MEGA AUTHOR BLOG HOP TOUR – Yer in Wyoming now…and it’s time for a good old-fashioned hoedown, pardner! So kick off those strappy party sandals and tug on a pair of these here boots! Hope you’ve got some energy left after visiting Valerie Maarten. Look for the pink heel at the end of this page to find your next stop.

HISTORY OF THE BARN DANCE:  Barn dancing originated in the 1860s in England and Scotland, when peasants gathered to recreate the atmosphere of glamor and celebration found in the ballrooms of the upper class. European immigrants brought their traditions to America; among these, the barn dance. Since few peasants knew the correct steps, the dances were often rowdier, more energetic versions of their ballroom counterparts, and the position of “caller” was created to help keep the dances organized. Line dances, reels, square dances, and circle dances are all part of the barn dance tradition. Barn dances are still a community-wide celebration for such things as barn raisings, weddings, birthdays, town anniversaries, or just to have a party.

Sean and Mel have known each other since childhood. They’re finally ready to take the plunge…but will the water be too hot?

To celebrate the engagement of Sean McGee and Melanie Mitchell, The McGee Family is hosting a Barn Dance! I hear the music now. Let’s take a peek inside… Oops! You’ll want to be dressed for the occasion! You’re gonna fetch yourself a cowboy in no time in one of these fine dresses.

Bow to your partner…bow to your corner…circle left and come down the middle…

The Square Dance explained.

May I have this dance?

Mechanical Bull Riding Contest:

Pick a number between 1 and 8 and leave it in the comment section. I’ll use a random number generator for EACH POSTER to see how long they actually ride the bull. If you pick the right number, you’ll win a PDF of Lifeline Echoes. One commenter will also win PDF copies of both Lifeline Echoes and Elusive Echoes, due out in June 2011, for more of those McGee boys. For a taste of Lifeline Echoes, click on the Home tab above and check out Ryan McGee’s Despair.

NEXT STOP:  Dominique Eastwick


1)  Have fun!!!

2)  Invite all of your friends!!! Spread the word!!!


ARTS:  Monday, June 13, at Midnight (Arizona Time)

TOUR ENDS: Monday, June 20, at Midnight (Arizona Time)

Winners will be drawn and posted June 21st! ***

4)  Meet and mingle with all the authors. Experience a NEW PARTY DESTINATION at every stop! Participate in every blog contest and be entered for chances to win multiple prizes! Every blog visited is another opportunity to win!!

5)  Participation at all blogs is RECOMMENDED but NOT REQUIRED. Remember, the more blogs you hop, the better your chances of winning prizes. Every author is waiting to meet and interact with you, so please be sure to show every author some love!

6)  Did I mention have fun?  WHOO! HOO!! HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOO!

***Authors have full discretion to choose an alternate winner in the event any winner fails to claim their prize(s) within 72 hours of their name being posted or after notification of win, whichever comes first. Anyone who participates in this blog hop tour is subject to these rules***



75 thoughts on “PARTY ‘TIL YOUR HEELS FLY OFF:

  1. Leanne says:

    I’m so not a line dancer but my 75 year old grandmother sure is 😀 She has been line dancing now for about 40 years and she’s still going strong 😀 Great post!
    I’m now following through Networkedblogs and have added u as a friend on FB 😀
    I chose the number 6.


  2. Sharon Sullivan-Craver says:

    I love reading your blog and I feel right at home with the barn dance hoedown. But since I have already won a copy of Lifeline Echoes–which is an awesome read– I’m just writing to let you know I visited. Thank you

  3. Renee Bennett says:

    I can line dance with the best of them. Having seen mechanical bull riding up close and personal. (I was not the one riding the bull, but my friend did) I am picking 3
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  4. JeanP says:

    Well line dancing would be my kind of dance, if I could do it, have done it but not well. My number choice is 3.
    Great post and blog.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  5. kym amaral says:

    my number is 4 ! 🙂

    We went on vacation last summer and my son did the bull riding for the first time, he didnt realize how hard it was…we laughed for days over it 🙂

    Thanks for the fun !

  6. SydneyGen says:

    How fun! I pick 7 because that’s the collective age of all 3 of my children 🙂 🙂

    Having fun on the blog hop, getting to see some interesting posts and add so many things to my To Be Read list!!!

    ~sydneytwimum @

  7. jennyt82 says:

    I’ve actually been on one of those mechanical bulls and i think i lasted all of about seven seconds so that’s what i’m going for. 7. Hope you’re enjoying your blog hop!!

  8. Jennifer says:

    I love the idea of learning to line dance and two step. One more thing for the bucket list I suppose.

    Mechanical bulls are a ton of fun. I’m going with 5 since I’m pretty sure I never last long than that. 🙂

    Email englishteacherchickATgmailDOTcom

  9. Rhonda Helton says:

    I`m gonna go with 2 lol. wow I truely enjoyed looking at your page and I am going to add Heartsight as a must read, that touched my heart so much, it sounds wonderful!

  10. Michelle Bledsoe says:

    I have NO rhythm so I don’t dance. I do however love to watch other people dance. It amazes me the way they control their bodies.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  11. katrina whittaker says:

    Id love to barn dance mabye Ryan could teach me lol … I pick number 6 !! But i have already read lifeline echoes LOVED IT TO BITS !!! so please dont enter me 🙂 I m just dancing by to say hi !! and Everyone should read Lifeline Echoes !! its wonderful !!!

    kat 😉

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