Friday, September 13

Fall Into Romance Blog Hop

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Yes, I'm still celebrating Bi Pride Month, but I decided to participate in The Romance Reviews Fall Into Romance Hop for two reasons. One: I love The Romance Reviews, and fall is the perfect time to curl up with a good book! One of the best books I read last year was The Benefits of Ductwork by Kira Harp. It's a very short, sweet, not quite romance (but definitely romantic elements) novel that's not so much about falling in love as it's about  making and maintaining a family. Oh, and ductwork is very handy for eavesdropping on your dads arguing...

The other reason I got into the hop is htat Autumn is my favorite time of the year. Fresh corn at roadside stands, apple cider, potatoes from my garden...not to mention the kids going back to school! I love the way the leaves turn color (and I'm sure I'm going to miss it when we move south). My favorite holiday happens in the fall too: Halloween. (And no, that's not just because I'm a witch  ;-)  I love jack o' lanterns and trick or treaters; when I was younger I loved dressing up.
One of my favorite costumes was the year I decided to be Boy George (I am totally dating myself here!) It was an easy costume to do--I had this old night shirt that came down to my knees and I tied a scarf in my hair and I'm a little embarrassed to say that his was the make up I copied for my everyday look back then, so I just made it a little more extreme...
And I'm sure what you're really waiting for are the prizes!
The Romance Reviews Hop
I'm putting up for grabs one $10 Dreamspinner Press Gift Certificate. All you have to do is comment below and tell me either what your favorite part of autumn is OR what your favorite Halloween costume (could be something special you did for your child or sibling, you don't have to embarrass yourself with what you dressed up as  ;-).

Please make sure you leave me a way to contact you. If you're the winner, you'll have to create a Dreamspinner Press account (if you don't already have one), but I promise it's easy and painless :)

And of course, don't forget to visit the rest of the blogs from people participating in the hop!  :)
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Mandy said...

Well I'm not big on costumes but I loved dressing my kids up for halloween. We had Harry Potter and dinosaurs and pumpkins and one year even the cast of HSM ( having 3 kids has to have some perks! LOL)
I like spring better than fall, but the leaves changing and crisp morning walks are nicer in the fall.


JeanMP said...

Love fall, the cool temps, the changing leaves. Halloween isn't big in our house anymore, but always enjoy seeing the little kids in their costumes when they come by trick or treating.
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Ashley E said...

I love fall! The smells of it are just wonderful, plus I get lots of apple cider. Yummy.


Kassandra said...

Bonfires are my favorite thing about Autumn.


Anonymous said...

I'm not the world's biggest Halloween fan, but I've enjoyed seeing it celebrated in other cities! (I marveled at how Goths managed to apply eyeliner on a moving bus in Pittsburgh for a Rocky Horror screening, and once saw Sloan play a great show on Halloween in London--the front row kept showering the guys with fun-size candy...)


H.B. said...

The Benefit of Ductwork is actually a pretty good book. I didn't think I would like it when I first started but it was interesting to see that bias isn't one sided when it comes to sexuality. Gay or straight, it happens.

I've never worn a costume so...I'm not sure what I would dress up as if I made to choose.

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ELF said...

I love when the weather starts being crisp in the morning but warms up during the day and cools off when the sun goes down! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Unknown said...

Signed up and GFC :) my favorite Halloween costume was when I dressed up as Pippi Longstocking. I'm a dark haired Native American and it was fun to paint orange freckles and straight pigtails. The funny thing was most people knew who I was!

BrokenGirl said...

My favorite thing is to cuddle next to a warm fire with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa=)


Pam said...

I love the cooler weather and the changing colors of the leaves. About two years ago I dressed up as myself circa 1998.

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Anonymous said...

My favourite costume was one my mom had made when i was much, much younger. She took a large cardboard
box, covered it in white felt and placed red felt circles on it et voila, I was a dice cube. So fun!
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Emily said...

Halloween is my favorite part of fall, but I'm slacking this year. I still have no idea what I'm dressing up as...


Carolyn said...

Halloween is my favorite part of fall. I always did my own costumes, never store-bought, when I was a kid. I don't remember if that was because of my parents or just because I was a crafty kid. I mostly just pulled from what was around (how many times was I a gypsy?!) and came up with something fun. The year that sticks out is when I turned my bedspread and sham that matched my canopy (oh what a girly room I had--and loved it) and turned myself into a bed. It wasn't the most successful costume, but I cut a face hole in the sham and stuffed it full of material to keep that pillow shape and twisted wire coat hangers into a square to sit around my shoulders so the bedspread with the hole in the center would hang down. It makes me laugh just to think about it. My family wasn't big on pictures, and that's probably a good thing thinking back. I'm sure your Boy George beat my bed any day!

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cheralyn said...

My favorite costume was one I made myself. I dressed up as a gypsy. I wore a long skirt, red blouse and lots of jewelry. cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

Unknown said...

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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awindandbooks said...

My favorite parts of autumn are the changing colors and the tasty seasonal food! Thank you for participating in the blog hop.

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