May 22, 2013

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It’s My 3rd Blogoversary! (Yes! There is a giveaway)


Today is my 3rd blogging anniversary.  Well, technically it was yesterday but whatever.  Today I am going to celebrate and I’m going to celebrate with you!

But before we get to how I am going to celebrate, I am going to blab for a short bit about blogging and how it has affected my life.  So sit back and get comfy – this will take a moment. 😉

Let me tell you, I thought I was a passionate reader before I started blogging but I soon discovered that I really wasn’t.  I had rediscovered books a year or so before starting my blog, enjoyed reading and found myself thinking about books and characters and stories throughout the day, but the absolute passion happened once I started meeting all of the amazing people one meets when they either regularly visit or actually write a book blog.  There are some crazy readers out there – and by crazy, I mean awesome.  I didn’t know what being truly passionate about books and characters was until I met some of you online.  I am in awe of you guys and the time and commitment and, yes, passion you have towards your favorite books.

Why am I still blogging after three years?  I love sharing my favorite reads.  I LOVE finding new books and telling all of you that you absolutely HAVE to read them.  I hope I help some of you find new favorites for yourselves.  I love hearing from you guys via comments or emails or Twitter or Facebook – it always makes my day.

I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people in the world.  Not only do I get to read but I get to chat with the authors of the books that I read.  I know with social media that isn’t as unheard of as it was when I first started blogging but it still amazes me that I can do that.  That I can finish a book and immediately go to Twitter and message the author telling her/him how much I enjoyed their book.  And they write me back!  I LOVE authors.  I find they are the bomb.  They bring me my happy pills in the shape of books.  I marvel at their imaginations and their ability to transfer it so well to the page.

And you guys, my readers.  I know I have mentioned this many times before but it is always true:  you guys ROCK!  I am told often by authors that I have amazing readers and they are SO right.  You guys love reading as much as I do (and sometimes even more).  You come to my blog whenever you can and you share a part of your day with me.  That truly does humble me and you will never know how much that means to me.  Thank you, each and every one of you.  Whether you visit every day or once a week, once a month or even if today is your first visit, thank you.

And speaking of “thank you”, here is how I have decided to ‘celebrate’ my blogoversary with you:  I am doing a fun (at least I think it’s fun) giveaway to say thank you and to help celebrate my 3rd blogging anniversary.  Here’s how it will work:

a)      Check out my “Favorites” page HERE.

b)      Go ‘shopping’, choosing 6 books from that page.  You can win the books you pick!

“Why 6?” you are probably wondering.  Well, it is my third blogoversary and as nice as 3 books is as a prize, 6 is better.  “Why books from your Favorites page?” is probably your next question.  Well, most of my favorite books were suggested reads from other bloggers or from my readers.  I want to share them with you as some of you have shared them with me!

Don’t worry.  There are some really good ones there.  Among the books on my Favorites page you will find titles such as…

So go to my Favorites page, pick 6 books you would like to win and write your choices in a comment below.  You must leave your comment by Sunday May 26th 11:59pm EST.  This giveaway is open to anywhere The Book Depository ships.

So there you have it, my ‘Thank You!’ and what I have decided to do to celebrate this milestone.  I hope you have fun ‘shopping’ on my Favorites page and THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for making the last three years truly awesome.



And just a p.s. here, I saw this commercial the other day and found it so perfect, I just had to share it with you guys.  Enjoy 🙂


  1. Janie McGaugh says:

    I’d love to win:
    1. Shadowfever by Moning
    2. Bloodfever by Moning
    3. River Marked by Briggs
    4. Gunmetal Magic by Andrews
    5. Magic Strikes by Andrews
    6. Rogue Rider by Ione

  2. Anita H. says:

    Hi Julie, Happy Blogversary to you! It’s so hard to choose from your favorites, but I’m going with:

    1)Julie James “Just the Sexiest Man Alive”
    2)Julie James “Alot Like Love”
    3)Julie James “About That Night”
    4)Julie James “Love Irresistibly”
    5)Jill Shalvis “Forever and a Day”
    6)Jill Shalvis “It Had to be You”
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Hey Julie, nice to find a fellow Canadian blogger to follow! I’d love to win Jill Shalvis’ (1)Simply Irresistible (2)Head Over Heels (3)Lucky In Love (4)Forever And A Day (5) It Had To Be You and (6)Julie James “Alot Like Love”

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway, and happy blogversary!! 🙂

  4. Happy Blogversary and for the fantastic contest!

    My choice would be the first six books in the Kate Daniels/Magic series by Ilona Andrews. Thanks!

  5. Marlene Howard says:

    Happy 3RD Blogs Anniversary!!I would love:
    1 Shadowfever Karen Marie Moning
    2 Some Girls Bite Chloe Neill
    3 Frost Burned Patricia Briggs
    4 Lover At Last J R Ward
    5 Binding Shadows Jenn Bennett
    6 Crave the Darkness Amanda Bonilla
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  6. The first three Julie James and first three Jill Shalvis

  7. Congrats on 3 years!!

    Wow it was hard to pick 6. I’ve pretty much read all the UF/PNR already. LOL

    1. Lethal Rider
    2. Oracle’s Moon
    3. Lord’s Fall
    4. Something About You
    5. Just the Sexiest Man Alive
    6. A Lot Like Love

  8. Happy blogoversary!

    My picks:
    1. Dragon Bound
    2. Eternal Rider
    3. Pleasure Unbound
    4. Night Play
    5. About That Night
    6. Vision in White

  9. Happy blogoversary!!!

    My picks are:

    1. Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
    2. Mind Games by Carolyn Crane
    3. It Had To Be You by Jill Shalvis
    4. Lover At Last by JR Ward
    5. Hounded by Kevin Hearne
    6. Sweet Surrender by Maya Banks


  10. cheesecake.thief59 says:

    Happy blogoversary!

    I would love:

    1. LOVER AT LAST by JR Ward
    2. SWEET SURRENDER by Maya Banks
    3. SWEET PERSUASION by Maya Banks
    4. IT HAD TO BE YOU by Jill Shalvis
    5. FROST BURNED by Patricia Briggs
    6. MIND GAMES by Carolyn Crane

  11. I would LOVE:

    Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett
    Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
    Head Rush by Carolyn Crane
    Catch a Mate by Gena Showalter
    A Trace of Moonlight by Allison Pang
    Lover at Last by JR Ward

  12. Congrats on hitting 3!!

    I would pick

    -Binding the Shadows
    -Deadly Sting
    -Second Grave on the Left
    -Third Grave Dead Ahead
    -Immortal Rider
    -Lethal Rider

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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