Black Friday Blog Hop


Words are in my bones. As a child I spent many wonderful recesses hiding out in the school library reading. And I started writing from an early age too. I published my first poem in third grade. So a career involving words was a natural choice. However, I was too afraid to commit to my creative side wholeheartedly and so went into journalism.

As a cub reporter, I landed the late night and weekend shifts, and some of the dreariest of assignments, including writing about the shopping frenzy that occurs annually on Black Friday for several years in a row. That meant: I had to be at work by 6 a.m. interviewing shoppers at various retail stores -- from big box stores to the local specialized stores. Yes, I had   to interrupt people focused on getting the best deal to ask annoying questions. And I had to be in the middle of the mad crush of the crowd. Shudder.

Needless to say, I'm glad those days are behind me. Not only do I avoid the crowds, but I'm thankful that I finally got the courage to embrace my creative side and spread my fiction wings, I'm thankful for everyone who supported my creative endeavors and evolution, and I'm thankful that I have three stories published.

Since everyone loves good deals and to express my thanks to my readers and the universe, here are some great deals for you!

My most recent release, Dead: A Ghost Story is FREE on Amazon today.



Dead: A Ghost Story, a multicultural short about Nasreen, an Indian immigrant woman, who struggles with life & death in West Texas.

“Dead” was inspired by the many immigrant wives I met during my time as a business reporter in West Texas. For the most part these women are invisible to the mainstream society for various reasons – language barriers, isolation, and unfamiliarity with their adopted country’s laws and social mores etc. So this story was written to recognize them and to highlight a usually silent part of the immigrant story.

Here’s the link for you to download your free copy: http://amzn.com/B009TDD5FG

I'm also thankful to be celebrating the book birthday of my first published story, The Djinn's Dilemma.


#DjinnsDilemmaBirthdayBash giveaway:

I'm celebrating with an awesome birthday bash with all kinds of surPrizes (check it out here psst, there's a special Sherrilyn Kenyon package & more)! 

#SandyRelief

Get critique from top agent/editor AND help #SandyRelief. Auction starts Monday. Check out the schedule.



So, what are you thankful for? Leave a comment (with your email) and you could be randomly chosen (open to U.S. residents only) to win this lovely Christmas ornament from moi!


And, if you leave a comment & hop around the other BlackFridayBlogHop blogs, you could also have a chance to win:

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!


So what are you waiting for? Make like a bunny & have fun hopping!

 Woot! We have the overall Black Friday Blog Hop winners! Check it out here. Congrats everyone! Thanks for hopping along & making the hop so much fun!

As for the Ornament winner...I'll mention her name in the comments! :) Have a great weekend!


73 comments:

  1. Today i'm thankful for my hubby coming home from overseas. we had the family over and had a great time, hope you did to.
    thank you for joining the hop!
    miriam.whitewolf@gmail.com

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    1. What a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mine was spent with family too and very special :) Thanks for visiting!

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  2. I'm thankful for my family and loved ones!! Lovely prize...as for black friday shopping? Online only for me!! They are freaking crazzzzzzyyy!!!
    Great Giveaway!!
    viajeradelmar@aol.com

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    1. Lol, I'm with you! Thanks for visiting!

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  4. I'm thankful for my family and my health.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

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  5. I'm thankful I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, family who have my back, health, and my most precious gift, my son.
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

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    1. All wonderful blessings. Thank you for hopping along with us!

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  6. I'm thankful for my family and the chance to spend the holidays with them

    aircdrewood(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Sounds lame, but I'm thankful for each day.

    lcahoon7(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Not lame at all...we should appreciate each day and enjoy every moment we can.

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  8. I am thankful for my family and friends and that I don't have to be out in that mess. I can't wait to read your ghost story.

    linda @ lindaandrews dot net

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    1. Yay! Let me know what you think when you're done :) Thanks for visiting!

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  9. I'm thankful for many things: family and friends, obviously, my books and book friends, the authors who write them. And many, many others!

    Congrats again on the 1 yr birthday of Djinn's Dilemma!

    Enjoy!
    TBQ
    The_Book_Queen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. So good to see you here! Thanks for sharing :)

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  10. I am thankful for my family of course, and all my 4-footed kids--my kitties!

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    1. Lol, when we say Grace, my 2-footed kids make sure we include all the 4-footed family members as well. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

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  11. I'm just thankful for most everything - especially some diversion from all the football on telly this weekend..
    Thanks for participating!!
    glhince (at) gmail (dot) com

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  12. I do not like crowds so BF shopping is not for me! I will be spending my day hopping and then snuggled up reading! Well that is after I decide on what new book I have just added to my to be read list! It gets longer every hop! Thanks! I am thankful for all the wonderful new books I am encountering!

    grapeapril75(at)gmail.com

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  13. I'm thankful for my family and friends!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. I'm thankful for my husband and all that we were able to do this year. Happy Black Friday! Thanks for the chance to win some great prizes!
    I'm an online shopper and perfer not to deal with the crowds!
    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

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  15. Hi, Thanks for the awesome giveaway! This is great

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  16. I'm not a Black Friday shopper. I don't believe that shopping should ever be a full contact sport. I spend the day baking cookies with my kiddos instead.
    planterofhope(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. What a great way to spend Black Friday! Yum!

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  17. I`m thankful for my family.
    We don`t have Black Friday sales here (I`m an international reader), so I`m just attending giveaways like this one,lol.

    dita(dot)skarste(at)gmail(dot)com


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  18. For my family. I'm not a black Friday shopper. lisarayns at gmail dot com

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  19. I am thankful for many things this year. My husband, my kids, my family, my job, and being able to do what I love. I'm avoiding all stores today that's for sure. lol.

    jinni_james@yahoo.com

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  20. I'm thankful for my family and to be healthy. I'm also thankful that I'm not out in the rush getting trampled. lol

    readingdiva@ymail.com

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  21. beautiful ornament! i stay home on black friday though. its not worth it. beccaboo97200 (at) att (dot) net

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  22. I'm thankful for my son and our home.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

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  23. A few of my friends do Black Friday, but it's not for me.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  24. Thankful for the health and happiness of my kids!

    brbalwaysATyahooDOTcom

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  25. Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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  26. I am waiting for a better job. I am glad to have found you on this blog hop and look forward to reading your works. Kim86004(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Thankful for my family and friends health.
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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  28. I am thankful for having this hop today to fill my day since I avoided the shopping frenzy like the plague!

    Happy book birthday.

    Happy Holidays,
    Marlena
    charmedpoms@yahoo.com

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  29. I love Black Friday shopping, (I live in a small town and people are pretty friendly, no blood or bruising) but this year they started at 8pm on thursday so I decided to stay at home and read. I went out about 11:30, when the stores were almost empty and still got all the specials that I wanted.

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. I do some Black Friday shopping, but I'm more addicted to Cyber Monday. No lines, No rude people, free shipping.... how can you go wrong!

    angelheart618@gmail.com

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  31. Hi! Happy Holidays to you! Im thankful for my family, our health, the many blessings we've received and all the amazing authors and friends i have met. Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. Thanks for the giveaway.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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  33. Thank you! christiethemom@hotmail.com

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  34. I thankful to be almost done with school. Thx for the hop stop.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

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  35. thankful for family

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  36. I'm staying home to read & discover some more authors thru the blog hop...
    No BF shopping for me.....ktyler13@yahoo.com

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  37. I am very thankful that my mom is now healthy, and i have a wonderful hubby and two great boys even if they drive me nuts.

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

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  38. I am thankful for my life, family, and friends :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  39. I am thankful for my family and friends and getting to spend time with them.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    nerdswillruleoneday@yahoo.com

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  40. I am extremely thankful for my family and friends and my pets.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

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  41. I'm thankful for the health and happiness of friends and loved ones.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

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  42. Thanks for the freebie! I'm thankful for any ornaments or Christmas decor that I can get. We had a fire in April in our shed and every holiday item that we've accumulated over 50+ years was destroyed. We went out today, Black Friday, for one thing--a tree, at Home Depot. Now, we have a lovely tree and NO ornaments. Many of the ornaments we had were ones from my MIL and ones that I made as a kid. It's bittersweet.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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  43. I am so thankful for my family, especially my son and a very special person that came back into my life recently.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. Thanks for the hop stop!

    melhalp at msn.com

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  45. Thank you for the free book! I'm thankful for my family and my friends! Thank you for participating in this blog hop and for the great giveaway! I love the ornament!

    Julie K
    kornhsl@yahoo.com

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  46. I'm thankful for my family.
    Marlene Breakfield
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  47. I am thankful for all of the usual, fam., friends, health, home, income, etc... but I am especially thankful to authors. They bring their stories to life and keep me sane by enabling me to escape my reality for a little while. brendem7@comcast.net

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  48. Thank you for the lovely giveaway~ I'm thankful for my patient and lovely family & good friends!

    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

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  49. What a lovely giveaway prize! Thanks for the chance!

    Jesse
    jesse.kimmelfreeman@gmail.com

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  50. Thank you!
    Deliachic3@hotmail.com

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  51. Thanks for all your wonderful comments! So perfect for Thanksgiving weekend :) Good luck on the hop!

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  52. I avoided the crowds at the mall today and went to the movies instead. Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

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  53. I'm thankful for my nephew.

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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  54. I am thankful for good books and coffee. I'm also thankful that even though my job is ending in a couple weeks, I will still have a roof over my head.

    krankimom[at]comcast[dot]net

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  55. I am thankful for my family and the love we share.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  56. I'm thankful for everything in this world mostly animals
    red_tigergirl2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  57. Most thankful for my family.

    I stuck to the web today instead of braving the crowds. ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

    fancie @ live. com

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  58. i am very thankful for everyone in my life. Thanks for your giveaway!
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

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  59. Thanks for participating in the blog hop! Hope you have a happy thanksgiving. I stayed home this year for black friday because its a bit frightening in stores, I prefer shopping at home LOL! ;)


    swtlilangel4jc at yahoo dot com

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  60. Thanks for the hop!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  61. My family. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  62. Catherine Lee wins the ornament!I'll be contacting you :)

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments! I appreciate your words.

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  63. Hey, Rashda. I'm thankful for our Stellar Scribes sisterhood and the many friends who hold my hand during the sometimes discouraging trip toward publication. Sorry, I'm late coming. Never even checked out emails yesterday. Hope things went well.

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