Sunday, November 1, 2009

HOLLY JACOBS!

Please welcome Holly Jacobs, famous author of; HERE WITH ME, SAME TIME NEXT SUMMER, ONCE UPON A THANKSGIVING, THE HOUSE ON BRIAR HILL ROAD, NIGHT CALLS and many many more wonderful books.



UNEXPECTED GIFTS is her latest release. Due out in November. It’s about a heroine named Eli (short for Elinore) Cartwright. She runs a teen parenting program for her school district. Eli has always been a fantastic role model and mentor to the girls in her program. And when she finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she finds her future has changed as drastically as the girls' in her program...but sometimes unexpected changes are gifts!

Holly said, “The idea of doing a book that features a teen parenting program fascinated me. I've volunteered for our local program for more than a decade, and have always been awed by the amount of people they've helped. Girls who've not only managed to graduate because of the program, but who have gone on to higher education because of it. Girls who have learned how to not let one mistake define them. And most importantly, girls who have learned to be great parents, when they themselves have barely left childhood behind.”

I think this is a book a lot of mother’s would be interested in, specially one’s with teen daughters. It a story that shows a courage and strength most of us women need to draw on at sometime in our lives. It’s a story of discovering our personal power as women. It’s a book that can give us all a little insight as it entertains us.

There's an excerpt on her website at http://www.hollyjacobs.com/UGifts.html#EXCERPT

Unexpected Gifts by Holly Jacobs
ISBN #978-0-373-71601-2 Harlequin SuperRomance, 11/09
Life happens…and then life really happens!

Come back next week to win a free signed copy of “UNEXPECTED GIFTS” in another contest! Yap, you’d better sharpen those pencils! You’ll be working for this win – and no eating allowed! ;-) Hawk

77 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

Will see you then hawk :D

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Blodeuedd,

Hey Sweetie...I got a contest for you and you best not be "Looking it up"
and if you do - don't give you're answer until the last minute so the other girls can't copy!

I know you girls - you all gang up on me at contest time...and it's you who sets the pace young one!
}:-/

I'm going to be watching you girls this time! So, be good.

Hugs
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Cecile!

I had to steal him...he's so beautiful...I just wanted to look at him for awhile. Ah, a hero he could make! As a matter of fact he makes the perfect image for the hero I'm writing about right now.

forgive me theft but I had to have him!

Hawk

Judi Fennell said...

I'm intrigued. how does Eli find herself in this predicament, given what she does for the girls, and how does she handle it?

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Judi,

Good question - I wish I knew the answer to this, but I don't. So I put an E call in to Holly and I'm hoping she'll drop in and let us all know.

Then again she might tell us to buy the book and find out. :0)

xoxo Hugs
Hawk

Judi Fennell said...

oh, yeah, I meant I'll have to read the book. That's got to be a huge part of the plot.

HollyJacobs said...

First, Hawk, thanks so much for talking about my book! I've volunteered with Erie's teen parenting program for years, which makes this one very near and dear to my heart!

Which leads to your question, Judi! Now, I like Hawk's idea of just telling you to buy the book! LOL But here's the thing, no birth control is 100% effective. And poor Eli...she's way past her prime childbearing years. As a matter of fact, she's 44. She thinks the fact her period stops means that she's in menopause. And she's thrilled. She's pretty sure her life is perfect. She's got a job she loves and feels what she does makes a difference. She's got a cute house, just bought her dream car (a Mini Cooper) and has a steady date...Arthur. He's not exactly exciting, but he's dependable. And then...well, I love the back cover blurb...Life Happens and then Life REALLY Happens!

You can read an excerpt at http://www.hollyjacobs.com/UGifts.html It's where Eli discovers she's pregnant.

Again, thanks!

Holly

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Judi - LOL

Well, don't buy it yet - you could possibly win it next week! Just play in my contest and you could win a free copy.

Now for me and whoever else doesn't win - well, us poor saps we'll have to go out and buy it to find out this answer. ;-)

Ah, looks like Holly here! Let's see what she says.

xoxo
Hawk

HollyJacobs said...

You know, as I thought about my very lengthy answer, I realized if there's a long way or a short way to explain something, I tend to take the long way.

What I should have answered, to how Eli found herself in that situation is... OOOPS! LOL

Holly

Houston A.W. Knight said...

OMG Holly - you said she was 44 and thought Aunt Flow had left town for good!???

44 is young...heck, I'm 53 soon to be 54 and my Aunt is still hanging around!!! I swear I'll never get rid of her!

If 44 is over the hill - what am I? Over the MOUNTAIN and then some?

{{{8-O {8-( wooh is me.

Well this day had started out good....now......????

Thanks girls!
I'm going to go eat a can of warms.

Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Holly!

Ooooopppps!!!???

ROTFLOL.

Well, Ooooppss says it all doesn't it!

LOL
Hawk

Liza said...

Must add Holly's newest book to my TBB list. Looking forward to the contest next week Hawk!

HollyJacobs said...

Hawk, Well, Eli lived in hope! LOL And yes, I think oops said it all! LOL

Thanks, Liza!! I really appreciate it!

Holly

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Liza!

Hey Hon how are you?

I'm with you and Judi - I'm adding this one to my must be read list as well.

Awesome! Glad you'll be back for the contest - it'll be fun - I promise!
And you've got the chance to win Holly's book before you put it on the list!

:-) Tell everyone you know about the contest! It'll be interesting and fun for all...even those who don't want to enter (only because they have the book)will still enjoy seeing the contest.

I've got ya' wonderin' - do I now?

Tehehehehe
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Holly - I LIVE IN HOPE - Poor ELI was fooled by the aunt...wicked wicked aunt!

LOL

Hugs, and you're welcome sweetie.
;-)
Hawk

HollyJacobs said...

Don't you wish there was some button you could push that would finish the visits when you were done thinking about having babies? LOL

Holly

Houston A.W. Knight said...

OMG Holly - do I!!!

Is somebody up there listenin' to me??? I'm done!!!

LOL
Hawk

HollyJacobs said...

Hawk,

LOL Hope you're done sooner rather than later!

Holly

M.V.Freeman said...

Looks like a fun book from Holly, there is nothing like a "Oops" baby...

As always I look forward to the contest. :0)

Back to revision He...I mean, to my glorious WIP...

Hugs to you Hawk

Cecile said...

What you mean no eating... That is not fair.... Hey girls...don't worry ****whishpering.... I will bring some m&m's for us and jelly beans for Leontine... oh and I can not forget the chocolate chip cookies... Hawk doesn't have to know... hee hee****

You know I will be watching this place... You know Just to make sure things are OKAY... lol!!
And thanks for giving us another new to me author!!!

Cecile said...

Oh and Hawk... I can share Bran... He is Sophie's man to begin with... But oh man... Is he an enchanted hero or what!!! ***swooon.... drool.... swoon...droll..***
Hope you had a great weekend honey!

Erotic Horizon said...

I will definately be back for this - I love books like this ...

E.H>

HollyJacobs said...

Thanks MV and EH! I really appreciate it!

Hope you all have a great Monday. I know it's odd, but Mondays are my favorite day of the week! They're simply filled with potential!

Holly

Houston A.W. Knight said...

M.V.,

(((hugs)))

Glad you took a break from the wipmto check in hon! See you for the contest!

Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Cecile!

I said NO EATING! NONE!

I'll know...I'll see all the little crumbs, red tongues and guilty chocolate covered faces!

And don't think you'll soften me with talk about BRAN...tho' he is a hero image of all hero's in me book!
OMG the hair!

Now be good Cecile or I'll be visiting you sooner than you think! I've got a broom!

Hugs
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

E.H.,

Darlin' where have you been!? You've been missed and you've been missing all the fun!
It's good to see you back!
(((((HUGS))))))

Looking forward to seeing you back next week!

Major big cyber hugs!
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Holly - I can dream of this but me twin told me our G-mama had her aunt visiting into the wee ages...CAN YOU HEAR ME CRYING NOW?

:-(
Hawk

M.V.Freeman said...

Cecile,
did you say M&M's......

Innocent look at Hawk


;-P

Cecile said...

MV... **ssshhhssss.. Yea, I have m&m's...I'll pass you some under the table so Hawk does not see us... Looking up innocently, lol** What!! I did not do anything... Right MV! We don't have anything in our hands **holds up hands*** See!

And Ms Holly my mind must have been so focused on the candy and eating that I forgot to tell you that I am looking forward to hanging out with you this Sunday!! I love meeting new authors (to me) and seeing what they have in store book wise!! It is a pleasure to have you here!!!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

M.V.

Red glowing Irish-green eyes looking at both girls!
"I HEARD THAT!"
Grabbing the M&M's from inside Cecile's mouth.

NO EATING!
};-/

HAWK

Cecile said...

**Gulp** There is nothing in my mouth either, lmao!!! I promise! The red tongue, I can explain that... MV brought over some red kool aid, yea that's it... And we drank a lot of it... You never said we could not have anything to drink!!! LOL!!!


***stop giggling MV.... while passing some more m&m's under the table***

Lea said...

Hey Hawk!!

This sounds like a sweet book and I will have to stop by Ms. Jacobs website. :)

Thanks for the heads up about the contest. Yikes, sharpen pencils eh? Sounds VERY ominous... lol

Big Hugs,

I hope all is well with you.. ;)

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Cecile ... you be good! M.V. is working on her wip!

Cool aid? Yeah, o.k., right...I was born at night, BUT NOT LAST NIGHT!

If you're not good this very minute I'll have to get Bran to punish you.

;-)
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

LEA!!!!

Cyber hugs darlin' - girl you have been missed! You and EH have been hiding out!

Glad you've come back - can you help me control Cecile?

Oh, the contest - it's an easy one. I did something similar before but this ones interesting in a different way. It'll be fun.

Oh yes, do check out Holly's site, it's a good one!

Many hugs - glad you're back babe!

Hawk

Cecile said...

Oh, is that a promise I can hold you to! Bran+punishment = oh la la!!!

It was cool aid, I promise!! LOL!! With maybe some rum in there somewhere... lol!!!

M.V.Freeman said...

You saw the rum? Hee, hee, I thought I had that hidden.

:-D

Now, I have seen you mentioned a "Bran" person...from which story does he come from?

Christine said...

Hi Hawk,

Thanks for sharing the book!

I love the premise! Can't wait to pick it up and read it. I was once a coach for unwed moms at the Florence C Agency. So it will bring back memories.

Hope you are doing great in TAMPA--now back to my GH Entry--well, back to it tomorrow AM--worked 6 hours today.

Cecile said...

Ohhh MV, honey you have to check out Bran. I did an interview with him the other day... You must go check him out!! I think it was Double Sweet Giveaway with Sophie Renwick. He is freaking hawt!!!!! Trying to sing the HHHHHHH.... That is how hot!!!

Oh yea girl, I saw that rum bottle... but I do not think Hawk saw it!!! Hee hee hee!!! I will tell her we are not eating anymore... Just drinking now!!!! We can bribe her with Jonathan Meyer from my place the other day... LOL!!! He is Irish... and hot... She will forget we are eating anything here!!! Hee hee hee hee!!!

M.V.Freeman said...

ooooh where is that link Cecile...:-) I want to see that interview....:-P

*passing bottle to Cecile* ssssh....

:-)

Cecile said...

OH MV... here is the link... Hope you are ready for him girl..**pours me a glass and hands the bottle back.. you are going to need this, lol**

http://alliwantandmore.blogspot.com/2009/10/double-sweet-giveaway-with-sophie.html

Cecile said...

Oh now MV don't forget... Keep in on the down low cuz Houston has the hots for him... **sssshhhhssss** giggling... I love this ruM!!

M.V.Freeman said...

Ooooh, Bran is YUMMMMMMMMMM, thanks Cecile. I will have very pleasant dreams....

And you are right...I do need this rum. *pouring more for Cecile, and self*

*Sip* Thanks for sharing, it was/is DELIGHTFULLY delicious. :) I think Hawk will share-don't you?

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Christine!

Can you control M.V.!? You are her CP! She's drinking with Cecile!

My God - they'll both be too drunk to even see the contest!

Oh, I think Holly's book will be a good one for sure! It's a different subject than most! I can't wait!

Hugs -
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Cecile and M.V.!!!

You girls are being BAD! DRINKING - when me back is turned! You'll be to fuzzy eyed to see the contest!

HERE - eat these red M&M's you can't be drinkin' on empty stomachs!
Goodness, what am I to do with you two!?

Now if you hadn't been drinking M.V. you'd have seen Bran at the top right on me blog page. He's that handsome guy with the flowing hair! Oh Yummmmm just the hero for the book I'm writing right now!

off to work for me this morning!
Hugs
Hawk

Cecile said...

Told you M.V. Bran is freaking HAWT!!!!! Girl... pleasant dreams... Hummm.... With Bran... ***evil thoughts, evil laughter***

Told you you would need to rum... And just imagine the man in a kilt! ***OMG... fanning self***
Honey, you are more than welcome for the sharing!!!

Hawk, we are not drinking... We are sipping, lmao!!! Bran can sober us up though... **whew**
If we promise to share the rum with you... will you still me "mad" at us!! LOL!!! Bran said that he would share with you... some of his... His what, he did not finish!!

OHhhhhh MV, Hawk is giving us back our m&m's!!!!! I knew we could get her to cave in!!!
Ya know ya love us, lol!!!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Yeah, I know that and so do you girls...'tis why ya' pick on me so, is it not?

Ah, but if Bran is sharing his bit of...ah hum...ale...with me I'll cave faster than a coal mine dug too shallow! LOL

SO WHERE IS HE!

LOL - I've gotta love ya' girls.

Hawk

M.V.Freeman said...

*fanning self*
Bran certainly has all that I adore...dark hair, eyes, and brawn...then you mention the Kilt...*gasp*

LOL
Have fun, *wink* Hawk, I'll be sipping this rum, and humming a song with Cecile and eating these M&M's.

Oh, I forgot to tell you I don't sing...hmmm. How much of this rum have we consumed?

Cecile said...

Oh MV... And we all know what is under the Kilt!!!! **evil wink**

**Pass the bottle around, lol!!** Humming away... Don't worry, I can not sing either, lmao!!

Oh and you see Hawk gave us back some m&m's!! But look I brought some chocolate chip cookies in too... **ssshhheeess**

M.V.Freeman said...

Yummy! Just what I need Cecile.
I think Hawk needs some too. She looks way too stressed. :-P

Never thought rum and cookies would work, but they do....

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Sorry girls, I'm too busy (and will be for ummm another hour with Bran) to notice anything. ;-)

Hawk

Vicki said...

OMG, this sounds like a fun contest!

I've been so slammed at work this is the first time I've had to get over here. I'll be back later to read all the comments. I love this corner of the world in blogland. :D

Carol Henry said...

Sorry to be late chiming in, edits keep me busy. I have always enjoyed Holly's stories. I'd love to win this one, but I suspect I'll go out and buy no matter what. As for the unexpected gift, I recieved one of those, too! Our last child was definitely not planned and with our youngest off to school, this addition certainly set us back a bit. But what a joy. Today he's on the police force and has two darling girls that are the highlight of our lives. That gift just keeps on giving.

Cecile said...

Oh I dont think so honey!! You are not going anywhere with Bran... ALONE.... MV.. You hearing this!!!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Carol!

Thanks for the private e and the warning! I passed that one on.

Yes, I think this book will be a good one for sure and it's nice to know the "Unexpected Gifts" can be one of the Gods greatest gifts! ;-)
Beautiful moment for you to share with us, Carol...it warmed me heart.

O.K., you get done with the edits - I'll go to the retreat and we'll catch up when I get back - deal?

Major hugs
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

In the candle lit room, the smell of lust in the air, the sound of a door opens.

Hawk sits up, hurriedly fixing her clothes and hair. "Oh, Cecile, I didn't hear you come in."

Bran sits up with a frustrated sigh; puts on his shirt. "Me either."

M.V. pushes in behind Cecile to see what was going on and demands to know. "What are you two doing?"

"Oh we were just..." Hawk looking innocently at her friends, but her throat knotted with a gulp. "...Bran was just helping me fix my plumming. Yeah, that's what he was doing."

Bran gives a sexy, wild smirk, "Yeah, I was fixing her plumming alright."

Hawk's eye grew wide with guilt.

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Hey Vicki,

We've all just been hanging out waiting for the contest this coning Sunday...it'll be an easy one, but a fun one.

Hawk

HollyJacobs said...

Thought I'd drop back in and say thank you for all the lovely comments, everyone!

I'm leaving tonight for my last trip of the year!! Spent yesterday trying to fit everything into a carry-on...and I managed it. LOL

Carol, Our youngest came five years after we thought we'd had out 'youngest' and she's been an absolute blessing as well!

Anyway, thank you, everyone!

Holly

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Holly, it has been a fun week with you and next week will be even more fun!

I can't wait to see who wins a free signed copy of "UNEXPECTED GIFTS".

Have a great trip and we'll see you next week when I announce the winner!

Hugs
Hawk

HollyJacobs said...

Hawk,

I'll definitely check for the winner when I get home! Thanks again everyone! I'm off to lunch before I do, then stopping at my favorite local bookstore...they got Unexpected Gifts in and I'm signing stock! I get all giddy and gleeful when I see my book on the shelf the first time!! LOL

Holly

Cecile said...

~Hawk, you are sooooo bad **tisk tisk** and evil... lmao!!!
Now I see who is snacking on the prize, lmao!!!!
I hope you have a great day honey!!! And a wonderful time at the retreat!!!
Ms. Holly... I hope you enjoyed all of our banter!!

**snacking on the chocolate chip cookies**

~Sia McKye~ said...

Holly is a wonderful writer. I've read her books and have enjoyed each one.

If you just need something to take you away for a bit, make you smile or make you sigh, Holly Jacobs is a perfect read.

Go, Holly! This is what? Your 47th book, or have you made 50 now?

Hawk, thanks for stopping by. You can reach me at sia_danzo@hotmail.com

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Holly!

Oh I wish I could go with you to the book store! I love that place! You know how some people go crazy in a candy store - well, that's me at a book store!

Since I can't be in my own contest (because I know the answers) you can count on me to be at the book store to get my copy of UNEXPECTED GIFTS!

Don't worry by the time you get back - most likely I'll have sent you an e with the name and snail addie of the winner. xox

Have a great time
Hugs
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Cecile?

(looking closely at you) Are those chocolate chip cookie crumbs on you face and blouse?

Looks like M.V.'s down and out from too many M&M's and RUM!!!
Between now and then you best get her in shape or she'll miss the contest!

You've got until this Sunday to fix her up before BRAN and I get back from the retreat.
(Devilish twinkle in eye and lusty grin.)

Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Hey Sia,

I agree with you about Holly's books - very good reading!

Thanks for the addie - I'll write you.

Cyber hugs darlin'
Hawk

Vicki said...

Hawk,

So last week was lots of fun with the Jelly Beans, but the eye candy this week is...hot, just plaine ole hot. :)

Are you getting excited about this weekend???

Hugs,
Vicki

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Vicki,

We both can thank Naughty Cecile for Bran! He is Yummy.

Hawk

Cecile said...

Hawk, you are right... I have not heard from MV for a while... Humm.. Wonder if the rum got to her!! *giggles* I promise we both will be sober and cookie free by Sunday!
And yes... you can thank me any time you want for Bran!!! Isn't he so damn yummy... He is enough to make any woman thing naughty thoughts!!
Have fun this weekend honey!

HollyJacobs said...

Oh, thanks so much everyone for the very kind words! I'm sitting in a hotel in Pittsburgh reading them and blushing! It's always nice to hear that people like your work!

And Sia, no, not quite fifty (yet...I'm hoping!)! This is book 42.

I've really enjoyed hanging out with you all!! Not sure if I'll have internet in TN, but I'll check in next week and see who won me...uh, my book! LOL

Seriously, you all made my night!

Holly

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Cecile,

Thank ya' darlin' - I packed yesterday and I'll be leaving here today.

BUT I'll be back on Sunday for the contest!

You have a fab weekend too hon!

Lots of love
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Holly!

The sisterhood will always welcome you with open arms.
And we hope you'll join us whenever you can. Just drop in from time to time and keep us up to date with your latest news and books!

WE LOVE YOUR BOOKS...but I guess you can tell that, huh? ;-)

Hoping Pitt wasn't too cold and that you can find a hook-up in old Tenn! We're missing you already!

hugs
Hawk

HollyJacobs said...

Hi, Ladies! I'm sitting in the Pitts airport waiting to board. Just caught up on all the morning's work, and thought I'd say hi!

And Hawk, you can be sure I'll try to drop back in!

Holly...had to scrape ice of my windshield this morning and really looking forward to TN weather!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Holly,

OMG, Ice already? And you're driving? Driving in Pitt's...are you crazy, woman?

They've got wild drivers up there...
Well, I guess I can't really say they're the worst because the worse drivers are right here in Florida, but...well, Florida makes up for it by offering much warmer weather...scraping ice is the pits! Teheheheeeee - the pits in Pitt!

Ya' sure you want to stop in Tenn? I hope you remembered your sweater. It'll be cold this time of year in Memphis.

Have a safe trip!
Hugs
Hawk

Danni said...

Aww I love Christmas stories! I'll havta check it out. :)

Cecile said...

**looks for MV...** **sip sip** Hawk... I think she passed out somewhere.. I am going to go look for her.. It is almost Sunday and I would hate for her to miss the contest!! Going look for her now!

Hope you are having a great weekend honey!!! My thoughts are with you! See you tomorrow!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Danni!

Come on over - the contest is on for Holly's book!

Hugs
Hawk

HollyJacobs said...

I'm back from the trip, and had a great time!

And yes, there was ice in Pitts when I left...they deiced the plane before we took off, even! But I'm home today and it's in the sixties. Welcome to PA! LOL

Good luck with the contest!

Holly

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Holly!

Welcome home and glad to hear you're safe!

The contest is up and running come check it out!

Big hugs
Hawk