Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Black Friday Blog Hop. I am not a Black Friday Shopper.  You ask why?  Because I was on the other side of the door.

I worked at Toys R Us for five years.  And I worked every Black Friday.  I would spend Thanksgiving with my family, and then rush home to try to get a few hours sleep before going to work at 3:30 AM in the morning.

I'd get to work and fight with the crowds to get through the exit door into the store.  By 4:00 AM the customers are crushed against the front door, some their noses against the glass.  Electronics and the hottest dolls are on the top of everyone's list.  Despite the complete mayhem, I must admit it was one of favorite days of the year to work, along with Christmas Eve.

In my eyes, the main theme of all the Black Friday mayhem is love, getting the best deals to make our family, friends and love ones happy.

Now you want to talk about love, I am giving away a copy your choice Roses or The Boardwalk.


 The sudden death of her husband sends Nikki Petrino into a tailspin. Three years later, she's still grieving. Mexico seems the perfect retreat to finish her novel.   Musician Drake Dente needs to get back on track and an excursion to Mexico to work on lyrics for his comeback CD is just what he needs.   Can two ships passing in the night bound for Mexico become the love they both need and want? Attraction sizzles and misunderstandings threaten. When Nikki goes missing can Drake find her before it's too late? 

The Boardwalk

After an accident at work, Brooklyn DeMelli walks every day down at the boardwalk as a way to keep active and have a semi normal social life. She meets up with the regular morning walkers, while enjoying the beauty of the beach and the scent of the ocean. To keep busy she started her own company, making beaded jewelry for parties and flea markets.
Mario Morales is the hippy that plays acoustic guitar every morning at different ends of the boardwalk. The music captivates Brooklyn. Following the muse, she meets Mario who turns out to be a narcotics detective working undercover on a huge investigation. When Mario finds out Brooklyn is inadvertently involved in a drug trafficking ring, it leads to a series of events, which puts Brooklyn’s life in jeopardy, while forming a romantic bond between them.

To be entered into the grand prize and be eligible to win a copy of my book, you must leave a comment along with your email address so you can be contacted.

Thank you for stopping by.  Happy Black Friday Blog Hopping!




  1. I haven't waited for a store to open on Black Friday.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  2. We don’t have a black friday over here, we do have our own version that lasts three days. I’ve been shopping on of those days……I was planning to buy a jacket but with all the pushing and being squeesed I gave up and went home. And purchased the jacker online.

  3. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here I live, so no Black Friday for me either. But it must be fun to go shopping :)

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. I'm not a black Friday shopper. lisarayns at gmail dot com

  5. We don`t have Black Friday deals/sales here (northern Europe), so I`m just attending giveaways like this one,lol.
    Thanks! :)


  6. Hi, Thanks for the awesome giveaway! This is great

  7. Oh i'm staying home this black friday!!! Nothing in the sale ads could make me go today. i do like to look them over and usually can find a better deal online.thanks you for joining the hop!

  8. I'm not a Black Friday shopper. I don't believe that shopping should ever be a full contact sport. I spend the day baking cookies with my kiddos instead.

  9. I do not like crowds so BF shopping is not for me! I will be spending my day hopping and then snuggled up reading! Well that is after I decide on what new book I have just added to my to be read list! It gets longer every hop! Thanks!

    I am thankful for all the wonderful books I am finding on the hop!


  10. Happy Black Friday! Thanks for the chance to win some great prizes!
    I'm an online shopper and perfer not to deal with the crowds!
    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

  11. Just entering for the grand prizes! happy holidays

    beccaboo97200 (at) att (dot) net

  12. I didn't go out this year. I'm waiting for cyber Monday. But DH had to go in at 8pm last night. :) But I've started shopping.
    joyskidsdidit at

  13. Happy Black Friday to you too!
    tessa dot bamberg at kolumbus dot fi

  14. I skipped Black Friday shopping this year. Hopping by.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  15. I don't shop on Black Friday I stay home and enjoy the quiet and the leftovers.
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  16. I have friends who go Black Friday shopping but it's not for me. Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. I'm staying home to read & discover some more authors thru the blog hop...
    No BF shopping for

  18. I used to do Black Friday shopping but now I like to chill at home and forget about the hustle and bustle of shopping with large crowds.

  19. What a cool thing to do, Karen!! Please don't enter me, I bought both your books. But I loved reading what Black Friday meant to you. Sending hugs.

  20. I don't do Black Friday, other than this hop :)


  21. Hi! Happy Holidays to you! No, im not a shopper on black friday. I hate crowds. I like to stay home, spend time with my family and eat leftovers. :) Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

  22. Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  23. Don't do shopping generally, but bought some pottery items today for my Christmas tree, but not in the sales!

  24. no BF shopping

    Thanks for participating.


  25. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays! I don't do Black Friday shopping. I love to shop but not on this day. lol.

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

  26. I sent the hubby..I am glad to have found you on this blog hop and look forward to reading your works. Kim86004(at)gmail(dot)com

  27. I do some Black Friday shopping, but I'm more addicted to Cyber Monday. No lines, No rude people, free shipping.... how can you go wrong!

  28. I worked at Toys R Us for Black Friday one year. Completely crazy! I did enjoy it, but there were some scary moments as well. People fighting and a woman that collapsed, but overall I enjoyed the hustle and bustle.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  29. This is the BEST way to spend Black Friday. Sitting at home, hopping with old friends and making new ones. I can't handle the crowds anymore so I only do Black Friday shopping online if I do any. I tend to pick up gifts throughout the year so come November I'm finished. That way I can spread out the purchasing and not spend a fortune at the time of the year when my job is at its slowest and my paycheck is at its lowest. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  30. not hitting any stores, too many crowds, thanks for hopping! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  31. Thank you!

  32. Staying at home and shopping online if I need anything.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  33. I no longer go Black Friday shopping. Too many crazy people out there. I don't have the patience I had when I was younger, LOL. So today I am staying in and blog hopping, instead of shopping! Thanks for the hop!

  34. My sympathies that you worked at ToysRUs!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  35. I love shopping on Black Friday, I live in a small town so people are usually pretty friendly. We occasionally get the bad egg who wants to push and be rude but they don't get away with it for very long.


  36. I do my shopping online to avoid the crowds.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Thanks for the hop stop!

    melhalp at

  38. Thank you for the lovely giveaway~ I love BF shopping! I got all my big ticket BF shopping out of the way today and last night so it's nice to relax and hop tonight!

    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

  39. Thanks for the chance to win.


  40. I don't do Black Friday...too stressful. Thank you for being a part of the hop.

  41. I avoided the crowds at the mall today and went to the movies instead. Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  42. Instead of shopping, I'm hopping! I prefer to do my shopping online.
    Happy Black Friday.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  43. I only shop on Black Friday if it's online lol
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  44. I only shop online.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  45. I don't do Black Friday -- the week before Thanksgiving usually marks the LAST time I deal with retail until after the New Year! I'll be at home, curled up with a good book!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  46. Thanks for doing the hop!


  47. It is so refreshing to hear somebody who worked in retail say they actually enjoyed working on Black Friday. I didn't work in retail but used to work every holiday. I never complained about it. I liked my job and that was the way it was. Nothing you can do but make the best of it!

    Thanks so much for being a part of the hop and for the giveaway.

    Happy Holidays,

  48. Thanks for the hop!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  49. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  50. I stuck to the web today instead of braving the crowds. ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

    fancie @ live. com

  51. I'd like to thank everyone for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I am truly grateful. I never expected the response I received. Keeping that in mind, I have selected three winners. The winners are:

    Marlena :
    Kimberly Brooks: