Monday, October 22, 2012

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

the season ❤ This time of year — the pumpkin spice frappuccinos, the foliage, the weather – is absolutely my favorite. Wish I could be attending the crazy Halloween parties my friends and family are throwing in the States. Next year for sure! :)
the hop The Spooktacular Giveaway Hop, hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and The Diary of a Bookworm, 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 Happily Ever After Giveaway Hop is scheduled from October 24th at 12.01 AM until October 31st at 11:59 PM (EST).
the prize  Two lucky followers will each win a $15 gift card to either Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Fish Pond. Lucky winner's choice! If you'd prefer a book directly from The Book Depository ($15 and under) instead because you're international, that's fine too :)
the rules ❤ Since this is a follower hop, I will have to make following by blog via email subscription a mandatory entry (top right). For additional entries, you can (+2) follow ¡Miraculous! via GFC (again top right), (+1) follow me on Twitter (@touurnesol), follow the blog on Twitter (@modishbooks), or (+1) enter any of my other giveaways. That's up to six entries total.

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below. You MUST include the email address and GFC name you follow with — as well as your subscription email, Twitter handle, and/or other giveaway you entered, IF you choose to take advantage of those extra entries, or else your entries will not be counted. I will be checking! No proof = no entries! This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY!
the small print I'm not saying this because I'm a completely anal and want to make your life a living hell, but because I've noticed something going on with a lot of 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 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!
Stephanie