*Signed* Behemoth Giveaway!

One of the coolest trends in YA fiction right now is steampunk stories.
Add in a historical fiction element and you’ve got Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan and Behemoth.
This awesome alternate World War I story is follows an Austrian prince and a cross-dressing heroine as they traverse the world in a large jellyfish air ship. It’s *so* cool.
How cool is that?
And today, I’ve got *signed* copies of each book to share with you!

There will be one winner in this giveaway. The winner will receive a *signed* paperback copy of Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, and a *signed* hardback copy of Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld.

The Rules:

Only one entry per person.

The contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

You *must* be a follower of my blog to enter.

If you are a new follower, you will receive 1 entry.
If you were a follower prior to the start of this contest, you will receive 2 entries.Fill out the form below to enter. Do not leave your entry in the comments.

If you have any questions, you can consult my contest policy.
Increase Your Chances:

Complete the following tasks to increase your chances to win!

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  • +2 – Tweet about this contest. Sample tweet: Enter to win a *signed* copies of Leviathan and Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld from @thenerdswife: http://bit.ly/g68Hza
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Contest ends Friday, Dec. 31 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Good luck!

*Signed* Beautiful Darkness Giveaway!

This week, I’ll be giving away lots of signed books in celebration of my one-year blogiversary!
In fact, don’t miss my super-epic giveaway of an Amazon Kindle!
First up is one of my favorites! I had the chance to meet Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl earlier this year at the Texas Book Festival.
They gave me some awesome swag and autographed two books for me!
There will be two winners in this giveaway.
Winner #1 will receive a *signed* paperback of Beautiful Creatures and a *signed* hardback of Beautiful Darkness, along with some swag.
Winner #2 will receive a *signed* Beautiful Darkness bookmark and some swag.
The Rules:

Only one entry per person.

The contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

You *must* be a follower of my blog to enter.

If you are a new follower, you will receive 1 entry.
If you were a follower prior to the start of this contest, you will receive 2 entries.

Fill out the form below to enter. Do not leave your entry in the comments.

If you have any questions, you can consult my contest policy.
Increase Your Chances:

Complete the following tasks to increase your chances to win!

  • +1 – Become a fan of The Nerd’s Wife on Facebook.
  • +1 – Follow The Nerd’s Wife on Twitter.
  • +2 – Tweet about this contest. Sample tweet: Enter to win a *signed* copies of Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness from @thenerdswife: http://bit.ly/eJhIqV
Contest ends Friday, Dec. 31 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Good luck!

One Year (and a Giveaway!)

Saturday was the one-year anniversary of my very first blog post.
It was nothing special. In fact, it had no pictures!
Definitely not something you’d see on the site today.
I think I’ve come a long way in a year.
I’ve posted lots and lots of baked treats, read far too many books and attended my fair share of video game conventions.
I’ve learned how to actually use my camera and I think my photography has improved greatly.
This blog has been such an amazing creative outlet for me. Every day, I look for things that I can post and talk about. It’s seriously one of my favorite things to do!
And I hope it only gets better!
I truly cherish each one of you — the connections we’ve made and all the people I’ve had the chance to get to know.
So for that, I’m holding a contest of epicness to celebrate the last year of memories.
The grand prize?
A shiny new Amazon Kindle WiFi.
Throughout the next week, you’ll also have the chance to win an assortment of signed books over on the reading section of the site.
So now, do you want to enter to win a Kindle?
I thought so.
The Rules:

Only one entry per person.

The contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

(Sorry international readers. Shipping is just too dang expensive!)You *must* be a follower of my blog to enter. To follow my blog, just click the “Join this Site!” button in the Google Friend Connect widget —->

If you are a new follower, you will receive 1 entry.
If you were a follower prior to the start of this contest, you will receive 2 entries.Fill out the form below to enter. Do not leave your entry in the comments. 

Entries left in the comments will not be counted.
If you have any questions, you can consult my contest policy.
Increase Your Chances:

Complete the following tasks to increase your chances to win!

  • +1 – Become a fan of The Nerd’s Wife on Facebook.
  • +1 – Follow The Nerd’s Wife on Twitter.
  • +2 – Tweet about this contest. Sample tweet: Enter to win an @amazon Kindle from @thenerdswife: http://bit.ly/dXgSSt #giveaway
  • +1 – Subscribe to my Youtube Channel.
  • +3 – Link to the contest on your blog sidebar.
  • +5 – Write a blog post about the contest (including a link!)
Total Possible Entries: 15
Contest ends Friday, Dec. 31 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
Good luck!
**Disclaimer** Prize was purchased by The Nerd’s Wife for the purpose of this contest. It is in no way affiliated with Amazon.

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly feature hosted by The Story Siren.
It’s a chance for book bloggers to display the books they purchased or received for review each week.

This week, I only received one book for review, so I decided against doing a vlog.

I was so excited to receive an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from the publisher!
My holiday break is shaping up to be a reading frenzy!
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Release Date: March 29, 2011

I just *love* fairy tale re-tellings, and I’m excited for the chance to read this one!

What did you receive for review this week?

PS – *Please* be sure to check back tomorrow! I’m giving away a super-epic, super-amazing prize that I’m sure you won’t want to miss! **cough**cough**AMAZON KINDLE!!**cough**cough**

Gas Stations and Blind Spots

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This is my beautiful Chevy Equinox.
I love this car.
I got it two years ago. It is the perfect car. It’s roomy and economical and pretty.
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Like I said, I love this car.
But you know what I hate?
Gas Stations and Blind Spots.
They really, really, really don’t mix.
You see, yesterday, I was pulling into a gas station to fill up my Equinox.
I had to turn around the pump to get it onto the right side of the car.
And that’s when I heard a loud, awful SSSCCRRAAAPPPPPEEEEEE down the passenger side of my car.
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Yup, I rammed the side of my beautiful car alongside a poll at the gas station.
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And it wasn’t pretty.
You see that plastic trim along the bottom of my car? Yeah. It bent up so that the passenger door can’t be opened.
I cried after it happened.
Of course, the poll was shorter than my car, so with my blind spot, I couldn’t even see it.
It makes me sick just thinking about it.
And I don’t have time to get it fixed until Friday.
Let me just tell you, it was a crappy day.
So, I ordered myself some of these shoes.
What can I say? I needed a pick-me-up.
In light of all that happened, I didn’t get around to making Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. And I probably won’t until this weekend. So, there will be a short hiatus from that for a bit until I can have time to get back to baking.
I promise the cookies will be just as sweet, though!
Thanks for looking!


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