Friday, November 19, 2010

500 Followers "LOVE YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE" Giveaway!

Hi guys!

I can't believe I've made it to 500 followers! I can't think of a better way to celebrate than to give away some stuff. I have a favorite local bookstore, the Bookworm, and wondered if you all had a local store you loved as well.
So, in honor of your favorite bookstore, I'd like to give away...

FOUR $15 gift cards to the local bookstore of your choice.

To enter into the giveaway, you must:

1. Be a follower of my blog
2. Please leave a comment with your email address and the name the local bookstore that you'd like to celebrate!

For extra drawings:
+3 for blogging
+3 for Facebooking
+2 for tweeting
+1 for mentioning it on your sidebar

This contest will run for two weeks and ends on December 3rd and is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. Sorry!

Good luck, and three cheers for our indie booksellers!


salarsenッ said...

This is a wonderful idea. Major hotheads to you for reaching 500+!!

My local bookstore is the Children's Book Cellar. Love that place.

+3 Facebooked you
+2 Tweeted you @SherWordsGirl
+1 Sidebar

Tracy said...

Congrats on all the followers!!

I feel a little like an outcast, because I can't help but love my B&N. Sadly, I don't even know if there ARE any independent bookstores in my area. I should be tarred & feathered.

The Happy Whisk said...

Hi Lydia - I just got 150 bucks in Borders gift cards for Halloween, so I'm not interesting in the prize but ... I did want to come on and with you a BIG CONGRATS on hitting the massive 500.

That is wonderful. You have a great day.

Linda Kage said...

Congrats on 500+ followers. That's amazing. I love the name of your favorite bookstore. I don't have any neat stores near my. I closest store that sells books in my corner of the world is Hastings.

linda @ linda kage . com

Carol Kilgore said...

Congratulations on 500 followers. That's huge! My local bookstore is Borders. And the base exchange. Sigh.

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations on 500 Followers! :D

Matthew Rush said...

Congrats on the followers! Great idea for a contest.

mattmrush (at) gmail (dot) com

Humpus Bumpus Books

Anonymous said...

Wowee!!!! Super awesome!!!!! Congrats, lady, you deserve it! :D

j.m. neeb said...

Congrats on the 500, Lydia!! :)

My email adress is polo(dot)coach(dot)neeb(at)gmail(dot)com. Readers World is the local indie bookstore... but I actually tend to be more of a library rat.

I'll be sure to make mention of this in my next Ducks post! (Might be today, depending on how things shake out.)

Anonymous said...

500 followers is a great achievement, well done Lydia!!
I'm another one whose not even sure where their nearest independent bookstore is, but you're already on my sidebar and I'm going to Facebook you too :)

Em said...

I'm going with Booksoup in West Hollywood, CA.

For anyone who doesn't know if/where there's an indy bookshop near you, check out this aweswome webtool:

Munk Davis said...

Excellent idea LK, congratulations on the 500.

Kelly said...

Wow! Congrats on 500! Which is not a surprise because your blog is informative and entertaining!!!

Book Worm is an awesome name for a book store!
I don't have a local one!!! My nearest is a Borders and that's twenty minutes away!

Anyhoo, my email is kellyp123 (at) comcast (dot) com

Meredith said...

Yay for 500 followers! You totally deserve it :) And such a fun way to celebrate!!!
Blue Willow Bookshop

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

YAY! Congrats on the big 500! And very awesome of you to hold a giveaway =D
Oddly, we are a little short on independent bookstores considering we are a family business friendly city. So B&N is where we all have to go. Okay, so there's one other but it's a dive and not sure they even have gift cards since they don't even have receipts to speak of...
Have a fantastic weekend!!!!!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congrats Lydia, on reaching the 500 followers mark. Way to go! Hope you soon reach the 1000 mark.

Valerie Geary said...

Yeah 500 followers! Yeah local bookstores! Yeah gift certificates!!
Annie Bloom's Books is the store closest to me. Email:

Liza said...


Buttonwood Books. Yea for independent book stores.


Slamdunk said...

Congrats on the 500! That is something.

Lisa_Gibson said...

Wow congrats on 500! That's totally awesome and very well deserved.
My fav local bookstore is a little place called The Tattered Cover. Huge bookstore that I used to dream about getting locked into. :)
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Melody said...

Well, I happen to live in the middle of nowhere. My closest source of books is Hastings, and, of course, the ever-present, online mega-bookstore of, haha. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats! 500 followers is huge.
We don't have a local bookstore! Is that not sad? The closest independent store is almost two hours away on Topsail Island, NC - Quartermoon Books & Gifts. I only get out there once a year, too.
I'll leave my email, but no idea what to tell you for a local store.
wolferock AT

BECKY said...

Hi Lydia! Congratulations on 500 Followers! I can't even imagine that. I'm thrilled to be nearing 150! AND, a huge thank you for posting on your sidebar about the anthology. That is so generous of you!! I am happy to become one of your followers and enter your contest. My e-mail is:Writergal53(at)aol(dot)com. My favorite indie book store is Main Street Books, on Main Street (imagine that!) in old town St. Charles, Missouri!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Great idea and congrats!

My favorite local indie has only been around a few months, and I'd love to see it do well:

Alamosa Books in Albuquerque, NM

caroline starr @ yahoo

Terri Tiffany said...

Congrats on your following! And as a former local bookstore owner, I applaud you for promoting them! Mine isn't local to me anymore but I love the place!Paradise Bookstore in Tunkhannock Pa.

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

This is SUCH a great idea. Thanks for the chance!

packratx (at) hotmail (dot) com.

And my favorite local bookstore is Mysterious Galaxy. They are awesome! :D

The Red Angel said...

Congratulations on 500+ followers, Lydia! You totally deserve it.

I am a follower indeed! :)
My email address is xtheredangelx AT gmail
Local bookstore = Tipsy Teapot
I will be blogging about this giveaway in my next post around Monday or so!
I will also mention it in my sidebar.

Good luck to all entrants! Thanks for such a nice giveaway Lydia. :) Also, I'm hosting a Mad Lib Contest on my blog in celebration of Harry Potter coming out if you're interested!


Krispy said...

CONGRATS on the followers!!! Glad to be one of them. :)

Not sure if there are really any independents in my area... :(

Carol Riggs said...

500 followers, excellent! Yay You! Thanks for stopping by my blog and adding your pretty face to my followers list! I may only have 33 official followers, but I treasure each one. I like this social networking stuff with other writers (all right--another YA writer!)
Artzicarol Ramblings

Donea Lee said...

Hi Lydia, what a great contest idea!! We've got a great local bookstore where I live called "The King's English". And congrats on the 500 followers - that's just amazing! Thanks - :)


Maria McKenzie said...

Hi, Lydia!
Congrats on 500 followers:). Great contest. I am a follower. My email is My favorite local bookstore is Joseph Beth. I'll mention it in my blog, Facebook it and Tweet it! That's 8 points:).

Old Kitty said...

CONGRATULATIONS with your 500 plus and growing followers!!!! Yay!!!!

And good luck to all the lucky lucky people entering your fab giveaway! Take care

Kerri C at CK Farm said...


My local is The Toadstool Book store! They are supportive of local authors and have great workshops!!!!

Corey Schwartz said...

Wow, congrats! Great contest idea.

scubacor at AOL

The Bookworm

Janna Qualman said...

How generous! And what a good idea, Lydia.

I'm in a rural area, sadly, and we've no small, independently-owned bookstores. I'd sure support it if we did, though.

Emy Shin said...

Woohoo! Congratulations on reaching 500 followers, Lydia! I can't remember the name of my local bookstore (*is ashamed*) so I'll have to come back later with a name.

I've tweeted about it here:!/emy_shin/status/5842806861987840

emywrites [at] gmail [dot] com

Julie Musil said...

Lydia, you've sailed right past 500! That's awesome. We don't have a small store near us, just a Barnes and Noble. Congratulations on the milestone!

The Words Crafter said...

Wow, congratulations on the 500+ followers! And how sweet of you to offer this. Because it's for a book(store) I can't resist entering.


Will facebook and sidebar and blog about it. I'll write back as soon as I've done it.

Thanks for the chance!

The Words Crafter said...

Okay, created a post that will air (?) at midnight. Added to sidebar and, as soon as the post posts, I will add it to facebook.

And DUH! I totally forgot to mention the store. We don't have any independent ones that I know of. Lots of used ones, though. So, it will be Barnes and Noble for me. Again, thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea. It is so important to support our local bookstores that support new authors.

My favorite is Audrey's in Edmonton. I rarely go as I tend to use the library. But it is a treat whenever I do.

I'll mention your contest on my Monday post. Congrats on the 500 followers.

Bossy Betty said...

Love my local bookstore!

It's called "Mrs. Figg's Books!

Escribladora said...

I have to enter this! Because, wow, my local bookstore is called the Bookworm! (Different one, though. I checked.)

Jai Joshi said...

Massive congrats on making 500 followers! That's such an achievment. You definitely deserve it.

That picture of your favourite bookstore looks very similar to a local bookstore that I used to go to, also called the Bookworm, in Frisco TX. I heard it closed down now which is such a bummer because the owners were wonderful people.


notesfromnadir said...

Congratulations on reaching 517 followers! I'm mega impressed. I also remember that it was only a couple of months ago that you had 400 followers.

Thank you so much for announcing my blog contest, too! :)

The Words Crafter said...

on facebook!

Theresa Milstein said...

YaY for reaching 500 followers and counting.

tmilstein at gmail dot com

I'm celebrating Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA.

+3 for Facebooking
+1 for mentioning it on my sidebar

Len said...

Congratulations, Lydia, on reading 500 followers!!!!!!

I'm celebrating Waterstones in the UK! :)

Lynda Young said...

Congrats on your massive following. It's a great achievement. :)

Susan Fields said...

Congratulations on 500 followers! That's huge, and so well-deserved!

Victoria Dixon said...

What an amazing achievement! Kudos to you!

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Katie Gates said...

Hi Lydia. Already a follower of both you and indie bookstores. My local favorite is Skylight Books. And my email address is katiegates (at) earthlink (dot) com. Congrats on 500+. That's awesome!!!

DL Hammons said...

I don't see why you should be surprised at 500 followers, your blog is wonderful...and informative!!

My favorite (and only) bookstore is Hastings here in snall town USA. My email address is tbone(dot)don(at)gmail(dot)com. I'll tweet and facebook your contest tonight. Promise!

Brooke said...

Congrats on the followers, and thanks so much! My favorite local bookstore in BookPeople.


Lisa Gail Green said...

Ooh, ooh I'll give it a try! What a great idea. I'll go tweet it too right now. My favorite local bookstore? Well, there aren't many in my area, but there's one in Montrose I've visited that's pretty cool. It's called Once Upon a Time.

Jonene Ficklin said...

Congratulations!! And thanks for sharing the joy. We have a Barnes and Noble.

SugarScribes said...

Wow, you deserve a huge congratulations. To reach 500 people, followers is quite an accomplishment. My email is and my favorite bookstore is Barnes and nobles. Sorry, I don'' ahve a favorite mom and pop book nook in my area

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your 500 (now 525) followers! That is awesome!

Thanks for the giveaway- my favorite local bookstore is Dark Delicacies.

readingdate at gmail dot com

Nas Dean said...

Congrats on more than five hundred followers now. I've FB friended you as well. New follower. My fave bookstore, The Book Depository.

nas_dean@ymail . com

Side Quest Publications said...

I'd never turn down gift cards to Barnes & Noble!

I love the names of some of the stores the rest of you go to.

@Em: Thanks for the heads-up on the Indy finder....
Wow! We have a indy around here? How did I not know that? (Probably because we never go to that Post Office.) I'll have to take a look at them.

@Carol Kilgore: Are you in service, spouse, or brat?
My dad was in the AF for 20 years, so I got to move around quite a lot.
And I liked it. Not the moving on someone else's schedule, but the constant travel, nonetheless.

Angela Felsted said...

Hi Lydia, What a great contest! My local bookstore is Barnes and Noble and my email is:

I'll sidebar your contest on my blog. Congratulations on 500 followers!

Deb Salisbury said...

Yay, Lydia! Congrats on 500!!!!!

Waco doesn't have an independent bookstory, as far as I know, unless you count the used book stores like Goldens. Le sigh.

E. Arroyo said...

I can't believe I missed this! I'm a follower. I still have yet to learn the workings of facebook and tweets. LOL.

Great job on 500!

Jenny said...

530 actually! Hooray! How exciting, Miss Lydia.

I love this giveaway. Focused on the small guys who work so hard to stay in business in the midst of the big box merchandisers.

My favorite Indie book store in Arizona is Changing Hands Bookstore. It's an amazing place!

Thanks for the chance.

I've am a follower.

Gale Martin said...

Nice blog and smart posts. Delighted to be a follower. My favorite bookstore is I Said Read Me in Tamaqua, PA. My email is

Nicole Zoltack said...

Congrats on 500! That's awesome! :)

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