Hootenanny 2015 – Day 3

day3Oh, COME ON! This is only the third day! Surely you’re not about to take a nap now! This party is JUST GETTING STARTED. The merry elves are busy stacking books, drinking eggnog, decorating the reindeer tree and getting the Kwanzaa candles all ready to go. There can never be enough candles. And sometimes they’re used as hockey sticks on the pond. Some have started celebrating Solstice. At least I think that’s what they’re doing…YOU GUYS! I told you not to put the replica of Stonehenge in the neighbor’s front yard! And get Rudolph off their roof! Geez. They’ll be home soon.

Swear, they get wilder every year.

Speaking of, THANK YOU publishers and authors for donating the goodies to this event. It’s not doable without you, nosiree. And we so appreciate what you’ve done to help us make this event rock n’ roll. Readers, a huge thanks to you, too, for participating and helping us share the LUUUUV. The merry elves resurrected their idea from last year about creating a live Hootenanny circuit party, with crazy all around and DJs and dancing. I pointed out they were already doing that in the back, but they thought it would be more fun with all of YOU in reader-, author-, and publisher-land. We’ll get back to you on that plan.

And thanks, too, to fellow author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle for helping with the Tucker photobombs, many of which caused us to giggle like 8-year-olds.

Chillin' with the reindeer before the rooftop dance party.
Chillin’ with the reindeer before the rooftop dance party.

Most of you have been around long enough to know how this works, but if you’re a newbie, here’s the deal. Each day is a different drawing, so you need to enter EVERY DAY to win books. To enter today’s drawing, put a comment on this here blog. Make sure you include your email address in the comment fill-out form, but not in the comment body. That keeps the creepy frost goblins from Krampus-land from stealing your email address with their minion spambots. Only the elves in the back will see your emails, and they keep those locked up tight.

We close the drawing at 10 PM EST US (world clock linkie) and then the elves get right to work on drawing the winners. Once we have our list, we notify winners and post their names on the blog. If you see your name here but you don’t have an email from us, check your spam filter.

AUTHORS/PUBLISHERS! If you’re listed today, please don’t sign up for the drawing. Because that’s just ain’t right, winning your own book. And on paperback books, if there’s no region specification, that indicates an author will ship anywhere.

First name drawn gets the first book on the list, second name gets the second book, and so on. That keeps the crazy to a minimum (ha! Like that’s even possible!) back here. which is nutso coo-coo on a good day.

AND don’t forget to get yourself signed up for the Rafflecopter drawings! You only need to enter once, and if you haven’t already, here’s your chance. It closes the last day of the Hootenanny (Dec. 23) at 10 PM EST US. Click the reindeer below.


(hint: “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear“)

We’ll read at night ’til midnight, dear
These glorious books we hold
From ebook to paper we don’t really care
We love them all, they’re gold!

Books galore and tinsel too
From the Hoot-eh-nanny’s stash
The swag is crazy so much to do
We’re here to have our bash!

Shall we go to booktown? Have fun and good luck!

SANDRA MORAN Winner Valerie Brown

Award-winning author, professor, and joyful spirit Sandra Moran never met a stranger. To know her was to love her, and to read her work was to love her, too. Sandra was diagnosed with a horrific cancer in October 2015. She left this world on November 7th at the age of 46. In honor of her contributions to literature and to the communities in which she lived and worked, Bedazzled Ink Publishing is offering a set of Sandra’s books to a winner, EBOOK or PAPERBACK (US only). Those include Letters Never Sent, Nudge, The Addendum, All We Lack, and State of Grace (this one’s available spring, 2016 — don’t worry, BI will keep you on file).

ANN McMAN – Winner Karen

Award-winning author, graphic designer extraordinaire, and all-around gadabout Ann McMan is putting up a copy of her latest, Backcast! Described as Fried Green Tomatoes meets The Big Chill (only with more lesbians) by way of A River Runs Through It, Ann brings us a cast of endearing and outrageous characters battling writers’ block, personal demons, quirky locals, unexpected attractions, each other, and fish. EBOOK or PAPERBACK.

LYNN AMES – Winner Leslie Jefferson

Award-winning author, MC divine, and dog- and softball-lover Lynn Ames is putting up a winner’s choice EBOOK of any of her books! Will it be the historical fiction Bright Lights of Summer? Perhaps her Ann Bannon popular choice All That Lies Within? Her WWII historical fiction Eyes on the Stars? Or any of her other fabulous books? Click here to see more. Hope you win…

MARIANNE K. MARTIN – Winners Sandra Herrington and larryg5751

TWO WINNERS ALERT! Marianne, one of the most grounded trailblazers among us, is back with MOAR BOOKS. Winner’s choice of any of her books, EBOOK or PAPERBACK (US only for paperback). Will it be her Lambda finalist titles, Tangled Roots, about the struggles of two women in 1916 Georgia or perhaps Under the Witness Tree, in which a woman goes South to settle an estate and finds something else entirely or maybe Mirrors, which addresses anti-LGBT bullying. Whatever your choice, you won’t go wrong with Marianne. Click HERE for a list of all her books.

BARBARA ANN WRIGHT – Winner Linda Curbow del Pino

Howsabout an EBOOK of Barbara’s spec fic novel? Journey with Aesa and Maeve as they plan to raid foreign shores, in the quest for gold and glory for the homelands. Young, adventurous, and in love, neither has planned for what will happen if one is chosen to be a warrior and the other isn’t.

MB PANICHI – Winner Aurora Alvarez

2 PACK ALERT! Goldie-winning author MB Panichi is offering EBOOK or PAPERBACK copies of Saving Morgan and Running Toward Home. Follow Morgan in her journeys from Moon Base to Earth and back again, along with special operative Shaine, a woman Morgan isn’t sure she can trust. And rumor has it MB’s got some magnets to throw in…

LORI LAKE – Winner Cheyenne

Author Lori Lake has racked up her own collection of awards and she joins us this year to offer up some books. Here, she’s offering an EBOOK copy of Ricochet In Time. A vicious hate crime leaves Dani injured and her girlfriend dead. Because of her injury, Dani can’t get on her motorcycle and leave, something she did in the past to deal with pain. Grace works at the hospital where Dani gets her physical therapy, and through her friendship as well as the friendship of Grace’s aunts, Dani might be able to weather the process of bringing her girlfriend’s killer to justice.

JAE – Winner Beth Gais

You know her. You love her. Award-winning JAE is in the house and she’s offering an EBOOK of book 4 in her Hollywood series, Just Physical. Here, Jae tells us the story of Jill Corrigon, who’s dealing with multiple sclerosis. Jill takes herself off the romance market because she doesn’t want to burden anyone. So she focuses on her acting career instead. And then she meets stuntwoman Kristine “Crash” Patterson. As things heat up between them, can they really keep it just physical? If you win, you’ll find out!

R.G. EMANUELLE – Winners Bonnie and Cara

TWO WINNERS ALERT! Lambda finalist R.G. is offering 2 EBOOK copies of her novella, Add Spice to Taste, to two winners! Giovanna “Jo” Rossini is teaching cooking classes at the NY Culinary Institute. She enjoys it, but she’s struggling to make ends meet and trying to figure out how to get her life back on track after losing her business and her relationship. But in a Moroccan cooking class, sparks fly between her and one of her students, much to Jo’s surprise. Is she ready for it? Win and see!

ANDREA BRAMHALL – Deborah Camp Gallardo

Lambda finalist Andrea Bramhall wants to give YOU an EBOOK or PAPERBACK copy of Chameleon’s Tale. Childhood friends Imogen and Amahle couldn’t come from more different backgrounds. One privileged and the other little more than a slave, yet they thought nothing could tear their friendship apart. But a changing political landscape and an uncertain future cast Imogen into a lonely world away from everything and everyone she knows, and by the time she returns to Africa, everything has changed, and it’ll turn everything upside down.

AJ ADAIRE – Winner Lisa T

2 PACK ALERT! AJ is offering an EBOOK copy of Sunset Island and The Interim to a winner. In Sunset Island, Ren Madison owns a private island with an inn off the coast of Maine. Everything’s great until she loses her partner in a plane crash. Trying to heal, she meets Lindy, a multi-lingual professor. Will their flirtatious friendship lead to more? And in The Interim, a follow-up novelette, Ren is still dealing with life and loss. Is she ready to love again? And if so, who’s got the key to her heart? If you win, you’ll find out.

MELISSA FOSTER – Winners calliopenjo and Tq

Y’all might remember NYT bestselling romance author Melissa from when she stopped by here in July to talk about Discovering Delilah. She’s got TWO EBOOK copies ready to go for two winners…Delilah Armstrong thought she could finally follow her heart and come out to her closest friends in the wake of her parents’ deaths, but the guilt of going against her parents’ beliefs haunts her even as the feelings she has for her best friend, Ashley, are stronger than anything she’s felt before. But Delilah has never even kissed a woman, and fear stops her at every turn. Can she overcome it? Win and see!


Winner – Shari Baumer
The folks at Rose and Star have a THREE-PACK alert! Bridget Essex’s romantic Knight series, which currently includes A Knight to Remember, Date Knight, and Forever and a Knight. EBOOKS.

Winners Kathy H and Karen Nilsson
Our buddies at Bywater are offering TWO copies of The One That Got Away, by Carol Rosenfeld. EBOOK or PAPERBACK.

Winner gr8pyrz
Our friends at Bold Strokes are offering WINNER’S CHOICE of ONE BOOK. Any of their books. Pick one. EBOOK or PAPERBACK (US only for paperback). CLICK HERE to start looking.

Winner Caren Littman
The awesome crew at Ylva is offering WINNER’S CHOICE of any ONE of their books, EBOOK. GO SEE.

Winner marydeutcher
The Sapphire folks are joining in the fun and offering ONE EBOOK to a lucky winner. Check ’em out.

desert palm Winner chrisbrown71075
Our colleagues at Desert Palm Press are offering one book: winner’s choice of either EBOOK or PAPERBACK. Check their list HERE.

Winner trogg1845
LadyLit Publishing continues the party. They’re offering a winner’s choice of one EBOOK. Check out their wares here.

Winners Cheyenne Blue and parrothed
Bedazzled is still hanging out with us. Today’s offerings are ONE copy of Laurie Salzler, In the Stillness of Dawn to one winner and Jody Klaire, Blind Trust, to another. Choose EBOOK or PAPERBACK (US only for paperback).

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 8.50.24 AM Winner Margaret Gill
Affinity Ebooks is still going crazy with us, too! Winner chooses ONE EBOOK from their list. Here’s the link to start looking.



  1. I think I hear reindeer on the roof and they are planning to drop a book down my chimney for a little reading pleasure during these cold winter days!


  2. And the merriment happily continues. I love every bit of it. The reworking of Christmas carols, the naughty elf popping up all over, the authors and publishers for contributing, and the fun blogs to along with all the awesome treats. Thanks to all involved for all your hard work! Best of all, I’m finding new books I never heard of to add to my wish list and after Christmas with whatever funds I have left I may just treat myself to the top five on my list. 🙂 Backcast totally caught my eye today. Any book compared to Fried Green Tomatoes has me at, hello. 🙂 And I saw on Amazon that it’s even available as an audio book. Woo hoo! Happy hootenanny to all.

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  3. The Sandra Moran set is lovely Someone will be very happy. Actually, many someone’s will be very happy, but that someone will be particularly happy. Best of luck to us all! Ona

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  4. Day three and I’d love to thank all the authors and publishers making this giveaway possible…what fun we’re having on a less-than-wintery- winterland of snow…here where I am..we have no snow and it just doesn’t look like the hoildays…so the Hootenanny..helps to put me in the mood for the holidays…so Thank you!!

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  5. Today’s offering is extra special. I’m definitely throwing my Santa hat into this drawing.
    Let the lights shine bright and rooftop party songs resound the Hootenanny joy!

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  6. gosh, look at all the precious books. day three and the books are getting better and coming and you guys are awesome. i love books, i have no other excuses for winning but coming back for more!


  7. Hi y’all! this is my first hootenanny! My wife told me amazing things about it! I’d so love to win all of Sandra Moran’s books. wow! what a great prize.
    can’t wait to read more comments and get in on the fun! 🙂

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  8. It’s become a holiday tradition by now! I think this is my third or fourth year participating…thanks for an even bigger and better Hootenanny this year.

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  9. A special thanks to your great blog and all the authors and publishers who have put their books on offer here. A special thought to Sandra Moran who is no longer with us, but who will live on forever thanks to the great books she wrote. Xmas cheer from Italy to all of you. Buon Natale

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  10. I heard something about cinnamon moonshine in the eggnog. I’d like some of that. Actually, I’d settle for just plain eggnog among these Kiwis who’ve never heard of our creamy concoction. Do you think the elves will share? Anyway, thanks to the elves and the wordsters for all that you do.


  11. Hi!!!! Wondering if there is a way to view previous days winners? I’m sure there is, but I find it. Too much eggnog here as well!!!


  12. Hi there,
    Well, it’s that time of year where something magical is supposed to happen. So here’s wishing everyone happy holidays, a very Merry Christmas, and Season’s Greetings.


  13. Question:Do you have to go to each book on the list of the day and put your name in under it? For example today for Sandra Moran’s books, do I somehow go into each book and put my name? Same with the other books and publishers? If so, how do you do that?
    Layne Beckman


    • Hi, Layne–I’m pretty sure we cleared this up on Facebook. You cannot enter for individual books. That’s just too confusing for us and the elves, because then we’d basically be doing separate drawings for every book we list, and that’s just out of control. As we state above, we give out the books in the order we draw the winners. The first person drawn gets the first prize listed. The second the second. The third the third. And so on. That ensures that we’re able to keep these things moving. 😀


    • Hi, Julie–unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that. We give the prizes out in the order they’re listed. As we state above, the first name drawn gets the first book(s) listed, the second the second, and so on. We try to accommodate as best we can, but some publishers do not have paperback versions of their books, and the same goes for authors, as I explained yesterday. We try to make this process as easy as possible on all of us, and unfortunately, we can’t make guarantees about the format anybody wins, since we go down the list of books from the top when we do the drawings. Hope you understand.


    • Hey, Julie! Good luck in the drawing. Paperbacks are only an option if the author/publisher is offering them. Also, this is entry three for today. We ask folks to only drop one comment because you can only be entered into the drawing one time per day. More than one comment just confuses folks (mostly me) when it comes time to do the name draw.


  14. All of these look like they would be awesome stories and would live to get into any one (or ALL) of them.


  15. On the third day of Hootenanny, the authors gave to we three signed copies, two fountain pens and an ebook in a pear tree…


  16. For the love of Sandra Moran, my Christmas angel, I’m in. Thank you for including such an amazing author and woman.


  17. Quite apart from the delicious prospect of winning books, to see so many great authors and links in one place is terrific. I’ve bought a couple of books from these links already (when I didn’t win, ha ha) 🙂 Thank you for running this, Women and Words. 🙂

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  18. Geez…I’ve been negligent at spending time on fb this past weekend. I’m blaming it on holiday parties with coworkers, family and friends. Glad I found my way here today! It’s so much more fun than working today.


  19. A complete set of Sandra Moran? Be still my beating heart. The other offers would be great, but that would really take the cake (and talking of cake, I’ve certainly been eating plenty of that this week.)


  20. I want to enter drawing!! I like all of the books by rhavensfyre I have read so far and many of the books listed by other authors in this contest


  21. Oh yeah! So much goodness in one place 🙂 please enter me in the drawing for day 3! Thanks so much for all of your hard work!!


  22. Holy moly squeaking in just under the time limit, just got home from work, whew! Great options for the winners today, count me in please.


  23. Wow Day 3 already. Where is the time going. It was my first year last year and that only seems like it was last week. This year has gone way too fast.
    Count me in for the draw again please. Good Luck everyone!


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