Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Books Giveaway Hop!

The Hop

The Christmas Books Giveaway Hop, hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Laurie Here, 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 Christmas Books Giveaway Hop is scheduled from December 1st at 12.01 AM until December 7th at 11:59 PM (EST).

The Prizes

Two lucky followers will each win any Christmas read of their choosing from The Book Depository. One I have on my wishlist is a holiday romance anthology featuring some of my favorite young adult authors, Let It Snow:

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow.

A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend.

Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks.

Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.
This one's an oldie, but a goodie. I've always loved Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson. John Green recently elevated to favorites status for me, as well—can't wait to read this one!

You can choose Let It Snow if you'd like, or any other book from The Book Depository that has a Christmas theme. Woohooo!

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. 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, which you can do everyday for even more 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.

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!