Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Exploring the Magic World of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Fact Book

Exploring the Magic World of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Fact Book

By: Karen Farrington and Lewis Constable

Review Copy From: Omnibus Press, but all opinions are strictly my own

Review by: Lauren

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Review: I'm a huge Harry Potter fan so when I was offered this book to review, I had to say yes. I wasn't sure how much of the information I would already know though since I used to know a TON. I'm not as invested in all H.P. news but I'm still a fan and want to know as much as I can when I have the chance. This is a fun book, especially for newer Harry Potter fans. They even connect some information from the books to real-life events like the Salem Witch Trials and WWII  which I thought was a bit interesting.

I enjoyed a part in the book where they line up Dumbledore with Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings to show you the resemblances between them through various quotes they have both said. I love quotes, for one thing, and it was fun to see the wise words both men had to give through their repsective series.

As I said, I love quotes, so I did enjoy a little break down in the book of some actors and actresses in the film. Included was a quote for pretty much all of them which was really fun. There is even a full list of the H.P. characters in the back, as well as other fun tidbits concerning the H.P. fandom.

One thing that I read that I thought was amusing, and hadn't heard before, was that J.K. Rowling's second husband looks a lot like her character, Harry Potter. He has the hair, the glasses...if you've seen a photo of her husband, you should know what I'm talking about!

In general, this is a fun book to add to any H.P. collection. It would be a great stocking stuffer this holiday season! For die-hard fans, you might find you know a lot of this or that the lists of things are something you do not need a refresher on; though it's always nice to have!

Burn Notice Prize Pack Giveaway

Do Not Own. Promotional Use Only.

Burn Notice will be back, only a day after Psych. I haven't watched this show as much as Psych but I am a fan. You've got some wonderfully dry humor, a crazy cast of characters, and explosions! gun shots! excitement!


USA’s hot roster of hit series gives viewers something to warm up to as the days get shorter and the nights grow colder. November sees the return of fan-favorite Burn Notice on Thursday, November 11, at 10/9c with brand new episodes. Visit the official Burn Notice website for games, photos and weekly prizes: . Visit USA Network’s Character Arcade to play games, challenge friends and for more chances to win prizes!


Gift Bag includes:

Season 3 DVD Set

Burn Notice Book: The Getaway

Burn Notice “Chuck Finley T-Shirt

Logo Hat

To Enter: What do you wish would happen on Burn Notice? (or if you haven't seen the show, why do you want to win?)

Open To: Residents of the U.S. and Canada only (must be at least 13 to enter)

Ends: Saturday, November 20th.

Prize courtesy of USA Network.

Prize pack value: $130

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Don't forget to enter the Psych Prize Pack Giveaway as well! It ends at the same time, and any fan of the show will not want to miss this one!

Psych Prize Pack Giveaway

Do Not Own. Promotional Use Only.

Psych is coming back and I for one am super excited. If you asked me what my favorite show was, it would definitely be Psych. I love the chemistry between all the main characters, the fun and interesting mysteries, and the hilarious comedy! It has a little bit of something for everyone and should definitely be watched!


USA’s hot roster of hit series gives viewers something to warm up to as the days get shorter and the nights grow colder. November sees the return of fan-favorite Psych on Wednesday, November 10, at 10/9c with brand new cases waiting to be solved Visit the official Psych website for games, photos and weekly prizes: USA Network’s Character Arcade to play games, challenge friends and for more chances to win prizes!


Gift Bag includes:

–Pineapple Pillow

–Season 4 DVD Set

–Psych Book: A Fatal Frame of Mind

–80s Candy Pack

To Enter: What is your favorite Psych quote? (or if you haven't seen the show, why would you like to win?)

Open To: Residents of U.S. and Canada only (must be at least 13 to enter)

Ends: Saturday, November 20th.

Prize courtesy of USA Network.

Prize pack value: $130

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Holiday Event Full List of Giveaways

I do not own this picture.

I wanted to get the last of the Holiday Event giveaways up, so that's why there were so many new posts in the last couple days. But to better help you navigate...not only are the giveaways listed in the left hand sidebar...but I'm going to list them all out here. So check the list, check out the posts, and enter the ones that interest you! Remember...enter giveaways for yourself, but for people you know and love as well. These would all make wonderful gifts.

All Giveaways End Oct. 31st!

Premiere Collectibles Autographed Books (Your Choice)

Design a Mosaic ($49.99 value)

Unique Gifts for Women Photo Bracelet

Convertible Designs Shirt

A Candy Store ($75 worth of candy)

Piczzle Personalized Puzzle

Sand Dune Books Between Me and You Journal

Between Me and You Journal -10/31

Do Not Own

Sand Dune Books

I was not compensated in any way for this post. The prize is being donated by the company.



I really love the idea behind Sand Dune Books. They sell Between Me and You journals. Inside each journal, there are a series of questions. Someone can buy this for you and answer the questions or you could always buy it for yourself...and simply have that person answer the questions.

They have books for Mom, Dad, Sister, Girl (friends), Reunion, Brother, Aunt, and more. They even have Mama and Papa for those that speak Spanish...which I think is a great idea! The name of the book is the person giving it to Aunt is your aunt answering the questions, not you answering them for her. I hope that makes sense.

I personally really would love Mom so I could have my mom answer questions about would be a wonderful token. I also think answering things for her (Daughter) would mean a lot as she loves personable gifts. I mean, really, who doesn't?

This is a great gift idea for any occasion. The holidays are coming up...but just think if you have a child graduating! You could give them this memorable token to keep for the rest of their life. Or ladies...have a BFF you want to know how much you love them? Give them the Girl book with your thoughts on your friendship!

I love that the book comes with all the questions and doesn't just give you idea notes on what to write. I'd much rather answer the questions and think about that, then brainstorm things to say on my own, you know? It makes it much easier.

I really want one of if you're reading this oh secret best friends...get to ordering! :-)


Enter: Visit the site and let me know your favorite journal.

Prize: Winner's choice of one journal.

Open To: U.S.

Ends: October 31st

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Gift Code: Get one journal for only $13.50 thru Tuesday, October 26th with code “ShootingStars”.

Piczzle (Personalized Puzzle) Giveaway

Do Not Own. From The Site.
Piczzle Review + Giveaway

By: Lauren


I was sent a puzzle to review, but all other opinions are mine.

Review: I was sent a 24 piece cardboard puzzle to review. This thing is amazing! I used a picture of one of my friends and me. It's a bit of a silly photo, but we enjoy it and it holds some good well as an inside joke we've had for awhile. The box that the puzzle comes in is great. Just like one you would buy in the store, you see your photo all put together on the cover. They even have smaller versions of your picture on two sides of the box. It looks so professional!

Once you open it up, you have a small bag that zips holding all of your pieces. It's so fun to open it up and see part of your face or shirt in a puzzle piece. How fun!! I didn't make the whole puzzle, but I put a couple of the pieces together and it's so much fun. I love it. All the pieces are sturdy and you know they won't break or rip easily, and I really like that you can put all of them in a bag so they don't get lost in the shuffle of the box.

This is going to the friend in the picture as she is a really big puzzle lover, and as far as I know, she doesn't know personal puzzles exist. I didn't until I found this site and I'm glad I did! I think I'm going to get one of these for my younger cousin. He would probably get a kick out of having his picture be the puzzle and I know his parents would adore the idea. It would make a great gift for the holidays...and this is part of the Holiday Event...but for any other fun occasion as well!

The above photo is the one that I used for this puzzle. I told you it was silly! But the picture is perfect on the box and as the puzzle. I couldn't ask for a better present!

I should mention though that you need a certain quality and pixel count for bigger puzzles (the ones with more pieces as it goes up 2,000 pieces I believe). I was originally going to review a larger puzzle but I couldn't find a photo that was suitable, so we went down to a 24 piece. Not that I'm complaining! I love the puzzle and I think the thought is worth it. I know my friend loves to make her puzzles, tape the backs, and hang them I'm thinking she might do that with this and then she only has to make it once. This is just to mention so you have it mind if you decide to order...or if you win!!


To Enter: Visit the site and let me know what type of puzzle you would like.

Open To: International!

Prize: 100 pc. Medium Cardboard Puzzle

Ends: October 31st

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Gift Code:"ShootingStarsMag35", 35% off the puzzles list price which is 5% on top of the current sale price (open to first 20 buyers…expires Nov. 30). International Code.

A Candy Store ($75 Worth of Candy) Giveaway

A Candy Store Review + Giveaway

By: Lauren

Note: I was given candy for a review and to test out what types of things you can get on this site, but all opinions are mine. The shop are sponsoring the giveaway.

Review: For my review, I was able to pick out a variety of long as it didn't go over $75. This is quite a can find all sorts of items for not that much! And there is definitely a wide selection of candy. Anything you want, you can most likely find at A Candy Store.

My first item for review is a 3 pound collection of chocolate covered chips. These are quite interesting, I have to admit. I was excited to check them out as sit sounds like a great idea. Chocolate and chips? Sweet and salty? Umm...yes please! I didn't like them quite as much as I thought I would, but that's not to say they are bad. My friend Amanda tried a few and she liked the after taste, while other friend thought they were "okay." As for me, I was a semi-fan. They aren't something I'd necessarily die to get again, but I would eat them if I had the chance. I suppose they aren't as salty as I thought they would be. Overall, not too bad though.

The next candy was the Chocolate Reception Stick Candy (96pc). This would be the perfect gift for someone that works in an office and has their own desk. There are a couple flavors I haven't tried yet. In all, there is Tangy Lemon, Spicy Cinnamon, Refreshing Mint, and Fruity Orange. I have personally tried the lemon and mint and really love the mint. It's the green and so so good. These are some great sticks for those that like a bit of mint and chocolate. The chocolate covers most of the stick, with just the top part open to show the color and have a taste without chocolate. It's sooo yummy and the chocolate has such a nice taste. This is just a little thing to eat on the go and I'd highly recommend!

My third pick was the 16 pack of Chocolate Mint Playing Cards. Having a card themed party? These would make excellent party favors...especially since you get 16 "cards" in one pack. Even if the theme isn't cards, I'd still suggest these anyway as they are very yummy. If you enjoy mint patties or the like, you would probably like these. Each piece is wrapped to look like a different card in the deck and once you unwrap it you get a chocolate bar with a layer of green mint in the middle. These aren't super hard, but they aren't chewy like a pattie. It's so good though and I love grabbing one randomly to mint up my breath.

And finally, I got the 48 count of Caramel Apple Pops. If you are around my age, you probably remember getting these at school. I used to get them every year on Johnny Appleseed Day in grade school and this cemented a love in my sister and me. I actually picked this for the review because my sister loved them. I even gave one to a friend and he enjoyed it as well. Of course, you have to watch out for the carmel if you want to choose the gets stuck in your teeth easily! I love these and they would make wonderful gifts this fall for a party, around the house, or even at school!!

This sounds amazing, right? I bet you're drooling already and ready to run over to A Candy Store to find out what other fun treats they have. And believe me, there are a TON! It was really hard to choose what I wanted for my review and I know I'll definitely be back in the future to buy some fun items for parties, gifts, and just to have!!

Giveaway Time!

To Enter: Visit their site and sign up for their newsletter.

Open To: U.S. Only!

Prize (one winner gets it all)

1 Milk Chocolate Long Stem Rose
4.5 pounds of Red Cherry Gummy Rings  
80 Green and White Wintergreen Candy Sticks
5 pounds of Hershey's Mini Chocolate Candy Bars
180 piece tub of Dubble Bubble Original

Ends: October 31st


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Add a Book to the Shirt (Giveaway for All)

Do not own. Using for promotional use only.

Convertible Designs Giveaway

I was not compensated in any way to post this. The giveaway item is donated from the company. All opinions are mine.


My Thoughts-

One of the things Convertible Designs is probably most popular for are their kid jackets that get turned into "stuffed animals" if you will. You can have a ladybug, a frog, a beetle, or a turtle. They are super cute and I love the idea! Who thinks of these things?!

However, for today, I'm going to focus on something else that you can get from the site...spread the love around a little more. As you can hopefully see from the picture above, that is a toddler t-shirt with a frog that says "Fearless Frog." Cute, right? I can imagine one of my friends' little boys wearing this! After all, clothes for toddlers should not be crazy adult outfits made smaller, like you often see in stores these days. Let them be cute and fun! This would be a great zoo outfit, don't you think?

Since I love to read and we have many book reviews/giveaways/etc. on this site, I thought it would be fun to match up some of these shirts with some kids books. Grab the book, add the shirt, and it's a perfect and appropriate gift for the little one in your life!

For "Fearless Frog" I chose Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Do not own.

See? It's perfect! What do you think though? Have any other froggy titles you would like to suggest?! And don't worry if your little one is just a bit too small. You can pick up a Fearless Frog onesie as well!

Next we have "Tough Turtle"...also available as a onesie too!

Do Not Own

For "Tough Turtle", I went on the search for a good book and found Terry, the Awkward Turtle by Russell Dauterman

Do Not Own

As you can see, they have some really cute tops and onesies...apart from their jackets...that you should definitely think of checking out. As I said above, add in a book and these are great gifts that nobody else would think of getting, so you don't hve to worry about double-gifting. Don't you hate that? Be original, and check out the site!

I also should mention that the t-shirts and onesies match up with the jackets if you didn't already can get the animals as a shirt, onesie, and a jacket. Perfect!

Now it's time for the giveaway and this is good for little ones AND adults!

Prize: a choice of any character product from the web store or a t-shirt with a character of your choice embellished in studs (available in kids sizes from 2 through 9 or youth-adults sizes XS-L). the size and color will be finalized upon request. 

Open To: International (You MUST pay shipping though if you are NOT in the U.S.)

Ends: October 31st

To Enter: Visit the site and let me know what item you would like to own.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Unique Gifts for Women (Photo Bracelet) Giveaway

Do not own. Photo from Site.

Unique Gifts for Women


Thanks to UGW for donating a prize item for the Holiday event. I was not compensated in any way for doing this post.


Prize Item: Photo Bracelet (photo above)

Open To: U.S. and Canada only

To Enter: Visit the site and let me know another item you enjoy

Ends: October 31st.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010


In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren who was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.

Finally did another IMM post in vlog form this time. Please excuse any crappiness (is that even a real word?).

Crescendo (Hush, Hush, #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Mini Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #6) by Sophie Kinsella

From Hicklebee's:
Vixen (Flappers #1) by Jillian Larkin

From Nancy (not shown):
Fallen Angel (Fallen Angel #1) by Heather Terrell

The Haunting of Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee (signed)
Matched by Ally Condie (signed)
Bright Young Things (Bright Young Things, #1) by Anna Godbersen
Flip by Martyn Bedford
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Elixir (Elixir, #1) by Hilary Duff, Elise Allen (Contributor)
The Lost Saint (The Dark Divine, #2) by Bree Despain
Exposed by Kimberly Marcus
The Girl Who Became a Beatle by Greg Taylor
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
The Perfect Mistress by Victoria Alexander
Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow by Robert D. San Souci
Vampire Boy's Good Night by Lisa Brown
Zero by Kathryn Otoshi

What did you guys get?


Friday, October 15, 2010

Jumpstart the World + 50 Top LGBT Novels

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Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde

This book is out now and I definitely think you should think about getting it from the library or buying a copy. Why? Because it's a LGBT book...specifically on the T aka transgender, and those books are few and far between. So show the publishing companies you want these titles...and support an amazing author who is trying to bring them to you.

Auctions in honor of this book and supporting GLSEN end tonight at Midnight. Please think about bidding. You get some nice gifts, especially with the holidays coming up!

To find more information about all of that, and see how you can WIN Jumpstart the World then go to the post here.

Also, Accredited Online Colleges emailed me about their list of Top 50 LGBT Novels, and they wanted me to pass that along, so here is the link. I'm going to look over them later. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Amanda Project: The Invisible I (Book Review)

The Amanda Project: Invisible I by Melissa Kantor

Review by: Lauren

Copy From:

Amazing, Interactive Site:

My Summary: Callie has a secret. Her mom is missing and her dad is letting himself fall apart. The only person that really seems to know what is happening is Amanda Valentino, the best friend that Callie hides from her popular social clique the I-Girls.

Except things get a lot more difficult when Amanda goes missing, leaving behind various clues as the search for begins. Callie finds herself becoming closer to outcasts Hal and Nia, also secret friends of Amanda...leading the question...who else knows about Amanda and can they add up all the pieces to find her?


The Amanda Project: Invisible I is just the start of an overall book series and I'm definitely excited. As you read, you realize that Amanda kept a lot of secrets...even from the people she was supposedly really close with. She seems like a genuinely good person though, as she does try and help Callie, Hal, and Nia...the only friends of hers we know of yet.

This book does not reveal Amanda's whereabouts of course, but with the ever accumulating notes and clues, it seems like Amanda might not be that far away. Of course, Amanda is not the only one missing either. Callie has no idea where her mom went and as you read, she starts to second guess the ideas she once had. But who can she talk too, when Amanda's gone as well?

I love the idea of this book, and that it will be a series with various authors picking up. The next book doesn't come out for another year, sadly, but I do know it's written in Hal's point of view (not Callie's) and the main author is a male instead of Melissa Kantor.

If you view the book's website, you find all sorts of fun ways to get involved in the book and you never know what or how you may show up in the series. It's all very fascinating and definitely a wonderful way to get people reading these books even if they aren't normally readers.

Product Perfect for This Book

Because The Amanda Project has such an amazing website set up for people, they also have a cool shop. You can buy sweatshirts, buttons, and even t-shirts. On the smaller side, I put a button picture above. It says "I Heart Amanda" and comes in a pack of five. I love that this is something you could put on a bag or purse and nobody would really know what it meant. It's a secret fandom!

Price: $4.95

You can buy your own Amanda swag here.

Design a Mosaic Giveaway ($49.99 Value)

I do not own this photo. It comes from the company site.

Design a Mosaic Giveaway

Prize: 16x20 Photo Mosaic (can use up to 2,000 photos)

Open To: U.S. and Canada Only!


Design a Mosaic would make an amazing gift for pretty much any occasion. This can be for the Holiday, a Wedding, a Birthday, a Birth, an Anniversary, etc. etc. All the usual things you can think of, but I believe it would also make a really great "You're a Good Friend" gift if you so choose. You have a main picture of whatever you like...if you were doing friends, then one of your friend or the two of you. Then the whole picture is made up of a ton of tiny pictures. If you click the photo above, it should become bigger so you can really see the other pictures that make up the main one. This is such a fabulous idea and I'm insanely jealous of whoever wins this!

If you're like me and want unique ways to save photos, then this would definitely be a good idea. I personally scrapbook, though haven't had as much time, and I'm obviously still missing a ton of I may have to look into Design a Mosaic for myself soon.

As you can read above, the prize is for a 16x20 mosaic which is SO GREAT. I even added above, just so you aware, you can use up to 2,000 photos for you better start looking through your memory cards or old photo albums.

This giveaway is sponsored by the company. All other opinions are mine, I was not compensated in any way. Design a Mosaic kindly offered to help with my Holiday Event!

Now on to the giveaway stipulations! Remember, this is for the U.S. and Canada only!

To Enter: Visit the site and let me know something you learned about this company!

Ends: October 31st!

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And for this week will get +5 bonus points (leave 5 separate comments) if you bid on any of the auctions. They end this Friday night.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pakistan Relief + Photo Contest

First off, you can enter a fun photo contest in honor of the book You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz here. If you like to take pictures, this would be perfect for you!! Be sure to give it a look over.

Then you should head over to The Undercover Book Lover where they are hosting some online auctions for Pakistan Relief. I love these things, as they really do help amazing charities. I'm actually having a week of auctions right now. You can find the link for details in the left hand'll have to scroll down my page for all the auctions, but there are only four, so it shouldn't be too hard. Please think of bidding. All bids start fairly low for the actual price value of the products up for grabs, and with the holidays coming up, you know you'll want some nice gifts for those you love!! So I'd really appreciate you spreading the word or perhaps bidding.

This is in honor of Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde which is out today. I'm getting a copy, are you??

Sunday, October 10, 2010

GLSEN Auctions Information + Giveaway!

October 11th: National Coming Out Day

October 12th: Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde Comes Out.

Jumpstart the World is an LGBT book and in honor of its release and National Coming Out Day, I am hosting a few online auctions this week. You can find the posts below. There might be one more, but I don't have full details yet, so keep an eye out.

All money from the auctions will benefit the Cincinnati chapter of GLSEN. You can learn more here.

The auctions will all end this Friday, October 15th at 11:59 P.M. EST. Please read the rules on each post...some are open to all, some aren't...and they all differ in the starting bid. They will all go up in $1 increments though. Meaning, if someone bids $ can bid $11 but not less than that. You can go as high as you like though.

Thanks to all the companies that donated items. We really appreciate it.

Full List of Auctions:

Bella Bejeweled Necklace
Soda Stream Pure Soda Starter Kit
2 Tickets to Classic New York Movie Sites Tour
2 Tickets to New York TV and Movie Sites Tour  

If you don't wish to bid or can't, that's fine. You can always support by buying or asking your library for a  copy of Jumpstart the World.

Amazon Associates: We get a small percentage if you buy from our link.

 Right now though...if you bid (and you don't have to be the winner) you can enter to win a SIGNED copy of Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde.

Enter: Bid on something this week. Each time you bid, even if it's for the same item, you get another entry. Bid ten times? You get ten entries! If you have questions, let me know.

Again, want people to know these books are important. LGBT books should be available so please think of buying the book or getting it somehow as well, whether you bid or not, whether you win something or not.

If you want another shot at winning this book though, go here and spread the word about these auctions and the novel. This will be signed by the author as well.

Both Giveaways End Friday, October 15th as well. The Giveaway on Shooting Stars is open to ALL, while the other is open to U.S. only.

GLSEN Auction: New York TV and Movie Sites Tour

Item: 2 Tickets to New York TV and Movie Sites Tour


Bid: Starts at $5 and goes up in $1 increments.

Bids Open to Everyone

All money benefits the Cincinnati Chapter of GLSEN

Auction ends at 11: 59 P.M. EST on Friday, Oct. 15th

Information on Tour:

This is a three and a half hour bus tour that visits more than 60 locations from TV shows and movies that have been shot in New York City. See locations from I Am Legend, Enchanted and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; Ugly Betty, Seinfeld, Gossip Girl, Spider-Man, The Devil Wears Prada and more. The tour runs daily at 11 AM.

GLSEN Auction: Classic New York Movie Sites Tour

Item: 2 Tickets to Classic New York Movie Sites


Bids Open to Everyone

Bid: Start at $5...go up in $1 increments

Auction ends Friday, October 15th at 11:59 P.M. EST

All money wil benefit the Cincinnati Chapter of GLSEN

Information on Tour:

See the New York that once was through the lens of a movie camera as you travel the timeline of filming in New York City on this three hour guided bus tour.  See locations from iconic films of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s such as On the Town, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, The Seven Year Itch, How to Marry a Millionaire, and Midnight Cowboy to classic films of the 70’s and 80’s such as The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and Marathon Man, Working Girl, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Moonstruck.

GLSEN Auction: Soda Stream Pure Soda Starter Kit

Item: SodaStream Pure Soda Maker, valued at $180.


Bids Open to Continental U.S. Only!

Bid: Starts at $10 and go up in $1 increments

All money from this auction will benefit the Cincinnati Chapter of GLSEN.

Auction ends Friday, October 15th at 11:59 P.M. EST

GLSEN Auction: Bella Bejeweled Necklace

Item: Weekend on the Rocks Necklace in Cosmopolitan Pink

From: Bella Bejeweled

Opening Bid: $2...go up in $1 increments.

Open to Everyone. All money goes to the Cincinnati chapter of GLSEN.

Leave your bids in the comments. This auction will end at 11:59 P.M. EST on Friday, October 15th.

Giveaway/Contest/Win + a Week Full of Awesome

This week is going to be awesome!! Tomorrow is National Coming Out day and Catherine Ryan Hyde's novel, Jumpstart the World, is due out Tuesday. You should definitely think of picking up a copy.

However, right now you can win a copy HERE by helping us spread the word about these AWESOME charity auctions due to start on this blog tomorrow. Please spread the word, whether you enter the giveaway or not. And again...pick up a copy of Jumpstart the World if it so moves you. Let's show we want more of these books!

Fellow blogger, James, of Book Chic is actually hosting a GLBT themed week in honor of National Coming Out Day as well and you can expect a review and giveaway of Jumpstart the World  as well as LOTS do not miss this!

It should be a great week, so definitely come and celebrate with all of us...and remember, enter the giveaway (link above!) happening now.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Xmas Event: Premiere Collectibles Giveaway!

Merrrryy Christmassss! or Happy Hannukah or Happy Kwanza...and on and on. Basically, it's time to gear up for the holidays. Today marks the first giveaway for this event and I hope you all enjoy it. I'm quite jealous of whoever wins actually!! Mind picking something out and sending it my way?! *winkwink* Okay, okay, moving on then...


Premiere Collectibles

Looking for a wonderful gift for that book lover you know? Maybe they are just a little fond of books, but have a secret celebrity crush on Tori Spelling or Apolo Ohno? Well, with this site, you can buy them not only the book but an AUTOGRAPHED copy of the book. It really is a premiere collectible! And wonderfully enough, they have offered my readers a book of their choice. You'll have to read on to find out all the fun details though.

I included the cover of Tori Spelling's latest memoir because it's something I think my mom would love. I gave her one of Tori's books last Christmas and she really enjoyed it. Imagine if that was actually autographed! And guess who else is on the site? Former First Lady Laura you'd love her autograph, huh?

And I suppose you're now thinking...these must be horribly expensive, but they really don't have to be! Yes, some are if they come in a collector's box or a special copy...but other basic hardcover books that are simply autographed are only around $25!!

Ready for the Giveaway? I thought so!


To Enter: Share a story about personal contact with an author, celebrity, or otherwise well-known person.

Open To: International

Prize: You can pick any book from the following pages: Inspirational, Fiction, and Sci-Fi.

Ends: October 31st...plenty of time to purchase a book whether you win or not!

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Friday, October 1, 2010


Yes, that is a Christmas tree above. I know it's only October 1 and everyone else seems to be having blog events about Halloween and all things spooky. However, I want to jump to Christmas. I love Halloween, but I thought it would be nice for all the products I feature if we did things early. This way you have all October to see all these fun things, possibly win some, and then all of November to buy the things you liked but didn't win!! You'll be all set for December. No need to rush, or even not be able to buy something because the event was in DECEMBER!

So be sure to keep following the blog for lots of fun reviews and plenty of giveaways. I'll even try and focus on some companies who I didn't work with but have some awesome products you might enjoy.

It's going to be great, so I hope you all enjoy it. There are also some other non-Christmas events I'll have going on in October be sure to read those information posts and take part with that. Some involve giveaways, some are auctions, but it's all good stuff.

As for the September giveaways...thanks for entering and I'll try and get the winners figured out this weekend. Also, Linda Gerber has a launch party on her blog for Trance where you can already start winning some amazing prizes. Be sure to go there and see!