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Friday, May 31, 2013

Introducing A New Blogger + A Giveaway!

So if you have visited the blog in the last week, you have noticed quite a few changes.  I mean, "Simply Books." is now "I believe in books.", there's a new layout, and I am not the only person mentioned on the side.  Thankfully for me, my friend *Blake* has agreed to pop on over to this blog with me.  Anyone who does a blog solo knows how crazy stressful it can get.  I'm thrilled to have her.  We decided to change the name to make it ours.    

So let me introduce Blake:

It's hard to believe that we have only been friends for about a year and a half.  Fate deemed us to work at the same bookstore, both coming for the books.  We bonded over our love for books and then the long list of other things we had in common.  We used to joke that we were brain twins.  

Blake is the ying to my yang.  While I tend to ultimately go for the good boys in the book, Blake will almost always fight for the bad boy.  While I seem to always lean towards contemporary, Blake will probably pick up the paranormal/fantasy.  While I tend towards quiet and a little sarcasm, *ok a lot of sarcasm* Blake is incredibly outgoing.  I'm pretty sure she makes friends everywhere we go.  She's great to have when you have to wait in line forever.  

Anyone who knows Blake knows she believes in mermaids and dragons.  She loves the simple things in life, and she loves laughing and anything that is happy-making. *there is a good chance it may be purple*  She has even more books than me, and she adores her two enormous puppies.  *I'll let her introduce those later because they are her babies.*  

I really think that having Blake on the blog will make the blog so much better and allow the blog to reach a broader audience that may have interests that tend to lean towards her's.  Blake is also a fellow baker, and with her on board you will definitely see a lot more recipes posted.  I had been wanting to do that for a while anyways.  So keep your eyes open for the purple B below!

Now on to the giveaway!  As a way to celebrate the whole new change coming, we want to share some love with you.  

Blake here! I just wanted to say THANK YOU to Deidra. She's my best friend and one of the few people I trust with everything about my life. She's seriously one of the smartest people I know, and she loves books just as much as I do. The book store we worked at together was fate. I met my alter-ego, my other half, and the best friend I always wanted in high school. Also, the girl is crazy funny. I don't think she's been "a little" sarcastic a day in her life. She's witty, and I could write a book about all of the things that come out of her mouth. You should have been there when we were throwing out names for the new blog. Giggling ensued. 

Oh, and my puppies? Sweet, precious angels. Her dog? The demon tried to chew my ankle off before we left for a bookish event one year. I swear it tried to eat me. (She'll disagree, I'm sure.)

To celebrate my addition to this blog, Deidra and I have decided to have a little giveaway. Better news? We will have not one prize, but FOUR! The first winner will get to choose between the four stacks, the second winner will get to choose between the remaining three, and so on. Simple! Be sure to follow the rules set on Rafflecopter, and the others stated in our Policy

US only please! International giveaways are crazy expensive. But do not fear! I'm sure we will have an international giveaway sooner or later. We love everyone. :)

And since this is a new blog, we would appreciate everyone spreading the word about the giveaway. The more the merrier! Plus, the more you share, the more points you earn yourself!

The Prizes:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I believe in the power of reading. It has taken me so many places, taken me through so many emotions and given me peace when needed.

  2. I believe in family and the support they give you to do what ever you want to do!

  3. New follower by GFC and the name Hippie
    I believe in the idea that everyone has some good in them, even if it's just the tiniest bit :)

  4. I believe in friendship! Sounds like you two have a great friendship and will make a great blogging team (I'm an old follower, btw. ) :D

    Dee @ Dee's Reads

  5. I believe in trying to support and be nice to anyone, regardless if you like them or not. Everyone has feelings, and if you were in their shoes, you'd want someone to support you too!
    (I'm an old follower)

  6. I believe in love (both romantic and family and friends), I believe in honesty, and I believe in fair rights for all no matter of your sex, race, sexual orientation, etc.

    Christina @ ensconced in Ya

  7. I believe in forever, meant to be, everlasting love!

  8. I believe in miracles and true love. k. sounds chessy

  9. Thanks for the great giveaway...I'm a new follower!

  10. I believe in freedom and people being able to make their own choices in life!

  11. I believe in being treated fairly!


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