Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Let's Celebrate Year Number Eight!





Guess whose blog is turning eight?  You got it!  Lisa Loves Literature, ME!!!  I can't believe it has been that long.  But I've had a great time!  This past year has had some ups and downs, more ups than downs though.  Since my last blogoversary:
  • I attended NOLA Storycon and got to meet a bunch of my new favorite authors.

Samantha Young

Jay Crownover (she takes the best selfies)


Jennifer L. Armentrout, the main reason I bought a ticket for NOLA Storycon

  • Attended the very first Kinky In Kansas City Romance Author convention and met some other  new favorite authors and hot cover models.

Jonny James (cover model)



Amy Daws



Kayti McGee
  • Got to be a volunteer at Apollycon in Orlando and meet other favorite authors (as well as other hot cover models)!!!!  While there, I also got to visit the Harry Potter park at Universal Studios.

Kylie Scott

Anna Todd, the main reason I first signed up to be an ApollyCon volunteer


All the hot cover models from JLA's books, along with JLA herself!



Butter Beer, the first thing I HAD to get at Universal Studios

  • In November I won NaNoWriMo for the 2nd time!  I didn't finish my novel that I'd started, but I am still working on it.
  • I also got a couple cool sponsors for my blogs, one was UberPrints.com - who let me design a free t-shirt to show how easy and fun it is.  The other was USB Memory Direct, and I got some cool USB drives to pass out as business cards with my blog design in them.   


     
  • I got to meet so many more authors than what I showed you above.  I got a trip to New Orleans for NOLA StoryCon, a trip to Orlando for Apollycon, but I also visited Albuquerque, New Mexico for a school related conference, and went to back Orlando with my family - specifically to see my 5 year old niece's first time at Disneyworld.

    Not all things were great though.  I did lose a friend.  My former writing buddy, one that I've shared her self-published books here on my blog in past Blogoversaries, as well as my own reviews.  She didn't like the way I reviewed her books, but didn't bother to read the reviews once I sent her a link, waited months afterward when someone else pointed them out.  Anyway, it's a long story, and time for me to move on.  And then last month, stupid Photobucket changed how they worked, and now my background and other things on my blog are all messed up. The problem is that someone designed it all for me, and I can't get ahold of them through email or any way anymore, so I don't know how to fix it!

    Since it is my 8th Blogoversary, I want to give away 8 prizes.  Here are the options:

    1. Your choice of any Alice Clayton book under $10 from The Book Depository (INT)
    2.  Any of the mass market copies of the Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott (TBD) (INT)
    3. Two winners will get to pick 2-3 books from my Books for Trade pile.  Here is the  most recent photo, although there may be more or different books there by the end of the month. US only, sorry, I can only afford so much postage.
    4.   E-book copies of two of my favorite books by a new favorite author Nicole Archer:  Road-Tripped and Head-Tripped. (Open to anyone who can accept a Kindle or Nook e-book)
    5. $5.00 Amazon Gift Card or Barnes and Noble if you'd prefer
    6. Coloring Book (US only, sorry, I can only afford that postage) 
    7. Samplers and Swag - Swag not pictured (US only, postage is too expensive) 
    8. Your choice of any book I've read since last September from The Book Depository. (INT) Check out those books on my Goodreads page, just scroll back till you get all the way to last September to get an idea of what books, it is a lot to choose from!  


    Just fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter.  And even if you don't want to enter, I'd love to get a comment from you below!

     
a Rafflecopter giveaway

24 comments:

  1. Congrats on 8 years! That's so awesome. I'm celebrating 10 years this month at my ShootingStarsMag blog. Time just flies! Sorry you lost a friend - that's always tough, but it sounds like you might be better off in the long run!

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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    1. Wow! 10 years!! That's so awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  2. CONGRATULATIONS LISA! 8 years is a long time to be successfully blogging! I wish you many more experiences and years of happy reading and blogging!

    Enjoy your bloggiversary!

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    1. Thanks! Although I"m not sure just how successful those first three years were, other than the fact that I kept going. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Congrats ! Eight years, it's quite a lot Oo' ! And wow, I'm jealous of you being able to meet JLA *.*

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    1. I've been lucky enough to meet JLA twice now! And I'm looking forward to seeing her again at ApollyCon next year. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. Happy Blogoversary! I love the photos. It looks like so much fun to attend these bookish events. Here's to 8+ more years!!

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    1. Bookish events are the best! I would go to every one I could afford to. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Congratulations on your blogoversary. I think I hit eight last month, too.

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    1. Awesome! Happy 8th to you as well! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Happy 8 years of blogging! That really is something to be very proud of. Thanks for sharing all of your amazing pics ~ I really enjoyed them all :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I love meeting authors, and actually I like the pictures with them more than getting a book autographed!

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  7. I thought I commented this morning...but perhaps I needed more coffee. Congrats on eight years ..that is wonderful! I love the pictures. Now I am sure I commented..LOL NOLA Storycon is on my must attend list! I did BEA Chicago, and hope to attend in 2018.

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    1. You did mention the NOLA Storycon on another post, so you did stop by! :-) I didn't get to go to BEA in Chicago, and wanted to go back to NYC this year, but didn't have the money. I want to go back! Thanks for stopping by again!

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  8. Congrats on 8 years! Love your blog!

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  9. Happy blogoversary! I'd love to enter for prize #8 <3
    Megan S.

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    1. Awesome! Just follow the rafflecopter instructions! Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Congratulations on your blog turning 8! Best wishes for more happy blogging years to come.

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    1. Thanks! Hope you entered the giveaway above!

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  11. NOLA and Apollycon seem like so much fun---I really want to go to those one day. And the USB business cards are really awesome! Happy, happy, happy blogoversary! Hope you get eight more awesome years in!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Both were a blast! I am debating on Apollycon again this year or trying to do BEA again. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Congratulations on 8 years of blogging! This year sounds like a terrific one!

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