Sunday, December 8, 2013

Queer Town Abby Holiday Blog Hop- Gifts and Great Books Giveaway!

Happy Holidays!

I`m thrilled to be a part of the Queer Town Abbey Christmas Blog Hop! Since this is the season for giving there are prizes galore, so make sure to stop in and visit each author for your chance to win! I`ll be giving away a readers choice of any of my backlist books. That`s right, from zom-rom-com to hot M/M hockey romance to Greek mythological love to shifters, one lucky winner will get their choice of a PDF version of any of my Torquere Press books that will be listed and linked below.

Queer Town Abbey is also hosting a giveaway with some great prizes. Below you`ll find a question with a one word answer. To enter the QTA giveaway, you`ll need to visit the blog hop page and enter your answer.

The theme of this hop is ‘What Does Christmas Mean to Me?’  When I think of the holidays, I think of music first and foremost. Those holiday classics are what brings the memory of Christmas past to the fore. My mother, who we lost far too early, always had holiday tunes playing. Be it Bing Crosby, The Chipmunks, or her and my favorite, Elvis Presley, our house was filled with music as soon as the first box of decorations was brought out of the attic.

This is a tradition that I carry on with my daughter. Every year I make a point to play Elvis` Christmas album when we`re decorating our tree. In this day of everyone having their own personal music system plugged into their head, I think being exposed to something a little different is a good thing. She can listen to Hollywood Undead but when we`re decorating the tree, it`s Elvis. I hope that when she has a family of her own, she`ll play her grandmother`s favorite music for her children.

And what holiday would be complete without cookies?! Not mine that`s for sure! This recipe for Peanut Butter No-Bake cookies is one of my family`s favorites. It`s simple, fast, and most of all delicious.

2 cups of sugar
½ cup milk
1 stick of butter
1 tsp. of vanilla
¾ cup peanut butter
3 cups instant oatmeal

Combine the first three ingredients. Heat until boiling, and then boil for ninety seconds. Add the last three ingredients, stir until well coated. Drop heaping spoonfuls onto wax paper. Stand back and watch them disappear!


Now for the spreading of holiday cheer!

First for the QTA Blog Hop Giveaway. Here is my question: Who do I listen to when decorating my Christmas tree?

Queer Town Abbey Blog Hop

And now for my giveaway! Everyone who visits and leaves a comment telling me what their favorite holiday memory is will be entered in the drawing. On 12/13 at 8 PM EST, I`ll enter all the names into the jolly and sometimes holly Random Thing Picker. Please don`t forget to leave your contact information in your comment. Below are links to the books that are being offered. All books are in PDF form. The winner can choose one book that tickles their tinsel the most. Check out the buy pages for snippets and information on each book. The winner can choose from:

Two Guys Walk Into an Apocalypse 2: It Came From Birmingham:

Have a joyous holiday season, and good luck!

Yours in love and laughter,

V.L. Locey


Anonymous said...

The Elvis Christmas Album! OMG, that brings back some memories--my mother would insist on playing that, as well as the Bing Crosby one every year. :-)

I confess, I still listen to the Bing album at Christmas time myself. I smile at the opening notes to White Christmas every time I hear it. :-)

Anonymous said...

I remember sitting with my nieces a few Christmases ago, wearing the hockey jersey I'd just gotten as I told them about Steve Martin's movies. I think I caught my brother getting a little misty as he watched us...


nancy said...

My favorite Christmas memory? Hmmm, I guess that would be my first memory of Santa. He came to my great-grandmother's house and gave us all an orange and told us if we had been good there would be a nice surprise under our tree the next morning. He had a long white beard and a red hat but he wore Uncle Clarence's long black overcoat and sounded familiar.

bn100 said...

like decorating the tree together

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

V.L. Locey said...

What wonderful memories! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Good luck!

ShirleyAnn said...

Never had an Christmas albums I'm afraid but loved Elvis when I was younger watched all his Films.

V.L. Locey said...

I watched all his films as well, Shirley!

Thanks for commenting, and good luck!

Emily said...

That sounds like a fun tradition, thanks for sharing!


Shadow said...

My favorite is when my parents, siblings and I all got up early, turned on christmas music and cooked a big dinner. We set the table, ate way to much, played monopoly for a couple hours, watched super hero movies, stuffed our selves full of junk food, played video games. We stayed up all day and night! I love this day! It was amazing! Thank you for sharing! Happy holidays!

V.L. Locey said...

Sorry I`m late. I was out last night watching The Hobbit 2! What a great film.

Anydoodles, the winner of thier choice of my backlist book is ShirleyAnn!

Congrats Shirley, I`ll be in contact with you shortly. Thank you to everyone who visited. Have a joyous holiday all!

Anonymous said...

Hi V.L,

I want to send a personal thank you for your participation in the xmas blog hop 2013. Thanks to you the Christmas Blog Hop was a great success.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family and friends a very happy holiday and joyful New Year 2014

All the best,

Founder/Administrations Manager
Queer Town Abbey