Monday, September 13, 2010

Updates and Two Freakishly Awesome Videos

I just got back from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers conference in Denver (which was amazing, but I’ll post on that later—tomorrow maybe), and while it was a fabulous time for me, it did prevent me from doing any blogging. But I know that some of you have been anxiously waiting to learn the results of my ARCs Galore Giveaway (I got all your emails, and will try to get to them all), so I’m rushing to get all the entries organized so that I can do the drawing. It’s really important to me that everyone get all the entries they’ve earned, but it’s taking me some time to count them all up and validate, organize, and randomize, etc. However, I’m making every effort to get the results announced by the end of the day, so that I can get prizes posted ASAP. Especially because I know what it’s like to cross my fingers hoping to win something.

And recently, I have!

 

duff-225 The Red Umbrella

Earlier this year, I won a signed copy of THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger from Shelli Johannes-Wells as well as a signed copy of THE RED UMBRELLA by Christina Diaz Gonzalez from Medeia Sharif. I was so glad to win these! Super wins, indeed. I was able to score a second unsigned copy of THE DUFF, but I didn’t need two copies, so I passed on the other in my last giveaway. I also got a chance to meet Christina this summer. And not only did she give me some really valuable advice about my own manuscript, she also signed a book for me to give away, which I’ll be doing soon!

 

The Mockingbirds Return to Paradise

And more recently, I won a couple of bookmarks, featuring Daisy Whitney’s book THE MOCKINGBIRDS, from Kimberly Franklin and a signed RETURN TO PARADISE by Simone Elkeles from Valerie Kemp.

So, yeah, how lucky am I???? A HUGE thank you to Shelli, Medeia, Kim, and Valerie!!

And guess what? It’s totally my birthday today. I was going to keep it quiet, but, eh, whatever. It’s not like getting old is a secret. So, I’ll be celebrating this evening (not getting old, but the fact that I was born). And as a testament to how much I love everyone who entered my contest, barring any unforeseeable craziness, I will also get another blog post out announcing the winners of my own giveaway before I go to sleep tonight, despite the fact that it’s my birthday and I should be spending it eating Twizzlers and peanut butter (not together, you weirdo), having a Harry Potter-Lord of the Rings movie marathon, and getting my head rubbed.

Or maybe I should be doing this. This guy seems to be enjoying it.

 

Anyway,  just know that it’s killing me to wrap up the contest, people. Because for every person that wins, there are a lot that don’t. There isn’t really anything I can do about it, but it bothers me nonetheless. As much as I love love love to make winners happy, I don’t like to make anyone feel disappointed. So, I’ll have another contest soon. I’ve got some really cool prizes to give away yet. Think: Fined Looks and Parks. Or something like that.

And I’ve recently come across another freaking awesome book—I can’t wait to share it with you guys. It’s a bit of a sleeper, which makes it that much more exciting, but I’ll wait to tell you about it until I get my review written up.

Annnnnnd that’s it as far as updates, I think. Now I should probably get around and prepare for my birthday. I’ve spent the entire day trying to catch up on everything I had to neglect for the conference, and I still haven’t gotten close to the bottom of the list. If you’re waiting on an email, a phone call, or a pigeon from me, I will get to it ASAP.

P.S. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of my family and friends who have reached out to me with fabulous birthday wishes and cards and shoutouts and super gifts. I feel really, really loved, and I love you all with more feeling than is probably kosher to express on a blog.

But, what the hell….

 

 

 

P.S. I haven’t been able to do any blog hopping since last week, but I’ll be sure to respond to blog comments from my last post and do some blog reading later this PM. I always try to reply to comments or at least check out your blogs, but I’ve fallen behind because I’m either really busy or really slow.

33 comments:

  1. Great wins! Lucky you! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, too! =)

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  2. Happy Birthday and a Great Big Hug from me to you! Glad you had a great time at the conference and hope today includes Twizzlers and belly rubs.

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  3. Happy Birthday! I am happy to wait for contest winners if you get a happy evening eating cake and ice cream. :) In fact tonight I will eat ice cream too in celebration of your ...23rd birthday?!

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  4. Happy birthday, Carol! And look at all those awesome books - you really are LUCKY! :-)

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  5. The Duff was awesome! How lucky are you do win all of those books and bookmarks! Congrats! And Happy Birthday!! My birthday's on Friday! How cool is it that we're almost birthday buddies?! :)

    Have a great day!!

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  6. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day!

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  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM HERE AS WELL!

    Congratulations for your wins...

    I hope I win a little something, too!

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  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope your peanut butter twizzlers are awesome. :)

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  9. Happy birthday!! You should totally have a LOTR movie marathon : )

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  10. I love that little slow Loris guy. Hes so freakin' cute. But not as cute as you!

    Glad you had a great time in Denver.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
    I know lots of magical things will be happening for you this year. :) XO

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  11. Happy birthday! And you are most definitely not old.

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  12. Have a wonderful birthday! And I agree, no need to think about getting old, you're getting more fabulous;)

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  13. Happy birthday! And those are some great wins. I'm just a little jealous.

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  14. You really are lucky, Birthday-girl! You've won a lot of cool stuff. Thanks for the videos. The Barney snippet reminded me of when my oldest kids were babies.

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  15. Happy birthday :)

    Plus, those looklike some awesome books. Now I just have to wait impatiently for my copy of THE DUFF to arrive. Hurry up postman. :)

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  16. Happy birthday!
    And whatever that critter is, he's enjoying the scratch.

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  17. Happy Birthday, Carolina! Forget about us and totally enjoy your birthday (cause it ain't gonna be this age again)...and welcome back!

    That little critter is precious. What is it?

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  18. Happy birthday and welcome back from the conference! Wow those are some cool giveaways. The Red Umbrella looks good.

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  19. Hooray for you! Happy birthday Carol!

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  20. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you have a great one!

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  21. Congrats to the winners, and................

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

    Enjoy your day!

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  22. Happy Birthday, woman!!! Have a great night!

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  23. +JMJ+

    Happy Birthday, Carol! =D

    I've also been eagerly awaiting the results of your ARCs contest--but I totally know what you mean about not really wanting it to end. When I host a giveaway, I always feel really bad for the people who entered and didn't win--especially if they went all the way with extra entries and have entered several of my giveaways in the past. If I were a zillionaire, they'd all win. =P

    Having said that, I think it's awesome that you offer this chance to us at all. Thanks so much, and I hope your birthday was wonderful!

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  24. Congrats on your wins Carol and have a very happy birthday!

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  25. Happy Birthday!! I can't even imagine organizing that big of a giveaway. Totally understand why it would take a while ;o) No worries. Thanks so much for always thinking of us ;o)

    I hope you had a fantastic birthday full of cake and dreams ;o)

    BTW - that video is adorable!

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  26. Happy birthdy to you!
    May you have a loris or two!
    What a funny fabulous video!
    Happy birthday to you!!

    Hip hip hooorah!!
    :-)
    Take care
    x

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  27. Happy Birthday!! :) You've had a busy time lately - make sure you're taking care of yourself! :)

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