Winners: Steamy Reads & Outlander

Tuesday, December 28


To celebrate the season of giving, Forever Romance is giving away a set of  "Steamy Reads for Snowy Nights" to these THREE lucky Musings followers:
Leni



Next, I have two weeks of Outlander winners to announce, so each of the followers listed below will receive the number of copies they requested....as long as they send me their mailing address :)  The two followers that will receive copies of Outlander to read and to share are...
 
Jessica  (this is a different Jessica from above, click the link to see if it is you.  She will receive 2 copies of the book)
kittykelly28 (who also requested two copies)


Congratulations!   As always, you can click on any of the links or the book covers found on this blog to purchase the books you are dying to read...even if you didn't win them.  If you didn't win one of these, don't lose heart because I'll have some new ones for you soon!

If however,  you've been lucky enough to have already won these book(s) in another giveaway please let me know so that alternate winner(s) can be selected.  The winners will have until Thursday December 30th to contact me with your mailing address, otherwise alternate winner(s) will be selected.  For new followers to Seductive Musings please take note I do NOT email you that you have won.  The blog post serves as the announcement and it is your responsibility to contact me with your mailing address. You can send your mailing address to me by using the Contact link in the menu bar at the top of the blog then filling out the form.

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Monday's Muse

Monday, December 27

Sorry, but the image containing the Monday's Muse has been removed from this blog so as not to violate any copyright issues.  Thanks for your understanding!

I took a few books with me on vacation...two of which were Maya Banks' new KGI series.  I picked up No Place To Run (the 2nd in the series) before I left in hopes of being able to read books one and two back to back  in hopes to catch up before the next book comes out.

How many pages did I get read?  Absolutely none!  I didn't have time to read at all :(  It was one of those vacations that you need a vacation when you get back in order to rest after being on vacation :)  We had a great time, but I REALLY wanted to read those books!  When I saw this week's Muse he reminded me of the cover of NPTR which made me want to pick it up and read it right now.  Unfortunately I can't, so to appease my booklover need for the book that I want to read, but can't right now, I give you this week's Muse.  The title of the book may be No Place to Run, but if I saw him you better believe I would run right to him :)  Yes indeedy!

Not much is planned for this week.  I have reviews I need to post and a few winners to announce as well, other than that I will probably be compiling my list of favorite reads this year, as well as a few disappointments, and to try and decide what my blogging goals will be for next year.  What will make your lists?  And can you believe it's already the end to 2010?  I can't...it doesn't seem that long ago that I celebrated the beginning of 2010.   Seriously, where does the time go?


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Have you been Naughty or Nice?

Friday, December 24


Either way I hope Santa 's bag is filled with lots of goodies for you this year! Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates this holiday...and to those who don't Happy Holidays!

p.s. since there wasn't a Monday's Muse this week  I thought I should gift you with Santa instead of a nice traditional holiday greeting :)


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What I hate...

Thursday, December 23




...is when publishers totally take advantage of an author's fan base and reader loyalty. For instance, I received an email (much like most of you probably did as well) from St. Martin's press letting me know that the prologue to Lora Leigh's upcoming Elite Ops book Live Wire, titled "Enigma" is now available....which is great!....until I read that they want to charge 0.99 for it. Seriously? Really?  And what I think makes matters worse is that I thought the message was deliberately vague as to whether or not the prologue they are offering for sale will be included in the book. Is it the prologue from the book, or is it a prologue to the book? I was glad to find out I was not the only one who was asking this question, but Lora Leigh has recently been enough of a hit or miss for me the last couple of years that I will be more than happy to wait and see when the book officially releases in 2011....when I get it from the library instead of buying it.  

I understand that publishing is a business, and that they need to make money to stay in business, but to me this seems more like the case of the gas companies who hike the gas prices in the summer/holidays and swear that the timing is just a coincidence....right!  It's not exactly the same kind of comparison, but still.  I know it's a case of supply and demand, but instead of rewarding readers for being loyal and creating positive buzz for the upcoming release by giving them a FREE sneak peak to the prologue they decide to charge for it.  It should have been a holiday gift...tis the season and all, and I know it's less than a dollar, but it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  

My book buying budget seems to grow smaller each year, when in reality it's probably pretty much the same...it's just that I read so many more authors than I used to that it seems like I only buy the books I can't get at the library, instead of every book from an author I've followed for years (like I used to i.e. Lora Leigh...especially since her books haven't had the same kind of appeal that they used to for me).  

OK, done with the rant now....What are your thoughts?  Does selling the prologue bother you at all, or is it just me?  "Enigma" is in the top 10 Kindle ebooks for sale list so it must be doing well. 

p.s.  I just got back from vacation and am working through all of the emails I received while I was gone.  So if you won something...just know that I will be submitting your info to the publisher/author ASAP and I apologize for the delay.


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Winners: The Princess in His Bed, One Night in Scotland, The Heir & Outlander

Tuesday, December 14

To celebrate the holiday season and the release of Lila DiPasqua's newest addition to her Fiery Tales series,  Lila and her publisher, Penguin/Berkley, would like to giveaway a copy of THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED and a Cinderella's Glass Slipper ornament autographed to these FIVE Musings followers...



The second winner in my Epically Big Outlander Giveaway who wins a copy of Outlander for her and her friends is Musings follower....


(requested 3 copies)



To celebrate the release of One Night of Scotland, Karen's publisher, Pocket Books, would like to giveaway one copy of the book to Musings follower.... 







To celebrate the release of Grace Burrowes' debut novel, The Heir, her publisher, Sourcebooks would like to giveaway a copy of The Heir to two Musings followers....


Unfortunately,  I never heard from Christine H who was selected last week as a replacement winner for one of the prizes from the Forever Romance Give Thanks for Great Books giveaway.  So the new winner is...



Congratulations!   As always, you can click on any of the links or the book covers found on this blog to purchase the books you are dying to read...even if you didn't win them.  If you didn't win one of these, don't lose heart because I'll have some new ones for you soon!

If however,  you've been lucky enough to have already won these book(s) in another giveaway please let me know so that alternate winner(s) can be selected.  The winners will have until Friday December 17th to contact me with your mailing address, otherwise alternate winner(s) will be selected.  For new followers to Seductive Musings please take note I do NOT email you that you have won.  The blog post serves as the announcement and it is your responsibility to contact me with your mailing address. You can send your mailing address to me by using the Contact link in the menu bar at the top of the blog then filling out the form.


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*I am an Amazon affiliate and receive a small (and I mean very small) referral fee for purchases made using a link on this blog. I don't use Amazon to earn money, I use it because the widgets are cool, easy to use, and serve my purposes to showcase books & such with minimal effort, but most importantly they have great prices and offer both new and used items. As a book addict I love that I can find just about anything I want in one place. If you are going to purchase a featured book anyway, and you know you won't pay more by using the links on this blog than you would by visiting Amazon on your own, I will be eternally grateful for supporting this blog by using the links, and don't forget that the referral fees from your purchases will sponsor the "Reader Rewards" giveaways :)

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Monday's Muse

Monday, December 13

Sorry, but the image containing the Monday's Muse has been removed from this blog so as not to violate any copyright issues.  Thanks for your understanding!

I'll give you one VERY good reason to watch Spartacus: Blood and Sand....and it's the lead actor in the series, Andy Whitfield.  Yes, he looks mighty fine, but I have to say that I love his portrayal and acting in the series almost more than the way that he looks :)  Let me warn you now though that this series is pretty graphic...in both the blood, gore and killing, but also in it's nudity (both male and female) and love scenes.

This series has a little bit of something for everyone.  It's kind of like the movie 300 in the depiction of the fighting scenes, but also has intrigue, deception, ambition, and let us not forget.....love.  If you have some time as the weather starts to turn bad and want to unwind and be entertained then you might like this series....I know I did and can't wait for the "prequel" to the series to begin in January.  (our Muse, the lead actor, is currently undergoing treatment for cancer so was unable to begin shooting a new season so the producers decided to go back in time, prior to his appearance, in hopes that he will get well and they will be able to continue with him in it at a later date).

I don't have too much new for you this week.  I had planned this week as blog downtime to spend some time with my family so I don't know how much I will be posting this week...depends on how much "free" time I will have.  However, I will be posting many winners on Tuesday so stay tuned for that, and if I get the chance I will be posting a few reviews as time allows.

Happy Monday!


p.s. don't forget to enter the "Steamy Reads" and Outlander giveaways

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Guest Author & Giveaway: Grace Burrowes featuring The Heir

Thursday, December 9

How many of you think that romance novels that are being published today are becoming too short? And I'm not talking about the category Harlequin romances either. My feelings on this waiver back and forth...and is usually dependent on the book I am currently reading.  

Some authors can tell a beautiful story in a little over three hundred pages...and in other books sometimes if feels like there should be more pages to tell the story fully, but for whatever reason it didn't happen.  I think back to those long, sumptuous romances that were at times epic, that I read many years ago by authors such as Bertrice Small, and I lament that the cost of producing books sometimes(oftentimes) dictates the length /plot of current romance novels.  

I am currently reading the debut historical romance by author Grace Burrowes, The Heir, which surprisngly is close to five hundred pages long (approx 480 pages) and from the reviews I've read of it, it seems that this love story is the perfect length....kind of the Goldilocks of romance novels if you will...not too short, not too long, but just right to tell the hero and heroine's love story.  Grace Burrowes is my guest today to share her novel, The Heir and a little bit about the way she writes her books.  Read and enjoy!


Books emerge from my imagination one scene at a time, sometimes one snippet of dialogue at a time, but if I get a strong opening scene, it can propel the whole book along at a smart pace.

In the opening scene of The Heir, Gayle Windham is enjoying some fine libation in the solitude of his baronial library when a mute chamber maid comes in to water a bouquet of flowers gracing the andirons of the cold hearth. She gets her bodice buttons caught in the screen of the fireplace mesh and his lordship moves to assist her. The housekeeper comes upon this scene and misconstrues the situation badly, and lo, we have an inciting incident.

As a child, I read, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Rachel Carson. In one scene, a young girl gets her blouse buttons caught in the mesh of a rotating fan, and John Singer, a deaf tenant is the only person on hand to help her. I took the buttons caught in the mesh, an inability to communicate, and the only person on hand to help being an awkward source of aid, then added somebody misperceiving a man bent over a woman, his arms around her, his fingers working at her bodice, and created Mischief with it.

Being a writer is nothing if not fun.

THE HEIR is also inspired by my own life circumstances. I’m of an age where I’m still my parent’s daughter, and yet I have a grown child of my own. I can feel the cross currents at work when a parent has ambitions a grown child does not share, just as Gayle Windham does not share his ducal father’s determination to ensure the succession immediately. His Grace has lost two sons, though, so his fixation can be forgiven by the reader, even if his own children are not as patient with him.

Then too, when I was casting around for some external conflict to bother my heroine with, I decided family troubles with a legal edge would suit nicely. I’m a practicing family law attorney and I’ve seen first hand how even the thought of litigation can fracture a strong person’s composure.

But most of all, the books I write are inspired by a belief that if you take responsibility for your own shortcomings in this life, if you pull your share of the load and bring as much courage and integrity as you can to your relationships, then love will find you, and a happily ever after is sure to follow.

An earl who can’t be bribed...

Gayle Windham, earl of Westhaven, is the first legitimate son and heir to the duke of Moreland. To escape his father’s inexorable pressure to marry, he decides to spend the summer at his townhouse in London, where he finds himself intrigued by the secretive ways of his beautiful housekeeper...

A lady who can’t be protected...

Anna Seaton is a beautiful, talented, educated woman, which is why it is so puzzling to Gayle Windham that she works as his housekeeper.

As the two draw closer and begin to lose their hearts to each other, Anna’s secrets threaten to bring the earl’s orderly life crashing down—and he doesn’t know how he’s going to protect her from the fallout...

Read an excerpt from Ch. 1 & an additional excerpt here


Congratulations Grace on your debut!  The Heir was listed as one of the Best Books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly, and received 4 stars from Romantic Times.  If you'd like to learn more about Grace Burrowes and the books she writes you can find her at her website www.graceburrowes.com, her blog, Facebook, and she is also a contributing author to the website Blame It On The Muse.  Her next book in the series, The Soldier, is scheduled to release next summer (June 2011)

To celebrate the release of Grace Burrowes' debut novel, The Heir, which is the first book in this new series, her publisher, Sourcebooks would like to giveaway a copy of the book to TWO Musings followers.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Meddling parents in real life....good or bad?  They say "mother knows best" does/did she?  Any stories you'd like to share?  AND leave a meaningful comment or question for the author. (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US & Canadian addresses only
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on December 13th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using Random.org
  • The winner(s) will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Winners will be subject to one copy per household, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, that you will only receive one copy of the title in the mail
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!

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Guest Author & Giveaway: Karen Hawkins featuring One Night in Scotland

Wednesday, December 8

My guest author today is a woman after my own heart.  She too has a fondness for men in kilts and HGTV.  I'm addicted to both ...I just lack the budget for the HGTV remodels :)  

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 20 humorous historical and contemporary romance novels, Karen Hawkins, is my guest today to talk about her newest historical romance One Night in Scotland, which is the first book in her new Hurst Amulet series.  Read and enjoy!


Welcome to Seductive Musings Karen! For you, what makes a romance novel a great love story and what makes writing historical romances so compellingly seductive to your muse?

Anyone who doesn’t enjoy a warm, happy-ever-after love story needs to stop and realize what’s really important in life. It’s all about connections, love, and (most importantly) family. THAT is what romance novels are about.

Who doesn’t love happy-ever-after endings? In my opinion, we need more of those!

I enjoy writing both contemporary and historical romances, but historical romances were my first love. I’ve had a fascination with history since I was in elementary school and first read Laura Ingalls Wilder. It’s so much more relaxing to not only escape into a book, but to escape into another time period. I love bringing that magic to my historical romances.

Many of your heroes are Scottish Highlanders, what makes them such great heroes in your opinion?

Any man who can pull of a skirt -- and I mean that both ways -- is a Real Man. Add a man’s deep brogue and my bones melt. There’s just something sexy about those strong, powerful Scotsmen and they make naturally sexy heroes..

Your newest novel, One Night in Scotland, is the first book in your new Hurst Amulet Series. Can you tell us a little bit about the books in this series, how many there might be, and how they will all be connected?

There will be four books, plus the prequel. The prequel is already out -- MUCH ADO ABOUT MARRIAGE, and shows the beginning of both the MacLean Curse, and how the Hurst Amulet is lost.

The first book in the series is ONE NIGHT IN SCOTLAND and features Mary Hurst. The next book will be about her brother William, then her brother Robert, and finally, her brother Michael. As a little bonus to the four love stories, there is an overarching mystery throughout the stories concerning the Hurst Amulet, which will be solved in the final book, although there are clues throughout the three previous books. I love a good mystery!

If you had an opportunity to provide only a two or three sentence "teaser" quote from One Night in Scotland, to grab the attention of potential readers and give them a glimpse and feeling of what the story is about what would it be?

     Angus looked down at Mary where she rested in his arms. Her brown eyes were shimmering, her creamy skin flushed with passion. She looked mussed and happy.

     Happy? From a mere kiss? But it had been more than a kiss. And she was more than a 'mere' anything.

     What am I doing? I can’t allow this to continue. She's a woman made for adventure and I'm here, at New Slains Castle, and I will never, ever leave. His fingers went to his scar. She'd kissed it, accepting his scar as well as himself. But she hadn't seen all of his scars; she didn't know how far they went, how they still hurt and ached and sometimes burned as if on fire. She didn’t know how much of him had been lost in that fire, how much of him would never return.

     This woman was vibrant and alive and healthy and she deserved someone who was the same. Someone other than him.

     His heart ached at the thought with a pain that rivaled the agony he’d already endured, and yet he ignored it. He let his arms drop to his sides where they hung like weights. "I'm sorry."

     That was all he said and yet it was enough.

Tell us about your hero, Angus Hay, the Earl of Erroll. What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Mary, fall in love with him despite her being his prisoner? And can you tell us a little bit about their story in One Night in Scotland?

In ONE NIGHT IN SCOTLAND, Mary arrives at dark and forbidding New Slains Castle to request a mysterious onyx box left in the care of Angus Hay, the reclusive Earl of Erroll. Mary’s brother, Michael, is a famous adventurer who sent the box to Angus, a renown researcher. But now a sulfi has captured Michael and demands the return of the box in exchange for Michael’s freedom.

Unfortunately, when Mary requests the onyx box, Angus suspects that she is an imposter and has come to steal the artifact, so he locks her in a turret of his castle while he sends for confirmation of her identity. But Angus doesn’t count on how determined his ‘prisoner’ might be in demanding her freedom . . . or how difficult she may be to resist!

What's your favorite scene or moment from One Night in Scotland, and why? Can you describe it  for us without giving too much away?

I love Mary’s many attempts to win her freedom. She used every wile known to woman -- and a few new ones, too!

What are five fun facts about you or this book, that readers would love to know?
  1. Having grown up in a big family, I like a little noise in the background while I write. So I write with HGTV playing in the background. Much to my husband’s chagrin, because of that exposure, I’ve gotten to be a home remodeling addict.
  2. I’ve had a long love affair with Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody series. Amelia is an intrepid adventurer in her own right, deeply enamoured with the mysteries of Egypt, so expect to see an Egyptian tie-in to the missing Hurst Amulet.
  3. There are clues to the location of the missing amulet scattered throughout all four books.
  4. The Hurst family is very lively and fun and you get to see most family members in each book -- even those who’ve married into the MacLean family.
  5. I have two rescue dogs -- a chocolate lab and an LBD (Large Brown Dog), who are top notch writer’s dogs because they’ve perfected The Art of the Nap. There’s an little know connection between writers and naps. Someone really needs to do a study on that phenomenon.
Can you tell us about some of your upcoming releases, or new projects that we can look forward to?

The second Hurst Amulet book, SCANDAL IN SCOTLAND, comes out May 24th, and the third one hits the shelves in October. I’m excited to write the series straight through because they’re so closely connected. I have to say, between that and all of my remodeling projects (thanks, HGTV!), I’m going to be pretty busy!

If you could ask readers a question what would it be?

Have you ever embarked on a remodeling project? Added a room to your house? Painted a room? Added decorative pillows? How did your remodeling project turn out?

Finally, just for fun…if you could write the “fortune” in a fortune cookie what would it be?

A sense of humor can heal many wounds, even those of a dark, scarred earl who lives high in a castle overlooking an icy sea.


A mysterious abductor . . . Someone is holding her brother prisoner in exchange for a gold-and-onyx box covered in mysterious runes, so Mary Hurst boldly sets out from the family vicarage to find the priceless artifact. But the man who possesses it, Angus Hay, the Earl of Erroll, is less than sympathetic to her plight.

A forbidding stranger . . . Himself a prisoner of his dark past, Angus refuses to yield the box—or allow Mary to leave! Suspicious of the alluring lass's mission, he vows to wrest a confession from her, but unearths a fiery temper and a will as strong as his own.

An unbreakable curse . . . Passion flares between them, but now there is more at stake: an unknown enemy is hunting down the precious box, and will stop at nothing. Risking all for love, Angus must solve the mystery behind the runes . . . and trust the only woman who can awaken his forgotten heart.


Read an excerpt from Ch. 1 here
(if you are a member of Pocket After Dark they have a two chapter except...but it will only be available for a few more days)

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Congratulations Karen on the release of One Night in Scotland, and thank you so much for being my guest!  If you'd like to learn more about Karen Hawkins and the books she writes you can find her at her website, www.karenhawkins.com, her collaborative website The Goddess Blogs , Twitter, and Facebook.

To celebrate the release of One Night of Scotland, Karen's publisher, Pocket Books, would like to giveaway one copy of the book to a lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question Karen posted to readers in the interview AND leave a meaningful comment and/or question for her.  (hint:  it's not the fortune cookie question) (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US addresses only
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on December 11th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using Random.org
  • The winner(s) will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Winners will be subject to one copy per household, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, that you will only receive one copy of the title in the mail
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!

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My FREE Kindle Quest

I've wanted a Kindle for what seems like forever, but haven't been able to afford it (and that's saying something since I can justify the cost of just about ANYTHING that I really want). I've tried winning one in one of the many giveaways that have taken place over the couple of years, but with no luck :( So I've decided to take matters in hand so to speak :) I've now decided that I am going to accumulate enough Swagbucks from my Swabucks searches to buy one...so in essence my new Kindle will be FREE...funded entirely by my internet searches done on Swagbucks. I'll keep you informed of the Great Kindle Quest below (in case you're interested....if not feel free to just skip over this part, but really who wouldn't be interested in a FREE Kindle?)
Goal: $119
Current Swagbucks Amazon Gift Card balance: $90.00
If you'd like to learn how you can earn Swagbucks and earn your own Amazon Gift Cards to buy books, a Kindle or other merchandise sold at Amazon contact me and I would be more than happy to tell you how I plan to go about it. (just so you know you can earn both Amazon.com and Amazon.ca gift cards on this rewards site)
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