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500th Blog Post Contest & Giveaway!

Monday, June 30, 2008

On July 31, 2008, I’ll publish my 500th Blog Post on Write Place, Write Time! That means it’s time to celebrate!

The blessing I’ve received from blogging is the feedback that I get from readers—those of you who are reading and commenting almost every single day, as well as those who might visit only once or twice. So my 500th Blog Post is going to be an announcement of the winners of a very special contest!

In a mere six months, my first book, Stand-In Groom, will hit the shelves. But I’m going to give you the opportunity to receive a signed copy before the book is available to the public. And if that isn’t enough, winners will also receive a CD-mix of the songs mentioned in the book, including Dean Martin’s “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” “That’s Amore,” and “Return to Me,” along with other American Standards singers like Frank Sinatra and Nat “King” Cole. But wait! That’s not all! Winners will also get an Amazon gift certificate for up to $100!

THE PRIZES

Grand Prize: Signed copy of Stand-In Groom, Mixed CD of music mentioned in the book, and a $100 Amazon.com gift certificate.

2nd Place: Signed copy of Stand-In Groom, Mixed CD of music mentioned in the book, and a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate.

3rd Place: Signed copy of Stand-In Groom, Mixed CD of music mentioned in the book, and a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate.

4th Place: Signed copy of Stand-In Groom, Mixed CD of music mentioned in the book, and a $15 Amazon.com gift certificate.

5th Place: Signed copy of Stand-In Groom, Mixed CD of music mentioned in the book, and a $10 Amazon.com gift certificate.

    I will mail CDs and e-mail Amazon gift certificates as soon as the contest ends; winners will receive their copies of Stand-In Groom as soon as I receive advance copies in December or early January.

HOW DO I ENTER?

1. To enter the grand prize drawing, you must do both of the following:
(a) Submit an anecdote about the funniest thing you’ve ever seen happen at a wedding (your own or someone else’s) in 500 words or less. I along with a panel of anonymous judges (probably relatives) will choose the winner. Entries should be e-mailed to me at kaye (at) kayedacus (dot) com, with a subject line:
WPWT Contest Entry. Entries must be received no later than midnight (U.S. Central Time) Friday, July 25.

(b) Post a comment on at least ten blog posts between Monday, June 30 (today), and Wednesday, July 30. Comments must be relevant to the topic of that day’s post. Only one comment per post will count toward the contest, but each comment over the ten required earns you another name in the “hat”—so the more you visit the blog and comment on posts, the greater your chances of winning.* One comment out of the ten can be a link to an announcement of my contest on your blog (please use this link: https://kayedacus.com/500th-blog-post-contest-giveaway/).

    Eligible non-winning entrants for the grand prize will be entered into the drawing for the 2nd through 5th place prizes.

2. To enter the drawing for the 2nd through 5th place prizes (names to be drawn at random):
Post a comment on at least ten blog posts between Monday, June 30 (today), and Wednesday, July 30. Comments must be relevant to the topic of that day’s post. Only one comment per post will count toward the contest, but each comment over the ten required earns you another name in the “hat”—so the more you visit the blog and comment on posts, the greater your chances of winning.* One comment out of the ten can be a link to an announcement of and link to my contest on your blog (please use this link: https://kayedacus.com/500th-blog-post-contest-giveaway/).

    *Posting a comment on ten posts earns you one entry in the contest; each additional comment (one per post) earns additional entries. For example: if you comment on eleven posts, you’ll have two entries; comment on fifteen posts, earn six entries. The greatest number of entries possible is fourteen (a comment on each of the 23 posts between June 30 and July 30).

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I’VE WON?
I will e-mail winners (so be sure your e-mail address is correct when you post your comments) on Thursday evening, July 30, and the winning anecdote and names of winners will be posted as my 500th blog post on Thursday, July 31.

24 Comments
  1. Caleb permalink
    Monday, June 30, 2008 1:14 am

    Luckily, you seem to have caught me at a very boring time in my life. With a month to do nothing but hang around Orlando, this should be an easy way to spend a little of the extra time. Plus, anything I can do to maintain my flawless “no romance novel buying” history at the bookstore sounds like a happy loophole to me.

    Ladies and other ladies (trying to think if I’ve ever seen another guy comment on this thing), this competition is over.

    …Well, I guess there are technically four other spots. BUT ONE OF THE FIVE IS MINE.

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  2. Monday, June 30, 2008 8:17 am

    Wow! Kaye you are going ALL OUT! This should be fun to watch.

    (Isn’t Caleb your brother? Isn’t he automatically disqualified?)

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  3. Monday, June 30, 2008 9:05 am

    Woohoo! What a great way to celebrate!

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  4. Caleb permalink
    Monday, June 30, 2008 9:22 am

    I’m her cousin, but considering how much crap I give her for stupid nothingness anytime I have the opportunity, I’d say I’m already set to have a harder time with a slice of negative bias in the first category as it is. Luckily, I’m up for the challenge.

    But thanks for attempting to disqualify me. I’d be scared too. 😉

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  5. Monday, June 30, 2008 9:48 am

    Y’know, if he were my brother, he might not have lived this long! 🙂 No, he’s my dear, sweet little cousin who just graduated from film school and is about to launch the most amazingly fantastic film career the world has ever seen. He’s going to be bigger than Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott combined!

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  6. Monday, June 30, 2008 10:05 am

    My Goodness!! Did you win the lottery or something, girl? This is an amazing celebration gift line-up!

    Caleb, Hubby and I wanted to name our first son, Caleb. We had three precious girls, instead. So, sadly we never got to use that name. I still love it, though!

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  7. Monday, June 30, 2008 10:44 am

    What a fun contest!! With great prizes!!

    I put a link to your contest in my blog’s right column – it will stay there all during July. Hope you get lots of entries.

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  8. Monday, June 30, 2008 11:03 am

    Wow! Thanks, Tracy!

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  9. Monday, June 30, 2008 12:54 pm

    LOL – Ok Caleb – sorry – Its a good thing you didn’t say I insulted your or anything cuz your coz said something really really nice about you…

    (why yes I used netspeak because I thought it was hilarious)

    Kaye – I have a cousin like that – there is two years difference and in some ways he was more of a little brother than a cousin – but thankfully he lived two towns away! 😀

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  10. Monday, June 30, 2008 2:02 pm

    Best wishes Kaye

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  11. Monday, June 30, 2008 2:15 pm

    Sounds like I’ll be busy making comments on your site this month. Love the prizes.
    Shellie

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  12. Monday, June 30, 2008 3:30 pm

    It’s an amazing contest for an amazing blog! You go, girl 🙂

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  13. Jess permalink
    Monday, June 30, 2008 4:52 pm

    I dunno, it would still be kinda cool to go in a store and find Stand-in Groom after all this time.

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  14. Jess permalink
    Monday, June 30, 2008 4:56 pm

    It would be cool to have a free copy…but there’s just something about about going into a store and buying a book when it’s someone you “know.” I mean, I don’t know you, but you seem “real” and I love it when “real” people get their stuff in bookstores, because I’m real, too. Hey, I think, that could be me, and if it were me, I’d want YOU to buy the book. So I buy it.

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  15. Monday, June 30, 2008 6:49 pm

    Yippeeee! It let me post!
    Wow, girl, that’s some lineup of prizes!

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  16. Caleb permalink
    Monday, June 30, 2008 9:56 pm

    Eilleen: I heartily support anyone that wants to name their child Caleb. I’ve only met about three others in my lifetime. Apparently it comes off as Middle Eastern on paper though, because 50% of the time a teacher called my name for roll for the first time, they would pronounce my name “Cuh-LEB Uh-BELL” instead of “CAY-leb AY-bull.” You really wouldn’t think it was that complicated. Then again, maybe it’s my parents fault for making my first and last name so similar (Caleb Abel).

    Leslie: Of course that wouldn’t be an insult. Why would it be? She’s going to be a famous author! I mean, sure, she has some awful tastes in movies (*cough*Doom*cough*), but that’s certainly not something I refuse to look past in order to accept her as the fun-to-make-fun-of older cousin that she is. 🙂

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  17. Monday, June 30, 2008 10:52 pm

    One of those three others he knows is my step-nephew (would that make him Caleb’s second cousin by marriage? second cousin once removed by marriage?). It’s always fun to have multiple people with the same name in one family. 🙂

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  18. Caleb permalink
    Monday, June 30, 2008 10:59 pm

    You’re correct, but I’m not sure what that technically makes him. I think I’d go with second step-cousin for the sake of keeping it short? Whatever it is, I’m cooler by default of being blood related. 😉

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  19. Tuesday, July 1, 2008 11:05 pm

    What a great contest idea! And my hat is off to you for almost 500 blogs! Whew! That’s alot of writing, girl. I posted my 71st blog tonight and thought I was doing well! LOL Maybe reading your blog every day will encourage me to post more often! thanks, kaye. rose

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  20. Linda permalink
    Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:02 am

    OK I’m not sure if this counts toward the contest or not but I’m giving it a try. Since it was the contest rules I thought it might. The contest sounds very interesting and I’d love to win an autographed first edition of your book. I love writing but have never pursued it for fear of failure. I’m hoping your blog will help me get over that and encourage me to write more. Thanks and congrats on 500!

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  21. Amy permalink
    Wednesday, July 2, 2008 8:39 pm

    Hi Kaye,

    I found your blog through a link with Krista’s, and thought I’d say “hi” Congratulations on your first book coming out! It sounds great.

    Your contest is a brilliant idea. Wow.

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  22. Nicole (ikkinlala) permalink
    Friday, July 4, 2008 12:34 pm

    Congratulations on 500 posts, and what a generous giveaway!

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  23. Sunday, July 6, 2008 7:43 pm

    Okay, I’m signing on. Just sent my stories. Do you know I’ve never watched my own wedding video?

    It’s a little scary to think about, now. I don’t think I want to know how ridiculous I looked blowing my nose in front of everybody.

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  24. Monday, July 7, 2008 11:01 pm

    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway. Congrats on your first book and your soon to be 500th post! I am glad I stumbled across your site!

    I have blogged about it here – http://misaacmom.blogspot.com/2008/07/500-post-giveaway-contest.html

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