Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (A Jingle Bell Book Hop post)




If you look Christmas up in the dictionary, you are bound to find a picture of my face. Christmas is the time of the year I look forward to the most.  I count down the days until the season rolls around again, excitement building furiously until the day I can finally pull out box after box of decorations.  My husband says I have a "problem" and is still trying to convince me that there is no way I "need" a full-sized tree in every room of the house.  I keep trying to tell him a happy wife makes a happy life.  Truth be told, he just shakes his head at me and smiles.  After all, I do all of the putting up and taking down of the Christmas d├ęcor.  I find joy in trimming my house from top to bottom with festive cheer.  All the husband is required to do is bring in the boxes. 



I really would've bought a full-sized tree for my upstairs foyer if we weren't going to move again in a year.  That is the only downside to moving so much with the Army.  The decorations you buy for one house don't always fit the layout of the next one.  That's okay, in ten years the husband will retire, and I will start buying full-sized trees for every room.  I can be satisfied with the two big ones and two mini ones I have..... for now.



Truth be told, I don't quite know where my enduring love of this festive season comes from.  Perhaps it is because I was born in December or maybe it is growing up in Germany where Kris Kringle Markts abound.  Whatever the reason, I know one thing is for sure, I adore every single thing about the Christmas season.  The lights, the decorations, the music, the food, the smells, everything!  Somehow people are a little nicer to one another, even in the hustle and bustle of things.  Families come together, friends reunite, and time seems to stand still for a little while.  It is like being trapped in a Norman Rockwell painting or a snowglobe where things are perfect, just for a while.  The cares of the world seem to slip away and the truly important things are all that really matter. 



The day after Christmas, when all is said and done, I find myself adrift.  Every year, this happens.  I don't really know why, all I know is that I feel an emptiness when the season is complete and I start my countdown all over again.



So, this holiday season, I implore you to take a moment's pause when the stress of shopping gets to you, or the thought of traveling, whatever the stressor may be.... take a second and reflect on your many blessings this year.  Look back on everything joyous and be thankful for the wonderful gift this life can be! 



Speaking of gifts.... for everyone that comments, you will be getting an ebook copy of See How She Fights!  Huzzah (Mostly because the first book in the series is free.... so really, you are getting to read half of the series for free :) ).

FREE RIGHT NOW!!!


AMAZON: http://amzn.com/B00DWJ6BBS

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/.../see-how.../1116010546......
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SMASHWORDS: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/414078

ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/.../see-how-she-runs/id840265532...


And here is the cover for See How She Fights..... because I love it!!!




Also..... out of everyone that comments, I will be using Random.Org to pick one lucky winner who will be getting the entire series in EBook as well as the first novella of my new RomCom series!  WHAT!?!?!?!?!  Exciting!



Let's see..... here is the link to the AMAZING Rafflecopter giveaway:






a Rafflecopter giveaway






Want to know who else is involved with this amazing giveaway?  Look no further!






Be sure to leave your name and email address in the comment as well as what format you prefer to read on.... that way I can get your books to you without delay! 



May all of your Christmas wishes come true!

xoxo,

Michelle Graves

P.S. I hear this guy prefers nice girls :D 



79 comments:

  1. merry Christmas!
    Rebecca
    beccb5@yahoo.com

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  2. Hi Michelle! Happy Hopmas! haha I just wanted to drop by and say thank you for being part of our hop! I hope you have a great turn out! I LOVE your post! Here's to all us Christmas nuts!! haha ;)
    laceybug 35 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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  3. Merry Christmas! Thank you!
    Gina Bookley
    g.bookley@gmail.com
    kindle

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  4. Happy Holidays! :)
    trudy29@ymail.com - Kindle

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  5. Thank you and merry Christmas! twilliams_87@icloud.com

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  6. Thank you so much! We must be related when it comes to Christmas-I am the exact same way! Also, thank you to your husband for his service in the military!

    kamerysolomon@yahoo.com and Kindle format would be awesome! Thanks again!

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  7. Thanks for the wonderful contest! Happy holidays to all.
    Ashley
    read4love(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I love your face, Michelle! I think to help with your love of Christmas, you should come help me decorate my house next year. Sound like a plan? LOL This year we have one tree up .... TARDIS style. It turned out so pretty <3

    I'd love a copy of your ebook : Belinda Boring thebookishsnob(at)hotmail(dot)com

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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    1. I am so there, Belinda! I want Christmas to be EVERYWHERE! LOL!

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  9. Happy Holidays!
    pepsichick1982@yahoo.com
    Thank you!

    Rebecca

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  10. Thank You Merry Christmas
    Crystal Young
    crystaley73@yahoo.com

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  11. Thanks for the chance to win and Merry Christmas!
    liese1235 at gmail dot com

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  12. Merry Christmas! michelle.watson28@yahoo.com

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  13. Thank you! Niki Mattes femniki@gmail.com

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  14. Thank you for doing this, I think the whole event is fantastic! jjtease87@hotmail.com

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  15. Thank you! Happy Holidays! Princessmegs25@msn.com

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  16. Happy Holidays from Texas! sugarocg@gmail.com

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  17. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
    ju.martinhao@gmail.com

    Juliana Ignacio

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  18. Thank you! Happy Holidays! als115@optonline.net

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  19. Thank you so much! Merry Christmas! tiffanesloan@yahoo.com

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  20. Marry Christmas tracymccarthy@hotmail.com kindle

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  21. Thank you and Merry Christmas. jessbl75@gmail.com

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  22. Thank You! Merry Christmas! CBadder2@aol.com

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  23. kelli billerbeck - kkellijo@yahoo.com - kindle

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  24. I just wanted to stop by and wish you Happy Holidays, Michelle!

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  25. Merry Christmas! Corsons06@yahoo.com thank you

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  26. Merry Christmas!
    Lesley
    lesley2038@gmail.com - mobi format

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  27. Thanks for the fun hop!
    1mad@marktwain.net

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  28. Merry Christmas!!
    flyerkat{at}verizon{dot}net

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  29. Thank you!
    Kindle
    mellie_jo_4@yahoo.com

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  30. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
    sarah_g_jones1981@yahoo.com
    Kindle format please

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  31. Thank you!! Enjoy your holidays!!
    cwdurbin@yahoo.com

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  32. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! I hope everyone have a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

    tre7984@gmail.com
    Kindle

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  33. Merry Christmas, thank you lynn16@zoominternet.net

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  34. Marry Christmas!! Tracymccarthy@hotmail.com kindle

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  35. Thank you! Merry Christmas!

    Triton3122@gmail.com

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  36. Merry Christmas. riquitawagner@gmail.com

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  37. Merry Christmas
    kittycat10611@hotmail.com
    Catherine Elliott

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  38. Thanks and Happy Holidays! rintaviv@gmail.com

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  40. Thank you so much. This series sounds awesome!!!
    Natalie
    natcleary at gmail dot com

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  41. Merry Christmas! rannmoreland at Hotmail dot com
    I like the mobi format.
    Thanks!

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  42. Loving this book hop!
    Nikki Rawson
    nbfzdm@verizon.net
    Kindle

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  43. Merry Christmas theb1tch69@gmail.com kindle/mobi

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  44. Happy Holidays!
    April Kirkland
    aprilkirkland@rocketmail.com
    Kindle/mobi

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  46. Merry Christmas

    TaKiesha Smith
    takieshasmith@hotmail.com

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  47. Merry Christmas and thanks for the giveaway

    Robbie Bauldree
    rbauldree2001@yahoo.com

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  48. Happy holidays!
    Juilia
    mrsskippydo@live.com

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  50. This is a lot of fun. Thank you for doing this. Happy Holidays!

    Jessica
    jmtarrats@gmail.com

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  51. Merry Christmas, Michelle! :) My email is audreyharteauthor@gmail.com and I have a Kindle. Thanks so much! :)

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  52. Merry Christmas!!!
    Kindle

    Thank you very much.
    artgiote at gmail dot com

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  53. Happy holidays! :)
    sakshi012@hotmail.com (Sakshi Jain)

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  54. Thanks for the fun!! kindle doe.dowiesplace@gmail.com

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  55. Happy Holidays!
    Thank you for the gifts.

    wismomworks@gmail.com
    kindle mobi or pdf

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  56. Merry Christmas! And Happy New Year!
    mzlbell2010@gmail.com

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  57. Ashley Dene Tarr, reading on Kindle, my email is ashley_dene@hotmail.com Merry Christmas!

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  58. Merry Christmas!!!
    Caren Davis - thebookminion@gmail.com
    Kindle

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  59. Merry Christmas! I've never been one to get super excited for the holiday season...except this year I'm very excited because it's my son's first Christmas and I want to make everything special for him. That being said...I'll be relieved when it's over because it's been very stressful. Thanks for the free book. It looks intriguing. The_nicole09@hotmail.com

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  60. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! hmr7706@gmail.com

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  61. Merry Christmas! sburch@mail.bradley.edu , read on my kindle or nook

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  62. Merry Christmas and thank you! Mary McCoy emmasmom69 AT gmail DOT com Kindle format

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  63. Merry Christmas - Trisha Hudson - Saraiyaproperties@gmail.com

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  64. Merry Christmas!
    Shirley Thompson
    shirlntn71@gmail.com

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  65. Thank you so much for letting us read 1/2 the series for free!

    Holly Letson ~ bookaholicholly at gmail dot com

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  66. Happy Holidays! Thanks dachshundlady@comcast.net

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  67. Merry Christmas! from Reine Williams ( twilight299@sc.rr.com )

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  68. happy holidays

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  69. Hi! Happy holidays! Thank you all for the fun!! Hope you have a blast with your family!
    Shadow
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  70. Merry Christmas!!

    Len Phelps - aphelps7377@gmail.com

    Mobi Format

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  71. Merry Christmas!! -Christy Love- Christy_love14@hotmail.com

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  72. Merry Christmas, wonderful giveaway Thank you
    ahutfelter@gmail.com

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  73. I got the first book and I'm intrigued lol
    Illimani - illimani818@gmail.com

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  74. Happy Holidays and Thank you.

    Kimberly Talbot / devynsmom95@yahoo.com

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