Sunday, June 9, 2013

Celebration Giveaway Fun

Prizes can be fun and so can contests to celebrate new books. I got my first copies of Small Town Girl last week and first thing I thought about was giving some of those books away - along with an added prize or two. I like to tie in the contest with the book. You remember that lilac colored Grandmother's Bible I gave away to celebrate Scent of Lilacs. It seemed to work. Last time, just for fun, I asked you to tell me grandmother stories. You guys are really good story sharers. Before I could blink twice, I had an inbox full of the most wonderful stories, and I had a great time sharing some of those stories with my readers here.

This time I thought and thought about a tie-in prize and finally decided on roses. After all we are taking a story trip back to Rosey Corner. I considered a rose bush, but the winner might not have a place to plant the bush or not be able to. So I decided on cut roses. Who doesn't like roses and getting flowers? I have since found out there are a few, at least two people have told me if they win, they want the second prize. Anyway, I sent out my newsletter with the prize information and I'm slowly working through all the great responses. If you're not on my newsletter e-mail list and would like to be, it's easy to sign up. Just go to this link.

So here are the prizes (pictured above.) First prize is two dozen multi-colored roses and an autographed copy of Small Town Girl or a different book of your choice. It just has to be written by me. :) Second prize is three grab bag books (all Christian fiction) plus an autographed copy of your choice of one of my books. Then I have that extra drawing for those of you who say you "never win." Tell me that and you will be entered in a second drawing for some wind chimes that sound wonderful in the breeze along with your choice of one of my books. Remember, you can enter by sending an e-mail or leaving a comment here on One Writer's Journal with a way to contact you. Easy as that. We'll get you entered, don't worry.

For fun, you can tell me about a time you were surprised by a bouquet of flowers, bought or picked out of the yard. Not a requirement to enter, but I love your stories and I am going to share some of them here in the weeks ahead. With your permission, of course, The flower stories I've been getting are mostly short and sweet but touching. I keep smiling as I read about your surprise bouquets. Deadline for entering is Midnight EST July 13, 2013.

Some of you have said you've never been surprised by flowers and I say sometimes you have to surprise yourself. Buy that pretty flower you've always wanted. My husband has often sent me flowers on the big sending flowers days like Valentines. And at times, he has grabbed a bunch of wildflowers over in the field and brought them to me. :) Sometimes roots and all, but hey, they were flowers. And I love flowers.

Thanks to all of you who read Sue's great post last Sunday. We had a good response and now it's time to announce the winner of an e-book copy of Mother Earth Father Sky. It's Pat C. Pat, I'll give you a week to get in touch to claim your prize. If Pat doesn't send me her contact info, I'll pick another winner.

And the party continues as my Small Town Girl is ready to go hunting readers. Thanks for  reading.

43 comments:

  1. I would love to win the give away.
    angelachesnut246(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I received a floral arrangement in the shape of a birthday cake
    As a surprise from my husband for my birthday one year. He sent it to my work and everyone went crazy over it!!
    smurchison@consolidated.net

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    1. Now that was a surprising flower bouquet. I don't think I've ever seen one like that, but what a neat idea. And always fun to get flowers at work so all your co-workers can enjoy them too. :) I'll enter you in the drawing.

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  3. Hi Ann. What a fun giveaway. I always loved the bouquets my mom would surprise me with from her garden. Beautiful peonies and whatever else was in bloom, or perhaps just a beautiful bouquet from her snowball bush. I really never win anything, so the chimes would be wonderful. I must say I'm anxiously awaiting the new read! Have a wonderful day.
    Linda Clement
    lavender1051@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for jumping in to join my giveaway fun, Linda. Peonies make a great bouquet and how sweet of your mom to always be bringing your flowers. I've got you entered in all the drawings.

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    2. I would love to win your giveaway. It was last year when I won a dozen roses on our radio Birthday Club. I never even heard it. Talk about a surprise. It made my day, as I had just lost my oldest sister. Miracles do happen when you least expect them. I believe wholeheartedly, Barbara Gauthier. Bgauthier49@live.com

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  4. I would love this giveaway. Barbara Gauthier. Bgauthier49@live.com

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  5. i would love to enter this giveaway. ida davis houswife(at)gmail(dot)com. thanks n God bless u

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    1. Hi, Ida. I've got you entered. Good luck in the drawing. And thanks for coming by.

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  6. One of the sweetest bouquets of wildflowers I received was from my two little neighbor girls across the street from us. They didn't know it, of course, but I was terribly sick at the time and it was just such a loving gesture. Love your books and would love to win one. Right now I am laid up with severe back pain so the roses would really lift me up but again your book would do the same. Cheryl Salinas. Honeyita7@yahoo.com

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    1. So sorry you're not feeling well, Cheryl. Hope your back pain eases very soon, like right now! :) I'm sure you do too. And isn't it so much fun to get flowers from a child. Pure love and desire to make someone happy.

      I've got you entered. Thanks.

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  7. I just primarily want the book!! Small Town Girl

    Dandelions handpicked by my child years ago with that big smile to go with it! ~ to select personally and with care ~

    Or, before that, the orchid my brother had long-distance flower wired delivery to me for the day of my high school graduation.

    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. That's a sweet thing to tell me, Kathleen. Glad you think my book would be a good prize. Dandelions in a beloved child's hand has been a very popular mention on my flower messages. But the orchid from your brother had to be great for you too.

      Thanks for sharing and I've got you entered in the giveaways. If you win the roses, I'll send them to whomever you say if you don't want to receive them. LOL.

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    2. I'd like the rose bush, lol, Ann. And... If I win, I would indeed send them to my oldest daughter! She is so deserving and would be so surprised (although, her husband has been known to bring her flowers). Kathleen

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    3. That rose bush could be arranged, Kathleen. :) But if you win, we'd be doing a double surprise if you sent them on to your daughter. But the competition is keen. Everybody likes the idea of getting roses. Well, almost everybody!

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  8. I received a beautiful "watering can" full of flowers -15 years ago - the day after my granddaughter, Shayla, was born, from a very dear friend. It sat on my desk at work until the flowers wilted, then watered my own flowers for years after that. She expressed her desire for me to 'water' my new granddaughter with love the way I would water flowers in the garden.....generously and often, and it would produce a beautiful flower. She was right!!!!

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    1. What a very sweet gift from a friend, Myra. And the message with it was wise and good too. I'm sure you've really enjoyed showering your granddaughter with love these 15 years.

      I'll enter you in the giveaway. I appreciate my "old" reading friends. I guess I could have said "long time" and not "old." LOL.

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  9. I have always told my family I did not want flowers when I died cause I could not appreciate them. So they give me flowers at odd times to surprise me. My youngest helped me put mulch down in my flower bed under the walnut trees. He knows how much I love flowers and never complains about having to weed eat around all the bushes and such I have in my yard. He even hung hummingbird feeders up this year. snel000@yahoo.com

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    1. I'm with you Delores. Give the flowers while the person can enjoy them, but then the family sometimes needs the lift that flowers can bring at a loved one's parting. And what a blessing to have a child who helps you with your flowers. And the hummingbird feeders will be a blessing to you too.

      I've got you entered in the giveaway. Give your son a hug for us for being such a good son!

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  10. My husband surprised me at work with flowers just to say he loves me!

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    1. And that was fun for you, Rachel. Getting flowers at work is the best!

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  11. I cannot remember the last time I received flowers. I really don't care to get them as I think they cost too much. Please enter me into the contest.

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    1. Jane, you sound like me. I'm always worrying about the cost of those flowers, but I still think they're lovely. Perhaps you enjoy other gifts of love from your family. Sometimes an encouraging word can be the best.

      I'll enter you in the contest, but you'll have to watch here on the blog of my website on July 13 to see if you win since I don't have your contact info here. Of course you might be on Facebook and if so, I can contact you from there.

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  12. My Grandmother Meg said she never wanted flowers when she died either. I prize myself as a small town girl, I love it when my children pick me wildflowers , especially Daniel my 5 year old son. I would so love to win the giveaway and read this book. I so want to read alot of your books the covers are just so enticing to me.
    Love in Jesus
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacres7@gmail.com

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    1. I like being a small town girl too. And what can be better than a 5 year old with a handful of flowers for his mama. So sweet. I hope your grandmother enjoyed her flowers.

      I've got you entered in the contest and I do hope if you get a chance to read any of my books that you'll enjoy the stories.

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  13. What a fun contest to celebrate your new book! Thanks, Ann.
    Probably my most surprising time of receiving flowers was a few years ago, when I was told there were flowers for me in the office of the school where I work. I didn't know who would be sending me flowers; I no longer have a husband and there isn't any new man who would send me flowers. The beautiful flowers were from my precious daughter, who was in college. She had sent them to express her appreciation for some help I'd given her. I don't remember exactly, but I think she had e-mailed me a paper she was working on and asked for editing advice, which I gave. It was certainly a sweet thing for her to do.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Pam, that had to be a happy surprise. I'm sure you felt loved and appreciated when you got the flowers. Glad you are taking part in my giveaway. And thanks for sharing your story too.

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  14. Would love to read your new release! My mom and dad got me flowers for Valentine's Day once. It was really sweet.

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for joining in my flower story fun. So glad you had a sweet bouquet to remember. I've got you entered in the contest, Marissa. I'd love for you to read my new release too.

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  15. Hello Ann, Back when I was working and had met a new guy he sent me flowers at work and when they brought them to my desk I just knew they belonged somewhere else, I never had gotten a bouquet before, so sweet that it brought tears to my eyes.
    Your giveaway sounds wonderful, I like to share with others, sent a box of my books to sister in Ky and she got them today, we are a reading family...
    Paula O

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    1. Always fun to get your comments, Paula. That guy got points that day, didn't he? It's always fun to get flowers. My family is a reading family too. We love talking books.

      Got you entered in the giveaway.

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  16. Hello Ann, I sure thought I had entered this but don't see it, so here I go. I have received so many pretty bouquets from my 4 children. One daughter made me a beautiful cake Bouquet. It looked just like a basket, flowers and all. Was beautiful. Still don't see how she did it. It really looked weaved. I received one a few years from my son and daughter-in-law that was in a beautiful teapot to use later. I received a bouquet in a box once. Was mid summer and had been left on the hot porch. Had never received flowers inn a box so figured were ruined. But, had a big surprise, was 2 dozen tulips and a vase. It had been shipped from a niece in AZ. to Pasadena, TX. And, a cousin also sent me a orchid from Hawaii. I have been blessed with so much love. Please enter me. Can't imagine someone not wanting your rose bush. Maybe they didn't have a place. Maxie Anderson
    mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Always fun to hear from you, Maxie. And how nice to have children who gift you with flowers and cakes and love. I did get your story about the tulips. Maybe you e-mailed it to me. An orchid from Hawaii sounds neat too.

      I've got you entered. Thanks.

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  17. Hello! The best time I received a bouquet of flowers was from my boyfriend and now husband, Sam. We had dated for a long time and then were engaged, I broke up with him. I knew marriage was vows before God and took them seriously and he did too. He sent me many items to woo me back but the long stemmed roses sent to me at work were wonderful. We have now been married 28 years!

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    1. The roses must have worked, Anonymous. He must have really known you were the ONE to have been so persistent. Sounds very romantic and like the plot for a novel. :)

      If you want to send a way to contact you, I'll enter you in the contest. You can write your e-mail like this annhgabhart(at)yahoo(dot)come to keep it from being captured by the internet trollers. Or just e-mail me at that e-mail address I just wrote that way.

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  18. I love pretty flowers, like the ones that were always picked by little hands best. this morning walking from daughters, the smell of gardenia's was strong in the air...awesome....vrush729@aol.com

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    1. Gardenias do smell wonderful, Virginia. And flowers from your daughters might be best. Glad you had a nice morning walk.

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    1. The deadline isn't until July 13, 2013, Virginia. I wanted to give time for many of you to enter. I'll announce the winners on July 14. I think that's a Sunday.

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  20. Hi Ann I wont enter your give a way competition, as I live in Australia, and I don't expect you to ship, out of your country. I've enjoyed reading a few of your books, thank you. I always keep flowers in our home, I go as far as picking tree branches or anything green or interesting. My Mum( she's 90)always did this. She said it puts the finishing touches to the house after its been cleaned!! Regards and Greetings from Canberra Australia. Ros P.s You will see my facebook page has NED FIRTH... it belongs to our cat who needed F/B as he won a Whiskers Comp!!!!

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    1. That's really nice of you, Ros, to think about the shipping cost. I have sent books out of country but it is expensive. However, I always seem to forget to add the limit of only U.S. or Canada (Canada is less expensive to ship than international). Since I am a "small town girl," I tend to forget that we are all so closely connected these days. I say something and over there in Australia, you can answer me or vice versa. That's really pretty neat and has changed the world. We're all just a click away.

      And so when I see you on Facebook, it's really the cat who's waving at me. :) Good for Ned. Sounds like he's a champ!

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