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The winners of the Midwinter’s Eve Hop Giveaway are:

Vibes by Amy Kathleen Ryan – Anna over at Anna Saikin: Reading, Writing, Thinking, Blogging.

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (Audio book)  Deb over at Debbie’s Book Bag.

Winners, an e-mail has been sent, please respond back with your address, no later than, Sunday December 26th!

To all who entered and have visited the blog – Thank You! And stay tuned – 2011 promises to bring more blog features and more giveaways!


Midwinter’s Eve …

Is officially over, and therefore so is the Midwinter’s Eve  Hop Giveaway.  Thank you to Kathy over at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer for setting up this awesome event. I hope everyone had as much fun participating and “hopping” as I did, and good luck to all those who entered the generous giveaways.

Thank you to all who visited, subscribed, and commented/entered the giveaway. I can’t tell you how much it is appreciated. On a final note, winners will be contacted and announced tomorrow. So stay tuned…

Six Days of Ruby Oliver

December 22nd, 2010

6. Everyone blames Ruby for their friendship troubles, when she’s the only one who can see the truth.  And somehow, because of that her friends think she isn’t a good friend (um, hello, she was going out with Jackson first – not Kim! So didn’t Kim break one of the sacred friendship rules?!) but truth is: she is. Ruby is the kind of girl I would totally hang out with.

Hop on to the Midwinter’s Eve Hop Giveaway

Previously, I have tried to come up with a big holiday giveaway, but due to time constraints and other responsibilities I had little to no time to plan a full-fledged book giveaway. And than I received an invitation to participate in this years Midwinter’s Eve Hop Giveaway from blogger I Am a Reader, Not a Writer. This invitation ignited my motivation, and long story short: I decided that I’m going to participate!

I’m offering two books – a new paperback copy of Amy Kathleen Ryan’s book Vibes. From the back cover:

“It’s tough being in high school and having a career driven mother and a save-the-world-but-abandon-your-kid father. But it’s even worse for Kristi, who can read the minds of the people around her – especially those of guys. Mallory, the acne-plagued new kid in school, keeps having odd romantic ideas about Kristi;  Jacob, her scrawny friend, has bizarre mental images of her giant gazungas; and the hottie Gusty Peterson, the older brother of her ex-best friend, partners with her on a personal growth school project, even though he thinks she is sick. To survive she copes the only way she knows how – blocking out their thoughts with opera, dressing in the latest recycled fashions, and having a thick, thick skin.”

And a used (the box is a bit beat up, but the CDs are still in good condition) unabridged audio recording of Michael Connolly’s The Book of Lost Things. From the back cover:

“New York TImes best-selling author John Connolly has captivated readers with his popular Charlie Parker thrillers. Now with this departure, Connolly examines the grim side of fairy tales in a spellbinding novel about a 12-year-old boy lost in an extraordinary world. Mourning the loss of his mother, David finds comfort in the books she left behind. But soon the make-believe world of the books melds with David’s reality, and the figments of his imagination become startlingly real. Suddenly, he finds himself in a brutal land populated by trolls, harpies, and werewolf-like creatures. His only hope is to find the king, whose Book of Lost Things could show David the way home. […]”

****Interested in Vibes and/or The Book of Lost Things? Well, post a comment sharing (1) what is one song/genre of music that helps you forget all your worries and troubles -OR- (2)  if you could spend the weekend with one fairy tale character who would it be and why, and one of these could be yours!****

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will be opened from 12:01 a.m. on December 21st ending at 11:59 p.m. on December 22nd, 2010.  Winners will be chosen at random, and will be announced/contacted late December 22nd.

Eight Days of Ruby Oliver

December 20th, 2010

8.  Girl, you got style! Ruby is one of those characters who have a rockin’ sense of style. Made up of mostly “vintage” items, her wardrobe is one of a kind, and is reflective of who she is on the inside. Come on, she wears fishnet stockings on a daily basis, if that doesn’t spell awesome, than I don’t know what does!

Nine Days of Ruby Oliver

December 19th, 2010

9. The footnotes. Most people think that footnotes sometime detract from the story (giving too much information away, whether that information rather be acquired on ones own), some think they are stuffy and unnecessary. But truth be told – the footnotes featured in the Ruby Oliver books add to the story, and are really, really funny! For the proper way to use footnotes, refer to The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, and Treasure Map of Boys.