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Gimbal’s Fine Candies Announces Valentine’s Day Sweepstakes

Participants able to win a basket filled with gourmet candies

Gimbal’s Fine Candies recently announced the start of its 2015 Valentine’s Day Sweepstakes. By entering through the Gimbal’s Facebook page, you have a chance to win a picnic basket packed to the brim with bags of Gimbal’s famous Lovers Line candies. The sweepstakes runs from  through February 9th, and anyone who enters will automatically receive 10% off their next online purchase.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s a great time to enter to win. The basket will include a variety of Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers, Sour Lovers and Cinnamon Lovers heart shaped candies, bursting with intense, mouthwatering flavor.

Made with gourmet ingredients such as real fruit juice and real cinnamon oil, all of Gimbal’s products are also free of major food allergens including gluten, dairy, and eggs. These ingredients are not allowed in any of Gimbals’ facilities, to avoid any risk of cross contamination.

To enter the sweepstakes visit, https://www.facebook.com/gimbalscandy

About Gimbal’s Fine Candies

Gimbal’s Fine Candies was founded in 1898 in downtown San Francisco. The company survived the 1906 earthquake and resulting fires. Four generations later, all of the staff at Gimbal’s remains just as passionate about confections as it was over 100 years ago. From old-time favorites to innovative new candies, everything Gimbal’s creates is made with pride in the USA.

For additional information on Gimbal’s Fine Candies, visit www.gimbalscandy.com or call 1-800-344-6225.

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Forgive my shameless self-promotion today, but…

Ilsa-facebook-headerToday is the day!

Ilsa’s launch party  starts this morning at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. (Pacific Time).  Even if you can only pop in for a few minutes, come get in on the fun. All drawings will run until 2 p.m. so you have plenty of opportunity to try to win some exciting freebies.

Eight guest authors will join me throughout the party, sharing about their writing and there will be even more cool prizes!

I’m also super excited to announce that  Aundy is available FREE on Kindle today through April 13. If you already have a copy, make sure you give gift copies to your friends. What could be better than getting a free book that a friend recommends?

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50 Dates cover

I have a new book out that I’m so excited to share with you!

Fifty Dates with Captain Cavedweller is the actual, honest-to-goodness details from the fifty dates I went on with my beloved in 2013.

If you’ve been married, or even in a relationship for a while, there comes a day when you wake up and realize somewhere along the way you’ve lost the zing.

I had one such moment at the end of December  2012.

Deciding it was not okay to continue the direction our relationship was headed, I made a plan of attack and informed Captain Cavedweller he was coming along for the ride.

We could count on one hand the number of times we’d gone out on a date in 2012 and that was just wrong.

I fell in love with Captain Cavedweller the first time we met. People used to refer to us as the perpetual honeymooners. Then we just settled into the monotony of everyday and the flames burned down to sparks and from there it was a short trip to old and boring.

What we needed was to carve out time each week to spend together doing something different or fun, something out of the ordinary.

Of course, I decided right away to take notes of each date for later use.

Those notes and photographs turned into Fifty Dates with Captain Cavedweller. The book offers my honest thoughts and feelings about each date. Some are humorous, some are frustrated, but it’s all there. And I will make note this book is squeaky clean so you could let your teen read it without any worries.

Just before Valentine’s Day seemed like a perfect time to share this little labor of love.

For now, the book is offered in e-book format on Kindle only, with paperbacks set to be available in a variety of outlets beginning next week. Oh, and the e-books are only 99 cents.

Check it out and let me know what you think of our Fifty Date project.

And, as promised, I’m doing a giveaway this week. So in the comments section below, share your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day (is it the candy? Flowers? Cupid? Exchanging Valentine greetings?) and you’ll be entered in the contest for an opportunity to win an autographed copy of the book! The contest is open now through Friday at noon (Pacific Time).

I’m also doing contests all this week on my writing blog at shannahatfield.com. Pop on over and check it out for the chance to win more prizes!

Without further ado…

Fifty Dates with Captain Cavedweller – Waking up one day to discover they’d gone from perpetual honeymooners to a boring, predictable couple, author Shanna Hatfield and her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller, set out on a yearlong adventure to add a little zing to their relationship.

This G-rated journey through fifty of their dates provides an insightful, humorous look at the effort they made to infuse their marriage with laughter, love, and gratitude while reconnecting on a new, heartfelt level.

Here’s a little excerpt:


Date Eight

 Blown Away

There are a few things that Captain Cavedweller gets really, really excited about.

One of them is football.

From magazines talking about football to watching games on television to attending local high school games, he can’t get enough. He’s even been known to sit and watch reruns of football games if he happens to find one airing in the summer months.

Because of his football obsession, for his birthday I purchased season tickets to the arena football games that take place an hour away.

Today’s big date, hosted by CC, was to drive to the city to pick up the tickets, visit a couple of car dealerships since we are hunting for a new vehicle, and then take me out to eat.

Picking up the tickets was fun. The team members were so gracious and friendly and let those attending know they truly appreciate the support of the game.

Car shopping also went pretty well considering we never saw a single car salesman. Generally, we can barely get out of the car before one swoops in, trying to talk us into vehicles you would never see me ride in dead or alive.

Apparently, the forty-mile-an-hour winds coupled with frigid temperatures kept them inside the showroom where it was warm and toasty, and their hair wouldn’t turn into a wild snarled mess, resembling something created by Medusa’s own hairdresser.

Once I started crying and begging for mercy from the wind (okay, I wasn’t crying, but the wind did make my eyes water. A lot.), CC offered to take me to the mall. I was not in a shopping mood at this point, much more interested in sitting down somewhere warm.

Since it was late afternoon and we still hadn’t eaten lunch, we went to a barbecue restaurant. That would be my first pick once in a blue moon. However, the moon was not blue that day…


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Learnin the Ropes cover 09-12

Go to An Avid Reader’s Haven today to check out an interview with your truly.

Down at the very bottom, you can enter to win a copy of Learnin’ the Ropes. I’m giving away one e-book copy and one paperback through Rafflecopter, so enter for your chance to win!

Thanks to Louise and Deanna for inviting me over to their blog!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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I promised to announce the winner of The Cowboy’s Autumn Fall free book giveaway today!

The winner, randomly selected using random.org is… Helen  Samuelson! Congrats, Helen!

Please shoot me an email at shanna@shannahatfield.com and let me know if you prefer a paperback or digital format of the book and where to send it!

Thanks to all who entered the contest. I so appreciate it!


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In honor of today’s festivities, I’m giving away a copy of my latest romance novel, The Cowboy’s Autumn Fall, over on my shannahatfield.com website.

Go check it out and enter for a chance to win!

Also, make sure you get your free copy of my book, Savvy Autumn Entertaining.

It’s full of fun fall ideas!

You can download it free from my website, at Barnes & Noble, or from Smashwords!

Happy Halloween!

May your day be filled with all treats and no tricks!

She Who is Wearing a Ridiculous Costume today!

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Iron Foodie 2010 | Here's Why that will be me:
MarxFoods.com -- Fine Bulk Foods The Foodie BlogRoll

Foodie Blogroll has teamed up with Marx Foods for the 2010 Iron Foodie challenge and, as a member of Foodie Blogroll,  I was offered the opportunity to participate. The winner will receive a $200 store credit to Marx Foods. Let me tell you, I could live quite happily for a good long while from all the wonderful things available in the pantry section of their store. Is it wrong to get this excited about salt and sugar?

There are several steps to this challenge, but the first step is to answer the following questions on my blog.

1. Why do you want to compete in this challenge?

I’ve never participated in a Foodie challenge before and it sounds like a lot of fun. I’m really looking forward to seeing the creative ideas fellow Foodie Blogroll bloggers come up with.
2. Limitations of time/space notwithstanding, whose kitchen would you like to spend the day in & why? Julia Child, Thomas Keller, Ferran Adria, James Beard, Marie-Antoine Careme, or The Swedish Chef?

Absolutely, most definitely The Swedish Chef. How much fun would that be?
3. What morsel are you most likely to swipe from family & friends’ plates when they aren’t looking?

If I was someone who snitched bites off the plates of others (which I am not)  dessert, particularly chocolate dessert,  would be the nibble I’d be most likely to steal.
4. Sum your childhood up in one meal.

Chicken and noodles. My Mom used to make this for my birthday every year. The noodles were made early in the afternoon then rolled to to a thin sheet, cut into ribbons and left on the counter to dry. This meal was most always accompanied by her homemade dinner rolls. It makes me hungry just thinking about it.
5. The one mainstream food you can’t stand?

Onions. I have never been able to stand the taste, the smell, the texture. I can’t take them cooked or raw. Ick.

Foodie Blog Roll and Marx  Foods will choose 25 bloggers to advance to the next round of competition. The challengers will receive a box with eight secret ingredients and be asked to use at least three in creating a new signature dish.

For more details about the 2010 Iron Foodie Challenge, please go to: http://www.foodieblogroll.com/contests/foodie-blogroll-marx-foods-iron-foodie-contest

For more information about  Marx Foods, please visit their website at: http://marxfoods.com/

Wish me luck!


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