Limecello and the Terrible Twos (It’s My Blogiversary!)

Hello my lovelies! Can you believe it’s my second year out on my own? I’ve actually been blogging on and off since 1996. Yes! Since blogging was even a term! But I’ve been blogging continuously since 2002. Crazy, right?

I had something set up with the Plotmonkeys (Janelle Denison, Leslie Kelly, Julie Leto, and Carly Phillips) in June, but life and their deadlines and other issues have led to a slight delay. I’m hoping we can do it up in style on the 31st, but know either way, they’re with us in spirit!

In fact, they were all kind enough to write something last minute around the theme “Two.” Carly and Leslie are on super deadline, and Janelle is very sick – and Julie I’m sure is about to stab me in the face. Heh. So, wish Carly and Leslie luck, Janelle well, and that Julie likes me again at some point in the near future!

I’m weird about numbers…I like even numbers.  And since two is the first even number, it’s special.  When I think about the TWO or second, I think immediately about second chances.  Like right now, for instance, I’m writing again in a series of books that I thought died in 2006 when the publisher decided they didn’t want anymore of the series after only TWO books.  And since no other publisher wanted to take a series that another publisher abandoned, my Dirty series, starring a kick-ass, Latina ex-bounty hunter, was dead in the water.  Until it wasn’t.  In 2012, I finally won the rights back from Pocket (blows my mind how they’d give me such a hard time about getting the rights back to a series they willfully no longer wanted to publish!) and re-released them digitally.  The reader response was so strong, I published a third book in the series (a short novel called DIRTY LITTLE CHRISTMAS) and now I’m working on what will be the first full-length book in the series that I’ll publish in the spring.  Here it is seven years later and my beloved series and characters are getting a second chance.  Best.  Thing.  Ever.

So the word “second” doesn’t have a negative connotation for me!  It’s about getting another go at something…just like Lime (and her readers!) get another chance to enjoy her blog, read her reviews and feel charitable when we help her donate toward clean water resources.  It’s win-win for all of us!

Congratulations on your second anniversary, LIME!!!
~ Julie

And now Leslie who took the time to write this note (my apologies to her readers for taking her away from you for a period!)

When I think of the word ‘two’ I can’t help thinking of a loving relationship between two people. Like the one I have with my husband. Yes, I adore my children, and my family unit–five if you include them, dozens if you extend it to all my siblings, parents, nieces, nephews, etc. But the foundation upon which I build everything else in my life resides in Bruce. Together, we two are the island on which everything else rests.
~ Leslie

And we’re all wishing Janelle a swift recovery from her bug. And congratulations on such a lovely milestone!

The number “2” reminds me of the day I met my husband – – July 2nd.  It was a very good day, and we’ve been together for over 30 years!
~ Janelle

And last but not least Carly who is also on an OMG deadline.

When I think of the number two, I think of a couple.  A perfect pair.  Two people meant to be together forever.  Can’t you tell I write and read romance? That’s what makes two a very special number!
~ Carly

Now… at first I was going to say – guess I’ve planned as a gift for all of you? … The gift of me!

But then I thought about it, and was like – well, frankly if I were you, I wouldn’t think that was a great prize. So I sent out a desperate plea. Even from a while ago, the lovely and kind @Monikarw has been wanting to give something away on my blog. And at 2 AM I sent out a plea – and got a wonderful response from generous readers, which made me sniffly, so touched was I with their generosity. So, no glib statement from me. 😉

First up, from Monika, the winner has a choice of two things – either any book up to $15 from Book Depository, or a $15 gift card to Amazon! Monika is an avid reader, and brightens up everyone’s day with her unflagging positive and upbeat attitude. I don’t know why, but she thinks I’m great. We exchange bitchy sister stories, and ranty emails. 😀 Monika’s rules for her giveaway are that you have to say something nice about me. (Isn’t that a riot? And I can’t make this shit up.) <3 She’s a darling. [For sure she likes me better than I like me :P]

Next, we have a giveaway from *Priscilla Shay and Vicky Dreiling! Patricia is offering a signed copy of How to Ravish a Rake and some author swag. And Vicky, catching the discussion has generously offered another signed copy as well as some promo items! Two signed copies! Whee!

Who is Patricia? Bio: She is fascinated with all things historical and the only way she can explain it is by claiming she was – clearly – born in the wrong century. (Although, she has been dabbling in the Paranormal and Young Adult.) She holds a B.A. in English: Creative Writing, Honors (with a minor in History) and currently lives in New York pursing a M.A. in History. She is also a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America). When not writing she can be found in a corner crafting, drawing, or baking. August 2012 she signed a contract with Boroughs Publishing Group for a short story. Details coming soon!

THEN fabulous prizes from Lorelie Brown and Katie Porter! <3 Lorelie is giving away both Wayward One and An Indiscreet Debutante. From Katie Porter, Lead and Follow.

(You can click on any of the book titles for more information.)

I’m hoping to add more – and there’s a chance the Plotmonkeys (and others!) might be joining in to chat, so please. Tell me – how would you like to celebrate a blogiversary? I think I’ll keep everything open for all of this month. 🙂

Oh! And! Keep your eyes peeled! This post might be getting edited and I’m hoping to debut a new look!

Now let’s all celebrate! \o/

48 thoughts on “Limecello and the Terrible Twos (It’s My Blogiversary!)

  1. JoAnne

    You always get me laughing with your posts. And I do love the Plot Monkeys so I’m wishing them all a happy and healthy and prolific 2013 and beyond!
    Both books by the authors posted look like interesting reads. I do so love historicals – both regency and western.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Limecello Post author

      JoAnne, thank you! 😀 I hope to be writing more posts this year, instead of just intros – gotta be different somehow right? And nobody ever specified it had to be different *good* 😉

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  2. Fedora

    Wow, seriously? Lime, you’ve been blogging since your infancy?? 😉 (Not that that would surprise me in the least–you are ridiculously brilliant!) Happy 2nd year of blogging on your own, and here’s to many more fabulous posts, reads, and fun chats! I like to celebrate a blogiversary with more books, of course! How wonderful that so many authors are celebrating with you! Woo! Hoo!!

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    1. Limecello Post author

      Awww Fedora, you are too sweet! Xoxo (actually, yes, I was just a kid though :X probably shouldn’t have been blogging online – although I never kept up with it like some friends, and thank goodness geocities went away because… yeah) XD
      Thanks for playing with me! <3

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  3. Limecello Post author

    I am so mortified – it’s Priscilla not Patricia! I’M SO SORRY!
    And thank you all so much for sticking around with me. <3

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  4. Maureen

    Happy 2nd Blogiversary! I love your interview questions, they are so much fun. My favorite one is when you asked an author what she thought about clowns. This reminds me of my daughter and her dislike of everything to do with clowns. I like to celebrate with books which is always the best way to celebrate.

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    1. Limecello Post author

      Maureen, haha I can’t believe you remembered a specific question 😀 I’m glad you found them entertaining! I try, but some of the authors really run with it! Have you checked out Meljean Brook’s interview? That’s probably my favorite to date.

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  5. lsureader

    Happy Anniversary, Lime. I love that you devoted so much of the past several months to charity. I saw posts at many different blog spots referring folks back here to raise awareness and funds for clean water where it’s needed most. Your annual Social Media for Social Good drive is a heart-warming success. God bless you.

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  6. Melody May

    Hey Lime! Happy Blogiversary! I just want to let you know that Monikarw would like me tell you that she is glad you contacted her, so she can give a prize away. This exciting that you are doing this. I can’t remember how I stumble upon your blog, but I’m glad I did. I hope you have a wonderful day. 😀

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  7. Jane

    Happy Blogoversary, Lime. Many you have many more. Monika is definitely a sweetie. The only way to celebrate is with alcohol(champagne or wine) and delicious food.

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    1. Limecello Post author

      Jane, I like the way you think! 😀 I should have had a blogiversary where everyone suggests their favorite hors d’oeuvre – impromptu recipe swap!

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    1. Limecello Post author

      Thanks Mary! I don’t shoot for high brow and breaking news, but I do make the effort to be amusing! 😉

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  8. gamistress66

    happy blogoversary 😀 just keep it up, making us laugh & enjoy (meanwhile I’ll have a glass of wine to toast the special occasion) 🙂

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  9. Kelly Bennett

    Congrats on the 2 years I am grateful to RM sending me in this direction. I love your blog and meeting new authors. I really love learning about the Charity water thank you for opening my eyes you are great. Thanks to plot monkey I wish everyone a great 2013

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  10. mathlady68

    Happy Blogaversary! I love the gift of gifts to the blog readers whenever there is a blogaversary. But that is probably because I am still 5 on the inside and love presents! I also like to revisit the bloggers favorite books, posts, guests etc. I love it when the blogger talks about plans for the blog future and shares the wish list of guest posts. I hope this month is a blast and you keep up your blogging!

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    1. Limecello Post author

      Thank you mathlady, and great suggestions. I haven’t managed to do a “what do you want” post in a while … I’ll have to write a few soon. Definitely I want to keep everyone interested! And I love presents too!

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  11. @Monikarw

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY,LIME!!!!! 😀

    As a member of a family of 4 siblings (sometimes 5) “Better late than never” is my motto! 😉 LOL

    You know I wish you all the best.. But above all more time to blog! haha 🙂

    Thank God you finally got desperate enough to let me do a giveaway!!! 😛 LOL

    I hope you have a stress free week so, no contact with any bitchy sisters (if only..*sigh*) and lots of chocolate & wine ’cause life is too short so whatever! 🙂

    Have fun!
    xoxo

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    1. Limecello Post author

      THANK YOU hon! <3 And girl shut up it was NOT desperation – I was trying not to take advantage of you! Thank you thank you for celebrating with me! <3

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  12. Aliquis

    You’re so cute, Lime with your terrible twos! I know you won’t throw any tantrums. Congratulations on another successful year with many more to come!

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  13. pc

    Happy Fabu-blogoversary, Lime…and many more! You make things so fun…love dropping by to make my day! Have a super 2013!

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    1. Limecello Post author

      Thanks Colleen! Hopefully ALBTALBS manages to live up to your expectations! 🙂 It’s always crazy up in here. 😉

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