A Love of Nature at the Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop # Holiday Love

Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome Hoppers to Carrie  Ann’s Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop.   Join over 200 bloggers celebrating the holiday season and the joy of love.

I am going to do this a little differently and focus on the love of nature.  We all have one  to some extent although it  expresses itself so differently–a love of animals, water, hiking, starlight skies, organic foods, hanging out at the beach, or making snow angels.



For me, I have been trying to build a love for nature into my life in an every day way–through pets, remembering to look at the stars, eating as close to nature as possible, talking walks to feel the sun on my face.  I think the need to do this more consciously is getting more important. Jacques Cousteau may have captured this feeling best, when he said. “For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”

How is a love for nature expressed in your life?  For one commenter, I will adopt an endangered species in your name from the World Wildlife Fund. You get to pick which one and receive the $25.00 adoption packet.

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….rainbo_again

We have 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 $200 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!

SGarie photoGood Luck. Have the happiest of holidays.


Over the holidays, 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.

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  1. I am not sure this counts but I love rocks. They are everywhere. I have some of window sills and some in my pockets. They always turn up at odd places.

  2. Oh what a wonderful prize. I love all animals. I rescued my smallest dog from a life on the streets. It took me 2weeks to catch him he was so nervous. He is a toy poodle how anyone could abandon such a sweet little boy amazes me. His coat was all matted his teeth were brown and his breath stank. Now after a lot of money and lots of love he is a well balanced loving member of our family.


  3. What a wonderful idea for a prize. Several years ago my nieces girl scout troop adpoted a tiger from a cat wildlife place and every year they recieved a newsletter and a picture of her, Jewels, They absolutly loved it. Thanks for the wonderful prize.
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  4. What a great idea! I try to take at least a moment of two every day to view things as a child would – whether watching the butterflies or counting stars, even heading out to swing on the swings. It just makes me happy. I adopt a Tiger, a Chincoteague pony and an African Elephant every year for my daughter (it’s what she always wants)… and all of our cats were rehabbed ferals or shelter kittens.
    Thank you for participating and the opportunity

    glhince at gmail DOT com

    1. That is fantastic. I bet your daughter loves it. I thought about it too late to do it this year for my daughter, but I have every intention for it to top my list this year. I love Chincoteague. We live in Maryland.

  5. I love to get close to nature by walking on the trails in the woods near our home. Of course, this time of year there is too much snow to do that! Great post! sletten at paulbunyan dot net

  6. What an AMAZING giveaway! I love it! People take nature (in all forms) for granted all the time! I love just going outside, taking a deep breath, and just looking around… Beauty is everywhere!… Thank you for pointing it out, I love that quote!

    1. Thanks Maycee. Sometimes I do to, so I’ve been trying to more consciously keep it in my life. I stumbled over that quote recently, and it made an impression on me as well. Thanks for dropping by.

  7. Great giveaway! I’m not one for communing with nature much… allergies, But on occasion I like dosing myself up on Claritin D and just taking a hike through the woods.It’s so peaceful!

  8. My love of nature comes from surrounding my home with a beautiful landscape of trees and wildflowers! Thanks for the great giveaway and wonderful holiday gift!
    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

  9. What a fantastic prize! It’s shocking a a little sad though, looking at the World Wildlife Fund’s website, that there are SO MANY endangered species!

    Happy Holidays and thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I was surprised to by how many of them there are as well. And I believe its only the tip of the iceberg–the adoptable ones. There are a lot of not so cute and cuddlies out there (e.g. jelly fish, fish, corral, etc..) that don’t even make it on our radar screen. Thanks for dropping by and have a happy holiday.

  10. Over the years we have really tried to switch from processed foods to organic even trying my non-green thumb to gardening. This year we are making homemade gifts instead of buying packaged ones, re-using what we don’t need to make something someone else needs. My goal is to plant five new trees in our yard this year as I love sitting in the shade to read a good book, listening to wind blow. We have a dog and a cat that keep us grounded.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    jung ~dot~ shari ~at~ gmail ~dot~ com

    1. You do some pretty awesome things Shari. I try to stay away from processed foods but succeed less than I would like, but do succeed sometimes. Good luck on the five new trees. We sure could use them. I have a cat but intend to get a dog once my daughter is little older and can shoulder some of the care. Thanks for dropping by.

  11. Awee I LOVE your gift idea. I think that says so much about who you are & I hope others make a move to help support our wildlife as well. I’ve always had a soft heart for all animals. My husband has always teased me because I’ll pick up strays anywhere. We have a local animal shelter in our parish that doesn’t get much help sadly. I like to stop in when I can. I also beg/plead for people to check with their local shelters and adopt a precious new family member instead of buying one. Those poor animals need to see love in their life too. Kill shelters absolutely break my heart. It’s not the animal’s fault that they were desserted and not cared for or the owner didn’t fix their pet.😦 Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always said that when I retired from full-time work, I wanted to have my own rescue shelter for dogs. Maybe one of these days, that will come true.

    Thanks for the amazing opportunity & also being a part of the blog hop.

    kaylapshirley (at) gmail (dot com)

    1. Thanks Kayla. I’ve also had a soft spot for animals. When I was young. the only books I took from the school library were animal related. I am betting on you that you’ll get shelter. It starts with the goal. Happy holiday and thanks for dropping by.

  12. Due to health reasons haven’t been outside much at all and boy do Imiss it, especially since I am from Colo. I still try to enjoy it though,,even if just looking at starry nights out my window. We have many birds and we save hair and bits of material and hang in bags so birds can build nests,,also try to feed them. We also watch lots of nature shows about animlas we may never see but can still appreciate,

    1. Thanks Toni. We had a bird build a nest in our gutter recently. It reminds me how much our lives intersect, and how rich the life we see from our window really is. Thanks for dropping by.

  13. I love to go walkinh in the hills. I also foster baby kittens for the local shelter, witch is fun and draining at the same time. Nothing like a bunch of hungry kittens to keep you grounded. I think the best is when they curl up in your lap, arms or shoulder or chest so trusting for you to keep them safe, warm and fed.

    1. How wonderful to foster kittens but I hear you on the draining part, Jennifer. I have one cat and he’s a handful. And it must be hard to realize how many kittens need fostering. Thanks for dropping by and have a happy holiday.

  14. For some reason, I’m fascinated by moss covered trees. I take my kids on walks through the nature park and everyone else is snapping pics of birds and flowers. Me – I taking pictures of gnarled wood.

    1. I can see the attraction, Vallory. Trees really give me a sense of time and wisdom and stability of age. That sense of rootedness even while they often change from season to season. Have a wonderful holiday.

  15. Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    What a great gift!! I love manatees and usually do an adoption donation each year!

  16. I used to go hiking in the woods at a nature park where I lived when I was younger, it was always so refreshing. I personally love all animals. If I was rich I would definitely have more animals than I do. We have 2 cats and a dog .

    Dawna N.


  17. I have four dachies, and well the one female her siblings were sold as Christmas presents. I made sure they went to good homes. One little one went to a newly adopted girl who always wanted a pet but her mother never got one. And her excitement of getting one of the dachies really touched the heart. They are still buddies even two years later.

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

  18. What an awesome giveaway you are doing. I love nature. I live in the mountains. I love looking out at the mountains every day. In the summer we hike. I haven’t gone cross country skiing yet. I like to go to a state park nearby.

    Merry Christmas and may your new year be filled with books.

    flip at ida dot net

  19. What an amazing giveaway. So many of our endangered animals are so close to being extinct. I am a huge animal lover so I get so excited when they are acknowledged!

    Happy Holidays to you and yours,

    1. Thanks Marlena. Its so easy to forget that there are some animals, that they make up such a part of our fables and stories (e.g. tigers, elephants) and they are dying off. I don’t want stories to be the only place to find them. Happy holidays to you and yours.

    1. I love to look at the stars. I live so near a big city that I cannot see them to the degree I wish to. Sometimes I walk up in the wee hours of the morning when I know shooting stars are scheduled to see those as well. Thanks for visiting.

    1. Thanks Tonda. I’m glad you could stop by. I’m glad you like the giveaway. I chose it because I ran over the Cousteau quote on facebook and it made me realize I could be doing more. Happy holidays.

  20. I love spening time outside and just enjoying being out there. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  21. I live in West Virginia so I am surrounded by nature. Heck Deer are in my yard every evening & driving down the road is a nightmare at night for all the wildlife…lol We enjoy hike in the mountains, boating & Picnicking at all our lakes & rivers. And Star Gazing is astounding in this neck of the woods.😀
    Thank you for the giveaway
    missie25524 @ netzero.com

    1. You live in a wonderful place. I’ve thought about looking to move in that area. Being in DC its easy to get there. I miss real stargazing in the night sky. In the city, the stars are too often hidden by the haze of city lights. Have a wonderful holiday.

  22. What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

  23. I’m spending this holiday season with my family and hoping to win so I can read more romances. I don’t have an ereader. Happy Holidays! lisarayns at gmail dot com

  24. Because we home school a lot of our time is spent studying nature and attempting to see how we can fix what is broken. In our household, we are obsessive recyclers.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

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