Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop!


The Hop


The Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop, hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, 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 Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop is scheduled from December 27th at 12.01 AM until December 31st at 11:59 PM (EST).


The Prizes


This hop will feature the best reads of 2012... one of mine (and now my all-time favorite!) is The Siren by Tiffany Reisz. If you haven't tried the The Original Sinners series yet, you are missing out! Read my (incredibly incoherent, blubbery, fangirly) review here, and my (equally illegible and pathetically geeky) review for the sequel, The Angel, here.
Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she's sure it'll be her breakout book... if it ever sees the light of day.

Zachary Easton holds Nora's fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it's no deal.

Nora's grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining... and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him... or returning to his bed?

Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.

I understand this book may not be for everybody. Even if you like erotica, you might end up hating this book because it's so, so tragic. That's what I love about it, though. So as a substitute, I'll leave another option open for another book I read this year, this time for my lit class: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. This one's an absolute classic!
They carried malaria tablets, love letters, 28-pound mine detectors, dope, illustrated bibles, each other. And if they made it home alive, they carried unrelenting images of a nightmarish war that history is only beginning to absorb. Since its first publication, The Things They Carried has become an unparalleled Vietnam testament, a classic work of American literature, and a profound study of men at war that illuminates the capacity, and the limits, of the human heart and soul.

Neither a novel nor a short story collection, it is an arc of fictional episodes, taking place in the childhoods of its characters, in the jungles of Vietnam and back home in America two decades later.

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 by 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. You MUST enter the email address follow with in the extra info box—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, as long as The Book Depository ships to you. As the prize will be sent from TBD directly, I am not responsible for it, nor for shipping and handling, once the order has been placed. If you'd like an eBook copy instead, I can gift you a copy directly from Amazon or Barnes&Noble.

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!