Secret Santa Blog Hop

tabiysnocturnanightsWelcome to my stop on the Secret Santa Blog Hop! We have lots of fabulous prizes for you, with several chances to win. I thought I’d share a true Christmas story from my life.

Have You Ever Been Desperate for a Christmas Tree?

We are notorious procrastinators in my family and we’ve been known to wait until the last minute to get a tree for Christmas. One year in particular was quite interesting. My parents were living in Brooklyn at the time (they moved up there from Florida–we also do everything backwards) and my brother and I arrived Christmas Eve I think. Anyway, it was pretty dang late to be getting a tree. We set out from their brownstone in Greenpoint and couldn’t find a single lot still selling trees. And remember, this is Brooklyn, so we were walking and I’m sure it was cold too!

We’d quite despaired of finding a tree until we were walking back home and, I kid you not, found one in a dumpster! We looked up and down the street and rustled that sucker out of the bin! It wasn’t in too bad shape, and still had some tinsel clinging to it–we figured someone had left to go out of town and disposed of it before they left.

We took our Charlie Brown tree home, put the squished side against the wall, and decorated it. It was beautiful! You couldn’t tell it had been in a dumpster… I swear!

Now, onto the prizes!

From me, you could win a PDF copy of my upcoming release BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS. You have three ways to get more entries. One for following my blog. One for leaving a comment and another for answering the question at the end.

Our Grand prize will be a Kindle Fire HD 7″, plus books to put on your Kindle. Here is a list of the books you will get:

Discovering Her Wolfen Heritage By Missy Martine
Anna Doubles Down By Missy Martine
Bait By Annie Nicholas
BB Dalton By Cat Johnson
A Cowboy For Christmas By Cat Johnson
Starved For Love By Annie Nicholas
Thoroughbreds and Tailer Trash By Bev Pettersen
Wolf’s Haven By Ambrielle Kirk
Lights Camera…Monsters By Lila Dubois
Logan’s Redemption By Cara Marsi
Samason’s Lovely Mortal By Tina Folsom
Eternity Embraced By Larissa Ione
Snow Bound By Larissa Ione
Deceptive Nights By Sylvia Hubbard
Parallel Visions By Cheryl Rainfield
Stones Revenge By Sylvia Hubbard
A Hidden Magic By Angela Benedetti
Big Trouble In China By CC MacKenzie
Dancing In Circles By Victoria Adams
Love’s Prophecy By Brenda Dyer
All In The Mind By Jenny Twist
Away With The Fairies By Jenny Twist
The Big Bad…Riding Hood Tale By Nina S. Gooden
Warm Christmas Wishes By Jenny Twist
Betrayed By The Incubus By Nicole Graysen
How to Woo A Reluctant Bride By Lyndi Lamont
Whisper Privileges By Dianne Venetta
Kill A Painted Pony By Kelsy George
Rapture Of The Deep By Kelsy George
Holiday Jinx By Abbey MacInnis

For instructions and more chances to win the grand prize, visit the hop host and keep hopping! For each stop, you increase your chances of winning the grand prize!

Here’s my question: Have you ever gotten your tree from a dumpster?


I think I know his answer 😉


Upcoming release, Beer and Groping in Las Vegas:

BEER cover smallContemporary Romantic Comedy
Secret Cravings Publishing
Release Date: December 19, 2012
Length: Novelette (13,500 words)
Price: 3.99
Content advisory: Adult language, explicit sex

Official blurb:

Can a djinn and a magic slot machine bring two geeks together?

Riley McGregor is a geek trapped in a Good Ole Boy body and as owner of a microbrewery, smart chicks never look at him twice.

Rejected by a geek who wanted to “trade up,” Mirjam Linna would rather immerse herself in work than be the girlfriend-of-the-moment. Stranded in a Vegas hotel, she makes a wish—a night of hot sex with the man of her dreams. It’s granted. She agrees to dinner, but afterward, she’ll say thanks, but no thanks, and see what’s on the SyFy channel. But when they meet, they’re surprised to find they had a shared connection in their past. Sparks fly as these two learn to be in the moment, be themselves and find love.

Fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Monty Python, Firefly and Marvin the Martian will enjoy this romantic comedy.

Available for pre-order

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  1. Tessa

     /  December 17, 2012

    We either buy our Christmas tree from the christmas tree sellers. Then i’m very lucky to have a friend who often brings us the Christmas tree for present. very beautiful trees during the years.

  2. No, can’t say I ever got one from a dumpster. One year my sister picked out a tree that had been trimmed too close to the season and it smelled often. You know how male cats mark their territory, and how that smells? It was kind of like that. I think the tree was a spruce.

    Now in my own little family we have a fake tree. I don’t say artificial because I think that’s being far too kind. That sucker is f-a-k-e, FAKE! You may have guessed that I don’t much care for it. 😉 But my husband is sensitive to smells, pine included, so it’s necessary, and there are far worse things than to look at a fake tree.

  3. Wait a minute. Spell-check where are you? That should be “it smelled awful” not often.

  4. laurie g

     /  December 17, 2012

    i use an artifical tree. my brother and i are allergic and live trees IN the house aint helpfull

  5. No I never have lol
    I’m an email follower
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  6. No, I haven’t gotten a tree from the dumpster. lol We have two fake trees since I’m allergic to the real deal. 🙂 Love the title of your book.

    I signed up via email for your blog. 🙂
    I’m off to hop again.
    kmnbooks at yahoo dot com

  7. Tammy Turner

     /  December 17, 2012

    Actually I did. LOL. American Sales by my house was throwing some of there display trees away that had damage to them at the end of the season. The manager said they were going in the garbage so he didnt care if i took one. I found a beautiful tree and the only thing wrong with it was the stand was bent. I got a $300 tree for only $20 (the cost of the stand)

  8. No, never from a dumpster. The first year I bought an artificial tree, I kind of FELT like I had gone dumpster diving for it, but it has worked out in the long run.

    Really enjoying the blog hop–what a great way to ‘meet’ some new authors!

    rowanworth (at) comcast dot net

  9. Crissy M

     /  December 17, 2012

    LOL! No, I’ve never gotten a tree from a dumpster, but that is quite the story! 😀

  10. kimberly holgate

     /  December 17, 2012

    i can homestly say no to that question but then again if i needed a tree i would just go chop one down
    twitter @kimberlyholgate
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  11. JanD

     /  December 18, 2012

    No, haven’t dumpster dived for a tree but at least you got a decent one for free.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  12. April

     /  December 18, 2012

    oddly yes! Poor students in NYC!!
    Thanks for the Awesome Hop!

  13. Love Charlie Brown Christmas Tree stories.

  14. Toni Cosgrove

     /  December 18, 2012

    I loved your story. gave me that warm feeling. We haven;t gotten a tree out of a dumpster but have came close. We were given atree many years ago and it was the kind that stays like a tree, it didn’t come apart. Well, we lived in a small apartment with no where to store it, so we put it outside on our patio the rest of the year. The rain helped keep it we would bring it in each year we would hose it off real good Each year it looked a bit different,,think the animals..perhaps cats had something to do with that..but it was our tree and most didn;t even know it was fake,lol, will be fun following you,Hope your holidays are full of warm memories and laughter.

  15. Sarah_Madison

     /  December 18, 2012

    Great trailer! Now you have me wondering, though, who would toss out a Christmas tree on Christmas Eve?? 🙂

  16. Joy F

     /  December 18, 2012

    OMG, never!! Thanks for the great hop. I subscribe by email.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  17. Lasha

     /  December 18, 2012

    No. Followed on Twitter. Happy Holidays,

    mslasha at gmail dot com

  18. laura

     /  December 18, 2012

    No I cant say I ever got one from a dumpster.

  19. Holly Underhill

     /  December 18, 2012

    Hello, thanks for the giveaway! No, can’t say that I ever had.

  20. Shannon Bereza

     /  December 18, 2012

    I can’t say that I have gotten my tree from a dumpster. Super funny story though. Holds true the sentiment that “one mans trash is another mans treasure”.

  21. Trix

     /  December 18, 2012

    I haven’t, but it might make life easier!


  22. I haven’t ever but who knows….maybe next year 🙂
    Thanks for being a part of the blog hop and Happy Holidays

    Leela Lou

  23. Shadow

     /  December 19, 2012

    What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Great post! Glad you got a nice tree! And no, i dont think we ever have. We have gotta a hammy down tree before. Given to us by my mema. Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

  24. follower- new
    no but we did get one from the side of the road that said free the day of Christmas. I didn’t have money for a tree that year.
    Merry Christmas
    seawitchreviews at yahoo dot com

  25. bn100

     /  December 19, 2012

    No, I haven’t.
    Happy holidays!


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