Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway NEW WINNER!

I never heard back from the original winner of the $15 Amazon email gift card. It's been well over 72 hours at this point, so I had to pick a new winner.

According to random.org, the NEW winner for the gift card is entry #14, Jessi E.!


I've emailed the new winner; please respond within 48 hours or I will pick another winner.

My FCSS giveaway for a gently used copy of
Something Blue by Emily Giffin
will run until December 30.
CLICK HERE to enter!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Random Acts of Senseless Kindness

Author Graham Parke is back, this time with an excerpt from A Gomessy Christmas!




"Sadly, my socks are like snowflakes;
no two are exactly alike."-- Gomez



Blog entry: Arrived at the store late, found a homeless guy sleeping in the doorway. Hicks was already inside but gave no indication he’d noticed. I nudged the homeless guy and asked him, “How are you doing down there, fellow? You okay?”

The homeless guy grumbled something in his sleep.

“It’s getting pretty cold,” I said. “Don’t you want to come inside?”

“Inside?” He coughed and opened his eyes.

I pointed out the store, not convinced he’d actually noticed where he’d crashed the night before. “This is my antiques store,” I told him. “We’ve got the heating on inside, shame to waste it on just two people. And it looks like it might start to snow soon.”

The homeless guy gave me a suspicious look. “You want me to come inside? With you?”

“Sure, if you’d like.”

“Is that because you think that if I come inside with you, I’ll let you touch me?”

“What? No!”

“Okay, because I can tell you right now, that’s not gonna happen.”

“Well, I suppose it is good to get those kinds of things clear beforehand. But no, I was just thinking you might enjoy the warmth, maybe a cup of coco.”

“A cup of coco you say…” He scratched his stubble. “And you’ll be charging me for this cup of coco?”

“No, the coco is free.”

“I see. So, are you operating under the assumption that if I come inside with you, and I drink your free coco, that I will touch you?”

“What? No!”

“Okay, because I can tell you right now, that’s not gonna happen either. Just because a guy is down on his luck, that doesn’t mean he goes around touching people in exchange for cups of coco.”

“I understand completely. And thanks again for pointing that out. But no, my friend and I noticed that you were sleeping in our doorway and, well, we’d like to invite you inside.”

The homeless guy turned and peered through the window in the door. He made eye-contact with Hicks, who panicked and went looking for his broom. “That your friend?”

I followed his gaze. “Yeah, that’s Hicks. He’s a bit peculiar, but he’s okay.”

“I see.” The homeless guy pulled on his collar. “And this friend of yours, will he be drinking coco also?”

“I suppose. I’m not entirely sure, but it seems likely.”

“I see.” The homeless guy considered this. “So,” he said, after a long moment, “will this friend of yours be expecting me to touch him?”

“No! There is no touching involved in any of this!”

“Okay, calm down,” the homeless guy said. “There’s no need to get all homophobic!”

“I wasn’t!”

“You sounded homophobic to me.”

“Me? You’re the one who can’t stop talking about touching people!”

I noticed people stopping in the street to stare at us. This made me very uncomfortable.

Continued here.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to pop in quick and wish all of my bloggy friends a very merry Christmas and happy holidays! I hope everyone stays warm and safe and healthy this season.

I'll leave you with a photo of me and a friend when we were kids.



Peace and love to everyone! ♥

Friday, December 24, 2010

Guest Post: Graham Parke




It's the age-old tale:
Boy meets girl.
Boy stalks girl.
Girl already has a stalker.
Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.”



“No Hope for Gomez!” is the award winning comedy novel that has already wrecked thousands of reasonably useful minds. To end the year with a twist, you get the Geeky eNovel “A Gomessy Xmas: Random acts of senseless kindness” with your copy of No Hope. Simply send your Amazon receipt to nohopeforgomez@gmail.com before January 15th.

As a bonus, and for a limited time only, reading “No Hope for Gomez!” will also make you more attractive to the opposite sex, and it will increase your random luck by about 9.5%
(These statements have not been evaluated by anyone of consequence.)

Read a free chapter here. , and get more details on this offer here.



"Extremely witty and clever writing that contains keen insights into human nature." California Chronicles

"The antics in this book will leave the reader laughing. Graham Parke is a genius." Readers Favorite

"A quick and unputdownable read that flies in the face of reason and smashes against the wall of detective novels. It's a Coens Brothers' film formatted in book form." BookReview.com


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Many thanks to Graham Parke, author of No Hope for Gomez, for stopping here at i heart reading! I wish him luck as his book climbs the charts.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway WINNER!

The Midwinter's Eve Giveaway is closed and a winner has been drawn. There were 240 entries, WOW! Thanks to everyone who entered, and WELCOME to my new followers! I hope you'll like what I have to offer and you'll stick around.

Okay, the winner. I used random.org to pick a winner.



The 3rd comment was left by Hafsah @ IceyBooks!! Congrats to you!

I've emailed the winner, who has 72 hours (because of the holiday) to respond. If I don't hear back within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

My FCSS giveaway for a gently used copy of
Something Blue by Emily Giffin
will run until December 30.
CLICK HERE to enter!

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway CLOSED

The Midwinter's Eve Giveaway is now closed.
Please stay tuned, as I will post the winner tonight!
Good luck to everyone who entered.


My FCSS giveaway for a gently used copy of
Something Blue by Emily Giffin
will run until December 30.
CLICK HERE to enter!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway!

I am participating in the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop being run by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.



I am going to be giving away a $15 Amazon email gift card.

This is a very fast giveaway, as it is only 2 days long - December 21 and 22. That's it!

Any entries after midnight on December 22 will NOT be counted. So hurry up and enter now!

How to enter: Comment on THIS POST ONLY with your email address.

Extra entry: (not required)
Enter my giveaway for a gently used copy of Something Blue by Emily Giffin.

(You must leave an additional comment at that post to enter that giveaway.)
Please leave an extra comment with email address saying you have done this.

Winners will be chosen on December 23 using random.org.

Good luck, and be sure to check out some of the other 125 blogs that are participating.

Monday, December 13, 2010

FCSS Giveaway!

Today, I am offering a giveaway to celebrate First Come, Second Served, is a month-long event being hosted by Amber over at Down the Rabbit Hole.



I am giving away a gently used copy of Emily Giffin's chick lit book, Something Blue, which is the sequel to Something Borrowed.



I had bought both books at a used bookstore, on a friend's recommendation. Unfortunately, I did not finish Borrowed as I couldn't relate to it and I just wasn't interested anymore. I passed it on to a friend, and left Blue on my TBR shelf, hoping I'd return to it later on. It has sat on my shelf for long enough now that I KNOW I will never read it. I'd much rather pass it on to someone who WILL read it!

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment with your name and email address. That's all! *US only.

Giveaway ends December 31.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Read For Your Future

Having a degree in Literacy means that I am a huge advocate for fighting childhood illiteracy. Recently, I was able to assist one blogger in her own ongoing battle.

Last month, I offered a giveaway of a book, and the blogger who won, Lora, told me that she is going to donate the book to her local high school. She often donates books to local schools and to the public library. Lora is an inspiration to book bloggers and we should all try to be as generous as she is.

Check out Lora's blog -Read For Your Future- to help support her cause!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

First Come, Second Served STARTS TODAY!

Today is the first day of First Come, Second Served, which is a month-long event being hosted by Amber over at Down the Rabbit Hole.



This challenge is all about reading sequels (or any book that is not first in a series) from your TBR shelf. I've got 2 books that I am planning on reading. First, I am going to read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis, which is the 5th book (in chronological order) of the Chronicles of Narnia. Then, I am going to read Son of A Witch, by Gregory Maguire, which is the sequel to Wicked. Wicked took me wicked long to read because I struggled through the political parts, so I am allowing myself at least 2 weeks to read Son of A Witch, in case it has the same issue.

I will also be taking part in this event by offering a giveaway on December 13. CLICK HERE to go the master list of events.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Versatile Blogger Award

I have to give a BIG shoutout to Julia over at That Hapa Chick. She awarded my little book blog here with its first award - the Versatile Blogger Award!


Thanks so much, Julia!


I used to go through the accepting and regifting of awards over at my main blog, Artistically Amy. Rather than waste time and effort and blog posts on that, I won't be passing this on to any specific bloggers. Instead, I am offering this award to all of my readers! Please feel free to take this award for yourself and pass it on!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Gratitude Giveaway NEW WINNER!

I never heard back from the original winner of the $15 Amazon email gift card. It's been well over 48 hours at this point, so I had to pick a new winner.

According to random.org, the NEW winner for the gift card is entry #55, Cathy M!


I've emailed the new winner; please respond within 48 hours or I will pick another winner.

Stick around this month for at least 3 more giveaways, one of which is a part of the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop that starts December 21.

Etsy... All the Cool Kids are Doing It

Back in August, I started tossing around the idea of possibly establishing myself as a photographer in business. I developed some vague long-term goals, I had a plan for how much I would charge, and I knew how many shoots I wanted to do per weekend. I even started putting together an small portfolio using photos of family and friends.

The idea has stayed somewhere in the middle of my mind (not my first priority, but something I still thought about daily) for the past 2 months. It had been working its way up on my to-do list as the holidays drew closer. Partially because I'd love some extra Christmas cash, but partially because I thought I could offer a better deal than the photo places in the mall.

Then, Rachel Durik posted an article on i heart faces about how hard it is to start a photography business. Her emphasis on the word 'business' stopped me dead in my tracks.

Who am I kidding?! I am not business-minded, not one smidge. I've never had a way with money or a hunger for enterprise. I'm lazy and content and, honestly, a little slow when it come to things like economics or statistics. (The only reason I passed my high school economics course was because every single test was open book.)

Well, there goes THAT idea.

Now what?

One of my steps to kick-start my photography business had been opening an Etsy shop. I was waiting to open a shop until I was closer to starting the business.

However, now that the business bubble has been burst, selling prints of my photos has become my new intent. I've had people offer to buy them before, and I'm pretty confident. I know I have a unique style of shooting and processing, and I know that my photos look good on a wall. (I know because I have them hanging all over the condo.)

Thus, I have now officially opened a shop on Etsy:

Artistically Amy
Providing unique prints for every room in your home!

Affordable, artistic photos printed in a variety of sizes. Get some for yourself, and for your friends.

All photos are unmatted, unless requested for an additional fee. Framing is not available at this time.

Order by December 15 to receive your prints by Christmas. Order 5+ prints and get free shipping!

Click on the banner to head on over to my shop.
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