Sunday, April 4, 2010

Contest! Contest! Read All About It!

That's right! After entering many of your contests (and winning a few awesome prizes, I must say) I've reached 100 followers and I'm going to have my own contest! I'm so excited for this opportunity to thank you guys for joining me on my blogging journey and to hopefully make some new blogging buddies as well. Thanks everyone - you all rock!

I'll be giving away three gift cards ($30, $20, and $10) to either Barnes & Noble or Borders (your choice).

The rules:
Be a follower and leave a comment on this post with your tally. Tell me if you prefer Barnes & Noble or Borders. You must leave your comment on this post because I'm way too scatterbrained to keep track of them if they're anywhere else.

Old follower +2

New follower +1

Blog post about this contest +4

Sidebar link for this contest +2

Mention this contest on other sites - Twitter, Facebook, etc. +2

Tell me who your all-time favorite literary character is and why +1

Contest ends April 24 at 11:59 Central time (so I can announce the winners on April 25 - my 18th wedding anniversary, hooray!)

I'm sorry - I should have mentioned this yesterday, but I will ship internationally. Please don't let that stop you from joining in the fun!

Good luck!


sarahjayne smythe said...

Congrats on the followers and great contest. I have to admit I was thinking of doing the gift cards this way for my 100th, but never got around to doing the contest. I still think it's a great idea. :) And I prefer Borders.

Old follower +2
Blog post +4
Sidebar +2
Buck from Call of the Wild because he's perfect as a character and I love his story. +1

Total +9

Unknown said...

Happy 100 that's marvelous!!!

Old follower +2
Blog Post +4
Sidebar +2
Twitter +2

Scout Finch and Boo Radley from To Kill a Mocking bird, they both have wonderful stories in the book and very powerful characters +1

Total +11

Unknown said...

Oh I also prefer Barnes & Noble!

Old Kitty said...


YAY!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations on your 100 followers and more!!!!!!!

Fantastic news!!!

As maths is my old enemy and my worst subject on this planet, I'll just say YAY!!! and good luck to whoever wins these great prizes!!

Take care

Lola Sharp said...

HAPPY 100! Woot!

B&N for me, please.

Old follower-2
fave char.-1

I feel like Sophie making this grueling choice. ONE favorite?!
The tree in The Giving Tree.
Yes, I took the easy way out. I chose a tree. I LOVE that book. It still makes me cry. That tree.
The list of 'people' characters to choose from, that I hold dear, is TOO LONG. I couldn't possibly choose just one.


Charity Bradford said...

Congratulations on 100 followers! I love contests, and since Borders is closest to me sign me up for that one.
Old follower +2
sidebar link +2 <a href=">Here</a>
Tweet +2 @charitybradford
My tweets show up on my facebook, does that count as another +2?
It is so hard to pick a favorite character. There are so many great ones, but I always quote Anne Shirley from Green Gables, so I pick her. +1

That gives me 7 without facebook and 9 if it counts. Thanks!

Crystal Cook said...

Congrats!! Fun contest!

old follower +2
blog post +4 (Wednesday)
favorite character +1

total= 7

Jace from the Mortal Instruments. He's just so angsty and tortured and tough, but really sweet and kind too.

Barnes and Noble for me :)


Karen Jones Gowen said...

Yay! Another 100 + follower contest! I'm an old follower 2

I already have you on my sidebar :) 2

I plan a blog post today on a related topic and was going to mention Talli's blog and I'll mention yours too! 4

favorite literary character Huck Finn, because he's written so real we all think he is. 1

I love Borders because they support the local author!

Total 9 points. Good job on all your followers!

Susan R. Mills said...

Old Follower 2
My favorite literary character would have to be Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. 1

Congrats on your 100 followers!

Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

Old follower = +2
I'll mention this on my blog tomorrow = +4
My favorite literary character = +1

Elinowy, from the Chronicles of Prydain. (I think I spelled her wrong tho.)

Christine Danek said...

Wahoo! congrats on 100!
Old Follower - +2
I'll blog about it tomorrow - +4
My favorite literary character (there are too many for me to mention) +1
in my sidebar - +2
Good luck everyone!

Kasie West said...

Okay, I'm a new follower +1 And my all time favorite lit character (which is a really cruel question to ask, btw, because how can we only pick one???!!!) is Dicken's David Copperfield. Love him. He overcomes sooooo much and triumphs. +1

Bish Denham said...

Congratulations on reaching 100 followers!

Old follower +2
Sidebar link +2
I prefer B & N

As for favorite character...that is so hard, Pooh or the Cat in the Hat...both are very dear to my heart.

Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats on the 100 - awesome - great contest too :)

old follower 2
tweeted 2
fave character 1

Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables is my fave character. She was so outgoing & friendly - I wanted her for my best friend :)

Jackee said...

Hooray for Susan! How exciting!

Right now my favorite character is Katniss from Hunger Games. We'll see what it will be next week. (ha, ha.)

And I'm an old follower and will post a link on my sidebar.

Thanks for the contest, friend!

Kimberly Franklin said...

Great contest! And congrats on your followers!

I'm a B&N girl and an old follower +2.

I plan on tweeting, but since I'm not at home and can't do it right now I will come back with those points to post later. :)

Tess said...

Congrats, Susan! We have B&N around here and my fav lit character has to be Kit from The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I like her spunk!

Melissa Cunningham said...

I cannot possibly pick one character I love more than any other. After reading hundreds of books through out my life, I'd have to say I have many. But one that comes to mind first is the main char. from James Patterson's "The Jester." Love that book!

Talli Roland said...

Yay for 100 followers! I've put your contest on my sidebar.

Congrats! :)

Theresa Milstein said...

Old Follower +2
On the top of my blog +2
On Facebook +2
Favorite character - Harry Potter +1
because I have seven books to enjoy him, he's brave, and willing to sacrifice himself for others and the magic is pretty cool. (Or Scout's dad in To Kill a Mockingbird.)

= 7

Congratulations on your 100+ followers!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Yay! Congrats on 100 followers - that's such a great milestone, isn't it?!

+2 loyal follower
+2 sidebar link
+2 Facebook
+1 my favorite character is Mo from Inkheart.

= 7 TOTAL :-)

Annika said...


I am a new follower +1
I sidebared ya! +2
Favorite character is Tara from Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes or Rachel or Claire from her other fab books!!! +1

Total of 4

Robby said...

Barnes and Noble all the way. :]

Old follower +2

Stina said...

Congrats on reaching 100! I live in Canada, so I'll have to cheer from the sideline instead. :)

Susan Fields said...

Stina (and anyone else out of the U.S.) - I'm more than happy to mail internationally. They're just gift cards, so I'm sure the postage won't be a big deal. I want to say "thanks" to my international buddies, too!

DL Hammons said...

Congrats on the 100 followers Susan!! I know what an awesome feeling it is.

Unknown said...

Congrats on the followers! Don't enter me in the contest--I'd rather others win--but I wanted to chime in with my grats!

Kristi said...

Yay for contests and congrats on 100 followers!

I definitely want in but am both lazy and just +2 for old follower for me and I prefer B&N!

May the force be with me!

Congrats again on the followers and thanks for such an awesome contest!

Jai Joshi said...

Hey Susan, congratulations about reaching 100 followers! That's amazing, good job!

I joined your site a couple of days ago, does that make me an old follower or a new one? I can't tell.

I think my favourite literary character of all time is probably Iago from Othello because he's such a mystery.

I guess that's 1+4+1 or 2+4+1?

And I prefer Borders, most definitely. By the way, I think your contest prizes are so generous! Thanks for doing this.


Annika said...

Oh forgot to mention that I prefer Borders!
And thank you so much for coming by my blog! Loved seeing you there!!!

Susan Fields said...

Thanks so much for everyone stopping by, leaving comments, posting and adding my contest to your sidebars - you guys are super fantastic! I love hearing about the favorite characters (and I'm getting some good book suggestions too - my ulterior motive!)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Susan on your 100 followers. I'll post your contest on twitter and the side bar of my blog right away. I'm writing during a work break so don't have time to do the math but my favorite literary character is Pip from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I have visited Barnes and Nobles when I have been in USA--does that than count as my favourite?

Anonymous said...

Ive just tacked you on the end of my F post hehe, I will have to come back with the tally as kids are fighting (school holidays) and my brain is scrambled! :o)

Kelly Polark said...

Congrats on 100!! I am a new follower.
I have many favorite characters, but Ponyboy from The Outsiders came to mind first. He was vulnerable, yet tried to be tough, and a good person deep down.

Kristin Rae said...

Congrats!! Just popped over from Sharon's blog!

+1 new follower
+2 sidebar
+1 Melanie Hamilton Wilkes from Gone with the Wind (and Scarlet actually...), Cinna from The Hunger Games (and Gale!)

4 total. :)

kristinrae023 at gmail dot com

Borders all the way!!

Velva said...

Susan, today you have 109 followers!

I am an old follower :-)
I prefer Barnes and Nobles.

My favorite book is the Color of Water by James McBride. A black's mans tribute to his white mother Ruth Mcbride. She is the daughter of an orthdox Jewish father and she falls in love with a black man in the early 40's. It is a riveting story. It will make you laugh and cry. It's soulful and really refelcts the human spirit.
Her son the author does an absoloutely amazing job telling his mother's story.

MaDonna Maurer said...

Congrats on the 100 Followers!

New Follower +1
Blog post +4
FB page +2

+7 total
Either is fine with me!

Steena Holmes said...

Congrat's on the over 100 followers :) Count me in as a newbie :)

Abby Annis said...

Congrats on reaching 100 followers! As much as I ♥ Borders, there isn't one close by anymore, so I'll have to say I prefer B&N. :)

+2 Old follower

+4 Blogged about it here:

+2 Sidebar link here:

+2 Tweeted about it here:

Total 10 :)

Stina said...

+ 2 Old follower
+ 4 blogged about it today
+ 2 Tweeted about it

There are too many characters I've loved to come up with one.

B.J. Anderson said...

Awesome contest! I'm an older follower, so +2. And my favorite literary character? Hmmm. Does Jim Hawkins from Treasure Island count? That book was what inspired me to write! :D So that's another +1. Oh, and I like B&N because there's not a Borders within 200 miles of where I live. Thanks for the awesome contest!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Way to go 100 followers! I love contests! I have no preference B & N or Borders.
2 old follower
1 Ayla from Clan of the Cave Bear
Total 3

B. Miller said...

Cool contest! I prefer B&N... ;)

I'm a new follower and my favorite character is Roland Deschain of Gilead, the gunslinger from Stephen King's Dark Tower Series. So I guess that's +2 for me!

New follower heading over here from another blog... I look forward to reading more of your posts!

Marie said...

Hello~ I just love following your blog, as I am fairly new to blogging and still learn the ins and outs! What a great idea to have a contest!!

As for my favorite literary character, it is Frodo Baggins. I always felt Tolkein created him as such a deep thinker and I felt the movies certainly did his character an injustice. He is still my favorite though!

New follower +1

Mention this contest on other sites - Twitter, Facebook, etc. +2

Tell me who your all-time favorite literary character is and why +1

Nice meeting you!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Congratulations on your over-hundred followers. Followers. Does that mean that now you have to wear robes and start speaking in parables?

Actually, I like Kindred Spirits as a label better. But I have that kind of mind.

My favorite literary character? Ulysses. He used his mind to escape everything the gods could throw at him. And he did it for love, finally reaching the woman of his dreams after long years. What's not to love about that?

Thank you for the kind words about my short story, THE LIES LOCUST TELL. They were deeply appreciated. And if anyone reading this comment would like to visit : is the place to sneak a peek.

Have only the best of times this week, Roland

Jess said...

New follower!
Tweeted the contest!
Favorite literary person!
= 5pts

(Javert. He has the best songs. I mean, he is brooding and torn and I want to hug him and tell him it will be okay!)

Congrats on the anniversary!

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

Hey, cool contest! And good timing, too. Just drafting a blog post.

Okay, old follower +2
Blog post: +4
Sidebar link +2
Tweet +2
Favorite literary character: It's a toss up between Scarlett O'Hara and Catherine Earnshaw of Wuthering Heights +1

Total: 11 points! Yay!

Susan Fields said...

It's so great to see all the old friends and new buddies here - thanks for stopping by and joining in the fun, everyone! And thanks for telling me your favorite characters and giving some wonderful book suggestions. I guess I'm lucky to have a Borders and a Barnes & Noble equally close. If anyone doesn't have access to either of those stores, I'm sure we can work something out - please don't hesitate to enter because of that.

Jude said...


New follower

Achilles because he's badass and was my first love, way back in 3rd grade.

Kelly H-Y said...

Wow ... what a great idea - - awesome contest!

Anonymous said...

thanks for wanting to participate in my blogfest. I was able to sign you up (I just plugged in my email account since i didnt know yours). Maybe you were trying to put in all of when the http:// part was already there?

Myra said...

Yea Susan!

Old unofficial follower +1.5? lol

Twitter +2

One of fav characters. Fudge from the Judy Blume books +1
Ok, I went way back. At a very early age, he knew what he wanted, went for it and was willing to break a rule or two.

Total 4.5

Unknown said...

Hi!! I stopped by to tell you I have an award waiting for you on my blog, and I see you're having a contest! CONGRATS on passing 100 followers!!!!! Yay, I'm in:

Old follower = 2
Sidebar post = 2
My favorite character = Jane Eyre :)

That's five entries :)
Thanks!! And don't forget to grab your award :)

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

It took me forever to enter because I needed to figure out my favorite book character and why.

Old follower=2
Blogged about=4
My favorite character= 1

And the answer to the my-favorite-character question is ... Molly Gibson from Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters because she is so brave and strong in ways I don't think I could be brave and strong. I think I would be a puddle of tears if put in her circumstances.

It was hard to choose between Molly and Elizabeth Bennet ... oh, and of course Margaret Hale from North and South. But in the end I like Molly's spunk -- and her integrity.

Congratulations on 100+ follower, Susan. I think my total is 7. Yippee!

Oh, and I'd choose B&N gift card if I were lucky enough to win. :)

Rebecca T. said...

New follower: 1
Blog about: 4
Sidebar: 2
Twitter: 2
Favorite Literary character: whoo boy, that's a hard one. I love so many of L.M. Montgomery's characters and one of my favorites of hers is Jane from "Jane of Lantern Hill". She is passionate and true and loves her parents intensely. 1

so that's a total of 10 entries
And I would prefer Borders :)

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Theresa Milstein said...

Oops - I forgot to say - Borders!

Julie Dao said...

Hi Susan! :) New follower here ... I came over via Nicole Ducleroir's blog. Congrats on your 100 followers and I would love to enter the contest for a B&N card!

+1 New follower
+4 Blog about it (post coming next week)
+1 Elizabeth Bennet from "Pride and Prejudice" because she is spunky and intelligent - everything I want to be!

= 6

Congrats again and I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog!

About Me said...

I'm throwing my hat in for the contest.

+1 new follower
+2 sidebar link on my blog,
+1 favorite character from a novel. Odd Thomas from Dean Koontz Odd Thomas series. He's quirky and can see dead people. Gotta love him.

Total 4

Faith E. Hough said...

Hi, I just found your blog and would have followed anyway, but contests are great fun. :)
+1 new follower
+1 My favorite literary character...Anne Shirley, from Anne of Green Gables, etc.
B&N card...
That's all, right?
Your blog is lovely and congrats on 100 followers!

Kristin said...

Became a follower! + 1
Posted this contest on my blog! + 4
Sidebar link! + 2
Facebooked! + 2
Tweeted! + 2
Literary Character below + 1
Total: 12

Barnes and Noble

Jane Eyre! Such lovely thoughts and language and romanticism. Also really loved Laila from A Thousand Splendid Suns!

Unknown said...

I am a new follower!!
My favorite character would be Atticus Finch. I always wished her was my father! I even gave my 3rd the middle name Atticus. I also really love Harry Dresden from The Dresden Files!
New follower +1
Blog Post +4
SideBar +2
twitter +2
Character +1
Barnes and Noble :)

Jenna Z said...

I'm a new follower and my favorite character is Mary Ingalls from he Little House books. She was always the good sister, the one you could depend on while Laura was off chasing butterflies or getting into trouble!


Aubrie said...

Old follower
Favorite literary character: Jane Erye


Jayne said...

Hello Susan. Congratualtions for reaching 154 followers!

I think I probably qualify as a nwe follower - so +1
Blog post +4 (woo!)
Fave literary character: Hm. Ooo. Um. Just one? Fagin from Oliver Twist. Well, he's quite a character, isn't it?! +1

So +6! Am very excited. I would choose Borders if am lucky!

Ella said...

+1 New follower; I don't live near a Borders,
any more. I do love Barnes & that is my vote. Fave literary character:+1
Elizabeth Bennett, she aspired to be her own
person, despite her family.

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