Friday, August 5, 2016

There's No Seven Year Itch Going On Here! Happy 7th Blogoversary To Me With a Giveaway For My Followers!!


Wow.  It's been 7 years, and I'm still here, and I'm still enjoying it!  Although, I'm feeling a bit busy lately, it's not making me want to stop.  I actually kind of feel like this might be my lucky year!  I've finally started getting more publishers getting in contact with me without me always contacting them first.  I'm also hoping that I get to meet more authors this year, as this past year the number of authors I met was pretty low.  I met some great ones for sure, just not as many as I would have liked!  Partly because there was no BEA for me this year.  Which I hope to change in 2017.  Plus, I'm going to the NOLA Story Con the first weekend in October, and there are all kinds of authors there for me to meet!  Now, if you were around last year, you probably saw my Blogoversary post contained a lot of GIFs.  And, I still love them.  In fact, whenever I see political posts on Facebook that I want to comment on so badly, but know that it will only lead to someone getting upset, I go post a funny GIF instead.  I'm going to use GIFs to talk about my past year in blogging.  After you scroll through all those, you'll reach my giveaway!

 

In past years I've joined challenges, but not kept up with them all year.  Especially when I would join more than one challenge at a time. This year I've done pretty well with that by doing my end of the month posts.
 

Now, this actually started before my last Blogoversary, but over the past year I've really started getting into audiobooks.  It wasn't something I ever thought I'd get into.  The few times I'd tried to listen to audiobooks in the past, I couldn't keep my brain from tuning out.  But I've since learned, it just takes the right book.  I've learned that books that contain tons of description, like a lot of fantasy types of stories, don't work for me on audio. But I've been listening to a lot of the authors that I am going to get to meet in October on audio, and love it!  Some of the books are so good that they make me cry, or get me hot and bothered. Which  might be okay in the car, but when I'm listening to them at the gym, let's just say that is a little embarrassing, whether anyone notices or not.  I've also gotten so addicted to some, that I don't want to stop listening, to the point where I have driven around the block several times so I don't have to stop in the garage and quit listening.  I listened to my current favorite story, After by Anna Todd, and was so into it that I had to sit and listen in my house to it, something that I have never done because usually I pick audiobooks for in the car or at the gym.


 

Speaking of the After series by Anna Todd, I became so obsessed with that series this year that I got my second tattoo, this one book related just like my first one. But this one was the infinity symbol from the cover of the books, and an tattoo that one of the main characters, Hardin,  has.  Here is a picture of it:

In case you didn't know, the first tattoo I got was the cover of Twilight, and I got that one years ago, almost 10 I think.


This past summer I also took a little personal writing retreat and stayed at a friend's condo in Fort Collins, Colorado.  It was very relaxing, and I got a little bit of writing done.  Wish I'd done more, but still pleased with what I did.  Hoping maybe to do this again next year!


 

I started my first year-long challenge, It's New to Me.  It was to help me get started on all those series that I kept saying I needed to start because everyone else loved them so much, like the Throne of Glass series.  I got started on that, just need to move on!  I also kind of added an aspect in letting people even just do "new to them" authors.  

Okay, maybe that's enough of the GIFs for now.  On to the giveaway!  I've got two different things I'm giving away.  First is a mystery box of ARCs and finished books. Both NA and YA.  This prize will only be open to those who live in the US, because I'm kinda poor.  The other prize is open internationally.  It is your choice of book from The Book Depository up to $20.  So, help me celebrate, and enter the giveaway below!  


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64 comments:

  1. Happy Blogoversary!!! Seven years is such a long time in the logging world, that's an amazing accomplishment, congrats! I wish you many more wonderful blogging years. Thank you for the giveaway to celebrate!

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  2. Happy Blogoversary.. More power to your blog

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  3. I'd probably pick Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo by Stephanie Storey.

    Happy Blogoversary & thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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    1. I don't think I've heard of this one. I'll have to check it out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Happy Blogiversary! I love your well-written and thoughtful reviews. I hope to keep reading many more!

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  5. Happy 7th Blogoversary! That's amazing!!

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  6. Happy Blogiversay!! 7 years is amazing!!
    I have no idea what book I might pick, there are so many that I love but don't own and so many others I want to read for the first time...

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    1. Thanks! Well, you've got time to think about it. :-)

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  7. Happy Blogoversary! 7 years is a long time. I think you're doing an amazing job. Twilight was my very first book I read and it got me started on my love of reading so I will always be grateful for the series. So good pick with your first tattoo. Good Luck with publishers and your writing. I hope you have many great things coming your way. Thank you for all the reviews and introducing us to new books.

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    1. Thanks! It was a book that brought me closer with one of my sisters for awhile, so I will always be grateful to it as well. Thanks for following!

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  8. Wow - seven years!! That's amazing! Happy blogoversary! Here's wishing you seven more years of blogging!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  9. What a fun presentation and Happy Blogoversary! Time sure does fly when you're having fun, doesn't it? Thanks for all of the fun posts and wonderful books and authors you've shared. Looking forward to more to come:)

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    1. Thanks! And glad to have you as a follower!

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  10. Happy Blogoversary! I really want to have All the Bright Places. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    1. Thanks! And good luck in the giveaway!

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  11. Oooo, seven years! HUGE congratulations to you, Lisa. I think I've been "with" you for five of them (one year before I started blogging, and the four after)! Here's hoping to many more great years to come. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. I've loved getting to know you over the last however many years it has been! :-) So glad you're still around, and I love your blog as well!

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  12. Happy 7 Years!! I hope #8 is your best year yet! Good luck

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  13. Happy blogiversary! 7 years is amazing <3

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  14. Happy blogiversary! 7 years is a HUGE accomplishment!

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  15. Happy Blogiversary and here's to 70 more, woohoo!!

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  16. Happy Blogiversary ;-) Hope you blog in many more years :-)

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  17. Seven years? Wow, congratulations! And happy blogiversary! :D

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  18. WOW Happy Congrats and Happy Blogiversary I Wish You Many More Happy & Great Years Of Blogging Lisa! :D Thank you for the amazing giveaway my friend! :D

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  19. Happy Blogoversary!! Wishing you many more successful years to come!!

    Truth? This is the first I've heard of you.
    know, I know - my bad! I can't believe it either. You love books and you're a Buffy fan. I'm a book lover and I LOVE Buffy, too!! How cool is that?
    Congratulations and Thank you for this incredibly generous giveaway!! ����

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    1. Well, I'm glad to have you here now!! And yes, I love Buffy! So it's about time we found each other. Thanks for stopping by!

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  20. 7 years?
    7 years is just... *mind blowing*.
    You just made me want to say one day "I'm blogging for 7 years now" (:
    HUGE congrats! :D
    And I hope you'll have many years to come! ^__^

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    1. Thank you! It seems like just yesterday! I hope that not only do I keep enjoying it, but that I keep being relevant enough to continue! Thanks for visiting!

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  21. Happy Blogversary! I love mystery boxes of books. It helps me expand my reading because if it is in my house I need to read it. I'm looking forward to Stalking Jack the Ripper. Love a good JTR story. Would love Arcana Rising.

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    1. Thank you! Glad you like mystery boxes of books. Wish I could promise you either of those books might be in there, but at the moment I still need those. :-)

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  22. I am so impressed you've been blogging seven years! I've just passed the one-year mark and am both loving it and overwhelmed by trying to find the time.

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    1. I didn't really start getting overwhelmed until last year. Then this year I totally joined too many challenges. I think next year I'll definitely take a step back from those. Partly because I want to start some more writing next year. Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. CONGRATS! thanks for the giveaway and Id love to win My Lady Jane :3 loved that book and highly recommend it!

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    1. Thanks! I need to get ahold of My Lady Jane myself so I can read it! Thanks for visiting!

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  24. Seven years! Congratulations and happy Blogoversary! Here's to many more years of awesome books, GIFs, and bookish discoveries.

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  25. 7 years is amazing! Congratulations and happy Blogoversary! :)
    I think I'd pick The Wise Man's Fear :)

    - Ana M

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  26. Congratulations on your blogversary! What a great accomplishment! I saw Veronica Vasquez tweet about it. Let me know if you are interested in reviewing/hosting my Contemporary Romance novel, Widower's Aura. My blog tour started today, set up by Between the Sheets Promotions and there are still days available.
    Again, congratulations!
    AJ Renee
    ajreneeauthor@gmail.com
    www.ajrenee.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'll check out your book and see if it looks like something I'd be interested in, although I am kind of full with books to review, so I know I probably wouldn't be able to get to it that soon for a tour. Thanks for the offer though!

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  27. Congratulations on 7 years! Here's to as many more as you desire!

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    1. Thanks!! As long as I enjoy it, I hope to keep going!

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