August 25, 2010

And The Winner Is...

Today's winner of the AUTOGRAPHED copy of "THE SPACE BETWEEN TREES" by KATIE WILLIAMS is ...



You ALL have about a WEEK left to enter the ever so ADORABLE J*FLOPS GIVEAWAY! Plus, if you join the J*FLOPS Facebook Page, not only do you get to keep up with all of the upcoming contests and information, you also get + 25  points added to your score for the giveaway! Seriously, these are THE MOST adorable Flip Flops I've ever owned and they're SUPER COMFORTABLE! I know that's hard to believe, but wait until see them! Three winners will each have their dream flops soon!  OH, and don't forget that you can get 15% off RIGHT NOW until August 31st just by typing in the code PRINCESS at checkout!  Your discount will automatically be taken off! How easy is that?  At J*Flops, they'll even do custom pairs of flops...that means anything at all that you want, Jennifer can do for you! Check out their page and see for yourself!

Good Luck & Have Fun!

Lauren, You have 48 hours to get back to me with your address so that I can get you your prize! Thank you everyone for participating!  Don't forget that I have a Nook coming up for you VERY SOON! What's going to kick it off? 1,000 GFC Followers!!

Kisses and Toodles!!

August 12, 2010

Quick Question - I Need Help Please!

So, I have a really quick question that I can't figure out on my own but I it can be done because I've seen it on some of the other fantastic blogs that I visit! I know how to put a link under a word so that you can click back or refer back to a page BUT (and here's my question) how do you put a link under a picture or photo so that you can click back to page other than my own?  Say I had a cover of a book up and I wanted to reference it back to either it's page on Goodreads, the Author's Site, or The Publisher's Page? How would I do that? 

If you've done this before, or if you simply know how to do it and feel comfortable leaving the answer in the comments, you can do that or just hit the "Contact Me" button up top and I'll get your message directly and forever be in your royal debt! *smile*  Thank You SO Much!

I've been up reading some really adorable books lately and have some reviews along with some fantastic contests coming up! Don't forget, it's almost time to give away the Brand New B&N NOOK! I'd like to get to 1,000 GFC Followers before giving it away, but the acutal post may be going up before that point! While you're here don't forget to enter to win you're J*FLOPS! and tonight is the last night to enter your Autographed copy of  "The Space Between Trees" by Katie Williams!


August 7, 2010

Saturday Spotlight!

Well, here it is! My FIRST Saturday Spotlight since I've been back! I'm going to try to introduce you to as many new blogs and bloggers as I can! I've had a great response to The Saturday Spotlight but a slow response time in getting the questions back to me.  I will keep the feature every week that I can because I think it's important to find new blogs to read weekly and new friends to meet!  If you're interested in being spotlighted here, don't hesitate to hit the "contact me" button and I'll be sure to get right back to you!

I hope you enjoy this week's Spotlight Blog and Blogger! You certainly won't find this sweet little flower hanging around the garden...

What's Your Name? My name is top-secret classified information, but you can call me Orchid.

Alias? Orchid Forsythia

Your Blog Name? The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Why did You Choose that Specific Name? I chose The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia, because I thought it sounded really cool and original, plus it kind of gives my blog an air of mystery.

Where can we find you on the net? (A.K.A. Your Blog URL) -

*Go Ahead and Look I'll Wait ...*

Can you give us a quick bio about yourself?   About me, hmm, I love to read and can practically always be found with my nose in a book. And if I'm not reading I am working on my blog.

Why did you start your blog? I wanted to share my personal thoughts on the books that I read. I’ve also found that it’s a great way to find neww books and authors that I might never have bothered looking into reading.

What is your favorite genre and/or genres? My favorite genres are YA, fantasy, mystery sci-fi, horror, and supernatural. I also have a soft spot for mangas.

Who is your favorite author? My all-time favorite author would have to be Agatha Christie, she
completely rocks. Her mysteries are some of the best I have ever read

What's your favorite book of all time? I guess I would have to say that "Death on the Nile" by Agatha Christie is my favorite book, but there’re a ton of books that are tied for second.

Has there ever been a book you've "faked" reading? No. If I didn’t like it enough to finish, I’m going to be truthful and say that I didn’t finish it.

What are you currently reading? Will there be a review/reviews in the works? I am currently reading Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Yes, there will be a review sometime in the future for it. I am also currently
working on a review for Seeker by William Nicholson; hopefully I’ll have it up by the end of the week.

Please Name & Describe Your Blog Features:  I participate in quite a few memes,  like, Teaser Tuesday, where you post a short teaser from your current read; In My Mailbox, where you post about books and book swag that you have received, bought, or borrowed; Wish List Wednesday where you tell about a book that you are looking forward to buying. I have also begun accepting affiliates, and still have a few open slots. While I really enjoy doing memes, my favorite feature on my blog is reviews. I love reviewing books and introducing other people to new books and authors.

Describe your review system: My review system is probably one of the least complicated ones. 1 pineapple, means it was a complete waste of my time; 2 pineapples, means I just didn’t enjoy it; 3 pineapples, means it was good, but not necessarily something I’d re-read; 4 pineapples means that I really liked it; 5 pineapples means that I loved it and would recommend it to everyone.

How is your blog unique from other blogs? I think what makes my blog unique is that I review more obscure books and tend to read to the beat of my own drum.

How do you market your blog Orchid? By commenting on other blogs, and participating in challenges and guesting at other blogs.

Can you give us 3 tips about content? Tip number one: try not to include spoilers in your reviews, it tends to turn people off from reading a book where they already know the big twist. Tip number two: to keep in mind that authors are real people to, so try to keep the snarkiness to a minimum. Tip number three: Make sure you have the correct info about a book (i.e. author’s name, title, pub date…).

How about tips on Blog promotion? Two good ways to promote our blog would have to be, commenting on and following other blogs. Because you’ve got to get your blog out into the blogosphere if you want to get noticed.
Thank Youfor having me at Park-Avenue Princess. It has been a blast!

You're more than Welcome Orchid! I hope you'll continue to stop back and you know you're always welcome here! By the way, the J*Flops Giveaway and The Space Between Trees (autographed copy) Giveaway are both still open! Plus, I have some more to put up this week along with some great authors stopping by Park-Avenue Princess! Don't forget that it's almost time for me to list the Brand New Nook Giveaway, we're very close to the 1,000 Followers Celebration

Again, if  YOU Would Like to be a Part of The SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT just drop me a note or if you're comfortable with putting it in the comments section you can do that and I will get back to you immediately! There's a lot that we can do with the Saturday Spotlight! It's a great way to meet new people, find new blogs to read and help each other bring in new followers! I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!




August 4, 2010

Got Flops? Giveaway Reminder!


I do and you can too! How? You just may be ONE of the THREE LUCKY Winners here at Park-Avenue Princess if you enter the fantastic Giveaway I have going on right now from J*FLOPS!  It seems there was some confusion with the end date of this Giveaway and I'm happy to report that you have plenty of time to enter! J*FLOPS has adorable flip flops for Special Occasions, Everyday or if you want something that no one else has they'll make a Custom pair just for YOU!  This Giveaway isn't ending until Midnight on Tuesday, August 31st (EST)! You have almost an entire month to get your entries in and to spread the word! A direct link to the Giveaway can be found HERE!

Jennifer, Owner and Designer of J*FLOPS, will be making THREE of my LUCKY readers Extremely Happy with their dream pair of J*FLOPS for this Giveaway! Not not only that but, Jennifer has very generously offered a 15% discount  on any order placed on the J*FLOPS web site beginning now and running through the last day of August! So, if there is a pair or paris that you MUST have, now would be a great time to do it! All you have to do is enter the code PRINCESS at checkout and your discount will automatically be taken off! Remember, you have until Tuesday, AUGUST 31st, at Midinight EST! Just incase you missed the Giveaway link at the top all you have to do is click right - HERE!

As always, GOOD LUCK and HAVE FUN!!