Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My Fondest New Years Memory...

For the hop, we're sharing our favorite New Year's Memory. Well, New Years has come and gone, but there's one I'll always remember.

Anyone recall the scare back in 1999 when the experts were SURE the world was coming to an end? The computers would all crash and the planes would fall from the sky?

I remember it quite well. DH was working at an airport as a fueler (if you aren't sure, he fueled the plane - you'd be shocked how many people ask me what the heck he did as a 'fueler'). He had to work over the holiday and instead of being alone, I came along with him to work. Now this was also prior to 9/11 so it was still okay to tag along. We had some cheese, some shrimp, and watched the New Year come in on a grainy television. At the stroke of midnight, oddly enough, a plane happened to be taking off. I watched, a little apprehensively, as the plane zoomed into the sky. I mean, hey, they said the planes would fall from the sky.

Guess what? The tv was still grainy, the computers didn't crash, and that plane sure did take off. It went where ever it was going and made it back about six hours later.

So I can honestly say when everyone thought the planes were going to fall from the sky, I watched one take off and soar.

What about you? I'd love to hear what YOUR favorite memory of New Years happens to be! And since I'm pretty sure you want to win something, you can win a pdf of one book from my backlist (check here: All you have to do is comment and follow the blog. Easy peasy. Add your memory to the mix. I love reading them. I'll draw the winner at random on January 5th and will announce by 6pm EST right here on the blog! Enter today!

And because it's fun to find new books, here's a little bit about my latest release, Somewhere I Belong, out now from Liquid Silver Books.

He never knew what he was missing until he came home to find his place to belong—with her.

Sullavan Tanner walked away from Jarvis, Ohio, afraid to give his heart to the woman he loved. He lived the rock and roll lifestyle, but never quite made it to the big time. Fifteen years later, he’s back and ready to claim what’s his—if she’ll accept his help.

Marley Lockwood’s done asking for help. The family farm is more than she can handle, but if she can survive a cancer scare, the loss of her parents, the abandonment by her first love, and a messy divorce, she can handle anything.

Until Sully shows up.

Although she’s not interested in rekindling the love affair, she’s not above accepting Sully’s hands on the farm. What’s the worst that could happen? They get the farm out of the red and into the black? That’s her plan. They actually fall in love? The past says it won’t work, so she’s not hedging her bets.

Too bad Sully’s not giving up this time.

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Sherry said...

I'm a little boring I guess because I don't have a special memory but I've always enjoyed spending New Year's with my family.
sstrode at scrtc dot com

Eva's Flowers said...

I'm the same as the previous commenter, not much to talk about, I have always spent it at home with the family, not that that isn't memborable, it's always a good time. We just sit around, watching the countdown on tv, eating snacks and just chatting :)


lindseye said...

Great memory. I spend my New Year's Eve at home and sometimes in bed. Like all the hype, it is fun to watch.
linze_e at

Clare Revell said...

my fondest memory is the first year hubby and i were engaged. We kissed throughout the 12 bongs of big ben. Much to my parents amusement cos they were in the same room too :D

telsiacharis at yahoo dot co dot uk

Lisa J said...

I am usually asleep long before midnight. My nephews will call me to wake me and wish me Happy New Year.


katsrus said...

I do remember when they said everything was going to crash. They tryed to scare everyone. silly now. My favorite memory is staying up late with my kids and waiting for the ball to fall with popcorn and games.
Sue B

Anne said...

Just the one year we had friends over. We played games, ate and drank until midnight. It's memorable because it's the only time we had people over on New Year's.

May said...

It's when my daughter shouted happy new yr the first time she was old enough to understand the concept of a new yr. She was so excited...

Fictional Candy said...

I have a few good memories here and there, fun times when I was in my early 20s and my only care was what party my friends and I would be at :) Nowadays I'm lucky to stay awake long enough. LMAO!

Thanks for being in the hop!

Anonymous said...

I loved staying up late with my dad and sister. We would make Boboli pizza and make ice cream sundaes and watch the best 90's kid movies!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Megan G.

Miho Li said...

Admittedly, it didnt immediately strike me what a 'fueler' was =P

Happy new year!

Kathryn said...

My 1999/2000 NYE was spent at home, as a brand new bride to my wonderful husband. While the masses were going into hysterics over the Y2K, I was snuggling in the arms of my prince. I still do, every year :) richnkathy718 (at) msn (dot) com

Joanne said...

I don't really have any special memories. I usually fall asleep before midnight.


DBookWhore said...

Y2K had me soooo scared hahaha

Happy New Year!!


Kaye Manro said...

Wow, that was a great memory.

I'm glad you shared it. I have one up on Trending The New Year From The Past. I put the title in the place where my link was supposed to be, lol. But it is there.

Thanks for sharing, Wendi.

Jennifer J Saracino said...

Any new year spent with family or friends is the best. ones without resolutions are just cake.
wocaworld @

Savannah said...

2005 would have to be my Big new year's eve to remember its the day me and my husband started dating now its 7 years later we are married and have 2 amazing kids!

JeanMP said...

2000/2001 would be my favorite year to remember, got engaged that new years eve.
Now I am just happy to spend the evening with my husband enjoying the quiet time.

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Cathy M said...

My favorite New Years Eve will always be special since it was the night my hubby proposed. After 35 years together, so glad I said yes.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

gfc follower
cathy m

June M. said...

I always spend NYE with the family at home. I don't like crowds, don't drink much due to taking blood thinners, so it is better for me to just stay home. This year I spent it with my sister & 2 of her kids, watching a zombie marathon on TV. Goofy but fun
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

CrystalGB said...

My favorite New Years memories involve playing cards and board games at my brother's house on New Year's eve.

desitheblonde said...

we did not do nothing i did blogs
and then i m here trying to do all 60 hops
many more book in the year to come
desi the

Anonymous said...

LOL I remember the Y2K scare very well. Everyone was scared the world as we knew it would end.

My favorite NYE memory was my first one in Chicago. The fireworks downtown were gorgeous especially when they were reflected in Lake Michigan.

geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

Gena Robertson said...

I have never been one to stay awake to bring in the New Year - but when I was 21 years old, my best friend drug me out with her husband and friends to a pub to a New Year's Eve party that was really quite fun, so I'd have to choose that one, since it was my only experience *chuckle*

Thank you so much for participating in this hop and for the giveaway opportunity! You are a new to me author, so I am so glad to find you!

Gena Robertson

VampedChik said...

haha I so remember the Y2K thing! Now we gotta worry bout the world ending this year!!! Well my birthdays New Years eve so I could tell tons of stories from that! LOL But one of my most memorable would probably have to be last year just for how funny it was. My friend was 9months pregnant. Due any time and she decided that she wanted to play 'Just Dance' on my wii. So she seriously got into it. It was insane watching her dance with her big belly. I have it on video. Probably the funniest thing I've ever seen. :) Thanks!

Book_Fiend87 said...

My favorite new years memory was about three years ago. I spent it with my best friend and her family and we played games.

Maria said...

I remember Y2K it was good nothing bad happened but it was also some what of a let down.

I don't have any really special New Year's Eve memories, I spend New Year's at home with family, we eat appetizers, play games or watch movies and then toast in the New Year...that's it for excitement

Thanks for the giveaway

ringpop2010 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

thank you so much for being part of this giveaway!!!

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Catherine Lee said...

I got married on New Year's Day(1988) so that was my most memorable New Year--by far!Thanks for the giveaway.

GFC Follower: Catherine
Happy New Year,

Shadow said...

What a great memory! Thanks! This new years was my favorite. My family stayed home and watched movies. We had tons of fun! We ate snacks and toasted the new year. It was great! Thank you for sharing! Happy new year!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for being part of the blog hop! Happy New Year!

Vanessa N. said...

My fav was when I went to ecuador to se my dad's side of the family and se how they celebrate new year's.

geschumann said...

I like to stay home with the family & play cards. Thanks for the giveaway!

geschumann at live dot com

mnjcarter said...

I have tons of memories, but none stand above the rest. A lot of partying in the younger years, 4 NYE of being pregnant. Now we spend every NTE with the kids, family and friends at our home. Loads of fun and tons of memories made and more to come!

Anonymous said...

My mom would make shirley temples and snacks for new years eve celebration- loved it!


latishajean said...

Thank you very much for taking part in this fun blog hop! Happy New Year!

CherryBlossomRain said...

So mine starts off a little odd. I was working as a waitress and I ended up working a double shift from open to close without more than a two minute break periodically. I was pretty mad about that because I'd scheduled time off to be with my then boyfriend. Anyway so I worked all day and while the tips were great the people not so much, especially after about 9. So anyway we closed early that night and I got how around 11pm. I took a shower and climbed into bed and just as I was falling asleep my phone rings. I'm cussing up a storm and questioning the parentage of the person on the other end and it turns out it's the boyfriend. He waits for my little rant to end and then before I can start up again blurts out "Will you marry me." I'm so tired my brain doesn't seem to understand him and I go "what?" so he politely repeats himself and then tells me to get my ass outside. I dropped my phone and ran out the front door to him standing there with two dozen of my favorite flowers on one knee :) Best New Year's EVER! We'll have been married three years this may. I don't know if we kissed in time to ring in the new year but it was still pretty epic.


elaing8 said...

I'm not big on NYE>Most of my memorable times was as a teenager.Just hanging out with friends.
great giveaway

mcv said...

My Mom would do a weird ritual every New Years Eve. At he stroke of midnight she would eat a piece of pickled herring (ugh!) and chase it with champagne. It's an old German wives tale that it ensures a lucky year to come.
Happy 2012!

JoAnna said...

Hi Wendy! I don't do much for New Years. I do remember Y2K, I work at a bank software company we starting working on that code to make sure our software wouldn't crash.

beckerjo at verizon dot net

Anne R said...

My favorite NYE memory is the one I spend with my now husband. We went out with my best friend and her (then) husband. It was horrible. They fought the whole night but at one point during all that craziness he leaned over and told me that he loved me.
Thanks for the great giveaway!

areeths at new dot rr dot com

Unknown said...

Every year, my best friend and her husband throw a massive NYE party. After almost everyone leaves, I sit around with some of my best friends, (we don't see each other nearly as much as we'd like to),and we just talk about the year just passed, good memories -- it's just a wonderful way to celebrate, and we've made it an annual ritual.

Thanks for the giveaway and have a Happy New Year!

elizabeth @ bookattict . com

Unknown said...

I remember y2k, although I was partying like it was
1999. I drank too much and had to take an ice cold shower. If I had it to do over, I would probably do the same. Looking back, I am glad the world did not end. I got married the following year and now I have a daughter that turned nine last month. Happy New Year.

The Alter Ego Tracy said...

My favorite New Year's memory is when I was around 7 year's old and my best friend and I stayed up through the New Year all the way up until around 4am. We were the happiest 7 year old's ever! Our parents were too wasted to even notice! lol

Barbara said...

We usually spend the evening inside with family and friends, lots of good eats...playing cards (poker) and listening to music until the ball's about to drop. Then the wine is poured, toasts made, kisses shared...and then the party usually continues for a little while longer. Those that drank a little too much, or came without a designated driver snuggle in for the night...that's just how we play. Better safe than sorry. :) Happy 2012!

GFC follower - Barbara

Theresa Friel Newbury said...

Best memory was when kids stayed up to see it for first time!


jeanette8042 said...

My favorite new years was when I had a fun and crazy party with friends last year, the champagne was literally flowing everywhere since one of my friends tried to make a champagne fountain but it turned into a river instead!


Susan W. said...

Growing up we would spend the day snacking, playing games and watching football. Happy New Year!

SiNn said...

honetsly ir eally just stay home and hang out dontd o much really tho fonest memory was the first new yrs eve is taye home and hung out with my now fiancee we learned so much about eachother all we did was talk all night was great


ty for the chance

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite was my daughter and I taking my oldest grandson to the Peach Drop.


Nanners said...

It’s not really a “memory,” but it’s a tradition that I still follow from back in my home country of Brazil. For New Years, the color of your clothing represents what you want for the new year. For example, many Brazilians wear white for peace and inner calm, but you see a few wearing red for passion or pink for love, some wear green in hopes of earning more that year as well. Every year i’m excited to see what colors people decide to wear on New Years, and I love getting together at the end of the year to see if their wishes came true.

Kim S. said...

Haha, Y2K....remember it well. We did nothing but laugh at the nay-Sayers!! :)

Happy New Year to you and yours!

thewildtwo @ sbcglobal (dot) net

Deb PelletierC said...

I'm a Dick Clark girl

Mary Keith - Keith Publications, LLC said...

My best NYE - We had a party for our friends and family. We could see the high school fireworks from our backyard. We all had a great time being together. Almost all the food was gone and the drinks...well there weren't any Those who needed to spend the night found a piece of floor and blankets and we had breakfast the next morning...some not so much LOL

Great Blog Hop. Hope you will blog at KP sometime.

Mary Keith

Unknown said...

All the best for 2012.

AJ Burton

Theres just life said...

I have done the My favorite ones where at home celibrating with loved ones, knowing everyone was safely off the roads.

Pamela Jo

orelukjp0 said...

My family parties at home with lots of good food and we watch the ball drop in Times Square.

Thank you for the wonderful contest.

I hope you have a very prosperous New Year.

orelukjp0 at gmail dot com

Keetra said...

This year, I stayed at home and invited my friends. We made fun and at midnight, we sang Justin Bieber's Baby, which was horrible, by the way :)
Thanks for the chance! Happy new year to you!