New Year’s Traditions & a Blog Hop

Release Day for Wishing for a Highlander is almost here! Thank you for visiting my blog to help me celebrate the start of 2013 and the beginning of a new era as I become a *gasps* published author! I’m ringing in the New Year with a huge team of talented authors, a bushel of prizes, and a truck load of new books in the New Year’s Blog Hop.

New Year's Blog Hop Prize

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

What prizes, you say? How’s this to start off your 2013?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $300 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! (US Only for the Swag Pack)

CarrieAnne's Blog Hops

All you have to do to enter is leave a commment here with your email address. To enter more than once, click any of the New Year’s Blog Hop buttons above to visit the fabulous blogs of the other authors on the hop. To sweeten the deal, I’m adding in a $5 Amazon gift card to one commenter on my blog. Winners will be notified by email after Jan 6th.

So what’s going on in my world this New Years? A LOT! Including becoming a published author! There is still one week to go before the release of Wishing for a Highlander, my fantasy romance featuring a pregnant, time travelling museum worker, a Scot who thinks he’s too big under his kilt, and a mischievous wishing box.

Wishing for a Highlander

I’ll be making several appearances on the blogs of some wonderful, supportive author friends, and I hope you’ll subscribe to my blog (look for the “Follow Blog Via Email” button on the right sidebar) so you know where and when to find me.

To whet your appetite, here’s the blurb for Wishing for a Highlander:

While examining Andrew Carnegie’s lucky rosewood box, single-and-pregnant museum worker Melanie makes a tongue in cheek wish on the artifact–for a Highland warrior to help her forget about her cheating ex. Suddenly transported to the middle of a clan skirmish in sixteenth-century Scotland, she realizes she should have been a tad more specific.

Darcy, laird in waiting, should be the most eligible bachelor in Ackergill, but a cruel prank played on him in his teenage years has led him to believe he is too large under his kilt to ever join with a woman. He has committed himself to a life of bachelorhood, running his deceased father’s windmills and keeping up the family manor house…alone.

Darcy’s uncle, Laird Steafan welcomes the strangely dressed woman into his clan, immediately marrying her to Darcy in hopes of an heir. But when Steafan learns of her magic box and brands her a witch, Darcy must do what any good husband would–protect his wife, even if it means forsaking his clan.

And here’s a teaser:

     Size might have its advantages when it came to fighting, but those few boons fell far short of making up for the problems it caused. Being the biggest and the strongest had gotten him into far more trouble than it had gotten him out of. Swallowing his regret for how careless he’d been with her, he sought to determine whom she belonged to, whom, saints forbid, he might owe.
     “Whose wife are ye, then? Not a Gunn’s or I wouldna have had to rescue you from one.”
     “I’m not married,” the lass said. “And thank you for the rescuing, by the way. I can’t believe I dropped the dirk. Stupid.” She shook her head.
     His heart warmed at her thanks. He didn’t hear many kind words from the lasses and would take what he could get, even from a dishonored woman who had caught a bairn out wedlock. Oddly, he didn’t think poorly of her. Whether it was her worried brow, her guileless, soft mouth, or her vulnerable size, he had not the heart to condemn her.
     He didn’t even mind so much that she found him distasteful for his size, although talking with her now, she didn’t seem overly upset to be in his arms. He endeavored to keep her talking, keep her distracted from her disgust.
     “Ye never answered my first question,” he said. “Who are you? And where are ye from if ye’re no’ English?”
     “Ugh. I don’t know. Is there an answer that won’t get me burned at the stake or locked up in a ward for the hopelessly insane?”
     Like most things out of her mouth, that had been a peculiar answer. “Ye could try the truth,” he offered, slowing his pace since he heard Archie’s voice not far off.
     “No,” she said flatly. “I couldn’t. At least not the whole truth. How about we just go with my name, Melanie, and with the honest fact that I’m a long way from home and I have no idea how to get back.” Her green eyes pierced his. “I’m afraid you might be stuck with me, Darcy Keith.”

I’ll see you on January 7th, RELEASE DAY for Wishing for a Highlander! In the mean time, Happy New Year!

Don’t forget to leave a comment with your email address to be entered in MY drawing for a $5 Amazon gift card and THE NEW YEAR’S BLOG HOP’S drawing for those fabulous prizes mentioned above. And visit a few blogs on the hop to share the New Year’s love.


About Jessi Gage

Jessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. She’s a passionate reader of all genres of romance, especially anything involving the paranormal. Ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, weres, name it, she’ll read it. As for writing, she's sticking to Highlanders and contemporaries with a paranormal twist (for now). A career student (aka indecisive and inquisitive bookworm), Jessi brings her love of research to her worlds and characters. Her guiding tenet in her writing is that good always trumps evil, but not before evil gives good one heck of a run for its money. The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.
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130 Responses to New Year’s Traditions & a Blog Hop

  1. ashlynn says:

    This is my first year participating
    Thank you

    ashlynn wiliams


  2. Holly says:

    Thanks for being a part of the hop and I hope you have a great New Year!!

  3. Rita Wray says:

    Happy New Year


  4. Stacey says:

    Happy New Year!

    No traditions here and i just want to write more inthe New year, maybe publish in 2014

  5. Amy Raby says:

    So excited about Wishing for a Highlander! Congratulations!

  6. susan platt says:

    Happy New Year. My new years resolution is to lose more weight. I have lost 63 lbs so far and plan to lose 50 lbs more.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  7. vicky says:

    thanks! happy new year
    mrsbrinius at comcast dot net

  8. Kassandra says:

    Thank you so much for the chance!


  9. Lisa Walker says:

    Thanks for the great post and thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Kirsten says:

    Happy New Year 😀


  11. Ronda Tutt says:

    Happy New Years! Congrats on becoming a new published author.

  12. Tyler says:

    Happy New Year.
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  13. Elie says:

    Thanks for the fun and Happy 2013!

  14. Jo says:

    Happy New Year and thanks for being in the hop!

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  15. Joy F says:

    Thanks for the great hop.
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  16. laurie g says:

    Thanks for the great hop.Happy New Year!

  17. Happy New Year, Jessi. I can’t wait to get my copy of your book. 🙂

  18. Jessi Gage says:

    Right back atcha, Joanne! Looking forward to Protector!

  19. Suzi Love says:

    My New Year resolution is to get fitter so I am more productive during the year.

  20. Ooh I like the look of this book. I do love highlanders. Have a happy new year

  21. Thanks for participating in the giveaway Jessi!

    Happy New Year!

    Theresa Esterline

  22. Wendy Pogrant says:

    Thanks for participating in the hop.

  23. ki pha says:

    That was a great excerpt~ Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year.


  24. christina says:

    Your new book sounds great. I do love a time travel romance. Best of luch with your book.
    christina tetreault

  25. jennirv4967 says:

    super kewl giveaway, thanks for participating! My resolution is to read more!
    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

  26. chellesy says:

    Happy New Year!

    chellesy.clay at gmail dot com

  27. For me 2013 is a time to begin anew and just improve myself. My top 3 goals are:
    1. Laugh more.
    2. Love more.
    3. Read more.
    Happy New Year.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  28. tche1478 says:

    I hope the year proves lucrative for you. Congratulations. tchevrestt(at)

  29. Mae Clair says:

    Happy New Year, Jessi. I’m so exicted your release day is right around the corner. I just know WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER is going to be an amazing read, and I can’t wait to disappear into it’s e-pages 🙂

    maeclair (at) maeclair (dot) com

  30. Dawna Newman says:

    Congrats on your soon to be release, it sounds so awesome, I can’t wait to get it . I love Highlanders.


  31. Wishing for a Highlands looks and sounds great!! Congrats!! I am now stalking it on Goodreads!


  32. Judy says:

    That seems like a great book and highlander. Sign me up. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!


  33. Nikki Trettel says:

    Looking forward to Wishing for a Highlander! It looks really good! 🙂

  34. Sandra says:

    Wow this book sounds like a blast. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. It’s a great way to start the year. No major resolutions beyond reading a lot (let’s go 50 books!) and staying active (jog, jog!), but I hope you have a great year 🙂

    Thanks again!


  35. Mindy says:

    Congrats on your upcoming release!

    mrs.hildebrand(AT)gmail (DOT)com

  36. Carla says:

    I made a goal to be kinder to myself this year. I often do things for other people to the detriment of myself.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  37. jeannie platt says:

    Thanks for being part of the blog hop… Hope you have a great 2013.

  38. cwoodring says:

    Thank you for the giveaway. Happy New Year to you!

    chelseawoodring at hotmail dot com

  39. M.C. says:

    Good luck with the release! And, happy new year 🙂


  40. Drea says:

    Happy New Year!


  41. Missie Jones says:

    I love books about Highlanders 😀 Very sexy cover to.
    Thanks for the blog hop & giveaway
    Happy New Year
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

  42. Shannon says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  43. Céline G. says:

    thanks for the awesome giveaway! Happy new year!

  44. Michel King says:


    …just hopping through…


  45. Happy New Year! Thanks for the giveaway.
    my1lulabug at yahoo dot com

  46. Cassandra Hicks says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  47. gamistress66 says:

    congrats & good luck. hope 2013 is a happy one for everyone.
    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

  48. Wishing you a happy and productive New Year.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  49. JanD says:

    Congratulations and Happy New Year!
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  50. Xandra James says:

    Happy new year – I hope 2013 is a great for you!

    Xandrajames AT gmail DOT com

  51. Oh, I will definitely look for your book. 🙂
    Congrats with the new career and I wish a 2013 full of fortune! 🙂

  52. pippajay says:

    Hey Jessi, congrats on your imminent release, Lyrical sister – what a great way to start the New Luck. Happiness, Health and Good Sales!
    pippajaygreen at Gmail dot com

  53. Maureen says:

    Congratulations on your new book and Happy New Year!
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  54. Nice to meet you.
    Wishing you all good wishes for your new book 🙂
    Thanks for commenting yesterday at Under the Tiki Hut.

  55. deethomas291 says:

    Good luck with your book!
    Thank you for the hop!
    Happy 2013!
    deethomas291 at gmail dot com

  56. Amber Turner says:

    Happy New Year! My New Years traditions are easy, I spend time with my family and friends. I can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year. My resolutions this year is as always to loose a few pounds and spend a little more time with my family.

  57. Mary Doherty says:

    Thanks for doing the Blog Hop and Happy New Year! Goodness it is so hard to do these hops, because I want to spend my time on these websites!

  58. dragonkeep62 says:

    Happy New Year,thanks for the chance to win.I don’t have any New Years traditions.


  59. Shadow says:

    Hi! Happy New Years! Thanks for the awesome hop and all the giveaways! This is so fun! I love these hops! I always meet new authors, reconnect with old ones and my TBR list grows by leaps and bounds! Thank you!! Have a great day! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

  60. alice dellanova says:

    Happy New Year! In 2013 I want to publish my first novel!
    movie1997 at live dot it

  61. Teracia Loretan says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  62. bn100 says:

    Happy new year!


    Happy New Year from ! I hope you have a great one. Thanks for taking part in the hop.

  64. Dita Škarste says:

    Happy New Year!


  65. Krista says:

    Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway!
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  66. Jennifer Rote says:

    Happy New Year!!
    Jennifer Rote
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  67. Lacey T says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway! Happy New Year 🙂

  68. Dione Sage says:

    Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
    Best Wishes in 2013
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  69. latishajean says:

    Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
    I wish you a very Happy New Year!
    Latisha D

  70. myboo63 says:

    thanks for the hop so many new books to add to the tbr list

  71. Katie Amanda says:

    Thanks for participating! Happy New Year! katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  72. donnas1 says:

    Happy New Year!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  73. Toni Porter says:

    Just so you know, your book will go on my TBR list. There’s something about the combination of Scotsmen and time travel that I can’t resist.

    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

  74. Toni says:

    this looks like such an exciting book..thanks for being part of the hop so I could find you. With my ancestory Im sure there must be at least one highlander ,,,so this will feel like home in a sense. Hope your new year is full of fun adventures love laughter and wisdom.

  75. Dovile says:

    Thank you for the chance!

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  76. Veronika says:

    Happy New Year to you!
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  77. celina k says:

    Happy New Year! Thank you for participating in this amazing blog hop!

    dreammie_angel at yahoo dot com

  78. Miranda says:

    Thanx for participating in the hop and Happy New Year!

  79. Felicia M Ciaudelli says:

    How cool – happy and healthy 2013 to everyone and thank you so much for the opportunity to win!


  80. AEKZ2 says:

    Happy New Year! I hope that this is the year that I lose the unwanted weight.

  81. Daniel M says:

    happy new year and thanks for the giveaway! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  82. Have a great Happy New Year!!

  83. Natasha says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy New Year!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  84. Ann Roberts says:

    Happy New Year and thanks for the blog hop!


  85. Ruth Reynolds says:

    happy new year thank you

  86. kimberly holgate says:

    love highlander books thanks for the hop
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  87. Michelle Tucker says:

    Happy New Year! I thank you for being a part of the hop!
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  88. Jeanine says:

    Thank you for the hop… Happy New Year!

  89. Meghan Stith says:

    This is a great giveaway! Thanks!

  90. Marlena Fein says:

    A huge congratulations on your release tomorrow! I bet you don’t sleep a wink tonight. Much success tomorrow and throughout 2013!

    Happy New Year,

  91. Pamk258 says:

    great except and congrats on your new release. Hope all goes well.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  92. C. K. Crouch says:

    Jessi a little late to post here but I liked your excerpt and hope to get a copy of the book in a few weeks when I have a few extra dollars.

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