Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Names and A Giveaway (CONTEST CLOSED)

It is time. Time for what? BLOG MAKEOVER! Yes, readers, at long last my new screen name and blog name will be revealed (along with a new layout to go with them). I know you've just been dying* to find out what they are, and I apologize for making you wait so long. I blame the holidays. Who wants to change their entire blog when there are cookies to eat, presents to open, and general merrymaking to be had? Also, I just didn't have time. xP

Anyway, on to the names. Goodbye Dahlia of Dahlia's Eclectic Mind. Hello Ren of All By MySHELF.

Wouldn't this look nice on your sidebar?




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A bit about the names: Ren is part of my middle name (what that name is and where Ren fits into it shall remain a secret). I wanted a non-name screen name (i.e. Purple_Gorilla or something, only better), but I stink at coming up with them, so I went with part of my name instead.
The blog name is, as I'm sure you've figured out, a play on the song title 'All by Myself'. It's also about the tenth blog name I came up with and the only one I liked that was available.

The name isn't the only new thing for the blog. I'll also be adding a few new features in the new year, so expect a bit more activity around here. I'll be revealing the first of the new features in early/mid January. Yay for new things!

GIVEAWAY

I'm celebrating my new names in classic book blogger style, with a giveaway! 2011 is going to be a big year, with a new name, new features, and let's not forget all those fabulous new releases. So in honor of this big event, I'm going to be giving away a pre-order of one 2011 release from my wish list.

The options:
-Dead Is Not an Option (Dead Is #5) by Marlene Perez (May 2) - I love this series! They're wonderful, quick reads, and even though I haven't read the fourth one yet, I'm really looking forward to the fifth (and final?) book.
-Outside In (Inside Out #2) by Maria V. Snyder (March 1) - Inside Out was sooo good! I went from simply wanting to read the sequel to needing to read it when I read the summary. I can't wait until it comes out!
-The Serpent's Coil (Prophecy of Days #2) by Christy Raedeke (July 8) - The Daykeeper's Grimoire is one of the best books I've ever read, so obviously I'm dying to read the next one!

Rules
  • One winner will get to choose one book from the list to be pre-ordered from Book Depository.
  • Open wherever Book Depository ships (see if they ship to you).
  • Must be 13 years or older to enter.
  • Following is not required, but is much appreciated and will get you extra entries.
  • Comment with which book(s) you're most looking forward to in 2011 for extra entries.
  • Contest ends January 20, 2011 at midnight (eastern) and winner will be announced shortly after.
  • Just commenting will not enter you in the giveaway! You must fill out the form.
CONTEST CLOSED

 Thanks for entering and Happy New Year!!!



*A bit of an exaggeration, but I like to think you're as excited about this as I am. ;)

43 comments:

GABY said...

I like your new name! :D

The Golden Eagle said...

Wow. Your blog looks amazing! I love the new title, too. :)

Happy New Year!

Nadia Murti said...

I'll miss Dahlia, but Hello, Ren!

I like the name and the look of the blog. Happy New Year!

-Nadia

Orchid said...

Love the new name and layout; I think the new layout suits you a bit better, but I will miss the old set up. ^_^

Looking forward to seeing all the things you have in store for the new year.

Darlyn said...

I like the new layout =) Thanks for the giveaway!

Kulsuma said...

I'm looking forward to reading Across The Universe, The Water Wars, Wither and Divergent among many others:)

Holly said...

I love the new name!
I've bee reading your blog for a while but i don't think i actually ever commented (: haha.

Lydia said...

love the new name! much more creative than mine...

Lexie said...

Now that Unearthly and XVI have come out, the book I am most looking forward to in 2011 is probably Across the Universe by Beth Revis.
lexie.bookbug(AT)gmail(DOT)com

IvaliceAlliance said...

I'm looking forward to reading City of Fallen Angels, Clockwork Prince, and Across the Universe the most.

sauvadeavelle@yahoo.com

Orchid said...

Totally forgot to mention this, but I'm really looking forward to Blackveil by Kristen Britain and Serpents Coil. ^_^

Mikki-ManĂ³ said...

Hi :)
I'm looking forward to This Side of the Grave from Jeaniene Frost :) I love that series (L)
Thanks :)
mikki-mano@hotmail.com

YA Vampire Books said...

Love your new name! It's catchy

IN 2011 I look forward to Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, and Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

ephrielle said...

Waiting is so hard and I am impatiently looking forward to Wildcat Fireflies, My Soul to Steal, Desires of the Dead, Away, Illusions, Strange Fate, Shadowspell, Iron Queen, Secrets and Shadows, and so many more.

Sniffly Kitty said...

Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi

sablelexi said...

Like the new layout.
I am looking forward to Across the Universe by Beth Revis and The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong.

pepsivanilla said...

I'm really looking forward to Desires of the Dead, The Iron Queen, and City of Fallen Angels!

Carol said...

I like the new layout =) Thanks for the giveaway! ^^

I'm looking foward to read Across The Universe by B.R can't wait to have my copy =)

Justine said...

I'm anxiously waiting for City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare! I just read the teasers and I squirmed in my seat. Haha.

Aik said...

I'm looking forward to reading Wither (Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano.

Vivien said...

Looking forward to the Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Natasha Areena said...

Theres too many to name but I guess some I really look forward to reading are Across the Universe by Beth Revis and Gemini Bitse by Patrick Ryan.

Thank you!
-natasha-
thebookish96[at]gmail[dot]com

SusieBookworm said...

I'm really, really looking forward to Across the Universe by Beth Revis.

Aleetha said...

I am looking forward for Once in A Full Moon, AngelFire, Across the Universe. Ah~ I have a long list,

Kai @ Amaterasureads said...

Definitely looking forward to Gwen Hayes' Falling Under. Gorgeous cover + great summary = awesome book! hopefully. :)

Jess Day said...

I do love alias's. Love the name Ren btw!

Genna Sarnak said...

I'm looking forward to Delirium by Lauren Oliver!

Mika said...

I'm looking forward to Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.

Thanks for the giveaway! :D

Lucia said...

There are too many books I am waiting for! I want City of Fallen Angels, Clockwork Prince, and Iron Queen, Angel (Maximum Ride), The Son of Neptune, Tempest...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

Lucia

Avery Jalaine said...

Yay! Books that I'm waiting for (or were, but already came this year):

City of Fallen Angels
Across the Universe
Delirium
House of Chai and Riviera

Amber, Dan, and Fam said...

Thank you for this contest! I am excitedly waiting for City of Fallen Angels, and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. And Stephenie Meyer's The Twilight Saga:The Offical Illustrated Guide.

M.A.D. said...

Mary D

Gorgeous layout!!!

There are SO many titles I'm looking forward to this year, but above all I'm drooling over the upcoming release from Carrie Ryan, her 3rd installment in the Forest of Hands & Teeth series. Can't remember the exact title off hand lol

Rachel said...

The book I am most looking forward to in 2011 is Naamah's Blessing by Jacqueline Carey.

Thankyou for the giveaway!

Katie said...

I can't wait to read The City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare! =]

throuthehaze said...

I am most looking forward to Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning...only a few days until its out!

donnas said...

There are a few I am looking forward to but the main one is City of Fallen Angels.

Brooke Reviews said...

Cannot wait to read Pale Demon by Kim Harrison! It's my favorite series ever! :D

I love the new blog name btw, super cute!

aurora M. said...

Love your new layout!
I am so so looking forward to.....the next in the Vampire Academy series...the new spin off!!!!!!
veltara(at)yahoo(dot)com

Carla said...

I'm looking foward to City of Fallen Angels and The Iron Queen.

Thanks for the giveaway.

cjmfnobrega@gmail.com

perrijewell said...

Great giveaway! Im looking forward to across the universe...

Reading mind said...

cant' wait for City of fallen angels and clockwork prince!!!

Spav said...

I'm looking forward to The Gathering, A Touch Mortal & Chain Reaction.

twimom101 said...

great giveaway!
I am looking forward to City of Fallen Angels, Afterlife, Passion, Forever, etc.... so many books to look forward to in 2011