I want to thank each and every one of you for participating and voting. The grand prize winner came down to a tie breaker between two phenomenal bloggers and I don't think it could have been any closer. Both did an extraordinary job of lending their talent, skill, experience & expertise to other bloggers. I am honored to be part of such a sharing group of writers and bloggers.
I have already told you how close the vote was, but I want to add this unique factor. Imagine how difficult it was to select the winner based on the criteria of the contest. Now factor in the similarity of the first names of the finalist.
In alphabetical order: Carrie and Cassie (one letter difference).
I have grown so found of these two girls and their names. I swear, if I was still young and having more children their names would be Carrie & Cassie. And I already have a Casey.
Get on with it you say:
The grand prize: Choice of a Kindle Fire or a two (2) hour plot consultation with Martha Alderson , author of The Plot Whisperer, is
Cassie writes a fun a upbeat blog. If you have not read it, be sure to check it out. Her blog, Reading Writing and Lovin it is one you will frequent often. Her vivacious personality is breath of fresh air.
Carrie Butler's blog, So, You're a Writer, has become one of my favorites. From her cool design to her informative and personal post, I always find myself lingering and pilfering through her older post. I am borrowing this next line from her post today to demonstrate how she always manages to inspire other bloggers.
" As I said on her post, for anyone who "shows up late to the party," don't think you need to wait for another blogfest to get help with your blog. With a supportive community like ours, there's no reason to go it alone.:)"
Thank you, Carrie.
The Next two winners were randomly selected. Participants earned entries if they commented on my blog, used the word "Leap" (Leap Year) in their comment, blogged about the contest, tweeted, put a badge on their blog or sidebar, or commented on facebook.
I learned a lot from this blogfest (give a way). First of all, a lot of time and preparation goes into contest and blogfest. This was my first so I made a bunch of rookie mistakes. I now know that I should have used rafflecopter, but I did not even know what that was when I came up with this idea.
So I had to do the random selection the old fashioned way. Yup, draw from a hat. I didn't even have a raffle bingo thingy (just an L.S.U. Tigers ball cap)
Hopper~~ That's the word I was searching for.
So let me explain the weird photo collage that you see above. I wanted the drawing to be fair and I didn't want anyone to think I cheated so I accosted the painters who are at my house to paint my two teenage daughters' bedroom. So starting at the top left...
1. I asked the stranger to please select a folded piece of paper from the hat (with his eyes closed).
2. Then he held the folded paper up for a photo
3. That's the other painter (painting their ceiling hot pink faux suede) my hubbie hates it. I Kind of love it. Grow up, right? But why? Colors are fun & cool.
4. Then he held up the first random winner.
5. Another photo of their wild room
6. And the second random drawing winner.
7. Another photo. I guess I needed to see if I am wacko for letting the girls do this??
and the winners are...
That's Right~ Leigh T. Moore (no, I mean, That's Right is the name of her blog. Check it out, here. Leigh is the winner of a fifty dollar ($50.00 Amazon Gift Card)
I know that I have a third category, but I have not been able to get to that category. I will as soon as I can. Thank you everyone and don't forget,
Congratulations to all!!!!