Monday, January 17, 2011

Four Hundred Follower Fiesta on February Fourth

As of this moment, I have 384 followers + a few anonymous ones (409 subscribers according to Feedburner). I also have 145 NetworkedBlogs followers (though there’s some overlap). To celebrate and thank you, I’m having a GIVEAWAY! (Open to international residents.)

There are FOURTEEN prizes!


A query critique by Nicole Zoltack whose publisher is Desert Breeze Publishing!


The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman - hardcover (Signed!)
She will be at Porter Square Books on 01/26.

Orange Mint and Honey by Carleen Brice (Signed!)

Across the Universe - ARC by Beth Revis
(With an Across the Universe bookmark!)
ARC is courtesy Shannon O'Donnell of Book Dreaming .

The Hating Game by Talli Roland – paperback
(I will send when released in March or I can buy you the e-book now.)

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – paperback

Flags of our Fathers by James Bradley – paperback

How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack by Chuck Sambuchino – hardcover

How Fiction Works by James Wood - paperback

Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult -
donated by the lovely Len Lambert at Conversations with Self (Thanks, Len!)


The Hunger Games Bag Clip Keychain – in bag!

2 magnets from Nicole Zoltack (Knight of Glory and Woman of Honor)


Must be a follower (old 2 points, new 1 point).

Tweet, post on Facebook, put on sidebar (1 point each), or devote a post (5 points).

Leave a comment telling me:

lf you want the query critique.

Your top 3 picks between books and swag.

How you promoted the contest.

Total your points.

Provide your e-mail address.

Winner will be chosen on February 4th!

Pssst... the 1st commenter to tell me they want either:

Bird by Bird used copy by Anne Lamott


Smart Words: Vocabulary for the Erudite

I will send the books to the 2 quick commenters ASAP!

P.S. It’s my husband’s birthday TODAY!

Feel free to leave him a comment too.


  1. Celebrations galore! A quality blog, dedicated and high quality blogging = lots a followers!

    And a very happy birthday to your husband! : j

  2. Kudos to you for having so many followers! If I am one of the first two commenters, I'd like the Smart Words book. My top 3 books are Talli's book, the How Fiction Works book, and the Orange Mint and Honey book. I'm going to promote your contest on my next blog post. (I think that's three points.)

  3. And happy birthday to your husband! I hope he has a great day! (Sorry, I meant to put that in my original comment.)

  4. Dang, I'm just glad to be a part of the 400! Congrats and Happy Birthday to your husband :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  5. Congratulations on your huge following! And Happy Birthday to your husband!

  6. Congratulations! That's so exciting! I'd love Bird by Bird if it's still up for grabs! My top three books would be Across the Universe, The Hating Game, and How Fiction Works. I'm going to tweet this, and I'm an old follower, so...3 points! Happy birthday to your husband!

  7. fun contest, and congrats to you!!! What great stuff--I'd love the crit (I can't get enough! ;o) and ooo Across the Universe...

    I guess I've got two points for now~ more soon! <3

  8. A big congrats on nearly four hundred followers! I am pleased to be one of them. Happy Birthday to your husband!

  9. Congrats on the 400!!! I'm hoping to get beyond my 17 to 20!! Haha.. You have some amazing things on your prize list!!

    I guess I have 2 points for old follower and 1 for sidebar! 3 in total! Thanks!

  10. Oh yay! First of all, congrats on having so many followers! You deserve it!

    Secondly, thanks for including my novel as part of your giveaway! :) *happy dance*

  11. Congratulations on all the followers!

    Happy Birthday to your husband. :)

  12. I SO need to go sign up for feedburner.


  13. YAY!!! Congrats on the big 400! (Er... followers, that is, not your Stu's age. Hee, hee.)

    I'm so happy you have so much to celebrate--you truly deserve every follower you have. You're marvelous.

    Please put me down for Nicole's crit. I'd love to hear her input. :o)

    Have a wonderful day! Happy birthday to the husband!

  14. Woo-hoo! Theresa! Congratulations on reaching 400! :))

  15. Yay!!!!! Yay!! What a brilliant way to celebrate your 400 to be followers and growing!!! Yay!!!!

    I claim a gazillion points cos I'm crap at maths!! Woo-hoo!!!!!
    p.s I just love Talli's book in print!!! Lovely to see!!!

    Take care

  16. p.s. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR HUBBY!!!!!!! Yay!!!!
    :-) Take care

  17. Oh yay.. congratulations!!!!'s time to celebrate! These are some awesome giveaways :)

    And a verrrry Happy Birthday to your husband!!

  18. Happy birthday to your husband! And congrats on all those followers - how exciting!!!

  19. Wow, nearly 400 followers! I can't imagine it, but congratulations (cause I know it's gonna happen quickly)!

    I'm an old follower; I'll post about it on Friday and sidebar about it when I schedule my Wednesday post. I'll facebook it right now. Is that 9 points?

    Top three picks-Across the Universe, Alice Hoffman, and the Swag.

    Amazing giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Happy Birthday to Stuart!

  20. How awesome of you to have such a great contest for your followers!

    I hope your husband had a wonderful day today.

  21. Wow!!! I wish you the best of luck to 400 followers! It will for sure be well deserved!!!

    I would adore the Alice Hoffman, Carleen Brice, or wonderful Talli Roland book!!! Those are my top 3 choices!

    You know I'll sidebar, tweet, blog, and facebook for you!!! Expect some fun to be spread across the internet this evening!

  22. Happy Birthday to hubby!!!!

    I could use the query's about that time to write one and if I win I'll have to ;)

  23. Congrats, Theresa! (And happy birthday, Mr. Milstein!)

    I’m an old follower +2

    I’m tweeting the contest +1 and I have a post all scheduled for it tomorrow +5.

    So that's 8 points!

    Yes, I do want a query critique!

    My top three picks are: Across the Universe, The Hating Game, and How Fiction Works.

    Oh, and if no one’s claimed it, I would be interested in Smart Words (as I certainly love to sound smart!).

    Congrats again!

  24. Wow! Happy 400! And happy to your hubby! :)
    Yes, would love the crit or any of the great prizes if I should win! (1. AtU 2. Hating Game 3. surprise me! :)
    Will tweet today and blog post Thursday

  25. Oops and that is 4 pts.
    kpolark at yahoo dot com

  26. Congrats and great giveaway!

    I'm an old follower +2

    I tweeted +1

    Sidebar +1

    total 4

    email: mculi at I would love choice of books

  27. Hi Theresa - new follower here, thanks to a post by Lisa Galek. +1 I'm also happy to sidebar this when I post on tomorrow. +1 = 2

    Hope your hubby had a great bday! Congrats on 400 followers - amazing!

    I would love the query critique and my top 3 book choices are The Red Garden, AtU, and The Hating Game. So generous ~ thank you!


  28. Hi Theresa .. what great news .. creeping towards 400 - I'm sure you'll gallop there .. and the give-away is sure fun .. enjoy these next couple of weeks .. cheers Hilary

  29. Holy crap! That's a lot of swag!!

    I'm an old follower: 2

    My top three picks:

    How Fiction Works
    The Red Garden
    Across the Universe



  30. Oh, lots to remember. Happy Birthday to husband! Congratulations on your huge following. Yours is such a fab blog you'll soon be 500! A special prize for the alliteration!

    If perchance I was a lucky person: The 3 books: Hating Game, Red Garden, Orange, Mint and Honey.

    I'm not ready to query. Too busy blogging ha ha.

    Lovely contest.

    Denise :)

  31. Woops. Old follower - 2, plus I will tweet - 1, so 3 altogether.

  32. Congratulations on getting to 400 Followers. Hope you get many more in 2011.

    I would not be interested in a query critique.

    I have joined as a Follower via GFC.

    The books I would be interested in are:

    Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

    The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

    Flags of our Fathers by James Bradley

    I am not into social networks but I have emailed my friends about your site and the giveaway.

    +1 for new Follower.

    Carol T (International entry)

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  33. Woa, this is awesome! Congrats on the followers!!! And Happy B day to your hubby!

    All right, I want the query critique, Across the Universe, The Red Garden and the awesome Hunger Games Swag! =D
    Im an old follower, and Im tweeting about this at!/clara_w

    So, 3 points!

  34. Congrats Theresa on all your followers, I am not surprised, you have a really interesting, well written blog.

    Happy B'day for yesterday to Mr. Theresa!!

  35. Happy Birthday to your hubs! I'm a new follower- thanks for following me! Congrats on your number of followers the contest sounds awesome!

    So one point for being new!

  36. Very cool contest! Happy birthday to your husband!

  37. Looks like a very fun contest!

    Happy birthday to your husband!

  38. Happy Birthday to your husband!

    Wow, I'm so impressed with your followers. You have an army!


  39. Happy 400!

    No need to enter me (I have won a bunch of things lately) but I'll post on my sidebar!

  40. And I was thrilled with 202.
    I think I am eligible for two points?

  41. Congratulations, Teresa! Hope you reach 400 followers soonest! Awesome prizes. Think I qualify for 2 points.

    A belated Happy Birthday to your husband!

  42. Congratulations and thank you for the AWESOME, international giveaway!!! I would pick Across The Universe, the keychain and The Hating Game.

    +1 New GFC follower
    +5 Blog Post:
    +1 sidebar:

    I think that's 8 points with the original entry.


  43. whoops, got to excited and forget to say no, I would not like a query critique:(

  44. You are a provider of great news and gifts. Congratulations.

  45. Happy Birthday to your husband! Hope it's a great day for you both. Congrats on the followers, and boy are you doing an awesome contest.

  46. Oh, bad me! I can't believe I missed this post! Great contest, Theresa. February 4th is my middle child's birthday! :-)

  47. Congrats!

    +1 new follower (Throuthehaze)

    +1 tweet:!/throuthehaze/status/28996544917151744

    Top 3 picks:
    Across the Universe ARC
    The Hunger Games Bag Clip Keychain
    Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

    TOTAL: 2 points

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  48. I can't believe I missed this before now, but congratulations on reaching 400 followers, Theresa! :)

    I'd love the query critique, and my top choices are THE HATING GAME, HOW FICTION WORKS, and The Hunger Games Keychain.

    + 2 old follower
    + 1 blog sidebar
    + 1 tweet (!/emy_shin/status/29245763171131392)

    = 4 entries

    Thank you so much!

    emyblogs [at] gmail [dot] com

  49. Congrats on all of your much-deserved followers, Theresa!

    + 2 old follower
    + 1 Tweet

    = 3!

    I'd love to choose between those great books.

    Thanks for holding this contest - I am very proud to be one of your 400! And happy bday to your hubby!

  50. Awesome Giveaway! My 3 picks are: The Red Garden, Orange Mint and Honey and Across the Universe

    New Follower

    total: 7 points

  51. Thanks:)
    my three books are

    Query Critque
    The Book Thief
    How to survive a Garden Gnome ATTACK

  52. Please pass my birthday wishes to your husband.
    Congratulations on your huge followers.

    +2 old follower
    +1 FB

    +1 Tweeted
    total= 3

  53. Way to go, Theresa! Thanks for this amazing contest...:)

    +2 Old Follower
    +1 Sidebar

    That's 3 for me!


    My choices:
    The Red Garden, The Hating Game(paperback)or the keychain

    Hope your husband had a wonderful birthday!

  54. Well as usual I am late to the party. Congratulations, you have 399 followers as I type. Well done and Congrats again! I will put this contest on my sidebar and on facebook. Happy belated birthday to your husband too!

  55. Wow, and I was celebrating 50 followers today--I have a long way to go! You can put me down for 3 points since I'm a follower and I'll tweet the contest.

    And no thank you on the query critique, but put me down for these books:
    How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack by Chuck Sambuchino – hardcover
    Across the Universe - ARC by Beth Revis
    The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman - hardcover (Signed!)

    Good luck, everyone!

  56. Thanks for the link so I could sign up! You're the best! Okay, so I haven't written anything critique-worthy in my wip, so I'll leave Nicole's critique to other, more deserving contestants.

    I would love any of the books you're giving away, but The Red Garden, Across the Universe, and Picture Perfect would have to be my top picks. (I already have an e-copy of Talli's book.)

    I'm off to sidebar, facebook and tweet your contest. I guess that makes 5 entries for me.

    Congrats on all the followers, and a belated happy birthday to your hubby!!!

  57. I am a new follower via GFC & an older follower via Google Reader.
    My choices are
    The Red Garden
    Orange Mint & Honey
    Across The Universe.
    I do not want to be entered in the query critique
    1 Point
    Love & Hugs,

  58. Theresa,
    I am taking your advice, since I love Alice Hoffman books. I am entering the contest. I would love her book. I am crossing my fingers!!!

  59. Congrats on the almost 400!! :)

    I hope your hubby had a wonderful birthday!

    I'm not at the querying stage, I'd love Across the Universe, the Garden Gnomes or How Fiction Works. I've already got a few of the others in my TBR pile and I've read Talli's fabulous book!

    Thanks for the chance, Theresa!

  60. Congratulations on the followers! My book choices would be Hoffmans (of course), The Book Thief, or Piccoults book (love her too). Thanks!

  61. Congrats!

    don't need a critique ^.^

    New Follower!

    Would love Across the Universe!

    total: 1

  62. Ack, can't believe I haven't entered yet!

    Yes would LOVE the critique.

    1) Red Garden
    2) Hating Game
    3) Picture Perfect

    +3 points (old follower and Twittered the contest)

  63. Holy Moly! New follower here who has tweeted! I'm all over The Book Thief! Unbelievably, I haven't read it yet!
    Some Guys Are Toads

    Dare to Follow Your Heart

  64. Oh boy, am I too late? I'm slow this week!

    Old follower (+2)
    I don't have a good query ready now, so I'll pass on that one.
    I'd be happy with The Book Thief, How Fiction Works, or the Hunger Games keychain :)
    A Tweet for you!/rosieanabelle/status/33210968620146690 (+1)
    rlconnolly01 [at] gmail [dot] com

    So that's 3 points. I really hope I'm not too late, but if I am, that's okay.

    Congratulations on your big following!

  65. Gah, I'm so late to this party, er fiesta!!

    I just won a query critique, so I'll pass that on to someone else. My top three choices are the Alice Hoffman book, the Jodi Picoult book, and the magnets (I'm lucky enough to own some of the others already!).

    And yeah, I'm late, so I get the 2 points for being an old follower.

  66. Thank you to everyone who commented and entered the contest. Winners will be announced on February 14th!