Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winners of the SSAW Giveaways!

Thank you all so much for participating and leaving your love and comments for Kristi! It's truly been awesome to see everyone come together to show The Story Siren how much we appreciate all she does. Thank you, thank you, thank you, bloggers, readers, and authors alike!

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for. We have the winners.

Winner of Firelight: jasminediana13
Winner of Shade: Ria
Winner of Tempestuous: KTReads
Winner of Vera Dietz Swag: Soultified
Winner of Personal Demons: Anaiz
Winner of Ballads of Suburbia: Juliana Steffans
Winner of Silver Phoenix: Aleetha
Winner of a signed A Blue So Dark bookmark: Jennifer at Book Noise
Winner of The Iron King and The Iron Daughter: Shannon at Books Devoured

Congratulations to all the winners! If you haven't received an email from us by the time you read this, please send us your mailing address so that we can pass it along to the respective author.

projectstorysiren at gmail dot com

If we email you and don't hear back from you within 48 hours of that email, we will choose a new winner.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Some Words From Kristi

After we revealed this secret project to Kristi on Monday we decided that we'd like to wrap this whole thing with some words from Kristi after the fact. So, take it away Kristi....

Can I just say that this appreciation week is INSANE.

I’m so stunned, even today when it’s been going on all week, I don’t know what to say. And thank you just seems very insufficient.

What can I say to you all.... to possibly describe how much this has meant to me.  I never in a million years expected this, and I still don’t think I deserve it. But, I appreciate YOU all for taking the time out of your busy schedules, donating goodies, and saying such heartfelt things. You better believe this is something that I will never forget and something that I will cherish.

I never thought I’d be in the position to ‘inspire’ people. Still hard to think I’m in that position now. If you all hadn’t stopped by and commented, I never would have known. I like to think (and hope) that I help people, and it was wonderful to see that reaffirmation. Maybe I actually am doing something semi-right?

Thank you all for your support.

And on a non-serious note:

This was the coolest thing ever. I mean it. I’ve cried & laughed... and just loved it. I’ve been like a kid waking up on christmas morning.... so excited... to see the next post, and what they have to say. And then it’s usually followed by blurry eyes... and aww moments. And it was just the thing I needed. Thanks again.

Firelight Giveaway + A Few Words to All the Authors!

We just want to say thank you to all the authors that participated in this with us! We couldn't have made this week as special without you. The fact that the decided to donate their time and books/swag to two anonymous people is incredible and a testament to how important Kristi is! I mean, we could have just been two anonymous schmucks trying to get some awesome books for ourselves. So, authors, thank you so much! We really really appreciate this and are so thankful that we are in such a supportive community of bloggers and authors.

The last giveaway for this week is one autographed copy of FIRELIGHT as well as some FIRELIGHT swag from Sophie Jordan!!

Sophie had a little something to say to Kristi:

"I wasn't writing YA for two seconds before I started hearing about The Story Siren. Her excellent reputation in the genre is well warranted!" 

Want to win? Leave a comment with some way to contact you! And maybe a special thank you to the authors who made this happen! :)

What Bloggers Have to Say About Kristi (5)

Kristi is like the Queen of Queens. She's the leader, the sweetheart and the one thing we all have in common. People who think she's mean or bitchy definitely don't know her at all! She was indeed the inspirer of my blog and the one I have always turned to when I need expert advise. She's lived the drama and, like all of us long time bloggers, grew past that. Kristi: you are awesomeness and no matter how many hate mail you get we ALL admire you and look up to you somehow. I really do admire what you've created and your passion for this hobby we've taken. You'll always inspire me. -- Sab at YA Bliss

I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Kristi yet (aside from email hello!), but in my first year of blogging she has been a great support!  I appreciate her positive attitude and her clear respect for authors, bloggers, publishers, and others in the book industry.  I value how she embraces community from hosting In My Mailbox, to offering opportunities for authors and publishers to have a voice on her blog, to sharing and answering questions from other bloggers.  I wish her all the best as she celebrates her three year blogoversary and enters her 4th year! -- Em from Love YA Lit

In the two years that i have been blogging I have spent a majority of that time reading The Story Siren or participating in TSS events.  Krisit is proof that one doesn't need to be aggressive in their reviewing approach or marketing to have a popular blog.  She's used her high profile to spotlight those that need it more - debut authors, new bloggers and clarifying the murky waters of YA blogging.  Knowledge is power and Krisit has chosen to share hers with the collective body of YA bloggers - she is admirable and passionate. -- Adele from Persnickety Snark

If The Story Siren blog did not exist, neither would mine. Kristi has inspired so many bloggers—myself included—to enter the vast unknowns of book blogging. The Story Siren was the first book blog I ever saw, and to this day it is still my favorite. Kristi only posts quality reviews, fantastic giveaways, insightful interviews, and so much more. The vast majority of bloggers look up to Kristi and The Story Siren, as it is many of ours’ number one inspiration in the book blogging world. Thank you, Kristi, you are truly an inspiration and a role model. My life would be so different without you and your blog. --Alex from Electrifying Review

I love going to her blog just to check things out. I think that her IMM Meme is awesome. It gives me and everyone else in the book community, a chance every week to add (to my already long list) more books that I've never heard of, or have seen but just didn't know much about -- Ashley from Bookaholic Anonymous

I stumbled on one of Kristi's IMM videos earlier this year and I loved her personality (it was one where she was doing her happy dance). It inspired me to start my own book blog (I've blogged before but I never thought there were people who blogged about books)! So thank you Kristi, for opening this whole new world to me! -- Marie from Marie Loves Books

Jeri Smith-Ready's Words To Kristi + Giveaway

"I've been an admirer of Kristi's blog since long before SHADE was published.  It's incredibly fun and professional--and always honest. So I was probably more nervous and excited about being reviewed in The Story Siren than Publishers Weekly!  It was great to meet Kristi at BEA and at the PAYA Festival this year.  Giant blog-iversary congrats to an amazing supporter of YA fiction--you go, girl!"  --Jeri Smith-Ready, Author of Shade


Jeri Smith-Ready has been generous enough to donate one (1) copy of Shade in honor of Kristi's 3 year blogoversary and the Story Siren Appreciation Week. Thank you so much Jeri!

To enter:

- Leave a comment, with a way we can get in contact with you, either congratulating Kristi on 3 years of blogging, telling her what she means to you or sharing a fun Kristi moment! :)

What Bloggers Have to Say to Kristi (4)

Kristi runs one of the best book blogs - if not THE best book blog - I've ever seen. Not only if she intelligent and clever and creative, but when I met her at BookExpo America, I found out that she's super sweet and nice as well.  -- Nicole at Words for Teens

Can I really sum up all that Kristi's done for me in a few sentences? She's the blogging Yoda for me. When I'm unsure how to handle a situation or want to know how to approach a publisher, I go to her blog. Everything I know about ARCs I learned from her and I'm ridiculously thankful for that information. She always seems to be on top of everything and I found a ton of other blogs and books from her blog. The Story Siren was one of the first blogs I found and I think that if I hadn't found it, I wouldn't have found all the others and been inspired to enter the blogging world. And I don't know what I'd be doing if I wasn't blogging and surrounded by all the amazing people in this community.  -- Julie at Bloggers Heart Books

Kristi's blog was one of the first that I started reading when I began blogging this year. I was immediately impressed by the amount of work she puts into her site, and I've since grown to have even more respect for Kristi. Despite her enormous following and limited free time, I have always found her to be humble, helpful, and generous. I think I'd spend way more time fumbling around with my blog than I already do if it weren't for her Dear Story Siren posts filled with great tips for beginning bloggers. I haven't taken part in most of Kristi's fun features so far, but I am looking forward to participating in IMM and the 2011 DAC next year. -- Melanie from Reclusive Bibliophile

I followed Kristi way before I even had a blog. I first found her on youtube and feel in love with her In My Mailbox meme and Xander! I remember back tracking and watching all of her youtube videos and then promptly following her blog religiously, and to this day still do! Kristi is definitely one of the bloggers who inspired me to start my own book blog and she’s helped me discover so many good books that I may never have found otherwise. I love doing my In My Mailbox posts every weekend and seeing what others have got. Kristi’s such an asset to the book blogging community and takes the time to help new bloggers with her Dear Story Siren posts. I’ve always loved her passion for books and I can’t imagine the blogosphere without her! I think it’s great that were giving something back to her. Happy 3rd blogoversary Kristi! – Jess Hearts Books

I've been a book blogger for five years now, and in that time very few blogs have filled me with such awe as The Story Siren. I am constantly blown away by the number and quality of reviews, interviews, advice posts and contests that are always on her blog. It's obvious how passionate Kristi is about The Story Siren blog, and it is inspiring to see someone that dedicated to the book blogging community. On a side note, I totally blame her for the growing number of YA titles on my TBR list. ;) --Courtney at Once Upon a Bookshelf

I first found The Story Siren by googling book reviews. Her review would always be the first one to pop up in my search results. Obviously, that meant something. I would see "In My Mailbox" littered about , too. COOLEST. MEME. EVER, btw. Anyway, I started frequenting Kristi's blog. There were awesome giveaways, awesome reviews, and her IMM vlogs were hilarious. Not to mention that we're on the same wavelength about being old, married, book nerdy women. (Represent!) What I adore the most about Kristi is that, even though I just "met" her in the last few months, I feel like she's an old friend or something. I mean that in the least creepy way. Her personality shines in her blog, her vlogs, and her ridiculous passion for YA. (Ridiculous in a good way, of course.) A bajillion others have said it, but I mean it, too: Kristi, YOU were the inspiration for me to start my own blog. I can only hope to be a fraction of the blogger you are. Never stop doing what you're doing. You are such a great inspiration to other bloggers. -- Jen from Makeshift Bookmark

Thursday, December 16, 2010

What Bloggers Have to Say About Kristi (3)

Hey Kristi! Happy Blogoversary! Yours was the first blog I came across - at that time I didn't even know book blogs existed! You not only inspired me to start blogging but also to start reading YA fiction again. You have been one of the most helpful bloggers around . I look forward to "Dear Story Siren" every week because I always learn something new .Next year I will be participating in the 2011 Debut Author Challenge for the first time. I am really excited about it and think its a fantastic idea! Thank you for all that you have done and all that you have contributed to the blogging community! May you have infinite more blogoversaries...."    ---Misha from My Love Affair With Books

Kristi has been one of the friendliest faces in the YA blogging community. She comments on blogs, works really hard to promote so many bloggers, new and old alike, and she is always willing to offer advice or help. I love how she has brought the YA blogging community together to support debut authors. Not only have I read and connected with new authors but I get a chance to be part of the broader blogging community. Thanks Kristi! Also Dear Story Siren is one of my favorite features to read and learn from. -- Sarah from YA Librarian Tales

"The best thing about Kristi is that, despite her three years of blogging experience and over 3000 blog followers, 4000 readers by Feedburner, and 700,000+ blog visitors, she remains one of the easiest bloggers to talk to about ANYTHING! Every time I've met Kristi has been a blast. She is just so down to earth, friendly, and passionate, and sincerely excited to talk to everyone. When she talks to you, she makes you feel as if SHE is the lucky one to be having the conversation. The YA blogging world is lucky to have Kristi!"
-- Steph Su from Steph Su Reads

Kristi is all over YA like white on rice, her knowledge on the genre and what it has to offer is astronomical. She deserves all the praise she gets because you can tell she works damn hard for it. As willing to offer help and advice to a newbie now as she was when I first met her. The blogging world just wouldn't be the same without her. She is THE ya blogger. Happy third blogoversary lovely!- Carla from The Crooked Shelf

Kristi, you were one of the first bloggers to contact me when I started Reading Vacation.  Your advice to me is still the very best advice I have gotten - be yourself and have fun.  Now, when a new blogger asks me for advice, that is the same advice I pass on to them.  It is also the thing that I like best about you, Kristi.  You are not afraid to be a little different on your blog and you have fun doing it.  Walking the walk!  Thank you for setting such a great example and for making this young blogger feel like a part of the book blogging family.  Oh, and thank you for sending some surprise books to me when I was first starting out - and stating very clearly to my parents that you are not "some crazy lady on the internet."  Well, you might be a little CrAzY sometimes, but it's only in a good way!  I really appreciate what you do for all of us and for doing it with a smile.  Love you Kristi!  --Melina from Reading Vacation