Wednesday, May 25, 2011

❤splash into summer giveaway hop!

the season ❤ SUMMER. Finally. Has anyone else been having freak weather? Fall was scorching, winter was painful, spring was nonexistent (except for the rain), and now it's time for summer. It's still chilly where I'm at. I'd just like the sun to come out, if it'd be too much to ask.

What I love about summer: lazy days full of sunshine  thrilling nights full of parties  it doesn't get dark until it's real late  when it does get dark, it still feels bright ❤ no school ❤ lifeguarding ❤ road trips  rugby camp ❤ no curfew  frozen yogurt  bikinis  lounging on the lawn ❤ tanning on the roof ❤ sunglasses ❤ pedicures ❤ shirley temples  slumber parties  fireflies the beach. What do you love about summer?
the hop The Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop, hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Pixie at Page Turners, works like this: each participating blog hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop easily from one giveaway to another.  For followers, it means lots of chances to win free books. For blogs hosting giveaways, it means lots of new visitors and followers. It's a win-win! The Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop is scheduled from May 25th at 12.01 AM until May 31st at 11:59 PM.
the prizes  I'm so excited because my international readers will be able to enter this giveaway. YAY!!

First up is a box of books. Yes, a box. My uncle, who lives in Australia, recently called me up and asked me if I wanted these beauties:
All classics. There are so many books, my uncle decided against naming them all, but the ones off the top of his head: The Memory Keeper's DaughterMiddlesexEverything is IlluminatedPersepolisThe Picture of Dorian GrayThe Poisonwood BibleNight RoadFear of FlyingThe Secret Life of BeesMy Sister's KeeperWater for Elephants, and so on. 

The only reason I wouldn't accept this box (!!!) myself is because I already own half the books in it, on my own shelves. So I asked him if he'd be willing to ship to "a friend" who would like them, and he said sure, since he's out of the country anyway. Isn't he the greatest??

So yes. This giveaway is open internationally, meaning to anyone in the world.

The second prize is limited to US readers only, as I will be shipping this out on my own.
  • Her Best Friend
  • Dakota's Child
  • Book Island Reader polo (size medium)
  • bookmarks, pens, coverflats, buttons, coasters + a bunch of book swag
  • water bottle stuffed with summer goodies such as seashells necklaces from Hawaii, tea, key chains, lip gloss, magnets + a bunch of other swag
the rules ❤  Since this is a follower hop, I will have to make following my blog a mandatory entry. (The GFC follow button is on the upper lefthand sidebar -- not that I even have a righthand sidebar). For additional entries, you can (+2) follow me on Twitter (@lovestephaniexx) and (+2) enter my Stacey Joy Netzel author giveaway. So that's up to five entries.

Leave a comment on this post saying you follow, along with your email address. Let me know if you have any additional entries, too. No need to comment multiple times! 

UPDATE: Blogger's being screwy currently -- I'm receiving emails from people saying they are unable to follow and comment. If you are experiencing this problem, please please please email me at thestephanieloves[AT]gmail[DOT]com and I'll either comment for you, or make note of your entries on a spreadsheet. No worries if you can't follow -- I just want everyone who wants to enter to be able to enter! Indicate if you have any extra entries (or want to enter any of my other giveaways) too, and I'll record them. Thanks so much, everyone, for understanding!
the small print I'm not saying this because I'm completely anal, but because it's something I noticed going on a lot with follower hops. The point of them is not to temporarily follow that blog and unfollow as soon as the giveaway is over. The point of the follower hops is for the blogs generously offering giveaway prizes to gain more readers and followers -- in return, participants receive the opportunity to win great prizes such as books, gift cards, and swag. I'm not just speaking on behalf of myself, because seriously, I'm so grateful for the followship I have (love every each and one of you!), but I know for a fact this happens with lots of other blogs as well. Being part of the blogging community, I just want to let my two cents be heard. And not to sound cheeky, but a lot of us bloggers use Qwitter, which is an app that tells us exactly who unfollows us on Twitter, so we're not as oblivious as you think. If you are so inclined as to read more about how I feel on this subject matter, please refer to this blog post.
the end Sorry my rant was a little bitchy. I'm not trying to be mean. YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU so don't even go there, darling. Be sure to enter all of the other giveaways going on for this hop; there are so many great prizes being given away!

xo and always!

p.s. If anybody's going to the beach, my best advice is just to let yourself loose. Run on the shore. Gaze at stars. Wakeboard. Take your shoes off. Build sandcastles. Fall in love. Sip a fruit smoothie. Stay cool, but be hot :) Have an eventful summer, everyone.