Do you love GAME OF THRONES?
The Iron Throne Readalong Has Begun! Who will take the Iron Throne? Come here to discuss Game of Thrones!

June 2 marked the start of an EPIC readalong of the entire Song of Ice and Fire series hosted by me and Aly @ Of Wonderland! This is a 34-week long readalong that covers the first 5 books of the series (because that’s all we have right now!). Depending on interest with these books, we may extend the readalong to include the side book such as Fire & Blood and the novellas, but that’s a while away.

Spoilers ARE allowed BUT must be hidden. Discord has a spoiler feature that allows you to hide them in your messages. We know how awful it can be to be spoiled for something and this readalong includes new readers who may not have seen the show. To avoid issues, we are requiring all spoilers be hidden. Anyone who does not follow this rule will be soft muted for 24 hours. Repeated offenses will be removed from the server entirely. We want this space to be fun for everyone so please be considerate of other readers.

Weekly reading discussions. There are channels where you can talk about each week’s readings with everyone else, broken down by book. These will remain open in case anyone jumps in late and wants to join the discussion!

Westerosi House chats. When you join the server, you’ll be given the option to join one of the Westerosi Houses. This will then allow you to chat in a House-specific channel with other people in the same house. We wanted to include this as an option so you could have a space to talk about things beyond Game of Thrones.

And a Giveaway!
Last, but not least, there WILL be a giveaway for all participants. One winner (open INTERNATIONALLY) will receive the leather-bound box set of the first 5 books of Game of Thrones. In the event that this box set is no longer available in late January 2020, we will find a suitable alternative.
Click on the NovelKnight link above to enter! Ends January 25, 2020.





You have a much better chance of winning local giveaways than you do national ones. Come by and check out my Facebook page where you will find lots of local giveaways to enter! See if your state has any listed yet! You will find giveaways for rfestaurants, concerts, gift cards, events, and lots more!


Blog Giveaways

Do any of you have strategies on winning Blog Giveaways? I seem to be winning less and less lately, so maybe my strategies aren't that great. I'd like to hear your thoughts.
1. I generally only enter if the number of entries is under 1000. This usually means I don't enter blog hops.
2. I generally only do a few entries if there are an excessive number of ways to enter.
3. I try to enter giveaways as soon as they come out, or as soon as I find them anyway.
4. I use the re-tweet entry option only if it is something I desperately want or if there are just a few entries.
5. I sometimes skip the "leave a comment on a non-giveaway post" option because it seems I always have to spend too much time searching for one to comment on. Again, if it's something I desperately want, I might do it.
6. And when I do win something, I ask for a confirmation on my reply. There were too many instances where, after six weeks, I inquired about the prize's whereabouts and was told they never received my reply and chose another winner.
7. If I don't receive a prize after 4-6 weeks, I contact the blog owner. If that doesn't work, I post on the website's Facebook page commenting nicely that I haven't received their prize and the person doing the contest was not able to help me. Works like a charm!

I'd like to hear your comments and ideas!

Thanks to those of you who tweet and facebook about contests for an entry and then protect your tweets/posts. It greatly improves my chances of winning. Ha Ha.

Just a suggestion -- when you ask us to pin an image to Pinterest, plase provide the link in addition to the Pin It button. Almost every time I try to do this, when I click on the "Pin It" button, there is nothing there and I don't know exactly what you want pinned!

Please be explicit about when your CONTEST ENDS -- instead of saying "midnight" say 12:01am or 11:59pm or something more precise than just midnight. I never know when you consider "midnight" to take place! Well, Rafflecopter and the other types of entry forms have pretty much solved that problem!

And please be explicit about how you will NOTIFY WINNERS -- is it is by e-mail or do you want the winners to contact you?
That said, I LOVE blog giveaways! Thanks to everyone who hosts them! You are AWESOME.

Oh, and if you ask people to check back to see who won, don't wait a week (or more) to post the winners if they are expected to contact you with their mailing info. Who has time to check back every day for days/weeks?

Are these long, illegible captcha phrases really necessary? Don't the ones where you just check a box saying you are human suffice? Or even the ones where you have to type in the answer to a simple math question or copy/paste something? I HATE CAPTCHA PHRASES! DOESN'T EVERYBODY?
No Comment Captchas

The latest new annoyance is the newish fad of filling in a form and having it tell you you haven't spent enough time on the page. Geesh. I just skip these.

I am REALLY annoyed right now! I contacted not one but TWO blog hosts about a giveaway -- high value prizes -- that I had won about 6 weeks ago to see where they were. They responded that they had to choose another winner because I had not responded within the correct amount of time. NOT. I sent them both a copy of both their e-mails notifying me of my win and my response to it. I responded WELL WITHIN THEIR TIMEFRAME. WTF? Did my mail not get to them in time? Did it go to their spam box? Was the giveaway a phony? This is a good reason to notify winners a second time. There have been instances where winning notifications have gone to my spam mail, so wouldn't the reverse be true? I appreciate the bloggers who do this and also the ones who respond to my e-mail right away telling me they received it and have sent my info to the company. Just venting since these were both prizes I really wanted a lot and now there's nothing that can be done at this point.

Ohhhh, another rant! I won a Visa gift card from someone several months ago. I was going to give it to my daughter for Christmas, but ended up not doing that -- thank goodness. I just kept it. Anyway, yesterday, I went to use it and found out it had never been activated! I don't know who I won it from and it's been too long to rectify it anyway -- but a suggestion -- if you are giving away a Visa/AMEX gift card, keep the receipts for awhile, or even send the receipt along with the card. When I give gift cards to people at Christmas, etc., that's what I do.


Dear Truffles and Jenna,
Here are some pictures of me with some of the gifts my Pet Pal match, Truffles and her human, Jenna, sent to me! I love, love, love the Mylar balls -- I love batting them under the bed and the dresser so my humans have to get down on their hands and knees and fish them out for me! I am just figuring out those kinky little metal spiral thingys! The big fluffy white feathery toy is one of my favorites! If I swat it, the bell tinkles. How cool is that? And the little mousey that makes noise is fun, too. Mom said she would blow me some of the catnip bubbles that were in the package soon! I've been enjoying the turkey treats, too. I'm trying to figure out a way to snag the whole package and have a REAL feast! Enough of this one-piece-at-a-time stuff! Thanks Truffles and Jenna!
~~~ Love, Bugsy

P.S. I hope Constance and her two kitties liked what we sent them, too!

If you are interested in being matched up as a Pet Pal, check out Time Out For Truffles for more information.