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Back-to-School Random House Giveaway Contest! Is Your Little One Nervous for September?

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Back-to-School Random House Giveaway Contest!

Is Your Little One Nervous for September?

08.23.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

Only one more week until summer vacation is over and then the kids return to school.

For some of those kids, it’s not only going to be the First Day of School, but the First Day of School Ever—and that can be pretty daunting for children and/or their parents.

I should know, my daughter just turned four last week and will be going into junior kindergarten in a little more than a week!

While parents have quite a lot to shop for and also think about before the school season hits like:

  • new clothes for fall
  • indoor and outdoor shoes
  • backpacks
  • lunch bags
  • and school supplies

children can have their own form of anxiety about going to school for the first time.

While my daughter, Mercedes, has been somewhat exposed to the Ontario Early Years Centre close to our home, which is a drop-in environment for pre-schoolers to learn through play for as little as a half-hour to as long as half-a-day, she still has her reservations. If anything, she only wants to play if she knows that I’m right there beside her.

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Mercedes with her Easter Bunny craft, (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Mercedes with her Easter Bunny craft, (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Is your little one nervous about going to school in September?

Well, Random House of Canada can help a little bit with that! They’re hosting a Back-to-School Giveaway!

Here’s what you can win!

The Pocket Mommy

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Saying goodbye to Mom at the kindergarten door can be tough. Samuel hates it and wishes he could have a tiny, pocket-sized mommy to carry around with him all day. His mom slips a pretend mommy into his pocket, and when she comes to life, Samuel is delighted… at first. But he soon discovers that having a mom along in kindergarten isn’t as much fun as he thought it would be. Sure, she helps him remember the words to songs and keeps him company. But she also rearranges the bookshelf, corrects his artwork, and tries to clean out the guinea pig cage—all with disastrous (and comic) results. An energetic romp with a sweet core, The Pocket Mommy follows one little boy as he navigates the age-old conflict between the comfort of the familiar and the joy of letting go.

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* The contest is open to US and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec).

To enter, click on the link below and fill in the Rafflecopter.

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Good luck in not only winning this great Back-to-School Giveaway, but in getting your little ones off to school (especially if it’s their first time)!

I know I’ll definitely need it!

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A special thanks to Cass and Random House of Canada for hosting this great back-to-school giveaway, but also allowing me to share this giveaway with you!

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Starseed Book Blast, Blog Tour & $50 Amazon GC or Paypal Cash Giveaway!

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Starseed Book Blast, Blog Tour &

$50 Amazon GC or Paypal Cash Giveaway!

03.13.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

Starseed

Author: Liz Gruder

ISBN: 978-1937178291

Publisher: WiDo Publishing

Published: February 2013


SUMMARY

Kaila Guidry has always known she is different. When she meets Jordyn Stryker at school, she finds out just how different.

Jordyn was born and raised far from Earth, a starseed, one of six new students sent to Louisiana’s Bush High to learn human ways. But Jordyn didn’t count on meeting someone like Kaila.

When Kaila is pushed to her limit by high school bullying and cruelty, Jordyn awakens her to a new reality—and to love. But to prove herself, Kaila must look the other way as the real purposes of the starseeds unfold.

As the horrific plan behind the starseed visit to Earth moves inexorably forward, Kaila and Jordan, caught in an impossible love, must determine where their true loyalties lie.

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Praise

“You know from the opening paragraph that something very strange is going on… We see Kaila try to live the life of a normal teen, and we see her “otherness” pull her back into an increasingly tangled web of questions, deceit, and hidden intentions. Liz really shines as a writer, lining the closets and drawers of everyday life with spine-chilling suspense that springs out at you when you least expect it. Starseed is an entertaining read. I highly recommend.”

–Patricia B. Smith. Author “What the Animals Tell Me” and “Fifty Shades of Santa” (clean romance fiction)

“Liz Gruder’s characters come alive through youthful, spunky narrative, and her headstrong heroine, Kaila Guidry, elicits a reader’s encouragement from the first page. Fans of Amanda Hocking will find themselves similarly transported into Gruder’s exploration of the dark sides of faith, love, higher dimensions, and, of course, high school.” –Jadie Jones, young-adult fantasy author

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Author Liz Gruder

As a youth, Liz Gruder saw a series of UFOs with her best friend while riding bikes. Ever since, she’s held a fascination for the stars. An avid reader, she used to hide under her covers and read with a flashlight. She has degrees in English and Psychology from Tulane University, a nursing license and a yoga certification. After going through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Liz realized how short life is and is now slowly fulfilling her bucket list: she’s been to the Egyptian pyramids (totally awesome and thought provoking) and is now teaching yoga and writing speculative fiction. Starseed is her debut novel.

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Book Blast Giveaway

$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 4/7/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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A special thanks to Kathy of I Am a Reader, Not a Writer blog for hosting this book blast and tour.

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My Bunny Has a Name! – Giveaway Winner(s) Announced!

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My Bunny Has a Name!

Giveaway Winner(s) Announced!

02.15.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

For my birthday last month, I received a bunny. A nameless bunny. A bunny that baffled me with its namelessness. What’s in a name? Shakespeare knew. Which is why I decided to host a fun little giveaway for my readers: a name contest for this critter here:

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Readers were allowed to enter a maximum of three name suggestions per entry, which meant three chances at winning the grand prize of a book from our beloved The Book Depository!

While names ranged from cute, yet juvenile names that my toddler, too, would have loved like:

  • Floppy
  • Cuddles
  • Nibbles
  • and Fluffy

this bunny seemed far too mature in mind and literary tastes than what those names suggested.

And because he seemed to inspire the “sweet tooth” in others, which I think was indicative of his delectably coloured brown fur, many readers suggested yummy food names like:

  • Chocolate
  • Coco
  • Cinnamon
  • even Swiss Chalet (since that’s where my family took me out for lunch on my birthday)

And then, of course,

because of my bunny’s inherent compatibility with humans, he received many name suggestions  in honour of…well…us, like:

  • Steve
  • Kevin
  • Barry
  • and Danny

And then there were those of you who simply thought out-of-the-bunny-box and created intricate explanations of name origins, meanings, reasons why you nominated such-and-such names, which my bunny and I thoroughly enjoyed!

There were even names, first and last, to give my bunny a fuller identity.

And then there were names that were exceptionally creative, crazy, and fun—(like my bunny):

  • Cuniculus
  • Kelly Hopter
  • Runny Babbit
  • and Oompa Loompa
  • and even the suggestion to name my bunny after whatever’s on his tag!

Believe me when I say I had a truly difficult time deliberating which name I should choose as the   winner for my precocious bunny. I asked my husband and my two young children for their input and names were favoured and fought for, while some were even passionately contested. Still, because a contest like this is purely subjective based on my particular taste, didn’t mean it wasn’t a trial to downsize the list of nominations to at least 10 names!

Entries were that good.

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But, after discussing it with “my bunny,”—because after all, his opinion does and should count—we decided together to increase and change the number of prizes for the contest and award TWO grand prize winners that were equally excellent in their nominations AND ONE runner-up for sheer creativity and fun!

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And the winners who tied for the GRAND PRIZE…

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Riza

for her entry:

Chester

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Joe

for his entries:

Trunks McBratney

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My bunny and I particularly enjoyed the creativity and reasoning behind these winning names!

Here’s Riza’s entry explanation for Chester:

“Chester” – ironically NOT the protagonist of the Bunnicula book series, but the family cat. Chester is a prideful, fellow literary buff, has an outrageously vivid imagination, and is known to NOT apologize for his errors, instead referring to them as “a slight misinterpretation of the facts.” He was also given to Mr. Monroe as a birthday present, and was named after English writer G.K. Chesterton. How fitting.

Here’s Joe’s entry explanations for Trunks and McBratney:

“Trunks” – because his ears are long like an elephant trunk….and there are two of them.

“McBratney” –after the author Sam mcBratney, author of “Guess How Much I Love You” (children’s book featuring brown bunnies)

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And so, my birthday bunny’s new certified name is:

Chester “Trunks” McBratney!

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I’d like to think that my bunny, who is the new mascot for The Bibliotaphe Closet blog, is also a literary buff with a vivid imagination. I especially liked that he’s being named in honour of a cat that was given to his owner for his birthday, too, and a character that is  “known to NOT apologize for his errors, [but] instead refer[s] to them as ‘a slight misinterpretation of the facts.'” Mmm…sounds vaguely familiar to someone I know!

And I absolutely agree that Chester’s ears are much like the shape of an “elephant’s trunk!” And I love the symbolism of the elephant. It’s one of the most intelligent animals known for its memory and for its good luck and fortune.

And while the name, McBratney is in honour of the author, Sam McBratney, who wrote, “Guess How Much I Love You,” (which is also one of my favourite children’s books that does feature a brown bunny as its main character), the sound of the name itself is indicative of how I imagine my bunny to be—somewhat of a BOOK BRAT!

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And the Runner-Up of the contest is…

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Sindy

for her creative and fun entry:

“Popcorn”

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It just so happens that one of my favourite snacks is popcorn, which  of course, my new birthday bunny also LOVES A LOT– because really, who needs carrots when popcorn is around?!? Hence, “Popcorn” is surely a suitable nickname for him and the runner-up winner for this contest!

The runner-up will receive assorted bookmark SWAG and a bag of popcorn! (Because that’s how Chester “Trunks” McBratney and I roll!)

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Congratulations to all the winners!

I will contact the winners soon by email to advise them of their wins and ask them for their mailing contact information.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my notification to be eligible to claim their prize!

And thanks to all participants for your creative and thoughtful entries. I had a great time reviewing the list of potential names for my beloved bunny. Be sure to check back soon!

(I did receive a lamb plush toy for Valentine’s Day…and I might very well need help with a name for him, too, which means potentially another contest! <— HINT, HINT.)

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Until then, happy reading! (From me and Chester Trunks McBratney, AKA Sir Popcorn!)

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Forever My Girl Book Blast + $50 Giveaway!

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Forever My Girl Book Blast + $50 Giveaway!

02.13.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

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Forever My Girl

I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.

I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.

And now I’m going back.

After ten years.

I hope I can explain that after all this time.

I still want her to be my forever girl
USA Today Best Selling Novel

“Seeing both sides of the story helped connect me to both main characters and given the complicated situation they were in, it was really well done.”

“I enjoyed reading this book and I finished it in one sitting .”

“Loved this book, loved all the characters, they were very relatable, and really enjoyed the story line.”
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Author Heidi McLaughlin

My grandma once told me that I can do anything I want, so I am.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I now live in picturesque Vermont, with my husband and two daughters. Also renting space in our home is an overhyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day you’ll find me behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, I’m writing one of the many stories I plan to release or sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games.

I’m also an active reviewer on The Readiacs.

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BookBlast $50 Giveaway

Ends 2/24/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Thanks to Kathy from I Am a Reader, Not a Writer blog for hosting this book blast!

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Good luck and have fun!

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Kindle Fire HD Giveaway February 2013

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Kindle Fire HD Giveaway February 2013

02.10.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
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Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!

The winner will have the option of receiving a Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)

This giveaway is sponsored by these Authors:
The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson

One Classic Latin Lover, PleaseThe Reluctant BacheloretteBetrayal (Wounded Heroes, #3)Bellyache: A Delicious Tale
Ethan Justice: OriginsI Have PeopleFor What It's WorthA Kiss of Ashen Twilight (Ashen Twilight #1)The Unraveling (Sage Seed Chronicles, #3)Fateful (Fateful, #1)
Dracian Legacy (Dracian, # 1)Cascade Brides: The Complete SeriesA World ApartReality Bites: Tales of a Half-VampireFace-Off (Book One)Two EqualsThe Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw (Morgan Sisters, #1)One for KamiFreak of NatureGrace DollThe Secret of the Scarlet Stone (Gabby Girls Adventure, #1)Gallagher's Hope (Gallagher, #2)The Spy LoverPRIZE-WINNING PACIFIC STORIES  (SPECIAL EDITION, BOXED SET VOL I-III)RejectedRapunzel UntangledA Hard Act to FollowStarseed

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Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (Internaitonal).

Ends 2/28/13



Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Enter the giveaway here!

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Daynight by Megan Thomason Book Blast + Giveaway!

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Daynight Book Blast + Giveaway!

01.21.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

A special thanks to Kathy of I Am a Reader, Not a Writer blog for hosting this book tour!

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daynight by Megan Thomason

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.

Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is Megan Thomason’s debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series.

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Praise

“Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story” —Kirkus Reviews

“Gripping young adult dystopian novel; compelling conflicts; high stakes; powerful narrative; surprises keep coming; strong writing; page-turner; engaging characters; Readers will be hungry for the sequels.”—BlueInk Review (starred review)

“The writing is impressive and the story is a real page-turner. So many twists and turns… I’m hooked… I can’t wait for the next installment to come out…4.5 out of 5 stars”—Self-Publishing Review

“Delicious humor, intelligence, and sparkling dialogue” —Amazon reviewer

“Strangely brilliant and imaginative”—Amazon reviewer

“Grips you from the first page and keeps you wanting more”—Amazon reviewer

“Plot twists kept me reading till late at night”—Amazon reviewer

“Every page a thrilling experience”—Amazon reviewer

“Hooked from the first chapter and could not put it down”—Amazon reviewer

“It’s like a CW fantasy TV show in a book with a really interesting environment.”—Amazon reviewer

“I’m a little tired of dystopian novels, but Daynight has a unique and fresh story line that didn’t have any trouble keeping my interest.”—Amazon reviewer

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Author Megan Thomason

Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn’t typing away on her laptop, she’s reading books on her phone—over 600 in the last year—or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac. Daynight is Megan’s first published novel, but fourth written one.

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Book Blast Giveaway

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Ends 2/3/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Kindle Fire HD Giveaway! January 2013

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Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!

January 2013

01.16.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

A special thanks to Kathy of I Am a Reader, Not a Writer blog for hosting this giveaway and giving me an opportunity to join in!

20 Amazing Authors plus more than 100 of the Best Bloggers have joined together to bring you 1 Amazing Giveaway!

The winner will have the option of receiving a Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)

This giveaway is sponsored by these Awesome Authors:

The Essence (The Pledge, #2)Alaina Claiborne (British Agent Novel #1)Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped OutUncontrollable (#2, Nature of Grace series)Hunted (The Guardian Legacy, #3)Cliffhanger (The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, Book 1)I Was Here—Before You CameEverlostBlood OathReaper's Novice (Soul Collector  #1)BulletproofLancaster HouseTwo HalvesMurder on Potrero Hill (A Peyton Brooks' Mystery, #1)Bellyache: A Delicious TaleKill ShotSkid Out (Heavy Influence Trilogy, #0.5)Between (Crossroads Saga, #2)Dragon Stones: Book One of the Dragon Stone Saga (Dragon Stone Saga, #1)Rapunzel Untangled
The Essence by Kimberly Derting

Alaina Claiborne by MK McClintock

Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out by Pandora Poikilos

Uncontrollable by S.R. Johannes

Hunted by Ednah Walters

Cliffhanger by Amy Saunders

I Was Here – Before You Came by Camelia Miron Skiba

Everlost by Brenda Pandos

Blood Oath by T.L. Clarke

Reaper’s Novice by Cecilia Robert

Bulletproof by Jeff LaFerney

Lancaster House by Taylor Dean

Two Halves by Marta Szemik

Murder on Potrero Hill by M.L. Hamilton

Bellyache by Crystal Marcos

Kill Shot by Anne Patrick

Skid Out by Ann Marie Frohoff

Between by Mary Ting

Dragon Stones Saga by Kristian Alva

Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett

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Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International).

Ends 1/31/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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First-Year Bloggoversary Giveaway Winner!

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First-Year Bloggoversary Giveaway Winner!

01.11.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

With the excitement of the holidays, Christmas, the New Year, and the recent celebration of my birthday, I took my time in choosing a winner for my First Year Bloggoversary Giveaway. But, that’s the wonderful thing about Rafflecopter! It does all the work for me with one click. Its ability to pick a winner randomly, lifts that burden and potential bias off my shoulders.

And who doesn’t like free stuff? Better yet, who doesn’t like books? None of my bibliotaphes!

My First-Year Bloggoversary Giveaway winner will receive a copy of:

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And the winner is…

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Na Sook!!

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Na, I have just sent you an email to get your contact information so I can mail out your prize!

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Thanks to everyone who entered.

There’s also another giveaway going on right now on my blog:

 

Name My Birthday Bunny Giveaway! (INT)

Be sure to enter! And may the best birthday bunny name win! Good luck!

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Happy Birthday…to Me! (January 6!) + Name My Birthday Bunny Giveaway! (INT)

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Happy Birthday…to Me! (January 6!)

+ Name My Birthday Bunny Giveaway! (INT)

01.08.2012

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

The wonderful thing about celebrating a birthday is the opportunity to claim a day as entirely your own. Sunday was mine.

While my parents were kind enough to babysit the kids on Saturday, my husband and I went to a Japanese/Korean restaurant to enjoy a platter of my favourite sushi and Korean dishes. Later that evening, we enjoyed the ambiance of our local Starbucks cafe and reenacted our days of singlehood.

The following day (my actual birthday), my family took me out to Swiss Chalet for lunch, I visited my favourite local bookstore, and then later in the evening was treated to a home-cooked meal made by husband, and was exempt from kitchen duty.

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While the festivities were low-key, it was an intimate enough celebration for me to rest, relax, and reflect on what it means to get a little older.

And though many might not think that a simple birthday wish on Facebook or Twitter doesn’t mean much, the messages I received throughout the day brought out the best in me and simply made me smile.

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Here are some fun facts about my birthday and being born in January:

Garnet, the January Birthstone

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The garnet is noted for its deep red color which was popular in Europe during the Victorian era and has been held in high esteem for over 5000 years, can actually be found in many colors except blue.

The Latin word for garnet is garanatus which means seed-like referring to its resemblance to pomegranates red seeds.

Sources of fable and myth associated with this gemstone are:

In Greek mythology Hades gave Persephone a pomegranate before she left to assure her swift return, which led to the garnet signifying a quick reappearance.

The garnet was given when going on a journey and used in the belief that it was a way to reunite lovers, was considered an endowment of love, and regarded as an aid in the quest to find a cherished partner.

It was believed that a large garnet hung on Noah’s ark as a light source.

Hebrew writers believed it was one of the gems on Aaron’s breastplate which held the twelve gems inscribed with the twelve Israeli tribes.

Christians saw the blood red color of this jewel as representative of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

In the Bronze Age, garnets were found on beads in a necklace at a burial site dated 3000 B.C., which was influential in the belief they offered security in the afterlife.

Spanish astrologers held the belief that garnets resembled the fiery sun.

The Greeks were convinced this gemstone shielded young children from drowning.

It was also thought that garnets provide guidance at night and defense against nightmares.

Egyptians believed these stones were an antidote against venom and food poisoning and have the power to heal skin inflammation, reduce fevers, regulate the heart, and cure depression and liver disease.

Garnets were also associated with enhancing the male reproductive system and assisting in hormonal balance in the female.

The garnet denotes passion, friendship, fidelity and devotion and the energy from this stone was believed to strengthen truth, faith, perception, and courage. While a diminished gloss of the stone could be indicative of impending disaster.

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Traits of a Capricorn, the Astrological Sun Sign of Those Born on January 6:

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Capricorn sets high goals for himself/herself and overcome whatever obstacles may appear between him/or and the top of his/her personal mountain. Capricorn gains personal satisfaction by knowing that others respect him/her for what he/she has accomplished.

Capricorn and stability plays an important role, but so does practice. They are energetically conservative, only expending enough to get himself/herself to where he/she wants to be.

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Traits of Those Born in the Chinese Year of the Tiger:

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They will be completely honest about how they feel and expect the same of you. On the other hand, they seek approval from peers and family. Generally, because of their charming personalities Tigers are well liked. Often, failing at a given task or being unproductive in his personal or professional life can cause a Tiger to experience depression. Criticism from loved ones can also generate this type of Tiger reaction. Still, like all felines, Tigers always land on their feet, ready for their next act in life, pursuing it with unyielding energy and hunting it infallibly.

Tigers are also incorrigibly competitive – they simply cannot pass up a challenge, especially when honour is at stake, or if they are protecting those they love. Tigers are unpredictable and it would be unwise to underestimate their reactions. They may appear cool, but they have the Big Cat’s instincts to pounce at a moment’s warning.

Natural leaders, they have a strong sense of their own dignity, and if they find themselves in the ranks, they can be stubborn and obstinate. In positions of power they can be difficult though stimulating bosses. Tigers are intelligent, alert, and far-sighted. They have their fingers on the pulse. Good strategists and tacticians, they often have a hidden agenda. As long as they do not risk their luck too often, and keep their restless nature under control, their tactics usually pay off in life.

– From: http://www.usbridalguide.com/special/chinesehoroscopes/Tiger.htm

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Historical Events (I Find Interesting) on January 6:

1066: King Harald of England crowned

1494: The first Mass in the New World is celebrated at La Isabela, Hispaniola.

1497: Jews are expelled from Graz in Styria, Austria.

1661: The Fifth Monarchists unsuccessfully attempt to seize control of London.

1663: Great earthquake in New England

1773: Massachusetts slaves petition legislature for freedom

1839: 2-day storm off Irish and English coast immortalized as “Big Wind.”

1880: Record snow cover in Seattle – 120 cm

1896: 1st US women’s 6-day bicycle race starts, Madison Square Garden

1898: 1st telephone message from a submerged submarine, by Simon Lake

1907: Maria Montessori opens her 1st (Montessori) school (Rome)

1912: New Mexico becomes 47th state

1914: Stock brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch founded

1929:  Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin a her work amongst India’s poorest and diseased people.

1930: 1st diesel engine automobile trip (in a Packard sedan) completed

1936: Barbara Hanley became Canada’s 1st woman mayor (Webbwood, Ontario)

1939: Daily newspaper comic strip “Superman” debuts

1940: Mass execution of Poles, committed by Germans in the city of Poznań, Warthegau.

1942: Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world.

1950: Britain recognizes Communist government of China

1958: Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to e.e. cummings

1964: Rolling Stones’ 1st tour as headline act (with Ronettes)

1967: 2 homemade buses collided on a mountain road in Terpate, Philippines plunging off a cliff, killing 84, injuring 140.

1968: Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour,” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks.

1971: Berkeley chemists announces 1st synthetic growth hormones

1974: In response to the 1973 energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States.

1975: 1000 Led Zeppelin fans, waiting overnight inside the lobby of the Boston Garden for tickets to the group’s February 4th gig to go on sale, cause a riot and an estimated $30,000 damage.

1978: 1st postage stamp copyrighted by US (Carl Sandburg stamp – who was also born on January 6!)

1979: The Village People’s Y.M.C.A becomes their only UK No.1 single. At its peak it sold over 150,000 copies a day.

1980: Indira Gandhi’s Congress Party wins elections in India. Phil Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat.

1987: Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy

1990: NY Lotto pays $35 million to one winner (#s are 18-25-26-32-42-44)

1994: Dow-Jones hits record 3803.88

1995: A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack.

2005: Mississippi Civil Rights Workers Murders: Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights workers.

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Other People Born on January 6:

Composers

max-bruch

Max Bruch, German composer of Kol Nidrei, born 1838.

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Actors

joey-lauren-adams

Joey Lauren Adams, actress in movie, “Chasing Amy,” born 1971.

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rowan atkinson

Rowan Atkinson, actor in comedy, “Mr. Bean,” born 1955.

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bonnie franklin

Bonnie Franklin, actress in TV sitcom, “One Day at a Time,” born 1944.

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danny pintauro

Danny Pintauro, actor in TV sitcom, “Who’s the Boss?,” born 1976.

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eddie redmayne

Eddie Redmayne, actor in movie, “Les Miserables,” born 1982.

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julie-chen

Julie Chen, Game Show Host of “Big Brother,” born 1970.

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Directors

anthony minghella

Anthony Minghella, film director of “The English Patient,” born 1954.

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john singleton

John Singleton, film director of “Boyz ‘N the Hood, ” born 1968.

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Athletes

charles hayley

Charles Hayley, five winning Superbowls, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, born 1964.

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Writers

el-doctorow

E.L. Doctorow, author of “The Book of Daniel,” born 1931.

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wright morris

Wright Morris, novelist of “The Field of Vision, ” born 1910.

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carl sandburg

Carl Sandburg, poet, “Chicago Poems,” born 1878.

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joseph-medill-patterson

Joseph Medill Patterson, journalist, founder of New York Daily News, born 1879.

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Business

Franklin B. Johnson

Franklin B. Johnson, Billionaire, Franklin Resources, Franklin & Templeton, born 1933.

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Government

Joe Hagin

Joe Hagin, White House Deputy Chief of Staff, 2001-08, born 1956.

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babrak-karmal

Babrak Karmal, President of Afghanistan, 1979-86, born 1929.

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norman kirk

Norman Kirk, Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1972-74, born 1923.

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julio sanguinetti

Julio Maria Sanguinetti, twice President of Uruguay, born 1936.

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king-richard-ii-1

King Richard II, King of England 1377-99, born 1367.

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joan-of-arc

Joan of Arc, “Maid of Orleans” with mission to free France from the English, born 1412.

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It’s hard to believe all these significant and strong personalities were born the same day I was! It’s a surprise as well as an honour.

And to celebrate my most recent birthday, I’d like to host a

Name My Birthday Bunny Giveaway!

I received a number of fun gifts for my birthday, but one of the favourite gifts I received this year was a soft, brown, plush bunny from Indigo, shown here:

Mommy's bday bunny

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I simply adore it! But, I’m having a little trouble figuring out what I should name him!

For this giveaway, I’m asking readers to provide me with name ideas for this gorgeous bunny. If the name you provided is chosen, you win!!

Here are the rules:

  1. You must have a valid email and mailing address to qualify. No P.O. Box addresses accepted.
  2. You must be 15 years-old and up to enter.
  3. You must follow my blog to enter and qualify.
  4. Only one entry per person with a maximum of three nominated names.
  5. If more than one person nominated the same name and that name is chosen to win, the first person who provided the name in the comments wins the prize.
  6. The country you live in must be eligible for free delivery from The Book Depository. If you’re unsure, you can check here.
  7. The winner must respond to notification within 48 hours to claim his/her prize. If the winner fails to claim his/her prize, a new winner will be chosen at random at the discretion of Zara Alexis: The Bibliotaphe’s Closet.
  8. Zara Alexis of The Biblioptaphe’s Closet will not be held responsible for any lost or damaged prize items. (Especially if an incorrect mailing address was provided or the prize was delivered by a third-party. For e.g. The Book Depository or author.)
  9. Leave a comment on this post with the following information:
  • your name
  • how you follow The Bibliotaphe Closet blog and follower name
  • the name you’d like to nominate for the bunny
  • you may provide up to a maximum of three names
  • your email so I can contact you if you win

9. The contest ends Saturday, February 2, 2013, 12:00 a.m. EST.

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What You Can Win!

A choice of any book from the Book Depository up to $15.00 CAD.

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Good luck and may the best birthday bunny name win!

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