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Monday, 18 July 2011

New Followers, Giveaways, And An Exciting Book Launch!

By some miracle, I have now reached 140 Followers, which I am absolutely delighted with.  I seemed to have gained quite a few new Followers in the past week.  Goodness know how these lovely people find me, but they've certainly made me very happy.  So, a big welcome to all those who have recently become new Followers - I will try to make things interesting for you!

I feel very lucky here in bloggyland at the moment, because I have just won another giveaway! My very good friend, SkippyMom, had as her giveaway a S'mores container, and Skippy has filled the container with all the ingredients (plus instructions!) to make these wonderful treats.  Living here in England, I had never heard of S'mores before but anything that contains chocolate and marshmallows has got to be a winner with me.  Thank you so much Skippy, and special thanks to your lovely daughter, Wallene, for picking my number and making me the winner!

Another good bloggy friend of mine, Claudia, is also hosting her first giveaway on her blog, so do go and pay her a visit, and make sure that you don't miss out! 

I've been thinking of holding a giveaway myself, so when I reach 150 Followers, I promise to try to think of something special to offer you.

Whilst I'm writing about bloggy friends, I must mention Carol over at facing50withhumour.  I am so thrilled that she has just had her first book published, which is entitled "Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines".  Carol's blog is always so funny, and her book is every bit as funny as her blog.  It is at present only available in e-book form, but a paperback edition will be available from Amazon (and all other reputable book stores, I'm sure!) as from the 16th September.  I have actually read the book and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and if you want to have a good laugh, I urge you to pre-order this book before they are all sold out! (And NO, Carol hasn't paid me lots of money to say all this!!). 

 This is a brief synopsis of the story - "Desperate housewife Amanda Wilson can’t decide between murder, insanity and another glass of red wine. Her shelf life is up. Not only is she facing 50 but she hasn't had sex with her morose husband for over a year. She really shouldn’t have pressed that 'send' button. They say your past always catches up with you - still, her colourful past is far more exciting than her monochrome present."

Joseph B. Wirthlin said

"Our friends should be companions who inspire us, who help us rise to our best."


Pearson Report said...

Congratulations on reaching 140 followers - how wonderful!

You are worth following that's for sure and you don't have to do anything different than you have been doing to keep them interested.

Here at Southhamsdarling the read is always fun, interesting, stimulating and enchanting! And for that you definitely deserve being followed.

Cheers, Jenny

Desiree said...

What a cheerful post full of exciting events. You make every visit so special just by being you and you are enriching all of our lives by sharing yours with us. Big hug xoxoxo

Ann Nichols said...

Congratulations!! You are always so upbeat and just fun! It's lovely to following along with your life! Thanks for having us!

Thisisme. said...

Pearson Report - thank you so much for that lovely comment, Jenny. It's always lovely to see you over here.

Desiree - it's having bloggy friends like you that makes this blogging adventure such a lovely one! Thank you.

Ann Nichols - hi there! Haven't seen you over here for a while, so thank you for popping over and leaving such a nice comment.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hello Diane ... such a delightful cheery post. Wow congratulations on your amazing 140 followers.. :-) doesn't matter how they found you ... They did and that is what counts.

This is a book for me, definitely , so I am going to pre order the paper back ..:-) I can see it will cheer me up. xoxo

Dizzy C said...

Congrats on 140 followers.
I found you this week via the lovely Carol at Facing 50...

I am enjoying her book, too.

Have a great week


Gawgus things... said...

I can't believe you've never had smores - they're gorgeous!! Will definitely check out the book as well - what an amazing achievement!!

orchid said...

Hi!!! Diane♪
Wow, Congratulations☆☆☆
Yes, quite an achievement and proves that how warmhearted you are to your followers and making us feel welcome to your open hands.

Blessing to you and all of your wonderful followers, Orchid.

Claudia Moser said...

Congratulations Diane and thank you for mentioning my giveway! :)

Shady Del Knight said...

Congratulations on your growing number of followers, Thisisme. People are drawn to you because you are the three W's: warm, welcoming and witty. I am still in a quandary about how to handle even modest blog success. Last time I checked there are only 24 hours in a day and every time I add a new friend and commit to follow their blog I am reducing the amount of time I have for existing friends and their blogs, not to mention writing my own. It's very hard to draw the line and not keep crossing it when you meet so many wonderful people in bloggyland.

Odie Langley said...

Congratulations on the increase in followers and on the give a way. Yours is one of the blogs that always makes me smile just knowing you have a post for me to open up. I am surprised your following isn't even higher and I am sure it will continue to grow. Thanks for the referal, seems a really good book. Have a wonderful week.

Pat MacKenzie said...

Carol's book sounds like a fun read. I'm going to pop over to her blog now and meet her. I'm sure you'll have your 150 followers in no time. Your blog is delightful.

Sush said...

Hi Diane,
You are simply the best at making people feel welcome and happy to be a follower of your blog! Your Blog is so full of happiness and love it is not surprising how you have reached so many hearts and have so many followers! Congratulations and I am so pleased to have you as a dear friend!


Thisisme. said...

Anne in Oxfordshire - hi my friend. Good to see you here today, and thank you so much for your lovely comments. Yes, I think that Carol's book will certainly bring a smile to your face. Pity we have to wait until the middle of September, although I read it as an e-book downloaded to my laptop. Try to keep cheerful, even though I know that things are difficult for you at the moment. Hugs.

Dizzy - glad you're enjoying the book. It was good that we met through Carol, who really is such a hoot!!

Gawgus things - yes, I can't wait for my S'more kit to arrive. Yes, we are all very proud of Carol for her achievement. She is so excited and has a wonderful launch party planned for us all on the 16th September, which lots of great things happening.

Orchid - you always manage to leave such sweet comments. They always make me smile my friend. Thank you!

Claudia - thank you, and it was my pleasure to mention your giveaway! Rain, rain and more rain here today :(

Shady - hi there! Lovely to see you, as always. I couldn't agree with you more about the increasing number of Followers. I mentioned this very thing to one of my first Followers only last week. I very much don't want to cut back on the time I spend with all of my earlier Followers, so you're right, it is a qauandry that we find ourselves in dear friend. We really do need some extra hours in our day!!

Odie - thank you my friend, and your comments really did make me very happy today. You are one of my Followers from the very beginning, and I so much appreciate you always taking the time to stop by.

Pat Mackenzie - I'm glad you're going to pop over to see Carol at facing50withhumour. You won't be disappointed. Her blog is SO funny and always gives her friends a real smile.

Sush - gosh, I really wasn't looking for compliments with today's post!! Likewise, I always find your blog very warm and charming, and I am glad that we found each other in bloggyland! Hugs.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Well done on your growing number of followers. I am really looking forward to reading and reviewing Carol's book.

Auntie Amelia said...

An author friend. Wow!

EvaMarie Sa said...

Hi Diane,
Congratulations on reaching 140 followers :-)
You're posts are always so refreshing - it's a joy to come here reading.
Hope you've had a nice and relaxing day - I'm just home from work and will chillax for the rest of the evening.
Have a lovely evening


Belle said...

Congrats on winning and having new followers! My granddaughters make Smores all the time, especially while camping. They are delicious! Enjoy.

Bouncin' Barb said...

You'll enjoy the smores This. Trust me!!

Jumble Mash said...

Congrats on the giveaway and the followers! Although I'm not surprised that so many people like you!

becca said...

congrats on the new followers and for winning the giveaway. also will definitely be checking out this book sounds good.

also i for one am very happy to be one of your followers if find your blog to be a wonderful thing it always brings a smile to me.

Carol Wyer said...

I'm hiding down here today. I was too overwhelmed to comment earlier.
You never fail to surprise me, you dear person.
I came wandering over to make some smart comment about your comments on Hubby and saw that you written a glowing report about me,. I am truly touched. I won't even rib you now about the photo.
I am so glad you have 140 followers now. You are an exceptional blogging friend and I shall be rewarding you at the big book launch even though you already have a mention in the acknowledgement section.
I'm touched, really touched. Pause. Sniff.
Thank you XOXO
ps Choclate mallows! Heaven...

Chatty Crone said...

Congrats on your 140 followers which I am proud to be one of!

Thisisme. said...

LindyLouMac in Italy - thank you! I'm sure you will enjoy Carol's debut novel! I shall look forward to reading your review my friend!

Aunt Amelia's Attic - yes, a real life author friend!! We are all so very excited for her . Hope Uncle is feeling much better now!

EvaMarie - thank you so much for your lovely comments my friend.

Belle - thank you and, yes, I am really looking forward to eating S'mores for the first time! I'm sure I'll love them!!

Bouncin'Barb - yes, I can't wait for the postman to bring them to my door! Hee Hee!

JumbleMash - thank you so much, and it's lovely to see you over here today.

Becca - thank you so much, and I enjoy your blog as well, especially all the wonderful poetry. I envy you your talent my friend. Please check out the book =- I'm sure you will enjoy it!

Carol Wyer - look at you my leetle friend, hiding all the way down there! Suppose you thought nobody would notice you creeping in there! I was delighted to give the book a shout out to my little bloggy friends. As I said, I'm SO proud of you and hope that it will be a best seller for you! Hubby is gorgeous by the way, you little minx!!

Chatty - and I'm delighted that you're one of those followers my friend. Your blog is always a joy to read.

Katherines Corner said...

Congratulations!!!!Happy to be among them.big hugs!

Glenda said...

It's always fun to follow you! You are so upbeat and cheerful. I have an idea for a giveaway - how about an all expenses paid vacation to see your beautiful garden, lol.

Thisisme. said...

Katherine's Corner - thank you. I'm glad you're one of my Followers as well my friend!!

Glenda - hi. Lovely to see you here again today. Thank you for your lovely comments and, yay, what a wonderful idea for my giveaway! Hee Hee! If I had the money, I'd love to fly you all over. Imagine the fun we'd all have!!

Lavi said...

Congratulations for the followers! I hope they keep coming.
I love the new background and header, they are really lively.
I haven't heard of smores either, will have to check it out.

Marina said...

Congrats on your new followers and on winning that giveaway :)

Thisisme. said...

Lavi - thank you, and I'm so glad you like the new look blog! I can't wait to get my S'mores in the post!!

Marina - hallo! I don't think I've seen you here before, so that you so much for popping over and leaving a comment. Thank you!

Retired English Teacher said...

I'm rather new to your blog, so I guess I am one who helped you reach 140 followers. Congratulations!

You are delightful. That is what keeps us interested. Cheers!

LV said...

Really a pleasure visiting your blog and see what a kind and appreciate lady you are. You won some nice giveaways. I never have been too lucky at them. I am sure all the other bloggers you mentioned will be very pleased.

Bethe77 said...

S'mores's yummy! Enjoy!
Congrats on the win!
And all the new followers how exciting.
Thank you so much for faithfully coming by while I was on my Holiday.
It was full of many wonderful blog story's to come.
Many Blessings

~ Mona said...

The book sounds interesting. You will love the smores. They are a sweet bit of lovely...also a bit sticky.
Congrats on your growing followers.
~ Mona : )
Mona’s Milestones
If you get a chance, please stop by and vote on “How do you promote your blog?”

Thisisme. said...

Retired English Teacher - yes, you are certainly one of my newer Followers who helped me reach the 140 mark, so I thank you for that! Thank you also for your very sweet comment. I really do appreciate it.

LV - lovely to see you hear today - yes, I can't believe how lucky I've been with a couple of giveaways recently. That's not like me at all!

Bethe - yes, I hope I like these Smores after all this build up.! I am very much looking forward to hearing the stories of your holiday.

Mona - More and more I am liking the idea of these Smores!! Thank you and I will pop across to your blog right away.