Monday, February 20, 2017

2017 Love-a-Thon: Wrap-up + Giveaway

This is it, folks. We've officially hit the end of this year's Love-a-Thon. I'm always sad to bid this event goodbye, because it's so near and dear to my heart. I've loved having the opportunity to get to know many folk better, being inspired by all of the insanely creative posts that have popped up over the weekend and just being reminded how much I love the genuine enthusiasm that I see during the event. I'm so overwhelmed by joy and gratitude, and want to say thank you to every single person who was involved in making it happen this year.

First of all, I'm so grateful to my incredible co-hosts - my darlings Cee, Kristin & Mel. Without your creative input, generous contributions of time and effort and genuine enthusiasm, this event would not have been what it was. So grateful for the three of you, and glad we could work together for this year's Love-a-Thon!

Second of all, I need to give a shoutout to the wonderful folk who donated so generously to make our giveaways amazing this year: Tor Teen, Disney-Hyperion, the NOVL, and Alex from Booksy Daisy Reviews. I'm so blown away from your generosity, and excited for our giveaway winners!

And, last but certainly not least, thank you to each and every single person who participated this year. My passion for this event is fueled by seeing connections being made, and witnessing the genuine enthusiasm and positivity that this event brings about, and this year was no different. So grateful for you all, and I hope you've enjoyed the Love-a-Thon this year!

Just going to leave you all with another repeat of what I first said at the end of a Love-a-Thon two years ago, mostly because I feel like it's still relevant:
Let me leave you with one important thought: Love should be shared all year round. Yes, this Love-a-Thon is time we set aside specifically to celebrate the people we love in this crazy awesome blogging community, and that's always a wonderful thing. But it's important to remember to be kind, to be respectful and to be expressive of our love + gratitude + joy all the time. We should strive to keep the positive attitude the Love-a-Thon inspires going all year round!

Thanks again for being a part of the 2017 Love-a-thon! I wish I could give you all virtual hugs (or high fives, if you're more comfortable with that), but I suppose these last three giveaways are going to have to do... But seriously, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so, so much. Please enter the giveaway below, which is open internationally. We'll be choosing three random winners for each of the prize packs listed below!

Prize Pack #1
prize pack consists of:
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson
High Stakes edited by George R.R. Martin
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Shades of Magic series book hugger
NOVL water bottle + tote bag
Tor Teen, The Dark Talent + Amberlough pins
Game of Shadows tattoo
Game of Shadows postcard
Arabella of Mars paper doll
Becoming Bonnie newspaper
Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan
I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom (ARC)
Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (ARC)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Shannon + Dean Hale (ARC)
Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos (ARC)

Prize Pack #2
prize pack consists of:
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson
High Stakes edited by George R.R. Martin
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Shades of Magic series book hugger
NOVL water bottle + tote bag
Tor Teen, The Dark Talent + Amberlough pins
Game of Shadows tattoo
Game of Shadows postcard
Arabella of Mars paper doll
Becoming Bonnie newspaper
The Nerdy + The Dirty by B.T. Gottfred
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
Updraft by Fran Wilde
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Gauntlet by Holly Jennings (ARC)
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles (ARC)
At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson (ARC)

Prize Pack #3
prize pack consists of:
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson
High Stakes edited by George R.R. Martin
Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly 
Seriously Shifted by Tina Connolly
Shades of Magic series book hugger
NOVL water bottle + tote bag
Tor Teen, The Dark Talent + Amberlough pins
Game of Shadows tattoo
Game of Shadows postcard
Arabella of Mars paper doll
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
The Infinity of You and Me by J.Q. Coyle
Spindle by E.K. Johnston
Dreamworld by Kit Alloway
Replica by Lauren Oliver
Romeo and What's Her Name by Shani Petroff (ARC)
The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu (ARC)
Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman (ARC)

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