Tuesday, January 01, 2013

#2013 New Year's Blog Hop: Fireworks galore + a chance to win my very first book, WALKING THE EDGE (Corpus Brides: Book One)


Hey beautiful people!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Can you believe it's already 2013? I'm like, OMG, because this is the year when my 5-year writing plan concludes (and when I need to write up a new one *Gaaahhhh!*), and also the one where I'm gonna hit the big 3-0. Getting old...? Only just *wink* We are as young as we believe ourselves to be, innit?

Something that always wins me over at new year's time is the fireworks that go off at midnight on January 1. I don't think I'll ever stop to marvel at the display of amazing colours and light no matter how old I get!

And yes - just like the US folks have July 4th for fireworks, and the British have Guy Fawkes Night to get the fancy rockets blasting in the air, in Mauritius, we have New Year's Eve. Around every street corner as from December 20, you can see fireworks vendors selling their wares.
While it used to be mainly about ear-splitting fire crackers in the past (did you know that firecrackers are a Chinese tradition to usher in a new year, the noise supposed to scare away evil spirits?), over the years, more and more fancy fireworks and other light fountains have come on the market. As a kid, I lived for December 31, when my big brother would buy a huge array of those (dangerous!) stuff and set them off in our yard. There were light fountains that shot 5-feet in the air; flower-shaped little bowls that twirled like brightly-lit lotus when set off; never-ending sparklers that we kids would hold and write our names in the air with the fancy light effect.

Is there anything more marvellous than fireworks? I don't think so...

And when fireworks, albeit of a different, but none less dangerous, kind happen in romances, many of us are happy readers.

This brings to my mind Book Two of my Corpus Brides espionage/romantic thriller stories. Young love that never died... like banked embers that just needed a whiff of oxygen to burn bright again. Magical connections between a woman who had given up on love but finds it, like a second chance, with the man who never left her heart... their coming together like the roaring explosions that light up the darkest of nights. Lethal danger because of the life she left behind in the name of love... a life that is not ready to let her go, threatening to explode under her and shatter everything she's ever built like a lit sparkler atop a barrel of gunpowder...


Rayne Cheltham, aka Kali - a deadly, mastermind clandestine assassin - has never wanted anything more than ending up with the man she's always loved, her childhood best friend, Ash Gilfoy. Circumstances compel her into enrolling into the cut-throat and lethal spy world, until the chance to be set free appears before her and she grabs it.
But a spy should know that she can never leave the life, the profession, and the mindset, behind...
Nobody knows her secret, none less her husband. Those same secrets will be her undoing... unless she can neutralize the threat that's biting at her heels, and save her marriage in the process...

You can find Before The Morning (Corpus Brides: Book Two) here, and the print version is also available on Amazon.

Happy New Year, everyone! What better way to celebrate the crossing into 2013 than by scoring a ton of goodies? You can do that by visiting the many, many blogs signed up for this hop (find the list here).
There are giveaways at every stop, and 3 Grand Prizes to be won! Don't forget to comment with your email address for a chance to win.

My favourite moment of the New Year celebrations are the fireworks. What's yours?

Answer me in the comments (don't forget your email address!) and enter to win an ecopy of Book One of the Corpus Brides series - Walking The Edge.


A romantic suspense novel, wherein an amnesiac woman is on the quest for her forgotten memory... Escape from London all the way to Marseille, France, and discover the secrets, deceit, danger, & the powerful love, she uncovers during her search!

(Remember to check out the other participants in the hop!)

From Mauritius with love,

Zee

133 comments:

Mary Kirkland said...

Thanks for participating in the blog hop and have a Happy New Year. I love the fireworks too.

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Susana Ellis said...

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

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Zee Monodee said...

Fireworks are magic, Mary! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Happy New Year to you too, Susana! :)

Holly said...

My favorite part of the New Year celebrations are kissing my husband at midnight!! Thanks for being a part of the hop and I hope you have a great New Year!!
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Stacey said...

Happy New Year

my favorite part is a special kiss at midnight and of course the fireworks :)

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LT said...

very cool Blog Hop.. Happy New years to all
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susanmp said...

Happy New Year. spending time with family.

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nikki.t.23 said...

Happy New Year!! I love the fireworks! :)

vicjbr said...

yay happy new year
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Kassandra said...

snuggling with the hubs!

Kassandra
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Liese2 said...

Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!
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Ronda Tutt said...

I love the fireworks too but the best part is the breath taking kiss I get when the clock dongs at midnight. LOL

Happy New Year!
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Mimi Smith said...

I like the fireworks!

Happy New Year!

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Elie said...

bedtime. haha, Not a big New Years celebrator. Rather sleep.
Thanks for the fun and Happy 2013!
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Jo said...

I love the self-reflection of the end of the year, and the new beginnings when the new year starts.

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magic5905 said...

Thanks for the great hop.
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Melissa Keir said...

Thank you for the blog hop~ This is such fun!

Melissa
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laurie said...

Thanks for the great hop.Happy New Year!

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kipha said...

Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year. For me it's the fireworks but also going to sleep.

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Jenn Irving said...

super kewl giveaway, thanks for participating! We like to ring in the UK new year.
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Michelle said...

Happy New Year!

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Mel Bourn said...

I love the ball dropping. Such a tradition in our house to watch it.
Happy New Year.
Mel
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Tara said...

I love any excuse to drink a bottle of champagne! LOL tchevrestt(at)yahoo.com

strawberryrose said...

I love fireworks but most the cities by my house it is forbidden. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Judy
strawberryrose@earthlink.net

Michelle Bledsoe said...

The games and food are my favorite part of the celebration.
Happy New Year
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Jeanette Platt said...

I would say kissing my hubby... yep thats always a good thing.

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Michel King said...

Aloha!

...just hopping through...

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BLHmistress said...

Snuggling up with my DH and that kiss at midnight is also super nice. ;)

Dawna N.

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K. April Holgate said...

I am also a big fan of the fireworks! I love all the sparkly!! They always seem a little like magic to me.

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Shannon said...

I wish we had fireworks here for New Years. My favorite part would be being with my family.

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Mydurango618 said...

my favorite part of new years is spending time with family and friends.

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Readsalot81 said...

My favorite moment is just being comfortably ensconced in my bed with a good book as the clock hits midnight. Comfy & cozy with a good book hits the spot! :)

Readsalot81 said...

Oops, forgot the email part -

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Sorry!

Sandra said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win. It's a great way to start the year. No major resolutions beyond reading a lot (let's go 50 books!) and staying active (jog, jog!), but I hope you have a great year :)

My favorite part is relaxing with my family and watching the ball drop!

Thanks again!

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Zee Monodee said...

Awww, Holly. That is so romantic! :) Hope you have a lovely 2013, too!

Zee Monodee said...

Stacey, yay - another fireworks lover! And lol, the kiss, of course. :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, LT. :)

Zee Monodee said...

Susan, spending time with family is a bounty. :)

Zee Monodee said...

Nikki - another one for fireworks. Woot! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Happy new year to you too, mrsbrinius :)

Zee Monodee said...

Aww, Kassandra. Too cute! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Happy new year to you too, liese! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Ronda, you naughty girl!! *wink* Happy new year, honey! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Mimi, yay for fireworks! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Elie, I would've slunk to bed too, if the firecrackers wouldn't have woken me up at midnight. I'd fight a losing battle, so I stay up :)

Zee Monodee said...

Jo, the new beginnings are definitely a great part! :)

Zee Monodee said...

'Welcome, magic5905 :)

Zee Monodee said...

Most welcome, Melissa! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Happy new year to you too, laurie! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Kipha, this hop's been a lovely start to the new year. :) And lol about going to sleep after the fireworks. Best kind of knackered :)

Zee Monodee said...

Jenn, you from the UK, innit? Happy new year! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Right back at ye, Michelle! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Mel, I soooo wanna catch sight of the ball dropping (live!) one day! :) Happy new year!

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Tara! That'd be a fantastic excuse, indeed! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Oh no, Judy - fireworks are forbidden? You poor thing! Hope you caught some on TV

Zee Monodee said...

Michelle, the food definitely ranks up top on the list :) Happy new year to you too!

Zee Monodee said...

Jeanette, getting to kiss the man you love is always, always a good thing! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Aloha, Michel! Here on our island that looks a lot like Hawaii, we'd say, Bonzour! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Dawna N - that's sweet and cute! Snuggles and kisses to make the best memories, right? :)

Zee Monodee said...

K. April - the sparkle and light are definitely magical. I totally agree with you! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Shannon, wish you had those at NY too. But being with your family is perfect, innit? :)

Zee Monodee said...

Mydurango618 - family time makes for treasured moments :)

Zee Monodee said...

Readsalot - I think you hit the perfect spot. In a cozy bed with a good book. Bliss! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Hope you have an awesome year too, Sandra!
Lol, no big resolutions from me either, except to spend more time (quantity and quality) with my family.
Go for those 50 books, and the jogs! :)

Carla said...

My favorite part is when it's all over. I really don't care for the hoopla surrounding New Years. I'm happy to see it all go away.
planterofhope at aol dot com

Drea Becraft said...

Happy New Year!

My favorite is the ball drop. It's fun counting down by the second when the year is going to end.

~*Drea*~
dreabecraft(@)aol.com

Missie1 said...

Snuggling with my man, vegging in front of the tv, and that New Years Kiss :D
Big Hugs
Happy New Year
Missie Jones
missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

Cassandra said...

I love watching the ball drop :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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Mary Preston said...

The fireworks are always a highlight.

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JanD said...

My favorite is setting off fireworks.
bituin76 at hotmail dot com

Ingeborg said...

Fireworks. Happy New Year!

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aurora minuto said...

anche per me i fuochi d'artificio!!!!
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Maureen said...

I like seeing the ball drop.
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Dee Thomas said...

Watching Dick Clark's New Year 's Ball drop!
Thanks for the hop!
Happy 2013!
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Sherry Johnson said...

Happy New Year,thanks for the giveaway.

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Mary D said...

My husband and I stay home on New Years Eve. I just do not want to be out on that night.
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Shadow said...

Hi! Happy New Years! Being with my family. 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!
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Alice said...

Thanks for the hopping! Happy New Year
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Teracia Loretan said...

Thanks for the giveaway. trbrakel@yahoo.com

bn100 said...

watching the ball drop
Happy new year!
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Dita Škarste said...

Mine is also fireworks! :)
Thanks!

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Wild N Mild $$$ said...

I like the fireworks.

Jennifer Rote
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Dione Sage said...

Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
Best Wishes in 2013
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latishajean said...

I stayed home on New years watched tv, Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
I wish you a very Happy New Year!
Latisha D
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myboo63 said...

thanks for the hop
love it
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Toni Porter said...

Happy New Year, and thank you so much for participating in this hop!

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donnas said...

Happy New Year!!

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LEENA7 said...

i agree the fireworks are the best. Unfortunately here in the US not many are shot for new years, However I was able to see some from Australia this year and they were awesome.it really does make it feel like a reason to celebrate.Hope your new year is full of warm memories, wisdom, adventures and love.
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Felicia said...

the fireworks are so cool - my son was born on New Year's Eve morning 1983 - talk about out with the old and in with the new - we celebrate by going downtown on New Year's Day to see the Mummers and all the sparkly stuff -

Felicia
mrschopchop(at)verizon(dot)net

Happy 2013 to everyone!

valloryv said...

I love the midnight kiss. Happy New Year!
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Veronika said...

Happy New Year to you!
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Sarah Kalaitzidis said...

Have a great New Years!!
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Natasha said...

Fireworks.
Thanks for the chance to win!
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kyreadinggirl said...

I love the kissing, lots and lots of people all over, kissing at the same time!

Ann
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Ruth Reynolds said...

thank you for giveaway angel0319@hotmail.com

kimberly holgate said...

like anything i like the food the best i love party food
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Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Carla! I'll admit I'm glad too when it's all over. I love getting my routine back :)

Zee Monodee said...

Drea, I really have to come experience that ball drop episode sometime! It sounds like too much fun :)

Zee Monodee said...

Missie1 - of course, that new year's kiss! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Cassandra, another one for the ball drop! Ye all are making me jealous! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Mary, yay - another for the fireworks! :)

Zee Monodee said...

JanD - I haven't set off fireworks in ages. Too much of a chicken with a lit fuse in hand, lol :)

Zee Monodee said...

Ingeborg, fireworks are magic! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Aurora, I gather you meant the fireworks... :)

Zee Monodee said...

Maureen, ball drop gets another vote. Wanna see that one! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Dee. That one's good? :)

Zee Monodee said...

You're welcome, Sherry! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Mary D, it is safer to stay inside that night - I agree with you! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Shadow! You sure know how to brighten an author's day *grin* Best NY gift ever :) xoxo

Zee Monodee said...

Welcome, Alice! :)

Zee Monodee said...

You're welcome, Teracia! (what a lovely name, btw!) :)

Zee Monodee said...

bn100, I'm soooo eager to see the ball drop now :)

Zee Monodee said...

Yay, Dita - another one for fireworks!! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Awesome, Jennifer! Fireworks get another like :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Dione! Right back at ye - hope 2013 is an amazing one for you :)

Zee Monodee said...

Latisha, sometimes it's better to stay comfy inside and watch it all on the TV, innit? :)

Zee Monodee said...

Most welcome, myboo63! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Happy new year to you too, Toni! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Happy new year, donnas! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Leena7, Australia gets the prize for the most amazing NY fireworks!
Thanks for the lovely wishes - hope your 2013 is filled with all things bright and to be cherished! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Felicia - your son and I are the same age then, since I was born in 1983 too (March, but still...) All the sparkly stuff - can anything beat that? But I suppose you got the best gift ever when your son was born :)

Zee Monodee said...

valloryv, the new year kiss is too cute, indeed. :)

Zee Monodee said...

Happy new year, Veronika! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you Sarah! Hope you have an awesome one too! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Natasha, fireworks are the best! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Ann, you're a naughty girl (but it's good to be naughty, innit?) :)

Zee Monodee said...

Most welcome, Ruth! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Kimberly. Party food is indeed amazing :)

J Lenni Dorner said...

My favorite moment? A kiss with my spouse.
A friend of mine sent me a pic of how he spent his New Year celebration. He went SCUBA diving in a harbor under a New Year firework celebration. He got to see the lights the way the fish do!


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

Meghan said...

This is a great giveaway!

Thanks!

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Pamk said...

lol its the fireworks, food, fun, and family. Love it all. And having the new years day off is great perk too.
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Renald said...

Watch the ball drop.
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