The principle of “What you see is what you get” is practiced all over the world in connection with the advent of New Year. Here are just a few examples:

1. If the house is clean by midnight on Dec. 31st, it’ll be clean for the entire next year. (Do I have to sort the closets too?)

2. If all your pockets and purses and wallets have coins and dollars in them by midnight, you’ll have plenty of money in the new year. Some people place coins on windowsills and the tops of doors too.

3. If you wear new clothes on New Year’s Day, More new clothes will come your way. (My daughters like this one!)

4. No crying, fighting, arguing, name-calling or general negativity on New Year’s Day or you’ll have strife and tears all year long.

5. Don’t let valuable things leave your house on New Year’s Day or luck and fortune will go with them. The general belief refers to things like money and jewelry, but some people believe that nothing – not even garbage! – should leave the house on New Year’s Day. Take the empties to the recycling bin some other time!

6. Make sure the cupboards and pantries are full on New Year’s Day, in order to ensure abundance the rest of the year.

7. In many cultures, what you do for the first hour of the New Year signifies what you’ll do the most of for the next twelve months. (Yikes – does this mean sleeping is a bad idea?)

8. In China, and in many other countries, all debts should be settled before the New Year. Don’t pay back loans or lend money on New Year’s Day however, or you’ll be paying out all year long!

9. Be careful with the dishes. If anything breaks on New Year’s Day, ruin will follow.

10. Working hard on New Year’s Day will ensure a year of grueling labor. But if you do a small token task – something related to your employment – successfully, it’ll set the tone for achievement. (I'll be writing!)


January 1st - 6th, 2013

Over 200 authors and bloggers are participating, each hosting a giveaway on their own site.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes.  You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win not only the prize on that site, but entered for one of the overall grand prizes as well. 

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $300 Amazon or Barnes + Noble Gift Card

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

Dani Harper's Giveaway IS NOW CLOSED - Leave me a comment telling me something about New Years --- how you plan to celebrate, a favorite memory, a superstition or legend, or what you're looking forward to in 2013.  Include your email address so I can contact you if you win!  

Dani's Prize - A signed copy of my paranormal romance, CHANGELING DREAM (James Macleod's story), and a tote to put it in! 

Ronda's name was drawn at random from the comments as the winner of the Dani Harper giveaway.

NOTE - everyone who commented was automatically entered for the big Grand Prizes too!  Those winners will be announced in a day or so. 

Thank you for all the wonderful comments. I had such a ball reading them --- and I'm going to have to try the black-eyed peas next New Year's day!