Birthday Blog Hop

So, you are probably wondering what this is!!! Well, Ella Jade is turning 40.  A whole slew of authors and bloggers have joined in her celebration through this huge blog hop.  Later on in this post you will find a link to all of the others who have joined in and you will find all kinds of fun things on their posts.  You will also find some sort of giveaway on every post for this hop… So what is it we are doing?  I can tell all of you that.  I can tell you what you will find on this post.  I will be talking about past birthdays of mine.  I then will tell you a little about some books that are dear to me and why.  Finally, I will have a special giveaway for you to enter.  It will be pain-free, I promise!!!  So, let’s get on with it already!

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So, I have obviously had many birthdays in my past; 34 to be exact!  That’s 34 memories, right?  Well, sadly no.  My memory isn’t all that great.  To be honest, not all birthdays have been all that exciting to talk about.  So I sat here wondering what I could tell you that you might find interesting.  So I thought I would just give you what I can remember…
When I turned 12, I had my first real sleepover.  It was important to me for many reasons.  First, I had all of my best friends spend the night.  Secondly, I got to have an ice cream cake… that was a big deal to me.  Most importantly, my big sister got to come and spend the night.  You may not think that is such a big deal, but it was!!!  I won’t go into detail; trust me you don’t want details.  However, I will tell you that my sister and I never got to have that real sister relationship we wanted.  So, for me to have her there was the best present anyone could ask for!  We all got to stay up as late as we wanted watching movies, listening to music, laughing and gossiping, and eating all the junk food we wanted.  I don’t remember a lot of actual details to tell you, but I can tell you that it was one birthday I will never forget!  It was the most special birthday I have ever had.
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Now on to some books… A little under a year ago, I was lucky enough to win A Date with Fate by Tracy Ellen on Goodreads.  That was luck for me!  Why?  Well, first, I won a free book!  DUH!  Secondly, it was the beginning of a wonderful relationship between reader and author.  I absolutely LOVED the book.  The cliffhanger at the end made me so mad, I actually emailed her.  Yes, I did email her!  I told her what I thought of the ending.  I wanted the next book right away!  I just had to know who it was!!  She thought that was so funny, at least I think she did.. lol.  Well, then she posted for readers to help edit the second book in the series.  It panned out well, I hope.  Now I have helped re-edit the first book, edit the second, and currently the third book of the series!  I absolutely love the series and her writing style!  There truly is no author out there like her!  She is talented and unique!  So, here is a little bit about book one and two in the Adventures of Anabel Axelrod.  I canNOT tell you ANYTHING about book three.  I think if I did, Tracy may send out henchmen to maim and torture me!!!  Just know, these are books that I will always recommend to everyone!
Release date:  October 25, 2013
My rating:  StarStarStarStarStar
Smart, sassy, and sexy. Anabel’s twenty-eight, owns a bookstore, and is one control freak of a determined woman. Determined to stay single.
Brains, badass, and built. Luke’s a mystery man that’s enticing Anabel to break all her ironclad rules on dating in the most intriguing and tantalizing of ways. He’s never met the woman he can’t control.
Wonderful, wild, and whacky, they’re all up for the plan when Anabel decides to take the entire weekend off from work to chill.…
Except many strange things are happening in the town of Northfield, Minnesota. Anabel’s perfectly uncomplicated life is suddenly turned chaotically upside down and beset with problems.
Her biggest problem is the not-too-tall, deliciously dark, and definitely not handsome Luke Drake. He walks into her bookstore and sets her pink panties aflame with one long look. From twenty feet away!
But Anabel’s never met the challenge she won’t stare in the eye while daintily spitting sideways in the dirt.
Will Anabel learn to believe that life is never simple, some rules are meant to be broken, and a certain mesmerizing complication may be worth the trouble--even if it kills her?
Author’s Note: A Date with Fate is the first volume in The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod series. Be warned: This book is not just another pretty face. Along with the fun, there is sex and cursing throughout, some scary action, and an ending that may cause you to curse, too.
Courted by Karma is the second volume in The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod and available for purchase. This book is full of pretty faces, has much more romance and sexy stuff, and about the same amount of cursing.
In Love by Design is the third volume in this series and will be released in August 2013.
Release date:  March 10, 2013
My rating:  StarStarStarStarStar
…and so is Luke Drake!
First it was Her Turn. Now it is His Turn.
Anabel’s life was sizzling, but now it’s red hot! Can she handle the heat?
Courted by Karma is the second volume in The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod. The story picks up where A Date with Fate left us hanging on Tuesday night at 11:59 PM.
After her last crazy few days, Anabel’s hell bent on having nothing but a good time during the traditional upcoming Axelrod Women Weekend. Cousin Layla and some friends are flying in from Florida for a visit. Despite Chief Jack’s warning not to call him this year if they end up in jail again, the women plan to rock the town!
But first our girl has to survive some Russians, some Mexicans, some Parents, Thanksgiving, and her biggest challenge ever…Luke Drake.
And Mr. Secretive has plans of his own.
Will it ever be Our Turn for Luke and Anabel, or is it her karma to get burned by the smokin’ hot flames?
Author’s note: This story is for mature audiences. This series is sequential. For the optimum reading experience, please read A Date with Fate first and then Courted by Karma.
Click to purchase A Date with Fate
Click to purchase Courted by Karma
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  1. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Hien Huynh


  2. 18th birthday was unforgettable! I was in labor all day, and had my son the next day! BEST.GIFT.EVER

    Thanks for being part of this blog hop!


  3. That would be a great birthday Jessica!

  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLA!!! Hope you have a GREAT day! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. My 18th Birthday. : ) No other Birthday`s measured up.

  6. Happy birthday to ella

  7. I want to win! Happy Birthday!

    Best gift was a surprise macbook air

  8. My best birthday was when i met my wonderful fiance for the first time that was the best present i have ever received.

  9. happy birthday to ella and thanks to you for being a part of this blog hop!:)
    fave memory is this year my daughter was born 2 days before my birthday and we got to go home on my birthday!

  10. I have so many different memories. The best was that for those younger years, I spent my birthday with my family, including grandparents which I miss terribly.

  11. Happy Birthday Ella!!

  12. Happy birthday to Ella! Thanks for participating in the hop.


  13. Last year was my fave bday ever. My ex and I got back together after many years apart.

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  14. Happy Birthday Ella! Great Blog Hop. One of my best birthday is when my husband surprised me at work with flowers, chocolate and a pair of diamond earrings - made all my co-workers jealous.

  15. Thanks for being a part of the blog hop! Happy Birthday Ella! One of my fav memories is a birthday when I was a child my mom and dad were still together and of course I had choc cake with choc icing :-)

  16. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Happy Birthday, Ella!

    Dear Amber,

    Okay, I am sitting here with tears in my eyes after reading your birthday stories! Thank you so much! I did laugh when you emailed me so mad about the ending of A Date with Fate, but only becasue I was so tickled at your passion. It was a lucky day for me that you did email. I am so proud of you and all your accomplishments, and thrilled you're on my editing team, and most of all, happy we are friends!! p.s. Thanks for not telling spoilers on my third book. I'd hate to have to hunt you down for dismemberment after all this good mushy stuff...;} Big Thanks and Bigger Hugs, Tracy

  18. Happy Birthday Ella!
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  19. Happy Birthday to Ella!

    Thanks for taking part in the hop.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  20. Thanks for sharing,the series does sound great. Thanks for sharing Ella's wonderful day and the giveaways. evamillien at gmail dot com

    Happy Birthday, Ella!

  21. My 8th birthday was memorable since I got a new schwinn bicycle. I didn't have to share anymore!

  22. Happy Birthday Ella!! Thanks for the blog hop!!

    Graceland for my 27th!

  23. Happy B-day Ella! Thanks for the giveaway.


  24. Happy Birthday Ella! I love birthday celebrations.

    My favorite birthday was my 40th. I spend it with my mom shopping.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  25. Thanks for the giveaway hop and happy bday to Ella! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

  26. At one of my birthday parties one of my guy friends decided to jump off the balcony, got his pants caught on a nail as he jumped, and dangled from it lol
    Happy Birthday Ella!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    dixiedukegurl2 AT yahoo DOT com

  27. My 30th was a pretty awesome birthday, I took a cruise with my BFFs!
    Happy B-Day Ella!! What an awesome idea for a hop! And so many awesome books to add to my TBR list!


  28. Happy birthday Ella!! My fave b-day memory was surprise weekend road trip to St. Augustine, for a long weekend at a great B&B.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  29. Happy birthday Ella!

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  30. HBD Ella!!
    My fondest birthday memory is my 30th bday, i found out i was expecting my little prince...
    Thanks for joining the hop...

  31. Here's a memory that'll last my whole life: My 21st birthday was a sober one. I was the oldest of all of my friends. I spent the weekend several states over with my Great Aunt, Great Uncle and their son Harry. I had just met Harry on this visit. There's a cake, singing is done, I blow out the candles and Harry starts hitting me on the side of the head. (Harry's @ 30 years old.) Know what I did? I lit my hair on fire from the candles on my birthday cake. I was so relieved that (for once) I kept my mouth shut and didn't start in on him because all I could thin was WTF! He did take me out for a few beers later that night as an appology.

    Ella, have a fantastic birthday month and enjoy the hop!
    Thanks for inviting us all to celebrate.

  32. Happy Birthday Ella! I hope you had a fabulous weekend!!
    Thank you for your generosity,

  33. Happy Birthday.
    My last Birthday was the best.My to Girls gave me a awesome present,my first ereader.

  34. My 33rd birthday omg too much whiskey :)

  35. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLA!! I think the best birthday memory I have was when I was 8 and we did a McDonald's party. Needless to say we were ask never to come back there again afterwords.

  36. one of my fave birthday memories was when i was 16. my mom surprised me with concert tickets to one of my favorite singers bryan white and i was in the front row.


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