Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My 1 Year Blogoversary Celebration!!

WOOOOOOOO I made it!!! This past year has been a whirlwind for me. I wish I had a picture of the butt ugly blog that I made when I started...it was quite comical and my graphic designer brother made fun of me. Now I have this awesome one made by Ishita from The Reading Fish! Anyhoo, I have had a pleasure of meeting some great authors and bloggers. I wouldn't be here today without them and I ESPECIALLY wouldn't be here without my readers.  This celebration is for you!

I'm going to name drop because these peeps are super special :-) I may not talk to them all the time but they are the reason I started blogging and continue to blog.

My blogger bitch Lori... love her to death! She's like my twin and I can talk to her about anything. Her blog is Contagious Reads so check her out! She also had these kind words to say for my celebration "The first memory I have of Ren is a conversation that we had on facebook about how nasty our glasses were. Since then our friendship has been nothing but macrbe smartassery to the extreme. We love to have fun, read good books and share a passion for all things skulls and snark. More than that has been a hand holder, a supporter and a place to vent. No matter big or small she is there for her friends. When I don't know how to do something she's like duh! and tells me how to do it. I love that. She works hard to maintain her blog, she promotes the crap out of the books she is passionate about and is all around one of the hardest working bloggers I know. I love this girl! Congrats on your 1 year!!! Here's to meeting at UtopYa and another year of blogging madness!!!"

D.T. Dyllin and The Dragon Hussies... it's crazy how a book, or in the case a series, can bring readers together. I knew some of the girls from the reading community but I'm a chicken when it comes to adding peeps on Facebook. I wound up requesting them and now I love them to death! They are the coolest chicks and they make for some great conversation. <33 you girls Jessy, Shona, Kellee, Sarah and Bieke...and of course the amazing author that made it possible, Dara :) 

Becky and Justine from Bex 'n' Books are awesomesauce!! 

I'll be here forever if I write paragraphs on everyone so here they are:

Authors: Shelly Crane, Rachael Wade, Abbi Glines, Nicole Williams, Tiffany King, M. Leighton, David Mayer, Kenya Wright, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Fisher Amelie, Jillian Dodd, Frankie Rose, Alexia Purdy, Annie Walls, L.P. Dover, Cameo Ranae, Cambria Hebert, Stacey Jay, Madison Daniel, Brandy Dull, Alyson Noel, Jessica Sorensen, Chris Almeida, Cecilia Aubrey, Lily Crussell, Jennifer Malone Wright, KB Miller, LM Preston, Kendall Grey, Aimee Duffy, Emily Walker, MayLynn Bast, Shanora Williams, Laura Howard, Melissa Andrea, AJ Lape, M.R. Polish, Ruthi Kight, Eric Asher, Jessica Turner, Chelsea Starling, Keren Spencer, Teresa Gabelman, Avery Olive, JD Nelson, Jason Bryant, Bree Vanderland, Raine Thomas, Stacey Rourke, Nadege Richards, Annie Brewer,  Jenn Blythe, Dominique Goodall, Heather Savage, Peggy Martinez, Ranae Rose, Mera Sampson, Dani Harper, Amber Garza, Howard Shapiro, Chelsea Fine, Jill Prand, Jessi Gibson, Tabitha Short....shit, now I think I forgot someone :(

Bookish peeps: Autumn Nauling, Beth Edwards, Penelope Bartoto, Anna Dase, Mel & Lana, Lisa Labriola, Kristina Haecker, Nika, Brianna Lee, All the girls from Good Choice Reading, Helena,  Tamara Beard, Tawnya P, Rhowie Acierto, Delphina Miyares, Samantha Atkin, Cassie Chavez, Autumn Wrought(my other twin), Alexandra Louk, Katie Shelby, Marcy Rachel, Crystal Clifton, Jenny Bynum,  Michelle McQueen, Cheree Crump, Candy Smith, Alyssa Susanna, Patricia Crews, Rose Newman, Tammy Middleton, Wendy Lovetiggi, Brittany Carrigan, Elizabeth Gunderson, Elizabeth Hollar, Nevena Read, Jodi Murphy, Mary Lee, June Luu, Donna Tuggle, Laura MacKean, Peggy Walgren, Mary Bookhounds, Natasha Vahora, Shreya Gunna, Leah Dewet, Lady Amber, Oh Chrys, I Love YA Fiction, Parajunkee, Always YA At Heart and pretty much every blog in my side bar. I feel bad for leaving peeps out but my brain hurts. 

As promised, here is my gift to the readers...or should I say gifts. There is a separate rafflecopter for each book. If you find that it's not your cup or tea or you have it, skip over it. That simple! I'll post the cover and blurb for ya :-) BTW, this is international but if you live outside the US you have to cover half of the shipping costs. If you enter more than one rafflecopter, you only have to comment once for the "Leave a blogpost comment" entry.... Same goes for the Share on Facebook entry, you only have to share once for all of the copters. Good Luck!!

Partying with friends and scoring a flawless tan is about all Roxie has on her list of things to make her Hampton's summer perfect.

Her parents, however, have other plans and Grandma Betty's farm is just one of them.

Just as her life is in shambles and the quaint town is suffocating her, she meets Chase.

Somewhere in the mix of bummer summer and small town doldrums, he becomes the boy she can't seem to avoid falling for. Just adding him to the picture, her stay starts to get better, even if she knows it has to end with the summer holidays.

That is until Betty drops a life-shattering bomb.
Roxie must make a choice that will change her life forever. What happens when a spoiled brat from New York learns the true meaning of love, loss, and forgiveness?

Can Chase and Roxie find a way to be together or is this just another summer romance?a Rafflecopter giveaway

A girl.

A coma.

A life she can't remember.

When Emma Walker wakes up in the hospital with no knowledge of how she got there, she learns that she's been in a coma for six months. Strangers show up and claim to be her parents, but she can't remember them. She can't remember anyone. Not her friends, not even her boyfriend. Even though she can't remember, everyone wants her to just pick up where she left off, but what she learns about the 'old her' makes her start to wish she'd never woken up. Her boyfriend breaks up with the new girl he's dating to be with her, her parents want her to start planning for college, her friends want their leader back, and her physical therapist with the hazel eyes keeps his distance to save his position at the hospital. 

 Will she ever feel like she recognizes the girl in the mirror?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing a new evil, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and … damn, I need a vacationa Rafflecopter giveaway

Harper only wanted a safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of beautiful girls, Penn, Thea, and Lexi, everything changes. Vowing to get her sister back no matter what the cost, Harper must face dangers unlike any she's ever experienced. Fortunately, she has Daniel by her side, a gorgeous guy who's devoted to helping her find her sister—and who's immune to the girls' dark powers.

While Harper searches for her sister, Gemma struggles to adjust to her new life. Gemma's powers are growing by the day, and the longer she lives with her new "sisters," the harder it is to resist entering their magical world. It's a realm both dark and beautiful, and where she's plagued by strange hungers and unspeakable needs. Just as she's drifting far away from her old life, Harper and Daniel find her...but no one can deny how much she's changed. All she wants is to return to her family and the mortal world, but how can she do that when she's become something else entirely—and will they still love her once they learn the truth?

Prepare to fall under the spell of Lullaby, the second book in the Watersong series from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.a Rafflecopter giveaway

In times of stress Jillian Descharme has always found calm in her dream of a great white wolf with haunting blue eyes. But she is startled when the visions return and this time seem so real. Late at night he comes to her, speaks to her, touches her. It's almost as if he's alive...

Thirty years ago James Macleod lost his wife and unborn child to a killer bent on destroying the Changelings. Though he longed for death, his animal instinct fought for survival and James has been a wolf ever since. Yet now a woman has reawakened the man in him, taming wild instincts but arousing still wilder needs. With his ancient enemy hunting the legendary white wolf, James must fight for new life, new hope, new love.a Rafflecopter giveaway

The most tragic love story in history . . .

 Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.a Rafflecopter giveaway

Kate thought it was something they had left behind long ago when they moved nearly two-thousand miles away, but when her best friend Abby talks her into visiting a psychic, the mystery is reawakened. Twenty-one years ago, four years before she was even born, her older sister had disappeared from the front porch of their cousin's home. Without witnesses and without any evidence, the case went cold.

Abby's had a crush on Adam for nearly two years and is more than ecstatic when she finally catches his attention. Secretly Kate has liked him since sixth grade and when she learns he is taking a weekend trip to see his brother in the same town where her sister had disappeared, she goes along. As their forbidden romance blooms and betrayal weighs heavily on her heart, she finds herself face to face with her sister's murderer.a Rafflecopter giveaway

With a death starts a new beginning...

Eighteen-year-old Esmerelda thinks she’s just a normal girl, but all of that changes the day of her mom’s funeral, when a warlock, intent on using her special powers, kidnaps her. Powers she didn’t know existed. Thrown in the middle of a magical battle, Es struggles to learn her magic while fleeing both vampires and warlocks, at the same time, hunting for the witches that can help defeat her adversary. The only problem is that they are dead.

Thankfully, she has the help of Jarak—her Guardian—who quickly captures her heart, but she wonders if she can win his? Just when she thinks Jarak is the one for her, Ian appears with daggers drawn to save Es from a vampire attack. Ian is cocky and rude, but there is something magnetic about him—something that attracts her to him. With her heart torn between two men, she faces the foes that are out for her blood. Can Es do the unthinkable and awaken them from their graves before time runs out?
.a Rafflecopter giveaway

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.a Rafflecopter giveaway

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