Thursday, May 26, 2011

Six Month Anniversary Giveaway!

June will be my sixth month of blogging, and I decided to do a giveaway to mark the occasion. I have participated in giveaways on other sites, and had a great time doing it, so I thought it would be fun to host my own. I have enjoyed my time in the blogosphere so much, I wanted to do something to celebrate that. And, this is my way of saying THANK YOU to everyone who has followed, left comments, or visited my blog in the past six months.

I also learned that my first paid article will be published in June, so I'm beyond thrilled about that. I'm just feeling good about life in general, and I wanted to have a little fun with a contest. I hope you'll join me!

Here are the details:

In addition to being a milestone month for me, June is also the season premiere of True Blood, and I decided to tie that in to my giveaway. I am a fan of the show, in large part because I think the vampire Eric Northman, played by Alexander Skarsgard, is to die for. :D

Hello, Gorgeous!

So since I love vampire tales, and True Blood has me in a vampire state of mind, I thought I would give away some vampire books. In addition, I am giving away an Amazon gift certificate, so there is something for everyone, even those who aren't vampire fans!

The prizes:

Grand prize:

A $25 gift certificate for

First prize:

The Sookie Stackhouse TV Tie-In Box Set, featuring the first three Sookie Stackhouse novels, by Charlaine Harris

Runner-up prize:

'Salem's Lot by Stephen King

I'm a King fan, and I wanted to include a darker, classic take on the vampire mythology in addition to the more modern True Blood.

So there will be three winners all together, drawn at random.

The books are all new paperbacks that have never been read. As I am new to all this, I don't know if it's necessary to list any disclaimers, but suffice it to say I am not affiliated with Amazon, HBO, True Blood, Ms. Harris, or Mr. King. I just bought the books myself and want to share them, I'm not being compensated in any way.

Entering the contest couldn't be easier. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, and you're in! It's not necessary to follow me to enter, although of course I would be thrilled if you did, and I would gladly follow back. It's also not necessary to tweet or post about this contest, but again, I would be most grateful if you want to help get the word out.

The contest is open to anyone who visits and chooses to leave a comment on this post, so you do not have to be a current follower to enter. The only requirement is that you leave me your blog address or a valid e-mail address so that I can contact you if you are one of the winners. Anonymous comments will not be accepted or entered into the drawing.

While I live in the United States, the contest is not limited to those in the US. I am happy to ship the books anywhere, and will send the Amazon certificate via e-mail. I won't take responsibility for any restrictions Amazon places on ordering, but I will be glad to send the certificate anywhere it can be used.

The deadline to enter is Saturday, June 11th at midnight, eastern standard time.

I am very excited to reach this blogging and publishing milestone, and I hope you will help me celebrate! :)


  1. Terrific blog Julie! I'd love to follow, but Blogger is giving me a hard time at the moment. I'll continue to try it and see if I can get it to work!!

    Congrats on the 6 months :)

  2. I too am a huge Eric Northman fan! I can't wait for the new season.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

  3. Congrats on your article being published. That's awesome. (Don't put me in the drawing as I'm not fond of Sookie) But I wanted to congratulate you.

  4. I love True Blood, and while I prefer living men to dead ones, I still think Eric is super sexy. LOL.

    Congrats on 6 months, and especially on that article publication!!

  5. Congrats on your six month blogger-versary! And a published article, too. It sounds like June is going to be a great month for you.

  6. Congrats on your upcoming publication and the blogging milestone!

  7. Julie, congratulations on getting your article published and on your blogging anniversary! I can't wait to hear all the details! The contest is a terrific idea! True Blood fans are the most deserving, so don't include me in the drawing. I am so excited for you! Julie

  8. Thanks for the chance :)
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  9. Wonderful news about your article! And yes, he is a handsome devil, that fellow/

  10. I'm so excited for you! Where is your article going to be published? I would love to read it!
    I love how you're running your contest - it just feels so friendly. And hey, thanks for joining my blog and leaving me a comment - I loved it!
    I wanted to let you know - if you're thinking of buying the book on my post, OUTSIDE LIES MAGIC, read the remainder of the jacket copy I added to the post so you have the whole picture of what the book is about.
    I'm a bit of an eccentric, and I enjoyed all parts of the book, but I wanted to make sure you had a complete sense of what the whole book is about in case there are any parts you might not find as interesting. Thanks! You're awesome!

  11. Congrats on the blogging milestone and your June article! Look forward to learning the deets on that. :-)

  12. BIG Congratulations on the 6 month milestone. It is a wonderful place this blogging world of ours. Have a great holiday weekend. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  13. yeah for you! i didnt do anything for my 6 month (was in the midst of that crazy april challenge!)
    here's to you!

    and have a nice wknd!

  14. Hey Julie,

    CONGRATS on this big milestone! Yay! I've been enjoying your blog so much these past couple of months. :) That is so cool about the article too, I'm so excited for you and can't wait to read it. *hugs*

    What an awesome idea to celebrate all of it with a Giveaway like that. I'm really enjoying Eric on True Blood, he's a great character for sure. :)

    Here's to many more months of blogging to come! Congrats again, you truly rock. :)

  15. Julie, congrats on six months of blogging. Awesome.

  16. @Jemi, thanks for visiting and trying to follow, I know Blogger is being difficult again. So annoying! Thanks so much for coming by, and I'm glad to get to know you!

    @Ashley, hi, it's great to meet another Eric fan! :)

    @Donna, thank you for the congrats, I really appreciate it! And honestly I'm with you, I don't like Sookie either LOL. Thanks again for your comments! :)

    @Trisha, thanks so much! And I agree, for a dead guy, Eric is tops LOL.

    @Kendal, I hope so, I'm excited about June, thanks!

    @Janel, thank you!

    @Julie, thanks so much, I appreciate it. I'm very excited too!

    @Aubrey, you're welcome, thanks for visiting! :)

    @Melissa, thanks! He is, no question. :D

    @Brenda, thank you for coming by, I'm so glad we found each others' blogs, I think you're awesome too. Thanks too about the book, I'm sure I will enjoy it, I tend to be a little eccentric about things too, but thank you for letting me know. About the article, it will be published in Thrive In Life, I will share it here when I have it. So glad to meet you, thanks again!

    @Taio, thanks for visiting and for your comment. :)

    @Liz, thank so much, I am very excited about all of it.

    @Jules, thank you, I hope you have a wonderful holiday as well. It looks like we might finally have some nice sunny weather! And I agree, I love the blogging world! :)

    @Tara, thanks, and here's a belated toast to your 6 month as well! Have a great weekend, and thanks again.

    @Carina, aww, thanks so much, you rock too! I'm so glad you've been enjoying the blog! Thanks again!

    @Karen, thank you!!

  17. Fantastic contest! And congrats on almost six months of blogging, Julie!

  18. Getting paid for your work--that's something to celebrate indeed! And your blog is awesome! The prizes look great :) I hope I win one of them.
    have a great memorial day weekend!

  19. Congratulations on the blog milestone and your article. The giveaway sounds like fun, I'm in.

  20. Well done on your blogging tenacity!

  21. @Talli, thank you!

    @nutschell, it really is a thrill, I was so excited to get the news. Thanks so much, and I hope you have a great weekend too!

    @Claire, thanks! I've got you in, thank you. :)

    @Cathy, thanks!

  22. I'm a new follower and wanted to wish you congratulations on your six month anniversary. May there be many more!

  23. @Rebecca, thank you!! I hope for many more too, thanks so much.

  24. Congrats on nearly 6 months of blogging!!!! Why did I think you have been around longer than that?????

    Also HUGE CONGRATS on your first paid article!!! Catabulous news!

  25. Major congrats on six months of blogging! That's awesome. I'm so excited that I found your blog and I look forward to following you another six months. :)

  26. Yeah count me in! I love Eric Northman and Alexander Skarsgard is so HOT! Congrats on your article and your blog anniversary.

  27. Congratulations on your six-month milestone and your first paid article. Yay!

    Thank you for running the awesome contest. Count me in!

    Ellie Garratt

  28. Wow, congrats on 6 months of blogging and the article - pretty sure maybe 4 people were reading my blog 6 months out, hahaha. :)


    u0308884 (at) utah (dot) edu

  29. @Caren, thanks! Catabulous, I love that. How cute! :)

    @Ciara, thanks so much, that's so nice of you to say. I'm really glad I found your blog as well!!

    @Jennifer, great, I'm glad you're in! Thank you!

    @Ellie, I'm glad you like the contest, thanks so much!

    @Ru, great to meet you, thanks for coming by. I'm looking forward to checking out your blog, thanks so much.

  30. Julie, hooray for you on being published! that's awesome!

    You'll have to let us know where, put a link, if possible!

    Lake Forest, CA USA

  31. @Sandi, thank you so much, I really appreciate it. I will definitely put a link up and share it, thank you!

  32. Hi Julie! It's nice to meet a fellow blogger. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment.

    Wow, I'm just in time for a contest. ;) Sounds fun! Thanks for this opportunity (crossing fingers now, hehehe)

    Congrats on your article and also on your 6-month mark. It's always so exciting to hit a milestone, not to mention getting an article published. Now you can say you've been published!


  33. Thanks for the giveaway!

    bmweida at yahoo dot com

  34. @Cherie, thanks, it's so great to meet you as well, I was really glad I came upon your blog! Thanks too for the congrats!

    @Breanne, you're welcome, thanks for visiting and for your comment!

  35. Happy six months of blogging. I read some of the True Blood books. They were pretty fun. I like Steven King too.

  36. Hi Julie! I thought for sure I'd left a comment for your wonderful give-away, but it doesn't appear so! Thanks for the reminder and congrats!

  37. Vampire books, Stephen King or shopping on Amazon ... how could I not be in! :-)

    Happy blogging anniversary and congratulations on your article! :-)

  38. @Carrie, thank you! I agree, I haven't read all of the True Blood books, but to me they are quick, fun reads.

    @Becky, I've got you in now! Thanks so much. :)

    @K.C., thank you! I'm glad you're in. :D


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