[S]Hop Until You Drop at the Black Friday Blog Hop # BkFriHop

Welcome Hoppers to Carrie Ann’s Second Annual Black Friday Blog Hop.   It’s ONE DAY only and we’re giving away prizes and talking about books we love.

As Black Friday is one of our biggest shopping days before the winter holidays, it seems practical to discuss which books make great gifts.  I’m always struggling for gift ideas.  So with that in mind,  I’m discussing books I like to give as gifts and some fun ones I’ve received.

Books I Give to Friends and Family

Gifts for colleagues (perfect for the Secret Santa or Grab Bag Party)

Children’s Gifts

Books I’ve Received that I’ve Appreciated

I’m giving away a $5.00 gift card to Amazon or Target (your choice) as both are places where you can shop for just about anything you need. To win, tell me either which book (s) you like to gift or the best book you ever got as a gift and why.  Maybe by the end of the day, we’ll have some great ideas for our own holiday lists.

There’s more….

There are over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger during the hop so visit them by clicking this here.

And that’s still not all….

There are also  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!

Now what are those prizes?

 1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $75 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!

Good Luck. Happy Shopping


If you are shopping for an ebook, consider my recent release Fires of Justice from Ellora’s Cave. Just the right amount of hot for a cold, wintry night.

Fires of Justice Book Blurb

Always read the fine print when swearing an eternal oath to gods and guardians…

Beholden by the sacred vows of her coven, fire witch Calista Reid agrees to temporarily mate with shifter Cullen McMahan to fulfill a mission assigned by the guardians. When tall, dark and damaged arrives on her doorstep, generating enough heat to scorch a fire witch, Calista finds herself drawn to his battle-hardened body and broken soul. His pain speaks to her own deep-rooted isolation and the intensity of his hunger slakes her passion like no other.

Cullen, scarred by a past that left him an indentured soldier to the guardians, resents yet another hump-on-command assignment…until he encounters the compassionate, fearless, incendiary redhead who detonates his body and reawakens the emotions sacrifice and loss had suppressed. But Cullen harbors a terrible secret—one that reaches back into Calista’s troubled childhood and threatens the foundation of their growing bond.

Link to Excerpt: http://www.jasminejade.com/productspecs/9781419941542.htm

 Ellora’s Cave


Barnes and Nobles


  1. I give lots of different kinds of books as gifts. I like to match books up with the persons interests. Books make great gifts.


    1. Yes, they do and matching is another one of my tricks. One of my favorite match is to a child a present of a book where the main character has his/her name. Challenge sometimes is getting the spelling correct. Thanks for dropping by.

  2. I received an authographed Temple of the Winds from my aunt. It was my very first authographed book from a series I love.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  3. My family doesn’t usually have the time or inclination for reading, but I’ve got my mom hooked on a manga about wine called The Drops of God. She and all her friends love it.


    1. That sounds like a fun title. Thanks for sharing it.I sometimes give cookbooks, books or wine or sports, or magazine subscriptions to my friends who don’t like to read but have particular interest or hobby.

  4. It really depends who I’m giving them. I like buying popular but also not that popular books as gifts.

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. I was given an illustrated Sherlock Holmes book when I was 10, and that fostered my love of the mystery genre!


  6. I like to gift classical works of literature because in my opinion you can never go wrong with that and their value is endless.



    1. I do that as well. I also like to expose and be exposed to classics I do not usually consider as classics or I don’t know, which is why I was thrilled to receive a copy of Idealists. Learning classics from other countries that are not as well known outside those cultures is always a welcome gift from my point of view.

  7. I do not like crowds so BF shopping is not for me! I will be spending my day hopping and then snuggled up reading! Well that is after I decide on what new book I have just added to my to be read list! It gets longer every hop! Thanks!


  8. I always give books as gifts. I try to give things to make the reading special. I try to include reading pillows and blankets to make the experience more comfy.

  9. the best book i got was a sherrilyn kenyon book (Ash) and i cried when i got it because i at the time wasnt able to afford it even at the sale prices. Oh i’m staying home this black friday!!! Nothing in the sale ads could make me go today. i do like to look them over and usually can find a better deal online.thanks you for joining the hop!

  10. The only books I have ever received has a gift are the Alex Cross books by JAMES Patterson. My husband usually buys them for me. angelacisco79(at)yahoo(dot)com

  11. i give lots of different books as presents. it just depends on the person.

    thanks for the giveaway! beccaboo97200 (at) att (dot) net

  12. If I could convert someone into becoming an Aloysius Pendergast fan, I would gladly gift the Pendergast series of novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I am addicted to those books (and there’s a new one coming out o 12/11/12 – -woot!).


  13. My family does the Urban Fiction so we have given each other Dresden Files books and The Hollows series :O) Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

  14. I can not pick just one to give as a gift. It really depends on who I am giving it to. I did give my brother the lord of the rings set one year and he loved them and still has them.
    I am glad to have found you on this blog hop and look forward to reading your works. Kim86004(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. The books I like to give depend on the person, but some of my fav authors to give/receive are Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsey, Jim Butcher, & Nalini Singh.

    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

  16. Hi! Happy Holidays to you! No, im not a shopper on black friday. I hate crowds. I like to stay home, spend time with my family and eat leftovers.🙂 Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you!

    1. Hi Micheleann. Welcome back. You won my last blog hop–a gift card to Godiva or Lindt but never heard back from you when I emailed you. Maybe you never got it. Lets see what happens this time but I owe you a prize. Your husband buys you great figts.

  17. bets book I got was Pride and Prejudice because the story was well written and enjoyable to read


  18. My mother gave me Gone with the Wind one year for Christmas. It was my first big read and I fell in love with it. I haven’t stopped reading since! Now for Christmas I would love an autographed copy of one of Lynsay Sands book especially one from her Argeneau Vamp series!🙂



  19. I got an autographed copy of Dark Descendent by Jenna Black.
    This is the BEST way to spend Black Friday. Sitting at home, hopping with old friends and making new ones. I can’t handle the crowds anymore so I only do Black Friday shopping online if I do any. I tend to pick up gifts throughout the year so come November I’m finished. That way I can spread out the purchasing and not spend a fortune at the time of the year when my job is at its slowest and my paycheck is at its lowest. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  20. The best book I’ve ever received as a gift probably won’t appeal to everyone but it was U2 By U2 in hardcover. I’m a huge fan of the band so it was the perfect gift.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  21. I have a problem giving books as I have no friends who read! My family gives me gift cards so I can fill my ereader with books I like. Even my husband has stopped trying to buy me books because 9 times out of 10, I already have that book!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  22. I always like to give GCs from Amazon so others can choose what books they want. But, of course, I buy Dr. Seuss every year for my 6 year old. Those are his fave.

    Classics are nice too.

    melindaromance AT gmail DOT com

  23. I think the best book I’ve been gifted has been a cookbook. LOL. Not that I enjoy the reading, but my family’s a lot happier! *snicker* I love the paranormal/fantasy romances though. My daughter is always asking for the paranormal books. I’ve lost track there.

    I stuck to the web today instead of braving the crowds.😉 Thanks for the giveaway!

    fancie @ live. com

  24. The best book I ever got as a gift was The Golden Compass because it is now my absolute favorite book and inspired me to want to create worlds of my own.🙂 Thank you for the lovely hop!

    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

  25. The book I have given to the most people is American Gods by Neil Gaiman – that book had me thinking about it ages after I had finished reading it.

    Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi At yahoo DOT com

  26. I’ve given The Great Lenore by J.M. Tohline to bunches of people, simply because I think it’s one of the most amazing books written in the last 10 years.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  27. For the second year in a row my daughters (the older one, 11y/o, 13y/o and 17y/o) all have given me a list of book they want … As well as ereaders is something else

    Gave Books away for halloween to the neighborhood kids


  28. I like to gift the Fairy Tale books to all of my younger nieces and nephews in the hope of making them a book geek just like their auntie. Unfortunately none of my family likes to read however my best friend does so I just have her make me a list of what she wants and this year I can gift them directly to her Kindle. How easy is that?

    Thanks so much for being a part of the hop and for the giveaway.

    Happy Holidays,

  29. I recently won a Champion me book for my little one. Very cute, I would say that is my favourite book gift to give so far🙂 Thanks for being a part of the hop!
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

  30. I am particularly fond of The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman would recommend and/or give as a gift to my reading friends. Thanks for the giveaway opportunities!
    tworeads (at) gmail (dot) com

  31. Thanks for participating in the blog hop! Hope you have happy holidays. I stayed home this year for black friday because its a bit frightening in stores, I prefer shopping at home LOL!😉

    I like to gift Keeper books I love, or books that I win that I might not like/want to read🙂 I’d rather it go to a good home than keep it!

    swtlilangel4jc at yahoo dot com

  32. Honestly I’ve never gotten a book as a gift. I have gifted J R Wards BDB to a Friend for BD😀
    missie25524 @ netzero.com

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