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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Gratitude Giveaway and Year's End Summary


Well...this has been a year, hasn't it? Lots of good things, and lots of bad, alas. But in the end, I am still so grateful for all I have. And especially grateful for YOU, my friends, readers, and fans. So I'm doing one last giveaway this year for no reason other than to say thank you for taking this journey with me. Thank you for buying my books, and for putting up reviews (really, THANK YOU), and for generally spreading the word and being supportive. Y'all make the hard work worth it. So I'm doing this:

Carried away? Moi? Never.

So, here's this year in review--briefly, because otherwise we'll be here all day.
Good stuff:
Well, I had two books out, which is great. WICKEDLY POWERFUL was the third Baba Yaga novel, which was then followed by DANGEROUSLY CHARMING the first Rider novel.

BOOKS!
Got to go visit my friends in Connecticut, got visits from pal Bethany and her charming hubby Jarrod, and my stepdaughter Jenn, and FINALLY met long-time author pal Alex Bledsoe in person at Robercon (where I also got to hang out with the fabulous Tamora Pierce, which is always a joy).

Terry and Glenn in Connecticut

Jarrod, Bethany, and me

My kid and her two moms (no, not THAT kind of two moms)

Alex, me, and the fab Tammy
Plus, of course, the tarot deck is coming out any minute, so that might end up counting toward this year too.

Mind you, there was a lot of not great stuff too. I lost Mystic and Magic's mother Minerva in March (wow, that's a lot of M's). Had to rehome little Luna, because she couldn't adjust to the other cats (although she IS blissfully happy at her new house and I get to visit often). Angus was sick for months with an eye infection, then Mystic got seriously ill and almost died. (They both got better. That definitely counts toward the "good" column.) I seriously hurt my knee on the first of April, and it is still taking it's slow time recovering, and then I got shingles (which are brought on by stress, so I blame the election, plus all that other stuff...). Plus, you know, life.

Overall, I'd have to say it was a pretty tough year, where the not-so-great stuff often overwhelmed the great. But I survived and have hopes that next year will be better. And in the meanwhile, I still have a lot to be grateful for, including all of you. So thanks! And now, I'm going to do one last giveaway for the year, just because I can. Maybe it will finish off a few other people's years right.

Here's what we've got! A Fire tablet, a set of ALL FOUR BOOKS (signed, of course), winner's choice of one of three book cover notebooks, and a Deborah Blake calendar for 2017 plus a broom pen to write in it with. Four prizes, four winners. Woot!

No, Magic the Cat doesn't come with the prizes.

Winner gets his or her pick!

No, Angus doesn't come with the prize either. But his picture is in the calendar.
As always, all you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. You get credit for anything you've already done, like following the blog, or signing up for my newsletter. And because it is my big end-of-year giveaway, I'm opening it up internationally. There is no purchase required, although of course, if you want to give ME a year's end present and buy one of my books, or put up a review for one you read, I won't tell you not to!

Good luck, thanks for everything, and happy holidays, whichever one you happen to celebrate.

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94 comments:

  1. Thank You so much for doing these giveaways!

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    1. It's kind of crazy, I know, but I love giving things away and making people happy :-)

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  2. I'm most grateful for moving to an apartment with tight windows. No more Winter drafts!

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    1. I replaced my windows last winter, so I know exactly what you mean!

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  3. Fingers crossed...

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  4. I am grateful that the emergency surgery to remove my gallbladder went okay two weeks ago. I am also grateful for each day I wake up. Wishing you many blessings for next year!

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    1. Oooh, I've had that surgery. Best of luck to you in your healing process!

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    2. I'm glad your surgery went well, Brandy. One of my best friends is having her gallbladder out tomorrow, so all good wishes are welcome!

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  5. I have a very sick family member. I am most grateful that I was able to visit him and spend time with him while he had some good days.

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  6. Books! i'm grateful for authors who write books!

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    1. I'm grateful for books too! That's about all that gets me through some days.

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  7. I am grateful for my family.

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    1. Family is one of my big things too, both the one I was born to and the one I chose.

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  8. Thank you for doing such kickass giveaways! May you have a blessed Yule!

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    1. You're welcome! And a blessed Yule to you too.

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  9. I'm grateful for my friends and family that understand this has been a rough year.

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  10. You are such an amazing and generous person. THANK YOU for all that you do and all of your support this year. <3

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    1. *smooches* Thank you for being the best research guru on the planet!

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  11. I am grateful for my family and friends. Also for all the wonderful authors who work so hard to put out great books!

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  12. I am grateful for my family and friends. Also for all the wonderful authors who work so hard to put out great books!

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  13. Love it! I am literally counting the days down until the new deck!!!
    Thank you!

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    1. Any day now! I am supposed to get my copies on Thursday, so they should be hitting the stores and Amazon soon!

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  14. Thank you so much Deborah. I love your books.

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  15. Quite a year indeed! Love your books and your posts. Ordered your new tarot deck. Artwork is fabulous.

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  16. Isn't it?! Elisabeth Alba is amazing.

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  17. I am grateful for so much this year! My health is finally looking up, I have continued vision for focus with my work when health is further resolved, and my family and loved ones are close once again - and I have had SUN when elsewhere is negative 20 degrees! Seriously thanking Spirit for THAT! You look like you have had a great year too Deborah!! :-) Lisa (Calantirniel)

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  18. After being stranded in an ice storm last week, I have a renewed sense of gratitude for my own home and my family who helped me out!

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  19. After trying for a long time my daughter is finally pregnant thanks to new technology and I'm going to be a grandma if all goes well!

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  20. No kitties???? *sniff*

    Seriously, though - you have been rocking the scene while I, sadly, have been stuck in a slump. But...there's a new year around the corner, and that means new opportunities for resurrecting what's left of my gray matter and getting the second (and hopefully third) Pridewar book out there!

    Have a great holiday season!

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  21. I am most grateful for my daughter being in my life and living hear me, and my beautiful grand babies

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  22. The first half of this year brought travel for the first time in seven years, immersing myself into a meditation instructor training program, and improved health. The second half returned to struggling with my health (chronic, genetic, nothing new or dire) while trying to keep some of the positive momentum going. Grateful for it all...ok, except the election. That's just beyond, well, beyond. Blessed & Merry Yule to you! Thank you for another year of solid witchy advice and many hours of entertainment.

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  23. Thank you for this chance to win! I am grateful for the trials and tribulations I experienced because, while the losses were challenging, they taught me that how I was spending my days wasn't nourishing my soul anymore and I needed to bring everything back into alignment with my soul's heartbeat.

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  24. I love your books and your giveaways. Have a blessed Yule my friend!

    Kit

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  25. Loved these books and looking forward to more Dangerously stories. Thanks for the giveaway. I am grateful for my family...my husband of 34 years and my 27 year old daughter.

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  26. Always a treat to read your books, even more so to be able to win them!

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  27. I am grateful for my loving family and that I still have two very healthy cats and an equally healthy dog.

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  28. This year was momentous because we had TWIN granddaughters and a single all born in 2016 taking my 3 grandbabies to 6. I am thankful for my family that is always growing and changing!!

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  29. You are the most interesting and generous author. Just love your books, jewelry too.

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  30. I'm thankful I got to spend most of the summer with my family in Mississippi. I'm also thankful our pets are happy and healthy (there's a story behind this "pet" statement, but I'm afraid to tell it, for fear of jinxing my pets' health). I'm lucky to have a great immediate family, beautiful fur-babies (and a feather-baby), and great online friends.

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  31. Your giveaways almost make me the mess that is 2016. 2017, come fast.

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  32. Your giveaways almost make me the mess that is 2016. 2017, come fast.

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  33. Many Bright Blessings to you this Yule.

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  34. What am I most grateful for at this time? My darling Basenji, Nayru--she is getting older and having heart issues. I'm just thankful that I have any time at all left with her.

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  35. My families good health; my jobs; and of course great books!!

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  36. I am most grateful for my 5 beautiful daughters!

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  37. I am grateful for my job and my kids.

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  38. i'm most grateful for my amazing family

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  39. I'm grateful for my family and good health

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  41. There's 3 things I'm grateful for. I'm grateful for strengthing the bonds in my family. For a while it was lost but this year, the family connection it felt like it did when I was growing up. Also grateful for stable health so far, since I'm prone to be hospitalized especially b/c of my lung disease, & lastly grateful for being in tune with my inner witch 😊

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  43. I'm grateful for my babies, for magick, and for the Lord and Lady. ♡ Blessed be.

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  44. Hello!! I am grateful for my companion, Pete, whom I met very early this year! He is wicked smart, funny, kind
    (wicked handsome, too) and treats me like a goddess! I'm (finally) a happy gal!

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  45. Good books that allowed me to escape into them...

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  46. I am grateful for my fur babies, karate, my books, and me being able to walk again after I broke my ankle in 3 places & fractured my heel, No family helped me I am doing it on my own. Not however with a hiccups along the way !

    Kris

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  47. This year, I am so very grateful no-one ended up in the hospital! For a couple years running, my husband or daughter had a hospital stay once a year, and we have finally broken the cycle.

    I am also incrediblyou grateful for my in-laws, and my Coven family. Without their support in everything, life would be a lot harder (not to mention, not nearly as fun!).

    And of course, for my Craft, my kids, and my animals. ❤

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  48. I am most grateful for my husband and son who support me in my endeavors and eccentricities.

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  49. A. Nicole AlexanderDecember 27, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    I am grateful for family and friends. Thank you for doing this giveaway. I look forward to reading your blog and getting your tarot cards in 2017.

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  50. I'm most grateful for my husband, dog, and other family members, and for the enjoyment I get from books and music. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  51. What an amazing give away. I hope your 2017 is a vast improvement over your 2016, with many checks in the "good" column and only a couple very small checks in the "bad" (if any).

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  52. Hope you had a wonderful holiday, 2016 was not so great for my family, but 2017 brings hope for new beginnings.

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  53. Excited!!
    I am grateful for my children, grandchildren, and family, and the person I am sharing my life with, and for my Weiner dog. I am grateful for my awesome friends. And I am grateful for all the blessings that the Lord and Lady have bestowed upon my life.

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  54. I am grateful for my family, especially my boys who make me smile every day and I am grateful that we are all healthy and happy. Blessings to you for an awesome 2017

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  55. Love this give away and all your work!

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  56. I'm grateful for the people & kitties in my life who help me keep wanting to wake up every morning.

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  57. I'm most grateful for my family and friends. Relationships are the key to a happy life.

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  58. Thanks for the give away. I hope I win I love reading your books.

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  59. I am grateful for my wife Rebecca, she has taken my to Dr appts, therapy even when she has been hurting. She is wonderful and I love her

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  60. I am grateful for my family and friends. They help to make the bad times better. Hopefully 2017 will be a better year for us. Thank you for all the wonderful giveaways you do and I hope the New Year will bring lots of good health and happiness for you Deborah :)

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  61. I love your books! Can't wait until I get my tarot cards!

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  62. I am most grateful for the journey this year has been. I had gotten comfortable, and life shook me up just enough to remember that there is a whole world outside of my comfort zone. Healthy, happy, surrounded by loved ones, I'm ready to break some more boundaries. ��

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  63. Grateful that I got my business loan and will be opening the shop in January or February! <3

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  64. I am most grateful for my pets and husband.

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  65. I am grateful for my family and friends. I am also very grateful to have a wonderful man in my life that has and continues to make me happy everyday. I am grateful that I found your books and enjoy reading them.

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  66. I am grateful for my health and the love of family and friends .

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  67. Lynn Slabaugh GrateDecember 27, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    This year I am thankful for the gifts given by the Goddess, family, friends, good health and great books!!!: Thank you for this giveaway. ☺

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  68. Grateful for my kids, the furry horde, and my hubs

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  69. Love swag with covers...and you have some sexy covers! I'm thankful for the health of my family...that is my serious one...my not so serious one is thankful for Bucky Barnes...that sexy mo-fo...

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  70. I am grateful for my family. I've struggled a lot this year, but I had my family to support me, which was so helpful.

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  71. I am grateful for all the things I learned this year.

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  72. What I'm grateful for about this year is that it is almost over and I look forward to a new year in which to actually enjoy my life.

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  73. I am most grateful for my beautifully wonderful tribe that surrounds me with love, support and inspiration.

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  74. There is something that is happening right now that I can't discuss that I am grateful for but it's a huge leap of faith and I am terrified and exhilarated at the prospect. Hope 2017 is a much better year for everyone!

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  75. Twice now I've tried to post a comment and hopefully the third times a charm! I love this blog and the way it has even taught me a good deal about blogging in general seeing as its the first and only blog I follow and I plan on blogging myself in 2017. I've really appreciated you sharing your ups and downs and all with your signature sense of humour in even the toughest situations.
    How you pulled everything you did out of your hat in 2016 with all of the craziness going on I'll never know. Which is fine, because I rather like to choc it up to your magic anyway :D Thanks for always just being real. You're our Everyday Witch that keeps us inspired and empowered through your gift with words. Proof that they don't always have to be fancy to be effective! I appreciate your down to earth style and it makes your novels so enjoyable and easy to read. I hear the characters so clearly in my head and that's something I get from every book I pick up, but it is something I wish I got from every book I picked up! You nail it every time.

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    1. Thank you so much for all your kinds words! *blush*

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