Monday, April 30, 2012

April at Bibliophilia, Please

I figure instead of only posting the giveaway winners for this month, I'll just do a wrap-up in general for you. First of all, there were four contests that ended in April. I had quite a bit of trouble getting winners for two giveaways this last month, so I did away with the extra entries on most contests hosted by me. (There will be exceptions, of course, but hopefully not often.) The winners are as follows:

Latter-Day of the Dead Giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Mary Ann received an e-book copy of the book.

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Maribeth received a copy of The Ten Commandments blu-ray.

Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Christina chose a copy of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg.

Showers of Books Giveaway Hop
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Tal chose Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London.

Super Sekrit Giveaway

I sent my 300th(ish) follower a special treat just for being a reader. I like surprising people, so this is probably going to be a new thing here. Jennifer got a copy of Werewolf Smackdown by Mario Acevedo and a bracelet that I made during one of my most recent jewelry kicks.
If you were not one of the lucky winners for any of those, you still have until midnight on May 1st to enter the Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop or the huge, multi-blog Socialpunk Giveaway.

There were only four reviews posted on Bibliophilia, Please this month, but I am quite proud of myself for managing this much. The exciting part is Bookboy finally allowed me to pressure him into reviewing a book for me. In case you missed them:

The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman
Starters by Lissa Price
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish (Bookboy Review)

I'm sure you've also noticed the Blogging from A to Z Challenge going on, and the insane number of posts. Today is the last day, but you can go back and find what I've written on My A to Z Master List. It was a fun exercise, and I plan to participate next year.

Now in all fairness, I'll let you know why I've fallen by the wayside in return visits to you wonderful commenters and the reviews promised to you fantastic authors and publicists. If you're not interested in apologies and personal problems, please move along. - nothing past here will interest you in the slightest. :-)

  1. I have migraines. Usually, that would not be an excuse for me. However, I have ended up in the ER once and close to going on four other occasions. This is an awful season for them, and I'm trying out new medication. They are completely debilitating, and I am ashamed to admit that they are currently ahead in the points.
  2. My grandfather died this month. Please, don't start playing the world's smallest violin. I was close to him, and it was very sad. It was sudden, but not completely unexpected. He was in bad health for a long time, but I am grateful beyond words for the time that I did have with him. We all deal with familial losses, but I fell behind because I had to travel several hundred miles out of state to his services.
  3. My daughter's school is terrible. Another child touched her in an inappropriate place and manner, and NO ONE AT THE SCHOOL NOTIFIED ME. I've been too busy rolling heads to play catch up. I love blogging, but protecting my child comes first. Period.
So, there's April for you. I hope to see you back here in May. I am participating in several giveaway hops and blog tours, so hopefully you'll find (and win!) something you'll enjoy. As always, thank you so much for being a reader here.

Did you really think you were getting away from here without an lolcat?

Edit: I just had another sudden death in the family this afternoon (April 29th), so I'm taking a little bit of time away. I have quite a few posts scheduled, but I do not anticipate responding quickly. I will respond and return your visits - it'll just be a few days. Thank you for your support and understanding with the recent overload of personal issues. I will have a special giveaway for you awesome little creatures soon.

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