Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Give Thanks

This  contest is now over.  Congratulations to Inga!

Happy November, my favorite month to give thanks and slaughter turkeys.  One lucky winner will win a hardback copy of Cinder and Ella.  This contest is international.  For all of the other giveaways click here.

What you have to do to enter:  Leave a comment, and if you want, tell me why you are grateful for books or share an experience where a book helped you through a difficult time.

Good luck!


Melissa Lemon said...

My comment (and no, I'm not entering myself). Little Dorrit is a book that helped me through a difficult time because I had been in a fight with my sister and felt like everyone in my family was judging me without knowing the full story. Amy Dorrit experiences similar things and endured with her kind, quiet, loving and forgiving nature. Identifying with that character and reading that book was therapy for me. I am so grateful for books!

Dani @ Refracted Light said...

I don't really have a heartwarming story of how a book really made a difference during a hard time of life. I am however grateful for stories that transport, stories that inspire, stories that make me marvel at the sheer creativity of the human mind, stories that worm their way into the heart and don't let go, and for the power stories can have over their readers. It's an amazing thing, the way stories influence our lives :)

Thanks so much for the giveaway!

GFC: Dani @ Refracted Light
dani AT refractedlightreviews DOT com

Kereesa said...

I don't have much of a heartwarming story, but I've always loved books ever since my grandmother started me on Nancy Drew. That hasn't stopped, and when I read I think of her.


LisaILJ said...

I will always be thankful for books for always being there to keep me company. If I was ever lonely or needed to escape there was always a book that took me away. They helped me get through a painful adolescence and have relieved boredom my entire life.

leyser73 at yahoo dot com

Martina Koleva said...

I started to really read books a few years ago and I'm thankful because they are my way out of the reality. I love to jump in a world filled with undead, supernatural creatures. There's something relaxing about them...

GFC: Marti
bymyself.g [at] gmail.com

Wolfluvr420 said...

I'm thankful for books because they give me a way to escape reality when things go bad. If something is going bad in my life I love to just curl up with a book and forget about it for awhile.
GFC: wolfluvr420
wolfluvr420 at yahoo dot com

miki said...

I think you know already a bit from my blog ^^;; ( so trying another)

I would say that at the moment i'm grateful for books no matter which one as long it's not dark because it help me to stay myself while my brother is in a deep depression. if i didn't have them to evade a bit, to hope and to dream i wouldn't be able to stay calm and help him

So thanks you and all others that make international giveaway of print books

gfc follower: miki


Donna said...

I'm grateful for books because they always cheer me up, I am able to travel to distant and exotic lands without leaving my living room

BlackWolf said...

I'm thankful for books because they are a way out of the reality

GFC: blackwolf

Ron C. Nieto said...

I don't know about any particular event where books helped me. The truth is, everytime some real life issue creeps up, I turn up the music and open the book until I calm down enough to face said issue with a clear head. So I guess that I read always, and because I just can't not read!

Thanks for this great giveaway!

gfc: Ron C. Nieto

roncn.contact AT gmail DOT com

Angie said...

I'm so grateful for books! Here's one example: When my sixth child was born prematurely in Las Vegas (not where I live), the postpartum depression was awful! Especially after I brought him home. I was a basket case. The only thing that made me feel better was reading a Christmas story, "Miracle" by Connie Willis. I read that story once or twice a day. It made me smile at a time when all I wanted to do was cry.

Christine A. said...

Great giveaway, thanks. I am grateful for my two kids and for our health.

GFc- Christine A.
your1chef at aol dot com

ebaker said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! I am thankful for books because they transport you to another time and place and you can be fully absorbed in the story and not pay much for it! :)
GFC: ebaker

Anonymous said...

thanks for the giveaway.
GFC - Ronyka7

flaka.077 at gmail dot com

Crystal Marie said...

Books really do create an amazing distraction from the outside world. Sometimes that is not only a coping mechanism... but an inspiration!

crystalmarieporter at gmail dot com

buddyt said...

When I am tired and stressed out, a good book transports me out of my everyday life and into a new setting where I can relax, laugh, cry and enjoy myself.

Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

Carol T

I follow via GFC - buddyt

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

I'm super excited about this book!

I'm grateful for books because they help me travel when I'm stuck somewhere.

BJ said...

I am grateful for books because they let me escape from this world even is it's just for a little while. We all can't make millions and be able to vacation when ever we feel like it....and with books I can go where ever and when where ever.



kayla said...

I'm grateful for books because, when you read them, you can explore new worlds and be anyone you want to be.


Moirae(thefates) book reviews said...

Everyone Worth Knowing helped me through a very hard time in my life. To this day that book is very important to me.


Janelle said...

I'm grateful for books because they can open the world at your finger-tips! They can challenge, uplift, scare, and encourage you!
Best wishes and thanks for a chance to win this fantabulous giveaway!

BLHmistress said...

Books have always been a big part of my life. Growing up an only child as well as an Army Brat, books helped with the loneliness I felt every time we had to pick up and move when my dad was transferred.



oriana said...

thanks for making this international!
great prizes
books helps me when I feel alone...because whenI start to reading I feel like Im with other people

Nay Nay said...

I don't have a heartwarming story. I've always loved books ever since my mother started me on The Bobsey Twins. That's how long ago it was and it won't stop til they pry my
e-reader from my cold dead hands. LOL

I am having a hopping good time going to all the sites! I love visiting with old friends and finding new authors and books to add to my wish list. <^_^> !!

Thank you for being part of the hop and for the chance to win!

reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

Nikki said...

I have worked in law enforcement for 10 years, books are escape from real human horrors. :)

Nikki @ Books Most Wanted

Dinda_SI said...

I'm grateful for books because they give me new knowledge and help me through the day.


-Jo- said...

Books let me dream of what could be. It's awesome!


Nikki said...

Books have been a source of escape for me for as long as I could remember. They also bring me hope! I would be lost without them!!

janhvi said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
I am so very thankful for books because I don't think I'd be able to function properly without reading everyday.Books help me calm my mind and help me get away from the stress of real life.I absolutely cherish the time I get for reading.

justjanhvi at gmail dot com

Jasmine1485 said...

I'm grateful for books because they've extended my education far beyond anything I would've had otherwise and taken me places I may never see in real life. :)

kate1485 at hotmail.com

Zara said...

Well, my parents are far too busy everyday. The country I live in kids don't go outside much. And on top of that I've spent my teenage years locked up in my room, in my house. If it weren't for my books to keep me company, I don't know what I would've done. They are my sanctuary, my haven. I've lived my life through books and its stories. I'm not much good with people, I can stay away from them But I can't live without my books.

Anyhow, I'm also looking forward to reading your book.


Lisa said...

I love to read and on days I don't get the time I feel lost and wonder why until the next time I sit down to read and remember that I really missed doing it the day or so before. Books are friends just waiting for us to pick them up. Thanks lisapeters at yahoo dot com I follow book him danno

debbie said...

When I was younger, I had a pretty horrific homelife. I think the little house on the prairie books, helped me to see that not everyone lived like I had to.

Reading said...

I'm grateful because reading is an unique experience that can help overcome great issues.

Lolawid said...

I am grateful for books because they are always there, and they are my friends! :o)

widsfam7 @ digis dot net

Tiffany Drew said...

I am thankful for books because they were my way of escape during a rather rough childhood. I think if I didn't have books to read and a way to focus on something else then I would probably have lost my mind. Thank you for the chance to win your book, I've been trying to get my hands on it for a while now :)


Dovile said...

I'm grateful for books because they make my life more interesting and allow me to go to places where I'd never be able to go.

spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

Giada M said...

Thank you for this chance, Melissa!

Books are simply my life. Like air and water. I couldn't live without them!

fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

Yto said...

i love books. it gives me room to dream and to see new worlds. without books it would be really boring for me ^^
i would love to win your book. it sounds great.

witchvela at web dot de

Paula L. said...

I want to read this book so bad!
I spend most all of my free time reading. It's so easy for me to lose myself in a book, which has helped get me through more than one struggle. I would be lost if I couldn't read :)

jandplee at att dot net

A Backwards Story said...

Books have helped me through so much. As a child, I had a speech impediment, which made me really shy. I didn't have a lot of friends, so books became my friends. They took me to worlds I never knew about. I could explore the wonders of Narnia, have a large group of friends when I joined The Baby-sitters Club, and even have a twin sister when I lived in Sweet Valley. Books were my escape and made me who I am today. Without them, I very much doubt I would write worlds of my own now!

I would love to enter to win. I took part in your blog tour earlier this year! abackwardsstory@gmail.com

Sonya said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

A book that helped me is called The Next Place by Warren Hanson. It was given to me when my mom passed away. I highly recommend it!

Sonyacullen at gmail dot com

Maji Bookshelf said...

I just did a post on the book im most grateful for and i chose harry potter. I chose this series because they are what got me into reading, and improved my english language drastically (its my second language) so these books.. i owe alot to them <3.

thanks for this giveaway! please enter me

- juhina

Thais Pampado said...

I'm thankful for books because they're always providing me a way to escape for a few hours a day, and I'm always learning new things through them.

Thanks for the giveaway!


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AimeeKay said...

I'm thankful for books because they let me take a brake from my own problems and escape to somewhere with Happily Ever Afters!
Thanks for the giveaway!
GFC Follower-aimeekay

Coreena McBurnie said...

Thank you for this giveaway. I am so gratful for books - they have been a constant companion for me since I was in school. I am also grateful for discovering book blogging, so I can connect with other book junkies.
coreenamcburnie at gmail dot com

xxsquigglesxx said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I am thankful for books because they transport me to another world. I love being able to get away from the stresses of life and escape to the pages of a book.


geschumann said...

I'm thankful for books because I mostly only read ones that have good endings so they're a great pick-me-up. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

geschumann at live dot com

geschumann said...

I'm thankful for books because I mostly only read ones that have good endings so they're a great pick-me-up. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

geschumann at live dot com

inga said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Well, I am grateful for books, because they can take you anywhere and the sky is the only limit! :)

GFC inga
inga(dot)kupp(at)gmail(dot) com

inga from http://www.ingasilbergbooks.com/

Jeanne said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win!
GFC: Jeanne

Brenda Demko said...

I am thankful for books because they give me a much needed escape whenever I most need it! I have three pre-teen boys. Two of them have ADHD, and the other one has trouble accepting their behavior. Needless to say, they fight, whine, bicker, and harrass each other, more often than not. I really think that I'd be in a looney bin if not for my books! Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read this!

kswederski said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I am thankful for many things, my family and friends, my job, and that my mother taught me the love of books!

I am a GFC follower.


Rea said...

I moved country when I was 13 years old. Not only was I in a different country where people spoke a different language (and very little English) but I was also in an area renowned for being cold towards anyone not from their region.This wasn’t a good time for me personally or for my family as a whole as each of us was suffering from the same fate. I felt alone – the only things I had left to turn to were my dog and my books.One book in particular really helped. It was a book that I had already read a few times but it became the image of my last link to the life I’d left behind. It became a lifeline. I read it over and over. Even now, though it’s probably been at least six years since I last read it, I still view it with reverence and awe. I'm thankful for books in general, but in particular for Kit's Wilderness by David Almond.


Konstanz Silverbow said...

Love you blog. Thanks for the giveaway. I am grateful for books because it is a wonderful escape for me when things get tough.


Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Nothing too heartwarming but I feel like books give me a great escape, teach me many useful lessons, and allow me to fall in love over and over again!


Reading mind said...

Books kept me company when I was younger and saved, literally, my life some times ago. I don't know what I would do without them

aliasgirl at libero dot it

Amber said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

I am thankful for books because they keep me entertained, they relax me and they keep me from feeling anxious when i'm all alone. It's so easy to get pulled into a book and there are so many amazing books I just wish I had time to read them all.


Mel rob said...

Books have been really helpful throughout my life. They sometimes have shown me that (although fictional)I'm not the only one who has suffered certain circumstances. I can't really say which book has helped me in particular, or which one I can relate to, but, I can say that many books have helped me erase frowns and light up smiles.
Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

GFC: Mel rob

Aeicha @ Word Spelunking said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
GFC: Aeicha @ Word Spelunking
wordspelunker at gmail dot com

As a child and teen I was incredibly shy and socially awkward and never really had a lot of friends. Books were, and still are, my escape and my best friends. They've always been there for me and have always made me feel comfortable in my own skin :)

Darlene said...

Books are wonderful in so many ways. It is so important to read aloud to your kids for their speech development. My sister never read to her kids, and both of them had problems with speech development as well as other issues. I've always read aloud to my kids since they were born (even in utero, actually) and listening to someone read is not just about speech development, but it also develops their imagination and fosters a closeness with your children while you snuggle and share a great book together! Books are wonderful in so many ways, especially to be shared with children.

Thanks for the giveaway!

GFC Darlene
darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

Devony said...

I've always loved books, but I went through a rough patch in 6th grade (doesn't everyone?) and had a hard time with friends. I loved that I could turn to books to find wonderful constant friends. Little Women got me through 6th grade! thanks for the chance! wilsondev(at)gmail(dot)com

Amanda Welling said...

Books have always helped me at various times in my life, but especially when I was a kid. I lived in a small town and their were not many other kids around. Books helped me fill a ton of otherwise lonely days!

GFC: Amanda Welling

Anonymous said...

I am grateful for books that inspire and worm my soul
galyettina at yahoo dot com

TayteH said...

Music. I'm thankful for music. If not for music, the world would be dull and boring.

brendajean said...

I am thankful for the escape from real life. I love reading a HEA:) Thanks for the chance. Your book sounds darling.
gfc brendajean

bchild5 at aol dot com

kimyunalesca said...

Many thanks! I've always wanted to read your book very interesting indeed ^_^

I'm very grateful to books because they taught me lessons about life and throughout life


Kulsuma said...

I'm grateful for books because they entertain me so much:)


Janiera said...

I'm thankful for books because they help me get away from all of the craziness that goes on in my life.

Chris said...

I am grateful for books because they provide me with an escape from the world for just a little bit. When life gets a little tough, I can read a book for a half an hour and feel refreshed and ready to face the world again.

kissyjensen at gmail dot com

Michele said...

Thanks for the giveaway

I'm thankful for books because after a stressful day, i can relax and take my mind away from my own world and join a different world.

GFC Michele Luker

jmluker at winco dot net

Jolene and Family said...

I read a lot in highschool, but mainly stayed with books I needed to read for assignments. I hadn't read for pure joy since I was little. After graduation, I got married, settled down and started a family. Several years later and three kids, two dogs and a house to clean, I was overwhelmed. Looking in the mirror, I didn't recognize myself and didn't know who I was outside of mom and honey. I lost pieces of myself and entered a phase of depression. I wanted me back and I wanted to be happy. I decided to look into things I used to enjoy doing. Poetry and art were on that list, but it didn't hold my focus. I decided to pick up reading again and was overwhelmed navigating the book isles. It had been years, so I tried to stick with what I liked when I was younger. Dean Koontz had always been a fav. but I needed something more. That's when I picked up romance, and YA and I felt a whole new world was opened up to me. I now had something that was mine and mine alone and it was a stress releif and a place for me to escape

GFC follower

Blogger Name: Krystal Larson said...

I was taught to read at age 2/3 by my father and I literally have a book in my hand 99% of the time. I adore books during my long commute to and from school (4-5 hours) and whenever I need an escape from real life. Thank you very much for this great giveaway!
GFC Krystal Larson

Vicki said...

I've loved books since before I could read. My first book was "Are You My Mother?" by P.D. Eastman and I still love it today. It's a great children's book. Reading reminds me of my mom and dad, who were also readers. Both are gone from this world now, but reading makes me feel close to them.


Smiley Girlie said...

I love that books provide an escapism for me. I remember when my best friend from childhood had recently passed away from cancer I started reading a book about a very tough, very kick-butt heroine and she reminded me of my friend. So even though I was very sad reading this character and laughing at her felt like me friend was there with me.

miss.smileygirlie at gmail dot com

Lenmeo said...

Books helped me to quit smoking. I can't say that it gets any better than that :-)

afterthebook at gmail dot com

LadyVampire2u said...

I think books save people all over the world, everyday. They open up an escape from reality, let us experience things we never would have otherwise, share or start ideas and inspire. I've been reading since I was 3 and books have always been a big part of my life. I cannot tell you how many times a story drew me in and saved me from myself. Authors never get their full credit for touching the lives of others as much as they do, but from me to you, thank you!

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

Stacy said...

No heartwarming story here either, but I am thankful for books. I am an avid reader and have been since elementary school. My Dad was in the Navy and it was hard for me to make friends when I was a kid, so I just read a lot.

the imagine tree at aol dot com

The Romanceaholic said...

I'm grateful for books because they're the only vacation I can afford :)

Thanks for the giveaway!!

romanceaholic at gmail dot com

Ashlyn_Jai said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
I am thankful for books because its what I use to escape. I can be in my own little world with a great book after a long and hard day. Books help relieve stress for me.


Cindy said...

Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway.
Books are my gift to myself. They fill me with joy, happiness, suspense, warmth, thrills, and love. Thankful for all the wonders of a good book.
cindymacbeth at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Would love to win this book. I love the escape from reality books can provide.


Mary @SweepingMe said...

When my mom was diagnosed with cancer I spent A LOT of time reading and preparing for what was coming. Books can help you learn just about anything. Thanks for the giveaway.

mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

IdentitySeeker said...

Thanks for this great giveaway:) I've read great reviews of your book and Cinderella was laways one of my favourite fairy tales.

One book that I will forever be grateful for is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I read it in the short space of a Saturday afternoon and it totally changed m view of the world. It taught me the importance of fate/destiny and it made me realise how stupid I was for wanting to rush thing along so that I could get what I wanted. Sometimes, what we need most is right what's under our noses and if we are not given these things right away- that's because it's not the right time and we're not ready for it. One of the quotes that will always remain with me, goes something like "It is always hardest for the weary desert traveler to move forward when the oasis has finally come into sight". That's probably very poorly paraphrased, but its the one phrase that keeps me up studying most nights after almost giving up. This book inspired me to do my best and trust God to guide my life in the right direction.

Thanks for the giveaway:)


Hannah said...

Thanks for the giveaway, would love to read Cinder & Ella especially as I'm writing a fairy tale esque kinda story of my own and would love to read some other different takes on fairy tale retellings and stylings.

I'm always thankful for the escapism books bring. :)

jaedia at live dot co dot uk

Robin said...

I am greatful for books that gives me an opportunity to go into another world. Books are a better place to be than watching TV. Books are my TV.


Proserpine said...

I really love books and gratefull for the escape they giving me! I love to read about other reality, passion, history! Thanks for the giveaway!


books4me said...

Reading has been a way for my daughter and I to remain close and cuddle. She is a teenager now and we still read together at night. I wouldn't change it for anything!

books4me67 at ymail dot com

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

Oh how I want to read your book. I know I will eventually, this is just a great way to make eventually sooner!

I just posted about a book that made a big impact on me. It's called Left To Tell http://writingwithshellyandchad.blogspot.com/2011/11/im-grateful-for-good-book.html

Velvet Hubler said...

I am grateful for reading because it keeps my brain healthy by exercising it

Joanne said...

I'm thankful for reading because it is a stress reliever. It helps me think about something else for a while.


astroqueen67 said...

TY for the giveaway. I would love to read your book. I am a new follower on GFC as astroqueen67. Holly Swint astroqueen67@hotmail.com

Chen Yan Chang said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I'm grateful for books because I get to escape into stories and characters and fictional worlds in the comfort of my home :)

jadedlittlegirlx AT gmail DOT com

iLuvReadingTooMuch said...

I'm grateful for books because it helps me calm down when I've had a bad day, it helps me think that my problems aren't as bad as the characters in the book.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

iliveforreading AT hotmail DOT com

Aurora Celeste said...


I'm grateful for books because they have connected me with experiences outside my own world and, through that, allowed me to connect with people that are different from me. I would have missed out on some great friendships if I didn't have books!

Anonymous said...


I'm grateful for books because they allow me to meet interesting characters and travel to other places without leaving my room.

annafriday11 (@) gmail (dot) com

Laura H. said...

Thanks for the great giveaway and for participating in this blog hop! I am so excited about this giveaway as I've been wanting to read this book! I am grateful for books because they can take you to so many different places where imagination is key.


Mare/TommyGirl said...

I'm grateful to books for giving my imagination a place to roam and thousands of hours of great entertainment.

Thank you for the giveaway!

tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

ruthhill74 said...

Books are something that let me escape reality. I love that!