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Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's My Birthday! Q&A With Myself And A 15+ Book Giveaway!

Hey everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to check out the posts from Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, if you haven’t already, and stop by Friday and Saturday for more fun posts and giveaways!

Since today is my birthday, I thought I’d do a little Q&A with myself J  (There is also a huge giveaway at the bottom of this post).

Top Three Favorite Summer Activities? Reading by/in the pool, swimming, and bike rides.

Favorite snacks? Fresh fruits & veggies (i.e. grapes, tomatoes, blueberries, apples, bananas, etc.)

Favorite current T.V. show? Definitely Psych with The Mentalist being a close second!

Three songs you’ve recently been listening to over and over?

1. My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) by Fall Out Boy
2. Safe and Sound by Capital Cities
3. All Things by Citizen Way
(Those first two because of the Blackhawks)

Do you prefer reading print or Kindle books? I used to always say print, but now it's pretty much a tie. I like to have my favorite books in print, but otherwise it doesn't really matter to me. I love how easy it is to read on the Kindle, how I'm able to search inside the books, and how many books it can hold! The only negatives are when the Kindle freezes, has a low battery, or when I just want to flip to a certain page.

This or that questions:
Sneakers or Sandals? Sandals. ;)
Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? Snowstorms – SO peaceful!
Cake or Cupcakes? Cupcakes…they’re so convenient!
Chocolate or Vanilla? I can't choose. I love them both. J
Heels or flats? Flats.
Tea or Coffee? Definitely tea! Preferably green or black tea.

Favorite comfort food? Hmm…soup! It's so delicious and comforting – especially on a chilly day. J

What are three things on your “bucket” list? Go to a Blackhawks game, visit Colorado, go horseback riding.

Giveaway!

Giveaway details: I’m giving away a box of books to one winner! Giveaway is only open to residents of the USEnds 9/29

Here are some of the books that'll be in the box (the rest I'm leaving as a surprise for the winner J)

Love Blooms in Winter by Lori CopelandBook Giveaway!

  1. Shadow Bones by Colleen Rhoads
  2. When Silence Falls by Shirlee McCoy
  3. Matchmaker, Matchmaker... by Anna Schmidt
  4. Home To You by Cheryl Wolverton
  5. Love Blooms In Winter by Lori Copeland
  6. Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey
  7. Honor Redeemed by Loree Lough
  8. Pirate of My Heart by Jamie Carie (ARC copy)
  9. The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson (Galley copy)
  10. The Deposit Slip by Todd M. Johnson (ARC copy)


Plus nine more books, to remain nameless, as a surprise for the winner. :) For a grand total of 19 books!

How to enter: Sign into the Rafflecopter form below (it might take a moment to load) and click “enter” on each of the entries you complete. Commenting alone will not get you entered – you must click enter on the form. Happy entering!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have up to one week to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. I am not responsible for any packages lost or damaged in the mail. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

214 comments:

  1. Whew, that was a FAST one! Says it's over???

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    1. It's not over. There was a glitch and I just got online to fix it. So sorry about that! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  2. Happy Birthday! That's exciting! What fun things did you do for your birthday?

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway on your birthday! That was so kind and sweet of you. Plus, we enjoyed learning more about you. :)

    Thanks!

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  3. Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful day! :-)

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  4. This is dated today and already over - what gives.
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. The giveaway just started. There was a glitch and I just got online to fix it. So sorry about the trouble! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  5. The rafflecopter is saying the contest is over. I really wanted to enter. This is the third time I have tried since late last night. Is it broken or is the contest truly over.

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    1. I'm so sorry Wilani! There was a glitch and I just got online to fix it. The Rafflecopter works now. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  6. Wow! What a great giveaway. I enjoy Psych and the Mentalist too, maybe because the characters are a bit quirky.

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    1. I'm glad you also enjoy Psych and The Mentalist! :) Thanks for commenting!

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  7. Happy Birthday. What a generous giveaway. Thanks for giving all of us a chance to win.

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  8. Happy Birthday!

    Soup is a great comfort food, and usually pretty healthy if homemade. I eat it year round...

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Me too! I eat soup all the time - love it! :D

      Thanks for commenting!

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  9. Happy Birthday! I hope that you have a wonderful day. :) Thanks for giving us the chance to win some books. :)

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  10. Figured it was a glitch. Glad you got it fixed!

    You are right, SNOWSTORMS. I love the way everything just sounds so soft when there's one going.

    OK hasn't had a good one for years. I have HOPES for this year!

    Happy Birthday, so glad you were born!

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  11. Happy Happy Birthday to you!!! Hope it is a very fun one for you. Thanks for doing all the fun give always. Can't wait to see if I win. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. You are welcome. So have u done anything fun for your B-Day??

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  12. It's my brother's birthday today as well, so now I'll always remember yours too :-) Thanks for the opportunity to win some terrific books, but shouldn't we be giving you the gifts??

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    1. Happy Birthday to your brother! :) I hope he has a fun birthday, too! :D

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  13. Happy Birthday! Mine was yesterday :)

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    1. Belated Happy Birthday to you! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  14. Oh my gosh what a super prize. Early Christmas gift to me.. Oh yeah,would so love to win.

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  15. Happy Birthday, Melanie, I hope that it is a good one for you spent surrounded by friends and family.

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  16. Happy Birthday!!! Hope your day is fab! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :) I pray it is a Blessed one! :)

    Blessings, Amada

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  18. Happy birthday!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. Happy birthday! Thanks for the chance to win these great books! What a good idea!
    Brittany McEuen
    kbmceuen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. Great interview and Happy Birthday! Psych and Castle are my favorite TV shows. Can't decide what I like better. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    superstarsarah94(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! Another Psych fan! :) I'm so excited about the Psych Musical. I think it's going to be epic! :) Thanks for commenting!

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  21. Happy birthday! Thanks for the huge giveaway!!

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  22. Happy Birthday!! I so enjoy getting your fun blog!

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  23. Happy Birthday, Melanie! Hope it's a great one!
    Love the interview, by the way! :)
    amyc

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    1. Thanks, Amy! Glad you liked the Q&A. ;)

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  24. Happy Birthday, Melanie! I love your blog!!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! So glad you like my blog. :)

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  25. Happy Birthday!! I love your blog and reading all your reviews !

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  26. Happy Birthday! And may the coming year be the best one yet.
    Thanks for sharing about YOU. And thanks for the great giveaway in honor of you and your birthday gift to one of us. So thoughtful!

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    1. Thank you for the birthday wishes. :)

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  27. Happy birthday, Melanie!!! Hope you have a beautiful day!

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  28. Happy Birthday Melanie! I've enjoyed your blog a lot and hope you have a great year :)

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  29. Happy Birthday, Melanie! This is a really neat giveaway! Hope I win!

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  30. Happy Birthday, hope you have a Blessed day!!!

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  31. Happy Birthday!!!! Thank you so much for your generosity!! (signed in as Amber M)

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  32. FUN giveaway, Melanie. Thanks for putting it together. :)

    Have a WONDERFUL birthday - and enjoy the day. :)

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  33. Happy Birthday Melanie!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I hope you have a blessed day :D

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  34. I am looking forward to reading Fairest Beauty.

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    1. It looks like a great book - hope you get to read it soon. :)

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  35. I just stopped by to say Happy Birthday! Hope you are having the best one yet, Melanie.

    ~Cindi

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  36. Happy Birthday!!! That's awesome that you're giving someone else a gift for YOUR birthday, how thoughtful! :) And it's fun to learn a little more about you. You said you like soup, but which soup is your favorite??

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    1. I love lots of different soups, but my two current favorites are Lentil soup and Vegetable Barley soup. Yum!! :)

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  37. Happy birthday! Wow, what a great giveaway!

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  38. Happy Birthday! What a great giveaway!

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  39. I am so glad you gotthis working. I love to read and would love to win these books. Thank you for fixing the rafflecopter/

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    1. Thank you for your patience. Thanks also for stopping by and entering. :)

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  40. Happy Birthday!!! Great post, GO BLACKHAWKS!!!

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I couldn't agree more - Go Blackhawks! :D

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  41. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a fabulously wonderful day!

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  42. Those snacks sounds lovely! :) Happy birthday!

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  43. Happy Happy Birthday Melanie! Hope you have a great day.

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  44. Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a great birthday and God blesses you every day all year. Thank you for sharing your birthday with a wonderful giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  45. Awesome that you're the one who is giving on your birthday :-D. Have a happy birthday, Melanie!

    - Grace

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  46. Congratulations! Fun and generous giveaway!

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  47. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Thanx so much for posting such a wonderful giveaway!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOxjJZCOWJk

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    1. Thanks, Beth! Cute video - thanks for the link. :)

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  48. Wow, happy birthday to you! What a generous giveaway! And The Mentalist rocks :)

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    1. Thanks! It does - I'm really curious about who Red John is and can't wait until it's revealed.

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  49. I am here and your day is almost gone but..."Happy Birthday to all the rest of your day", hope it was special and you had fun.
    Enjoyed reading little about you with your interview and love the giveaway-WOW- all those books and looks like some good ones...I'm addicted.
    thanks for sharing
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

    thanks for invite too

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    1. Thanks, Paula! It's been a fun day! :)

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  50. Happy Birthday! What a neat idea, telling us about yourself and then giving books away for your birthday. I love it. It was great to get to know you better (I like Psych too, but I think it was better the first 2 seasons).

    Debbie

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  51. Happy birthday! That is quite the exciting giveaway!

    I love how Psych likes to reference the Mentalist - it is indeed a funny show!

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      I love that too! So funny. :)

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  52. Happy Birthday to you and what a generous giveaway. Hope you have many happy more birthdays.

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  53. Happy birthday. God bless. Am going twatch psych never have. I love print books have tried kindle for pc but still prefer, print. Hope u have a great day. Your blog is awesome love it

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  54. Happy Birthday Melanie! Hope your day is as awesome as you are!!! :-)

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  55. Happy Birthday! What a great give-a-way! Thank you for giving us the presents on your birthday - it should be the other way around! cespeary (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  56. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day! :)

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  57. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Loved this self interview! I also love Psych and my mom and I just started watching The Mentalist and we are loving it! All Things is such an awesome song I love Citizen Way's whole CD and can't stop listening to it!

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    1. Thanks, Abbi! Glad you and your mom are loving The Mentalist! I think it's a great show. :) I can't wait for the Psych Musical (it sounds like it's going to be a great episode!) and the new season (it better not be the final season - I'm not ready for the show to end yet!). I love Citizen Way's CD too! A lot of favorite songs on it. :)

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    2. Yeah the musical looks really fun and I can't wait either! And I REALLY am hoping this isn't the last season! This show is just too good to stop!

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  58. Happy Birthday! Thanks for giving away all these books.

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  59. Happy Birthday! Very fun giveaway!! Thanks for the chance to win some books.

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  60. Happy Birthday! I agree with you about the print and Kindle books - I just love to read.:) Thanks for the awesome celebration giveaway.

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  61. Happy Happy Birthday, hope its a blessed day. What a great birthday gift to bless others.

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  62. Happy Birthday! Awesome giveaway! Have Blessed Day!

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  63. Happy Birthday to you! What a great birthday present to give to someone else. Amazingly, I have not read any of those books yet.
    God Bless!!

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  64. Loved your questions with yourself! I'm excited about this giveaway. Have a happy birthday!

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  65. I think that would be fun to interview yourself, you only ask the questions you want to answer! Happy Birthday!

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    1. Exactly! It was fun to do and I'm glad so many people like the idea. :) Thanks for commenting!

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  66. Happy belated birthday! I always enjoy reading your reviews. I agree with you on the question regarding print vs. ebooks. There was a time when I said I would NEVER use an eReader. Now, while I still prefer the feel of a book in my hand and love spending the day in a bookstore, I have to admit that it's awfully convenient to load my Nook with several books and throw it in my purse. As a matter of fact, it's loaded and ready to go to the airport with me in a couple of hours. Beats trying to take a box of books on the plane.....lol

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    1. Thanks! eReaders are great. :) Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  67. Happy Birthday! It's very nice of you to give a gift to someone else on your birthday. This is a great selection of books. A little bit of everything .. romance, mystery, pirates, fairytales. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. Glad you like the selection of books. :) Thanks for commenting! :)

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  68. Happy birthday. I'm a day late, but I hope you have a great year. Enjoyed the interview.

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  69. Thank you for this giveaway!
    Tiffany

    kohlert(at)mail(dot)gvsu(dot)edu

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by!

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  70. Happy birthday, Melanie! What a fun idea for a birthday post. =)

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  71. Happy birthday!! What an awesome giveaway :-)

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  72. Happy (belated) birthday!!!! I hope you had the most wonderful day!!

    And thank you SO MUCH for this opportunity! What a HUGE gift!

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  73. WOW! This is really cool! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  74. Hope your birthday was happy, happy, happy, Melanie! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a wonderful assortment of books!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  75. This is wonderful - I would love to win these for our school - Alamance Christian School

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  76. Happy Birthday! Very nice to do something for others on your birthday!
    Not that I need anymore books..I have me own huge stack but who can resist!

    E.Kate

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  77. Happy Birthday, Melanie!! :)
    Looks like a fun box of books!

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  78. Happy Belated Birthday. This is a very generous giveaway. So many books I haven't read yet.

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  79. happy birthday, nice selection of books to win

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  80. Would love to win the box. Happy Birthday!

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  81. Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you had a great day where friends and family celebrated and spoiled you :)

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  82. Happy Birthday!!!!!! (Although it's a bit late to say that) Anyway, thanks for the great giveaway! I'm definitely entering :)

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  83. Normally, I think it's the birthday girl that gets the presents, not the one who gives them --but what an awesome prize for some lucky bookaholic. =) Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

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  84. Sorry to have missed the big day. Hope it was extra special.
    Thank you for this special opportunity & all my best to the other contestants.
    Have an uplifting day everyone.

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  85. Happy Birthday! Great to hear more about you. And thanks for the book giveaway!

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  86. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful way to celebrate than to give :) Hope this year brings you more peace, more joy, more happiness, and an abundance of love.

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  87. WOW!! I can't imagine winning 19 books but would sure love to try. Hope you had a very special Birthday. I always tell my children and friends. Every birthday is wonderful because it is a gift from GOD. Ready to win.
    Maxie Anderson mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  88. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Katie J.
    johnsonk133ATyahooDOTcom

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  89. Happy Birthday!! What a wonderful idea on giving rather than receiving and what a nice surprise for the lucky person to receive. Thanks for sharing more about yourself - I actually like snow and thunderstorms - if I am safe in my home - I love both, I like your bucket list for visiting Colorado and horseback riding - done both already, but would love to do them again! I honestly can read either my Kindle or a book - I like both as long as I can be reading!! May God bless you with a good year and thank you for your generous offer for a lucky winner!

    Lori

    triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

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  90. What a terrific prize! Many of these are books i haven't heard of. Somebody is gonna get some great reading in! Happy Birthday!

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  91. I'm new to your blog...Happy Belated Birthday, Melanie!! I hope it was wonderful and you have a fantastic year ahead of you.

    Thank you so much for the fun Q&A. I haven't thought of doing something like that before. Great idea!

    The books sound incredible!! All books I would love to read and cherish on my shelves. :) Thank you for the giveaway.

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  92. Happy Birthday! I hope your day was wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway...looks like some great books!

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  93. A (slightly) belated happy birthday! I hope your special day was a wonderful one. I've been a longtime lurker on your blog, and absolutely love to read your reviews.

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  94. The Lord bless and keep you
    May His face shine upon you
    And be gracious and give you
    PEACE

    !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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  95. Happy Birthday! Thank you and God Bless.

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  96. Happy Birthday Melanie! :) Thank you for the fun giveaways ~ I haven't read any of those books yet and I'd absolutely love to.

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  97. Happy Birthday!!! I hope you had a great one!!!! Thanks for the giveaway...it is exciting to win a box of books :)

    strgth4yu@hotmail.com

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  98. Happy Birthday! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. Some awesome books that I would love to read. Thank you for the chance to win.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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  99. Sharon Richmond BryantSeptember 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Enter me I am excited about winning these wonderful books thanks for the giveaway!!
    Sharon Richmond Bryant
    Conway,SC.
    sharonruth126@gmail.com

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  100. Happy Birthday! Hope it was a wonderful day and many blessings came your way. I love giveaways. Thanks for the chance to win some fabulous books.
    Blessings
    Katrina. eppersonkatrina@yahoo.com

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  101. I love Psych! Great minds think alike!

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  102. Happy, Happy Birthday! Happy, Happy Birthday to you! Thanks for the chance win some great books.

    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  103. To Melanie From Melody...Happy Birthday!

    Mine is in November and this would be a wonderful birthday present-we'd be family for life!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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  104. Happy Birthday!!!! Thanks for sharing!
    hollymag(at)gmail(dot)com!
    From SoCal

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  105. Happy Bday! What a giveaway!! Thanks!

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  106. Hope you had a Blessed Birthday So nice of you to give someone else a blessing. All these books look good I will look for them weather I win or not. Have a blessed day. mcnuttjem0@gmail.com

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  107. Hope you had an awesome birthday! Would LOVE to win this. I have been an avid reader since I was a girl. Thanks for the give-away! :)

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  108. Happy Birthday! Enter me in this awesome giveaway! Thanks for the awesome giveaway and God Bless!\
    Sarah Richmond
    What a awesome list of books!!!!
    sarahrichmond.12@gmail.com
    N.C.

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  109. Happy Birthday Blessings to You !! Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  110. I have heard great things about this serie. I really want to read it.

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  111. Happy Birthday! I hope to win this giveaway. Once I read the books they will be taken to our church library. fishingjan at aol dot com

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  112. Birthday hopes and wishes to you! What an amazing giveaway!! Thank you for this opportunity : )

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  113. "Happy birthday to you........Happy birthday to you...happy birthday God bless you.......happy birthday to you.....
    Wow, great giveaway.
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  114. Good bucket list, they're all do-able, aren't they?

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  115. Happy Birthday!!! Thanks for the Awesome Giveaway!!! God Bless!

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