Blogversary Party!

Posted April 9th, 2013 by in Blog, Giveaway / 123 comments

Blogversary Celebrations gets underway at HJ!Β 

Time sure flies when you are having fun and what a year it has been!

HJ~HJ launched the HEA book club, at the start of 2013 and it has been a smashing success if I may say so myself πŸ˜‰ We’ve had some awesome authors visit and chat live with the book club members.
~ HJ transitioned from Blogger to WP, a big thank you to all of you who made the journey with me
~ HJ was nominated for 6 #BBTC awards and WON 4 YAY! – THANKS for your nominations and your Votes

BBTC Awards

  1. Won Best Over All Blog of 2012
  2. Won Best Giveaways
  3. Won Best Feature: Author Spotlights
  4. Won Overachiever

It’s hard to believe that something I started as an impulsive whim a little over 2 yrs. ago has today grown into a full blown obsession.

I am addicted to reading, there’s seriously no doubt about that…but I’ve recently come to realize that I am equally addicted to blogging which makes things a tad difficult considering I work full time as a risk analyst πŸ˜‰ (the Overachiever Award, was well deserved)

Maintaining a blog is BIG a commitment, it’s time consuming, some days it can be rather frustrating at times but at the end of it all knowing that this blog is well received and appreciated by you my wonderful Readers, Authors and Publishers makes it totally worthwhile and oh-so Rewarding.

HJ has a great community of readers and such great involvement; I have gotten to know so many of you through the stories you have shared on numerous blog post over the course of the last year.

Thank you for always being open and willing to share your experiences, your thoughts, feelings and opinions… you Gals ROCK!!! HJ has the BEST community of readers IMO πŸ™‚

We have lots to celebrate, I have some amazing prize packs to giveaway so let’s get this party started… drum roll!!!

Here are the GIVEAWAYS

1. 1 lucky winner will win a $25 Amazon GC from Sara

2. $10 GC toΒ

3. Entranced Publishing: Five page critique by Executive Editor (please note interest in this giveaway in your comments)

4. Forever Romance Goody Bag
What a Wicked Earl wants – Vicky Dreiling + Haven Creek – Rochelle Alers + The Sweet Spot – Laura Drak + Darkness Bred – Stella Cameron + Taken By Storm – Kelli Maine + It Had To Be You – Jill Shalvis

5. Harlequin Presents Gift Pk (May Releases):
A Legacy of Secrets by Carol Marinelli + A Touch of Notoriety by Carole Mortimer + Maid for Montero by Kim Lawrence + Heir to a Dark Inheritance by Maisey Yates The Secret Casella Baby by Cathy Williams + A Price Worth Paying? by Trish Morey + Captive in his Castle by Chantelle Shaw

6. Harlequin KISS Prize Pk (May Releases):
One More Sleepless Night by Lucy King + Her Deal with the Devil by Nicola Marsh + Anything but Vanilla… by Liz Fielding + It was Only a Kiss by Joss Wood

7. Harlequin Medical 8 books in 4 2in1s:
Carol Marinelli – NYC Angels: Redeeming the Playboy / Janice Lynn – NYC Angels: Heiress’s Baby Scandal + Alison Roberts – St Piran’s The Wedding! / Amy Andrews – Sydney Harbour Hospital: Evie’s Bombshell + Melanie Milburn – Their Most Forbidden Fling / Louisa George – The Last Doctor She Should Ever Date + Meredith Webber – One Baby Step at a Time / Dianne Drake – P.S. You’re a Daddy!

8. Escape Publishing Prize Pk:
A Basic Renovation by Sandra Antonelli + Fast Forward by Juliet Madison + Falling For The Lawyer by Anna Clifton + His Brand Of Beautiful by Lily Malone + Bound By Her Ring by Nicole Flockton + Once A Bad Girl by Jane O’Reilly

9. Crimson Romance Prize Pk:
Her Knight In Black Leather by J.M. Stewart + Perfect Partners by Stephanie Cage + Tempted by Trouble by Susan Arden + Sutherland’s Pride by Kathryn Brocato + Urgent: One Nanny Required by Olivia Logan

10. Gallery Books: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren (2 Awesome Prizes)

11. 2 Gallery Books: The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March (2 Awesome Prizes)

12. 2 signed paperbacks of On the Island by Tracey Gravis-Graves

13. Rush + Fever by Maya Banks

14. Karen Erikson Prize Pk: ebook: Tempting Cameron +Swag

15. Entranced Publishing Prize Pk:
3 e-books: Legally Undercover + Spirit World + The Best Man

16. LoveSwept: Hero Of My Heart by Megan Frampton (AMZ or B&N ebook) – 3 Awesome Prizes



To Enter Giveaway, you must: complete the Rafflecopter form below

1. Be a follower of HJ blog (Use the floating ‘Follow Me’ button) AND
2. Post a comment –Β How did you stumble Β upon the Harlequin Junkie Blog? What is it you most enjoy about the blog and what keeps bringing you back here πŸ™‚
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I would like to THANKΒ Harlequin M & B, Forever Romance,Β Escape Publishing, Crimson Romance,Β Entranced Publishing, LoveSwept,Β, Gallery Books,Β Sullivan & Partners, Tracey Gravis-Graves andΒ Karen EriksonΒ for donating these wonderful Prize Packs to HJ.

Thanks for the wonderful year and here’s looking forward to another great one…

Sara - Harlequin Junkie

123 Responses to “Blogversary Party!”

  1. Yadira Alonzo (@yadkny)

    For me I stumbled upon the Harlequin Junkie Blog because every time an author posted a notice about a gushing review it kept leading me back here:) Then of course there are the awesome giveaways that kept me coming back on top of all the rec’s I now have on my wishlist too! CONGRATS on all the success and here’s to much much more!!!

  2. Alexis B

    I found the HJ blog in march of this year when Roxanne St. Claire posted about the book club chat that you were hosting. I keep coming back because I enjoy the reviews and for the book club!! CONGRATS on the wins!!!

  3. irisheyes275

    I found your blog through a friend on Facebook! It has been a wonderful source of entertainment and information. Love finding out about new authors and titles to read! Congrats and keep up the great work! Emma πŸ™‚

  4. Sarah M.

    I can’t remember what brought me to the site the first time (Twitter mention, review?). I will say that the user-friendly layout, author spotlights, and variety of reviews are what keep me coming back.

  5. Dian Setyarini

    You have interesting review and many authors that I liked. That makes me keep to come back there. And more TBR list. Congrats and always success for you Sara and Harlequin Junkie Blog!! πŸ˜€

  6. Erica Mitchell

    I follow you on Facebook, and I love reading reviews for books I am anticipating. I also love Giveaways, I want to win #13, love Maya Banks, and I want to win #15 if it is The Best Man by Kristan Higgins, waiting to read that one too !

  7. Timitra

    I stumbled on Harlequin Junkie when someone shared or retweeted one of your contests I can’t remember which but I know I found you through one or the other or possibly both! Honestly, you have some of the best giveaways and also love the posts because I usually get introduced to some new to me authors which is always good!!! Happy Blogversary HJ!!!!

  8. Ginny LaMere

    I found this blog through a friend on facebook love reading the blog and love Harlequin Books

  9. Phuong P.

    I stumbled on Harlequin Junkie blog after meeting you at RWA 2012 book signing and we started chatting on twitter. I enjoy reading the reviews on this blog and the many giveaways you host. Happy Blogversary, Sara!

  10. jovialvampyre

    I don’t remember but I’m sure it’s like most of them. A review was posted of a book or author I was interested in or enjoy so I stopped by :).

  11. Aly P

    I saw you had an interview with Julie James(she posted the link) and then I saw all your great author spotlights so I had to read them and subscribe! Thank you.

  12. Danielle Gorman

    I don’t really remember what brought me to the site but I love the reviews you all write and the giveaways are pretty awesome too! Congrats on all of your success.

  13. Mary Preston

    I have a habit of following links & here I landed one day. My wish list has just blown up out of all proportion since my discovery, but I actually consider that to be a great thing. I love the interviews and reviews that drop into my Inbox & yes all the chances to win a book & add it to my ‘library’.

  14. CateS

    I tippee toed my way here by an author link… Congrats on the 4 awards! I don’t want to miss a thing, so I am a FB follower & get emails from you! I am looking forward to the future postings!

  15. Amanda Gardner

    From an author link for Book Spotlight. The behind the scenes of the book and the giveaways will keep me coming back

    Congrats on your blogversary and award wins

  16. Rebe

    Many congratulations, Sara!!!! I don’t remember how I found out about the blog – maybe Twitter or Goodreads? I love the focus on category romance, which is one of the many reasons I come back to the blog so often. I really enjoy the interviews with the authors (and the giveaways!) because I get to know about unknown authors!

    • Sara HJ

      Rebe, Thanks for being a long time follower and engaged reader of HJ! I hope you can make it to our book club chat sometime soon πŸ™‚

  17. Kim

    Congrats!! I stumbled on this blog because an author I follow on facebook had a book featured on this blog. I continue to follow because I like to find new books and authors (to me).

  18. BooksBooks&MoreBooks (@BBMoreB)

    I don’t remember how I first stumbled by but, I am so glad I did. I keep coming back because you love the same books I do. Oh and I happen to co-host the Book Club with you {thanks for that opportunity – I have a blast each month}. The community you have built here is amazing and it always great to read the posts + comments. Congrats on 2 years. Fellow Blogger Pal Heather.

    • Sara HJ

      Heather thanks for volunteering to help me host the book club, I’m sure when you offered to help you didn’t realize I was going to take you up on it as 50% partner πŸ˜‰
      Thank your for the great discussions, I couldn’t do this without you.

  19. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    I was looking for an on-line book club to get involved in and HQN Junkies was the first entry that came up in my search. Since that time I have made great friends in the book club each month, have been exposed to wonderful books as well. I love the book reviews and have even tried my hand a writing a few. I love the author spotlights and the giveaways, but mostly, I love all of the different books that you share on your blogs with the readers. I have recommended HQN Junkies to all of my friends. Thank you for everything that you do for the readers and CONGRATULATIONS on 4 very well deserved awards! Keep up the GREAT work.

    • Sara HJ

      Jennifer thanks πŸ™‚ Looking forward to our chat next week. should be epic πŸ˜‰
      PS: I am so glad to hear that your LOVED On The Island.

  20. Lauren

    I think I found the blog through FB and the rest they say is history……..

  21. Rita Wray

    I don’t remember how I stumbled upon the site I think I read a review. I love the interviews and reviews. The contests are great.

  22. Olga

    I don’t really remember how I stumbled upon the Harlequin Junkie Blog but I think through Facebook. I enjoy reading book reviews and interviews and it helps me to find books which I want to read. I also enjoy the book giveaways πŸ™‚

  23. Joanne B

    I found the Harlequin Junkie Blog through a link from another blog and I haven’t looked back since. I love all the author interviews, reviews, and giveaways. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  24. Krysten M

    I believe I found it through an author’s facebook, and from there I just keep coming back for the reviews! πŸ™‚

  25. Mary

    I came across the blog on an authors Facebook I believe and continue to co e back for the great book reviews!

  26. Sue Peace

    I found a link to you on Facebook!! Love finding new books and/or authors (or new to me!), and I’ve found tons here!!

  27. Tammy Y

    I can’t remember how I found this blog. I am a huge Harlequin book fan and I been very active on the eharlequin site since 2008. Sara, this is now my very favorite blog. I love and trust your reviews and you have the best giveaways.

  28. Izz (Pingle)

    Wow, four winnings! Congratulations Sara & HQJunkie!
    I have been following this blog for a while, I love keep coming back here because so many giveaways and book reviews, I love how you reviewed a book, it’s easy to read, enjoyable and give me a glimpse about the book. I stumble upon the Harlequin Junkie Blog because of my friend, Aline, she knows that I love reading Harlequin so she recommend me about your blog, she told me that I can get info about Harlequin books from here and that this blog has many great giveaways I can enter.

    • Sara HJ

      Izz, thanks for being a long time member of this community, Thanks Aline…. where’s Aline btw, I haven’t seen her here yet πŸ˜‰

  29. Winnie Lim

    One of my favorite authors had a giveaway from your blog so I was introduced to your blog. I love reading the reviews you write and they have helped me in deciding what new authors to try. Of coz who doesn’t like giveaways – yours are always pretty attractive though I have yet to win any. πŸ™‚

  30. Kim

    I’m not sure how I heard about it, but I think I saw a mention on Twitter. I enjoy the author interviews.

  31. Sharlene Wegner

    I am sure I found you by an author on FB whose book you were reviewing. I love your blog because we must have similar taste in books. I have found excellent new books & authors that are new to me. And I have won a time or 2 & that is always an incentive!

  32. Christine Merritt

    I stumbled across a review Sarah did several months ago. I was so impressed with the way that she spoke of the book and the honesty and professionalism of her critique. I was very happy to become a fan and to get your daily messages. I’ve purchased no less than 2 dozen books that you’ve reviewed in the last six weeks (just don’t tell my husband).

  33. Leanna Hiner

    I think I found you through another blog or an author I don’t quite remember I have been reading it so long. I love the reviews! I would say most of the books you review I am interested in. I also the giveaways!

  34. Lea

    I started following the blog when you interviewed Catherine Bybee about Not Quite Mine, it hasn’t been long but following this blog has sure added to my TBR list (like it needed to be longer)

  35. Marcy Shuler

    I found out about you on FB. Someone mentioned your review so I checked out your page and then started following you by email.

    I especially love finding new authors that I might never have known about otherwise. I’ve also been lucky to win a few giveaways which is always fun. Thanks you so much, Sara!

    Also, I’m not a writer so I wouldn’t be interested in the 5 page critique. πŸ˜‰

  36. Barbara Elness

    I can’t even remember how I stumbled upon the blog, but I’m glad I did! πŸ˜€
    To be honest, I enjoy the giveaways, but also reading about the books featured, and both of those things bring me back.

  37. shadow

    Happy Blogoversary!! Very happy for you! I cant remember how i stumbled upon your blog, but im so happy i did! I love it. You showcase so many amazing authors and books, and ive found more than one book. that i normally wouldnt pick up, and theyve became favorites! Thank you for all that you do! Your fantastic!

  38. Cindy Hamilton

    I found out about Harlequin Junkie thru Facebook and I haven’t regretted signing up far it. It’s great finding out about different authors and the giveaways, even though I haven’t won.

  39. eli yanti

    Happy Blogoversary.

    I follow on fb, twitter and subcribed on your email ofcourse to get an update especially for giveaway πŸ™‚

  40. Alexia Adams

    I follow you on Twitter and often click over to read your reviews, comments. Didn’t know I could automatically follow and get them delivered into my inbox. Now I won’t miss anything. Thanks.

  41. Lisa Filipe

    I believe I stumbled upon it from someone elses share on FB, it was for a Giveaway and I am hooked!! Great Giveaways!! (Interested in the Five Page Critique)

  42. Pennie M

    I don’t remember how I stumbled in but I’m glad I barged through the door and I’m not leaving. The reviews are spot on and the HEA book club is a riot.

  43. Pennie M

    I don’t remember how I stumbled in but I’m glad I barged through the door and I’m not leaving. The reviews are spot on and the HEA book club is always a great time

  44. Tawnya Bentley

    I believe I found your blog because an author you were spotlighting was promoting it. I wish I could remember which author, because I would love to give her a nice big hug! Love everything about your blog, but will admit the giveaways are my favorite.

  45. Mindy

    I absolutely love HJ! Sara and I have so many of the same tastes, I feel like this place is MADE FOR ME! πŸ™‚ Congrats on your blogiversary. I’ve been around now for a while and can’t even remember how I found you. It must have been on twitter. LOVE this place & thanks for your hard work!

  46. Alicia Jespersen

    I think I found HJ from doing a google search. But I could be wrong, so done might have suggested this AWESOME blog/website to me as well. It feels as if I’ve Known about HJ and Sara for my whole life, she definitely has an amazing talent for reading, reviewing and making you feel welcome!

    All I can say is CONGRATS Sara on your wins, you totally deserved it! Keep up the amazing work!

  47. Jessica

    I came across your blog during BBTC. I’ve been coming on and off and haven’t really commented, but I’m slowly getting around to commenting on blogs I follow.

    Congrats on your BBTC wins and your blogversary!

  48. Annwitch

    I found you on twitter and keep coming back to find more great authors and books. I love your reviews it helps me pick my next read. Thank you!

  49. Karen Pietrusinski

    I love your blog and contests. I have found wonderful authors from your site and found great books to read as well. Keep up the wonderful job. Your reviews are very helpful in choosing my next read or my TBR pile.

  50. Evelyn

    I stumbled upon your blog through twitter someone RT one of your comments. I love your insights into the books and your interviews are also great.

  51. BrooklynShoeBabe

    I discovered your website from an author’s RT on Twitter. I’ve been following for about six months maybe a little more than that but definitely less than a year.

  52. BrooklynShoeBabe

    I forgot to add why I come back! I come back for 3 reasons: 1. the giveaways; 2. reviews (especially of the Harlequin titles which are the ones I really like) and 3. author interviews.

  53. Veronica

    I honestly can’t even remember how I found this, probably twitter. I keep coming back because I love the interviews and giveaways. I also really like when authors describe celebs that they were picturing when writing.

    Congratulations! and keep it up, your blog is AWESOME!!!

  54. Ada

    Congratulations on the awards! Well deserved πŸ™‚

    I stumbled onto the blog through giveaway links and now I keep coming back to keep up with all the interviews and even more wonderful giveaways!

  55. Beth Haney

    One of the people I follow on Twitter retweeted one of your tweets. It was a giveaway so I clicked on it and found your blog. I thought it was an awesome blog so I started following you on Twitter and Facebook as well as by e-mail! Thanks for all the awesome posts and for this wonderful giveaway! Happy Blogoversary!!

  56. Anita H.

    My sister actually told me about your blog. I love to read your blog interviews and the giveaways you have. Congrats on the awards and Happy Blogversary!

  57. kp

    I found your blog through fb and love it….I have discovered so many new authors from your blog! Happy Blogoversary!!!! And Many MORE!!!

  58. Mom on the Run

    I love all the books you find to recommend and I would really love it if there were links. I always have to put up another screen to search for the book to buy it.

  59. Susan T.

    Happy Blogoversary! Someone on Twitter retweeted one of your tweets and I’ve been following you since. Awesome blog.

  60. rebecca moe (@beckymmoe)

    I don’t even remember how I found this site originally, but I kept coming back for the reviews, the great giveaways, and now the HEA book club! (So much better than the depressing books book club I used to be in!)

  61. Tiffany Drew

    I don’t remember where I found out about this site, but I’m guessing it was from another blog or author. What keeps me coming back are the reviews and giveaways, I keep finding so many great new books through you!

  62. Arely Z.

    I don’t remember! Haha, I think it was Twitter. That, or you talked to me first, Sara! I love the spotlights and the suggestions about the books. It’s amazing how you have time to do all of this!

  63. Brenda M.

    This is actually one of the only blogs I follow on a daily basis! I look forward to fantastic reviews and I’m still baffled by your amazing giveaways! Congratulations on your anniversary!! And Thank you

    • Brenda M.

      Oh and I found you because my favorite author Erin Nicholas had a link on her FB page!

  64. Lisa

    I stumbled upon Harlequin Junkie through a twitter friend..i love reading esp. romance /Harlequin books so I started following on twitter and FB

  65. Maureen

    I stumbled upon this blog from an author’s website or blog but I don’t remember which one. I enjoy the reviews and giveaways.

  66. Ashley Clark

    I became a member of this blog via Facebook. I love reading about my favorite authors and upcoming books.

  67. roslyngroves

    I came across HJ via a search for a book (I’m pretty sure….) Anyway, I love the Spotlight feature and the giveaways as well.

  68. Aline

    Um, let me see.. I think I stumble upon HJ via Twitter. Honestly, I keep coming back because of the awesome giveaways LOL

  69. Abigail

    I found the blog through Twitter and I check it out because my aunt writes for Harlequin so I’m always keeping tabs on anything Harlequin and this blog helps me do just that!

  70. Caribbean Accent

    I found this blog through Twitter, where I started chatting with @HarlequinJunkie about our mutual love of books πŸ™‚

    So when I found out she had a website too, I headed I ER to check it out.

    I’ve been a follower of Sara’s blog and of purse, the giveaways, ever since. πŸ™‚

  71. winnie

    Congrats on the milestone! As for how I found this blog, it was through Twitter!