I hoped and planned to hit 300 followers during the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway hosted by I am a Reader, not a Writer, but I didn’t really expect it. Congratulations to Karen Maldonado for winning her choice of my hardbacks or paperbacks and Latoya, aka Cricket, who won the 300 follower prize of a medium priority box of books and chocolate!
I love having my expectations exceeded. Did I just say that mouthful? I couldn’t say it twice. But I’m already planning to have it happen twice. Whether it happens is up to you, dear followers. Not deer followers. I wouldn’t want to herd anyone anywhere. I like to think my followers like fun, but not just any kind of fun. If you know anyone who enjoys wordplay, please invite them to join my blog.
There will be a Rafflecopter random drawing posted on 30 Dec-3 Jan, with a book prize for one follower on 4 Jan, plus another triggered when my blog reaches 400 followers. This prize will be a medium priority box of books and chocolate for the follower who brings the most new followers, no random about it. If two tie for referrals, they’ll each get a book by media mail and a separate small priority box of chocolate! Take a look at some of the chocolate I bought!
This is what Latoya gets to choose $10 worth of chocolate from, as long as it fits in the medium priority box with her books. Since I got it half price, $10 will go pretty far. Under the dark or mixed Godiva truffles, there’s a Mrs. Fields assorted tin. The blue bag on far left is dark with whole and chopped hazelnuts, and a box of Russell Stover Pecan Delights. The turtles in the center are cashew, and the front package is caramels in milk chocolate, with Hershey’s white chocolate cookies and cream bars outside. Here are some bags I can split up to fill in small spaces.
There’s more where this came from, so please don’t make me eat it myself. I really don’t want to turn into a blimp for the new year! Please bring your friends fast while the chocolate is fresh.
If your mouth isn’t watering for chocolate, I hope you enjoy the word fun to come. You know it takes a certain amount of mental acuity to understand and appreciate wordplay. I guess I never grew up when it comes to playing with words, whether puns for their double meaning, my favorite, or tongue twisters like similar similes and horrendous homonyms. Ooh, the former was a simile! And the latter took 3 tries to spell right even though I knew the spelling. My laggard brain links in later than my fingers trip up typing typos. How’s that for a tongue twister? It doesn’t help when I catch the neighbor’s cunning cat climbing across the keyboard. Cat-sitting includes more chasing than sitting.
Back to the similes, in case you’ve forgotten the definition, it’s when you compare two things, or nouns (person, place or thing) using “like” or “as”, unlike a metaphor which compares without either. If you ask me, similes are even more fun in poetry.
Here’s a simile poem written by Natasha Niem and used with permission of My Word Wizard:
Building their nest like little worker bees.
They sing their songs, like chatter-boxes.
As regular as alarm clocks,
Waking people up each day.
They are silent at night,
Like snakes advancing on prey.
Before you go, make note to bring a friend between 30 Dec to 3 Jan, because an optional Rafflecopter entry will ask for the name of the follower who you referred or who referred you. Here are two more hardbacks you can choose. Did you ever notice how Rowling’s spells sound similar to real words or their Latin roots? Their actions match too. Ridiculous, you say? Well, Riddikulus made a scary thing look ridiculous.
Oops, checked my email and Order of the Phoenix just went to Karen! Which means Breaking Dawn and Inspell are still available, should you win. Other books available, but not all, are shown in November’s Gratitude Giveaway posts. If you’re new to my blog, I have about 8 boxes of books, minus Guardians of Ga’Hoole, The Wheel of Time, and the Xanth series which other winners chose.
If you can’t wait, enter the chocolate and books contest through the tab at the top of my blog. It doesn’t have a friend referral option, but it has lots of options to increase your chances of winning. Only 3 are required and the next books and chocolate drawing will happen on 11 Jan.
Still craving to enter a contest right now? Try this one: Bookish: BOX of BOOKS – Huge INTERNATIONAL Giveaway! Evie is moving and can’t take them all with her, so the whole box goes to one winner. The contest is open through March 1st, and it’s open internationally!
Thanks! I hope to see you during the old and new years!