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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Celebrate Reading Between the Wines 2 Year Blogiversary! (And score an awesome prize pack!)



Two years ago today I wrote my first blog post & review. It was our first book club meeting for Sara Creasy's Song of the Scarabaeus. Since then we have had 1,428 posts with over 400 reviews, 405 570 all-time page views and I have read over 350 books! I started out with a lot of paranormal romance but as you can see my love for romance knows no bounds and we have it all here. lol If there is a romance in it you can probably find it at RBtWBC. :) 
It's really interesting though to go back and see how my posts and reviews have evolved over the two years, I've cringed at a few and have thought 'Wow, I did that?!?! Awesome!' at a few more. lol 

It still amazes me though that there are people who are actually interested in what I have to say and take the time out of their day to check out the fabulous authors we host as well as the books we read and talk about. So tonight I would like to raise my glass of sweet blueberry wine to you lovely readers, thank you so much for being a part of it all and I hope that we have helped you find some wonderful books to read and new authors to stalk. And I would also like to thank all of the amazing authors who have stopped by, put up with my quirkiness while chatting and who have spread the word about my lil' book blog, as well as my wonderful guest reviewers and especially my PIC, Lexi. Without these wonderful ladies I would have pulled my hair out and given up long ago because blogging is a lot harder and more time consuming then I could have ever imagined going into it when I found my first blog to follow, the Supernatural Underground back in the beginning of 2010. But it's very much worth it. ;) And to all of my fellow bloggers and newbie bloggers out there, keep on truckin' and be true to yourselves and your blogs! Don't worry about what someone else's blog looks like or how many followers they have and you don't, follows come in time and your blog is unique to yourself. It is about you, your love for books and reading, and no one else. May the force be with you. lol You all rock and I appreciate all of the friends I have made in the blogging community. 

So cheers, here's to another wonderful two years!
As a thank you to all of my truly awesome followers I have a giveaway too! 

First up is a prize pack that I put together with things that I thought would be unique to this blog, this one is open to US and Canadian residents only. International readers, keep reading!

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  • Jeweled by Anya Blast. A book I have on my shelf as well and that I have received many recommendations about. 
  • Hand-made mermaid bookmark.
  • A ribbon bracelet on toggle clip from DallaLuna with a wine glass, heart and book charm for Reading Between the Wines.
  • Only In Texas by Christie Craig, a book (and bookmark) that I read and loved. (Review here.)
  • A ribbon book thong from DallaLuna with a wine bottle, a book and lots of swarovski crystals. 
  • A flowered tote bag from Bath & Body Works.
  • A swag pack, some signed, from the fabulous Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians series.
  • Bath & Body Works Black Cherry Merlot anti-bac pocket pac.
  • Basin wine soap.
  • Christie Craig, Hotter in Texas pen.
  • Signed bookmarks from Tina Folsom, Monica McCarty, Kendra Leigh Castle (with tattoo) and a signed book plate from Lisa Kessler. 
  • Bookmarks from Elisabeth Naughton and Gena Showalter. 
  • RTC's from Elisabeth Naughton (4 and a tattoo too), Tina Folsom and Delilah Marvelle.

And for our International readers I have a $10.00 eGift Card to Amazon, Barnes & Noble or a book of choice (up to $10) from The Book Depository (make sure they ship to you). 



To Enter:
This is a thank you to my followers, so there for you must follow Reading Between the Wines Book Club. :) You can follow by GFC, Email, RSS or Network Blogs. Leave a comment on this post with a book recommendation. What haven't I read yet that you think that I will just absolutely love? And then fill out the appropriate Rafflecopter form below!


US/CA Giveaway: Prize Pack
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International Giveaway: $10.00 eGift Card

68 comments:

Melissa said...

Happy Blogiversary! I am a book lover myself and I would recommend reading anything by Lora Leigh especially her Nauti Boy series! Those male are so alpha that they jump off the pages at you! Also, try Lauren Dane's Brown Sibling. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

melissalamb(at)musfiber(dot)com

Unknown said...

Happy Blogiversary! :)

I wish I had a book recommendation for you! I come to your blog to read the reviews and I pick out a lot of the books that I read based on them.

Hmm...well it's not a romance, but I really enjoyed Until Tuesday.

Congrats!

Christine

ceeenndee at gmail dot com

redzsm said...

Happy Blogiversary my friend!!

I'm so glad to be a follower and appreciate all of your hard work :) You've introduced me to some fantastic new-to-me authors, which I'm grateful for (even though my DH isn't). Lol!

I have recently read The Outlander series by Diana Galbadon. It's VERY long, but worth the read IMO. Also, I'm getting ready to read the next Shadowlands book by Cherise Sinclair. They. Are. Hot!! I'm addicted to that series. Yum! Check them out!

Thank you for the amazing giveaway! You rock girl!

♡♥♡♥,
Selena

Stephanie said...

Happy Blogoversary!

I recommend Tempted by Megan Hart. Thanks for this amazing giveaway!

skk25@aol.com

Evie said...

I've just finished Between Shades of Gray and it's amazing!
Happy Blogiversary!
And thanks for the giveaway :)

Jeremy said...

Congratulations for blogging for 2 years now. I just celebrated my 2nd year and I know how much work and time goes into making a great blog which you definitely have. And good luck to the future.

Danielle

Kassandra said...

I love anything written by Lilith Saintcrow. She is more UF for most of her stuff but reading her work is always very engaging for me.

Kassandra
sionedkla@gmail.com

Tamara Ford said...

Happy Blogiversary! Two years is awesome. Congrats!

Tamara @ Shelf Addiction

Unknown said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I recommend Molly Joseph (Annabel Joseph's other pen name) new book "The Edge of the Earth."

kesummer69 at gmail dot com

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

AAAAAH! Happy Blogoversary!!!! and please disregard my entry for us/can giveaway - it was purely by mistake!

I would love to recommend a book by one of my favorite authors Elizabeth Hunter. It's called The Genius and The Muse. Really lovely contemporary romance.

elaing8 said...

Happy 2nd Blogiversary!!!
I'd recommend Lexxie Couper's books.

Joanne said...

Happy Blogoversary!!!I recommend anything by Jill Shalvis and Jennifer Crusie(especially Anyone But You) and then there's Almost A Scandal by Elizabeth Essex and The Impossible Bachelors series by Kieran Kramer.

e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

Jane said...

Happy Blogoversary, Crystal. I would recommend Shannon McKenna's upcoming release "One Wrong Move."

kmannrn said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!
I am currently reading and loving it- On Dublin Street by Samantha Young.

Carin said...

Congrats on your 2 year blogversary,I would say if you haven't already you have to read Kallypso Masters
Thanks Carin

Sophia Rose said...

Way to go! Two years is a big milestone. I know I've gotten some great book recommendations from the reviews here.

As to my own recommends, I like Karen Chance's Dory Basarab series, Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series and Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

Thanks so much for your giveaway.

Kaylyn D said...

Congrats on 2 fantastic years. I would recommend Hybrid Misfit by Eve Langlais. It is a great read!

crystaley73 said...

Happy Blogoversary! Congrats on two years. I love your blog and have read many of the books you have reviewed and or have blogged about. The Celtic Steel series by Delaney Rhodes is great.

Susan said...

Congratulations! I love to see accomplishments like this!

I also love your reviews!

susan meier

elizabeth said...

Congratulations on the blogaversary. Love this site. I don't have any idea of what to recommend since I'm a year behind on my reading. But, I just won a couple of ebooks by Debra Webb the Faces of Evil. So, I will recommend those.

Continued success in the years to come,

Elizabeth Gray
elizabethgr@sbcglobal.net

Linda said...

Happy Blogiversary! Those are some pretty impressive statistics!

I just read Kismet's Kiss by Cate Rowan - it was really good! Highly recommend for anyone looking for a light fantasy romance read.

Tore923 said...

Congratulations. I would recommend 50 Shades of Gray. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. Tore923@aol.com

erin said...

Happy Blogoversary!!!!! Here's wishiing you many, many more... all the books you could ever want to read and a hot guy in a kilt to fan you and feed you grapes while you read ;) I am sooo glad that I found your blog. I have really enjoyed all the book reviews (I have found some awesome books that way), the author interviews (I have found some favorite new authors) and all the fun events and giveaways! I visit almost every day and I look forward to seeing your name in my inbox. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication. This is a fun, beautiful site and your love of reading and the reading blog community shows!

thanks again!

Cherry said...

Happy blogoversary and more power to your blog!!

I have many recommendations, but I think it would be best if I start with my "all time favourites" books (http://cherrydragon1.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/alltimefavourties) which includes the Dresden Files by Jim butcher and the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. I hope they give you the same reading pleasure I had with them!!

Cherry Mischievous
cherrymischif-spamme [at] yahoo [dot] com

Liss Martz said...

Happy Blogoversary!! Wish you many more years to come for you and this wonderful site! I recommend to you Night Walker by Lisa Kessler, it's a great book!

Book Savvy Babe said...

I swear I already commented, but it disappeared... Anyhow, happy blogoversary! Thank you for all your blog work and your reviews! You are one of the first bloggers that I started following :)
As for book suggestions... have to tried Love is A Battlefield or The World is A Stage by Tamara Morgan? The books are hilarious romantic comedies, good stuff! Book Savvy Babe

Karen C said...

Congratulations on your two year blogoversary - quite an accomplishment!

*yadkny* said...

Happy Blogoversary!! And here's to many many more!!!

My recommendation: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Di said...

Happy Blogoversary! Two years of hard work - Thank You for all your efforts! You've covered so many wonderful books can't think of onw right now to add to them.

sallans d at yahoo dot com

Mona said...

Congrats on your 2-year blogoversary!!!

I would recommend Creep by Jennifer Hillier. I read it earlier this year and LOVED it. It's one of the best suspense/thrillers I ever read. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel, Freak.

Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway :)

Unknown said...

WOW!! 2 Years!! Happy Blogoversary!! I have gotten some great reads. If you like historical romance..Marsha Canham has some great books.
mel
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Congrats.

If you haven't read Just Evil by Vickie McKeehan, put it on your TBR list. It is a trilogy, though.

Thanks for the great giveaway.

Lexi said...

Two years! Congrats on making it and putting together such a GREAT blog Crystal! (and thanks for mentioning me, I love helping you out)
So I raise my glass of Cupcake wine and toast you!

Unknown said...

First, I want to say Happy Blogiversary!! And I wish many more for you.
I recommend Blood Orchids by Toby Neal. The book is fantastic. Also Deviant Devil by Jianne Carlo. Actually I could give you an entire list. haha

luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

The Chronicles of Elantra series by Michelle Sagara, The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, the Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane & the Persephone Alcmedi series by Linda Robertson!

Happy Blogoversary & thanks for another amazing giveaway!

elizabeth @ bookattict . com

Michelle Bledsoe said...

Happy Anniversary!!!
I would recommend ALL GENRES OF ROMANCE BOOKS...LOL
I really don't know what to recommend because I know we have read the same authors...

Michelle
koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Lisa Cox said...

Happy Blogiversary!
It's rather tough to recommend a book as I see you already read Sherrilyn Kenyon and JR Ward. What about Christine Feehan? She does paranormal romance.
Or JD Robb? She has a great series of, I guess it's called thriller romance (romance stories about a cop)?

June M. said...

I you have not read Eve Langlais' A DEMON AND HIS WITCH and A DEMON AND HIS PSYCHO yet, I would really recommend them. Especially if you have read and enjoyed her Princess of Hell series (LUCIFER'S DAUGHTER, etc).

Happy Blogiversary!!!
Hope you have even a greater year to come :)
June
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

It's been two years? Yahoo! I can say I remember when.... LOL! I love your reviews Crystal. It's been so fun following you.

Hmmm, a book suggestion. I have no idea LOL!

Unknown said...

Happy 2nd Blogiversary!!!!!!

I would love to recommended Kristen Ashley Books. Her works was amazing. You must try her Colorado Mountain series, Dream Man series, Rock Chick series, and Burg series.

miki said...

Happy second Blogoversary

i really loved the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

Unknown said...

Happy 2nd Anniversary Crystal! love your blog & ur memes rock ;)

Sharonda
Salacious Reads

Carol L. said...

Congrats on a wonderful 2 year Blogoversay. Wishing you many more. I love this blog.
Have you tried J.K. Beck's series The Shadow Keepers starting with When Blood Calls ? I think it's a great series and you'd enjoy it.
Thanks for this opportunity.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Unknown said...

Congrats and Happy Blogoversary! May you have many years of continued success!

I think you should read Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. It says it's YA, but I think it is more mature. I love it! Thanks so much!

Anne said...

I'm not sure I can remember which books you haven't reviewed. I;d recommend the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and the Gunmetal Magic spin off. Also The Bloodhound Files series by DD Barant.

ac05atjuno.com

LorettaLynn//Temprance said...

Happy 2 years;) Happy butt dance ;)

lets see i have read a lot of books so far this year..
Let's see,
The Bloodgate Warrior
Master of the Mountain
Vampire,Witch and Werewolf

There are awhole lot more. This as been a good reading years so far, not to many that havent been good:)
Congrats again!!

Kerry said...

Happy Blogoversary - REad anything by Kristen Ashley - she is the bomb.

Rock Chicks or any of her other series (MMM dream man series is hot)

kerryjcj@verizon.net

books4me said...

Happy Blogversary, Crystal! Your blog is a favorite and one of the few I check on a daily basis!

I recommend Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston...hysterical and hot!

Rhonda D said...

Happy Blogoversary! I think you would like Sharp Change by Milly Taiden. It sounds hilarious and hot!

Veronika said...

Happy Blogoversary! I love all book from Julie James so I'm going to reacommend this one! I love her writing!
Thank you for the giveaway!

Gabrielle Lee said...

Happy anniversary. I would have to recommend anything by Cherise Sinclair or Lex Valentine.Always love each and every one of their books.

Gabrielle
meingee@yahoo.com

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

Congrats on making 2 years!

Goodness. Suggestions? You've probably read most but my faves are Shelly Laurenston/GA Aiken and Cherise Sinclair. They're always amazing. Just read Cross Your Heart by Michele Bardsley and it was fantastic.

Aline Tobing said...

Congratulations!
Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

I don't know if you read Young Adult books but I'd like to recommend Defiance. I haven't read it yet actually (my book is still on its way) but I read so many wonderful reviews about the book. Hope you'll like it :)

sweety white said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I recommend Lord and lady spy-Shana Galen and books by Julie James

-Lilian S

Spav said...

Happy blogoversary!
I recommend Enchanted Inc. by Shanna Swendson.

Hot Off the Shelves said...

many have already read them, so maybe you have too, but the Wings of Night series by Maggie Shayne is really good.

Michele said...

Congratulations! Have you read First Grave on the Right yet?

DANIELA said...

The Bound series by Cynthia Eden

SdyLion said...

HER DEMONIC ANGEL by Felicity Heaton- amazing book with everything you would want in a pnr novel. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

SdyLion said...

Happy Anniversary- I love your site and the excellent interviews and reviews you provide. Keep up the good work and happy reading! sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Tara said...

I just read a hilarious book - Jeneration X by Jen Lancaster! If you need a laugh I'd definitely try it out!

Cathy M said...

I just got through reading the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones back to back, and it is amazing. Would recommend starting the series from the beginning.

Paranormal romance with humor, sexy men and fabulous suspense storylines.

Texas Book Lover said...

Happy Blogoversary! Wishing you many, many more! I absolutely love your blog! It was one of the first I found when I started reading book blogs!

If you haven't read it I would recommend Vampires In America by D.B. Reynolds series. They are terrific!

Nadine said...

Have you read Easy yet by Tammara Webber? I was hooked. It reminded me of Beautiful Disaster (another good one if you haven't read it), but it stood out on its own.

Shawny said...

Happy Blogaversary! I read The Hedgewitch Queen and The Bandit King by Lilith Saintcrow this summer. The language was a bit weird, but not so weird that I didn't melt down when I finished the first one and realized the second one hadn't been released yet.

Hai-Yen said...

Happy Anniversary RBTW! Here's wishing you many more to come and continued success! Thank you for this awesome giveaway and see you online :)

Unknown said...

Congrats on two yrs!!!!!!!!!!

Elizabeth H. said...

Happy Blogoversary!! My book recommendation for you is Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia. It is a beautiful love story that's balanced with some very funny characters with impressive potty mouths. It's the best book I've read all year!