Friday, September 10, 2010

Oooh... Time for another giveaway!

Are you breaking out the hot chocolate, warm soup and dutch ovens yet?

Doesn't peach cobbler sound amazing?

Fall hasn't officially started according to the calendar, but we can't wait until September 23 to turn on the heater. One great thing about cooler weather is the excuse to make warm food. All summer I avoid the kitchen as much as I can. We live on pasta salad for dinner.

But now? Oh yeah. We're breaking out the good warm foods.

And, to help you make some of your own, CSN is offering a $50 gift card. Keep reading and I'll tell you how to sign up.

But first, SCBWI is having a conference here in Boise September 11. Tomorrow! I'm so excited. I get to present and hang out with some amazing people.

And tonight, I'll be signing books with some other awesome authors at the Rediscovered Bookshop from 6-8 PM, 180 N. 8th Street, between Main and Idaho.

If you live around here, I'd love to see you.

More items on the list... I'll find out on Tuesday what month the next book of the Alvor series will be released. So far, it's been narrowed down to somewhere between April and August 2011.

Okay, now for that $50 gift card.

Here's the deal. I need more people on my list of "Very Cool People" (aka ... followers). So, sign up as a follower if you haven't already. Leave your e-mail address in your comment. The gift card is a code that will be e-mailed to you.

And, shoot me something interesting.. you know, tell me your favorite fall food, or why you love this time of year, or why you're super excited for Book 2 to come out, or that you promise to come to my book signing tonight.... or whatever.

But if you just leave your e-mail address and don't say anything at all... dude... you're not gonna win.

I'll give you all until September 17 to sign up.

Until then, enjoy the fresh fall weather-wherever you live. And eat something yummy.


81 comments:

Julie said...

Ooh giveaways are great. Wow, fall already? Are you kidding me? Well, in Houston it will be summer for another couple of months. Plus, the leaves don't change here, evergreens and all, so I unfortunately do not get to enjoy the lovely colors of the fall. But we love to make some stews or gumbo when it cools down heh.

juliecookies(at)gmail.com

dor said...

Thanks for letting me know. I follow...dor
I love fall because it is fresh and the bush trails are so beautiful to walk through. Have a super weekend.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Margay said...

I already follow your blog! My favorite thing about Fall is the changing of the colors of the trees, which is absolutely gorgeous in my little corner of New England (Massachusetts). Plus, the weather is nicer, milder, at this time of year.

Margay1122(at)aol(dot)com

Natasha said...

I wish I could come to your signing. There`s never any good signings in East Coast Canada...:( have fun tonight!

I absolutely LOVE fall. It`s my favorite time of year. I like to call it `sweater weather`. Not to mention the beautiful colors, and HALLOWEEN. It`s perfect.

natashajennex(at)gmail(dot)com

van_pham said...

I love fall because it's really not too cold and not too warm, perfect weather. Thanks for the giveaway!


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throuthehaze said...

My favorite fall food is sweet potato souffle

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Lori A. said...

I can't wait for fall! It's still hot and humid here...heat index of 103 today! I am so looking forward to the cooler weather coming..cooler weather means yummy hot chocolate, chili, hot soups and cozy fires! :)
oh, yea - I'm a follower
ljatwood at gmail dot com

Noble M Standing said...
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Noble M Standing said...

I love the cooler weather. I love pumpkins and anything fallish. I have pumpkins in my house all year long and it confuses people who think I just havn't put them away or am decorating early. LOL
The best thing about cooler weather is baking. I love my grandmothers peach crunch recipie and making homemade blueberry rolls. I also love making homemade soup and rolls for dinner. Yummy!
write.at.home.mom at gmail dot com

Aik said...

I'd love to enter! Thanks!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Diana D said...

Fall food favorites are stews and chili. You are right about wanting the hot food items. Large pots of homemade soups are welcoming too.

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

Diana D said...

I am a Google Friend Connect follower. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.


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Diana D said...

I am also an email subscriber. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.


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cait045 said...

I like fall because of wearing jeans and t-shirts or shorts with sweatshirts. They are my favorite combos.

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Cathy M said...

I love Fall. Love getting out those comfy sweats and favorite blankets, plus the Leaves fragrance at Bath and Body is my all time favorite, and I always stock up on it this time of year.


caity_mack at yahoo dot com

already a follower

windycindy said...

What a wonderful way for you to celebrate Fall, with your second book coming out! I can't wait to sit in front of the fireplace and read your book...I have been a follower of yours.
Best wishes and many thanks...
Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

brandy c said...

Fall has always been my favorite season. I love love love the weather. Summers in Texas are brutal so I love the cooler weather!

brandyj1121 @ hotmail dot com

Esme said...

Laura, thank you for this giveaway. How fun. Although I do not want fall to be here-we had very little summer so I am still waiting for summer.

For fall I love making Oso Bucco.

chocolateandcroissants at yahoo . com

Lucy said...

I just love Fall. The air gets that crisp feeling. The trees turn red, gold and orange. It's just beautiful. Fall means buying some nice crisp apples. I also love apple cider and apple cider donuts. My favorite dish for Fall is a big bowl of chili. I can also get out the hot chocolate. Yummy!
makeupgirl21@comcast.net

baileythebookworm said...

My favorite fall food is roasted pumpkin seeds... we used to make them when I lived at home after we carved Halloween pumpkins. It's a tradition I'm hoping to recreate with my roommates this year, my first year living in an apartment. :)

baileythebookworm[at]gmail.com

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I'm already a follower (so I guess I'm already "cool"!!!). I **love** fall. I love the angle of the light, and I love the colors of the flowers, and I love the food - of course! Especially, warm cider and pumpkin anything (with chocolate chips even better)!

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

MDYBYU said...

mdybyu at hotmail dot come

I'm a fan of fall because it starts the new school year with many new opportunities as a teacher.

Pam said...

I'm a new follower and I've always loved the fall. The colours are gorgeous and there's nothing better than a long walk on a crisp fall evening....Plus, a cozy sweater and a pair of jeans is my favourite thing to wear!

melacan at hotmail dot com

Buttons and Bows said...

I love CSN Stores. I like fall but it is not my favorite time of the year because I know what is coming after fall...Bleck WINTER!
I do like when the leaves start changing. I love to take pictures with all the fall colors in the background!
Thanks for the giveaway and I hope to hear from you soon letting me know I have won your giveaway!
mommiesgotfivechildren at hotmail dot com

Biki said...

I can't believe it's already fall... it's been a quick year and I can't wait for the holidays to come so it's more merriment and stress... I'm waiting for when people won't look at me oddly for knitting on the train.. >_> ya fall!

Thanks a bunch!
chichai_hana at hotmail dot com

Nebraska Fillemans said...

I am a really cool person...in that I follow you! I wish I could go to your signing tonight...but I would have had to have left 20 hours ago to get there in time. Sorry. I hope it goes well!! I would have to say I LOVE the weather changing...the nice CRISP mornings....the smells of the season...pumpkin spice, etc. I also love the first opportunity we get to use our fireplace and have a nice cozy night at home!
jtfilleman@cox.net

Elizabeth Morgan said...

So much fun! My favorite fall food is something pumpkin flavored. anything from bread to yummy pumpkin bars they are so amazing!

allthingsnew said...

I am following (Ten Talents), and it's SO hard to pick my fave fall food because it's my absolute favorite time of year AND I love desserts! Maybe pumpkin iced cookies or gingerbread cookies (I know, a little early)!

susitravl said...

Fall food - baking cobblers, rustic fruit tarts, baking bread, anything with pumpkin!

Good luck with your book!

susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

Eve said...

Im a follower! My favorite fall food is pumpkin pancakes from Ihop. Mmmmm! So good!

shopgurl101@gmail.com

Things Sent My Way said...

I miss autumn in New York since I've moved to San Francisco. I liked the colder air and the crunchy leaves. It's odd to not have that here. I love pumpkin spiced . . . everything in the fall.

Debbie's World of Books said...

I love Fall because it means we are one step closer to the holidays. That's the one time of year I get to see my whole family all together. dasuzuki at yahoo dot com

Liz said...

Fall is my favorite time of the year. All the beautiful colors and the nice, cool weather. Cant' beat it! I love anything with pumpkin, right now I am loving pumpkin spiced lattes! Yummy!

lizgiver at gmail dot com

OutnumberedMama said...

I am a GFC Follower
Thanks for the chance
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If you are in need of book reviewers, please email me!

Christine H said...
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Christine H said...

I love fall and the past two days here in Missouri have been in the
60's and it's felt great!! Were warming back up though, :( I can't wait for fall to arrive!! and the leaves to turn orange and red. Beautiful! Thanks for the contest!

chirth7@yahoo.com forgot to leave my email in my first post! Yikes :)

meeyeehere said...

I am a new follower,hello!
What I like about fall would be all the terrific holidays coming up,the cool breezes that remind me of memories I had forgotten.I also like fall clothes and yummy fall foods!!!I just love soup!
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

Shirley said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. I love a contest thats not difficult to enter. So thank you!!!

It's still Hot here But I'm looking forward to fall, it's the best time of year here.

shundelt@yahoo.com

Tammigirl said...
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Tammigirl said...

I suck because I just left that comment without a comment because I got excited and didn't read ahead and was going to leave real comments in a different comment. But now there isn't a different comment.

Can I have a do-over? Can you delete my other comment and include this one instead?

I'm a super cool follower now.

My email is tammigirl at gmail dot com

Right now - just before coming here to your blog - I put apple crisp in the over and ice cream fixin's in the ice cream maker. So hooray for apple crisp, which is my favorite fall food at this minute! I'm fickle, though, and tonight it will be roast.

As an added bonus... have you ever tried the caramel apple cider drink at Cheesecake factory? To.Die. For. And I don't use that kind of punctuation lightly, honestly. It is like drinking a caramel apple. Or a really good apple pie. Or apple crisp. Yum!

3 Giggly Monsters said...

I am a follower of your blog.
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3 Giggly Monsters said...

My favorite fall food is pumpkin pie, and Fresh bakes Apple pie.
megankayden@yahoo.com

shirley said...

I follow and love the colors of Fall, and after the heat we had here this year, I am ready for cooler weather.
supergrand2009@yahoo.com

Chris said...

I follow your blog
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Chris said...

I love fall also for all the wonderful warm food to make. I especially love pumpkin, pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies anything pumpkin and I follow your blog.
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Emily Robison said...

I follow on GFC
I love fall because I can snuggle up with my husband by the fire with some hot chocolate!
erobison09@gmail.com

heartnsoulcooking said...

Follow via GFC, as Geraldine Sandoval
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heartnsoulcooking said...

I LOVE this time of year because of the colors. Fall brings so my new colors of yellow, orange, red and brown. Also it's green chile time in NEW MEXICO and the smell of the green chile roasting is GREAT!!! Fresh roasted chile with garlic and salt on a warm tortilla is so YUMMY!!! just what the TUMMY!!! ordered.
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Pricilla said...

I am a new follower.
Thank you for the giveaway.
Congratulations on your new book. The cover is beautiful.

My favorite fall food is cream of cauliflower soup.
thank you
kaiminani at gmail dot com

Eco-Friendly and Frugal said...
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Eco-Friendly and Frugal said...

I'm a new follower (just look for the tree).

I just moved to Phoenix, actually, and it is SO HOT here! Coming from San Diego where it's always between 60 and 80 year round it's hard to adjust to 110! But I'm told that come fall the temp drops and it becomes green and beautiful here. I cannot WAIT for that! I'm so going on a picnic.

ecofriendlyandfrugal(at)gmail(dot)com

Lona728 said...

I'm a new follower (Lona728) and although I never think I will be happy to see fall, I always end up super excited when it gets here. I love to bake, so fall always brings with it, new and different things to whip up in the kitchen. Everything seems crisp outside which puts me in the mood to deep clean my house. I am loving fall!!

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stacythemagnificentmommy said...

i am a new gfc follower!!

i love making applesauce, apple butter, apple jelly with my mom from apples off my grandpa's farm.

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Jenny @ Freebie Spot said...

I'm a new follower!

And I love this time of year because it is finally getting cooler out! I hate the heat. I swear I could live in Alaska. :)

jennyjoz24 (at) hotmail.com

royaldixie said...

I am a new follower *very cool person* Laura and you know normally I say that I love the cool, crisp fall weather, pumpkins, apple cider and such but this time I am going to say that since I will be having a baby around Halloween, that is why I love fall this year!

Thanks
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Adalia said...

Follow you publicly with GFC
Adalia
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Adalia said...

I like the fall, but not what follows, the winter
so to enjoy what little remains of this season.
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Davney said...

I'm a new follower :)

My favorite fall food would have to be baked pumpkin seeds! Yummm!

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Ashley said...

I'm a follower and my favorite fall food is chili.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Rachel said...

I LOVE fall. Right now I'm living in a place that kind of skips that season and I miss it. I grew up with the beautiful changing leaves, the fuzzy warm sweaters, and the crisp smell in the air. My favorite Fall food is Thanksgiving dinner, of course! :)
Thanks for the giveaway.
rachel dot tricarico at gmail.com

Mystica said...

Thank you for the giveaway. Generous one too.

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floating said...

I am a follower now.
I cant wait to make a apple pie and pumpkin bars. that is how I know it is fall.
floatingonabiscuit at gmail.com

chelsei said...

Im a new follower via GFC
Chelsei Ryan.
I love the leaves changing colors, taking family pictures in piles of them, and green bean casserole at Thanksgiving, oh and taking the wee ones to the Pumpkin Patch. Oh joyous FALL.
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Heather R said...

I follow your blog via Google Friend Connect

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Heather R said...

I love fall because of the cooler weather and all the great upcoming holidays! It is a great time a year that seems to bring families together! I just wish I lived up north (in Florida) so I can see the leaves change colors and even be able to jump in a pile of leaves!

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theladya said...

I love this time of year because the weather is not too hot or cold. I love the smell of the leaves after they have fallen on the ground. I also love making pumpkin bread! abailey_crace@yahoo.com

Teresa Choplin said...

I love the leaves changing colors, the family and friends gathering to eat, and of course cooking some of the fresh things I canned and froze!

fdigsby said...

I love fall because it is a relief when we do get some cooler weather after these hot months here in North Florida.

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Carol W. said...

I just became a follower, so now I'm super cool! That was easy.
I love apple picking in the fall and the smell of anything baking with apples and cinnamon and, of course, eating it!
Lots of luck with your book.

wolfcarol451(at)gmail(dot)com

jillnogales said...

Thank you so much for sharing with us at the scbwi conference. Loved your enthusiastic presentation and appreciated the encouragement! I think my boys and I would really enjoy your book (we're crazy about fantasy) so I plan to get it very soon. :)

Jolynn_Reads said...

I like fall because the weather is not too hot, and not too cold, just right.

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Shelly said...

still waiting for daytime highs less than 100 here!
follower

Karine Traverse said...

I love apple picking and the farm we go to pick at because they have such amazing items like fresh honey, homemade jams and jellies. Fall also means time for the fair which in itself is great and really enjoyed by ourselves and our little ones.
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Debbie said...

I love this time of year for the baking! Apple pies and crisps and all the sweet goodness that is easy to make this time of year.
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Christie said...

Since I just started weight watchers again, I can't wait to make homemade apple sauce with splenda!

Christina F. said...

My favorite autumn dish is pumpkin anything!! I love pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins and pumpkin lattes with whipped cream!! annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jes said...

Nice giveaway! Love eating pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole, gumbo, drinking hot apple cider!

jswaks at gmail dot com

katychick said...

I follow you gfc and i hope me following you helps you out- i love to help people out...
thanks for the chance.
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Jamee said...

I'm a very cool person!!!

Anne J said...

I'm a new follower
ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

I like fall because of the apples. We have 2 apples trees and it will be time to harvest them soon and can applesauce.

Wanda said...

I am a follower via Google Friend Connect.

My favourite fall food would definitely be Pumpkin Pie. I make mine with a layer of chocolate on top and it's YUMMY!!

wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com