Friday, 13 August 2010

500 Followers Birthday Giveaway!

Well the day has come: Ex Libris has 500 followers (502 to be exact)! Woohoo! :-D I'm completely speechless and ecstatic! :-D Thank you!! I never would have imagined I would be here after only 6 months of blogging. Thank you all for following and commenting, I love blogging because of you!

So this giveaway is to celebrate 3 things:

1) that Ex Libris has 500 followers - Yay!
2) that it is my half year blogiversary ;-)
3) and finally that it will soon be my birthday (on August 20).

And so to thank you all my amazing followers for sticking around, here is a giveaway!
So I've been thinking how to celebrate and how to reward you loyal followers and since there is so many great things to be happy about, I thought I would like to share with you my favourite reads of 2010, the fantastic books I discovered thanks to blogging!

So let's see what are the prizes! You can win:

Master of None by Sonya Bateman

This book was one of the revelations of 2010 for me. Fantastic debut author, extremely original writing, and unbelievably humourous narrator. A MUST read!

Embers by Laura Bickle

This is the 1st book in the new urban fantasy series by Laura Bickle, the sequel Sparks comes out at the end of August, yay! Laura's writing flows naturally, she is extremely talented at creating a completely unique,  athmospheric universe and transporting the reader there. Her writing is evocative and deep. Amazing urban fantasy debut, start this series right away!

Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch

Again, not only a revelation, but an enlightment! Everybody, pick up this book, you won't be able to put it down! It has everything: swoonworthy/droolworthy drop dead gorgeous heroes, a kick-ass heroine, fast paced action, sensual love story and most of all a constant laugh out loud writing! Doctors should prescribe Touched by an Alien against depression!

Mind Games by Carolyn Crane

Another revelation of 2010. Carolyn Crane's debut novel is incredibly original, finally an urban fantasy novel where the characters are not vampires, werewolves or demons, but disillusionists, and where the heroine is not a kick-ass woman but a very scared and worried hypochondriac! What do you say? I say pick Mind Games up this instant, you'll love it! (ps. of course the abundance of yummy and swoonworthy male characters and spark-flying chemistry doesn't hurt either! lol :-p)

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber

This is the first book in Leanna Renee Hieber's gothic fairy tale series. Her world, characters and story are all otherworldly and have that ethereal quality to them. This is a dark fairy tale for adults with poignant and moving writing. Read it on a rainy afternoon just so you feel as if you were there in foggy, dark, Victorian London.

Promise by Kristie Cook

Another first book in a debut author's series. Promise is book #1 in the Sould Screamers series which is not only the story of the ultimate battle between good and evil but also an earth-moving love story. Promise is a fantastic epic love story. The paranormal Romeo and Juliet. Better than Twilight!!

BUT if you have read all of the above books, then after every 25 new followers I'll add a book from your suggestions (in the form), so tell me what book you would like to win, which book was your top read in 2010 (or which book are you looking forward the most in 2010)?


- Open INTERNATIONALLY, wherever the Book Depository ships.
- Giveaway ends on September 13
- When I reach 550 followers a 2nd winner will be added, and after that for every new 50 followers a new winner will be added (so at 600 followers 3 winners, at 650 followers 4 winners, etc.) who will have their pick from the above mentioned books.
- Only one entry per person please - duplicate/multiple entries will be disqualified.

- I reserve the right to change or cancel this giveaway without notice
- I have the right to remove entries from the draw without notice if they do not respect the entry rules
- I accept no responsibility for lost or damaged goods


1. You must be a GFC follower of Ex Libris

2. Fill out THE FORM

You can get extra entries:

+1 for spreading the word (Twitter/Facebook, etc.) (+1 for every place you post)
+2 if you are a Twitter follower (@Stella_ExLibris) / Facebook fan / Network Blogs follower (+2 for each)
+2 adding this giveaway to your blog sidebar
+3 subscribing by e-mail to Ex Libris
+4 adding the giveaway button to your sidebar
+5 blog post on your blog
+5 adding Ex Libris to your blogroll

Please leave the links to your extra entries so I can verify them. No link no extra entry.

There are a lot of extra entries to be gained, but they are not mandatory to enter!

All you need to do to enter is to follow Ex Libris and fill out the FORM!

Now look what a beautiful giveaway button the awesome Beth from Maybe Tomorrow made me! Thank you so much Beth!! :-D

Please sperad the word, display the giveaway button on your site and get +4 extra entries!

Thank you and good luck!!

You can spread the word (tweet, post on Facebook, Myspace, etc.) daily, so come back and just fill out this second form for every tweet/Facebook post.

Good luck! :-)

Update #1: August 31:  #2 winner added!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman added to the prize list

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