Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Christmas in Portland

Happy New Year, everyone!

2012 will forever be tagged in my head as one of the most surprising years yet...

In 2012, I...

  • met the love of my life
  • finished and published my screenplay A Good Man
  • wrote and published my short film script GPS With Benefits
  • got a new film deal
  • made new friends
  • went on trips to France, Ibiza and Bruges
  • learned that TV series can be just as good as movies
  • discovered the adorable manga series Chi's Sweet Home
  • got a Kindle
Looking forward to in 2013...

  • visiting film festivals (Cannes, Sitges, Brussels)
  • going on urbex trips
  • blogging more often
  • writing a new novel
  • learning more about photography and writing
  • spending more time with my cat and my love
  • going out more often with my friends
  • traveling

For the rest, I'll leave this year to the unexpected, because the best things that happen in life are usually the ones that weren't planned for. So here's to change. Here's to newness. Here's to not really knowing what the next day, month, or year has in store... And being 100% happy with it!

What were your best moments of 2012? What are you looking forward to?
If you leave a comment below (with your e-mail address), you'll automatically be entered for a chance to win a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet, a $300 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card and a large pack filled with paperbacks, bookmarks, cozies, and more. The winners will be chosen on January 7th. You can find the complete list of participating blogs at http://carrieannbloghops.blogspot.com/. Good luck!

136 comments:

  1. thanks for this giveaways, i hope i win n,n

    email:
    thifalathifah@gmail.com

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  2. Sounds like 2012 was awesome for you. In 2012 I met Robert McCammon and saw Stephen King speak. Very awesome moments.

    midnytereader(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Beste wensen, Vanessa! Tous mes voeux de bonheur, de joie et de santé pour 2013!

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  4. Great post, Vanessa! Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  5. My resolutions are the usual -- Lose some weight, work out more.

    Happy New Year & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

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  6. Beautiful picture! You’re always so lucky! You’re an inspirational woman, Vanessa! Happy New Year! May you have an even better 2013 ~~

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  7. You are a great woman! Happy new year!
    lelijkeyvette(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  8. Happy New Year!

    I wish we would have some snow – a scarce occurrence in the south of England!

    You inspire me to be more thankful for my own blessings and I thank you for that.

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  9. Happy New Year!

    Shana7426@aol.com

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  10. thank you for the chance!

    Kassandra
    sionedkla@gmail.com

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  11. I went to Paris-a delight. This year I'm starting college.

    Happy New Year!

    anasmithblue@gmail.com

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  12. Happy New Year!

    The best moment of 2012 was getting my driving licence! And also cutting my hair!

    Thank you for the amazing giveaway!!
    wajiha41093@gmail.com

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  13. A new cat.
    Happy New Year!
    t.abule (a) yahoo (dot) com

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  14. I didn't make a resolution but I hope to spend a lot of time with my two little grandsons.
    Happy New Year!

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  15. Thanks for the great hop.Happy New Year!

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  16. Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  17. Thanks so much for a great beginning to a New Year. For this year I need to find a job since I’m graduating college this Spring, so yup.

    kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Great giveaway!!! Happy new year :)
    crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

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  19. so adorable! happy new year to you and your family! :)

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  20. What are your best moments of 2012? - finding out friends & cousins became pregnant
    What are you looking forward to in the new year? - getting together with my best friend
    Do you have New Year's resolutions? - to appreciate each day
    akto68 [at] hotmail [dot] com

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  21. My best moment of 2012 was getting hooked to reading and travelling out of town.. I'm looking forward to more books and travel tours :)
    I have too many New Year's Resolution.. One of them is to write book reviews (cause I have never wrote a single one).
    Anyway, Happy New Year to you! :)
    shai08ph@yahoo.com

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  22. Your blog is such a source of positive energy! I just love it!

    Happy New Year! Wish you all the best!

    Greetings from Serbia!

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  23. What are your best moments of 2012? Travelling to Vegas for the first time, Visiting El Salvador for the first time with my husband to see where he grew up and meet his family that lives there
    What are you looking forward to in the new year? Having some of his family visit us in Canada (they have never been here)
    Do you have New Year's resolutions? To continue eating healthy and to exercise more regularly

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  24. My resolution is to loose a bit of weight keep active and maybe read a few of your books.

    arb542001@yahoo.com

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  25. Forgot to put my e-mail,
    nonnamare@hotmail.com
    Thanx

    This would be a great opportunity for my
    parent-less granddaughter

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  26. super kewl giveaway, thanks for participating! My resolution is to read more!
    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

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  27. Hello! What a fun year! I hope to blog less, live more...if that makes any sense. Or live AND blog more if it works that way!

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  28. Thanks for the chance to win! I love reading and would love to win this!

    tammykd at live dot com

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  29. Happy New Year!
    2012 was amazing for me because I got married to the love of my life and hoping to continue our blessings into the new year!

    gher13@yahoo.com

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  30. Best for 2012 was I got a new Granddaughter..What I'm looking for in 2013 to see my Granddaughter walk,talk and say Grandma..
    adgaliatymaildotcom

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  31. Happy New Year!
    dexiedoodles @ yahoo . com

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  32. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway! My best moments of 2012 has been enjoying the funny antics of my toddler and 5 y.o. They have really made me laugh sometimes... In the new year and as part of my resolutions, I am looking forward to spending more quality time with family and of course... to manage to fit exercise into my life.
    morales_y at yahoo dot com

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  33. Spending time with family & friends! Thanks for the giveaway! :)
    annalana24@gmail.com

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  34. What a great giveaway - Thanks! I'm looking forward to becoming more fit by exercising and eating right. By far, going on vacations with my family was the best thing this year! Happy New Year! :)

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  35. Thanks for for such a great opportunity!
    heididaily at gmail dot com

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  36. I love the picture at the top! So pretty!
    imsosweepy at gmail dot com

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  37. I want to be more giving to people this year.
    deb_lewis4@hotmail.com

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  38. Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing your heart and your soul with us through your books for another year!

    angelheart618@gmail.com

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  39. Love looking back on best moments of the last year too, and getting excited about the 'unexpected' for the new one!

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  40. Great giveaway! Happy New Year!

    greyowl60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. Best thing that happened to me was my honey came back into my life after being apart for several years. As for 2013 I just want to be happy with my honey and son.

    Dawna N.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. Great giveaway! Happy New Year!

    dsublady@aol.com

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  43. Thanks so much for the chance to win. It's a great way to start the year. I met some incredible people this year so I'm very grateful to have them in my life!

    No major resolutions beyond reading a lot (let's go 50 books!) and staying active (jog, jog!), but I hope you have a great year :)

    Thanks again!

    hisboywonder(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. Join the gym and stick with it! Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!!!!! I can't wait for all the new books that will be coming out in 2013!

    readingdiva@ymail.com

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  45. I am looking forward to graduating college finally in October and hopefully getting a "real paying" job besides the job i have now that pays me with hugs and kisses and dirty diapers,fighting boys, and thank you hun where's my socks lol

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

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  46. I don't usually make new years resolutions but this last year was a big one for me. I finally got out of a very bad relationship and found the love of my life. I became a grandmother and found a part of myself I didn't even knew existed. 2012 was one of the best of my entire life.

    sapheyerblu AT gmail DOT com

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  47. WINNING THIS WOULD MAKE THE BEST NEW YEAR YET! I AM CROSSING MY FINGERS & HOPES ARE HIGH!!! kytah00@yahoo.com

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  48. Best moments in 2012 were relaxing with a cuppa tea in the sun. Hoping for more in 2013. Carrying on.

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  49. played games
    happy new year! Thanks
    mrsbrinius at comcast dot net
    going to try to lose weight this year

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  50. Sounds like you had an amazing 2012! My resolution is to get more organized :)
    laceyblossom1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. Can't wait to continue my ny resolutions of being more organized and become healthier in 2013!

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  52. Happy New Year!! I hope that 2013 is an even better year for you. :) Congratulations on not only meeting your dream man but publishing your manuscript!! What an awesome achievement!
    I hope you're having a great week and a Happy New Year!

    Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I'm following you.

    If you have time, we'd love to have you come and link up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop if you haven't already! (Thank you so very much if you've already linked up, I truly appreciate it!!)

    Come and link up and celebrate the coming weekend with us!

    Aloha,

    Jean {What Jean Likes}

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  53. As I sit here, my husband is working on what we want to do this year...take a real family vacation. We have been married for 15 years and haven't taken the kids anywhere. Many reasons why, but this year, we are changing that. Looking for a pet friendly cabin for a week's vacation. We will do it.
    Best of luck in your goals and Happy New Year.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  54. LIVE,LAUGH,READ& LOVE MORE:D! I'M TRULY GRATEFUL 4 A BRAND NEW YEAR:D!
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    redz041@yahoo.com

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  55. Happy New Year!! What a great 2012 you had!!!!! I love your lists. Found the love of your life? :-D Yay!!!!!! Have an awesome 2013!!!

    burgandyice at live dot com

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  56. I’m thankful for a fresh start and the opportunity to make 2013 into whatever I want!

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  57. HAppy New Year! Make 2013 the best yet!
    allifoo2013@aol.com

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  58. Sounds like your year was awesome! I've made no resolutions...Just Be Me! zumbek@yahoo.com

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  59. I just want to have a year as pain free as possible! ppreacherswife at gmail dot com

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  60. The best thing in 2012 is that I celebrated my 15 year anniversary with hubby. No resolutions or traditions for me this year though, Hubby and I stayed at home this year, we had a nice evening with the fire place going, I had a glass of wine and about 8:30 hubby wanted to watch Batman Rising. It ended just in time before the New Year for our New Year Kiss, which by the way was interupted by our 3 big dogs who jumped up on the couch with us - LOL They were scared from the loud noises coming from the fireworks going off outside - LOL It was funny but was all good, we just laughed and realized how much love we have in our lives.

    Happy New Year

    mrsqueentutt@gmail.com

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  61. Sounds like you had a really great year last year. Happy New Year!

    kayejazz(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. My year was just okay, but I hope 2013 will be great!
    Thanks for the giveaway and happy New Year!
    movie1997 at live dot it

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  63. Visiting film festivals? Are you going to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah? It's one of the best! :) Happy new year, and thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    readingfever at gmail.com

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  64. the best moment of 2012 and my life was the birth of my son!

    thegiveawaygal(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. I love your goals for 2013! Must be exciting to visit all those film festivals.

    In 2012 was filled with wonderful moments. One of my favorites was discovering a new area and going to the nearby museum, which my 2 kids loved.

    In 2013, I promised myself that I'd take care of my health better. I'd love to travel -- and we have a family trip planned in April, which I'm looking forward to.

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

    - Tin (khriscc at yahoo dot com)

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  66. In 2012 our family bought two new cars, my husband got a promotion, and we adopted our first puppy. In 2013, I am looking forward to traveling. New Year's resolution is to eat better and be healthier.

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  67. I want to do more de-cluttering of my house.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

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  68. My resolutions are to get healthy and to better myself and my relationships :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  69. I can only hope 2013 will be better than 2012 - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  70. Spending more time with my bullies.
    chanelsrewards@yahoo.com

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  71. I love feeding the fish down below this. HAPPY NEW YEARTO ALL! I'm loseing #25 and reading 52 books of more this year.

    Judy
    strawberryrose@earthlink.net

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  72. When you run words together its time to quite for a while, Don't you think.

    Judy

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  73. My new years resolution is to focus on health and to get a job I enjoy
    Crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

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  74. Happy 2013,thanks for the chance to win.

    dragonkeep62(at)gmail(dot)com

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  75. I do not make New Year resolutions. I don't want to set myself up for failure. lol
    gatormaryd(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  76. Happy New Year and thank you for the chance to win!
    taralieb at yahoo dot com

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  77. to exercise more
    Happy new year!
    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  78. Best moment in 2012, was starting our own business :)

    pinktaz60(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  79. I don't have any. I live by the seat of my pants. thuyvu33@gmail.com

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  80. My 2012 was filled with health problems and I'm so glad it's over. So needless to say, my resolution for this near year is to try to get healthier by trying vitamins, herbs and eating more fruits and vegetables. jh289(at) hotmail (dot) com

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  81. 2012 was an ok year. The Best part was my oldest daughter got Thumbs up on her Pacemaker (she got it at 11yrs & shes 15yrs now). She is back to being a normal teen & the dr appts are now farther apart. Which means I can finally go back to work. The another good thing that happened was that I started a novel. In 2013 I hope to find a good "Dayshift Job", Finish my novel and Find a better place to live. :D
    Thanks for the blog hop & giveaway :D
    Happy New Year & Big Hugs
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

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  82. best thing that happened in 2012 was when I quit my job to go back to school. Looking forward to going to school in 2013!
    amanda bonnar
    amy_coupons@yahoo.com

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  83. So glad u had a wonderful 2012, and goodluck with 2013 resolutions!!

    Goodluck with ur resolutions!

    New GFC follower :)
    Follow me back below

    "BookShelves Of Dreams"

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  84. 2012 was pretty great. My son got married, and we traveled to the west coast for it. Waiting to see what 2013 brings!

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  85. We had a college graduation and a high school graduation in one month. It was crazy, but fun!
    Thanks for the chance and Happy New Year!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  86. Best thrilling moment of 2012: My cat Fred FOR THE FIRST TIME jumped into my lap- I've had him 3 years now. For 2013, I hope to be able to keep Fred, because my husband wants us to move.
    writer61@yahoo.com

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  87. I made a goal to be kinder to myself this year. I often do things for other people to the detriment of myself.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

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  88. My best moment was probably learning my mom's breast cancer wasn't too terribly bad and that the treatment seems to be working. trishabear1970 {at} yahoo [dot] com

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  89. My goal for 2013 is to be more active. I didn't follow through on my 2012's.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

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  90. My only resolutions is to laugh a lot and be happy :)
    thnks for this

    Ruty
    rutyla10(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  91. Happy New Year!

    My resolution is to spend more time on myself. I spread myself to thin.

    ~*Drea*~
    dreabecraft(@)aol.com

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  92. 2012 wasn't all that great so I'm hoping 2013 is better. I don't make resolutions :)

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

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  93. My resolution is to exercise 5 times a week.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

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  94. Thank you for participating in the New Year Blog Hop!
    Best Wishes in 2013
    uilani25 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  95. Happy New Year!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  96. Best moment of 2012 is definitely my baby boy being born on September 12th :) He's my life!

    liz.ticona@yahoo.com

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  97. I don't do resolutions, but it's my hope that I'll get my finances in order this year! Happy 2013!
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

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  98. Best moment of 2012 - getting my Bachelor`s Degree.
    Goal for 2013 - getting a job I love.
    Thanks!

    dita(dot)skarste(at)gmail(dot)com

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  99. What a great year for you! :) I definitely enjoyed 2012. My little boy turned 1! And even though we're far away, my husband and I got a lot closer with some of our best friends.

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  100. One of my best moments of 2012 was the birth of my Godson! So awesome!

    This year I am looking forward to much reading and taking my Gran to a naughty book convention!

    grapeapril75(AT)gmail.com

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  101. I am looking forward to a vacation.
    Happy New Year!
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  102. My best moment of 2012 was winning cash in my local TV station's pumpkin carving contest.

    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

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  103. In 2012, I:
    - Spent a week in Paris with a very good friend
    - Read 111 books
    Looking forward to in 2013:
    - Going to London (my best friend just moved there)
    - Getting a Kindle
    - Reading at least 150 books
    - Graduating in psychology
    Happy new year and thanks for the awesome giveaway! *Finger crossed*
    kaya_kuro(dot)neko(at)yahoo(dot)it

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  104. Thanks for being part of this huge hop. Happy New Year!!

    rmwyer at shaw dot ca

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  105. I'm looking forward to starting my new job in the new year! Aloha from the Aloha Friday hop! Esther Norine Designs

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  106. Awesome hop!
    marine.mom42@hotmail.com

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  107. Sounds like some very wonderful, awesome things happened for you in 2012! And I'm totally in love with that picture =)

    Thanks for linking up with the GtKY hop!

    Christina
    spilled.milkshake@gmail.com

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  108. Amazing hop and price!

    stephanie.verhaegen@hotmail.com

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  109. 2012 was a good year for me. Nothing outstanding happened, but now bad happend (thank goodness).
    Happy New Year
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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  110. Looking forward to new and exciting opportunities in 2013. Happy new year!
    babydoll14n@hotmail.com

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  111. What an amazing year for you! Contrasts on all you accomplished and here"s hoping 2013 is even better!

    Lisa
    P.S. Thanks for linking up to the GTKY blog hop!

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  112. I didn't want to set myself up for failure so I did not make a resolution this year.
    magspie9(at)gmail,com

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  113. my resolution is to work harder at keeping my house clean..

    ltibt1@hotmail dot com

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  114. Happy new year and I wish the best for everyone :)

    cassy-lee-ripper(at)hotmail.com

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  115. happy new year and many happy days ahead during the new year!

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  116. Thanks for participating! katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  117. Thanks for the giveaway and happy 2013! golden(underscore)sprite(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  118. Happy New years to all
    Happy Reading…
    Happy Writing…
    Ms74LT@verizon.net

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  119. I don't usually make any big resolutions.
    I am looking forward to all the new books that are coming out soon.
    In 2012 one of my favorite moments was getting my guinea pig.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  120. diet and exercise,
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  121. Hi! Happy New Years! Hmm. I dont really make new year resolutions. I kinda just take it one day at a time and go from there. Thanks for the awesome hop and all the giveaways! This is so fun! I love these hops! I always meet new authors, reconnect with old ones and my TBR list grows by leaps and bounds! Thank you!! Have a great day! Best wishes and many blessings to you!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  122. Happy New Year to you!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  123. Thanks so much for the great giveaway! Happy New Year 2013! :D

    vintagevictoria71089@yahoo.com

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  124. I plan to get more organized! Happy New Year!

    nikki.t.23@gmail.com

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  125. thanks for the hop
    myboo63@hotmail.com

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  126. Sounds like 2012 was such a great year for you! Congrats on your script and your short film :)
    That's amazing!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection!
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured :)

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

    And just in case ... contact@raising-reagan.com

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  127. looking forward to havign mroe fun this year :)

    Happy New Year
    staceyprice(at)gmail(dot)com

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  128. Highlights for 2012 include:
    Dining at Bar Masa in NYC
    Cage diving with Great Whites in Gaansbai, South Africa
    Cage diving with Crocodiles in Oudtshoorn, South Africa
    Celebrated my 15th wedding anniversary

    Looking forward to in 2013:
    Finishing my right tattoo sleave
    Holding a Koala in Australia
    Dining at Bar Masa again
    Playing with a Tiger cub in Thailand

    I have no resolutions.

    driftwould@rocketmail.com

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  129. Sounds like 2012 was a fantastic year!!!

    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.
    Leslie
    www.violetimperfection.com

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  130. Happy New Year! May all your 2013 dreams come true! For me, 2012 was a lot of work but in the end worth it. I'm very excited in 2013, my goals are to focus on spending more time with those I love, and my big dream of reading and writing more. OOPs forgot to proof before hitting publish :)

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  131. I don't really make resolutions. I am looking forward to having a new nephew in April. I love babies! Thanks for the giveaway!

    thompsonem3 at aol dot com

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  132. I resolve to meet the goal of finishing the polishing of my first book in the Existence series and to submit it to agents/publishers. That's what I'm looking forward to! Best of 2012? All the great new friends I made!

    j.lennidorner@facebook.com

    Happy New Year from What-Are-They.com ! I hope you have a great one. Thanks for taking part in the hop.

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  133. I am looking forward to my niece turning 18 and graduating form high school. She has worked so hard for this and I am very proud of her. wilcarvic
    [at]gmail[dot[com]]

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  134. Thanks for the giveaway. My resolution is to spend more time with friends and less time at work.

    amnell(dot)khalan(at)gmail(dot)com

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