Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My Second Year Blogoversary & Shadowfever Giveaway

 Wow! I can't believe it's been 2 years since I first started this blog. Time sure flies when you're having fun, doesn't it? :)  I owe a big thank you to Tasha from Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books because she started posting book reviews on her personal blog, and linked a post to her book blog. I thought it was such a neat idea-and she in fact was the first person to comment on my blog. :)

My first post was a review of  The Constant Princess & The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory.  It was short, sweet and to the point.  I was really shy when I started blogging and didn't do any interviews until after my blog had been around for a year. My first joint interview was with  Tasha from Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books  when we interviewed Chloe Neill.  Another fun thing I got to do that year was argue who the better guy in the Chicagoland Vampire Series was at Chloe's blog, the Daily Snark with Mandi from Smexybooks and of course Tasha. Mandi  was Team Catcher, Tasha was Team Morgan and I of course, was Team Ethan. Chloe Neill was also the first author to do a guest post on my blog. One of my favorite guest posts was done by my mom of Finger Lickin Fifteen, and it's still gets a high hit rating in my stats.

My first official author interview was with the very nice & talented  Leanna Renee Hieber, author of the Strangely Beautiful Series. My first (and only) author interview series is Chatting with Buckeyes where I interview a different Ohio author each month. My first interview was with Lauren Hammond and my most recent one was with Lori Foster. My first ARC review was Tainted by Julie Kenner. To this day I'm not sure how that book found it's way to me, because at that point I wasn't even familiar with the genre of Urban Fantasy. In fact, I think it was my first official Urban Fantasy read...which brings me to books I now love that I found through other book bloggers. Here are a few favs6:The Guernsey Literary  & Potato Pie Society after reading this book I may or may not have written my name and address in almost all of the books I owned at the time.Some Girls Bite & Friday Night Bites and I'm in love with Barrons, Seriously and the Kitty Katt Series by Gini Koch. I am also forever grateful for blogging because I discovered that it's ok for adults to read Young Adult books! :) There are just so many great YA series out there today that I can't even begin to name them all. Howeve,r Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer  it is the book that got me hooked on this genre again & I highly recommend it. :) 

I was going to list all of my favorite books and authors discovered by blogging, but there were just too many! Instead, here's a collage of some more of my favs found through blogging:  (There may a few weird pictures that got in there by mistakes-I kind of freaked out photobucket with all of my book covers.)

I want to end by thanking a few of my favorite bloggers who have been with me since the beginning, and without who I wouldn't be here now. I know I'm probably going to forget someone, so apologies in advance!

Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books
 Smokin Hot Books 
 Hanging With Bells 

Fiction Vixen 
One Literature Nut
Jo Jo's Book Corner
Larissa's Bookish Life (who designed my header and blog button!)
 Book Magic
 Fantasy Dreamer (whose posts I really miss!)
Life With Books
Stacey's Place on Earth

This June I am going to my first author/reader get together at Lori Foster's 5th Annual Reader/Author Get together and I can't wait! My own big goal this year is to finally have a layout that I love. Believe it or not, I am tired of changing it all the time-I just can't seem to find the perfect desgin. I do have a great header though-thank you Larissa!! :)

So, I'd like to thank everyone who has helped this blog grow by giving away the latest book in my one of my all time favorite book series that I discovered by blogging: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning.that I love that I found through blogging.  Please leave a comment stating if you are entering the giveaway. You must be a blog follower to enter, as this is a thank you to my blog followers. :) Open to US/Canada only. Giveaway is open until  11:00pm May 31, 2011. If I don't hear from the winners within two days of contacting them,  I will have to pick new ones. ):

Edited to add: I am only giving away Shadowfever. There was a typo in my giveaway instructions-sorry for the inconvience!