Celebrate Autumn with a Blog Hop, Naming a Character, and Dishing About Crisp Air, Falling Leaves and Fuzzy Socks 75


The air is crisp, the leaves are turning, and the scent of burning wood fills the air. It’s Autumn, folks! And even though I’m in Texas, where the change of the seasons isn’t very dramatic (we go from green leaves to dead leaves), I am loving the new hint of chill in the air–even if it does only last for the morning.

View of New Jersey from the Cloisters

Beautiful! And I know this isn't even as colorful as it gets up north!

I’m jealous of folks who live in the Northeast. Instead of just feeling the change in the air, they can see it all around them.

We recently returned from a trip to New York, and the view of New Jersey from the Cloisters was amazing. And all the falling leaves and crisp air encouraged some serious skipping and dancing and playing!

Here's my youngest dancing in the leaves!

I’ve only lived in Texas and Southern California, and it’s just not the same. Though we do try. In Orange County, my husband and I once cranked up the air conditioner in November and lit a fire (why there was a fireplace in an OC apartment is beside the point). It was … nice. At least until the cats decided the next day to explore the ashes and got little kitty footprints all over the white carpet!!

Last year during this season, we had a little couch on our back patio, and every morning, I’d take our invalid cat outside and read while she explored the yard. She’d gotten too old and sick to jump the fence, but she would sit back on her haunches, lift her nose to the sky, and breathe in the smell of fall. I was right there with her. There’s something spectacular in the air when the seasons change.

This year, Tiger’s gone, but I still want to pull on my fuzzy socks and go outside in the mornings and read.

Do you like to read in the crisp air? If you do, be sure to check out my books, including Release Me, coming in January! In fact, in honor of Autumn and backporch reading and Release Me‘s upcoming pub date, I’m doing a book-oriented giveaway.

Coming January 1, 2013!!

There are all sorts of things you can do to win! You can pre-order the book, or you can do fun things like cast Nikki or Damien for my imaginary movie, or you can even suggest a name for a character who will appear in both Claim Me and Complete Me!

Just check out the Rafflecopter below. BUT REMEMBER, the Rafflecopter is only for the prize for THIS blog. If you want to be entered to win the AUTUMN HARVEST BLOG HOP GRAND PRIZE, you must, must, must leave a comment on this blog entry which INCLUDES YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. Remember, the Hop has 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 $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains 10+ paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!
(everything but the swag prize is international!)

The contest runs through November 12!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

DON’T FORGET! If you want to be entered for the Autumn’s Harvest Grand Prizes, you must, must, must comment below AND leave your email address IN your comment!

Just got word that the LinkyLink has disappeared. Here’s the list of folks to follow for the Hop! (If LinkyLink gets fixed, these folks will show up twice. Sorry ’bout that!)


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So tell me … what’s your favorite thing about Autumn? Or, just say hi!!


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75 thoughts on “Celebrate Autumn with a Blog Hop, Naming a Character, and Dishing About Crisp Air, Falling Leaves and Fuzzy Socks

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    Tammy Turner

    It’s hard to say what exactly would be my Go-To Autumn Romance book. When I think real hard about it, I would have to say it has a sexy, strong, determined male that when it comes to love is just lost. Then there has to be a woman who is usually in need of help or needs to know what love and family is. Together they heal each other and love turns out to be their greatest gift. I also love a happy ending at this time of year, usually where the epilogue has them starting their own family to love and cherish. Oh….and definitely HOT loving too!

    NoI have not read your series yet, but after checking out your page I am definately going to go to amazon today after work and check out the first in the series!

    Angelheart618@gmail.com

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    chrisina

    Sorry to hear about the loss of you cat. I am a pet owner myself and it is always so hard.

    I love the fall here in New England. The colors are great and I love to go apple and pumpkin picking with the family. then of course there are all the tasty treats like apple crisp, apple pancakes, pumpkin bread.

    thanks for sharing your thoughts on the subject

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    Xandra James

    Definitely love the colours of Autumn and the chill in the air! There’s something that almost physically quickens around you, exciting you and energising you, when you spend time out there all bundled up.

    I’m sorry to hear about Tiger, but I’m sure he loved that extra bit of consideration you gave to him at the end of his journey in this life :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    xandrajames AT rocketmail DOT com

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    Jennifer Yarbrough

    I love watching the leaves changing colors right in front of you. I too live in TX and have also lived in NC and LA due to the military way of life, and I think the colors of the leaves are magical. It’s just breathtaking to go for a drive just to look at all the trees and the beautiful colors they have. It could be any time of the year for me to curl up with a book because I’m a bookaholic lol. My idea of a good day is curling up in my recliner and losing myself in the book I am reading. My husband doesn’t understand this of course haha, but I have tried to explain to him when I read it’s like I’m watching a movie because I really am not seeing words I’m seeing the pictures and acts that are occurring in the book.

    I recently started a blog about the books I read as I read them, but as my husband just had surgery I was a little lax on it but I need to post a review of Release Me that I read because I have only GREAT things to say about it! I cannot wait till next year for the next two books. I have patience issues so this is a LONG wait for me lol, but it will be worth it.

    Thanks
    Jennifer Yarbrough
    armywifewith2@gmail.com

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    Julie Kornhausl

    I love your J.K. Beck books!!! I have a copy of When Passion Lies stacked up on top of my computer desk right with some of my favorite books by Teresa Medeiros, Suzanne Enoch, Monica McCarty, and Pamela Clare.

    ~Julie K
    kornhsl@yahoo.com

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    ki pha

    Thanks for the giveaway!! Super excited for this bloghop.
    Don’t have a specific book to read during the autumn season. Just which ever books that come out during this time of year that I buy would be it.
    But I love Karina Cooper’s books, they’re a great read.

    kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    Eva

    It’s my favorite season — love the changing leaves, anything pumpkin and halloween!!

    booksconsidered[at]gmail[dot]com

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    infinitieh

    Not much Autumn here either, just rain. I like reading all year round so I don’t have any specific seasonal reads.

    I do have the first three Shadow Keepers books but I don’t recall which one is my favorite.

    cgnemesis [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    Veronika

    I haven’t read the book yet, but I like paranormal books!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Dawna Newman

    I haven’t read The Shadowkeepers but I want too, so my favorite paranormal series ever is The Dark Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Christine Jensen

    I haven’t read it, so my favorite Fantasy novel..hmm that is tough. I really like The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword by RObin McKinley (I know that is two, but they go together :) )

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

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    Crystal Young

    I love the smell of a campfire and the changeing colors. No I haven’t read any yet. Thanks for the chance to win
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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    laurie g

    Sorry to hear about the loss of you cat. I am a pet owner myself and it is always so hard.

    I love the fall here in ontario. The colors are great and I love to go apple and pumpkin picking with the family. then of course there are all the tasty treats like apple crisp, apple pancakes, pumpkin bread.

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    Dimitrea

    I’ve never read the Shadow Keepers. My Favorite paranormal series would be the Southern Vampires Series by Charlaine Harris.

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    Marie H

    I have not yet read the Shadow Keepers series, but it’s on my TBR list! :)

    My favorite paranormal series is the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. Those are some males I’d love to spend a cool fall evening with ;)

    Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

    Marie
    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

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    JanD

    I haven’t read Shadow Keepers. One favorite paranormal book is Dance With the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
    bituin76 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    JoAnna B

    I have not read the Shadow Keepers yet. They are in my TBR pile. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood. They are my current favorite.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

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    Donna B

    Haven’t gotten my hands on Shadow Keepers yet although I do love a good paranormal. One series I enjoy is the Vampires in America with its chief vampire Raphael. The new vamp on the block is Lucas, whose book has just been released. Looking forward to reading that one.

    Love the first frost with the bite of the chill in the air. What I miss is a fireplace to take off the chill. Love the change of colors in the foliage.

    dbrown3400 at yahoo dot com

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    Trix

    I haven’t read it yet! My favorite paranormal is Clare London’s SAY A LITTLE PRAYER (sweet and sexy m/m involving an angel).

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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    Natasha

    I haven’t read the Shadow Keepers yet, but my favorite paranormal read is anything by Gena Showalter. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    Beth Kaake

    I really prefer paranormal but I have read many urban fantasy and liked them. The main advantage to the paranormal is – though they parallel real life, they can never happen! I want to leave this place and go somewhere else, to a type of ‘wonderland’. And that is what I get from your books – a place to travel to.

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    Cathy

    I live in WV so we get to experience all of the colors of fall. It is absolutely gorgeous here with the mountains ablaze with all of the orange, red, yellow and brown leaves blended together like a Monet painting.

    I have not read any of your books yet, but, I am making a list and going to the bookstore. I love reading books with a paranormal twist to them and I am enjoying Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness right now. I also like the Arcane Society Novels by Amanda Quick.

    hurleybass@aol.com

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    Dovile

    My favorite fantasy novel is Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay.

    Autumn is always cold and wet over here, so what I like the best about it is my birthday:) It’s next week!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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    Raonaid Luckwell

    Have you read The Shadow Keepers? If so, which book is your favorite? If not, what’s your favorite paranormal or fantasy novel?

    No I have not read The Shadow Keepers but I have read Kenner’s other books. They were so much fun. Friend loaned them to me stating that they were a “must” read.

    Favorite fantasy novel is easy… Lackey’s Valdemar series! Hard to pinpoint one book to say I like..

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

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    Elie

    Love reading and thinking of things that go bump in the night (with some romance of course)this time of year!

    zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom

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    susan platt

    The best thing about autumn is . . .apples! I love them and all the things they are in, applesauce, apple pie, apple fritters! YUM!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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    Jenny

    I haven’t had the chance to read them yet. It’s tough to narrow down my favorite paranormal. Recently I really enjoyed God Save The Queen. I also really love the Chicagoland series.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

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    April

    I adore autumn because of the amazing colors, bundling up in sweaters, Halloween and my birthday! Autumn also means cuddling up with a good book and a cup of cocoa!

    grapeapril75(at)gmail(dot)com

    I love the hops cause of all the awesome new books I find to add to my to read list!

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    Jo

    The cooler weather, most definitely. I live in the NE, and I know what you mean about the crisp weather.

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

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    Mer

    I haven’t read The Shadow Keepers (yet!) so my favorite fantasy novels are the Song of Ice and Fire books.
    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

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    Beckey

    I am not one for the cold weather..
    But I do enjoy canning and baking which I do more of in the fall and winter…
    That is cute pic of your looks like she swinging her purse if I am seeing that correctly and the Cloisters area is fab..

    Happy Holidays
    Beckey

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    Kaci Verdun

    I haven’t read it yet, but my favorite this fall is Jennifer Armentrout The Covenant series – l’m reading Deity now and love it!
    I love the fall because of the football games and tailgating! And of course having a campfire with roasted hotdogs! Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway!
    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

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    April Kirkland

    I haven’t read the Shadow Keepers series but I have read some of the Demon Hunting soccer mom series and LOVE it! It is def. one of my fav paranormal series :)

    foreverbama@gmail(dot)com

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    Catherine

    My cats are indoor/outdoor and they love the smell of Fall. I love everything about Fall–the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch (of the cool air). I especially love that the tourists are gone from my area, the lovely deserted beaches, and “sweater weather.” I am the queen of sweater twin sets!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    Gail Goodenough

    Hello, All!
    I love autumn with all the brilliant colors: oranges, yellows and reds of leaves. I love crisp, cool mornings where the sky is so blue it looks endless and the air is so fresh in your lungs. I love snuggling up in a warm throw on a cold autumn day with a good book. Of course, I love snuggling up with a good book about anytime of the year. I love Thanksgiving because it is a time to remember all the many blessings in my life and express thanks. I love baking spicy pumpkin pies with dollops of cream.

    I like stories of the unexpected. I also love the steamy passion but I hate mentioning favorite authors because the list is long. I appreciate the many styles authors use to weave stories of mystery, love, intrigue, preternatural and inspiration. I love reading because I can go anywhere, any time in my mind and imagine indescribable things.

    Thank you for this contest and the opportunity to be introduced to new authors.
    Gail djgandyfan@gmail.com

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    DarkBloodyVamp

    I love Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series with Cat & Bones. Mmmm yummy Bones!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    redfirewood888(AT)yahoo(DOT)ca
    Ollie aka DarkBloodyVamp

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    SheriV

    I love Autumn for the leaves. I read lots of books as it gets colder. My favorite fantasy novel is Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

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    donnas

    Ive read the first three and loved them. Although the first is probably still my favorite.

    I love the coolers weather and changing leaves of fall.

    Thanks for sharing and being a part of the hop!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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    flchen1

    I’ve got a few on the TBR, but haven’t dived into the Shadowkeepers yet! Looking forward to treating myself!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

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    Toni Cosgrove

    First of all I’m so sorry about Tiger. I know what you mean about not many changes here in Cali..I am a Colo girl living in the high desert..I miss the greenery and all that goes with it.
    I haven;t read too many paranormal books or fantasy either, however I read Merlin and it was great.
    peach_hugs@yahoo.com

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    Jenna Owens

    I was introduced to your books when I picked up the very first Kate the demon hunter book while my son was receiving radiation treatment at a cancer center. It was just what I needed to escape when he was receiving treatment, and I was hooked! From that day forward, I have read any of your books I could get my hands on. My Kindle is filled with your books, and I always look forward to new releases-regardless of which pen name you publish them under.
    I pre-ordered “Release Me” the first day it was available for purchase. I can’t wait to read it!

    Thank you for offering this giveaway, and best luck with the release!

    ~Jenna

    authorjennaowens@gmail.com

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    Kristina Parmenter

    I do not really have a go-to autumn read. I guess it is just whatever happens to be newly released. Or I find myself straying to The black dagger brotherhood books a lot!

    I was married in the fall simply because I think it is the most beautiful of all the seasons. The leaves are magnificent as they change :)

    krissp01(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    Carla

    Thanks for joining in the hop. It was great to be introduced to your work.
    My favorite part about autumn is that the cool weather gives me the perfect excuse to keep my oven full of yummy deliciousness that I really can’t do during two of the three other seasons. I love the feeling of being able to have yummy stuff baking while I nestle in with a good read.
    planterofhope(at)aol(dot)com

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    Cheryl Lynne

    I haven’t read Shadowkeepers yet, but it’s on my TBR list. I am reading Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. I live in Maine and I love everything about autumn including: the beautiful leaves, pumpkins, apple cider, Halloween, scary movies, and stories, Thanksgiving, and my birthday. Thanks for the giveaway! cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

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    Tina B

    I have not read the Shadow Keepers series, but it sounds like a good one. :)
    I have many favorite paranormal reads, but one I adore is Tempted by Elisabeth Naughton! It is part of her Eternal Guardians Series.
    The seasons changing is the one thing that I miss about living in the NE. I love to see the changing of the leaves and smell the air.
    Thank you for the amazing giveaway!
    trb0917 at gmail.com

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    Mel Bourn

    Sorry about the loss of your pet. This will be our first Christmas without our 2 dogs we have had for 13 years. It’s been rough….However we are making new memories with our new one. He is a joy!

    I have just finished the Destiny series by Leia Shaw. I loved it.
    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com