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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year! The Year of the Sheep!!!

Year of the Wood Sheep
Thursday February 19 2015 - Sunday February 07 2016

Our day has come...time for all sheep to unite and be smelled! If you wish to accept this quest, we ask that you spread the smell to your family, friends, neighbors and intergalactic pen pals.

How, you ask? Based on the qualities of the Year of the Sheep (and yes, we cherry picked the ones we wanted <G>)
* the Sheep's creativity will be unleashed. 
beauty, art, romance and abundance

Show us your creativity with an abundance of beautiful sheep art. Make a sheep meme, take a pic of a sheep, decorate your dog/rat/cat/horse/kid/ like a sheep, picture of your book/pet/car/food with a sheep photoshopped in, photoshop your face into our logo...sheepify anything and send us a picture. If you give permission, we will feature your art in our side bar through out the Year of the Sheep! The more pathetic or crazy the better! Seriously, we love all 31 flavors of crazy.

I know what you're thinking...I'm not artistic, I can't use photoshop... Doesn't matter. We are not judging (okay, maybe a little, but not publicly!). Any and all attempts will win you moonpie points (also called entries) into the big monthly giveaways. 

Details on how to do this at the end of the post.

First a little trivia lesson: there may or may not be a quiz at the end (there's not)
What does Wood and Sheep mixed together bring?
The Sheep is kind, tender and sympathetic. Sheep are creative and elegant. Because of their softer side, they are symbolic of peace and harmony.

The Year of the Sheep follows a tumultuous Year of the Horse, and heralds a more calm atmosphere. Combined with the evergreen and renewal characteristics of Wood, the Sheep's creativity will be unleashed.

If last year was the Horse's year to gallop and take off, this year will be the year for contemplating and appreciating what has already been accomplished, to think about bringing goodness to others, to take a deep breath and calmly look at what's ahead. A steady path, generosity, and keeping the peace are this year's mantra.-

In a Sheep year, we enter an era of beauty, art, romance and abundance. We can expect the occasional upset, as this is an emotional sign, but overall the Sheep attunes to peace. It's a good time to resolve stubborn problems or break free of negative cycles.-

Celebrities Born in the Year of the Sheep

Michelangelo, Mark Twain, Thomas Alva Edison, Muhammad Ali, Rudolph Valentino, Rachel Carson, Pierre Trudeau, Barbara Walters, Orville Wright, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Amy Lee, Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Claire Danes, Jamie Lynn Spears, Matt LeBlanc, Chow Yun-Fat, Zhang Ziyi, Li Shimin (Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty 618 – 907), Cao Cao (King of Wei in China’s Three Kingdoms Period 220 - 280), Yue Fei (a patriotic general in China’s South Song Dynasty 1127 - 1279), Empress Dowager Cixi -

Which animal of the Chinese Zodiac are you?

Imaginative, generous, successful, popular, and curious
Feb 10, 1948, Jan 28, 1960, Feb 15, 1972, Feb 2, 1984, Feb 19, 1996, Feb 7, 2008

Confident, honest, patient, conservative, strong
Jan 29, 1949, Feb 15, 1961, Feb 3, 1973, Feb 20, 1985, Feb 7, 1997, Jan 26, 2009

Sensitive, tolerant, brave, active, resilient
Feb 17, 1950, Feb 5, 1962, Jan 23, 1974, Feb 9, 1986, Jan 28, 1998, Feb 14, 2010

Affectionate, kind, gentle, compassionate, merciful
Feb 6, 1951, Jan 25, 1963, Feb 11, 1975, Jan 29, 1987, Feb 16, 1999, Feb 3, 2011

Enthusiastic, intelligent, lively, energetic, innovative
Jan 27, 1952, Feb 13, 1964, Jan 31, 1976, Feb 17, 1988, Feb 5, 2000

Charming, intuitive, romantic, highly perceptive, polite
Feb 14, 1953, Feb 2, 1965, Feb 18, 1977, Feb 6, 1989, Jan 24, 2001

Diligent, friendly, sophisticated, talented, clever
Feb 3, 1954, Jan 21, 1966, Feb 7, 1978, Jan 27, 1990, Feb 12, 2002


if this is you, you are the coolest of the animals...just saying
Artistic, calm, reserved, happy, kind
Jan 24, 1955 Feb 9, 1967, Jan 28, 1979, Feb 15, 1991, Feb 1, 2003, Feb 19, 2015

Witty, lively, flexible, humorous, curious
Feb 12, 1956, Jan 30, 1968, Feb 16, 1980, Feb 4, 1992, Jan 22, 2004

Shrewd, honest, communicative, motivated, punctual
Jan 31, 1957 Feb 17, 1969 Feb 5, 1981 Jan 23, 1993 Feb 9, 2005

Loyal, honest, responsible, courageous, warm-hearted
Feb 18, 1958, Feb 6, 1970, Jan 25, 1982, Feb 10 1994, Jan 29, 2006

Sincere, tolerant, hard-working, honest, optimistic

Feb 8,1959, Jan 27, 1971, Feb 13, 1983, Jan 31, 1995, Feb 18, 2007

Time for a musical break 
I give you...Bad Wool Rising! I'm sure you remember their hit "Read it to me, one more time"
(put on your favorite song and pretend Bad Wool Rising is playing it)

The year of the sheep is a year long event! I know, right!? On the 19th of each month we will have a giveaway. With the help of some awesome flock members, authors and publishers we are putting together some fun and unusual giveaways to help spread the smell.
*Shameless plea for stuff: We do have some months that need to be filled, so if you would like to be assimilated into one, let us know!

Special thanks for February's giveaways:
our special banner and other related graphics are courtesy of author Dani Harper
*Dawn Cavenee made enough Year of the Sheep t-shirts to give one away each month of the year!
*Author Linda Poitevin  made with her own hands, a wooly sheep hat.

Kerrelyn Sparks and  Kresley Cole donated signed books

What we are giving away for Februrary:
There will be two winners:
One INT/US winner will get #1 and #2
One US winner will get: #3-#6 

1. (INT) The tote bag with all the authors from Coastal Magic 2015 (list here). The swag on the bag on the left (but not the blank tote): post cards, magnet, Baaart ornament, Sheep Poo Paper bookmark, dragon food (gummy bears and cinnamon hearts)

2. (INT) Fun stuff: cell phone charm (middle pic close up), lucky candy, I Smell Sheep pen, Sheep lucky envelope (no money in it...duh!), moonpie, Kool Aid and special I Smell Sheep M&Ms!

3. (US only) Exclusive limited edition Year of the Sheep t-shirt (L, XL,XXL) donated by Dawn Cavenee! A warm and wooly hand made hat from Linda Poitevin!

4. (US 0nly)Signed book from Kerrelyn Sparks. A personally signed book from Kresley Cole (we don't know which book you will offered)

5. (US only)Books! 
Lady of the Eternal City (The Empress of Rome #4) by Kate Quinn
Abracadaver (Esther Diamond #7) by Laura Resnick
Wickedly Wonderful (Baba Yaga #2) by Deborah Blake
Jason (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #23) by Laurell K. Hamilton
Show Me, Baby: 1001 Dark Nights (Masters of the Shadowlands #9)
by Cherise Sinclair
Fire on the Island (Vigilati #1) by J.K. Hogan
The Strain and Hellboy from Dark Horse Comics

6. (US only) And OMFlockingG! Your very own Baaart.

Here is an example from assimilated author Linda Poitevin.
I can't even begin to express my love and horror for this.


  1. Happy Year of the Sheep!!!! :D

    Go Sheep Go!!!!


    Lisa :)

  2. I'm a rabbit, I don't think it fits.

  3. A very happy Year of the Sheep to you, Sharon & Katie! Keep up the awesome work! :)

  4. I'm a Monkey. I think it kind of fits. =)

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  6. I'm a Pig... It totally fits... Baaart the sheep would live happily on my bookshelf, when not being sneakily stolen by my daughter....

  7. Happy Year of the Sheep! I have no sheep pics to share, darn it! :(

  8. Hey There - This is a great idea! I'm the Ox. Hugs...Ro

  9. Sheep dominating one reader and film viewer at a time, until complete takeover!

  10. I'm a rat....Ick....I guess I have those traits-- successful is a big of a stretch though. BAHAHAHAHA I'm hoping I'm a late bloomer.

    If I won Bart-- I'd try putting him on a bookshelf but I have a feeling my grandson will get hold of him for cuddling:)

  11. I am a piggy, it fits. I wish you all a Happy New Sheep year, filled with lots of warm wool and friends. A picture of me with a sheep, I think I need help with that. I have no creative bone in my body, so I will stuck to Reading Romance. That is what I am good at.
    I love the prizes, I really do.

  12. I am a Water Ox, and it totally fits (and I've been hit with a double dose of obstinance as I'm a Capricorn according to Western astrology). I'd gift Baaart to my maamaa, who has a collection of stuffed sheepies (her family nickname is "Lammlein," which is German for "cute little lamb"). Bovids abound in my ancestry!

  13. I´m a Dragon *rawr* and yes, it fits *nods* =D
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Thursday!

  14. It appears I am the first SHEEP to reply…yay! I will get on my sheep art pronto and give you something sheep wooly…yeah, that really didn't work out as we'll as it sounded in my mind, it was supposed to be a play on worthy…win some/lose some….my husband is a rabbit, they say we are 90% compatible…we're not speaking at the moment…so there you have that! Have fun with the sheepathon!
    oh, and ps…I promoted your blog on a recent hop and I have a lucky winner who followed your every social media available…her prize is a book. So since you don't have your own book, I'm allowing her any book she saw reviews for on your site…just fyi!

  15. I'm a Tiger, I think it fits somewhat.

    If I got a Baaart, I would give him to my grandson after posing him with my rats for pictures like I did with another Baaart last Easter. Baaart loves to take pictures with my rats. lol

  16. DId we have to sheepify two things for the two entries?

  17. I'm a sheep! :D I've always thought it fit. If I had y own Baaaart he would get to hang out with hubby's minions, Fluffers the Chicken, and Snortley the pig. They are a friendly bunch :)

  18. I am a rat. Not unloved by some. I am supposed to be: Imaginative, generous, successful, popular, and curious. SO a little bit maybe.
    If I had a Baart of my own I would put him over my desk on a shelf to stare at me like a Baaart on a shelf.

  19. I'm a rabbit and I pretty much agree with the description!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  20. Ugh. I lost my comment... anyways... Happy Sheep Year!

    What is your Chinese Zodiac animal? - Tiger.

    Does it fit you? - Yes, to a degree.

    If you win Baaart what will you do with him? - My niece Mackenzie thinks everything I have is the coolest. So we will play sheep games and she will demand that everything have sheep on it for a year or so....

  21. I'm a dragon!!! But... I'm still wishing you Happy Year of the Sheep!

  22. Ha! I'm anything but friendly lol the rest is ok ... I'm a Horse and little did I know my year just ended
    Happy Sheep Year Flock!!

  23. I'm a rabbit and I do think it fits me. I would make Baaart my reading companion and make him watch "The Walking Dead" with me.

  24. I was born in the Year of the Rabbit and it does fit me very well. Baaart would have a very special place on my bookshelf and would be my snuggly book companion. Happy Chinese New Year!

  25. I'm a dragon; it partially fits me! I'd keep Baaart in the guest bedroom for my grandchildren to play with when they visit.

  26. Ox --- I pray for patience every day NOW!!!

  27. I fit my chinese year sign as I am loyal and friendly. In case you haven't guessed I'm a dog. I wonder if that makes me a sheepdog? As for Baart I'm not able to win him (Int) so have made no plans. Mind you I might one day crochet his evil twin for company :D

  28. My Zodiac animal is a snake and I think it fits.

  29. I'm a tiger. Probably a good thing when married to the military!

  30. I'm a horse, and I don't think it really fits... but then neither the other zodiac signs :D

  31. I'm the ox some fits, and some doesn't.