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Jan 16, 2011

Hi everyone! *waves uncontrollably* I have missed you all!! *looks around* What.... no one has noticed I have been gone?!? *sniffles* But...But.... Oh wait I think I see one hand way way WAY in the back.........Anyhoo ;0) I have been gone for over 2 weeks due to lack of Internet usage. Yes I am one of those who live in the middle of nowhere (well at least the utility companies think i do) and I am limited to very few options for Internet service, and unfortunately with my Internet I only get 5GB of usage per month. So I ran out wayyyyy to early this last month. *shakes fists* Damn you Facebook Cityville......Damn you addictive games! LOL

Anyway being off for over 2 weeks I have a bunch of stuff to fill you all in on! There is so much stuff going on my head is still spinning. So grab those drinks and snacks cause this may take a little while. Hopefully I have some wonderful stuff that interests you so no one gets bored. So grab all your needed stuff and lets begin.

Challenges:

First off I'm just gonna touch base on challenges. I am currently updating my 2010 challenge list with everything I have completed in the last year. So as soon as I get that done I will be posting it for anyone who wants to check back and look. You never know there could be some great reads on there you might like to try.

As far as 2011 challenges I have yet to find any that have peeked my interest. If any of you know of some good ones, or have started a challenge of your own please do share. Hopefully I will have a few new challenges chosen by the time I do my 2010 challenge post. So I can share with you all what I am taking part in.

Also If any of you know of a good HTML code or way for me to keep track of the % of my challenges in my sidebar please let me know.


BLI 1 Year old:

As many of you know I am also a member of the group blog Book Lovers Inc or AKA BLI I still can't believe it but we are officially 1 year old! *pulls out party poppers and throws confetti* And right now on BLI we have 2 amazing weeks planned to celebrate. With Author take overs, giveaways, and so much more! But to make things even better, instead of us making the authors work, and answer questions, they are interrogating  putting us on the spot. Its going to be such a blast! Here are a few of the giveaways that are already open:

3- Carolyn Crane + Contest
4- Moira Rogers + Contest

For the other giveaways and when they will post , look on the side bar of the BLI Blog

So head on over to BLI (After you get done reading all of this of course) And help us take part in our 1 year celebration!


AAD Meet and Greet:

What is AAD meet and Greet you ask?!?! Well let me tell you! Have you ever heard of the AAD (Authors After Dark) Conference? If not check it out HERE. It is the cheapest Reader friendly conference around! And the price of $130 includes meals! Let me tell you It FREAKIN ROCKS! And this year the Master of Ceremonies is Larissa Ione! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE *faints* For those of you who have been here a while, know Larissa is one of my FAVORITE authors ever! So thats in itself is just totally freakin kick ass! Anyway I am going again in August and I can't wait! (I get to see my wonderful friend Intense Whisper again!) But I was on their website the other day looking around and discovered the massive amount of authors that's are going to be there this year.

Attending Authors:

-Larissa Ione -Sylvia Day -Melissa Schroeder -Cat Johnson -Bridget Midway -Kristen Painter -Samantha Sommersby -Sydney Ayers -Meljean Brook -Elizabeth Amber -Alexandra Ivy -Leanna Renee Hieber -Allie Boniface -Monica Burns -T.J. Michaels -Bianca D'Arc -Jess Haines -Michele Lang -Suzanne Lazear -Stella and Audra Price -Liz Strange -Elizabeth Darvill -Tilly Greene -Ariel Tachna -David Juhren -Kayleigh Jamison -Rosemary Laurey -Judi Fennell -Augusta Li -Eon DeBeaumont -Theresa Meyers -Beth Wylde -Nick Valentino -Diana Castilleja -Yvette Hines -Denise Jeffries -Sonya Bateman -Bronwyn Green -Brynn Paulin -Adele Dubois -Natalie Gray -Laura Baumbach -Kris Cook -Felicitas Ivey -Susan Hanniford Crowley -Eliza Gayle -Jean Murray -Kimberly Gardner -William Neale -P.A.Brown -Leigh Ellwood -Selena Illyria -Jae Lynne Davies -A.L. Davroe -J.A. Saare -Dana Marie Bell -Dahlia Rose -Carolyn Crane -Michele Bardsley -Nicole Peeler -Jessica Lee -Carolyn Ivey -Crymsyn Hart -S.J. Frost -Sahara Kelly -Erin Kellison -J.C. Wilder -Cynnara Tregarth -Elise Hepner -Seleste deLaney -Jennifer Armintrout -Abigail Barnette -Madeline Oh -Georgia Evans -Stephanie Burke -D.Renee Bagby -Rita Sawyer -Misty Burke -Michele Moore -Reesa Halberth -Caridad Piniero -Cynnara Tregarth  -PJ Schnyder -Mia Watts -Z.A. Maxfield -Denise Robbins -KT Pinto -Mari Freeman -Samantha Kane -Jude Stephens -Jianne Carlo -Diane Merlin -Ethan Day -Jet Michales -Anton Strout -Kris Norris-Robert C.Roman -Delilah Devlin -Deborah Raleigh -Rick Reed -R. A. Vaughn -Carol Lynne -Melissa Ecker -Nancy Holzner -Lydia Dare -Ally Blue -Marguerite Labbe -Tressie Lockwood -Victor J. Banis -JoLynne Valerie -Stephanie Julian -James Buchanan -A.C. Mason

As I started reading through the list of authors I realized that i only know of a very small portion of them. So my brain started smoking and making these sizzling sounds, and BAM I had and idea! I am sure there are many of you who are going to AAD that are like me and do not know some of the authors on the list. So I decided why not do something together to meet them before we meet them face to face in August. So i came up with :


What this is , is a way for us to have the chance to meet the AAD Authors before AAD! 1-2 times per week I will be interviewing the AAD Authors. Just little interviews to get to know the Authors before we meet them face to face in august. And many of them are also doing giveaways! SQUEEEEEEEEEE So as of right now you can come and meet:

1- Diana Castilleja Interview 1-17-11
2- Jess Haines Interview 1-20-11
3- K.A. Laity Tuesday Talking Teaser1-25-11
4- James Buchanan Interview1-27-11
5- Augusta Li -Eon DeBeaumont Interview 1-31-11
6- Renee Bagby Interview 2-3-11
7- Kit Marlow Tuesday Talking Teaser 2-8-11
8- C Margery Kempe Tuesday Talking Teaser 2-22-11
9- Bronwyn Green Interview 2-24-11
10- Rayna Vause Interview 2-28-11
11- Misty Burke Interview 3-7-11
12- Jen Hart Interview 3-21-11
13- Jean Murray Interview 3-28-11
14- Jean Murray Tueday Talking Teaser 3-29-11
15- Samantha Kane  Tuesday Talking Teaser 4-5-11
16- P.J. Schnyder Interview 4-11-11

**If you are an AAD Author and have not seen the email through AAD yahoo group, or have not heard from me yet about setting up a date, please e-mail me at jojosreviewsATgmailDOTcom if you would like to participate.
So starting tomorrow I really hope you all stop by and get to know some new to you authors!

Blog Tours and Giveaways:

On top of the AAD Meet and Greet , I have some wonderful giveaways and blog tours planned on JoJosBookCorner for you over the next couple months, and a few more i'm working on getting plannned and scheduled. I hope you keep coming back to check them all out!

1- Devin Quinn Interview 2-9-11 
2-Crystal Connor Blog Tour 2-18-11
3- Alayna Williams Rogue Oracle Book Tour 3-11-11
4- Truth About Vampires Book Tour 3-18-11
5- Jon Merz Blog Tour 3-24-11
6-Darklands Book Tour (date TBD)
7-An Unexpected Evening Book Tour (date TBD)
8- Valentines Day Blog Hop Giveaway
9- CSN Review and Giveaway
10- A penny a day, Means a Book Giveaway (monthly giveaway)

And so much more are in the process of being planned and scheduled. So check back often to see whats new!

Donations for a cause:
Looking for donation items

  So I have 2 great causes this year I am asking for your help on with donations--Pets Alive and the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer. If you could take a moment to read about both, and if you are interested in helping with either one, please fill out the form HERE . I also ask if you would so kindly help spread the word by Twitter, a blog post, a Facebook post, anything you can do!  Thank you again for taking the time to stop by!
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Authors After Dark Conference - Each year they do a Charity Baskets Raffle and ALL proceeds go to the choosen Charity. This years choosen Charity is:


(FROM AAD WEBSITE)
This year we are doing our charity raffle for an extremely deserving charity: Pets Alive. Pets Alive is a front runner in the ongoing fight against animal cruelty.

Pets Alive is an animal rescue in Middletown, NY that is commited to helping animals no matter where they are. Home to over 50 dogs and over 50 cats at any given time, as well as horses, livestock, birds, reptiles and any other animal thats been abandoned the staff of Pets Alive run a wonderful rescue that has gotten national acclaim. They have helped closed countless puppy mills and rescued dogs from Puerto Rico’s hated Dead Dog Beach. From their website:

Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary is one of the oldest no-kill organizations in the United States. The mission of the sanctuary is to rescue, rehabilitate, and place animals into loving homes. Last year, Pets Alive saved more than one thousand animals. Pets Alive is recognized within the local community, nationwide and around the world, as a leader in developing alliances to end the killing of adoptable animals and promoting the humane treatment of animals.

Both of these deserving charities run completely on donations, and we are hoping to raise $2000 this year to help with the day to day running of the Pets Alive compound!

So this is what I am working on doing. Authors and Publishers are donating gift baskets full of goodies from everything book related, to anything you can think of for the fans to donate to win. Last year they even had a cute little doggie gift basket! Well I thought why not try to put a few gift baskets together myself with the help of you! The big animal lover I am, I am always for helping out the worlds best 4 legged companions!

So what do you say? Do you have a book you would like to donate? A piece of handmade jewlery? Or a handmade Bookmark? How about a $10 GC to a book store, or coffee shop? Absolutly anything and everything will work! I would like to put together at least 2 gift baskets so anything you can donate, will be more than appreciated! (please no used items)

Please go and fill out the form HERE, and please HELP SPREAD THE WORD!


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The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, this walk has mobilized millions to join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, raising more than $347 million for the cause. Events are held annually in the fall in nearly 600 communities nationwide. With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's, and nearly 11 million more serving as caregivers, the time to act is now!



Walking to END Alzheimers

Team Bubby


For the last 2 years my best friend, my mom and I have taken part in the Walk to END Alzheimer's. And last year I had some of you who were wonderful in donating for the cause. This year I would like to take it one step further. I am looking for a few of you who are willing to donate signed books, swag, maybe a book store GC, anything book related. What I would like to do is give back to those of you who donate for this cause. How it will work is everyone who donates to the charity, will be entered to win a prize. But that is later on towards the end of the year. Right now I am looking for your help in donated items. So please head on down and fill out the form. And thank you for taking the time to help out!

Please go and fill out the form HERE, and please HELP SPREAD THE WORD!




ARe Cafe:
Coming soon HERE

Have any of you heard of ARe All Romance E-books? Well they are opening a new website called AReCafe, and you guys are def. not gonna want to miss out on this! It is going to be a great place for you to get online and chat with Friends, share books, and so much more! Hope to see you there when it opens. Come find me!

Winners:

And Last but certainly not least I have the winners from December from the monthly change giveaway. I do apologize for being so late with this, but with no Internet for over 2 weeks it has made things terribly difficult. But to make things up to you, instead of having just the one winner of who guessed the closest, I am also picking a random winnier from everyone who entered! So now onto the winners:


The first winner of my "A Penny a Day, Means a Book Giveaway" was only $1.26 off from what was in my jar. The jar contained $23.34

And our winner who had a guess of $24.60  is
Jecca


And our random winner is
Lisa G.

Congrats Winners!!!!

**winners have 48 hours to email me at ( jojosbookcornerATgmailDOTcom ) with their address and the name of the book they would like ($10 or under) or new winners will be drawn.

Thank you so much for spending your afternoon with me catching up on the past 2 weeks. I hope to see you back tomorrow when we kick off a crazy busy and fantastic filled year!!!
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4 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Lady_Graeye January 16, 2011 at 11:04 PM  

Thanks JoJo!! You broke my losing streak. I am thrilled to be a runner up. Yeah!!!!

Froggy January 17, 2011 at 1:01 PM  

WOW..what a post! First off I missed you! I didn't see you the dangerous group for quite awhile!

AAD..thats the one in Philly right? You know I live 2 hours from Philly? I'd be too nervous to go and would be making a fool of myself meeting my favorite authors!

XOXO
Froggy
Froggarita's Bookcase

PS...we need a post with all hotties!!

fredamans January 17, 2011 at 2:05 PM  

Congrats winners!

Welcome back Jojo!

Kit Marlowe January 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM  

I can't wait to share my teaser :-)

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