Friday, March 16, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop: Kiss Me, I'm (Kinda) Irish!

I just want to quickly say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your comments yesterday. Thanks so, so much for stopping by my blog and entering the giveaway!  I hope to see some of you back here in the future! It was a GREAT day! In fact, there were a total of 7846 comments! So, without further ado,

Drum roll...drum roll...drum roll...

And the winners are (chosen via

First Grand Prize–Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet: 
  MelissaL (chitsuen [at] comcast [dot] net)

Second Grand Prize–$90 Amazon or B&N GC:
Shadow (shadowluvs2read [at] gmail [dot] com)

  And for my $25 Amazon or B&N GC:
Aris Whittier (ariswhittier [at] gmail [dot] com)

The above winners have been notified and their prizes will be sent upon learning preference.


Welcome to The St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop!!
 !! Over 120 bloggers, over 120 chances to WIN !!

Betty Boop St Patricks Day Pictures, Images and PhotosWinner's Choice:
First Grand Prize
Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet!

Second Grand Prize
$90 Amazon or B&N GC!

My Prize
$25 Amazon or B&N GC!

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I'm writing my blog in GREEN (I hope it doesn't clash too badly with the reds and pinks, LOL!)

Here are a few fun tidbits about the Irish, St. Paddy's Day, and/or the color green in association with Irish Americans.

Jonathan Swift: 1667-1745

Jonathan Swift, 18th Century Irish Satirist, made a darkly funny persuasive argument in his satirical essay, "Modest Proposal For Preventing The Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being Aburden to Their Parents or Country, and For Making Them Beneficial to The Public". His argument: Eat the children!

In a related piece of Irish History, specifically Irish American History, for many years prior to 1845, the Irish that immigrated to the United States were mostly of the Protestant middle class. But with the onslaught of the Irish Potato Famine that year, came an influx of lower class and poor Catholic Irish (who just so happened to celebrate, BIG, St. Patrick's Day). They were hated, taunted, and vilified for their "strange" ways and robust drinking habits.

The American Irish soon began to realize that in numbers, there is POWER, and they began to organize and mobilize. In fact, their voting block, The Green Machine, was soon an important "swing vote" to politicians, who learned quickly to "schmooze" this same group that they'd once denounced.

Well, hope you found this fun and enlightening! 

The contest ends at midnight so be sure to enter and try and win!!! Be sure to follow the links to the other 120 authors. They are also giving away things and with each entry on their site, you are entered one more time for the two grand prizes!!! Good luck and Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

DIAMONDS AND TOADS is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Micro-mini Blurb:
A sizzling, comic fairytale of two sisters, two hunks, and fairy magic. “Good” Delilah is blessed with wealth and the man she’s loved for ages, except he’s more interested in her newfound millions, while “bad” Isadora, is cursed with blurting obscene quips, just when the man she dumped years before swaggers back into her life.

Excerpt (This is from Part Two, the "Bad" sister, Isadora's story):

“I’ve always expected more of you than I have of your silly half sister.” Her mother slid her hand from Isadora’s arm and took a sip of her wine. “It is you who have the beauty and the brains to get us reinstated in the social register,”—Isadora clenched her fists in her lap, but forced the muscles in her face to remain relaxed—“something that I am not convinced Delilah is going to be able to doeven with the money and the catch she’s made in Chas.”

Isadora felt the heat of anger, of frustration, and of her own disappointment in herself rise up inside her like molten lava. She swiveled around and looked at the band. The first chords of “I’ve Got a Crush on You” filled the air.

A second later, a warm hand fell on her shoulder. She started.

“They’re playing our song—shall we dance?” The familiar smooth-as-KahlĂșa voice sent an unwanted thrill through her.

I only dance with men with 9-figures. “I only dance with men with 9-inchers.”

“Isadora!” her mother said.

A very masculine chuckle followed.

Mouth. Shut!

“Well, you’re in luck then.” He took hold of her hand and lifted her from her seat. She finally looked at him. Sam. Samuel Thomas Slade. The devil incarnate. Still gorgeous as ever. And by the dark tan of his skin and the sun streaks in his chestnut hair, clearly still a slacker scuba dude as well. What a waste.

All right, now for your chance to win!

Today, I'm giving away a $25 Amazon or B&N Gift Card.

To be entered into my giveaway today, as well as the giveaway for the two GRAND PRIZES, simply share something you like about St. Paddy's by leaving a comment, ALONG WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. The winner of my giveaway, as well as the winners of the two grand prizes will be chosen via   


Here are the links to the other Blog Hop participants:


  1. i am Irish and i love St Patricks day. I look forward to NYC's St patrick's day parade

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

  2. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    The thing that I like the most is that I am with my family having fun and most of them are drinking, lol.
    Amber P.

  3. Saint Paddy's lets us all enjoy wearing shades of green, even those who look hideous in it! LOL
    Being part Irish I hate the taste of beer but give me a good whiskey and I'll drink it.

    Happy Saint Patrick's K.E., hope you have a safe one with lots of good Irish fun!

  4. I don't celebrate St.Patrick's Day so the best part of this one has to be the blog hop, lol!

  5. My favorite thing about St. Paddy's Day is that everyone is a little bit Irish on that day and everyone celebrates together!! You gotta love that green beer :)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  6. I don't normally celebrate the day, but tonight a friend has invited to me to a St Patrick's Day party! Can't wait!


  7. I love St Patrick's Day because I can eat corn beef and cabbage till I burst!


  8. I love the cool beads!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    prettyhaydengurl at yahoo dot com

  9. Oh I loved Gangs of New york and your cover is beautiful I love the vibrant colors of the butterfly.

    Happy St. Pattys Day!


  10. I like St. Patrick's... it's not just about the drinking but about letting lose and having fun with friends ;0)

  11. What do I like about St. Patrick's Day? I'm a big fan of the color green, plus the history of St. Patrick is fascinating! juliarachelbarrett(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. What I love about St. Patrick's Day is the green! I wouldn't be caught dead in it, but it reminds me of summer. There's nothing but snow outside right now.


    eripike at gmail dot com

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  14. I love hanging out at our local Irish pub, even though I know that no self-respecting Irishman would ever darken it's door. ;-)


  15. Celebrating my Irish ancestry with my family!

    Happy St. Patty's Day


  16. There isn't really anything I particularly like about the holiday. I do the wear green thing, but I don't have enough Irish heritage to go all hardcore, I'm a really picky eater, and I don't like beer... :/

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  17. I look forward to the corned beef and cabbage every year.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  18. Happy St.Patrick's Day I love making a nice stew, cabbage and corn beef and pinching people who don't have on green

  19. Happy St. Patrick's Day! I alsways look forward to the green food :D

    theangrypollo{ AT }yahoo{DOT }com

  20. Happy St. Patrick' Day! I like this day because I get to celebrate my mom's life. She was buried on the 17th and I always take loving walk down memory lane with a libation in her honor.

    Happy Reading,
    Laurielu (at) bona-fide-reflections (dot) com
    Bona Fide Reflections

  21. I always look forward to the corned beef and cabbage. I just enjoy the day.

  22. I love this day because I love sneaking something green into my kid’s food...

  23. I love this day for the music and my birthday is just the day before ( today) so it's special

    thanks you a lot for this giveaway

    all the best and Happy St Patrick's Day


  24. Since green is my favorite color, I love this holiday. Though I don't drink beer.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    jessicasubject.writer at gmail dot com

  25. Happy Saint Patty's Day! I'm most looking forward to beer!

    Angela S Stone

  26. I used to enjoy the parade as a kid, not as an adult it's just the corned beef and cabbage.

  27. me and my kids make Irish themed cupcakes and I have a sweet tooth so I look forward to that Thanks for the chance to win!

  28. I'm not a huge fan of St. Patty's Day (I ALWAYS forget to wear green!!)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  29. Have a happy St. Patrick's Day - green, rainbows, gold and all!


  30. Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  31. I love rainbows, usually get lucky charms lol

    I think I will make a shephards pie this year, and bug my friends on FB with silly jokes .

    Happy St Pattys Day !

  32. We don't celebrate St. Patric Day in my country, so I don't have any memories to share. When I see the TV relations from other countries there are many drinking and singing people wearing funny hats. I think for most it's just an excuse to get drunk. However I like the other symbol of Ireland - clover.
    A four-leaf clover brings luck. I loved looking for them as a child.



  33. We also don't have St. Patricks Day in my country but it looks like a lot of fun, when they show the parade.


  34. I love the green! It's my favorite color, and St. Patty's Day is practically a celebration of it. :)


  35. Green is not a color I wear often although I my daughter does as she has beautiful strawberry blond hair!

    Diamonds and Toads sounds like a humorous, fun read and will be a purchase with the GC, should I win (hey, a little brown-never hurts but I really would buy it)!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  36. I LOVE Swift's "A Modest Proposal." Wonderful satire.

    I also love having a reuben or two around this time when Boar's Head corned beef is on special.

    Erin Go Bragh!

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  37. I love the everything green theme :-D And the St Patrick's Day episodes of my favourite TV shows are always fun :-)

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  38. My favorite thing is my mom's corned beef and cabbage. We go every year!
    Thanks for the chance to win and Happy St. Patrick's Day! Oh, and the book sounds great!

  39. Hi KE! Just hopping by to wish you a fun blog hop and a sex-ay St. Pat's Day! ~S

  40. I like the green of St. Patrick's Day. There is the deep color of the clover or even a little lighter than that.

    Thanks for the giveaway and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  41. I like all the celebrating and the traditions! The color green is splashed everywhere. Everyones dressed up and its a blast to just spend time with family and have fun! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  42. My fave part of St. Patty's Day is that it reminds me of my grandfather. He always loved his Irish heritage part (I'm not sure how much) and collected all kinds of "Kiss Me I'm Irish" merchandise.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  43. When I was young I liked St. Patty's Day because we could pinch people without green lol. We don't really celebrate it now, even though I have Irish in me :/ Oh well :)
    Thanks, MaDonna

  44. when I was a kid, we had fun dressing up. Now, I don't do much.

    hopewelshwrites at

  45. Irish Whiskey!!!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  46. I'm half-Irish (on mom's side) but dating a woman named Kimberly Murphy... yep, an Irish gal... redhead, strong willed and I love every ounce of her...

    Armand Rosamilia

  47. Grren Beer, Parties, and green icing on the cupcakes!!! LOL!! Happy Saint Pattys Day!!

  48. Sexy Irish men in kilts. And windy days!! Not that we get that around here but a girl can dream.


  49. Happy St. Patrick's Day! I loved reading the information about the Irish and the early Irish Americans. Some of my best St. Paddy's day memories are of watching the huge parade. Everyone was laughing and happy, despite the fact that we were freezing :D
    kristinecayne (at) gmail (dot) com

  50. I love seeing people in different shades of green.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  51. I like that there is so many ways to be lucky and seeing everything in green.


  52. My family didn't celebrate the holiday - shame on them. But I have a weakness for handsome, strong, alpha Irish men with a silver tongue and sharp rapier wit - that accent just makes me a puddle at their feet, lol.

    Thanks so much for participating in this hop and for the great giveaway chance, KE! <3 you!

    Gena Robertson

  53. I like the parade! Happy St. Pat's Day...thx for the giveaway op! :)

    barbbattaglia @

  54. Thank you for joining the Blog Hop! My fav color is green. :)

    menina.iscrazy @

  55. I like the color green maybe it's because my birthstone is Peridot.


  56. I don't do anything special, but I do enjoy hearing what others do.


  57. I love the shamrock shake!

    Contestmama2012 at

  58. I like leprechauns and gold!

    balitiger at yahoo dot com

  59. I like making green food!

    Thanks so much!

    celjla212 at aol dot com

  60. Happy St. Paddy's Day.

    Now I don't celebrate it so to everyone else have fun!

    Thanks for this giveaway!


    Ollie aka DarkBloodyVamp

  61. St. Patrick's Day is a National Holiday at my house. We get ready for the parade at 7 which starts at 10. Then we go to the in laws and eat, eat, eat. Play games with the kiddos and eat some more. Some members exchange gifts. Then it is off to the pub crawl. Fun times for everyone.
    bournmelissa AT hotmail DOT com

  62. I love St. Patricks Day its the day my husbands and I were married itll be 18 years tomorrow

  63. I love Irish food so I'll be filling my plate with corned beef and cabbage tomorrow!

  64. I love all the green, especially the green beer.


  65. I thought I already commented here but I don't see it. My favorite part of this holiday is the corned beef and cabbage. lol
    Lmackesy at gmail dot com

  66. Eating Irish Soda Bread. With lots of butter. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy ST Patrick's Day.


  67. I love the corned beef and cabbage but I'm thinking I'll love some movies starring Irish guys tomorrow.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    doxisrcool at aol dot com

  68. Getiing to be with my family and friends having fun at pubs and getting to have green beer.

  69. I like wearing green on St. Patrick's Day and hearing people try to speak with an Irish accents. LOL
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day.


  70. Drinking beer and wearing green =D
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  71. I love the facts you've posted and I loved watching Gangs of New York. In fact, anything with Irish in it has my attention:) I love the general atmosphere of cheer and all the great food that's consumed this time of the year. I'm thinking of making Rainbow Cupcakes this year:)

    Thanks for this great giveaway:)


  72. Happy St. Patrick's Day! I love the color green. It is my favorite! I also like four leaf clovers. thank you for the giveaway!

    trb0917 at gmail dot com

  73. I like Full Irish Breakfast, the color green, and all things Irish (and Ireland)! Can't wait to go back in November! Oh, and I ♥ The Irish Ghost Hunters, too! They're my special guests today on my blog. ^__^


    thefishingwidow (at) akmarshall (dot) com

  74. I love corned beef and hash! Yummy!
    OceanAkers (at) aol (dot) com

  75. Better late than never. Thsnks

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  76. My favorite color is green. So its nice to have a day when everyone wears it.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com


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