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Rainbows through the Storms

Hi Everyone,

As most of you know, I am a full-time caregiver for my grandfather, who suffers from moderate Alzheimer’s Disease. Sadly this past weekend marked another advancement in his illness and sadly what few memories were there are now gone. Needless to say there were many tears shed for many different reasons. However, after my eyes could no longer cry, my mind seem to accept this latest chapter. My heart is still aching, my eyes are tried, but dry and my mind is trying to think things through logically.

On the other hand, even though I have been away taking care of my family, it seems that all of you have been extra amazing. Wednesday, I logged onto Facebook for the first time in a few days to see that the page had gained 47 new followers. Wow! What a wonderful surprise. By Wednesday night, the Facebook page reached over 400 likes. Thank you all so very much. Your support means the world to me. That delightful bit of news brought a big smile to my face and for that, I am forever-grateful to you all. Thank you for giving me a bright rainbow to focus on!

I hope each of you is having a wonderful week! I will be back later tonight with my next review. Thank you all again for your continued support.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The past few days…

Hi Everyone,

Sorry I have been MIA for the past few days.

Monday, I had a migraine and was unable to look at a computer screen for too long. However I did post this week’s poem game that morning, before I laid back down. Have you all guessed the poet or the poem’s title, yet? Just head over to Facebook to see this week’s poem, then enter your answer into the Rafflecopter entry form. (Which can be found on Facebook or on the Big Giveaway page here.

Tuesday was my Grandmother’s birthday and try as I might, no words could be shared with you to explain that day. As you all know she and my Mom created the obsessed reader that I am today. I think about her everyday and dedicate this website in her honor. It thrilled me to see that the Ariesgrl Book Reviews Facebook page reached another milestone on Tuesday. 300 Likes!!! Somehow, I think my grandmother gave me that present on her birthday. Either way, thank you all for making Tuesday even more special to me. You all are amazing!

This brings me to yesterday… Yesterday I had my computer booted up and I was ready to make progress on some posts that I wanted to share with all of you. Instead I spent the day, wrapped around my dog. Ozzy had a seizure yesterday morning and needed to be comforted and kept relaxed throughout the day today. So his brother, Jagger, and I made sure we kept him reassured and comfortable all through the day and night. My little guy has been through so much these past few months, but he is a trooper. His brother, always the protector, did an excellent job of taking care of him yesterday and is currently curled up with him under the blanket. I love my boys!

Last night I tried to log on and type up a quick post letting you all know I would be on here today, but every time I tried to log on, the server was updating… So… I had to wait until this morning. Oh well.

First item on today’s agenda is this: I still have not heard from the winner of the Rockapocalypse giveaway. Since I have not been able to get on here over the past few days, I will allow another 24 hour period to hear from the winner. Wanda Green-Swafford, you won! Please contact me before 11:59am EDT on Friday, June 21, 2013, to claim your prize. If I do not hear from you, before this new deadline, I will draw another name tomorrow at 1pm EDT. Thank you again to all you participated in the A Year in Review #3 giveaway.

On the other hand, A Year in Review #4 is live. So far, only three people have entered to win. If you like Greek Mythology, you will want to check out this week’s giveaway. Just head over to that post and leave a comment for your chance to an ecopy of author, Luciana Cavallaro‘s latest book! Contest ends on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:59pm EDT.

This week’s Twitter character description is still live. (This week’s description is dedicated in honor of my Grandmother.) Check out the status update on Twitter and enter the character’s name in the Rafflecopter entry form under the Big Giveaway page.

That is all from me for right now. I will be back later today with more info for you guys. Thank you all again for your continued support. You guys are amazing!!!

Have a wonderful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Have you entered in Week #2’s Giveaways?

Good Morning Everyone,

The Giveaways are live for Week #2! Make sure you have entered. In case you have missed something, here are the links:

1. A Year in Review #2. All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of the post and you will be entered to win an ecopy of one of Emily Guido’s books!
2. Twitter Guess the Character Game. Read the description then leave your guess in the Rafflecopter. You can find the link to the Rafflecopter under the Big Giveaway page.
3. Facebook Guess the Poet or Poem Game. This week’s poem is pinned at the top. Once you have figured out the name of the Poet or the title of the Poem, enter your guess in the Rafflecopter. On Facebook, it is located in the blue square called giveaway at the top of the page.

I hope you all are enjoying this week’s games and I just want to say thank you again for all of you support. Good luck to you all!

Have a wonderful day!
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Facebook Game #2

Hi Everyone,

As of this morning all of week #2’s celebration games have been posted!

You can find this week’s Guess the Poet/Poem game on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews Facebook page. Please be sure to enter your answer in the Rafflecopter which can be found on the Facebook page or on the Big Giveaway page.

You can find this week’s Guess the Character game on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews Twitter page. It was posted yesterday morning, but I have also clicked “Favorite” on each of the descriptions, in order to help you all find them easier. (Yes that sentence was plural, meaning if you missed the first character description, you still should be able to find it.)

Also don’t forget to leave a comment under the A Year in Review #2 post! Author Emily Guido is giving away a free ebook to one lucky commenter! This contest will be open until Friday, June 7th at 11:59 pm EDT. Winner will be chosen using Random.org and will be announced on Saturday, June 8th.

I am still waiting to hear from the winner of A Year in Review #1. The winner has to contact me before 8:50 am tomorrow morning or another name will be drawn.

Thank you again for all of your support. I hope you are enjoying the celebration games!

Have a wonderful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Week #2 has Started!

Good Morning Everyone,

It is official, week #2 of the celebrations has begun:

1. The winner for A Year in Review #1 was announced here a couple of hours ago! Thanks again to all who participated.

2. A Year in Review #2 was posted earlier this morning, so be sure to stop by and leave a comment for your chance to win a an ecopy of one of Emily Guido’s books!

3. I have re-tweeted the first character Guess Who game this morning. You can find it here. The second one will be posted tomorrow morning. Make sure you are entering the character’s name in the Rafflecopter under the corresponding week!

4. The Ariesgrl Book Reviews Facebook page still has week #1’s poem pinned to the top. It will be replaced on Monday morning with week #2’s poem.

I hope you all have enjoyed the first week of celebrating! I really appreciate all of your support. Thank you! (Oh and as an added bonus item to celebrate, yesterday the blog had reached 20,000 all-time views!!!) Thank you all!

Have a wonderful weekend! I will be back later today with another review. But until then…

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Facebook Game Week #1

Good Morning Everyone,

The first Guess the Poem or Poet game is live on Facebook as of this morning. It is pinned to the top, so just head over to the Ariesgrl Book Reviews Facebook page and you will see this week’s stanza. Once you know the name of the poem or poet, enter your answer into the Rafflecopter which can be found on the Facebook page or here under the Big Giveaway page.

Have a wonderful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Just a few more hours…

Hi Everyone,

Well the anniversary/celebration party will begin in just a few more hours. I want to make sure each of you has all the information needed in order to have fun with this celebration. So here is all the rules and information you will need.

First up: The Year in Review.

Each week, starting on Saturday, I will be taking a look back at several of the books I have read. Most of these features will be accompanied by a mini-giveaway courtesy of the authors. With these giveaways, all you need to do is leave a comment to be entered to win. Mini-Giveaways will be open from the Saturday they are posted through the following Friday. Winners will be chosen using Random.org and will be announced the following Saturday! If you enter to win a mini-giveaway, please check back the following week to see if you have won. Winners will have 72 hours from the time of the announcement to contact me via email (see Contact page.) If the winner does not contact me within 72 hours, then I new winner will be chosen via Random.org.

The Big Giveaway:

Starting May 25, 2013 at 12:01 am EDT through July 31, 2013 at 11:59 pm EDT, the Big Giveaway will be live! This is a very large giveaway, so the winner will be chosen using a Rafflecopter. There are several parts to this giveaway, so I will explain each section, now:

1. In order to enter to win the Big Giveaway, you must be a follower of this blog. This is mandatory, because this is my way to say thank you to all of you!
2. There will be several ways to enter, from following authors to answering questions. None of these are mandatory, since they are meant to be fun.
3. There is one option that is a daily option and there will be other bonus entries available from time to time. So be sure to check back often.
4. Twitter:
a. Each Sunday, there will be a character description posted on Twitter. If you can guess the character’s name, then please enter it in the corresponding Rafflecopter entry. Please do NOT tweet it, post it or comment with your answer. Any answers posted anywhere other than in the Rafflecopter will be deleted. (This is a game, so please don’t ruin it for others.)
5. Facebook:
a. Each Monday, there will be a line or stanza from various poems posted on Facebook. If you can name the title of the poem or the poet’s name, then please enter it in the corresponding Rafflecopter entry. Please do NOT comment on Facebook or here with your answer. Any answers posted anywhere other than in the Rafflecopter, will be deleted. (I repeat, this is a game, so please don’t ruin it for others.)
6. There will be random posts on the blog throughout this time, which will provide chances for bonus entries.
7. There are several opportunities to win, but most of all I just want everyone to have fun!!!

*You can find the Rafflecopter entry form here and on Facebook.*

Thank you again for all of your support. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Everything starts tomorrow, so now’s the prime time to ask.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Thanks again and Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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And the Countdown Continues…

Hi Everyone,

Ready for the next bit of info about the Big Giveaway that starts Saturday? A couple days ago, in Let the Countdown Begin, I discussed the Twitter Guess the Character bonus portion of the giveaway. So today, I thought it would only be fair, if I shared the Facebook only bonus portion!

Every Monday, I will post on Facebook a line or stanza from one of my favorite poems growing up. These could be from anything, but I hope you will recognize at least a few right away. After you read the line or stanza, then you will head over to the Rafflecopter (links will be on here and on Facebook) and type in the Title ~OR~ Author of the poem. (I am allowing either or, since there are several poems that have no title.) Please do not answer on Facebook! There will be a separate entry in the Rafflecopter for each of the ten posts, so make sure you click on the corresponding weeks.

Pretty simple, right? My goal is to make this fun and easy for everyone! (And don’t worry there are several other options and bonus entries available. This is just a small portion!)

Only a few more days left before we begin. I know I am dancing right now from all of the anticipation!

Wishing you all a wonderful night!
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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BIG Announcement!!!

Good Morning Everyone,

It is time. It is here. Today is Saturday, May 11, 2013 and it is 6:00am EDT and this can only mean one thing… It is time for the BIG Announcement. You all are amazing you know this, right?! I want to thank you for your patience and I hope you enjoy this BIG Announcement!

So without further delay…

I can’t believe that a year has gone by since I started this amazing journey. My little dream of finding a way into to the world of literature has grown into something that I could never have hoped for. Thank you all for your support. I am so honored to have each of you following along in this journey. I love being able to read books, write reviews and then talk with all of you about the wonderful books and authors. So on May 25th, 2013, I hope that you all will join me as I begin a three month long celebration party.

Why three months? Well… on May 25th, my blog will turn 1, on June 20th, my first posted book review will turn 1 and on July 27th, my first Indie Author book review will turn 1. Three BIG birthdays/anniversaries!!! And with all that is going on in the world around us, why not celebrate to the fullest. (Besides, who doesn’t love to celebrate good times!)

What kind of Celebration?

Starting on May 25th through July 27th, each Saturday, I will take a look back at some of the books that I have had the honor to review. “A Year in Review” weekly special. On the majority of those weeks, you the followers will get a chance to win some pretty cool prizes, such as bookmarks or ebooks, thanks to the author(s) of the book(s) being Re-Reviewed. Yes, that’s right, there will be 10 weeks with 8 giveaways! But this is only half of the BIG Announcement…

The second half?

This part is extra-special. You see, through May 25-July 31st, there will be a separate giveaway going on. Yes, that’s right another chance to win! This giveaway will be active the ENTIRE time between May 25th-July 31st. For this giveaway, some very generous authors have donated Autographed books, both ebooks and Paperbacks, plus bookmarks. AND… my very favorite and very talented artist friend, Dana Zalesky , has donated an original piece of artwork. So as you can see this giveaway will be BIG!!!

How do you win?

The individual weekly contests will be held like the regular giveaways. (And there will still be those scheduled during this time, too.) All you have to do is leave a comment under that week’s blog post to be entered to win. With the help of Random.org, winners will be chosen and announced the following week. Each contest/feature, will run for a week (Saturday-Friday.)

The BIG giveaway will be a Rafflecopter giveaway, but not just a plain Rafflecopter giveaway. It will be a game… A mixture of Guess the Book from the Quote and a Scavenger Hunt. Bonus points (bonus entries) will be plenty and some will be offered daily!!! You will be able to find the Rafflecopter here, as it will have a page to itself and on Ariesgrl Book Reviews Facebook Page.

(And yes, it is a possibility to win more than one giveaway.)

My goal is to make the next several weeks fun for everyone! I want this to be a true celebration as my way to say thank you to each of you! I hope I have answered any questions you may have, but if not just post a comment below. (However no specifics on authors/books/prizes will be given, just yet.)

So this was my BIG Announcement! I hope you all enjoyed it and that it was worth the wait!!!

Have a wonderful day!
Enjoy!!!
~Ariesgrl

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Thank You Everyone!

Good Evening Everyone,

Tonight’s post will be short and sweet, since there will be several important posts coming in the next few days. I just wanted to thank everyone for their support. Tonight the official Facebook page for Ariesgrl Book Reviews reached 100 likes! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! As a sign of my appreciation for everyone following on Facebook, I posted a hint about the BIG announcement coming next week.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow and Thursday. There are two author blog tour/giveaways that will be taking place.

Thank you all again. Your support means the world to me. Thank you.

Have a wonderful night!
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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