Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Big Reveal! (A Hop Within A Hop!)

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Today, bloggers participating in The Big Reveal, who have also signed up for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2013, reveal their themes for this year's challenge! Thanks to David Macaulay for co-hosting this hop-within-a-hop with me! It's not too late to sign up for A to Z this year, so whether you've got a theme or not, check it out and throw your hat in the ring, already! And please be sure to visit other Big Reveal participants to learn their themes for 2013's A to Z (listed at the bottom of this post, or click the caption beneath the image to the right).

Given that I'm a writer of romance and lover of things sexy, my 2013 A to Z theme is...

Aphrodisiacs!

Named after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, to be considered a true aphrodisiac a substance must either create or increase sexual desire. So things like Viagra cannot be correctly labeled as such, since what they purport to do is keep a person ready for action, rather than induce the desire for it.

Whether anything can truly be credited to jump-start one's libido is uncertain: science says no, then some studies will point to yes. Some folks swear by the old wives' tales regarding particular foods designated as sure-fire-nookie-prompters (this is a technical term; I don't expect the layman to know it). (Heh heh. Lay-man.)

Some foods have been attributed with aphrodisiacal properties because they stimulate physiological responses similar to those experienced during the sex act. Others, because they resemble sexual organs. Throughout history, foods new to a nation, because they were exotic, were considered lust-inspiring, while familiar items which pleased the senses were believed to do the same.

My focus for this year's A to Z, then, will be on foods and things which promise to get one's motor running. And perhaps someday I'll have my own special someone with whom I can put these suckers to the test. (Purely in the interest of science, of course.)


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53 comments:

  1. Awesome subject! I'm going to go post mine now!

    Then it's bedtime -- have a good night!

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  2. Not sure if you know this, but . . . your blog is an aphrodisiac.
    Love your theme!!!!! :D

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  3. I think your blog will be a neat one to visit in April. I look forward to reading your posts about aphrodisiacs.

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  4. Maybe your readers can field test your posts for you. ;)

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  5. Sounds like you will be broaching a seriously fun theme Mina!

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  6. Should be an interesting month of posts! Can't wait to read them :)

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  7. As a co-host, I will probably not be able to read everyday, but I'm going to be following you so that I can learn as much as possible. LOVE this theme. The Engineer and I have been together 29.5 years and married 20.5, so a little spice will be nice...

    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

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  8. Oh this seems so interesting!!! I can't wait to find out what makes me "tick"!

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  9. Blogger ate my comment...I HATE that. It's been on a feeding frenzy lately. Let me see if I can remember most of what I wrote...
    The Engineer and I have been together over 29 years and married almost 21, so a little spice will be quite nice. As a co-host though, I'll probably not be able to read you daily, but I'll be SURE to come back and get all the juicy info as soon as possible. GREAT THEME.
    Thanks too for hosting this hop. You got some great response, and it's a huge bonus for the A-Z to have participants so excited they take on a project like this. So again, thanks.

    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

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  10. oolala! Can't wait to read what you have in store!

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  11. I second Jackie! definitely curious!

    this hop was a great idea! I've discovered some great blogs I'll be reading daily through it!

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  12. I'll have to swing by and keep notes. Somewhere I read that sex helps get rid of headaches and there's been a lot of stress in my home lately. ;)

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  13. Awesome theme! I look forward to seeing what you come up with (partly because I think I could use some aphrodisiacs right about now :D )

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  14. Sounds great! I'll definitely be following it :)

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  15. Ow wow. Great theme. I will be returning to take notes.

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  16. Excellent theme. Reveal all the myths and truths!

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  17. Looking forward to your theme!!! Not that I need any jumpstarts in the bedroom, but still, would like to see what's on the list! lol I have no theme for my A-Z.

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  18. Excellent theme! Off to see other reveals and then of course I'll be back all through April.
    A2Z Mommy And What’s In between

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  19. great theme Mina - this hop will maybe save my abysmal March hit rate. Now off the comment :)

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  20. I am happy people are ready... sorry I am late to the party!!

    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host
    Oh No, Let's Go... Crazy

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  21. Food. Who doesn't love to eat? Love the idea.

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  22. Wow, great theme! Seeing as I *think* I only know 2 or 3 aphrodisiacs, I am eager to learn 20 or so more! Will be hopping by in April, cheers!

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  23. I'm revealed and linked! You have a great theme ~ I'll be sure to be visiting you all April long. Thank you for hosting this hop.

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  24. That's an awesome theme! I'm really curious what you'll come up with for the lesser-used letters like Q, X, and Z. Maybe someday I'll have another man whom I can use them with, after recently ending things with my so-called fiancé (who had a very poor libido).

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  25. Your theme is going to be very popular.

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  26. I see this proving to be very popular :)
    Can't wait to see it in action...get it? hehe

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    http://writebackwards.we3dements.com

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  27. Great idea for the preview promo. Looking forward to seeing what other folks do as well. I was just happy to actually have a theme this year. So much more prepared than last year. Let's go! Bring it, April!

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  28. Sounds fun!

    I'll have to read every post. For science too of course. Science...

    I have my post up now.
    The Other Side

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  29. Oh man! This will be a great A-Z!

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  30. Now this will be an interesting theme! I think you're going to have a lot of traffic. :D

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  31. Oh yeah! This is the most original theme I've heard yet. Can't wait! :) Thanks for hosting this bloghop.

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  32. I just made it in time!
    Your theme sounds spicy! And it seems that lots of people are very interested....
    I'm off to post mine in about an hour or so...

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  33. Oooh, a very seductive theme. I never would have guessed there were enough aphrodisiacs out there to cover the entire alphabet - crazy! Best of luck with this!

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  34. Woo! I was going to do this anyway!

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  35. What a fun theme! It will be interesting to see what all you come up with. Thanks for dropping by my blog today. ~Tui

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  36. Quite Kinky, now that's a theme that will be eye grabbing.

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  37. Whatttay theme, if I may say so :). Hope you find that special someone soon, and start your 'scientific' investigations!

    Jokes aside, congratulations to you and David for thinking of this bloghop, and running it so successfully!

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  38. Thanks, all, for stopping by, dropping your kind words, and participating in The Big Reveal. I've done read all entries (and, unfortunately, did have to delete some links for not doing a Big Reveal post). Love all of the different ideas out in the world, and some very unique indeed! Congrats to all and see you 'round the A to Z hop in April! <3 Now I'm going beddie-by, as my eyes are crossing from reading, like, almost 70 blog posts today (!). :-D

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    1. I know the feeling - If only we could read in our sleep :)

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  39. O.o this promises to be educational :-D I'll be stopping by daily for a theme like this.

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  40. Bugger I missed the deadline, but am at least now looking forward to reading the other bloggers big reveal posts. I have a girlfriend that just started a new business for women, called Aphrodisiac, I think she'll enjoy your A-Z challenge posts too. Thanks

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    1. Ida, if you will or did post your A to Z theme, gimme the URL and I'll see if I can add it to the Linky. Also, does your friend have a Web site?

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  41. Haha-I love this. I think aphrodisiacs are the real deal. Great pick for the challenge. You could have people try them out and report:D

    And thanks for the bloghop and visiting my blog!

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  42. That sounds like a very fun theme! I bet you'll find lots of holistic and foreign herbal medicines that purport to increase desire or potency. I think I read something about lion's balls once...

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  43. Love it! I expect to be as horny as a spring hare by the time you reach zed!

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  44. Hi Mini Lobo,

    Thought I'd drop by and say hello. And thus, hello. Your theme in the amazing alphabet challenge certainly is um food for thought. I wish you and all those involved, much fun and fulfilment.

    As for me, the host and co-hosts, to their credit, take my satirical, bordering on good-natured cynical take on it, in the spirit intended.

    All the best to you and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

    Gary "The Official Anti-A to Z Spokesman" :)

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  45. Thanks and likewise, Sir.

    PS: it's Zee, man. ZEEEEEEEEEEE. Go on, now, trying pronouncing pasta properly, too. (If I can manage Loughborough, which I can, you can manage pasta. As in, it's parse-tuh.) ;-)

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  46. Oh, I'm looking forward to reading about the items you will highlight during April. The theme you chose will likely be a hot topic among those visiting as A to Z Participants. Sweet reveal!

    -Nicole

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  47. Thanks, Nicole. I sure hope so! :-)

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  48. lessons in love! i could use some new tips! great!

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  49. Well, lessons, at any rate. ;-)

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