Thursday, August 8, 2013

Ella's Turning 40 Blog Hop!

So a friend of mine has hit the big 40!

Yep, Ella Jade is turning 40 and to celebrate she's having a party and you're all invited!

And here you are at my stop along the way.

As usual, I have absolutely no clue what to post for these things but Ella suggested I give you a happy birthday memory from my past. Well, there's only one problem with that suggestion. I've never had a birthday party. Sadly, growing up as I did on the ranch, I had very few friends my own age and most birthdays I was usually working, so it just sort of slipped away.

Oh, my folks tried, they got me gifts and what not, but I never had a "party". And in my later years, after we sold the ranch and moved out of Georgia, I fear I just didn't make that many friends, so, *shrugs* as sad as it sounds, it just never happened.

But, I don't want to bring down Ella's big day...

So, let's celebrate her today and through the 11th (Sunday) and have some fun. Go peruse the other stops, see their fond memories of years gone by and celebrate with them.

And because I'm a good sport about it - I honestly usually just ignore the day if you must know - I'm going to have a little giveaway.

But, I'm gonna have to make you work for it!

So, here's what I want you to do. Go over to Ella's Facebook Page and wish her a Happy Birthday on her wall! Just for fun m'kay?

After you do that, come back here and leave me a comment down below. On Sunday, I'll draw four winners, that's right, four of you for an eBook Copy of my latest release: All In The Name Of Love

Adrian Hoyle, the Heroine of the story has a similar outlook on Birthday's and Holiday's as I do, so it's only fitting.
PLUS: Just because I'm cool and fun like that, one lucky winner will receive an Ultra Cool Swag Pack of stuff to include pens, post cards and bookmarks from the Spi-Corp Series - oh and a neat, nifty Dog Tag too!
So, go on, get to wishing people! Have fun with it too...*grins* And tell her I sent you while your at it...*laughing*
And don't forget to head over to the rest of the stops on the hop and enter to win the $100 Amazon Gift Card Ella is being so generous and giving away during the event! Oh and every comment here for my contest counts as an entry into the Grand Prize for that gift card. The more places you stop and comment the more chances you have to win it. So, go on now, get to clickin' people!
Until next time,

Thanks as always for stopping by.
Margaret Taylor


  1. Went over and wished her a Happy Birthday and thanks for the great giveaway.

  2. Commented on her FB page!

    Thanks for being part of this blog hop!


  3. Thanks for giveaway!


  4. Happy Birthday Ella!!

  5. Birthday wish done.Happy birthday Ella!

  6. Happy Birthday Ella! so glad to be a part of the blog hop!

  7. : ) <3

  8. I wished Ella a happy birthday on her fb page, and I'll do it here, too!
    Ella, have a fantastic birthday month and enjoy the hop!
    Thanks for inviting ua all to celebrate.

  9. ♪ ♫ ♬♪ Happy Birthday Ella! ♪ ♫ ♬♪
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  10. Happy birthday to ella! thanks to you for being a part of this blog hop:)
    also wished on her page

  11. Wished Happy Birthday to Ella. Great Blog Hop.

  12. Thanks for the giveaway and happy bday Ella! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

  13. Happy birthday to Ella! Thanks for participating in the hop.


  14. Happy Birthday Ella!!

    Commented on FB too!!

  15. Happy Birthday to Ella, thanks for participate on the blog hop

  16. Happy birthday to ella

  17. I want to win! Happy Birthday!

    -Kyla Stein

  18. *waves at you*

    Sad to hear about your birthday. We can celebrate when I'm in San Antonio. We'll make it your birthday the day we're at the strip club!

    daringzoey at

  19. Happy Birthday!

  20. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Aw I am sorry you never had a party 'big hugs'


  22. My birthday wish is left under LaTanya Lawson...
    Thanks for joining the hop!!

  23. Happy Birthday Ella!! Thanks for this awesome hop!! Having a blast.. Have a terrific weekend thanks for being part of this hop stop. My favorite birthday was a birthday surprise in a small plane trip...just no

    vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

    wish left under Valerie Rhodes

  24. I'm sorry to hear you've never had a party. I know how that feels (I haven't yet had one myself).

    Thanks for sharing your own birthday experiences and for the giveaway. Happy Birthday to Ella =)

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  25. donna(dot)durnell(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

    Wished Ella a Happy Birthday on her page, from me AND from you. :)

    My birthday is Dec 20 - just before Christmas - so I really never did get too many parties, or much made of my b-day either. Especially not since I've been an adult. My 'dream' is to have a surprise b-day party, but as I'm already past 65, not sure which age would qualify.

  26. Happy Birthday Ella! Fantastic blog hop!

  27. Happy Birthday Ella!! Thanks for the blog hop!!

  28. I rarely had parties, either, so I know how you feel. The exception is when my sister totally surprised me on my 15th birthday. Since she was only 16 at the time, it was quite a surprise. I wished Ella a Happy B-day on her wall.

  29. Thanks for the giveaway!


  30. Happy Birthday Ella! I love birthday celebrations.

    My favorite birthday was my 40th. I spend it with my mom shopping.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  31. Happy Birthday Ella!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    dixiedukegurl2 AT yahoo DOT com

  32. My 30th was a pretty awesome birthday, I took a cruise with my BFFs!
    Happy B-Day Ella!! What an awesome idea for a hop! And so many awesome books to add to my TBR list!


  33. Happy birthday!


  34. Happy birthday Ella!!
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

    B-Day wish on FB:

  35. Just wished her Happy Birthday on her wall but probably succeeded more in creeping her out. LOL Nothing bad, I just feel bonded with her after this hop and our birthdays being so close and one year apart. Okay it still sounds creepy writing it the second time and defending myself. Anyhow, I am having a blast on this hop. My birthdays growing up were similar to yours so I totally understand how you feel. They just are NOT a big deal, at all.

    Thanks for the great giveaway and Happy 4-0 Ella James.

    Best wishes,

  36. Happy Birthday Ella!! I hope you have a wonderful day!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  37. I wished Ella HBD on her FB page. Thank you for the giveaway!

  38. Thanks for the chance to win!

  39. Happy Birthday Ella! I hope you had a fabulous weekend!!
    Thank you for your generosity,