Friday, November 9, 2012

Autumn's Harvest Blog Hop “What Autumn Means To Me”: The Scent of Fire and Magic

Many authors have come together for the Autumn's Harvest blog hop. Get a cup of tea and a cookie and get comfortable. There are giveaways all around and grand prizes. Enjoy and good luck everyone!!

Check here for the Grand Prize Information and check the author's blogs below for their individual prizes.

Here on my blog, you have the chance to win a pdf copy of my novel Autumn Leaves that has just been released from Eternal Press on November 7th! Just leave a comment on this blog to enter the giveaway. The winner will be chosen randomly. Please note that this is overlapping with my book birthday giveaway which is also still going on until November 12th.

THE SCENT OF FIRE AND MAGIC

Autumn smells like fire. It’s the scent of timbers you catch from the fireplaces people start heating again. It’s the memory of small fires to burn piles of fallen leaves in the rural area where I grew up. Change is in the air, and it’s painted in beautiful colors, red, yellow, orange. The days are growing shorter, and you spend more time in the home, with a cup of tea and a good book, some time in the future Christmas and the New Year, on the horizon but not quite here yet.

One of my all-time favorite authors Tess Gerritsen said in an interview that the long and colder winters where she lives on the East coast are perfect for writing. Living on the East coast now, just “a bit” further North, I can testify to that. Instead of spending as much time as possible outside like in the summer, with fall there comes contemplation, going on the inside, starting to look at what the year brought and what the hopes for the next one are.

Autumn is NaNoWriMo too. When I took part for the first time in 2010, I wasn’t sure if I could make it to 50,000 words in thirty days (considering I was working two jobs at the time), but I gave it a try. Those darker, more contemplative days led to “Autumn Leaves”, a novel that is all about the gentle but irreversible change that fall brings, literally, and as a metaphor.

For the second time autumn also means small children coming to the door and demanding candy on October 31st, something that isn’t that much of a custom where I come from. With all those little ghosts, fairies and superheroes walking the streets, it’s not hard to remember the magic that autumn is.

Check out the stories of many other participants below! http://carrieannbloghops.blogspot.com/

50 comments:

  1. Autumn is my favorite season! I like all the beautiful colors outside and the weather is not that hot anymore but not freezing cold either. It's just perfect! Thank you for the giveaway!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thank you for taking part--the winner will be drawn soon! So many things to love about Autumn!

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  2. It’s hard to say what exactly would be my Go-To Autumn Romance book. When I think real hard about it, I would have to say it has a sexy, strong, determined male that when it comes to love is just lost. Then there has to be a woman who is usually in need of help or needs to know what love and family is. Together they heal each other and love turns out to be their greatest gift. I also love a happy ending at this time of year, usually where the epilogue has them starting their own family to love and cherish. Oh….and definitely HOT loving too!

    Angelheart618@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for sharing! Autumn is a great setting for romance. We'll know the winner of the giveaway soon.

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  3. I love watching the leaves change and football.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. While I'm not such a big fan of football, the change of colors is definitely pretty!

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  4. It’s my favorite season-- love the changing leaves, anything pumpkin and halloween!!

    Thank you for the giveaway!!

    booksconsidered[at]gmail[dot]com

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  5. I adore autumn because of the amazing colors, bundling up in sweaters, Halloween and my birthday! Autumn also means cuddling up with a good book and a cup of cocoa!

    grapeapril75(at)gmail(dot)com

    I love the hops cause of all the awesome new books I find to add to my to read list!

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    1. I'm pretty new to blog-hopping, but find it to be a lot of fun! Good luck!

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  6. I love reading about things that go bump in the night this time of year. Thanks for the fun!

    zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom

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  7. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  8. I like the idea of autumn...harvest, changing leaves, Halloween candy, etc., but not the colder temperatures! Thank you for the giveaway and good luck with your new release.

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

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  9. Fall is my favorite season & I love everything about it! I love the colors, the crunch of leaves, hot apple cider, and bonfires.

    Sassychassy333@gmail.com

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    1. The smell of fire in the fall is special!

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  10. I love everything about fall. The leaves, the cool air, coming in to warm up with some hot chocolate and a good book...great timing for a hop, as I'm finding lots of additions to my to read list!
    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

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  11. I do love Fall, the colors and the cool weather are just perfect.

    jonesjnd at yahoo dot com

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  12. I love the burst of colors! The fall earth tone colors are very festive and beautiful. I am lucky to live where you can see the seasons change. I love reading any time so the season doesn’t matter but a fire and snuggling are seductive... :-)

    Thanks for the opportunity for both of us to share!

    Belinda G

    belgre AT Comcast DOT net

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    1. I agree that reading is for every season, but it's especially cozy in colder weather! Thanks for taking part!

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  13. Love autumn's perfect weather and gorgeous colors. Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

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  14. Love the cooler weather.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  15. OHHH...I love tea and cookies. Thanks for inviting me to have some.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome! The winner of the giveaway will be drawn soon, good luck!

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  16. I love autumn's cooler temps, being able to wear a sweater again, and hot apple cider donuts :) Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

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  17. I love the cooler weather and changing colors of the leaves in autumn. Thanks for the chance!
    sqwalker2@gmail.com

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  18. My favorite thing about Autumn/Fall is the changing color of the leaves, orange, yellow, red, even purple. They are so pretty. My least favorite thing is raking up those pretty leaves. LOL I love to curl up by the fire and read a hot romance book on a cold fall evening. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. When I was a kid, we used to burn those leaves (well, the adults would, anyway). :) Good luck!

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  19. I love the fall because of the football games and tailgating with family and friends! And of course having a campfire with roasted hotdogs! Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway!

    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

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  20. where i live i love to watch the mountains changing colors. thanks for joining the hop. Miriam.whitewolf@gmail.com

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  21. Thanks for joining in the hop. It was great to be introduced to your work.
    My favorite part about autumn is that the cool weather gives me the perfect excuse to keep my oven full of yummy deliciousness that I really can't do during two of the three other seasons. I love the feeling of being able to have yummy stuff baking while I nestle in with a good read.
    planterofhope(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I know what you mean, summer is great, but not a good season for baking! :) Thanks for taking part!

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway!

    aprilnu2003@yahoo.com

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  23. Happy Holidays

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

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  24. I love the colors in Autumn. Thanks for the giveaway!
    lisarayns at gmail dot com

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  25. I really like the changing colors.
    Thanks for sharing! Its a fun hop!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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    1. It was perfect timing, when I saw it I knew I had to take part! :)
      The winner will be drawn later today.

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