Friday, November 23, 2012


The moment you have been waiting for - the official 2012 GRAND HOLIDAY RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!!!!!  GET READY!!!  GET SET!!! AND ENTER!!!!  You could be the SOLE winner of over $450.00 of gifts certificates and merchandise!!

Must reside in the UNITED STATES and MUST BE 18 YEARS OLD OR OLDER to enter!  THERE ARE OPTIONS FOR DAILY ENTRIES TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING SO MAKE SURE TO VISIT DAILY!!!! 2012 GRAND HOLIDAY RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY'S will run until December 8th 12 P.M. CST and the WINNER will be announced within 24 hours after cut off time.

CorkyKouture™ started the 2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway with a Corky Kouture™ "Glamour Galore Collection" bottled gift bag with a $50.00 gift certificate! What prompted Lisa Reidel, the Founder and CEO of Corky Kouture™, was the burning desire to make someone’s holiday extra special and help create a memory for that individual and to do so in a grand way. By uniting with other generous business owners, she knew that the team effort would accomplish that goal. 
The other distinguished and generous businesses that have joined Corky Kouture™ for this special holiday Rafflecopter include: 

That is a lot of AWESOME businesses that have gifted a lot of AWESOME STUFF!  Just check out all the wonderful things you could WIN!!!  ENTER TODAY AND EVERYDAY UNTIL NOON ON DECEMBER 8TH! THE MORE TIMES YOU ENTER, THE HIGHER YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING!!! 

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway Participant ~ Wendy Tanner from Granny's Kountry Candles

This blog highlights Wendy Tanner from Granny's Kountry Candles. Wendy has generously added a $20 gift certificate to use on-line at or in her store in person!

Granny’s is located in a small historic town in Ohio, USA and is a family-owned and operated business.
For incredible value, Granny's brings to you Daily Deals! Visit Granny's Sidewalk Sale to unlock the deal of the day! 

Save money also by checking out Granny’s Daily Deals on her Facebook page! Granny’s Kountry Candles wants to provide the finest quality soybean candles at an affordable price. Customer Service is their first priority.

"Not Just Another Candle Company" Granny's has been hand-pouring soybean candles for over ten years now. They offer a wide variety of jar styles in over 100 fragrances. Each candle features a decorative wax "embed" that coordinates with the candle scent. Tiny Feet on Butt Naked is the perfect example. Wholesale and fundraisers are their main specialty. Free private labeling with a $50 minimum order. Talk about a cool gift!

You will find a vast selection of candles to choose from. There are bakery candles, candle accessories, jar candles, school and team spirit candles and soy melts for your warmer. Not only are there candles but you will find room and body spray scents.

These candles are "clean-burning" home-grown soybean candle goodness. It is a woman owned & operated business.

Perhaps you want to create a candle gift basket. Choose your favorite scents or if you know the Christmas gift recipient’s favorite scents choose those. Find a basket at home or at a discount store. You may choose to make a bathroom gift basket. Place two candles in the basket and body spray scents. Add a plush towel, hand towel and washcloth to the basket. Place a pretty bow on the basket and you have a gorgeous gift to give.

You can create a couple’s anniversary gift basket this Christmas season. Add candles, homemade spaghetti sauce, noodles, a loaf of unopened French bread, a rose, a chunk of cheese and a bottle of wine. Your gift recipients will thank you for being so thoughtful.

This Christmas surprise everyone on your list from parents to the mailman, teachers, etc., with a scented candle from Granny's Kountry Candles! Let them know that you are thinking of their health. After all, stress is unhealthy and by giving candles as a gift you are setting the stage for a much needed serene evening.  

Take a look at Granny's Kountry Candles and say hello to Wendy at any of the following locations!
Granny's Kountry Candles Fan Page:
Granny's Kountry Candles Twitter:
Granny's Kountry Candles Fundraiser Site:
Granny's Kountry Candles Website:

2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway Participant ~ Joan Barlow from ScentralStation

This blog highlights Joan Barlow from ScentralStation. Joan has been kind enough to add a $20.00 gift certificate for online use or in person for her retail store ScentralStation!

Scentral Station is woman-owned and founded in 2002 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It has evolved into an emporium of scentual pleasures for handmade scented candles, homemade bath and body products, fragrance oils, perfumes, incense, and so much more. This company believes that it has superior products without the high prices.

Even if you cannot afford to get away from it all on a tropical paradise vacation, you can still enjoy the homemade products such as the bath products, fragrance oils and homemade scented candles. Your soul will not care if it is on a sandy beach, it will feel tranquil with the wonderful products listed above. You will feel refreshed and ready to take on the world after using these high quality products.

ScentralStation products make the perfect Christmas gift. Not only are they priced low but one can actually use these gifts! How many times have you received a gift that you never used? Maybe you even re-gifted one or two gifts. With these soothing scented products your gift recipients will definitively not be re-gifting your items! While you are Christmas shopping online or at the in person store, make sure you pick up a few items to treat yourself. Just be careful, her products are ADDICTING!  They are just that good! 

Joan also sells Avon. You can find many Christmas gifts on her Avon website. From kitchen items to make-up, spa items, baby items, clothes, hair care products, men’s products, teen products and so much more! If you have not looked at an Avon catalog in a while, you will be pleasantly surprised at all of the new sensational products Avon has to offer. One thing that has not ever changed about Avon is that you will still find fantastic prices on all of the products!

This holiday season make sure you shop online or in person at ScentralStation products or Joan’s online Avonsite.   

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Joan's Avon Site: 

2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway Participant ~ Shasha Lynn from EasyShop 360

This blog highlights Shasha Lynn from EasyShop 360. Shasha Lynn is gifting a $25.00 gift card to Walmart!!  Who couldn’t use an extra $25.00 this time of year for stocking stuffers, Christmas gifts, groceries, or every day necessities from Walmart?  I bet most would be thrilled to win this and all the other awesome gifts that have been generously given for the 2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway!  

Shasha Lynn is very active in the social media world and has created a venue where buyers and sellers meet through EasyShop 360, 360 ShoutOuts on Facebook and a few different facebook groups that encourage businesses to help one another.  EasyShop 360 was founded in 2010 and offers advertising, networking and shopping. Currently the EasyShop 360 website is under construction (thus the reason for the $25.00 Walmart gift card but make sure you become a member of their blog until their main website is rebuilt. 

EasyShop 360’s mission is to drive customers to the business owner's door and to give the customer a great deal along with a wonderful experience. We all could use a little extra money in our wallet, couldn’t we? Easyshop360 believes in "People helping People." As mentioned, their mission is to create an online venue where buyers and sellers meet. They want to help business owners increase sales by bringing buyers to their door without charging high listing and backend fees. Check around and you will find out how costly this service can be.

For example if you sell jewelry online you can use Easyshop360 to get the word out on the products you are selling. Make sure you share photos as this will increase your sales incredibly. Another tip is to pin the products you are selling onto Pinterest. You may type in the price of the product you are selling so it immediately shares the cost of your item with potential buyers.  You can find Shasha on Pinterest here: ES360World

Shasha’s business is an online marketing portal that creatively uses a shopping website to feature and market business’s products and services. There is a onetime annual fee. No commissions, listing or sales fees; just your membership fee. FYI: You can write this fee off on your business taxes.

Easyshop360World is an upcoming online advertising/shopping website bringing buyers and seller together. This business features our subscribers' products in individual webstores to drive more customers to the business owner's main website.

If you are starting out an online business you can check out this fantastic business’s fanpage, blog, Twitter page and/or Pinterest page to get more information. You will be happy you did as it will increase your fan base which in turn can help you sell more products and/or services online.

Check out the curent promotion going on the EasyShop 360 Fanpage with the 7777 Multi-Vendor Sale and Giveaway Celebration and get in on the fun.  You are going to want to connect with Shasha and EasyShop 360!  

2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway Participant ~ Tiffany Coble from Sisterly Creations

This blog features Tiffany Coble from Sisterly Creations. She is gifting a 1 ounce shot glass candle filled with Tahitian Waterfall scented soy wax and decorated with blue glitter.  You will be amazed at the quality of her candles and scents!  Every scent she sends out her door smells amazing!! (That’s a lot of “s” words!  LOL!)

Tiffany is from Missouri, USA. She is a stay-at-home mother that loves making jewelry and candles. She has a passion for design. She takes ordinary items and turns them into something elegant and unique. Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family and studying psychology. She runs a support group on Facebook that allows her to connect with others and offer support and advice in many different situations.

You will find many handmade gifts for the holidays! Bridal & everyday jewelry designs as well as sets in a variety of materials. Simple, classic and modern. She offers free First Class Domestic Shipping via USPS. Each and every piece is made with love and care by Tiffany.  

You will find unique creations by Tiffany such as this chain garter. Thigh chain garters are all the rage at this time. Wear the chain garter with a sexy miniskirt or a pair of shorts. You can even wear it over a pair of jeans, tights or black leggings. You will surely get noticed!

Wear this intricate pearl fringe necklace that is white on gold by Tiffany. Glass pearls and glass crystals adorn this lovely masterpiece. You can wear this stunning jewelry piece to a wedding, out to dinner or a night out on the town. This necklace also makes the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one on your Christmas list. 

There are plenty of Christmas gifts to treat yourself or a friend, family member or co-worker. If you are not sure which piece of jewelry to purchase you can easily buy a gift certificate. Let the gift recipient choose her special piece of jewelry from you.

Soon more scented candles will be offered at The Kandle Shoppe on We all could use a break from our busy lives. Picture coming home from work or a long day with children at home and sitting down in a peaceful home with scented candles burning to soothe your soul.

Tiffany of Sisterly Creations cordially invites you to visit her store. She is having a huge Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale! 

Etsy Shop:  (in the works)

2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway Participant ~ Rhonda Winston from Your Virtual Service Group

A warm thank you goes out to Rhonda Winston from Your Virtual Service Group. YVSG.  Rhonda has generously gifted a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card just in time to use at the Amazon Holiday Toy Shop!  

YVSG commitment is to provide solo entrepreneurs, businesses, and individuals with affordable, knowledgeable support services. Complete satisfaction is guaranteed, and exemplary customer service is our standard.

“With over 30 years of combined support experience, YOUR Virtual Service Group continues to provide its clients with new, fresh, and exciting ways to get your tasks completed efficiently and effectively.”

Rhonda also offers the BornUnique Baby Guide. This ultimate baby guide is a must for all new parents as well as experienced parents. When you sign-up you will receive a free copy of the Pregnancy Nutrition Guide, Breastfeeding Guide, or a Baby Shower Guide. You may choose which guide you would like to receive.

On the Born Unique website you will find many so helpful tips. Examples include: Baby Health, Baby Gas, Breastfeeding, Mommy Health, Boy Names, Girl Names, Baby Shower Games and Baby Shower Food. You can get informed before you have your baby! There is even a Universal Baby Shower Registry on the website! There is a very helpful article telling new parents about the “Baby Must Have’s.” Talk about taking the stress out of one’s life and simplifying one’s life.

Every parent could use something free. You will have a blast entering plenty of Baby Giveaways! In the past a Breast Cancer Awareness Jewelry Scarf, Storkcraft Aspen 6-Cube Organizer and Changing Table Combo, four cute baby books and a $30 Baby Prize Pack have been given to a lucky winner! At this time you can enter to win a free stroller and a Power Wheels Ford F150 Ride!

If you know of someone that is pregnant or has a baby please share this website with them. And if you need assistance in your Social Media support, Blog management, newsletter management, web hosting, complete web servicing, giveaway marketing support, press release marketing and more, make sure to connect with YVSG!

Connect here:
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2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway Participant ~ Azalea McKinney from High Heel Junkie™

2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway Participant ~ Azalea McKinney from High Heel Junkie

Allow us the honor of introducing Azalea McKinney from High Heel Junkie™, another great particapant of the 2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway!  Azalea McKinney has generously added a $25.00 gift certificate to!

High Heel Junkie™ was founded in the autumn of 2010 in Houston, Texas. Ms. McKinney is formerly from Los Angeles, California which is known for its high fashion.

Azalea wants women to look and feel their sexiest. She has accomplished this task by offering an array of striking high heels to add to your Christmas wish list or to give as gifts anytime of the year. There is sure to be a pair of heels, wedges or boots for your sister, aunt, cousin, best friend and anyone else on your list to shop for!  

Heel condoms are also offered thanks to Azalea! What are heel condoms you ask? Heel condoms will protect and add pizzazz to your high heels! There is a vast selection of heel condoms for you to choose from. Friends will think your closet is loaded with different styles of shoes! To use you simply slide them up onto your heels and place the elastic band under each one of your feet so it stays in place. The other option is to tie the two straps around your ankle and wa-la! Heel condoms make great gifts as well!

Do you need a phenomenal one-of-a-kind pair of heels? You can order custom made heels! Choose a pair of heels from the website or give us a pair of heels and we will glam them up! We paint heels and we may also add gems to them such as crystals or rhinestones. It’s your choice!

Find your inner shoenista when you shop with the fabulous High Heel Junkie™!

 "Air, food, high heels” is the motto of High Heel Junkie™. 

Connect with Azalea, High Heel Junkie and other High Heel Junkies here:   

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway Participant ~ Kelley Lee Lang from Avon, Wildtree and Norwex

This blog highlights Kelley Lang. Kelley Lang is gifting items from the three different companies she belongs to! 

The first is Avon. She is adding the following products to the giveaway:  Avon’s Red Chocolate Cake Bubble Delight Bubble Bath, Moisture Therapy Lip Balm, and a Holiday Hand cream.

Wildtree products are the second set of items Kelley Lang is gifting!  She is adding the following Wildtree products:  Wildtree’s Chipotle Lime Rub, Gourmet Crepe Mix, and Heavenly Chocolate Mousse Mix.

Norwex is the last company she will be donating from. Norwex sells phenomenal cleaning products as well as skin care products. She is adding a $10 gift certificate to spend on her website on any Norwex product!

Kelley’s first love is helping people. She likes to make things as easy as possible for people, save money, as well as become healthier. These are the biggest reasons she joined each one of these companies. She loves to find the best products for her family, friends and her customers.

Kelley has been married for 26 years and has three boys with her husband. The eldest son is 13 years old and her twins are 12 years old. Their family also consists of four fur babies.

Kelley also likes to share information and tips on her Facebook Fan pages, Twitter and Blogger regarding all three products. You will find helpful information and specials here:

Twitter for all 3 products-

Find all of your needs and special Christmas gifts for everyone on your list! You will feel great giving gifts that will help people make their life easier and healthier.

You can purchase Avon for yourself or Christmas gifts at:

Wildtree products make excellent organic Christmas gifts for everyone on your list! Find these amazing flavored grapeseed oils, spices and foods at:

Norwex will cut your cleaning time down by 75%! Get your home sparkling clean in no time with no added scents that are particularly irritating for those with allergies.

Here is to a happier, healthier and richer you! 

2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway Participant ~ Aimee Biondolillo from Aimee's Jewelry Treasures

This blog features Aimee Biondolillo from Aimee's Jewelry Treasures. She is adding a $25.00 gift certificate to Aimee's Jewelry Treasures!

Aimee has been creating jewelry since 2001 and opened up Aimee's Jewelry Treasures in 2010 under the name Aimee's Jewelry & Things. She changed the name in 2011 to the current name. Here you will find quality unique jewelry and other fine gifts to treasure a lifetime.

Aimee's mission is to always provide the best in quality jewelry to treasure a lifetime along with quality customer service. My jewelry is my passion, my customers are my business.

Aimee does create custom made jewelry. She has samples of her beautiful custom piece jewelry on her website. If you can think it up, describe it, she can create it! You will be the envy of all of your friends. Strangers will ask you where you bought your gorgeous and unique jewelry.

Give your mother something extra special this Christmas with a custom made piece of jewelry. A piece of handcrafted jewelry is sure to be cherished this Christmas by your daughter. Your daughter may never take the jewelry off! Perhaps when she is a mother herself she will hand down the treasured gift you gave her years ago to her own daughter.

Men like necklaces as well. Find the perfect gift created by Aimee for your husband or boyfriend this Christmas. Every person loves to receive a homemade gift. When you give a homemade gift the gift recipient knows you thought out what the person will like. Make everyone on your list feel special when you order a piece of handcrafted jewelry this Christmas!

Check out Aimee’s Military Apparel Company that takes Military Uniforms that have been discarded or given upon special requested orders and gives them a second chance while they are carefully and respectfully crafted into tangible displays of Pride allowing you to keep your American Heroes by your side. Their creations serve as a personal, constant reminder of loved ones that have just returned, are presently serving, or have sacrificed their lives defending our country.

Aimee invites you to shop this Black Friday with small businesses!
Make sure to connect with this amazing artisan!

2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway Participant ~ Sulay Renee’ from Sumptuous Sulay Plus Size Apparel

Sulay Renee’ from Sumptuous Sulay Plus Size Apparel is yet another one of the great particiapnts of the 2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway!  Sulay Renee’ is gifting a $25 gift certificate to her store ~ Sumptuous Sulay PlusSize Apparel!  Sulay’s motivation behind founding her boutique was she felt plus size women were being overlooked by fashion designers and boutiques and felt it was unfair for plus women to have to dress any less fashionable than anyone else. 

Sulay founded and opened Sumptuous Sulay Plus Size Apparel located inside The Ultimate Dressing Room located at 2600 S Loop W, Suite 271, Houston TX 77054 as well as online at

Sumptuous Sulay is on a mission to help women look and feel their best and “to clothed women in fashionable attire without breaking the bank”. She dreams of “teaming up with local designers to offer the same fashion variety to the Plus population that has been enjoyed by the traditional size masses for years."

Sulay states, “I can dress YOU because I am YOU. I desire to dress professionally. I desire to dress fashionably. I desire to dress timelessly. I desire to dress sexy, too! If you yearn for the same things, step into my dressing room and let's begin a journey of transformation together.”

If you are not in the Houston area, take a moment and connect with Sulay Renee and the Sumptuous Sulay Plus Size Apparel Crew at the following locations:

2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway Participant ~ Slumber Parties by Jess

This next blog features Jess from Slumber Parties by Jess. Jess is gifting a $25.00 Slumber Parties by Jess gift certificate!

Jess is married and is a stay-at-home mother of four children. She did not want her children at daycare so she decided to join the Slumber Parties company to work around her husband and her schedule. Jess thought this would be a great way to add to the family income while still playing an active role in their children’s lives.  Quickly Jess realized she could make a lot more money and she is even using her profit money she makes to pay off her new car!

With Slumber Parties you can add a little spice to your life with or without an significant other. You will find romance enhancing products such as lotions, novelties, lingerie, adult games and more. You will love the products that contain pheromones to get you and your partner in the mood. (Must be 18 or older to host or purchase.)
Bedroom Vows are a collection of naughty suggestions, sexual seductions,
and playful surprises which are guaranteed to spice up your love life!
Bedroom Vows are a great way to either reward your lover or to simply express
that you're in the mood. It's up to you, you can take turns exchanging vows or  you
can surprise your lover by hiding the vows in places where they are sure to find them.

Do you have too much stress in your life? Check out the massage aids that will do wonders for your body, mind and soul.

You can even have an in-home party or online party with Jess. The parties will give you interesting information and you will probably even learn something new. Earn free gift products when your friends and family order from you! Your customers will not have to worry that everyone will know what he or she ordered as everything is confidential. The only way others will find out what you bought is if you share it with them yourself.

Feel free to connect with Slumber Parties by Jess on  Facebook, Facebook FanPage, and on her website to get all of the latest news and specials.
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To order one or more of these sexy hot products, please visit the website.

2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway Particapant ~ Nancy Ravanelli from The Guest Cottage

This blog will introduce you to Nancy Ravanelli, owner of The Guest Cottage, Inc located in Saint Germain. Nancy is kindly adding a $50 gift certificate to her publishing business and online book store The Guest Cottage, Inc in the Grand Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway! You can stock up on books as many are on clearance. You can find books for everyone on your Christmas list this year!

Nancy is married and has two daughters. Their family shares their home in Wisconsin with their beloved large dog. Nancy has always believed that reading is very important and has shared that with her family by reading to her girls as children, giving  them plenty of books as gifts and opening up her publishing business/book store The Guest Cottage, Inc.

Nancy travels around Wisconsin attending fairs and events to sell her books. She likes to sell as many books as possible for her authors so that she can print more books, including new books by new authors.

You will find children’s books that will share the importance of accepting others such as in the book Otto the Blind Otter. Share quality time with your children in your busy life when you read Conversations With Kids.

There is a great variety of humorous hunting stories a.k.a. bloopers from the Outdoors/Hunting & Fishing tab in her online bookstore. These books are the perfect gift for every hunter in your life!

Do you love Harley~Davidson motorcycles? If so, you’ll find children’s books to read as well as a coloring book and a fun & games book written by Jean Davidson, the granddaughter of Walter Davidson, one of the founders of Harley~Davidson.

Cookbooks are included in the book selection. You’ll even find cookbooks that share the delectable recipes that bed and breakfast’s use! Don’t forget to check out the cookbook for your cat and/or dog, Doggie Delights & Kitty Cuisine.

Poetry books, inspirational books, travel guides, mysteries, a grieving book and more are found at The Guest Cottage, Inc. Here is to many enjoyable hours of reading!

You can keep up with Nancy’s Facebook Fan Page here: The Guest Cottage ~

Twitter Page:  Nancy Ravanelli ~

To check out the great selection and reasonably priced books (some downright steals) here at The Guest Cottage INC. ~

2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway Participant ~ Deana Marshall of Article Write Up

This blog highlights Deana Marshall, founder and CEO of and Michelle Castillo, her amazing Administrator.  Deana has generously added to the Grand Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway a $25.00 cash gift card and Michelle has added a $15.00 gift card to Starbucks! You can go have yourself a hot cup of Joe and head out for some shopping with these gifts.

The founder of Article Write Up, based out of Wisconsin, USA, resides with her two handsome sons. She enjoys the simple things in life – the countryside, gardens, yard work, and even splitting wood for cozy fires during the winter months.  Deana has raised numerous foster children and feels like our children our one of the world’s most prized treasures.  She has created a beautiful home landscape for herself and her two boys to find serenity in their lives.

Article Write Up is a fast growing business. Deana takes great pride in giving her clients the utmost respect and highest quality customer service possible.  She and her amazing writing staff offer a variety of services to help your business thrive. From SEO articles to press releases, blogs, eBooks and more – if it is a content driven piece, Deana and her team can help your business get noticed at a price you can afford!

Check out the AWU pages here:

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2012 Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway Particapant - Irene Woodbury

The next several blogs will be highlighting the Participants of the 2012 Holiday Raflecopter Giveaway!  

This blog we will introduce you to Irene Woodbury, author of A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis.  Irene was kind enough to contribute a Slot Tee Shirt into the drawing for the lucky winner! It is adorable and a perfect reflection of women having fun at Las Vegas!  See the graphic below and tell me you don’t agree!  ;-) 

“A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis” was Irene’s first novel and was a combined inspiration from her love to travel and write.  Between 2000 and 2006, her stories appeared in many newspapers, including the Washington Post, London Daily Telegraph, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Toronto Star, and Nevada and The Affluent Traveler magazines. 

One of Irene’s favorite destinations is Las Vegas; she always believed Sin City would be the perfect setting for a novel.  In 2006, she came up with the idea for Slot, and, four-and-a-half years, and many visits later, it was finished.  

Irene is convinced her book wouldn’t work nearly as well in any other city.  “Las Vegas has a frenetic energy to it,” she says, “and there’s plenty of chaos and confusion to go around.  Is there a better place for a midlife crisis?  I don’t think so.” 

Irene has lived in two of the locations featured in her novel:  Los Angeles, where she worked at the Los Angeles Times, IBM, and Time Magazine, and Houston, where she graduated from the University of Houston in 1993.  She also got married in Houston.  (Yes, like Wendy, her lead character, but Irene insists the similarities end there!)  Her husband, Richard, a retired Time Magazine correspondent, edited her novel.  

Since 1994, the couple have called Denver home.  As for midlife crises -- his, hers, yours, mine -- Irene believes it’s a time for asking questions.  “Where am I?  Where have I been?  Where am I going?  That’s it in a nutshell,” she says.  “Writing this novel has been my midlife crisis.  And it’s not over yet!” (From Irene Woodbury's Wesite

“The Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis” is a darkly funny novel that shares Wendy Sinclair’s spin-crazy life in Las Vegas after she impulsively decides to not return to Houston following a bizarre girls’ weekend in 2005.

The confused, unhappy 45-year-old newlywed soon rents a ramshackle apartment in a building filled with misfits; wallows in a blur of spas, malls and buffets, and, ultimately, becomes a designer of cocktail waitress uniforms and an Ann-Margret impersonator in a casino show with Elvis. 

She also hangs with some pretty colorful characters. Paula’s her bold, brassy glamazon BFF who’s looser than a Casino Royale slot. Maxine’s her saucy former-Tropicana-showgirl boss. Paige and Serena are two twenty-something blackjack dealers she shops, gambles, and clubs up a storm with. Major crushes on a hunky pilot and sexy former rock star are also part of the mix. 

And then there are the phone fights with Roger, Wendy’s workaholic husband waiting impatiently in Houston. Their clashes are louder and more raucous than a hot craps table at Caesar’s! Does she go back to him, or does her midlife crisis become a midlife makeover?” (From Irene Woodbury's Facebook Fanpage

You can pick up a copy of this great book at any of the following locations!  Make sure to get yours today!  It would make a great holiday gift and watch for the Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway being hosted right here starting Black Friday 11/23/2012!!   

Pick up A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis at:
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About Corky Kouture and the 2012 Grand Holiday Raflecopter Giveaway

With the holiday season fast upon us, we wanted to do something big – something fun- and something that could make one individuals holiday one they would not forget!  We wanted to create a memory and with those wants, we decided a giveaway was in order!  However, we didn’t want it to be just any giveaway – we wanted it to be one that the winner would get a little bit of everything – a Holiday in itself so we sought out others to who would be willing to participate with us on our mission and we found a lot of very wonderful and giving individuals.  So first, we would like to take this time to thank all the participants in our 2012 Grand Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway – THANK YOU!!!!  You are all awesome, wonderful, and very giving people.  Thank you and I am sure the winner will be thanking each of you huge as well!  One very lucky winner will receive all of the prizes from each one of these generous donors.  You can find out more about each person, the company and what will be given away by reading each blog.

As the host of this Grand Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway we wanted to set the stage of a holiday in a package and gift something that can create many memories so one lucky winner will win all the wonderful gifts donated by our generous participants as well as a premier Corky Kouture™ Glamour Galore Collection bottled gift bag with a $50 gift certificate!  These stunning bottled gift bags come in white, red, pink or black with an . There is a fancy gift card holder connected to the bag to make your gift giving simple!

The beautiful Corky Kouture bags make giving a bottle of wine, champagne, liquor, sparkling wine/juice, bubble bath, dipping oils or any other bottle of similar size and shape-- easy! Simply place the bottle into the gorgeous bag and your “wrapping” is complete! You didn’t even have to use scissors, tape or any type of bows.

It is traditional that most gifts come with a card. You can easily put a small card or note inside of the bejeweled pouch that is attached to the bag. Feel free to place some money gift cards, jewelry, etc. inside the pouch as well!

You have just created a glamorous gift that is sure to be appreciated by the gift recipient and create a memory.

These bags are perfect for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Sweetest’s Day, Christmas, Bosses Day, Bridal Showers, Just Because I Love You, Valentine’s Day, wedding, new mom, hostess gifts, anniversaries or any other day your heart desires. The gift recipient will have a cherished gift from you especially with the keepsake Corky Kouture bag.

If you would like to create a memory for a special someone in your life this holiday season, visit our website at ~

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