Friday, December 17, 2010

250 Follower Challenge!

Happy Friday, everyone! As you can see from the title of this post I have an announcement!

Today is the beginning of our 250 follower challenge!

If we can get 250 followers by January 12th, then I will be giving away some awesome prizes. The first prize will be a brand new, signed copy of Mindy Klasky's When Good Wishes Go Bad and a used copy of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Fantasy Lover. The second prize winner will be able to choose any one book from the giveaway vault. That means there will be two winners! For more info on the books, please click the title links.

Here are the guidelines:

1) You MUST be a follower of this blog to enter.

2) Both old and new followers are allowed to enter. But in order for your name to be entered into the drawing, you must leave one comment, anywhere on the blog, with the words "Entry: (Your name) and (Your email)."

3) Anyone who tweets/posts about the challenge on Twitter/Facebook and provides me with a direct link will receive one extra entry per tweet/post.

4) Anyone who makes a blog post about the challenge and provides a direct link will receive three extra entries.

The contest begins today 12/17/10 and ends 1/12/11! So hop to it and start spreading the word so you can get as many entries as possible! Also, don't forget our usual blog hops and the blog questions that accompany them. Have a great weekend ;-)

Book Blogger Hop
What do you consider the most important in a story: the plot or the characters?
My answer: As a writer, I think both are extremely important and a truly good story has both. However, a story with a really good plot but boring characters will make me put the book down. If the characters are great enough, I'll keep reading despite a lacking plot.

What did you study in college, or are you currently studying and did it lead to your current 9 to 5 or are you doing something totally different?
My answer: Most of my regular readers know this, but for those who don't, I am currently an English major at Stetson University with minors in Creative Writing and Spanish. My current job is in healthcare and has nothing to do with my degree. Though hopefully, once I finish the degree, I will have a job that is related. ;-)


  1. Stopping by to say hi and Good luck - hope you have the career you always wanted. Happy Holidays.

    My Follow Friday/Book Blogger Hop

  2. Happy Friday, hon! Stopping by as a new follower on the blog-hop.

    Best of luck with your studies - I'd love to go back and get my Masters someday, but after I got my BA in English, I decided it was time to read (and write) for myself again.

    Sally @ Bibrary Bookslut

  3. BLHmistress--Thanks for stopping by! Happy Holidays to you too!

    Sally--Thanks for stopping by! I'm starting my MFA in Creative Writing in the Fall semester (after I graduate in May). =)

  4. Woohoo!
    Obviously Entry: Britt and

    And I'm with you on the plot/characters thing! I love me some good characterization!

  5. Britt-Thanks for entering! Yeah, like I said, both is good, but I think characters is more important.

  6. I did not go to college, and I am currently retired. I worked for over 15 years in the secretarial division of Emery Air Freight in the 1960s and 1970s. I was a stay-at-home mom for the 1980s and 1990s, and now I am helping my daughter with her business, Tribute Books as the volunteer office manager.

  7. Hello my dear,

    I think that characters are very important. I love seeing what happen to them and I love to swoon over a few fictional boyfriends more then I should. ;)

    I recently finished a Biological Degree. Now I am working on a degree in History, Humanities, and Religious studies. I think I might never stop, Yes, the Mad Scientist thinks that she will be a lifer student. LOL!

    I'm also the creater of Morbid Romantica Challenge 2011 which I'm trying to get off the ground. It should be a very fun challenge. AND it wont seem like homework. *smirk*

    Today was the start of a Hardcover giveaway for Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness @ Ridley's Giveaway

    Mad Scientist

    Steampunkery & Book Reviews

  8. This might be the best Book Blogger Hop question I've seen to date.

    So what's the answer? Plot! Hop over to my blog and let me tell you how a good plot rescued bad characters from bad book oblivion.

    Howard Sherman

  9. Tribute--I am the very first in my family to go to college. It's great that you get to work with your daughter now. And selling books too! Thanks for stopping by!

    Mad Scientist--Thanks for stopping in! My sister-in-law is the exact same way. She keeps going back to school for all sorts of different degrees. In a way though, I suppose since I want to be a professor I will spend my life in school as well lol. Have a great weekend!

    Howard--I will agree to disagree on that one. I've read many many books where the plot is great, but the characters just fall flat. The reader identifies with the characters so if the characters are lifeless, what is there to grab onto? Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Hi
    Just hopping by and following through. Good luck finishing your studies!


  11. Happy Friday! I'm new follower 180! I'd like to enter your contest - I'm Barb at (sugarbeatbc AT gmail DOT com). Drop by my blog and see what my answers are this week.

  12. Happy HOP! First off I'd say both are important to how I enjoy the story but ultimately it's the characters for me. Hope you're enjoying your weekend :)

    HOP by and visit The Bookish Snob

  13. Hopping by from the blog hop.

    Lots of good answers to this week's tough question.

    Stop by my blog to see my answer to this week's question.

    Also check out a design site I found...pretty neat home decorating is in the right side panel on my blog.

    Happy Holidays!!

  14. bookdout--Thanks for stopping by! =D

    Danielle--Thanks! Have a good weekend!

    Barb--Yay! Number 180! Woo hoo! Thanks for much for following! I'll take down your entry ;-)

    Belinda--I totally agree. Thanks for stopping by!

    Elizabeth--Thanks for stopping in! Happy Holidays to you too!

  15. Barb--That's supposed to say "thanks so much." It's been a long day! lol

  16. Sorry I've been scarce hun. Been swamped by family and Doctor's appointments. But...

    Entry : Sandi Bischoff,

    Happy New Year!

  17. Sandi--Don't worry about it. I think everyone has been swamped with it being the holidays and all. Sorry I haven't gotten to chat with you lately. =(