Monday, August 2, 2010

Vacay Giveaway Kick Off & Where did July go?

I’m in the middle of packing while I’m writing this post. By the time you’ll read it, me and my love will be on our way! First we’re heading to Belgium where hubs needs to pick up something he bought on ebay and then our next destination is Bretagne in France. From Wednesday on we’re in a rented apartment which has no internet access whatsoever…

In a way I’m actually looking forward to that. I know, it’s weird, because I will really miss blogging and bloghopping! Especially since I haven’t been able to hop for a while now due to the preparation of our vacation and my Vacay Giveaway event, which starts today!
I want to apologize for being absent on most of your blogs the past couple of days, but I’ll be back after my vacation and will read all the posts that I’ve missed! I promise. :)

But I look forward to almost three weeks of reading and relaxing and having all the time in the world and being full time together with hubby. Although that scares me a little too, lol!
I’m really glad that my blog is in good hands with my guest bloggers until I’m back again! Check in every Monday, Wednesday and Friday if you like to, to discover who these guest bloggers are and to show them some comment luv! In return you’ll have a chance of winning one of six wonderful prizes! :) Look below for the contest rules and prizes.


July was a really slow reading month for me and I was so busy wrapping things up at work and preparing for the vacation (on my blog and at home) that I completely forgot to post my DIK Reading Challenge Review! I did read the book, Islands by Samantha Kane, but forgot to write about it. So, that Challenge is a fail now :(

And here is the short list of only 12 romances I read in July:

1. Double Shot Cappuccino by Stephani Hecht, 4 stars
2. Gay Friendly (G-A-Y, #9) by Kim Dare, 3.75 stars
3. Tempted by Megan Hart, 3.5 stars
4. Seeking Kokopelli by Shelley Munro, 2.75 stars
5. Finding Home (Quinn Security, #1) by Cameron Dane, 3.5 stars
6. Saying I Do (Quinn Security, #3) by Cameron Dane, 4 stars
7. Raising Kane (Rough Riders, #9) by Lorelei James, 4 stars
8. Blinded By Our Eyes by Clare London, 4.5 stars
9. Bus Stop by Pepper Espinoza, 4 stars
10. Islands by Samantha Kane, 4 stars
11. As You Are by Ethan Day, 4 stars
12. Tie 'Em Up, Hold 'Em Down by Carolina Valdez, 2.75 stars


Although the month flew by, July did have a great final when I met Leontine at Utrecht, a city in the middle of our country, the Netherlands. I can’t tell you how much fun we had! We met at the Central Train Station at 11am, went down town for some coffee. We started talking on our way there and never stopped talking until it was time for Leontine to catch her train home at 6pm! In between we had lunch, ate some ice cream, went to the bookstore and walked around town along the canals, before we ended up at another pavement café for a drink. Leontine brought me a fun bag with all sorts of goodies, like book marks, signed covers and a book from Josh Lanyon! She’s a generous person who never bores you and likes to laugh a lot. When we had to say our goodbyes after 7 hours we felt as if we still could talk for hours and hours! From now on we’re going to call each other and hopefully meet again soon in person!

How was your month? Did it fly by too? Have you read any good books? Did you meet cool peeps?

I look forward to your comments when I come back from vacation, just know that I won’t be here until August 20th to respond as you’re used from me! But my guest bloggers will be.

See you later! Au revoir, mes amies! :)


Contest rules:

Leave a comment on this and/or any other blog post between August 2nd and 20th for a chance to win one of the six Vacay Giveaway prizes.
A comment on one of the posts from August 2-20 gives you 1 entry for the contest, a comment on 2 of the posts 2 entries, a comment on 3 of the posts 3 entries, etc. So, the more frequent you return to show some luv to my guest bloggers the higher your chances to win one of the six prizes! :)
In the weekend of August 21st I’ll announce who the 6 winners are (selected with; winner #1 can choose first, winner #2 second, winner #3 third, etc. from one of the six prizes. Don’t forget to check back then or leave a way for me to contact you in your comment or profile.

The prizes are, in random order:
• A $15 Gift Certificate from any online bookstore I can buy from
• An ecopy of Daughters of Persephone by Julia Rachel Barrett
• One of Mia Watts’ ebooks of choice. Check out her books here
• A book of choice from The BookDepository (of max $10 and only when they ship to your country... sorry)
• One of Bronwyn Green’s ebooks of choice. Check out her books here
• An ebook of choice from DreamSpinner Press

With thanks to DreamSpinner Press, Mia Watts, Bronwyn Green and Julia Rachel Barrett for sponsoring this Vacay Giveaway by donating their prizes!


  1. Woot Woot I wish lots of fun in vacations *g* I really hope you'll be bringing the sun with you coz right now it's Raining a lot in France =P

    This month was a bit reading month for me. I don't read fast so I'm always around 6 books per months, but in July I read 11 books o_O woot.
    I think I got my reading mojo back. It was about time I was starting to fear I'd be in a reading slump forever. ;)
    Soooooooo now I just need to keep in going in August =P

  2. I always love reading when bloggers have had the opportunity to meet in person! That is so wonderful that you met Leontine :). Sounds like you two had a great time.

    And a vacation with your husband? That sounds just as wonderful! Have fun!

  3. Awesome! Have a great vacation!
    I would love to win

  4. Have a wonderful vacation! I didn't have internet on my vacation and it was a nice change once I got used to it!

    That is pretty great that you got to meet Leontine!

  5. Have a great vacation! It is always nice to get away and relax... and cause trouble with your lover. ;) See you wayyyyy later!

  6. So fun that you got to meet Leontine :=D
    Enjoy your time now and relax

  7. Ohhhhh so jealous of you and Leontine getting together!!! Wish I plane tickets were cheap!!!!!! **sniff sniff**

    But I sooo glad that you ladies had an awesome time!!!!
    And you enjoy your vacation with all of your hubs attention!!! What girl would not be jealous of that!! You rock honey! Have an awesome time!!!
    Hug, love and kisses!

  8. Have a great time! I'm very jealous. ;)

  9. You have an ab-fab time in France Janna and I had a blast meeting you. When we said goodby it felt like we could've gone on well in to the nightly hours LOL

  10. Wishing you a fun and relaxing vacation.

  11. Have a great vacation. I don't know if I could go that long without internet access.

    Sounds like you and Leontine had a great time.

    July flew by for me.I don't know why I didn't do that I didn't even read that much, maybe 5 books.

  12. I hope you have an awesome holiday and catch up on some more reading.

    July kinda flew by didn't it? I was busy with applying for school and trying to get student loans (STILL have no clue as to what's happening or if I'm going to be able to go this fall *sigh*) - I didn't read as many books as usual this month - I tackled my enormous TBR pile and read 8/9 from there and a bunch of ebooks. Found myself almost experiencing a reading slump so I quickly jumped on re-reading some old faves :
    -all of Cameron Dane's books
    -Shades of Twilight by Linda Howard
    -Faith and Fidelity by Tere Michaels
    -books by T.A. Chase
    -Shawn Lane
    -Shayla Kersten
    and a couple more m/m authors.


  13. Oh, I hope you have a wonderfully relaxing three weeks! Lucky you. :)

  14. Sounds like an amazing vacation, ave a wonderful time! I love reading your blog and look forward to when you get back to blogging.

  15. Yes, it's extremely sad how fast the summer has gone. I'm so not ready for winter and cringe just thinking about the white stuff. Have a wonderful vacation!

  16. I hope you and hubby have a fabulous vacation!

  17. I hope you have a wonderful vacation. Due to family issues my July reading was kind of slow, I'm hoping for better this month.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  18. I hope you and your SO have a wonderful vacation! And your day with Leotine sounds amazing!

  19. Wishing you a wonderful and happy vacation with your husband. France..sigh... How romantic. :)
    Great giveaway prizes as well.
    Carol L.

  20. hope you have a great vacation.
    this summers been long and so for me with lots of family problems.But I have read some good books and got to find some new authors two me.and past my 40 birthday on july 25.yes the big 40.not a single family member said happy birthday till the nect day after.thats how my life is going latly.

  21. I hope you have a great vacation. I did not read a lot in July there was to much going on with my family.

  22. I just discovered your blog thanks to Caroline's (pattepoilue) guest post and became your newest follower :-)

    So you do live in the Netherlands? Funny, somehow I mistakenly believed you were from the US :-)

    I've lived for several years in Belgium and visited the Netherlands and France a few times. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time in Bretagne, it is magical! (but your inbox after 3 weeks of no internet will be smothering..)

    July was a fantastic month for me, read about 16-17 books when I usually read about 9-10, but didn't write a lot of reviews :-/

    Have a great time and thanks for the fantastic giveaway! :-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  23. Yes, July flew by for me. I recall the July 4th holiday but I can't recall the remainder of the month! The next thing I knew, it's August!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  24. 12 books are totally awesome. i only manage to read you have a nice vacation!take a lot of pictures!


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