The Birthday Blog Hop is Here!

5 Apr

Welcome to the Birthday Blog Hop! 60 authors are celebrating paranormal author Carrie Ann Ryan’s birthday tomorrow by participating in this hop. I’m so glad to have you here and I hope you enjoy yourself for a bit before moving on to the rest of the hop!

My best birthday came when I turned 27. I was divorced and dating a few different guys. One particular guy was introduced to my profile by the woman running the dating service we’d both joined a few months earlier. I had already viewed his profile, really liked him, and given permission for him to contact me. He liked my profile as well and called me one week before my birthday. We talked for an hour on the first call. He asked me out and we met for dinner and a long walk a few days later. By the time he sent flowers to my office the next day, I was hooked. We talked every night on the phone for hours, because we lived in different cities and getting together was tricky.

On my birthday, he had other plans, but he called me late that night, and as we talked, the conversation turned serious. Suddenly, the perfect moment struck, and he asked me to marry him.

I’d known him a week. We’d seen each other one night. I hadn’t even kissed him yet. But I knew. Lightning had struck, and I just knew.

I said yes.

I don’t recommend this approach to finding a mate to anyone else. But for us, it worked. We were married four weeks later and together we’ve raised five children. It’s been an amazing ride with my towering Helvetican Hero, and it all started on my birthday!

Oh, I did finally kiss him when I saw him the next day. A lack of chemistry would have been a deal-breaker, but when his lips touched mine…wow! And after all these years, he can still make me weak in the knees with a kiss.

What’s your favorite or least favorite birthday memory? Leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win your choice of a $20 gift card from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble from me, and to have a shot at one of the Hop’s grand prizes:

  1. A Kindle Touch
  2. A $60 Gift Card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Oh, before you go, here’s the recipe for my current contemporary romance, Mending Fences:

Take one reformed hotshot CEO playing rancher. Add one strong woman, an abuse survivor with a lot of secrets. Toss together for one searing kiss on Halloween, then separate. Fold in a slightly deformed pet bison who creates serendipity by accident. Stir together. Add discoveries, revelations, angst, heartbreak, suspense, and generous helpings of both healing and sexual tension. Layer with family relationships and a secondary love story and simmer to a Happy Ever After.

Opening taste: Curran Shaw treasured his anonymity, but maintaining it required solitude. And the damned solitude was killing him.

Available in paperback and ebook.

Kindle:     Amazon paperback:

Barnes & Noble paperback:

Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

Carrie Ann Ryan
Lia Davis
Beth-Ann Mason
Natasha Blackthorne
Romance Book Club
Daryl Devore
Eliza Gayle
Realmantic Moments
Amber Kallyn
Harlies Books
Wickedly Erotic by JL Oiler
Kacey Hammel
I Love Shape-Shifters
Marie Dees
Victoria Adams
The World of Heaven Oshey
Lucy Francis
Vickie Taylor
Tara Lain
Birthday Traditions
Wendi Zwaduk
Megan Slayer
Cari Quinn
Stephanie Haefner
Angelique Armae
Cassandra Carr
Kharisma Rhayne
A Page in the Life
Wendy Elys Books
Jessica E. Subject
K.E. Saxon
Stacy Jubas Mysteries, Murder & More
Jessie Kimmel-Freeman
Tracy Sumners Romance Site
Shells Book Corner
Allison Merritt
Suzzana C Ryan
Lizzie Starr
Diana Layne Blog
Love is a Many Flavored Thing – DC Juris
Dianne Venetta
Sharon Gerlach
Book Lovers Haven
Romance you Can Sink Your Fangs into
Casey Crow (18+ Over)
Writing with Kristine Cayne
Just a Readers Ramblings
Angela Stone
Rawiya Erotica
Conversations with Lisa Mondello
Passions Recalled and Celebrated
Bull Protettore
Louisa Bacio – Love Knows No Bounds
Cat Johnson
Cynthia Woolf
Diane Alberts
Patrica Green Books
Discovering Nya Rayne

39 Responses to “The Birthday Blog Hop is Here!”

  1. Kay April 5, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    Wow! I love your story! Wish we could all be so lucky. My worse birthday was when none of my friends remembered and I spent it alone. No calls. Very sad.

    Thank you for the opportunity! I’m crossing my fingers for an Amazon giftcard :)

  2. savannah miller April 5, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    You have a beautiful birthday story :) Sadly I don’t have any good b-day stories lol but today is officially my 25th birthday so I will just have to make one :)

  3. slinkydennis April 5, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Happy Birthday Savannah! May you get your story today!
    My favorite birthday was my 13th – no great love story just great fun! We danced and played basketball in the rain!
    Happy Birthday to Carrie Ryan!

  4. miki April 5, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    What i wanted for my birhtday ( last month) was at least a small party , loved ones, restaurant, gifts…. but as often everything went wrong and my brother made a hypoglycemic crisis so after it was resolved…. no restaurant no eating at all in fact and i just went to bed feeling lonely and a bit more disappointed than normal so i guess its one of my least favorite birthday

    thanks you for your generosity

    all the best


  5. Cheryl Lynne April 5, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    Nice story! My favorite birthday memory: my 16th birthday. I had a big birthday party and we had a great time playing games and eating chocolate cake and ice cream. Thanks for the great giveaway! cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

  6. acm05 April 5, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    I have no birthday stories that even begin to compare to yours.


  7. Nikki April 5, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    My favorite birthday was when I turned 30 becuase it was that day that I concieved my greatest present ever!! My daughter was concieved and born 9 months later!! Great giveaway!!

  8. Lisa Walker April 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    My favorite birthday memory was last year. my husband and I went to Italy!

  9. Juliana April 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    I will tell you my least favorite memory. For my 18th birthday I invited 6 friends to my house for a fancy dinner (my mom was cooking!) and a sleepover with junk food and girly movies. Only one person showed up, and she could only stay for dinner. Three people called that day to say they couldn’t come and the other two just didn’t call at all. Tears were plentiful. Sorry it was so depressing!
    Thanks for being part of the Birthday hop!

  10. JOYE April 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Your book Mending Fences sounds really good.
    My favorite birthday was when I turned 21- I got to drive, vote, and drink and it was all legal. I also got my first car.

  11. smallftprints April 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    One of my favorite memories was when I turned 12. My birthday falls very close to the 4th of July so most years, my family was on vacation (usually camping). My favorite cake was “cheese cake” … not something I usually got in a campground. On my 12th birthday we were flying home from a special vacation at Disney Land … these were in the days when the airline actually gave passengers a full meal. And guess what they served for desert … a lovely slice of cheese cake. I was sure they did it for me. Thanks for this opportunity to win!
    reducefootprints at gmail dot com

  12. Gena Robertson April 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    What a great story – and your book sounds fabulous!! Thank you so much for participating in this hop and for the amazing giveaway chance! :D

    A “Happy Birthday!” shout out to the April birthday celebrators out there!!

    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

    Facebook follower Gena Robertson
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    Gena Robertson

  13. Dianna Breeden April 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    aww great story!!! fb follower

  14. Sherry S. April 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    I enjoyed your birthday story. My worst birthday was my 15th because my uncle had died and we spent my birthday at the funeral home and cemetery.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  15. kwolek21 April 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    My worst birthday memory is when I was sanding the dried drywall, repainting, wnet t bed exhausted. I woke up the next day realizing I worked through my 30 th birthday.

  16. Shadow April 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    Great post! My 16 birthday was my worst birthday. My parents threw me a surprise party and invited a bunch of my family. My uncle from my dads side slept with my aunt from my moms side. Oh, and my uncle was married (and his wife was there, she ended up leaving him at our house). Everyone got drunk and there was fighting. People were asked to leave. Half the family that was there, are racist, and i have a black aunt and she has a baby. So there was tension there. Those people didnt stay very long. Then my grandma was fighting with my grandpa (there exs) and his new wife hates my grandma. There were barbs thrown back and forth. In truth, the party turned out hellish. It was a sweet thought, but wasnt fun. Us kids, my cousin and siblings, we ended up leaving and went walking. We played at the playground for awhile. Thank you!

  17. Susan W. April 5, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    My mom recreating my 8th birthday cake of Snow White and the Dwarfs for my 18th birthday as a surprise is on of my favorite memories of my mom. I still have the plastice Snow White pieces almost 30 years later.


  18. caitymack April 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    Favorite was my 30th birthday when I went on a tandem parachute jump.

    Cathy m
    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  19. seawitchreviews April 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    What a beautiful story one of 3 I really liked during the blog hop. I wish my oldest could find someone like that, not the way you did, just someone like him.
    Seawitch Reviews @

  20. Leigh Savage April 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    Ok this could be good or bad depend on how you look at it…on my 30th birthday I had never been bar hopping before so a friend takes me…great evening then at the end of the night I’m so tipsy that I fall and twist my ankle…it hurt really bad the next day after all the party drinks wore off…

  21. Megan G. April 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    All of my birthdays are great because of my family and friends. I guess b days are just a big deal around here.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Megan G.

  22. Sue Sattler April 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    When I was younger, all my birthdays were great. We had a chalk board on the wall in our kitchen, my dad always had to leave for work before we got up, but he always drew us a birthday card on the chalk board. It’s one of my best memories.


  23. June M. April 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    Great story! I guess my least favorite birthday is probably the one most people love (21st). Just a couple of months before my 21st birthday, I ended up in the hospital due to a blood clot so I was taking blood thinners on my birthday and not able to go out and celebrate or anything.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  24. emilytardy April 5, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    Aww beautiful birthday story!
    This year my oldest who just turned 5 years old is in preschool. Everyday from about a week from my birthday my son made me something at school. He loved bringing me presents! lol so cute

    emilytardy @

  25. Jennifer Lowery April 6, 2012 at 6:11 am #

    Hard to top that story! What a sweet memory! I have so many wonderful birthday memories it’s hard to pick just one…thanks for the hop!

  26. Mel Bourn April 6, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    WOW! What a great story! My favorite birthday was my 40th. I spent it shopping and going to lunch with my mom. It was so wonderful. Just me and mom!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  27. sionedkla April 6, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    I was on my honeymoon for one of my birthdays. Have to say that was very memorable >.>

  28. Catherine Lee April 6, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    What a wonderful birthday story!

    My b’days have never been super but my hubby’s birthday is special every year. We got married on his day more than 20 years ago. I give him a birthday gift and he gives me any anniversary present. It’s a Win-Win day!

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  29. Deb P April 6, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    My favorite birthdays are with my family and friends. Happy Blog hop.

  30. VanillaOrchids April 6, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Oh my gosh, what an amazing story! I’m so happy that it worked out so well for you!

    I’ve never had any spectacular birthdays but I did celebrate my birthday once in England. So that was cool. :)

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!


  31. Lexie@BookBug April 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    What an awesome birthday present!! I’m turning 30 this year and definitely not looking forward to this birthday!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  32. booksaver April 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    What a great birthday story. I really don’t have a favorite birthday story but my grandkids make my birthday special every year by making birthday cards for me. I always saved them but unfortunately I lost everything when the EF5 tornado hit my hometown last May. My oldest daughter and her family and myself lost our homes. So every birthday from now on should be special, we lived through and EF5. Happy Birthday Carrie Ann and to everyone having a birthday this month.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  33. tanna4abak April 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Blog Hopping! Woohoo! Happy Birthday Carrie!

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

    I loved your birthday story. (So romantic) My favorite birthday was my 21st. I finally got to go to Las Vegas and gamble.

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


  34. Shannon April 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    My favorite birthday memory is my 21st birthday when my mother hired a geeky stripper to come to my office and perform. Of course she had cleared it with my boss beforehand so the entire office was ready and waiting. Oh, the pictures!

    Thanks for participating in Carrie Anne’s birthday celebratory hop!
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  35. bn100 April 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    My favorite birthday was spending it in Las Vegas.


  36. Jessica B April 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    one of my favorite birthdays was when I was in my teens and had a lunch with my family at one of my favorite places. It also happened to be on a friday and have a full moon. . I was so wired and happy.
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  37. Tina B April 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    What an awesome story! Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!
    My favorite birthday was #29. My now husband proposed in front of most of our friends and family at my birthday party! He said an amazing speech that was not even rehearsed. There was not a dry eye in the house. Everyone was in on it for like 2 months prior. They are very good secret keepers. :)
    I have a son from a previous relationship and before he proposed, he asked my son for permission because he was the “man” in my life. That was the sweetest thing EVER!

    trb0917 at gmail dot com

  38. bookattict April 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    I really don’t have a “least favorite” or “worst” — I’ve had a lot of really awesome birthdays! lol

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    Facebook:: Elizabeth Kotkiewicz Hyatt

  39. acriss22 April 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    My best Birthday was when I turned 17 and I had my first ever Birthday party! My friends told we we were going out together for me birthday and we went to a friends house to pick him up but when i arrived in his house all my friends and family members jump out of there hiding place and screamed surprise. That night is one of my greatest memories,

    rshereifa(at) yahoo(dot)com

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