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T’is better to give than to receive…

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Welcome to The Advent Calendar 2011!

The posts will go up around 14:00 hrs GMT daily – so no peeking in advance! And we will know if you try! Come back daily to check for new posts, and every day there will be a prize up for grabs for at least one person.

There will also be a BIG FESTIVE MYSTERY PRIZE (ok, not that big) so there will be a question posted every day. Save them up, email them in to me on Christmas eve on erastes at erastes dot com and be in the running for a bag of goodies.

   


       
         
   
     
Double day!

   

Double Day!

 

Winners Post!

Here you go – here are the winners thank you all for participating and for reading and commenting and congratulations!

As you can see, some people won more than once – or twice! But then they commented every day – so let that be a lesson to you!

Congratulations again! The reviews will start again after Christmas.

If you are a winner, be patient  I will be passing on your email addresses to the giftees and your presents should be forthcoming soon. If you haven’t heard from your donor by the middle of January, Please contact me on erastes at erastes dot com and I’ll chase people up for you.

Day 1 – Erastes choice of book – Shanna
Day 2 Charlie Cochrane’s – framed Coke advert – : Kitty
Day 3 Syd McGinley’s choice of ebook – TEDY
Day 4 Tedy – choice of ebook– Ruth Sims
Day 5 George – Hadrian’s Enigma – Nan Hawthorne
Day 6 Ruth Goody Bag- Tizi
Day 7 Nan – An Involuntary King – George Gardiner
Day 8 Anteros – $10 gift certificate George Gardiner
Day 9 Vashtan – copy of Lion of Kent – Karin T
Day 10 Hayden – Copies of Hayden’s books Melanie Marshall & George Gardiner
Day 11 Sophia – (Scrapple) – recipes and advice – Sal Davis
Day 12 Josh lanyon – 3 dvds – Vicki
Day 13 Lee Benoit – Maple Syrup & choice of ebook – Joan
Day 14 Alex Beecroft – $15 gift token Silwia T
Day 15 Leslie – choice of ebook Melanie Marshall
Day 16 J L Merrow –choice of book Melanie Marshall
Day 17 Stevie Wood – choice of book – Alex (creative whimsy)
Day 18 Ken – original manuscript – (chosen at Random – Twila)
Day 19 Alex Broughton – $10 gift certificate – Josh Lanyon
Day 20 Charlie Cochrane – Alex (creative whimsy)
Day 21 Lee Rowan – Canadian Coin – plus book Angie
Day 22 Anteros and Alex Broughton Joint – £20 charity donation – Stephanie Haviland.
Day 23 Jestana Silvercoat – $10 gift cert or a short story written for you – Steve Carroll
Day 24 JS Cook – copy of book – Emily Gained

The Winner of the BUMPER PRIZE is Melanie Marshall, who was the first person to get all the answers correct – however the others that entered will also get a little something. I’ll be in touch with you all within the next week or so.

Here are the answers:

1. Six
2. Four
3. Socks
4. Bailey
5. Beauty and the Beast
6. Dancer, Prancer, Cupid
7. Seventeenth
8. (arguably) Sir Henry Cole (would also accept Thomas Smith)
9. Narnia
10. Capricorn
11 5th/6th December
12. Little Women
13. Tchaikovsky
14. Boxing Day
15. Festival of Lights
16. Raymond Briggs
17. Frost Fair
18. Peter Auty
19. Australia
20. Was originally tenth month in Roman Calendar
21. His heart
22. Father Christmas/Santa
23. I Saw Moma Kissing Santa Claus
24. All born on December 24th

Congrats all – and we’ll see you again soon!

How to Win the Bumper Prize

Well, we are nearly there with our Advent Calendar!

Over the past 24 days there have been 24 bonus questions – answer them all and you will win a prize package of at least three gay themed books (not necessarily historical!) and some sweeties and whatever else I have to hand.

EMAIL your 24 answers to

ERASTES AT ERASTES DOT COM

by Midday Christmas Day (EST) or Five PM GMT and the first correct entry received will win the prize.

Good luck!!!! they may seem fiendish, but ALL are googleable.

The winners of this – and all the other prizes will be announced tomorrow afternoon GMT so keep an eye on the community.

 

 

Physician, Heal Thyself


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Advent Story


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An Age of Sail Christmas


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Visions of Sugarplums


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Ring in the New


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Testament to Love


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What the Dickens?


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Christmas Past


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All That Jazz


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Who Is In Your Family Closet?


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Communion


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Folly


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Snowball in Hell

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For the Benefit of the Public


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A Father’s Love

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Christmas Relief


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This Year Maybe


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Nativity at the Grange


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The Imperfect Gift


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Happy Faunalia!


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The Winter Spirit: America Before the Advent


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Buckeyes and Conkers


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Christmas Crackers


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Advent Calendar Year Two!


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Merry Christmas Everyone!

Thank you all so much for visiting daily and reading the posts by the authors.

This site would not have the profile and the impetus to go forward without you–the readers.

Thank you–the writers–for taking your time and energy and inspiration to make some of the most varied posts.  I think every day was so different it was like a real Advent Calendar as you never knew what was behind that door.

I hope you enjoyed it!  And now the bit you’ve all been waiting for–the winners of the 24 daily prizes.  Some lucky people have won twice, but that’s because they were all chosen randomly (apart from the ones where input was required!)

How to claim your prize: Email me, Erastes, on erastes@erastes.com and I will pass your email onto the author concerned. DO NOT (unless you are comfortable doing so) put your address in your email to me – you can divulge that to your gift giver when you make contact.

1st – Erastes. The winner of a signed copy of Transgressions is JORDAN for coming up with the joke that made me laugh the longest.

2nd – Ken Craigside. The winners of Here and Always Have Been are CHARLIE COCHRANE and LISA

3rd Louise Van Hine. The two winners of Louise’s giveaways are: TWILA and the runner up GEORGE ALLWYN

4th Keta Diablo. The winner of Crossroads Showdown is: MINA

5th E N Holland. The winner of an ecopy of Hidden Conflict is: K Z SNOW

6th – Stephanie Cowell. The winner of a copy of The Players is LISA S.C. (Stephanie wants me to let you all know that although the book is officially out of print, Amazon are selling used copies)

7th – Jordan Taylor. The winner of a gift certificate from Amazon is: ELLE BEA

8th – Syd McGingley. The winner of a choice of two books from Syd is: MOLLY CHURCH

9th – Aleksandr Voinov. The winner of Forbidden Love is: JOSH LANYON

10th – Josh Lanyon. The winner of a choice of a book from Josh’s back catalogue is SEMPRA.

11th – Jeanne Barrack. The winner of Jeanne’s perfume bottle is: JOLIE

12th – Kate Cotoner – The winner of Kate Cotoner’s draw for the DVD “A Frozen Flower” is JUST ANN NOW.

13th – Ava March. The winner of the choice of one of Ava’s books is: STEPHAN

14th – Hayden Thorne. The winner of their choice of Hayden’s historicals is: STEPHAN

15th – Alex Beecroft. The winner of Alex’s prize is MARA, who was the only one to correctly guess that she used ginger in her shrub.  Mara wins whichever of Alex’s books she chooses, in ebook form.

16th – Donald L Hardy. Two winners of Don’s book: ELLE BEA and SYLWIA

17th – Charlie Cochrane. The winner of their very own Cochrane story is GEORGE ALLWYNN

18th – Mark R Probst. The winner of a signed copy of The Filly is: KEN CRAIGSIDE

19th – Stevie Woods. The winner of their choice of Stevie’s historical ebooks is: J L MERROW

20th – Maggie Anton. The winner of Rashi’s Daughter: Book II Miriam is: NORSEMAGICK

21st – Lee Rowan. The winner of a copy of Sail Away or Walking Wounded is: JOAN

22nd – Alan Chin. The winner of a copy of The Lonely War is: JOAN

23rd – Ruth Sims. The winner of the print copy of The Phoenix is:  LISA S.C. And the ebook winner is: JORDAN

24th – Joanne Soper-Cook. The winner of Because you Despise Me is JEANNE

And the winner of the Grand Bumper Prize (consisting of at least two books, and sweets and anything else I can find to throw in the bag) is:

(DRUM ROLL)

BRUIN!

So – all the winners, email me and I’ll pass your details along. Don’t make me chase you!  🙂


HAPPY HOLIDAYS, MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

Charlie Cockrain and one to Lisam

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