Friday, 9 August 2013

Ella's Turning What?

Happy Birthday Ella!

To celebrate Ella turning....(shh, you should never disclose a lady's age! so lets say another year more beautiful) she is holding a Birthday Blog Hop from the 9th - 11th August with over 100 of her friends! 


I will be giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card to a lucky winner. There is a HUGE grand prize of $100 Amazon or B&N GC (yes you read that right!) and I will be giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card to a lucky winner on my blog. More on that in a sec. 


So, to fit in with the 'birthday' theme I thought I'd share a little something - cake! I'm a big fan of cake! From the day I can remember my Mum would ALWAYS make a big issue out of my birthday cake. She would usually have it professionally made and they were just simply amazing! One year it was Saturday Night Fever, one year Po from the Teletubbies (hey, he was cute!) and another Harry Potter, plus lots more. I haven't got any photos to hand to share unfortunately but the cake bug seems to have passed through the genes from mother to daughter, because I'm the exact same with my boys! And I can share some pictures of their birthday cakes with you! 

Turning 3
Turning 2
Turning 1

As you can well and truly see, I have my Mum's perfect cake addiction! I hope your birthday cake is extra special Ella! 


I wonder if I could make my debut book's cover into a cake! Now there's an idea for my birthday 2014! Speaking of which, would you like to see's really beautiful, well I think so :-) 


Revenge in Rio by Samantha Darling
Genre(s): Contemporary RomanceDigital 
ISBN: 9781937325916
Length: Category
Publication Date: October 21, 2013
Price: $4.99
Calculated revenge, unexpected passion…
Business magnate Luca Venancio is returning to Rio to pay his respects to his late brother, and to seduce his once fiancĂ©e, Daniella, back into his bed. Five years ago she left him without so much as a word, shunning him and the rich life he could offer in exchange for his younger, reckless brother. Now Luca wants revenge—seduce her and dump her, that's all he intends to do.
Blackmailed into a violent farce of a marriage, Daniella had no choice but to comply to protect Luca's life, even though it meant never being able to see him again. Years later, a twist of fate reunites them, throwing her plans of fleeing Rio out of the window and the love of her life straight back in.
Luca's flawless plan soon becomes complicated when he discovers Daniella is expecting his brother's child. It becomes even more complicated when old passions return. Can he actually go through with seducing her, bedding her, and then discarding her?

I told you she was beautiful! 

Ok, enough of my waffling! To be in with a chance of winning that Grand old prize of $100 Amazon OR B&N GC (winners choice) just simply comment here and you'll be entered into the draw, but remember to leave your email address too! And then enter the rafflecopter before to be into win my $10 Amazon GC giveaway. Simples! 

Get hoppin'... check out all of the amazing authors and bloggers participating in this hop. Be sure to comment at each stop and leave your email address to be entered in the grand prize.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

1. Ella Jade  37. Suzzana C Ryan  73. Kiru Taye  
2. Lacey Wolfe  38. Taryn Kincaid  74. Mary Tatar  
3. Tamaria Soana  39. Gale Stanley  75. Ashen White  
4. Viari Rose  40. Adriana Kraft  76. Selene Chardou  
5. Ashlynn Monroe  41. Liberty Ann Ireland  77. Bebe Balocca  
6. Emily Wood  42. Bookoholic Anom  78. RULE BREAKER BOOKS - SUSAN ARDEN  
7. Chelsea Falin  43. Butterflies, Books & Dreams  79. Rhonda Laurel  
8. Gemma K. Murray  44. Lila Munro  80. Janice Seagraves, Author  
9. N Kuhn  45. Olivia Starke  81. Zara Stoneley  
10. Crystal's Many Reivews  46. Heather (Not Everyone's Mama)  82. Cataleya  
11. Addicted to Reading  47. Wendy Smith  83. Miranda  
12. Picked by Poison  48. Samantha Darling  84. Kate Richards  
13. Tabitha Rayne  49. Inner Goddess  85. Tara Mills Romance  
14. Margaret Taylor  50. Victoria's Gossip  86. Jacqueline's Reads  
15. Smoldering Heat  51. Kayla The Bibliophile  87. Tyeesha Webb  
16. Romance on a Budget  52. Amber Gleisner  88. Kindlehooked  
17. Harlie  53. GirlyGirlBookReviews  89. Romantic Reading Escapes  
18. Malia Mallory  54. Just Booked  90. Jessica Carroll  
19. Morticia Knight  55. Book Liaison  91. J.C. Valentine (INT)  
20. Desiree Holt  56. elodie parkes erotic romance  92. Andria Large  
21. Stephanie Phillips  57. S. J. Maylee  93. Tiffany Daune  
22. Mary Quast  58. Rhonda Lee Carver  94. Chrissy Fletcher  
23. Kristabel Reed  59. Lucy Felthouse  95. Reality Bites! Let's Get Lost!!  
24. Sarah C (TwiMom22580  60. Wild Wordy Women  96. Mindy Nabors  
25. Melissa Keir  61. Reading By The Book  97. Regina May Ross  
26. Illustrious Illusions  62. T D Hassett  98. #BookNerd  
27. Janice Baker  63. Vicki Charboneau  99. Savannah Leigh  
28. Natasha Blackthorne (US)  64. M.A. Stacie  100. Doris O'Connor  
29. Cassandra Carr  65. Louisa Bacio  101. Karen Hawk  
30. My Daily Romance (Kate Good)  66. Hook Me Up Book Blog  102. Kel Starnes  
31. Stephanie Beck  67. Cindy Jacks  103. Kerry @ I am a book addict and proud of it (int)  
32. For the Love of Bookends  68. Tiffany Talks Books  104. Shades of Rose Marketing  
33. Wine Relaxation And MY Kindle  69. Liv Honeywell  105. Christine Marquette  
34. Lily Harlem  70. Lea Barrymire  106. Shelly Lazar  
35. Julie Lynn Hayes  71. Lyncee Shillard  107. T.M. Lazar  
36. Aimee Duffy  72. Lana Savage  

'Til next time! Enjoy the Birthday Hop!

Sam :-)


  1. Wow those cakes are amazing!!!!!


  2. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Hien Huynh


  3. my kids... they make me smile everyday!

    Thanks for being part of this blog hop!


  4. I gave notice at work this week - that made me smile quite a bit.


  5. I have been working a lot of overtime this week but I can smile cuz I will be on vacation next week! =D
    ♪ ♫ ♬♪ Happy Birthday Ella! ♪ ♫ ♬♪
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  6. : )

  7. Happy birthday to ella

  8. I want to win! Happy Birthday!

  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLA! Thanks for the great giveaway its been so fun.

  10. happy birthday to ella and thanks to you for being a part of this blog hop!:)

  11. Those cakes are amazing. I love the Dairy Queen cake! Ice cream, yum!

    daringzoey at

  12. Happy Birthday Ella!!

  13. Happy birthday to Ella! Thanks for participating in the hop. My son always makes me smile. :)


  14. I love baking birthday cakes for myself and my family!


  15. My son and honey made me smile this week.

    Rafflecopter Name Dawna Newman


  16. Happy Birthday Ella. Great blog hop.

  17. My hubby makes me smile by the way he looks at me, melts my heart... thanks for being a part of the blog hop. Happy Birthday Ella!

  18. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Great post, Samantha! Good luck with Revenge in Rio!
    Happy birthday, Ella!! xxx

    AshenWhite (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. My mom always bakes a cake for my birthday. My dog made me smile this week.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  21. Thank you for the giveaway. I love the very hungry caterpillar cake. It looks fantastic.

    Happy Birthday to Ella =)

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  22. HBD Ella!!
    Thanks for joining the hop...
    My 7yr old prince always keeps a smile on my face...

  23. My granddaughter, has made me smile all week. I made my daughter a Teddy Bear cake out of 2 round cakes with oreos stuck in the top for ears and M&M's placed for eyes, lips, nose and bowtie. Thanks for sharing Ella's wonderful day and the giveaways. evamillien at gmail dot com

    Happy Birthday, Ella!

  24. My dog has made me smile this past week. Thanks for the giveaway & your book sounds really good and would definitely like to read it :)


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

  26. Happy Birthday Ella!

    My two youngest boys made me smile this week. AS I am recovering from surgery, they have been taking care of me. They are so empathetic and loving. Couldn't ask for more amazing boys.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  27. 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!


  28. My husband made me smile this week, as he does every week :) He is the absolute best!
    Thanks for the giveaway hop and happy bday to Ella! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

  29. What a Happy Hop Treat... Hope Ella is having a great weekend.. thank you for doing this hop with her.. been loads of fun.

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

  31. Was the happiest when I woke up on a birthday to a new horse.

    happy birthday Ella!

    erikalrhodes at gmail dot com

  32. Happy birthday Ella!!
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  33. Happy Birthday, Ella! My husband made me smile this week. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway.

  34. My cat always makes me smile. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Birthday Ella.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  35. Interesting cakes

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  36. My friends make me smile every day! :)
    Happy Birthday, Ella!!!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  37. Happy birthday. Ella!!! I am a baker and decorator and those cakes are awesome!

  38. Have a great birthday, Ella.
    Thanks for participating!

  39. Ella, have a fantastic birthday month and enjoy the hop!
    Thanks for inviting us all to celebrate.

  40. Happy Birthday, Ella! Hope your having a wonderful day.

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

  42. Happy birthday Ella. Thank you for the hop and I love the cakes and book cover!!

  43. Happy Birthday Ella! Thank you for being a part of this FUN blog hop.

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

    1. What made me smile is knowing that my mom is feeling well.


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