far!


  45. My favorite new years was when I had a fun and crazy party with friends last year, the champagne was literally flowing everywhere since one of my friends tried to make a champagne fountain but it turned into a river instead!


  46. This year my daughter and I went out for the first time to eat and drink.


  47. This year 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

  48. Being a waitress I would LOVE to read this!!


  49. my new yrs this year really sucke d i was sick for over a month with pneumonia and was pretty much on bed rest really sucked bad but hey new yr and its finally looking up out with the old in with the new ty for the chance


  50. Every New Year, I still follow a tradition from back in my home country of Brazil. For New Years, the color of your clothing represents what you want for the new year. For example, many Brazilians wear white for peace and inner calm, but you see a few wearing red for passion or pink for love, some wear green in hopes of earning more that year as well. Every year i’m excited to see what colors people decide to wear on New Years, and I love getting together at the end of the year to see if their wishes came true. What color did you wear? :]

  51. I can't say that I've had any memorable NYE, but they have all been good times all the same, I have spent them all with my family, watching tv, eating snacks and playing games.


  52. One Day in DC looks like a great read! I've never had a really memorable New Year's eve or a different one. This year we did the usual...hubby slept, daughter and son were on the computers and I was reading!

    Thanks for sharing your memory!

    thewildtwo @ sbcglobal (dot) net

  53. Oh my, that was quite an interesting post. I hope you and yours have a wonderful New Years!

  54. 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

  55. What great prizes and youe book sounds wonderful.

    careydabbott at gmail dot com

  56. Great hop yall have here.

    Pamela Jo

  57. 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. 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

  59. My favorite new year's eve memory is from my childhood, when my parents took my sister and me to the capital just to see the firework. I was so happy - I hadn't traveled that much before and we all liked it.
    Thanks for the giveaway and happy new year!


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