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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Birthday and Contest Announcement

That's right, my blog turns one year old today! I can hardly believe it. Time flies when you're having fun and thanks to all of you I've been having a lot of fun. Since I started this blog I've landed a new agent, my young adult paranormal trilogy has gone on editor submission, and I've finished another book that my agent is now considering. It has been a very busy year, but a wonderful one!

Because it's Heather's Odyssey's birthday and all you wonderful followers have made my journey so enjoyable, I'm announcing a mid-year/birthday contest! I've picked some of my favorite books from 2010 (so far). Here's the plan: There is no minimum follower acheivement for the blog requirement or any other catch. At the end of July I shall throw all the entries into the Random List Generator and pick a winner! Just be a follower and leave me a comment letting me know you'd like to be entered into the contest. Here's the really great part, since I've read so many great books already this year I'm picking my three favorite and the winner gets to choose which book they'd like!

Let's get to the good stuff. Here are my top three favorite books of 2010 so far (one of which one lucky follower will get to choose!):

The YA paranormal 13 To Life By Shannon Delany. True, I haven't read the whole book yet but I've read enough of it to know that I'm going to LOVE it! If you haven't checked out Shannon's Serial With Breakfast blog tour you must go do so now! She's visiting blogs and leaving a chapter of 13 To Life on them for us to read! Click on her name and check it out, I'll wait until you get back. Now you see the genius that is Shannon!
 

The YA paranormal Under My Skin by Judith Graves. If you read my Monday post this week then you know just how brilliant I think this book is! If not go ahead and click over there, I'll wait. Don't want to just take my work for it? Click on Judith's name to learn more. See what I mean, you must get your hands on this book!


The YA paranormal fantasy Mistwood by Leah Cypess. I've just started reading this one but already I love it! Leah has a way with words that is almost poetic. She pulls you along the page and compells you until you have no choice but to read. As if I needed anything more compelling than a shifter in a fantasy setting! Click on Leah's name to see read the first three chapters of Mistwood!


Wanna hear the best part? Okay, free books is probably the best part, but this is almost as good. I've read a lot of books already this year and these three are absolutely the greatest, and~wait for it~they're all debut novels! How cool is that? There is a lot of talent entering the literary world this year. With a bit of luck, perhaps my books will be among them soon.  

44 comments:

  1. Happy blog birthday!
    I love Under My Skin! Brilliant. And can't wait to read 13 to Life and Mistwood.
    Enter me in, please. :)

    --Courtney Rae--
    courtneyyrae@gmail.com

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  2. Oooooooo they all look like such AWESOME books. Enter me, Please!!!!

    No matter what, they are going on my TBR list :)

    AND HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!

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  3. Oooh, I heard about Mistwood and it sounds really interesting!
    Yes-yes, I'd like to enter the contest! :)

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  4. AH! i want to read Mistwood so bad(ly)! what a great contest--and happy anniversary/birthday!!!! CONGRATULATIONS on all your accomplishments!!
    i'm a blog follower, and i'd love to be entered in your contest : )

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  5. Ooh, lovely, yes, put my name into the hat please!

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  6. Happy blog birthday! I'm a subscriber and twitter follower and would love to be entered to win one of these fabulous books. I've only started reading Heather's Odyssey recently, but I really enjoy it, especially as a writer with publication dreams. Thanks for the blog, and keep up the good work! I can't wait to read your novel when it hits the shelves. :)

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  7. Congrats Heather! You have a very lovely blog, and I know there will be many more blogging years to come!

    Thansk for the awesome contest. All of these would be great to win!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  8. Happy Birtday!!!

    No need to enter me. I was fortunate enough to win 5 books from VampChix. I'd rather keep myself out of the race so someone else can win who might not have ever won anything.

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  9. WoW, did not even pay attention to my blogaversary, it came and went! LoL I'm a loser!

    Happy blog anniversary Heather! Sounds like a fun contest!

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  10. I'm so excited for you!!! Yay! And yes I would love to be entered in the contest. But if I win, I won't know what to pick.

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  11. Thanks for the b-day wishes for my blog everybody! So sweet of you all. You made my day! I have you all entered. Remember, open for entries until the end of July!

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  12. Happy Bloggy Birthday! I’m glad you’re enjoying 13 to Life. I’m looking forward to reading that one too. All the books you chose sound wonderful. I adore the cover for Mistwood.

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  13. Happy Blog Birthday. Looks like your blog is a Gemini.

    Being the book hoarder that I am, ooh, I put me in the running for the contest please. :)

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  14. Happy First Birthday! You are looking absolutely fabulous, darling.
    I can't believe I missed my 1st (May 25th). I'll have to celebrate my 1.1 or something.

    Hope your next year is even better!

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  15. Happy Blogging Birthday! (It also happens to be my son's birthday as well!)

    No need to enter me in the contest...I'm sitting on the sidelines for awhile.

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  16. Wow! Happy Birthday to Heather's Odyssey! :D

    No need to enter me. My family says I win too many books already. LOL

    (((Heather)))

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  17. Happy, happy birthday! My how the time flies...

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  18. Thank everybody! I know what you mean Christie, I love MISTWOOD'S cover!

    Time really does fly doesn't it Michelle...

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  19. Happy blog birthday! The books look awesome. I agree, Mistwood does have a gorgeous cover.

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  20. Thanks Portia! The books are as awesome as they look! Want me to put you down for an entry?

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  21. Oh, oh, oh, enter me in the contest, too, please. I can't believe I'm missed you're having a contest. Thanks for letting me know.

    All three books sound great. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that one day I'll be able to offer your debut novel as a prize. :D

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  22. Congrats!! I've heard such great things about these books! Please enter me!

    sithereandread (at) gmail (dot) com

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  23. Great choices of books Heather and CONGRATS on all your good news!!!! Thank you for the contest, I'd love to be entered :)

    lynsey(AT)narrativelyspeaking(DOT)com

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  24. Enter me too, please! Great contest...all three books are on my to read this summer list! Thanks...

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  25. Congrats on your blog birthday! I would like to be entered in the contest! Thanks for hosting it!

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  26. I'd like to enter! The more books, the merrier I am. Congrats on your blogiversary!

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  27. Oooh, I'm reading Mistwood right now ! And it's really good so far ! Awesome contest, please enter mee ! Thank you soo much ! And happy birthday !

    ~Alison
    lostinbelieving(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. I would love to be entered! I have been wanting to read all of these books!
    Thanks!
    bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

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  29. Happy blogaversary, Heather! CONGRATS ON ONE WHOLE YEAR!!! If these books are half as good as their covers, they have to be outstanding. Please throw my name into the mix.

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  30. Happy Blogaversary!! I'm currently trying to put up a blog myself! I cant imagine what a year would be like!! I would LOVE to be entered!
    My email is
    kriggenbach95(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. I'd love any of them, but i'm especially excited for 13 to Life since I was part of the Start Your Day With Serial Tour!

    Count me in!

    -Harmony (twisterstar@live.com)

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  32. *Blows party horn* Happy Blogaversary!!!!! Those books have been on my wishlist for the last couple of months and I still have yet to read them. I hear they are *amazing*, enter me! :)

    thewsisterz@yahoo.com

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  33. Thanks everybody, and welcome to my new followers! Glad to have you here. :)

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  34. Just saw this on twitter and am now a new follower (plus put you in my google reader!)

    Congrats on your one year and I'd love to be entered. _Thanks_ so much!

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  35. I would love to win. Count me in, please!
    I'm a follower

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  36. love it!
    Count me in...

    Mandy Porto
    mandybeckham@hotmail.com

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  37. Awesome contest! I'm now a follower. WOOT!

    Adam Stephens
    ridersofapocalypse07@gmail.com

    P.S. - Follow me on Twitter: adam_r_stephens

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  38. Happy Blog-Birthday! I've already been following your blog in Google, but apparently I had never become an official "follower" on your sidebar :P

    Enjoy the 1-year mark!

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  39. Hey, happy blog birthday! Kudos for remembering at the right time -- I never remember mine until months later! :)

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  40. Oh man, I've been away on vacation, and I almost missed this contest! Whew.

    First--Happy blog birthday, Heather! :)

    Second--pick me, pick me! ;)

    I agree w/ my friend Portia, you and others...that Mistwood cover is lovely.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    Love,
    Lola

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  41. I wrote a comment and tried to enter, but blogger gave me a error message, saying it didn't go through. If you did get it, you can just delete this one.

    If not, basically I said HAPPY Blog Birthday! :)

    And, please enter me in this yummy contest.
    Thank you, Heather.

    Love,
    Lola

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  42. Congratulations! Please enter me!

    ashleysbookshelf@gmail.com

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  43. Hooray! Happy bloggy birthday! I can't believe you've only been blogging for a year; you seem very established. :)

    I'd love to be entered. And kudos for choosing debut novels. They give me hope!

    -Mercedes

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