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Random Thoughts: Being Thankful…and a Giveaway

Just being a book blogger means that there is a lot to be thankful for in life.

Book blogging doesn’t pay the bills, in fact it actually creates them. And book blogging generally requires a computer and internet access. Which means the blogger has enough money to be a blogger.

Book blogging also takes a huge amount of time to read, promote and review books. Which means the blogger generally has extra time on their hands to do all of these things and doesn’t have to work around the clock to make ends meet.

So the very act of being a book blogger means that life isn’t at its worst. And that is something to be very thankful for.

But there are so many other reasons, as a book blogger, to be thankful. I can’t possibly name them all, but here are just a few of the reasons that I am thankful.

Authors

Without authors there wouldn’t be books, without books there wouldn’t be book bloggers. And it stands to reason that I’d have way too much extra time on my hands to get into trouble if I weren’t blogging.

But seriously, I am incredibly thankful to have “met” so many amazing authors since I started blogging. Authors who write books that leave me speechless, breathless, heartbroken, terrified, twisted in knots, tormented, elated, charmed, enamored and in love.

Authors who’ve taken time away from their writing to accept my friend requests, to respond to my Tweets, to say hello on Facebook, to read my reviews, to comment on my posts, and to share their lives so freely and openly on their blogs and on Twitter and Facebook with the entire book blogging community.

It is their generosity with their time and their willingness to indulge crazed fans like me that makes me thankful that I decided to start blogging. And as much as I complain about how authors love to torment their fans with teasers about their not-so-soon-to-be-released books, I eat up every single word with gusto.

I am extremely thankful to have discovered so many brilliant and creative writers that I never would have known about had I not decided to become a blogger. Writers who, for one reason or another, Amazon might not have listed among the “recommends.”

As I stare at my lone book tower, filled with new and exciting books to be read, I can’t help but be so very thankful – as a reader first and foremost and a blogger second – to and for each and every one of these authors for all that they do and all that they are.

Bloggers

I am so thankful to have met some truly amazing people that call themselves bloggers. They are some of the most generous and fun and nice and knowledgeable people I know.

I would have stopped doing this long ago without them as part of this community. Because it is hard work and at times can be completely overwhelming.

But losing the opportunity to talk with them each and every day would leave a huge void in my life. And I don’t know any other group of individuals who like to talk about books and bookish things nearly as much as these lovely people do.

Publishers

I am incredibly thankful for the publishers who acknowledge that book bloggers are a wonderful resource/vehicle to help promote an author’s work.

Where would we, as bloggers, be without the amazing generosity of the publishers who reach out to bloggers to review their author’s books, who inform us of new releases and author events, who send us advance readers copies and who help to promote our reviews?

We’d be in the same boat as all readers who have to suffer the incredibly long waits between book releases, that’s where we’d be. We’d never have the inside scoop about books to watch out for, and we’d never get that feeling of opening our mailboxes and discovering a totally unexpected book that we’ve been just dying to have, waiting for us.

Readers

And I am so incredibly thankful for my blog’s readers. With so many gazillion blogs out there, the fact that anyone stops by mine and checks out what I have to say is still so unbelievably amazing.

I am thankful that I have had the chance to get to know so many people who love books almost as much as I do…. as much as I do. Okay? Is that better? Sorry! I still like to think of myself as loving books more than anyone I know and in my “real” life that’s still true.

But without readers who are passionate about books, blogging wouldn’t be even remotely as fun as it can be.

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As I have decided to incorporate a giveaway into this Random Thoughts post, I have kept my thoughts fairly short… for me. I could have gone on for days about why I’m thankful for authors but in the interest of… well… being interesting, I stopped where I did.

But this week, in particular, there are a few authors that I’m incredibly thankful for. These authors really just turned my week around and reminded me of all the best reasons to be a blogger.

And so, as a thank you to them, I’d like to do a giveaway for their books. So…

What’s up for grabs:

A copy of Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey to one winner

A copy of Wildefire by Karsten Knight to one winner

A copy of A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford to one winner

A copy of Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout to one winner

A pre-ordered copy of Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout to one winner

Kindle eBook copies of both Between the Lines and Where You Are by Tammara Webber to two winners

The deets:

1. Only one entry per person and there will be five different winners.

2. You can pick only one print book but you can enter to win the eBooks, too.

3. You must be 13 or older. (If you choose Obsidian you must be 16 or older.)

4. Giveaway is International.

5. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on November 26th.

6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on November 27th.

7. Winner will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

8. Book will be shipped directly from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location.

9. Book will be hardback or paperback depending on availability.

There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

To enter, fill out the form below:

Good luck to everyone who entered! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing what you’re thankful for! I hope all of you who do celebrate had an amazing holiday and those who don’t had an awesome weekend!

Stay tuned, I’ll be running the names through Random in the morning and announcing the winners here in this post.

Sorry for the delay, I lost internet access yesterday afternoon and couldn’t run the names through Random on my phone. Anyway…

A Touch Mortal

Half-Blood

Obsidian

Wildefire

Witch Eyes

Between the Lines (eBooks)

Congratulations to the winners! I’ll be contacting you by email shortly and you’ll have 48 hours to respond with your details or another winner will be chosen. Thanks so much to everyone who entered and I hope you all get a chance to read some of these amazing author’s books!

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