Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Win a Signed Copy of Mockingjay

Maybe I should've knelt?

“And may the odds be ever in your favor!”

-Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Guess what I did today.

Did you guess?

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you may have some idea.

Or if you can clearly see the photos above, you may actually know.

Maybe the title gave it away.

I brought my children to meet author of The Hunger Games trilogy at the Brookline library in Massachusetts. Suzanne Collins read two passages, and then signed books.

09/06 is my one-year anniversary, or blogiversary as Jackee at Winded Words calls it. And what a better way to celebrate than by giving away a stamped/signed copy of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins!!!!!

That’s why I drove in 103-degree (according to my car) heat to walk six blocks to the library and wait for about two hours. Because I love you, blogging friends.

Since Niamh (Words A Day ), a talented writer (so you should follow her blog) donated her winnings to ASPS, I feel like I should have another contest with a prize you can keep.

So here’s what you have to do. It’s EASY. Really.

1) Be a follower

Old = 3 points

New = 1 point

2) Earn extra points

Tweet = 1 point

Sidebar on blog = 1 point

Facebook link = 1 point

Mention in blog = 5 points

3) Tell me what you did and tally your points in the

comments section (and leave your e-mail address)

Winner will be chosen on my one-year anniversary on 09/06 at noon. Good luck!

If you haven’t read the other two (The Hunger Games and Catching Fire), go buy them in paperback. If you don’t read YA, enter anyway because these books are worth reading. If you have Mockingjay already and you win, give away your naked copy.

I’ll leave you with a link to my first post “Words to Live By”:


It’s still as true as ever.

While I haven’t entirely changed my circumstance, I’ve grown in many ways since I wrote that first post. I hope this year brings even greater changes. For the good. Thank you for taking this journey with me.

Love, Theresa xo


  1. What a cool competition!

    I am so glad you started blogging.

    Happy 1st Blogiversary!!

  2. So glad you met Suzanne! I'd love a stamped copy!

    +1 new follower. 2 total

    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

  3. Hi Theresa, You look very cool and collected for someone enduring 103 degrees! I am like a something pulled through a ringer here!!!

    Congrats on your upcoming one year blogiversary! And what a lovely contest.
    I will tweet, sidebar and facebook. I would mention you in my blog, but my track record of late is not great. Contest would probably be over by the time I got around to it!!!

  4. What a great pic! you're a lucky lady :)

    You're such a sweetie for holding this contest - I've tweeted & I'm an old follower (4 pts). thanks for the chance!

  5. Ok....

    I've got this...

    Old - 3
    Blog Sidebar - 1
    Facebook link - 1
    Blog props - 5
    Tweeted - 1

    So I think that's ... 11!!!!

    My twitter is twitter.com/katworkman45 if you want to check. I couldn't find you. I'm technologically troubled.

    I'm SOOOOO jealous of you by the way. This series was the best thing I've read in such a long time. I don't think I've cried with a book so much in a long time.

    I would cherish this book!!! =) Thanks!



    And what a way to celebrate too!!

    Look at you getting Mockingjay all signed by Suzanne Collins!! How brilliant is that!

    Have a great giveaway and enjoy your anniversary! Your blog is going from strength to strength!

    take care

  7. I gotta see what all the fuss is about over Hunger Games so count me in!

    Old Follower: 3 Points
    Side-Bar: 1 point


    103 degree heat... you really are dedicated. :)

  8. No need to enter me in the contest...I've been winning too much lately, I need to give back to the universe for awhile. I did want to congratulate you on making it a whole year! That's definitely worth celebrating!

  9. hi miss theresa! a whole year of being a blogger. wow thats a lot of thinking and writing stuff. im glad cause i like coming to your blog. i look at it every day mostly. i get 3 points for being a old follow guy. it pretty nice of you do be out in that heat cause of so much love.
    ...hugs from lenny

  10. Read your first post, congrats on your anniversary! I'll enter the contest maybe tomorrow. Had to trade hours with a coworker who is the late person, so I'm more behind. I'm amazed you want to give away your signed copy!!!

  11. @ Clutterbug. thanks!

    @ Jpetroroy, thank you for following!

    @ Ann, my hair was up in a bun before I got there. And I put on some powder to hide the shine.

    @ Jemi, thanks. Good luck!

    @ Katie, you REALLY want this. Your post about this contest on your blog made me laugh.

    @ Old Kitty, I didn't get the job. I didn't get the book deal. But I have a cool anniversary contest. All is not lost.

    @ Livia, good luck.

    @ Vicki, that's very nice of you, but you are welcome to change your mind.

    @ Lenny, thanks for reading my blog. Good luck!

    @ The Words Crafter, I got a book for me too. It was one book signed per person, so I had a copy signed for the blog contest, my son had our copy signed, and my daughter had a copy of Gregor the Overlander signed. We bought two of the books there. I'm not THAT nice.

  12. Oh, Theresa, you have no idea how much I LOVE this series! I read my book and then immediately donated it to my classroom library so my kids can read it. I also bought multiple copies of the first two for my library!!! I love it! =)

    And thanks for laughing at my blog. All I could think was how jealous I was!!! =)

    I do hope I get some more people to your blog!!

  13. Happy Blogiversary. It's nice to see you in a bigger photo. Your hair is so cute.

  14. Happy Blogiversary to you. I'll have to check out Mockingjay.

  15. Happy blogiversary.

    How many shades of green am I that you got to meet Suzanne Collins. Damn my living in the UK. lol.

    I'd love a signed Mockingjay, but since you know I've read it already I'll just say awesome contest. :)

  16. @ Katie, I should mention, I don't have a Twitter account. It's not you, it's me.

    How nice of you to donate the books. Lucky students.

    @ Missed Periods, thank you. I love hair compliments.

    @ LR, if you read Mockingjay, let me know what you think.

    @ Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella), you can still enter the contest to have a signed copy. Donate your other one!

    I hear Laduree just opened up in London, so that's the upside of living in the UK.

  17. What an awesome contest and I'm so, so, so jealous you got to meet her!

    I'm an old follower, and I'll add it to my sidebar, but I won't ask for the point for that since I'm on a blog break and no one's coming to my blog at the moment, so 3 points for me.

    Thanks for giving away your signed copy, Theresa - you are so generous!


  18. Everyone's is talking about this book. I want to read it based on that alone. Add me to the contest. 3 points for being an old follower. :)

  19. I think I just passed out for a second. I LOVE this series and so very cool of you to let a lucky person have a signed copy. Me and my husband read to each other at night (well when he's home) and I thought we would start that again with this trilogy cause I know he'll dig em.
    So I have to adjust all my stuffs but count me in for the following and I'll go edit today's post to include the contest.

    Old- 3
    Tweet- 1
    Sidebar- 1
    blog mention- 5
    =10 total

    Also a big congrats on the one year anniversary!

  20. Happy Blogaversary!!!

    Like the picture too!

    I am an "old" follower.

  21. Hi Theresa, lovely pic,
    I'm sure my daughter would love that signed copy, count me in.
    Congrats on your 1st year.

  22. @ Susan, I know you love the series. Good luck! I'm happy to hold the contest.

    @ Crimey, read The Hunger Games. You won't be disappointed.

    @ Erica, that's so cool that you and your husband read to each other. I'd probably get too impatient at the books going too slowly. It must be nice to be read to though.

    @ Bossy Betty, thank you.

    @ Brigid, thanks. Did your daughter read any of the trilogy?

  23. Happy Blogiversary! What a great prize. :) And wow, that must have been amazing, meeting Suzanne Collins (did I spell that right?)!

  24. How cool that you got to meet her!

    Don't enter me in the contest. I already own every book Suzanne Collins has written :) but congrats on your Blogiversary!

  25. I'm so jealous you got to meet Suzanne Collins! MJ was GREAT.

  26. I'm soooo jealous that you met her - So cool! And you are uber generous to give away a signed copy. Wow!

    +3 I am a loyal follower
    +1 sidebar
    +1 Facebook (end of day from home computer)
    +5 Mention in blog post (tomorrow 9/02)

    +10 :-)

  27. Thanks for sharing the awesome pics, and for such a generous contest!

    Heard about this at Erica Mitchell-Spickard's blog, and just started following today!

  28. What a lovely thing to do for your followers! Good luck to all of them.

  29. @ Talli, you did spell her name right. It was cool to meet her.

    @ Solvang Sherrie, now I have to read her first series. Thanks for the comment!

    @ Elana, I enjoyed MJ too.

    @ Shannon, impressive you got to ten points. Good luck!

    @ Tere, welcome. Thanks for following.

    @ Ann, thank you.

  30. I don't want to enter the contest (because I never run contests I never enter them! I feel like it's unfair)
    But I do want to read these books. Thanks for the recommendation!
    And thanks for bringing us along this past year!

  31. Fabulous photo! She'll be in Seattle in November and I hope to take one just like it!

  32. @ Lora, I rarely give out blog awards (I did once but nobody book it) but I still take them. So you can be entered in the contest if you'd like!

    @ Jennifer, have fun meeting Suzanne Collins!

  33. Congrats on your upcoming 1 year Bloggoversarry!!! I'm so glad you blog cause you always have such great & inspiring posts...Here's to another year Theresa *slut raises her cup o coffee in your honor*

    I'm going to tweet & blog about the contest! And I'm happy to say I'm an old follower--Entries=9

  34. Awesome prize!

    I'm a new follower = 1 point
    And I tweeted = 1 point

    Only 2 points, but hopefully good enough!

    lisagalek at gmail dot com

  35. First -- OMG how cool you got to meet Suzanne Collins!!!!! And second, you are SO cool to offer a signed copy of Mockingjay! I'm nearly finished reading it, but what an amazing keepsake to have!

    Okay, let's see:

    Old follower = +3
    Tweeting (@NicoleDwrites), sidebar love, Facebook link (I've gotta learn how to do this, but I will!) and I'll include this in tomorrow's blog post = +8

    So, that's 11 entries for me! My email is heftynicki(at)writing(dot)com.

    Glad to be FB friends, btw!!
    ((hugs)) Nicole

  36. Me again~ I tweeted your contest, but I don't think we follow each other and I don't know your username. I'm @NicoleDwrites, if you want to retweet! (and follow me, I'll follow you back :D)

  37. @ Slushpile Slut, thanks for raising a cup 'o coffee to me! Good luck.

    @ Lisa, thanks for following! I wish you luck.

    @ Nicole, I'm glad to be FB friends too. You did a lot for the contest. Thanks!

    I'm not on Twitter. In the last week, I'm noticing this is a handicap. It's like being the last person without a cell phone.

  38. I'm a new follower (+1)
    http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/22861576697 (+1)

    Total =2

    shel704 at aol dot com

    I just started The Hunger Games and I'm hooked...I am dying to read the other two immediately after I finish this one.

  39. @ Shel, thanks for becoming a follower.

    The Hunger Games is one of my favorite books. Buy book 2, but don't get 3 until you know if you've won!

  40. Hi, Theresa! I'm a new follower (and fellow substitute teacher) and found your blog through SHannon's blog! Great contest!!

  41. @ Kelly, thanks for following! I like meeting other substitute teachers.

    @ Jennie, thank you. Good luck!

  42. wonderful contest! New follower here! And rabid Hunger Games fan.

    came over from the BBQ. Very good to meet you!

  43. @ Terry Lynn Johnson, I like that - "... rabid Hunger Games fan."

    Nice to meet you too. Thanks for following!

  44. Oh! I really liked Mockingjay!

    +1 New follower
    +1 Tweet :http://twitter.com/taffylovell/status/22923295515


  45. Thanks for the contest! I am dying to read this book!
    1) I follow you on GFC (New) = + 1
    2) I blogged +5
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

  46. @ Carolsue, thanks for following. Good luck!

    Did you read the other two books?

  47. Oh my gosh, what a prize! Sign me up, girl.

  48. +1 new follower
    Thanks so much!

  49. My sister just finished reading this book and she loved it. She loved the entire series. When I get some time, I'd like to check it out myself.

    Anyway, I am glad to have found your site! I just recently started substitute teaching and I had my first assignment last week. It seems like you have had a lot of experience with subbing, and I will be interested to read more of your stories as the year goes on. :)

    Have a great week!

  50. @ Emily, I'm glad you found my blog.

    I'm sure you'll enjoy Hunger Games.

    Good luck subbing!