On Hiatus

I'm taking a short break from the internet for August, so this blog will be a little quiet for the rest of the month and into the first week of September. In the meantime, there are scheduled posts going up every Wednesday at my cosplay blog - The Intergalactic Seamstress - and at the review blog Critique de Book, plus the odd up to date post at Spacefreighters Lounge on a Tuesday (or you can find my fellow crew mates posting Monday-Friday). See you when September comes! 

Friday, 23 November 2012

The Black Friday Blog Hop

It's the Black Friday Blog Hop! If you've decided not to venture out in the chaos and surf the internet instead, welcome! We don't celebrate Black Friday here in the UK - perhaps because we don't have Thanksgiving either - but since it's traditionally the first day of the Christmas shopping season, I thought I'd share the top three things on my Christmas wishlist with you. :)

1. I'm a total scifi geek and this has been on my list for over a year now. I'm also a huge Luke fan, so it has to be this one.

Star Wars Ultimate FX Lightsaber - Luke Skywalker

2.I saw a pair of these on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and went hunting for something similar. Aren't they beautiful?

Custom silver hair-friendly elf ears

3.This is a page on Facebook - Recyclart - and I love so much of their work. Stop by, and I challenge you not to Like and love their pieces!


And now something of my own creation I hope you'll add to your Christmas wishlist - my latest release, Terms & Conditions Apply.

Blurb -

Welcome to Venus Ascendant, a Public Grade space station in the Andromedan Galaxy. With our open-to-all policy, any being in the universe can find their perfect R & R, romantic getaway or dangerous liaison at our purpose built resort. The on-board empathic AI Ganesa ensures that anyone coming to Venus Ascendant will find their heart’s desire, with suites that transform from luxurious boudoirs to sunset-lit beaches to dark BDSM dungeons. So come to Venus Ascendant and find exactly what you’re looking for!”

It was meant to be a romantic getaway for Marie and the love of her life Jaisen; a chance for him to get to know her better after months of her denying him more than a few stolen kisses. Instead, Marie finds herself dumped and alone on Venus Ascendant with no credit for a transmat and the next starship home not due for another hour.

But the all-seeing AI isn’t going to leave anyone aboard the space station with their dreams unfulfilled. Marie's boyfriend might not have made it to the station, but there are others willing and able to take on the role - even if they aren’t entirely human.

And to help out with your Christmas shopping, I'm offering a $5 Amazon or B&N gift card to one lucky person who comments on this blog leaving their email addy (you can leave it in the format name at email dot domain) to be entered into the draw, and also for your chance to win one of the three grands prizes!

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Please remember you must leave your email addy in your comment to be eligible. Also, the swag prize is US only! Sorry. 

So hop along to the blogs listed below and enjoy!


  1. A new laptop or desktop is on my wishlist.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  2. That lightsaber is cool!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  3. Oh wow, those silver elf ears are gorgeous, I might have to put them on my wishlist too.


  4. love those earrings ^-^ really beautiful.

  5. I love the silver elf ears - Gorgeous! I've heard great things about *Terms and Conditions Apply. Can't wait to read it. lolakarns(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Thank you for the wonderful prize! Loved your post and all the pictures :)

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  8. I`m in love with those elf ears! :)


  9. Oh i'm staying home this black friday!!! Nothing in the sale ads could make me go today. i do like to look them over and usually can find a better deal online.thanks you for joining the hop!

  10. I'm not a Black Friday shopper. I don't believe that shopping should ever be a full contact sport. I spend the day baking cookies with my kiddos instead.

  11. I've always wanted a lightsaber! Though the elf ear is cool too.


  12. I'm not a black Friday shopper. lisarayns at gmail dot com

  13. I do not like crowds so BF shopping is not for me! I will be spending my day hopping and then snuggled up reading! Well that is after I decide on what new book I have just added to my to be read list! It gets longer every hop! Thanks!

    I am thankful for all the wonderful books I am finding on the hop!


    Those ear cuffs look super cool!

  14. Love you list, hope you had a nice holiday angelacisco79(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. I think I want to read your book!

  16. Now if you're talking light-saber's it has to be a red one ;)

    Love the dragon - WANT!!!

  17. im not a black friday shopper! cool lightsaber!!

    beccaboo97200 (at) att (dot) net

  18. My lightsaber would be modeled after Vader's but have a purple blade. But, I like Luke's, too.

  19. Neat items!

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  20. I thank the elf ears are really pretty
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  21. I am glad to have found you on this blog hop and look forward to reading your works. Kim86004(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. Those elf ears are so cool, what's on my list is Kindle Fire HD.


  23. I have friends who go Black Friday shopping but it's not for me. Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. I'm staying home to read & discover some more authors thru the blog hop...
    No BF shopping for me.....ktyler13@yahoo.com

  25. Got a lot of the Christmas shopping for the kids done today...half of it online.

    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

  26. Hi! Happy Holidays to you! No, im not a shopper on black friday. I hate crowds. I like to stay home, spend time with my family and eat leftovers. :) Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

  27. Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  28. no BF shopping

    Thanks for participating.


  29. The earrings are AMAZING. All fabulous THANK YOU.


  30. Thank you! christiethemom@hotmail.com

  31. Love your Christmas list and blurb! I'm definitely staying home this Black Friday. Just a calm and relaxing day at home.

    I hope you get what you wish for! I love Star Wars too! I'm a total geek! lol.



  32. This is the BEST way to spend Black Friday. Sitting at home, hopping with old friends and making new ones. I can't handle the crowds anymore so I only do Black Friday shopping online if I do any. I tend to pick up gifts throughout the year so come November I'm finished. That way I can spread out the purchasing and not spend a fortune at the time of the year when my job is at its slowest and my paycheck is at its lowest. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  33. Thank you for the blog hop.


  34. That dragon art is AMAZING! I think my brother-in-law would kill for it. He's a dragon fanatic.

    Your book sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway!

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  35. all 3 look cool, not doing bf this year,thanks for hopping! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  36. No black friday shopping for me, staying at home with kids.
    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  37. Love the elf ears!!

    melhalp at msn.com

  38. I love shopping on Black Friday, but this year I waited until the store was almost empty and I still got all the specials on my list, with no crowds,


  39. New tv for the bedroom - ordered and on its way!

  40. Those elf ears are awesome.


  41. I stuck to the web today instead of braving the crowds. ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

    fancie @ live. com

  42. Thank you for the lovely giveaway~ I love shopping on Amazon so it'd definitely help with my shopping! I also love BF shopping! I got all my big ticket BF shopping out of the way today and last night so it's nice to relax and hop tonight!

    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

  43. Elf ears and light sabres--COOL!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  44. Those elf ears are interesting. Thanks for participating. Katieamanda1(at)Yahoo(dot)com

  45. Love the light saber! Star Wars is big in our house. Boys will be getting some for Christmas.
    I want some Nerf Bars for my Jeep.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  46. I did not brave the crowds today - I went to the movies instead. Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  47. I shop online to avoid the crowds.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. I only shop online.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  49. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  50. I do like to shop on Black Friday, but the last few years I have found better sales, No lines, No rude people, and free shipping on Cyber Monday.


  51. Those earrings are so cute! I'd love to have something like that, too~ Thank you for the fabulous giveaway! This was a fun way to spend the day~

    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

  52. OMG I love the Elf ears. They are absolutely beautiful. I chose to stay home this year (as well as every other but one) this Black Friday! I cannot stand the crowds, rude people, and general greediness that these sales bring out in people. This hop was the perfect way to spend my day!

    Thanks for being a part of the hop and for the giveaway.

    Happy Holidays,

  53. my husband would definitely love that lightsaber!! Happy Holidays :)
    tworeads (at) gmail (dot) com

  54. I have a blu-ray player that can stream netflix on the top of my wishlist.

  55. Thanks for the hop!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  56. Thanks for participating in the blog hop! Hope you have happy holidays. I stayed home this year for black friday because its a bit frightening in stores, I prefer shopping at home LOL! ;)

    swtlilangel4jc at yahoo dot com

  57. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  58. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented. The winner on my post chosen by random.org is number 52 Lynne of tworeads. Congrats! The winners of the grand prizes have already been contacted.


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