Dunhaven Place 300th Post Giveaway!!!!  

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I jumped into this blogging thing nine months ago knowing absolutely nothing about it. The culture, the ins, the outs, the dos, the don’ts, I knew squat! When I hit my 100th post, I was still clueless about why I should even mention it. When I hit my 200th post, I was too busy madly blogging to even notice it had happened. However, I have evolved since then and lo and behold, I have come to my 300th post--prepared. (Or not. It’s a matter of opinion.)

Apparently it is tradition to have a giveaway on your blogoversary or when you reach a banner post (right? I’m still fuzzy about these things. If I’m wrong, don’t tell me, ‘kay?). So, I thought and thought about what would be a fun thing to give away, something new and different, something unique to the world of Dunhaven Place. So, I came up with this!

Yah. My brain isn't the only thing that's fuzzy. Pardon the fuzz of this pic.

(It’s a t-shirt, in case you can’t tell, which is highly likely considering there are few clues.) The shirt hasn’t been made since the winner will be able to order it in her size (sorry guys--all three of you--I really don’t think this is for you) and, unlike the lavandar sachets made from an antique baby dress, this will actually arrive at the winner’s abode. (I have three Miss D book winners who will verify that they did, indeed, receive Miss D, as promised, so my cred is good.) Plus, it will be totally unique and one of a kind! Only the winner will have this exact shirt.

So, here’s the deal. The shirt says “Buy it, read it, love it” at the bottom. However, you can come up with your own saying. I thought “off to smell the roses” would be fun since they are the last words of Miss D (Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind for you newbies who might have missed the name of my book) but The Spouse thought the saying coupled with a rose across the chest might be too tempting. (It takes a man to think of these things.) To be entered in the contest, simply make a comment stating what you would like the shirt to say. That’s it! Tell your friends if you want to but I don’t know how many would appreciate a Miss D shirt. In fact, I don’t know how many of YOU would appreciate a Miss D shirt. It will be fun finding out (don’t make me cry, people).

(FYI, I’m in a flaming hurry just now. We are on our way out the door and will be gone for the day but I will get to your post soon! Or not—tomorrow is novel writing day. Ack! Still, soon . . .. meanwhile, we are leaving Sugar, the Bichon Frise Attack Dog to guard the house and we are leaving the Big Guy to guard the dog and we are leaving the Middle Child to guard the Big Guy, so all should be well . . .

UPDATE: I suppose I should set a time limit on this. How about midnight Wednesday with the winner to be announced on Thursday. Yay!

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46 wise, witty and wonderful comments

Hmmmm. How about "A Rose By Any Other Name..."

And we've been blogging about the same amount of time, but you have a lot more posts under your belt! Good for you!

January 19, 2009 at 9:20 AM

OH Man! I thougt I was going to be the first one to post... darn kristina!

my puter froze.... LOL

off to tell a few friends.... they love these kinds of books.

January 19, 2009 at 9:27 AM

I kind of liked off to smell the roses...your husband is funny. :) I think mine would think of the same thing.

January 19, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Love the shirt idea. And I would totally want mine to say "Off to smell the roses...(or whatever that line is).

Another favorite would be "[Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind]...And so do I!" Yeah, I think that's what I'd say.

I love, love, love your description of the hurdles you go through to leave the house, and who's guarding whom, BTW.

January 19, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Well, I would choose the quote recommended by the author. Even though I'm a tiny bit mad that she gave away the book's ending. :)

January 19, 2009 at 9:49 AM

I would have it say "And so do I!"


I know the author!


January 19, 2009 at 9:56 AM

that's about how long I've been blogging too... and I'm only 1/2 way to your benchmark... either someone's a little shy or SOMEONE's a little long winded :) Good thing we like you that way!

the shirt - I think the "off to smell the roses" is funnier especially given your husband's take on it...

(and I'm laughing at LisAway's comment hysterically!)

January 19, 2009 at 9:56 AM

make mine say, "author's favorite niece!" ;-) did i tell you we're planning to visit granny and grandpa in april? how far are you from them?

January 19, 2009 at 10:00 AM

i bought, i read, i loved!

and all because kirsten told me her sister wrote a book..lol

January 19, 2009 at 10:05 AM

I think it would be funnier if you had two roses strategically placed....IF you know what I mean! WINK WINK!

January 19, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Ok I'm torn because I actually think "off to smell the roses" is perfect and with the spouse comment it adds a new level of humor I never thought of! So another idea is maybe "I've read it have you?" or "what on your mind?"

January 19, 2009 at 10:40 AM

I'm with Charrette... because of all the stuff I'm going through right now, mine (if I won ahem) would say:
Miss Delacourt speaks her mind...
And I Do Too...

Yeah, something along those lines.

January 19, 2009 at 10:40 AM

I cracked up at your husband's reservations about the smelling of the roses! I like "Buy it..." and I also like Charrette's suggestion! I think it is a great giveaway gift!

January 19, 2009 at 11:39 AM

That's alot of Posts. I am slowly plugging along so now that you mention it, guess I will have to think of a giveaway for my Blogaversary this June. My shirt would say "I'M BLOOMING COOL" (no, I am not in love with myself) OR--"Beautiful but Thorny". or --"Look but don't smell - stay back". How does one get ahold of your book --WRITING A BOOK, WOW, your a genius. I'm just Thorny.

January 19, 2009 at 12:19 PM

You should have the "off to smell the roses" one for you to wear at home. Maybe a nightshirt.

Mine would have to say off to smell the ... hmm, what flower is way bigger than a rose... sunflowers. No, really I would want mine to say "I'm related to the author".

So, where are you off to for the day with just the little guy?

January 19, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Congrats on reaching post 300! If I could give one gift to you for this exciting occasion it would be 300 customers buying 300 copies of Miss D. I'll do my best to spread the word!

I'm not half so witty as the other bloggers on here so I have no t-shirt suggestions. But congrats to whomever wins!

January 19, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Okay, I didn't win the book giveaway which was totally depressing, so to help my self esteem and all that I would really appreciate winning this one, Mmmmm k????

January 19, 2009 at 1:49 PM

I like yours, but I also like off to smell the roses....that's kind of comical!

January 19, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Ooh-I know what I want mine to say.
"I didn't win a book-but at least I got this free t-shirt!"

January 19, 2009 at 3:06 PM

I would put:
"I'm Blog famous, are YOU?"
"The author's MY blog friend"
"It's all about ME!"
mememmememe ME ME ME

Just kidding,
I like the line from the book "Off to smell the roses..." :) haha

January 19, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Hey, Heidi, just gave you an award over at my blog. :)

January 19, 2009 at 4:47 PM

I like either ending. I have always liked being slightly suggestive, but when someone calls me on it, playing naive.

January 19, 2009 at 5:17 PM

congrats on #300 and keep the pup warm thanks for the giveaway minsthins(at)optonline(dot)net

January 19, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Oo! Me. Me. How's about "A Double Delight: Smart and Funny"? You know, 'cuz the rose is a Double Delight.

And seriously. Pick me. Pleeeeeease!

January 19, 2009 at 5:51 PM



January 19, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Kristina--you are so very clever since that line IS quoted in the book and you haven't even read it. As for my having so many posts--I'm embarrassingly prolific. Yet, you have jillions more readers. What's up with that? STacey--just so you know, it's a T-shirt give away, not a book give away but sure, tell your friends to read it! Yay! Lara-- I do love Off to smell the roses-it's kind of like Off to see the wizard. Jana--thanks! Everyone survived. It was nice. (we went to see great grandpa and fix his computer). Lisa--you crack me up! I honestly hesitated for that very reason. Heather--if you win I will ask if you decided on one or the other. T--I am definitely long winded. Yup. Jessica--NO! I didn't know that! We are an hour away and will be sure to go see you in San Jose unless you want to come here. Gramee--did you read it REALLY? REALLY? And you LOVED it? Really? (or are you just going to put that on your shirt if you win? Inquiring minds MUST know.) April--yes I do! wink wink Hey, all that radiation is making you kinda randy. Jen--I really like both of your ideas. I should have checked with you to begin with! Abra--that would be perfect for you, wouldn't it? Kazzy--thanks for your appreciation--I appreciate it! Wendy-not sure, was that a question about how to get ahold of my book? Amazon.com my friend!! There's a link at the top of my blog. OR go to any bookstore and ask them to order it for you. Christine--love the nightshirt idea! (So does Roy!) We went to see Roy's 91 year old grandfather who needed help with his computer. The Big Guy just can't hang around doing nothing for that long and so we left the MC home to be with him since we were going to Sonoma. Laura--you might not be witty, I don't know, but I have read your stuff and you are very profound and clever, too! YB--your story is a sad one. Do you know that I still don't own a copy of my own book? They keep getting given away or sold. I think my story is sadder than yours. Kelline-off to smell the roses it is, should you win! Barb--bwaaahahaaahaaaa! Perfect! Melinda, you can have anything you want (under ten words) Alyson--you want that on a shirt? Just kidding! Thanks for the darling award! I love that one! Ooh, Erin, you have hidden depths! Love it! Mindy--"keep the pup warm"--that's what you want on your shirt should you win? Well then. Okay. Jami--LOVE IT! Yes, it is a Double Delight rose. How did you know? Did I tell you or are you just rose-smart?

January 19, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Would you expect anything less? You read my R.O.E.!!!! SIGH

January 19, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Both. I love roses and you confirmed my guess.

My brain went all twirly when you answered everyone's comments like that. Whew! Way to keep it together.

January 19, 2009 at 10:35 PM

Some say wuhve, it is a wiv-uh
That dwowns the tenduh weed...
Some say wuhve, it is a waz-uh
That weaves your soul to bweed...
Some say love, it is a hunguh
An endwess aching need...
I say wuhve, it is a fwowuh
And you, its onwee seed...

When the night has been too wonwee
And the woad has been too wong...
And you think that wuhve is ownwe
for the wucky and the stwong...

Just wemembuh in the wintuh
Far beneath the bitter snow...
Wies the seed
That with the sun's wuhve, in the spwing
Becomes the wose...

I take a men's petite, ;)

Oh and BTW, you've been TAGGED!


January 20, 2009 at 1:42 AM

How about, "What's on your mind?"

January 20, 2009 at 5:01 AM

How about: "Edward who? My heart belongs to Sir Anthony."

No offense to Stephenie Meyer...:)

But 'Off to smell the roses' would be great too--despite the workings of a male mind.

January 20, 2009 at 8:34 AM

Okay, Okay sceeeeeedaddle out the door already, girl!

Happy writing your 3rd chapter today! I'll send my positive vibes your way.

How about Buy it! Read it! Speak it!

P.S. I love that your husband thought it would be too tempting. ha ha ha ha

January 20, 2009 at 11:30 AM

I vote for Becky's idea!!!! "Edward who?" That was awesome!

I would put the saying on the back, actually. Let the book cover speak for itself on the front of the shirt, but people usually see the back of your shirt and wonder, "Uh, what's that supposed to mean?" then come around and read the front. Keep 'em guessing, that's my motto...

But if you're going to personalize it, I'd like mine to say, "Won it, read it, read it again, waiting for the sequel...."

January 20, 2009 at 12:28 PM

make mine a diet coke no ice--- happy 300th

January 20, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Coming up with a clever T-shirt line is too much pressure for me, so I'd gladly accept anything you sent my way. (Was that just an invitation for trouble?)
Congrats on all the posts in such a short time. I really thought you were a veteran blogger!

January 20, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Roses are red
Violets are Blue
I'm schitzophrantic and so am I


January 20, 2009 at 4:10 PM

" A kiss from a rose.."

immortal words by one of my favorite singers, Seal...

madamerkf at aol dot com

January 20, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Everyone else already said such good things!!!

So I'll say


January 20, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Congrats on the 300th post!

The choices are hard, but I like....

"Stop and smell the roses...."

Thanks for the giveaway!

January 20, 2009 at 7:06 PM
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January 20, 2009 at 10:25 PM

I like "buy it, read it, love it" but I'm not very picky.

January 21, 2009 at 3:59 AM

Love your ideas, you guys! Keep 'em coming!

January 21, 2009 at 9:45 AM

I liked Miss D speaks her mind... And so do I.
But they're all cute!

January 21, 2009 at 10:48 AM

i like off to smell the roses also..or ''have you looked for the rose in there?"


January 21, 2009 at 11:46 AM

I like it plain. I'm a little boring but that is the way it is. Besides, who could possibly compete with you my dear cuz.

January 21, 2009 at 12:07 PM

I really like:

"got it, read it, loved it"


January 21, 2009 at 12:45 PM

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