Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The 200 Followers Giveaway!

So, technically, I'm at 217 followers, but that's still over 200. I'm just a slacker.

Here's what's up for grabs. Books! I know you're surprised. ;) And I'm going with a ghostly theme. Both very moving stories with pretty unique concepts.

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman From the back cover: On a day that started like any other... Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left--the most important decision she'll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

The Everafter by Amy Huntley From the inside flap: Madison Stanton doesn't know where she is or how she got there. But she does know this--she is dead. And alone, in a vast, dark space. The only company she has in this place are luminescent objects that turn out to be all the things Maddy lost while she was alive. And soon she discovers that with these artifacts, she can reexperience--and sometimes even change--moments from her life.

Her first kiss.

A trip to Disney World.

Her sister's wedding.

A disastrous sleepover.

In reliving these moments, Maddy learns illuminating and sometimes frightening truths about her life--and death.

This is a haunting and ultimately hopeful novel about the beauty of even the most insignificant moments--and the strength of love even beyond death.

And... My new favorite toy. :)

Aren't they the coolest pens ever?

Perfect for late night inspiration. :)

The winner will get one green pen and one red pen (black ink). I'm also throwing in a cool journal. What are pens without paper, right?

Added July 28th:

How to enter:

+1 for commenting (You have to comment, or I won't know you want to be entered.)
+2 for being a current follower
+1 for being a new follower
+5 for blogging, posting on your sidebar, tweeting (@abbyannis), or facebooking about the contest (total of 20)
+1 for telling me the best book you've read recently and why you loved it
+1 for calculating your total

Contest ends Saturday, July 31st at Midnight PST and the winner will be announced Monday, August 2nd.

And be sure to check out Tere's Witchy Woman Birthday Giveaway for more great prizes. :)


  1. Abby, huge congrats. You deserve every one of your followers!

    My fav book lately?

    Probably 'Before I Die' Totally heart wrenching. :)

    I'm an oldie! Congrats again, woman!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  2. Yay! Books are the best prize.

    I've fizzled on a lot of books lately, but I listened to The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. This is my kind of Alyss story. Real conflict, romance and heavy dose of fantasy. Definitely not your Disney Alice and taken much deeper than the recent Depp movie. All I can say is that I highly recommend it!

    Ok, I put the giveaway in my sidebar at My Writing Journey +5 and tweeted +5, old follower +1, comment +1, best book +1, and totally my total (lol!) +1.

    I believe that gives me a total of 15 entries. Woot! I almost bought If I Stay today.

  3. Yay! 5 entries for me!

    hmm let's see. My favorite book lately... I'm going to go with World War Z.
    Yay Zombie apocalypse!

  4. Okay, I'm already a follower, I commented (obviously), I posted on FB and on the sidebar on my blog. The best book I've read recently is "The Adoration of Jenn Fox" because it was so different. I loved the style of writing and the turmoil of the character. So that gives me 15.

    Great contest. I'd love to read both these books. And the pens are cool, too.

  5. Congrats, Abby!

    Ooh, books and pens? How did you know? ;)

    Well, I'm an old follower who blogged about your contest (before you even had it up, I might add ;D), and the best book I've read lately was Club Dead. I'm a sucker for werewolves.

    That's 10 total!

    Good luck to everyone who enters!

  6. CONGRATULATIONS!! Wonderful contest Love the pens!!! ;o)

    +1 for commenting
    +2 for being a current follower
    +5 for sidebar
    +5 for tweeting (@abbyannis)
    +1 Best book Lately: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins! Love it such great humor and wonderful characters - worth reading for sure!!!
    +1 for calculating your total

    Total Points: 15

    Visit My Kingdom Anytime

  7. Hurray for you Abby! Congrats!

    Let's see ~ (I've already forgotten the points thing, but I can at least tell you the stuff ...)

    ♥ My fave book just recently would be, um Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon. I really liked the setting and culture (it's a Chinese fantasy, basically).

    ♥ I posted your contest on my blog

    ♥ Tweeted

    ♥ FB'd

    &haerts; I'm already a follower :)

    I'd love to win (and read) If I Stay. First, what an awesome title. And the story sounds fab.

    Great contest Abby!

  8. Congrats, Abby! My favorite book (right now) is Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Those pens look way cool. Come on over to my blog and enter my 200 followers contest too! :)

  9. Great prizes! My total is 3. Pleas enter me in!

  10. Congratulations on surpassing the double-century mark!! Definitely something to be proud of. :)

  11. Hi Abby!

    Congrats on your huge following--isn't it exciting??? ;)

    I want in, you know! So here's the math:

    1--for commenting
    2--current follower
    5--posted on sidebar!
    5--facebooked it!
    1--my favorite book
    1--adding it for ya ;)

    15 total--yippee!!!

    The best book I've read recently (considering that recently what I've been doing is hitting my edits hard and haven't read too many books...)

    (I hope this still counts because I wrote it...)
    So far, this year, the best book I've read is Eros. It's about a Cupid who happens to fall in love with a girl and she doesn't know
    who he is because it takes place in modern day New York. When she finds out, he vanishes right before her eyes and she has to travel to Greece, in hopes of finding him again, but on Mt. Olympus.

    I love this book because it helps me to realize that it doesn't matter how we look on the outside--we can always find love.

  12. +1 for commenting: Please enter me in this giveaway!

    +1 for being a new follower

    +1 for telling me the best book you've read recently and why you loved it: Little Bee by Chris Cleave - it is a great story and one that will stay with me for quite a while

    +1 for calculating your total: 4 total


  13. COngrats on hitting the 200 milestone! And thanks for the contest. :)

    +1 for commenting
    +2 old follower
    +10 I'll tweet and facebook you
    +1 Hmm, best book recently..I'm working my way through Richelle Mead's Spirit Bound and loving it because I missed the characters. :)
    +1 for adding my total

    =15 entries for moi :)

  14. Congrats, Abby!!!

    I can't chose which book I love best. I love them all. :D

    But I'll go with SPIRIT BOUND by Richelle Mead (5th book of the VAMPIRE ACADEMY series). I love it because Rose can kick some serious butt, plus Dimitri and Adrian are hot hot hot.

    + 1 commenting
    + 1 fav book
    + 2 current follower
    + 5 tweeting
    + 5 in my blog sidebar
    + 1 doing the math

    = 15

  15. Hey cool contest. And congrats on your followers. Please enter me.

    That's 1 for commenting, 1 for being a follower, 1 for telling you the best book I have ever read (The book Thief by Marcus Zusak) and 1 for totaling my points

    5 points for me.

  16. Yay, Abby! So glad you are celebrating. You deserve every reader. And those are great prizes!

    I really loved Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman. She deserved the Newberry for sure.

    ...so that totals me to 10.

    :o) Congrats again, Abby!

  17. Hi Abby,

    Congrats on your 200!;)

    My fav book read recently....mmm so many! I will say right now Murakami's Spudnik Sweetheart.

    Points tally = 4 (1 for new follower, 1 for posting, 1 for book read + 1 for totalling up?? ;)))

  18. I'm a current follower and I'm commenting. Yay! I loved IF I STAY, but I borrowed a copy and I'd love to own a copy. The best book I've read lately was Jhumpha Lahiri's short story collection, Unaccustomed Ground. SO good. She really captured the feel of family life no matter what situation a person is in.

    I suppose my tally so far is +5

  19. +1 for this comment that says "why I haven't I discovered this blog yet???

    +1 for being a new follower

    +10 posting on my sidebar at http://margoberendsen.blogspot.com and tweeting (@abbyannis)

    +1 the best book I've read lately is the Hidden by Kathryn Mackel - a supernatural suspense

    +1 for calculating your total

    that's 14 points

  20. Congrats on the followers and the great contest. Here's my totals:

    Comment +1
    Old follower +2
    Blog post +5
    Sidebar +5
    Favorite Book +1 (hush, hush because I won a signed copy)
    Calculation +1

    Total +15

  21. Congrats on 217+!

    And yes, coolest pens ever. :)

    Best book? The Wide-awake Princess. I love that it flipped the sleeping beauty story on its head.

    +1 comment
    +1 new follower
    +1 book

  22. +1 Congrats!
    +1 new follower
    +1 My most recent fave book is The Darkest Lie by Gena Showalter. The Lords of the Underworld series just gets better and better. The characters are so interesting and the challenges they face are unique.
    +1 add

    TOTAL= 4

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  23. Congrats on passing the 200 mark! Definitely love the pens.

    +1 comment
    +1 new follower
    +5 posting on my sidebar - Southern Writemares
    +1 the best book I've read recently is Under the Dome. Didn't care for the ending but still loved the book.
    +1 calculating total

    Total points = 9

  24. Hi, Abby!

    I signed on as a "follower" and I sure would appreciate it if you would honor me with a "follow-back" on my blog, "Cynde's Got The Write Stuff". If you do it within the next few days, you'll be just in time to enter my Followers' Contest where the prizes are: a $15.00 gift certificate from Amazon, plus a FREE, Autographed copy of a great book entitled, "ROSE: A True Lady", written by the very talented Diane L. Wood. I hope you take advantage of this fun little contest and I would love to have you as one of my "followers". Please?

    The best book that I've read recently is: "ROOMS" by James L. Dubart. The reason I liked it so much is because it was so alive and unpredictable. I have this annoying habit of usually being able to predict what is going to happen next in books and movies and how they're going to end--WAY before the end of the story. Needless to say, it ruins the story for me. In "ROOMS", it was thrilling because the story took so many unpredictable and delightful turns. I just LOVED it. It was refreshingly different.

    As for your amazing contest, here are the point tallies:

    + 1 for commenting
    + 1 for being a new follower
    +20 for blogging & posting on your sidebar (Cynde's Got The Write Stuff, tweeting (@acushla712), and for facebooking about the contest (http://www.facebook.com/acushla712?ref=profile)
    + 1 for telling you the best book I've read recently and why I loved it
    + 1 for calculating my total
    24= My Total Points

    My email addy is:

    Also...I totally LOVE those pens! What do you call them? I didn't know what to call them when I did my post about your contest on my blog because you never said what their name was. :o(

    Oh well...this comment has turned out to be my very first NOVEL, huh?

    Have a great evening, Abby.


    "Cynde's Got The Write Stuff"

  25. Congrats for getting more then 200 follower.
    I like the colered pins thouse are cool looking.
    +1 Comment
    +1 New Follower
    +5 Blog about this contest on my myspace blog here is the link
    +1 Calculating


  26. +1 for commenting
    Congrats on passing 200 followers!
    +1 for being a new follower
    +5 posting on your sidebar
    +5 tweeting
    +1 for telling me the best book you've read recently and why you loved it I LOVED the Dust Of 100 Dogs-not only was it a great summer read but it is packed with action, adventure, and it is wicked fun.
    +1 for calculating your total
    14 entries for me
    zenfoxflower AT yahooDOTcom

  27. Sweet Muffins! I love this contest!


    All right... points :D

    +1 Comment
    +2 Current follower
    +5 for blogging
    +5 for sidebar linkage (also at above link)
    +5 for tweet tweet twittering
    +1 best book I've read recently... The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey. I LOVE the way she weaves all these different fairy tales and myths into her Tales of the 500 Kingdom books. It's so much fun!
    +1 for calculations
    =20! Woot Woot!


  28. Okay, let's see here:

    +1 for commenting
    +1 for being a new follower
    +10 for tweeting (@abbyannis) and facebooking about the contest
    +1 for telling me the best book you've read recently and why you loved it
    +1 for calculating your total

    Such cool prizes, thank you for the chance to win.
    The best book I've read recently is Dracula, which I re-read in English (my mother tongue is Hugarian). I love it cause it's so well written and it's always a shame how much gets lost in translation.
    My total adds up to 14 :)

  29. Oh I'm loving those pens and the books look lovely! Cute blog by the way!

    +1 for commenting
    +1 for being a new follower
    +5 for tweeting it http://twitter.com/AngelaPenaDahle

    +5 for FB'ing it http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1150437102

    +1 --Recently read Inkheart--loved it because it is so imaginative and the descriptions of everything from characters to setting, etc are delicioso!

    +1 for calculating total

    =14 points/entries


  30. +JMJ+

    Just in case this is international, I'll submit this entry. I'll understand if the contest turns out to be local, but I lose nothing by trying, right? ;-)

    +1 Comment
    +1 New Follower
    +5 Sidebar
    +1 Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (I couldn't believe how good the prose was and how wonderful Barrie's sense of humour was. These are totally lost in the Disney adaptation. The novel is truly magical!)
    +1 Total: 9

    I used to have one of those pens, many years ago. It was a special promotional item from Reader's Digest because of my family's renewal of our subscription. I've never been able to find another one, though. =(

    And the books you're featuring sound really lovely. I haven't seen them on other book blogs, and I wonder why, because they draw me now.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Abby. =) I really hope I'm eligible!

  31. Nice giveaway thank you and congrats on the followers! The best book for me is Spirit Bound By Richelle Mead I have loved them from the beginning and I am hooked,I just love vampire academy the best!
    +1 commenting
    +1 new follower
    +1 best book
    +1 adding
    4 total

  32. I just stumbled upon your blog. I elected to be a follower because of the quote you have on the sidebar. Its beautiful, true and something I will write down for when I am having a rough day. Thanks for that. ;)
    new follower 1
    comment 1

    total 3 entries.

  33. +1 commenting
    +1 new follower
    +1 my favorite book ever is "Leftovers"
    +1 adding up to make a total of FOUR

  34. Hey congrats! I will come back with the total of stuff. I have to get organized. :)

  35. Congrats!!!

    Those pens look sooooo fun!

    Let's see
    +1 for comment
    +2 current follower
    +1 best book lately = Dark Divine (Bree Despain)
    +1 for total

    Total of +5

  36. The best book I read lately was Perfume: Story of a Murderer. It was different, fresh, and written beautifully.

    And I think I'm obsessed with your pens! That's +9 for me. :)


  37. Congrats on the followers! And what an awesome contest. :)

    My favorite book right now...The Giver. I fell in love with it all over again, and realized how perfect of a dystopian novel it is!

    Here's my total:
    +1 for commenting, +2 for being an old follower, +1 for the book,
    +1 for calculating the total = 5!

  38. Congrats on followers!

    My favorite book that I've read recently was probably The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta. It made me laugh and cry and has just stayed with me since the very first page. The writing, the story, and the characters are all breathtaking, realistic, and memorable.


  39. Congrats on the 200! I've kind of been out of the blog world lately :)

    I'd love to enter your contest!

    +1 commenting
    +2 old follower
    +1 best book I've read recently would have to be Spirit Bound, like so many others have said, because of DIMITRI!!! But I also will say Sunshine by Robin McKinley, because she created a character that you weren't supposed to love(Con), but I really, really did. And she's just plain awesome!
    +1 add up my points

    total = 5

    Thanks for having such an awesome contest!

  40. Yay I love giveaways!!
    The best book i've read recently is actually the one i'm reading now: Breaking Dawn. I know I'm behind on reading the last of the Twilight books, but this is just like the others. I can't. put it. down. The characters are so real (books beat the movies hands down) and I'm still left thinking of hte story long after i've closed the book.

    +1 Commenting
    +2 Current Follower
    +5 Posting on sidebar
    +5 Tweeting
    +5 Facebook (facebook.com/Rosecoop)
    +1 Best Book
    +1 Calculating total

  41. Congrats on the followers!

    +1 Entry Comment
    +2 Current Follower
    +5 Blog - link here
    +5 Tweet - link here
    +1 Best Recent Book - Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs because it was light, fun, and had a swoon-worthy love interest!
    +1 Math
    Total: 15

  42. Congrats on 246 followers (as of this moment!)

    I'm an old follower and I'll post your contest on my sidebar.

    My favorite book lately, without a doubt, is The Hunger Games, closely followed by Catching Fire. In fact, I'm thinking of grabbing your Mockingjay countdown thingie off your sidebar - I absolutely can't wait for that to come out!

    For a total of +10. :)

  43. Congrats Abby. I'm an old follower (and late in saying congrats). This is an awesome way to celebrate too.

    Best book I've read recently is The Deathday Letter by Shaun Hutchinson. Why? Because Shaun captures the essence of being 16 and facing an impending death with a flair that is unparalleled. His ability to storytell is amazing, and this is one book NOBODY should miss out on.

    Here's my count:

    +1 for commenting
    +2 for being a current follower
    +5 for posting on blog
    +1 for telling about fav book
    +1 for calculating total

    Total: 10

    Good luck to all the entries. If I win, I promise not to gloat (too much) :)

  44. +1 commenting
    +1 new follower
    +1 favorite book
    +1 total

    Congrats on your followers!

    My favorite book lately... TELL ME A SECRET! I have a review on my blog, the most recent one.

    Total: 4 entries


  45. Well I am late getting here, but I am glad I finally made it Congrats on all your followers, Trying to become one!