Thursday, January 23, 2014

A "Just Because" Giveaway

I've been contemplating using Giveaway Tools for giveaways (it seems so much nicer than Rafflecopter!), but I wanted to make sure that you, my blog readers, would find it easy to use. So, I've decided to do a "Just Because" giveaway. ;)

Winner can choose one of these books (as long as the book is still available when the giveaway ends): Abomination by Colleen Coble, Beckon by Tom Pawlik, Miss Fortune by Sara Mills, or The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis. The book will be a used copy from AbeBooks. Sorry, this giveaway is only open to US residents.

Giveaway form:


100 comments:

  1. So much easier and faster than rafflecopter. Thanks for the contest and not using rafflecopter.

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    1. Glad you find it easier and faster to use. :)

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  2. The giveaway was pretty easy to use. I think I like raffle copter a little more- easier to fill out. Thank you- just because :-)

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  3. I would be interested in the ease of preparing the giveaway tool and the reasons it is better than Rafflecopter, too. I'd like to be entered in the book giveaway - well, that is the reason for leaving a comment this particular time. ;) I'd also share the book with the Christian school at which I work.

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    1. Thanks for entering! Some of the reasons I like Giveaway Tools better is that (1) it verifies the Picket Fences entry, (2) this form loads on Kindle Fire HD tablets (rafflecopter doesn't), (3) the ease of tweeting (no pasting the direct URL, as the form itself does that), (4) how the "Pin It" button is embedded in the form (with rafflecopter, I'd have to upgrade for that feature). That's why I'm really glad to read all these positive comments about the form! :)

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  4. It's pretty easy to use. Not to different from Rafflecopter except for the fact that you enter name and e-mail at the beginning and don't have to include it in your comment (which is good!).

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  5. Thank you for entering me in the Just Because Giveaway.

    1dozenstars@gmail.com

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  6. This kind of form isn't my favorite (Rafflecopter is easier), but it's pretty easy to use. I'll gladly use any form the blogger offers to enter a giveaway. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Glad it's easy to use, even though you prefer rafflecopter.

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  7. It has it's pros and cons like the rafflecopter. But once I do get everything entered, this form is much easier to post the daily entries than the rafflecopter

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    1. I think it's easier to do the daily entries on this form, too. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  8. I have not heard of this form before. It seems o work well.

    Thanks for the giveaway! They're always fun. :)

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  9. This form is easy but I think Rafflecopter is easier! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

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  10. Hi Melanie, This is the first time I have seen this form. I would like The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis if I should win. I like historical fiction primarily and not so much mystery as the other books. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I loved The Crimson Cipher - great choice! :)

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  11. I don't know about yours, as this is the first "click" on your giveaway form, but there have been some of these in other giveaways that not all the buttons worked and it was frustrating. I thought it was my computer and tried it on another with same results. Hopefully that won't be the case this time.

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    1. Hi Sonja, maybe the reason it didn't work those times was because the giveaway host chose "strict verification" instead of normal. Thanks for commenting. :)

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  12. It does look nicer than Rafflecopter. I might try using it myself. It seems easy enough to me. :)

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  13. I like the Giveaway Tools entry process. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  14. Thank you for the giveaway. I am used to Rafflecopter, but this looks like it will be just as good if not better.

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  15. Wow, this tool is great: simple and easy to use and not so active.

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  16. I have never heard of "The Crimson Cipher" before, but it looks and sounds fascinating. Thanks for the invite to your giveaway.

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  17. Thanks! I just started following your blog and I've never entered in a giveaway on a blog before so I don't have anything to compare to, but that did seem pretty simple and streamlined.

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    1. Thanks for following! I'm glad that this form was simple to use. :)

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  18. There are things I like about both Rafflecoptor and Giveaway Tools... I'm starting to lean more to GT since there is not as much copy/pasting links with their instant verification, and tweeting is much easier too.

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    1. Agree! Those are some of the things I love about Giveaway Tools. :)

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  19. This giveaway form is very easy to use. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. This was the easiest giveaway to enter!

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  21. I like your just because give away! Thank you!

    Blessings!
    Judy B

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  22. This was the best giveaway form ever! Very easy!

    Blessings!
    Judy B

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    1. So happy that you found it very easy to use! :)

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  23. This is probably my second favorite form, rafflecopter being the first. It is easy to use, but sometimes you have to wait longer while the "form" checks to see if you like something or not. Otherwise it works great!

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  24. This is such a fun giveaway. Thanks for doing it.

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  25. Does seem easier than Rafflecopter. Is it free?

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  26. I find this way of entering the contest to be very easy. Thanks!

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  27. The giveaway tools was easy to use. I could not pin to pinterest because the image had been moved or deleted. It cuts down on having to copy and paste some links when you tweet or go to clout or some of the other sites

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    1. Thanks for letting me know the image was messed up on the form - I fixed it. Glad this form was easy to use! :)

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  28. This form isn't hard to use, but I think I prefer Rafflecopter.
    Thanks for having this giveaway, Melanie! :)

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  29. So far, so good! It's a cute format, too

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  30. I'm glad you're trying GT out. I tried it once ... around Thanksgiving ... and they had some glitches where their site (and therefore my giveaways!) went down for a couple of days. BUT I think it's so much easier to use as the giveaway host. Glad to read these positive comments from others about how easy it was to use! I thought it was easy as well. I'll have to give it another shot!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the form! I'm a little nervous to hear that GT's site went down sometime around Thanksgiving - hopefully they've worked out all the glitches and that won't happen again.

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  31. I've always used Rafflecopter on my own blog, and preferred it when entering on others' sites, so I'm interested to see what you decide when this is completed.

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    1. Thanks, Tammy. :) I'm leaning towards Giveaway Tools, since there are so many things I love about that form, but I'll decide for sure in a couple days. :)

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  32. Thanks for the giveaway! It does seem pretty easy to use.

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  33. This form seems pretty easy to use but I don't see much difference from Rafflecopter except it maybe loads faster.

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    1. The main differences for me are (1) it verifies the Picket Fences entries, (2) the form works on Kindle Fire HD tablets, and (3) no copying and pasting for Tweets. :) Glad the form is easy to use.

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  34. This is sorta like Rafflecoptor,but I like it much more. They always want you to do something but don't leave a link. Also they have gotten so unfair to FB people. Many more for Tweeters most times, and lots of people don't tweet. And always want you to share but don't have a place to share. Lots of bloggers use to have a more tab at the top where you could share. I liked that. So far, I prefer this one. I don't know of any of these books so will have to check them out later. Thanks for the give-away. Maxie
    mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  35. I have tried both the GT format and Rafflecopter. I like this format better. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  36. Both giveaway formats are pretty good, pluses and minuses to both. I honestly prefer Rafflecopter, though, for many different reasons including the ability to do a daily Tweet entry that does give you an entry everyday and isn't dependent on someone clicking your link.

    Whatever you ultimately decide to use will be great and I know the wonderful giveaways will continue :)

    Blessings!
    Jasmine A.

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    1. Hi Jasmine,

      Giveaway Tools also has a daily tweet entry - the only difference is you don't have to put the direct URL into the form as it verifies the entry automatically. Thanks for commenting! :D

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  37. I like them both. It's really 6 of one, half dozen of the other for me. I'm just glad we don't have to do it the old way anymore - making a comment for each entry. Both of these are so much better than that! :)

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    1. I completely agree! Both forms are so much better than commenting for each entry.

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  38. I appreciate your awesome giveaways!
    I really enjoy many of your reviews.

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  39. OOPs! The giveaway form is OK I think it and rafflecopter are about the same.

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  40. I love Giveaway Tools! It's what I use when hosting giveaways. So easy, I love how it looks and I love how it can automatically verify that whatever the action is was actually done. :) Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

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  41. The form is easy - jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks! I loved all four of those books when I read them, so hopefully the winner will enjoy the book they choose. :)

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  43. This giveaway is easy to enter!
    Courtney Clark

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  44. I use this form on a lot of giveaways, I like it pretty good now that I've gotten use to it.

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  45. Loving it! I think I am loving it more than Rafflecopter!

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