January 10, 2010

Life starts again, Bday week and a Giveaway!

winter2010 Tomorrow my life starts again.

Christmas break is over and college starts full speed with 2 papers I have to give in this first week. *sigh* We are nearing the exams again so the next 2 month will be hard on my nerves.
It would be so much better if someone would just pay me for reading books the whole day but unfortunately I haven't found this person so far. So, no way to get around studying. Life can be unfair! LOL

But there's also a good thing happening next week. My Birthday!!!! Yay!

Okay, I'm not that happy about it because I will turn 25 on the 13th January. Yeah, I know quarter century and all, but I so won't think about that. It's a reason to celebrate after all and I will do that. We have a big party planned for next Saturday(note to self: have to remember to invite people or it will be a really small party). My family will come over at the weekend too. One part on Saturday and the rest on Sunday. That will be stressy weekend but fun too. And I already shudder when I think of the cleaning I still have to do. Perhaps I should get BF to do all that cuz after all I will be the special Bday guest?

So now you think, that's great for you but why do you tell us? I want pressies!!! Nah, just joking. I will reverse this pressie giving a bit and decided to make a giveaway out of it.

*~*enter applause here*~*

So here's the deal: I will give away ONE book! A lucky commenter will receive his choice of a book I reviewed here on the blog. To know from which books you can choose just look here. There's another little catch: the book must be available at The Book Depository(so please not one of the ebooks cuz I have no idea how I can give those away without breaking any laws- sorry about that).

Giveaway rules:
1.) Leave a comment telling me about your best bday experience! I don't has to be your own bday!
2.) Tell me which book you want! It has to be a book I reviewed here on the blog. To know from which books you can choose just look here. No book- no entry!
3.) Leave me a way to contact you(email in blogger profile is okay)!
4.) You can get an extra entry when you spread the word about the giveaway(just leave a link).
5.) Open to everyone as long as Book Depository delivers to you!
6.) Giveaway ends on the 17th January and I will draw a winner after getting up the next day!

That's it! So what are you waiting for! Comment away!


Robin K January 10, 2010 at 9:16 PM  

My best birthday was while on vacation in 2008 at Disney with my family. We had a wonderful time and went back in 2009.

I also had a great birthday with a couple of my friends several years back before I had children. My husband, friends and I got a cabin and hung at a lake playing games for a few days. Truly carefree.

Books choice: On The Edge by Ilona Andrews


Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Susi_Sunshine/status/7602973573

Cathy M January 10, 2010 at 9:45 PM  

My favorite birthday was when my twins were a year old, and my hubby surprised me with a spa weekend with my sisters. It was 48 hours of laughter, pampering, great food and blessed sleep, lol.

Would love to read, Bound To Shadows, by Keri Arthur.

Happy Birthday, Susi.


Blodeuedd January 10, 2010 at 10:14 PM  

Tell me about it, first day back at uni tomorrow *enormous sigh*

Fav bday, well, I don't really know, I guess the good old ones. Lots of presents, cakes, and friends, we went to my grandparents and played in the hay in the barn

Tricky too choose but:
Prey by Rachel Vincent

I was thinking of D.Monk too but since I still have not read 1 and 2

Soon happy day too you!

The email is in the profile

Amy C January 10, 2010 at 10:18 PM  

No need to enter me in your giveaway. I just wanted to say that I hope you have a happy birthday and to wish you the best of luck to this semester! My husband starts back too on the 19th :). And I know how stressful it can get for him.

Patti January 11, 2010 at 12:55 AM  

Oooohhh - Happy Birthday! 25 is the perfect age: not too old or too young for just about anything!

My favorite birthday was two years ago when my brother and his wife came into town and surprised me - it was a whole birthday weekend!

Wonderful contest, I'd love to win Magic in the Bone by Devon Monk (you did a short review), it looks like a good series.

Posted to my contest sidebar here

Esther January 11, 2010 at 6:00 AM  

A few years ago my mother turned 70. She is always complaining we don't have big parties anymore and she never sees her friends so I organised a surprise party at our favourite restaurant.
She is a smart lady and I was sure she would figure out but obviously we are better at keeping secrets that I thought.
She only realised what was going on when she saw all her friends at the table.
She nearly fainted and took a while to recover from the surprise but she was over the moon with pleasure.

The book I'd like is - I Love You, Ronnie by Nancy Reagan

I wish you a very Happy Birthday.
25 is a great age, I know I've been there :0)

donnas January 11, 2010 at 6:02 AM  

Happy Birthday!

My best birthday experience was the year I got my first kitten. I had wanted one forever and when I got my own apartment I was able to finally get my own. He was the kitten of a stray a friend found and I got to pick him up the weekend I went home for my birthday.

Book choice - Red by Jordan Summers.

Linked on sidebar - http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Lily Child January 11, 2010 at 6:37 AM  

I just turned 25 myself a week ago and felt the exact same way! It was really nice though, I went up north and stayed with my parents for a few days. My mom and I are best friends. She made my birthday pie and we had prime rib and crab legs. It was awesome! My favorite gift was a gift card to my favorite bookstore. All in all, it wasn't too terrible to turn 25, all things considered.

I would like to enter the contest for Keri Arthur's Bound to Shadows. I have bought the first few books in the series and plan on reading the entire series.

My email is holly.lilly@gmail.com.

I will tweet about it here:

Thanks so much for the opportunity and Happy Birthday! :)

Erika January 11, 2010 at 8:52 AM  

I think my best birthday was when I turned 25 last year. I've been a Star Wars fan since I was 13. Every year my friends and I go to a local comic/SF/Fantasy convention--WonderCon in San Francisco. Last year, my birthday was special for a couple of reasons: one, my boyfriend flew in just for my birthday week and two, he took me to WonderCon. That's pretty cool in itself, but what made that particular year even more special was thinking I'd missed seeing/meeting Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher (Luke Skywalker & Princess Leia) by attending the wrong 2 days. Boy, was I wrong. I not only was surprised by getting close enough to see them and hear them speak (it was $150 to get in line under the assumption you were getting something signed), but I got to meet Adam Baldwin from "Firefly" and "Chuck," too! The icing on the cake was having the day I saw all 3 be on my actual 25th birthday--March 1st.

I'll never forget it. :)

I am entering to win Ann Aguirre's Grimspace. I've seen good reviews on that series and have been very curious to read it for myself.

My e-mail is booksidhe at gmail dot com

Happy 25! :)

Leontine January 11, 2010 at 10:36 AM  

Actually I had one of the best birthday's in 2009. My whole family was there during the day and I gots me lots of books but most of all, lots of laughs. Then hubby took me out on a romantic evening where we were all lovebirds and he truly is my hero IRL (can I get any more sappier?)

I'm entering with Lilli Feisty - Dare To Surrender

SusiSunshine January 11, 2010 at 11:02 AM  

I love to read all the comments!
Birthdays are so great!

Just a short reminder about the rules: your choice has to be a book I reviewed here on the blog!
I added it again in the rules!
May the books be with you!

Coistycat January 11, 2010 at 12:05 PM  

Happy Birthday & thank you for running this fabulous giveaway

I would love to win
Holiday Seduction by Lauren Dane
This book is available at the Book Depositoty

I have added a link on my Facebook

I have tweeted about this giveaway

donnabarrie AT blueyonder DOT co DOT uk

Good Luck Everyone xx

Pearl January 11, 2010 at 12:09 PM  

As I have a very busy week I'll wish you a great birthday in advance because I don't know if I'll be able to make it to do so on the 13th! I hope you have an amazing and fabulous day filled with lots of pressies!!!

Ohhhhh to be 25 again LOL Being my age it's really weird seeing people sighing over turning 25 LOL

As for the contest:

My best Bday experience was my own birthday of 2002 when my birthday pressie was a proposal from my then boyfriend, now hubby. He planned a surprise giveaway and asked me to marry him on the night of my birthday *sigh* He's so romantic and I am not....LOL

The book I would like: Sweet Seduction by Maya Banks

contact: mbarten72 (at) upcmail (dot) nl

Retweeted on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Pearl_ROOB/status/7623828330

Pearl January 11, 2010 at 12:12 PM  

Ehm, I think I am still not awake yet even though it is past noon, correction: my boyfriend planned a GETAWAY not a giveaway!!! LMAO

brizmus January 11, 2010 at 5:49 PM  

Ooh! Happy soon to be birthday! I didn't like turning 25. blah!
The book I would like: Magic in the Shadows
I put it in my sidebar under the contest list - http://brizmusblogsbooks.blogspot.com

pattepoilue January 11, 2010 at 7:01 PM  

Ohhh Susi...i know how you feel! I don't want to turn 25 either lol (ok i still have 11 months to go but still!)
If you need positive thinking about getting older i got a full load of good reasons to be happy about it on my Birthday post LOL I need to read them from time to time to keep me going ;)

Exams are too stressful, seriously i can't wait for them to be over with already. Only a few months to go We can do it Susi!!! *hugs*

I hope you have a great time and your bf get to do all the cleaning ;)

I think the best birthday i got was my 20th birthday. My friends sang and played music i loved for me...i got my own little rock band *g* It was a great and funny show. I should underline the FUNNY part lol they aren't singers *g*

Hehe are you trying to make me add books to my TBR-list? Because you know if i start browsing your blog that's how it's gonna end lol.
I found a book you reviewed i haven't yet ordered *narrows eyes* (there aren't many, you book pusher!) and always thought i'd like to read: Eve of Darkness by S.J. Day. You gave it such a great review i don't know why i haven't ordered it yet!

By the way HAPPY 100TH FOLLOWER ma belle!!!! YAY

ps: Aren't you fed up with snow already? It's still snowing i can't stand snow anymore! Ughhhhhh

Sagi January 11, 2010 at 8:42 PM  

1.) my best bday memory was when i was 16 my mom made me a surprise bday party and all my friends were there and we had massages and makeup done :D that was really fun :)

2.) The book i want is Eve of Darkness :D

3.) you have my email address and twitter account :P

4.) spreading the word: http://twitter.com/Gigib88/status/7623780897

5.) Book Depository delivers to me :D

thanks for the giveaway Susi :D

skyla11377 January 11, 2010 at 9:31 PM  

Happy Birthday And An Awesome Giveaway.

1) Leave A Comment Telling Me About Your Best BDay Experience! I Doesn't Have To Be Your Own BDay!

My Best Birthday Memory Would Have To Be My Grandmother's 80th Birthday Party This Past Saturday. It Was Just Our Family But It Was So Much Fun. We Played Music And My Two Sister's And I Along My Grandmother,My Two Cousin's,My Mother,And Aunt Were Singing And Dancing Along To MP3's While We Were Being Video Taped. We Also Had Our Hair Straightened And Just Sat Around Talking For Hours. It Was One Of The Best Birthday Parties I Have Ever Been To.

2) Tell Me Which Book You Want! It Has To Be A Book I Reviewed Here On The Blog.

My Book Choice:Crux (Southern Arcana #1) By Moira Rogers

3) Leave Me A Way To Contact You.


4) You Can Get An Extra Entry When You Spread The Word About The Giveaway(Just Leave A Link).

I Tweeted About This Giveaway (@skyla11377).

I Blogged About This Giveaway.

Andrea I January 12, 2010 at 1:21 AM  

My best birthday was when I turned 40. I have three siblings. My mother asked each one to send me ten birthday cards throughout the month and she would send ten to make forty birthday cards. One brother abstained so my mother sent twenty.
I didn't mind turning forty, but the cards made it an extra special birthday.

I would love to have Crux by Moira Rogers.

Spav January 12, 2010 at 4:20 AM  

My best birthday was when I was 6 years old and all my friends, family and I went to the beach and had a party there. It was unforgettable.

I would like Hunter's Need by Shiloh Walker.

Tweet: http://twitter.com/Sparima/status/7655165611


Rachel January 12, 2010 at 4:34 AM  

1 ) My best birthday experience was my 13th Bday just cause things were a lot less complicated then & people didn't try to hide who they really were.

2.) Given the choice - I'd like 'Deep Kiss of Winter' .

3.) e-mail = Rachel.Melinda.Yarbrough@gmail.com

- Rachel

SiNn January 13, 2010 at 2:13 AM  

Happy Birthday! Mine was the 3rd of this month ppl gave me hell about the quarter of a centry a couple years ago lol

my best birthday would have to be my 21st was only one ir eally celebrated had a nice turcky dinner with all the fixings a cute cake that my neices and nephew helped decorate after I had dinner and fun with the kids my mom my dad my sister and our friend all went to the bar to really celebrate my dad was the DD needless to say some stories i cant share here but was fun to do something with my family for a change

if i win id like to have Hunter's Need

i loveyour blog again andty for the contest


Leontine January 13, 2010 at 9:50 AM  

@SusiSunshine - your rule # 2.) Tell me which book you want! It has to be a book I reviewed here on the blog.

This so didn't register in my brain *headdesk* Sorry hon, so, I'll trade Lilli Feisty for Maya Banks - Sweet Seduction ;)

BookObsessed January 13, 2010 at 3:20 PM  

Happy Birthday MY Susi Sunshine!!!
My favorite birthday memory is from the day after my 21 B'Day. My bestest and I took off to Naples, Florida on the west coast (Gulf of Mexico) - which is about an hour & a half drive from my house on the east coast. I had someone watching the kids (may have been their father or my parents were in town -that part is fuzzy)- so it was just her and I on one of our adventures. We packed the car with our beach stuff, changes of clothes and our roller blades. We roller hung out on the beach, roller bladed around the little downtown area, hung out on the boardwalk that stretches far out into the gulf and the laid in the shallow water as the sun went down - the water all around us turned beautiful shades of orange and yellow. Then we changed our clothes on the street in the dark taking turns hiding behind the car! We were laughing so hard we almost couldn't stand. We then went to have dinner looking like something the cat dragged in at a nice Italian restaurant. The best part though was on the way back the road across the state has no lights and is forest & everglades (swamp) on both sides - so the sky looked like a blanked of stars and a few minutes after we were on the road a meteor shower started - so we pulled off by a small campsite and watched my birthday meteor shower and made wishes! It was absolutely awesome! When we got home sometime after midnight we looked up the meteor shower and discovered that every year on August 11 (the day after my B'day) there is a meteor shower!!! How cool is that??!!

I would love to read "Street Magic" by Caitlin Kittredge. I've had that one on my TBR list ever since I heard about it.

Big Hugs!
Heather a.k.a. BookObsessedGrl

You know how to reach me incase I am a lucky winner!

eliza64 January 13, 2010 at 7:27 PM  

My Favorite birthday was my son's girlfriend's 21st. It was great to party with my kids.

I would love On the Edge

Happy birthday

Greytfriend January 13, 2010 at 10:17 PM  

Happy Birthday! As I said on Twitter, 25 is the best year. Finally mature enough to be past a lot of the angst of growing up, but young enough to have tons of fun and have so much adventure ahead of you. Enjoy!!!

I'd love to get On The Edge by Ilona Andrews if I win. Of the books you've reviewed that I haven't read (and agreed with you!) it's one of the ones I'm most looking forward to. Again, have a great birthday, party weekend and 25th year!

katsrus January 13, 2010 at 11:12 PM  

Happy Birthday to you! Have a wonderful day!

My favorite birthday was probably when I was a kid and you had lots of friends over with cake and lots of presents and games.

I would like to win:
Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole & Gena Showalter

Sue B

A Life Bound By Books January 13, 2010 at 11:16 PM  

Thanks for the contest!

My best birthday(s) was when I was living in England. We didn't do anything huge or really special... it was just amazing that I was there and with great people around me. Lots of fun, food and many hours of laughing. AMAZING!

The book I'd like would have to be Crux By: Moira Rogers.

alifeboundbybooks (at) hotmail dot com

thanks again for the contest and a HUGE Happy Birthday To YOU!


Alexia561 January 14, 2010 at 5:08 AM  

How nice that you're sharing the birthday love with us!

My best birthday was when my husband took me out to dinner and told the waitress it was my birthday so they would bring me a cake and sing the birthday song. He is horribly shy and this was so out of character for him that I was both surprised and touched.

Would love to read Hunters Need!

Happy Birthday!


Nadia Lee January 17, 2010 at 1:11 PM  

Happy belated birthday! :-)

My best bday experience -- Hero Material bought me a spa package at a local hair salon, and I got special hair treatment plus scalp massage for an hour. :-) I do love getting pampered.

As for the way to contact me: www.nadialee.net/contact or you can tweet me. :-)

Book: Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole & Gena Showalter

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/NadiaLee/statuses/7862071383

Sarah January 17, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

My favourite birthday experience was 2008. It was the first year I shared my birthday with my new daughter. Many people ask what it was like giving birth on my birthday but I can't answer that question as I didn't. My daughter was born in 2003 to another woman and I only met her 20 months ago. The joys of adoption. When my husband and I found out her birthday we just knew it was meant to be. She loves the fact we share the same birthday and tells everyone!

If I win please could I have a copy of Rogue by Rachel Vincent - thanks x

Deana H. January 17, 2010 at 3:53 PM  

Happy Birthday,

I would give anything to be 25 again. Enjoy this time in your life! My best birthday experience was this year. I had a shower of cards. I was honored to think that so many people thought of me.

If I when I would like Bound to Shadows by Keri Arthur

Chaoskay January 17, 2010 at 4:04 PM  

My best birthday moment was when I was 18. I remember 4 of my mates turning up at my front door jammed into a car, and we just set off to find something exciting to do. Loud music, singing along to tapes, laughing and joking. I felt very lucky to have such fantastic friends. I seem to remember ending up at a fairground somewhere in Bradford, lol!

I'd love The Deep Kiss of Winter, looks like good reading :O)

I'm chaoskay on Twitter, and I'll retweet your comp.

Thanks for a very interesting competition thread. Kay :O)

SusiSunshine January 18, 2010 at 9:35 AM  

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