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A Low-key New Year's Eve by Tamara Hogan

"Cheers" by Rosen Georgiev -

I've never really been one to whoop it up at a big, noisy party on New Year's Eve. My favorite plan is having no plan at all - just staying home where it's quiet and cozy warm, and leaving the icy roads and inclement weather to the younger and fiestier set. 

Tonight, we'll cook dinner for two, open a nice bottle of pinot noir, cuddle on the couch with the cats, and hit up the Netflix queue for a movie marathon!

This year's double feature is "The Avengers" and "The Dark Knight Rises."  Yeah, for someone who writes romance, there aren't a lot of traditional rom-coms in my queue - okay, ZERO rom-coms in my queue - but let's just say that the "hot dudes wearing leather" group is very well represented. Depending on what time the movies end and how tired we are when that happens, we might turn to CNN and watch Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin count down the Times Square ball drop.

Or we might not. ;-)

How do you plan to ring out the old and ring in the new? And whatever your plans - whether you're staying in or going out - please, PLEASE celebrate safely.

Award-winning author Tamara Hogan loathes cold and snow, but nonetheless lives in Minnesota with her partner Mark and two naughty cats. When she’s not telecommuting to Silicon Valley, she enjoys writing edgy urban fantasy romance with a sci-fi twist. A feral reader with an unapologetic television addiction, Tammy is forever on the lookout for the perfect black boots. Visit her on the web at

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  1. I'm going to be quietly at home.I'm not sure if I'll watch something on the telly or read (or both). Tea will probably be involved at some point.

    I'm not usually one to go out and party. We've had rainy weather and I'm even less inclined to trust the idiots behind the wheel than usual.Since I don't trust them in less than ideal conditions anyway, best to stay off the roads.

  2. I'll be celebrating at home with my guys. Except for the times I've had to work, that's pretty much what we've always done. Happy New Year!

  3. I'm celebrating at home, too. I have some champagne from my birthday and a few movies I got for Christmas. I have to get these pages done first! One year I went to a party at a hotel, and it really wasn't fun. Much better to stay in or hang out with friends.,

  4. Our New Year's Eve has always been wild! LOL! We plan on having lunch (to beat the evening crowd) today at Jimmy Buffet's and maybe do a bit of after-Christmas shopping. By dark we'll be swearing that we'll keep our eyes open until midnight (which will require toothpicks). It's the pretty much the same wild New Year's Eve we have every year...except for the lunch at Jimmy Buffet's. When we are at home, it's usually at the local burger shop!

  5. Virginia, I'm totally with you on not trusting other people who are on the road tonight. Being in their midst is a risk I'd prefer not to take, especially given that the forecast here in MN calls for below-zero temperatures tonight...getting into an accident wearing your party clothes might cost you some toes.

  6. Have a great celebration, Cheryl!

    Shana, I hear you on getting some pages done! I went to the coffee shop and worked on my WIP this morning, and have some revising to do this afternoon. By the time it gets dark out, I"ll be ready to hang it up.

    Carolyn, I have to admit that I can't remember the last time Mark and I actually stayed awake until midnight Central time. After watching the ball drop on East Coast time, we usually hang it up. ;-) Have a blast at Jimmy Buffet's!

  7. The dh and I are real party animals. We'll be staying home and having game night with the kids. Since we just got back from Mexico, I'm hoping we make it to midnight. No guarantees though.

    Happy New Year!

  8. Victoria, we rarely make it to midnight on New Years' Eve. We figure it's midnight SOMEWHERE. ;-)


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