Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lucky Summer!

I've had a really good run of luck this summer. I've won several prizes from the blogs of fellow writers. It's such a thrill to come home & find out I've won a prize, and then even more exciting when the prize arrives at my house. Definitely a great way to brighten up a busy June, July & August! I thought I'd share pics of my winnings - not to drive you crazy with envy - but to point you in the direction of some very generous and fabulous bloggers. Check out their links - these are some mighty fine people!


From Shannon Whitney Messenger over at Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe, I received a signed ARC of Archvillain by Barry Lyga & some assorted Barry Lyga swag. AWESOME! My kids at school are going to love this book! If I let them get their hands on it that is... :)

Next from Courtney over at Southern Princess sent me a book from the Book Depository - just because she was happy Elena Johnson got herself a book deal! What a sweetie! I chose The Ruins of Gorlon - the first in the Ranger's Apprentice series. This one will be a great read aloud for my classroom.

Then Lindsay (aka Isabella) at Adventures in Writing had a 100 followers contest. I won that too! The lovely Lindsay sent me a copy of Hex Hall, a great notebook and chocolate!! And, yes, the chocolate package is completely full in the photo, why do you ask?? :)

And that wasn't all! Martina & Marissa at Adventures in Children's Publishing had a terrific contest to find some Underappreciated YA novels. I was one of the winners there as well! They wrapped all the goodies in the cutest pink polka-dot gift bags. I won a copy of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater! The ladies were kind enough to include blody lotion, balt salts and chocolate. The chocolate must have disappeared somehow - I can't seem to find it for the photo. Hmmm. That's odd. :)

The wonderful TK Richardson over at My Writing Masquerade had a blog party celebrating the release of her novel Return the Heart. I won a prize package filled with goodies: a bright yellow mini tote bag, Lindor truffles, breakfast coffee, a cupcake scented candle, a journal from World Market and a Root Beer scented pencil!

Then I won a copy of Carolyn Brown's I Love This Bar over at Mason Canyon's Thoughts in Progress. If you haven't visited Mason's site, you really need to hurry over asap. Mason has tons and tons of terrific give-aways.

Then Renae Mercado at The Siren's Song had her first ever contest. The prizes were an ARC of Immortal Beloved, Pretty Little Liars and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. I won that one too!!!

Elana Johnson had a contest to celebrate the fantabulous WriteOnCon. I won The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk - one of the presenters at the Conference!! Woohoo! :) Another great book for me and my students!

On the same day, Lisa Jackson's Without Mercy arrived in my mailbox. I won this one at Donna's Book Pub - she had an interview with Lisa & I was lucky enough to win the book! Awesome :)

That's Part 1. Yes there are more, but I won't drag this post on any longer. :) Remember to check out these fabulous bloggers - you won't regret it!

How's your luck been lately??

142 comments:

  1. WOW! It's like Christmas in August! LOL!
    Congrats on all those great reads!

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  2. Thanks Jen - it really is! And it'll probably take until then to read them! :)

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  3. Dang...that's a lot of booty!!! You go girl!! :)

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  4. Thanks DL - isn't it awesome? :)

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  5. First, thanks for mention and congratulations on your wins. I'm excited for you just seeing the photos. It's always fun to get a package in the mail filled with wonderful books and related items. Happy reading.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  6. Mason - it sure is!!

    You're such a sweetie for hosting all the give-aways you do - it's so exciting!

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  7. Wow, you won *loads* of contests! I won two and was already giddy, lol.

    I hope you'll have a great time with your gifts, and if you're not tired of winning, there's another possibility at Randomities, where I'm hosting a b-day giveaway. ;)

    Here's the link: http://bit.ly/bday_giveaway

    Have fun dear!

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  8. Are you lucky or what??? Wow!

    I didn't know you were a teacher...me too!

    Shelley

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  9. Cheez, I'm impressed with your winnings but the fact that you read with your class is what blows me away. My 4th gr. teacher did that and opened me up to books I might not have read.
    So are you leaving writing to read full time or what? lol Like that will ever hapen.

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  10. All I can say is, WOW. Congratulations to you! I'm sure your chocolate box is full - I won't ask.

    I've won some sweet stuff in the past several months. An American Express GC, a Borders GC, an apron, several books, and a skeleton pendant.

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  11. Okay, it's clear you are a winner (not that I am surprised), but that's more than I've ever won in my entire life! I am green with envy. Congrats! :)

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  12. Congrats those are wonderful gifts!!

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  13. Wow, Jemi, sure seems this is a lucky summer for you. Congratulations. The lesson for me here is that you have to enter contests in order to win them. Duh!
    Karen

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  14. I stopped entering book giveaways for awhile, my TBR pile fills a whole towering bookcase. Not to mention the overflow 4ft. pile besides my desk. In the past my luck has gone pretty well. Sounds like you had a fantastic run of luck this summer. Congrats and happy reading. (Hugs)Indigo

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  15. You were lucky, I too won a prize a book by Patricia Stoltey called The Desert Hedge Murders.
    Will certainly check out blogs in the future.

    Yvonne.

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  16. Wow! Jemi, you should really play the lottery. You seem to be on a lucky streak! Congrats on your winnings and enjoy!!!

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  17. Wow, you are a lucky little diva! I'm envious. Although, I've won some pretty terrific stuff too. I need to have my own giveaway soon and share some of my good fortune. Hope you're doing well. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  18. Damn girl! You totes should play the lottery! You are on a lucky streak indeed! And well deserved. It's all that good karma. :)

    Chocolate and books. Heaven. :)

    Love,
    Lola

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  19. You got a lot of loot there Jemi! You've been pretty lucky. I need to you to lend me some of your lucky charms for the Fall. Ha.

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  20. Congrats! Those are some incredible books -- many of which are on my To Read list! Go you!

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  21. Way to roll, Jemi. Congratulations! No worries about you running out of great books to read - or chocolate. :)

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  22. Mari - thanks! It's been quite the roll! :)

    I've had a busy week and haven't caught up yet - I'll pop on over :)

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  23. Shelley - thanks!

    Teaching is the best job ever... well unless I could write full-time :)

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  24. Mary - exactly! Not going to happen :)

    I've always read aloud with my classes - the kids love that time! You can introduce them to so many books they wouldn't try otherwise!

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  25. Theresa - thanks!

    You've been lucky too - those are some fabulous prizes!!

    And that chocolate just mysteriously disappears - strangest thing :)

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  26. Julie - I know! I usually don't win anything! Ever!

    Becoming a blogger has definitely made me a luckier person - who would have though! :)

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  27. Thanks Summer - I'm enjoying them all! :)

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  28. Karen - it has been amazing :)

    And yes, entering usually increases your odds - who knew?? :)

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  29. Thanks Indigo!

    My TBR pile is ridiculous! There are so many wonderful books to read and just not enough time! Maybe it's time to give up sleep :)

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  30. Yvonne - I saw that you won that one from Patricia! I'm looking forward to reading that one as well :)

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  31. Laura - thanks!

    The joke around here is that if I'm in on the lottery ticket we might as well throw the ticket away - there's no chance of winning if I'm part of it :) Apparently that not-lucky streak doesn't apply to books!

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  32. Thanks Lisa - It's been amazing! Like nothing I've ever experienced before :)

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  33. Lola - a little piece of heaven indeed!! :)

    I actually have zero lucky with lotteries! It's become a standing joke how unlucky I am. So this is really odd :)

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  34. Karen - lol :) I'm always willing to share the luck! Strange thing is I usually don't have any!!

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  35. Shelley - I know! Isn't it amazing! So many great books - I've read a few so far, but time is something I don't have excess of :)

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  36. VR - thanks :)

    And as long as we have books and chocolate, life is very, very good! :)

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  37. Holly - I know! Isn't it great! I wonder how long it'll take me to read it all... :)

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  38. Look at you with your good luck (um, I'm sending your book out tomorrow!!). Have you bought a lottery ticket yet?

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  39. Mary - It's crazy isn't it? I never usually win anything! This has been wonderful! :)

    And I can't wait for the Paretsky book!

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  40. Alex - me too! I NEVER win things! People don't really want me in their lottery pools. This has been an amazing summer :)

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  41. You must have a lucky gene in your body somewhere. I never won a book in any contest I've been in. That's okay. I'll buy books and help authors out. Maybe do a review on my blog too.

    Stephen Tremp

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  42. Wow! Congratulations. You must run out and buy a lottery ticket somewhere!

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  43. Good gracious, you are covered in prizes and books. Yay!

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  44. That's a lot of winning! I won something at Mason's blog, too...And join my Happy Birthday Blogfest for a chance to win over at SouthernCityMysteries!

    Michele
    Emily Dickinson biographer on SouthernCityMysteries

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  45. Stephen - you're right - I'm normally not a lucky person at all! So it's been a great summer :)

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  46. Terry - you'd think that would be a good idea, but my luck NEVER transfers to the lottery department!

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  47. Helen - it's lovely, isn't it? :) I've been having fun!

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  48. Michele - thanks! Mason has a TON of great contests, doesn't she :)

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  49. You haven't had some luck. You've had an avalanche of luck. And you only posted some of it. I'm impressed. Roland

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  50. Boy did you get a haul! You HAVE to let me know how that Jackson novel is. Seriously. Although I still have Absolute Fear sitting on a shelf UNREAD because she's the only author I've read since Mary Higgins Clark that has freaked me out such that I can't sleep while the bad guy is out there lurking! Congratulations on your wins!

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  51. Roland - that's it! An avalanche indeed! I've never had a lucky streak before in my life so it's been lots of fun! :)

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  52. Kimberly - Thanks :) It's been FUN!

    I'm a little afraid of the book too! She's a great writer, but I think I'll need to read it in the mornings :) I love Mary HC's stuff too!

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  53. Woww.. congrats, Jemi!! You're so lucky!! Got so many wonderful books!!
    Hope you could enjoyd them..

    nensa

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  54. Wow! You're on a winning streak, hope you've bought a lottery ticket!

    Enjoy shiver I loved it.

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  55. Nensa - Thanks so much!

    I've read a few - but it'll take me a while to finish them all!

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  56. Alexa - I finished Shiver - it really was good! I didn't know it was a werewolf book until I started reading - it was a surprise and a good one :)

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  57. ...my luck this summer? Up and down like a back country road littered in potholes, and culminating with the news of getting a new superior at my cursed dayjob...whose pin number is, believe it or not, 666.
    I kid you not:) Hello Autumn!

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  58. Elliot - YIKES! I'm going to try sending you lucky vibes through the online magical waves. Sounds like you need it more than I do!! Good luck with that superior! :)

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  59. You're a winner! But we knew that already. :) Congrats on all your good luck, Jemi!

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  60. Elizabeth - awwww - thanks! What a sweet thing to say :) Thanks so much!

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  61. Well, I must say, that's quite an impressive take. Looks like all of your commenting has paid off.

    I had a winning lottery ticket last week-- I won a dollar.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  62. Arlee - You're such a sweetie - I think maybe you're right! :)

    If I won $1 in the lottery I'd probably faint - I never win in the lottery!

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  63. DUDE! You kick ASS at contests! You got some pretty sweet stuff!

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  64. Erinn - thanks!

    Definitely some great stuff - just not enough time to read everything just yet! :) Did manage to make most of the chocolate disappear though!

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  65. Holy loads of prizes, Batman! I soooo wanted to win that copy of Archvillian from Shannon - lucky ducky!! :-)

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  66. Wha-hoo! You have had a lucky summer! You've got the power. :)

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  67. Congratulations on all your winnings! That is so exciting.

    Last week I won a second book from Mason Canyon. There are so many giving bloggers! This is such a great community and I'm pleased to be part of it.

    Thanks for coming into my blog. I always enjoy "seeing" you and reading your comments.
    Ann

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  68. Shannon - I know! I still can't get over how many I've won - it's so not like me :)

    I am completely a lucky duck!

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  69. Kathi - thanks!

    I couldn't spot the Stone Traveller though!

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  70. Thanks Ann!

    You're right - this blogging community is amazing - kind, generous and so much fun!

    It's a true pleasure visiting your site as well! :)

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  71. Wow- you have been having good luck!

    I've won a couple of contests lately- I love getting books in the mail!

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  72. Woohoo! Way to go girl! Congrats on all your booty. And thanks for being such a great blogger commenter friend to us all.

    ~that rebel, Olivia

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  73. Wow Jemi, you're having one lucky summer! I've seen a few of your wins on my teens book shelf. I'm sure your students are going to love your choices!

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  74. Stephanie - I sure have! It's been amazing.

    It's so exciting to get books in the mail! :)

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  75. Olivia - thanks so much - it's been awesome!

    And you're so welcome - it's fun to visit everyone :)

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  76. Lynn - thanks!

    I think the students are going to be thrilled with all the new loot! :)

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  77. Wow! Looks like Christmas came early!!! Congrats on all the awesome stuff!!!! Hex Hall is one of the best books ever!!! I loved it!!!

    I won an ARC copy from Amy Holder and a $25 amazon gift card (of course already used)!

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  78. Jen - it sure did! Thank you :)

    Hex Hall was great - a very fun read!

    I'm glad to see you've had some luck too! It doesn't take long to spend those Amazon cards does it? :)

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  79. Goodness, Jemi! Look at all your loot. Congratulations! What a fab, winning summer you've had!

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  80. Dude! I love the Ranger's Apprentice series (I'm only on book two though) lucky you!

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  81. Carol - thanks!

    It has been a great summer in many ways - and this is one of them :)

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  82. Matthew - I'd heard a lot about the series but hadn't read it. LOVED this book. I think that will be the first book I read aloud in class this year :)

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  83. Holy smokes, you ARE lucky! I love the RANGER'S APPRENTICE books. I'm reading book 5 right now. They're super fun.

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  84. Natalie - I know! I loved the first book - can't wait to pick up the next one! :)

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  85. Dear Lord, that is one productive summer all right! Wow! Go Jemi - you deserve it!

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  86. Thanks so much Talli!

    It's been an amazing summer :)

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  87. wow- you did have a lucky summer :) My summer was mostly packing, reading and complaining about the heat! Congratulations on all your wins Jemi.

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  88. Lua - I know! It's been an amazing summer!

    And I've done my fair share of complaining about the heat too! Thanks :)

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  89. Congrats!! Wow - that is a lot of luck! Maybe it will spread around.. :D

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  90. Lisa - I hope so! I've been sending lucky vibes out through the airways so we'll see :)

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  91. Geez, girl! How is it that you win everything? I'm excited that I've won three things all summer! Congratulations, and forgive my jealousy (especially of Shiver! Hmph!) ;)

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  92. Rosie - I have NO idea! I'm most usually not a person who wins anything :)

    Shiver was really enjoyable! I'm looking forward to see what she does in Linger!

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  93. What a stack of prizes! Love it. I've won a few books this summer, too, which is awesome. Looks like we'll both be doing a lot of reading!

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  94. Julie - isn't it great? We've both got our work cut out for us finishing all those books - but it's really great work!

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  95. I see chocolate!!! You lucky thing you!
    Congrats on your your fab prizes. I love this blogging community!

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  96. Lynda - you do! Sadly none of it remains at this point in time :)

    You're right - this is such an amazing group of people! Love 'em :)

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  97. Wow - that IS a lucky summer! Congratulations!

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  98. That's a good haul, Jemi! I actually managed to win three books this summer - and I never win anything!

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  99. Cruella - I know! It's been an amazing summer. Thanks!

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  100. Diane - In the 'real' world I never win anything - EVER! This has been bizarre. Wonderful, but bizarre :)

    Congrats to you on your wins as well!

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  101. Wow, and I thought I won a lot of books through the blogs. You definitely out did me. :D

    I won Shiver from Isabella. It's funny reading the British version with the spelling we're SUPPOSED to use in Canada. I enjoyed it so much, I bought Linger (which I'm reading now).

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  102. Stina - I know! It's been quite the amazing summer! :)

    I didn't realize they had one with the 'correct' spelling lol :) I really enjoyed Shiver as well - haven't got to Linger yet as this TBR pile is pretty large...

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  103. I am beyond stunned at your luck!! Congrats! Hope your transition into school goes well. :)

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  104. Elana - Me too!! It's been wild! :)

    Thanks - I'm excited, nervous and just slightly depressed that the new year is almost here! :)

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  105. Wow! You're on a roll! Maybe you should come and check out my contest! If your luck's still alive, you won't regret it! ;o)

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  106. Jessica - I know! It's really been a wild summer! Sounds good :)

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  107. Dadgum, girl. You need a spreadsheet to keep track of all your stuffages.

    That and a personal assistant. I assume you have at least one assistant, because I don't know how you keep up with so many blogs!

    - Eric

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  108. Eric - lol :)

    It will get harder next week when I'm back to school - I'm going to have to make a schedule of some kind in order to cope!

    Thanks!

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  109. Hi Jemmi, if you go to my blog there is a little something for you.

    Yvonne.

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  110. Yvonne - you're such a sweetie! Thanks - I'll pop on over :)

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  111. Oh YAY! Winning is so much fun :)
    I had a run of winning loads ... but lately haven't had time to enter.
    Love the generosity of fellow bloggers / social media etc
    xx

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  112. Awesome wins! Great books in there ;o) I've won a few times myself ;o) Writers/Pub community are so thoughtful and generous!!

    Enjoy!

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  113. Michelle - winning is fun!!

    Bloggers rock - so generous! :)

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  114. Erica - there are some really amazing books! I haven't read them all yet though... :)

    We're part of a hugely amazing community!

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  115. My goodness, you've been lucky! Congrats on all those super duper prizes!

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  116. Aubrie - I know! It's been a really amazing run for me - especially since I rarely win anything! :)

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  117. That's a wonderful bunch of gifts you've won! I have won a free book several times on different blogs, and it really is fun!

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  118. Connie - it certainly is! This blogging community never ceases to amaze me!

    Thanks so much for dropping by :)

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  119. Congratulations! You won't have to buy any new books for at least two weeks!!!!

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  120. Sharon - lol :)

    It may be even longer than that - school's starting & I'm back to crazy-fun chaos! :)

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  121. Congrats, Jemi! :o) And yes, you have one more prize coming toward you--that darn overweight notepad thing is finally making its way past customs. LOL!

    Have a wonderful weekend, friend!

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  122. You're so lucky! Those are awesome goodies.

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  123. Jackee - Yikes! It's ridiculous what gets held up at customs! I once had an order from a clothing company returned 4 times before they finally let it across - nuts!

    Thanks again - and I hope you enjoy your weekend too!

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  124. Medeia - They really are incredible goodies! I'm not usually a lucky person when it comes to winning things so this has been amazing!

    Thanks :)

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  125. Congratulations, Jemi! You have been abundantly blessed! :)

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  126. Beth - thanks! You're completely right - and in so many ways in my life :)

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  127. Congrats! This is really a great blog, Jemi.
    YOu have just the right mix of fun and announcements and news...and your personality!

    Blessings, dear one.
    Patti

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  128. Thanks so much Patti! What a kind thing to say :) You made my day - Thank you!

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  129. Kimberly - I know! It's been amazing - unbelievable in fact! :)

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  130. Alexandra - that's the thing - I'm usually NOT lucky at winning things! But books are obviously different :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  131. Look at that haul!! I am jealous! You are one lucky lady. I think it's time to buy a lottery ticket ;)

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  132. You are the queen of SWAG! Congratulations. I agree with Julie. Run do not walk to your nearest store and buy that ticket!

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  133. Julie - I know!! It's been amazing - sadly it hasn't translated into cash yet!

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  134. Lee - It's been really amazing! I WISH it could translate into those lottery tickets - but that's much more like a donation than a chance at winning :)

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  135. Winning stuff is excellent! Congratulations, and thanks for the links!

    Patricia

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  136. Pat - it sure is - especially when it doesn't happen all that often! Enjoy the links :)

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  137. Wow Jemi, your bookshelves will be groaning. Well done :)

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  138. Glynis - thanks!! :)

    My bookshelves are definitely jam-packed!

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