Monday, November 26, 2012

Dreaming of Summer Giveaway Hop!


The Hop


The Dreaming of Summer Giveaway Hop, hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Me, My Shelf, and I, 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 Dreaming of Summer Giveaway Hop is scheduled from November 27th at 12.01 AM until December 2nd at 11:59 PM (EST).

The Prizes


Two lucky followers will each win any beach read of their choosing from The Book Depository. One I recently read and loved was Ocean Beach by Wendy Wax. It's the perfect combination of family sentiment and salty air to make me long for summer. Read my 8-heart review here! What's on your beach read list?

The Rules


Since this is a follower hop, I will have to make following by blog via email subscription a mandatory entry. You can do this by clicking on the link on the right sidebar or clicking here. Sorry I don't have a subscription box yet—Books à la Mode is still under construction! For additional entries, you can (+4) follow via GFC (again, to your right), (+2) follow me on Twitter (@touurnesol), (+2) follow the blog on Twitter (@modishbooks), or (+3) enter any of my other giveaways. Pssst, you can enter different giveaways everyday for even MORE entries. That's up to 12 entries total (plus the additional giveaway entries)!

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below. All right... Rafflecopter seems to be not wanting to load. All entries after November 28 can be made by commenting on this post with which beach read you'd chooseYou MUST leave the email address follow with in your comment — as well as your GFC name, Twitter handle, and/or other giveaway you entered, IF you choose to take advantage of those extra entries. Entries without proper information will be considered void. I will be checking! As a reminder, 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!