Friday, January 11, 2013

New Year's Blog Hop


Good morning hoppers! Yes, you’ve come to the right place for the New Year’s Blog Hop. I’ve even got the graphic to prove it! LOL!



If you are starting on my blog you’ll need to get the whole scoop about the blog hop! To go to the spot with all the instructions, just click on the logo and it will take you there. I'm here for three days of fun, fun, fun and did I mention...PRIZES!!!

My contribution to the hop is simple. First, each of you will be entered into my daily drawing for a copy of my latest book, A Viennese Christmas. Second, have any of you heard of the painting called The Kiss? Here’s a copy of it in case you’ve never seen it:



This painting is by the artist Gustav Klimt and is a very famous painting that resides in the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Austria. It also happens to be just right up the street from my flat. Here’s more on the painting and the artist should you be so inclined to check them out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kiss_(Klimt)

Now, you’re probably wondering just why I’m telling you this. It's quite simple...my grand prize package will be a ‘Kiss’ package sent to you direct from Vienna. In it you will find anything and anything in regards to the painting ‘The Kiss’ or Vienna itself. Things like coasters, notecards, or keychains...but the best part is...this is a once-in-a-lifetime-gift. This is my best blog hop package yet IMHO.

So, what do you have to do to be entered you ask...simple...just comment and tell me one thing about the excerpt I post from my latest book A Viennese Christmas each day. It’s that easy. Tell me whatever you want about my story...and do it often...every comment will be one entry into my contest. Please, please, please do not forget to give me your email addy so that I can get in touch with you.  The more you comment, the more you’re entered. I will announce the today’s ebook winner at the end of tomorrow’s blog and the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed on Tuesday, January 15.

Here’s your first excerpt...enjoy!



Her disappointment must have been plain on her face as she found herself suddenly gazing into the greenest eyes in a very handsome male face. A question in German followed as she tried to ascertain just what he said.
“I’m sorry,” she stated, her confusion obvious. “I’ve only picked up a word or two since I’ve been here. Do you speak English?”
“You’re American?” he questioned without the accent most Austrians possessed.
“Don’t make it sound like such a curse. There are a lot of us, you know.” Her indignation evident in her tone.
His rich laughter filled the space, warming her to her bones in ways she hadn’t expected. “Sorry. I guess one does pick up the attitudes of where they live.”
She looked at him puzzled. “That’s that supposed to mean?”
“Henry Jager, American, at your service ma’am.” His sweeping bow brought a smile to her lips.
“Amanda Kranz and I hardly think I qualify as a ma’am.” She stuck her hand toward him. His firm grasp sent an electric sensation as she felt the spark deep within her. She swore he felt it too as his eyes darkened.
“Do you prefer Amanda or Mandi? I know there’s not much of a choice with Henry.” His serious gaze spot of his interest.
Laughter bubbled up in her, the first such emotion in weeks. “Henry is a fine, strong name. And it doesn’t matter much with mine.” His hot look made her want to shiver in anticipation of what she could only speculate.
“Really? I would have thought your business associates would call you Amanda. Now your intimate contacts I expect call you Mandi.”
She gazed at him. Intimate contacts, now there was a misnomer. It had been years since she’d had any intimate contacts of the male persuasion. “Sounds good to me.”
“You gave in too easy.” He reluctantly let go of her hand as his look took on a more serious aspect. “Are you meeting someone?”
She shook her head. “No one to meet.”
“Good.” He grabbed her hand again, placing it in the crook of his arm. “Have you ever been to one of these before?” Henry expertly meandered around people, baby carriages and more as he led her to the next booth.
“Not really. I saw them last year but being so new to the city, I couldn’t bring myself to go to one alone.” She gazed at the Rathaus beyond them, remembering how intimidated she’d been by building even though it had a Christmas tree in front.
His eyes narrowed. “Sounds like you’re still a relative newcomer.”
“I suppose so. I got here in November of last year.”
“Ah – your impression?” His brows lifted when he drew back as if to study her face.
“Very commercialized. I expected something more – ” she struggled to find the right word. “– more homey, more authentic – more Austrian.”
Henry gazed around a moment before looking back at her. “I see your point. This is probably the one Christkindlemarkt that’s got the least to offer in specialized, authentic goods in my opinion except it does have a certain ambiance. And of course, there’s the skating rink as well as the park decorations.”
Her brow arched in amazement. She really hadn’t expected anyone to agree with her. All the women she knew gushed over every one of them. “You agree with me?”
His naughty smile was breathtaking. “Most definitely. This is the one where most of the tourists come. While there are some very Austrian things here hidden amongst the drivel, most are not unique or special in any way.”
“My thoughts exactly. Where exactly does one find more traditional items?” Astonishment spread through her. She had not once heard anyone say a negative comment about Vienna. All her colleagues gushed over the city but as far as she was concerned, it was just another place to live.
They stopped in front of a food booth, the aroma tantalizing. “Would you like something hot to drink?”
The brisk breeze nipped at her cheeks and she felt the cold through her coat. She definitely could use something to warm her up. “Sure.”

See you all tomorrow!

Lynn

38 comments:

  1. Hi there, what lovely prizes! About the excerpt - there is immediate sizzles between Henry and Amanda :)

    Happy blog hopping!

    Bye,
    Celia.

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  2. Can't wait to read your books....happy hopping!

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  3. I like how he shorted her name immediately and then the sizzle when he had her hand
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  4. They are both American and there is definitly chemistry between them Thanks for the great chance to win a wonderful prize.
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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  5. Thanks, Celia, for dropping by today. Yes, they definitely have sizzle!

    Lynn

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  6. Olga,

    Thanks for stopping by. I'd love to have you reading my books!

    Lynn

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  7. Hi Crystaley,

    Yup, they are both American and I'm happy you can see the chemistry between them all!

    Lynn

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  8. It looks like it's Love at first sight..Great Hop. Would LOVE to win your Grand Prize..Got to keep hopping..Thanks!!

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  9. Thanks for the chance and great excerpt...

    Maybe it's my suspicious nature, but while there is chemistry between Henry & Amanda, He makes me nervous like he has another agenda :)

    staceyprice(AT)gmail.com

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  10. what Sticks out to me most with this blurb, Lynn, is GREEN EYES! Love men with those eyes...something different!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

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  11. I think it is a great excerpt Sehr gute (there's my german) Where Amanda meets what she thinks is an local and it turns out he is also american. Can't wait to read more.

    Thank you for being part of the hop.

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

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  12. great hop!! Haven't heard of the painting. Beautiful though!!

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  13. That sounds like a great story. I can't wait to read more! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  14. Cute thing about what to call her.

    Thanks for participating.

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  15. I like this it sounds great I also like how she notices the tingle as they touch....i love that feeling

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  16. I love the information about the painting.

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  17. Amanda hasnt heard one negative comment about Vienna from her colleagues. This sounds like a great book! Id love to read more! Thanks for sharing! Best wishes! :)
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  18. I was a bit surprised when he turned out to be an American too. Nice read!

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  19. so have to say I love the cover of this book... From reading the excerpt you can tell that Amanda is a down to earth girl... I love her responce to henry when he calls her ma'am..."Amanda Kranz and I hardly think I qualify as a ma’am." As a wife of a marine i hated when those who were lower rank then hubby but the same age as me called me ma'am... I would always say its Jeannie now come get something to eat. Thanks for being part of the hop.

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

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  20. I love a gorgeous, green-eyed male, and the setting sounds lovely!

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  21. The book looks vert interesting!
    suzy.thompson@gmail.com

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  22. Stace,

    Never thought about another agenda...LOL! Believe it or not, this is my first sweet romance ever. I tend to write sexier books but these characters wanted to keep that part hidden from me. Not so in the second book of the series. It tends to be a lot hotter.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Lynn

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  23. Books4Me,

    I love green eyes too and use them a lot for my guys. One of the guys I knew in college had the greenest eyes and the darkest hair. He was a hound dog and I knew if I ever went out with him, I'd be in trouble. LOL!

    Thanks for taking the time to read the excerpt and stopping by!

    Lynn

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  24. Jeanette,

    Your German is probably better than mine. That's one thing I just can't seem to get into that much and I don't know why. Sigh. But I love learning Gaelic...go figure...LOL!

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Lynn

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  25. Merisha28,

    Klimt is not an artist I'd ever heard of until my youngest had to do a report on him in high school. I was really surprised to find him everywhere when I moved to Vienna, Austria. Then I read more about him and found out he was a native son apparently. It's been fun learning about him and Vienna.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Lynn

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  26. Ellen,

    Thanks...appreciate the comment...and the fact you stopped by to read the excerpt.

    Hope to see you again!

    Lynn

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  27. bn100,

    I am so happy someone liked the name banter. You never know if a reader will enjoy something you as an author find comedic.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Lynn

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  28. Ruth,

    I think the moment characters become intimately aware of each other is a very important time. I can remember when my husband held my hand the first time and felt the sizzle immediately.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Lynn

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  29. Kai,

    Klimt is such an interesting artist and since he was a native son here, you find the most interesting bits of information on him. He has some fantastic museum drawings that he did when he was a painter for hire.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Lynn

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  30. Shadow,

    You are so correct in pointing out about the no negative comment part. And that actually came from real life. No one said one thing bad to me about Vienna when my husband was deciding if he wanted to take the job or not. But yes, there are some negatives about being here.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Lynn

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  31. Christina,

    I had thought about making him Austrian but even I didn't realize just how many Americans are here in the city. And to be honest, an Austrian wouldn't fit the bill as I haven't seen one of them trying to help when there is a language barrier. Most all of them speak English but many of them won't but that's a whole other story.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Lynn

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  32. Jeanette,

    I love the cover as well. The background is actually the Rathaus where Henry and Amanda met. It is so very beautiful when it is decorated for Christmas.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Lynn

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  33. Lelani,

    Me too!

    Glad you could drop by and read the excerpt. Hope you come again!

    Lynn

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  34. Suzi,

    I am so glad my little story caught your interest.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Lynn

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  35. teena3940,

    Not quite love at first sight but close enough. Thanks for joining the hop and for stopping by!

    Lynn

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  36. Great excerpt. I love the immediate chemistry between them, and your personal knowledge of the city shines through here.

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  37. Paula,

    Thank you very much. I was hoping that this excerpt would give everyone a good feeling.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Lynn

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