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Black Friday Virgin

Sometimes I wonder if I’m actually American. I mean, maybe I secretly grew up in Canada or something, eh? I like country music and can follow the play-by-play at a baseball game, but I’ve never been to Wal-mart and I’ve NEVER gone shopping on Black Friday.

I know, right?

Black Friday has become as big a part of Thanksgiving weekend as football and, well, turkey. This fall, as soon as our election hysteria ended, SALE ads filled the empty airtime. And this year, in keeping with recent trends, the starting line shifted a little. The stores used to open at 7am. Then they opened at 5am…3am…Midnight.

And today, at the Wal-mart in Tacoma, the parking lot was about 3/4 filled. Now, I can’t say for sure if people were taking advantage of Black Friday sales, because I was on my way to the in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner and didn’t stop. But who has time to go to Wal-mart on Thanksgiving day?

It would interfere with my annual overindulgence. Oh, and it would cut into my family time. If I’m not at Thanksgiving dinner, I’ll miss out on my mother-in-law’s annual whackadoodle brilliance. I won’t be able to giggle into my wine glass with my sister-in-law, and eat way too much Chex mix, and marvel at how damned tall the kids have grown. And frankly, most of my retail neighbors will be open tomorrow. At 5am, or some equally insane time.

Not that I want to sound all holier-than-thou or anything, but my version of Black Friday usually involves a little more family or a little more overindulgence. If I’m really ambitious, I’ll do some Christmas crafty thing. Shopping doesn’t make the to-do list.  Maybe I’m unAmerican. Or maybe I’m just chicken. It takes nerve to survive in the Black Friday crowds, and if you’re out there mixing it up, I hope you find the bargains you’re looking for. I wish you Princess parking all day long and magically comfortable shoes. And when you get back home, I hope you check out all the fantastic bloggers that are taking part in the Black Friday Blog Hop.  Here’s a jump to the Blog Hop list. The more blogs you visit, the more prizes you can win. Leave a comment here, because I’ll be giving away a $5 Amazon gift card and a copy of my holiday short story The Santa Drag. Commenting will also get you entered for one of these three grand prizes:

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

 

Things aren’t always what they seem, and this shopping mall Santa has secrets only her true love can reveal. 

Desperate for some income, Mackenzie Reed takes the highest paying acting gig she can find: playing Santa in the mall. It’s all white whiskers and ‘ho-ho-ho’ until the day Joe McBride shows up. Joseph Timothy McBride. The actor. The real-life, got a soap opera gig and several commercials and you saw him in Scream 2 actor. The only guy she ever really loved.

Mack’ll have to give the performance of a lifetime to keep him from realizing who’s underneath all that red velvet and fur. Joe’s as good-looking as ever, but any hope of a reconciliation will go down like a sack of coal if he recognizes her. Can she pull it off, or is this Christmas going to be the one Santa leaves a Creepy Kringle under her tree?

The Santa Drag is available from Still Moments Publishing, Smashwords, and Amazon.

And if you’re still with me here, I’ve got a guest post over on my friend Debbie Christiana’s blog, talking about romance…and then my friend Laird and I swapped blog posts, so one of my faves from last summer is up on her blog today…busy busy…

 


 

 

 

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69 thoughts on “Black Friday Virgin

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    Marlena Fein said:

    I am not one to shop on Black Friday either but I did go this evening with my mother in law and sister in law for a great deal on some much needed new pillows!

    Thanks for being a part of the hop. Your book sounds great!

    Happy Holidays,
    Marlena
    charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    Misha K. said:

    Oh wow~ to never have been in a Wal-Mart, you’re living the dream! (Dang your comment style setup is cute) I do love Black Friday shopping, tho~ but as family members get older I find there’s less of a need each year for me to go out and do any of it! But I still love Cyber Monday~<3 And fabulous one day blog hops! Thank you for the lovely giveaway and hope you enjoyed your turkey holiday!

    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

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    Belinda G said:

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    JanD said:

    I haven’t shopped on Black Friday for a long while mainly because I don’t like the huge crowd.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

    • Happy Day After! I, too, have never walked into a store on Black Friday and have no intention on ever doing so. But I’m not a shopper in general. The mall gives me a headache on a good day :)

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    Dita Škarste said:

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

    We don`t have Black Friday deals here (I`m an international reader), so I`m just attending giveaways like these, lol.

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    Karen H in NC said:

    I don’t do the Black Friday shopping expedition anymore. I will shop on-line though. But, I’m done with my shopping! Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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    miki said:

    i think i would avoid black friday if i lived in the US

    thank you a lot for your participation in this hop

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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    miriam roman said:

  9. While I try to avoid Walmart at all costs, I’m ashamed to say I’ve gone half a dozen times for convenience. But I NEVER will do any Black Friday shopping. I try to buy small and local anyway. And my family has recently put a $20 limit on gifts, so that makes it even easier.

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    Veronika said:

    We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here I live, so no Black Friday for me either. But it must be fun to go shopping :)

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. Thank you for participating – I’m happiest staying in without a crowd where I can read and look about ..

    glhince (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Jo said:

    I’m feeling way behind – no Christmas shopping done yet, Black Friday or otherwise! I would rather do my shopping online, anyway. Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

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    Lisa Cox said:

    I have never shopped on Black Friday. I hate shopping and crowds.
    lisa(at)vetteklisa(dot)com

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    Lona Stringer said:

    Its much better for everyone if I shop from home. I just dont have the patience to deal with the people, lines and sucky weather. Thx for the hop stop.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

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    Crystal Young said:

    I don’t go shopping on Black Friday but if I wnat something my sister goes and she will get it for me.
    Thanks for the chance to win
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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    Kim Brooks said:

    I think everyone should celebrate black friday anyway they want. For me I would like shopping but I am stuck at work.I am glad to have found you on this blog hop and look forward to reading your works. Kim86004(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Urb said:

    Black Friday is such a terrible idea, for people who hate to shop. No way. No shopping! Blog hopping. Thanks!

    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

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    Mary Doherty said:

    No Black Friday for me. I am home all by myself having a very relaxing day. Thanks for doing the hop!
    gatormaryd(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    susan platt said:

    I have only shopped Black Friday once and never again, there is absolutely nothing worth getting up at 3am to face crazy shoppers.
    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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    Dawna Newman said:

    No Black Friday for me either, I for one don’t have the money and two the crowds are just crazy.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Trix said:

    I’ve always wondered if I were secretly Canadian too, mostly because I love hockey and Canadian bands. But you wouldn’t catch me near a store today!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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    Lisa Walker said:

  23. This is the first black Friday I’ve shopped in three years. I had a lot of fun with my daughter and granddaughter. Thanks so much for being a part of this awesome blog hop. Happy Thanksgiving!

    sandywolters(dot)author(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Tessa said:

    I’m not much for big malls and such, I love shopping but not in very big crowds.
    tessa dot bamberg at kolumbus dot fi

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    Kandy Tyler said:

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    Sarah p. said:

    I am a Black Friday virgin too…never wanted to even attempt the crowds. Not my thing no matter what the sales may be. I may try the online sales next year, we’ll see :) Thanks for your giveaway, happy holidays!

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      Sarah p. said:

      Forgot to leave my email (I’ve done that a few times already, you’d think i’d be in the habit by now!)
      oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

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    Jenny said:

    I love Black Friday shopping. There really are great deals out there. This year we went to the early morning Thanksgiving sale and then to Black Friday which started at 8pm last night. I think for some people it cuts into family time, but for us Black Friday shopping is a family affair. :)

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

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    Shadow said:

    Hi! Happy Holidays to you! Im spending the day with my family, eating leftovers from turkey day and blog hopping. lol Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Angie Adair said:

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    Krysykat said:

    Black Friday scares me. I hate i and I rarely go out on it.

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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    April said:

    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!

    I am thankful for all the wonderful books I am finding on the hop!

    grapeapril75(at)gmail.com

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    Christine said:

    I go shopping on black friday if they have small gift items I’m looking for. I avoid the big ticket items that involve two hour/day lines.
    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

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    Daniel M said:

    skipping black friday, hate the crowds, thanks for hopping! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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    Tin said:

    I did a lot of browsing but no shopping. ^_^

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    - khriscc (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    Katie Amanda said:

    That cracks me up that you’ve never been to Walmart. I wish I were that lucky! I agree that Thanksgiving should be about family (and food!). Thank you for participating. Katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    Shani said:

    I did some online shopping but haven’tbought anything yet tho.

    kiss_shani(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    Jessie L said:

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    Mel Bourn said:

    I am not shopping. Not for me. Instead of shopping, I’m hopping! I prefer to do my shopping online.
    Happy Black Friday.
    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  39. Maybe I’m not American either–no BF shopping for me, though I have been to Walmart (many times, though why I keep giving them my money instead of taking my business to small local stores I’ll never know…LOL).

    Enjoy!
    TBQ
    The_Book_Queen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    Tammy Turner said:

  41. I usually stay home and do my shopping online. so much safer!

    ~Lynne
    tworeads.blogspot.com
    tworeads (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Tess said:

    I’m a Black Friday virgin too! This is my first time in my life celebrating it :)

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the giveaway!

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! :)

    tess_halim(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    Kathryn Anne Merkel said:

    Black Friday Virgin. Love it. Proud to be a member of what I hear is a very small club.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

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    Yazmin Rangel said:

    If I can I will stick to doing all my shopping online. I don’t like the crowds. Thank you for the giveaway and being part of the blog hop. :)

    yazmin593 AT msn DOT com

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    Lacey T said:

    I’m not a huge fan of Black Friday, so I just stayed home. :) Thanks for the giveaway!
    laceyblossom1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Natasha said:

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    I did a little shopping.
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    Tami Clayton said:

    I didn’t shop on Black Friday. But I did write a lot and got ahead on my NaNo word count, so that’s something. :)

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