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Soul Unleashed ~ Release Day & GIVEAWAY

Release Day Blitz

Soul Unleashed by Jean Murray




Kit Carrigan desperately wants to wake from her nightmare of an ancient war raging among gods and demons. Her denial only brings her closer to truth—the end of the world is near. She must secretly use her gift of sight to protect her sisters and prevent a war there is no hope of winning. But, an ancient evil seeks to use her against the ones she loves. Only her protector, the most feared god of the Underworld, can change her fate. Her destiny to destroy everything she ever loved.

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Author Open MIC: Welcome Best Selling Author Cate Beauman + Saving Sophie Giveaway

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Cate Beauman is back with the seventh installment in her bestselling romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County.

Saving Sophie is on sale now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes!

Buy it now!


About the book

When the only choice is to run…

Jewelry designer Sophie Burke has fled Maine for the anonymity of the big city. She’s starting over with a job she tolerates and a grungy motel room she calls home on the wrong side of town, but anything is better than the nightmare she left behind.


Stone McCabe is Ethan Cooke Security’s brooding bad boy more interested in keeping to himself than anything else—until the gorgeous blond with haunted violet eyes catches his attention late one rainy night.


Stone reluctantly gives Sophie a hand only to quickly realize that the shy beauty with the soft voice and pretty smile has something to hide. Tangled up in her secrets, Stone offers Sophie a solution that has the potential to free her from her problems once and for all—or jeopardize both of their lives.

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Read an excerpt from Saving Sophie

Sophie glanced around one last time at the town she’d called home for more than twelve years as Dylan merged south on the onramp towards Brunswick, knowing she would never come back to the place where she and her mother had made their fresh start.

“Your train leaves at nine. We should make it in plenty of time.”

“I’ve never traveled by train.”

“Me neither.” Dylan moved into the right lane, letting faster traffic pass. “Have you decided where you’ll go?”

She shook her head, even though she’d thought of little else since she woke this morning, knowing today had to be the day. “Somewhere big. Somewhere where he can’t find me.” She swallowed. “He’ll look. He’ll never stop,” she said, staring into the side mirror, waiting for the black Mercedes to rush up behind them and force them to pull over. “You have to be careful.”

Dylan huffed out an amused laugh. “That bastard doesn’t scare me.”

She wished he didn’t scare her either. “Be careful anyway.”

“I will, but he’s a coward.”

“No more than me,” she murmured, glancing down at the hints of bruised skin peeking out from under her sleeves.

Dylan tossed her a look. “Don’t go there.”

She sat back fully in her seat, unable to take her eyes off the mirror until Dylan eventually exited the interstate and drove toward the center of town, stopping in front of the Amtrak station as the train pulled up.

“Looks like you won’t have to wait.” She set the emergency brake and searched through her purse. “Here’s my license.” She handed over the Maine ID and paper ticket she’d bought and printed when Sophie gave her the green light from her kiosk at the mall. “We don’t look all that different with your wig, so this should get you your next ticket in Boston.”

“Thank you.” Sophie leaned over and gave Dylan a big hug. “Thank you so much. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without you.”

“Don’t look back, Sophie.” Dylan eased away, squeezing her hand. “Get out of here and never look back. Here are the phone numbers for the Stowers house shelters in Baltimore and LA I told you about—just in case.” She handed over the March copy of Trendy magazine with papers sticking out from the edges.

“Thanks. Please don’t forget to put flowers on my mother’s grave.”

“I won’t.”

She nodded and hugged Dylan for the last time. “Bye.”

“Bye. Take care of yourself.”

“I will.” Sophie got out, sliding her backpack on her shoulder as she made her way to the bored-eyed man at the ticket kiosk.

“Ticket and ID, Ma’am.”

Sophie handed over both, holding her breath, waiting for her plan to fall apart.

“Safe trip.” He gave them back.

“Thank you,” she murmured, letting loose a shaky exhale as she turned and moved toward the train, wanting to run instead of walk. She boarded the first available car and stared out the window as she sat down, watching Dylan pull out of the lot in the rusty hatchback, already missing the only person she’d had a connection with. She bobbed her leg up and down, struggling to keep her fidgeting at bay. Minutes passed, feeling like hours, until finally the doors closed. The train jerked forward, moving toward Boston—the first stop on her journey to freedom.

Did you enjoy the excerpt?  You can read the first chapter on my website, www.catebeauman.com, or you can finish the whole book here!

The Inspiration Behind Saving Sophie

Stone and Sophie are as opposite as can be—or so it seems—and that’s why telling their story was so much fun!  Readers met Stone in Justice For Abby.  He’s a gorgeous bad boy, more interested in taking care of himself than worrying about anyone else.  Stone’s a hard-ass.  There’s no other way to say it, but everyone has an achilles’ heel.  That’s what drew me to Ethan Cooke Security’s latest bodyguard.  I kept asking myself what type of woman had the power to bring a man like Stone McCabe to his knees.  Enter Sophie Burke, a shy jewelry designer dealing with lots of trouble, and you just might have your answer.

I hope you enjoy Sophie and Stone as much as I enjoyed writing them!

~ Cate

The Unofficial Saving Sophie Soundtrack

Here are a few of the songs that I had on “repeat” while I created Stone and Sophie’s story!  You can listen to them on my website www.catebeauman.com.

The soundtrack, of sorts, for Saving Sophie:

  • Grey Street by Dave Matthews
  • Sleep by Plumb
  • Come To Me by The Goo Goo Dolls
  • All I Want by Staind
  • I’d Come For You by Nickelback
  • Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran
  • In My Veins by Andrew Belle
  • Only You by Matthew Perryman Jones
  • Feels Like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk

 About the author

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Cate currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, their two boys, and St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. She is the author of the best-selling romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County.  Before her career as an author, Cate worked in special education for 12 years.

“I’m a pretty lucky girl; one day I woke up and my entire life changed. I saw the light, so to speak, and decided I was going to be a writer. Now, four years later, I’m currently working on my eighth novel, Reagan’s Redemption, which I plan to release in early spring of 2015.  I’m very grateful for the support and success I’ve had.”  – Cate

Contact Cate

Amazon Author Page


Social links:

Twitter: @CateBeauman




GiveawayE-Book/s Giveaway Contest – Saving Sophie

(4 up for grabs)

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05 All-Book-Covers-Side-by-Side-PromotionalThe Bodyguards of L.A. County


morgan'Book One: Morgan’s Hunter, the story of Morgan and Hunter.

Morgan Taylor, D.C. socialite and wildlife biologist, leads a charmed life until everything changes with a phone call. Her research team has been found dead—slaughtered—in backcountry Montana.

As the case grows cold, Morgan is determined to unravel the mystery behind her friends’ gruesome deaths. Despite the dangers of a murderer still free, nothing will stand in her way, not even the bodyguard her father hires, L.A.’s top close protection agent, Hunter Phillips.

Sparks fly from the start when no-nonsense Hunter clashes with Morgan’s strong-willed independence. Their endless search for answers proves hopeless—until Hunter discovers the truth.

On the run and at the mercy of a madman, Morgan and Hunter must outsmart a killer to save their own lives.   

“-one thing I noticed right away was Hunter is smoking hot. This author captured his attractiveness well. Many romance authors have said their main character was good looking, but this was one of the very few times where I thought, “Wow. He’s hot!” And let me tell you blonde-haired blue eyed guys are not my type. The author deserves some serious props here.” Raven Reviewer


Book Two: Falling For Sarah, the story of Sarah and Ethan. sarah

Widow Sarah Johnson struggled to pick up the pieces after her life was ripped apart. After two years of grieving, she’s found contentment in her thriving business as photographer to Hollywood’s A-list and in raising her angel-faced daughter, Kylee…until bodyguard and long-time friend Ethan Cooke changes everything with a searing moonlight kiss.

Sarah’s world turns upside down as she struggles with her unexpected attraction to Ethan and the guilt of betraying her husband’s memory. But when blue roses and disturbing notes start appearing on her doorstep, she has no choice but to lean on Ethan as he fights to save her from a stalker that won’t stop until he has what he prizes most.

“This story, although starting sad with Jake’s death, goes zero to sixty from there. A creepy, insane , psycho thrown in with HOT manly men always make for an awesome ride.” Inside BJ’s Head


Book Three: Hailey’s Truth, the story of Hailey and Austin.

Hailey Roberts has never had it easy. Despite the scars of a tragic childhood, she’s made a life for herself. As a part-time student and loving nanny, she yearns for a family of her own and reluctant Austin Casey, Ethan Cooke Security’s best close protection agent.

Hailey’s past comes back to haunt her when her long lost brother tracks her down, bringing his dangerous secrets with him. At an emotional crossroads, Hailey accepts a humanitarian opportunity that throws her together with Austin, taking her hundreds of miles from her troubles, or so she thinks.

What starts out as a dream come true quickly becomes a nightmare as violence erupts on the island of Cozumel. Young women are disappearing, community members are dying—and the carnage links back to her brother.

As Austin struggles to keep Hailey’s past from destroying her future, he’s forced to make a decision that could turn her against him, or worse cost them both their lives.

“WOW. My head is in a whirl from this one. From the high intensity of Suspense, down to the oh-so yummy Romance, by far, Hailey and Austin have the hottest freaking scenes of the three books! ~ It’s so good… or I’m so bad because–I hate to admit it–I reread the hotter than Hades scenes! I could read the entire novel again, and that’s rare for me.” Hammy


Book Four: Forever Alexa, the story of Alexa and Jackson.

First grade teacher and single mother Alexa Harris is no stranger to struggle, but for once, things are looking up. The school year is over and the lazy days of summer are here. Mini-vacations and relaxing twilight barbeques are on the horizon until Alexa’s free-spirited younger sister vanishes.

Ransom calls and death threats force Alexa and her young daughter to flee their quiet home in Maryland. With nowhere else to turn, Alexa seeks the help of Jackson Matthews, Ethan Cooke Security’s Risk Assessment Specialist and the man who broke her heart.

With few leads to follow and Abby’s case going cold, Alexa must confess a shocking secret if she and Jackson have any hope of saving her sister from a hell neither could have imagined.

“FOREVER ALEXA is a book that is impossible to put down. I loved the first three books in this series, Morgan’s Hunter, Falling for Sarah and Hailey’s Truth, but FOREVER ALEXA is far and above my favorite in the series. That being said, I not only recommend but encourage readers of romantic suspense to give Ms. Beauman’s books a try…..you will not be disappointed!!!” NicoleMD


wrenBook Five: Waiting For Wren, the story of Wren Cooke and Tucker Campbell.

Wren Cooke has everything she’s ever wanted—a thriving career as one of LA’s top interior designers and a home she loves. Business trips, mockups, and her demanding clientele keep her busy, almost too busy to notice Ethan Cooke Security’s gorgeous Close Protection Agent, Tucker Campbell.

 Jaded by love and relationships in general, Wren wants nothing to do with the hazel-eyed stunner and his heart-stopping grins, but Tucker is always in her way. When Wren suddenly finds herself bombarded by a mysterious man’s unwanted affections, she’s forced to turn to Tucker for help.

As Wren’s case turns from disturbing to deadly, Tucker whisks her away to his mountain home in Utah. Haunted by memories and long-ago tragedies, Tucker soon realizes his past and Wren’s present are colliding. With a killer on the loose and time running out, Tucker must discover a madman’s motives before Wren becomes his next victim.

“My heart raced from the suspense and from the romance. The characters, and their love story, are believable. As the series develops, I feel like I know these characters and find myself turning the page to find out more. This series just keeps getting better. The author crafts characters that are true-to-life and creates moments of such sheer suspense that I find myself turning on all of the lights in the house just to make sure I’m alone.” Robert John Baron


Book Six: Justice For Abby, the story of Abigail Harris and Jerrod Quinn. Justice For Abby_ebook_2500

Fashion designer Abigail Harris has been rescued, but her nightmare is far from over. Determined to put her harrowing ordeal behind her and move on, she struggles to pick up the pieces of her life while eluding the men who want her dead.

The Mid-Atlantic Sex Ring is in ruins after Abby’s interviews with the police. The organization is eager to exact their revenge before her testimony dismantles the multi-million dollar operation for good.

Abby’s safety rests in the hands of former US Marshal, Jerrod Quinn. Serious-minded and obsessed with protocol, Ethan Cooke Security’s newest agent finds himself dealing with more than he bargains for when he agrees to take on his beautiful, free-spirited client.

 As the trial date nears, Abby’s case takes a dangerous turn. Abby and Jerrod soon discover themselves in a situation neither of them expect while Jerrod fights to stop the ring from silencing Abby once and for all.

 “I really thought this would be a routine bodyguard/subject book, boy was I wrong. Cate Beauman’s characters popped! By the end of this book (which I read in one sitting) I was exhausted but replete… From paragraph to paragraph this story shifts and changes. The betrayals and surprises come at the reader at a furious pace. And while this story revolves around a very dark occurrence, there are enough moments that will make you smile, chuckle, snort and go “awwwww” Sebella Blue


02 Saving Sophie_ebookBook Seven: Saving Sophie, the story of Sophie Burke and Stone McCabe. On Sale September 4, 2014


Jewelry designer Sophie Burke has fled Maine for the anonymity of the big city. She’s starting over with a job she tolerates and a grungy motel room she calls home on the wrong side of town, but anything is better than the nightmare she left behind.

Stone McCabe is Ethan Cooke Security’s brooding bad boy more interested in keeping to himself than anything else—until the gorgeous blond with haunted violet eyes catches his attention late one rainy night.

Stone reluctantly gives Sophie a hand only to quickly realize that the shy beauty with the soft voice and pretty smile has something to hide. Tangled up in her secrets, Stone offers Sophie a solution that has the potential to free her from her problems once and for all—or jeopardize both of their lives.


Book Eight: Reagan’s Redemption, the story of Reagan Rosner and Shane Harper. Coming Spring 2015!

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Wicked Romances Blog Hop

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Sharing My Favorite Read Giveaway Hop was organized

by Reading Romances!

I love that this hop has the same title as my blog.  I couldn’t resist.  So what am I giving away?  The first book in the Key to the Cursed Series: Soul Reborn.

What you can win here (more PRIZES = more WINNERS):  Check Back — The list is growing

  • Copies of SOUL REBORN
  • Wicked Romance Tote Bags 



Number of winners:  7 :  4 – (e-books/INT) ; 2 – (tote bags / US-Canada); 1 Bracelet & Earrings (US only)

Open to (INT, US or US/CAN): (e-books/INT) ;  (tote bags / US-Canada); (Bracelet & Earrings / US only)

How to enter: Without looking at Soul Reborn’s blurb, make up your own short story or blurb based on the cover details (3-4 sentences, nothing fancy).  Use your imagination!  Serious, dark and down right hilarious comments welcome.  Let’s have fun with this. Commentors will be entered in the drawing.  I will post Soul Reborn’s blurb and first chapter on October 27th (last day of hop) and announce the winners. 

If you are looking for more chances to win, here are some opportunities (list your entries in your post):

  1. SUBSCRIBE to Wicked Romance Blog – (Top Right Sidebar Widget on this blog) Great way to meet authors on Author Open MIC; New PNR releases; CHECK OUT Rachel Carrington’s new cover to WAKING UP IMMORTAL below. 
  2. Add SOUL REBORN to your GOODREADS “TO READ” list see what others have to say about the Key to the Cursed Series
  3. Visit Goddesses and Gorgeous Beads and Tweet her site

Don’t stop there…

Hop and enter the other giveaways!

Start hopping!

1. ORG: Reading Romances (INT) 31. Love, Laughter, Friendship (US/CA)
2. cupcake (INT) 32. Lizzy Ford Books (INT)
3. All About High heat Romance (INT) 33. Julia Crane
4. Reading Reality 34. The Obscured Vixen
5. Tanya 35. Jordan K. Rose
6. Debra A. Soles 36. Natasha Blackthorne ~ Erotic Hist Rom (INT)
7. the ruthin trilogy vampire romance 37. Christine_Saucy & Sinful Reviews Blog
8. Elise Marion 38. Hot Listens
9. Amelia James 39. J.P. Grider
10. Nette’s Bookshelf Reviews 40. Sorcha Mowbray (INT)
11. Minding Spot 41. Nikkibookblog (INT)
12. Sara York 42. E.B. Walters
13. Glimpses of Midnight 43. Rak Buku Didi (INT)
14. Kristabel Reed’s Wickedly Wanton Tales 44. Shannan Albright (INT)
15. Renee Giraldy 45. ReadingDiva Blog (US)
16. Louisa Bacio 46. SinfulReads (US)
17. Felicity Heaton, PNR author (INT) 47. Linda Hays-Gibbs
18. Imagine a World  (US) 48. Gayl Taylor (INT)
19. Susan Frances, Romantic Adventures 49. Romance At Random US
20. Jean Murray, PNR Author – Key to the Cursed (INT) 50. Jessica Scott
21. Faerotic Prose (INT) 51. Shawntelle Madison (INT)
22. Other Worlds & Realities (INT) 52. Milly Taiden
23. Nancy Gideon…Romance by Any Other Name (INT) 53. Jianne carlo (INT)
24. Casey Crow (INT) 54. Coffee Beans & Love Scenes (INT)
25. p.t. macias 55. izz “pingle” bookish place (INT)
26. Urban Girl Reader (INT) 56. Marie Rose Dufour
27. DC Juris 57. That’s What She Read
28. Book Savvy Babe (INT) 58. Jenna Jaxon
29. My Devotional Thoughts 59. Romance Book Craze
30. Harlie Williams (US/CA only)


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Please vote for me ~ Readers’ Favorite Author for April

Hi everyone!

I’m excited to announce that I am up for Readers’ Favorite Author at GraveTells for April.  I could really use your help! 

I’ve never won one of these, but one can hope.  Either way it is a huge honor for me.  The poll is only open until Sunday night (April 30th), so get your vote in soon and spread the word.


I really appreciate your support.



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Ones to Watch ~ Small Press Treasures Blog Hop

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I want to thank Sam, Elena and Rhonda for hosting this fabulous blog hop.  I love Small Press for many reasons.  First, the stories they produce are truly hidden treasures.  They are the bread and butter of debut and experienced authors, alike.  Stories that would be classified as “not mainstream” enough have an opportunity to shine.  I am so grateful to my small press, Crescent Moon Press.  My editor for Soul Reborn, Heather Howland (now with another small press, Entangled Publishing) mentored me through my first publishing experience.  She cared about the stories and treated the authors with respect.  Small Press companies employ extremely talented artists, no matter what the genre.

So, what am I giving away?? 

An e-copy of Soul Reborn, Wicked Romance Organic Tote with Signed Cover Flats, Egyptian Tarot Cards

To Enter:  Answer one of these questions in a comment below…. 

What do you like best about Small Press Publishers?

What is your favorite Small Press Author or Story Hero or Heroine?? 

My Favorite Small Press Authors:

My Favorite Small Press Covers:


My favorite Cast of Key to the Cursed Series Heroes:

Asar, God of the Underworld, Dead and Afterlife.  He is most well-known for judging souls at the gates of the afterlife.  Do not cross him or he may just feed your soul to the beast.  Pass the test and receive everlasting life.

Bakari, son of Asar, and Protector of the Gates.  Holder of the key to the Underworld. You will recognize him by the scorpion carved tattoo on his back and arms.  Those daggers on his chest aren’t just for show.  One pierce to the heart will kill any god.

Bomani, Commander of the Underworld Legion.  You can’t miss him.  He wears his rank on his skin in the form of scarification tattoos that cover his entire body and the brand of the legion shield on his chest.  Don’t let his charismatic smile and jovial personality fool you.  Only the strongest and fiercest alpha warrior rises to the top.

Kamen, brother to Asar, and Soul Eater.  The largest of all the Underworld gods and the most dangerous.  Stay clear of this big fellow.  His stoicism is just a façade to the beast within.  But he has it under control, most of the time.

The Gods of the Underworld have graciously agreed to help me promote my book, Soul Reborn.

For more great small press supporters, see below and continue on the blog hop!!

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Soul Reborn Give Away at the Reading with the Bakin Goddesses

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I wanted to share this great opportunity to win e-copies of the first book in the Key to the Cursed Series, Soul Reborn.  Plus, the goddesses are giving away some of my signed cover flats.  This is a great time to get introduced to a unique paranormal romance read. These ladies have been so supportive, I would love to have you stop by for a visit on their blog.


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2012 Author Open Mic

I am trying something a little different for 2012. 

Twice a month I am hosting “Author Open Mic.” The days will spotlight an author, their work or any topic that they want to cover.  It can be off the cuff or customized based on the author’s needs. The goal is to get readers and authors together, throw some questions out there that need to be asked and answered, and most importantly, have fun.  There are no requirements or restrictions.  And yes, this is for mature audiences 😉

If anyone is interested in taking the mic for the day at Wicked Romance to promote their next book, book event, or topic of your choice just drop me an email at murray(dot)jeanm(at)gmail(dot)com

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Winner of the Holiday Blog Hop 2011

   Jennifer Mathis…

Your name was selected by random.org as the winner of the Holiday Blog Hop.  Thank you so much for participating and following my blog.  She will receive 8 ebooks and a $40 gift card.

Winner: You will have ten days (10) to contact us to claim your prize: (lynnrush@cox.net) Failure to contact us within allotted time will forfeit your prize. We can then choose either to re-award the prize to another entrant or not.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank everyone that joined in the fun and shared their most favorite holiday toy.  It brought back so many memories.  I hope you get the toy of your dreams this Christmas Holiday season.

If you’d like another chance to win a copy of Soul Reborn, I’m giving one copy away at the Reading with Bakin Goddesses Blog site. 

Hope to see you again soon.

Jean Murray


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Guest Author Jean Murray ~ Interview & BOOK GIVEAWAY

Grand Redesign ~ Reading with the Bakin Goddesses

Hi everyone.

Just when you think the Holiday Blog Hop is over, I have another opportunity for you to win an EBOOK copy of SOUL REBORN.  Kimberly and Shauni have invited me over to help them celebrate the grand redesign of their book review site. Now these gals have some fun and get a little crazy with food, drink and well, really hot sexy books.  I feel pretty honored to be counted among the authors featured to include:

GIVEAWAY 1 WITH PRINCESS STIRLINGhttp://readingwithbakingoddess.blogspot.com/2011/12/party-has-begun-please-welcome-princess.html

GIVEAWAY 2 WITH KRAFTYMAX JEWELRY DESIGNERhttp://readingwithbakingoddess.blogspot.com/2011/12/giveaway-and-interview-with-kraftymax.html

GIVEAWAY 3 WITH LARISSA IONEhttp://readingwithbakingoddess.blogspot.com/2011/12/larissa-ione-woot-woot-interview.html

GIVEAWAY 4 WITH TRISHA PICKYME —  http://readingwithbakingoddess.blogspot.com/2011/12/giveaway-interview-with-pickyme.html

GIVEAWAY 5 WITH JOAN SWANhttp://readingwithbakingoddess.blogspot.com/2011/12/fabulous-joan-swan-interview-giveaway.html

GIVEAWAY 6 WITH SYLVAIN REYNARDhttp://readingwithbakingoddess.blogspot.com/2011/12/interview-giveaway-sylvain-reynard.html

GIVEAWAY 7 WITH JEAN MURRAYhttp://readingwithbakingoddess.blogspot.com/2011/12/interview-giveaway-with-one-of-my.html

So come over and let’s have some fun.  I brought pictures of my dog, and my heroes and heroines.  You won’t regret it, I promise.
Happy Reading!!

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Holiday Blog Hop ~ Best Toys of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s

You know your old when they come out with the BEST OF’s…  Some of the bands you listened to in college are now considered CLASSIC ROCK.  So in the spirit of the Holiday, I’d like to take a stroll down memory lane. Yes, to those wonder years of the Holidays when you spent sleepless nights praying for that one toy you’ve been dying to have.

Now that I am a parent, I can appreciate my parents fighting through the stores during the holiday mad rush to get that last toy box on the shelf. Thankfully, shopping rage wasn’t as common back then, although I do remember a news team filming parents fighting over the last Cabbage Patch doll on the shelves.  Oh, the yesteryears. What fond memories….

So let us take a look at what we grew up with:

~1970’s ~

Can anyone guess what this is??? 

I’ll give the youngins a hint out there.  PONG was one of the first video games.  The Atari VCS 2600 was released in 1977 for $199 dollars.  There were 9 game cartridges.  I remember playing this at my best friends house for hours on end.  It was a home video game revolution.


Oh, yes.  Who could forget the Rubix Cube.  Hell, if I couldn’t get but 4-sides and that was using a cheat book.  Hey, don’t give me a hard time.  I was only 7 at the time.  The Creator of this wonder was from Budapest, Hungary.  His design took the world by storm and has started to show back up in the stores.  I better go back and see if my mom still has the cheat book in her basement.

Honorable Mentions:  SIMON, Star Wars Action Figures, Uno.

~ 1980 ~

Cabbage Patch Dolls

The oh so loveable Cabbage Patch Dolls.  Now these things caused riots in the streets.  I honestly think these things were sold on the black market. I know my sister tried to sell me for one, just kidding. According to the website (click on picture) depending upon the edition, adoption fees begin at $199.00 and go up. Geez.  I’m glad I have boys.


Okay, for our male blog hoppers out there.  Who didn’t have a HE MAN or Battle Cat.  This Blogger has a dedicated site that I think you need to see.  It is an amazing collection of photographs.  You have to see it for yourself.  Click HERE.  There are rumors there is a new movie in the works.  He Man is not dead.

Other Honorable Mentions:  Pound Puppies, Care Bears, My Little Pony, Glo Worms


pokemon cards 135x95 The 11 most amazing toys of the 1990s POKEMON

Okay, I have to say I never quite understood the cards, but my nephew probably amassed well over $500 worth of these things.  Not only were the cards an enormous hit, the cartoon was also.


I admit I had a few of these. More that five, less than ten.  I’m not sure where they ended up over the years, certainly not at any auctions or trading parties.  We, humans, do have the strangest fixation with collections.

Honorable Mentions:  Rollarblades, Nintendo’s Gameboy, Tickle Me Elmo

So, I hope this has brought back some great Holiday memories.  To be eligible to enter the Blog Hop give away, you must leave a comment on the blog, so  I’d love to hear what your favorite Holiday toy was growing up.

If you’d like 10 extra entries into the drawing (no obligation), please do one of the following: subscribe to Wicked Romance, follow me on twitter, or ADD my novel SOUL REBORN on your Goodreads TBR. Please let me know in your comment which you chose, so that I can give you credit.

See Contest details below:

Welcome to the 2011 Holiday Blog Hop. We’re having some fun during this crazy holiday time talking music, movies, and more. Best of all, we’re giving away over $80.00 worth of prizes!

Two days. Tuesday December 13 and Wednesday December 14, 2011. Four blogs each day. All you have to do is show up and comment on each blog to be entered for the grand prize drawing of eight e-books and a $40 Amazon Gift Card! Just in time for the holiday season!


Day One December 13th:

Lynn Rush: http://lynnrush.com/

Kendall Grey: http://www.kendallgrey.com/

Caridad Piñeiro: http://www.caridad.com/blog/

Rebecca Zanetti: http://rebeccazanetti.com/blog-2/

Day Two December 14th:

Rachel Firasek: http://www.rachelfirasek.com/

Ciara Knight: http://www.ciaraknight.com/

Lisa Kessler: http://lisakessler.wordpress.com/


à  Open internationally

à  Contest runs from 2am (Eastern Standard Time) Tuesday December 13th, 2011 to Midnight (Eastern Standard Time) Wednesday December 14th, 2011. Winner announced Monday December 19th, 2011 on all of the blogs in the hop.

à  Winner: You will have ten days (10) to contact us to claim your prize: (lynnrush@cox.net) Failure to contact us within allotted time will forfeit your prize. We can then choose either to re-award the prize to another entrant or not.

à  To earn the twenty-five (25) entries toward the grand prize you must comment on each of the eight blogs participating in the Holiday Blog Hop.

à  Please remember it is illegal to sell, forward, give away or copy electronic books in anyway. Doing so violates copyright.

à      If you are unable to leave comments on the blogs due to lack of internet connectivity/availability, you may enter via email to LynnRush@cox.net.


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