New Year’s Blog Hop – Recipe and Resolutions

It’s that time of year again – the time when we all promise to be better human beings and mean it. I like to think that every year we all get a bit nicer…

I have a top tens goals list for my writing. It’s constantly evolving as I meet my goals, but this year, I thought I’d do a list specific to this year.

  1. Book two in the Fawn Lake/Dean’s Ice Cream Shoppe series – written, edited and released. – I also need to pick a name for the series…
  2. 14 Days of Oh – final edits finished and released.
  3. Tech Love – Massive rewrites, edited and released.
  4. ViCARIous, book one in the Strange Brew series – edits completed and – you guessed it – released.
  5. Stick to my marketing plan.
  6. Learn to make social networking work for me :)
  7. Book two in the Strange Brew series – written and edited, shooting for release in early 2014.
  8. Go to at least three writer’s cons.
  9. Get my blog updated and moved. :)
  10. Cross off one more item on my top ten writing goals list

So in the title I mentioned something about a recipe. In honor of  New Year’s I give you, the Iron Butterfly.










As an UBER bonus, I can tell you that my Naughty Hot Shot, Taking Turns, comes out from Naughty Nights Press on January 15th. Stay tuned :D

And, as always with these hops, I’m giving away a $5 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

As for the hop itself, we have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $300 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Check out the other fantabulous authors hopping with me :) Carrie Ann Blog Hops




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105 Responses to New Year’s Blog Hop – Recipe and Resolutions

  1. Crystal says:

    Wow! Ambitious goals you have there. Best to you in 2013!

    wldrnsqltr at

  2. Holly C says:

    Thanks for being a part of the hop and I hope you have a great New Year!

  3. Xandra James says:

    That drink sounds wonderful… Mmm :)

    That list sounds totally doable – good luck with that!

    Thanks for the giveaway and happy new year.

    xandrajames AT gmail DOT com

  4. Stacey says:

    Can’t wait for Taking Turns!

    Thanks for participating and have a wonderful New Year!


  5. Rita Wray says:

    Happy New Year.


  6. rubyswan says:


  7. nikki t. says:

    Definitely writing down that recipe! Happy New Year!

  8. susan platt says:

    My goal for the new year is to continue to be successful in losing weight. I have lost 63 lbs so far and have 50 lbs to go.

    awesome blog hop

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  9. Jo says:

    I’ve never heard of an Iron Butterfly drink before – thanks for the recipe! This year I would like to lose weight and fit back into my pre-pregnancy clothes.

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  10. Ronda Tutt says:

    I have no resolution this year, just a goal to live one day at a time. Just set back, relax, read a lot, fish, travel, and enjoy my life with hubby as we adventure in our RVing dream.

    Wishing you a wonderful day and Happy New Year

  11. Tyler says:

    Happy New Year.
    t.abule (@) yahoo (dot) com

  12. Wendy Pogrant says:

    Thanks for participating in the hop.

  13. Kassandra says:

    Thank you for the chance!


  14. Vanessa N. says:

    Happy New Year! Thanks for the chance.

  15. Lisa Walker says:

    Thanks for the great recipe!
    Happy New Year!

  16. Kirsten W says:

    I’m always up to try new cocktail recipes. Thanks!


  17. Mimi Smith says:

    Happy New Year!

  18. Elie says:

    Thanks for the fun and Happy 2013!

  19. Maureen says:

    Happy New Year!
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  20. Joy F says:

    Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  21. Becca says:

    Nicely specific and achievable goals. Good luck and I’ll hold you to them. I’ll take your word for it on the recipe.

    mreauow at gmail dot com

  22. Jamie Miller says:

    I love Bailey’s!!!! I will have to try this drink I was a bartender for a few years and never heard of this one

    Happy New years


  23. laurie g says:

    Thanks for the great hop.Happy New Year!

  24. Jenny says:

    Great list of resolutions! I try to not make too many because I never stick with them. This year my only one was to read more of my TBR books than new book purchases.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  25. ki pha says:

    Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year. For this year I need to find a job since graduating college this Spring. so yup.


  26. Wow! Excellent goals! Thanks for the giveaway!

    mrs.hildebrand AT gmail DOT com

  27. super kewl giveaway, thanks for participating! My resolution is to read more!
    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

  28. Michelle says:

    Happy New Year!

    chellesy.clay at gmail dot com

  29. Mel Bourn says:

    As I sit here, my husband is working on what we want to do this year…take a real family vacation. We have been married for 15 years and haven’t taken the kids anywhere. Many reasons why, but this year, we are changing that. Looking for a pet friendly cabin for a week’s vacation. We will do it.
    Best of luck in your goals and Happy New Year.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  30. That’s a lot of goals. Good luck meeting them all! (Not that I think you need it.) tchevrestt(at)

  31. Judy Peterson says:

    Like the drink. Thanks. HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone.
    my goals is to make enough to go to my nieces wedding in Augest. I can do this!!!!


  32. Diane says:

    What a way to start the new year!

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

  33. Michelle Bledsoe says:

    My you accomplish your goals with grace and humor.
    Happy New Year.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  34. Jeannie Platt says:

    Thanks for the drink… Sounds good… Happy New Year and thank you for being part of the hop.

  35. Carla says:

    My goal for this year is to be kinder to myself. I am learning that it is okay to say no to others.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  36. Michel King says:


    …just hopping through…


  37. Dawna Newman says:

    I wouldn’t mind trying The Iron Butterfly it sounds delicious.


  38. April says:

    I like the idea of a goal list instead of traditional resolutions. I may just do that !! And I am def going to check out Taking Turns!!


  39. Readsalot81 says:

    I will definitely be trying the Iron Butterfly :D Thanks for participating in the hop! :)


  40. Sarah Handrich says:

    Happy New Year!


  41. Tammy Turner says:

    another good drink is put in a blender vanilla ice cream, some amaretto, and some kalula, top with whip cream.

  42. Sandra says:

    That sounds delicious. I think I need to try it now. I also like the idea of not following traditional resolutions. They seem so easy to forget about :/

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. It’s a great way to start the year. No major resolutions beyond reading a lot (let’s go 50 books!) and staying active (jog, jog!), but I hope you have a great year :)

    Thanks again!


  43. M.C. says:

    Writer’s cons sounds like a lot of fun. Which three do you have in mind?

    Happy new year!

    • Sarah Sarah says:

      I’m definitely going to RT in May, I’d like to do Author’s After Dark in August, and for the third, one of my editors is talking about hosting an event in his hometown and I’d very much like to go. Thanks for hopping!

  44. Missie Jones says:

    Thats my kind of drink :D
    Thanks for the blog hop
    Happy New Year
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

  45. Tina M says:

    Wow Love all your goals..Thanks for the great giveaway..

  46. Drea says:

    Happy New Year!


  47. Shai Villanueva says:

    I just hopped here! :) Happy New Year!
    Oh, I have too many resolutions.. one of them is to actually follow my to-do list. mehe :D
    Anyways, thanks for giving us chance for such great giveaways! :)

  48. Céline G. says:

    Thank you very much for the giveaway! Wish you the best for 2013!

  49. Shannon says:

    Sounds like a great list of goals for 2013!

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  50. CrisGzr says:

    My main resolution is to love the woman my husband married.
    Secondary ones to finish editing book A, start editing book B, write draft of book C
    cristinegasser (at) gmail (dot) com

  51. BJ says:

    Good luck with all those goals :)
    I tend to break mine…LOL
    but who knows maybe this year I shall at least keep a few (Yeah…maybe).

    beejee77 at gmail dot com

  52. Felicia M Ciaudelli says:

    Wow, lots of great plans for the year!!!! My plans are to “man up” and focus on getting my life and home in order, including getting back on track with my weight loss!!


  53. Alice says:

    Great goals! Mine is to publish my novel :)
    Thanks for the giveaway too!
    movie1997 at live dot it

  54. Cassandra Hicks says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  55. Dee says:

    If you get the social networking thing working for you; could you give classes? LOL!
    Good Luck with your goals!
    I have been added to your email; the network blog thing doesn’t work with my computer for some reason; so I’ll know about your books.
    Happy 2013!
    Thanks for the Hop!

  56. Katie Amanda says:

    Thanks for participating! Happy New Year! katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  57. gamistress66 says:

    happy new year & good luck with your 2013 list :)
    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

  58. DarkBloodyVamp says:

    Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway!


    Ollie aka DarkBloodyVamp

  59. JanD says:

    My resolution is to exercise 5 times a week.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  60. aurora minuto says:

    grazie per il giveaway!

  61. Jennifer says:

    Happy New Year to all! I hope everyone is able to keep their resolutions. I quit smoking on June 24th and I am hoping to continue to remain smoke free through 2013.

  62. Sherry Johnson says:

    Happy New Year,thanks for the chance to win.


  63. Amber Turner says:

    Happy New Year! My New Years traditions are easy, I spend time with my family and friends. I can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year. My resolutions this year is as always to loose a few pounds and spend a little more time with my family.

  64. SheriV says:

    Happy New Year!! My resolution is to be more organized. We will see how well that works out.

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  65. Mera says:

    That’s quite the list! This year I’m planning to be more organized and eat healthier. Note healthier, as I’m still allowing myself some indulgences–that drink recipe sounds delicious!

    Happy new year!

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  66. Mary Doherty says:

    Thanks for doing the blog hop and Happy New Year!

  67. Shadow says:

    Hi! Happy New Years! Hmm. I dont really make new year resolutions. I kinda just take it one day at a time and go from there. Thanks for the awesome hop and all the giveaways! This is so fun! I love these hops! I always meet new authors, reconnect with old ones and my TBR list grows by leaps and bounds! Thank you!! Have a great day! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

  68. Teracia Loretan says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  69. bn100 says:

    Congrats on the book!
    Happy new year!

  70. Dita Š says:

    Happy New Year!


  71. Jennifer Rote says:

    Happy New Year! I might try that drink later :)

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  72. Dione Sage says:

    Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
    Best Wishes in 2013
    uilani25 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  73. elaine bishop says:

    thank drink sounds yummy will have to try it soon thanks for the hoop

  74. latisha depoortere says:

    Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
    I wish you a very Happy New Year!
    Latisha D

  75. Jessica Crawford says:

    Thanks for doing this! Happy new year!

  76. Miranda says:

    Thanx for being part of the hop and Happy New Year!

  77. Toni Porter says:

    Happy New Year, and thank you so much for participating in this hop. I love being introduced to authors I haven’t read before!
    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

  78. donnas says:

    Happy New Year!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  79. Susan Taylor says:

    Happy new 2013. Iron Butterfly….I think that’s the ticket for a stay at home drink celebration. Yum.

  80. Dovile says:

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  81. Veronika says:

    Happy New Year to you!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  82. Ruth chu says:

    happy new years i hope to travel this year thanks for giveaway angel0319at

  83. Rhianna says:

    Happy new year and thanks for the giveaway!

    always.and.never AT gmail DOT com

  84. celina k says:

    I hope you reach all 10 of your goals! And that drink sounds delish! Oh, and I agree…there is no substitute for Baileys.

    dreammie_angel at yahoo dot com

  85. Daniel M says:

    happy new year and thanks for the giveaway! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  86. Becki Wyer says:

    Thanks for being part of this blog hop. Happy New Year!!

    rmwyer at shaw dot ca

  87. Have a great New Years!!

  88. Toni Cosgrove says:

    Wow,,that list is quite something hope you achieve it all. My type of drink is more subtle..try 7up with a scoop of sherbert…or peach tea…lol…thanks for sharing though. I hope to get some new recipes into my new year though..have quite a large collection and they need to be fixed, your new year is full of new adventures, fun, love and laughter

  89. Ann Roberts says:

    Cool new drink to try! Happy New Year!


  90. Natasha says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy New Year!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  91. kimberly holgate says:

    thanks for the hop and recipe
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  92. Angela Cisco says:

    Happy New year!

  93. Michelle Tucker says:

    Thanks so much for participating in the blog hop. Hope you have an awesome 2013!
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  94. 8 sounds fun!
    6… the best tip I heard was to be more interested in others rather than trying to make others more interested in oneself.

    I resolve to meet the goal of finishing the polishing of my first book in the Existence series and to submit it to agents/publishers.

    Happy New Year from ! I hope you have a great one. Thanks for taking part in the hop.

  95. May says:

    Sounds great! :) Congrats on your book!

    maybe31 at

  96. Stacy O says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. My resolution is to spend more time with friends and lets time at work.


  97. Pamk says:

    Ambitious schedule. Hope you make it and happy new year.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  98. Meghan Stith says:

    This is a great giveaway! Thanks!

  99. Kelly Tanner says:

    The drink sounds really cool, will have to try it! Thanks for the chance and happy 2013! girlfloyd at gmail (dot)(com)

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