Wednesday, November 14, 2012

GRATITUDE Giveaway Hop!

This is another wonderful Giveaway Hop from Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
Thanks for such a fantastic idea, Kathy! 

Many of you may not know this, but I only began querying EVER in February. And that was my very first, very ugly draft. *shudders* 

Through building my online relationships, and finally succumbing to the addiction that calls itself Twitter, I met so many people that would inevitably change me, change my writing, and change my path. One of those integral people is my critique partner, Tamara (Feaky Snucker). I met her through Janet Reid's blog, after I'd shamefully entered my horrible first draft into the Liz Norris Pay It Forward contest. A contest I was sure I'd win. Oh, how wonderful naivety can be! 

This past year has been a whirlwind. I've learned so much along the way, and met so many amazing people that have touched my life in countless ways. I am thankful for each and every one of you. Friends and writing buddies, agents and editors, book bloggers and reviewers, you have all come into my life for a reason and I am so thankful for all of you!

For this giveaway, I am giving away TWO e-books of EVER. 

All you have to do is comment below and tell me what you are thankful for. My only request is that you dig a little deeper, past the "I'm thankful for my husband" or "I'm thankful for my kids" responses and share something a little different with us. 

You don't have to follow me on Twitter, or join my blog, but hey ... if you do, that would be awesome too! And I'd be "thankful" for that. lol

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am thankful for YOU!


All of these wonderful blogs are hosting giveaways as well! And all of them have an easy entry! Hop around and check them out! 


  1. I'm thankful for the Blogosphere and everyone who stops by my blog with kind words and encouragement. I'd have given up by now if it weren't for them :)

  2. Sorry but my answer is going to be typical :) I am thankful for my newborn son :)

  3. I already have a copy of EVER (and I LOVE it), so I don't need to enter the contest, but I'll post my thankful bit anyway. And since you said to dig deep:

    I'm grateful for my ability to walk. After my brain surgery 6 years ago, when I woke up and couldn't feel my right leg at all, I was so scared that I might never walk again. Now, every time I stand up on my own or walk up and down stairs without falling, I say a little prayer and thank the Lord for teaching me to walk again. It's amazing how the little things we take for granted mean so much when we think we might lose them!

  4. I am thankful for the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Not just when I've done something wrong...but when I need to change my focus or when I need to DO something instead of just think about it. (I recently read a book about homelessness... I feel convicted that I need to DO something, not turn a blind eye). :)

  5. I'm thankful I learned how to persevere. I remember the time when rejection and criticism really hit hard and made me want to stop doing this crazy publishing game. I'm so glad I didn't give into those few, dark voices.

    I kept going, kept writing, and I am living my dream. That's definitely worth a thankful thought.

    Cheers! Ash

  6. I am thankful for so many authors i became friends with who are super nice and awesome and the authors i am just becoming friends with!! thanks for the awesome giveaway

  7. I'm not going to enter either, because I have a SIGNED paperback of Ever. Yup, that's right, I do :)
    But I do have things to be thankful for, and they are:

    *Being published
    *And to you fellow authors who I've become virtual friends with. Thanks for your help along the way, your reviews, and for allowing me to be helpful to you.

  8. To be honest, I was thankful Peapod, a local grocery delivery service, has my favorite candy at about half price of the manufacturer's stores. It was a real surprise.

  9. I'm thankful that each morning I breathe....I didn't kill the at&t guy yesterday (although I was very close!)...I have been able to adjust to country life a little more each day and I haven't gone totally insane...Oh and that my mother in law lives 2 hrs away instead of closer :)
    ~I am very thankful for my family and friends...they're nutty but they're my nuts and I love them :0)

  10. I'm thankful to have my brother back - he'd been abroad, hadn't kept in touch, and now he's back and living in my neighborhood:)

    Thank you:)

  11. I'm thankful for family and books :-)

  12. I'm thankful for NaNoWriMo. A year ago I decided to try the insanity. I didn't "win", but I learned something even more valuable: That I had the time to invest in my writing, I just had to make it happen. One year later, I am almost writing THE END on that same novel! Also, for the wonderful community of writers (online and local) that I have met through the experience. :)

  13. I'm thankful for toasted oats. Seriously, they are delicious and I can trick myself into thinking they're somewhat healthy and not fattening. Thus, I am thankful (:

  14. sorry, but I truly AM most thankful for my incredibly awesome husband. He loves me unconditionally and supports even my craziest endeavors. He has been my biggest cheerleader in my weight loss program (-45 lbs and counting) without EVER making me feel bad (and when I say cheerleader, I mean he literally cheers me on every morning with the scales - clapping and chanting "well done you! well done you!" or other sweet, encouraging words when I've gained a pound or two back.) I love him SO MUCH and I can only say that I am incredibly blessed to have him in my life.
    So while you didn't want the trite 'I'm thankful for my husband' answer... at least I've told you some of the reasons as to WHY I'm thankful for him :)

    I hope you have a GREAT Thanksgiving! and thank you for this giveaway :)

  15. I'm thankful for the wonderful opportunities that opened up for me this year and for the internship I landed that lead to my new job which has helped in some many ways to turn things around for me!! :)

  16. I'm thankful for my family, my friend and for God's guidance.

  17. I am thankful that my home withstood damage from Hurricane Sandy,when there are soo many others whose didn't. I'm thankful that my community pulled together to help each other out for over a week. I'm thankful for all those workers who came from other states to help restore the electric. I'm thankful for soo much this Thanksgiving holiday.

    Julie K

  18. I'm thankful for having met MOST of my yearly resolutions - I'm still working on a few - but it makes me glad to see the majority of them having been accomplished. My bookshelf also grew this year! I'm happy for all the great books I got to read and all the new ones that added to my TBR pile :D

  19. Bianca Smith smithbc86@yahoo.comNovember 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    I am thankful that I am a match for my sister and could potentially give her a kidney which will improve her quality of life. :)

  20. Other than the typical things I'm thankful for, I'm also thankful that I have rediscovered my love of reading this year. I think it has saved me in some ways.

  21. I'm thankful for going to school and getting to know how to read :D

  22. I am thankful for days off of work to catch up on sleep and spend time with my family :)

  23. I have to say I am and will eternally be grateful for the book blogs, authors, and book sharing friends that have so enriched my life over this past year. You are all more precious than gold and appreciated. Thank you for all of your generosity and sharing.

  24. I know you said more than the usual topics but I am thankful this year for my hubby...he is currently going through chemo and hopefully when this is all over he will be cancer free...that is pretty much all that is on my mind lately...thank you for participating in the gratitude giveaway!!

  25. I'm thankful that I'm still alive and healthy as well as my family. I'm thankful for the authors of the books I read this year. and A huge thanks to my TSR family that they welcome as a Select Artist this year. ^_^ And of Course a Huge thanks for this giveaway. ^_^

  26. I'm gratful for my family.

  27. I am so thankful that I got the last minute phone call to start the nursing program in January, instead of starting in Aug. Thx for the hop stop.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  28. I am thankful that I am able to get loans/grants to go to college to try and make something of myself

  29. I'm thankful that my hubby has a job sence I got laid off other.

  30. I'm especially thankful this year, because just last month we moved 1000 miles & are finally close enough to my oldest brother & his kids to spend the holidays with them.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  31. I am so thankful to have a home of my own to live in.

  32. I'm thankful that someone figured out how to make my favorite desert - banana foster! Lucky enough to find it in two restaurants this week.
    Bonnie Hilligoss/

  33. I'm thankful for my family,friends and all good things in my life :D

    Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    Rafflecopter name - Rosemarie D

  34. I'm not entering to win because I already have a cop of Ever so I just wanted to say thanks for writing such an awesome book! ☺

  35. I'm thankful for 6 months of blogging and I already have a great number of awesome people to follow my blog. And of course, meeting amazing bookworms across the globe!

  36. I'm thankful that I have an amazing group of friends who have become family, my mother, my sister, my cat, books, coffee, chocolate, sun and ocean.
    I'm also thankful that I don't owe anyone money for anything, and that feels good.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  37. I'm most thankful for my kids and for parents and siblings who are so supportive. And, of course, for books!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  38. I am thankful for the amazing team of Doctors, surgeons and nurses that take care of my sone

    Thank you for your giveaway

  39. I am thankful that grassroots conservatives will continue to fight to bring this country back on track financially as well as morally

  40. I'm thankful for my healthy family when many around me have lost loved ones this year or are dealing with extreme medical problems. It has been a good year for us and I am truly grateful.

  41. grateful for supportive family

  42. I'm thankful for my family~ what could be deeper than that? They're extremely important to me and their health, patience, appreciation, love and support mean more to me than anything else I can think of being thankful for~ Thank you for the lovely giveaway~

    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

  43. I am thankful for all the blessings in life that I have been given. I am thankful my family has their health and that we will be spending Christmas eve together. I have been blessed with such a great family who has my back through anything and friends who will always be there for me! I am thankful for everything I have in my life!

  44. March this year, I decided to quit smoking. I have been smoking for 16 years and I just decided that fateful day on March to never ever puff a cigarette again. I got sick just a day after that and was sickly for a few months. I also suffered depression. I quit my job, stayed in the house, and didn't want any contact from anyone except my immediate family. Exactly 5 months after my last cigarette, I overcame what I can say was the most horrible stage of my life. I was reborn, happy, and blessed. I am so thankful that the Lord has given me the strength to go through all that.

  45. I'm thankful for my family, my kindle, coke icees, good food, and good movies.

  46. I'm thankful for everything! . .a good life and the countless blessings i have :)

  47. I'm thankful for BOOKS! Thanks for the giveaway. New follower from the hop! :D

  48. I am thankful for my dogs and being able to stay at home and take care of my Grams. GFC: Nikkie Cossairt

  49. This may sound a bit selfish, but I'm thankful to still be here. I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in January of 2011 (2 weeks after my wedding). After surgery and 6 months of intense chemo I'm cancer free and determined to stay that way. :0

    Thank you so much for the giveaway


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