2013 Year in Blogging #Giveaway!

Posted December 31st, 2013 by in Blog, Giveaway, Musings / 88 comments

Welcome 2014!

I received  “2013 Year in Blogging” Annual report this morning and thought I’d share some fun HJ stats with you.

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1666 Post? Thats not counting 3 from day 😉 Phew. We Junkies have sure been busy.

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Top Spotlights of 2013: The Darkest Craving by Gena Showalter


Thanks Kai, DebraG, Bn100, Marcy & LeannaH for being such great fans of the HJ site, such dedicated commenting deserves a reward. Please email me your mailing address.

(Disclaimer: Comment numbers were provided by WordPress, I did not tally comments per reader.)


HJ had visitors from 174 countries, wow I am truly impressed. I’m certain Mary P, heads the Aussie delegation 🙂 Again Thank You!


Harlequin Junkie has the best cheer leaders on twitter in Fiona Marsden | Gina Fluharty Teresa D’Amaria | Thanks!


There you have it, WordPress’ round up for 2013!

HJ community has grown leaps and bounds in 2013, and here’s hoping for an equally fantastic 2014.


3 US Box-O-Books Winners:  Surprise box  full of HEA!  (Single Titles & Harlequins)

1 International winner: $10 Amz GC  

To Enter to Win:

1. You must be an email subscriber of HJ blog (If you aren’t already, subscribe using floating “+Follow” button on right or use “Subscribe to Blog” widget in the footer section of this page ) 
2. Drop me a comment here: What are your thoughts about this Blog? Would you recommend HJ blog to fellow readers? Did anyone notice the new design? 🙂
Feel free to “Like” us on Facebook & Follow on Twitter

Shipping Details: Must have a US mailing address, PO Box. or a forwarding address in the US that I can mail to.

Please note: This contest will close on Wednesday Jan 8 2014 at 8:59 PM (PT) and the winners will be notified via email and on this Post. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail before a new winner is selected.

Here’s Wishing You and Yours a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous 2014
The Junkies: Sara, Michele, Sue, Karen, Yazmin, Ipshita, Lauren, Erica & Jen.


And the winners are








International: Ada

88 Responses to “2013 Year in Blogging #Giveaway!”

  1. Tina A Myers

    Love how you have the blog. So easy to see all the books on the right side. I follow you on Facebook ad get your newsletter. I would recommend to all my reader friends. thanks!!

  2. Books4me (@BooksForMe2)

    I am a recent follower of HJ blog and I love it! In a short period of time, I have found and sometimes purchased new books because of HJs recommendations. Can’t wait to see what is in store for 2014! I follow you on FB (although I don’t “like” you only because my FB likes are full from authors and reading blogs) and twitter! 🙂

    email subscriber:

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  3. cahmmerritt

    You are my all time favorite book blog – I read more books recommended here than any other site. I’ve even won a few contests over the las year – thank you for being honest in your reviews and SO GENEROUS with your subscribers. Happy New Year!

  4. Diane Sallans

    I just started following a few months ago & now HQ Junkies is a favorite daily stop. It’s really cool how you have the posts floating in the background and I appreciate how cleanly everything is organized.

    Looking forward to more visits in 2014 – Happy New Year!!

    email subscriber – sallans d at yahoo dot com

  5. Beth

    I love the layout of the blog – i find it very easy to get around and to see all the books. I, too, am a recent follower and a big fan 🙂 have mentioned y’all to several people already, and I do love reading your book spotlights. It’s helped me to get information about books I’d never have found otherwise. Best of luck in the coming year!

  6. Ann Waters

    I like the layout of the blog. I have just started following blogs, but yours is one I am definitely going to recommend.

  7. Kim Perry

    I really enjoy the reviews and recommendations. My TBR list has grown since I started following HJ. I really like the new design!! I have recommended your blog and will continue to do so.

  8. Alicia Jespersen

    I LOVED this blog I always find some good reads through your spotlights and reviews. I have and will continue to recommend this blog to all my friends! I noticed the new design and I love the new representation of yourself, very cute! I am wishing you and your blog good luck for the upcoming year!

  9. DebraG

    I love this blog and yes indeedy I have recommended your blog to others.
    I subscribe at debby236 at gmail dot com

  10. Casie Boland

    Love this blog and would def recommend it to fellow book lovers! I totally love the new design

  11. Barbara Hopkins

    I would like to start my comment to you, by saying Congratulations on your blog. I am relatively new to the HJ blog, but have become a BIG fan. I have read Harlequin books for a long time though. I think you will do even better in the new year to come. Yes, I would and have recommended your blog site to a few of my fellow book junkies. Thanks to your blog I have added a few new authors to my must read author list. I love your blog, and I am becoming a blog junkie “follower”! Yes, I did notice your new background, and I think it is gorgeous, I like the new you! Again Congrats!!!!! Thanks for the great giveaways too! B

  12. Jane

    I very much enjoy visiting this blog daily for the reviews and giveaways and would definitely recommend it to romance lovers.

  13. howehowse

    I’m new to your blog, but I really like it – easy to view and I enjoy your outlook and comments. I have more than a few people I’ll be recommending your blog to 🙂

  14. beckymmoe

    Awesome stats, Sara! I did notice the new look–very nice 🙂

    I love your interviews and giveaways–I don’t know many people in the “real” world who read romance (I know, I need to get a better class of friends) but I do recommend you to the friends I have in the virtual one!

  15. Tammy Y

    The new look is nice but it’s jumpy on my home computer. I will comment on every blog in 2014! I have referred many friends and authors to this blog. Happy New Year to all the Junkies.

  16. belindaegreen

    You asked: What are your thoughts about this Blog? Would you recommend HJ blog to fellow readers? Did anyone notice the new design?

    I like the blog. I found it thru Facebook. I have been hooked ever since. I’m an HEA book club member which is fun! I have recommend the blog to many.

    I love the new design. The Christmas graphic was awesome! I love the current graphic, very creative and eye catching. Wonderful!

    I only have one suggestion, the graphic at the top underneath the menu is way too large! It distorts whatever you post there, unless that’s the effect you wanted.

    Overall it has been a wonderful year following the blog! I have found some new fav authors. I like that the reviews are for a lot of the books I read. It’s also great to have giveaways so that you can try out the authors books. I rarely win but the opportunity it there. 🙂

    I loved the stats! They’re interesting and eye opening. Thanks for sharing.

    Sara and the gang, Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

    Belinda G

  17. Jennifer H

    I am a new subscriber to your blog as well. I have added a lot of books to my TBR list. I look forward to 2014!!

  18. Kristi knowles

    Love the blog! Just started following recently but so far loving it.

  19. Leanna

    This is by far my favorite book review site. I am surprised that I was #5 for the people who commented the most. I have found so many authors because of you. I love the new look. I like that there was a look for Christmas and for New Years. I would of course reccomend this blog to my friendd but none of them read.

  20. Glenda

    I love the blog and have recommended it multiple times. 🙂 (Jamie, Angie, Delana, Sue, Tina.. y’all here today?

    The new format is great! It loads faster on my little netbook running an old OS too! It still won’t reload after commenting, but I’m not always on the netbook…

    The reviews are awesome as are the giveaways!

    • Glenda

      Oh and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      i got a little distracted by an Aggie interception and score. 😉

  21. marcyshuler

    I don’t remember how I happened upon this blog, but I’ve found many new authors/books since being here. It has greatly enriched my life and I thank you for all the work that you put into it.

    Have a wonderful 2014!

  22. Krysten M

    Definitely one of my favorite book blogs! Of course I tell my reader friends they should check it out! Happy New Year!

  23. DJ Sakata

    I enjoy your blog, I like hearing about books and authors that are new to me.

  24. orchid7

    I have discovered quite a few great new books through the posts and giveaways on your blog. I enjoy the reviews. I also like the fact that they’re honest when you find a book that wasn’t as good as you’d hoped.

  25. Margaret

    I’ve only been following you for a few months and really love all of your posts. Your reviews are great and help me make decisions about books I might want to read – I love your honest reviews! Thanks for all you do and looking forward to more in 2014!

  26. ki pha

    Wow! I absolutely love this post!!! Such an amazing way to see the progress and even reward the visitors and commenters for their happy visits! Thank you for a great year!

    Happy New Year Ladies and readers alike!!!!!

  27. Chanpreet

    I loved the old blog but this new layout is much more vibrant and cool. I’ve recommended this blog already and will continue to do so.

  28. Carolyn Valdez

    I love visiting everyday. Also love the new design. Don’t know if it is just me, but I now can not read all the comments because the picture covers a part of it. I do recommend this blog to anyone I know that reads. Love, love, love you all !!!

  29. Lori Meehan

    I love this blog and I like the new web design. It’s very snazzy. I’ve told several people about the blog.

  30. Ada

    Happy New Year, HJ!! I love coming here and I would totally recommend this blog! Got my sister to come visit too 🙂 I look forward to getting the emails or seeing updates on facebook every day! And I do love the new look – when you changed the Christmas look, I thought it was awesome but this one is the best look by far!

    All the best in 2014!

    • Ada

      Oh and I forgot to mention I’m INT (well Canadian) so I guess I can’t get entered for the box of books (oh darn 🙁 ) but please enter me for the GC! Thanks 🙂

  31. bettysunflower

    I love the blog and all the info that you share with us. Thank you!! …Happy New Year!!

  32. Delene

    I have really enjoyed HJ because I am a HJ 😉 The authors interviews are great and I’ve discovered new writers to read through HJ! The giveaways are fantaqstic and I would love to start off 2014 by winning!!

  33. KateS

    We all love you!!! And appreciate your hard work of informing us of great reads!!!

  34. kp

    Love this blog! I have found so many great authors and reads for this blog!!!

  35. Rita Luken

    I love this blog. I did notice the new design..but I discovered your blog during the holidays. so I thought it just went back to the original. Your author interviews and book reviews are awesome. I am a e-mail subscriber and follow on twitter and facebook.

  36. Pennie M

    Love the new design! Happy New Year!!!!! I have recommended this blog and book club. I look forward to BC each month!

  37. Marcy Meyer

    I love the new look of the blog! I really enjoy all your posts and giveaways! I definitely recommend this site! Great job!

  38. Erin J.

    I started reading this blog a few months ago and I fell in love. I love how many reviews I get so there is always some book that I am interested in. I now have SO MANY more books on my list, but that is ok. I’ve even won a couple of the giveaways and they were all really awesome books. I’ve already told my other friends about this site, especially my best friend who reads a lot of the same stuff I do. I think she is also hooked. Love the site, love the blog, love the content and I will definitely be around for quite some time. Happy New Year!

  39. dutcheja

    I really love this blog although it has caused my TBR list to grow exponentially. I have discovered some great authors and some great books that I otherwise might not have discovered. Thank you.

  40. Karen j

    I LOVE the new design! I was just wondering where to comment about it before I read this post! I think its my favorite from the ones Ive saw since I started following. This is by far my favorite blog and I would definitely recommend it to all my friends!

  41. Allison

    I love this blog! I don’t read as many as I used to, so really this is the main one I still read. Keep doing an awesome job!

  42. Rebe

    I love the new design! I definitely recommend the blog to new followers. It’s a lot of fun!

  43. Ann

    Happy New Year! I love the blog and YES I did notice the new design. I have recommended your blog to others and I have subscribed to HJ~

  44. Sue G.

    I love the new design. It’s fun a flirty. Happy New Year! That is fun that you have all those stats on us!

    I love this blog! One of my favorites and I recommend it to my reader friends.

  45. Debra A

    I have only been here for a short time. But I have seen the growth and progress. I am honored to be a winner here also. I hope to enjoy this site in the comming year. Thanks for bring the books, authors, and readers together. Happy New Year.

  46. Kai W.

    I have noticed that your blog has changed. I like the new format of the blog. I love the list of books that you have been hosting this past year. There are some I would have never noticed if it wasn’t for your blog. Thanks and Happy New Year.

  47. Jennifer Zorko

    Love the blog, love the reviews, love the monthly book club and all the wonderful giveaways that you. I have recommended the Junkies to all of my friends. I am proud to be a member, part of the review team and a member of the book club. Thanks for everything that you do.

  48. ndluebke

    I forget how I found you. I like your new page. It’s a little more perky. I was so tickled when I found you because I like most all harliquins. I even submitted a book once. I usually have so much going on even tho I’m “retired” now. It does give me more time to read, work on my genealogy, and play on the computer. I usually don’t have a lot of time to blog. I do like your reviews. But how do you read so many of the books. I’m working on a box of old books too, so it’s nice getting newer books coming out. Anyway good job and happy reading.

  49. Shay

    Love this blog! Wouldn’t change a thing & thanks for all the hard work!

  50. Sammy's Book Obsession

    I absolutely LOVE this blog!! I visit usually every day! LOVE the new design also! Share this blog with everyone!! Thanks for all you do 🙂
    sammyjoeyk at aol dot com

  51. Cindy Hamilton

    Really like the new design, and I really like this site there are so many books I’ve found on the site! And it was fun winning some of the giveaways!!!

  52. Jenn McElroy

    LOVE your blog!! Your reviews and interviews are awesome!! I did notice the new design – love the color scheme. I’ve had a harder time leaving comments with the new design (I’ve got to do it all via my phone).

    Again, LOVE the blog!!

  53. Lori Payer

    Love this blog!!! You always have the latest and greatest reviews and interviews. The design change is so much fun. Love the colors. It does take me more time to open a window with the new design, but otherwise has been great 🙂

  54. Irish Pax

    WOW!!! This is truly amazing! With all you do…. I honestly can’t say anything other than I’m truly impressed!

  55. DJ Sakata

    I like the new design, I noticed it yesterday and thought I was receiving a new blog from a different provider 😉

  56. cheryl c.

    This is a very entertaining site! I love all the reviews. Your website design is so attractive, too. Your title cover picture is adorable with the books and shoes.

  57. barbed1951

    I really like the blog, I usually check it every day and I would definitely recommend it to fellow readers. I noticed the new design, how could I not? It’s bright and beautiful and I love the graphics, so cute!

  58. Jamie Leigh Martin

    I think I’m following.. I hate WordPress, but I do like your set up!

  59. Leni

    Yes, I noticed the new design and love the theme along with the graphics. It portrays my love for books. One of my favorite features of the blog is how books from varies romance genres are showcased.

  60. bn100

    Already subscribe to blog
    Like the blog; noticed the design…cute pic

  61. Chelsea B.

    I love this blog! It’s one of my favorites– I make sure to check it out every day. I did notice the design! I clicked open my email update and I was like ohhh! Pretty! I am in love with the top portion. I would most definitely recommend this blog, for sure!

  62. Anita H.

    I love coming by to visit every since my sister mentioned this blog. I’d definitely recommend this to my friends and I share your posts on facebook. I like the changing designs on the blog, they’re fun to look at. I’m Canadian so please enter for the gift card! Thank you and looking forward to another year of great books with HJ! Happy New Year!

  63. Ashfa Anwer

    I just followed your blog now by email. Love the blog and the design is fantastic Love the header and I’m going to take a look at the reviews next. Thanks for the giveaway!

  64. holdenj

    I really like the layout of the blog, it is very easy to go back and check a title if I need to, plus see all the new posts. I am an email subscriber! Thanks!

  65. Amy R

    I’ve been following your blog for about a year and really enjoy, I follow via email, Twitter and Facebook as well. I have to say my TBR pile and wishlist have had numerous books added due to your site, in fact I just bought Maya Rodale’s book after reading your post.

  66. Tawnya Bentley

    I love your blog and whenever I meet someone who reads HEA books, I recommend your blog. As far as the report, me being a superstitious person, you couldn’t add one more post? Take one away, scary number to land on. Sorry my mind is stuck on it.
    I think you do an amazing job as a blogger and take a lot of your recommendations.

  67. BrooklynShoeBabe

    What are your thoughts about this Blog?
    I love this blog. I like the interviews, the reviews, and the giveaways. I definitely like the reviews, and some of them have even made me buy a book I had no intention of buying. Your blog shows how much love and effort you put into it. If no one has told you yet, thank you for the hard work.

    Would you recommend HJ blog to fellow readers?

    I would, I did, and I will continued to do so. As a librarian, I meet all sorts of readers. I recommend your blog to a person who was trying to “build” a romance review database from as many reliable sources a possible.

    Did anyone notice the new design?
    I did and I liked it. It reminded me of the opening for the show Bewitched, a little bit. (Did I just give away my age? Lol.)

  68. Nicole Potter (@NiiArt)

    I absolutely love this blog, and would totally recommend it to any romance book lovers! I love reading your reviews on books, I’ve found so many new books and authors to try I would have never chosen at a bookstore! Thank you so much for being awesome – and I love the new layout! 🙂

  69. eli yanti

    I love this blog, you doing a great review and posting Sara and congrts for you 🙂

  70. Stephanie Fredrick

    I love the new design. It’s very eye catching and easy to read and navigate. I have been a follower for a long time and love the blog. Always great recommendations and reviews. I always recommend it to everyone.
    Happy New Year! 🙂

  71. PicardsMom@yahoo.com

    I get the nesletter by email – but I can’t access until I go to the library

  72. Jessie Wolf

    I love how the blog is eye catching and easy to read. I don’t feel as if I am searching all day for something. Also, I like how there are so many different ways to access this blog. It makes it easy to keep up especially the emails I recieve.

  73. veRONIca

    Canada! Haha I’m such a nerd who loves stats. Glad to see your blog is enjoyed around the world because you guys are awesome! Oh and I definitely love the new design. I also really like your author interviews. It’s cool to see the people behind the stories

  74. Jana Leah

    I like the new layout & enjoy reading your reviews, author interviews, etc. Thanks for the giveaway.

  75. Michelle Harlan

    This has become my go-to source for book reviews! I love the HJ blog & make a point to stop by every day. I did notice the new design…I think it’s fantastic! Wishing you even more success in 2014!