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21 Oct 2012

Blogoversary Giveaway!

Next Saturday this little nook of a blog will be one year old! Just in time for Halloween too!

I started this blog on the 27th October 2011, just before NaNo started.  I'd been wanting to start a blog for a while then because I was missing uni life where I could always talk books and writing with my classmates.  I also wanted to do NaNo and share my experiences.  Have somewhere to post up how I was doing.  So I got advice from a friend on starting up, came up with a title and The Nook was created.

It's been an amazing year because I've met so many wonderful writers and book bloggers.  I've loved being part of an online community who have always been there with great advice on blogging and writing and great book recommendations. 

So onto the giveaway! Since Halloween isn't far off and you've probably realised by now how obsessed I am with anything horror, I'm using it as a theme for the giveaway! I have three horror-rific books that I would love to share for three winners to choose from:

1) Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
The undead can really screw up your senior year ...

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancĂ©. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.
2) The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
"The Turn of the Screw" is an intense psychological tale of terror. It begins in an old house on Christmas Eve. It is the story of a Governess who comes to live with and take care of two young children. The Governess loves her new position in charge of the young children, however she is soon disturbed when she begins to see ghosts.
3) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."

"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.

When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an axe, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

The rules:

1) The giveaway is open internationally
2) It is also open to all followers, new and old.
3) +1 if you tweet/blog/facebook the giveaway and leave a comment on this post.
4) +1 if you share a Halloween memory!

The giveaway is open from today till midnight 27th October.  Winners will be announced on 27th October!

Good luck! =D

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  1. Happy Blogoversary!
    This is a great giveaway and I've been intrigued about Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Darkside for a while now, so would love to win it.
    Oo all of my favourite halloween memories come from dressing up in silly costumes and going dancing with my friends. I think one of my favourite costumes I did was when I dressed up a dark witch Willow from Buffy! It involved a very tight corset and lots of black veins painted on me in liquid eyeliner (they didn't come off properly for days!)

  2. Awesome costume! Me and my friends tried trick or treating once but nobody would answer to us. I don't think they trusted teenagers haha. So we decided to stop at a shop and buy our own sweets, told the owner we'd been trick or treating but no-one would open their door so he gave us a box of celebrations for free. ^^ That was actually a pretty awesome Halloween.

  3. Pretty much the whole time I lived in the UK--until I was 22--I can remember there being Hallowe'en things in stores and specials on TV (Blue Peter Hallowe'en crafts, spooky stories on Jackanory, etc). But the whole "trick or treat" thing was something they did in the US, and there wasn't so much of the "celebration" side of it. Far more emphasis was put on Guy Fawkes night. :)

    I do remember, when I was about 9 or 10, visiting a friend's house across the street from us. I was there until about 8pm, but it was Oct 31, and it was dark when I was returning home. Before I left, he reminded me that it was Hallowe'en and to "watch out for witches and ghosts!" I can't say I was scared witless for that short journey from his front door to ours, but my pace was a little quicker than usual, and I looked around me the whole time. :)

  4. I'm similar to Colin. Halloween is very much a US thing so most of my memories involve watching the American Halloween based movies on TV, staring longingly at the kids who got to trick or treat!

    Occasionally we'd dress up as witches, wizards or mummy's (the typical scary costumes which is what we thought Halloween was all about) and we'd have a little party with our girl guides troop or something like that, but it was never as big as it is in America.

    SO this Halloween is going to be my first. I'm going to watch the NYC Halloween parade, I'm going to dress up as... something! and I'm going to carve a pumpkin! I have a lot of making up to do but I've been told I'm too old to Trick or Treat :(

    (I've also tweeted and facebooked about the competition :D )

    Happy Blogoversary!

  5. My best friend and I were obsessed with Halloween as kids and would plan our costumes and our trick-or-treat route months ahead of time. We made most of our costumes. I lived in a busy neighborhood with lots of families so we started early and stayed out late. SO MUCH CANDY!