Sunday, January 9, 2011

PART ONE-SECOND BLOGIVERSARY CELEBRATION: AN INTRODUCTION and A QUICKIE FIRST GIVEAWAY!

PhotobucketSECOND BLOGIVERSARY... 
AND JUST WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

For me, "Bingo", it means many things:
  • It means it is a time of reflection about where my blog has been, what part it has played in my life, and where it is heading. I realized I have "virtual" friends who I have become very close to and some are closer to me than flesh and blood friends!
  • I have learned so much about computers because I didn't even know what a "blog" was before I started including a teeny bit about coding and html "stuff"!
  • I have made so many wonderful connections and friends with people in the literary world. 
  • I have come to a point where I know will be blogging less but think enjoying it more. As I explained before, due to some personal health issues, I will still blog but not review as much or be tied into a certain deadline so that my time can be more flexible and also allow me time for more projects that I really want to pursue with books...including finally continuing my own book writing.
  • I learned that the word blogiversary is spelled many ways...I thought it was blogOversary for the last year up until I began this post. Then I noticed the lovely picture above even has it spelled differently. According to WORDNICK the word " is not a valid Scrabble word" and has the following quote with the listing: No, I don't like the term 'blogiversary', but considering the lifespan of most blogs, anniversaries are worth celebrating.Archive 2008-11-01
  • It means that I looked back at my first post in 2009, "Welcome to Bookin' With Bingo", and realized how simple my posting was but how some of my very first comments came from people who are still with me today, and are, in fact, some of the good "virtual" friends I mentioned. 
  • And for me, who just loves to give books away and make people so happy, my Second Blogiversary is going to be all about "giving back" because of all you all have given to me these past two years.  REMEMBER:
     
    So here is how this BLOGIVERSARY is going to work. I decided to highlight my "themed" days that I have done this past year and will have a giveaway in honor of each of those "themes". I will also tell you that in the upcoming year, I will no longer be on a "themed" schedule even though I will still have themed giveaways, they won't be limited to only on certain days of the week.
    There will be FOUR posts following this one (by midnight Monday, January 10th) that will announce each of these giveaways that you can win...AND a separate post to announce, as promised, the TOP TEN COMMENTERS and their prizes....but let's just get things started with what I want to call a "QUICKIE Two for Two Years" Giveaway!
    GIVEAWAY ENDED
    TWO AUTOGRAPHED NOVELS FOR ONE WINNER FROM BEST SELLING FRIEND AND AUTHOR
    TERRI DULONG!
    SPINNING FORWARD
    ABOUT THE BOOK:
    In a debut novel brimming with warmth and wit, Terri DuLong spins a tale of new beginnings, old friends, and lives forever bound...

    A New Englander born and bred, the last place Sydney Webster expects to find herself starting over is on an island off the coast of Florida. Yet here she is in Cedar Key, trying to pull herself together after her husband's untimely death—and the even more untimely revelation of his gambling addiction. Bereft of her comfortable suburban life, Syd takes shelter at a college pal’s bed and breakfast, where amidst the bougainvillea blossoms and the island's gentle rhythms, a plan begins to form...

    Syd never considered the possibility of turning her passion for spinning and knitting into something more than a hobby, but when the unique composition of her wool draws attention, a door is opened—the first among many. Yet even as she ventures out of her comfort zone, Syd finds herself stepping into the embrace of a community rich with love, laughter, friendship...and secrets. And as long-hidden truths are revealed, Syd faces a choice: spin a safety net—or spin decidedly forward and never look back...
    To read my review of SPINNING FORWARD, go HERE. To read more about the book and about author Terri Dulong, go HERE.
     
    CASTING ABOUT
    ABOUT THE BOOK:
    In this beautifully crafted and uplifting novel, the author of the acclaimed Spinning Forward welcomes readers back to the lush Florida island of Cedar Key, where the vibrant shades of hibiscus and azaleas are the perfect backdrop to a colorful, quirky community. 

    In the four years since Monica Brooks moved to Cedar Key, she’s found a home, a husband, and now a business to love. Taking over her mother’s bustling knitting shop is a welcome challenge, but Monica’s exciting plans are waylaid by unexpected news. Her husband’s ex-wife has been deemed an unfit mother, and custody of their eight-year-old daughter, Clarissa, is to be transferred to Adam.

    Going straight from honeymoon to motherhood--especially when she's unsure she wants children--leaves the normally even-keeled Monica doubting herself at every turn. Yet in a place like Cedar Key, nobody goes it alone. With help from friends and relatives, Monica, Clarissa, and Adam begin to forge a close-knit family of their own--one that will need to be strong enough to withstand all the surprises set to unravel.
    To read my Review of this book, or more about Terri Dulong, go HERE.

     
    GIVEAWAY
     
    THANKS TO TERRI DULONG, I HAVE
    ONE COPY OF EACH OF THESE DELIGHTFUL
    BOOKS TO GIVE AWAY TO ONE WINNER!
    THEY ARE AUTOGRAPHED AND THE GIVEAWAY
    IS A "QUICKIE" BECAUSE IT ONLY LASTS ONE
    WEEK! ENTER NOW BEFORE YOU FORGET!
    --U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
    --NO P. O. BOXES
    ---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
    IN CASE YOU WIN!
    --ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
    COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!

    HOW TO ENTER:


    +1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHICH OF THESE TWO BOOKS YOU WANT TO READ THE MOST IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE (WHICH YOU DON'T)

    +1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK AND LEAVE A LINK THAT I CAN FOLLOW
    +1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU READ ABOVE ABOUT MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BLOGIVERSARY

    +1 MORE ENTRY: VISIT TERRI DULONG'S WEBSITE HERE AND SPEND SOME TIME LEARNING MORE ABOUT TERRI AND HER GREAT LIFE IN CEDAR KEY. COME BACK AND COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU LEARNED FROM TERRI'S BLOG.
    QUICKIE GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
    6 PM, EST, JANUARY 16!
     
    GOOD LUCK!

144 comments:

sos said...

I would choose casting about

jenna said...

If I had to choose, I would choose Spinning Forward because it's been on my To Be Read list for a while now!

Thanks for the giveaway and happy anniversary!

-Jenna
jenvald09(at)yahoo(dot)com

jenna said...

Here's my link to the post on my blog about your giveaway! Thanks again.

http://elevenpages.blogspot.com/p/featured-contests.html

-Jenna
jenvald09(at)yahoo(dot)com

Janelle said...

I'd choose Spinning Forward!
Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway!
Best wishes,
Chanticlear1atgmaildotcom

Janelle said...

Happy Two Years, Bingo! I'm glad you've made so many virtual friends, I really enjoy your blog!
Best wishes,
Chanticlear1atgmaildotcom

Janelle said...

Our author is on the NY Times & USA Today best seller lists!
Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway!
Best wishes,
Chanticlear1atgmaildotcom

Karen B said...

Spinning Forward - it's on my wish list and I like to read a series in the order in which it was written.

Happy 2nd anniversary! Here's to many more.

kpbarnett1941[at]aol[dot]come

debbie said...

I would choose spinning forward. I love the idea of having a business around yarn and knitting.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

Karen B said...

I'm fairly new to your blog so it was fun to go back to your very first day and read about why you started this adventure!

kpbarnett1941[at]aol[dot]com

debbie said...

I think your reflections on your blogiversary were quite good. It's amazing how life can change in such a short time. Here is hoping for a healthier and happy new year.
twoofkaind12@yahoo.com

Karen B said...

There is a book #3 in her series!

kpbarnett1941[at]aol[dot]com

Maureen said...

I would pick Spinning Forward since I do enjoy stories where people have to overcome tough situations.
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Maureen said...

Happy Blogiversary, however you spell it. It sounds like you have really enjoyed blogging and I hope it continues to bring you joy.
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Maureen said...

I see that there is going to be a book 3 where there is a new book store owner - a Frenchman.
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holdenj said...

I would pick Spinning Forward for my first visit to Cedar Key!
Thanks!
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holdenj said...

Happy 2nd Blogiversary Bingo! I have enjoyed getting to "know" you! I think I can imagine a day when Blogiversary (in maybe all of its' spellings), will wind up as an offical scrabble word!
Thanks!
JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

holdenj said...

Loved Terri's website! I learned that there really is an island called Cedar Key off the coast of FL where she lives! And that Terri moved from being a RN to a writer. Also, she was just part of a Christmas anthology that includes Fern Michaels...I don't think it's too late to check out a holiday book! Still winter here in MN!
Thanks!
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Suzanne said...

Happy Blogiversary! And here I thought it was spelled with an "O" too! :-) I enjoyed your reflections on blogging, and hope the new year will be a healthy one for you! I'm glad you are still going to be blogging and hope you enjoy blogging in a less stressful way!

Suzanne
quzy(at)mac(dot)com

Suzanne said...

If I were to choose which of Terri's books I would win, I would choose Spinning Forward because it's the first in the series. The story sounds like it's just what I'd love to do if I were in the situation! Especially after suffering through 2 New England Storms this year! :-)

Suzanne said...

Hmm, I forgot to "sign" my last comment about choosing Terri's book Spinning Forward! So here's my "updated" comment... I'd choose Spinning Forward because that's what I'd do in that situation!

Suzanne
quzy(at)mac(dot)com

Suzanne said...

I blogged about your Blogiversary giveaway! It's in my right sidebar on my blog:

http://chickwithbooks.blogspot.com

Suzanne
quzy(at)mac(dot)com

Margie said...

I'd like to read Casting About. I have the other one amd emjoyed the storyline. I'd like another copy to give to a friend.
(We're on a road trip right now, so I hope we get Internet again in the near future.)

Margie said...

Happy Blogiversary! I've really enjoyed your blog, and it's one of the first one I read every morning. I like what you said about having good virtual friends and learning so much during the past two years.
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Margie said...

+5 Swag
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L. Diane Wolfe said...

I should probably start at the beginning, but Casting About sounds more interesting.
And take time for your writing! Follow your passion.
+2
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rhapsodyinbooks said...

You don't need to enter me and I hope it doesn't screw up the numbers to comment anyway but I just had to say Happy Blogiversary and I just love the cake picture!

Joan said...

If I had to choose I'd choose Spinning Forward since it's the first one. My daughter loves to knit and crochet and read novels that have that theme. If I won these I'd give them to her.

Pamela Keener said...

I would choose to read the books in order so I would choose to read "Spinning Forward"
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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Pamela Keener said...

I tweeted this giveaway.
http://twitter.com/pam4290/status/24111841798000640
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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Pamela Keener said...

Happy Blogiversary Bingo!!!!!!!!!!
I only discovered this blog about a year ago and since then I bet I have come back everyday to see what is new. I respect and love your reviews. I have often wondered how you can keep up the pace that you had and admired your hard work for all of us. I will still be here for you as you have been for me.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
pk4290(at)comcast(dot)net

petite said...

I would enjoy reading. Spinning Forward. Thanks. it looks lovely. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Pamela Keener said...

She did an Anthology with Cathy Lamb & Fern Michaels called "Holiday Magic".
I love her motto
Believe in yourself and make great things happen.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
pk4290(at)comcast(dot)net

petite said...

Your wonderful blog has brought me enjoyment and pleasure. It has also been an inspiration since you have provided me with so much information and delightful books. Happy Second Blogiversary and many more. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

The island of Cedar Key actually exists and is where the author lives. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

traveler said...

Spinning Forward looks appealing. thanks for this great giveaway. and happy blogiversary. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

Thue author has a 3rd book in the works which sounds great. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

Happy Blogiversary! Your hard work and beautiful reviews has made this place exceptional and unforgettable.Your thoughts are always unique and lovely. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

DarcyO said...

Happy Blogiversary, Bingo! I haven't read either book, so I'd choose Spinning Forward.

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DarcyO said...

I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/#!/darcy1956/status/24121848891445248

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

StephTheBookworm said...

Awesome! Happy Blogiversary!

I would choose Spinning Forward because I like to read books by the same other in the order that they were published.

stephaniet117 at yahoo dot com

StephTheBookworm said...

I like your reflections and agree that I also have made some wonderful virtual friends... I wish I could know them all in person.

StephTheBookworm said...

She's from Salem! Cool! I love learning about the Salem Witch Trials. She also appears to be an animal lover from her pictures... so that means, I already like her! :D

Tore said...

I would choose Casting About. Please enter me in contest. Happy Anniversary. Tore923@aol.com

CarolNWong said...

Since I have already won the book titled 'Casting About', I would only want 'Spinning Forward'.

CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I tweeted:

Carolee888 is my Twitter name:
http://bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com/2011/01/part-one-second-blogiversary.html See above for 'Spinning Forward' & 'Casting About' giveaway.


CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

PoCoKat said...

Spinning Forward as I have not read either yet.

littleone AT shaw DOT ca

Steve Capell said...

First of all ... MANY CONGRATS on your BLOGIVERSARY! I have come to really enjoy your reviews. As for the the book that I would choose I think "Casting About" would be the one that I would find intriguing. I see all the time where a mother or father is found unfit to be a parent and this one sounds like the perfect book to see the outcome of this tragedy. Thanks for hosting this contest and kudos for your Blogiversary.

steven(dot)capell(at)gmail(dot)com

CarolNWong said...

I read your reflections for the 2nd blogaversary. I agree withyou about having some friends who are even closer than some relatives. When I moved to Texas, communication back and for with some of my relatives has dropped a lot and yet I have a friend in the U.K. in my fibro support group who is now my closest friend (outside of my husband. We talk every day and share our problems and moments of happiness. I am glad to meet you through this blog. You are so caring and thoughful, I treasure you as a dear friend.
I think that Blogiversary is such a new term that it hasn't settled down yet. LOL I have seen Blogiversary,
Blogaversary and Blogoversay.

CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

captainliss40 said...

I would choose Casting About. captainliss40(at)gmail(dot)com

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

http://twitter.com/#!/alterlisa/status/24141525977923584

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I'd choose Spinning Forward!

Thanks for the giveaway and happy blogoversary!
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alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I too wondered about the spelling of blogaversity and out of curiosity went back and read and commented on your opening day blog post.
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alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Terri DuLong seems to have led a very full life before starting her new career as an author.

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Colleen Turner said...

I Karen! I am so excited to participate in your Bloviversary and celebrate this exciting time! I would choose Casting About as I know how hard it can be when you create a bond and relationship with someone and then have to try to share them with children that aren't yours and fit these new, often hostile, little ones into your life. I had a good friend who went through this and I know it was very difficult for her. It would make a great book!
candc320@gmail.com

Colleen Turner said...

Reading your post made me a little misty. I don't know if I have mentioned this before, but your blog is the VERY FIRST I ever visited and initiated me into the world of the book blog. I was hooked from there! Your blog is still one of my favorites and it makes me so glad to see that you have enjoyed it as much as all your followers have enjoyed all you give to us. Thank you!
candc320@gmail.com

Colleen Turner said...

+5 swagbucks!
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Colleen Turner said...

FB Fan January Bonus Entry!
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MRWriter said...

I'm most interested in reading "Casting About."

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MRWriter said...

Happy Blogiversary! I've been a loyal follower for the past year and it's been exciting seeing your site grow and be discovered by other bookophiles. I love the books I've won. Congrats and may 2011 be a great year for Bookin' With Bingo!

AlexDean03(at)yahoo.com

MRWriter said...

I love her Tiffany lamp on her writer's desk. And her black cat!

AlexDean03(at)yahoo.com

rubynreba said...

I would pick Spinning Forward.
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rubynreba said...

In February 2008 she was offered a two-book contract from Kensington.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

Kaye said...

Happy blogiversary! Wow, how fast 2 years goes by. Isn't it incredible? No need to enter me in the drawing - I've read both books and loved them, especially Spinning Forward. You are one special lady, "Bingo" and the blog world is better for having you in it. Here's to years of bloggy joy, book loving friends, and good health. {{{Hugs}}}

rubynreba said...

Happy Blogiversary! Your blog was one of the first blogs I ever visited and it continues to be my favorite. Glad you decided to not be tied into a certain deadline. You provide such interesting reviews and giveaways for everyone but you need more time for yourself! Wishing you many more blogiversaries!!
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

samantha35 said...

Happy Anniversary!
would love to read spinning forward

+ follow via gfc
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CarolNWong said...

Looking at Terri Dulong's site, the first thing that I notice is the feeling of comfort with the cat in the window and the Tiffany lamp on the desk.

I love her ending when she talked about herself. "Believe in yourself and good things will happen.


CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

scottsgal said...

I'd pick casting about
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scottsgal said...

2 years already - I feel like I've been following for quite awhile and enjoy your reviews
msboatgal at aol.com

scottsgal said...

She went to college to become a legal secretary
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fredamans said...

Happy Blogoversary!

I would like a chance at Spinning Forward. I added it to last year's wish list and still haven't had the money to buy it.

freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

fredamans said...

tweet; http://twitter.com/#!/fredalicious/status/24197210577051649

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Bethie said...

If I had to choose one, I would choose Casing About.

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misskallie2000 said...

Wow, decisions, decisions, which one to choose,i t is not easy but Spinnig Forward would be my first choice. I love Terri's books and would love to win these two.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.
Congrats on your Second Blogiversary. Love your blog...

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

misskallie2000 said...

Tweet giveaway(@misskallie2000)

http://twitter.com/#!/misskallie2000/status/24277394294575106

My twitter is acting up so had to type status by hand. Sorry

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misskallie2000 said...

I had not seen this spelling until now, Blogiversary, I like it. I have enjoyed your posts and giveaways and understand your wish to persue your writing. But I am glad you will continue your blog. I love your name "Bookin' with Bingo" and it fits what I know about you.
Contratulations again.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

drey said...

happy blogiversary, karen!!! i miss visiting as much as i used to, work's totally gotten in the way of my "fun" time!! boooo!!

anyway, hope this bloggy year is an awesome one for you--even awesomer (yes, that's a word, 'cuz i said so!) than last year. :) xoxo

Ruthie said...

Casting About has such a beautiful cover.

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Ruthie said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary...your giveaways are awesome anyway but you just upped your ante!

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Ruthie said...

FB Fan January Bonus Entry

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misskallie2000 said...

I am glad Cedar Key is a real town. I love her Cedar Key site with the character listing for her two books. This will really make them real when I do read her books.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

moonsword said...

"Spinning Forward" would be my choice. A woman balanced on the threshold between old and new, safety and risk, fear and anticipation. A place we have all been and will be again...A perfect place to start spinning a tantalizing tale.

moonsword said...

I like your comment "...I looked back at my first post in 2009, "Welcome to Bookin' With Bingo", and realized how simple my posting was...". It just proves that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Congratulations on your journey's 2nd big milestone!

moonsword said...

Terri says that Cedar Key is surrounded by Mother Nature. Indeed it is home to white ibis, brown pelicans, snowy egrets, great blue & little blue herons, double-crested cormorants, osprey and bald eagles, amidst lush maritime forests filled with song birds. (US Fish and Wildlife Service)

Linda Kish said...

I would choose Casting About.

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Linda Kish said...

I find it interesting she was a critical care RN and also worked as a home health RN. People used to tell me to write about my experiences in the hospital but I am not wordy enough. And she wrote about quirky characters rather than patients.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

I think it must be very tiring and time consuming to do as many reviews and giveaways as you do. I love reading them and winning on your blog, of course. I think it is wise to cut back a bit. I hope your health problems are small ones. I will continue to follow and look forward to your reviews.

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allisonsbj3 said...

I'd like to read spinning forward.

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allisonsbj3 said...

I love that you love what you're doing because I've won some great prizes from you and I would love to win some more in the future.

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hendy said...

I am most excited to read Spinning Forward since it's her first novel!
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hendy said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/HendyMartin/status/24332248568299520
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hendy said...

This is my FAVORITE book blog by far so I'm very sad to see you won't be blogging as much. I know a blog can be like a full time job which can mean you might lose some of that fun so I'm happy to see you will get some of that enjoyment back. Happy Blogiversary and I look forward to many more to come.

Sandra K321 said...

I would like Spinning Forward because I like to read an author's books in the order they were written.
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Sarah said...

I'd pick Spinning Forward, since I like to read in sequence.

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Christa said...

If I had to pick which book to read I would pick Spinning Forward because it is the debut novel. I love Cedar Key...it was one of the first places my husband and I went on a date. Congrats on the Blogiversary! I love reading your blog and learning about all the great books out there!

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Christa said...

Just tweeted about this giveaway!

http://twitter.com/#!/christauf4/status/24584189907042304

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Christa said...

Happy 2nd Blogiversary to You!!!
I loved your comments about the past year of blogging! Blogs are a great way to connect with people that have similar interests as you. I think it's great that you use your blog to showcase your passion for books and have many great friends through it. Love Bingo's blogiversary/BCS Championship game outfit!

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Christa said...

I visited Terri Dulong's website and learned the she worked as an RN before she wrote the Cedar Key series. I think it is so cool she lives in such a beautiful, little town and used it as the back drop of her books.

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Christa said...

FB Fan January Bonus Entry!

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Connie said...

Hi! Hard decision...I would go with Casting About becuase I heard so much more about her second book. Wonderful giveaway...thank you! :)

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Charleydog said...

I would like to read "Spinning Forward" (if I win) because I always like to start with the first book in an author's list.

Please enter my name in the giveaway for the book. Thanks!

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bison61 said...

I'd read SPINNING FORWARD first

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Anonymous said...

Congrats on your 2nd Blogoversary! I guess I would choose the debut, SPINNING FORWARD. I like to read books in sequence to get some background.

monagarg@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

A few comments on your thoughts:

. I can definitely understand your feelings about your virtual friends. I keep in touch more with my virtual friends than I do with my flesh and blood ones.

. I learned about avatars, links, HTML, etc through my visits to my book sites and blogs

. About your blogging less, posting to your blog should be a pleasure and not a source of stress. Eliminating deadlines and time flexibility will allow you to enjoy blogging that much more.

monagarg@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Visited her site and learned she was an only child who had imaginary friends as playmates.

monagarg@yahoo.com

CherylS22 said...

I'd want to read "Spinning Forward" first if I had to choose only one book.

Happy Blogiversary!
Thanks for the giveaway ~
megalon22 at yahoo dot com

CherylS22 said...

You've come a long way in the 2 years you've been blogging & you have much to be proud of. I've learned all about blogs right along with you.

I wish you success in your writing career!
megalon22 at yahoo dot com

CherylS22 said...

I learned that Ms. Dulong is a RN! I, too, work in health care & am always interested in writers that have a background in health care.

megalon22 at yahoo dot com

Commchick said...

I would choose Spinning Forward because I like to read books in the order they were written.

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Commchick said...

I feel like I am part of your family on this blog, or at least a very good friend. I look forward to this next year.

belchers@jccal.org

Christine H said...

I'd read Casting about, Only because I fear losing my husband at an early age and it would just depressed me. I'll let my Mom read the other one. she's been through it. My Dad was the greatsest man and father but brain cancer took his life by age 47. :(

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Christine H said...

http://twitter.com/#!/Romantic73/status/25165338849058816

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Christine H said...

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Christine H said...

You Talked about how far you've come and a lot about the good friends you've met. I hope you consider me one of those people. :)

I don't know how long I've been on this blog, I'm just glad I found it and met you of course Karen!!'

Good Luck with your writing, I look forward to hearing anything and everything you can share a long the way!!! Big Hugs, Christine

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Christine H said...

She was Born and reared in the Boston area . . . Salem, the Witch City, to be exact.

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Shirley said...

tough choice I'd like both but I guess I might be able to relate more with Spinning forward.

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Shirley said...

I don't know if I was hear from the begining but whever ever I've come on board you've brough us a lot of happiness. I wish you all the best with both keeping up with the blog and starting to write again!!!

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I'd love to visit Cedar Key's Island room she mentions. Sounds beautiful!
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Tina said...

Casting About, But I'll definately be sharing these books with my Mom if I win. She recently retired and she can really go through some books!! christina101092@yahoo.com

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Tina said...

There was some great reflecting and seeing of the good things have come into your life, and what your doing moving forward. I wish you the best of everything in life!

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Tina said...

I found a lot about her life and she seems like a very motivated person, having had many careers and going to school again and again with children at hime, It's while she was a RN that she really started wanting to write.
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Jeff said...

I'd like to win these for My Mom, I think she's love both books.

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Jeff said...

It sounds like this blog and giving way books makes you feel good and Your so happy for the friends you've made and so are we.

Good Luck with all the writing again!!!

Terri said...

A huge thank you to Karen for hosting the giveaway and congrats on your two year anniversary!

And another huge thank you to each and every one of you that left a comment here! I truly enjoyed reading all of them!
Wishing all of you the very best in 2011 and happy reading!
Terri

Bingo said...

Thanks for stopping by, Terri! We all love your books and I especially appreciate all you have done working with me on BOOKIN' WITH BINGO! Have a great 2011! Karen

Meredith said...

I would choose Casting About because it takes place here in Florida.

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I like that you've come to a point where you want to enjoy this more, even if it means doing it a little bit less.

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I learned on Terri's blog that she once worked as a Legal Secretary and as an RN. Very versatile!

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