Thursday, January 6, 2011


Good Morning!  I was hoping to have this giveaway posted last night but alas, blogger had other ideas.  Here it is finally!  Before Christmas I reached the amazing goal of 400 followers!  I am humbled and honored that so many of you enjoy my blog enough to hit that follower button!  So here is the giveaway as promised!

It's January and a good time to take a little break and pamper yourself! 
Many of you know what a huge Mary Kay Andrews fan I am.  I even got to meet and junk with her this past summer!  I posted about that visit to Scotts Antique Market here.   So when I found these copies of her books I knew this was my next followers giveaway!
 Of course you every girl needs some chocolate to munch on while reading

And a cup of tea in the cold winter months

How to enter this giveaway? 
1. You must be a follower of this blog...after all it is a 'followers' giveaway!  
2. Leave a comment telling me one of your favorite books and authors.
That's it!  This giveaway will end on Jan 12th at noon eastern time.  I will use to pick a winner.  You will be notified so make sure you have email on your blog or leave me a way to contact you or another winner will be chosen.  

I never dreamed a little over a year ago when I started blogging that I would have so many followers or as I like to call you Friends!  It's been a blessing to me and continues to be each and every day.  
The link for Junkin Finds Friday will be up later tonight assuming the blogger co-operates!  

Hugs and Happy Junkin!


Erin@likegrandmas said...

You know I am a follower, one of my favorite books is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone(the whole series really), by JK Rowling. Juvenile, I know, but it really is a great series for any age(it was recommended to me when I was 24 by a then 71 year old-she was right, I love it!). Cool giveaway Linda!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Linda, such a nice giveaway. One of my favorite writers is Alexandra Stoddard. I have 24 of her books and couldn't choose a favorite one. I read and reread them all the time. I am a follower.

Happy New Year to you and many blessings,

kntkly said...

Hey Linda... Even though I haven't been 'bloggin' much I've been 'following'... :)

I haven't read very much lately--but I do like Nicholas Sparks and Beverly Lewis....

Hope you're doing well and I'm hoping to get myself in order and caught up so that I can get back to it--I have a lot of catching up to do.... Lol

Deb said...

Hi Linda:
One of my all-time favorite books is Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. It is so well written I have read it twice and have never forgotten his struggles as a young boy.
I am a follower. Congrats! on your 400 followers. Love your header :)
hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

Lynn said...

I am a follower of yours...and one of my favorite writers is Nora Roberts.

I sure would love to have my name entered in your nice giveaway..


Sherry said...

I don't get TOO serious in my readings.....I love the Trash N Treasures series of mysteries by Barbara Allan. They're a hoot!

Betsy said...

Hi Linda, I'm already a happy follower.
My favorite book is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. It's about a family from the U.S. and their horrible struggles after relocating the The Congo.
On a lighter side, my favorite crafty book is French Inspired Jewelry by Kaari Meng. The photos in this book are the best I've ever seen.

LF said...

I am a follower!!

Linda said...

Congrats on your milestone, Linda! I would love to win this~ I am a follower! My favorite book is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon- it is the first in a great series!

LF said...

I recently read my first Mary Kay Andrews book, and loved it!! This is a great giveaway!! I also really enjoy Karen Kingsbury and Debbie Macomber.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a sweet giveaway...congrats on #400! I guess my fav is Nicholas Sparks, but I'm not a big reader of books...decor books are my favorites! I'm one happy follower:)


Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Hi Linda

One of my favourite authors is Ruth Rendall, are you familiar with her? Her portrayal of characters, who are often misfits and rather weird, is always fascinating. She also writes as Barbara Vine. Would heartily recommend.

Happy New Year btw!

De tout, de rien said...

Hi Linda,

I also looove the Harry Potter books, they are far from juvenile Erin, lol! In fact, they are ageless.

I love To Kill a Mockingbird for its moral value and, on a lighter note, I love anything by Sophie Kinsella (Shopaholic series).

The book I am reading now, "Suite française" by Irene Nemirovski, is pretty darn good, she was an excellent writer.

That said, this list could go on, there are far too many good books out there.

Kntkly, I have also read some of Beverly Lewis' books, I am fascinated with anything Amish. (I admire their simplicity.)

Have a great day all!

Shellbelle said...

So difficult to choose, but I love the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall.

What a fun giveaway LInda — chocolate, tea and books!

Happy New Year and you know I'm a follower.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Morning, Linda!

Let's see, I'm a follower and happily so!

I love biographies, and I particularly have enjoyed Ron Chernow's books on George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. There's so much drama in real life!

Thank you for offering your followers the chance to play! Such neat gifts.


Sheila :-)

Blondie's Journal said...

Congratulations on all of your followers...good job! I started following pretty recently.

I am an avid reader and it's hard to pick a favorite. I love everything the late Laurie Colwin wrote...and I love James Patterson and his mysteries. I like a lot of Chick Lit {Ha}, especially the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella.

Thanks for having such a fun giveaway!


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Linda! congrats on 400 followers! That's a big milestone! As for my favs...I love the novels of Peter frenchy! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Honey at 2805 said...

I love to read. Some of my favorites are the George Washington biography and some all-time favorites like To Kill a Mockingbird and a 2 book series by Herman Wouk - The Winds of War and War and Rememberance.

I am your newest follower and you are a real sweetie to offer such a nice giveaway!

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

I am a follower, I love your blog!

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

I am a Stuart Woods fan, I can't pick just one of his books, I really just love them all. (I hope that doesn't break the rules!)

AmericKim said...

I read John Grisham. Reading the Confession right now! Takes me "home" to the South (or even to the USA for that matter). Love his books!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Congratulations on your 400th Friend! Great giveaway! I am a happy follower! I cannot pick just one favorite author or book. I am an extremely avid reader and rather eclectic in my choices. My house is full of books and they range from Shakespeare to chick lit and, yes, I have read all of them – they are not just for decorating! Well okay, I do not keep any of the chick lit because one read is enough but I never get tired of the classics.

~ Tracy

Anonymous said...

It can not be Friday again so soon. This week has flown by and I have little to show for it. (Some clean litter boxes!)
Since I have the books and really need no chocolate (trying to get healthier, umm, sure) I won't be in the giveaway but still want to say CONGRATULATIONS.
Favorite authors? I have shelves full of books that if I did nothing but read from now til forever I could not finish. From groups I joined I was swayed (happily) in the direction of Fern Michaels, Maeve Binchy, Nora Roberts, Nicholas Evans, Nicholas Sparks, and more; from business blogs I read I am revisiting Wayne Dyer, Norman Vincemt Peale, Napoleon Hill, Zig Ziglar and others (the authors of my younger days). One of my favorite books to reread is The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. And should I ever find myself on a beach I will take with me the Cat Who books of Lilian Jackson Braun.

Tara said...

I'm a follower!!! My favorite book is Michael Dorris', A Yellow Raft in Blue Water.

Diann said...

Doing my best Arnold Horseshack impression...."Oooh! Oooh! Oooh! Pick me! Pick me!" Because you know I am a follower!!

Diann said...

My favorite author...hummm...I have a ton of favorites! LOL Here are some in random order:

Sophie Kinsella, James Patterson, Sherrlyn Kenyon, Rob Thurman, Mary Janice Davidson and of course Mary Kay Andrews~!

Hartwood Roses said...

Congratulations on reaching 400 followers, dear Linda. I couldn't happen to a sweeter, more generous lady.

Hartwood Roses said...

I forgot to tell you about my favorite books. It looks like I'm among good company, being such a Nicholas Sparks fan. Nicholas Evans is good, too. I also love Lillian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who ..." series. I have always had Siamese cats, until recently, and I really enjoy the way they star in Ms. Braun's books.

Jojo said...

I just read Hissy Fit and loved it!

Vintage Christine said...

Anything by Stephen King, but especially his earlier stuff that was really, truly scarey! And of course you know I'm your most fervent follower. Enter moi, please!!!

Suzanne said...

Did somebody say giveaway? What a wonderful idea! Okay, I also love to read Alexandra Stoddard and for a happy ending, sweet read, I love Debbie Macomber. Makes me want to knit and live on Blossom Street:)
You know I am a follower!
Hugs, Suzanne

Mom Walds Place said...

Oooh, it's good to have friends with good taste!

One of the few books I collect are the Mary Russell books by Laurie R. King. The hero is smart and marries Sherlock Holmes.

"The Fixer Upper" is a hoot!

If I win the drawing you could let me know at If I don't win, you could drop me a note to say "hello" anyways!

Happy New Year and 400 Followers!

Susan said...

Sincere congratulations on 400 Followers, Linda. That is truly fabulous. Susan

she dreams big! said...

Wouldn't it be funny if we won each other's giveaways? Count me in, of course, cuz I'm a follower and a voracious reader!

she dreams big! said...

Oops - forgot to follow the rules! I like my reading a little dark so Stephen King is my fave. But I'll read almost anything! Reading 'The Help' now for book club and I'm having a hard time putting it down it is so darn good.

Congrats on all of us lucky followers!

Lori Strickland said...

Yes, I'm a follower. :) My favorite author is Jeanette Oke. Now...that being said...It is hard to choose a favorite book. I would have to say the "Love Comes Softly" series is my absolute favorite. I would love to have been friends with Marty.

Jane said...

Congratulations of over 400 followers! Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I would love to be entered.
I hate to admit that I haven't read a book in SO long. I loved reading the Harry Potter series with my son when he was younger.
Have a great weekend.

Chatty Crone said...

Hello - I am a follower of your blog friend. sandie

Chatty Crone said...

Laverne Spencer - romance novels. lol

Sue said...

I'm a follower and would love to win. My favorite author is Patricia Cornwell. Jack the Ripper - Case Closed was really interesting

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Count me in. I follow and happy to do so! Have a great weekend.

BECKY said...

Hi LInda! Congrats on your milestone!! I am already a follower, and just one of my favorite writers and books would be: A Girl Named Zippy, by Haven Kimmel. It's a sweet and hilarious memoir and was the book that made me decide I could write my memoir!

Becky said...

Hello!! Believe it or not... Mary Kay Andrews IS my favorite author!! I just love her books! They are a fun read. I have read "Hissy Fit" and a couple of others, but have not read all of them. My other favorite author is Sandra Brown. Over the summer, I read "The Crush". It was a good mystery with a little bit of romance, too. Right now, I am reading the 2nd book in the Harry Potter series. I'm a little "late" reading them, but I am having fun!

Susan said...

Hi Linda! This is a great giveaway. I love the book, chocolate and tea cup idea. And I've been wanting to read one of Mary Kay's books ever since I found out she's one of your favorite author's. Thanks so much for hosting such a generous giveaway.

One of my favorite books is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I reread it every single December. :-) Oh, and you know I'm a follower!

Thanks again and Happy Monday to you,

SavannahGranny said...

Hi Linda, Congratulations on achieving you 400 friends. It never ceases to amaze how nice these blogging ladies. Somehow through God's grace we have dropped into the middle of America's best.
You have been so kind to me in new attempt as this I will always hold you close to my heart.
Thank you for this sweet giveaway.
I am a follower/friend.
Hugs, Ginger

SavannahGranny said...

Linda, Congratulations again on the big 400. You deserve that and more.
While I don't have a favorite author I am presently reading Coming Home by Mariah Stewart. This book was sent to me by sweet Gillian @ The Art of Gentle Conversation. I will review it when I am finished.
Thanks for the sweet giveaway.
Hugs, Ginger

She Uses Her Words said...

Hi Linda,
Oh so hard to choose a favorite book! But I must say I just read 'Folly' by Laurie R King and it was very moving. The main character, Rae Newborn captures your heart from the beginning with her honesty, strength and quest for wholeness.
I am a follower!

Douce France..... said...

This is amazing! I think I was one of your first follower. You are doing so good! Let's keep the magic rolling!
My favorite book is "The White Dove" by Rosie Thomas. You are having a wonderful giveaway once more.
Have a nice cozy evening,

Sale-ing in Denver said...

linda - thanks so much for posting my giveaway on your sidebar! you are a true sweetie and you deserve every follower plus more!

favorite book/author - hmmm....that is so tough. not sure i could pick just one if i had to. by far, stephen king takes up the most space on my bookshelves, but it's been years since i was a hard core fan. my guilty pleasure these days is vampire novels...i'm actually reading dracula right now :) i love christopher moore and nick hornby as well.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Oh Yes, I AM a FOLLOWER!!! and would LOVE to be included in the giveaway!!! One of my favorite authors is Beverly Nichols and his series of books about his own life. SO MUCH FUN to read if you love your Home and Gardening... My Favorite is Merry Hall...
Thank you for the generous giveaway and Good Luck to Everyone!
Hugs, Donna