Monday, December 16, 2013

Marie's Birthday Celebration!

Today is my birthday! *hands out cupcakes* It's a big one I turn...*chokes on words*...I turn 30. Gaaaaaaaaaaaaah!! It's okay. Really. It's not that bad. I'm not having a meltdown, I swear. I'm determined that this year I will embody the phrase '30, flirty, and thriving'. This year is going to be all kinds of awesome, because I'm going to make it all kinds of awesome.  How's that for optimism?

So as I say goodbye to my 20s *wipes away a nostalgic tear* I'd like to celebrate with you, my lovely, oh-so-wonderful bloggy friends. I've been at this whole book blogging thing for three years now and there have been a lot of ups and downs but I wouldn't trade a minute of it. I've made some incredible friends, had a chance to work with authors and publishers, and I've read a boatload of books, many of which touched my heart and left me changed. 

Despite my love of books, if it weren't for this amazing community, I don't think I would keep blogging. You guys - your passion and love and humour and insanity and support - make it worthwhile. I cherish each and every comment left on this blog, every follower, and every new friend I make.

And because I love you guys so much, I figured what better way to celebrate my birthday than by celebrating with you? How am I doing that? GIVEAWAYS! All year long I've been trying to come up with something #1 choice would have been to have 30 prizes, but alas, I can't afford that. So I came up with a few different things, and hopefully there'll be something for everyone. 

~Giveaway #1~

Signed, personalized Waiting for the Storm postcard, plus signed sticker (not shown) from yours truly
Scarlet bookmark signed by AC Gaughen 
The Archived bookmarked signed by Victoria Schwab
The Secret Diamond Sisters bookmark signed by Michelle Madow
Undeadly bookmark signed by Michele Vail

*Open internationally*

~Giveaway #2~
Winner's choice of one (1) of the ebooks pictured here (the top four books are mine and the rest are books by friends and/or books I've read and loved)

Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry {GoodReads}
The Game Changer by Marie Landry {GoodReads}
Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry {GoodReads}
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Marie Landry {GoodReads}
The Boys of Summer by CJ Duggan {GoodReads}
An Endless Summer by CJ Duggan {GoodReads}
That One Summer by CJ Duggan {GoodReads}
If Only We by Jessica Sankiewicz {GoodReads}
A Scottish Ferry Tale by Nancy Volkers {GoodReads}
Scotland by Starlight by Nancy Volkers {GoodReads}
Being Human by Patricia Lynne {GoodReads}
The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers by Angie Fox {GoodReads}

*Open internationally*

Last week I did an 'If we were having coffee...' post and I shared my mixed feelings about turning 30. My friend Suz told me I should watch Sex and the City because it's the best cure for the 'Turning 30 Blues'. I immediately got out my copy of season 1 and popped it in the DVD player. Later my mum told me she was going to get me the series set for Christmas, so I wondered what I should do with my barely used season 1...then I decided I might as well pass it along to a friend. This set is used, but I've only watched the first few episodes, the case is in great condition, and the discs are pristine. Sex and the City is one of my favourite shows ever, so I want to spread the love!

*Open Canada and US ~ must be 18+ to enter this one!*

  While I have your attention, I just want to talk about the very first year-long challenge I'll be hosting in 2014: the Historic Fiction Reading Challenge. It starts January 1st, 2014 and runs until December 31st, 2014. Love historic fiction? Never really read it but want to give it a try? Consider signing up for the challenge!

Thank you for celebrating my birthday with me! 

What was your favourite birthday? What's the best gift you've ever gotten? What do you hope to do for your next birthday?


  1. HAPPY birthday lady! Welcome to 30. I've been here for about 7 months now and I can say it isn't that bad once you get past about a month into it and stop trying to say I'm 29, wait, no, not anymore. :) *HUGS*

  2. I. Love. You. <3 You're always such a doll promoting my book. :)

  3. Well, crud, I missed this post before I left to visit family for the weekend. Otherwise, I would have pimped it.

  4. Oh my gosh, you mentioned me in your post and I didn't even see it. I'm such a bad horrid friend. lol. I've been so busy these last couple of weeks and I've been sick almost the entire time, still am with little to no voice at all. But, it warms my heart, that you mentioned me. I hope that you had a fabulous birthday, because you are such a fabulous person. *g*


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