Hootenanny 2017 – Day 6


And you thought things were nutty before. BWAAAA HAAHAHAHAHAAAA! Every year, we have nonbelievers up in here who are entirely skeptical about how we can possibly give so many different books away each and every day and we always chuckle and shake our heads because it’s not like we didn’t tell you. But I get it. In these times, it’s hard to believe anything. So believe in us, because we’re groovy like that. And we are able to give so many books away because of the overwhelming generosity of authors and publishers who each year step up and give us the goodies, no questions asked and we pass that along to you. We also couldn’t do this without YOU, the readers, so thank you so much to you for supporting authors and this community.

And JOVE today’s banner is pretty much what the elves are all about!

About this time the elves are on their upward swing of hijinks. It’s like they’re an airplane, getting ready to take off and there’s this run-up on the runway for the first 5 days and then they go into full-on yee-ha mode after that and it’s a giant fiesta up in here. There is tinsel all over everything and a few of the elves are wearing it and currently doing disco-ish drag shows up and down the kitchen counter (I have to admit I do enjoy RuPaul’s “Supermodel“). Several of them are still totally hyped over another awesome Star Wars movie, so a bunch more are out back enacting Rebel battle scenes against The First Order and last I saw, Tucker was running around in his Phasma helmet which doesn’t work very well because he kept bumping into reindeer. I’m going to have to fix the eyes on that for him —

TUCKER! STOP LIGHT-SABERING COMET! She’s trying to eat! omg I can’t. He’s now pretending to be Kylo Ren. What is it with him and Star Wars anti-heros/villains?

Totally busted Tucker playing hooky…

And now a bunch of them have started up their curling championships with the fruitcakes on the neighbors’ lawn but the neighbors are doing it, too, and they showed the elves that frozen fruitcakes work better so now there are stacks of frozen fruitcakes in the driveway. I don’t think I want to know where those came from.

Blitzen and Dasher are on another eggnog run (I can’t trust the elves at this point to make it back to Women and Words with it) and I just had to order another bunch of pizzas. The delivery people love coming here this time of year because the elves always invite them in for hot chocolate and peppermint sticks and they generally leave with tinsel boas singing re-written Christmas songs. Basically, friends, imagine if a Christmas decoration factory exploded at a college party. That’s kind of what this place starts to look like, though I do admit it’s creative how they’ve built Rebel ships out of empty pizza boxes…

Just another day at the Hootenanny, friends!

For those just joining us (OMG WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN BUT WELCOME!), here’s the scoop:

Each day is a separate giveaway. So to get in on each day’s goodies, you need to come back every day and leave a comment on the blog. That’s it. That’s all you have to do. Make sure you include your email address in the comment fill-out form (but NOT in the comment body; we’re trying to save you from anti-holiday spambots). Don’t worry, nobody sees it but us and the merry elves and they know to lock that info up tight in the peppermint vault, where everything smells good after a few minutes.

We close each day’s drawing at 10 PM EST US (world clock). We do the drawing as soon as we close down for the day, and we notify winners right after that and then we even put the winner’s handle right next to the prize they won on that day’s blog. So if you see your name on the blog as a winner, but you haven’t gotten an email from us, CHECK YOUR SPAM FILTER. If it’s not in there, drop us a line at the Contact link and we will figure it out.

Please, y’all. One entry per day per person. Go ahead and engage in convos with other folks having Hootenanny fun, but we’re only counting one of your comments as an entry.

We give the prizes out in the order they appear on the blog. So the first person drawn gets the first book, the second the second, and so on. Trust me on this, friends. It keeps us organized (which is, of course, a relative term this time of year) and helps stuff run sort of smoothly.

And authors, if you’re up today, please refrain from entering the drawing because how much would it suck to win your own book? I mean, you’ve read it at least once. ๐Ÿ˜€

(Hint: “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus“; requested by Cynthia. She actually wanted “I Saw Mommy Kissing Mrs. Claus,” but that song needs no rewrite. You can hear Lindsay Kane’s version here)

We saw Tucker hiding all the egg naaawwwg
Underneath the piles of books last night.
He didn’t see us sneak
Down the stairs to have a peek
He thought we were chillin’
Up in our bedrooms with some reads.

Then, we saw Tucker check the swag again
Underneath the tree so freakin’ bright.
Oh, what a laugh it would have been,
If Tucker had only seen
All of us spying on his elf self last night!

All right! Let’s go! May The Force be with you!

FIONA ZEDDE – Winner Marion

Fiona has ONE EBOOK of her anthology of her sexy-time lesbian and bi stories. Heat up your holidays, y’all!

JODY KLAIRE – Winner lisabev1

Jody is offering ONE EBOOK, WINNER’S CHOICE, of any of her books, including her recent Rainbow Winner, Best Maid Plans. Hit this link to see her books.

MICHELLE TEICHMAN – Winner Devlyn and Cherokee

Michelle has TWO EBOOK copies for TWO WINNERS of Rescue Me, in which a member of the RCMP it trying to solve a murder that may involve paramedics.


Jeanine has ONE EBOOK copy ready for you…a reclusive writer is injured in a hunting accident, but all is not as it seems in that accident…

CAREN J. WERLINGER – Winners Ali and nic luskan

Caren’s got TWO EBOOK copies for TWO WINNERS of this story about a woman looking for a fresh start who find a lot more than that.

KRIS BRYANT AS BRIT RYDER – Winners Darlene and Shipleyย 

Kris as Brit has TWO EBOOK copies for TWO winners of Shameless, about a fire investigator who doesn’t have time for all those strings-attached relationships. Until she meets Lily…

BETH BURNETT – Winner Jennifer Lynn

Beth has ONE EBOOK, reader’s choice! Check out her quirky, poignant romances and testaments to life, love, and everything in between. Note: Man Enough is currently out of print.


Emma has ONE EBOOK, WINNER’S CHOICE. Will it be her romance or steampunk? GO SEE.


Clifford Mae has ONE PAPERBACK (she’ll ship anywhere) of this tale of a woman trying to locate her dad who escaped a nursing home, chased by a group of octogenarians trying to find him, too. A journey to find her dad becomes a journey of the heart, too.

GILL McKNIGHT – Winner Lilaine and unpeurpurdu

Return with Gill to the Wallops, where police officer Wendy (flush with just coming out) has a crush on the adorable but reclusive doctor. Add a sexy detective inspector and a twin brother suggesting they make contact with their birth mother, and things could get a little…interesting. TWO EBOOKS, TWO WINNERS.

BREY WILLOWS – Winner Nancy

Brey has ONE EBOOK copy of her debut, Fury’s Bridge, the first in her Afterlife, Inc. series. If you knew the gods worked out of a building in Santa Monica, would it change you? An avenging fury has to save the world and seek justice for innocents. Imagine the surprise of the philosopher who discovers that things like Furies exist…

HEATHER McVEA – Winner cjharris73 and cquesada66

Heather has TWO EBOOK copies for TWO WINNERS of Hidden Elements. Revisit with Elise who is trying to understand why her daughter is withdrawing. In a world filled with dark magic and darker forces, there is always danger afoot.


Women and Words luvs you. So they want YOU to have a $20 gift card. MUAH!

S.M. HARDING – Winners Deb Ryan and Charline Sandel

S.M. has TWO EBOOKS (or paperback, US only) of this continuing story of a retired Marine colonel who’s ready to take the next step with her partner, the local sheriff. But life is never that simple, especially in the midst of a series of crimes…

ANNE HAGAN – Winner Linda Scibilia

Anne has ONE PAPERBACK (she’ll ship anywhere) of Relic, the first of her Morelville Mysteries, starring a Customs special agent whose case runs right into a sexy sheriff. Win and find out what happens.

T.B. MARKINSON – Winner Lady D

T.B. has ONE PAPERBACK (she’ll ship anywhere) of this story of a newspaper publisher tapped to take the helm of a dying Denver newspaper. Enter a lost love who she may lose if she fires a particularly belligerent editor…


ย –ย Winner Loreen Janos

ย –ย Winner Deb M
BYWATER BOOKS is offering ONE EBOOK, winner’s choice!

ย –ย Winner larryg5751
YLVA PUBLISHING is giving away ONE ebook, WINNER’S CHOICE! Here you go. NOTE: Ylva is on holiday until Jan. 8. Winners will receive the goodies after that.

ย –ย  Winner Tanya Chambers
ROSE AND STAR PRESS has ONE EBOOK of The Protector, by Bridget Essex all wrapped up for you!

ย –ย Winner Melissa Whisenant
BOLD STROKES BOOKS is offering ONE ebook, WINNER’S CHOICE. Hit the link and check out the awesome. NOTE: BSB will send winnings out after the conclusion of the Hootenanny.

ย –ย Winner Anita Bradshaw
DESERT PALM PRESS is offering ONE EBOOK, winner’s choice. Go see.

ย – Winner Kristin Charles

ย – Winner Lyss

ย –ย Winner Marilyn
DIRT ROAD BOOKS is offering ONE EBOOK, winner’s choice, of one of the following titles: Bitteroot Queen (Jove Belle); Friends in High Places (Andi Marquette); Little Dip (Gill McKnight)



Day 6


  1. The halfway mark already??!! Wowzers it has been fun reading elf shenanigans, discovering new books, learning new Christmas Carols, and all that jazz. Thank you guys for all you do and thanks to the authors and publishers for contributing to the holiday merriment. It’s so much fun clicking on your page to see what’s up during the the best hootenanny on or off planet. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. Halfway through this year’s giveaways… yay!
    But that also means it’s halfway over too… boo!
    Keep the freebies coming… thank you!


  3. Haha! Iโ€™m whipping up fruitcakes so fast that the elves are trying to keep up with me! I told Tucker to lay low when we played hooky but he didnโ€™t listen to me, someone caught him taking an โ€˜elfieโ€™ Lol…

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  4. I wanna build a skating rink in our cul-de-sac but the wifey won’t let me! ๐Ÿ˜œ I am enjoying Tucker’s adventures again this year! What a little Jedi!


  5. From the revised Christmas songs to the daily adventures of Tucker, to the festive mood of everyone involved this contest puts a smile on my face each day. Thank you to everyone.

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  6. Using fruitcake for curling stones may be the best idea and use for that stuff ever. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hootenanny is proof there is good stuff and good people in the world even if the news tries to convince us otherwise; hurray for Hootenanny!
    Count me in for today’s draw please and thanks.


  7. Enjoying the continuing saga of Tucker and all his merry friends. Also, the wonderful selection of books.


  8. Was eager to receive today’s hootenanny, saw adult size onesie elf jammies out shopping last night. Adult size being no indication of genuine adulthood. I made the squee noise at the jammies. Alas, they were too skinny for me. So I hope I win an eBook or gift card! ๐Ÿ˜ธ

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  9. It’s only day 6 and the Elves still have a ways to go but I’m sure they’ll make it to the end, what with all that pizza and frozen fruit cake. Count me in please.


  10. So I settled on The Mist for my series marathon. It’s based on the thriller by Stephen King. It started out really good. Shock, horror and thrills galore! Now I’m close to the end and it’s more drama, hysterics and back stabbing… Is it just me or does anyone else miss a really good thriller? Anyone?


  11. So have the elves gone skinny-dipping in the eggnog yet?
    (I won yesterday, so don’t count my entry. I’m just here to have fun and check out the books.)


  12. Another great selection of books. Thanks to all the authors, and Andi, Jove and all the elves who make this happen.


  13. Okay… so… apparently… running down a suburban residential street whilst yelling “MORTAL KOMBAT” at 3 am is not a thing anyone does anymore. Or, like, you know, ever… until this morning.

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  14. Halfway and y’all are still sane(ish). Thank you to the authors, publishers and of course you ladies for the fun!


  15. My books to buy list is getting longer everyday. Thanks for introducing me to books I would not have known about without the hootenanny.


  16. Day 6! I can’t decide if that’s a glass half-full or half empty situation. If I know Tucker, it’s probably both and it’s probably egg nog.

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  17. What a lovely way to share Christmas cheer! ๐Ÿ™‚ and how kind of all the wonderful authors and publishers/organisations for being so generous! Happy Christmas to you all


  18. Rescue me – or rescue the book I wrote and lost…. absolutely devastated over my stupidity to lose a script of a book I’ve written


  19. I totally forgot the Hoontenanny this year, crap, there are a few days left so I’m all over it for the remaining bits


  20. If I partied like the Elves, I would surely break something… lol Yah hootenanny. Please count me in! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  21. OK Tucker, partying with the co-workers is over now, and I had some really HARSH whiskey just for you.
    Let’s get these Fa-La-Las going again!


  22. Yay for the Hootenanny! In true holiday spirit I’ve spent all day baking pistachio bread (aka Grinch bread because it’s green), and making holiday books with the boys, for our moms. An the pistachio bread is delicious, eat your heart out, Tucker!

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  23. Oh, I need some more good reading … switching from Windows to Mac and don’t know where any of my files are!!!
    ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Maybe I was too old to do this?!


  24. HAd quite the day today. Our elf took a fall from his spot of the day and we had to decide if gloves would protect his magic (spoilers, it was). Significantly upset the kids though. Phew.


  25. Today was a good day for the rescue elves and the hazmat minions to relax and catch up on some of their Christmas Cards. They have glitter every where as they are dead set on choosing only cards full of it. Now the cats twinkle as they run after the laser pointers the minions found. There is going to have to be a massive clean up around this place tomorrow to avoid getting glitter in places it just ought not be! We’re running low on eggnog again but the moon shine seems to be growing. Good thing they turned off their pagers because they are way too far gone to be driving around. Bad enough the hazmat minions keep running around the deck yelling BEEE DOOOO BEEEE DOOOO over and over. Happy Hootenanny!

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  26. It’s the what day of Christmas and my true love gave to me…a Hootenanny book. Please send this poor soul a book for Xmas. Thx a bunch! And Merry Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚


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