Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy New Year Blog Hop 2012

Happy New Year Everyone!

I'm so excited for this new year. There is intense energy swirling in the universe and you won't want to miss this great way to kick it off. What better way than the opportunity to win some free stuff. 

There are THREE, yes THREE chances to win here at So I'm Fifty so don't miss these awesome gifts.

In honor of my 20 year-old son's first year in business I will be giving away a
3/4 lb. bag of his unique holiday blend (only offered until Dec. 31st) of Cafe Solace coffee. A perfect dark roasted Sumatran coffee mixed with an elegant Ethiopian in just the right amounts to create a well balanced molasses smoky textured base with tea like fruit attributes and a complex finish. (You didn't know I was such a coffee snob, did you.)

I'm so happy to be coming up on 200 followers. Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to follow and comment. I love hearing from you and appreciate your encouragement and patience as I learn to navigate social media and my goals as a writer. This is going to be an exciting year and I'd love to take you along with me. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Watch for details about Project Madison! 

During these short winter days, I can't think of anything more comforting than curling up in your favorite blanket with a great book and warm cup of coffee. This giveaway will be running through midnight Central time on January 3 and is opened to people with mailing addresses in the US.

To enter:
 1. Follow my blog 
 2. Tweet this post. 

 3. Comment: Tell me what you are looking forward to in the new year and 
      which gift you would prefer to receive if you're the winner. 

Gift One
Gift Two

Gift Three 

Don't forget to visit the other blogs participating in the hop for more great ways to win! Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting this event.


  1. That's a really nice giveaway. Wow, so many others participating as well.
    Happy New Year!

  2. I am looking forward to having my hubby home everyday. (He was deployed 7 months last year and living in another state then us for 2 months. SO 9 months apart, I look forward to him being HOME this year. Shoreduty, nice)
    I like the giveaway two... I love Debbie!

    shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

    * not sure if I am supposed to entry for each thing like follow blog, tweet and this. Here is tweet.!/acottagedream/status/152813363762692098

  3. Hi there!
    I am looking forward to getting to read MORE books from ALL the GREAT authors I have made friends with here on the blogs like YOURS, on Facebook and Google +! Writing reviews on all their books on my blog, Amazon and Goodreads! Thanks SO much for posting the button from the Reading Siren for the Debut Author Challenge! I want to enter MORE Reading Challenges this year!! Low and behold, after making this decision this week, here I find a GREAT Reading Challenge to join!! (Besides Goodreads and an ebook one I am joining!!) THANKS!! I'm going to head over and sign up now after here! It takes people like YOU who care enough to POST the buttons so us visitors, now Followers, can also join in on the fun!! Thank you SO much!! You ARE a VERY caring person!! Thank you!!
    I have not gotten the opportunity YET to read one of your books, as when it comes to children's books, I mostly focus on baby/toddler books, as my girlfriend has a grandbaby! I'm always looking for books for little Aiden! I'll have to try one of yours one day SOON!! I will end up collecting them and give them to the kids here in the neighborhood, or to one of the schools! There is NOTHING BRIGHTER, NOR BETTER, than to see a child's face LIGHT UP when you give them a book! It warms MY heart as well!
    KOODLES to you for writing such GREAT books for the 'tween' kids!! They NEED them!
    Koodles to you for the love you show for your own kids AND your Grandkids! You can tell HOW much by what you write about them here on your blog and on your Twitter profile blurb! I LOVE it!
    Thanks SO much for this AWESOME GIVEAWAY!! Wow! The prizes are AWESOME!!! I'm JUST getting back into drinking coffee again, and that would be SOOOO GREAT!! I like Prize #2!!!
    I follow you on GFC as lauriehere - NEW!
    I follow you on Twitter as @laurieisreading and I tweeted your giveaway! Here's the link!!/laurieisreading/status/152813454338699264
    I'll also go on over to Google + to ADD you to my Circles!!
    Thanks SO much!!!
    PS. You might like my giveaway at my blog! It's a book about a young boy who goes with his father to the North Pole where they are digging in the ice to study Global Warming! The little boy is bored until they find buried DEEP in the ice, a book that anyone who speaks any language can read!! They read the story aloud! So you think you know ALL about Santa? Wrong! This story will tell you how Santa originated from BIRTH and ALL about the elves! TRULY destined to become a Christmas Classic! It's called "The Man in the Cinder Clouds" by Rick Daley! Come check it out! The boy is a middle-grade boy! You will LOVE the story and his discoveries in this book!
    Thanks SO much, again!
    Laurie Carlson
    laurieisreading at gmail dot com

  4. PS. I LOVE the name of your blog!! I'll be 45 in about 7 days! I'm 'up' there, too!! So what, huh!!!

  5. Sorry!!! Just want to let you know when you posted the button for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge at the Story Siren, I think you used a comma instead of a dot. When you click on the button, it says there is not thestorysiren,com. Do you mean
    Just wanted to let you know!
    Thanks again!

  6. What I'm looking forward this year is to have a good trimester at school with GOOD PASSING GRADES!
    Im looking forward to going to NYC for a 3 day trip at school. I'm looking forward to actually completing my new story that I'm writing (not yet) and actually FINISHING IT! My birthday in 2 months.
    Getting my license, oh and getting lots and lots and lots of books!!!

  7. Great prize packs! I'd love to win any of them, but I'm familiar with the author from pack #2 so I'd probably pick that one. Happy 2012 and congrats on your son's success!
    I'm a new GFC follower (savings in seconds) and here's my tweet:!/DedeZoomsalot/status/152866412359196672

  8. Any of the prize packs would be fine, but I would choose #2 if I have to pick one. I'm looking forward to a new normal for next year. My hometown was hit by an EF5 tornado this last May and we are still in the recovery stages. Myself and my oldest daughter both lost everything. Her family is living with her dad, I'm living with my youngest daughters family. It's been a tough year. I hope that next year is better.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  9. Giveway 1:) I am looking forward to spending more time with my out of town family in 2012:)

  10. Finishing school and going back to having a real job. Of course I could miss school once I have a real job lol! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. I am looking forward transferring from a provisional to a standard teaching license. Thank you


  12. i am looking forward to a year of happy times spent with my family!

  13. as for the gift...i'd like gift 2 or 3

  14. I am looking forward to several new release books that I have been waiting on...
    I would like to win prize 3 :-)

  15. I'm looking forward to finishing writing my latest book, and I'd like to win prize 3. Thanks!


    thaliansmhc at yahoo dot com

  16. I am looking forward to planning a fun family vacation!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  17. The BOOKS! Just the January releases alone have my mouth watering!!

    Thanks for the giveaway & have a Happy New Year!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  18. I look forward to a year of time spent with my family and friends.
    I would love to win prize number three. Thank you for the giveaway.

    emilymeimei204 at yahoo dot com

  19. I am looking forward to a great year of a lot of to be read books.

  20. I would love gift three! I'm looking forward to 2012 because it's a fresh year and a chance to accomplish more of my goals! The books look fantastic!

  21. Hm. Looking forward to just being home. I worked really hard on my house this past year letting all my creativity out and I love how it turned out. I just want to spend time at home with my herd of animals curled up reading a good book :)


    GFC Red


  22. I am looking forward to reading many fantastic books! Thanks very much for the giveaway!

    GFC: Alivia


  23. More books, the start of senior year.

  24. I'm looking forward to expanding my blog and reading more!

    I'd love prize number 3 :)

  25. I'm looking forward to starting my internships as a dietitian!

  26. I'm looking forward to all of the awesome books coming out this year!

  27. I am looking forward to reading more and try my hand at writing!

  28. In the new year I'm looking forward to hopefully finding some kind of employment and I'd love to win gift 3 :) I tweeted here:!/CheryBlosomRain/status/153755321163194368

    and I'm following through GFC as: a_breen87@yahoo(dot)com

  29. I am looking forward to my baby's 1st birthday! I would love gift 2, maybe 3, if the book is good :)

  30. I am looking forward to a better year for the economy in 2012 and spending time with my grandchildren.

    GFC Nedraw
    I would choose Prize Pack #2.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  31. I'm looking forward to reading more often. I'd like gift 1 or 3.

    Thanks for hosting!

    GFC: Katie Amanda


    Thanks for the giveaway

    Im hoping to have more patience this year and try not to sweat the small stuff

    GFC Michele Luker

    jmluker at winco dot net

  33. oh, i forgot, I would like #3!!

  34. It being a better year, and I'd like to be better organized, also. Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. I am looking forward to a better year - being more healthy.

    Happy New Year!

  36. I am looking forward to spending time with my new daughter-in-law this year! I have 2 sons, and my oldest just got married in November, so now I finally have a daughter, and I adore her! She's a sweetheart, and we get to do so many things together that I missed out on not having one of my own =)
    Thank you so much for this wonderful givaway!
    Happy New Year!
    GFC follower robertsongena

    Gena Robertson

  37. I am looking forward to all the awesome books and movie coming out ^.^

  38. I'm looking forward to reading a ton of books!

  39. What am I looking forward to most this year...finishing another year of college, being done having babies so watching my 4 children blossom and not having a new baby on the way for the first time in a few years haha, reading books, increasing my faith, maybe fitting in some yoga time...

  40. I follow via gfc as Becca. I tweeted at!/sbshortie/status/154036229845942272 I am looking forward to getting healthy this year and losing all of the weight I have packed on in the last few years!

  41. I am looking forward to my little girls growing up, and my oldest starts preschool in fall. That is going to be hard on me, I think.

  42. I am looking forward to my vacation in May.

    GFC: LisaILJ

  43. I am looking forward to reading lots of good books this year. Thank you for participating in this giveaway fun :)

  44. I am looking forward to becoming a teacher as I finish up my degree

  45. Any of the prize packs would be fine, but I would choose #3. if I have to pick one. I'm looking forward to graduating this year. tweeted:!/helldog3/status/154097452629237762

  46. honestly Im looking forward to being with my fiancee and our kids and of course good books and being w ith the rest of my family

    and the rpices packs if i have to pick oen number 2 or three yeah two would be awesome to win well they all would ty for the chance

    Beverly Gordon aka SiNn

  47. I am looking forward to being more organized.

  48. I'm looking forward to getting my life back on track

  49. This year I am looking forward to finding financial security by getting a full-time teaching job.

  50. I am looking forward to spending time with my family, and trying to find a job that I can do with my physical restrictions. I would love to win one of the prize packs. My preference order would be 2,3,1.

  51. I am looking forward to changing a bit, maybe get healthier, get a little more organized and spending quality time with my grandchildren.



  52. Im looking forward to all the amazing new releases this year :) I'd love to win Gift No.3 :D
    thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  53. I am always looking forward to Comic Con in July, but this year, my sister in law is having her second kid in the summer so I'm REALLY excited about that.

    I'd love to get gift 3. XVI has been on my TBR list for awhile, but my library doesn't have it!

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
    workingforthemandroid at gmail dot com

  54. I'm looking forward to a lot of 2012 book releases! Also, moving to England in May!
    gfc: bookstacksondeck

  55. I'm looking forward to sooo many books coming out in 2012.
    I'd love to get gift 3. XVI has been on my wishlist for awhile.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  56. Thanks for the giveaway & Happy New Year!
    I'm looking forward to a lot of road trips with hubby and my daughter(6 1/2). He often travels for business and we tag along on the longer assignments. My daughter loves to stay in hotels and explore new places. We plan to do a little sight-seeing everywhere and maybe try some new restaurants.

  57. GFC(Mona Garg)!/Kulmona/status/154386450543157250

    I would love prize #2 or 3

  58. New year is also one of the holidays I've been looking for. It's good to receive and send New year wishes and messages from and to loved ones and friends. Happy holidays to you!


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