The Pit and the Passion

She held her gaze steady, mainly so she could delve deep, deep into those chocolate eyes. Together with his sharp, angular nose and intense, almost predatory, expression, he reminded her of a peregrine falcon on the hunt.

The Pit & the Passion

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcome to New Year's Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Year’s Blog Hop! I’ll be here from January 1-6. From here you can link to the over 200 other authors participating, all talking about New Year’s traditions, customs, and fun. You as a reader can go to each blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win THREE grand prizes. Yep, you can enter over 200 times! Winners will be announced January 7.

One wonderful commenter here on my site will receive a beautiful pen or key chain (your choice) (be sure to leave your email with your comment).

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $300 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!


I’d never had much truck with New Year’s Eve even as a twenty-something. Not being a night owl, it usually meant a tortured wait just longing for bed. That hasn’t changed much.

It’s supposed to be so romantic, right? Not so. My first New Years with my husband-to-be) was another long drawn out agony. I remember sitting outside on his back steps hoping the cold air would keep me awake and listening to the tick-tick of my watch. Finally, the moment came. I went back in and found Gary snoring on the couch. I shook him awake (none too gently), drank a glass of champagne by myself (he didn’t care for it), and we went to bed with grateful hearts that it was over.

The situation didn’t improve once the kids came, but at least by then we had support from our playgroup. Playgroup consists of a core of 4 to 5 mothers who have met once a week for coffee from the time our children were babies, more than twenty years ago. That’s right: we still meet. And yes, we still call it playgroup. Anyway, our families liked to celebrate New Year’s together. We had a huge spread with lots of cheer, and by mutual consent, the hats and confetti and champagne came out precisely at 10:30.

I think to this day our children believe that the year changes in Virginia one and a half hours earlier than in the rest of the country.

My characters Milo Everhart and Tristram Brodie in Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders, have an even worse New Year’s, since they’ve decided to take a break from each other to deal with murder investigations, arrests and runaways. Milo’s friend Morgana asks her what her plans are:

Milo waved a thick volume before stuffing it in her bag. “Jane Austen, Isis, and I will spend a cozy evening by the fire.”
“No champagne?”
“Of course, but only for me. Isis gets Fancy Feast, and Jane gets my undivided attention.”

If you want to find out why it didn’t turn out that way—click on the cover in the left sidebar. You can read an excerpt under the tab Excerpts here.

If you click on the link below, it will take you to the list of participating authors. Have fun, and Happy New Year!

Or go to the main site:


pc said...

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2013!

Mary Kirkland said...

Thanks for participating in the blog hop and Happy New Year.

msspencerauthor said...

Happy New Year to you too! Have fun! M. S.

Kassandra said...

Thank you for the chance!


Tea said...

Happy New Year!
t.abule (a) yahoo (dot) com

Tara said...

Have a great and prosperous new year. tchevrestt(at)

Ingeborg said...

Happy New Year!


laurie said...

Thanks for the great hop.Happy New Year!

magic5905 said...

Thanks for the great hop.
magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

kipha said...

Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year.

Jenn Irving said...

super kewl giveaway, thanks for participating! My resolution is to read more!
jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

BLHmistress said...

I'm a night owl so it wasn't hard to stay up but my DH didn't make it much past Midnight :).

Dawna N.


kimmyl said...

Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!!!!! I can't wait for all the new books that will be coming out in 2013!

vicjbr said...

played games
happy new year! Thanks
mrsbrinius at comcast dot net
going to try to lose weight this year

Mel Bourn said...

We are very low key around our house. We have friends over, the kids play, the adults play board games and try new drinks. Lots of food, laughter, and fun. Not to mention, the doggy gets lots of attention from everyone.

Happy New Year.

bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

Mimi Smith said...

Happy New Year!

Ronda Tutt said...

Happy New Year

Jeanette Platt said...

Thanks for being part of the blog hop... So glad to be part of the mom group lol where low key and home parties involve other parents and kids playing in the background.

Alice said...

Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!
my resolution is to publish my novel :)
movie1997 at live dot it

Cassandra said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

strawberryrose said...



bn100 said...

Happy new year!

Penumbra said...

Happy New Year! :)


Readsalot81 said...

I enjoyed the little excerpt! Thanks for sharing :)

Have a wonderful new year!


Missie1 said...

Happy New Year & Big Hugs
I Hope your New Years get better & better :D
Missie Jones
missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

M. S. Spencer said...

Happy New Year all--Welcome to day 4 of the Blog Hop. M. S.

Carla said...

I made a goal to be kinder to myself this year. I often do things for other people to the detriment of myself.
planterofhope at aol dot com

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

My goal for 2013 is to be more active. I didn't follow through on my 2012's.

Jennifer Rote
wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

Drea Becraft said...

Happy New Year!

My resolution is to spend more time on myself. I spread myself to thin.


gamistress66 said...

Glad to hear the party got better even if early :-) happy new year
Gamistress66 at aol dot com

M. S. Spencer said...

Carla--if doing things for others makes you feel good then how can it hurt you? I'd say enjoy that sweet feeling that you've made someone else's day. And Drea--yes, you do too much--and we love it! M. S/.

JanD said...

Staying up for NYE is easy since my neighbors love to set off fireworks. It was quieter this time though because of the rain.
bituin76 at hotmail dot com

Dione Sage said...

Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
Best Wishes in 2013
uilani25 (at) hotmail (dot) com

donnas said...

Happy New Year!!

bacchus76 at myself dot com

michedt said...

Thanks so much for participating in the blog hop. Hope you have an awesome 2013!
michelletucker at baconnation dot net

Dita Škarste said...

Thanks and a Happy New Year!


Belinda G said...

We all start out the new year with great intentions but life gets in the way. I figure why torture yourself. Do the best you can each and everyday. Keep it positive and always try to be kind to each other. It's easy.

Thanks for the opportunity to share.

Belinda G
belgre AT comcast DOT net

K. April Holgate said...

Thanks for hopping!! Artfully Dodging...another one for my TBR list!
This hop would go much quicker if I did not keep finding author I need st start following on Goodreads! And my TBR list is getting crazy!


Maureen said...

Happy New Year!
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Sherry Johnson said...

Happy New Year,thanks for the chance to win.


Toni Porter said...

My mom and I traditionally have our "midnight meal" consisting of appetizers and snack foods, while we wait for the ball to drop. (It's never been a trial for us--we're both hardcore night owls!) We sip on sparkling pear juice instead of wine.
tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

Rhianna said...

Happy new year and thanks for the giveaway!

always.and.never AT gmail DOT com

Michelle Bledsoe said...

I hope your year is filled with fun and success.
Happy New Year
koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Mary Doherty said...

Well I am sure it was New Year somewhere in the world! lol

Liese2 said...

I want to start eating healthier this year.
Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!

Katie Amanda said...

Thanks for participating. Happy New Year! katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

nikki.t.23 said...

Happy New Year!

Natasha said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
Happy New Year!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Renald said...

Happy new years;

Shadow said...

Hi! Happy New Years! Thanks for the awesome hop and all the giveaways! This is so fun! I love these hops! I always meet new authors, reconnect with old ones and my TBR list grows by leaps and bounds! Thank you!! Have a great day! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

Veronika said...

Happy New Year to you!
verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

Stacey said...

Happy New Year

myboo63 said...

thanks for the hop

latishajean said...

Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
I wish you a very Happy New Year!
Latisha D

laura troxel said...

Thank you for the giveaway and Happy New year!!

J Lenni Dorner said...

I love pens!

Happy New Year from ! I hope you have a great one. Thanks for taking part in the hop.

S Oconnor said...

Thanks for the giveaway!