From Auntie Jami with Love and a Knitted TARDIS

Sending lots of love (evidenced by the hearts) with my TARDIS scarf.

Folks, the results are in, we have a winner of the TARDIS scarf! After using a random number generator Jae has won the handmade Doctor Who goodie. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated. This is definitely my most successful give away as I had an 800% increase in interest for this giveaway from the last one. I loved everyone’s comments and now if the Doctor ever shows up at my door I’ll have many places and ideas of where I’d want to go. Now endeth the giveaway. On to other cool things!

Not only do I knit, but I also crochet and I’ve crocheted a baby blankets for each of my nieces, and several other children. When my baby sister told me last summer that she was having a baby, after a bit of squeeing, I dashed to the yarn store. My nephew was born in January and I spent February finishing up some of the details on the blanket and finally got it sent off in late February. I posted a picture of the blanket on Facebook and so many people were delighted by the pictures I thought I would share it here also.

The blanket in progress:

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And those are my feet.

And a picture of me holding the finished piece. More hearts because PicMonkey has them and I think they are cool.

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Happy Anniversary and Doctor Who Giveaway

I started this blog in 2011 [Edit: I checked my stats log and discovered I actually started blogging in 2011. Whoops.] and today I am celebrating the second anniversary of my first post. It seems like such a long time ago and that all too quickly time passed. In celebration of my blogiversary I am doing a Giveaway!! I have mentioned a few times on my blog about a recent TARDIS scarf that I knitted and you now have the chance to win it!! Aren’t you all so freakin lucky? :D

Sending lots of love (evidenced by the hearts) with my TARDIS scarf.

Sending lots of love (evidenced by the hearts) with my TARDIS scarf.

All you have to do is comment below and I will pick a random winner from the comments. But… because this is a special handmade prize, you actually have to do more than just say, I WANT THAT TARDIS SCARF! Answer the following question to enter the giveaway: If you could travel via the TARDIS to your favorite fantasy land, where would you go?

The giveaway closes at midnight on Sunday, March 24, 2013, CST. Open internationally (please be aware if you win and do not live in the U.S. it may take a few weeks to get to you). Thanks to dragonbug for taking the picture of me and the scarf. My head is covering her artwork, you should check out her website to see more of it (her artwork, not my head)!

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Wicked Appetite Giveaway

I’m so super excited about the Wicked series by Janet Evanovich that I will be giving away my personal (used) copy of Wicked Appetite to keep the excitement rolling and introduce one lucky winner to this series. The giveaway is international. Please note that this is all coming out of my own pocket, so I will be sending this the cheapest way possible. Which means it may not get to the winner for several weeks. Each person is allowed to enter once, comments will be assigned a number starting at the top in ascending order, I will then use a random number generator to pick the winner.

To enter please answer the following question in the comment box below: If you had an Unmentionable power what would it be?

Just to get the ball rolling, I’ll answer the question also. My Unmentionable power would be attracting crazy people who like to tell me about their new love of broccoli at age 55. (True story)

The Giveaway is open until Tuesday, July 17th at midnight (CT). Good Luck!!!

Recent Twitter Giveaways

I’ve birthed a Twitter Feed Baby. Join the madness and follow me!

That’s right, I’ve joined the ranks of those who tweet. You can follow me @JamiZehr or click on the Twitter button to  your right. What do I most enjoy about Twitter? All these tweets and retweets about giveaways. So after following me, check these out! (All of these giveaways are hosted by rafflecopter and each blog requires different entries to earn points to enter the giveaway. So read them carefully).

Read Now Sleep Later is doing a giveaway of Silence by Michelle Sagara.

The Young Adult Connection is doing a giveaway of three YA novels and some swag.

Looking for some new books to read of the supernatural and mythological sort? Check out this giveaway by Dark Faerie Tales.

Live to Read is doing a giveaway after going to the BEA, it is a comment giveaway with five different winners and there are a couple of international giveaways. So check it out.

Chocolate Chunky Monkey is doing a blogoversary giveaway from the Book Depository and is open to international followers.

So follow me on twitter and get my tweets and retweets about giveaways, I push out my Pinterest pins to twitter, and occasionally I write something funny.  And, yes, blogging about some of these earns me points. Deal with it.

Also, I just realized yesterday that some of my notifications were going unread. I still don’t know how this is happening, it sorta is like WordPress is hiding them from me and I have to double check my unread notifications tab. Which I didn’t know I had until yesterday. So, if you’ve made a comment a while ago and I didn’t respond, that is why. I’m going back through and taking care of things as I find them. I don’t promise to be any more savvy on Twitter, but you can watch me fumble around the internets some more. Sure to make you giggle.

Nodds & Nends

Give away of the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. This is one of my all time favorite series that exemplifies character change and development. Billed an urban fantasy series, the story came to Ms. Moning in a dream, and her accounting of Mac the pretty little blond who finds her self in a world of hurt with the fae is amazing. Enter for you chance to win the first book in the series.

The childhood homes of 20 famous authors. Pretty interesting to see where it all began for some people.[ via @wordsbydan]

Victorian ladies in bat costumes which were tweeted by @neilhimself.

BREAKING NEWS: National Doughnut Day

It is National Doughnut Day and you can get a free doughnut at your local Dunkin’ Donuts if  you buy a beverage or if you are near a Krispy Kreme head over there for a free doughnut. Seeing as how I’ve gotten five or six hours of sleep every night this week, coffee and a doughnut sounded like a perfect mid-morning pick me up right before I head out to the gym. Yes, I know, a tad incongruous. But this is me we’re talking about.

You could go to the gym like I will be doing or

And by “Kill” I mean Eat

Nodds & Nends: Book Giveaway, Geeky Icons, and Self-Publishing

Check out this book give away. I love giveaways! Even though I never win them. Especially as I don’t have a twitter account to get more points, I need to work on that. But hopefully you do (have a twitter account, get more points, and win the review)! Thanks to the Little Red Reviewer for the tip. She is right, everyone does like a give away.

Make your Facebook a little more geeky with these icons.

Read a guest post on Read in a Single Sitting about self-publishing a book, advertising, and going to trade shows.

Obligatory internets kitten picture.

Nodds & Nends: Freebie, Real Life Superhero, and a Green River

If you read Kim Harrison’s The Hallows series (and  you should) her freebie this book is a temporary tattoo. Just send a self addressed stamped envelope to her PO Box.

A real life superhero in his DIY batman costume. I’m always pleased when people know when it is time to call in the professionals.

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, being a very Irish city Chicago turns its river and fountains green. Dress in green and join other Chicagoans for 5K run, parade, or pub crawl. The fountain at the Daley Center has been green for a week now, it started off as a celebration of Girl Scout Cookies… er the Girl Scouts.

This must be why we have the highest taxes in the country. There are leprechauns at the end of rainbows above our dyed green fountains.


Well, so far no comments on the Giveaway of Tantony. I’d really like to give this book to someone who would enjoy reading it. If it sounds interesting, just comment on the posting and you have an excellent chance of winning the book!

Check out the Spirit of Stephanie giveaway here.

You have until tonight at midnight Central Eastern time. At which point I will start looking for someone who will enjoy the book.

Spirit of Stephanie Giveaway

In the Spirit of Stephanie I am doing a giveaway of Tantony. Tantony is a book I read recently that I found remarkable, and I would like to share it with others in the same way that it was shared with me. Read my review here   and then comment below (comments on Facebook will not be counted towards the giveaway. You must comment on the wordpress posting). Comment, either about the book, the reason why you would like to read it, or my review. Using a random number generator I will select a commenter and send the book to them. As Stephanie was kind enough to send Tantony to me from Australia, I am placing no locale restrictions on the giveaway (though I also plan to ship it the cheapest way possible so please keep in mind it may take weeks to get to people across seas). This is my first giveaway, so we’ll see how this goes. I will keep the commenting open until the end of the week, Friday, January 13, 2012, at midnight central eastern time.

Oooh Friday the 13th. This book is definitely fitting for such a giveaway. :D