Tara Manderino


Black Friday Blog Hop

Posted by tjmanderino on November 23, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Black Friday has been a tradition for a good many years. I have relatives who would never give up the excitement of shopping that day, and others, like myself, who tend to play hermit. However, I always turn green when I hear how people have managed to complete all of their Christmas shopping inone day, Black Friday or not.


It takes me weeks to do my shopping. It would probably help if I managed to actually go to the store, either brick and mortar or online.But no. That would be too easy. Instead, I try to match up my skills andresources and figure out how many people I can actually make things for. It took me forever to come up with something lastyears, but in the end it worked out well. I made like an elf and made wristwarmers and head bands for a slew of nieces and young cousins. This year itlooks like there will be fewer involved projects.  But not all gifts can be bought. Some gifts have no price on them.  Each of thosemessages show up in two of my short-short stories in A Christmas Card: A Collection of Short Stories.


The stories were originally sent out as part of my Christmascards. My first Christmas short story came about because I honestly had no idea what to write in the typical Christmas newsletter so many people are great at putting out.  So, as I dithered over what to write, I read over another newsletter. Some of the information was very…um…fictionalized.Then and there I decided if they could write fiction, so could I. 


I’d like to share those results with you now. Please be sureto leave your name and your email in a comment and I will send you coupon codefor a free download of A Christmas Card: A Collection of Short Stories.


Happy reading – and shopping!

Be sure to visit the Black Friday Blog Hop site to find outher authors.



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Reply Nikki
3:43 AM on November 23, 2012 
I understand!! I can't do my shopping in one day either!!! LOL :)
Online only for me!! They are freaking crazzzzzzyyy!!!
Great Giveaway!!
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Reply JanD
5:32 AM on November 23, 2012 
I haven't ventured out on Black Friday for years now.
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Reply Elizabeth H.
6:18 AM on November 23, 2012 
I hate the crowds so I'm thankful for this blog hop! Thanks for joining and for the chance to win!

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Reply Karina
12:36 PM on November 23, 2012 
thanks, I love Christmas stories :)
Reply Muggled
1:16 PM on November 23, 2012 
Thanks! I would like a coupon, please :)

Reply April
1:22 PM on November 23, 2012 
I do not like crowds so BF shopping is not for me! I will be spending my day hopping and then snuggled up reading! Well that is after I decide on what new book I have just added to my to be read list! It gets longer every hop! Thanks!

Reply Veronika
2:00 PM on November 23, 2012 
We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here I live, so no Black Friday for me either. But it must be fun to go shopping :)

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Reply laurie g
2:59 PM on November 23, 2012 
Hi, Thanks for the awesome giveaway! This is great

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Reply Carla
3:09 PM on November 23, 2012 
I'm not a Black Friday shopper. I don't believe that shopping should ever be a full contact sport. I spend the day baking cookies with my kiddos instead.
Reply kathleen ball
3:32 PM on November 23, 2012 
looks great
Reply Dita
3:44 PM on November 23, 2012 
We don`t have Black Friday sales here (I`m an international reader), so I`m just attending giveaways like this one,lol.
Thanks! :)
Reply becca fowler
4:25 PM on November 23, 2012 
thanks for the giveaway!

black friday is too crazy for me. id rather stay home and relax

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Reply Lisa Rayns
4:27 PM on November 23, 2012 
Thanks for the giveaway! I'm not a black Friday shopper. lisarayns at gmail dot com
Reply Tara
4:30 PM on November 23, 2012 
I never have either. I always shop online. LOL
Reply miriam roman
4:32 PM on November 23, 2012 
Oh i'm staying home this black friday!!! Nothing in the sale ads could make me go today. i do like to look them over and usually can find a better deal online.thanks you for joining the hop!
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Reply Kim Brooks
5:13 PM on November 23, 2012 
I sent the hubby....I am glad to have found you on this blog hop and look forward to reading your works. Kim86004(at)gmail(dot)com
Reply Jennifer Rote
5:21 PM on November 23, 2012 
I skipped Black Friday shopping this year. Hopping by.

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Reply Lisa Walker
5:47 PM on November 23, 2012 
A few of my friends do Black Friday, but it's not for me.
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Reply Karen H in NC
6:19 PM on November 23, 2012 
Thanks for the giveaway.

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Reply Crystal Young
6:45 PM on November 23, 2012 
I don't shop on Black Friday I don't like all the people
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