Friday, August 9, 2013

Ella's Turning What? Birthday Blog Hop ~ Aug. 9-11th

Happy 40th Birthday, Ella!

Now that I am closing in on the big 3-0, I reflect back fondly on my early years. As a young mother, I've enjoyed quite a few happy birthday memories surrounded by my loved ones, but I think the most special has always belonged to my children. It's such a huge milestone to celebrate that 1st birthday, and who better than with the person who changed your life completely? 
My first-born enjoyed his cake like any baby does: smothered in icing. While this took place before digital photos became all the rage, leaving me unable to share that day with you, here is a peek of my little heart-breaker not long after. 


Speaking of heartbreakers...

If you aren't already familiar with who I am, my name is Brandi Salazar and I'm the author of fiction spanning a wide range of genres, which can be seen on the sidebar -->. 
I also write romance under the name J.C. Valentine.  

Currently, the focus of my work is being done under my Valentine name. Of the books I have released, That First Kiss is the newest, and I am currently working to finish up the third in the Night Calls series entitled Surrender to Love--Due out November 12th.

To celebrate Ella's birthday, I'm giving you a chance to win an ebook of That First Kiss. This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway, as the prize will be awarded via email, so everyone is welcome to participate. All you have to do is enter your name into the Rafflecopter.
**Before you leave, make sure to leave a comment if you want to be counted in Ella's $100 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner's choice) Gift Card Grand Prize!**
 Good Luck!


  1. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Hien Huynh

  2. There is something about the first birthday of your child. The cake in the face, the excitement and remembrance of their birth.

    daringzoey at

  3. Happy birthday to ella

  4. I want to win! Happy Birthday!

  5. Happy Birthday to Ella! and thanks to YOU for being a part of this blog hop!:)

  6. Happy Birthday Ella!! Thank you for the awesome giveaway.

  7. Happy Birthday Ella!!

  8. What a cutie! I went a bit overbored on my son's first bday pressies wise. he was more interested in the wrapping LOL.


  9. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Happy Birthday Ella!
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  11. Thanks for sharing Ella's wonderful day and the giveaways. evamillien at gmail dot com

    Happy Birthday, Ella, with a bunch of cherries on top!

  12. The first birthdays are always so amazing. Of the 5 boys, our youngest was the most memorable. We have a tradition of not cutting a child's hair until after they are 1. So I had a friend of mine who is a beautician come to the house and do his ceremonial hair cut in the kitchen. That was also the last birthday party my husband's 2 grandfathers attended before passing away a few months later. The memory is priceless.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  13. Thanks for being part of this blog hop!


  14. Happy birthday to Ella! Thanks for participating in the hop.


  15. Thanks for the giveaway & happy b-day Ella!


  16. Happy Birthday Ella! Great Blog Hop.

  17. Thanks for being a part of the blog hop! Happy Birthday Ella!

  18. Adorable, thanks for sharing your favorite memory.

    Happy Birthday to Ella!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  19. Happy Birthday Ella! My most memorable birthday was meeting my fiance for the first time that was the best present any guy could ever get we will be getting married in a few months.

  20. My favorite birthday memory is one birthday when I was 8 or 9 (I think) and my parents let me invite a bunch of people over, including all of my family, and everyone just ran around in the yard, jumped on the trampoline, got in and out of those plastic pools around the yard, ate homemade cake and ice cream that my mom made, and hit the pinata! It was super fun just to be a kid and run around with all of my friends on a great day that involved homemade yummy treats!
    Thank you! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

  21. Happy Birthday Ella! Hope you have a great weekend for it. I'm not much of a birthday person.. but have to say its been enjoyable reading about everyone elses..;) vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

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

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

  24. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Birthday Ella.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  25. Happy birthday Ella!

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  26. Happy Birthday Ella!!
    Thanks for joining the hop...

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

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


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