Saturday, September 10, 2011

6 Month Blogiversary & 650 (-ish) Followers Giveaway!

Wow! How time flies!
I've been meaning to do a Follower's Giveaway for a while now. The plan  was 300, then 400. Time kept slipping by. When I blew past 500 and into the 600s, I knew I had to get this going.

I can't believe that I have been blogging for half a year now.
When I started blogging, I knew nothing. There has been a lot of trial-and-error. And some days, I just felt like giving up. I've learned to let my voice flow freely and stay true to myself. I've studied and learned tricks from bloggers I admire. I've found out that weekly memes are fun and a very important way to friend really cool blogs. I've learned that vlogs are fun and a great way to get people interested in what you have to say. Maybe most important, schedules are your friend, people! (Seriously, my stress level over my reading list has gone way down.)

I just want to thank a few people who encouraged and supported me when I started out:

Author and, more importantly, friend Tiffany King . Tiffany is funny, generous, and a fabulously talented author. She gave me so many shout-outs on Twitter when I was getting started. And she sponsored my very first giveaway.

Author and friend Angeline Kace. Angeline is one of the very sweetest people I know. She has been so awesome and supportive of me and this blog. She's absolutely beautiful, inside and out.

The one and only (if you know her, you know what I'm sayin'!), outrageously talented and funny
Kendall has been an amazing part of this experience. She has probably been my biggest cheerleader. And, she leaves comments!! Y'all know, comments make the blogging world go 'round.

My biggest thanks belong to the Followers! I appreciate each and every one of you.

I know that I have forgotten someone who has been so important to this experience and I'm sorry!

Okay, enough babbling and blathering. It's

Giveaway Time!

There are two giveaways. One is for US followers, the other is International.
September 11-24, 2011

US Giveaway

The winner will receive 4 books. I've chosed from amongst my favorite books I've read and reviewed this year, and one that I'm getting started on ASAP.

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)StarcrossedBloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Starcrossed (UK Version) by Josephine Angelini
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
A Witch Eyes bookmark

(Click on title to read synopsis)

International Giveaway

Winner will receive all three books (ecopies) in the Experiments in Terror series, by Karina Halle.
I love this series. It's sexy, slightly scary and very addictive. (Dead Sky Morning will not be available until October.  I will gift the winner at that time.)

Red Fox (Experiment in Terror, #2)Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror, #1)Dead Sky Morning (Experiment in Terror, #3)

(Click on the title for they synopsis)

Both Giveaways have ended.
The Winners are:

US Giveaway - Audrey Clair

International Giveaway - Elizabeth

I have emailed both winners. If they do not respond within 48 hours, I will choose new winners.

Thank you to everyone who entered!


  1. This is an awesum blog and giveaway :) New follower. I loved what you had to say about your early blogging days.
    I had to re start my blog after a serious hiccup with my old blogs email addy acct and sum other stuff out of my control.
    I wanted to give up soo bad but I LOVE this and have met awesum ppl.
    Ur words inspired me and let me know I made the right decision :)
    Say hi sumtime :)

    Books and Beyond

  2. Oh, Andrea!! I'm Sooo excited for you! Holy cow!! You grew like wild fire! I'm so proud of you!

    And yes, I LOVE the videos! They help us feel like we know you! Plus, your accent ROCKS!!

    Thank you for the shout out! You have been soo sweet to me and such a great friend through this journey as well!

    AWESOME giveaway, and I'm excited to see where you go (great places, I know it!)!

    Cheers!! <3

  3. thanks Melissa and Andrea for the giveaway and congratulations! c",)

  4. Hey Andrea! Lovely giveaway and happy blogaversay! :)

  5. Congrats on 650 followers, and happy Blogoversary!!

  6. I have been wanting to read these books for forever! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

    Kitty Bullard

  7. Congrats on 600+ followers that's really great.

  8. Congrats on 650 followers and happy Blogoversary!!!

  9. Hey!
    Congrats on this beautiful event. The schedule thing I still need to learn *sigh* my stress levels are sort of high up right now.
    But it's a beautiful experience, blogging, especially on books. As a "young" blogger myself, I can say I never get over how awesome people are, and that sense of community, of being together on the basis of our common love of's a greatly beautiful thing.

    So thank you for making the book-loving beauty go around :)

    Livia {Butterfly-o-Meter Books}

  10. this is a terrific giveaway!! thank you & congrats to you & your blog!!!!

  11. Incredible that you've built up to over 600 followers in only six months. That's crazy awesome! Congratulations, and thanks for mentioning me. I rarely get to read books, but I enjoy reading/watching your blog. So glad you review indies too. People like you, who are willing to see beyond what NY has to offer, give indies strength to break out. Keep doing what you're doing! Hugs, my friend!

  12. I agree with Kendall, it's so wonderful that you take on Indie authors. It's the brave bloggers like you who really help break down the stigma against self-publishing. Congrats Andrea, you're awesome :)

  13. You are so very generous giving away all these books! And congrats on so many followers :-)


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