12 December 2010

Anniversary Bash: Finale!

Welcome to the final day of Unusual Historicals' anniversary!

I have to say, this has been one of the best blogging experiences I've had in a long time. The comments all of y'all have provided have often had me rolling with laughter. Definitely the way to start every morning, and even more than that, the best way I can think of to celebrate four years at such an awesome blog. I can't wait to see everyone stick around as we return to normal programming.

Before we get to the really, really good stuff--the extra huge pack of books we have to give away today--I want to take a moment out to thank Carrie Lofty for the work she puts in around here on a regular basis. I've always known she was the one who kept this gig running smoothly, but I never realized until I took over this week exactly what that entailed. A lot. Like, just putting up posts with pictures and silly questions has taken me hours of work. I can't imagine how much time Carrie must put in. Ms. Lofty, I tip my hat to you.

Ok, the books. What have I been holding back for today? Why, really awesome stuff. Twelve books! You read that right, twelve. All stuffed carefully in one box and mailed off to a single lucky winner. Sounds like a wonderful distraction from family and holidays!

Today's winner will get:

Elizabeth Lane:
The Horseman's Bride (signed)





Amanda McIntyre:

The Diary of Cozette; Tortured; The Master & the Muses (all signed)





Hope Tarr:
Vanquished (signed)





Diane Whiteside:
The Devil She Knows (signed and there's a matching keychain)







Lisa Marie Wilkinson:
Fire at Midnight; Stolen Promise (both signed)






Lisa J. Yarde:
On Falcon's Wings








Kate Bridges:
Alaska Bride on the Run; Mail Order Marriages (both signed)






Monica Burns:
Kismet






Seriously people, how can you top that stack? Y'all are lucky the books are actually at Carrie's house. If I had 'em, they'd probably be pre-read before they got to the winners. (Honestly, I've read most of them already. But that's just because I really do love the special zing I get from reading a great historical set somewhere different.)

We've hopefully introduced you to a lot of new Unusual Historicals authors this week. So for today's Grand Prize, tell me which UH author you're most eager to read. The winner will be drawn at random first thing next Sunday morning, just like our usual Sunday giveaways.

The usuals: Void where prohibited. Prizes can only be mailed to the US and Canada. Don't talk to strangers. (Unless they're really cute and rich.)

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Lorelie Brown's first book, JAZZ BABY, is currently available from Samhain Publishing and will be released 4 January in paperback. Her second romance, an 1880s-set western, will be published by Carina Press in Summer 2011

71 comments:

Virginia C said...

This has been a fabulous, fun "Anniversary Bash" Thank you! I have truly enjoyed the wide variety of comments and contests : ) It's very difficult to choose one author from such an outstanding ensemble of talented writers! However, I would have to say that Monica Burns is at the top of my list with "Kismet" and also her men in black leather pants--the "Sicari Series" ; )

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jcp said...

Wow! What a giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I only wish I was eligible to win! What great books and gorgeous covers. And what a great job you've done this week Lorelei and Carrie. Huge thanks.
Elizabeth Lane

Margay said...

Can I say all of them? I really want to read Kismet by Monica Burns and the Amanda McIntyre books.
Margay

Sheree said...

I would love to read Monica Burns' "Kismet" and I'm currently reading Zoe Archer's "Rebel"

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Margaret Mallory said...

I have been longing to read several of my co-UH authors. Unfortunately, I won't have much reading time until after I turn in my next book! Poor holiday planning on my part to have a book due in mid-January. ;)

Good luck to the commenters & thanks so much for stopping my our Anniversary Bash this week!

Danielle said...

Thanks for a wonderful Anniversary Bash!!!

EC Spurlock said...

This has been a great bash and I will definitely be sticking around in the year ahead! Thanks for a refreshingly unusual blog and for introducing me to a whole lot of really interesting books and authors. Zoe Archer and Jeannie Lin have already gone on my Christmas list. :-)

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Lindsay Townsend said...

Thank you so much, Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown and all the fantastic authors at UH for this amazing week! I've been thrilled to be part of it!

I'd love to read everyone here at Unusual Historicals!

Linda Henderson said...

What a great giveaway. I've been wanting to read Kismet by Monica Burns and I always enjoy Hope Tarr.

seriousreader at live dot com

BlithelyBookish said...

I love your site and your contest!!

I've been reading Zoe Archer's Blades of the Rose series, and loving it! I've been eying Monica Burn's Kismet for awhile, and so I'd have to say that's the book/author I'd love to read.

Thanks for the contest!!!

Daphne said...

Fairly new to your site. There are lots of interesting authors here of whom I have never previously heard, much less read. What a collection of creativity. The Jazz Baby story sounds interesting; I keep meaning to check out Carrie Lofty; and Lila Di Pasqua sounds promising (retold fairy tales always are fun); Westerns are entertaining... really how to pick? I've only ever read maybe one or two of your authors. Hmmm, maybe that means I should win the variety pack? ;) My reading wishlists keep getting longer.

Laurie Faelan said...

Thanks for this great giveaway! I've read Lisa Marie and love her books! I'm eager to read all these authors but I have to say that Monica Burns' Kismet looks delectable!

Chelsea B. said...

For me, that would be Zoe Archer! I can't wait to start her series!
This has been fun!

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dlynnpen said...

This was a wonderfull bash.I found so many authors my Mother and I want to read all their books.I can tell you Monica Burns always a favorite.We want to read them ALL!!!

Jena Lang said...

Happy Anniversary!

I'm most eager to read Zoe Archer. I'm also anxious to read SONG OF SEDUCTION by Carrie Lofty -once I get an e-reader, that is. I loved both of her medieval books.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

jenalang(at)live(dot)com

unforgetting kleio said...

ALL of them! I think Amanda McIntyre, in particular,though. I've loved the snippets that I've read of her books.

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Modokker said...

The Amanda McIntyre book. I've been seeing that book everywhere for months so i'm totally intrigues to read it and see what i've been missing. I've not read any of Amanda's books before so she's new to me.

Awesome Anniversary Bash! totally enjoyed the whole things.

US resident, GFC follwer and subscriber.

Lisa B
modokker at yahoo dot com

windycindy said...

"Happy Holidays!" What a great book list for winter reading with a hot cocoa and a roaring fire in the fireplace...
Kate Bridges is one of the Unusual
Historical authors that I a very
anxious to read her books!
Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Jeanette J said...

All of them sound interesting. I think maybe Sandra Schwab or Monica Burns

Rosie Hong said...
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Rosie Hong said...

I have The Blades of the Rose series by Zoe Archer, and I'm really looking forward to reading those.

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Carol Burge said...

Wow, what a great bunch of books! Even though I haven't posted much, I have been reading the posts, and I've enjoyed the Anniversary Bash.

Thanks to everyone here at the Unusual Historicals blog for giving away all these awesome books. It's been a blast!

Happy Holidays!

~Carol B.

kaisquared said...

So hard to choose, but I will have to pick Monica Burns with "Kismet". If I win, I will eagerly devour them all! Thanks for the great giveaway!


Mary M.

She said...

Thanks for hosting the anniversary bash. I'm looking for to reading Diane Whiteside. I like her Devil series but have fallen behind on it.

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UteH said...

Couldn't join you the past days, because the site wouldn't come up (the DNS server of my provider had gone astray). I'm so happy that I could reach you today.

The author I'm most eager to explore is Jeannie Lin. You find so few historicals with asian settings.

Happy Holidays to all of you

SandyH said...

Could I say all of them. Just found this website so I am learning about a lot of authors that are new to me.

Virginia said...

I going to have to go with Diane Whiteside and Kate Bridges, their books look really good. Its been a great week.

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Anonymous said...

I'm really interested in Kate Bridges--the Alaska Bride intrigues me because I grew up in Alaska. I also think I would enjoy Diane Whitesides a whole lot.

farrell@crosslake.net

Verona St. James said...

Well, I still really want to read that Zoe Archer series. It's been getting great reviews. And I love romantic adventure.

Nikki said...

What a great variety! I would love to win this one--just in time for the holidays. :)

Ana said...

I'd read Hope Tarr first. I've heard good things about her, and I have her on my "to buy" list.

Julie said...

It's been a great Anniversary Bash, thanks for sharing so much with us! I'm a bit early, but I'm impatiently waiting for Jeannie Lin's next Tang dynasty story.

LORETTA CANTON said...

I want to read all of the books, I cannot pick one author.


loretta

lbcanton@verizon.net

PhyllisC said...

Congrats to all the winners so far! There are several of the authors that I would love to read but I would most love to read Lindsay Townsend.

Angela Johnson said...

Happy Aniversary Unusual Historicals. What a fabulous giveaway. I want to read Kismet and Master of the Muses. So I really hope I win.

angela(at)angelajohnsonauthor(dot)com

Amanda said...

I'm looking forward to reading all your authors at some point in the future. I'm also currently reading Zoe Archers "Rebel", and plan to read the rest of the Blades of the Rose series next

Mary Anne Landers said...

Thank you, Unusual Historicals! Your website looks really fascinating.

I checked out the Amazon pages for the books in the giveaway. Based on the information therein, I'd say the UH author I'd most like to read is . . . all of them.

But if I absolutely MUST name just one, I'd say Elizabeth Lane. Her novels sound right up my alley.

I'm looking forward to upcoming posts. Keep up the good work!

maryannelanders at centurytel dot net

www dot facebook dot com slash maryannelanders

Debby said...

I started late but I enjoyed the ones I read. thanks so much for hte fun.

debby236 at att dot net

Melissa said...

OMG! Twelve Books! And there isn't a one that I've already read, but would love to get to all of them.

Thanks UH!

lindalou said...

I would love to read Monica Burns' Kismet. I was excited to see it in your listing...

kalynnick said...

I want read all the UH authors but the most I want to try is Lisa Marie Wilkinson~

LilMissMolly said...

So many books, so little time. If only I didn't have a full time job, plus being a parent to 2 teen daughters with tons of after school activities! Thanks for such a great Finale!
lvsgund at gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Zoe Archer's books sound intriguing and I love the Indiana Jones looking covers, they seem to promise adventure and romance. Monica Burns Kismet cover keeps catching my eye - I'd definately pick it up in a store and check it out. Thanks for the great give a way. Stephenia (quilter892ataoldotcom)

Barbara E. said...

With such a great group of authors, it's hard to choose, but I'm most eager to finish reading Zoe Archer's The Blades of the Rose series (loved Warrior).

Caffey said...

Its hard to pick just one to look forward to! LOL. I love Margaret Mallory's books and so excited about her 'Return to the Highlanders' series that starts with THE GUARDIAN (but its May, so long a wait!) Oh and too Amanda McIntyre's Anthology THE PLEASURE GARDEN with Charlotte Featherstone and Kristi Astor (But thats April!) LOL. And those you listed, I want to say all too! But I so can't resist a cowboy and love Diane Whiteside's so that would be my first one to read! But I so looking forward to every month's releases and finding those treasures!

Caffey

misskallie2000 said...

What an awesome group of authors. I have read several of them.
Monica Burns and Kismet would be first. But also like Margaret M. and Zoe and Carrie. lol all of them

Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

JennJ said...

What a great blog I'm now a new follower! And a terrific lineup of some wonderful authors! I have long been a fan of Amanda McIntyre so definitely her and I have been wanting to get to try Elizabeth Lane, Hope Tarr and Monica Burns's books as well! They all look so good it's difficult to choose lol!

Carol L. said...

There are so many I'd love to read. I'm dying to read Margaret Mallory's Highland series, Monica Burns and the Sicari series and kismet. Hope Tarr and Charlotte Featherstone.
Thanks so much for these amazing giveaways.I'm in the USA and I'm a GFC follower under Lucky47.
Carol L
Lucky4750@aol.com

Carrie Lofty said...

Hello, hello! Thanks so much to everyone for coming out for our finale. It's been a great week of prizes and laughs, meeting new people. We hope you've found something entertaining and interesting here at our humble little site, and that'll return again.

And to those of you who mentioned me as your author to try, I'm so flattered! Thanks big bunches :)

susied said...

I've have Lisa Marie Wilkinson's book on my wish list and also Amanda McIntyre. But all the books from the UH authors I've checked out so far sound great!

eily said...

Monica Burns, def!

Eileen Andrews said...

Monica Burns, definitely rather...LOL

Sandra Sookoo said...

Wow, what a great list of offerings! Would you believe I haven't read any of these books? I love Amanda's cover so that would be my first choice. Obviously, I have alot of reading to catch up on!
sandra.sookoo@comcast.net

anneardeur said...

I have to agree with the comments that say they all look great, but I think the Amanda MacIntyre ones have to win my vote. The covers are gorgeous.

Maria said...

Fantastic Giveaway....I would say the one I want to read most is Monica Burns "Kismet" because I have not read anything by her and it looks really good

Linda Marie Dershem said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I am particularly interested in Amanda McIntyre and Monica Burns especially. But really, I would love to read all of these!

Raven99 said...

I enjoyed spending your anniversary week with you! I had lots of fun reading the responses to all of the questions.

The author that I am most interested in reading is Amanda McIntyre because I have not yet read any of her books.

Maureen said...

Happy Anniversary! I don't think I could pick just one, they all look wonderful but if I had to I would pick Diane Whiteside.

lrwirum said...

I would love to read Kismet by Monica Burns. :-)

Larena
lrwirum@q.com

chilty1014 said...

Please enter me to win these wonderful books!
chilty1014 at gmail dot com

iokijo said...

A much harder question than it would seem. There are too many interesting books/authors listed : ( .. I'm going to have to call a tie for me.. Amanda McIntyre & Zoe Archer. I have both authors books on my wishlist, and am hoping to be able to get them soon.
Thank you for the introductions to so many authors over the past week, and for the chance at a fantastic group of books.
Good luck everyone.

librarypat said...

I really enjoy Kate Bridges. She has strong characters. Both they and the situations they find themselves in feel very real. I have enjoyed all of her books that I have read.
You have several books in this group that are on my Wish List.

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Anonymous said...

WOW--what a list! And so many authors I love...if someone held a gun to my head (antique, of course), I'd probably pick Dian..Hope...uh, Monica! I think...

If chosen, I promise to tuck them into a warm safe place, free from (too many) cookie crumbs and chocolate bits, and guard them from sloshing cups of tea. I will read them each and every one (probably more than once), and try very, very hard not to drool on the covers!

Julia
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Sybylla said...

If I *had* to choose one of them, probably Zoe Archer.

Kate K said...

I've been wanting to try Monica Burns! So looking forward to trying all these new authors.

Anonymous said...

I'd have to say that Lisa J Yarde is the one I'm most anxious to read. I just happened to come across this site and saw your contest with her book in it. I love history. Especially that time period. I can't wait to read the book.
Linda Young
qladyhawke at gmail dot com

pageturner said...

I really want to read your book, 'Jazz Baby' - it's a period I live but not a lot of fiction seems to be written then.

pageturner345@gmail.com

Kristin said...

I'm not sure I can pick just one. I guess, if pressed, I would chose Zoe Archer's book. I Adore her stuff.

Veenu said...

What a fantastic Anniversary Bash and what a grand finale! Seriously, if I could I would like to read them all.

However, since I have to choose one, and I'm hoping to hold these lovelies in my hand, I'll go with Hope Tarr! What better way, to win? Than be completely Vanquished! :-)

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Carrie Lofty said...

The winner has been chosen. It's windycindy! Congratulations! Here are the details:

http://unusualhistoricals.blogspot.com/2010/12/anniversary-bash-finale-winner.html

Thanks so much to everyone who made our Anniversary Bash such a party. Hope to see you back here very soon!