Advent Calendar Winners Post

Merry Christmas to all!

Thank you ALL so much for following the blog this month. The visits have been growing steadily and loads of people have subscribed to the posts and have been visiting each day. Here’s hoping that you’ll stick around in the New Year and enjoy the masses of reviews we still have to get through, and all the new books yet to come that we don’t know about yet. It’s great that the genre has so much support.

It’s a shame that more people didn’t comment–although not a shame for the actual winners–as many people won more than one prize!

I’d also like to thank the pantheon of willing authors who volunteered their time and their possessions to blog for your enjoyment and to give away such great prizes. I hope you all got a kick out of the posts – what a great variety of posts there were, too – and that you all won a prize. If you didn’t then I’m sorry about that! Better luck next year  (or check out the Ides of Pride Bookswap 2 which will happen in June).

So – without further ado – Here’s the list of lucky winners!

1. Jess Faraday’s Bag of Goodies: To be announced later as detailed in her post

2. Nan Hawthorne’s Carnival giveaway: Nathan Smith

3. Rochelle Hollander-Schwab’s “A Different Sin” – Teddypig

4. Lynne Connolly’s ebook giveaway – Sarah M

5. Andrew Grey’s book giveaway –  Jennifer Thorne

6. Jenre’s rocking horse tree ornament – Tam

7. Gerry Burnie’s $10 ca gift token – KZ Snow

8. Jennifer Thorne’s book giveaway – Nan Hawthorne

9. Ann Chamerlin’s book giveaway – Leila

10. Elin Gregory’s sheep themed goodies – Stephanie Haviland

11. Charlie Cochrane’s two winners – Marti and jessie Lansdel

12. Donald L Hardy’s book giveaway – Shelagh

13. Paige Turner’s winner of a copy of Bone Idol and a cameo in a future book – bosomfriends

14. Kathe Koja’s winner of incense  –  Nan Hawthorne

15. Summer Devon’s two winners are Julie Barrett and Irene

16. Nathan Burgoine’s “Riding the Rails” and “Something Canadian” goes to Elin Gregory

17. Kay Berrisford’s book giveaway – Dorinda

18. ZA Maxfield’s four book giveaway goes to HJ

19. Samantha Kane’s book giveaway goes to Anny Cook

20. J.L. Merrow’s gift certificate goes to Chris

21. Belinda McBride’s giveaway goes to Seraphina Witch

21a. Grace Roberts’ giveaway – Melanie Marshall

22. Syd McGinley’s giveaway – Stevie Carrol

23. Alex Beecroft’s book giveaway – Elin Gregory

24. Jeannine Allard’s book giveaway – Stevie Carrol

24a. Lee Rowan’s book giveaway – Jessie Lansdel

I will be getting in touch with the donators and winners over the next week or two, but if you haven’t been connected with your prize by end of January, POKE ME.

We had a very dissapointing entry for the Bumper Quiz – only four entries. The winner of this is: Sarah MacCallum

Once again – thank you, readers and authors – this Advent Calendar wouldn’t exist without your generosity!

Reviews will commence again on 1st January. I’m taking a little break until then.

Merry Christmas One and All, whatever your belief.


Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a great day, or are having one.

Due to too many sherbets inhaled by yours truly, the prize list won’t go up until tomorrow!  Many apologies – but it will be worth it, I promise you!



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Speak Its Name Awards 2011

Sorry to cut into the Advent Calendar which I hope you are all enjoying.

We will be reviving the Speak Its Name Awards this year and introducing a new category, the Readers’ Choice.

The Awards will be:

Best Novel

Best Cover

Best Author

and Readers’ Choice.

The first 3 are chosen by Speak Its Name, but the Readers’ Choice gives you a chance to participate. We’ve compiled the list of the top books rated 4,4½, and 5 stars. There’s a few but still only a fraction of the books reviewed in the year.

The poll is HERE – so please go and vote if you would be so kind.

The books concerned are these below, with a link to the reviews if you need a reminder of their goodness. The only thing I ask is that you vote for the book itself, and that you have read it. Not that you’ve reader other things by the author or you really love them as a person.

Many thanks and enjoy the rest of the year!

Captain Harding’s 6 Day War by Elliott Mackle

By Honor Betrayed by Alex Beecroft

Well Traveled by Margaret Mills and Tedy Ward

Placing Out by P.A. Brown

Violet Thunder by Kate Cotoner

This Rough Magic by Josh Lanyon

Muffled Drum by Erastes

The Puppet Master by Kate Cotoner

Kindred Hearts by G.S. Wiley

The Affair of the Porcelain Dog by Jess Faraday

Wingmen by Ensan Case

Bound Forever by Ava March

Missouri by Christine Wunnicke

Suffer the Little Children by Tracy Rowan

Eromenos by Melanie McDonald

Under the Poppy by Kathe Koja

Home is the Sailor by Lee Rowan

Sal Mineo: a biography by Michael Gregg Michaud

The Nobleman and the Spy by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon

Midnight Dude by Various

Beloved Pilgrim by Nan Hawthorne

Earth and Sun, Cedar and Sage by Margaret Mills and Tedy Ward

Kindred Hearts by Rowan Speedwell

The Last Tallyho by Richard Newhafer

The Painting by FK Wallace

Algerian Nights by Graeme Roland

Game of Chance by Kate Roman

Willing Flesh by J S Cook (Inspector Raft Mysteries #1)

Perfect Score by Susan Roebuck

Dulce et Decorum Est by JL Merrow

Mere Mortals by Erastes

Lion of Kent by Aleksandr Voinov and Kate Cotoner

Young Man in Paris by Sophia Deri-Bowen

Raised by Wolves 2 Matelots by WA Hoffman

The Wanderer by Jan Irving

Arson! The Dakota Series 1 by Cap Iversen

Living the Spirit: a Gay American Indian Anthology, compiled by Gay American Indians, Will Roscoe

Precious Jade by Fyn Alexander

Sam’s Hill by Jack Ricardo

Home Station on the Prairie Series-1 and 2 by Kara Larson

Walking in Two Worlds by Terry O’Reilly

Comstock by Aaron Michaels

Home Fires Burning by Charlie Cochrane

Pioneers by Lynn Lorenz

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

A Faint Wash of Lavender by Lucius Parhelion

Silver Lining by Lucius Parhelion

The Soldier of Raetia: Valerian’s Legion by Heather Domin

The Only Gold by Tamara Allen

House of Mirrors by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon

Icy Pavements by Lee Wyndham

According to Hoyle by Abigail Roux

All Lessons Learned by Charlie Cochrane

The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s by Ricardo J. Brown

His Client by Ava March

The Praise Singer by Mary Renault

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