Saturday, July 23, 2011

Giveaway Week, Day Whatever-It-Is

Up first: The winner of the subscription to Danyelle Leafty's serialized novel, THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA is: Natalie Aguirre!!

Congrats! Please email me at elanajohnson(at)gmail(dot)com with your mailing address and I'll get your information to Danyelle.

And if this week hasn't been awesome enough, I present you with...

Today, I give you an ARC of THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab. I loved this book, and I'll be featuring it during Bookanista Thursday very soon. Just believe me when I say you want it. Badly.

Here's a bit about it, since you might not know, since it's not out yet: The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

And there are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

To enter:
1. Leave a comment here by 10 PM Mountain time. (1 entry) Yes, it's that easy.*
2. Blog about this contest TODAY. (I am not doing twitter or facebook or Google+ or anything else. A blog post. You will get 1 entry for the blog post.)

That's all. I'm not doing a Google form or anything. Winners will be drawn from the comments of this post, and if you blogged about it, say so(!) so I can count you for 2 entries, okay?

Okay. The winner will be announced on Monday.

And since the title is THE NEAR WITCH, I have a "magic" related question: Have you seen Harry Potter yet?? Because holy Firebolts, Batman. You should get on that.

*All followers, old and new, will get an additional entry, but it is NOT required to follow my blog to win. Of course, I hope you do, because sometimes I say funny things, and give stuff away, and talk about books and bacon and any number of Adam Lambert hairstyles... So yeah.


Laura Pauling said...

Great contest week, Elana! I'd love to read this one.

laurapauling at yahoo dot com

Tamara said...

Nice giveaway :D

I follow you on GFC: tammyb_2810


TheJay2xA said...

Thanks for the awesome chance! new follower :)

blogged I also blogged about it.

fallendream03 AT gmail DOT com

Yolande said...

Wow, thanks for the giveaway! Nope, I haven't seen HP yet.. still need to see 7.1!

Anita Saxena said...

HP 7 Part Two was amazing. I was in this state of awe when the movie finished.
Thanks for hosting this give away for the Near Witch.

JK17 said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I want to read this book! Pls let me win the near with! I love V. Schwab!

I blogged about it!
and I'm a follower too!

Rebecca T. said...

Yeah for contests! This looks interesting.

sonshinemusic at gmail dot com

Also, I've been a follower like, forever :D because you're cool and I'm hoping some of it will rub off :P

mimz said...

I haven't seen HP yet... but I'm going tomorrow! I'm so excited, I can't wait! Ahhhh :D The Near Witch sounds like a really good book. Thanks for doing this.


tiffanygarner said...

Thanks for the awesome contest! I follow you on blogger and blogged about your giveaway at

Ok, now on to Harry Potter: Oh. My. Gosh. I have been a die hard follower since I was in the third grade (yes, I am that young haha) and to see it all come to an end was heartbreaking and exciting at the same time. I thought the movie was FANTASTIC. For those of you that haven't seen it yet, even if you're not a huge fan, you have to. This is a movie everyone will love. There's not a moment of dull action.

So excited to read POSSESSION!

tiffanygarner said...

I got my blog address wrong :) Victim of Prophecy is the name of the series I'm working on. Victim of writing is the blog.

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

Sad as it is to say, I haven't seen the last HP movie. Part 1 or 2. Having small children seriously cuts into movie watching time and we didn't want to see 2 without seeing 1. It's a vicious cycle thing. We'll see it eventually, I know.

Thanks for an awesome week of giveaways. You rock!

Tore said...

I can't wait to read this book. It sounds very good. No I havent seen Harry Potter yet. Please enter me in contest.

Miranda Hardy said...

I saw Harry Potter on Tues, and it was great. Would love to read this book soon. (Old follower)

DreamyCowgirl @

tetewa said...

I'm hoping to see it this weekend!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Man, I WANT this book. :D

I'd heard of it before, but I had no idea what it's about--until now!

Rain Laaman said...

Looks quite interesting.

I am blogging and a follower. =)

Jessie Harrell said...

Oh yes -- this is one I really want!
I'm an old follower too. so +2
jessieharrell at
thanks for the opportunity!

virg_nelson said...

I blogged about it and I am an old follower. The blog post is
My email is
And yes... I did see Harry Potter... midnight premiere. Amazing. Left a few bits out like the house elves role in the final battle but altogether... Awesome.

mshatch said...

ooh, this does sound like a good book - nothing like a good ghost story. Alas I have not seen Harry, but I am heading to the mail shortly to pick up the Half Blood Prince (netflix) which I haven't yet seen. Also going to the library to see if they have a copy of your book!

Connie said...

Oh my! I'm already sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what may be inside this scary book! I love ghost tales and moors. Nothing scarier than a dark moor. I'm so hoping to be selected as a winner to read and comment on this delicious sounding book. I'm commenting at Elana's blog as well.
Connie Fischer

Theresa Milstein said...

I've wanted to read this since I heard about it months ago. Please enter me to win.

tmilstein at gmail dot com

I'm going to share this on FB even if it doesn't get me any points.

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Leigh Ann said...

Oooh, I've heard about this one! Would love to read it.

I saw Harry Potter, and I was blindsided by how devastated I was. It was beautiful, really beautiful.

rabbikopans (at) gmail (dot) com

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

Thanks for doing the giveaway! This book is one I've been meaning to read.

kprwrite at hotmail dot com

And YES I've seen HP!! Pretty good. Not perfect, but I liked it.

Janet Johnson said...

I have seen HP (which is rare for me to have seen it so soon). Hard to believe that was the end.

And sounds like a cool book! :)

Colene Murphy said...

Wow! Hate to have been MIA all week! This looks awesome! (And HPDHP2 was awesome!!)

CherylAnne Ham said...

Hi Elana. New follower here. :D

I want to read this book so so so bad.

Haven't seen HP yet, but hope to soon. My daughter has seen it twice already.

email: cherylanneblogs (at) gmail (dot) com

Melanie Stanford said...

Seen Harry Potter- twice! It was sooo good.

Vidisha said...

great giveaway!!!

gfc follower

Stephanie McGee said...

YEp, seen HP. Almost went to the midnight showing of it, but that fell through so I just went on opening day.

Grace said...

Nope, haven't seen Harry Potter yet.

I would love to win this book!

Deb Marshall said...

Great giveaway!! Thanks, Elena.

I blogged it...and no on the H/P!

justdeb AT debamarshall DOT com

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Saw and enjoyed - posted my review last Monday. (Oh, and not entering to win. Sorry, not my style of read.)

Sarah Nicolas said...

I have NOT watched it yet because I've been busy moving. Twice. And my truck's engine blew up inthe process. :( soon...

dani_nguyen said...

I saw Harry Potter the day it came out. I love the series so much & am so sad that it's over!

Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to read this one.


Triskit said...

I'm totally excited about this giveaway Elana! Sign me up! :)

Ash said...

GFC Follower as Ash AND e-mail.

And no I haven't seen Harry Potter yet. I probably won't see it until it comes out on DVD as I still need to read the last book. -.-

Llehn said...

I haven't seen Harry Potter yet but am dying to!

GFC follower.


Margaret said...

No I have to admit I have not seen Harry Potter yet. I'm a new follower and always love to know what's happening with Adam's hair lol! Thanks for the giveaway!


Sniffly Kitty said...

I haven't seen any HP movies since the 3rd one.

GFC Follower - Sniffly Kitty

minhchieu said...

I saw Harry Potter on opening night, it was awesome!


Krispy said...

Omg i've been wanting this book since I read the blurb! So thanks for this chance!

Saw Harry Potter at midnight on release day! Am totally seeing it again tomorrow! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like another great book!

I'm still waiting to see HP - although we rewatched the first half the other day. Can't wait!

Vivien said...

Definitely excited for this one!!

And yes I have seen HP!!!

OLD GFC follower

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

Jeff King said...

Awesome I can't wait.

And yes, I've watched HP-7 #2... It was good, just not what I was expecting. I had the ending of the book firmly in my mind, so I was a little disappointed. I wish they would have executed that better, but all in all, I’ll watch it again.

Alba said...

GFC old follower

OMG!! yes I've seen it and enjoyed it and re-seen it and enjoy it all over again! it was magic and tragic at the same time AMAZING!!

posted on my blog

Cara said...

So so so very excited to read The Near Witch. Thanks for the awesome contest! :)

HP was epic! I think it's become one of my favorites among the movies.



Gisselle said...

Awesomeeee! thank you for the giveaway!!
New GFC follower: Gisele Alvarado
I've seen 2 times Harry Potter and i still planing to go see it again. it was Amazing!!


Leslie Rose said...

Got the tingle-chills just reading the blurb about THE NEAR WITCH. I'd love to dive in and devour the whole thing. I saw Harry Potter on opening day and I'm still emotionally distraught, in a good way.

Sarah Allen said...

Awesome contest again :) I'd love to win this one!!! And I LOVED Potter :)

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)


Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm excited to win! I'll e-mail you and I've heard great things about The Near Witch.

Yes, my daughter and I went to see Harry Potter last weekend. It was awesome.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

woohoo! sign me up for that prize!! awesome. Been waiting for AGES for it!

May I also say that I LOVED POSSESSION! Wow, what an action-packed ride! Great job!

Donna K. Weaver said...

I've seen Harry twice, but I'm ready to see it again since it's been a week since the last time. =D

Taffy said...

I just told my kids this very morning that I want to see Harry Potter again! LOVED IT!

Thanks for the fun giveaways!

kristina shields said...

Great contest! I cant wait for this book to come out!

Tiffany Drew said...

Thank you for this awesome giveaway, I've been trying to get my hands on this book :) No, I have not seen Harry Potter yet.

New GFC follower Tiffany Drew


Emily Rittel-King said...

I want in!
Thanks for the opportunity!

Megzarooni said...

I saw part two last night! It was AMAZING C: Thanks for the giveaway!

mermaidvision said...

I saw DH Part 2 at the midnight screenings, so I've been mourning the end of the era for over a week now. It still doesn't seem real! :(

Thanks for the contest btw! Old follower here. :)

Martha Lawson said...

No, I haven't seen it! I'd love to be entered for this book, sounds really great.

Old follower on gfc

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

id said...

I came to your site to read about Possession and find an awesome contest. :) The Near Witch sounds great too.
I haven't seen Harry Potter. I'm a new follower: jenn books at gmail dot com.

ali said...

Ah! 61 comments! 61 competitors! Yikes! I've got 50 minutes - am blogging RIGHT NOW!!!

Michael Di Gesu said...

The Near Witch looks like a cool book.

As for Harry .... OF course I have.... Tomorrow I will be seeing it again!

Ishta Mercurio said...

LORDY, this looks good! It's already in my TBR list, but I'll look forward to your review anyway.

And, no, I haven't seen the latest HP. I haven't seen most of them. I want to finish reading the books first. Right after I finish reading YOUR BOOK, and the couple of others I promised I'd read this month!

Too many books, too little time...

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