Friday, March 16, 2012

Hop Through St. Patrick's Day For A Kindle Or Nook!


This is the second of three blog hops I'll be doing to celebrate the wearing of the green. This one is hosted by Carrie Ann Ryan and is ONE DAY ONLY.
Carrie will be choosing two random commenters from among all those commenting at the 120 blogs listed below--including mine! Every comment you leave is counted as an additional entry to win one of two grand prizes:

Grand Prize 1: Winner's Choice of a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
Grand Prize 2: Winner's Choice of a $90 Amazon or Barnes&Noble Gift Card

So chop chop!

Three commenters here will also be randomly chosen for a chance to win one of three copies of my sweet, paranormal romance Kiss Me, I'm Irish (natch). Winners will have the option of an e-copy or print version. Open to international commentors, too! An excerpt is at the very end for a peekaloo.


So leave a comment with your email and then hop to the next blog for more chances to win!

Kiss Me, I'm Irish excerpt

                                              © 2011 Bella Street



What time is it? It was too dark to see a clock, if that was still something people used these days. Emily wondered how such a thought could be possible. These days. Yesterdays. The future. Goodness! Deciding to put off the theory of time travel and instead seek the hour of the day, she eased her legs over the side of the bed. A slight gap in the curtains at the window beckoned and she shed her blanket, keeping Liam's shirt about her. With careful steps she negotiated her way across the room, and peeked through the curtain gap. 

Bright sunlight washed over ramshackle structures and small brick buildings reflected in puddles of water on the black oily surface of the roadway. It must've rained sometime in the night. Across the street, a small child rode on some kind of self-propelled three-wheeled contraption. A woman with burnished brown skin walked past holding large bags in her arms. A moment later, a smooth machine sped past—but enclosed instead of open-air like Liam and Tinker's machines. She shook her head, stupefied. Could the world have altered so very much? In such a relatively short time? It felt as if she had windmills in her head, spinning with conflicting information and absurd occurrences. 
 
I just need to think this through, to get my bearings. A sudden desire for a breath of fresh air assailed her after hours in the stuffy room. Emily reached for the doorknob.

I wouldn't go out there alone if I were you.”

She spun around and saw Liam sitting up in bed, shirtless. Averting her gaze, she dropped her hand. “I...I just wanted some fresh air.” 
 
A sound of rustling reached her ears and Liam appeared at her side. She noticed he'd put on a white clinging shirt with short sleeves. The stubble was longer on his face now and his dark hair nearly resembled Tinker's style. 
 
He regarded her from under heavy brows. “I'll come out with you, but just for a minute.” Liam unlocked the door with careful movements, possibly to avoid waking his sister. Opening the door, he ushered her out first. Once they were outside, he closed it quietly behind them. The air was heavy and warm and smelled of a mixture of hothouse blooms and decaying rubbish. 
 
The light made Emily squint at first, but when she got used to it, she looked up and down the street, struggling to reconcile how she could be in another time. But how could a dream or hallucination be so fantastic and detailed? She turned to her host. “What are all those poles with strings on them?”

His brows arched as if it were the last question he expected. “Those are power poles. You know, they carry electricity from house to house. It's how we turn on the lights without...a flame.”

Electricity,” she said slowly, looking back up at the wires. “I once attended a house party in Surrey where they had a Galvani machine. We all held hands in a circle and one of the members turned a crank on the machine. Then we each received an unpleasant electric shock. Is it anything like that?”

He stared at her without answering. Emily returned his gaze, realizing this was the first time she'd seen him in full light. His hair was coal black and mussed from sleep. His skin, tan and ruddy, as if he were a field laborer. And his eyes were the intense blue of a milkwort blossom, with a telltale darker ring around the outer edge of the irises. Of course! With a name like Liam she should've realized it sooner. He wasn't a gypsy at all.

He was an Irishman.

That meant this was some form of purgatory. Jem, Donnelly, and Our Lady of the Portal had had their revenge after all.

70 comments:

  1. Hi Bella,
    What a great giveaway opportunity. I'm starting my copy of Kiss me, I'm Irish tonight. :)Thanks for this opportunity to win.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  2. I'm loving the shamrocks & the excerpt thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  3. A great excerpt! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    ~Jessica
    jessicasubject.writer at gmail dot com

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  4. What and excellent excerpt! I love the sound of this book. And the falling shamrocks are kinda cute lol.

    Happy St. Pattys Day!

    ~*Drea*~
    dreabecraft(@)aol.com

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  5. I love the falling shamrocks, they're so pretty.

    My sister was just asking me the other day if I had the last two books in your zombie series, she really liked the first 4. Maybe for her upcoming b-day, I can get them for her.

    acm05atjuno.com

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  6. I love the shamrock snow effect, so neat! I've seen your book on a few other sites as a prize, and I've yet to win it...maybe this will be my lucky day!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Hillary
    hillacurr@gmail.com

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  7. I love the shamrock rain. Very nice. Of course I love your books and have all of them.

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  8. Love the shamrocks falling. Very cute. Look forward to starting my copy of Kiss Me I'm Irish this coming week.
    Jean
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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  9. Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

    ~Sara
    sarabook7237@gmail.com

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  10. I would love to read your book.
    Happy St.Patricks Day.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  11. Thanks for the chance to win!!

    happy st patricks day!!

    brandon_savannah@yahoo.com

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  12. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    I'd love to read Kiss Me, I'm Irish!
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

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  13. Since i've already own your book, please don't enter me for that part of the giveaway but i wanted to thanks you for your generosity

    Happy St patrick day

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I love your blog =) Stop by if you get a chance: http://www.fiercedolan.com/blog/2012/03/15/celtic-culture-appreciation-day-or-why-i-meh-st-patricks-day/

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  15. Happy St. Patty's Day!

    my email is krystalamaral92(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!

    kandlekraze@yahoo.com

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  17. HAppy St Pattys Day !


    flwrs4ever(at)yahoo(dot)com
    ~Kym

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  18. That's a really awesome prize :O
    And I hope you have a happy St. Patrick's Day!
    And also, the four-leaf clovers on the screen are SUPER COOL

    cigam9 at gmail dot com

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  19. Happy St Patrick's Day!

    We don't celebrate it much in my country, but what's not to like here ;)
    I'm all in favor of the beer. Especially Guinness.
    And four-leaf clovers bring luck.

    I see you like them too judging from your blog's motive today :)

    Joan

    0401romance[at]gmail[dot]com

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  20. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this hop. :) So many great prizes! Thanks for joining the hop!

    ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com

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  21. Thanks so much for the chance to win, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  22. Thanks for joining the blog-hop! This is the first time I've followed one and loving finding new (to me) authors!
    ktlee11.07@ live dot com

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  23. Have a great St. Patty's Day!
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  24. Thanks so much for the giveaway~!
    Lmackesy at gmail dot com

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  25. Thank you so much for participating in this hop!!

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

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  26. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Sounds like a great, sweet paranormal read. Paranormal books are my favorites!

    Love the falling shamrocks...I once found a four leaf clover but it has since disappeared. I'm sure it fell apart and ended in the garbage can!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

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  28. Sounds like a great book. If you have any spare Irishmen you can send them with the book!

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. Amazing!! I just got my copy!! I can't wait to read it!!
    viajeradelmar@aol.com

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  30. I would love to win a copy.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  31. Thanks for the giveaway.

    ainfingeratcomcastDOTnet

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  32. Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    red_tigergirl2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  33. LOVED the excerpt...can't wait to read MORE! FAB cover too, btw! Happy St. Pat's Day...thx for the giveaway op! :)

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

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  34. HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!!

    Thank you for your generosity, and for participating in this blog hop! And every person here has said it, so it might be redundant...but the falling shamrocks are absolutely adorable! :D


    Name: Hira Hasnain
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day. Hoping you have a luck-filled weekend.

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. Thanks for the excerpt! I love little tidbits.
    Happy St. Pats Day!
    Mel
    bournmelissa AT hotmail DOT com

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  37. Happy St.Patricks Day to everyone .Im very excited about tomorrow its my 18th wedding anniversay with my darling irishman.I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend
    flanagan@mebtel.net

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  38. Thanks for the chance to win. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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  39. Happy St. Patrick's Day & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

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  40. Wonderful giveaway!

    sionedkla@gmail.com

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  41. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Great excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway and HOP!

    trb0917 at gmail dot com

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  42. Thanks for the giveaway! Thanks for the excerpt for Kiss Me, I'm Irish!

    suz2@cox.net

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  43. Hello There. Please enter me in your lovely St. Paddy's giveaway blog hop. :)

    Diane Melendez
    kui900@msn.com

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  44. Great excerpt! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to reading more.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  45. I'm still trying for your book.

    Pamela Jo
    theresjustlife@gmail.com

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  46. Thank you so much for participating in my blog hop yesterday!

    Winners of my book were Hillary, Pamela Jo, Books4Me, and Wanda.I've sent you an email to make arrangements.

    The Grand Prize Winners, chosen by the hop sponsor Carrie Ann Ryan, were Melissa L (#136 from Carrie Ann Ryan’s Blog) for the Kindle/Nook prize. And Shadow (#4186 from Wendy Smith’s Blog) for the $90 book gift card.


    Congrats to all!

    Happy St Patrick's Day!

    Bella

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  47. Thanks!
    skidmore333atgmaildotcom

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  48. Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
    denise13727(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. love the givaway!!

    jazmin.luna62@yahoo.com

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  50. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! :)

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  51. thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  52. Awesome giveaway! Thanks!

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  53. Thanks!

    Dani C

    ellepaulette@gmail.com

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  54. I love this giveaway!

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

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  55. Your shamrocks scared me at first. lol. Book sounds great. If I win I'll definitely get it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    oreo_93 at hotmail dot com

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  56. Thanks for the giveaway!

    rosashah [at] gmail [dot] com

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  57. Great excerpt! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    sena.sagani [at]gmail[dot]com

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  58. Knock, knock!
    Who's there?
    Warren.
    Warren who?
    Warren anything green today?

    HOPT TO WIN :D

    gaby891 AT YAHOO DOT COM

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  59. MEEE WAANNT to win!!!

    gaby011421(AT)(YAHOO)(DOT)(COM)

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  60. Cute giveaway! Thanks

    Hollybwright atcomcast dotnet

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  61. oooo, love the cover!!!
    ghtough (at) gmail (dot) com

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  62. this is an awesome opportunity! thanks so much
    cb1574@txstate.edu

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  63. thanks for the hop and love the books you guys are giving
    away

    desi the blonde at msn dot com

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  64. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

    pulliam_t at yahoo dot com

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  65. Thank you for the giveaway!!

    jalyssa982003 at yahoo dot com

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  66. How generous of you. Thanks!
    ruthaw_1974@yahoo.com

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  67. What a great giveaway!!! Thanks!!!

    Misty@kindleobsessed.com

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