Sunday, November 24, 2013

Winners and an update about giveaways

My apologies again for another late giveaway post -- I've just returned from my 'room of my own' out in Western Mass and I'm mourning the loss of it already! But I'm equally happy to be back at home with my wife, and I still have two more weeks of sabbatical to help me adjust back to working life. But I've 'won' NaNoWrimo with more than 60K written, and I think I'll make my goal of 90K. It's a terrible mess, but I'm learning so much!

Anyway -- missed you all and grateful to be 'back' to talk books non-stop!  And here are the winners!

The winner of A Divided Inheritance is ... Blodeuedd of Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell!

The winner of Banquet of Lies is ... Renae of Respiring Thoughts!

The winner of The Sixth is ... Natalie M.!

The winners of Cars and Girls are ... Siobhan F., Brooklynn G., and Suzi H.!

Congrats to the winners! Folks have until end of day Tuesday to get back to me. I have more giveaways coming, so keep an eye out!

I'd like to make a note about a change in my giveaways.  It was recently brought to my attention that there's been some cheating or 'gaming' of blog giveaways, namely folks entering more than one email address for themselves.  As was pointed out to me, the name associated with each email changes for each giveaway, which indicates someone has a bunch of email aliases and can't keep them straight.

From now on, I'm going to explicitly request folks enter giveaways only once.  I'm not going to call out the two folks I suspect of 'gaming', but if it continues, I'll be switching to a survey system that notes ISP addresses and will discard all entries belonging to the offending ISP.  At this time, I'm going to be keep an eye on entries and for those that seem suspicious (and arrive within seconds of each other), I'll be discarding them.

This isn't a warning to folks who enter a giveaway twice, either accidentally (couldn't remember if they had already) or intentionally (wasn't sure if entry went through, or incomplete entry) -- in those cases, it's usually obvious.  This change is in response to what I now see is a long trend of one or two people specifically entering four or more email addresses with fake names.


  1. Congratulations to the winners! I do state one entry per person and on my last giveaway, I have quite a few people who've entered using the same mailing address so I'm suspicious.

  2. Congrats on winning NaNoWriMo, and to the giveaway winners!

    So disappointing that some folks resort to cheating in order to win a free book. In the case of some giveaways I've run, the suspicious entries were days apart, maybe in attempt to make it less obvious, but they stood out after I sorted the spreadsheet by email and saw the multiple names/aliases. Sigh. Thanks for getting the word out about this.

  3. One time I had "people" entering a contest, 7 in 7 minutes. I tried to track them down but yeah pretty sure it was the same person

    YAY Nano! I did not finish and will not manage

  4. Hope you had a great sabbatical. You were very missed :)

  5. Hallo Audra,

    Congratulations on all the lovely progress you've made with your writings! Wow. 90K once your complete is quite the accomplishment to celebrate! I've been a bit remiss with my readings of blogs lately as I was adjusting to Twitter! Laughs. Plus, I sort of became a bit caught up in *Doctor Who* as I took a challenge during SFN to take a rather crash course into the series! I'm so thankful I did! I'm going to be blogging more about Doctor Who this week, as I'm a bit behind on my SFN posts actually!

    I lost a bit of motivation along the way, and I must confess, spending hours with the Doctor was rather smashing - a bit like how you liked being 'elsewhere' to write!? Sometimes we all need a 'break!' :) :)

    Looking forward to your upcoming posts and I'm sorry to hear the news you revealed! I only enter twice if it says your able too. As some of your bookaways has offered a second entry, other than that, I hope for the best for the one entry I cast! I always felt it was rather serendipitous if you were to win. I'm simply thankful for the chance to win, but its the opportunity to get to know the books through your reviews that I cherish more than winning! :)

    Actually, that is the whole reason I like being a part of the bookish blogosphere - reading different perspectives, seeing new to me books and authors, getting to know other bloggers and readers alike, etc! Such a lovely chapter in my life!

  6. Congrats on your NaNoWriMo--you inspire me. I'm slowing inching towards thinking about a writing retreat, but I'm not quite there yet. Looking forward to hearing more about it!