Saturday, May 5, 2012

Chocolate & Roses Blog Hop

Welcome to the Chocolate and Roses Blog Hop & Giveaway.

May 5 - 9, 2012

To enter, all you need to do is leave me a comment on THIS post, and tell me about a time that someone gave you roses and/or chocolate. Then you'll be eligible to win a copy of my newest release and a Starbucks gift card.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see the links to other bloggers. They're each giving away something on their blogs, too.

Chocolate makes everything better

My story has to do with chocolate and love, but not the romantic kind of love. A few years ago, I was going through a particularly rough time in my writing career. My young teenage daughter knew how much I loved chocolate and remembered me making the comment, "Chocolate makes everything better."

So she had my husband drive her to the local sweet shop, and used her own money to buy me my favorite chocolate. They put the chocolates in a simple white bag. She wrote on the outside, "This will make everything better, Mom."

And you know what? It did make everything better. I still have that bag, by the way. But the chocolates? Long gone, of course.

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Here is a sneak peak of my newest story, an erotic romance that releases this week.

The man hooked his hands under the frame and tugged upward. She gasped. He was coming inside! He swung his leg quietly over the windowsill, his foot touching carpet.
“You told me you were on the fifth floor,” he said as he swung his other leg inside and unfolded to his full height. His voice was deep and raspy. His white teeth flashed in the dim light as he grinned.
Oh. My. God. He was in her apartment. “I, ah—” He must have seen her through the window and thought she was the other Marie. Again. Her insides fluttered with possibilities.
Tell him! He stalked toward the bed like a wild animal hunting its prey. He eased the sword from its sheath and leaned over her, holding it above her face. She, Cassie Snow, was smack dab in the middle of another couple’s naughty fantasy. Her eyes widened and need pulsed between her legs. Tell him he’s in the wrong apartment!
“You said you like to be scared,” he growled, right before he clamped a hand over her mouth and pressed the back of her head into the pillow.
He held the long silver blade in front of her eyes. “Make a sound and you’re dead. Understand?” She nodded and immediately stilled. She knew she should tell him he had the wrong girl. But she was always the wrong girl. Was it so horrible that she wanted to be the right girl for a change? Was it so wrong that she wished, just for one night, to be someone else? Someone who acted out naughty role-playing?

Available now!

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave me a comment on this post telling me about a time someone gave you roses or chocolate.

I will randomly choose a winner on May 10. Good luck!

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Here is a list of other Chocolate & Roses blog hop participants. Visit their blogs for a chance to win more great prizes!

1. Lea Barrymire 

2. Michele Hart

3. Rose Leigh Woods

4. Carolyn Rosewood

5. Rita Bay

6. JoAnne Kendrick

7. Becca Simone This is me, so you don't need to click here again. :)

8. Siobhan Muir

9. Camile Carson

10. Wendy Soliman

11. Kasey Dean

12. Alicia White 

13. Lynn Tyler

14. Hennesee Andrews

15. Christi Bart

16. Nicole Morgan

17. Missy Lyons

18. Jan Graham

19. Casey Crow

20. Simone Sinna

21. Lea Kinkade


  1. I received roses at the birth of my 3rd son, on Mother's Day, years ago.

    1. Three sons! Holy cow. You had/have your hands full. :)

  2. I once received a bouquet of socks...that doesn't sound romantic does it..but it was. My husband wasn't good at giving flowers. We had been married only a year when he brought a package of socks to work (I needed them badly) They were tied in a ribbon. He said, "I don't like to give flowers - they die, socks just get holes. Here is a bouquet of socks to keep your feet warm. I'll keep the rest warm." Now that's weird but romantic.
    Camile Carson

    1. Actually, that sounds very romantic to me. I've told my hubby many times, that if I want flowers, I'll buy myself flowers. But those practical gifts that I need but just won't buy myself (like your socks)? Now, those are romantic.

  3. The story of your daughter giving you those chocolates is just about the sweetest thing I've ever read!!! What a sweetheart!!!

    No lie, the last chocolate I received were salted caramels from a certain someone just outside of Seattle!!!

    1. Yes, my daughter is a total sweetheart. :)

      Gee, I wonder who those salt caramels came from... She hasn't given me any for a long time. I'd better talk to her about that LOL.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. Hi Becca

    I was very much a daddy's girl growing up. I remember one time when I was about seven he came home with some flowers for my mum (I clearly recall they were orange) and he split the bunch and gave me half of them. My very first bunch of flowers!

    Jennifer Denys

  5. Oh, your dad sounds like a wonderful man and terrific father! Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Dad's just have to be great but it can make finding a partner as good tricky- I got there second time around!

    1. As long as you get there eventually, eh? :)

  7. Just received some of those unbelievable chocolate bourbon balls specially made in Kentucky. Unfortunately, UPS delivered them to the door and it was a hot day. Enough said! Rita Bay

    1. So meltd chocolate bourbon balls, eh? You could've poured them over vanilla ice cream...

  8. I received my last dozen roses on my b-day, They were a riot of 12 colors which I loved! They were beautiful and lasted for 2 weeks. It was nice coming home to see and smell them.

    1. Oh, how beautiful! I love getting roses of different colors. :) 2 weeks is a long time for them to last, too!

  9. I dont really have a good romance story to tell. But growing up, my mom always bought us kids a box of chocolate a piece and a flower, no matter what holiday or because sometimes, she just felt like it. :) She didnt want us kids to feel left out. My mom is a jewel. She always knew how to make us kids feel special.

    1. What a thoughtful, loving mom you have. I hope she's still around so you can tell her that this Mother's Day. :)

  10. Originally when I started going through this blog hop I could not think of one time that someone gave me roses and/or chocolate. Now that I think about it more, I do believe that I received a box of chocolate for Christmas once from someone I worked with. The thing is, though, I don't really like those kinds of chocolates. I gave most of it away. LOL I think I only kept a few that had almonds in them.


    1. I'm not really a fan of boxed chocolates either. I end up nibbling off the chocolate exteriors and throwing away the insides. :)

  11. I got a dozen red roses when our son was born 27 years ago, but no chocolate. The past Valentine's Day I got a bouquet or roses, a heart shaped box with chocolate and a cute little stuffed puppy with a ribbon that said I Wuff You.
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  12. And the winner is...Rita Bay! Please contact me at BeccaSimone at gmail dot com. I will also try to contact you through your website.