Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanks and More

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. and there is so very much to be thankful for even though at times it may seem hard to remember that.

Everyday I’m more and more surprised and touched by the friendship and support shown among bloggers throughout blogdom. We rally together when something is wrong and celebrate together when things finally go right for someone. I can’t begin to express how honored I am to consider each and every one of you friends. I want to wish everyone is who celebrating today a HAPPY THANKSGIVING and for those who don’t celebrate, I’m wishing you a HAPPY DAY just because.

My thanks portion of this blog may seem short, but I haven’t the words to express how truly thankful I am so I’ll just say THANKS everyone and share a few more things with you.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed the new little banner under the play list on the right sidebar yet are not. I don’t know the full details of this event, but it’s one I think is a wonderful idea. I got this banner and information from Kaye @ Meanderings and Muses. Drop by and find out more about this great event.

With Christmas only a month away now, I’ll be changing the play list music this week. I’ll put the Christmas music I had last year back on as a number of you seemed to enjoy it very much. Maybe it will help us get into the Christmas spirit, if you’re not already (I know I’m not).

With talk of Christmas and the holidays, I have a wonderful giveaway to share with you. Thanks to Anna and the great folks at Hachette Book Group, I have 3 sets of a Romantic Holiday Giveaway package up for grabs. See the giveaway guidelines at the end of the post for more information.

So before the year ends it’s time to celebrate and be jolly this holiday season with these four great romance books.

TO SIN WITH A SCOUNDREL (ISBN: 9780446541299) by Cara Elliott.

A reclusive widow known for her scientific scholarship, Lady Ciara
Sheffield is shadowed by rumors that she poisoned her husband . . . A rakehell rogue notorious for his devil-may-care antics, Lucas Bingham--the Earl of Hadley--is not accused of murdering anything--save for the rules of Polite Society. The only thing they have in common is seeing their names featured in the lurid gossip columns of London's newspapers. Until an ancient manuscript draws them together.

Ciara needs a titled fiancé to quell the slanderous speculations which may send her to the gallows. Lucas needs brilliant scholar to help his elderly uncle decipher the secrets of the mysterious manuscript. So when her friends urge her to accept the earl's proposal of a temporary alliance, Ciara decides that she has no choice but to make a deal with the Devil. And so begins a seductive dance of sinful pleasures and hidden desires as the two of them waltz through the mansions of Mayfair. Lies, intrigue, treachery, sex. They find themselves facing slanderous whispers, unscrupulous relatives-not to speak of their own simmering passions, which quickly ignite into dangerous flames. It's a potent mix and the result may be explosive-and perhaps deadly-if they don't watch their step.

A TOUCH OF SCANDAL (ISBN: 9780446540278) by Jennifer Haymore.

The last thing Garrett, Duke of Calton, expects to find while tracking his sworn enemy is the delectable, mysterious Kate. This beautiful servant girl rouses a longing the battle-scarred ex-soldier had never hoped to feel again. But when she turns out to be the sister of the man he seeks, he's convinced he's been betrayed.

Kate knows her duty to her family, yet how can she ignore Garrett's powerful pull on her heart? Or the heady temptation of his stolen-and sizzling-kisses? Scandal has followed the duke since the war. Now the greatest shock of all is on its way-the one that can separate Garrett and Kate forever.

BOUND TO PLEASE (ISBN: 9780446541923) by Lilli Feisty.

From fantasy to ecstasy Ruby Scott is a beautiful, quiet event
planner who leads an oh-so-respectable life. Yet the things that go on in her secret fantasies are anything but. She has every intention of keeping her hidden desires under wraps-until she meets a gorgeous, hard-muscled man ten years her junior. Mark St. Crow is a gifted, up-and-coming musician who collects erotic art and loves to "play" women as much as his piano. After one night of uninhibited passion, Ruby realizes there's no turning back.

A HIGHLANDER NEVER SURRENDERS (ISBN: 9780446619134) by Paula Quinn.

Defending Her Was His Duty

Skilled with a sword and quick with her wit, Scottish rebel Claire Stuart cannot be tamed. And nothing can deter her from rescuing her beloved sister and saving them both from arranged marriages--not even the handsome Highlander who vows to protect Claire. His scorching gaze and fiery kiss bring her to the brink of surrender, but she belongs to no man...

Seducing Her Would Be His Reward

Graham Grant has had his share of lasses. But he has never met one as headstrong or as bonnie as Claire--or one with such desperate, dnagerous plans. Helping her could betray his honor, his country, and more. Graham can't claim her. Yet everything in him says: Take her, make her yours, teach her pleasure, and never let her go.

Now for the package giveaway guidelines. To enter the giveaway, send me an e-mail ( Your subject line should read, “Win Holiday Giveaway.” Your message should include your name and mailing address. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only and no post office box addresses can be accepted. In addition, Hachette is advising winners that they will be subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if they win the same title in two or more contests, they will receive only one copy of the title (or one set in the case of grouped giveaways) in the mail. (Winners here have always be great about letting me know if they have already won the book somewhere else so another winner can be selected. However, this announcement is something that has to be passed along from Hachette). And, just so you know, I don’t share the mailing information or use it for any other purpose. The deadline to enter this giveaway will be 8 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, Dec. 16. Remember you have a chance to win a package of all 4 books for the holidays.

Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING or just a wonderful day. 


  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Mason.

    We don't celebrate the festival in India, but that doesn't mean this is not a time to count your blessings and express your thanks.

    Thank you, for being such a wonderful friend.

  2. What lovely post. I feel so fortunate to have "met" you, Mason. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Oh, and hugs to Brisco. :)

  3. Hope you have a wonderful day today!

  4. Hi Mason .. thank you - you too have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with the family and friends ..

    I love the sound of "To Sin with a Scoundrel" .. the thought of a mysterious manuscript being decoded and the ensuing chase/hunt ..

    Thanks for the recommendations - Hilary

  5. Wow - nice and gracious giveaway! Great T-Day post, Mason ... Bloggydom IS full of wonderful peeps, you among them, and yes, I am thankful for you and all my bloggy buddies, too!

  6. Mason - Thanks for such a wonderful post! I'm very thankful, too, for the wonderful online community we have and very honoured to be your friend. I wish you and those you love a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  7. I, too, am thankful for the many friends I've made in this wonderful blogging community, and I'm especially glad that I "met" you. Happy Thanksgiving, Mason!

  8. Happy Thanksgiving, Masy dearest!

  9. Thanks for this post - I don't comment all that often, but I do stop by regularly. We should be thankful for every day we're given.

    Terry's Place
    Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

  10. Love the graphics. I'll put your giveaway on my side bar. Thanks for dropping by my blog today and have a great Turkey Day.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to you too. Have a great day. And thanks for all the work you do on your blog.


  12. Happy Thanksgiving, Mason! I'm happy to have met you! :)

  13. Happy Thanksgiving! I can't believe Christmas is only a month away.

  14. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

  15. So many books! Yay. And I've never heard the word "rakehell".

    Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

  16. Happy Thanksgiving! And yes the blogdom is a great place to be :)

  17. Hi everyone, thanks so much for stopping by today and sharing Thanksgiving wishes with me. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving (for those celebrating) and a great Thursday (for those not celebrating). I am thankful for each and everyone of you.

  18. Happy Thanksgiving, Mason. I love your teddy bear greeting.

  19. Mason - Your blog post is so heartfelt and beautiful! I couldn't let this day end without stopping by to express my sincere gratitude for your very kind support of my Coffeehouse Mystery books over the past few years AND your wonderful encouragement to all of us crime-writing cooks at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen! THANK YOU, MASON! Happy Thanksgiving!


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