Friday, September 16, 2011

It's My Belated Blogoversary! (+ giveaway)


Makeshift Bookmark turned ONE on September 12. It got a pretty cake and made a mess of it, then triumphed over its mess. Then got really drunk and passed out in the bathroom. On a MONDAY, even. My blog is so audacious and ballsy. It really was a fabulous party and all good parties end up that way. Oh, that crazy blog of mine.

WHERE. HAS. THE. TIME. GONE?

Blogging is probably one of the best decisions I could've made in my life at that point in September 2010. I know I complain about nursing school all the time, but I had absolutely no idea how challenging it would actually be. If I didn't have this outlet, this massive group of people with whom I could enjoy talking about books until I was blue in the face, I would've probably been homicidal by now. But no, you guys have kept me crime-free and out of jail. So thank you for that. I can't wait until I don't have school to worry about anymore and I can just read, read, read, and blog all about it.

I had no idea what I was getting myself into with blogging. All I did know was that the two people I followed religiously, Kristi and April, seemed like the coolest effing girls in the universe. They'd have posts that were just outright jubilant about this or that book, and when they posted vlogs, you could actually see how passionate they were about what they were doing and what they were reading. So a HUGE thank you to Kristi and April, my blogging idols, to unknowingly inspire me to make my way into this crazy blogosphere.

I even got the chance to meet Kristi. Um, I kind of fangirled. I literally felt like I was meeting a celebrity. It was that serious. I hope I didn't scare the sh*t out of you, Kristi, hahaha.

I really didn't know that it would change my life for the better and forge friendships with people that I couldn't go a day without interacting. This post would never, EVER end if I told you all the amazingness about each and every one of these people, so I'm just going to list names of those I talk to practically every single day: Lynn, Jamie, Anna, Ginger, TQ, Capillya, Carla, Melanie, Asheley, Tara, Kristi, April, Pam, Michelle, Lisa, Jacinda & Jasmine, Lindsi, Jen, Harmony, Melina, Farrah.



With some awesome bloggers at the Naperville Dark Days in March 2011.

And honestly? The list goes on. Those are just the people I've talked to in the last 5 days worth of tweets. If I missed anyone, please don't be offended. Everyone has made such an impact on me that it's ridiculous.

This has been a surreal experience. I've been able to speak with authors who have made me laugh, cry, and swoon with their characters: Jeri Smith-Ready, Melissa Marr, Kelly Creagh (when I met her!), Courtney Allison Moulton, Libba Bray, Michelle Hodkin, Tahereh Mafi, and again... the list goes on. I got to go to BEA as a Popsicle Stick Head (see below) and actually get some love from Jeri Smith-Ready.

Yep. That's a kiss from the QUEEN OF KISSING SCENES. I should've expected it.

Shoot, you guys, I was even nominated (and made the short list) for Best New Book Blog for BBAW. I have a button to prove it. THAT IS UNFATHOMABLE TO ME.


Thank you all for making this the craziest (in a good way!) year of my life.

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Well, to stop me from blabbering on and on, I'll get to the part you actually care about. The giveaway.

Leave a comment below to enter to win THE ENTIRE IRON FEY SERIES (including The Iron Knight, once it's released!) and an ARC of Beautiful Days and Deadly Cool.

Contest Information

Leave a comment below with your email address.

Please read my Contest Policy.

Must be 13+ to enter.

One person per entry, please.

Must have a US mailing address (sorry, I'm broke!)

Winners will be chosen using Random.org and I will contact you via e-mail if you win. I will need the winner's response within 72 hours. If I don't receive it within that timeframe, I will pick a new winner.

Contest ends on October 5, 2011 at midnight EST.

99 comments:

  1. Happy Blogoversary Jen-- So happy for you, and so glad you blog, you keep me smiling and introduced me to the fabulousness that is Shade & Shift!

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  2. Woo Hoo! Congrats! That's one lively blog you have there.
    britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

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  3. Happy Blogaversary, Jen! (This is not an entry-I just wanted to send you happy tidings!) :o)

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  4. Happy blogoversary! I am so glad that you decided to join our book blogging world. I seriously can't imagine my twitter life without your enthusiasm and fangirling.

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  5. Happy blogoversary. Awesome giveaway.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  6. Happy Blogoversary!! I just hit 6 months and those went be so fast, that I am sure mine will be here sooner than I think. [: Congrats again!

    Erin @ Let's Evaluate
    letsevaluate@yahoo.com

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  7. Happy blogoversary Jen! :) I'm glad you enjoy blogging because yours is definitely one of my favorite blogs to visit! :)

    countrygirl922@verizon.net

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  8. Happy blogoversary Jen!!! I love your blog and you can def tell you enjoy blogging!!! ;) Thanks so much for the chance to win the awesome books! :)

    valialind(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  9. Happy blogoversary and thanks for the giveaway!

    daniellesaunders1984(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. Happy blogoversary! I have enjoyed reading your blog and following you on Twitter. So much awesomesauce!

    lisaaustin121(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. You, my friend, are one of the best things to have happened in my life this past year! I adore your honesty and your HILARIOUS reactions to life. You've seriously made me smile on way more than one occasion :-) Must I remind you... YOU GOT SAFETYSUIT TO WISH ME A HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON TWITTER!!!!!!!! jfklsfjklasjlasfjalfjslakfjsalk that completed my life. For real.

    I wish you SO MUCH success in the years to come, Nurse Jen! I know you'll do amazing things with it. Thank you for making this blog such a delight to read :-) LOVE YOU UNTIL ETERNITY!

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  12. Congrats!! Looks like you had a blast :)
    GFC follower

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  13. Love the photos especially the one with Kristi! That's amazing :D

    Courtneyyxbabe@aol.com

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  14. Happy blogoversary!!
    GFC- audreyclair
    thebookanalyst[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  15. Happy blogoversary girl!! I have so enjoyed getting to know you this past year! We definitely need to HANG OUT MORE! You crack me up! And I just absolutely adore you and my blogging life would not be the same without you. Here is hoping to MANY MANY more years!!

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  16. Congrats, Jen! Your reviews are always hilarious and insightful; I love reading your blog! Here's to another great year! :)

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  17. Happy blogoversary... and wishing you many more! readingwabc@gmail.com

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  19. Sorry -- forgot my email address so I'll try again...
    I remember finding your blog shortly after I started mine. I didn't realize yours was only 5 days older than mine! I've really enjoyed reading your posts. Congrats on One Year! And thanks for the awesome giveaway.

    I love the picture, too!

    annettesspot (at) gmail (dot) com

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  20. Happy Blog Birthday! What an excellent 1st birthday picture :).
    Thank you so much for the giveaway.

    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Happy Blogoversary Jen! I love your blog!

    misslaurenwilk at gmail dot com

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  22. Happy Blogoversary!!

    Jenn

    Jennreadsfiction@gmail.com

    Jennreadsfiction.blopgspot.com

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  23. Happy Blogoversary!!

    pyrospunkii(@)att(.)net

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  24. Happy Blogoversary!! I love that picture of "you" and JSR. :)

    yilingni@yahoo.com

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  25. Happy One Year! I honestly just started following your blog (and twitter) like a few months ago but I LOVE your reviews and your blog and I feel like you and Mr. Jen are a couple in one of the many books I read!! Anyways thanks for the contest I can't wait for Iron Knight to come out!!

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  26. Happy Blogoversary! Congrats! :)
    And thank you for the giveaway!

    naruto_and_hinata(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. Happy blogoverary! It's amazing how fun book blogging can be! Congrats on your BBAW nomination!

    swdarguschATyahooDOTcom

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  28. I GOT A LITTLE WEEPY OVER THIS ONE. I am so so so proud of you for making the short list, as you know from my ALL CAPS texts over it. Much love.

    OH, and I wanna win this business! annareadsbooks(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Yay, happy blogoversary. I'm a new follower and look forward to your future posts. Great giveaway!

    quailsrock23(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. Happy Blogoversary! Congratulations! I'm a new follower but I already love your reviews.

    a.rose2295(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. Happy Blogoversary! Can't wait for my 1 year blogoversary :D So excited!
    gigglzha(at)gmail(dot)com
    @Crazed 'bout Books
    crazedboutbooks.blogspot.com
    Check out my blog!

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  32. Happy Blogaversary!

    bookcrookliza at gmail dot com
    GFC: Book Crook Liza

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  33. Happy one year anniversary! You've had a great year, and I can't wait for what the next has in store for you!

    molliereadsya at gmail dot com

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  34. Happy blogaversary Jen! :)

    Love the pictures from Dark Days - I so wish I could have been there, darn show choir!

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  35. Happy blogoversary.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com
    GFC as sablelexi

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  36. Happy Blogoversary! Let's hope there are many more to come.

    spyblue78(at)gmail.com

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  37. Congrats on your blogoversary!

    beths0103 at yahoo dot com

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  38. congratulations, lady! your blog is one of my all time favorites and i think you're super duper rad.

    SO MUCH LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL YOU DO.

    forever your fan.

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  39. Happy Happy Bloggy Birthday! This is so exciting! I'm happy to sorta know you through here and Twitter :)

    Here's to many MANY more years!! Cheers =D

    bettyluvsbooks(at)gmail(dot)(com)

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  40. Happy Blogiversary!! I like reading your blog so please keep blogging! To many more successful years!
    diverprincess@sbcglobal.net

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  41. Jen, you're one of those bloggers who have made this YA blogging world a fun place. I say "fun" in its most pure and simple sense. You bring a smile to my face in your reviews. You bring a smile to my face on Twitter. You bring a smile to my face whenever I think about a book you've recommended and I see it in the book store or library or buy it outright because of you. You make people smile wherever you go, with whatever you say, and I love that so much about you.

    You're smart, talented, and your personality -- it glows. Like, lightning bug and everything. I hate that you don't have bookish friends within a 10 mile radius to share that glow with. This needs to be remedied, because I'm 100% sure there are bookish people within a 10 mile radius that absolutely need some Jen in their life. Like, take-two-aspirin-and-call-Jen NEED.

    I will always be a reader of this little Makeshift Bookmark blog. If it takes you 2 days or 2 months to write another post, I'll always stay subscribed. Because you know what? Every single post you write is with purpose, and not to fill up space on the internet. It comes across in your reviews, as well as that snarky silly personality of yours that I love so much.

    Here's to more years of blogging, Sweets. Happy blogoversary. xoxo

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  42. Yours was one of the first blogs I found when I discovered this whole book blogging thing. Thanks for being an inspiration :]

    jasmineroster@gmail.com

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  43. Well good grief, how am I supposed to compete with Happy Cappy up there? (hang on, let me DRY MY EYES so I can comment myself...)

    You're one of my FAVORITES. I'll just say that. Most of our conversations are about nursing school, and that will soon change (yay!), and I will party like I did when it was 1999. And also like I do with EVERY SINGLE milestone you have, even the ones I make up just to have an excuse to celebrate your AWESOMENESS.

    You are hilarious and the good Lord knew I needed hilarity in my life, even my cyber life, so he sent me NurseMakeshiftJen. WITH WHOM I get squeally about musics (GREG!!) and school. With whom I will soon laugh about cuh-razy people and their healthcare and the bazillions of books you will read when you're done with school.

    Which reminds me...I haven't read Vampire Academy yet. NOR Shade/Shift. (I know, I'm ashamed.) So I can get fangirly with one of their biggest fans. Because you're one of my favorites and I tend to get that way with my favorites.

    Okay I'm done. For now anyway. Until there is a new music in our life or another test.

    Happy Blog Birthday! I think I'll celebrate. (hey, it's what i do.)

    ~Asheley
    asheley.tart@gmail.com

    ps) Dude, I want those books.

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  44. Happy Happy Blogoversary, yay!
    Keep on doing what you're doing :)

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  45. Happy Blogoversary!
    benjikenworthy@gmail.com

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  46. Happy Blogoversary! Here's to many more to come :) Cheers!

    Diana
    lovelygetaway@gmail.com

    p.s- i totally would have had a fangirl moment to if I met the story siren :)haha!

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  47. Congrats on the success. I love your blog.

    hootowl1978 at gmail dot com

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  48. Happy Birthday Makeshift Bookmark!

    I love everything about you....oh, and about Jen too.

    Looking forward to your second year. Congrats!

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  49. Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for such a great giveaway.

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

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  50. Happy Blogoversary!!!! Absolutely fantastic, and congrats!

    xpilley at yahoo dot com

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  51. Happy Blogoversary (althought Belated) Jen! You are beyond AWESOME!

    My email is thelostbookreports@yahoo.com

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  52. Congrats on your blogoversary Jen!! Mine is only 11 days away!! I can't believe how quickly it flew by!!

    Thereadingnook123@gmail.com


    Laura @thereadingnook

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  53. Dude- YAY for one year! :D I'm so happy you've joined the blogging world! :P Also- super cute picture!
    (also, I totally decided to read Shade & Shift because of you and Lindsi! :) I haven't read them yet, mostly because the third comes out in December (yes?) so I'll just wait to read them together, BUT I have high hopes. :P)

    AND, as someone who has been there- I hope you get out of the call center soon!!

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  54. Aww congrats and thanks a bunch I would go fan crazy over the story siren 2 lol!

    ashtreygonesmokeya@yahoo.com

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  55. Happy Blogoversary!

    gimmethescoopreviews@gmail.com

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  56. Happy Blogoversary! I must win this giveaway! ;)

    kaitlin[at]bookstothesky[dot]com

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  57. Girl... I don't even know where to start. You crack me up on a regular basis, have the most awesome reviews, and share my insanity/love for tittes... I mean kitties :) Here is to many, many more years of book blogging and friendship!!!

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  58. Happy Blogoversary! Love your blog :-)

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  59. Oops! Forgot to post my email, cjaneboley@gmail.com :)

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  60. I love your enthusiasm! I love YA books too. Wonderful blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

    amy.swihart@gmail.com

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  61. Haha, cute picture!!! Thanks so much, and great blog!

    golfgirl96@gmail.com

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  62. Happy Blogoversary!
    catherineprasifka@hotmail.com

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  63. Happy Blogoversary to you. Awesome giveaway. I have just started a blog recently and am trying to figure it all out and I look up to other bloggers who have excellent ones.

    alf421.af@gmail.com

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  64. Happy blogoversary! I just found your blog through twitter & *love* your tagline. So cute & so true :)

    kathleenfoucart [at] gmail [dot] com

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  65. Wow congrats! A year is a big freaking deal! And greeeattt giveaway!

    gabbicalabrese@hotmail.com

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  66. Congrats! :D

    madisonlouisesbooks@hotmail.com

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  67. This is an amazing giveaway *-*

    Seattlelover7@aim.com

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  68. Congratulations! Hope you have another fabulous year of reading & blogging!
    andreat78@yahoo.com

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  70. Congratulations & Happy Blogoversary!! I'm sure it's very exciting for you! :)

    lillyreads@gmail.com

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  71. Happy blogoversary!!

    dfmatthews32@gmail.com

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  72. Happy Blogoversary!! Looks like you had fun. What a great giveaway!!!

    tanemaxx20(at)gmail(dot)com

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  74. Happy Blogoversary! And thank you for the chance to win the entire Iron Fey series.

    Accidentally typed email wrong the first time around! Oops. :)

    Pam
    vanillaorchids69(at)gmail.com

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  75. Congratulations! Have a happy blogoversary!

    scr15@duke.edu

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  76. Yay congrats!
    cassy_the_teen at yahoo dot com

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  77. Happy (much belated) blogoversary!!! =)

    Thanks for the super giveaway.

    Orchid
    The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
    hauntingorchid(at)aol(dot)com

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  78. What a great year!!! Have blogoversary!!

    stacy(at)girlsinthestacks(dot)com

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  79. Happy belated blogoversary, and thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

    mizzbookworm@gmail.com

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  80. That should say HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!!!!!

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  81. Happy Blogoversary Jen!

    vysblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  82. Congrats, and what an awesome post! Thanks for sharing :). Kristi does look a bit scared, LOL! I can totally understand. I'm a bit of a Kristi fangirl myself. I think I passed out when she left a comment on my blog once... :D I hope to meet YOU someday!

    Happy blogoversary! bookandlatte(at)gmail(dot)com

    ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte

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  83. Happy blogoversary! Congratulations! Thank you so much for this contest.

    jcalvert719(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  84. Happy Blogoversary! Congrats!

    rachel.danae226@gmail.com

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  85. Congrats!!! To many more and a drink on me:)

    lovepassionbooks{at}gmail{dot}com

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  86. Happy Blogoversary!!! What a great year you've had. Thanks for the contest.

    Sjune2721(at)gmail(dot)com

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  87. Happy blogoversary Jen! Sounds like you have had a great first you! Hope there are many more in the future!

    Katieb206(at)gmail(dot)com

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  88. Happy Blogoversary, Jen! (mine was on 9-1!). Here's to many more to come!! Woot! lol

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!
    brainytex@gmail com

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  89. Happy blogiversary! What a great milestone. Congrats!
    Twee66(at)gmail(dot)com

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  90. I thought I already entered this...but maybe not. I'm forgetful that way (so sad, really). I love this blog! Happy blogoversary!

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  91. Thanks for the giveaway!! Happy Blogoversary!!!
    temarasheppard(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  92. Happy Blogoversary! Congrats on a great year of blogging!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)
    readingdate@gmail

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  93. All the books sound great.

    pixiepuff2006@yahoo.com

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  94. Happy Blogoversary! :)

    redheadheroines@gmail.com

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  95. Happy Blogoversary! You are so lucky to meet Kristi!
    Email: osnapitzAngiex3@aol.com

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  98. How have I not seen this post? :O

    XD Hilarious and sweet. Happy (belated belated) blogoversary!

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

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