The first one is being hosted by the lovely Rebecca Kiel and it will take place on February 11, 2012.
It's called the Books We Love Blogfest. You can sign up here.
On the 11th, just do a post about one of your favorite books (yours or someone else's). As Rebecca points out, you can even write the post in advance and schedule it to post on the 11th. Then hop around and find some new books to add to your To Be Read pile!
The other Bloghop I've signed up for is being hosted by the fascinating Hope Roberson at Writing with Hope. It's called Is It Getting Hot In Here? Blog Hop and it will take place on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2012.
You can read the rules and sign up for this one here. You get to share a kissing scene from one of your books or write a new one! Hope says:
Please share one of your favorite kissing scenes from a book you've read, from your own WiP, make one up, or write about one of your own memorable kisses. Then hop around to feel how sweet, romantic, or downright steamy other characters are getting smooched!
When I read this, I immediately thought of That Book on A Flash Drive in My Nightstand. There is one kissing scene from that book that I've always been fond of even though it's not really my best work. It's probably my favorite scene in that entire book. Other than this bloghop, it would never see the light of day so I'm going to use it. I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with!
I will likely post mine on February 13th (or schedule it to post in advance) as I have to be somewhere on 2/14 but I will be hopping around on the 15th to check out everyone else's kissing scenes!
Finally, the amazing Cassie Mae over at Reading, Writing and Lovin' It gave me the Thumbs Up From Skunk Award for which I am immensely grateful.
On Cassie's blog, she says: 'The thumbs up from Skunk award' since "we all feel like stinky, stinky skunks some days" and there are people who "make us feel (and smell) a lot better".
To pass the award on, name one thing that you love about yourself, then pass on the award to as many bloggers as you want to!
Well I'm not really a big horn tooter when it comes to myself. I never have been but I'm comfortable saying this: I'm generous by nature. With my time, with whatever skills I have to offer and even with what few dollars I have--if I have any--in my pocket. Many, many people have helped me along my journey (in life and in writing) and I like to pay it forward whenever I can without the expectation of gaining anything in return. Also, as my dad has always said, quite simply, "When someone needs help, you help 'em."
So there, now that the awkward horn-tooting is over, I am going to pass this award along to a few writer bloggers who always make me feel better when I feel like total crap, whether it's by reading their blogs or through email exchanges. You guys are awesome, kind, funny, majorly talented and out and out brilliant. I could not do this writing/trying-to-get-published thing day after day without you! THANK YOU!!!!
Jeff O. at The Doubting Writer
Mike at The Wizardry of Otin
Carrie Butler at So You're a Writer