Welcome to the Evernight Holiday Blog Hop!

We love the holidays, we love making our readers happy and we love giving away swag. What better way to do that than to hold a blog hop?
Here’s how it works… the more blogs you hop to (linky link shown at the very end of this post) the more chance you have of winning prizes. Each site on the hop is offering a prize and Evernight is offering an iPad 2 as the grand prize! To be in with a chance of winning the site prize simply follow the blog you’re visiting and leave a comment which includes your email address. Each entry on each blog is then counted towards the grand prize draw. The more entries you have, the better your chance of winning that iPad 2! You also get extra points for liking the Evernight Facebook page!/evernightpublishing. Just make sure you let us know in the comments that you’ve done so. 

Happy hopping!

And now a word from me!

You thought that was all?  Nope!  Evernight is also giving  away an Evernight swag bag on their main blog

To personally thank you all for visiting me during your Evernight Holiday Blog Hop journey, I’m offering the below excerpt from my upcoming Evernight release, Sidewalk Flower, and to one lucky commenter, this site prize: a few of the hero & heroine’s favorite road trip goodies including a bar of Lush brand Rock Star soap, Lucky’s lucky Tic-Tacs, Trista’s Gansito snack cakes, and a Sidewalk Flower bookmark and magnet.  Good luck to all and to all a good Evernight!

Always love,

Carlene Love

SIDEWALK FLOWER EXCERPT, e-book available January 11, 2013

Her two insistent hands pressed against the back of his neck like she was forcing him to do this.  It was cute.  Yeah, she was dead wrong.  He’d wanted to kiss her since he’d first seen her, hopping down out of that girly silver Jeep.  But he knew better.  Earning something you wanted took more than a few hours.  And if he’d gathered anything from her hot and cold responses so far, it was that Jaxon’s vague but deliberate warning that he take good care of her hadn’t been just puffed up, ego talk.

This girl was in trouble.

He should have stepped away for both their sakes.  He knew he didn’t deserve this kind of kiss, not yet.  But California was glued to him on full speed and didn’t appear to have a pause, let alone a rewind button.  On second thought, he’d let her get this out of her system and then they’d start over.

Her hand had to be killing her, so he managed to pull it down and keep it tucked at her side.  But the other one was petting those hairs at the back of his neck, leaving him seconds away from coming undone.  If he clenched his jaw any tighter, those painful yet ticklish sensations shooting throughout his upper body would without a doubt get him into trouble down below.  Heck, if he squeezed her in his arms like he wanted to, she’d feel how aroused he’d let himself get.  He worked his jaw to ease away from the pain, wishing he could let go entirely and enjoy her touch. Yep, their fresh start was gonna have to wait until she was done proving her point.  Cute girl though.

* * *

His lips were soft and salty like he’d worked up a sweat at some point during the day.  Crap, again she cursed his damn tempting bloodline.  This would only complicate their pending trip even more.  So naturally, when he smartly pulled her one hand away, she found a sweet spot of baby hairs with the other and went for more.  Her rules—that was the only way to play with the boys and stay safe.

Lucky’s hands eventually cupped the sides of her face, which was fine because she had made her point.

“Are we okay?” he asked.

Well, hell if she knew.  “Yes,” she said.  They could figure the truth out later.  There would be an endless amount of open road ahead of them come Sunday to think.  Tonight was desperate Friday.  “We’re good.”  But she hesitated because he looked for a moment like he may have regretted things. When he coughed and cleared his throat, she was sure of it.

“Come on, Miss ‘We’re Good’,” he said, as he urged her the rest of the way to the back door.  “I’d like to keep that promise I made Jaxon.  You could go a little easier on me from here on out.”

The inside of her mouth remained warm from their kiss as she swallowed a cool breath of air.  The contrasting temperatures left her with a chill and a memory—the taste of the last kiss she’d had.  Cigarettes and beer.  No hand holding.  No talking.  No first, second or third date.  As badly as her sour heart warned her to throw Lucky in with that lot, she just couldn’t do it.  He’d already taken more care of her than any other guy she’d known.

“You shouldn’t take things so personally.”  At his wince, she splintered and added, “I know you didn’t sign up for this; I’ll try to be…better.”  No promises though.

“Okay.”  He hesitated, and shifted on the steps.  “Ready to go inside?”

“No, you should go in though.  I need to be alone.”  A tingle traveled around her wounded hand and she made the mistake of squeezing it into a fist.

Lucky dipped his head then and ran his hand up along the back of his neck, rubbing it in his obvious confusion.  “Trista. I’m kind of at a loss here.  You’re obviously in pain.  Just come inside and let me help you.”

She tried to warn him, hoping he’d listen.  “Lucky, you’re a nice guy.  Okay, I get it.  You want to help, but I didn’t ask for that and you have no idea what you’d be signing up for anyway.  Assholes can barely handle my world; a good guy like you doesn’t stand a chance.  Jaxon had no right doing this.”

“Hmmm.”  He scratched at his sideburn.  “You don’t know what I can and can’t handle.”  He looked down but she had caught his every word.

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  1. Liked Evernight’s FB page and LOVED your Sidewalk Flower teaser! Can’t wait to get the whole enchilada next month! Love the Naughty Nibbles recipes too! 😉

    • Hi Claudia…okay that just sounds wrong. Hi Mom! Thanks for stopping by and I’m so glad you also like the Evernight Cookbook. For anyone else interested, it’s available for free from the Evernight site. Check it out! There are some real goodies in there 🙂

  2. Hi Aisling! I’ve been trying to get your comment to show up here all day but for some reason beyond my brain’s capacity, it won’t play nice! So I’m commenting for you and will be sure to forward your entry from my site to the grand prize Evernight drawing! Thank you so much for stopping by!

    Commenting and following!

  3. I am so excited about this blog hop! I *like* Evernight on Facebook and followed you on WordPress.. Thanks for this chance to win.


    P,S. Having followed you for sometime on the Waterworld Mermaids site, I am super excited to read your first Evernight release. Congratulations! You must be super stoked.

  4. Thanks for you part in the hop. Looks like a fantastic read from the exherpt I liked Evernight on FB, Carin mawmom at gmail dot com

  5. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Happy Holidays!
    I am stalking you and I liked Evernight on FB – April Holgate

    Thanks for the excerpt!! Another book for my TBR list!

    • Howdy April! Happy to have you on board the hopping this week! You’re welcome and I’m happy to be on that list. I hope it’s a long one…reading lists rock! Happy Holidays to you too and good luck!

  6. Was kinda down for the holidays, but now with the hopping I am getting into the spirit. Thank you Carlene for joining the hop. Merry Christmas 😛
    “liked” Evernight FB
    Michelle Bledsoe
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  7. Thanks for the opportunity!
    I like Evernight on FB as smknmom Roberta Cash Horn.
    I follow you on Twitter as Bamasmknmom.
    robertachorn (at)

  8. I love this hop! I follow Evernight via Twitter and ‘liked’ on FB. I’m a huge fan of Evernight and its publishers!

    First time visitor! Love your blog!

    blu AT mommysreading DOT com

    • Hi Blu! Evernight is awesome and this Blog Hop has been absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much for taking a trip over here and visiting my blog. I wish you lots of luck in the drawings and the happiest of holidays 🙂

    • Hi Nancy! Thank you for hopping into my little world–now good luck on the rest of your Evernight blog hop journey! Can I also just say how incredibly excited I am to give this swag away? Good luck!

  9. An exciting giveaway. I’ve liked Evernight on FB. I look forward to learning more about all of their awesome authors.
    Good luck to all!

  10. FB Liked Evernight since the beginning and friend requested you (beckeywhite)
    Twitter following (@beckeywhite)

    Thanks for having another fabulous hop, Evernight

    Happy Holidays


  11. Thanks for being a part of this awesome Hop and for the great prize you’re offering! Great excerpt too! Would love to win this. I follow you via Twitter @jone402 and Like Evernight on FB as Jody Faltys.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  12. book sounds good thanks for the giveaway great stuff
    fallow by email
    liked Evernight on facebook kimberly holgate
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  13. Congrats to you on your book release. This hop has been so much fun.
    following by email: luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com
    I “liked” Evernight’s fb page.

    • Hello Julianne! Welcome to my webhome. And thank you so much for the congrats. I agree, this hop has been a blast and I wish it didn’t have to end so soon! Good luck in the drawing, Happy Holidays!

  14. What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

    • Hi there, Shadow! Glad you like the hop and the giveaway. Lots of fun stuff for readers and authors alike! Happy Holidays to you and yours as well and thank you for your kind thoughts. Good Luck!

  15. The Evernight Holiday Blog Hop officially ended last night while a certain sleepyhead writer was snoozing in dreamland. I woke up so excited this morning to put all 37 of your names in the Santa hat and pull one out….my winner of Trista and Lucky’s Road Trip Goodies is Donnablhmistress! Congrats friend. I’ll contact you via email to get your mailing address.

    A HEART FELT THANK YOU to everyone who hopped on over here. I appreciate it and wish you all a very Happy Holiday! Hope to get to see you all again in the very near future 🙂 You all ROCK!

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