Monday, June 13, 2011

Welcome to Celebrate New England!

Celebrate New England Giveaway, Post #1. Leave a comment and enter to win!

Where did the idea for Celebrate New England come from?

While I was in Salem this spring, attending the NECRWA Let Your Imagination Take Flight conference, I looked around the room and was momentarily stunned. If you're a romance fan, it's pretty amazing to realize that Jessica Andersen, Hannah Howell, Patricia Grasso, Judith Arnold, Ashlyn Chase, Meg Maguire, Mia Marlowe, Annette Blair, Barbara Wallace, Caroline Linden, Kate George, and many other writers I have enjoyed reading over the years, are all standing next to you. Drinking martinis. (Okay, maybe not all of them. But I certainly was!). Anyhow, it occurred to me that this was an incredible hotbed of romance talent. How cool would it be to collect books from all of these amazing writers and do a giveaway? And add some Vermont chocolate just for fun! And thus.....the idea for Celebrate New England was born.....

Although I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and it will always be dear to my heart, I have lived in New England for most of my adult life, and I have grown to love it. Here's what is coming up today...

  • Welcome to Celebrate New England (6 AM)
  • Art at the Gardner by Vicki Morgan (8 AM)
  • Romance in Quechee Vermont by Penny Watson (10 AM)
  • Memories of Boston and Loon Mountain by Shirley Ann Howard (Noon)
  • Maine Is More Than Lighthouses by Nina Pierce (2 PM)
  • What's Your Favorite Thing About New England? (4 PM)
  • Cool Spots In New England (6 PM)
  • Penny's Most Romantic New England Moment (8 PM)

Rules for the giveaway....

6 (or more) print baskets are available for winners living in the continental USA. 4 digital "baskets" will go to winners outside of the cont. USA. Print baskets will also include chocolate from Vermont. Winners will be chosen using a random integer generator.

To enter, just leave a comment after any of the eight posts published on June 13, 2011. You may leave a comment after all eight posts, and will have eight entries in the giveaway. Limit is one entry/post. Contest is open until June 19. Winners will be announced the week of June 20. If I do not have your email address, please be sure to leave it with the comment, or email me separately with the address.

Here are the print books and ebooks available....

Print Giveaway.....

Jessica Andersen Bear Claw Conspiracy
Jessica Andersen On The Hunt (anthology)
Patricia Grasso Seducing the Prince
Patricia Grasso Enticing the Prince
Kate George California Schemin'
Kate George Moonlighting In Vermont
Caroline Linden You Only Love Once
Caroline Linden Deeper Than Desire (companion story)
Meg Maguire Caught on Camera
Kristan Higgins My One and Only
Barbara Wallace The Cinderella Bride
Barbara Wallace Beauty and the Brooding Boss
Marie Force Line Of Scrimmage
Katie O'Sullivan Perfect Strangers
Ashlyn Chase Strange Neighbors
Mia Marlowe Touch of a Thief
Sherri Erwin Jane Slayre
Shirley Ann Howard Tales from Home
Shirley Ann Howard Tales Out of School
Shirley Ann Howard Tales Out of College
Judith Arnold Hope Street
Amber Skyze Ignite the Fire
Frances Stockton Rhiannon's Pride
Frances Stockton Seductive Persuasion
Ella Drake The Forbidden Chamber
Michelle Picard Ruling Eden
Michelle Picard Surviving Eden
Annette Blair Larceny and Lace
Hannah Howell If He's Wild

Digital Giveaway......

Kate George California Schemin'
Kate George Moonlighting In Vermont
Katie O'Sullivan Unfolding the Shadows
Frances Stockton Sea Captain's Ghost
Frances Stockton Arrington's Claim
Penny Watson Sweet Inspiration
Dalton Diaz Winters' Thaw
Dalton Diaz Stray Lovers
Nina Pierce A Touch Of Lilly
Nina Pierce Bonded Souls
Ella Drake The Forbidden Chamber
Ella Drake Silver Bound
Kat Duncan Fifty-Eight Faces
Kat Duncan Without A Lord
Ashlyn Chase Vampire Vintage
Samantha Wayland With Grace
Beverly Breton Specs Appeal

Thanks so much for stopping by. Vicki's post--a fantastic piece about the Gardner Museum in Boston--will be up soon. Leave a comment and enter to win!



Natascha said...

Hey Penny, this is an awesome idea. Sign me right up!

Penny Watson said...

Hey Natascha! How ya doing, Missy? Thanks for stopping by!

barbara said...

Hi Penny, great idea! What a fun celebration. Looking forward to the coming posts. :)

bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com

Natascha said...

I think I'll be stopping by every two hours! Doing well, but my house is either in a state of renovation or breaking down. Fridge is dying a slow death. Sigh.

Unknown said...

Wow we really are a support bunch. Lots of great books. :)

Love your idea and can't wait to read the different posts.

Anne R said...

Hi idea. Sounds like a great day ahead, cant wait to keep reading about it.

Susan said...

Great idea! This will be a fun event for a Monday!

Unknown said...

I have been looking forward to this event ever since I saw the post announcing it on your blog! It sounds wonderful, what a great idea you had!

(ps. and I LOVE lighthouses :-D)

Thank you for organizing such an exciting event!

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

odderie said...

Penny, thanks for inviting me to this giveaway. Looks like there will be a lot of great things in New England about which to read!


Nina Pierce said...

This is such an awesome idea Penelope! I'll be popping in and out throughout the day!

Annette Blair said...

I'll be popping in and out myself. I enjoyed your blog about Vermont. I want to pack the car and leave now. I love glass blowing (I collect 18th century glass slippers and jadite glass) and we've toured the Fenton and Degenhart Factories in Ohio and West Virginia. It seeme we SHOULD see one closer to home. Great writing! So visual.

Annette Blair said...


I'm a writer, you'd think I could spell.

Blodeuedd said...

Hm..should I put my email on every post? Anyway here it is for all the rest ;)
blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com
And yes only the international ones

Ok that is not why I commented. Great idea Penny :D

Jennifer Mathis said...

how great :)

Penny Watson said...

You don't need to add your email to every post...just one is fine!

Great to see all of you here...glad you are enjoying our party!

Kym said...

This is an exciting idea ! I live in New England, and love the photos you posted :)



Di said...

What a great idea - New England is so bautiful - I'd love to visit again! Fingers crossed for print books - I'm not e-enabled yet.

sallans d at yahoo dot com

donnas said...

Sounds fun. Im late but looking forward to going though the posts still.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Penny Watson said...

The contest is now closed. Winners announced soon!