Hootenanny 2017 – Day 10

Goodness gracious and my stars n’ garters! Here we are on Day 10 and there is so much wrapping paper on the floor that the elves are pretending the arm of the couch is a high dive board and they’re doing rather amazing gymnastic dives into the paper and piles of tinsel.

Outside, bunches of elves and reindeer are enacting the scene from Last Jedi that involves an imposing line of At-Ats (I’m not gonna give you spoilers, so just imagine those big scary Imperial walkers coming toward you). The elves somehow made At-At costumes out of pizza and eggnog boxes for the reindeer and the reindeer are trying to walk slowly and with lots of gravitas to capture the mood of the scene, but I keep laughing because the elves in their serious acts are even funnier than when they’re running around giggling and dancing and the lights and tinsel on the reindeer antlers just don’t lend themselves to gravitas.

The kitchen looks like a disco ball exploded at a drag show. There is literally tinsel hanging from the light fixtures, the ceiling (how…never mind) and lights strung on every cabinet. I’m not sure how we ended up with five blenders, but there they are. The latest concoction is what the elves are calling a peppermint snowflake swirl. It involves peppermint bark, ice cream (?), and Cool Whip (omg the sugar…help us all now). Tucker is doing experiments with different types of blender drinks. Mocktails for the neighbor kids, cocktails for the parents, toward the end of each day because after a day of merry elves and kids, well, they could use a cocktail or two.

I might do some experimenting with the blender myself. By this time every Hootenanny, the pace is even wilder and the partying has become a way of life. Jove and I have long since learned not to even try to keep things organized this time of year because it’s a losing proposition and we’d much rather have fun and give books away. The elves love that part, too.

And you guys, Tucker has decided he’s Super Tucker after we got him a superhero outfit. But y’know, whatever. I think it fits better than his Phasma costume.

Super Tucker will be starting the adult beverages soon…

And they and all of us here at Women and Words want to extend a HUGE thank you to all the authors and publishers who donated books for this event — without any issue or question, they just did it. So thank you for making this a great time of year for so many people! And thanks to YOU the readers, for supporting all of us in this community and thanks for spending some of your holidays with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

OKAY! Want in? COOL! Leave a comment below. Make sure you include your email address in the comment fill-out form but NOT in the comment body. Help us help you and don’t make it easy for spambots to scoop up your email address. Don’t worry; we keep it safe in the back and the elves make sure they change the combo on the peppermint vault twice a day.

We close each day’s drawing at 10 PM EST US (here’s your world clock linkie) and then we immediately do the drawings. Prizes are awarded in the order they appear. So the first name drawn gets the first prize, the second the second, and so on. That keeps it from getting even messier up in here.

We notify winners immediately by email and then we post the winner names next to what they won. So if you see your name posted but you haven’t gotten an email from us, check your spam filter. If it’s not there, drop us a line here at the contact page and we will totally try to figure out what’s going on. Seriously. We will!

Please, one entry per person per day. I mean, it’s okay to chit-chat in the comments, but we’re only counting one as an entry. Let us all share the luv!

And authors, if your book is listed today, please don’t enter the drawing. That’s just…not right.

(Hint: “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing“)

Books! the merry elves do sing
Glory to these brand new things
Free to you and reading wild
Jove and Tucker reconciled

Joyful, all the neighbors, rise
Join the reindeer in the skies
with our eggnog we proclaim
grab the twister, time to play
Books! the merry elves do sing
Glory to these brand new things

Books, by all who read, adored
Books, with them we’re never bored
It’s late come on join the fun
Frappes to make and drink ’til done

Hey, it’s dark, but we can see
With our tablets on to read
Please do pass the popcorn now
Jesus! please try not to spill
Books! the merry elves do sing
Glory to these brand new things

Hey, the reindeer went out to eat
But we’ve got pizza, can’t be beat
Share the luv with all we see
Singin’ with everyone in the wings

Wild! we play these games all night
Bring the nog there’s no more pie
Find the tree under the lights
Make sure the elves have ironed their tights
Books! we all yell and sort of sing
Glory to these brand new things!

AND NOW! We bring you…DAY TEN! Good luck and share the luv!


Heather has ONE EBOOK (or paperback, US only) of Like Jazz all ready to go. Cassidy and Sarah were friends in high school, but lost touch. Ten years later, they meet again. Win to find out what happens.

GENTA SEBASTIAN – Winners Teacher On Break! and Millie Ireland

Genta has TWO EBOOKS for TWO WINNERS of her YA novel about two girls growing up with same-sex parents.

GERRI HILL – Winner Grace

Gerri is offering ONE EBOOK, WINNER’S CHOICE! Will it be her romance? Suspense? YOU PICK! WOOOO!

JESSIE CHANDLER – Winners jeannenichols and Sandra

Jessie has TWO EBOOKS (or paperbacks, US only) of Operation Stop Hate. Join special agent Cailin as she investigates two school shootings in the Twin Cities that may have links to a hate group recruiting in the area.

CHRIS PAYNTER – Winners Samantha Luce, Writer and Nita Round

Chris has TWO EBOOKS OR PAPERBACKS (she’ll ship anywhere) of To Love Free, in which two women forge a bond under the unlikeliest of circumstances.

CHEYENNE BLUE – Winner Kara Leonardo

Cheyenne is offering ONE SET (Ebook) to ONE winner of her Girl-Meets-Girl series, books 1-3. That’s right! Get Never-Tied Nora, Not-So-Straight Sue, and Fenced-In Felix.

JAE – Winners Melanie H and Karen C

Multiple award-winning author Jae has TWO EBOOKS, a fun holiday read about a woman with a really grouchy boss. Their initial meeting isn’t the best, but you never know what could happen.


Karelia has ONE PAPERBACK (she’ll ship anywhere) of Something True. A corporation is shutting down a coffee house in Portland, OR but the woman whose company is doing it can’t stop thinking about the barista she met there…

JEAN CROSS AND ANGELA GARRINGTON – Winners Henriette and Sally

Jean has TWO EBOOK copies of this, the first in the Fran Farthing mysteries. Fran left the insurance investigation business behind for western Ireland. And then one of her friends turned up dead…

ISABELLA – Winner Sue H.

Vahalla is for warriors that die in battle. But what about the ones who don’t have a hero’s death? Where do they go? Win Isabella’s first fantasy novel and find out. ONE EBOOK.

AMAZON GIFT CARD – Winner Barbara

Women and Words luvs you. So they want YOU to have a $20 gift card. Because holiday reasons.

RAVEN J. SPENCER – Winner Gaia

Raven has ONE EBOOK of The Gift all fired up and ready to send out. Here, a birthday present turns a little…awkward. Win and find out why.

KRIS BRYANT – Winners Kris Sanchez and Elle

Kris has TWO EBOOKS (or paperback, US only) of Whirlwind Romance. Two storm-chasers find common ground. But secrets might blow them apart.

JEAN COPELAND – Winners Sarah Kerry and Erica L Collins

Jean has TWO EBOOKS for TWO WINNERS of The Revelation of Beatrice Darby. How much courage does it take to be yourself, in a decade of rigid social expectations, especially for women? Win and see.

JOVE BELLE – Winner Stacy

Jove has ONE EBOOK, READER’S CHOICE! Will it be her thriller/suspense? Award-winning Romance Bitterroot Queen? Erotica? You choose.


ย –ย Winner Tamsin Try
BYWATER BOOKS is offering ONE EBOOK, winner’s choice!

ย – Winner Kim R
BLF PRESS has ONE EBOOK copy of Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction ready to go!

ย –ย Winner Andrea joyce
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 DLS
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 – Winner Linda
DESERT PALM PRESS is offering ONE EBOOK, winner’s choice. Go see.

ย –ย Winner Karen

ย ย – Winner Sandy Rice
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)

ย –ย Winner scottiegirl72

ย –ย Winner Kat W



Day 10


  1. My ‘to read’ and ‘to buy’ list keeps getting longer and longer… Wonderful! Mille grazie for this awesome event. Hoothoothoothoothootenanny. Hugs from the lowlands

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  2. Day 10 sounds like a very fun time is being had by all involved… cannot wait to read about Day 11,,,so sorry it’s almost over… having fun reading and hope to win an eBook.


  3. Hootenanny is the best! So many generous authors and publishers providing all these goodies; thank you so much all of you!
    Count me in for today’s draws please and thank you.


  4. I do belive the merry elves get into some interesting mischief. With Tucker being the ring leader. Thank you Jovell and Andi putting together Hootenanny 2017, and to all the talented writers for participating.
    Good luck everyone.


  5. Wow, I made it ’till day 10! And I am still in it.
    Thanks for your daily blogs, they are fun to read.
    Have warm and cosy holidays ๐Ÿ˜˜

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  6. You are all doing such a great job! Hi to Tucker and the reindeer, and the hard-working pizza delivery person๐Ÿ˜‰


  7. I love reading these blogs, this is always the highlight of my day during the festive Christmas season. By the way, Tucker looks so cute in his costume! Happy Hootenanny day 10! Oh and I almost forgot to ask the elves to whip up a cocktail for me as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Another outstanding day. And its funny having to scroll to the bottom. Now you see what your up against. BWHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA


  9. Thanks Andi and Jove for all you do to pull this off and thanks to all the awesome Authors and Publishers that donate to this I have lots of new books on my ever growing list.


  10. This version of Hark the Herald may be my favorite song to date. And TEN days?? Wow does time sure fly. (probably like Tucker in those sweet goggles)

    Hootenanny ode #3

    One drunk reindeer
    two drunk reindeer
    three drunk reindeer, four
    Tucker runs the blender
    til antlers hit the floor

    Tipsy wee elves
    and jingle bells
    scattered on the floor
    On a christmas bender
    Til Andi says “no more!”

    Is uncanny
    Books to give galore
    Jove and Andi, senders
    And all of us book score!

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  11. Ten At – Ats marching ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿค–
    Nine reindeer flashing ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿงกโค๏ธ๐ŸŽถ
    Eight blenders blending ๐Ÿน๐Ÿน๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽบ
    Seven eggs a nogginโ€™๐ŸŽถ ๐Ÿฅš๐ŸŽบ๐Ÿฅ
    Six cinnamon apples. ๐ŸŽถ ๐Ÿ
    Five gold elves,๐Ÿ›Ž
    Four singing authors,๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง
    Three ooh la laโ€™s ๐ŸŽถ
    Two rum pum pumโ€™s ๐Ÿ™ˆ
    And a Jove Belle and Andi Marquette! ๐Ÿ•ด๐Ÿป๐Ÿ•บ


  12. The rescue elves and the hazmat minions are super competitive. Last night our walk around deck became the Indy 500 after they found the kids big wheels. “Rubbin is racin” was the phrase most often uttered as someone was put in the wall. Thank goodness we put that cable railing up or they would have needed parachutes. The eggnog shine mix was flowing and I swear they left more black marks on the deck than a burnout victory doughnut!! Happy Hootenanny!!!


  13. So… Time Machines and traveling back in time… say I’m an entry-level time agent tasked with making very small, absolutely non-detrimental changes to history—we’re talking stuff that wouldn’t send the current world into some massive tailspin ala The Butterfly Effect or The Grandfather Paradox or just, you know, your basic Idiot Sandwich destructive choices—just stuff that makes life a little easier or whatnot… I’d implement some sort of moves in the commercial and social spheres of the past to ensure that the “super-bright neon legwarmers-and-matching thick cloth rope headband” look prevalent in the 1980s (the Olivia Newton-John “Let’s Get Physical” workout look) never went out of vogue. For purely selfish reasons… Because I have a mountain of boxes in my basement full of 80s clothing that consists of nothing but that aforementioned look.

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  14. Day 10 already? I can hardly believe it. Either you guys will sleep for a week after the ending of this years Hootenanny of you won’t be able to stop. Good luck. Add me in for today. Thanks


  15. Ever considered that a blender is like a modern day cauldron?

    It’s in the kitchen, you add ingredients and create magical potions with it.

    Ice cream, chocolate, coffee and boom! Delicious milkshake.

    Yogurt, fresh fruit, honey and voila! Super healthy smoothy.

    Tequila, lime juice, Cointreau and ice and it’s party time!

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  16. Please count me in. Can’t believe I have managed to miss 2 of these. To be fair I owned most of the books from yesterday when I looked back. And I own the books listed today too.
    But it’s still fun to enter and I may win a pen or something…who knows.

    Good Luck to everyone!


  17. Day Ten already? Wow time flies. Thanks to everyone handling this. It’s very fun to see all the authors and presses represented.


  18. I’m so greatful to have met such wonderful and talented Authors. If it wasn’t for everyone here i would never be so read.
    I can’t wait to expand my book shelves.
    Thank you and happy holidays to all.


  19. Ha! (snort) Reindeer walking with gravitas in pizza and eggnog boxes? Thatโ€™s a visual to make you smile, I donโ€™t care who yaโ€™ are! ๐Ÿ˜ Thanks for the laugh.


  20. As always, win something or not, the hootenanny is delightful. Thank you elves, Andi, Jove, authors and publishers for all you do. Count me in again please.

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  21. I’m in for day 10! Thank you ladies and donors!! Yes, I use a lot of exclamation points…they’re all necessary!!!


  22. happy pitchmas, y’all! (just ’cause y’know) and happy hootenanny and what y’all celebrate. i hope you’re having it warm and cozy and fab. i drink to that! thanks for all the magic you’re bringing to this time of year, andi and jove. โค

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  23. Hooray! I won “November’s End”! Thank you so much, Heather McVea! I loved “Fallen Elements” and can’t wait to read this one ๐Ÿ˜€

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  24. I want to read so many of these! Thank you for putting this Hootenanny together and thank you to the authors and publishers for these excellent offerings!

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  25. Day 10 – We are almost done, snif, snif…so many books to be given away.
    Letโ€™s hope to win today! Good luck everyone.


  26. I think the elves (and the Women and Words team) will need a full year to recover after all the excitement and work of this year’s Hootenanny.


  27. Snow today, but we won’t have a white Christmas here, as it should be. Thawing already. So, books and traditional sweets are that.


  28. Well, three (and a half, really) days until Christmas. I might have to try a peppermint snowflake swirl…I really like sugar! And it would be easier than my traditional German sweet dough recipe for my pecan cinnamon rolls. They usually take me a day and a half to prepare, and a half day to consume them. But they are a nice complement to a blanket, good book, and Christmas music, while waiting for someone else to clean up the kitchen. Merry Christmas everyone!

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  29. despite being a lucky lady, having one once already, i am being a (naughty?) greedypants and wanting more… so i am selfishly entering for more hootenanny booty.


  30. *redfacedness!* and by booty, i wasnt intending to be porny, (while i know we are erotica, etc.fans) i was meaning like pirate loot… sincerely sorry if i may perhaps have offended! *scampering away like a kitty who uncharacteristically& most undignifiedly jumped and biffed it on the landing*

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  31. Well, even with a migraine I didn’t miss today! Yay! Love you guys and what you do here! It’s so special! Big thanks again to Jove and Andi and all the authors and publishers for this amazingness!
    Huge hugs and everyone have a very happy holiday season, Kara

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  32. I’m so happy to have found this website! And each day I am learning about new books that I can’t wait to read. So thank you to all who contribute their works and time.

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  33. Wow, typing errors galore! I am AMAZED by the talented authors and publishers we see here this year. Thanks.


  34. Good evening,
    My wife has the flu and I canโ€™t seem to work less than 11 hours a day!
    We are ready for the Christmas break!!!
    Have a fantastic night folks!


  35. Only 2 more days left?! Wow – time sure does fly. I think Iโ€™ve missed a lot. Oh well, at least I can go back and make a list of the books I want!

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