Saturday, August 11, 2012

My 6 Month Blogoversary! {Giveaway}


Yep, that's right.  It's been around six months now since I first created this blog right here!  So, as a thanks to all of those who've followed me and encouraged me throughout this crazy experience, I have come up with this giveaway.  Below are pretty much all of the things I've allocated ever since I began blogging about.  And in this giveaway, there will be THREE WINNERS! So, good luck :)
But before I did the whole giveaway thing, I thought I'd share something.
If you've noticed, my Twitter name is not the same as it is here on this blog. Here, my name is Millie Dixon, writer of sometimes ridiculous hot-guy fangirling. There, I am Kristen, Twitter obsessed maniac. I know, for some of you this may be very confusing. So, I'll clear the air a little.
Some while ago while I was sitting in some uncomfortable, bland school chair, waiting to take this state exam that I was totally freaking out over because it was Math, I began to daydream like I usually do when things get either boring or unbearable in reality.
Okay, so I went a little media res on you here and I need to backtrack a little more for you all to completely understand (but keep the Math exam Kristen in mind!). It's been over a year since I came up with the idea to write a book. Then I wrote it. And now it's finished. But at the time, I wasn't sure if I wanted to use my real name when sending it off to agents and publishing companies because then I thought, What if I really did get published and I had used my real name and I had the Crazies stopping by my front door? No. I did not want that. Also, I did not want people who knew me to know I'd written a book because also at that time, I was insecure about what people would think of me.
So, in all, I thought I needed a pen name.
And then there I was sitting at that uncomfortable, bland chair waiting to take an exam I was not comfortable taking. And I was daydreaming and brainstorming at my mental lightning speed. Suddenly, the name Emily Dickinson came to mind. I knew she was a famous poet and all and I admired her writer-ness. Then I started toying around with the name, changing it around. I tried out Emily Dixon. No. Too similar.
And then I had Millie Dixon!
Problem solved! That would be my pen name. I knew it. Only problem was, since this was a Math exam I was taking, I had no pen on hand to write the name down, and it's not like I'd write on myself in pen, anyway. Psshh. But I did have a pencil. So, using the pencil, I wrote the name on my nails. Yes, my nails. One letter per nail. And I had to keep retracing it throughout the day to keep the letters dark(ish) on my nails.
So there's the story as to how I got my second name! Now I use Millie Dixon as my alias on here. I still don't want the Crazies coming after me, so don't be selling my name to the black market or anything, please. The Twitter and email spam is enough.

But now, to the giveaway because I know that's what you're really looking forward to.


Grand Prize:

That up there is a SIGNED COPY of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, a Fierce Reads Smoke and Bone poster, Shadow and Bone Grisha army pins, and four bookmakrs, Scarlet being signed.  (I'm giving away a copy of Under the Never Sky because it just so happens to be one of my favorites of the year so far)

Second Prize:

(And that bracelet you see there? It's from that big Auracle giveaway that I won and that bracelet was created by Gina Rosati herself! And it has real Swarvoski crystals, by the way.)
And it kinda looks like this up close:
And up there are signed bookmarks (Shine, Scarlet, and the Fierce Reads bookmarks, Of Poseidon, Monument 14, Smoke and Bone, and Struck), two signed bookplated of Born Wicked, and a Struck temporary tattoo.


Third Prize:

That's an Auracle rubber bracelet up ther, some Struck temporary tattoos, and another signed Born Wicked bookplate.


The Rules:
  • This is a US/CA giveaway only (once again, sorry international folks!)
  • You must be 13 years or older to enter
  • No cheating! (Seriously guys, play nice)
  • This giveaway starts on August 11th and ends on August 31st.





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48 comments:

  1. CONGRATS!!! 6 months of blogging is such an accomplishment. And those are some awesome prizes! I love talking to you on Twitter, and am so glad I discovered your blog. Your reviews are seriously wonderful! <3 Here's to many many more months of blogging! *waves pom poms in the air*

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  2. 6 months of blogging is amazing! I'm still slowly working towards 6 months haha. Your prizes are awesome and the entire atmosphere of your blog and twitter is amazing. I hope you have another 6 months here, and then many more 6 months after that!

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  3. Yay! I'm so glad for you! I'm just reaching 3 months of blogging, so 6 months is phenomenal! I love your blog and thanks for this wonderful giveaway!(:

    ~Keertana
    Ivy Book Bindings

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  4. Congrats on 6 months of blogging! Quite the milestone! It's great following you on twitter and reading your reviews. Good luck in the future!

    ~Melissa

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  5. Congratulations! SIX. MONTHS. That's a lot of months! Cheers to the half-way point! :) Love your friendship on Twitter and your reviews are just amazing! Congrats ..again! <3

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  6. Congratulations on 6 months! Keep going! I like keeping up with you as you go.

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  7. Congratulations on your 6 month blogoversary!!! Time flies, doesn't it?

    I've only just discovered your blog, but I hope it's still okay for me to enter. :) I love the design of your blog, btw. :)

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  8. Happy Blogoversary! I'm a new follower, but looking forward to getting caught up. Congratulations on 6 months, and thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  9. i really want to read under the never sky. congrats on your 6 months anniversary. :)

    -michelle

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  10. Your blog is nice and simple, in a few seconds I can see all the basics I look for on a blog. Congrats on your 6 months!

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  11. Congratulations on six months of blogging! Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

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  12. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 6 months is a huge milestone! I have my fingers crossed for the grand prize. I've heard so many great things about Shadow and Bone! :)

    ~Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf

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  13. What a great giveaway - thanks! Congrats on 6 months! they say once you've gotten there it's smooth sailing from then out!

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  14. Congrats on 6 months that is amazing! I just found you blog and followed! Can't wait to read more!

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  15. Six months blogging is great! I've been going for seven, and man, let me tell you, it can get pretty dang stressful. So, how are you holding up? Are authors knocking down your doors yet? Cause honestly, that part is a whole lot of fun, lol. I love books. And I have yet to read Under the Never Sky... I keep hearing that it's good though. Congrats! Have a great week. Oh, and thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  16. Congrats on 6 months blogging! I love your pen name Millie Dixon! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. I am a new follower via my email. Happy 6 months with your Blog!
    I love your design. I love YA books. I too, have no Nook or Kindle. I love the book in my hand and seeing the awesome covers.
    Thank you for a chance to win in your celebration giveaway.
    Happy Blogging Days Ahead,
    Cyndee Thomas
    Cyndee.thomas0@gmail.com

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  18. I love how orangnized your blog is:)

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  19. Congrats! This giveaway is awesome hope I win:D

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  20. Congrats on the blog-iversary! Great giveaway!!

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  21. I love Born Wicked and adore any signed book I can get my hands on. Thanks for the great giveaway and congrats.. 6 months is more than enough to join the Around the World ARC tour, if you haven't already! :)

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  22. My favorite part of your blog is YOU! And I love getting your comments on my blog. Even if I don't respond. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. Congratulations on your blogoversary!!

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  24. Congrats on your 6 month blogoversary!!

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  25. congrats!! I know running is a love and takes a lot of work. I am glad I found yours! Congrats again!

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  26. Congrats on 6 months of blogging! Your blog looks great:) Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  27. Congratulations! I just discovered your blog and it looks great! You have wonderful prizes in your giveaway! I'm looking forward you reading your posts.Thanks for the giveaway and Congrats again!;)

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  28. Congrats! I'm a new blogger myself - so glad you're keeping it up!

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  29. I love books, blogs, babies, brownies...oh edit you probably didn't need a likes list. Awesome giveaway!

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  30. Congrats on your 6 Month Glogaversary!! :D I've only just discovered your blog, but it looks awesome!

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  31. Happy Blogoversary! Your blog looks amazing!

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  32. Happy blogoversary! Cool colors! Hope to win the grand prize!!

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  33. Wow! Congrats! It's obvious you are doing a wonderful job and that you are enjoying it!

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  34. Congrats on the 6 months! And thanks for the chance to win :)

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  35. CONGRATS FOR BLOGGING FOR 6 MONTHS!!! When I first started out, I dropped blogging by around 3 :P hehe, but now I've been back for 2+ years, so it's all good :D Thanks for the amazing giveaway, I'm literally squealing looking at the prizes!!! :D :D :D

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  36. Congratulations on your blogging milestone! That is a great way to honor Emily Dickenson without being straightforward about it.

    Mel Brock

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  37. Happy Blogoversary! Congrats on the milestone, I know I couldn't blog for that long. :D

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  38. Congrats! 6 months is exciting. I love how you came up with your pen name. That is great!

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  39. Your blog doesn't have the appearance of someone who's a relative newbie and your blogging posts are diverse and regular so I'm impressed. Your following reflects your hard work.

    I love how you chose the name for your blog. I love some of Emily Dickenson's poetry. Glad she lives on!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity.

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  40. Congrats on 6 months!! I have just found your blog and am looking forward to 6 more months. julierupert@gmail.com

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  41. Congrats on the anniversary! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. I'm new to the book blogging community and I love stumbling upon other book bloggers. Great site!!

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  43. Congrats on 6 months! I know I wouldn't be able to blog for that long and your blog is great!

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  44. Congrats on the 6 months :D! I am actually new to your blog, but what I have seen it looks great :). Thanks so much for the AMAZING prizes!

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  45. That's a cool story on how you got your pen name. It's probably good you didn't write the name on your hand or something, because they might think you were trying to cheat on your exam!

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  46. Congrats!! Wishing you the best in your future blogging!

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