Hoppy Easter Blog Hop

Happy Good Friday, everyone! Glad you dropped by. My gift to one lucky commenter will be e-copies of both of my books, Blood Rage and Blood-Mage Rising (though you’ll have to wait a couple of days for BMR as it’s not out yet!).

I’m not a big holiday person, but I do like Easter. I like it better than Valentine’s Day actually, and generally the candy’s better (don’t be judgin’). 

(this is not going to be a religious post for the most part, but we can’t exactly ignore the ‘reason for the season’ as it were).  Strangely, my biggest Easter-related memory is a snippet of a conversation with my mother (who passed last October). She didn’t understand why the Friday that commemorates the death of Christ was called “Good Friday” as there’s nothing good about such a horrific death of anyone, much less Jesus. Now, as an adult I can totally get why it’s called Good Friday (at least I think I do). Depending on what one believes, while yes it is the day Jesus was murdered, it is also the salvation of mankind because He died for everyone’s sins so we all could return to God when we died. (I’m not going to go into my thoughts specifically on this, because I promised I wouldn’t go religious on you.)

Of course I also have a lot of memories of Easter eggs and candy (I’ve included pictures of some of the most iconic candy). I loved dying the eggs, or putting the shrink wrap decorations on them. It was great time spent with my mom, back before the typically unpleasant teen years.  I’m currently sulking because the hubby thinks that we don’t need an Easter egg hunt since the Shrimp has already had two this year (one at school and one in a community one). Ah well. Next year we’ll get to do it since the Shrimpettes will definitely be old enough by then!

Okay, on to the promotion part. As I said above, one commenter will win copies of both my books.

All you need to do to win is this: 1) be a follower of this blog (the follow buttons are to your right) and 2) leave a comment below with your email address AND answering the following question: What is your favorite memory of the Easter season? The winner will be announced on Monday.

A big ol’ thanks to Drea Beacraft for holding this blog hop. Check out the instigating site at :  http://thebloghopspot.com/event-page/!

Thanks for coming by!



  1. I can't actually remember many memories of Easter, I must admit – getting old maybe? LOL. But it was probably the first time I saved my pennies and got my parents some chocolate over Easter. It was a silly little gift, in all honesty, but enough to jog my memory now at how pleased I was with myself ;)Hoppy Easter, Tory!


  2. I remember there were a couple of yrs where we participated in a huge egg hunt. Other than that, it was small hunts w/ my sister, and baskets of goodies. Now that I have children, it's the same. Although, we do treasure hunts inside plastic eggs rather than go the whole real egg route. They color eggs at their grandparents house each year. AND CANDY! Can't forget that…. *laughs*Thanks so much,Sebrina_Cassity at yahoo dot comGFC: Sebrina


  3. My fav memory is the picnics we would have in fields behind our house. They were covered in janquils and we would sit on blankets and have KFC then a big egg hunt all over the field. It was great. Thanks for being part of the hop. Happy Easter!megy_pooh@yahoo.com


  4. I think my favorite Easter memory is the Easter egg hunts and finding actual coins in the plastic eggs. My grandparents spent hours preparing so their grandkids could get real prizes in the eggs. It was awesome.Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Tory. :)Siobhannevadafox AT gmail DOT com


  5. When my kids were small we hid chocolate eggs all over the house. It was a joy to watch them searching and the great 'whoops' every time they found one.Tory, both books sound like excellent reads! Congratulations!lornel@xplornet.ca


  6. The only special memory of Easter Holiday was my mom giving me my first potted plant to keep in my room when I was in jr. high. It was an African Violet I kept alive until after I got married and my husband decided to put all the plants outside and do a deep cleaning of the livingroom as a surprise to me. He sunburnt my plants and killed them. Guess it's the thought that counts!suz2(at)cox(dot)net


  7. One year I remember from the picture of my sister and I wearing our Easter dresses Mom made. Another year I had mumps when my cousins visited. My face was so huge I couldn't eat any candy. The other kids did. The last year I remember fondly Mom painted cardboard houses for a school carnival egg hunt. The next few years, no memories because my dad was killed in a car accident just before Christmas was I was 6. After the missing years, I was too old to believe in the Easter bunny, but I always remember that Dad died at age 32, same as Jesus. He'd just started coming back to church the year he died.


  8. I think it's just the overall images and traditions that we would do as kids. We of course would dye some eggs after looking through the Easter baskets. We'd get dressed up and we would get our hair done special for Easter pictures. Then sometimes we'd go out to a Easter egg hunt. And we'd all have Easter dinner. I think it's just the act of spending the day together every year that's memorable.Thanks!rae.gwendy(at)gmail(dot)com


  9. I'd have to say going on an Easter Egg hunt where some of the eggs were plastic and had candy or money in them. ๐Ÿ™‚ GFC: VanillaOrchidsHappy Easter, and thank you for the giveaway opportunity.Pamvanillaorchids69(at)gmail(dot)com


  10. Pagan so I don't do Easter, per se, but we have Ostara and egg hunts too. ;c)My best memory would be when my youngest was two and all the kids went hunting for eggs. My older ones were so worried about the "baby" that he ended up being the only one of them with any eggs.He was nice and shared his eggs, once I peeled them, lol.Great giveaway, thanks!GFC – Tempeste O'Rileytempeste.oriley @ gmail . com


  11. One of my favorite Easter memories is when my siblings and i woke up to big baskets of candy and a board game a piece. We took all of our candy, threw it into one huge bowl, put it in the middle of the table and my famiy played our board games all day long. I remember having so much fun! Laughing, having a stomach ache from eating to much candy and nothing else! Its one of my favorite memories. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Easter! You have a wonderful time and have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway! gfc- shadow_kohlershadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com


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