A New Look! A Giveaway! A Typewriter!

I've been a very busy blogger this week.  I've updated the look of the blog and on Tuesday afternoon I met with my good friend and photographer Maris Ehlers for a fun head shot session.  I didn't want anything too business-like, so she asked me to bring a stack of books and my primary writing tool - a laptop affectionately known as T.B. Player (a nod to That Thing You Do!).

Here is the result:


That stack of books?  A few books I love from my childhood:

They Loved to Laugh by Kathryn Worth
Sister of the Bride & The Luckiest Girl by Beverly Cleary
Betsy-Tacy & Heaven to Betsy (my fave!) by Maud Hart Lovelace
Meg & The Disappearing Diamonds by Holly Beth Walker
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

What?  You don't know about the Meg books by Holly Beth Walker?  Check back another time and I will tell you how much I LOVE these books.

In addition to a new look, this week I gained my 100th follower.  First, let me tell you how grateful I am to all of you, my readers.  I'm honored that you take time out of your day to stop by, to talk about books, to encourage me, to share your experiences and opinions.  Many of you I know In Real Life, most of you I don't.  I've connected with so many Kindred Spirits here and on your blogs and you've inspired me in many ways.  Thank you.

And now, as promised (several weeks ago) - my 100th Follower Giveaway!

In celebration of 100+ followers, I'm giving away a copy of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis (paperback).  But wait, there's more!  There's also a SIGNED copy of A MILLION SUNS by Beth Revis (hardcover).  One lucky winner will get BOTH!

 The Rules:
  • Entries will be accepted through 11:59 pm CST on Friday, July 6th.  
  • Open internationally.
  • There are many ways to increase your chances below.  
  • Your name will be entered at least once and additional times based on your responses.
  • One winner will be selected by random drawing.

Just complete this form to enter.




No need to tally your entries - I can do that!  Thanks for entering!

And, because it's been a while, here's a fun photo of an old typewriter:


source :: etsy :: katie barnes

Have a wonderful weekend and good luck!






Comments

  1. One of my favourite childhood reads was EMILY OF NEW MOON (and its sequels) by L. M. Montgomery. Great books, and I love that both EMILY and Anne from the ANNE OF GREEN GABLES series are both writers. :)

    Congratulations on the 100 followers! This is an awesome giveaway. And the new look/new profile pic are fantastic! :)

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! :) I love the Emily and Anne books, too -- Emily even just a little bit more than Anne. I will have to reread them once I get them back from my friend's daughter.

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  2. As a child, I loved the Comtesse de Ségur books, read some of them several times. The legend also says that I read Victor Hugo super young (but I don´t remember it that well :D).

    Congrats on the 100 followers!!! And I agree with Jaime, the profile picture and the new look are both amazing :D

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    1. Ah, you are legendary! I have heard of Hugo, of course, but not the Comtesse de Segur books.

      Thanks for your kind words!

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  3. These books are on my TBR, so this is a great giveaway, Sara! Favorite childhood book? One of my favorites was GRIMBLE by Clement Freud. It tells the story of an odd boy called Grimble whose unusual parents leave him to fend for himself for a week, leaving notes around the house to help him. A fun read!

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    1. Thanks, Colin! GRIMBLE sounds interesting. Did you discover this book on your own or did your parents leave it lying around for you to find? :)

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  4. Congrats on 100 followers and great headshot! I was a sucker for all things Enid Blyton when I was young, esp the Magic Faraway Tree!

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    1. Thank you very much! The Magic Faraway Tree sounds intriguing just by the title. Loved stuff like that as a kid (and still today :)

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  5. Love the new head shot :) When I was little I loved the Brambly Hedge four seasons stories - I read them each year until I was just too old! I was also a big Jaqueline Wilson fan, and can't forget about Mallory Towers!

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    1. Thanks! I've actually heard of all three that you mentioned - not bad for someone outside the UK?

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  6. I think the picture is awesome! Very writerly and fun. :-)

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    1. Thank you very much! Writerly and fun were exactly what I had in mind! :)

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  7. Great giveaway! I've always wanted to read these books.
    Fave book as a youngster? I loved everything by David Eddings.

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