Menagerie’s Halloween Haunt – Winner!

October 24, 2008

Our Winner is…..

Krista from Missouri

Congratulations!

We had a VERY CLOSE second place entry.  Only 3/10ths of a point separated them! 

Here is the breakdown of the top-ten (based on three judges, independently scoring… and, avering the scores):

We had such a blast reading the stories, posts, and book recommendations!  For those who participated, we really appreciate it!

Krista, our grand prize winner, will win the HALLOWEEN BASKET O’ FUN! 

Madaline and Anna will each receive a Halloween Suprise!

Best to all!

Happy Haunting!

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Book Lover’s Reading Round Robin

October 23, 2008

Let’s live on the wild side…

Let’s read a book that…

…we didn’t order

…we didn’t get from a publisher (not that we mind!)

…we didn’t review for a book tour

…we didn’t get as a gift (or hand-me-down)

… we have “BOOO-KOOO” time to read

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 This is how it will “fly”……

* Choose a book that you really enjoyed, for whatever reason… “The Robin’s Egg”

* Write a post.  In your post, name another blog’s site as the receiver of your Robin’s Egg (aka “The Nester”). (You may want to email them, or link to them so they know an Egg has been placed in their nest).

* The Nester has a choice…

(A)  Adopt your Robin’s Egg (which is a mystery), or

(B) Contact another blogger for a random book suggestion. 

In the event your Nester accepts your Robin’s Egg, you must reveal the book to them.  The Nester shall read your Robin’s Egg and subsequently review it on their post on or before February 15, 2009.  In the event your Nester takes Option B, the Recipient shall review and post about that random book assignment by February 15th, as well.  Keep in mind, if the Nester elects to go Route B, then your Robin’s Egg is still available and you may choose another blogger to “Lay the Egg” on!  Another note… you have to stick with Option B’s random suggestions if you elect Option B.  No further window shopping or bargaining for Robin’s Eggs!

* The Nester must then ALSO “Lay An Egg!”  That recipient shall then start the same process from the start with a new Nester… and so on, and so on!

 IMPORTANT RULES: 

If the Nester doesn’t want to participate (BOOO), that’s okay!  Just start again with another blogger.

If some body’s already “Laid An Egg” on you, you can respectfully decline your receipt of any further Robin’s Eggs…. or, if you’re insane, you can adopt another Robin’s Egg into your nest!  The best way to avoid too many Robin’s Eggs, would be to write a post when “You’ve Been Egged”…. share who “Egged You” and what’s now on your nightstand (a.k.a. TBR) and share who you’re Laying your Robin’s Egg on to continue the Book Lover’s Round Robin.

When you write your post and your review, in order to keep the Round Robin/Meme noticeable, please use the following badge:

This can also help others see if you’ve been “Egged” or not yet!

By the end, we should have all linked to other great sites, read books that we would have never dreamed of reading, and have gotten, well, you know… “egged” (ahem, I wanted to say the other word!)

If I omitted something in the rules, please feel free to contact me and I’ll amend the post!  Also, if you need help with posting the badge, please email me at anovelmenagerie@aol.com and I’ll send you jiffy like instructions!

Best to All!


TODAY IS THE DEADLINE!

October 22, 2008

well, my friends

the day is here

when stories & tales

fill us with fear!

 

your ghost stories

so filled with fright

brought us plenty o’ scares

and chills of delight!

 

but, in the event

your story’s untold

you must send it TODAY

for us all to behold!

 

The contest is ending

today, don’t you see?

To win a basket of prizes

Here your entry must be!

 

An email, a post

a comment, or two

filled with horrors

or, just a plain “boo!”

 

OK, Readers… Bloggers… Writers… Kids… Friends…

NO MORE PROCRASTINATING!

TODAY’S THE DAY!

IF YOU WANT A CHANCE AT THE BASKET O’ HALLOWEEN FUN….

POST A COMMENT BELOW, WRITE A POST AND LINK IT, EMAIL ME AT ANOVELMENAGERIE@AOL.COM OR SEND A SMOKE SIGNAL (OR, NOTE VIA A WITCH ON A BROOM)!

GOOD LUCK, GHOULS!

 


A Quilt Give-A-Way & Menagerie Give-A-Way

October 16, 2008

TWO GIVE-A-WAYS… ONE MINE & ONE IS FROM ANOTHER…

Now, I must BRAG BRAG BRAG…

I am a total GIVEAWAY FREAK!  I just love doing Thursday’s Thoughts and making things for winners!  I just sent Alyce and Trisha some handmade book-floss book marks and hope they like them.

But, the award for the Halloween Haunt… this piece d’ resistance will definitely be LARGE, OVERFLOWING, FUN, AND TOTALLY COOL! The basket will be sent to only ONE LUCKY WINNER of The Halloween Haunt.  Because there are cool decorations for your house, I want to allow for enough shipping time for the basket to arrive.  Because of this, I have to have the enteries in by the 22nd… that’s SIX DAYS FOLKS

For the giveaway, all you need to do is submit a Halloween story (it can be a creative story or a true one), some words about your favorite scariest book, scary memories… or whatever tale you think will fit in the “Scary Halloween” Genre.  Or, have your kids write a Halloween story and submit theirs!  You can post about it on your blog and put the link in the comments section, or, you can just email me at anovelmenagerie@aol.com and I’ll post it for you.  You don’t want to miss out, trust me on that one!  I’d want this basket!  Also, if you post a badge on your site… I’ll enter you for a “Second Chance Drawing.”  The prize for that is a secret, but you won’t be disappointed!  Boo!

Here are the badges… plenty to chose from!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The link to the Contest Site is: https://sjfreed.wordpress.com/2008/10/05/menageries-halloween-haunt/

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For the other GIVEAWAY…. the quilt.  This is not mine… this is from Pigtails and Snails.   It’s radically gorgeous!  I’m entering~!  Here’s the juice:

Here’s the Link:  http://pigtailsandsnails.blogspot.com/

Here’s the quilt:

But, the contest is up on the 17th.. so hurry!

 


Fall into Reading 2008 Challenge Update

October 11, 2008

The Fall Into Reading 2008 Challenge Update for Menagerie

The Challenge:  To publish a list of books that I intend to read in that duration and stick to it!  

My Challenge List:

  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck
  • They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We CanDo It
  • The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
  • Faefever (Fever Series #3) by Karen Marie Moning
  • My Husband’s Sweethearts by Bridget Asher
  • NEW:  Dewey
  • NEW:  The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
  • New:  Being Written by W. Conescu
  • New:  Life After Genius by M. Ann Jacoby
  • New: Home Girl by Judith Matloff
  • New:  Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin
  • Yesterday’s Weather by Anne Enright

OK… so, I’m just pages away from being done with Yesterday’s Weather.  I’ve posted reviews on the completed books for those interested.  I’ve added three more books today like an insane person.

But, I’m up for the CHALLENGE!


Halloween Time At Thursday’s Thoughts

October 9, 2008

What?!?

Thursday’s Thoughts is Trick or Treating this Week? 

LET’S GO!

 

Friends, readers, bloggers, ghouls and ghosts… click on over to Thursday’s Thoughts for this week’s contest and last week’s WINNERS!

AND…. Readers!!! Writers!!! I’m getting a ton of hits on the site, but only 10-15 entries a week!  So, I know you’re thinking about it… just take those 5 minutes, share with us a piece of you… so that we can visit your cool blog-site and get to know you better!  Plus… there are prizes!

Head on over… it’s free stuff and fun stories!

See you there!

And, a reminder… Visit Menagerie’s Halloween Haunt!

The prize is valued at over $100! 

And, it’s SUPER COOL, NEATO, FANTASTICO!


Menagerie’s Halloween Haunt

October 5, 2008

Oh, My Friends….

The Time is Near….

When Gouls, Goblins & Horrors Appear!

  

Come one, come all … if you dare!

It’s time to put on OUR HALLOWEEN SCARE!

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