Friday, October 29, 2010

Giveaway Time!

I am so excited to do this giveaway! I had lots of awesome comments and thoughts on my last post; many were in direct opposition to each other, so that was extremely helpful. Ha ha. Just kidding. Sort of.

Anyway, back to business. Since I'm doing this giveaway to celebrate the fact that I have 200 followers, I decided to ask you to list 200 of your favorite things about my blog to enter the giveaway! Woohoo!


HA HA, I'm TOTALLY kidding!

All you have to do is comment to enter, and tell me which "prize package" you would pick if the random number generator gives you some love. Yep, after all those conflicting thoughts on my prizes, I decided to leave it up to you to pick! So, in case you missed it last time, here are your options:

1. A package that includes anywhere from 1-3 books (depending on which ones I buy and other factors like how loudly SonB is or isn't screaming in the book store, or grabbing things off of the shelves, or how loudly or obnoxiously SonA is begging for everything in sight, therefore giving me more or less time to shop for you). And yes, I'm aware that was the longest, most rambling parenthetical sentence ever. But I'm giving you books, so no complaining, a'ight? Anyway, this package also includes CHOCOLATE!!

2. A gift card to Barnes & Noble, or Amazon, or maybe a surprise retailer, and... CHOCOLATE!!

3. A 10 page critique of your manuscript, and hey, because so many of you seemed quite keen on it, I will even throw in some CHOCOLATE!!

Hence, you do not have to make a choice that will limit your options of chocolate. And I may even be willing to get you the best chocolate known to mankind, called Marabou from Sweden. Trust me when I tell you it will make Hershey's taste like dog food. Okay, not quite that bad, but you get the idea. Although, I have never eaten dog food, and maybe it's not as bad as I imagine it tasting. Uh, a bit sidetracked there. What was I saying? Oh yes, the point is that Swedish chocolate is amazing and you will be happy you won. As for what comes with the chocolate, that is up to you!

So comment away! This giveaway is open until next Friday, November 5 at midnight. (MST) If you are really craving that Swedish chocolate and want some more opportunities to increase your odds of winning you may add:

+2 for already being a follower
+1 for new followers
+4 if you refer a new follower (they must credit you in the comments)
+1 tweeting/FBing contest (please provide link)
+3 for putting it in sidebar on your blog (again, please add link)
+4 for dedicating a blog post to the giveaway (once more, all together: link please!)

(and Melody for that amazing, sweet totally unrequested post you did on your blog, you may add +5 to your entry. Seriously, what a sweetheart! Don't know what I'm talking about? Go check out her blog and the post "covert operations" right now. Totally unexpected and about the sweetest thing EVER!)

Also, I'd really appreciate it if you tally up your points for me in your comment. Good luck, and thank you again for taking the time to read and comment on my blog! You rock!

P.S. Happy Halloween this weekend! Any fun plans?


Steena Holmes said...

Sweden Chocolate - OMG. Seriously ... You KNOW how much I love chocolate ... well, let me tell you ... I've had swedish chocolate ... OMG!!!

Alright - Tweeted +1 -!/Steenaholmes/status/29095144240

Follower +2
Sidebar +3 -
Blog Post +4 - same site
Total ... 10 :)
Oh - and I can't decide between the gift card or the critique ;) All I can focus on is the chocolate :)

Colene Murphy said...

Okay. def 3 now that there is chocolate involved. Hahaha! Amazing contest! You can put me down for 5

Anonymous said...

Shari Bird referred me!

Sara B. Larson said...

Just a note - the person you refer has to sign up to be a follower for you to get the 4 points. Just an fyi - and also, make sure you comment! Without the comment you aren't entered yet. Thanks everyone and good luck. :D

Shari said...

For the record, I did post, but for some reason, it comment failed. So, here goes again:
I am already a follower +2
I tweeted and facebooked the contest. +1 (I followed you on twitter, too. That should count for another point. :))
I referred a follower. +4
I put the contest on my blog sidebar. +3
I also blogged about the contest. +4
That should be 14 points. (15 if you count following you on twitter. Ha Ha. Okay, j/k. You can't really blame me for trying. Can you?) Thanks for the contest.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

oooh chocolate. who can say no to that?? I'm not sure which one I'd want...they all sound great, esp. 2 and 3. but maybe 2. haha

+1 i'm a new follower!!!

feel free to enter my giveaways. gotta share the love.

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Fokxxy said...

+1 I am a new follower


I am hoping to refer heather garland (hether78) but have to contact her first :)

Melissa said...

+2 for being an old follower and commenting.

Umm....I pick #1 though that decision was hard!

mamipdx said...

i'm a new follower and i tweeted:

thanks! 2 points for me.
divertida at fastmail dot fm

Sara B. Larson said...

Shari- sorry about that, how frustrating! And you bet, one more point for following me on Twitter is totally valid!

Elana Johnson said...

Congrats on all the followers! You are too cool for school.

Christine said...

I'm a new follower and I'm commenting, so that's only 2 points. I might be back to do more, but have to run. And oh, I almost forgot. Shari Bird sent me here, so she gets 4 more points. YAY!!

JC said...

I'm a new follower.

JC said...

FBing contest.!/tcarolinep/posts/113783755351344

tcarolinep at gmail dot com

s. said...

#2! books AND chocolate?? im in!

s. said...

new follower! total points: 2

Nicole Zoltack said...

new follower: +1
tweeted: +1

Steena referred me

Gift card and chocolate please! :D

Shallee said...

Awesome contest! I'm all for any of them, but pack 2 sounds great.

Shallee said...

P.S. I'm an old follower, so +2!

Christa Paige said...

Okay, I think I have 5 points, I added myself as a new follower, tweeted the link from @christapaige and put this blog in my sidebar at my website,

Of course, I am allergic to chocolate, yep even delicious imported Swedish treats.(I know, life is so unfair!)

Congrats on your 200 followers.

I really thought I wanted books to read, and would pass the chocolate to my husband if I was selected...but after thinking about it, I'm up for a critique, would love to have skilled, talented eyes crit some of my work.
Keeping my fingers crossed...

Melody said...

Awwww, you are too sweet! :)
That would make 7 total, if you're sure I'm not hogging points. :)
Oh, and I decided (finally) on which prize pack is my favorite. #1. Because I love-love-love getting new books, but I can never make up my mind about which ones to get (there's always that 'possibility' that there could be a better one just around the corner). So, #1 - you can pick. :)

Cccccccchhhhhhhoooooooccccccoooooollllllaaaaaatttttteeeeeee <3 <3 <3 <3

M.S. said...

Swedish chocolate...nothing better in the world! would love the gift card and the chance to do some shopping.

Elaine said...

Oh, I would love to win this!!!

CLOTHED MUCH, a modest fashion blog

meeyeehere said...

OOH,Gift cards and maybe some chocolate??? OH BOY,YES!!!!!!
new follower number 210,thats me! 1 point

Thanks for the chance

Jennie Bailey said...

+2 for being an "old" follower
+3 for sidebar
5 total so far. I'll try to post this to an actual blog this weekend, but don't want to count the points until I do.
Sidebar linky:
And I would LOVE the prize behind door number 3!

Anonymous said...

+2 for being a follower. That's sadly it for me because I've been gone all day and life's a bit crazy. But congrats on the 200! So happy for you!

If I had my choice, I'd go with #2 package. ;)

skkorman said...

Great giveaway—I would love to win option #2!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

Chris Phillips said...

Good giveaway. I'm going for option #2.

Unknown said...

I usually don't enter these contests (since I am terrible at math), but I loved that you said a'ight??? Too funny! So you can put me down for 2 since I am a blog follower! :)


Lola Sharp said...

'old' follower- 2
I'll do a blogpost pimping you early this week (Monday or Tues.)-4


I choose pack #1

Happy Halloween!

Russo said...

Such a clever contest, girl. Let's see I got:
+1 for new followers.

+3 for putting it in sidebar on your blog

+1 tweeting/FBing contest!/threegnomes

+4 for dedicating a blog post to the giveaway
(Check the gnome blog on Thursday, you will be featured!)

Thank you for all you have done to support us. In turn, we got your back. And again, congrats!

Janiel Miller said...

Hey girlie! Like I'd miss this awesome contest. How cool are you? So here's my total:

+2 Follower
+1 Tweeting
+ 3 Sidebar on my blog (
+ 4 Blogpost with link (

For a grand total of: 10 POINTS!


Ann said...

Any of your wonderful Chocolate filled prizes would be a treat! I am a new follower who was sent over by Lola Sharpe.

Congrats on the follower milestone.

Unknown said...

+2 follower, +1 twitter Awesome giveaway at Sara B Larson's blog!

Jemi Fraser said...

Chocolate!! :) We writers are all the same!

I'd love the 2nd prize package if the generator chooses me :)

Liz P said...

Existing follower +2
Linked in blog sidebar +3 (

5 points.
Thanks for hosting such a great contest!

alexia said...

Hi! I'm a new follower. LOL about the kids whining and begging in the store - I have an 8 year old son, so I totally feel you there. I just get 1 point, but add 4 points for Lola at Sharp Pen/Dull Sword because I read about you in her blog. I write urban fantasy and am hoping to get an agent soon... feel free to stop by my blog!

Laureen Larmour said...

I'm a new follower and Steena Holmes referred me, so 4 for her please.
+1 for new being a new follower
+3 for sidebar
+4 for dedicating a blog post to the giveaway

Any chocolate would be fine! Thank you!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Sounds like fun!

+2 already a follower! and package #2 sounds great to me!


Shannon O'Donnell said...

Did you say chocolate?! What a fantastic contest, Sara. :-)

+2 for already being a follower
+1 I will FB you from home tonight (Shannon LeMoine O'Donnell)
+3 for putting it in sidebar (


Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oops! I'd like package #1 or #2 and I hopped over from Shari @ Think, Dream, Inspire.

Stephanie McGee said...

Comment and already a follower so that's 2 points for me.

Stephanie McGee said...

Oh, and 2 or 3 for preference on package.

Stacey said...

Um I think I just have +2 for being a follower, unless I missed something! I am excited for the giveaway! Congrats on 200!

Ruth Josse said...

Already a follower! 2 points!

Liz said...

I would want #2 if I am the lucky winner!