New Year’s Blog Hop!!

Happy 2013!!  Can you believe it’s a new year already?  Neither can I, but I’m going to celebrate it anyway, along with over 200 bloggers and authors.  We’re sharing our favorite holiday memories and stories with you, and hoping you’ll do the same.  On top of that, we’re giving away a spectacular group of prizes, including individual prizes on each of our blogs.

And three grand prizes, too!

You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $300 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

To be eligible to win, just leave a comment, and be sure to include your email address.  The 1st and 2nd grand prizes are open to international readers, but the 3rd grand prize is U.S. based only.

So, let’s get straight to those stories!  When I was a kid, our family often celebrated New Year’s Eve with the people in our neighborhood.  There was a lot of great food and champagne (for the adults, of course) and the kids had fun hanging out.  But the best part was the actual ringing in of the holiday at midnight.  My parents gave us funny hats to wear, and noisemakers and pots and pans to bang as loudly as we wanted.  We’d run outside, shrieking and yelling and banging on the pots as loud as we could.  If anyone on the street was asleep, we surely woke them up!

So tell me all about it:  what are some of your  memories of New Year’s from your younger days.  Did your family celebrate by doing anything special?  One person who comments will win a copy of Fastball, one of my VK Sykes contemporary romances, and a $10 Amazon gift card.  Don’t forget to leave your email address in the comment thread to be eligible for one of the grand prizes!


Baseball reporter Maddie Leclair has spent years chasing her dream job—covering the major league team, the Philadelphia Patriots.  Now that she’s landed the assignment she intends to make it big, with feature articles on the front page of every sports section in the country. But to do that, she needs to score an interview with the most private and elusive athlete in baseball, Patriots’ superstar Jake Miller.

On the rebound from a devastating injury that knocked him out of play for a season, Jake has a lot to prove to the suits in the head office.  He’s sure he still has what it takes to win, and he’ll be damned if he lets anything get in the way of his climb back to the top of the charts.

The last thing Jake needs is a pushy female reporter distracting him.  But one look at Maddie and he knows he’s in trouble.  He finds himself trying for a different kind of play, one that involves bedrooms and not baseball stats.  Sleeping together could damage both their careers, and Maddie is all about saying no.  But when it comes to the game of love, Jake is playing to win.

PS.  Hardball, the sequel to Fastball, is now FREE on Amazon, B & N, Kobo, and most other retailers.  So jump on over and download the book – what have you got to lose?!  After you’ve done that, just click on this Blog Hop link and start hopping away!