Belinda’s B-Day Giveaway

Dear Reader,

I was going to write  a big post in response to Chuck Wendig wanting us writers to care less. It’s a great post; I love his irreverence and I mean to pick up his books soon because I think I need a good laugh and his blog always makes me chuckle.

But then I looked at the calendar and realized my 27th birthday is eleven days away! Huzzah. I think.

I want to do something special for you guys. I’m not receiving gifts this year, but I figure someone should! Why am I not receiving gifts? Well, I’ve been trying to purge, I don’t need more stuff!

There are 27 gifts (seven audio books, twenty ebooks) that you can win in a multitude of ways:

  • Answer the question “why do you read historical romances?”
  • Like the Belinda Kroll fans page on Facebook
  • Follow @worderella on Twitter
  • Easy entry for fans of  this blog post
  • Tweet this giveaway

Submit your entry today! The giveaway submission window will run from August 1 to August 10 (my birthday). I’ll be dancing on my birthday, so give me 72 hours after the submission window closes for me to announce and contact the winners.

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Spooktacular Winners!

Giveaway-WinnerDear Reader,

We had 53 entries to win signed copies of Haunting Miss Trentwood and Catching the Rose, which is pretty good for a little blog like Worderella Writes! Everyone who followed me in more than one location online (Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter) got an additional entry per location.

I placed all the entries in a spreadsheet, and used Random.org to pick me three random winners. The number correlates row line of the entries.

Without further ado, the winners are

  • Catching the Rose : Brandy, from Goodreads
  • Haunting Miss Trentwood : Michelle, from Twitter
  • Haunting Miss Trentwood : Charlie Courtland, from Goodreads

If the winners could send me their addresses as soon as possible so I can ship their copies out to them, that would be wonderful. Use this Google Form to make it really easy!

Sorry to those of you who didn’t win! Better luck next time, and thanks so much for your interest. ❤

Coming soon… I’ll talk about my book launch party, which went really well!

Best,

Belinda

Spooktacular Giveaway Begins!

Dear Reader,

You are in luck. I am giving away three books in celebration of the Haunting Miss Trentwood book launch. This giveaway is in conjunction with the Spooktacular giveaway hop.

What do you win?

You have the chance at winning a free signed copy of Catching the Rose, or one of two signed copies of Haunting Miss Trentwood.

How do you enter?

Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads and fill out this form. You are not disqualified if you already follow me on any of these networks. Make sure you chose the Facebook fan page, and not my personal profile.

Are multiple entries allowed?

Yes! You are allowed five additional entries after the Twitter follow. This means I will accept a total of six contest entries.

Acceptable additional entries include:

  • tweeting the contest
  • friending me on Goodreads
  • liking my page on Facebook
  • linking to the contest through your blog or Facebook

Each additional entry requires returning to this form to provide a link to ensure I saw it.

The contest will close at midnight on October 31. The winners will be selected using a spreadsheet and random.org to ensure fairness.

I do ask that winners post a review of the books on Goodreads, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.

Best of luck, contest hopeful!

Belinda

PS. Check out the other goodies in the Spooktacular Blog Hop Giveaway!
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Media Mail and CreateSpace

Dear Reader,

Don’t switch addresses while waiting for a shipment of books from CreateSpace. It causes a mini-headache.

So get this: I’m currently at my parents’ house, waiting for a shipment of books from CreateSpace that I will be giving to winners of a GoodReads contest I’m holding, as well as my local library. They should have come last week, but I had my fingers crossed that they would magically appear at my parents’ door.

You see, I’m moving out, and I have a forwarding address in place. I assumed the book package would be forwarded to the new address.

WRONG. Oh so wrong. I just got an email this morning stating CreateSpace couldn’t deliver the package and it has been returned to them. In ten days, the package will be destroyed.

WHAT?!

Ok. Don’t panic. Contact them. Only, what do you know? Their response form is BROKEN. Ok, don’t panic. Have them call you. Wait on the line. Ask them what the freaking hell happened, why are they back in CreateSpace’s hands if they were at my doorstep?!

I’m sorry ma’am, I’m looking through all our systems and I can’t find a reason why. Here’s the package number for you, it was sent media mail. We’ll send them back to you the same way you originally asked, free of charge.

So I look up the number at the USPS and UPS websites. Except they say the number doesn’t match their tracking systems. Oh, excellent.  Let’s call the local post office and see if they know what happened.

Nope, they don’t. By this point, I think the lady on the other end heard my irritation and slight desperation and began asking questions.

Did you write the address correctly? Yes, I’ve had shipments from CreateSpace to this address only last month.

What sort of shipment method was it? Media mail? Why yes, it was. I set up a forwarding address because I’m moving, why didn’t it go to the new address?

We don’t forward media mail. That’s just not how it’s done. Especially books. We never forward bulk book shipments. Consider me flabbergasted and resigned.

All right then. I guess I’ll twiddle my thumbs in the meantime while CreateSpace sends it back to me, free of charge. It better come in time for my GoodReads contest! At least I got answers and know the books are coming back to me.

Lesson learned: stay where you are when books are coming your way.

All the best,

Belinda

A Micropress, a Vlog Campaign, a Contest

It’s been a busy week in Worderella World. I haven’t done much writing because I’ve been busy setting up my micropress, which I finally named Bright Bird Press. I like it; it feels good. I set up the website the other night with WordPress and threw up a fairly nice theme to hold me over until I have time to design one or find something better.

Vlog Campaign

I’m also starting a mini-vlog campaign series a la The Vlog Brothers, Meggin Cabot, and Zoe Winters. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years, but with grad school taking up so much time, I didn’t have the resources. Now I have the resources, and I feel like a total copycat because Zoe released her videos a week ago. She made the great point that we’ll have different topics and styles, so I shouldn’t feel like a copycat, but I do anyway.

This weekend I’m going to make my first one-minute video, so look forward to that. It should be pretty fun. I’m having one of my friends help me out with the script and stuff because when I try to be funny, I’m so very not funny, and when I say whatever pops into my head, I’m hilarious, apparently.

An experiment

I tried out a free press release website to announce the re-branding/second edition of my first book, Catching the Rose. If you’d like to win a free copy, comment on this entry about who you are and why you’re following my blog in particular.

I will pick two winners to receive a coupon code to receive Catching the Rose for free. Everyone else who comments will receive a coupon code to receive the book for a dollar, if you so choose. So make sure you submit a valid email address!

So this weekend will be dedicated to working on the video, as well as writing the next couple of chapters to make up for the lack of writing this week. I’m pretty excited. Things are definitely ramping up.