29 August 2015

{Blogger Babble} The Banning Of The Dreaded Sweeps/Giveaway Accounts

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 August 2015 at 11:32 AM | | | | 16 Comments so far


Some of you have noticed an addition to the Rafflecopter forms when you enter a giveaway I am organizing and hosting. If you've missed it:

I've banned Sweeps/Giveaway Accounts


**EDITED**: It's come to my attention that people seem to think I am targeting ALL sweeps/giveaway accounts in this post, and I apologize that this post is worded as such.  If this is your hobby, something you do to relieve stress,  I am not judging you! This post is meant to explain how a group of rude accounts made your life more difficult, and even offers some options on how to work around it.

Please see the last 2 sections of this post to help you understand what we're watching for and how to avoid it.

This kind of change warrants an explanation and that this what this post will do. It will also give you, my readers, the opportunity to weigh in and get additional questions answered.  Understand I will not change this new policy. I may remove the entry option on the giveaway forms but the base line of them being banned will ALWAYS be in my Terms and Conditions.

The rogue sweeps/giveaway accounts have been an irritant for most bloggers for quite awhile. There's not a few days that  go by where someone isn't complaining about them in some fashion. If you check closely on things you will notice that I'm not the only one with these kinds of rules, and chances are even if they aren't listed directly, most bloggers follow similar personal rules when pulling winners.

I'm not the only one who dislikes this, I'm just the one being vocal about it at this moment.

Let's start with the definition, as Me, My Shelf and I sees it, of a Sweeps/Giveaway account.

I view them as an account that is used only or mostly for entering giveaway. Where 75% of the tweets/posts shared on a daily basis are for giveaways that that person is NOT hosting, but has entered and is hoping to win.

{Interview + Giveaway} New York Times Best Selling Author Eric Rickstad

I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have New York Times  Best Selling author Eric Rickstad on the blog today talking about his books and his writing. You might recall my review of SILENT GIRLS a few weeks back, and how much I loved it.  Well, I'm half way through the next book from this stellar author, LIE IN WAIT,  and anticipate loving it just as much, if not more!

LIE IN WAIT hit shelves on September 1st – pre-order your copy today!
$2.99 eBook!
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About The Book

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28 August 2015

{Guest Post + Giveaway} Mechanica by Betsy Cornwall


This cover.  I can't even think straight I love it so much! I'm so thrilled that Rockstar Tours allowed to to join in on this tour, and have Betsy here with a FANTASTIC Guest Post: 5 Things You Might Not Know About Cinderella – and don't forget the giveaway! Enjoy!

About The Book


Author: Betsy Cornwell
Pub. Date: August 25, 2015 | Publisher: Clarion Books (HMH)
Pages: 320 | Formats: Hardcover, eBook

{Interview + Giveaway} with Liz Braswell author of A Whole New World


Thanks to Rockstar Tours we are able to bring you an amazing interview with A WHOLE NEW WORLD author, Liz Braswell. Take a look at it, learn about this imaginative re-telling. And don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom while you're here as well!

About The Book


Author: Liz Braswell
Pub. Date: September 1, 2015 | Publisher:  Disney Press
Pages: 384 | Formats: Hardcover, eBook

27 August 2015

{Spotlight} The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltabiano

By: Me My Shelf And I | 27 August 2015 at 7:58 AM | | Be the first to comment!


The Seventh Miss Hatfield” follows Cynthia, a young girl who isn't entirely happy with her life, comfortable though it is. So when her mysterious neighbor Miss Hatfield asked her in for a chat and a drink, Cynthia said yes. MissHatfield is immortal, and now, thanks to a drop of water from the Fountain of Youth, Cynthia is as well. But this gift might be more of a curse, and it comes with a price. It was a decision that was to change everything. Cynthia must travel back in time to turn-of-the-century New York and steal a painting, a picture which might provide a clue to the whereabouts of the source of immortality. A clue which must remain hidden from the world. On her journey, she discovers forbidden love, mystery, and the true secrets of her immortality.

26 August 2015

{Exclusive YA Experience + Giveaway} First In Line from Random House

By: Me My Shelf And I | 26 August 2015 at 1:39 PM | | | 2 Comments so far


I'm blogging today about the launch of Random House Children’s exciting new YA program FIRST IN LINE, which offers YA readers exclusive advance access to bestselling and debut authors and behind-the-book content!

Being the first at anything is no easy feat, but you already know that.

- You were reading The Hunger Games before VOLUNTEERING AS TRIBUTE.

- You were FEELING THE FEELS from The Fault in Our Stars before it was TFIOS. Okay? Okay.

- You KNEW YOUR FACTION while other people were being sorted into their houses.

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