Thursday, June 21, 2012

Giveaway Time!

A few weeks back, I polled people on what they'd like to win on a blog giveaway.

Here are the results. There were a total of 82 people who voted, and people could vote more than once.

54% gift cards for books
10% gift cards for other stuff
34% books
32% ARCs
18% writing stuff
8% hand-crafted item
19% random stuff (like plush microbes!)
25% critiques

I have a few things to celebrate.
But most of all, I want to celebrate you guys. I took a 3 week blogging break in May, and I came back more appreciative of the blogging community than ever before. I missed you guys.

So I picked the top four most-requested giveaway items. Here they are!


**A first 5 pages or query critique**

**A $15 Amazon gift card**

**Your choice of one of the following books:**




AAAAND...**an ARC of Elizabeth Richard's fall debut, BLACK CITY!**
 (which is excellent, btw!)

A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war. In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable--they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash's long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they're caught, they'll be executed--but their feelings are too strong. When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.


Here's the Rafflecopter method of entry, and I tried to make it as painless as possible. No need to copy and past links. Honor system, folks!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

122 comments:

Sophia Chang said...

Whooooooooooooaaaahhh love the new design! I'll have to look into them when I became a real live published author like you.

sophiathewriter at gmail

Shelley Munro said...

I like the new design. I also can't wait to see your cover for Control.

Liene said...

Another fan of the new look for the blog. Count me in for the giveaway!

Em-Musing said...

I'm with the others on 'liking' your new look.

Louise Bates said...

Fantastic giveaway! And I love the new blog look. So clean and easy to navigate.

shelly said...

Yes. I agree with everyone else. I love the blog look. It's great and so is your give-away. The reads look terribly interesting.

shelly said...

Forgot to leave my e-mail: shellyarkonwrites@hotmail.com

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Great giveaway! You went all out. I can mention it in the Ninja News for you tomorrow if you like.
And new design looks great.

Miranda Hardy said...

Great new design! I love it!

AuthorMirandaHardy at hotmail

Old Kitty said...

Oh you are a STAR!!! Love your new look shiny sparkly blog!!! Take care
x

Shelly said...

The new design is terrific, and how awesome of you to host a giveaway!

Connie Keller said...

The new blog design is great. Very professional looking.

And a giveaway. Squee. Such fun.

Laura Pauling said...

Love the new design! Looks terrific!

Connie Keller said...

Oops, I forgot to include my email addy. c (dot) marie (dot) keller (at) gmail.com

Karen Lange said...

Love the new look! Congrats on the title - it sounds so intriguing. :)
Thanks for doing the giveaway!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Love your new design. And glad for all your great news. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

rmarma2 at yahoo dot com

Joseph Ramirez said...

Ditto on loving the new look. It's awesome and totally professional and I'm a tad jealous. :)

B.E. Sanderson said...

Love the new look, Lydia. And wow, that's all awesome stuff to celebrate. I hope the contest and the tweets draw even more people to your blog - cuz, like, you're awesome. =o)

Sarah Brown said...

Thanks for the shout out for my blog,
Head Stuck In A Book.
Great giveaway.
sezjb81@gmail.com

Matthew MacNish said...

Your new blog (design) looks nice and fresh, Lydia!

Barbara Watson said...

Clean and fresh look! Love it. Thanks for the opportunities to win.

Ghenet Myrthil said...

I absolutely LOVE your new blog design! Congratulations on your new title as well!!

Bryan Russell said...

Love the new blog look. Even without free stuff. Though, you know, I might toss puppies under a bus for free books.*




*No puppies were harmed in the making of this comment.

Krystalyn Drown said...
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Krystalyn Drown said...

what a fun contest! I found the link in the Writers Support 4U group on Facebook. =)

belle5678 at yahoo dot com

Julie Musil said...

The blog looks amazing. And I LOVE your new title!

Carol Kilgore said...

Love your blog design :) Great contest to celebrate!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Digging the new place. :D

lbdiamond said...

LOVE the new look.

Nice giveaway!

Lexie said...

Ahhh! Thank you so much for the giveaway! Also, I really, really love both the new blog design (simple and lovely) and the title. :D Congrats!

Lexie said...

. . . and of course I forgot to leave my e-mail. That is something I would do.

nerdfighterwriter@gmail.com

Christine Danek said...

Your new blog design looks great!! Love it!

Aleksandra Dee said...

Yaaay! Loving this giveaway, thank you! :D

aleksandra1dob@gmail.com

Margo Berendsen said...

Yeah for your book title and new blog design and yay for us for a giveaway!
berendsen70 at yahoo

Bathwater said...

A critique of the first five pages would get me to start the first five pages :).

Hannah said...

That's so good! Thanks for the giveaway!
hannahsue10[at]gmail[dot]com

Steph said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

stephward84(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kelly Polark said...

Love the new look, Lydia! And thanks for a great contest!

molly.frenzel said...

Welcome back! What a fabulous giveaway! Thank you so much.

Larissa said...

Yay! I love giveaways!

And I love the new design, too!

Angie said...

So excited for this giveaway!! Thank you for this!!

ajiehuang1997 (at) gmail (dot) com

mooderino said...

Cool new look to the site. Cool prizes too.


mood
Moody Writing
@mooderino
The Funnily Enough

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Your posts are prize enough for me, Lydia. Your new blog design in uber-stylish (tips his Stetson to your designer).

It's great that your book has already been mentioned twice worldwide! Roland

Silverlight said...

pnrurbfantasyreview @ hotmail.com

Thanks!

JoyAnne said...

Nice design!

JoyAnne11 at gmail dot com

Maurice Mitchell said...

Awesome stuff. I noticed the new blog design. I was wondering how easy Rafflecopter is and I gotta say I like it.

Krispy said...

Love the new look and the circular icon in the middle! So cute! Congrats on everything and thanks for the giveaway! :D

nudging.along[at]gmail.com

Emy Shin said...

I love your new blog design! So clean and pretty and perfect.

emy [at] emyshin [dot] com

Aldrea Alien said...

Ha! I love how so many people voted for the "gift cards for books". Typical writers.

Love the new blog look and congrats on the book. ^_^

Aldrea Alien said...

Leave my email addy ... like I'd win. >_>

tandora[at]farmside.co.nz

Doris said...

Sign me up!

Mariam said...

I want in! Thanks!

Pk Hrezo said...

Love the new look, Lydia! And can't wait to read Control. Makes me think of a certain Janet Jackson song I grew up listening to. ;)

Julie Dao said...

The new website is FAB! Congrats on all your success!

Desiree said...

This giveaway is super epic. Thank you! desiree1612@hotmail.com

Deb Salisbury said...

I love the new blog look!

Precy Larkins said...

I love love love your new site! So pretty and so...you! :)

Precy Larkins said...

Oh, and thanks for the giveaway!

writercherie@gmail.com

The Golden Eagle said...

Beautiful new blog design! It looks so open and organized. :)

Kulsuma said...

Your site looks gorgeous! Very professional:)

Lynda R Young said...

Great things to celebrate! And I love the new design. Very nice.

Erica said...

What a great giveaway! Thanks!!

wordywon at gmail dot com

JEFritz said...

Wow, that's a great giveaway. Fabulous new design, too. :)

Nas said...

I love the blog look. It's great and so is your give-away. Thanks.

Clarissa Draper said...

I love your new design too and your contest is amazing. Congrats.

DL Hammons said...

Tee hee hee. Loves me some giveaways! :)

alicia marie said...

love the new look! thanks for the giveaway : )

Vi Nguyen said...

love the new look, just found out about your book today, it sounds very interesting!

Janet said...

Congrats to you on your new book & look, and thank you for the give-away!

marybelle said...

Everything looks fabulous. CONTROL is on my wish list.

Dana Strotheide said...

great design!

rachchan2006 said...

Thanks for the fantastic giveaway and congrats on the title! I just read the plot-line for Control and it sounds extremely intriguing; I've always been a fan of dystopians :D, I'm absolutely DYING to read Black City, but if this giveaway isn't international (fingers crossed that it is!) could you please remove my entries (and sorry for the bother if you had to do that)? Thanks!
rachchan2006@yahoo.com.au

Rebecca said...

LOVE the blog design, it's so cute and clean yet simple. *googles your book* Ooh, Control is your book? AWESOME. I found that on Goodreads a few weeks ago and it sounds fab! Congrats on your book, can't wait for 2013!

Question: Is this open internationally? :)

Maria said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

tirachii(at)yahoo(dot)com

Misha Gericke said...
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Misha Gericke said...

Adore the new look! :-D

mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Really love the new design - love a clean looking blog. And thanks for hosting a giveaway!

tashaseegmiller at gmail dot com

Sarah (The Book Life) said...

I love the icon in the middle of your blog title, so cute! I hadn't heard of your book until just recently, but I am so excited to read it :0)

Thanks for the great giveaway!
sarah(at)thebooklife.com

Yahong Chi said...

Beautiful beautiful beautiful! Love the grey-orange colour scheme you went for. And what a title, too. So ambiguous. ;P

Heather said...

What a great contest! And wow, love the new look.

Rena and Denny said...

Great contest. I also love the way your blog looks now. :)

Livia Blackburne said...

Your survey results are actually quite useful. I'll have to keep them in mind. Yay for all the exciting changes!

Colin Smith said...

I like the new design, Lydia. Congrats on the new book name. :)

pamanner said...

Excited! Love the new look!

Amanda Borenstadt said...

Yay, how fun! Thanks for holding the contest. :)
email:
amandakb42 at gmail dot com

Jennifer Hillier said...

Hey, it looks amazing in here! Fabulous contest! Off to tweet about it...

Rachna Chhabria said...

Love the design of your blog. Its awesome. The Giveaway is cool.

Colene Murphy said...

Your new blog is awesome! Congrats on the new title and in general fabulousness. Great contest, thanks for that too!

Chelsea said...

Your blog design is beautiful :) I love the colors. And this is a wonderful contest! Thank you :)

-- Chelsea
cmfought(at)gmail(dot)com

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I like the new design. Very professional.
What a great, generous giveaway.

Carrie Butler said...

Okay, this one is definitely my favorite! So many awesome things to celebrate. Congratulations, Lydia! :D

Jemi Fraser said...

You are such a sweetie! What an amazing giveaway :) Love the new design - very clean and classy!

Nick Wilford said...

Great mix of prizes, that's awesome. And love the new design!

Hannah said...

This is a great contest! Thanks for sharing the wealth! hmrob7@gmail.com

Clare said...

I came upon your blog via Alex J. Cavanaugh. The layout looks gorgeous, and this is an excellent giveaway.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Love the new design! Thanks for the contest!

C.M.Brown said...

I have just paid a visit from Alex's Blog and entered your giveaway. Thank you Lydia, nice to meet you.

C.M.Brown said...

I have just paid a visit from Alex's Blog and entered your giveaway. Thank you Lydia, nice to meet you.

throuthehaze said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Yael said...

Thanks, Lydia!

yael_itamar (at) live (dot) com

Jillian Schmidt said...

I LOVE the new design, and those are some fantastic prizes you're offering up. Thanks and congrats!

writingonalimb [at] gmail

ChancieJ22 said...

Awesome stuff to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

chancesr21(at)ymail(dot)com

lindalou said...

Sweet blot page! Linda.Slade@Yahoo.com all lower case letter

Jessa Russo (Stadtler) said...

OOH! I would LOVE to receive a copy of CINDER! Thanks for the great opportunity!

Jessa Russo (Stadtler) said...

OOPS. Email is: emailjessarusso at gmail dot com

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Kimberly Gabriel said...

What a fabulous giveaway! Thanks for hosting it! I also really love your new blog design

Giancarlo said...

Un caloroso saluto...ciao

KimberlyFDR said...

I like this new blog design! And thanks for the great giveaway.

neiruxe said...

thanks for the giveaway! :)
mspandasaur at gmail dot com

kai (amaterasu) said...

I love how neat and spacious the new design is! And what a fab giveaway, thanks for this!

laura carter said...

Love the blog design.

Laura.M.Carter@uea.ac.uk

Rebecca said...

Great new layout, congrats! :)

readingwishes@hotmail.com

SA Larsenッ said...

Ooh, I am so loving the title CONTROL!! You are amazing, girl. Where the hell have I been? Look at your makeover. LOVE IT!!

chelleyreads said...

thanks for the giveaway :)

LTM said...

Your new blog looks mahvelous, dahling! I think I missed out on the drawing, but I had to stop by. I also think CONTROL sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it! :o) <3

Kris (Imaginary Reads) said...

I love your blog design. Thanks for the chance to win some amazing prizes. Your book looks amazing. I will definitely be getting a copy when the time comes!

Kris
imaginaryreads{at}gmaildotcom

nutschell said...

holy wow! These are awesome giveaways, LYdia and you definitely have tons to celebrate. :) I'll be joining the contest for sure.
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

nutschell said...

oops. forgot my email. nutschell@yahoo.com :)

May said...

Awesome giveaway :D
mayabe23(at)gmail(dot)com

MTeacress said...

Wow, you do have a lot to celebrate. Way to go, Lydia. :)

I like how you asked everyone what they most like to win. I'll keep that in mind!

Crystal Collier said...

Now that's a giveaway! And I'm super excited for you book title and new blog look. Very nice.

 
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