On The 15th Day of Christmas… (25 Days of Christmas Giveway!!)

by Maryse on December 15, 2012 · 184 comments

in News

Today’s 15th day of Christmas Giveaway will be for two signed books by Kele Moon (both of which I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing and loving, last year).

Especially her sexy UFC fighter in Defying the Odds *sigh* LOVE HIM. Not “loved”. LOVE. Still. ;) (check out my review)

And she says:

“I’d be more than happy to autograph and personalize. It’s a Christmas story so that works … as soon as you give me the winners I’ll autograph them and mail them out!”

Signed, personalized… a wonderful addition to your collection, and better yet, great to read! Thank you so much, Kele!!! *big squeeeezy hug*

And the second book (Beyond Eden) is a super-sexy erotica, too! Lots of emotion and steam in that one and it’s has a bit of a hard-core edge to it, but if you like your romance-erotica big and intense and a somewhat dark, this one’s for you. Check out my review.


How to enter for a chance to win the signed set? Just leave a comment below (or better yet, tell me about your most memorable Christmas gift – received or given) and by tomorrow night (Sunday, December 16th, 2012) by 10pm EST, I will randomly select one winner.

The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. Sorry for my international readers, this is a open to U.S. residents only (but you’re welcome to comment and join in any time!!).

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Sarah B December 15, 2012 at 8:23 PM

I haven’t read these and think I would love them :)

Brandi Franklin December 15, 2012 at 8:26 PM

My husband gives the best Christmas gifts…..I never think he is listening but he pays attention throughout the year and really surprises me but the best gift he ever gave me was my kiddos :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Maryse December 15, 2012 at 8:27 PM

That was sweet, Brandi!!

Jaymi December 15, 2012 at 8:28 PM

So exciting! I have only read Beyond Eden. The other is on my tbr list!

Lariza December 15, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Awesome giveaway! I gotten lots of great gifts, but giving is so much better! This year my sisters and I are giving my mom tickets to see her favorite show in Dallas-Mira Quien Baila it’s like dancing with the stars but with Latin actors/actresses!! Can’t wait until she opens her gift!

Kim U December 15, 2012 at 8:28 PM

The most recent memorable gift that I can think of is a giant photo collage I put together for my grandmother showing all of the grandchildren and great grandchildren to hang in her home- she put it up in her bedroom so that she sees it every day and now we all make a point to update it with new photos for her a few times a year as the family grows/ changes

Sarah December 15, 2012 at 8:30 PM

The most memorable gifts I’ve given were photo collage wall hangings that I made for everyone in my family a few years ago. I got the tin stars people hang on the sides of their houses and garages and covered them with scrapbook papers and mod-podged assortments of pictures from long ago clear up to present. My family was blown away with them. I try to make a homemade gift for everyone each year and that gift has been hard to top!

Felicia December 15, 2012 at 8:30 PM

I’d love to win

Jennifer V December 15, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Hmmm. I can’t think of a memorable gift.

Irene December 15, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Me and my 2 sisters are going to give my mom a pandora bracelet for Christmas this year. She has been on a mission to get it for herself but we all have distracted her from going to the store. We each got her a charm . She is going to flip!!! We can’t wait!

Claudia t December 15, 2012 at 8:35 PM


Helena F December 15, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I think that my best Christmas present I’ve ever received is my son. I found out just shortly after Christmas that I was pregnant, which was such a miracle as I was deemed infertile from 4 different doctors. Was the best Christmas time ever! =)

Susan December 15, 2012 at 8:38 PM

I love giving gifts! I can’t think of anything memorable. But when I was in college I would make candy and pack it up for my friends so they would have something to give them some energy around exams. They always enjoyed it!

Nicole A December 15, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Last year my 4 year old daughter gave me the most beautiful (tackiest) dangly ornament earrings ever. Seeing her face light up when I immediately put then on was the best present ever!

Lisa December 15, 2012 at 8:39 PM

This would be an awesome Gift. Totally loving this contest.

julie n. December 15, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Last year, my husband told me he was taking me to paris! That was the best one for me! The trip was amazing!

Jennifer Jones December 15, 2012 at 8:42 PM

The most memorable gift ive recieved is a Christmas book
my 6year old daughter gave me she made in school
as a parent im not used to giving not recieving.

Terri S December 15, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I love your blog and the UFC!!! My the best gift my hubby ever gave me was my Kindle 3G keyboard. I got it two years ago and love love love it still!

Chrissy S. December 15, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Best part of Christmas is giving gifts! I love crafts so every year I make at least one grandparent cry with a special gift :)

Dianne December 15, 2012 at 8:49 PM

My most memorable gift had to be my ipad! I literally cried when i got it.

Maryse December 15, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Awwwww you guys! These are great!!

Nikki December 15, 2012 at 8:51 PM

These are on my TBR list! My favorite present was the cannon camera my husband bought me when I was pregnant with our second child. It has captured some beautiful pictures over the last couple years.

Melissa December 15, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I gave my dad a cookbook with all my grandmas recipes that he loves!

Christy December 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Oh I haven’t read these yet either…my favorite gift was my iPad downloaded with my kindle app!!!

Teri Beth December 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM

I’ve been eying these books for awhile, specially Defying the Odds! Great giveaway!

Dawn M. December 15, 2012 at 8:57 PM

My best Christmas gift is the past three Christmas I’ve been able to spend with my mom who has cancer.

Freda Hitt December 15, 2012 at 8:57 PM

The most memorable gift I was ever given was a replacement for the doll I had from birth…my younger sister destroyed the original doll when I was 17 years old..my mother search for months for a new one but couldn’t find one..she finally talked to someone at the company who made them..they no longer sold the doll but felt sorry for my mom when thy heard her story and sent her one for christmas…that was 37 years ago…my mom passed away 30 years ago when I was 20 years old…still makes me smile, when I think about what she went through to replcace my doll .:D

LaurenR December 15, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Haven’t read these yet but would love to!!

Most memorable Christmas gift…my husband and I met in HS and the first Christmas gift he gave me, 14 years ago, was a ring. I wore that ring every day until he replaced it with my wedding ring 7 years later :)

Paula Novack December 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

My hubby gave me the best Christmas present ever. When I found out my conception date was Dec 26th:)

Avery December 15, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Haven’t read these yet but I just checked out the reviews! Best Christmas present was my engagement ring. I had my wedding band an engagement ring stolen and replaced my wedding band right away with an identical one but was so very sad that I no longer ha my engagement ring to remind me of that special moment. I was shocked to find an identical one in my stocking that Christmas <3

Twilla December 15, 2012 at 9:02 PM

IPAD 2! best gift ever. Besides my kids of course.

Dannette December 15, 2012 at 9:02 PM

They are on my TBR just like every other bk you swoon over.

Minha (BrazGirl) December 15, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Trip to France… It was the best Christmas gift ever!!! :)

Jacque December 15, 2012 at 9:05 PM

I think every year I get to spend with my family is The greatest gift. Just The fact we can spend time together is The best.

Shawna December 15, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Christmas (12/22) 2003 – Engagement ring from my (now husband) followed by Christmas (12/13) 2005 and the birth of my twins!

Nicole A December 15, 2012 at 9:08 PM

My favorite Chistmas gift was when we found out we were having a baby a few days before Christmas 4 years ago. Everyone in my family is waiting for another Christmas like that! =)

Dinah December 15, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I got a cookbook with family recipes in it. It was especially memorable because a lot of the recipes were from family members who are no longer here!

Krystal Marin December 15, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I love these books !!!!! – my most memorable Christmas was in 2004 when my now husband came to my house for Christmas Eve to meet the family for the first time( we were only dating officially a week!). We decided to open presents that night. So we sat on the couch while he watched me open my gifts. To only then, witness me cry like a total goof because I got 15 books. At the time I was 17 and in love with Vampires and Stephen king so I got Anne Rice’s collection along with a few of Stephen king books. He though I was geeky and adorable. Even with epubs now a days I still prefer expanding my bookshelves ! And every year my Santa list is full of books, that I can’t live with out owning !

Tammy December 15, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Thanks for all the giveaways. Love it!!!

Wendy December 15, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Best gift was ornaments made by my kids!

Joanne Careri December 15, 2012 at 9:11 PM

My hubby gave me my first iPad 2 years ago and this year my mom just gave me an iPad 4. Yay!

Nikee McFann December 15, 2012 at 9:12 PM

The best Christmas gift I ever gave was ME to my mom (being born on Christmas Eve). Hahaha The best I ever received was a marriage proposal by my husband 9yrs ago. :)

Susan Tarbutton December 15, 2012 at 9:18 PM

I read both…enjoyed them!!

Barb December 15, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Maryse you are the best thing for reading addicts since coffee :)

Karen December 15, 2012 at 9:22 PM

I think my most memorable Christmas gift was a pair of diamond ear rings, along with a beautiful mothers ring

Amy December 15, 2012 at 9:22 PM

When i was younger dont remember how old. I wanted this small record player. I got it . I used to play this record that had a song called 99 ballons love that song. To this day i still have it. Was the best christmas ever.

Stacy Eastwood December 15, 2012 at 9:24 PM

My best Christmas gift was finding out I was pregnant with my son! We had been trying for over a year (after a miscarrying one) so it was a wonderful gift and has been a blessing ever since. Not to leave my other child out, my daughter was a Thanksgiving blessing for us!

Jen Neff December 15, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Have to say when my husband bought my nook!! Such a reading geek!!

Kellie December 15, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Getting engaged on Christmas 15 years ago was the best gift ever.

Caitlin December 15, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I gave my grandpa a canvas picture with a poem I wrote of his two favorite girls, me and my daughter! he cried as soon as he saw it. he has 7 other grandchildren and 1 other great grandchild but you better believe he moved every picture on his dresser out of the way so that one was closest to his bed. He passed away on nov 25th so this will be our first christmas without him but I know the gift he’s going to give me this year is one no one can top and that’s him watching over me and my princess for the rest of our lives just so I know he isn’t missing out on anything

Holly December 15, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Awesome Christmas contest.

Kiki December 15, 2012 at 9:31 PM

It’s my bday!!!!

Kayla December 15, 2012 at 9:32 PM

A couple years ago when I got my kindle for Christmas :) I’d love to have these books!!!

Jen December 15, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Best Christmas gift ever was engagement ring from my husband!

Maryse December 15, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Happy birthday, Kiki!!

And happy birthday to everyone else that is having a birthday this month. SO MANY December birthdays!!

Stacey C December 15, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Best Christmas gift was my Justin Timberlake bobble head when I was younger.. Yep I was nsync obsessed lol.

Carrie December 15, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Awesome giveaway Maryse!!

Carrie Broyles December 15, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Best Christmas was my kiddos first.

Carrie December 15, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Best Christmas gift was a family birthstone necklace from my hubby and kids…means so much to me!!

Sheri Zee December 15, 2012 at 9:51 PM

I can’t choose just one because my most memorable Chanukah gifts were always the one’s that were handmade by my kids!

Jean Alvarez December 15, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Best Xmas was my daughters first Xmas!! Btw…great giveaways!

Teresa H. December 15, 2012 at 9:55 PM

My best Christmas gift was given to me last year by my husband. He bought me two Bernese Mountain puppies. I named them Sugar and Spice. They each weigh around 110 pounds now. He will never be able to top that gift.

Katie Comienski December 15, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Would love to read both books!!!! ;)

Lisa Martz December 15, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Another great giveaway!!!

Jessica N. December 15, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Best Christmas was in New York with my inlaws for my son’s first Xmas..2005.

Katie Comienski December 15, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Sorry forgot to mention in my last post my best Xmas present was a trip home to the USA to see my family as I am living in new zealand… Amazing gift!!!

Bobbie Desmond December 15, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Love the giveaways. Best Christmas gift ever is the time my kids spend with me on Christmas eve and day.

Patricia Sullivan December 15, 2012 at 10:00 PM

My best Christmas gift(s) was every year when I was growing up and was blessed by having them into my mid 20′s…….my GREATgrandparents that lived on a very fixed income and had 5 kids, 18 grandkids, 70 great grandchildren, and 12+ great great grandchildren as I lost count of those exactly…..lol, there was no possible way to buy each one a gift, so each child received money I don’t know the value, each grandchild received a $2.00 bill and each great and great great grandchild got a .50 cent piece in a Christmas card, not much $$$ value but knowing we were thought of year after year was PRICELESS….. I was blessed with a huge family. MY GREATEST GIFT: MY FAMILY! (I still have each one saved as they are always a reminder that the greatest gift isn’t a gift but love)

Jenn December 15, 2012 at 10:00 PM

My kindle fire…..best gift ever

Dita December 15, 2012 at 10:01 PM

My most memorable gift would be a box of toe socks. We used to have a housekeeper who would steal random things and one of the things she stole was my socks so one Christmas my dad gave me a box full of toe sucks – all different types all different colors it was awesome :D I never laughed so hard opening a Christmas gift.
My dad passed away about five years ago but every year since then my fiancé has been giving me toe socks as Christmas gift every year. His way of keeping the memory of my dad’s alive.

Laura Podrasky December 15, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Those two are right up my alley!!!
Last year my hubby got me a wonderful road bike a total surprise. He had me unwrap the shoes and then the pedals and then the last one was a picture of the bike, it was backordered. But a great gift!!!

Kele Moon December 15, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Thank you so much for including Defying the Odds and Beyond Eden in this giveaway! You know I love your blog!! Totally thrilled!!



Diana S December 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Getting to spend Christmas with my mom & family. That’s the greatest gift, especially since we are so close and she is my best friend. As in a item, probably a Tiffany & Co necklace that I wanted that mom got me. It was the first piece of jewelry I had ever got from there, that I really wanted.

CharliA December 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM

I can honestly say that, while I’ve gotten many nice gifts for Christmas, just having my sweet little ones with me on Christmas morning–and every morning–is the best gift. :) (Cheesy, but true!)

Mindi Stacey December 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM

My Nook…my husband was so excited when he gave it to me and it is the best gift ever!

Jessica H December 15, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I would love to read the books! This year I made a bunch of photo books to give to all aunts uncles and granparents.

Cheri December 15, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I think my trampoline when I was 14… 10 years ago lol! We got rid of our inground pool and I wanted a trampoline so bad but my parents didnt think my grandparents would allow it and than Christmas Eve I opened a box with a pucture of a trampoline and was tons it was I’m the garage to be out together! I was sooo happy! This was after I had major surgery as well.

Nancy December 15, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Love her books!

Annie December 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I’d love this!

Nicole December 15, 2012 at 10:25 PM

One of my most memorable gifts from my husband was a bunch of books that I had on my b&n wishlist. He somehow hacked into my b&n account and randomly selected books from my wishlist. I was so surprised and excited. Thanks for the giveaway! :D

Tina December 15, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Most memorable Christmas was when my grandparents would give all 15 grandkids $10 dollars and take us to Kmart and let us pick whatever we wanted. Back then $10 went a little further.

Marivett Villafane December 15, 2012 at 10:31 PM

My best. Christmas present ever were tickets to a concert i had been dying to go to. Didn’t know we were going to the concert till we got closer to the place. It was such an amazing night!

Laura December 15, 2012 at 10:33 PM

My best Christmas ever was the birth if my sonbest

Andrea December 15, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Thanks for all the give a ways.

Lisa Borbeck December 15, 2012 at 10:36 PM

The best Christmas present that I ever received was last year when my parents got all of us tickets to the Christmas Show at the Westchester Dinner Theater… it wasn’t the show that was the best, it was being there all together as a family, siblings and spouses, parents and grandchildren, cousins and niece and nephews… I hope we do something like this every year!

Kendra Hubbard December 15, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Love this author! I have almost bought her erotica book several times now but went with ones that have been on my TBR for a while. Would love to get it for a Christmas happy:)

Monica Cardoza December 15, 2012 at 10:38 PM

It was when I turned 12 n my parents decided that it would be fun to put 100 dollars in 1′s crumpled up in a big box with peanut filling. I can tell you it took me a while to find it all

Jen December 15, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Love Kele moon. Read all of he book and loved them all

Karolina December 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Best Christmas gift that I got was a pair of diamond earrings from my bf (now my husband) on our first Christmas together. It was his way of giving me a promise ring (even though they were earrings). 9 years later I still wear them every day.

paula k. December 15, 2012 at 10:57 PM

My kids went together and got me a kindle fire. It opened up a whole new world for me when I needed it the most.

Nikki K. December 15, 2012 at 11:03 PM

I don’t have either one. Pick me!!

Jessica December 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Best Christmas gift I’ve received was when my husband proposed to me on our first Christmas at our new place.

Michaela December 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM

My best Christmas gift is from my fiancé. When we first started dating, he wanted to do something sweet and romantic for me. A lot of my friends were into the whole “getting a star named after them” as it happened in the book/movie A Walk to Remember. While I LOVE stars and constellations, he knew that wasn’t the way to my heart. Instead he named a penguin after me and donates to a fund that helps preserve penguin habitats each year!
One other memorable Christmas gift moment was when I was in 5th grade. My parents decided that was the perfect time to announce that my mom was pregnant.. She started with.. “and I have one more Christmas gift for you guys but it won’t be here for another 9 mos…” Needless to say, my 3 brothers and I were SHOCKED. It was a good day though :)

Jess December 15, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Every present is great! Love them all!

Kelly December 15, 2012 at 11:54 PM

My most memorable Xmas gift was tickets going to a Richard Marx concert.

Bojana R December 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM

I love anything and everything from my kiddos!!! As far as other gifts not kids related I’d have to say my iPad2 and my diamond open heart collection necklace. Every time I saw it on tv that whole year I’d swoon over it and say how beautiful it is and my hubby would just nod his head. So last year when I opened the box I can truly say the look on my face was PRICELESS. Totally was not expecting it because I think he never listens to me. <3

Mariann with Belle's Book Bag December 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Thanks for the chance to win. LOVE LOVE LOVE Kele Moon!! The best Christmas gift would be the act of giving gifts to my nieces and nephews. My hubs and I tried for a long time and are unable to have children. I think that the Holidays lose a little of the “magic” without children of our own to share in the enjoyment of all the little family traditions. So I soak up that enjoyment through my nieces and nephews. It’s not the same thing as having our own but it is the next best thing and I love them all so much. The 2 littlest ones are 3 and 1~so it is a fun time. Thanks again and have a great weekend and Happy Holidays!! :)

Chris December 16, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Love to read these books. My most memorable gift was I got a great pair of winter boots, they were warm cozy and cute. My husband (at the time boyfriend) got them for me. His four little noe each were so appalled that he bought me such a boring gift. It was hilarious.

Jennifer December 16, 2012 at 12:19 AM

My most memorable gift would be an automatic pot stirer. Really, Mom… really?!?!

Salli December 16, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Best Christmas gify was my Pandora bracelet! I love it!

Nikki A. December 16, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Another series on my TBR list. Would love to win. Then I can get to reading them. :)

sabrina blanco December 16, 2012 at 12:33 AM

this year we celebrated Christmas early because we send our 2 and 1 year old babies to have Christmas with our family in Colombia and I got the best present ever a kindle and a 50 dollar kindle gift card wooohhhoooo!!!!!!

Kit December 16, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Thanks for another chance )

Brandy R December 16, 2012 at 1:00 AM

The absolute BEST gift was one I had given my mother in law. Every year I rack my brain on the hubby and in laws and when my hubby went away to the police academy I moved back in with them and that was when I hatched my plan. Her parents are both passed away and I was able to go through all the pictures she had of them together and with my husband and his sister I scanned everything turned everything to black and white and made a scrapbook for her. It was the best feeling in the world to see her face light up and the tears run down her face as I realized on the last page that had a paper embossed in glitter that said and they lived happily ever after was the exact picture that is on their tombstone. I will NEVER forget that Christmas. She loved it. But now I can never seem to find anything that will top that haha :)

Sarah Handrich December 16, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Great giveaway! Both of these books sound so good!

Brandi Wa December 16, 2012 at 1:26 AM

The most memorable Christmas gift was the autographed Spurs basketball that I got for my husband. He was SO excited, it made me so happy to see him all giddy lol. :) Another memorable Christmas gift was the shoebox gifts that my students and I packed for Operation Christmas Child.

Yolanda Gomez December 16, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Ur giveaways are the best…..

Sandra December 16, 2012 at 1:39 AM

Every year is memorable to me by seeing my kids enjoy and being thankful for their gift.. Love to see my family happy…

Michelle M. December 16, 2012 at 1:40 AM

My man and I have been through some crazy s**t over the last 25 years and many of the memories would probably be TMI. I know this sounds dramatic and super-sappy, but we’re in such an amazing place in our journey together that every day seems like a gift. I’m blessed beyond belief. <3

Brenna December 16, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Most memorable gift given was when I got my mom a diamond ring that had 3 stones, one of each of us kids. She cried, it was the first diamond she’d ever gotten :) her wedding ring was only a band. So that was huge for her!

Cassie Hoffman December 16, 2012 at 3:14 AM

My best Christmas gift was my wedding ring my husband got me after we lost my original one :(

melissa December 16, 2012 at 5:10 AM

Most memorable was my first cabbage patch doll! Loved her!!

Esther December 16, 2012 at 5:47 AM

I read both, loved it ! Thanks for all the giveaways. Love it!!!

jennifer December 16, 2012 at 5:57 AM

best gift? Gave my Grandma a book of “her life”, she filled out her life story with me just before she passed away. Keeps her alive in my heart and all the great grandkids can share in her memories.

Melissa December 16, 2012 at 6:03 AM

I would love these, both are on my tbr list-thank you!!

Nicolle Zirille December 16, 2012 at 6:14 AM

When I was 8 , Santa brought me a Star Wars lunch box! Wish I still had it !! :-)

ashly c December 16, 2012 at 6:18 AM

I think this year I’ll get my most memorable gift since I’m getting married christmas eve!

Minha (BrazGirl) December 16, 2012 at 6:26 AM

Wow Ashly! I Christmas wedding.. Congratulations!!! :)

Melody December 16, 2012 at 6:39 AM

Would love to win these!!!!

Cassandra T. December 16, 2012 at 6:49 AM

My husband and I are closing on our first home! We are counting that as Xmas this year. I can’ t wait to move in and decorate.

I haven’ t read these books yet. I added them to my TBR list!!!

Anne Marie December 16, 2012 at 7:35 AM

I haven’t read this series yet. Just read your reviews for both of these books and I am going to add them to my TBR list. I might even have to move them up on the list since I want to learn more about this UFC fighter. ;-)

Kim Riddell December 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

The Christmas my daughter was four and son two…. Santa brought my daughter’s Barbie car. Their joy and fun together driving it through the house was wonderful. They are grown now. But memory is still clear. They grow so fast and children are our greatest blessing.

Brianna Lee December 16, 2012 at 8:08 AM

I’ve had some pretty awesome presents from Santa growing up, but as an adult it would be my Kindle Fire last year and then my iPad with Retina Display 64GB this year. My Kindle was full with books but 64gb should last a while!

kim December 16, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Christmas is bittersweet sometimes since it is actually my birthday as well and time seems to be flying by!

Sommer December 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM

:) :) :) :) My most memorable Christmas gift that I’ve received is when my mother bought me a Kindle Fire. For years I resisted buying myself one because I always spent my money on my three kids. Finally, my mom put her foot down and TOLD me that she was buying me one! It has been the best present I ever received. I thank her everyday! :) :) :) :)

Kristi December 16, 2012 at 8:21 AM

I would love these books!

Elva C December 16, 2012 at 8:23 AM

I have not read these but would love to! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Selena Mc December 16, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Best gift was definitely a DVD movie my boyfriend made of my family & friends telling me they love me & wishing me a Merry Christmas! We were on vacation for Christmas & said NO gifts. Then Christmas morning he woke me up & said he had a video for me to watch. It was of all my loved ones telling me they love me. I sobbed (happy tears) for an entire Christmas day in the Bahamas. I love that gift the best….forever! !!

-Selena Mc

lisa December 16, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Merry Christmas TY for all you do.:D

Brandy December 16, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I have not read these books yet but it looks like my kind of read :-)

Nancy Parken December 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

My 1st Kindle was my best ever Xmas present.

Shelly December 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

My best christmas present was my nook and my macbook pro (I am the techie in the family). I have not read these books but would LOVE to.

Aimee Dennis December 16, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Most memorable Christmas was when my husband and I were dating and he loved me for the first time. He got down on his knees in front of me and I won’t bore you with the details but after an elaborate speech, told me that he loved me. Usually, something like this would not be a big deal but when you relationship run similar to some of our more angsty books…it means the world to you.

Anna December 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I love these books sooo much!

kayna December 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM

My most memorable Christmas was when it looked as though we might not have one at all but my mom was able to in the end :)

Beverly December 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I love giving gifts!! I am always on the lookout for a gift that calls someones name!!!!
These books call my name!!!!

Emily December 16, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Would love to read these! Married my hubby on Christmas day- best gift ever!!! :)

LucyLou December 16, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Thanks for all the fun Christmas giveaways!

Karen December 16, 2012 at 9:45 AM

A train set when I was little, I remember being so excited.

Karen D. December 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

the most used gift ever – my kindle fire last year from my brother! Love it and use it daily (if not hourly)!

Tracy December 16, 2012 at 10:07 AM

When I was about 10 my mom gave me a unicycle for Christmas. Still don’t know what that was about! :-)

Dena December 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Best gift ever is each year we select a family in need and give them presents and money. This year a family lost a family member and needed help paying for the funeral so all the providers in the clinic paid for it. Took the place of my traditional Xmas thing but still worth it. Spreading love around no matter how big or small is the best. ( Of course the best personal gift I received was a new ML Mercedes that my husband surprised me with after work one xmas eve with a huge red bow on. :) )

Teresa December 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Thanks for all the great give always! I haven’t read these two books yet, but hope to soon! My best gift I ever received was a letter from my daughter…she has just learned how to write and still spells everything wrong or backwards! Lol! It’s the cutest little letter EVER! She wrote about how I’m her fav mommy in the world and that she loves me more then all her toys! (Lol!). Honestly, its the sweetest note ever! At the bottom she writes that Santa doesn’t need to bring her anymore presents cause I’m all she needs…it made my cry! After she gave it to me she says, “now that I wrote that, do you think Santa will still bring me some new toys?!?” Lol, PRICELESS!!!

Abby December 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

The best part of any holiday is unwrapping gifts!! So much fun! And I’d love to win :)

Carla December 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Both from my husband. The year he bought me my purple (!!!) ipod nano, followed by the year he bought me a garage door opener! He wins some and he looses some. ;-)

Tammie December 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

My most memorable christmas gift was given to me by my husband. We will be married 33 years in february 2013 and about 8 years ago he bought me a new engagement/wedding set. Not so much the gift but how he gave it to me was memorable. He got down on one knee and told me how much he loved me and that he would marry me again. What woman could ask for more than the love of a good man.

jenn December 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I rather give then to receive; always been that way. I can’t just list one; I have so many but the two that are the most precious to me I will share. The first one was for my mom. My sister had a baby at 19 years old (my sister was the last born so in other words my mother’s baby no matter how old, and my nephew was her 1st grandson) when my nephew was 1yr old she moved away to live with the father as he accepted a job over 7 hrs away from us. My mom and I were devastated; as the year progressed and got closer to x-mas my mom could not stop crying because it would be our 1st x-mas without my sister and nephew. So I sent round trip train tickets to my sister and arranged to have a friend pick them up for me; well when we got a knock at the door my mom said who the hell can that be. I just looked at her and said I don’t know but maybe you should go see. The look on my mom’s face when she opened that door is something I will never forget. That was 16 yrs ago; still brings a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. The other one I will share is from last X-mas with my mother in law. It was our first x-mas without my father in law as he passed away june 2011. I wanted to do something I just didn’t know what. So around Sept I started going through all the pictures and I had a photo book made from their 43 years together. It was hard to do this since losing him was so recent; it actually took me 3 months to complete. Once she woke up that morning and went downstairs I went upstairs and put it on her bed wrapped with a letter I had written to her. I wanted her to have the moment of reading that letter and opening the photo book in private as I knew it would be hard for her. Once she did she came and found me and wrapped her arms around me and said this is why Dad loved you so much, you have the biggest heart. Her and I must have cried for a good 20 minutes together, then we looked at the book together; laughed and cried. MARYSE-And because I would rather give then to receive if you happen to pick me as the winner; please pick again and give them to someone else. I love you blog and book recommendations…..You always put a smile on my face with your reviews! Have a Very Merry X-mas. :)

bobbie mischo December 16, 2012 at 10:40 AM

love the books and the best gift was getting married 26 years ago to my best friend!

Suze December 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I loved the Kele Moon series. That and the Racing on the Edge series were my favorite two of 2012. They are actually in my top ten of favorite forever. I can’t wait for a new Kele Moon with the MMA fighters. Never thought I would like that, but I was sooooooooooo wrong. My most memorable gift on Christmas was the year before my father passed away, he was in the hospital on Christmas Eve and my mom was with him. He wanted everyone to go home to be with the children. We did and two hours later he and my mom showed up at the door. He was given a few hour pass out of the hospital. It was our last Christmas together, but I was so lucky to have such fabulous parents and I have such beautiful memories of times gone by. I still feel them with me every day even after all these years. Their love was a powerful force when they were here and it lingers on in my heart forever.
I would be absolutely thrilled to win this gift as these stories touched my heart in a deep way.

Dawn Bush December 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

…back to childhood and dating myself…my most wanted and memorable Christmas gift was a “Baby Thataway” doll…it peed and pooed…yes both! Gross, I know…but I was little and wanted to b a mommy and change diapers!

Melissa December 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Definitely my kiddos!! :)

Kaci December 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

love the blog!!

Sarah Ann December 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

My husband got be an emerald ring because it is our first sons birthday. Now I wear it everyday and remember who and why it was givin to me :)

Melissa Creighton December 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I would love to have these books. As far as the best Christmas present that I have ever gotten from my husband of 18 years would most definitely be our son with a early Christmas arrival on December 15 and he unconditional love. I am so LUCKY. After all of these years I LOVE him even more than I ever thought was possible.

Julia December 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

My beautiful daughters!!!!!

Carrie k December 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

My son!!

Tracy P December 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Getting my first Cabbage Patch Kid when I was 8 is one of my most vivid Christmas memories from when I was a kid, so I have to pick that one as my favorite..

Isadora December 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

My kids for sure, specially Nicholas who was born days before Christmas! Best gift ever….

Lisa December 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM


Ashley F December 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

The year I got my Kindle. That was an amazing thing since I had been anti-e-reader before then.

Karen December 16, 2012 at 1:10 PM

My daughter was born just after xmas day. Best gift ever! Thanks for the giveaway!

Amanda December 16, 2012 at 1:47 PM

My best gift wouldbe the birth of both of my sons. And the best gift I can get every year is the health and happiness of my family. I couldn’t ask for anything more!

Doris L December 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

The best gift I gave turned into a life change for my husband. I gave him a 2 day motorcycle safety course How was I to know he wouldn’t fit on the bike. He’s 6 ft over 300 lbs. He was determined to fit on that bike and he had till May. He joined Weight Watchers lost 50 lbs for the course and kept going to lose 50 more. This was 2 years ago and he’s kept it off. Who knew one gift could make such a difference. Thanks Maryse for putting all this together.

Annie December 16, 2012 at 2:01 PM

My most memorable gift was the “bear” blanket I received when I was 12. Cheesy, I know, but I still have and use it on a daily basis.

DeeDee December 16, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I haven’t read these yet. I’d love to win!

Scarlet December 16, 2012 at 2:39 PM

They sound good can’t wait to read these

Debra December 16, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I would love this….no great gift memories! Its been pretty boring for the grown ups around here since the kids came.

Kristy S December 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM

My most memorable gift was the Barbie dreamhouse I received as a kid. Ah, those were the days. :)

Beverly December 16, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Every year I give a godchild ornament to my goddaughter because I remember my godparents did the same

Christine December 16, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I haven’t read these yet but would love to. My favorite gift was my ipad with my kindle app already on it. Love my honey and appreciate that he supports my love of reading.

Beth R December 16, 2012 at 4:12 PM

My best Chrsitmas gift recently has been my iPad from my sweet techno-phob husband. I have loved being able to check my favorite blogs…like Maryse!!

Kim Jones December 16, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Great giveaways as always!

Twilla December 16, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Maryse I’m having trying read through your list books.

Bridget December 16, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Last year I thought I was gonna have my first baby girl (in a house full of smelly boys ;) but she wound up coming a week later! Oh well, just the anticipation was enough I guess!! Merry Christmas, Maryse!

Jody Duffy December 16, 2012 at 6:18 PM

My favorite gift has been my first Nook. I didn’t think I would like ebooks but I love having my library with me.

Dena December 16, 2012 at 6:33 PM

When my husband came home for Christmas 2 years ago. He travels for work so he was supposed to be in another state but somehow he made it home to us for Christmas. I need my family to be complete for the holidays. It makes my house feel like a home… :-)

Brandi December 16, 2012 at 6:54 PM

My favorite gift was my dog colt even though he is my son. He loves laying with me while I read

Jen P December 16, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Can’t think of a gift off top of my head…my kids always go out with my husband and pick out something…those are my favorites…the ones from my boys…

Becky December 16, 2012 at 9:38 PM

what i would like this year is a new kindle paperwhite!! but my hubby gives great gifts!!

mel k December 16, 2012 at 9:42 PM

i love any gifts from my kids!

Tricia December 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I got a 1 year membership to 24 hr fitness! More Zumba, more shakin’ my booty! Good Christmas gift from the hubby :)

lisa December 17, 2012 at 9:46 AM

my husband always gives wonderful gifts. one year we told each other no gifts. and what did i find tucked in my stocking? a gorgeous diamond necklace. i would love these personalized books!!

Bobbie K December 17, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Looks like another GREAT READ !!!!!

LisaB December 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Can’t wait to read this. Slammed and Point of No Retreat were such jewels and had me so emotionally feeling good. Just what I needed after reading 2 other series I had been reading and thanks to someone mentioning Slammed to me I found a beautiful book. I’d adore a copy and would promise to share it. Please pick me. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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