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Ella’s Turning What? Bloghop!

Ella's Turning What Bloghop

Happy Birthday to Ella Jade! Instead of all the presents going to Ms. Jade, she’s decided to celebrate with 107 other bloggers (at last count) and all the presents are for you, the readers! For a full list of participants click here There are prizes galore so be sure to visit everyone and enter to win! And as a grand prize…a winner’s choice $100 gift card for either Amazon or Barnes & Noble! As to my little blog, I will offer a copy of It’s Just Love, my Beachwalk Press recent release. See below for how to win. It all starts Friday, August 9th and runs through the 11th.

All this talk of birthdays has me thinking of significant ages. I’m older than Ella so I have more birthdays to look back on. I dreaded 40 and that was the year I discovered the true purpose of the Internet. I met my husband online less than a year after that…and developed a Canasta addiction that gave me many hours of pleasure and new friends I still hang out with. I met DeeDee my original Canasta partner just this year at a writer’s conference in Cincinnati.

Which leads me to the next significant age…50. Yep, done that one, too. With 40 being such a winner (not whiner! I stopped whining right after the birthday) I was actually excited to see what 50 would bring and it was the year I got published for the very first time. Grandma Moses, I know, but I was still young enough to hop up with my cane and click my granny shoes together. But…it makes me think. Sixty is pretty far off still, but I’m not afraid of it. I am ready to see what it brings.

So, Miss Ella Jade, Happy Birthday, a significant one and one I hope will be the best you’ve had, so far!

Share a happy birthday memory and I’ll randomly select one winner for a copy of It’s Just Love. Good luck with all the many stops and prize drawings…and be sure to with Ella a happy birthday. After all, she’s the founder of the feast.
It's Just Love
Coral Nixie is living her dreams. Her cottage is blocks from her beloved beach and a haven for those seeking answers for their relationship problems.. And so what if her own love life is non-existent. Helping others and surfing should be enough for anyone, even a virgin, slightly lonely witch.
Gage Middleton is a successful author and relationship counsellor. His “Factors” can indicate the success of any relationship, and he’s about to propose to his own perfect match. Until Ms. Perfect dumps him and he has to go on TV and defend his theories against a ridiculous hippy witch with the most beautiful eyes.
On a dare from the host, the two set out to follow another couple on their first three dates. They have nothing in common…and neither do the man and woman they follow. And they hadn’t counted on their own attraction. Can they let go of their own stubborn beliefs and accept there’s nothing to prove. It’s Just Love.

41 responses

  1. belindaegreen

    You asked: Share a happy birthday memory.

    My daughter threw me a surprised birthday party at my fav Chinese buffet restaurant. I thought it was just going to be family. It ended being friends and family. I truly enjoyed the celebration!

    Happy 40th Ellla! A *high five* to all the authors who are joining in your celebration!

    belgre at Comcast dot net

    August 8, 2013 at 11:07 pm

  2. I took my son to Las Vegas to celebrate his 21st bday. Always cool to have your mom as your wingman.

    celestejones215 at

    August 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

  3. Two great memories! Thanks for stopping by

    August 9, 2013 at 11:02 am

  4. When I had my daughter a month before my 19th Birthday. : )

    August 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm

  5. Happy birthday to ella

    August 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm

  6. Kyla

    I want to win! Happy Birthday!

    August 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm

  7. So many wonderful birthday memories!

    daringzoey at

    August 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm

  8. samantha

    Happy Birthday to Ella! and thanks to YOU for being a part of this blog hop!:)
    my fave memory is this years birthday my daughter was born 2 days before my 23rd birthday and we got to go home ON my birthday!

    August 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm

  9. I hope everyone is having fun at the different sites! Such nice memories

    August 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

  10. Amber Slagle

    Happy Birthday Ella!!

    August 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm

  11. My favorite memory was last year when my ex and I got back together


    August 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm

  12. Natasha

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for the giveaway!

    August 9, 2013 at 7:25 pm

  13. I hope you have a wonderful birthday, it’s just a number. I’m 52 and I tell people I may grow old but I’ll never grow up

    August 9, 2013 at 8:58 pm

  14. JanD

    I received a dancing hamster on my birthday.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

    August 9, 2013 at 9:31 pm

  15. Thank you for the giveaway. My favorite birthday was my birthday with my first birthday cake. My family doesn’t put much into celebrating birthdays so it was a surprise when my sister pulled out a birthday cake on my birthday and had the whole family sing Happy Birthday to me.

    Happy Birthday to Ella =)

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

    August 9, 2013 at 10:56 pm

  16. the year my granddaughter was 2 and my daughter made me a birthday cake, she put it on the table and came to get from my room, when we got back to the dining room, my granddaughter had gotten impatient and climbed on the table and there she sat right in the middle with 2 big handfuls of chocolate cake and she smiled and handed me a bite. Thanks for sharing Ella’s wonderful day and the giveaways. evamillien at gmail dot com

    Happy Birthday, Ella!

    August 9, 2013 at 11:44 pm

  17. Marissa A

    I don’t have a favorite b-day. Thanks for the giveaway!


    August 10, 2013 at 1:37 am

  18. Pam

    Happy birthday to Ella! Thanks for participating in the hop. I wasn’t thrilled about turning 30 so I decided to recelebrate my 21st.


    August 10, 2013 at 8:25 am

  19. Happy birthday Ella. Great blog hop!

    August 10, 2013 at 8:34 am

  20. Happy Birthday Ella!! Thanks for the blog hop!!

    Graceland for my 27th!

    August 10, 2013 at 8:44 am

  21. Ella is bound to have a great birthday weekend with all the good wishes 🙂

    August 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

  22. Happy Birthday Ella! Great Blog Hop. One of my best birthday is when my husband surprised me at work with flowers, chocolate and a pair of diamond earrings – made all my co-workers jealous.

    August 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

  23. This is why I hold that husbands make really great romance heroes!

    August 10, 2013 at 10:40 am

  24. Happy Birthday Ella! I love birthday celebrations.

    My favorite birthday was my 40th. I spent it with my mom shopping.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

    August 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

  25. Donna Harms

    For my 16th b-day I had invited some friends to celebrate with me but one by one they called to cancel, so at this point I’m feeling totally bummed. Mom said she was running to the store and asked me to go, I tried to refuse but she made me go…turns out we were going to my surprise 16th b-day party and all my friends showed up that bailed on me… Thanks for being a part of the blog hop! Happy Birthday Ella!

    August 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm

  26. My 30th was a pretty awesome birthday, I took a cruise with my BFFs!
    Happy B-Day Ella!! What an awesome idea for a hop! And so many awesome books to add to my TBR list!


    August 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm

  27. Renee B

    Happy 40th Birthday to Ella!
    My husband gave me a surprise birthday party for my 35th birthday. You have to understand, I am not easy to surprise. (Too nosy I guess 🙂 ) Anyway, he took me to dinner for my birthday that year (I was upset because he didn’t give me a card for my birthday and he knows how important a card is to me) Imagine my face when all my family and friends shouted surprise eat me as I opened the front door. It was the best present ever.
    Thanks for being part of Ella’s birthday hop and thanks for the chance to win.

    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    August 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

  28. joe hawkshaw

    Happy Birthday Ella! My most memorable birthday was meeting my fiance for the first time that was the best present any guy could ever get.

    August 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm

  29. Kyla Patton

    My favorite birthday memory is one birthday when I was 8 or 9 (I think) and my parents let me invite a bunch of people over, including all of my family, and everyone just ran around in the yard, jumped on the trampoline, got in and out of those plastic pools around the yard, ate homemade cake and ice cream that my mom made, and hit the pinata! It was super fun just to be a kid and run around with all of my friends on a great day that involved homemade yummy treats!
    Thank you! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

    August 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

  30. valerie rhodes

    Happy Birthday Ella! Hope you have a great weekend for it. I’m not much of a birthday person.. but have to say its been enjoyable reading about everyone elses..;) vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

    August 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm

  31. Cassandra Hicks

    Back in high school my friend threw me a party 🙂
    Happy Birthday Ella!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    dixiedukegurl2 AT yahoo DOT com

    August 10, 2013 at 6:36 pm

  32. Happy birthday Ella!! My fave b-day memory was surprise weekend road trip to St. Augustine, for a long weekend at a great B&B.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

    August 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm

  33. Joy F

    Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Birthday Ella.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

    August 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm

  34. bn100

    cake baked by mom

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    August 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm

  35. LaTanya Lawson (chynarey)

    Thanks for joining the hop!!

    August 11, 2013 at 6:08 am

  36. Lots of wonderful memories. I think my fave was when I was seven and I had a Batman party. I was a huge fan, had a big crush on the dark superhero. I’m glad my mom didn’t insist on a princess party, because that one was the most fun ever.

    August 11, 2013 at 7:09 am

  37. Katie Amanda

    I liked spending my birthday in London.
    Have a great birthday, Ella.
    Thanks for participating!

    August 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm

  38. BookLady

    Happy Birthday, Ella! Thanks for the fantastic giveaway.

    August 11, 2013 at 7:57 pm

  39. I got a lovely pair of diamond earrings from my hubby for my 40th birthday!

    Happy Birthday Ella! I hope you had a fabulous weekend!!
    Thank you for your generosity,

    August 11, 2013 at 8:06 pm

  40. Jenny Dauksa Schaber

    My last birthday (earlier this year) with my mom. She gave me a box full of books and kept throwing jokes at me all day about the “sex books” that she spent her money on. I’ll always smile remembering that.
    Ella, have a fantastic birthday month and enjoy the hop!
    Thanks for inviting us all to celebrate.

    August 11, 2013 at 8:36 pm

  41. Happy birthday Ella:)

    I always tell people I am 29 forever (i refuse to say I turned 30 this year lol)

    Thank you for these awesome giveaways!

    August 11, 2013 at 9:31 pm

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