Friday, January 1, 2016

~Happy New Year and an eBook Giveaway~

And as a treat for the New Year... I'm giving away an eBook copy of Trouble Comes in Threes and Behind the Eight Ball!

*Throws glitter*

Make sure to leave me an email addy and what kind of format you'd like. Contest ends Jan 8th, and I'll announce the winner the next day. 

Also, this is my birthday month so there's going to be stuff happening all through the month lol. 

Confetti being dropped in Times Square during the New Year's celebration.

Fun facts for the first day of January:

*The first New Year was celebrated 4,000 years by the ancient Babylonians.

*It’s tradition to ring in New Year’s with family and friends because the first people you see will either give you good luck or bad luck. So make sure to keep friends close and foes very far away

*More vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day than any other holiday, statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau revealed.

*The top three places to celebrate New Year’s Eve are Las Vegas, Disney World and of course, New York City.  Internationally, one of the biggest celebrations is in Sydney, Australia. More than 80,000 fireworks are set off from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

*Time Square New Year's Eve Ball was first dropped in 1907 after there was a fireworks ban. Back then, a 700-pound ball embellished with 25-watt bulbs made of iron and wood was dropped. Now, however, it weighs 11,875 pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is adorned with 2,668 Waterford crystals.

*The tradition has continued in Times Square, except for in 1942 and 1943. The ball was not lowered because of wartime restrictions.

*In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day to bring good luck all year long.

*In Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico, some families stuff a large doll, which is called Mr. Old Year, with memories from the past year. They also dress him in clothes from the outgoing year. At midnight, he is set ablaze, thus burning away the bad memories.

*It’s good luck to eat foods like black eyed peas, ham and cabbage because it is thought they bring prosperity. But if you want to have a happy new year, don’t eat lobster or chicken. Lobsters can move backward and chickens can scratch in reverse, so it is thought these foods could bring a reversal of fortune.

*Chinese New Year is celebrated the second full moon after the winter solstice.

*Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. Apples and honey are traditionally eaten.

*In ancient Rome the new year began on March 1.

*The traditional New Year’s song, “Auld Lang Syne,” means, “times gone by.”

*The top 10 resolutions are usually to lose weight, eat more healthily, exercise more, stop smoking, stick to a budget, save money, get more organized, be more patient, find a better job and to just be a better person over all.

*Using a baby to signify the New Year began in ancient Greece around 600 B.C.

Happy New Year, everyone!


  1. Happy New Year!

    DeeDHenry at gmail

  2. *~Happy New Year~*
    I loved Trouble comes in Threes, can I put my name in the hat for Behind the Eight Ball in pdf please.

  3. Thanks for the great information. I am going to wear red underwear today. It is my birthday month as well. Happy Birthday
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  4. Happy New Year. Interesting facts. I'd like the PDF version.

  5. Happy New Year! Mobi/prc would be great...


  6. Happy New Year and birth month to you! I prefer PDF and already have Trouble Comes in Threes (which I loved!).

  7. Happy New Year and Happy Birth Month! Interesting facts with this post. I would love to have them (if I win) in Mobi/prc please.


  8. Don't enter me as Ive got them, but Happy New Year! And Happy Birthday Month to all January babies! (I'm in there too!)

  9. Happy New Year! I have Trouble, loved it!


  10. Happy New Year!! Thanks for the interesting facts. If I won I would want PDF.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  11. Well since I've already got both books I'll say Happy New Year MA!!!! *hugs* <3

  12. *Throws glitter* Happy New Year!! Thankfully I decided to just eat cereal instead of chicken!!

    Mobi format

  13. Happy New Year

  14. Happy New Year!!! I already have Trouble Comes in Threes, would love Behind the Eight Ball in PDF.

  15. Happy New Year!!! .epub or .mobi

  16. Happy New Year & Happy Birthday! And thank you!
    .epub or .mobi

  17. Happy New Year & Happy Birthday! And thank you!
    .epub or .mobi

  18. Happy New Year and Happy birthday. Good on you for finishing a year cigarette free.

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  20. Happy New Year & Birthday Month!! If I should be so lucky epub please,

  21. Quite interesting facts, thanks for sharing them. Happy New Year and hope that it brings you much success in all you do but especially good health to you and yours.
    Give A Rush

  22. Happy birthday month! My birthday is also this month so really it's the best month. ;) I would love epub format if I win. Happy New Year!

    Waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com