Sunday, November 27, 2011

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Teresa Oliver! She is the winner of a $25 dollar Gift Card to Ravenous Romance and a copy of my paranormal romance, Kona Warrior.
Thank you to everyone for hopping along with us for Black Friday!
Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Blog Hop!! Prizes!!

Let's talk Black Friday. In America we have this day called Black Friday that is the day after Thanksgiving where we shop until we drop. It is the official start of the holiday shopping season and a good day to get run over at the mall, or hit with bags, or smacked. Having worked retail in the past I can tell careful. It's like a Wild Kingdom Special out there. But where did the phrase Black Friday come from? Well...I'm going to tell you right now, because honestly that's what I do here at History's Mistress. 
The term Black Friday didn't come about until the 1960s when retailers were trying to come up with new ways to get people into the stores. Prior to this retailers were frustrated with the shortness of the holiday shopping season due to Thanksgiving being held on the fourth Thursday of November. They even petitioned Franklin Roosevelt in 1939 when he was president to change the official date of observance of Thanksgiving to the second Thursday.
(He gave in to the Lobbyists and changed it) This actually was the case for two decades until  Congress was forced to step in and fix what FDR had done. The switching of the date had caused massive controversy and confusion.  
The term Black Friday did not come from the Black Tuesday Stock Market Crash of 1929 as many people believe. It actually comes from the Philadelphia Police Department. In 1966 the phrase was coined because that is when the shopping season would open up in the city center causing massive traffic jams and over-crowded sidewalks, giving the boys in blue the run around from dawn to dusk. It is not a term of endearment to the Philly boys of the 1960s. 
And there you go, a brief history of Black onto the fun stuff! 
Welcome to our Black Friday blog hop! See below for the huge list of prizes!
One random commenter (can be on any of the blogs) will win a Kindle Fire, along with all the prizes below! That’s the easiest kind of shopping I can think of…


Cassandra Carr: copy of either of my two current releases, Talk to Me or Head Games
Kristabel Reed: back list copy of one of her stories and then on her own blog a $10 GC plus a copy of her newest release, Risque, a Regency Menage Tale
Lucy Felthouse: back list copy of any of her single-title books
Cari Quinn: back list copy of one of her books
Leigh Elwood: two back list copies of her books
Natasha Blackthorne: copies of her two Regency era novellas: Grey’s Lady and Waltz of Seduction
Amber Kallyn: e-copy of Dragos 1
Camryn Rhys: Kindle copies of The Barn Dance and Off the Record – Foodie Erotic Romances
Lissa Matthews: two of her back list books
Misa Buckley: an e-copy of Ironhaven and To Reach the Dawn
Lacey Wolfe: a copy of Ambers Muse
Courtney Sheets: a $25 GC to Ravenous Romance and a copy of Kona Warrior – PDF
Sara Brookes: an e-copy of one of my back list books
Cynthia Arsuaga: a copy of an e-book, and on her own blog five book charm book tethers
Louisa Bacio: .pdf copy of my first book in The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf series, and on her own blog a $10 certificate to Ravenous Romance, and each commenter will also be entered to win a Goody Bag of new Orleans treats
Malia Mallory: one copy each of The ABC’s of Erotica and Santa’s Back Door Baby
Cynthia Eden: a copy of Angel of Darkness (either print or digital)
Carrie Ann Ryan: an e-copy of The Alpha’s Path
Jacquie Rogers: a Smashwords coupon for Faery Merry Christmas, plus on her own blog, a free copy of Much Ado About Marshals
KT Grant: a print copy of Sweet and Sinful and an ebook copy of her next release, Xavier’s Loving Arms
So what are the rules? Simple: visit as many of the blogs as you can and leave a comment for the blog owner. For every comment, you’ll get one entry into the grand-prize drawing. Be sure to leave your e-mail address with every comment so we can find you if you win! And don’t forget that several blog owners are giving away prizes specific to their blog, too!
One winner will be chosen on Saturday morning using Cassanda Carr will contact that person about the Kindle Fire and then each blog owner with a prize will contact the winner themselves to arrange delivery of said prize.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

In Honor of Thanksgiving

I blog will be coming about Thanksgiving but until then I thought you might all enjoy the words of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln (one of my personal favs) about Thanksgiving.

By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln