Friday, December 9, 2011

A 500th Post Holiday Giveaway

It took me almost exactly four years [my blogging birthday is December 29, 2007], but I've finally reached my 500th blog post and this is it! That's an average of 125 posts a year, 10.4 posts a month or about one post every 3-4 days. That sounds about right.

What started out as a place to share my thoughts on books with an emphasis on romance novels has expanded and transformed into pretty much a personal blog. I still post regularly about bookish things, but also about fitness, food, family and other assorted adventures. All are topics I'm passionate about and enjoy sharing with my readers here on the happily ever after... I hope you all enjoy the mix, too. :)

To celebrate this 500th post milestone and the upcoming holiday season and to thank all of you who visit the happily ever after... and keep me company on this blogging adventure, I'm giving away a holiday ebook prize to one lucky winner. Below is a list of holiday novellas, most of which are new releases, from which one lucky reader will win up to three stories of their choice.

I'm afraid I don't know a lot about the restrictions of purchasing ebooks for recipients overseas, but I will look into that between now and the closing of the entries and see what I can do. In the meantime, assume that you will at least need to have one of the following to qualify for the prize: A kindle or kindle app on your reading device OR an iPod touch, iPad, or iPhone with either iBooks or the Kindle app installed, depending on the book below.

Winner will choose from the following list of fantastic holiday ebooks:
  Click on titles to see the book on goodreads.


Newly Fallen by Megan Hart [kindle only]
A steamy contemporary Hanukkah romance!

A Taste of Midnight by Lara Adrian [iBooks or kindle]
A Midnight Breed novella, book #9.5
Paranormal romance, not so Christmas-y

Once Upon a Winter's Eve by Tessa Dare [iBooks or kindle]
A Spindle Cove novella, book #1.5
Historical romance.

Or perhaps one or more of the following contemporary romance novellas from the Carina Press holiday anthology, Holiday Kisses:


Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey [iBooks or kindle]

It's Not Christmas Without You by HelenKay Dimon [iBooks or kindle]


A Rare Gift by Jaci Burton [iBooks or kindle]

This Time Next Year by Alison Kent [iBooks or kindle]

Romance not your thing? That's okay! We can still be friends and you can choose this "regular" Christmas book: ;)

The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere [kindle only]

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment letting me know which THREE holiday novellas you would like to read.

All entries must be received by Friday, December 16, 2011 12 noon EST.

Be sure to leave an email address if it is not easily found in your profile.

Happy holidays! :)


  1. Awww! I'm so happy for you!
    I absolutely LOVE your blog even though you tend to make me feel guilty for sitting around reading or hungry for whatever you're cooking...

    I loved the novellas in Holiday Kisses!! Your winner will love any of those. But if I win I'd chose the Christmas shoes. You see, I'm reviewing the rest of the series this week and I have all of them except the first two.

    This is a terrific giveaway!

    By the way... I just finished Origin... Where are you?

  2. Well congrats on 500! That's a wonderful level of consistency I've never managed to achieve. Meanwhile, I've already purchased the ones I want to read, so please don't enter me in your giveaway. I just wanted to say congratulations. I hope there are at least 500 more posts in your future :-)

  3. *raising lemonade* and here's to many more!

    As for the giveaway (and thank you, you are such a sweetheart) I am interested in the Shannon Stacey and Jaci Burton novellas *sigh* Very much, indeed!

  4. Hello Christine,
    I wanted to say Hi from Sacramento, California and wanted to congratulate you for your 500th post. I haven't been a regular blogger and visitor lately but I'm glad I found the time today ;-)

    See yah,

  5. *Don't enter me, please!

    Congratulations on your 500th post! That's quite a milestone! I, for one, am so very happy to have found you on the web. Your reviews are informative, your recipes are yummy and your exercise posts are inspiring. Again, WTG on your 500th post!

  6. Congrats on your 500th post!!
    ^*throws confetti*

    And those books like really good, i love holiday stories :D

  7. Happy 500th post, Christine! That's a great milestine to reach! "Yooohooo" Like Phyl, I hope there are 500 and more posts to read here at "The happily ever after..."
    Also, not entering the contest [because I'm drowning in books at the moment], but they all look great!

    Congrats again!

  8. Congratulations on a fantastic achievement!

    I would be interested in the Tessa Dare. Thanks!

  9. I need books like I need... well... you know. ANYway. I'd choose the three contemps that are not the Dimon.

  10. Congrats!!! *throws confetti in the air* 500th post!!! That is awesome!

    I love how your blog has evolved more and more and especially love the mouth watering food you make. You're such an inspiration! :)


  11. Thank you all for the 500th post congratulations! Blogging is a happy place. :)

  12. Congrats on 500!!! Love visiting your blog always : )

    Recouping from knee surgery on Fri. Doing pretty good just need to work it now. Not too painful, just feels real tight.

    Keep on blogging baby : )


  13. Congratulations on reaching 500 posts - wow!

    My reading list is overflowing, so I'm not going to enter your celebratory giveaway -- thanks for sharing your happiness with us.

  14. Paula, HOW ARE YOU FEELING? Yikes, it's been a week since your surgery. I hope you're doing well. xo

    Thanks so much for the blogging kudos! :)
    I'm so happy for the friendship that has grown between us through blogging! The next time you come to the east coast to visit your family in NY, we should try to meet up for coffee. :)

    Dawn, I'm a bit of a slow-poke blogger, but oh well, it's my way. :) Thanks for the lovely comment.

  15. *** CONTEST CLOSED ***

    Please email me your email address and which format you prefer: Kindle/Kindle app or iBooks. You've all just won a novella of your choice. :)

    Merry Christmas. xo

  16. I feel real good! Have to start p.therapy 3x's a week for 4 wks then I should be good to go : )

    Yes the next time I'm in N.Y. I would love to meet with you!! Nothing like a good cup of coffee and great conversation : )


  17. Please don't include me in the giveaway, but I just wanted to say CONGRATS! Here's to the next 500! *grin*

    Sorry to hear about the spam!

  18. Congratulations on making it to 500 posts, Christine! That is really awesome and it's a pretty good average per year :) Yay!! Hope you make it to a 1000!


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