Hootenanny 2017 – Day 11

Hello, my little candy canes of joy! Welcome to Day 11! Don’t worry. There’s plenty today for happy fun times and have we not had an absolute blast throughout? So let’s pick up the party!

Tucker agreed to take his Super Tucker suit off (if only because we needed to wash it) for another shopping expedition with the reindeer. There’s a dance party on the roof right now, and you haven’t lived until you’ve heard dance music versions of Christmas songs (now you, too, can join in…bless all our hearts).

The neighbor kids are making snowpeople, several of which have some cool rainbow scarves decorating them and the elves have set up a sno-cone stand so now they’re using the blenders for that. The most popular flavors appear to be peppermint, butterscotch, and cinnamon, which is turning everybody’s tongues bright red and the elves are loving that. Because of course they are.

Tucker and the reindeer are trying to class this joint up. LOL

There’s also another baking contest going on in the kitchen (I’m surprised they found the stove under all those pizza boxes) and apparently whoever bakes the best cookies wins. I have no idea what they win, but it seems it’s all in good fun and the neighbors are going to serve as judges.

omg hold on —

GUYS! HEY! NO, YOU CANNOT PLAY TWISTER ON THE ROOF. Play it on the ice rink. That’ll be a new challenge…TAKE YOUR SKATES OFF BEFORE YOU DO.

I can’t even…

The reindeer left the peppermint vault open for a few minutes and now the whole house smells like the back room of an elf hookah bar (not that I would know about that…).

Better than the burned pizza, though. Thanks for that and…

THANK YOU to all the authors and publishers who make this possible, who donated so many books so that we could throw this big-ass party again. You are all amazing! And thank you SO MUCH, readers, for supporting this community and engaging with it. We couldn’t do this without you, and we hope you continue to keep on sharin’ the luv.

OKAY! If you JUST found us (YAY!), here’s how this works. If you’d like in on today’s goodies, leave a comment below. That’s all you have to do. Make sure you include your email address in the comment fill-out form, but DO NOT put it in the comment body because the Ice Syndicate is intent on sucking everybody’s email addresses out of the interwebz to make it easier to spam us and do other not-so-nice things. We keep your email locked up tight in the back, so you’re good.

Please, one entry per person per day. Let’s share the luv. Feel free to engage with others in the comments; it’s okay. We’ll only count one of yours as your entry.

We close the drawing every night at 10 PM EST US time (here’s your world clock to figure out when you are) after which we do the drawing and notify the winners right after. THEN we post the names of the winners on the blog, so if you see your name posted but you haven’t gotten an email from us, check your spam filter. If you still don’t see one, drop us a line at the Contact page above and we’ll figure it out.

Prizes are awarded in the order they appear in the list. So the first person drawn gets the first prize, the second the second, and so on. This helps keep us from running screaming out of the house to throw ourselves in disorganizational despair into the nearest snowbank.

And authors, if you have a book in today’s drawing, please don’t enter. For obvious reasons. You already have copies of your own book, we hope. πŸ™‚

(Hint: “O Come All Ye Faithful” <–beautiful flash mob version, but also see one of my faves, by Pentatonix)

O come all ye readers
Bring your glass of eggnog
O come ye o come ye to Women and Words
Come and behold this
All the books on tables
O come and see the good-ies
O come and see the good-ies
O come and see the good-eeeeeeez!
Books are the best

Sing with merry elves
Sing with exclamations
Sing all ye readers here from ev-er-ee-where
See all the books
See them stacked on the floors
O come and see the good-ies
O come and see the good-ies
O come and see the good-eeeeeeeez!
Books are the best

Hootenanny Hootenanny
Twelve days of fun

Yes, Jove, get more coffee
For this crazy morning
O come ye o come ye to Women and Words
Come and sign up now
For the happy fun times
O come and see the good-ies
O come and see the good-ies
O come and see the good-EEEEEEZ!
Books are the best!

And now go forth and see! Have fun and good luck!

YVONNE HEIDT – Winner TerryLynn

Yvonne has ONE EBOOK of her latest, a romance, ready to go! A veterinarian and a socialite. Nothing in common. But maybe a little help from the Other Side can help.


Jeanine has ONE EBOOK, WINNER’S CHOICE, all wrapped up for you! Pick one.

R.G. EMANUELLE – Winner Tina Joy

R.G. has ONE EBOOK (or paperback, US only) of this tasty anthology themed around food, romance, and sexy-times. Includes recipes (of all kinds…).


Ashley has an EBOOK TWO-PACK for ONE WINNER. That is, a winner gets Cash Braddock, and the follow-up, The Price of Cash. Cash Braddock just wants to hang out with her cat, fall in love, and deal pills. But all of that could get complicated.

MERCEDES LEWIS – Winner kajaeck

Mercedes brings us a collection of her lush, evocative poetry. ONE EBOOK. Win and join her on a journey of the soul.

ROBYN NYX – Winner AJ Adaire

Robyn has ONE PAPERBACK (she’ll ship anywhere) of Change in Time, part of her Extractor series, in which an organization sends Extractors back in time to bring people forward to create a better future.

SANDRA de HELEN – Winners kmccowan57 and EJ

Sandra has TWO EBOOKS for TWO WINNERS of Till Darkness Comes. There’s a serial killer on the loose who has killed Beth’s uncle. The first cop there is an estranged friend of Beth’s who would like to patch things up. But Beth’s past is difficult and she’s fallen in love with her therapist…

EMMA STERNER-RADLEY – Winner Katherine Jenson

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

RHAVENSFYRE – Winner bev

Rhavensfyre are offering ONE EBOOK copy, READER’S CHOICE of any of their books. Have a look.


WIN ONE Women and Words T-shirt! So fly!

JEANNIE LEVIG – Winner Norma

Jeannie has ONE EBOOK copy of Into Thin Air to give away. Hannah’s girlfriend Jordan disappears so she and Jordan’s best friend draw closer in the search. Meanwhile, Jordan is fighting her own battles.

CHEYENNE BLUE – Winner Laura Georgia

Cheyenne has ONE EBOOK copy of this anthology about unwise lesbian desire. Steam up your holidays, y’all.

SARAH ETTRITCH – Winners Fleppy and Jenn

Sarah has TWO EBOOKS for TWO WINNERS of The Salbine Sisters and follow Maddy on her journey into the powerful sisterhood of mages.

M. ULLRICH – Winner Alberta Mobley

M. Ullrich has ONE EBOOK copy of Time Will Tell, in which a woman has a chance go go back in time. Will she do it to save her parents’ lives, and risk losing the woman she gave her heart to years ago?

CARI HUNTER – Winner Val Williams

Cari has ONE EBOOK of Cold to the Touch, part of the Dark Peak series. Follow Detective Sanne Jensen and her friend/sometime lover Dr. Meg Fielding. Overwhelmed with cases, dealing with her violent brother, she then has to take on another murder — that of a drug addict.


Β – Winner Ally Sauntson

Β –Β Winner caritocc

Β –Β Winner Debbie Grist
BYWATER BOOKS is offering ONE EBOOK, winner’s choice!

Β – Winner Melanie
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.

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

Β –Β Winner Wendy
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.

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

Β –Β Winner Teresa G

Β – Winner konyvalvoso
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 11


  1. Thanks to everyone involved in this years Hootenanny. It’s a HUGE thing to do every year. Thanks Andi, Jove and all the W&W crew. And of course all the authors and publishing houses involved.

    Thanks! πŸ™‚

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  2. So many awesomeness books!!! Thanks so much to the authors and publishers who are participating in the Hootenanny!!! Thanks so much Tucker for the adventures and endless laughs. Last but not least thank you to the awesome women who write these hilarious Hootenanny blogs!

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  3. Never ever again will I go near a mall this close to Christmas! It’s a special type of torture that hell on the nerves and your feet.

    But my phone tells me I’ve achieved my steps target for the day, so obviously I’ve rewarded myself with sticky chicken wings and a freshly baked cheese roll. Hmmmm. Lunch and watching Logan Lucky πŸ‘πŸ‘


  4. More exciting prizes again today! This has been absolutely fab πŸ™‚ sharing good wishes with all for the holiday season and good luck to everyone entered! X


  5. Think I’ll take January off to check out all the new books, authors and publishing houses that are mentioned in the last 11 days…. Thank you all for sharing the luv and spreading the words!

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  6. I read many books by many authors…yet it still amazes me how many additional authors our out there that I’ve yet to read. I can see by the daily lists of giveaway just how many more books I will enjoy reading in 2018!


  7. The gingerbread men in the banner are fab and so much easier on my teeth. πŸ™‚
    Playing Twister on ice sounds like a potential trip to the ER may be in the cards unless they’re all padded up in snowsuits and winter gear.
    Thanks again for all the goodies today and every day of Hootenanny.
    Toss my name in the hat for the draw please and thanks.


  8. Almost over for another year…boohoo!….until let the fun times roll on, eggnog flow, and the eBooks be won…. thanks to all the organizers, authors, and publishers.


  9. Mercedes Lewis on the list today!! Huzzah! Don’t even need to add my name because I got lucky πŸ˜‰ already. I am certainly making a list of titles for the coming year. Merry Happy Boxing New 12th Night Epiphany Holidays to one all! OPA!!!


  10. Eleven DECOYS ducking πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸŽΆπŸŽΊπŸ·πŸ·
    Ten At – Ats marching πŸ˜²πŸ˜²πŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ€–
    Nine reindeer flashing πŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ§‘β€οΈπŸŽΆ
    Eight blenders blending 🍹🍹🎢🎺
    Seven eggs a nogginβ€™πŸŽΆ πŸ₯šπŸŽΊπŸ₯
    Six cinnamon apples. 🎢 🍏
    Five gold elves,πŸ›Ž
    Four singing authors,πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§
    Three ooh la la’s 🎢
    Two rum pum pum’s πŸ™ˆ
    And a Jove Belle and Andi Marquette! πŸ•΄πŸ»πŸ•Ί


  11. Hi there! Signing up for Day 11. Let’s see what Lady Luck brings.
    Just one more day after this; hang in there, and maybe hire a cleaner after all that partying by the elves!πŸ˜„


  12. Lots of scurrying about here at the Cheat Retreat. The rescue elves decided that they needed to devise a sliding board off the front deck allowing for something that resembles a large hot wheel track leading down into the field. We’re hoping for a bit of snow in the next several days to allow for an awesome sleigh riding experience. If not, they are threatening to spray water on it to let it freeze. Good thing they all have medical training because I’m not expecting either of these ideas to be bloodshed free. The bottom of the tree is starting to look like a package explosion. We’ve had to resort to some creative methods for hanging stockings in the house since there are way to many after adding the hazmat minions group. Santa has his work cut out for him here in a few days. Happy Hootenanny!!!

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  13. happy 11th day of hoot-hoot-hootenanny! almost xmas, almost end of 2017. maybe just enjoy those last days of the year and hope for a better new one? that’s what i’m doing. maybe with a good book? *waving*

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  14. Hootenanny Hijinks – 2017

    The christmas tree is lit
    and so are all the elves
    everyone is invested
    in being the merriest of themselves

    Jove has finally settled in
    with a book and some eggnog
    While Andi cleans the kitchen
    Surrounded by a burnt pizza fog

    Tucker stole the sleigh
    Just a few hours before
    he said they were out of Bailey’s
    And that the crowd needed more

    When the blenders finally stopped
    the house got strangely quiet
    But the sound of sleigh bells outside
    nearly caused a riot

    Was it Tucker returning with booze?
    (with the sleigh safely on autopilot)
    Could they now commence the party
    with a game they made up called ‘try it’?

    No, it was merely Santa Claus
    taking his own sleigh on a test run
    He decided to stop at women & words
    to partake in a little of the fun…

    To be continued on Day 12!

    Stay tuned!
    Will Santa be too sauced to deliver toys?
    Will Tucker ever return with alcohol?
    And when will poor Andi catch some downtime?
    Find out the answers to all those questions and more in the epic conclusion of Hootennany Hijinks!

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  15. Day 11 already, time truly flies when you’re having fun. Thank you for putting this on every year, it truly is the highlight of the season! πŸ˜€


  16. Just found out about this, hope I’m not too late. This looks like an awesome party! Happy holiday weekend, hope everyone enjoys some libations this weekend.

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    • WELCOME! We close at 10 PM EST US, so you’re good. See above for the world clock link in case you’re not in the US to determine what time zone/region you’re in. There’s still another day tomorrow, too! πŸ˜€


  17. Can’t believe we are at day 11! Fantastic Hootenanny so far. Thank you to Women and Words, the Authors, and Publishers!! Good luck everyone!!!

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  18. Already day 11, but I am still with you all.
    Hopefully you have some energy left for Christmas, Andi and Jove.
    Thanks a lot for all the great books and contributions to the Hootenanny!

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  19. Last years Hootenanny introduced me to M. Ullrich and I am truly grateful. Love that she has another novel included in this years event. Cheers!

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  20. Could you maybe do another one of these in the middle of the year, like a Christmas in July thing, so I can see daily K.Aten songs? Thanks!

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    • We actually tried that, and it was just way too hard and didn’t garner as much interest. So instead we just offer small giveaways throughout the year from authors who blog with us and then have the blowout at the end of the year, which makes it that much more special. πŸ™‚ As for K. Aten, I’m sure she’d be glad to hook you up with a song a day if you ask her… πŸ˜€


  21. Wow, Day 11. As a Hootenanny first timer, I’m so impressed that the hits just keep on coming. Andi, Jove, Tucker…. you’re all amazing.

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    • WELCOME! We generally get 80-100 authors (sometimes more) participating and they’re always SO GENEROUS. Same with the publishers. And we hope this event helps people see how alive and vibrant lesfic is, that there are hundreds of authors at work, and many, many books available. πŸ˜€


  22. I don’t think I’m going to be lucky this year. The Hootenanny’s grown a lot, that’s part of it, at least.


  23. This has been so much fun. Have to admit that I’m going to miss Tucker! I was able to add to my very long already “to read” list. Thank you to everyone who has made this whole thing possible. Only 1 more day? NOOOOOOO!

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  24. I enjoy the hootenanny every year. Not just for the chance to win books. But also to read about Tucker and the Reindeer exploits, they have so much fun. Hats off to you all for such a fun giveaway

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  25. Thank you, how do you do it all?! Twister on the roof? Blenders whirring at light speed? You have the best holidays πŸ˜†
    Thanks for sharing and count me still here


  26. As I get older and the world gets busier (and somewhat crappier) it gets harder and harder to realize I’m right in the middle of the Holidays (or that Christmas is, like, HERE). The Hootenanny has been the one daily thing that’s caused me to slow down a minute, read about Tucker’s escapades, and remember what this time *should* be. So thank you again to Andi and Jove, and Tucker, and every single one of the authors and publishers who helped with this. The Hootenanny is what Christmas (and the holiday season in total) is about.

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  27. And now it’s time for a teeny-tiny x-mas love/horror story…

    Standing in front of her beloved’s bathroom mirror, clad only in a Grinch t-shirt that bumped her slender thighs, Mimi whisked the wand of her favorite black Maybelline mascara through the naturally thin top lashes of her left eye. One final pass. “Perfect volume achievement unlocked,” she mused. “She’ll love it.” The idea of her beloved’s soft fingers ghosting over her eyelids sent pinpricks of warmth skittering down Mimi’s spine.

    Flushed, Mimi smiled at her reflection.

    Her reflection winked back at her.

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  28. You know, “my little candy canes of joy” sounds remarkably like something that Lord Akeldama in Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series would say. Has that dapper vampire been hanging out with your elves?

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  29. This has been a very fun time. Tucker the elf is very funny. I enjoy hijinks a lot. Hoping the clean up from his and his buddies is not too horrible.


  30. I woke up this morning and the first thing I thought about was reading Day 11 blog to lift my spirits…and that is just what happened. I smiled as I gazed upon the gingerbread men cookie and candy cane banner. It even made me want to say ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ to my constant shadow…that would be Jacoba, an 8 year old, German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix. Oh, she sometimes gets confused about her duties, but she knows she is of German heritage. As I perused the goodies in today’s Hootenanny blog, I came to the conclusion that I have already won. Why, you may ask? Well, because I have (so far) 11 days of books to add to my ‘To Read’ list, that is, except those that I have already read. So, Merry Christmas to me and everyone else who has found joy within this awesome site that Jove and Andi have created. Thank you, everyone!

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  31. Everyone involved in putting this together is so amazing. Thank you guys so much for doing this. So many great books.


  32. Andi and Jove have been gathering gifts.

    tucker & the gang are drinking every shift.

    And the selection available today is rocking
    With so many books to fill our stockings.

    And since we’ve no place to go
    Leave a comet, er comment
    Cuz you never know you never know you never know.

    Ok that was horrible. I must have gotten a hold Tucker’s hooch. Please don’t tell him πŸ™‚

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  33. Hayde, I agree so many books. I sometimes think I have a huge collection but am thankful for the number of new offerings. I am making a listing of the one I don’t win.


  34. Day 11 already, oh how time flies when we’re all having fun, thanks for making my mornings brighter this holiday season.


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