Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ho Ho Ho... Merry Christmas Giveaway

I have to confess to y'all that Santa and I are pretty tight!  I mean like super tight... because he helped me put together a little giveaway for y'all... well really it's kind of a big one, at least it's the biggest one I've done so far and I'm super grateful for not only Santa's help but for the author's who have so kindly donated some awesome prizes for me to give away to you!

Want to know some of the amazing author's who are sharing some of their generosity?

I bet you do!

But I'm not going to tell you.... yet!

Okay I guess I will.
But after I give you the details of the giveaway!
 Make sure you enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win some awesome Christmas Presents:
 $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card
$10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card
Autographed Paperback Copies of some of my Favorite Books
Ebook copies of some more of my Favorite Books
Autographed Swag from some amazing authors

So I guess I should finally share with you some of the beautiful and generous author's who are sharing the Christmas Spirit and have graciously agreed to donate these amazing prizes!

Well here are a few.....

Katie Ashley
Steph Campbell
Pamela Clare
Kaylea Cross
Jillian Dodd
Colleen Hoover
Tiffany King
M. Leighton
Kristen Proby
Liz Reinhardt
CJ Roberts
Emily Snow
Jenn Sterling
Michelle Valentine
Jasinda Wilder
Christine Zolendz

Make sure you go enter!

One of the entries is leaving a comment below and telling me about your best Christmas Present ever... I figured I could share mine with y'all because it's a bitter sweet one for me...

Tree partially cut away from the Roof
A little over two years ago, a nasty storm came through St. Louis and we had a tree fall through our roof and when I say it fell through our roof...  I mean it actually fell through my bedroom so at 4am my husband and I ended up covered in dry wall, insulation, and even some decking (Not Fun!  Insulation is extremly itchy and scratches, dry wall hurts when it falls on you, and decking will leave some nasty scratches on your skin)

Check out those pictures.  

After Tree was completely removed
Here's the thing, we were lucky the tree fell where it did because had it have fallen anymore towards the right it would have landed through my (at the time) 13 month old's room and would have done even more damage to not only the house but would have severely hurt him as well.  I choose to believe our Guardian Angels, as well as a few others were with us that morning!

My bedroom, approx 18 inches of insulation on the floor.
So we were forced out of our home and ended up living in a hotel for 11 weeks.  It was not fun.  At All!  Because here's the deal... we were told we wouldn't get back home until Mid - January so we were going to have to celebrate Christmas in a hotel and my (at the time) 4 year old was worried about how Santa was going to find us.


Because the Tree Service company (Who is not only a good friend of the family but is freaking awesome), the roofers who laid out an entire new roof, the cleaning crew, and the construction foreman worked hard to get everything done as soon as possible... we were able to move back home on December 23rd and were able to celebrate Christmas in our house instead of a hotel.  Granted we didn't have much furniture because my bedroom furniture and our (at the time) 4 year old's furniture were complete losses due to water damage and insulation that could not be removed... but we made due with air mattresses, sleeping bags, and yes even a pop up tent.

That was my best Christmas Gift Ever!!!!

I want to hear about yours!!!!  So Go Enter!!!!!!

Good Luck, I hope that you are one of the winners who may receive a specially gift wrapped package from yours truly!!!!


  1. Best Christmas Present ever was 2008 when my Daughter was born on Christmas morning at 6:23am!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  2. That's a tough one Lo! I guess the best was last year when hubs got me my new car. Or it could be the present Chase made for me last year too.

  3. My husband surprised me with a trip to the romantic city of Paris! It was lovely!

  4. It wasn't exactly a present but I still look at it that way. I had been in the hospital for almost a month and I came home to the entire house decorated by my 4 kids all who were under 8. It wasn't the greatest decorating job in the average persons eyes but to me it was the most beautiful thing I ever could have seen.

  5. The year my husband proposed. He took me on a horse drawn carriage ride through a local park at night and half way through the lights the carriage stopped and he got down on one knee. Best Christmas ever!

  6. Great giveaway Lori and such a wonderful to sharing at Christmas!

  7. The best Christmas present I've ever received was when I was a young girl, waking up at my grandmother's house and we made Swedish pancakes from scratch. alliemathews (at) ymail (dot) com

  8. I know it is cheesy but a healthy baby. They'd had some concerns after my first ultrasound so we had two more done and the final level 2 ultrasound at the holidays showed the fluid levels were holding steady on the higher end of the normal range so he was going to be fine. Two years later we have a happy healthy little boy.

  9. Honestly, I can't say that I have a favorite. They've all been wonderful but I guess if I had to pick one it would be my kindle. I had gotten a nook when they first came out and hated it with a passion and back then kindles weren't really cheap. So finally my parents bought me one and it is the best thing ever!

  10. Having a VERY sick newborn around the holidays makes me appreciate every Christmas that I have with my family and friends.

  11. Last Christmas I recieved a huge box of books! It was the best present ever!

  12. The best gift was my first DSLR camera years ago! Thanks!

  13. Best gift ever was my son born 3 days after Christmas, and my daughter born 2 days after... (different years!)

  14. Best Gift Ever My daughter Born right before Christmas.

  15. One year my husband "hacked" my Barnes & Noble account and bought me a whole bunch of books from my wishlist. I was so surprised. It was a gift I'll never forget. :)

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for the giveaway!

  16. The best gift ever was 16 years ago. I was a single mother and my daughter was 8. I was going through some financial difficulties and had just started dating my husband, only a few weeks prior. One night in Dec, I was telling him that I was going to have to tell my daughter that there was no Santa Claus, he just listened and held me. The following weekend when she was visiting her dad, my husband came over with a car full of toys. Yes, there is a Santa Claus, that year, I learned the meaning of true love and family. We married a year after, and had a wonderful son. That year 16 years ago, Santa return my faith in people, gave me my soul mate and my best friend and the family I've always wanted.

    Merry Christmas!

  17. Best gift ever was getting my laptop :D

  18. I have had a lot of great Christmas with family but I think even though it hasn't happened yet this Christmas will be the best because my sister and I both got married this year and it is our first Christmas with our husbands and I can't wait!

  19. Best present I ever received was my iPad...I an iPad addict!

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  21. Best Christmas present was finding out that my mother and my uncle's scans were clear for cancer!

  22. Best Christmas present, was finding out I was pregnant after trying for a while. BEST EVER :)

  23. best christmas gift i got was a ninja a few years ago!

  24. The best Christmas present i ever got was these black suede platform shoes absolutely had to beg forever to get them...super hot!

  25. Best Christmas present: my mom's positive pregnancy test 6 years ago telling me that I was going to be a big sister at 14. The range of emotions I felt was intense: from happiness to worry to joy and back again. That little girl is my world.

  26. Best Christmas gift was both a give and receive. We were able to travel out of town for Christmas a few years ago and got to have a white christmas. Seeing the look on my daughter's face when she saw the snow made it Christmas for me.

  27. My best Christmas present would have to be my kindle.

  28. Thank you for this awesome giveaway, Lori, and Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

    I know this may sound cliche, but my two boys are the best ever Christmas and life gift!

    Nicoleta D.

  29. My Kindle Fire :0)
    Merry Christmas!

  30. The Best Christmas gift ever is having my son, daughter and husband all together this Christmas

  31. The best Christmas present was a few years ago my family flew to Walt Disney World on Christmas day and stayed through New Years. It was a magical time and was fun to see my two kids discover the magic too.

  32. My best Christmas was the one when I was pregnant with my daughter.... evrything just seemed to mean more with my own baby on the way....

  33. Merry Christmas Lori! The best Christmas gift I receive every year is being able to spend it with my loved ones :) Thanks for the amazing giveaway!


  34. Best gift...the year my husband proposed. It was basically out of a romance book. His way of making up for taking so long to do it. And this year with our newest addition.

  35. Best Christmas present I ever recieved was an airplane ticket and work pass for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. I flew out from Chicago to SLC the day after my 18th birthday and worked the venues for the entire event. It was AMAZING!!! Ahhh..the sense of freedom at 18, meeting some incredibly talented athletes, and loving every minute of it.


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