The Big 50!!!

(And if you dare ask if that’s my birthday coming up, I’ll reach right through your screen and slap you.)
This is a time for celebration! I’ve reached 50 Followers!!!!! Woohoo!!!!!
(Apparently, this calls for lots of !!!!s. All celebrations do, right?)
Thank you all for thinking I have something interesting to say. When I first started, I really thought this blog would be a big flop, but it’s actually been a lot of fun. I’ve been scheming in the background, too, and have even more fun and interesting things planned. I’m really excited for its future.
But first…what this milestone really calls for is a GIVEAWAY!
This is going to be an epic contest because I’m combining the 50 and 100 milestones. In other words, I’m going to bribe my lovely followers (and I really do love you!) to help me reach 100.
Before I get to the details, I have a special announcement (and this is relevant to the contest):
PROMISE, my upcoming novel, has its own website!
Okay, I won’t delay you any longer. Here’s how the giveaway will work. It took about three months to get 50 suckers followers and I know how these things snowball, so I’ll give it six weeks to get to 100. So the contest will run from right now until May 31 or until the blog reaches 100 followers, whichever comes first. If it doesn’t reach 100 followers by May 31, someone still wins. If it does reach 100 followers by then, the grand prize will be good. If it reaches 100 before May 31, it will be even better! I PROMISE!
The prizes? I haven’t exactly decided, but I’ll keep you posted when I do. My thoughts include a grand prize of a gift basket including 2-4 good books and books or gift cards for second and third prizes. There are some great books releasing this summer, including two I absolutely cannot wait for: PROMISE (of course) and MOCKINGJAY. So they will both definitely be included (with PROMISE being a signed ARC and MOCKINGJAY a pre-order for its August 24 release).
So how do you enter? I’m going to give you all kinds of opportunities. But to win, you have to be a blog follower. So following gives you one automatic entry. To thank my first 50 followers, you automatically get two entries. If you comment below and tell me what you would like for a prize (specific books, gift cards, etc., within reason – I’m not a multimillionaire bestseller…yet!), you get another entry. If you become a follower of the Promise site, you get another entry. If you post a link back to here or the Promise site on Facebook, Twitter or your website, you get another entry for each post (please post here a separate comment with the link for each one). Then…for each comment made on future blog posts from now until the end of the contest, there will be an entry. Confusing? I’ll break it down:
+2 entries if you were among the first 50 followers
+1 entry for becoming a new follower
+1 entry for following www.IHavePromise.com
+1 entry for commenting below on what kind of prize you’d like to win
+1 entry for each time you post a link on Facebook, Twitter, your own blog or website – just be sure to post a comment below for each one with the link
+1 entry for each comment on future blog posts between now and the contest end date
I’ll keep you updated on how we’re doing over the next six weeks.
So…let’s go! This will be fun!!
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49 Responses to The Big 50!!!

  1. Ebyss says:

    Hey. I’m at least the first commenter.

    So…Hmm?
    I would like to win books. That is usually the best gift of all. Or maybe some sort of cute little writing gifts. Those are fun.

    +1 newer follower
    +1 following ihavepromise
    +1 for comment
    +1 twitter

    A total of four. Wheeeee!!

  2. Kristie! You are so sweet! If only I could multiply myself by 50, you’d have your 100! 🙁

    Uh, I think a gift certificate would be nice. Better yet, a free copy of your book when it’s published!! *big grins*
    😉

  3. Alys says:

    I would like to get a signed autographed book of promise when it comes out 🙂
    but books and bookie items (reading lamp, cool nifty things, etc) are all great. gift cards are so blah and generic, i like the book-related gifts!!!

    +2 entries if you were among the first 50 followers
    +1 entry for following http://www.IHavePromise.com (like the name change)
    +1 entry for commenting below on what kind of prize you’d like to win
    +1 entry for each time you post a link on Facebook, Twitter, your own blog or website – just be sure to post a comment below for each one with the link (funny, i was going to do this soon as i saw the official webpage announced)!!! But not sure how to link it, i’m untech savy but check my FB

  4. Congrats on the followers and very cool contest.

    I’d like books, maybe a signed copy of yours? 🙂

    Old follower +2
    Follow I Have Promise +1
    Comment +1
    Blog Post +1
    Sidebar +1
    Total +6

  5. Anonymous says:

    I would love a dinner with the author! How bout that for a prize!
    Lisa Adams

  6. Also, I just posted to my facebook both this site and the http://www.ihavepromise.com.

  7. Talli Roland says:

    Sounds like a great contest! Can’t wait to hear more.

  8. angie says:

    +1 entry for becoming a new follower
    +1 entry for following http://www.IHavePromise.com
    +1 I would love to win autographed books. I am always looking for new authors to read
    +1 I tweeted http://twitter.com/bangersis/status/12551662392
    Thanks!!
    email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

  9. Giada M says:

    Is this contest international?:)

  10. Kristie Cook says:

    Hey, everyone, thanks for joining in the fun! My book (signed) will definitely be a prize, but I’ll throw a few other things in, too. Because for all you know, my book’s not much of a prize at all. LOL

    Lisa, dinner with the author, huh? Are you sure??? 😉

    Giada, I’m checking into a few things. If I can at least send a gift certificate from one of the online booksellers via email and you can use it, then by all means, join in. It’ll be worth what the full gift basket would be worth. (I just don’t think I can afford to ship the basket and contents overseas.)

    Thanks, everyone, for your support. It really means a lot right now.

  11. BOOKS? I LOVE books! And chocolate… *noms*

    +2 Already a follower
    +1 Following Promise’s blog.
    +1 Commenting…
    +1 RT’d the link a couple of times, but I’m going to tweet about it in a bit… http://twitter.com/AshelynnS/status/12609057402

    There ya go, Kristie! Good luck with getting 100 followers!

  12. donnas says:

    Great contest and congrats on the book!!

    +1 new follower
    +1 follow I Love Promise
    +1 Books are always great prizes, but for long running contests bookstore gift cards are the win
    +1 linked – http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/2010/04/contests-found-421.html
    +1 sidebar – http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/
    +1 tweet – http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/12614282207

    Thanks!
    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  13. Brodie says:

    Is that your birthda- *stops self* Noo, I’m kidding! You look more 18, you’re turning 19, aren’t you? I knew it.

    I would LOVE to be entered! Congratulations on your followers, here’s to raising that number even higher! I just read the synopsis for Promise, it sounds awesome! It now has a place on my wishlist 😀

    +1 New follower
    +1 Following http://www.IHavePromise.com
    +1 I read in the above comments you’ll allow international entrants for the gift card. So my suggestion would be The Book Depository. They have the best prices and free shipping! I’m in love with it. I’ll invite you to our wedding if you bring your book as our gift 🙂
    +1 Tweeted – http://twitter.com/peacelovevegan/status/12629892865

    Thanks!!
    hanging.by.a.moment_@hotmail.com

  14. *Andye* says:

    + 1 New Follower
    + 1 Following IHavePromise.com
    + 1 umm…your book! Maybe an Amazon giftcard?
    + 1 Twitter http://twitter.com/ReadingTeen/status/12633492150
    + 1 Facebook http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Reading-Teen/311799821491?ref=ts
    + 1 Link on Blog sidebar http://readingteen.blogspot.com/

    I hope this is right! Your book looks amazing, I can’t wait to read it!

  15. Giada M says:

    Thank you!^O^ You have a beautiful blog!

    +1 entry for becoming a new follower
    +1 entry for following http://www.IHavePromise.com
    +1 I tweeted http://twitter.com/hatshepsut0011/status/12638903722

    Giada M.

    fabgiada @ gmail.com

  16. Aik says:

    I’d love to win some YA books!

    +1 entry for becoming a new follower

    +1 entry for following http://www.IHavePromise.com

    +1 entry for commenting below on what kind of prize you’d like to win

    +1 entry for posting a link on Facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=1467072730&v=wall&story_fbid=122398297775487

    +1 entry for posting a link on Twitter
    http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/13138290558

    +1 entry for posting a link on blog sidebar
    http://aik-friendsnfamily.blogspot.com/

    +1 entry for posting a link on Plurk
    http://www.plurk.com/AikChien

    Total: 7

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  17. bianca_riot says:

    I would love to win books, but im international-and shipping can be expensive, so i to suggest the book depository to either buy a book and send them to the person as shipping is free worldwide, or a giftcard. 🙂

    ill say congrats on the 100 followers now, because your not that far off it!

    +1 a new follower
    +1 following http://www.IHavePromise.com
    +1 commenting on what kind of prize you’d like to win
    +1 Tweet Link: http://twitter.com/bianca_riot/statuses/13178159676

    Total: 4

    Thanks, Bianca-

    bianca.riot.08(@)hotmailDOTcom

  18. Elise says:

    +1 New follower
    +1 Follower of Ihavepromise
    +1 I’d like to win books
    caliblue7@gmail.com

  19. throuthehaze says:

    +1 new follower

    +1 I suggest gift cards or up to a certain amount that can be spent at Book Depository

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  20. Christa says:

    Oh, I’d yet to hear of your book but now I’m totally intrigued!

    +1 entry for becoming a new follower
    +1 entry for following http://www.IHavePromise.com
    +1 entry for commenting below on what kind of prize you’d like to win
    +1 entry Twitter
    http://twitter.com/wordsrollon/status/13430203939
    +1 entry Blog http://wordsrollon.blogspot.com/2010/05/i-heart-contests-may-1st.html

    Thanks for the contest. I’m Happy Follower #80. ::grins::
    ambience.of.rain {at} gmail.com

  21. mountie9 says:

    New Follower and I like what I see so far

    Signed books I think are the best prizes, arcs are also really good. I personally have been really looking forward to Mockingjay.
    Tweeted about it http://twitter.com/mountie9/status/13440872634

    That be 3 entries for me so far : )

  22. what a wonderful giveaway.

    I’m a new follower, count me in.

    -I follow the Promise site too.

    -a prize idea? starbucks gift card!

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  23. buddyt says:

    +1 new Follower

    +1 I would suggest that you offer a GC tto the Book Depository to the winner.

    It is so much simpler as the price includes .

    Thanks.

    Carol T (International)

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  24. Elie says:

    Hi Kristi!
    +1 new follower
    +1 always love Gift Cards (your book isn’t out yet)
    +1 tweeted
    http://twitter.com/EllzReadz/status/13460385948

    zenfoxflower@yahooDOTcom

  25. Shy says:

    Hello Kristi!

    +1 I’m a new follower
    +1 I follow “I Have Promise”
    +1 I would love it I can spend a certain amount on BookDepository site. Shipping is free so I think this is the best thing for your international readers =)

    Shy
    shy8629(at)gmail(dot)com

  26. Kimberly H. says:

    Hi Kristie!!

    +1 New Follower
    +1 Following http://www.IHavePromise.com
    +1 Books or Gift Cards are always great prizes!
    +1 Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/SimmieTaye/statuses/13498502529

    simmietaye(at)hotmail(dot)com

  27. layla418 says:

    Thanks for the contest Kristie!

    +1 New Follower

    Skk25@aol.com

  28. Book Sake says:

    +1 new follower
    +1 following ihavepromise
    +1 I’m always up for more books (book depository or amazon giftcards are great)
    +1 twitter
    http://twitter.com/booksake/status/13505044244

    booksake(at)yahoo(dot)com

  29. Book Sake says:

    +1 Suggestion – Our libraries don’t get enough love, so I would love a win of the contest to be a donation of a new book to the library of our choice.

    booksake(at)yahoo(dot)com

  30. Sophia Lee says:

    I think this is such a great giveaway! I am a new follower. I just finished Catching Fire so I am itching for Mockingjay’s release to hurry! And Promise sounds promising (see what I did there? no… okay….).

    I’d really like Something Like Fate that’s coming out soon (or is already out, maybe) or any Elizabeth Scott book. They sounds terrific!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sophia Lee
    mashimaro401[at]yahoo[dot]com

  31. Mandy says:

    +1 entry for becoming a new follower
    +1 entry for following http://www.IHavePromise.com
    +1 You should add The Body Finder to the list (:
    bratdownstairs @yahoo.com

  32. Kristen says:

    What a great idea!!! 🙂 It’s always good to find another author to follow blog-wise.

    +1 for new follower
    +1 for following Ihavepromise.com
    +1 I think an amazon GC is always great incentive. 🙂

    dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

  33. What a great contest!! Books and gift cert. are always good.

    New follower!

    3 – total entries

  34. debbie says:

    I think books, chocolate, coffee, anything that goes good to have while you are reading is nice.
    1-new follower.
    1-follow at http://www.Ihavepromise.com
    1-what I would like to win
    3 entries in total
    debbie
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

  35. Elie says:

    http://ellzreadz.blogspot.com/2010/05/contest-discoveries.html

    I did a blog post yesterday about your giveaway. I see a lot of my friends followed me over!

    zenfoxflowerATyahoo.com

  36. Christine H says:

    +1 entry for becoming a new follower
    Christine H

    +1 entry for following http://www.IHavePromise.com
    Christine H

    +1 entry for commenting below on what kind of prize you’d like to win- BOOKS Lots of books 🙂

    +1 entry for each time you post a link on Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100000641625482&v=wall&story_fbid=115263265176132
    +1 entry for each time you post a link on Twitter – http://twitter.com/Romantic73/status/13544489904
    +1 posted on Myspace: http://home.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home
    +1 stumble: http://www.stumbleupon.com/submit?url=http://kristiecook.com/2010/04/big-50.html

    chirth7@yahoo.com

  37. Anonymous says:

    +1 entry for becoming a new follower
    Jeff

    +1 entry for commenting below on what kind of prize you’d like to win- BOOKS

    +1 entry for each time you post a link on Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=100000609680005&v=wall&story_fbid=123757140974538

    Jeff72768@yahoo.com

  38. Kristie Cook says:

    You guys are all so awesome! And your ideas have been very helpful. Books, coffee, books, chocolate, books and gift cards…friends after my own heart.

    I’m getting ready to post the prize options. I just wanted to say thank you for participating, contributing, giving shout-outs, dragging your own followers over here…etc.

    Elie, yes, thank you very much! You rock!!

    I also have to give a shout-out to Abigail over at All Things Urban Fantasy (http://allthingsurbanfantasy.blogspot.com/2010/05/win-on-wednesday-list-of-101-urban.html) – AWESOME site if you haven’t been there – for sharing the contest with her readers.

    OK, off to add the newest entries and post the prizes. We’re almost there!!!

  39. Anonymous says:

    +1 I’m a new follower- Shirley

    +1 entry for commenting below on what kind of prize you’d like to win- Amazon gift Cert.

    +1 entry for each time you post a link on Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001087052807&v=wall&story_fbid=119651898057071
    +1 tweet: http://twitter.com/Grandmamaof10/status/13545235032
    +1 entry for following http://www.IHavePromise.com
    shundelt@yahoo.com

  40. Anonymous says:

    +1 I’m a new follower- Oma
    +1 entry for commenting below on what kind of prize you’d like to win- Amazon gift Card.
    +1 entry for each time you post a link on Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100001109672935&v=wall&story_fbid=115309045171797
    +1 tweet: https://twitter.com/GrandmaOma26/status/13545492230
    +1 entry for following http://www.IHavePromise.com
    Oma
    grandmalarkin@yahoo.com

  41. GABY says:

    +1 new follower
    +1 following http://www.IHavePromise.com
    +1 I’d like to win a gift card

    magabygc AT gmail DOT com

  42. Hi,
    +1 New follower (105)

    +1 Following I Have Promise (41)

    +1 I would love to win Promise or Gift Card

    +1 Tweet(@misskallie2000)
    misskallie2000 @kristiecookauth http://kristiecook.com/2010/04/big-50.html 100 follower giveaway check it out!
    less than 10 seconds ago via web

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  43. Sena says:

    +1 new follower
    +1 I would love to win the amazon gift card
    +1 Tweeted: https://twitter.com/senaslc/status/13603702069

    sena.sagani at [gmail] dot [com]

  44. Kristie Cook says:

    Giveaway is over! Winners announced. Thank you, everyone, for joining the fun!

  45. Cherry says:

    Please count me in!

    I like a Book Depository or amazon gift certificate, then I can get to shop 🙂

    I’m follower #109 here and follower #43 at http://www.IHavePromise.com.

    Re-posted your contest at: http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2010/05/win-surprise-basket-of-books-at-kirstie.html

    Cherry Mischievous
    mischivus101-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

  46. Hannah S says:

    +2 Already a follower 🙂
    +1 Books are always something I love to win! Thanks!
    Love, Hannah S.
    xoxosweeet at yahoo dot com

    Congrats on so many followers, by the way!

  47. Toystory says:

    New GFC follower
    +1 – any book or food gift card is a great prize to me!
    1prizewinner(at)gmail(dot)com

  48. dor says:

    Hi Everyone:

    +1 entry for becoming a new follower….dor

    +1 entry for following http://www.IHavePromise.com…dor

    +1 shared on facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000384250939

    +1 tweetedhttp://twitter.com/DoreenRiopel/status/14598547092

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  49. Elise says:

    +1 New follower
    +1 I would like to win an amazon gift card.
    caliblue7 at gmail dot com

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