19 September 2011

AUTUMN HARVEST: FALL BETWEEN THE PAGES BLOG HOP TOUR (SEPT 19-26)




In 'olden times' ~ when crops were harvested by hand ~ farmers would band together during the havesting of their crops.  They'd move from one farm to the next helping each other gather in their crops, ready for winter.


When they came to cut the last swathe of corn in a field, the men used this last corn to make Corn Dollies.
Three straws can be plaited using the hair plait or a cat's foot plait. Favours can be made with two, three, four or more straws.



 
It is an art form dating back to pagan times, when the Corn Dolly was originally made out of the last sheaf of corn to capture the “corn spirit”. 


A countryman's favour was usually a plait of three straws and tied into a loose knot to represent a heart. It is reputed to have been made by a young man with straws picked up after the harvest and given to his loved one. If she was wearing it next to her heart when he saw her again then he would know that his love was reciprocated.
The Corn Dolly was kept over the winter, before being returned to the fields in Spring and burned or buried to ensure that the coming years harvest would be successful.

GIVEAWAY
To win the pdf copy of my Valentine Novella
The Wrong Target,
Please follow my blog,
Leave a comment,
and remember -
include your email if you want to participate


The Wrong Target (pg)
Blurb:
Headmistress, Tina Blackberry and business tycoon, Ryan Thomas can't control events after Ryan's daughter steals his coveted golden arrow and takes it to school. But put Cupid on the job and nothing can go wrong, or can it?

Excerpt
“Goddamit,” he exploded, “Can’t you stand still for one second? I have something to say, but I can’t while you’re jogging round the room.”
She halted toe to toe in front of him. “You have me dismissed from a job I loved, because I upheld the safety of my pupils, and still have the audacity to stalk me to my holiday destination and demand I listen to you because you have something to say?” Flapping her hands at her sides, she spun away and back again, planting her hands on the chair arms, she pinned him in his place and snarled, “Let me tell you something. I’ve come here to enjoy myself and your presence isn’t part of my plan.”
“What is your plan?” he demanded.
“To get laid!” Astonishment pushed her away from the chair, her eyes wide, her lips curved up in a defiant sneer. “I intend to find myself a man and screw the living daylights out of him. And,” she paused deliberately, “I don’t need you for that.”

Please check out the rules below
~ ~ ~
**OFFICIAL TOUR RULES TO BE POSTED:**
1) HAVE FUN!!!
2) INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!
3) THIS TOUR STARTS: Monday, September 19, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, September 26, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
Winners will be drawn and posted September 27th! ***
4) MEET AND MINGLE WITH ALL THE AUTHORS & BOOK PAGES! EXPERIENCE A NEW 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 & BOOK PAGE IS WAITING TO MEET AND INTERACT WITH YOU, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SHOW THEM SOME LOVE!
6) DID I MENTION TO HAVE FUN? WHOO! HOO!!

HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOO!


***Authors & Book Pages 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***

89 comments:

j. barrett said...

thanks for having the contest. love this time of year. time to get sweaters and afghans out :}

Temperance said...

Hello,
I love blog hops there so much fun:)
I didnt know about the dollies,I thought that was really cool.
Im a follower
elliott2668(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tricia Schneider said...

Nice post about the corn dollies. Very interesting! :)

tricia(at)triciaschneider(dot)com

Fillie said...

I would like to read this story. It sounds funny from e excerpt:)my email is tania_kwong@msn.com

Julie Jansen said...

Hello! Interesting bits of fall info! Corn Dollies! I had no idea. I'm following :) julie.jansen(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sapphyria said...

I absolutely love the excerpt posted about your book. Totally blunt and right to the point.

Saph
saphsbookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

mirriamsmyth said...

LOL I love her straightforwardness! It's one of the moments where he should just let her go and leave her alone. :)

smyth.mirriam(at)gmail(dot)com

shadow_kohler said...

Very interesting! Thank you for sharind and for the giveaway!
gfc- shadow_kohler
shadowluvs2read(at)aol(dot)com

Amanda W. said...

Loved learning about the corn dollies! Thanks for that! Also thanks for the chance to win!

iarvd@yahoo.com

Michelle Bledsoe said...

OMG I have got to read this book. The excerpt made me laugh out loud...LOL
GFC follower.
Thanks for the giveaway.

koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Ellen Elizabeth said...

Hi! Thank you for the give away and I look forward to reading your book in the future, even if I don't win, it sounds interesting! (:

vampyreprincess109(at)gmail(dot)com

Sherry Gloag said...

j. barrett :-) Thanks for your comapny.

Sherry Gloag said...

Temperance, Thanks for coming by. I used to make them -no these are not pics of mine.- There are lots of different stories behind each doll.

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for your company tricia.

Sherry Gloag said...

Fillie, I had great fun writing it. Thanks for coming by.

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for coming by and following, Julie, I appreciate it.

Sherry Gloag said...

Sapphyria :-) thanks for your kind words and your company.

Sherry Gloag said...

mirriamsmyth :-) and do you really think he does? LOL

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for coming by, shadow_kohler

Sherry Gloag said...

Amanda, I'm glad you enjoyed learning about corn dolls, there are fascinating. Each one has it's own story and origin.

Sherry Gloag said...

Awe, thanks Michelle Bledsoe I enjoyed writing it.

Sherry Gloag said...

Ellen, I hope you enjoy it whenever you get it. I had fun writing it.

terri_dion said...

really liked your blog very interesting. good luck to all!


terri_dion@hotmail.com

jennifertalli said...

Hiya Sherry,

That was a very interesting post and I really enjoyed it. I've decided to make it my mission to visit every one on this hop and pimp you all out along the way. So stop 2, consider yourself pimped out to the masses!!

Ronda (Queentutt's World of Escapism) said...

This is such a great HOP, I am finding great blogs, new authors, and new books to add to my wish list.

mrsqueentutt@yahoo.com

Julie said...

I loved your post! I really love fall and I enjoyed all of your comments on it:)
Already a GFC follower

jwitt33 at live dot com

Sang K. said...

I like your post about the corn dollies. Having fun on the hop!

Sang
contact@sangkromah.com

Alison said...

this book sounds wonderful! thanks for the chance to win.

alison.fees@gmail.com

Lori Z. said...

My first blog hop and I'm having a great time. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the cooler weather (able to wear sweaters that I've knit for myself) and football season. I'm watching the Monday night game as I'm blog hopping.

Thanks for the chance to win - I really enjoyed the excerpt.

Just became a GFC follower.

knitrix29@gmail.com

Blue Shedevil said...

All this ingenious creativity is inspiring. I love how interesting you made your post. The excerpt didn't hurt matters either. Loved it.

dukediva32@yahoo.com

books4me said...

Interesting post on autumn, my favorite season of the year! Excerpt sounds great...a modern day cupid sounds like an awesome read!

GFC: books4me

books4me67 at ymail.com

Meg said...

WOW! I learned something new today about the last sheaf of corn... COOL! Love those straw wreaths. Have one as a Christmas ornament for my tree. Thanks, Sherry!

Meg
megmims@gmail.com

Molly said...

Wow! You're books sound AWESOME! Would love to win. I am a GFC follower.

Molly AT reviewsbymolly DOT com

Kim C said...

Very interesting post, and the excerpt looks like a fun read. I've put it on my wish list to download on my next payday :)

Kim
kimcas731@yahoo.com

Gabby said...

Neat post! I think I've heard of corn dollies before but I don't know that much about them.

I think the part about the Countryman's Favour is kind of sweet, what can I say I'm a romantic.

kakuchouakisame_19@yahoo.com

Bona Fide Reflections said...

I LOVE *tee hee* the premise for your novella! This is going to be a great read!

Happy Reading, Writing, & Blogging,
Laurielu
Bona Fide Reflections
bonafidereflections(at)gmail(dot)com

axelhowerton.com said...

Great tidbit of harvest trivia and I really liked your excerpt.

Happy hopping!

-Axel

Kristina's Books & More said...

The novella sounds great! Loved the blurb and excerpt! I'm now following your blog!

Kristina
kristinaleigh1@hotmail.com

geschumann said...

GFC - Gloria
Thanks for the giveaway! Love to read different authors.

geschumann at live dot com

Joselyn Vaughn said...

The corn dolly is amazing!

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for coming by and your good wishes, terri_dion

Sherry Gloag said...

jennifertalli thanks for coming by and pimping us all. I appreciate your visit.

Sherry Gloag said...

Rhonda, that's why I love blog hops too, you meet so many new friends and catch up with everyone else, too. Thanks for coming by.

Sherry Gloag said...

Julie, thanks for coming by. I love the intensity of the colours of autumn/fall too

Sherry Gloag said...

Sang, it's good to meet you, and thanks for coming by.

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for coming by Alison. I had fun writing The Wrong target.

Sherry Gloag said...

Lori Z, this is a great blog hop to start with I'm glad you are enjoying it.
Thanks for coming by.

Sherry Gloag said...

LOL Blue Shedevil glad you enjoyed both the corn doll info and the excerpt. Thanks for coming by.

Sherry Gloag said...

books4me thanks for coming by. When I first began making corn ddolls, i was amazed at the number of stories,myths surrounding them and how far back they go in history.
Thanks for coming by.

Sherry Gloag said...

Meg, Thanks for coming by. i love the Christmas corn dolls, but never manager to make any very successfuly.

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for your kind words and your company, Molly

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks, Kim C. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. Thanks for coming by.

Sherry Gloag said...

LOL Gabby, thanks for your comments and your company.

Sherry Gloag said...

Bona Fide Reflections, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it :-)

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for your kind words and company, axelhowerton.com

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for your visit and for folling my blog Kristina's Books & More

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for coming by geschumann, I appreciate your company.

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks :-) Joselyn Vaughn for your comment and company.

Liesa Manis said...

Thank you for the giveaway!1


liesa008@comcast.net

Tarah Scott said...

Hey, Sherry, your blog is looking wonderful!

TinaBuriedUnderBooks said...

Thanks for the giveaway and loved the post about Corn Dollies.

GFC follower: TinaBuriedUnderBooks

kamwh1207(at)att(dot)net

Psique said...

I love blog hops there so much fun

New follower!

psique @ Book Travels

marianapereirabezerra@gmail.com

PamM said...

Corn dollies! I may have found a new love. Thanks for the giveaway.
kydirtgirl68 AT gmail DOT com

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for coming by Liesa Manis

Sherry Gloag said...

Tarah Scott thank you for such a lovely compliment :-0

Sherry Gloag said...

TinaBuriedUnderBooks :-) Thank you for coming by

Sherry Gloag said...

:-) Pam M. Hope you enjoy your new love, thanks for coming by.

Debra Brown said...

Hi Sherry, remember me from Goodreads- the giveaway mixup. lol.

Nice to see your blog!

Debbie

Sherry Gloag said...

:-) LOL what a fiasco that was! I hope you found the wait worth while! Thanks for popping by. I appreciate your visit.

Ashley said...

Oh this looks GREAT!!!!

shadowestr@aol.com

and I followed!

I look forward to reading more of your stuff...

Ifrah said...

loving all the pics and your book sounds like a great read !! Thanks for the opportunity !

Best,
Ifrah

starlight023(at)hotmail(dot)com

Toni said...

What a great way to start the season!

tsteinerid(gmail)

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for your kind words and your company, Ashley.

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for coming by and for your kind words, Ifrah.

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for coming by Toni. ;-0

Sang Hwa said...

great contest!!

nati_1825@hotmail.com

E. B. Walters said...

Just making my rounds. Wonderful giveaway

Nikki said...

Awesome giveaway!! Your book sounds great!!
GFC Nikki
viajeradelmar@aol.com

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for coming by Sang :-)

Sherry Gloag said...

E. B. Walters :-) Thanks for coming by.

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for your kind words Nikki and your company.

Sebrina said...

Ha, the excerpt was awesome! Would love to read... :)
New follower here, thank you

@sebrinac23
sebrina_cassity@yahoo.com

Ramblings of a Part time Druid said...

What a great contest. Thanks for participating.

raynekitten@gmail.com

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for your kind words and your company, Sebrina.

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks for coming by Ramblings of a Part time Druid

Jennifer S said...

Thank you so much for the opportunity to win. The Wrong Target sounds like it will be really good.

I am following your blog (Jennifer S)


JenniferSmith.ga (at) gmail (dot) com

Sherry Gloag said...

Jennifer S :-) Thank you for your comapny.

Sherry Gloag said...

And the winner is...
Liesa Manis.
Congratulations Liesa, I will email your prize to you shortly.

My thanks to everyone who participated in the blog hop and for your comappny here.

Julie Jansen said...

Congratulations to Liesa. Thank you Sherry, for having this great giveaway!