Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hear Ye... Hear Ye!

Let the 100th Follower Milestone
Celebration Party Begin!
(cool title, huh?)

As pro
mised last week, I am hosting my very first contest. Also as promised, if we're going to party, we're going to party big! Therefore, I will be giving away twelve - count them, 12 - awesome books.

I will be awarding two - yes, 2 - GRAND PRIZES, from two separate categories. Category one is near and dear to my heart. It focuses on younger MG and lighter YA titles. Category two is a combo of writing and YA books, including two we've seen posted all over the blogosphere lately (Hint: Goldberg & King). Here's the list:

Category 1:

Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (hardback)
Harry Potter 6 (hardback)
The Godde
ss of the Night: Daughters of the Moon #1 by Lynne Ewing (hardback)
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield
Stargirl by Je
rry Spinelli

Category 2:

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
On Writing by Stephen King
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
Wideacre by Phillipa Gregory
Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
I Explain a Few Things - poetry collection by Pablo Neruda

Here's how to enter:

*leave a comment at the bottom of this post, letting me know which group of books you would like to be entered to win
* become a follower of this blog - 2 points
* already a follower - 3 points
* post an announcement and a link on your blog - 3 points
* sidebar link - 2 points
*facebook - 2
(Due to popular demand...) TWEETS are another 2 points

Let me know your point totals by providing them in your comments. Winners will be selected by the same random name word picker tool used by Sherrie at Write About Now.
Contest will end on January 3rd, 2010. Good luck, friends. Thanks for being so awesome! I love you all! ;-)


Shannon Messenger said...

Ooo, yay I'm first! Awesome contest Shannon and congrats on the 117 followers. I would love to be entered for category one, and I am already a follower so that gives me +3 entries. Thanks for the opportunity and have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Group 2, baby! Already a follower. Can we tweet about it for extra entries? :)

Kristi Faith said...

great contest! Already a follower and will tweet it. @kristifaith

Sign me up for Category 2! :0)
Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

Congrats on 100! I'm all about group 2. I needs me that Stephen King book!

I also just read Alice Seibold's The Lovely Bones. So I'm totally interested in reading another.

So Um I'm a follower ... Yay for 3 Points!! I'm also going to throw out a tweet. That should be worth another 5 pts :)

Merry Christmas. Had fun at your party!

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm already a follower - I'd love to enter for group 1 (tough choice).

Great contest - thanks for the chance :) Enjoy a wonderful Christmas!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Okay, okay - I can take a hint! :)

Tweets will be worth another 2 points - adjust your point totals accordingly. You guys are awesome!

Valerie Geary said...

Yeah!! Congrats on 100 people!!! I'm not going to be participating in the contest (cause I have a lot of those books already), but I just wanted to say yippeee!!!

Laurel Garver said...

I'd like category 2 (the competition will be fierce!).

3 points -- already a follower

3 points -- posted an announcement and link on 12/24 on Laurel's Leaves

let it be me...please, oh, please.
*wishes real hard*

storyqueen said...

Merry Christmas, Shannon! I really enjoy your blog!


Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Congratulations on 100-plus and nice way to party!
I thought I was a follower but couldn't find me, so I've remedied that. Group #2, please.
Happy Holidays!

Amy Stary said...

Congrats on the 100th follower victory! I love contests.

I'll take group 2 and I'll will be for sure be tweeting and blogging, I'll let you know when I do so you can verify. :)

Unknown said...

Okay, I really need to do one of these contests. How fun! Both groups sound great. I'm commenting and already following. I'm gonna go look you up on facebook now. :)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Congrats on 100! Category 2, please. I've never read ON WRITING.

Merry Christmas!

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Congrats on all the followers-yay! Please enter me in category 2 and you know I'm already following!

Guinevere said...

I will enter for category 1, even though both sets of books look wonderful!

I'm already a follower, and I have blogged about your give-away over at (under the title Books books books!). I know any of my readers who see it will be interested. Great idea!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Oh, such a great contest and such a difficult decision. I think I'm going to go for Category 1, but only because I already have Three Cups of Tea and On Writing.

I'm already a follower (yay!), already have you on my sidebar, and will advertise on my blog when I come back post-Christmas.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one!

Shannon Messenger said...

Sorry to throw this in the mix with all your contest entries, but I gave you an award on my blog. I know you've already won it so you don't have to do a thing. I just wanted you to know you were thought of. :)

Diana Paz said...

Congratulations on 100! I'm one away from 100 too :)

Wow, this is a great contest! Tough decision on choosing which set... okay enter me for the... ummmm... for the second set :) I'm already a follower (+3), you're in my sidebar (+2), I tweeted @dianap698 (+2) and I will let you know when I blog about it! Thanks! *fingers crossed!*

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Thanks to everyone who has entered. Category two sure seems to be the popular one so far - interesting, very interesting. :)

Thanks for all the shout-outs on your blogs and tweeters (tweeters?). Oh, well, you know what I mean, right? :-)

If there is anything you suggest to make this contest more exciting, bring it on! I could name my new handbag Simon for you... Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha.

Anonymous said...

Hey! The handbag again?

Uh... sorry. I should have kept a low profile.

*backs slowly out door*

*hopes no one notices he was here*

Catherine Denton said...

Congratulations! That is awesome. Oh man...which to choose...okay I'll go with the 1st one.

I'm already a follower (+3)
(Tomorrow) announce/link on blog (+3)
Facebook (+2)
Tweet (+2)

Mary E Campbell said...

Wow Shannon Congrats on 100. This contest is awesome. I would love the 2nd set.

Let me see.
+3 I'm a follower
+3 - I'll announce on my next blog post
+2 - facebook
+2 Tweet


Alexia561 said...

Congratulations on reaching 100 followers Shannon!

No need to enter me as I have most of these books already, but I wanted to say congrats and YEA!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oh, I noticed, Simon. :-)

Keep those contest entries coming, everybody! I'm lovin' it! ;)

Jennie Englund said...

Ambitious contest! I would love to be in the runnings for packet 2.

Am already a follower, linked on Facebook, will post link and sidebar on blog Monday.

Points: 5 now plus 5 Monday.


Bookie00 said...

+2 New follower!
+3 Post on blogger

in which a girl reads said...

I'd like to be entered into Category 1. Thanks!

+3 old follower
+2 sidebar link at

= +5 in total

Simply Stacie said...

Category 2
* become a follower of this blog - 2 points

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

Stacey Brucale said...

Please enter me!

+2 new follower

3 total entries


Heather said...

Congrats on the followers! It was a tough choice, but I think I'm going to go for group 2, since I own a few of the books in group 1. I get +3 for being a follower already, I posted an announcement and link in my blog for another +3, and I tweeted about it! +2

So that should be 8 total. Thanks!

Kasie West said...

I'm already a follower (and am excited to see this post now that I'm back from my vacation) and sign me up for category one. :)

Stacey Brucale said...

Whoops, sorry I forgot to specify. I would like to be entered for category 2

Sherrie Petersen said...

I'm already a follower :)
Please enter me for the MG/YA books. Thanks!

BK Mattingly said...

Category 1 please! I'm already a follower +3, posting an announcement with next post +3, you're already on my sidebar +2!! Yay, Can't wait to see the results

Jennifer said...

Congrats on hitting 100! Category 2 please! +3 for being a follower!

Suzette Saxton said...

Category 2 +3 points.

Congrats on reaching 100!

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

YAY! CONGRATULATIONS!!! okay I am not sure on the category yet - will have to return to that one! And of COURSE I am a follower! ;o)

I have missed all of y'all while I have been on holiday these past few days!

Jade @ Chasing Empty Pavements said...

oooh yay, this is a great giveaway!!! Sign me up for category 2!! I love me some Pablo Neruda's poetry!

3 points for being an awesome follower!!!

Amy Stary said...

Already a follower + blog + Tweet = 8


Karen Denise said...

Ohh, I'm not too late! YAY. I'd like to be entered for catagory 2 please. I'm a new follower so +2 and I'll link to this on my sidebar so another 2 points! Great prizes!

Lori W. said...

Category 2, and I just became a follower. Great contest, Shannon!

Diana Paz said...

Okay, I blogged about it today!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Great contest, Shannon! I'd like to put my name in the pot for group one. I'm already a follower, so +3. I'm technologically impaired...I couldn't figure out how to link to you on twitter or FB...

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

+3 more...I just announced your contest on my blog and linked it together. :)

Sarah Ahiers said...

Category 2 please!
I became a follower - 2 pts
Announced on blog - 3 pts
Sidebar link - 2 points
and facebook link - 2 points

For a grand total of... 11 pts!

Fun times had by all!

Katie @ said...

Oh cool! I've been clicking from link to link and just ran into your blog. I can't believe it! A blogger that I used to know in person?!

Your hopes sound incredible (and so do your kids). W looks awesome... and so big and tall!

- now a follower
- hoping for the first collection (I dreamed of having a copy of Polar Express all through elementary school)

See if you can guess who your new follower is...

Robyn Campbell said...

Category two my friend. I'm tweeting, facebooking, sidebarin' bloggin it and whatever else I can find to do. Oh, I'm a LOYAL, trustworthy, faithful, devoted, dedicated already follower. Dang! I sound like either a Boy Scout or a dog. Hmmmm. *grin*

Happy New Year Shannon. :-)

Robyn Campbell said...

Here is my tweet my facebook about your contest is here.

Buttercup said...

Hi I'd love group 2 and I'm a new follower.

2 points.

Looking forward to reading your blog.

Llehn said...

I'd love to play for Cat 1 please.

New follower :D


Angela Ackerman said...

*cries* I missed the contest!

Well, good luck to the winners! I have yet to read 'Writing down the bones' and have heard so much good about it. On Writing, Three Cups of Tea are both awesome! Some people are going to be happy, happy!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Sorry, Angela - you didn't miss it by much! :-)

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