Today is St. Valentine’s Day. It’s also the birthday of Nights of Passion Blog. The Passionate Crew is all here to celebrate and run contests with an assortment of prizes. I have put out my cyber triple layer chocolate cake that people dream about, and there is a champagne fountain with glasses for all. If you want to add to our refreshment table, feel free. Please, pay attention to how to enter each contest. Not all of them are worldwide.
Jenna is starting us off.
Birthday’s have always been very special at our house. Mine is kind of hectic because I’m usually putting up a production just about the time my birthday rolls around. So we do those birthdays in stages. We have a morning celebration with breakfast in bed (way too early, but the thought is sweet), then I usually receive flowers during the day at the office, and eventually we end up at my favorite Indian restaurant for dinner on the closest night I have free and we celebrate with food and presents.
Link to my blog: http://jennajaxon.wordpress.com.
Next is Leia.
One of my favorite birthday memories takes place on the top of a snowy mountain where I held a banana with three candles sticking out of it. It was my twentieth birthday and I’d just moved to Glacier National Park in Montana for the summer. I was working at a lodge and exploring the mountains during my time off. Me and two new friends hiked to the top of this one mountain in the snow. I didn’t have much money, neither did anyone else who worked there. We were in it for the adventure, not the money. There was nowhere to buy a birthday cake or presents or anything. But these friends were nice enough to have packed an extra banana and three candles to celebrate my birthday. And that was the year I had a birthday banana instead of a cake. It’s an interesting memory and always makes me laugh. But honestly, I like cake better 😉
My giveaway is the silver necklace and pendant as shown in the picture. It’s for US residents only. To enter to win, just leave a comment that says, I want a birthday banana. Just kidding. You can write that you want Leia’s necklace. Good luck and thanks for coming by!
Next is Gerri:
Happy Birthday Nights of Passion! Since it’s your birthday, I wanted to tell you a funny story about mine. My birthday is July 6th. There’s nothing weird about that, right? My Father’s birthday was July 4,th so through my entire life we celebrated our birthday’s together on the 4th. We would have a huge picnic and all the relatives would come. Our yard was full of people, adults sitting in lawn chairs and at picnic tables and children playing a variety of games. There were aluminum tubs filled with ice and soda bottles, others with beer, and one with watermelons. Once we all ate and played all day and ate again, we then headed out to see the fireworks. There is nothing unusual about that either, except in the mind of a 5 yr. old child. You see, I thought the holiday was celebrated for me. I thought everyone had the day off from work because it was my birthday. I thought the fireworks were shot off to celebrate my birthday. Of course now I know it was the celebration of the birth of our nation, but it’s humorous to see the workings of the mind of a 5-year old. So now I wonder if in fact the nation is actually celebrating my birthday on July 4th, and I wonder if the world celebrating love on Feb. 14th is really celebrating the birthday of passion . . . Nights of Passion. Happy B-day NOP!
In honor of this birthday celebration, I would like to give one lucky reader their choice of either an autographed copy of A Pirate’s Ransom OR an autographed copy of According to Legend. All you have to do to enter my birthday bash giveaway is leave a comment and in your comment you must use the words, “I want Gerri’s book.” This contest will run all day Feb. 14th and end at midnight Eastern time. This is a contest for the US and Canada only.
Next is Toni!
Happy Birthday Nights of Passion! And now for a little memoir of a birthday I had very long ago. A little comedy, romance and well, I guess a little lesson… I was turning seven and as a kid, my family owned a sizeable house in Northern Virginia. I don’t really remember much about the party except that I was allowed to invite boys and girls to my house and that I got to wear a dress I thought was cute. It was black and white with a poofy, flared skirt. The music was going, snacks were everywhere and the boys as usually, were roughhousing. In particular, they were throwing balloons back and forth. I remember this part clearly as I had a crush on one of those boys (who I still won’t name as obviously my seven-year-old embarrassment still travels with me) and he, of course, was clueless. In fact, he was so clueless that it didn’t seem to faze him when he hit my head with one of those stray balloons. Not only did it end there, but the whole group of guys started to laugh. I was mortified! At the time, it was the end of the world and it obviously impacted me enough that I remember it to this day. Still, at least now I can look back and sort of laugh, not only at the situation but at my ridiculous drama for believing it to be such a big deal. Lesson learned: time puts everything in perspective.
Thanks so much for joining us. As a gift from me to one of you lucky readers, I’m offering up a $10.00 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Nobles. Just be sure to leave a comment stating, “I like Toni Kelly’s Amazon (or B&N if you prefer) gift card.”
We are all sending our love to Marian as her family has suffered the death of a loved one. That’s why Marian isn’t here for the celebration. You can add your comments of sympathy in the comment box, and I will make sure she get them.
Now me: Susan.
One of my favorite birthday memories was my father-in-law’s birthday.
One year we held his birthday party at my house. Our huge Irish and extended family came to my small house but we managed and we had tons of food, especially pies. My father-in-law was very touched that everyone was there for him. In many ways, he was vital to our family. When my husband was very ill, my father and mother-in-law helped take care of my daughters. He would take them out in his boat and go lobstering. He had a license for lobster pots in Long Island Sound. Every summer he made sure I had lobster, because he knew it was my favorite. Whenever it is his birthday, I think of him. Even though he’s been gone for several years now, the memory of him still makes me smile. He would have gotten a big kick out of my books.
For my contest, I am giving away my ebook Vampire King of New York. The winner will have a choice of Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or secured PDF. Secured PDFs cannot be printed out. To be eligible, you have to comment in the comment box with “I want Susan’s book.” This is an international contest!
For those that can’t wait, please, visit my http://www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
All of these contests end on midnight Eastern Time tonight (Feb. 14, 2014). Winner will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 15th in the comment box. Be sure to check there. All contests are void if prohibited by law. Good luck, everyone and Happy Birthday, Nights of Passion Blog.
Susan Hanniford Crowley