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Subject: Oh my goodness, I Won an AAR drawing
Date Posted: 2/3/2008 4:16 PM ET
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On saturday, a huge box of books arrived in the mail and they were all brand new!  Knowing I didn't order them, I phoned the  sender who's tel no was on the label and said I didn't order them.  She (Laurie Gold --the website founder of All About Romance I think) said that I was their big winner and had won the top 10 from their top 100 romances of all time survey!  I also got a new bookmate, a calendar of european castles and a very nice logo totebag. 


I just love that website and refer to it at least once a day when deciding which books to read.  I especially like the fact that they include sensuality ratings.  It's a great website and the only thing I did to enter was type in my contact information.  Apparently, it was a random drawing and I got lucky (for once) I never win anything!


My hubby is having a fit --- MORE BOOKS!!-- he says.  I've taken to moving them to my walk in closet so he won't see them.   

For those of you who haven't seen the site, check it out:



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Date Posted: 2/3/2008 4:23 PM ET
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Congratulations, always nice to get a great treat.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 4:25 PM ET
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way to go!!!!!! enjoy em!

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 4:25 PM ET
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Excellent!  You know, we'll be glad to take some of those off your hands to keep the peace between you and your DH.  :-)

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 5:28 PM ET
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Sweet!! Congratulations, Claudia!  That's totally thrilling!  And ditto what Dawn said--I'm sure we'd be happy to help you with those when you get through them :)

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 5:46 PM ET
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LOL Dawn I see you're plotting already!  Congrats Claudia that is really cool!

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 6:01 PM ET
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Big congrats!  So, what books did you get?

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 6:27 PM ET
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Coolness! I wanna know too!

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Date Posted: 2/3/2008 9:08 PM ET
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That's great, Claudia!  I love AAR.  I'm on there checking reviews at least once a day.  I always pulled my to buy lists from there and The Romance Reader.  I do refer to other sites, but it seems those two are usually the most consistent with the books I end up liking.  When I first started scouting the bookstores for romances to read, I always took a list that I pulled from everything that got a 4 to 5 heart rating from The Romance Reader, and I had also cross-checked with AAR.  You can just browse authors A-Z on TRR, but on AAR you have to know what authors you're looking for reviews on.  Both sites have been invaluable, but I never thought to register.  Looks like I need to asap!

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 9:31 PM ET
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Oh, Claudia, congratulations!  I too am curious as to the titles. 

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 10:09 PM ET
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congrats!  that rocks!  i hope you enjoy the books - getting a box of free books like that is like unexpected gifts at christmas.  :)  happy reading.


Date Posted: 2/4/2008 5:27 AM ET
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Congratulations, Claudia!  Do you know they are now doing weekly contests at their blog, try those, too.  Are you girls also doing their Annual Poll to vote on your best of the year.  Still time, check it out.

Kim, of all the review sites, I find AAR and TRR the closest to what I like, also.  A few others, it's usually a particular reviewer.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:25 AM ET
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He says there are too many books cluttering up the house.  I told him it's only temporary until I read them and send them out again.   My TBR is getting rather large, though. 


These are the books:


1. Lord of Scoundrels Loretta Chase Eur Hist 1995
2. Dreaming of You Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 1994
3. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Classic 1813
4. Outlander Diana Gabaldon Time-Travel 1991
5. Flowers From The Storm Laura Kinsale Eur Hist 1992
6. Slightly Dangerous Mary Balogh Eur Hist 2004
7. Devil In Winter Lisa Kleypas Eur Hist 2006
8. Bet Me Jennifer Crusie Contemporary 2004
9. Welcome to Temptation Jennifer Crusie Contemporary 2000
10. The Viscount Who Loved Me Julia Quinn Eur Hist 2000


The ones I've already read (on my keeper shelf) will be reposted soon.  I'll keep the "new" books and repost the used copies I have so someone else can enjoy!


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Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:36 AM ET
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I've read/got all those but 1, 2, 5 and 6.  Might you be posting any of those??

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:56 AM ET
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1,2,5 will be reposted since I've already read.  Six is already reposted. 

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 8:19 AM ET
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Congrats, Claudia! That is so cool! Outlander was wonderful, so is anything by Julia Quinn...I don't think I'd read the others yet.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 11:50 AM ET
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I've read the 2 Crusie books but none of the others, I'm pretty sure both are reissues of her old Temptations or Loveswepts.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 3:13 PM ET
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Congratulations Claudia! I read who the winner was when it was first announced, but I had no idea that was you! How fun!