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Friday, March 16, 2012

Saint Patrick's Day Blog Hop!!


Hello and welcome to this spot on the Hop!!  I sit at number 75 right now!  I have a special treat for you!!  Today I have Xavier Axelson as a guest and he is offering up three of his recent releases.  I have read 2 of them and let me tell you, you are in for a real treat!!  Don't forget to comment for your chance on winning the grand prize.  Our question to answer is this: If you caught a leprechaun what would you wish for?  Now take it away Xavier!!

I’ve wanted to write to this blog for awhile but something kept getting in the way, oh yeah EVERYTHING kept getting in the way.  Two new releases, my Examiner.com columns are like spoiled twins who need constant attention and what has taken a back seat?  Oh yeah, my writing!  The most important thing in my life, isn’t that always the way? 

But that’s not what this post is about, hell no!  This post is about St. Patty’s Day!  I love St. Patrick’s Day!  I’m a wee bit Irish, my grandmother was all Irish and I grew up eating boiled dinners on St. Patrick’s day and many other times during the year.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about I’ll tell you.  A boiled dinner is a pot full of boiled potatoes, cabbage, corned beef, and carrots.  In my family, this was usually eaten with red wine vinegar splashed on the cabbage, butter on the tates and mustard for the beef.  I’m a vinegar nut so I tended to end up with a bit of it on everything. 

After I left home my tradition of celebrating St. Pats Day evolved to include drunken parades that raged the day away in a blur of jell-o shots (often green) and rowdy street fights, bar fights and tons of Guinness, always Guinness.  In Boston I used to indulge in Guinness Floats which is a pint with vanilla ice cream on top.  DYNAMITE!  Well it was when I was…younger…Now I don’t know, but I remain a stout (no pun intended) lover of Guinness.  In fact, I remain a stout lover of anything Irish.  St Patty’s is really the one day I feature my Irishness, I eat corned beef and cabbage no matter what.  I’ve been known to drive all over looking for my blessed plate of the stuff. 

When I was a waiter at a restaurant that served it, I would go into work and stake my claim on a plate before the night even got started.  I have fond memories sitting at that restaurant counter well after closing and close to midnight eating my plate of Irish goodness.  Last year I found a great place close to my home that was THE place to be for corned beef.  There was an hour wait and wait I did!  OMG and then there’s the shamrock shake.  Ok maybe not SO Irish but I must have at least one to feel the season.  Oh and I discovered the amazing bread place by my house has homemade Irish Soda Bread, so you know I bought a loaf and could have cried it was so good.

So what is this blog about?  It’s about getting your grub on and using St Patrick’s Day as an excuse.  I love to drink, eat and be Merry all the time, and so should YOU!  Oh yeah and if you haven’t picked up copies of my two latest sexy, scary, yummy books, Earthly Concerns and Menage…HURRY up!  I’m waiting for you.  I’ll be at the bar with my corned beef and pint.

www.xavieraxelson.com

Not only is Xavier a great author but he is tons of fun and super busy. So what can you win here?  I don't know about you but that guest post made me hungry...so did this book which one lucky winner will walk away with:
Perfection isn’t everything, although it’s everything Leo wants. His desire to become the perfect chef may keep him at the top of his class, but it drives his friends and family crazy while keeping love and passion on the back burner.That is until he meets Dock, owner and chef of the new and popular restaurant, The Birches. Although Dock isn’t a trained chef, Leo finds the food he cooks delectable and the man behind the food irresistible. The lessons taught at the hands of an untrained cook may be just what this uptight chef needs to let go.

In the line of duty, decisions that will change your life forever are made in a split-second. Nobody knows that better than Officer Michael Carmac, whose fatal split-second decision haunts his days. Tormented by guilt, Michael seeks solace in a bottle and the friendship he has with his partner, Officer Bertram Angel. But the more he leans on Angel for support, the more Michael discovers a longing that he’s kept hidden for too long. Can Angel help ease the pain of guilt or will Michael’s hidden desires be the end of their friendship?
When Pryor's daughter Lily is taken by a wolf, Pryor is convinced she has turned into the creature he sees lurking in his woods. He swears she promises to return to him. But is it his despair and desperation making him see things or is there something more lurking in the shadows of the forest? When he meets Ned, a silversmith who helps him with a plan to bring his daughter back into his life, he begins to live again. But can his newfound love help ease the horror that may be waiting? What if the ultimate horror isn’t when Lily was taken but it’s when Lily returns and he realizes his nightmare has only just begun...

So what do you need to do to win?  Just fill out the rafflecopter!!  And remember to hop on over and check out these great blogs!! http://carrieannryan.blogspot.com/


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53 comments:

VanillaOrchids said...

As pathetic as it might sounds, I'd wish for money. I could really use it. :)
Thanks for the giveaway!

Pam

MaDonna Lemmen said...

That's a lot of hops huh lol better get started. Thanks for doing this :)
MaDonna
derna4u@yahoo.com

MaDonna Lemmen said...

Well if I caught one right now, I would wish for my toe to be better :) I broke my little toe chasing my grandson lol

Eva's Flowers said...

I'd wish for more time so I can read all the yummy books I have on my Kindle!!! Thanks for the great giveaways :)

Eva
evitap67(at)gmail(dot)com

miki said...

i would wish for my soulmate, it's my birthday today and i'm feeling depressed so yes i guess i would like the just for me ( loyal, protective, patient etc)

isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

Pippa Jay said...

If I could make a wish, it would be for more wishes! :D

maly said...

If I´ll be able to cheat, I will wish to have UNLIMITED number of wishes! haha

If not, I wish for money so that I can buy more books and ebook readers!

msbookworm22 (at)yahoo (dot)com

Mel B said...

Happy St. Paddy's Day! If I caught a Leprachaun...I would wish for a hunky Irish man. Because as I read these awesome books, I will need a little taken care of!!
Mel
bournmelissa@hotmail.com

latanya said...

Money

sienny said...

money, i guess, so i can buy plenty of stuffs

smile_1773@yahoo.com

~Ley said...

Whoo, for once I'm on top of a hop! :) If I caught a leprachaun, I would wish for... a job, as crazy as that sounds. I'm going stir-crazy without one, and it would be great to be doing something and making money while doing it!
Thank you!

Drea Becraft said...

If I caught a leprachaun I would ask for money. It would be great not to have to worry about bills ever again lol.

Happy St. Pattys Day!

~*Drea*~
dreabecraft(@)aol.com

Unknown said...

I think I would wish for good health, as boring as that sounds. I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired, lol.

Thanks for participating in another wonderful hop and for the amazing giveaway chance, Nikki! <3

Gena Robertson
robertsongena@hotmail.com

Abigail-Madison Chase said...

Happy St. Paddy's Day! I'd wish for another pot of gold lined with $100 dollar bills

Filia Oktarina said...

I will wish for money, with money i can buy books, car, going vacation etc etc. Thanks for giveaway!!

desitheblonde said...

IT WILL TAKE BIT TO DO ALL OF T HEM AND T HEN I WILL GET THEM DONE TODAY

desitheblonde said...

the wish would be for load so books and t hen big house to keep them in with about 10 rooms

*Sara* said...

I want a personal library :) ..I know i could wish for money but I don't want to be that selfish

Happy St. Patty's Day!
~Sara

Sarah Kalaitzidis said...

I would wish for tones of yaoi books (guy on guy) or just a boyfriend XD

menina.iscrazy said...

I wish for money. LOL

menina.iscrazy@yahoo.com

Jean P said...

I would wish for money.
Jean
skpetal at hotmail dot com

Gabby said...

Well I think I'd wish for a bigger house for my family and I!

With a large room where my mom and I keep our vast collection of books and maybe more then one bathroom.

Thanks for the giveaway!

kakuchouakisame_19@yahoo.com

Carrie Ann Ryan said...

Have a happy St. Patrick's Day - green, rainbows, gold and all!

carrieannryanwrites(at)gmail.com

Anne said...

I don't think I'd wish for anything. I remember the story about the monkey's paw and what went wrong every time someone wished for something.

acm05atjuno.com

Hillary said...

That depends on what he's capable of...I'd wish for my 2 year old nephew back. If bringing back the dead isn't a possibility, I guess I'd just wish for some writing/publishing luck for myself and a couple friends :-)

Hillary
hillacurr@gmail.com

BookAttict said...

Unlimited cash....so I could get a house with a proper library!

elizabeth @ bookattict . com

Joanna said...

If I caught a leprechaun I would wish for the ability to stretch time. I would love to have more time to read, to sleep, to observe the sunsets and the nature in slow motion.

If leprechauns can't grant such wishes I would go with bottomless money bag

Joan

0401romance[at]gmail[dot]com

Na said...

I'd wish for health and happiness for my love ones. With them life is that much better.

Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

Erica Pike said...

For my loved ones to live a long and happy life (that's not two wishes, is it??).

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

Those look like awesome books. I LOVE St. patty's Day too! You wrote this so well, your excitement is infectious. I can't wait for tonight and tomorrow lol

I'd wish for more people to appreciate life. It seems so many people have what they least treasure--a chance at enjoying things ;) then I'd wish to make it through all three of my girls being teenagers--Heaven help me ;)

Joanne said...

I'd wish for a new job. These books look great.

e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

Vanessa N. said...

Great giveaway. I'd wish for money.

mythic021@gmail.com

Barbara said...

I'd ask for money too...I have a lot of family that could use the help it would provide. Not to mention...9 grandchildren...oops, make that 10...one on the way...that need college funds set back for them. Happy St. Pat's Day! Thx for the giveaway op! :)

barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

Heaven O'Shey said...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the rainbow lead to your success!

Liese2 said...

I would wish for my family's continued health and that my kids would get along.
Thanks for the giveaway!
sqwalker2@hootmail.com

Kym said...

Happy St Pattys Day !

~Kym
flwrs4ever(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kym said...

I missed the question, sorry...

I would wish for my legs to work again :)

Happy St Pattys Day :)

Kym

flwrs4ever(at)yahoo(dot)com

JoAnna said...

Only 1 wish? Can I have more? I would wish for health and a winning mega millions lottery ticket.

Thanks for the giveaway!
beckerjo at verizon dot net

ReneAva said...

It's so hard to think of one wish. So I would wish for all the deserving people out in the world to get a glimpse of true happiness :)

~Ava~
dragonlady029@aol.com

Catherine Lee said...

Do you get a wish if you catch a leprechaun? Well, if I catch one tonight, I wight wish to win the grand prize in this hop.

Erin Go Bragh!

catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

bas1chs said...

Eek! If I caught a Leprechaun... Not sure... I'd probably ask them where my pot of gold is!

Thanks for the giveaway and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

Nikki said...

Awesome contest!!I'd wish for true love! I hope you have a great Saint Patty's Day!!
viajeradelmar@aol.com

Maria pronounced Mariah said...

If I could make one wish it would be for a job since I lost mine a few weeks ago.

Mmafsmith at gmail dot com

Armand said...

I'd ask for eternal peace in the world... nah, gimme money.

Armand Rosamilia
armandrosamilia@gmail.com

Sue Sattler said...

I was going to think of something really profound to wish for...but then I decided that I really want money...lots and lots of money!

proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

June M. said...

I would have to go with an unlimited amount of money. That way I could buy books, go to conferences, and have the money to send all my nieces and nephews to whatever schools they wanted to go. And to travel.

wanda f said...

Enough money I could quit my job and still live comfortably and my husband could start his own business
flanagan@mebtel.net

Kassandra said...

I would wish to have good karma for the rest of my days ;)

sionedkla@gmail.com

Mary D said...

I would wish for true happiness for my whole family. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy St Patrick Day.

gatormaryd(at)yahoo(dot)com

Krysykat said...

I'd wish for the whole family to have good luck in all they do.
(entered on Rafflecopter uncer Krysta B.)

Shadow said...

If i caught a leprechaun, i would wish for happiness for my family. Thanks!
shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

donnas said...

I would wish for happyiness for family and friends

Happy St Patricks Day

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Oh I'd wish for a quick move back to the lower 48 to Washington or North Idaho Panhanlde that I love so much. Alaska interior is just to cold for these bones, and we want to return to the northwest as soon as we con...*S*
Thank you for the giveaway blog hop!

Darcy
pommawolf @hotmail.com

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