Hootenanny 2017 – Day 7

HELLLOOOOO there, my little swizzle sticks! Are you still with us? Because OMG we still have a while to go and you’d think that the elves would take a break, but HA HAHAHAHAHAHAAA joke’s on you! (Or maybe on us because we have to clean this place up.)

But this only happens once a year, so we just go with the flow. There’s really nothing else to be done. The party has spread to the neighbors across the street. They started getting into the spirit a couple years ago and now they put all kinds of decorations out for every possible holiday this time of year though I think they lean toward doing the Solstice. They like to do a little something for everybody and right now, they’ve got cookies with M&Ms (which the elves freaking love) and they’re doing some ol’ skool games…

Wait…Tucker’s WHERE? #elvesgoingbad

The reindeer are way better at bobbing for apples than the elves. But it’s really funny to watch them try. In the living room, they’ve got a huge game of Twister going. By that I mean they put out TWO of the plastic sheets with the placement circles. And now there’s a giant tangle of elves and reindeer blocking the door to the kitchen, so I’ve been having to go out the front and around back to get to the eggnog. Which seems to be getting stronger. Huh. And I told Tucker to go on a supply run, but I never know for sure what he’s going to end up bringing back.

OH, lordie. Dasher just sat on one of the elves in that game of Twister. Hold on…

Okay, it’s all good. Dasher’s laughing, the elf is laughing, and everybody’s fine. Herding cats. I tell ya.

All right, friends! If you just now found us (YAY!), here’s what to do.

If you want in on today’s drawing, leave a comment on the blog. That’s it! Easy-peasy! Make sure you include a valid email address in the comment form (NOT IN THE COMMENT BODY because we’re trying to save you from all the spambot things) because that’s how we contact you if you win.

We close each day’s drawing at 10 PM EST US (world clock so you know when you are) and then we immediately do the drawing because we’re nuts like that. Prizes are given away in the order listed. So the first name drawn gets the first prize listed, the second the second, and so on. That keeps us almost from running screaming into the snow. After we draw names, we notify winners and then we post the names on the blog next to the prize won. So if you see your name but you don’t have an email from us, CHECK YOUR SPAM FILTER. If you still don’t see an email, contact us and we’ll untangle our brains and get it all figured out.

Authors, if you’re up today, please don’t enter the drawing. Cuz that’s just not holiday fun times, to win your own book. Yikes.

And as always, THANK YOU, authors and publishers for being so dang generous every year. We couldn’t do this without you (nor would we want to), and for that we are always grateful. And also, a big, HUGE thank you to you, the readers, who support this creative community every way you can.

(Hint: “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree“)

Readin’ around the Christmas tree
With the Hootenanny crowd
Candy canes hung where elves can see
And now they’re getting loud
Dancin’ around the Christmas tree
With your Hootenanny friends
Later we’ll have some pizza pie
Until the night comes to an end

You will get a Hootenanny feeling when you hear
Voices yelling where’s the eggnog
Grab the books and check the blog
Laughin’ around the Christmas tree
With the Hootenanny elves
We’re all dancing crazily
Just be careful of the shelves

You will get a Hootenanny feeling when you hear
Neighbors singing let’s be jolly
Climb the walls up to the holly
Readin’ around the Christmas tree
With our brand new stack of books
Everyone drinking lots of nog
Next to the our old yule loooooggggggg


CHRIS PAYNTER – Winners Arran Kendrick and Denee

Chris has TWO EBOOKS OR PAPERBACKS (she’ll ship anywhere) for TWO WINNERS of the story of Dani, whose girlfriend broke up with her on Twitter. Trying to live a quiet life at her bookstore in Georgia, two women enter her life and things could get complicated…

RENÉE BESS – Winners Beth Gais and bookishbutchesq

Renée has TWO EBOOKS for TWO WINNERS of Butterfly Moments, about a parole officer dealing with life’s ups and downs and then maybe something more with a retired police officer recent hired by a suburban department.

E.A. KAFKALAS – Winners Dorothy Hermes and Brooke

E.A. has TWO EBOOKS for TWO WINNERS of The Second Heart ready to go. A spec fic tale of intrigue and love.

ELLEN KUSHNER, et. al. – Winner Kerstin F

“Sex, Scandal, Swordplay… and Chocolate! The prequel to Ellen Kushner’s cult classic Swordspoint!” This is Season 1 of this fab serialized fiction. The whole thing. all for you. ONE EBOOK COPY. Other contributors to the series: Joel Derfner, Karen Lord, Delia Sherman, Racheline Maltese, Paul Witcover, Tessa Gratton, and Liz Duffy Adams.

JESSICA L. WEBB – Winner wndrwmn19

Jessica has ONE PAPERBBACK (she’ll ship anywhere) of Trigger, the first of the Dr. Kate Morrison thrillers. Human bombs. Triggered by touch. Yikes.

CARSEN TAITE – Winner ajschippers

Multiple award-winning Carsen has ONE EBOOK (or paperback, US only) of Letter of the Law, in which a federal prosecutor is investigating a notorious family. But things get complicated when the prosecutor develops an attraction to one of the members of the family. Uh-oh.

ANNA FURTADO – Winner Samantha Brown

Anna has ONE EBOOK (or paperback, US only) of this, a “tangled tale of secrets and trickery.”

MB AUSTIN – Winners Diane Greer and Vennic

MB has TWO EBOOKS for TWO WINNERS of Strictly Need To Know, the first of her Maji Rios books. Maji is a covert op, and y’all know that anything could happen in that regard.

SACCHI GREEN – Winner Alison R Solomon

Lambda winner Sacchi has ONE EBOOK (or paperback, US only) of this, the 20th anniversary edition of Best Lesbian Erotica. Oh, yeahhhhh…

LIZ McMULLEN – Winner Lindsay

Liz and co-author Shelia Powell have ONE EBOOK COPY (paperback US only) of their latest A kidnappping. Chaos. And something dark and scary. Win and find out what happens.

CATHERINE LANE – Winner trather94606

Catherine has ONE EBOOK (or paperback, US only) of The Set Piece ready for you. Amy agrees to pretend to be the fianceé for gay soccer star Diego, but secrets can fester. Add to that Amy’s attraction to Diego’s assistant, and anything could happen. Or go wrong.

JANE DiLUCCHIO – Winners Jenna and Shai

Jane has TWO EBOOKS (or paperbacks, US only) for TWO WINNERS of Going Coastal, in which Kate becomes a suspect when a client of hers dies on her massage table and it’s ruled murder. And the dead woman was an official in the state…


WIN ONE Women and Words T-shirt! WOOOO! Wear the sexy everywhere.

GENTA SEBASTIAN – Winners Mary Kelly and Cynlee

Genta has TWO EBOOK copies for TWO WINNERS of When Butches Cry. “Traf competes with men, wears male clothing, and steals their jobs. A fighter, damn the consequences, she’s totally unsuited to the mundane role of a mid-twentieth century Azorean woman.”

ANDI MARQUETTE – Winner gentleearthfarm

Andi’s got ONE EBOOK copy of her re-telling of the classic Dickens tale, only with lesbians. 🙂

ERIN DUTTON – Winner Tina Michelle

Erin has ONE paperback (she’ll ship anywhere) of Planning for Love, about a wedding coordinator who coordinates a lot more with brides-to-be than anybody knows. Until someone finds out.

SARAH ETTRITCH – Winners mtaylor8980 and Emily N

Sarah has TWO EBOOK copies of this science fiction novel in which a society chooses your life-mate for you and if you don’t comply, you’re executed.


 – Winner D Henniger

 – Winner Cat

 – Winner Sue 2e
BYWATER BOOKS is offering ONE EBOOK, winner’s choice!

 – Winner Kayla
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.

 – Winner pandabree13
ROSE AND STAR PRESS has ONE EBOOK of Natalie Vivien’s French Lessons, ready for you!

 – Winner Patty Anderson
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.

 – Winner Angela Merry
DESERT PALM PRESS is offering ONE EBOOK, winner’s choice. Go see.

 – Winner ChrisA

 – Winner Helenw
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 7


  1. Missed yesterday… But here I am again. Amazing how you keep coming up with all these books, banners and songs!


  2. Another exciting array of books. A big thank you to all the authors! Chris Paynter is the first lesfic author I ever read. Will cross my fingers that I can win her book!


  3. Wow, there are some really great books today (not that there haven’t been every day) but today there’s quite a few I’ve wanted to read or now that I’ve seen them, I want to read! (I’m a huge fan of scifi/specfic/fantasy, erotica and holiday stories so today holds alot that I would love to own!)
    Thanks again to all the authors and publishers who donated to make this possible and of course to Andi and Jove (you two absolutely wonderful people) for doing this! I know it means alot to me and many others I’m sure! Btw, be careful around that twister game…sounds like alot of fun but also a recipe for a fall if you’re not careful. You know especially with reindeer and elves filled with nog! G* Big hugs and a very warm and happy holidays to all, Kara

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  4. Always love seeing the variety of books that our up for this giveaway… such generous authors / publishers to offer up these book… win or not I’ve already made my list of books they I’m sure to pick up and read for 2018…🤗

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  5. I’ve decided to make a Women Words Hootenany GoodReads bookshelf with all the books you’ve featured this year. My goal will be to read them all in 2018. I thank you for all the work Andi, Jove and the rest of the crew do all year to make this a vibrant community. And I want to support everyone who contributes to this event. Thanks again!

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  6. Yayyyyyyy more great books! I have many more on my to buy list thanks to this event. I’m crawling back under the covers to read and sneak a cupcake for breakfast. Shhhh. Don’t tell Mavis.

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  7. i must admit that i really had no holiday enthusiasm whatsoever until hootenanny started… (though i still don’t have all that much, but i love the shenanigans, plus of course the possibility of a new book!)

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  8. Thank you to Jove, Andi, and all the merry elves for your hard work in organizing the Hootenanny! And thank you to the authors and publishers for their generosity.


  9. Happy Hootenanny Monday! I always get a little bummed at the halfway point, but I remember there’s still plenty of cheer to come!


  10. Seven eggs a noggin’🎶🎺🥁
    Six cinnamon apples. 🎶
    Five gold elves,
    Four singing authors,
    Three ooh la la’s 🎶
    Two rum pum pum’s
    And a Jove Belle and Andi Marquette!


  11. Holy moly! I almost missed the Hootenanny! What’s up with that? Today is my first day here. Visiting this holiday party every day is the highlight of the holiday season for me. Definitely one to make time for!!!

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  12. Half done, half yet to have begun. Tried to rhyme, probably failed terribly, I’m an avid reader, not a writer.


  13. Here’s my dilemma: I want to read all the lesfic. But time is linear and moves forward (or, you know, at least is experienced by humans, on the whole, as such.)

    So, unfortunately, and woefully, there isn’t a possible way for me to escape into a “second” and remain there in some sort of time dilation manner in which that second is stretched so it lasts as long as I need it to last without that second actually passing in time in the “actual” world–well, in the normally experienced sense of our “actual” world, or even passing in my special “time bubble world”–thus allowing me sufficient time to ensure that I can read all the lesfic ever conceived up until point of entry into that particular “ever-lasting second.” And, after that instance of time elasticity has served its purpose, I could resurface back into the “actual” world and then pick a different second–after say, 50 or so new lesfic books are written–to escape into yet another “ever-lasting second.”

    But… yeah, bummer and no dice, since, at the time of posting this comment, seconds are still those measurements of time that continue to pass us by, in forward movement and in their regularly scheduled beats of seconds.

    However, fellow readers, I won’t lose hope that some masterful stroke of genuis invention will present itself in the future–let’s err on the side of a future that is sooner rather than too close to a later that borders on some Extinction Level Event or Singularity or whatnot–that will solve my dilemma before the Extinction Level Event or Singularity or whatnot occurs (because, by that point, and esepcially if the Singularity is the future realized event to avoid, I am fairly certain our super-powered AI overlords will prefer me to farm some GMO crops to sustain the fleshbags who survived the first war with an actualized Skynet or for me to do something other than reading, even if the AIs are obviously advanced to reason that reading lesfic is always a logical endeavor.)

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  14. Another gorgeous banner atop another day of fab giveaways. Toss my name in the hat would ya please? Thanks much.


  15. AHHHHHHHH. I missed the weekend. Ugh I hate it when I have things to do. Luckily I only have to work this week. Another great Hootinanny.


  16. Mondays. Not my favourite day at all. But It’s the last Monday before my 2 week holiday starts!

    And it’s raining today, which makes it the perfect weather for a delicious power nap 😴 followed by a cup of coffee and a good book.


  17. Ok I really need to go to the bathroom before reading these… there should be warning do not read when you first wake up… thanks for the pick me up!!


  18. Just had a crap day at work. Most days are good but today was definitely in the crap crap crappity crap style of a day so how wonderful to come home and discover that the elves and reindeer and imbibing in festive cheer. Plus the added bonus of so many books and authors I’d never heard off. Cheered me up no end to add them to my TBR list. I might even indulge in a sip of eggnog myself. 🙂


  19. This is NOT an ENTRY. I’m just so excited to have a novel to contribute, I couldn’t resist commenting! Looking forward to a virtual meeting w whoever wins Strictly Need to Know today


  20. WOW!! More GREAT books….and the time is flying. Casting my hat into the ring for day 7.
    Good Luck to All!


  21. Can’t believe I missed yesterday. I was too ill and so was asleep for the majority of the day and night.
    To be fair I have already read or I own most of the books on all these giveaways. But it’s still always fun to play.
    To be fair I have nearly every one of these books too. But hey I might win a t-shirt or a pen….you never know.
    Good luck to all. Hope the elves are looking out for you.


  22. Another day another chance… after the disappointment of The Last Jedi we could do with a new read…


  23. The best part about these daily blogs is discovering new authors 🙂 Thank you everyone for being so generous!


  24. Oops! Sorry for the delay, Tucker and I made a quick detour to the bar for enough alcohol to have the entire neighborhood singing along with us! We’ve got everything on the Hootenanny supply list lol…


  25. Wow, I’ve only read two of today’s swag, looks like I’ve got some reading to do. Some interesting books gathered.


  26. Just found out about this website but I’d rather be late than never. Thanks so much for doing this!


  27. While I love Hootenanny and everyone involved, I found something more exciting (sorry Tucker)… unboxing my author copies of my very first book! Sooooo excited!

    But I love Hootenanny and have some mad love for Andi, Jove, Tucker, the Elves, the Reindeer, the neighbors (for putting up w/everyone’s sh*t), and all the authors who participated in the give-a-way. ❤


  28. I’m making notes on books that I might want to pick up if I don’t win them, the other advantage of the Hootenanny.


  29. Day of hot Christmas cider – I’ve been trying all offered beverages during our Christmas market. Four more days…


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