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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Smile! The Somebody Love You Blog Hop 2014 is HERE!

New Years Eve Blog Hop Welcome to the first Annual Smile Somebody Loves You New Years Eve Blog Hop!

This is our first time hosting a blog hop and we are so thrilled with the participation! We started SSLY in 2013, so what better way to kick off the New Year then with a new adventure! We have almost 50 participating blogs, some giving away some awesome prizes. Please visit everyone and meet these wonderful women and men. They are terrific and you may find a new "favorite" author among them!

Grand prize, which will be chosen from the rafflecopter at the bottom of the page will include: a $150.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card (winners choice) SSLY Key Chain, a signed copy of Bohemian Grove by T.M. Williams, an E-book of Maverick Touch: The Cat by Ashley Nemer, e-book Scorned (LeKrista Scott, Vampire Hunted) by Tyffani Clark Kemp, paperback copy of Summertime by Christina Cole, a signed copy of Mail Order Brides of the West by Dedra Holland and an awesome prize, a 30 minute tarot card reading via Skype or telephone by author Shauna Aura Knight!

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What am I looking forward to in 2014?

 2014 will see the continuation of my small town contemporary holiday novella series set in Starlight Hills. My time travel series is just about ready to break free too, and I'm really excited about finally being in control of where it will lead me.

 I'm looking forward to being better organized (a goal I set every year, but this year I have high hopes for actually accomplishing this!) I've got a new planner ready to go. I admit the geeky side of my is having a ball decorating my new pages....let's hope that translates into a successful system for me :)

2014 is the year I do something just for me, something to get in better shape and get me away from the computer. So, I've signed up for fencing lessons! The family is a little nervous about me swishing around a weapon, but I have been assured I will be well padded and there is no real danger involved...I will be sure to post pictures!

 I'm hoping to eat a little healthier (no, that doesn't mean I'm cutting back on the chocolate *gasp*) I hope to be a little focused, spend more quality time with the family (because the kids aren't getting any younger and one day I'm going to wake up to find they've flown the coop.) And...I plan to spread more cheer, more good vibes and good wishes and squash negativity in its path. There is just no room for destructive negative thoughts in my life.

As I do ever year, I pick a quote that will be my mantra for the coming months, and this year I have chosen the following:

You will never be BRAVE if you don't get hurt
You will never LEARN if you don't make mistakes
You will never be SUCCESSFUL if you don't encounter failure.

This year I strive to be brave, to learn and to be successful! 
How about you, what are you looking forward to in 2014?

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Ready for more "Smile Somebody Loves You" blog posts and your chance to win? Stop by the awesome blogs below!

Smile Somebody Loves You
Tonya Renee Callahan
Madison Sevier
Tricia Andersen
Cate Masters
Tabitha Shay
Paula Millhouse
Hunter S Jones
Magella Troche
Tory Richards
Deena Remiel
Evelise Archer
Ashley Nemer
Roxy Wilson
Inner Goddess Forum
Literal Hotties
TM Williams
Jayn Wilde
Victoria Pinder
Eden Connor
Elise VanCise
Andrea R Cooper
Adriana Kraft
Leigh Ellwood
Lisa Carlisle
Andrea Cooper
Sherry Gloag
Natasza Waters
Kathryn Beyerle Lively
Sugar and Spice Reviews
Jeanine McAdam
Morgan Wyatt
Naomi Bellina
AJ Williams
Lyncee Shillard
Beth Barany
Candy Caine’s Corner
Shauna Aura Knight
Kimmie Easley
Fiona McGeir
Donna Michaels
Tiffany Clark
Brenda’s Book Beat
Reading by the book
Tuere’s not so
Random Thoughts
Flossie Benton Rogers
Stephanie Kepke
Debora Dennis
Samantha Holt
Heidi Sieverding

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  1. Hope all your dreams make it to the finish line!
    Happy New Year!

  2. Hi Deborah!
    Happy New Year - I'm looking forward to more time to write my Fantasy Romance Series.
    I really like your site,
    Happy 2014!

    1. Thanks Paula - hope 2014 is great for you too!

  3. Debora, what a worthwhile mantra. After a sad 2013, my keyword this year is gratitude. After reading your post, I'm going to look for an action quote that describes it. Here's to meeting all our writing, publishing, and promotional goals this year. 2014 blessings to you and yours.

    1. Gratitude is an awesome keyword for the year, Flossie! Sorry 2013 wasn't great for you - hope 2014 is fantastic!

  4. Love the idea of a mantra! What a good way to encourage yourself to meet those goals. I hope to be able to juggle this year. Love, life, work, writing & blogging!
    Thank you for joining our hop!

  5. My mantra for the last year will continue in 2014, It is never too late to make your dreams come true! have achieved many of my dreams, both personally and professionally, but new ones pop up every day! Keep dreaming!

  6. Thank you for organizing the hop! Yes - I'm trying to get better organized. Also - I'm leaving my comments for the folks at the end. They never get as much attention as those at the top.

  7. May all your dreams be fulfilled! Love meeting new authors! Happy new year!

  8. Love the mantra. Thanks for the hop and giveaway.

  9. I am looking forward to (I hope) a better year than 2013. michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com.


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