Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fresh Start September: Wrap Up Post

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Well, here we are at the end of another month. DaphneFaye and I have had so much fun bringing you all of the wonderful posts and events of Fresh Start September. We hope that you've enjoyed the author interviews, guest posts, cover poll, giveaways and all of the fun surrounding Fresh Start September. We are thrilled that so many of you have participated on all of the posts. There were over 1100 entrants into our main giveaway!

I have to start off by saying a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated. Daphne Faye and I  want to especially thank all the authors who did interviews and guest posts for us, all the publishers that have supported the event (Strange Chemistry, Harlequin, Entangled Publishing, Random House), and our fabulous guest bloggers, Kayleigh, Brodie and Alison. Without them this wouldn't have been nearly as exciting! 

If you'd like to go back and take a look at the different posts, here's the list, complete with links:

September 1st-  Introduction Post-   Faye and Daphne Melissa
September 2nd-Interview with C.J. Redwine -A Daydreamer's Thoughts
September 3rd- Amanda Rutter (editor of Strange Chemistry) interview-Winged Reviews
September 5th- Synopsis Discussion-A Daydreamer's Thoughts
September 7th- Interview with Carmen Rodrigues-Melissa's Midnight Musings
September 8th- Blogger Guest Post-Winged Reviews
September 10th- Interview with Lauren Bennet, publicist for Random House Children's Publicity in the UK-A Daydreamer's Thoughts
September 11th- Cover Art Poll-Melissa's Midnight Musings
September 12th- Interview With Jessica Khoury-Winged Reviews
September 15th- Interview with Jay Kristoff-A Daydreamer's Thoughts
September 16th- Interview with Niall Leonard-Melissa's Midnight Musings
September 17th- Blogger Guest Post featuring Brodie of Eleusinian Mysteries-A Daydreamer's Thoughts
September 20th- Interview with Kat Zhang-Winged Reviews
September 22nd- Interview with Hannah Harrington- Melissa's Midnight Musings
September 25th- Interview with Rachel Harris-Winged Reviews
September 27th-Guest Post featuring Kim CurranA Daydreamer's Thoughts
September 29th- Blogger Guest Post featuring Alison of The Cheap Reader Melissa's Midnight Musings
September 30th- Wrap Up Post All 3 blogs

We've had so many wonderful posts for Fresh Start September. One of those posts was the Cover Art Poll where you got the chance to vote on your favorite cover from all the different books that we featured this month. Drum roll please....The winner is:
Stormdancer (The Lotus War, #1)

It was an extremely close contest between Stormdancer and Defiance, but Stormdancer won out by just one vote!
The Numbers Breakdown
34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues 7 votes 10%
Origin by Jessica Khoury 1 vote 1% 
Speechless by Hannah Harrington 5 votes 7%
What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang 7 votes 10%
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff21 votes 30%
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris 6 votes 9%
Defiance by CJ Redwine 20 votes 29% 
Crusher by Niall Leonard 2 votes 3%
Shift by Kim Curran 1 vote 1%

Thank you to everyone who voted and participated!

And now, what I’m sure you’re all waiting for, the winners of all our fabulous prizes:

Contest Winners

2 winners of Strange Chemistry ARC packs, each pack including a copy of Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings, The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke AND Katya’s World by Jonathan L Howard (courtesy of Strange Chemistry) are:
Veronika and Heather Cranmer
1 winner of an eBook of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris (courtesy of Entangled Publishing):
Gabbie Johnson
1 winner of an paperback of Speechless by Hannah Harrington (courtesy of Harlequin):
Alyssa Susanna
1 Hardcover copy of 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues (courtesy of the author)
Katherina Barney
3 winners of a book of your choice from any that has been featured in Fresh Start September (each courtesy of the hosts) are:
Nichole Nelson, Oana Ungureanu and Wendi Bishop
The winners will be contacted shortly by email, so please respond to claim your prizes!

I want to say another big thank you to everyone who participated, thank you for making this event such a success. Thank you again to the authors and publishers for letting us ask you those burning questions we all wanted to know about the characters, the books, and you! Thank you to the publishers, Amanda Rutter and Lauren Bennett who let us in on the publicity side of things, it's always interesting to see it from both sides.
And last, (but certainly not least!) I want to say thank you to Faye and Daphne for letting me co-host this event. It was so much fun to work with you both! I loved working together and seeing everything take shape. You both are awesome!

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