Goodbye 2015 —> Hello 2016! Day 5 – A Toast To The New Year


Hello all!! I thought it might be fun to have some of our Featured Authors join us for a few “end of the year” posts. Each day this week, we’ll have a new topic. Some days one author will fill the post, some days, we’ll have a few different authors sharing their thoughts. Some of the Featured Bloggers are even getting in on the fun.

Here are our topics for the week: be sure to check back (or subscribe – that would be easier 🙂 ) to see what our authors (or maybe even their characters) have to say about each day’s theme.

Monday: Book I’m Most Looking Forward To In 2016 (NOT My Own!)
Tuesday: Favorite Line (and Why) From My OWN 2015 Title 
Wednesday: Something I’d Like To Learn To Do In 2016
Thursday: Habit I’d Like To Break In 2016
Friday: A Toast To The New Year

Since this is the first day of the new year… some of our authors offer words to start you off in a good way.


From Jeffe Kennedy:

I’m going with a golden oldie, the one my grandmother always used. My first drink came with this toast, with family, at some celebration. It’s simple, speaks to my core values and the family uses it still.

“Happy days!”

Jeffe Kennedy


From Charlie Cochet (and Dex):

Dexter J. Daley here celebrating with my team Destructive Delta, including my smoking hot boyfriend. Come on up here, Sloane! No? Ooh, that burns, babe. Rebuffed by my buff hottie. No, I’m not going to stop drawing attention to you because one, you’re all that and a bag of Cheesy Doodles, and two, I’m having too much fun watching you get all flushed. Look at that face. You left me hanging, babe. My vengeance is fierce! Fierce I say! Kidding. I love you. Don’t push me off the bed tonight. You say it was an accident, but I’m not so sure. It’s a big bed. I travelled a really long way to hit the edge. Just saying.

Anyway, I am most honored to have been selected—okay, selected is a strong word. I’m honored to have commandeered the toast for the New Year. I love the New Year. It’s like we get a clean slate. A whole shiny year to do what we wanted to do the last year but didn’t get to. I don’t do resolutions, because that never works for me. I mean, really. Saying that this year I’m going to do so-and-so is a surefire way for so-and-so to flip me the bird and saunter away whistling a jaunty tune. Ash, that was not an invitation to flip me the bird, so you can bite me.

Well, I’ve waffled enough. Mm, waffles. Right, toast. This speech is getting very breakfasty. I love breakfast. Well, I love every meal, but breakfast is one of my favorites because tasty sandwiches and coffee. All. The. Coffee. Right. Sorry. Focus. Oh, and sleepy Sloane first thing in the morning…. Sorry. Words. Everyone lift your glasses. Hudson, your drink glass, not your actual glasses. You’re so adorable. Yeah, I know you weren’t paying attention. I’ll give you a pass because you have a cool accent.

To the New Year! May your Cheesy Doodles never grow stale or your gummy bears be sugar free! To love, romance, sexy times, laughter, staying safe, happy, and Ash being cuddly. Hey, miracles do happen. I’m honored and lucky to have you all in my life. I love you all.

Happy New Year!


From B A Tortuga (and some of her boys):

Hey y’all!

Happy New Years! Been battling snow and cold here in New Mexico, and the new year is always a mix of anticipation and horror for me, as I look at all the stuff I agreed to write in the last year and panic and run around like a chicken with its head cut off.

I think the idea here is to share what I would say in a toast to my friends on New Year’s Eve. Sadly, I would tell the story about how my Aunt Dale’s French friends insist you have to look every person you clink glasses with in the eyes when you toast and how that can take hours to down the hatch and that would be that.

I’m nothing if not pragmatic.

So, how about a few toasts from some of the recent boys in my books?

From And a Smile: Dillon would watch all the cowboys toasting Coke as “Gramps” and give Coke an evil grin while explaining that no grandpa on earth can fuck like his bullfighter…

From Ever the Same: Audie: Here’s to Dixon who can’t see the fucking shape this house is in after the Christmas explosion.

From the upcoming Trial by Fire: Lachlan: Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oy! Oy! Oy! Holden: Oy, y’all.

From Articles of Release: Eric, who’s an ex-Army man from Cajun country: To Troy. The love of my life, otherwise known as the one guy who can’t run from me…

From  Ace and Kitty: Ace: To my peanut. *pours the sparking apple juice for both of them and toasts Kitty’s belly*

From Refired: Josh and Kris clink glasses of Sprite. To sobriety. Together.

I’ve got a $10 gift card for Amazon for one of y’all to ring in the new year. Celebrate with me in the comments!

Much Love, y’all!



And there you have it… some wise (or wisecrackin’) words from a few of our authors and the characters we’ve come to know and love. I hope you all had a safe and happy new year celebration last night. We’d love to hear how you spent your evening, or maybe even a few wise (or wisecrackin’) words of your own. Each commenter will be entered to win B A Tortuga’s giftcard prize! Winner will be selected at random tomorrow!

Be sure to check out all of the other posts from this week, both here, and on our Featured Blogger sites (links above), for some other end of the year fun times and giveaways!! All contests end tomorrow.

Good Luck, everyone, and have a great 2016!


6 Comments on “Goodbye 2015 —> Hello 2016! Day 5 – A Toast To The New Year

  1. I ended up as trying to keep a very scared dog calm and happy because of the fireworks at midnight so I didn’t really celebrate, but Happy New Year to you all, I hope 2016 rewards you with all the good things in life.

  2. Had a very quiet New Years, did some reading. I’m looking forward to 2016’s selection of new books.

  3. So wrong, but so very Eric 😂 “From Articles of Release: Eric, who’s an ex-Army man from Cajun country: To Troy. The love of my life, otherwise known as the one guy who can’t run from me… “

  4. LOL! These are awesome. Wish I could get awa to have fun at the conference but alas new jobs do not vacation time make 😉

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