Wednesday, March 28, 2012

500 Follower Giveaway!!!

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            I. Am. Stunned. Seriously, you guys have blown my mind. I have hit the 500 follower mark and it is all thanks to you awesome people!! =) When I started this blog I didn't think anyone would read it besides a few close, loyal friends... and my mom.  You have all jumped up, showed support, and followed, which means so much to me!  I love seeing you all get involved in my posts and reviews because, well, your opinions matter to me.

            To thank you for being awesome I have prepared a little giveaway for you.  This is an extra special event because I will be having TWO giveaways.  One open for US only and one open Internationally (As long as The Book Depository ships to you).  The giveaways are as follows:

International: One winner will receive any book of their choice (up to $15) from The Book Depository.  To Qualify you must be eligible for their free shipping! If you don't know if that applies to you look here.

US Only: One winner will receive a signed, hardback copy of Tempest by Julie Cross



Since this IS a FOLLOWER love giveaway you HAVE to be a follower to join. All other entries are optional you can do as much, or as little as you want! Make sure you come back because you can tweet and comment on a review once per day!!

Sound fun? Good.

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Now, on to the giveaways!! :)

International:

a Rafflecopter giveaway 
United States ONLY giveaway:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

So stay tuned to Epilogue for reviews of your favorite young adult books... and who knows? The 700 hundredth follower giveaway may be just around the corner!!

161 comments:

  1. Have you ever read a book that "hit too close to home?"

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  2. wow...this is awesome giveaway...
    congrats on 500 follower,,and thanks for the giveaway..

    i would win Wanted: Undead or Alive by kerrelyn sparks or jaci burton..

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    1. You're welcome!! :) I have never heard of Wanted: Undead or Alive... sounds interesting :)

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  3. wouww... thanks for the prize ^^
    congrats for the 500 number follower..

    what is your favourite hero and ass kick heroine so far, lol :p

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    1. Thanks Leev!! Great suggestion! Everybody has a favorite =)

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  4. Topic: Blogger/reader interaction

    Here is another topic coz I entered both giveaway
    Blog Post designs - font colors, pictures, blockquotes - are they a requirement?

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    1. Thanks for leaving two suggestions: It helps me a LOT! :)I really like your suggestions, especially the Blog Post designs one!!

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  5. Congrats on 500 followers!
    A possible discussion question: What do you think of movies based on books?

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  6. An idea for a Let's Talk topic:
    What differentiates a good cliffhanger from a bad cliffhanger?

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    1. Wow, this is awesome!! I will have to think about my answer to this one :)

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  7. thanks for the giveaway ^^

    some possible discussion questions:

    - Is your opinion influenced by the author or the publishers?

    - Is there a movie that is better than the book that is based?

    - Blogger's life, hobby or profession?

    - Blogger or wordpress?

    - Series or single book?

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    1. sRy, you're awesome! Thanks for all the different discussion questions!! Those questions are sure to get a good discussion going =)

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  8. Woow.. Congrats for the 500 followers..

    That is awesome..

    Thank's for the giveaway

    Regards

    achiechansweetz(at)gmail.com

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  9. Prompt: giveaways. I personally love taking part in/hosting giveaways but some people think we're "selling" our blogs because of it. I think it would make great discussion.


    Thanks for the giveaway, ;)
    Agnieszka @ Nook of Books

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    1. Wow, I had never heard of this before! It does sound like a good discussion... and i'm sure it would educate me =D Thanks!!

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  10. Congrats on 500 followers!! Although your past the 600 point now :D Very cool!

    Lets Talk.... hmm well I guess one thing thats been on my mind lately is the whole following process, with GFC having their so called farewell, what do we use for followers? Networked Blogs, Linky Followers etc? Or do we do a massive blogger petition and beg Google to let us be? hehe

    Kris
    A book from Snowy River

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    1. Great topic!! That should inspire a good discussion

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  11. OMG! Congrats on your 500 followers hit!=D

    An idea for Let's Talk:
    With all the giveaway hops that's going on, do you think people just join the giveaway hops to bribe more followers?

    I've been noticing that lately though. But I love giveaway hops and following people=D And also, thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Great prompt!! :) this will make for a lively conversation

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  12. Congratulations Lauren, couldn't have happened to a nicer person:) At this rate you should hit 1000 followers in just a few months! Keep it up chica:))

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    1. Aww thanks Heather :) hitting 1000 so soon would be a astounding!!

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  13. Congrats on making 500 (actually almost 700 now)!

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  14. wow the idea of the idea of having to get to know the author i am blogger and gabbed and winner on thing and love to brag big mouth and then i do good read and amazon and i am a
    arc reader so i love to talk and keep it going

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    1. Yes Amazon and Goodreads are great things I love using them :) One of my favorite things about blogging is connecting with everyone!

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  15. Dear me! I applied to the bad Rafflecopter... (US only, but I am not live in the US...) Sorry!! Now it is evening here and I'm tired... :S

    Congratulations for the 500 (almost 700!) followers! :)

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    1. Thanks for letting me know!! :)I hope you catch up on sleep soon!!

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  16. Great idea...the "Let's Talk" segment, that is. I like the idea of getting to know the bloggers as well as getting to know you more, as well. Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations on your follower milestone.

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  17. Ooops. Shoulda read the prompt first. LOL
    Hmmm. Let's talk topics... What kinds of things do you like included in a review? What endears and author to you? What turns you off? And the same could be asked regarding their books.

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    1. Great suggestions!! Thanks Melissa!

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  18. Congrats on your follower count and blog success!

    As for a prompt, my question is do you usually gravitate toward books in a series or shy away from them because of the "commitment?" How many books in a series is too many -- how many is enough to discourage you from reading it (or does it have the opposite effect)?

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    1. great idea!! :) I used to hate series but now I don't mind them! Thanks Becca.

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  19. Thanks for the giveaway! *What topic? hmmm...hehe* Well, my question is what can you say about books turning into movies? Does it fascinate you always? or it would only result to disappointment most especially when that book was an ultimate read and the production team hadn't given the right justice to it (It was an opinion because sometimes it happened).

    Congrats on another milestone on your blogging career! :)

    -Riz B.

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    1. Good idea Clarissa!! Thanks for the input :)

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  20. I would want to see on Let's Discuss topics what readers are looking for in a review. Another topic might be about author interview, like them, love them, just want a giveaway?

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    1. Great ideas!! I especially like the interview one :D

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  21. Thanks for the giveaway! Really sorry, I think I had mistakenly put entries in the "US Only" section, while I mean to put it in the "International" section. Please ignore my entries in the US Only... :)

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    1. Thanks for letting me know Fanda! :)

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  22. How about "Ebooks vs paper books" or "Should an ebook cost the same as a paper book?"

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    1. Great prompt!! :) I'm sure many people have opinions on that!!

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  23. Thanks for the giveaway! And congratulations on your followers:D.

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  24. I am really stupid. I put entries in the "US Only" section, but I am not from US. Please eliminate my entries in the US Only. Really sorry:).

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  25. "Is there a genre that you have no interest in exploring and why?"


    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Shawn

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    1. Thanks Shawn!! :) awesome prompt!!

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  26. Covers, how much do they influence your decision to read or not to read?

    Congrats on 500!

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    1. Ohh great idea!!! I LOVE covers :)

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  27. yay for you Lauren!
    prompts?
    what are the readers fave book settings/locations?
    fave places to read?..
    fave bevs to drink while reading?
    what new authors have they tried?
    what new genres? [if any]
    fave ereader? and why...

    some ideas anyway - may have already been suggested...

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    1. Thanks Faith :)
      Wow! Thanks for all the prompt ideas!! (=

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  28. Hmmm... "Love Triangle or Only One?"

    Congrats! :)

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    1. Thanks Veronica!! That's a good one :)

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  29. Congrats on reaching and surpassing your giveaway milestone! Do I hear 1000 soon? (-;

    Several discussion topics have been given already that I thought of so let's see if I can come up with a different one- How about what types of romance we like in our stories- instalove, friends to lovers, second chance lovers, forbidden love, etc.

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    1. Haha thanks Sophia, maybe (o;
      Wow that is a FANTASTIC prompt idea!! :) thanks so much!

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  30. Dear Lauren,
    congratulations on reaching more than 600 followers! Let their number grow all the time!

    I made a mistake and started entering into US only giveaway. Could you please delete my entries (as Oksana Melnyk) from US giveaway?

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  31. Congratulations! 500 is a lot of people!

    What is your favorite children's book and why?

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    1. Thank you Lauren =)
      Great prompt!!

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  32. There was a really great discussion on Stacked about jealousy. I think that would be a good topic for you, too. Perhaps also discuss memes.

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    1. Great idea Christina!! :) I like memes but I don't think I could do them every day!

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  33. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I think a good discussion topic would be how do you keep on top of all your books for review?

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    1. Oh gosh lol!! That would be an interesting post (: Thanks Rebecca!!

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  34. Congrats on the 500 followers and thanks so much for the chance to win! :D

    Let's Talk idea: How do you feel about reviewing a 1 or 2 star review?

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    1. Thanks Stephanie!! :)

      Great prompt idea, that would be an interesting discussion :)

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  35. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Oops! I hit the enter button by mistake before I put my name on GFC follower. So sorry ^^

    My GFC follower is under Aline Tobing

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    1. No problem Aline :) Thanks for letting me know!

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  36. Excellent giveaway, thanks for hosting! New follower here. =]

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    1. Thanks for entering Colleen!! (=

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  37. What about: if you could date a character from a book, who would you date and why?
    Also, thanks for the giveaway and congrats and reaching 500 followers

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    1. Ohh that would get some good comments going... and some new books I would have to read ;)

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  38. Topic: Do love triangles still have their appeal in the YA genre? :)

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  39. Thanks for the lovely giveaway:) A prompt idea I can thionk of would be:

    1. What's your favourite romance trope? Friends to lovers? Enemies to lovers? Old love rekindled?->(a personal favourite).

    2. Do you like the bad boy or the good guy? Discuss the appeal of a bad boy character.

    3. What's the most unusual book you've ever read?

    4. Is there a certain kind of book you'd wish had been written? Describe it.

    5. Who'd your most memorable book character?

    Thanks once again:)

    Rafflecopter name: Sarah Bibi Setar

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    1. Great prompts!! I especially like the appeal of the bad boy character ;)

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  40. Should reviews be summary based or opinion based?

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    1. I have never heard this before! Thanks (=

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  41. Do you prefer reading series or standalones?

    What do you think about books being made into movies?

    Do you judge a book by its cover?

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    1. Thanks for the prompts!! I like these (=

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  42. For Let's Talk: What book would you like to be a part of or what character do you wish you could befriend.

    Thanks for the giveaway! Congrats on reaching 500 followers.
    ~Jess

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  43. congrats on reaching 500

    capcha;s
    authors commenting on reviews

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    1. Thanks.. Great prompt ideas... but I've already done both of those

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  44. Congrats:)

    How about giving bad reviews when you're part of a blog tour or have interviewed the author

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    1. Ohhh that would be an awesome topic! Thanks Christina!

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  45. Let's talk is a great idea. How about Bad Book Covers?

    I Know I've personally read quite a few E-books with horrible covers that turned out to be great reads, still because of the bad cover I wouldn't take the extra step and buy it in Paperback form.

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    1. Well thanks Kristin!! Ohhh... the dreaded book cover bash! (=

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  46. +JMJ+

    "Love Triangles: More Please OR Enough Already?"

    (In case anyone is wondering, I volunteer as captain of the Enough Already team. =P)

    Thanks for the giveaway, Lauren. =)

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    1. I was wondering actually! :) Thanks for the idea!!

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  47. Topic: Where Have The Standalone Books Gone?

    Congrats on 500 followers! That is amazing!

    k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

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    1. OMG! YES. They have disappeared :/ Personally I am having withdrawals ;)

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  48. I love the Let's Talk idea! The posts you mentioned (authors commenting on reviews and word verification comments on this blog) are an awesome start, but I'd also love to see series vs standalones, or your thoughts on overdone YA trends in plots and covers.

    Thanks so much for this post and this giveaway!

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    1. Thanks!! :) I'm glad to hear that you guys like the idea of it. Thanks for the awesome suggestions!

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  49. I love the idea of your Let's Talk posts. Perhaps you can talk about love triangles, yay or nay? YA fiction is so full of them, and I'm curious to see how many other people are as bored as I am. (:

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  50. I forgot to mention that the giveaway button can be found after clicking on the "Go to the giveaway buttons" link on my sidebar.
    As for the lets talk idea I've always wanted to discuss genres. Maybe some definitions for those who want to discover something new.

    Thanks for the great giveaway and for making it international!

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    1. Awesome thanks for letting me know! :) Ohh good Idea... we'll see if I can do the definitions thing!

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  51. Congratulations.
    I'm not sure if anyone's suggested it yet, and I know it's probably been discussed before but how about: ebooks or hard copies?
    I don't know... just a thought :)

    Ro,
    Far Past Midnight

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  52. What book would you love to see turned into a movie/tv show?

    For those of you with ereaders, what books were so good that you had to repurchase them in ebook format?

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  53. What about how to respond to an author you follow when they ask did you like my book, when you really did not or it just was not for you and you do not want to hurt their feelings. Did that make sense LOL I think it could be phrased better, but the spirit is there :)

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    1. that is going to be one interesting discussion!!

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  54. Thanks for the giveaway! Congrats on 500+ followers :D

    If you could take the...
    1. Plot from a book
    2. Characters from another book
    3. Creatures/Special abilities from yet another book
    And combine them all together to one story, which would it be?

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    1. HAHA That is AWESOME!! :) Thanks for the idea (=

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  55. How about this: What would you do with comments that are not related to our post? (including "dry" comments such as: Great job, I like your blog, etc). There are bloggers who use comment box only to put back links to their blog. Would you confirm/reject them (if you use moderation)? Or even worse, would you report them as spam?

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  56. Congrats on reaching 500! And here's to
    500 more.....

    As for some "Let's Talk" ideas how about....
    *Love triangles-loved and loathed
    *Couples that should be together but aren't
    *Bloggers receiving "free" books-this was a big thing a little while ago. Loads of people assume bloggers just get "free" books and we all know these books aren't really free.
    *Authors you'd love to see tour near you
    and
    *Books that are waaaay better than their covers let on

    Just to name a few :)

    TheRest IsStill Unwritten

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    1. Thanks Rachel!! :) I love all your ideas!

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  57. Female authors vs male authors

    Great giveaway!
    Emily @ http://emily-confessionsofabookaholic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  58. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

    Agree or disagree with Teams for book characters? i.e. Team Peeta, or Team Gale (The Hunger Games)

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  59. Awesome giveaway - thank you.

    There's lots of controversy over Amazon, including price fixing, running companies out of business etc.
    So Kindle or paper?

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  60. Let's talk prompts;
    Book trailers..good book promotion or no??
    Vampire & Werewolf stories..redundant or still marketable?
    Are there any stories that haven't been tapped to death..something fresh and new??
    These are some of the things I think about...thanks for the giveaway!!!
    Congrats on meeting and exceeding follower expectations!!

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    1. Thanks so much Traci!! I love all the prompt ideas!!

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  61. Let's talk prompt: 1st person or 3rd person and why.

    Congrats on the 800+ followers, at this rate you may even get to 1000 before the end of the giveaway *holding thumbs for you*

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    1. That would be awesome!! :) Thanks for the prompt idea!!

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  62. To spoil or not to spoil in reviews

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  63. Thanks for the great giveaway. Congrats on so many followers!

    Let's Talk Prompt:
    I am a new blogger and I find it very hard to get ARC copies. What are the best ways to go about doing this? Some pointers perhaps from more established bloggers?

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  64. Big congrats on reaching (and surpassing) your follower milestone! Hmm, a prompt... If you could visit one fantasy world from a book, which would it be and why?

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  65. I agree with B_ls. Hitting 500+ followers is a BIG deal, so I think it's time to share some of your knowledge, O Wise One. :-P

    Maybe: "I'm a new blogger and I'm trying not to be a pest on Twitter. How do I interact well without being annoying?" or maybe something less pointed but still applicable.

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  66. Well, I'm not sure. Honestly I wonder about a lot of those things too. But I like comment. And I agree with Shelver 506. How can you not be a pest on twitter lol. I feel like I am ;)

    Haley@www.passingthepages.blogspot.com

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  67. What about getting a publisher to give pointers on getting those oh so loved ARCs

    Jeannette @ www.walkingonbookshelves.blogspot.com

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  68. I can't think of an interesting suggestion, so I won't enter that option, but I wanted to say thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

    Pam

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  69. Congrats on your followers and thanks a lot for the giveaway!

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  70. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Congrats on the nearly 900 followers!!
    How about a discussion about love triangles and insta-love.

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  71. Lets Talk Prompts:

    If you could live in any book, which book would you choose?

    OR

    If you were stranded on a deserted island (or mountain top), what three books would you want to have with you, and why?

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  72. How about 'books which affect you the most" for your "Let's Talk" prompt? Or maybe 'books which you will never ever forget as long as you live? :D

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  73. Congrats on 500 followers that's great. for your "Let's Talk" how about what book got you to love reading? Do you like book trailers or do they spoil your own imagination of what you think the people should look like?

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  74. Let's Talk Topic Idea:

    Within YA books, do you read a little of everything, or find yourself graviating toward one category or theme (paranormal, contemporary, dystopian, steampunk, fantasy, angels, vampires, etc.)? What factors affect your choices in books by topic/category?

    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity! I'd love a chance to read/review and this one is definitely on my TBR pile! You rock!

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  75. I agree with the too close to home question. Having seen Hunger Games and seeing such young kids dying etc....we almost lost our oldest (he's 5 now) when he was 9 months old and it was a hard thing to watch.

    As for another question. Is it a conflict to be a beta reader and a reviewer? I had that issue come up this week with an author. We decided to go with just a review but I like to hear all opinions.

    Thanks for doing the giveaway and congratulations on 500 followers. I'm at 7 I can hope to get to 100! LOL

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  76. Books that everyone else loved but you just don't get the attraction.

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  77. First of all, thank you for this immensely generous giveaway opportunity! Congratulations on passing this milestone, may you have many more.

    As for the "Let's Talk" feature - I think it is a fantastic idea. I'm always seeking to increase my interaction with book bloggers, and create dialogue, and this is a wonderful attempt. Here are some ideas:

    1) Books to Movies - what gets lost in the translation?
    2) How does cultural nuance affect the narrative of a novel?
    3) Do you like your books narrated in first person? or third person?
    and my favorite:
    4) What makes a good review?

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  78. ongrats on such a big milestone - my suggestion would be:-

    If you had to spend eternity inside the pages of a book which book would you choose and why?

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  79. Congrats on your 500 followers! That’s so exciting for you!

    How about, How did you learn about book blogging? What’s your opinion on eReaders? What’s your opinion on all these YA books being turned to movies?
    (Hope I’m not repeating anything but 149 comments is hard to sort through, lol)

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  80. i think you should do one on the editing process or something. I've seen a lot of books lately (some indie authors, some not) that have tons of grammatical errors and sentence structure problems. I would be interested to see what type of process is used. Not sure if this is the type of thing you are looking for, but I'd like to hear about it! And thanks for the chance!

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  81. Should ratings be dropped for poor editing?
    Indie authors yay or nay?
    Free ebooks - love them or hate them?
    How much should an ebook cost? Should there be a price limit?

    Those are all I can think of x

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  82. Congrats on so many followers! And luck to have many more! :)
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! I will come back and comment once I think of a good one.

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  83. Some topics for Let's Talk:
    - Tips for writing reviews
    - What is more important for you as a reader: character or plot?
    - What are the elements that make the "perfect" read?
    - How much personal experience should the author include in their book/characters? I was just reading an interview the other day where the main character played a sport that the author played.

    Congrats on 500+ followers and thanks for the giveaway!

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  84. Do you always decide whether or not to read a book based on the reviews? Or sometimes do you still read a book that sounds great, even though it got negative reviews?

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  85. Cliffhangers? Necessary or Desperation? I hate cliffhangers with a passion. If you believe in your book, if you write a good enough book, you shouldn't have to rely on cliffhangers to bring readers back. The book should be able to stand on its own without it. Im my opinion!

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  86. Congratulations! I'm always amazed on people who's giving this kind of giveaway. Especially making it international.
    Congratulations once again. Wish you more succeed and good luck. Thank you for this giveaway.

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  87. On average, how much do you spend on books a month?

    Great giveaways!

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  88. Let's Talk topic: "Is dystopian YA lit a sign of despair with the modern world?

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    1. So sorry!! My computer got a virus and I just now got back on it (= I'm posting and emailing tonight!

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