Friday Fun: The Birthday Giveaway and an Award!

On March 24th, I turn another year older. While some people like to ignore birthdays after a certain age, I am not one of those people. So, to celebrate my birthday, I’m hosting a giveaway. My last giveaway was all about a book (the fantastic DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth–if you haven’t read it yet, shame on you!). But since this is my birthday giveaway… okay, it’s a bit more about me this time. Howso? Well, the things you do to get extra entries are things like advertising the giveaway, becoming a Linky Follower, etc. Self-promotion-y types of stuff. I can’t say I’m 100% comfortable with this, but I do want as many people as possible to read my blog (just as I will one day want to get my published works into as many hands as possible), and this is a nice way to do it–by giving someone the gift of books. My birthday gift will be (hopefully) new visitors, and maybe new followers.

What am I giving away? No less than a $20 spending spree at The Book Depository! That’s right. The winner of the giveaway will be allowed to choose a book or books up to a total combined cost of no more than $20. Said winner will send me their book choice(s), and I will place the order on their behalf. And since it’s The Book Depository, the giveaway is open internationally, as long as you live in one of the countries to which The Book Depository ships.

How to enter? If you look along the row of tabs above, you will see that the “Giveaway” tab has returned. Click on it, and you will find a Rafflecopter widget you can use to enter my giveaway. This is the first time I’ve used Rafflecopter, so I hope it works. I’m sure you’ll let me know if you run into problems.

Any questions? Ask in the comments!

A Quick Word About Linky Following…

If you should decide to become a Linky Follower, when you complete your user profile, be sure to put something in the “Thumbnail Message” that identifies you (e.g., your name, or your blog address). The “Thumbnail Message” is the first thing you enter under “Account Information.” What you put in here is what pops up when I hover over your picture in the Linky Followers widget, so it helps me see who you are. Thanks!

Now to The Award…

Last week, S. L. Hennessy awarded me a Kreativ Blogger award. Woohoo! Thanks, S.L., and sorry it’s taken me so long to acknowledge it. S. L.’s blog is here for you to read and follow:

http://pensuasion.blogspot.com/

I really appreciate the attention and recognition that comes with the award. However, forgive me if I don’t do the usual pick-people-to-pass-it-on-to and answer-questions stuff. I’ve done a couple of those already recently. But if there are questions you’re just dying to ask me, feel free to use the comments!

Happy Friday!

Kreativ Blogger Award!

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I don’t know if this is becoming a regular Monday feature (I won’t complain if it does), but last Monday I was awarded the Kreativ Blogger award by the lovely Jaime Morrow. Her blog can be found here:

http://jaimereadingandwriting.blogspot.com

I’ve mentioned Jaime’s blog a few times here. It really is worth your time and attention. She’s witty, wacky, thoughtful, and Canadian. A dangerous combination! If you like blogs that make you laugh, make you think, and inform, then put her on your RSS reader. Thanks for the award, Jaime!

As a Kreativ Blogger, I need to link back to the award giver (see above), share ten random facts about me, then pass on the award to six people.

I’ve been sharing random facts about me for the past couple of weeks, so let’s do something a bit different. In the comments YOU ask questions you would like me to answer about myself. I’ll answer as many questions as I get. Of course, if the questions are too personal, or inappropriate for answering on a blog (e.g., “What’s your Social Security Number?”), then I will respectfully decline to answer–so bear that in mind when asking. Otherwise, ask away!

And now here are six blogs that I think deserve the Kreativ Blogger award, either for the creativity of the blog, or the contents of the blog, or both (if any of these blogs have already received the award, that’s okay–you’ve not received it from me before so it counts):

Ali Trotta: Always Coffee

Katharine Owens: The Insect Collector

Kris Atkins Writes

Laurie Dennison: Unavoidable Awkwardness

Lori Ann Stephens: On Writing and (sometimes) Publishing

Lydia Kang: The Word is My Oyster

Of course, all the blogs I follow are awesome and creative. These are just a few I want to highlight for this award. Go visit them, subscribe to them (especially the ones without many subscribers, or that are close to a milestone–50, 100, 150, 200 etc. GFC members).

Now… your questions. In the comments, please. :)

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