The Happy Birthday Bloghop GIVEAWAY!

It's Carrie Ann Ryan's birthday - HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARRIE - and we're celebrating with her!

Around 60 of her author and blogger friends are hosting a hop for two days!! Woot! Each author is going to talk about their favorite birthdays or why they love (or hate) them.

What does that mean for you as a reader?

Well, each author is giving away a prize at their blog. AND we're giving away TWO grand prizes.

1) A Kindle Touch

2) A $60 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card

Yep. You can comment on each blog and enter to win! How great is that? So on April 5th the hop begins and you have until 11:59PM on the 6th to participate!

But first, let's talk birthdays!

Personally I love birthdays. I'm lucky enough to have a holiday birthday in the month of December, though many people have expressed sympathy for that fact since you often get fewer presents. Since I'm not a huge present person anyway, it doesn't bother me! I'm just happy going out to dinner a few times and getting some new books. Because books=happiness to me. Probably why I became a writer, huh? 

This past year, I turned thirty-six. Granted, birthdays aren't quite as much fun as when I was younger. I remember one year waking up on my sixth birthday to the house being all decorated for Christmas - my favorite birthday memory ever - but I still make sure to do something special every year. Even if it's only going to Chili's or Outback, my favorite restaurants! 

Now it's your turn!

Along with the GRAND PRIZES that will be given out to the overall Bloghop winners, I'm giving away THREE prizes! A $5.00 Amazon/B&N gift card (winner's choice) to one winner, and two other winners will win a backlist ebook of mine of their choice.

What do you have to do to be entered to win?

It's EASY!

1) Just become a follower of the blog
2) Leave a comment telling me about your naughtiest or nicest birthday (your choice!)

Have fun and happy hopping, and a HUGE thank you to Carrie for putting on the hop! Check out the links below to continue on to the next stop!


Helen Hardt said...

The toughest one so far was the big 4-0. The big 5-0 is coming in less than 3 years, and that one's going to hurt! Funny, I still feel about 20, lol.

Rhonda D said...

My nicest birthday was my 13th. We had a blast, playing basketball in the rain and dancing.
Thanks for participating. I am a follower (slinkydennis).
Happy Birthday Carrie Ann!

Anne said...

It sounds so boring, but we don't do much for birthdays so I don't have a particularly great (or naughty) memory of one.

I past the big 4-0 with no issues, hopefully the big 5-0 next year will be the same.

GFC Anne38

cheralyn said...

On my 16th birthday, I had a big party and we had a great time playing games and eating lots of chocolate cake and ice cream. Thanks for the great giveaway! GFC/cheryllynne cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

Louisa Bacio said...

Ciao Cari! Just another participating author-hopper dropping in for a hello! Yep, Definitely agree that birthdays are super-special!

Terri Matlock said...

i loved my 16th. it was nice just a few friends and i. my dad let us grill out and we were able to light up the fire pit my dad has and make smores. we hung out till around 11 then the guys that were over went home and most of the girls stayed the night. :)

Nikki said...

Hey Cari!! I already stalk you because you rock!! My naughtiest birthday was 30 and ended with the nicest present I could ever hope for!! 9 months later I had my daughter!! LOL!! Stay naughty Cari!!

Jessica Subject said...

You know, I really don't have many birthdays that stick out, other holidays though. I can remember some of my hubby's birthdays being pretty naughty though. LOL

jessicasubject.writer at gmail dot com

Maria pronounced Mariah said...

I got married the day before my birthday and at the time I never thought about the fact that it was the week before mothers day. My hubby says he is screwed over. We usually don't do anything because I am home for mothers day and birthday with my girls but last year we actually got away for our 14th anniversary. It was the 1st time in as many years! It was so nice to just get out of town for a couple days! Know the kids were getting to school and relax among other things...

mmafsmith at gmail dot com

Liese2 said...

My best birthday was when my husband and I were able to go to Italy.
I follow you GFC as Lisa Walker

Mary D said...

My husband and I don't do a lot for our birthdays, so no fun story there. lol. Thanks for the giveaway and for doing the hop.

I follow you on GFC as Mary Doherty


Vanessa N. said...

My best one had to be my 16th because we got dressed up and danced with my family and friends.

Kay said...

My nicest birthday was when I turned 21 and my friends took me out for my first drink--a little naughty too :)

I'm following your blog!

sumopalk (at) gmail (dot) com

Cayce said...

One of the greatest was when I turned 12. It was snowing all week, and we spend the day playing outside then eating cake and hot chocolate :)

GFC Cayce
cayce006 at yahoo dot com

CakeLady said...

best one is on my 16th I got a gold ring from my mom
blog follower

Sherry said...

Growing up we didn't really celebrate birthdays other than getting a couple of cards. I don't have a naughty birthday story either.
sstrode at scrtc dot com

Linda Kwolek said...

Hello, I follow through GFC as Linda Kwolek. I don't have a naughty memory of a birthday, and nicest is when my kids did the housework for me.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for participating in this blog hop - so happy to have found another new to me author - and for the awesome giveaway op!

Happy Birthday to Carrie and to everyone celebrating an April birthday!

I wish I had a naughty birthday to tell about, darn it - would love one, lol. My best birthday was my 19th. Back then, in Iowa, 19 was the legal drinking age, so my mom and I went out and she bought me my first drink. The rest of the night became a blur as everyone else in the bar supplied my drinks, lol. She'd left at some point and my best friend poured me into her car and took me home. 'Twas a fun night from what I can remember though! :D

GFC follower robertsongena
Facebook follower Gena Robertson
Twitter follower @mystchevia

Gena Robertson

Shadow said...

My birthdays are mostly the same. I have dinner with my family and watch movies. Its nice. Im not one for crowds or partying hard. A quiet dinner, cake & ice cream, a good movie and im happy! :) Thanks!
gfc- shadow_kohler

Cathy M said...

I had the most fun on my 30th birthday when I went on my first and last, tandem parachute jump.

gfc follower
Cathy m
caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Tamara Hoffa said...

Naughty and nice, a weekend getaway in a jacuzzi suite with my husband

Z said...

I am a follower Cari.I haven't had a naughty birthday but I have a have some fun ones. Think 5 year old tomboy eating a cake with Charlie Brown on it catching a frog with a net, a 10 year old getting a tye dyed stuffed frog. A 42 yr old giving birth to her #9, the baby of the family. Yeah those were the best ones. Oh and a 25 year old going to see The Bellemy Brothers.
Seawitch Reviews @

elaing8 said...

Happy Birthday to Carrie.

I am a GFC follower
I'm not s big fan of the birthdays.Mine have all been low key and nothing exciting happening.

Julianne said...

My nicest birthday was a surprise by my husband. We went to dinner at Texas Roadhouse where our son and my parents were waiting. We had a great dinner and then some cake and ice cream. Then I got some gc to Amazon to buy books.
Happy Birthday Carrie Ann!
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

June M. said...

One of my nicest birthdays recently was a couple of years ago. I was staying with my sister for a couple of reasons, but my brother, his two little boys, my sister, her 3 kids, and I ate pizza & cupcakes, watched videos, brother and my sister's son played video games, and we basically just hung out. It was a fun time with lots of laughs.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Mel B said...

Happy Birthday Carrie!

My best birthday memory was my 40th. Spending the day with my mom shopping and going to lunch. I also got my tattoo, a garter with a Derringer around my thigh. It was the best.

I follow GFC: Mel Bourn/ Melissa

bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

Sue Sattler said...

My daughter and I both have our birthdays in Oct., her's is the 12th and mine is the 21st. So we go all out for her birthday and keep mine low key.


Susan W. said...

We don't do anything special for birthday's. The last birthday that was anything special was my Snow White and Dwarfs 18th birthday cake my mom made.
Follow by GFC: Susan White, and RSS.


Kassandra said...

My birthday is near Mother's day and 3 days from my wedding anniversary so my husband tends to get me something big (like my nook color last year!!) for all three. All I ever really want is maybe dinner and some new reads ;)

Catherine Lee said...

I love Carrie Ann and I'm glad to wish her a HAPPY, HAPPY Birthday. And how sweet that she and her friends are giving away things on her special day.

I haven't had any exceptionally memorable birthdays. My hubby takes me out on my birthday, to a favorite restaurant of choice. More special is my hubby's b'day, which is also our anniversary. I give him a birthday gift and he gives me any anniversary present. It's a Win-Win day!

catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

GFC Follower: Catherine

Renald said...

I'm hope my best birthday is yet to come. Happy blog hop.Deb P

VanillaOrchids said...

Nicest birthday would probably have to be the one that I spent in England. :)

GFC: VanillaOrchids

Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!


Lexie@BookBug said...

My best birthday was when I turned 15 and i had a surprise party. They invited the boy that I had a mad crush on!
GFC follower: Lexie@BookBug
lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

Linda Henderson said...

Happy Birthday Carrie Ann and to everyone having a birthday this month. My grandkids make my birthday special every year by making me cards, they are very special to me. Also one year for my birthday my best friend, who knows I'm not a big regular cake fan, made a big cherry cobbler for me for my birthday, it was delicious.

GFC as seriousreader

seriousreader at live dot com

bas1chs said...

My naughtiest birthday was when I took off with my boyfriend to a nearby city's festival and stayed overnight in motel with him without telling my parents. I was only 17 and blah blah blah. Anyway, no regrets ;-)
I'm a GFC follower - Shannon

bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

BookAttict said...

I've had a lot of really awesome birthdays! lol -- one of the coolest recently was when my boyfriend at the time took me on a surprise vacation to Mexico -- complete with incredible hotels, unlimited spa service and a car & driver so we could do all kinds of touristy things!

elizabeth @ bookattict . com
GFC: BookAttict

Nay Nay said...

Woohoo! Happy Birthday Carrie!

What a great way to discover new authors/blogs and visit with old friends. Everybody wins this way! LOL

I'm an old GFC follower( Nay Nay)
I cherish every birthday. I get to spend it with my family and friends.

Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win such a fantastic prize! <^_^>


Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) said...

My nicest birthday was a few years after me and the hubs were married and he surprised me with having a wreath delivered because he knew how much I loved decorating with them. Thanks for hop! Already a follower.

JoAnna said...

I think my nicest birthday was my 40th last year. My DH threw a surprise party for me. He arranged for my oldest to babysit my youngest overnight and we went out after the party with friends and then to a hotel. It was a great night!

beckerjo at verizon dot net
GFC: beckerjo

Tina B said...

Happy Birthday to Carrie Ann!
Thank you for the giveaway.
The naughtiest birthday that I was involved in was actually my husband's. The first year we were dating, I decided to do something special for him. I rented a nice hotel room in our city. We had a romantic dinner, went dancing downtown, and ended it with a Jacuzzi bath. ;)
trb0917 at gmail dot com

flchen1 said...

Already a follower :)

Hmm... one of the nicest birthdays was one we celebrated at a fancy Japanese restaurant, sans kids. It's fun to have some time to reconnect ;)

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Lauren Mackesy said...

My best birthday was when I turned 30. I was pregnant with my 4th baby and depressed. My mom invited us to dinner at her house. As I walk in the door, about 50 people yelled SURPRISE!! Even my dad came from out of state to be there. I walked back out the door and cried. lol
Lmackesy @ gmail dot com