On August 23rd, thirty-three years ago the world as they knew it altered forever because I, Leontine, saw the light, took my first breath and graced the world with my presence. Okay, let’s fast forward to...June 2009, that is when my sister asked for my birthday wish list and I had no clue what to ask. So I did me a blog post asking for book tips and I got me very good ones. Now our family always has one person collecting all the birthday money and wish list of birthday gal or boy to acquire the presents. Nobody in the family knows and understands my addiction as well Natascha/Ashleagh and she was my to-go to person. I often use my birthday to ask for authors and books I have yet to try and the list was extensive.
So Natascha kept her mouth shut on what she got for me, I tell ya, that woman knows how to keep a secret…damnit! So 10 days ago hubby says: “I have a surprise on Saturday for your birthday.” And I really tried to make him talk and all I got out of him is; “It has nothing to do with books.” So as the days went by I really got curious and finally the day arrived. Though it was a day early I always try to keep in mind that parents have to come from a long way and like to be back on Sunday before six so they can have dinner and watch sports in the evening at home. So Saturday it was and as family one by one dropped by it was a blur of coffee and cake. After an hour or so my mother put a shopping bag full of pressies in front of my nose.
My eyes started to glitter at it all, neat rectangular pressies and they were all for me *sigh* So I started to unpack and while my family was acting like my family and joked about my reactions I was ecstatic about what I unwrapped:
· Hope Tarr: ENSLAVED – UNTAMED – VANQUISHED
· Ilona Andrews: MAGIC BITES – MAGIC BURNS – MAGIC STRIKES
· Rhynnon Byrd: EDGE OF HUNGER – EDGE OF DANGER – EDGE OF DESIRE
· Elizabeth Hoyt: TO SEDUCE A SINNER – TO BEGUILE A BEAST
· G.A. Aiken: DRAGON ACTUALLY
· Alix Rickloff: DANGEROUS AS SIN
· Delilah Marvelle: LORD OF PLEASURE
· Lili Feisty: BOUND TO PLEASE
· Judi Fennell: IN OVER HER HEAD
· Amanda McIntyre: TORTURED
· Joey W Hill – THE MERMAID’S KISS
· Nora Roberts: BLACK HILLS
Of course I also received birthday mail. I won a contest over at Cecile from All I Want And More and the loot was a copy of Joey W Hill – A Mermaid’s Kiss. Since she knew it was my birthday she added a lovely birthday card to it and so I consider it among my birthday loot *grin* Thank you again Cecile! Then I opened my next card and it was almost too hot to handle, I tell ya. Pearl from Pearl’s World Of Books knows what I want and what I want to do to it. Let me translate the Dutch text for you all since I love to share!
Birthday girl, I know exactly what kind of treat you want on your birthday…And inside birthday card it said: by the way, not only on your birthday!
The last birthday card was from my sister Natascha, she know exactly what to say to make me feel good about getting a year older *smiles*
So when everyone started to go home I was preparing myself for date with hubby and he took me to the restaurant where we had our first date to have a dinner that was fabulous. Just him and me time, we talked, we laughed, we kissed and ended up on the bench underneath a weeping willow. The same bench and place where we took our wedding pictures and there he said many things, among it was a poem that was recited before our wedding vows. He made me remember all the reasons I married him in the first place *dreamy grin*
I had the best of birthdays with romance and romance. Romance in real life and romance in stories! I can truly say that my thirty-third year started real good!
Of course last week I had my "Ode to Karen Moning week" and I want to thank you all for dropping by, joining me in the love for the Highlander series and giving me early birthday wishes. As promised I do not only want to be at the receiving end of wonderful presents, I also want to share and give away. So I entered all who left a reply at one of the Karen Moning post. Number one from the randomizer list will receive a copy of Karen Moning - DREAMFEVER and the runner up of the list will have a surprise present. I will ask her to pick a number between 1 and 11, I will add Karen Moning's backlist to the randomizer and this way the surprise present will be selected. List Randomizer
There were 50 items in your list. Here they are in random order:1. Lily
4. Michelle G
5. Natascha / Ashleagh
6. Book Junkie
8. Linda Ellen
10. Cheryl McInnis
13. Julie at Outlandish Dreaming
15. Donna (Fantasy Dreamer)
19. Dawn Halliday
20. Eva S
21. Cathy M
22. I Heart Book Gossip
24. Maija P
25. Amy C
29. Razlover's Book Blog
33. My Blog 2.0 (Dottie)
44. Sweet Vernal Zephyr
47. Amy M
59. Book Chick City
50. Erotic Horizon
Timestamp: 2009-08-24 08:47:11 UTC
Lily, congratulations! You are the winner of a copy of DREAMFEVER, please contact me with your addy!
Runner up is Elaing8, congratulations! Pick a number between 1 and 11, leave it in a comment to this post so the randomizer can select your surprise present of a full length novel from Karen Moning!
My next "Ode to..." week will be a tribute to the Fantasy genre.