We Have a Winner!

And the winner of the Kindle Fire is…..

Tony Schommer


Amy S. won the 3 Always a Marine books and Rhonda won my giveaway of a $5 Samhain gift certificate. Check the other authors’ sites for their individual winners. Thank you everyone who participated! I hope ya’ll had as much fun as we did. 😀

Friday Fireworks Blog Hop

Welcome to my Friday Fireworks Blog Hop Post!!

If you’re here that means you’re hoping to win a Kindle Fire. Good luck and don’t forget to visit the other author’s sites!

So what is special about today other than your chance to win the blog hop? Today is the 35th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars. So, it’s time to let my Geek Flag fly and let ya’ll in on a little(ish) secret. I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan. Like, a convention going, Yoda loving, Princess Leia emulating, Star Wars fan.

The original Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, was release on May 25, 1977. At the time I was only two years old, but at some point in my youth I saw the movie. I remember having all the little action figures and asking my mom to roll my hair up into buns on wither side of my head. I LOVED Luke with a passion only a pre-pubescent fan girl can truly feel. However, it wasn’t until much later, with the release of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, that I was able to live out my passion to it’s fullest measure.

In May of 1999 I attended a Star Wars convention in Denver, Colorado and realized I’m actually pretty darn normal. There were people of all ages in all forms of costumes. There were more Slave Leias than I could shake a stick at and Storm Troopers galore. I was in heaven. The icing on the cake came in the form of a rap concert put on by Ahmed Best, the voice of Jar Jar Binks.

Not only was the room full of nerds with no rhythm or self respect, but various Star Wars VPs arrived as the night wore on.

I got to ogle, er…meet Ray Park. The hot actor beneath all the red and black make-up of Darth Maul. He’s not only super sexy in person but a really sweet guy. He’s also an amazing martial artist.

Uh, yes. That is the boob of a Slave Leia on the right side of the photo. Sigh. 

Aside from the late night rap session, there were also life-sized models of various characters and some of the vehicles used in the film. It was a once in a lifetime experience I’ll never forget. 

So here’s a bonus question, apart from the Blog Hop, that can win you a prize just from me. In the comments below tell me either which Star Wars character you would love to meet in person, if you ever had the chance, or if you’re not a fan, which movie you’d love to attend a convention for? The winner will be drawn via random.org tomorrow and posted here. Don’t forget to add your email address in your comment. What’s the prize? A $5 gift certificate for Samhain Publishing.

Blog Hop Question: What do Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here’s Jazz, Logan and Zach have in common?(Hint: Check out her ‘books’ at Heatherlong.net )