Ringing in 2013 New Year’s Blog Hop!

Happy New Year - champagne and party decoration

 

New Year’s has always held significance for me. I had my son on New Year’s Eve sixteen years ago today.  I’m not one who has a new resolution for the year like my friends and family. Instead of setting some unatainable goal or one that might get placed on the back burner due to life…. I decide to be a better mother, friend, sister, aunt, writer…..a better person to those around me, to listen more and remain optomistic even in the face of pain or discord in life.

New Year’s keeps me grounded, shows me that I have another year under my belt.

Heaven Sent is my New Year’s Story releasing Jan 7th of this year from Secret Cravings Publishing. What better way to begin the year than with a romantic short story of finding love a second time!

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Blurb: Mia Justice counts every day as a blessing, not taking life for granted. Although she has strong faith, she finds it hard to move on in her personal life, until an accident changes her perception of really living.

Dire Sylis takes his job and the responsibility that comes with his job serious. Saving as many lives or helping in any situation is how he pays homage to the father he lost as a young adult. Nothing prepares him for a chance encounter that will change his life.

Excerpt:

“You’re too young for a New Year’s Eve party. You knew the answer before asking.” Mia flipped on her turn signal to move over a lane. “What Ash?” Her sullen teenage daughter muttered under her breath and turned away, closing off. Teenage angst—her least favorite part of parenting. What kind of parent lets their kid plan a chaperoned party on one of the worst nights of the year to be away from home? Remember not to judge others by what you wouldn’t do. Paying her daughter no heed, she cast quick glance in her rearview mirror to find a spot she could edge her way into in the next lane. Mia moved her SUV in the tight space, continuing the slow crawl down highway 71. She refused to feel guilty for not giving into Ashland’s wants, reminding herself to be a parent not a friend. There wasn’t room for both, since she took on the roll as both mother and father.

As the light at the end of the exit ramp turned from yellow to red, a car clipped her back bumper, causing her to lurch into oncoming traffic. Ashland let out a scream as a vehicle with the right of way narrowly escaped slamming into her door. Mia heard the crunch of cars hitting each other. She fought to maintain traction, her grip clenching the steering wheel as they spun out of control while fending off the surge of terror whiplashing through her a second time.

“Mrs. Justice, help is on the way.” Her automated security system transmitted to the local enforcement and 911 dispatch. Mia turned to Ashland and lifted a shaky hand to her face. “Baby, are you okay?”

“I-I think so.”

Mia’s heartbeat thundered in her chest. Dazed, she spoke on autopilot.

“Can you move?” Mia unclasped her seatbelt and reached to unlatch her daughter’s. Ashland flinched when she touched her.

“Mama, your head is bleeding and my leg hurts really bad.”

Mia touched her head. Blood slid between her fingers as she explored a small gash on her forehead. “I’m okay love, it’s just a little cut. We need to get out of the car. See if you can move.”

“I can’t, Mama. There’s a car blocking me from moving. I’m stuck.” The panic in her daughter’s voice sent shivers of dread down her spine. They were surrounded by vehicles, crunched in from all sides.

Mia froze, paralyzed by fear. Blood trickled down her face. Her vision was hazed in one eye. Think. You have to stay awake to get Ash out safely. Unbuckling her safety belt, she looked around for something to break the windows with.

“My softball bat is in the trunk, isn’t it?” Her daughter calmed enough to help.

“No baby, we took it out to make room other things a few days ago.” She sucked back a moan of pain while maneuvering into the second row behind her daughter and worked on reclining the seat back. Red lights and the welcoming sound of help arriving eased her fears a little as she continued to work to get her daughter free. Mia leveled the seat out and hefted Ashland by her hips into the second row. When she looked up, flames licked along the windshield. All of the sudden they were stuck in a ticking bomb, each second counting against them.

Voices yelled over the sounds of sirens. Acrid fumes seeped into her vehicle. Instinctively, she knew if they didn’t get free, they’d die from toxic inhalation. She became aware of a shadow as it fell over them. “Get this car moved.” The orders were barked from the man’s lips.

“Ma’am, if there is something to cover your heads with, grab it. There are men working on putting out the fire while we get you out. Stay calm.” Mia watched a flood of foam hit her engine. Beside her, firemen worked to pull the vehicle out of the way. There wasn’t time.

“Ma’am.”

Mia snapped to at the commanding tone in his voice. She found her wool pea coat and placed it over their heads.

“Mama, what’s happening?” The SUV jostled as the car stuck to their door was yanked free. The uniformed man signaled for her attention.

“The firemen are putting out a fire in our engine and they’re going to break the window. I know you’re scared and hurt. Just breathe baby, they’re here to help us and will do everything in their power to get us out.” Deep down, she believed the words with her whole heart. She fought to keep positive, though tears coursed down her cheeks and pain threatened to drag her into the abyss of unconsciousness.

“Mom. Mom. Wake up. Mom, can you hear me. Hurry. Please, my mom isn’t answering me.” The distant sound of glass exploding met her ears. Sound slowed as her eyes drooped, too heavy to keep open. “Take her first.” In her mind her words resounded crystal clear.

“Backboards.”

“My daughter. Get her out.”

“Ma’am, breathe, that’s a girl, now save your strength. We have you both. They’re sliding your daughter out on a board now. She’s free. Backboard two in. I got you now. Lift her easy.” Strong hands hoisted her out of the back section of her smoldering vehicle.

“Whitier here, has some oxygen for you. Quinlan has your baby. She’s a little beat up but okay. Breathe as Whiter places on the mask.”

“Thank you.” Blurred vision kept Mia from making anything but his helmet out. She grasped the hand he held offered. Darkness descended, sucking her into its undertow.

 

Prize for my Stop! Please Leave a comment with your most memorable New Year’s Experience and your email address as well. I’ll be giving away a ebook copy of Heaven Sent and swag to US and CA residents. If you are International please leave that in your comment. I’ll have a second ebook random org pick for a ebook of choice from my website.

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About mahalia2010

Mother, Sister, Friend, Author

Posted on January 1, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 105 Comments.

  1. Beautiful!!!!

  2. Thanks for participating in the blog hop and have a Happy New Year.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

  3. A WILD NITE OF SHOOTING FIRE CRACKERS & PLAYING WITH SPARKLES DURING THE RINGING N OF THE NEW YEARS AS A CHIL:D! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERY 1:)
    redz041@yahoo.com

  4. Most memorable New Year’s Eve…as a child we always gathered at my grandmother’s home and played cards all night. Even as an adult, those times are my most memorable.

    Happy New Year!!

    aprilnu2003(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. I don’t really have a special one.

    Happy New Year!

    anasmithblue@gmail.com

  6. read 130 books
    Happy New Year
    JamieToddMiller(at)aol(dot)com

  7. Thank you for the chance!

    Kassandra
    sionedkla@gmail.com

  8. Happy New Year!

    chellesy.clay at gmail dot com

  9. I want to read more this year.
    Thanks for the giveaway! And Happy New Year!

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

  10. Happy New Year! I spend New Years with family and my resolution is to lose more weight for 2013!
    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  11. Eat well.
    Happy New Year!
    t.abule (a) yahoo (dot) com

  12. Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  13. Lisa Walker Liese2

    I want to find more time to read.
    Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

  14. Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year.

    kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. alice dellanova

    I want to publish my novel! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
    movie1997 at live dot it (I live in Italy at the moment)

  16. Great excerpt, thank you.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

  17. I have to say the most memorable new years was the one where my hubby came back from oki before he went to Beaufort, SC… We were only engaged but he made a point of spending the holiday with me and my family and took me back to college so we could spend more time together… Yep and then 9 months later our oldest was born… After 13 almost 14 years together and going on 10 years of marriage i say life is still good.

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

  18. Thanks so much for the chance to win. It’s a great way to start the year. No major resolutions beyond reading a lot (let’s go 50 books!) and staying active (jog, jog!), but I hope you have a great year 🙂

    I don’t have any memorable new years. We always did the same thing, which was resting at home. It’s a relaxing start to the year though so I don’t mind.

    Thanks again!

    hisboywonder(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. watched the countdown

    Happy new year!

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  20. played games
    happy new year! Thanks
    mrsbrinius at comcast dot net
    going to try to lose weight this year

  21. super kewl giveaway, thanks for participating! We stayed at home with the boys, ringing in the UK new year, watched a movie, and put the boys to bed by 9 🙂
    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

  22. Happy New Years,thanks for the giveaway.

    dragonkeep62(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. My best memories are when my kids were younger and we would do a party for them and their friends. They still talk about it now that they are adults.
    gatormaryd(at)yahoo(dot)com

  24. Watching New Year’s Dick Clark’s Ball drop!
    Thanks for the hop & Happy 2013!
    deethomas291 at gmail dot com

  25. Most memorable is ones I can’t remember LOL, years ago used to party like there was no tomorrow now it’s just chilling at home.

    Dawna N
    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

  26. Cassandra Hicks

    I really don’t have a memorable one…that I can remember lol
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

  27. When I was a kid, my friends and I waited for midnight while tending a fire so that setting off fireworks would be faster. There were adults present of course.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  28. Felicia M. Ciaudelli

    My son is also a New Year’s Eve baby, born on NYE morning in 1983 – talk about out with the old and in with the new – we love to go downtown on New Year’s Day to see the Mummers Parade to celebrate!

    Felicia in PA
    mrschopchop(at)verizon(dot)net

  29. Just popped in for the hop.
    Thanks for the fun and Happy 2013!
    zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom

  30. I stayed home on New Years eve watched tv. Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
    I wish you a very Happy New Year!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  31. My favorite New Year’s were with my kids when they were little and wanted to stay up to see the ball drop.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  32. Happy New Year Hales!

    My resolution is to spend more time on myself. I spread myself to thin. Maybe getting a cloning machine up and running would help! And of coarse I will let you borrow it!

    ~*Drea*~
    dreabecraft(@)aol.com

  33. Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
    Best Wishes in 2013
    uilani25 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  34. Going out at midnight with the family and banging on pots and pans for 1 minute. I was 7yr old. Now it is finding time to read into the quiet of the night, to all hour of the night. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE! I’m going to lose 25 # and read 52 + books this year.

    Judy
    strawberryrose@earthlink.net

  35. Happy New Year!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  36. Attending the masquerade ball!
    I`m INT reader.
    Thanks!

    dita(dot)skarste(at)gmail(dot)com

  37. I am always sleeping by then.

    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  38. Favorite memory of New Years is watching Chiller Theater (Scary Movies) All night long on tv with my family as a child.
    Happy New Years
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

  39. My Bff and I were coming home from another friends home after some drinking, we were walking because we only had about four blocks to my parents house. Well she decided she had to pee, so she (after several minutes of messing around with her cloths) Squats between two parked cars and starts peeing. After what seems like forever she gets up and starts getting everything put back together when the lights of the car she was standing in front of turn on along with police sirens (apparently neither of us noticed that she was peeing in front of a squad car with a very surprised police officer inside). We were brought to my parents home who were shocked because we were supposed to be tucked in tight to bed. My parents have never let either of us forget that night.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  40. I don’t have any significant New Year’s Eve memories as I really don’t do too much. I do remember watching Dick Clark as a child as that was the only time I was allowed to stay up.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  41. Thanks for doing the hop!! My most memorable New Years was a few years ago when I was in China. It was different cause they have their big new year in Feb. Still a fun experience!

    grapeapril75(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  42. I just stay at home.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  43. kimberly holgate

    i dont have one we really arent big on new years at our house
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  44. Hi! Happy New Years! I spent the day with my family. We watched movies, put together a puzzle and toaster in the new year. Thanks for the awesome hop and all the giveaways! This is so fun! I love these hops! I always meet new authors, reconnect with old ones and my TBR list grows by leaps and bounds! Thank you!! Have a great day! Best wishes and many blessings to you!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  45. New Year’s Eve in Germany with lots of fireworks all over.
    Entering for Grand Prizes.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  46. Happy New Year to you!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  47. Most of my New Year’s experiences aren’t too memorable, because my mom and I have this yearly tradition. We have our “midnight meal” consisting of appetizers and snack foods while we wait for the ball to drop, and sip on sparkling pear juice instead of wine. It’s pretty consistently gone like that since I was a teen.
    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

  48. congrats on the new release

    Happy New Year
    staceyprice(at)gmail(dot)com

  49. Have a Happy new years!!!
    red_tigergirl2(at)hotmail(dot)com

  50. The contest is now closed

  51. Random.org number is 28 the winner is mrschopchop(at)verizon(dot)net Thanks for commenting everyone and Happy New Year!

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