DAY 1 of the 12-day Holiday Hootenanny, 2013

Hootenanny.Day1Hey, kids!

‘Twas the night of the Hootenanny and all through the back
the elves were all dancing and digging through Santa’s pack
looking for the books that they’d sure give away
to all who join in for the next twelve days

the elves, they were ready to bring all good cheer
and they mixed all their sugarplums in with their beer
then fired up the cider and put up the tree
for the giant massive giveaway…the HOOT-UH-NAN-EEEEEEEEE!

OMG! Here it is! The Holiday Hootenanny at Women and Words!

HOLY CANNOLI, people. We have a giant cornucopia o’ authors and publishers joining us for the next TWELVE DAYS in our giant extravaganza o’ holiday cheer n’ book giveaways!

So let’s get into this, with our first day of fun. All of us here are SO excited to do this. MANY, MANY THANKS to all the authors and publishers who donated books to get in on the fun!

Okay, here’s how this here Hootenanny thingie works. Each day, we will offer up a list of books. At the end of each day, we will draw winners for that day and post them on that day’s blog. Then we’ll post a whole new list of books the day after that. And so on, for twelve days. TWELVE DAYS, people. And YES, you can enter each day. But please, friends, just enter once on each day. Let’s show some luv and fairness, ‘kay? The elves thank you, because it’s crazy enough back there without trying to sort through all a’ that.

All right, today’s offerings are listed below, in the order they’ll be given away. So the first name we draw will win Lea Santos’s book, the second will win Clare Ashton’s, and so on. To be listed for the drawing, leave a comment on this blog. Include your email address at the comment prompt. It won’t be seen publicly, but we and the merry elves can see it in the back and we’ll thus be able to contact you. To help us help you avoid spam-bots, don’t include your email in the body of your comment.

You have until 10 PM EST (US time) to enter. Here’s the world clock link, for those of you who are not in the US. We will close the drawing at 10 PM EST and do the drawing right after that. Then we notify the winners soon after that. We will also post the winners on each day’s blog. So if you check back and you’re listed on the blog but you haven’t gotten an email from us, please check your spam filter.

Remember, every day is a new contest. That means you need to enter each day to play. Otherwise, the elves get confused. One entry per person per day, friends. There are plenty of opportunities to win. Share the luv. πŸ™‚

And a reminder to authors: if your book is featured today, please don’t participate in the drawing. Cuz it’d be weird to win your own book, y’know?

Have fun and good luck!

LEA SANTOSWinner Larry Garrett

Lea is giving away winner’s choice of her work in ebook format. Looking for romance? Check out Lea’s list RIGHT HERE.

CLARE ASHTONWinner suzihautaniemi

Clare’s put up a paperback copy of her Goldie-winning After Mrs. Hamilton, a tale of sex, secrets, and obsession. Clo is a high-class escort for women, but there’s no love in her life. Mrs. Hamilton, meanwhile, wonders why she thinks a night with an escort will make a difference in her cold, numb life. But her night with Clo does. For both of them. And it uncovers a lot more.

DOREEN PERRINEWinner Kathleen Knowles

Winner gets either a paperback or ebook copy of Doreen’s latest, Clara’s Story. Claire loves the New York art scene, but she’s got a new fascination in the form of Italian artist Isabelle. Is anything there beyond a mutual love of art? If you win this, you’ll find out!

TRACEY RICHARDSONWinner Sandi Humphries

Winner gets 1 paperback copy of Tracey’s latest, Last Salute. Pamela Wright’s sister has died in Afghanistan, and Pam can’t forgive her for doing that, can’t forgive the country for sending her to die. Trish Tomlinson, who lived Laura long ago, surfaces in Pam’s life, searching for her own answers. Brought together by grief, can love grow between these two?

LAURIE SALZLERWinner jess2380

Winner gets 1 paperback copy of A Kiss Before Dawn. Can country girl Chris Martel manage to forge a bond with veterinarian Mary Jo Cavanaugh? Or has Chris built up way too many walls for love ever to find its way in? If you win, you’ll find out.

YOLANDA WALLACE – Winner nancy


Winner gets 1 paperback copy of Murphy’s Law, featuring mountain climbing guide Samantha Murphy, who is charged with leading an expedition up Annapurna with surgeon and philanthropist Olivia Bradshaw. Danger lurks at every turn, but so, too, might attraction.

DILLON WATSON Winner Cole Armocida

Winner’s choice of either Dillon’s latest, Back to Blue, about a woman struggling with her past in order to claim a future or Keile’s Choice, about a woman faced with her own difficult choices to find happiness.

DEJAY TWO BOOKS, TWO WINNERS! – Winners Anita Bradshaw and Mary

DeJay is giving away TWO copies of her novel Redemption, in ebook format. So two lucky winners will get 1 ebook each. Here, architect Mackenzie Taylor is trying to rebuild her life following the deaths of her wife and daughter. Widow Emily O’Brien is struggling with raising her orphaned three grandchildren. Renee McVee lost her partner, Emily’s daughter, to a drunk driver and now seeks solace in a bottle. This is an unflinching look at issues like domestic violence and human heartbreak, and the quest for love in us all.

KATHLEEN WHEELERWinner freckles3

Winner gets a copy (print or ebook) of Kathleen’s debut novel, Changing Shape, a story about three women and how their lives intersect.

KARIS WALSH – Winner Erin Saluta


Karis is offering 1 paperback of any of her fabulous books (Sea Glass Inn was JUST announced as a 2013 Rainbow Award winner!). So click THIS LINK to see what she’s got going on. That’s right. Winner’s choice, 1 paperback. Have a look.


Winner’s choice, one print or ebook. Hit the link to check the catalog.

Winner’s choice, one ebook. Hit the link to check the catalog.

Winner’s choice, one print or ebook! Hit the link to see the goods!

Winner’s choice, one ebook! Click the link to see the goodies.

Winner’s choice, one ebook. Check out the link for the goodies.

YLVA PUBLISHING – Terry Fountain
Winner’s choice, one ebook! Hit the link to check out the fun.


  1. I love A great giveaway! Especially in my favorite genre! Thanks to all the publishers and authors who are participating. I now have a whole new list of must reads! β™‘β™‘

    Erzabet Bishop
    [edited to remove email address, even though it was spelled out. We’re trying to save you from whatever lurks on the interwebz. –Andi]


  2. Wonderful list of interesting titles. Looking forward to checking them out. Hope my chances are high.


  3. Oh Elves…I have been kinda naughty this year, but in a really good way so some new books could only assist in being naughty again next year!


  4. It’s my favorite time of the year and one of my favorite events!! Thanks to all who put this together!! Thanks to all who donate books!! Let the winning begin!!


  5. This is a great way to introduce the joys of women writers on women and their lives. A big shout out to the publishers and authors who have who have been very generous. (I’m not posting to be considered for a prize, please don’t consider me. Thanks)


  6. Oh darn and here I thought I was going to be one of the first to leave a comment.. sigh.. Might have known all those folks on the East Coast would be here first. Well shucky darn. anyway Andi and company.. thanks for a great idea. Never been to a Hootenany before.. This should be fun.. and oh.. the chance to win a book! Yippeee


  7. Woohoo!!! The Hootenanny is here!!!
    Think this is now my favorite time of year!!
    Thank you Andi, Thank you Jove, Thank you to the numerous elves endlessly on the go. You make our season bright and full of glee, with 12 glorious days to win so many wonderful books for free!!
    Cheers and Good Luck to All!!


  8. It’s that time again!! This time it’s a good thing! Unlike the monthly visitor, where I groan “It’s that time again …” Good morning to all!


  9. How exciting!! The Hootenanny marks the end of a year long bet with my best friend on who can read the most authors. I read 48 lesfic authors and there was no need to count any mainstream. My wife thinks I’ve lost my mind! But three steak dinners and bragging rights until she beats me…. I’m okay with that! Besides, I could have worse addictions. So thank you for keeping this site up and running. Not only did it play a part in winning a bet but what I’ve read (books/blogs) from here has affected me in some way or another. Now… please draw my name so I can get started on this years bet…


  10. Count me in! I love the Hootenanny! Thank you to everyone involved!
    I am looking forward to reading one of these books!! πŸ™‚


  11. Put my name in the hat please!!. Been looking forward to this since last year. Happy holidays to all!


  12. This is by the far the coolest drawing I have ever entered. So many great books and authors!! I’m going to keep my fingers crossed all 12 days.


  13. I’m so excited! I have won in past years and it is an amazing experience…just like Santa sending you a new (and free) book in the mail. Good luck to everyone!


  14. Who knew you are a poet, too? I love the Holiday Hootenanny! Many thanks to all of the generous authors and publishers.


  15. Hootenanny!!!! Love that we’re back to commenting to enter!!! Thanks to all of the authors participating today!!!


    • Pandabree, you missed the cut off time of 10pm EST. 😦

      Come back tomorrow. We have a whole new group of featured authors starting at 8am EST.

      Good luck!


  16. boo hoo…I didn’t read ALL the rules and it’s 715pm here in the West! well…it is almost Friday morning πŸ™‚


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