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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Fictional Candy's Blogoversary Party!


Hey Everyone!!!!



Well, it has been a year since I've started Fictional Candy.  And what a crazy year it has been!!  I've been able to meet so many new people and do so many things - I never really expected the success I've had. I co hosted a blog hop with I Smell Sheep, and  I have started a couple feature posts - some of which took off and are successful, some that weren't! LOL.  I also have started a couple Facebook Groups, which I feel are successful.  I've  been quoted on a book cover (Thanks LK Rigel!) and  I joined Twitter and Google +,  and began a Facebook Fan Page - all in the name of Fictional Candy! I've had swag created and have forced it upon my readers!  There have been so many awesome moments for me this past year, I can't even begin to recount them all!

 I want to take a moment and thank everyone who has been awesome in one way or another.  I'm not going to be so foolish as to try to name every person, because in my old age I will probably forget to name someone and then hurt their feelings.  But if I know you, I want to say THANK YOU!!!  To my readers and followers, you guys are the most awesome on the planet and I hope you stick with me through this upcoming year to see what else is coming up!  To the authors and bloggers I've gotten the pleasure to work with in one way or another through this past year - it has been a pleasure and an honor! Thank you for all of your time and hard work!  Now on to the giveaways!!

First, I have TWO swag packs that include a book by Olivia Hardin, Witch Way Bends.  These swag packs also include swag from Karyn Gerrard, Felicity Heaton, Gabrielle Bisset, Ashlyn Chase, Kallysten, Carrie Ann Ryan, WJ May, and more!  There are ink pens, magnets, a wristband (awesome, I wear mine nearly every day!) from Felicity Heaton, bookmarks, tattoos, a vampire emergency bite kit (from Ashlyn Chase, very cool!), and trading cards!

Second, I have ONE swag pack with a canvas tote bag from WJ May, who wrote Rae of Hope.  There are also signed items in here from Kallysten, Gabrielle Bisset, Tina Folsom, and swag from Karyn Gerrard, Felicity Heaton, Gabrielle Bisset, Ashlyn Chase, Kallysten, Carrie Ann Ryan, WJ May, and more!  There are ink pens, magnets, a wristband (awesome, I wear mine nearly every day!) from Felicity Heaton, bookmarks, tattoos, a vampire emergency bite kit (from Ashlyn Chase, very cool!), and trading cards!

Now here are all of the links to check out the awesome authors and websites in the swagpacks!

In addition to the swag packs, I also have books to give away!

First, the fabulous Natasha Salnikova has given me a copy of Rotten Apple to give to one lucky winner!

Alexander Tallman enjoys life to the fullest. He has his own advertising company, a few girlfriends and a perfect wife, who is so naïve she doesn’t even notice her husband’s multiple affairs. But, one day, Alexander meets Karen. The woman is five years older than he and she wants to marry Alexander instead of letting him go, as others did. She doesn't want to give up; she wants Alexander to belong to her and only her. Alexander finds a reason for leaving that he thinks is good enough for Karen – his wife is pregnant. He obviously can’t leave her now (except she’s not). He hopes it will bring them to the finale of the relationship. He just doesn’t know how far a woman in love can go, a woman who was betrayed. When Karen finds out that Alexander wants to break off their relationship she doesn’t step back, but takes the reins of fate into her own hands. She decides to fight for her love no matter what the consequences. But everything turns out differently than she had expected and she becomes a marionette in somebody else’s game.The book was originally published in Russian in 2011, becoming an instant hit. This is translated and adapted version for English speaking readers.

Next - and I owe a TON to this author, ASHLEY WILLIS!  Ashley was my first author requested review, and her book was beyond awesome.  Now, of course, when I wrote her review I nearly had no clue on how to write a review - but I tried.  Here is that review, if you want to check it out The Calling - Ashley Lynn Willis .  I am also going to give away a copy of The Calling in ebook format.  This can be from Amazon, B&N or Smashwords!

Mandy Hardy lost more than a breast to cancer; she lost her fiancé when he dumped her a week before her mastectomy. Her ego bruised and her self-esteem battered, Mandy’s sure she’ll never fall in love again. 

Justin Seward is a headstrong Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer with a heart of gold and the supernatural ability to command the seas. He had to hide his feelings while Mandy was engaged to his best friend. Now that she’s free, he’s vowed to make her his.

Together, they may hold the key to each other’s salvation. But when Justin’s past catches up with him, and Mandy’s ex-fiancé wants vengeance, they realize they might not live long enough for happily ever after. The Calling is a contemporary romance with a paranormal twist.
Next I have a book that I just absolutely loved.  I'm a little bit more than positive that the author, Tessa Armytage, should do more promo - because this is a story not to be missed!  I'll be giving away a copy of Bess, Nicholas, & a Dog Called Bones in ebook format from either Amazon, B&N, or Smashwords!  Here is my REVIEW

Bess Saint Clair is about to lose everything and the only man who can save her is Nicholas Blake. It's just a pity she can't stand him.

Nicholas is a record industry hotshot with a reputation for being a Big, Bad Wolf. That’s okay by publicist Bess – she’s the sort of Little Red Riding Hood who eats wolves for breakfast. From the moment Nicholas and Bess clap eyes on each other they share a common bond: they want to tear each other’s throats out.

When Nicholas discovers that the man he has hired for the job is a woman, he’d like nothing better than to boot her out of his office. When Bess discovers he is one of those creatures of prehistoric legend – a male chauvinist – she’d like nothing better than to flip him the bird and turn on her heel. 

But he needs her talent and she needs his money. 

Each is hell bent on teaching the other a lesson. Both are about to learn a lesson they’ll never forget. The battle over who will wear the pants will be fiercest when neither is wearing any.

Funny, tender and deeply sensual, Bess, Nicholas & A Dog Called Bones is set in a picturesque valley vineyard and features a heroic, shameless sausage extortionist of a dog who is almost as human, and every bit as unforgettable, as Nicholas and Bess.

Last, but not least, I have one of my favorite books from this year - Wake, by Abria Mattina.  I absolutely adored this book, and I hope you will too!  I'm giving away a copy from Amazon, B&N, or Smashwords! And here is my REVIEW



Eighteen isn’t too young to run your life into the ground, but it’s not too old to fix it, either. The desire for change drives Willa Kirk from St. John’s, Newfoundland back to hometown of Smiths Falls, Ontario, away from her mistakes and the place where her sister died. She’s looking for a place to settle and rebuild, but Jem Harper just wants to get out of town, back to the life he knew before cancer. By letting the tragedies in their lives define them, they are both dying a little more every day. 


Welcome to the wake.









Lastly, I will give away a $8 gift card to the online book retailer of your choice.  Amazon?  Barnes & Noble?  AllRomance?  A book from The Book Depository?  Who will it be??


Again, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who I've spoken to and worked with over the past year!  You have all made this such a wonderful experience for me!  




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65 comments:

  1. Happy Blogaversary!!!! So excited for you

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  2. Just wanted to say congratulations on your Blogoversary!!

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  3. CONGRATS!!!!! Happy Blogoversary!

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  4. Happy Blogoversary! So happy that I've been able to find your blog recently. I had no idea about all these great book blogs on the internet. I feel kind of dumb! :)

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  5. Happy Blogoversary Liz! Woot! Woot!

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  6. Nice reviews. Just from the covers though, I'd buy all the books but wake. By the reviews, I'd grab them all.

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  7. Happy Blogoversary Liz!!!! Thanks for the shout out!

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    1. I noticed I spelled it wrong, D'oh! I've fixed it now! :)

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  8. Happy Blogoversary!

    thank you so much for opening this to international i would love a swag pack

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  9. Happy Blogoversary! What an awesome year & here's to many more!!
    I'd love to win the GC.

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  10. Hey hun, congrats on the Blogoversary! Lots of great gifts too, that's amazing!

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  11. Happy Blogoversary!! Fantastic giveaway!

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  12. Happy Blogoversary Fictional Candy! Can't wait to see what the next year brings for you:)

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  13. Thanks everyone!! I'm even considering doing a couple pop up giveaways this week, there are more books I want people to read :)

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  14. Congrats on your year!!!! I would love the swag and book or swag and bag but I would be thrilled with anything. Hope your blog has many more awesome years. :)

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  15. Congratulations, Liz! Here's to many more Blogoversaries.

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  16. Congratulations on your blogoversary. What great swag packs you have going. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. Congrats on reaching this milestone and best wishes for an even better coming year.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I'd be interested in swag pack #2.

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  18. Congratulations on the anniversary of the blog - you have done a wonderful job over the last 12 months.

    I'd be really happy to win any of the swag, on condition it can be sent to Wales UK ;)

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  19. Congrats on reaching this milestone..so happy for you!!

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  20. Happy Blogoversary! I would love to win either swag pack. Thanks for the chance!

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  21. Happy Blogoversary. It is always awesome to celebrate the joy of this milestone. Thank you so much for all the sharing and fun sent our way and sending you good wishes for coming year to be full of fun, giggles, and lots of good books! I was looking at Bess, Nicholas, and a Dog Called Bones and it looks like a hoot of a read. I am going to hop over now to check it out more.

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  22. Happy Blogoversary!!! Thank you for the great giveaway,
    Artemis

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  23. Congrats on one year! Can't believe it has been that long. OXOXO

    Sharon
    Don't enter me, just want to show some love

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  24. Congrats on a fabulous year! How cool is that? (and wow, that went by quick!)

    Not entering, just wanted to add positive vibes to the celebration.

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  25. Congrats and happy Blogoversary!

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  26. Happy Blogoversary!!!! Here's wishing you many, many more :)

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  27. I'm really looking forward for some swag packs! Thanks for the giveaway! (ileana-rafflecopter)

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  28. Congrats on the blogoversary! What a milestone. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  29. Either SWAg pack would be AWESOME ! to add to my collection.. also collect sgined books... BUT WHAT I REALLY NEED IS A NEW READER ! mine bit the dust.. these books sound great my TBR list is over flowing !

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  30. Happiest of Blogoversaries to you and here is to many more to come Liz!

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  31. AWESOME Giveaway!!! CONGRATs on your blogoversary and here's to many more!!!

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  32. Congratulations, Liz! I'm doing my happy dance with you. Your blog has been absolutely wonderful to follow. :)

    I'm not sure what my favorite giveaway would be because they all look so great! I'm leaning more toward the $8 Amazon gift card, though.

    Thank you for such an awesome blog and congrats again! :)

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  33. Happy Blogoversary! Thank you for the great giveaway!!

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  34. Hi
    Happy blogoversary! I'd like the GC, thanks!!!

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  35. Awesome Giveaway I Am So Doing A Happy Dance Congrads Love Your Blog.

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  36. Happy Blogoversary. You have done an excellent job with the site.

    Well done and congratulations!

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  37. You can't hear me, but I am singing Happy One Year Blogaversary to Fictional Candy and you LIZ! You are probably lucky you can't hear me:) You are celebrating with a bang! Thanks so much Liz. I am looking forward to another year of fun!

    Laura Thomas

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  38. Congratulations on your milestone!!! Can't wait to see what the next year has for you :D

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  39. Yay! Happy Blogoversary! You're growing up so fast :D

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  40. Happy Blogversary! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you! Id love to win any of the prizes. There all awesome! Thank you!

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  41. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! Lots of love sent your way. :)
    I'd love to be entered for the $8 TBD prize. Thanks!

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  42. I'm so excited to see all of you have stopped by!! Thank you! :) Too bad I don't have some actual cake to pass out to all of ya's!

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  43. Whoa! this is seriously awesome! Happy blogoversary and thank u for the chance to win those awesome books :)

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  44. Happy anniversary, Liz, and what a great pleasure it has been to meet you. You are the most effortlessly charming YOUNG woman I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Many good wishes for continued success - you deserve it. And thanks so much for everything. I see I have yet again been the beneficiary of your generosity.

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  45. happy blogoversary liz! looking forward for the next year!

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  46. Happy Blogoversary and to many many more! Keep it up!

    Looking forward to swag packs and the TBD book. Thanks for the generosity!

    Raffle name: Nikki

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  47. Happy Blogoversary!! Love the party! =)
    I´m a sucker for swag since i´m always too far away to get any on my own =D Sometimes it just sucks to be on another continent =/

    best wishes, Linda xo

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  48. Happy Blogoversary! I would love to win the gift card.

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  49. Happy Blogoversary, Liz!
    I have to be honest, I'd love to win... Everything! LOL
    Seriously, awesome giveaway for an amazing event! ;)

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  50. What a party :D Happy Blogoversary!

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  51. Happy Blogoversary! What a great celebration!

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  52. Great prizes Liz!! Plenty of Swag and books!! What we all love!!

    Happy Blogoversary!! Whoop Whoop!!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  53. Happy Blogoversary!
    And thanks a lot for this great giveaway :) Those swag packs are amazing!

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  54. Happy Blogoversary!!
    I love to win 2 Swag Pack - With Book, or Swag Pack - With Signed Items and Bag. Thanks for this amazing giveaway :)

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  55. Congrats Liz for the one year, I love your blog and great choices on the giveaways .

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  56. Happy Blogoversary! I can't decide what prize I am most interested in. I do love swag, but also the gc is great because you can get what ever book(s) you want.

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  57. I want to buy a book and some swags!!:)) Thanks for the lovely giveaway <3

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  58. Happy Blogoversary!!!!!!!!!!


    i would like to win : 2 swag pack - with book, swag pack - with signed items and bag or $8 gift card from the book depository. thanks for the chance ^^


    sunshine_pinkystar(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  59. i would love to win a swag pack with a book
    tinyauthor at yahoo dot com

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