Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Everybody! It's time to announce some winners, shall we already!

So, in June I posted every day for actually 28 different authors -- almost daily! I took Sundays off and I started at the end of May. I'm SOOO grateful to the authors and publicists who helped make this happen - I was able to give away some AWESOME books! If you were a winner and didn't get your book and it's been three weeks since you gave me your address, please let me know! If you didn't win, I'm sorry, I wish I could give every one of you a book. Keep coming back, I have seen persistence pay off here! I'm a FIRM believer in persistence paying off in life! : )

As promised, there is ONE Grand Prize winner. I also chose a second place winner who will receive a bundle of books as well. 

The Grand Prize winner will receive these books (in no particular order, I'm just yanking them from my floor!): 
The Arrivals by Meg Mitchell Moore
So Far Away by Meg Mitchell Moore
The Rock Star in Seat 3A by Jill Kargman
Keepsake by Kristina Riggle
The Art of Forgetting by Camille Noe Pagan
Can I Get an Amen by Sarah Healy
Head Over Heels by Rain Mitchell
The First Husband by Laura Dave
Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook
In The Bag by Katie Klise
Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Picture This by Jacquelin Sheehan
Skinnydipping by Bethenny Frankel

There are a bunch of books for the second prize winner but I'm not listing them all so you will just have to be surprised. I have a bunch of books left over so I may just run a random giveaway at the end of the summer. I LOVE SHARING BOOKS WITH YOU ALL!

As for The Cell Phone Lot contest where I asked you to please check out my enovella, The Cell Phone Lot, thank YOU to all who have supported my own writing. I have been REALLY depressed lately on my own publishing journey and I need to focus on that. I won't stop sharing great authors here though, that's a promise I'm going to keep. I'm just hoping that my "pay it forward" will someday come back to good karma for me. So thanks for taking the time to read my work too. I will also list that winner's name below too, and you will receive a gift card for $15 of your choice: Starbucks, Target or iTunes - just let me know!

The winner for Jennifer Weiner's The Next Best Thing is also listed below -- she is the one whom I owe this blog to - through her blog A Moment of Jen, I was inspired to start the original Manic Mommy, which was called Manic Mommy's Mental Myriads. Or something along those lines. There is an archive somewhere. I was really open about my family and my life. Really open. Now it's just books most of the time.

If you don't follow me on Facebook, or on Twitter please, please do! I am ALWAYS letting you know when I have a new post up and when I announce winners. And if you do follow me on Facebook already and haven't seen any updates, it might be because of Zuckerberg effing around with his little system. So go to my Facebook page and hit like or leave a comment on my page to activate it - just to let the people at Facebook know that you're interested in my newsfeed so they'll make sure you get the information ON YOUR NEWSFEED. Why does that guy have to make it sooo difficult for us to read about the friends we want to know about? Sometimes I think his last name should start with an "F!"

Coming up I have INCREDIBLE BOOKS FOR YOU! I have just finished ON THE ISLAND by Tracey Garvis Graves which is an incredible novel about a 30-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy who are castaways on a deserted island - they fall in love - it's steamy and romantic and OH.SO.HOT!

And then I read WHAT I DID by Christopher Wakling - it's narrated by 6-year-old Billy who disobeys his dad one morning and sets the whole story in motion. You'll compare it to ROOM by Emma Donoghue in that they both have young boys as narrators but that's where the comparisons end and this one is another I could not put down. 

And my good real life friend, Amy Sprenger, also known as Snarky Mommy (can you imagine hanging out with MaNiC MoMMy and Snarky Mommy in one room together?) ... well, Snarky Mommy's debut novel came out yesterday and I'll be sharing THAT with you. It's called Baby Bumps, and the subtitle has the word BAT SHIT in it, if that's any indication of what kind of hilarity that will ensue when ready this sort-of-made-up-totally-true-fictional-memoir! Yep, that's what I'm calling Amy's book from here on out -- Baby Bumps, the sort-of-made-up-totally-true-fictional-memoir! 

Damn, I LOVE READING! I've often thought, "put me in a jail cell for just six months so I can catch up on my reading. Oh, and finish up this manuscript I am working on." Also, it feels so good to 'talk' to you all for once about my feelings, and not just report on books. Because you know, I have feelings too! Damn. I kind of miss my old style blogging. I wonder what would happen if I started another blog of just personal stuff... 

OK OK, get to the winner's names ALREADY...

OK, enough of that, here are the winner's names, and if yours is listed, please email me at stephanieelliot@gmail.com and please be specific in your email as to what you have won.

The winner of THE NEXT BEST THING by Jennifer Weiner is: Rebecca E.

The winner of $15 gift card of your choice is: Janet Stec.

The SECOND PLACE winner of the June Book Giveaway is: Books & Reviews blogger

And the Grand Prize winner of all the books listed above is: Carol5814

Congratulations to you all, and look for the next Booking with Manic book hopefully later this week!

Peace to you all! Happy Summer! Be safe and well!


Joelle said...

Congrats to all the winners!!!!

Sslinsky said...

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you Stephanie for sharing!!


Nanette said...

Gawd...I really want to be Carol right now. LOL! Congrats to her and I am still THRILLED I won at least ONE book this go around. Persistence DOES pay off. :) I did order On the Island for my Kindle. I can't wait to read it. That and Monarch Beach which I will get eventually. SO MANY BOOKS...SO LITTLE TIME!!! :)

Thanks again for all your hard work. Happy Summer Reading!

Hugs, Nan

ncsuloges said...

Mark Zuckerburg's name should start with an F. hahahahahah Oh how you crack me up! I love it and needed a good laugh this morning. Also, I have totally had the same thought about going to jail so I can read. I mean what can I do that doesn't hurt someone but that I could go to jail for. I am going to be a great old person with all the reading I intend to do. :) Hang in there Steph! I loved the Cell Phone Lot and would LOVE TO ReAD ANOTHER FROM YOU!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you Stephanie for all your hard work and for providing so much fun! xoxo cindy

Kim W. said...

Thanx Stephanie for an amazing blog & your amazing giveaways!!

Read Baby Read said...

Thanks for bringing us this blog. I love it. You're an inspiration to many. Your god karma will come back. By the way, I cannot tell you how much I love Can I Get an Amen? Awesome, awesome book. Xo

Chrissy said...

Hey, girl, I'm STILL reading your writing and I've known you --as a writer-- since the good ole days of the original Manic Mommy blog! :-) (Chrissy/Singalullaby)

Your book suggestions have filled my free reading hours this summer. Thank you!! I'm getting back into "kindergarten" mode, so my reading-for-pleasure time is limited. BTW, how sad are we to not be in Chicago tonight for the great author meet and greet?! Jen Lancaster's newest made me LOL!