Almost Royalty – “Worst Breakup Ever” Contest (International)

Courtney Hamilton’s “Worst Breakup Ever” Contest (International)

 

Courtney Hamilton is giving away a signed copy of her novel, Almost Royalty, to the top 2 winners! To enter, all you have to do is tell her:

 

What is your “Worst Breakup Ever” experience? Share your story in the comment section below.

 

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Courtney will personally read every participant’s entry and pick the top 2 worst breakup stories. The winners will be announced through Courtney’s Facebook page, Twitter, and blog. This contest will also be hosted on various blogs, social media sites, and forums found in the “Participating Websites” section of this post.

 

  Only 99¢

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Enjoy the “Worst Break up Ever” contest and, for the first time, download your Kindle copy of Almost Royalty by Courtney Hamilton for only 99¢!

 

Download the novel here: http://amzn.to/1klLFo1

 

Terms and Conditions for Entry Eligibility

No purchase necessary to enter. Sponsored by Forrest Thompson Publishers. Giveaway ends August 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM (PST). Open Internationally. 18+ years of age. Void where prohibited. Winners will be announced on Courtney Hamilton’s blog at www.Ecochainofdating.com/blog, Eco-chain of Dating Facebook Page, and @ecochaindating. Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or their winnings will be forfeited. By entering the giveaway, you give Courtney Hamilton and Forrest Thompson Publishers permission to repost your story or recite it in a video for media purposes. Forrest Thompson Publishers reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.

 

Participating Websites: The full list of participants in Courtney’s “Worst Breakup Ever” Contest is available on her blog at: http://ecochainofdating.com/blog/?p=1579

 

Let the Worst Breakup Stories Ever begin!

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Almost Royalty – “Worst Breakup Ever” Participants

I’m so excited to announce the full list of participants for my (Courtney Hamilton) “Worst Breakup Ever” contest. Please be sure to check out and support all the wonderful blogs who gave me the honor of hosting my giveaway/contest.
Thank you to all the participating blogs and Forrest Thompson Publishers for putting this whole contest together! I hope you receive many laugh-out-loud or speechless stories from all your readers!

 

Love the contest? Don’t forget to download your copy of Almost Royalty by Courtney Hamilton! Laugh out loud for only 99¢!

 

Download today!

“Post-Hollywood” novel and “a really intelligent (and satirical) take on the vanity of wealth and the alienation of privilege.” – Kindleman

 

“A hilarious, scathing tale of LA life.” – Kirkus Reviews

 

Good luck to everyone! The contest will go live July 28th, 2014!

Blogs:

 

Eco-chain of Dating (Courtney’s Blog)

Books are my life

Amanda’s Daily Grind

I’m a Book Shark

Babs Book Bistro

Book Hounds

Lori’s Reading Corner

Inside BJ’s Head

Laurie Here

So Many Books, Here’s Mine

Live to Read

I’d So Rather Be Reading

Kritters Ramblings

Psychotic State Book Reviews

Cellar Door Lit Rants & Reviews

Forum Groups:

 

Goodreads – Bookworm Bitches

Goodreads – How to Promote Your Book on Amazon

Goodreads – The Next Best Book Club

Goodreads – Advanced Copies for Review & Book Giveaways

Goodreads – Chick Lit Book Club

Goodreads – Making Connections

Goodreads – Goodreads Author/Readers

Goodreads – Women’s Fiction Authors

Goodreads – Books, Blogs, Authors and More

Goodreads – Chicks on Lit

Goodreads – Can’t Stop Reading

Goodreads – The Nexus

Goodreads – Chick Lit Central

Goodreads – Good Books & Good Wine

Goodreads – Bargain Basement

Goodreads – The Smart Chicks Book Club

Goodreads – Feeding the Kindle Addiction

Goodreads – BookBunnyPR for Readers

Kindle Boards – The Book Bazaar

World Literary Café – Author/Reader Connection

 

Social Media:

 

Courtney’s Facebook Page

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Almost Royalty – Countdown “Worst Date Ever” Contest – #1

Forrest Thompson Publishers, with the help of Courtney Hamilton, hosted Almost Royalty’s “Worst Date Ever” contest. We have posted the first 4 Worst Date Ever stories, but none compared to this one. Sit back. Don’t freak out. And share a laugh as we present Courtney Hamilton’s #1 Worst Date Ever winner! Thank you to all the participants of my first ever contest! I hope for many more to come.

 

If you would like to participate in our next contest, which will be themed “The Wost Breakup Ever,” please email Amanda Larson at alarson@ftpublishers.com.

 

Don’t forget to check out the newly published Almost Royalty: A Romantic Comedy…Of Sorts by Courtney Hamilton on Amazon. On July 28 Almost Royalty will only be 99 Cents for a limited time!

 

So, here’s the Worst of the Worst…

“Worst Date Ever” #1

 

 

” I was 17 and attending the local community college. There was this guy who started talking to me between classes. He was not attractive, but he seemed nice enough, so when he asked me out on a lunch date, I said yes.

 
We went in his car and were in an area I wasn’t really familiar with. He took me to some hole in the wall sandwich place. Our lunch conversation was very awkward and he was starting to make me uncomfortable. I insisted on paying for my own food to give him the hint that I wasn’t into him without being rude about it.

 
On the way back to the campus, we stopped at a gas station and he didn’t have enough money to pay for the gas, so I ended up paying for it because I really wanted to not be around him.

 
Then he dropped the bomb that he was a registered sex offender, but it was no big deal because it was only statutory rape. I was freaking out and would have gotten out of the car while it was moving if I had any idea where I was.

 
As soon as we were back, I got away from him as soon as I could. He kept trying to talk to me after that like it was all good until I had my male friends, who were all firefighters, threaten him off. I learned that day that I should always drive myself everywhere, and to not go on dates with weird, awkward guys.”

 

This story was submitted through the Chick Lit Central Goodreads Group.

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Almost Royalty – Countdown “Worst Date Ever” Contest – #2

Forrest Thompson Publishers, with the help of Courtney Hamilton, hosted Almost Royalty’s “Worst Date Ever” contest. We have received a large amount of hilarious worst dates readers had to endure. The top 5 winners were chosen and each week we will be releasing one of those hilarious, sometimes shocking, Worst Dates EVER!

 

If you would like to participate in our next contest, which will be themed “The Wost Breakup Ever,” please email Amanda Larson at alarson@ftpublishers.com.

 

Don’t forget to check out the newly published Almost Royalty: A Romantic Comedy…Of Sorts by Courtney Hamilton on Amazon.

 

So, here it is…

“Worst Date Ever” #2

 

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“Shortly after I’d turned 21 I was asked out by a guy while at a bar to see a band. He said his name was Chris and I gave him my number. We had a few very good phone conversations before he asked me out. I liked that he seemed funny, laid back, and attentive. I’d started to become a bit smitten.

 

When he picked me up for our first date he held the truck door open for me. I remember thinking something about how he’s as sweet in person as on the phone. I actually liked that I didn’t know where we we’re going for dinner or drinks. He had told me he’d come up with something fun.

 

We were driving and chatting for a short while when he suddenly dons a sort of sheepish attitude before saying, “So, don’t be mad at me. I didn’t want to cancel on you but my buddy just got back into town after being deployed. I was wondering if you’d be cool with us meeting up with him for a couple drinks.”

 

Not to seem uptight I agree. I’m friendly. It’s just drinks. I say I have no problem with this. Just about as I finish my sentence he pulls into the parking lot of a strip club. Chris offers the excuse that it was his buddy’s choice to come here. He questions me again trying to determine if this is alright with me while saying, “It really is just like any other bar except they have girls dressed in skimpy clothes.” Perhaps I said yes because I didn’t want to be the girl who complains, or I was a tiny bit curious (there’s a first for everything), or I was in shock and my brain hadn’t caught up.

 

Now, I didn’t really know it at the time, but this strip club is rather popular for having two sides. One side has a bar for 21 and up where the girls never get fully nude. The other side is for 18 and up, there’s no alcohol, and the girls are completely naked.

 

We walk in and Chris beelines straight for the fully nude side. My brain didn’t stand a chance of catching up. I think I started to have an out-of-body experience. Watching some guy lean backwards with his head on the stage while a naked girl practically sits on his face was something I could have gone without seeing in my life.

 

I tactfully pull Chris’ attention back to finding his friend, which we do on the other side. Thankfully the rest of the time at the club is uneventful. A couple drinks later Chris was caught up with his friend. I’m grateful when Chris wants to leave. I think the date is over; I can get him to take me home.

 

I, still being polite, suggest he take me home and we can go out another time. Of course I’m not going to ever talk to him again, but I don’t want to anger him. He’s had enough liquid courage to tell me he’s going to take me to a bar he likes by his house. He wanted to have a drink, just the two of us, and then go back to his place. The way he phrased this, and his general attitude, caused date rape whistles and bells to scream and clang. I never ever had any intention of going to his place and at this point I didn’t want to be alone with him any longer. I went from uncomfortable and incredulous to trying to stave off waves of dread. He continued to disregard my increasingly more forceful protests and we ended up at a sports bar.

 

I hesitate to go in. I’m not that far from home. I’m not sure what to do at this point. Call someone to pick me up? Hoof it home? He grabs my hand and pulls me inside while telling me to not worry. According to him I should lighten up.

 

He sits me down and orders drinks for us. He downs his and orders another. I can tell he’s feeling the alcohol. By this time I make the best of my situation and make conversation with a couple and their single guy friend playing pool a few seats from us at the bar. Chris takes leave to visit the restroom and the single guy quickly asks me what’s up with my date. I give him the low-down. He’s watched Chris decline into drunkenness. He offers to pay for a taxi to get me home. I’ve unknowingly found a knight in shining armor. But what to do about the increasingly belligerent Chris?

 

We see him angrily marching back across the bar from the restroom. The instant he reaches me he accosts me for talking to this other guy. My knight steps in to reassure Chris, but he’s having none of it. He’s too far gone with alcohol. The ruckus has attracted the attention of a security guard. Before I know it the guard has Chris in a vice grip and has picked him up off his feet. Chris is dragged from the building and literally thrown out all while spewing expletives at and about me.

 

I got my ride home. After being thrown out of the bar Chris started calling me. He left numerous messages alternating between apologizing, pleading, and cussing me out. I think he may have cried while leaving one and in another possibly threatened me. He was promptly and unceremoniously blocked.”

 

This story was submitted through the Eco Chain of Dating Blog.

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Almost Royalty – Countdown “Worst Date Ever” Contest – #3

Forrest Thompson Publishers, with the help of Courtney Hamilton, hosted Almost Royalty’s “Worst Date Ever” contest. We have received a large amount of hilarious worst dates readers had to endure. The top 5 winners were chosen and each week we will be releasing one of those hilarious, sometimes shocking, Worst Dates EVER!

 

If you would like to participate in our next contest, which will be themed “The Wost Breakup Ever,” please email Amanda Larson at alarson@ftpublishers.com.

 

Don’t forget to check out the newly published Almost Royalty: A Romantic Comedy…Of Sorts by Courtney Hamilton on Amazon.

 

So, here it is…

“Worst Date Ever” #3

“This was my second date with Paul on May 14th 2014.

We met for dinner at Applebees. Our plan after the dinner was to go to a movie. As we were eating we decided it was a nice evening so we would take a hike instead.

We drove to a State Park called Jay Cooke. Paul and I walked over the swing bridge, got onto the trail and walked hand in hand through the woods. We stopped now and then to make out for a few minutes. I body started to feel slightly itchy, which happens sometimes when im allergic to something. I did my best to fight it, I thought i had as i did not get the hives and the itch stopped. Mind you i did not tell Paul about my itchy felling as i didn’t want him to know and ruin the date. Once we were about a mile out into the woods we decided to get off the trail and walk down a hill to see the view. im guessing the walk down the hill was about 100 yards. Paul and i had kissed he then looked at me and asked if i was ok, because my face went white. I told him i was fine. Soon after my coloring turned blue and i couldn’t breath. I was gasping for air then went unconscious for about 1 1/2 minutes in his arms. Paul called 911. He said in the mean time i came to but then went unconscious again for about a minutes. 911 sent an ambulance, well because we were far out into the woods the paramedics had to come out by ATV.

Because we were so far off the trail Paul had to carry me up the hill to the trail, so the paramedics could see us. I remember coming to as Paul set me down by a tree. He asked me to lean against the tree for support. He had lost his cell phone while he carried me up the hill so he went in search for that. I was very unsteady and felling to the ground. (Mind you when I went unconscious I also pooped my pants. So Paul carried me and my poopie pants up the hill about 100 yards) Paul came running and helped me back up. I’m not sure how long we were there until helped arrived. I was escorted out of the woods on a ATV to and ambulance.
I was transported to the hospital ER. Paul met me at the hospital and came to my ER room. The doctors were not able to determine what happened to me. But I think my going unconscious has to do with a allergic reaction to shell fish as Paul had shrimp during our dinner at Applebees. I went into Anaphylaxis shock from kissing him. What a second date: Unconcious, poopie pants, and him seeing me in a hospital gown.

After all this I did get a 3rd and 4th date with him, and im sure there will be many more….”

 

This story was submitted through the Eco Chain of Dating Blog.

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Almost Royalty – Countdown “Worst Date Ever” Contest – #4

Forrest Thompson Publishers, with the help of Courtney Hamilton, hosted Almost Royalty’s “Worst Date Ever” contest. We have received a large amount of hilarious worst dates readers had to endure. The top 5 winners were chosen and each week we will be releasing one of those hilarious, sometimes shocking, Worst Dates EVER!

 

If you would like to participate in our next contest, which will be themed “The Worst Breakup Ever”, please email Amanda Larson at alarson@ftpublishers.com.

 

Don’t forget to check out the newly published Almost Royalty: A Romantic Comedy…Of Sorts by Courtney Hamilton on Amazon.

 

So, here it is…

“Worst Date Ever” #4

 

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“A few years ago I was traveling in South East Asia on my own. I was in Kuala Lumpur at the Thai embassy to get a visa. I noticed this very tall, very attractive man also in the waiting room. I didn’t think anything else of it and a few minutes later I left with my visa in hand.


Much to my shock I heard someone calling after me ‘you in the green top, wait up.’ It was the very attractive man and he was French. I assumed that he wanted to ask about my visa, but instead he asked me out to lunch right then and there. My heart skipped a beat.


We found a nearby restaurant and ordered. Then we tried to talk. His English was extremely bad, I kept speaking more slowly and with simpler words and he couldn’t understand anything. Instead of just cutting our losses he insisted on telling me that my American English was terrible and that I wasn’t doing a very good job of speaking to him. He then told me that I should loose some weight and that if I wasn’t going diving then I shouldn’t bother to be in SEA. Strangely his spoken English was much better than his understanding of the language.


At this point I just wanted to finish my lunch, I was a backpacker after all and no money could be wasted. I had all but given up on talking to him. Then he asked if I would like to go back to his hotel room for cunnilingus. I dropped my chop sticks, noodle soup splattered around the bowl. He then asked me if it was the correct word and kept saying it over and over, louder and louder. I regained my composure and said that it was the right word, but that I was the wrong person. I finished up, left my portion of the bill and headed out the door. “

 

How I imagine you reacted when the Frenchman kept asking you about cunnilingus.

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Almost Royalty – Countdown “Worst Date Ever” Contest – #5

Forrest Thompson Publishers, with the help of Courtney Hamilton, hosted Almost Royalty’s “Worst Date Ever” contest. We have received a large amount of hilarious worst dates readers had to endure. The top 5 winners were chosen and each week we will be releasing one of those hilarious, sometimes shocking, Worst Dates EVER!

 

If you would like to participate in our next contest, which will be themed “The One That Got Away,” please email Amanda Larson at alarson@ftpublishers.com.

 

Don’t forget to check out the newly published Almost Royalty: A Romantic Comedy…Of Sorts by Courtney Hamilton on Amazon.

 

So, here it is…

“Worst Date Ever” #5

 

 

“Worst Date ever… It was spring and I was on a first date and there is a nice lake with a marinia were we live so we decide to go for a walk along the docks, Keeping a long story short i feel in off the dock and got caught between 2 of the boat slips, So a stranger had to pull me out, I was wearing a all white shirt and it was see thru wet. I also lost my purse and one shoe when i fell in!!! So then to top it off I had to walk back freezing cold to the car soaking wet, freezing with one shoe, O but wait it gets even worse, He was not even very nice about it He was basicly a giant you no what… so i am in such a hurry to get to the car I end up tripping in the dirt parking lot on a wire that i did not see cut my foot wide open and had blood all over me was sliced open and covered in mud because i was wet and the parking lot was mud!! That’s ok because later i laughed because he had a nice car and it got all over his car. but there is one more little tid bit too add, he takes me home drops me off and i relize my house keys, cell phone and everything is at the bottom of the lake of course so i have no way to get in my house or even call any one so i am standing there alone freezing cold covered in mud my hair is in knots my foot is bloody and i am only wearing one shoe. I really just wanted to hide but i decided to go around back it was already dark i now could barley walk had stickers in my foot and had to crawl thru a window after i found a old wheel barrow to stand on to even get in it, and funny thing a few mins later a knock at the door, to this day i don’t no who it was i never answered it because i was already crying in the bathtub but i look back and relize it only makes us stronger because now i no what a real jerk men can be and when you find a good one hang on tight and treat em right!! i can laugh now too!!…”

 

Originally posted on Books à la Mode  by Cyndi.

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Almost Royalty – Winners for the “Worst Date Ever” Contest

 

Almost Royalty: A Romantic Comedy…Of Sorts now available on Amazon

 
First, I want to thank all the readers and bloggers for participating in the hilarious “Worst Date Ever” contest. Without all your help promoting, the contest would have never left the ground. This was the first contest we have hosted for Almost Royalty, and with the response, we are looking to do another very soon. We had many submissions that were outright funny, and we want to share with you one a week, counting down the top 5. From dates that brought their mom,  to dates who pooped their pants.

 

In no particular order, the TOP 5 winners of Courtney Hamitlon’s “Worst Date Ever” contest:

 

From the Almost Royalty Blog:

1. Addie

2. Jeanette

 

From Books a la Mode Blog:

3. Cyndi F.

 

From the Goodreads’ Group “Advanced Copies For Review & Giveaways”

4. Kathryn

 

From the Goodreads’ Group “Chick Lit Central”

5. Alison

 

Congratulations (or sorry for your terrible dates) to all the winners! To claim your prize, please email your shipping address to Amanda Larson at alarson@ftpublishers.com. Please come back every week to see the top 5 worst date ever stories posted to the Eco-chain of Dating blog and share a laugh!

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Almost Royalty – “Worst Date Ever” Contest

Courtney Hamilton’s “Worst Date Ever” Contest (U.S. Only)

Courtney Hamilton is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card and a signed copy of her novel, Almost Royalty, to the top 5 winners! To enter, all you have to do is tell her:

 

What is your “Worst Date Ever” experience? Share your story in the comment section below.

 

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Courtney will personally read every participant’s entry and pick the top 5 best stories. The winners will be announced through Courtney’s Facebook page, Twitter, and blog. This contest will hosted on various blogs, social media sites, and forums.

 

In honor of the “Worst Date Ever” contest, Courtney is also having a Kindle Special. For a limited time, Almost Royalty is only $2.99 for the Kindle. Download the novel here: Amazon Kindle Store

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Participating Websites: Want your blog to host future giveaways? Contact Amanda at alarson@ftpublishers.com. The full list of participants in Courtney’s “Worst Date Ever” Contest is available on her blog at: Eco Chain of Dating

 

Courtney Hamilton’s Worst Date Story:

 

I went to a party and met this guy—he was 31-32—I was 17.  The guy called me and asked me to come to dinner at his “new house” and—could I bring a friend? I begged my roommate to come with me and told her that it was going to be a fun, sophisticated evening with “older guys” and a “special meal” in their brand “new house.”   We had to drive over an hour and a half to get to there.  When we got to the address, there wasn’t a house there—it was just the wooden frame of house, just the skeleton, on a cement foundation—this was the “new house.”  I walked around the back and the guy and his friend were sitting around a cement fire pit with a six-pack of beer. The guy said, “You thought we were going to make dinner or something?” My roommate and I left in about 90 seconds. I don’t think she ever forgave me.    

 

Terms and Conditions for Entry Eligibility

No purchase necessary to enter. Sponsored by Forrest Thompson Publishers. Giveaway ends June 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM (PST). Open to U.S. Residents only. 18+ years of age. Void where prohibited. Winners will be announced on Courtney Hamilton’s blog at www.Ecochainofdating.com/blog. Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or their winnings will be forfeited. By entering the giveaway, you give Courtney Hamilton and Forrest Thompson Publishers permission to repost your story or recite it in a video for media purposes. Forrest Thompson Publishers reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.

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Almost Royalty – “Worst Date Ever” Contest Participants

Here is the full list of participants for my first Almost Royalty contest. The theme of this contest will be what is your “Worst Date Ever” ? Check out all the reader’s stories at the links below. I want to say a huge thank you to all the participating blogs. Without you, this contest would not have happened. I hope you receive many laugh-out-loud stories from all the readers following your blogs. Good luck to everyone! The contest will go live June 2nd!

 

Blogs:

 

Eco-chain of Dating (Courtney’s Blog)

I am, Indeed

Books a la mode

The Phantom Paragrapher

Chick Lit Books

Laurie Here

Amanda’s Daily Grind

 Bookish

Forum Groups:

 

Goodreads – Bookworm Bitches

Goodreads – How to Promote Your Book on Amazon

Goodreads – The Next Best Book Club

Goodreads – Advanced Copies for Review & Book Giveaways

Goodreads – Chick Lit Book Club

Goodreads – Making Connections

Goodreads – Goodreads Author/Readers

Goodreads – Women’s Fiction Authors

Goodreads – Books, Blogs, Authors and More

Goodreads – Chicks on Lit

Goodreads – Can’t Stop Reading

Goodreads – The Nexus

Goodreads – Chick Lit Central

Goodreads – Good Books & Good Wine

Kindle Boards – The Book Bazaar

World Literary Café – Author/Reader Connection

 

Social Media:

 

Courtney’s Facebook Page

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