Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mid-Winters Eve Giveaway Hop 2012!

The Hop


The Mid-Winter's Eve Giveaway Hop, hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Oasis for YA, 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 Mid-Winter's Eve Giveaway Hop is scheduled from December 21st at 12.01 AM until December 27th at 11:59 PM (EST).


The Prizes

I've got a prize package of FIVE lovely books by five fabulous up-and-coming authors for this giveaway, courtesy of the lovely JKS Communications. One lucky US winner will be the owner of these brand new spankin' books:

In Ticket to Hollywood, the second of 11 comic novels about Denver cab driver Brendan Murphy, a.k.a “Murph,” a young woman on the way to a showing of The Great Gatsby leaves her purse behind in Murph’s Rocky Mountain Taxi Cab #127—and then goes missing. Murph finds himself confronted by police and loses his job. He becomes entangled with filmmakers and makes his way to Los Angeles in search of the lost woman and in desperate need to restore his reputation and regain normalcy, which in Murph’s case means doing as little as possible.

Fifteen-year-old Albert has just received an invitation that could transform his disappointing life completely—a chance to belong to an advanced and hidden society that only reveals itself to a select few.

Immersed in a new world of mind-boggling technology and intriguing peers, Albert will overcome his fears enough to ignore a few suspicious details. But soon he'll find his family dragged to the center of a scandal that threatens to tear them apart and erase their very identities.

A conflicted Albert must find the strength to challenge authority by relying on his newfound allies and gift for Revelation.

Prepare for adventure, humor and suspense in this fast-paced tale of a “normal” family striving for their place in a “perfect” world.


Caitlyn is a telepath in a world where having any Paranormal power is illegal. Caitlyn is on the run from government troopers, who can enslave, torture, or even kill her, or make her hunt other Paranormals. When Caitlyn settles down in a city, she falls for Alex, a Normal (someone without Paranormal powers), which is dangerous because he can turn her in. And she discovers renegade Paranormals who want to destroy all Normals. Caitlyn must decide whether she's going to stay in hiding to protect herself, or take a stand to save the world.


Set in the mysterious world of Sagaria, this enchanting tale of adventure and friendship will charm teens and adults alike, and is the latest novel in the Sagaria series. Young Sagandran Sacks enters Sagaria in search of his missing grandfather, and soon finds himself on a quest to save not just Sagaria but two other worlds—the Shadow World and Earthworld—from the evil Shadow Master.

It's something all pirates are taught when they're very young, but too many forget: never get on the wrong side of a librarian. Especially if the librarian is a lemming Sylvester Lemmington used to read about cannibals, impenetrable jungles, lethal carnivores, mysterious fortune-teller, voodoo magic, cutthroat pirates, shipwrecks, mutinies, spaceships and much else in his books, but he never thought he'd encounter them for real. Can Sylvester save his sweetheart, Viola, her tough-as-nails mom and the other friends he's acquired along the way? Can he find long-lost father, rescue his hometown of Foxglove from the murderous rule of its ruthless mayor and discover true happiness? Oh, did we mention that Sylvester has mistakenly received the most sought after treasure map ever? This means he also has to escape from the cruelest and craziest pirate captain who ever sailed the seas of Sagaria—the horrifying Cap'n Terrigan Rustbane who will stop at nothing to get his map back. A map that leads to a treasure beyond the wildest dreams of avarice. It's kind of a tall order, but then, Sylvester is a librarian... and a lemming.

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 our sponsor, JKS Communications, on Twitter (@JKSlitpublicity), (+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 to US residents only, as JKS will be shipping out the prizes directly. Sorry, international! Most of my other giveaways (listed at the top of my sidebar) are internationally, so consider entering those instead.

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!