May 25, 2011

Giveaway Time! Splash into Summer--

--with some TURTLE SOUP and a $25 Amazon gift certificate!

Welcome to The Balanced Writer's monthly giveaway. To "splash into summer," leave a comment, and you might win a copy of environmental romance, TURTLE SOUP, and an Amazon gift certificate.

Set between the Georgia Aquarium and the Caribbean island of St. Thomas, this adventure will leave you with a smile on your face and more than likely, ready for a snack.

Sea turtles may be endangered but after an encounter with marine biologist, Jack Brandon, nothing will stop Sara Hart from naming her deli, Turtle Soup. When Jack takes a job at the Georgia Aquarium, Sara finds the environmental poster boy at her door, hungry and carrying a chip on his shoulder. Neither thinks the other has what it takes, until a scuba class reveals what lies beneath the surface.

Five "Mystique Moons" from Mystique Books!

"Witty, original and unexpected, this is a delightful read."--Long and Short

"A story of love lost and the ability to find love again. Rated YOU GOTTA READ!"--You Gotta Read Reviews

If you'd like to win a copy of TURTLE SOUP, along with $25 from, please (1) leave a comment on this Splash into Summer blog post and follow this blog. If you are already following, no problem, just leave a comment!

(2) You're welcome to snatch a second entry by signing up for my newsletter, THE PRIVATEER NEWSLETTER at

Summer is just around the corner so get ready to chillax! If you'd like a low-fat slush to keep you cool, try this delicious chocolate treat. You'll love it!

Chocolate Slush

1 cup of ice

½ cup of skim milk

1 envelope of Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate

Directions: Mix all ingredients in blender until slushy. Serve in a tall glass with a straw.

Good luck to all entries, and enjoy the slush!

~Danielle Thorne

If you enjoy this blog, please share it with your friends. If you'd like to find out more about my books, such as my bestselling, BY HEART AND COMPASS, check out my website at!


debbie said...

I would love to read this book. I am a gfc follower.

lindseybousfield said...

I would love to read this!
I'm a follower (leebee190)


Bold E-Zine said...

I follow with GFC - Lynda/BOLD
Thank you for the opportunity.

Aimee said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I'm an old follower.

Aimee Brown
brandonaimee AT gmail DOT com

BJ said...

Yummmmmm Chocolate slush!!!!
Gonna have to try that a little later 824am is a bit early...LOL
Thanks for the chance to win...I'm now apart of your google followers :)

Paige W. Pendleton said...

Thanks for participating in the giveaway! I am a new follower, and I signed up for your newsletter! Paige

Julie Lynn Hayes said...

The big sounds great, I wish you luck! I am following you, already receive the Privateer.

Here is my blog:

Gail Pallotta said...

I've read Turtle Soup. The lucky winner has a treat in store. The chocolate slushy sounds yummy,and it's just in time for the warmer weather finally coming our way, at least in the southeast.

kristina shields said...
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kristina shields said...

Great giveaway.
Follower: kristinashields

Karla Vollkopf said...

I'm a gfc friend. (Karla Vollkopf) :)
thank you for the giveaway.

kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

Karla Vollkopf said...

I follow newletter as karla_vollkopf

Cayman said...

I'm a new Google Friend Connect Follower

Cayman Richardson

Jadey! said...

SOunds amazing - I am training in oceanography, can't wait!

AubreyLaine said...

I'd love to win! I am a GFC follower.
littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

amandawk said...

I'm a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway!
amandarwest at gmaildtocom

Meredith said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

GFC follower

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Meredith said...

Signed up for your newsletter.

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Birgit said...

Thanks for this generous giveaway!!
New blog follower on GFC!

danaan at gmx dot at

Reader Riah said...

Hi! I'm a GFC Follower (Reader Riah)



Nikki said...

Sounds like a great book! Cool contest! I'm signing up to follow this blog today, as well :)


Kati R said...

I'd love to read this book and thanks for the recipe. :)

GFC follower: Kati R
romancingrakes AT gmail DOT com

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Wow, this story looks like it could be a fun read! Just saw this contest posted on FB and came over to follow the blog!

jeffreybeesler at gmail dot com.

Elizabeth Morgan said...

I am a follower and this is so awesome!

Maria said...

Thanks for the giveaway!:) New follower

Charlie said...

Fantastic giveaway! Thanks!

bitsyblingbooks (at) gmail (dot) com

Anita said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!


buddyt said...

Thank you for the giveaway.

Please enter me.

I Follow via GFC (buddyt)

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Katia said...

Thanks for this great giveaway. I am a new follower.
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Sassy said...

I would love to win!
gfc follower
Sasha L

sassysasha817 at gmail dot com

Kim Pickett said...

Thanks for the opportunity.

bookbutterfly9 at gmail dot com
New follower

Julie S said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
I'm a follower.

Heavensent1 said...

Thanx for the opportunity...I GFC follow *heavensent1*...heavensent1@yahoo dotcom

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I follow with gfc as Shilo Beedy

Elizabeth said...

New follower. Great giveaway by the way!

etandksmom at gmail dot com

aarbaugh said...

I love sea turtles. Can't wait to read your book!

hedgerhousehold said...

thanks for the giveaway
Follow on GFC
jenhedger at hotmail dot com

Naomi Musch said...

Following! Your titles always intrigue me, Dani. Hoping to get some Danielle thorn read this summer. AND I'm looking for something a little edgy to review for the Edgy Christian Fiction blog tour this summer, so I hope I win! muschfarm(at)yahoo(dot)com

linda2060 said...

Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway! I'd love to read it!
GFC follower: lindadao2060

Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

BrittanyGale said...

Awesome. Thanks for the giveaway :D I follow via GFC quixoticdreamer


BrittanyGale said...

I signed up for the newsletter

Julie Anne Lindsey said...

New GFC follower! Awesome giveaway thanks! julie.a.lindsey at gmail dot com

Lieder Madchen said...

Thank you for the giveaway! Turtle Soup looks like fun. :)
new follower!


marybelle said...

I follow. A generous giveaway thank you.

Mary Preston

marybelle said...

Email subscriber

Spaz said...

Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win!

GFC follow as Spaz


And that slush sounds good! I'm going to have to try that.

Wall-to-wall books said...

Great giveaway!
Please enter me
I am a follower
forevereading at gmail dot com

Marjorie said...

I follow by google reader under cenya2 and this is a super giveaway.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com


Sandy! said...

Nice giveaway!! Count me in >_<

Katie said...

Thanks for the chance! The chocolate slush sounds delish.
snapdragon77(at)hotmail(dot) com

Jen said...

I've read two other Thorne books and really enjoyed them. I'm a new follower!

jenniekcoupons at gmail dot com

Rabid Fox said...

I have a cousin who is a huge turtle lover, so I'll have to pass it on, since she's likely to read anything with even a vicarious association to turtles. :)

I'm a new follower via GFC.


Texas Type A Mom said...

New GFC follower - Kelly T/texastypeamom

Me My Shelf And I said...

thanks for the contest

GFC follower name is Me, My Shelf and I Blog

meandmyshelf at gmail dot com

Dovile said...

Thanks for the chance!

GFC follower (Dovile)

spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

Dayen said...

Such a great giveaway !!! :D

I'm a follower (Dayen Leah)

dayenleah [at] gmail [dot] com

Hanna said...

Thank you for the giveaway :)


Trena said...

GFC follower.
Great giveaway!

Vidisha said...

sounds great...thanks for the giveaway!!!

GFC follower

Debbie Brown said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I am following by Google.

marieevans1990 said...

new follower
marieevans1990 at rock dot com

throuthehaze said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I follow you via GFC (Throuthehaze)

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Janelle said...

Longtime follower in GFC!
Best wishes and thanks for a chance to win this fantabulous giveaway!

Cherie C said...

Looks interesting. Would love to win it and read it.

lindsey hutchison said...

thanks for the giveaway it sounds awesome. im a new follower

GFC lindsey


SarahSparrow said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

I'm subscribed to email.

captainsarahsparrow at hotmail dot com

Dinda_SI said...

Thanks for the giveaway !!!
I'm a GFC folloer.


Llehn said...

I'd love to play please.



Karen H in NC said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

New GFC follower as Karen H in NC

kkhaas at bellsouth dot net

StephB said...

I really liked By Heart and Compass. That had a little bit of everything, but then I'm a sucker for a good mystery. Turtle Soup is a sweet read.

And you have the BEST recipes on the net! Great promo!

susan said...

I am following you and signed up for your newsletter. I would love to win this book..may my number be a lucky one. susan Leech

Amanda said...

gfc follower

marian said...

would love to win!!
gfc follower


Jenn said...

Followed you with the follow button at the top.

jennlovesed14 at gmail

Christine said...

Yes! I love turtles. This book sounds really good too! :)

I am a GFC follower-Christine Davis

ceeenndee at gmail dot com

mfay2 said...

*Goes to read book summary*
GFC: mfay2
marynellie8 at yahoo dot com

Krystal said...

I am an email subscriber: edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom This book is a new twist on romance, sounds intriguing :)

heykiddego said...

I'd love to give this book a spin!

heykiddego (at) gmail (dot) com

darkangel_1988 said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
GFC - Memrie


Ren said...

Would love to win, please enter me
GFC follower - Ren

sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

Judy said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

Old follower-GFC-judy


Judy said...

I already belong to your newsletter.


April X said...

I'm a new follower, thanks for the giveaway!

Rad Hall said...

Thanks for the giveaway :)
GFC - Rad Hall

emi3mle at yahoo dot com dot au

Charla said...

Thank you for this great giveaway!

Toni said...

New follower

tsteinerid (gmailcom)

Michelle said...

Following with Google Friend Connect. What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!
mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

holls said...

Thanks !!
GFC holly wright
hollybwright at comcast dot net

Amy (ArtsyBookishGal) said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

GFC = Amy (ArtsyBookishGal)

Amy // amyismyfriend at aol dot com

Ricki said...

I am an old follower - rickimc

Maria said...

I'm a GFC follower(Maria). I signed up for the newsletter too. Thanks for the giveaway!


Saii:) said...

I would love to read this book:)
GFC Follower; Sarah E. CRuz
and I signed up for the newsletter!
Thanks for the Giveaway:)


June M. said...

GFC follower: June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Thank you for the giveaway.

June M. said...

signed up for newsletter:
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

JessS said...

Thanks for the giveaway. It looks great.

GFC Follower - JessS

The giveaway is international right?

Lolawid said...

Thanks for doing this!

widsfam7 @ digis dot net

Adriana said...

I like to win a copy of TURTLE SOUP, along with $25 from, please.

I´m a follower=Adriana[AT]gmail[DOT]com
Thanks for the giveaway!

Stephanie said...

Awesome giveaway, thanks!!
I follow on GFC as Stephanie McNemar

Joanna said...

A book (Turtle Soup), chocolate, and Summer... oh my, the relaxing fun!

Thanks for this AWESOME giveaway.
I'm a GFC follower: Joanna Ward
Email: joanna9273[at]gmail[dot]com

Allie said...

I'm a GFC follower---Allie Clark (allieclark2011)


humanecats said...

This book looks great!! I follow on GFC as Ericka T.

humanecats at gmail dot com

humanecats said...

newsletter subscriber

humanecats at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

New follower (jennifer)

jlkalman26 at gmail dot com

michelle130 said...

GFC follower.

Leah Miller said...

Followed on GFC - Leah Miller

motherlovinbooks at gmail dot com

Christie said...

GFC Follower: Christie

Thanks for teh giveaway!

swaggirl01 at gmail dot com

Nikita said...

Thank you for the giveaway! =) Please count me in.
I am GFC follower (Nikita) =)

J.L. Campbell said...

Followed the blog. Turtle Soup sounds like a good read.
jmwordsmith at gmail dot com

Megan @Reading Away The Days said...

Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win.

Am a gfc follower: Megan @Reading Away The Days

Thais said...

Please enter me!

I'm a GFC follower


Juana said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

GFC follower = Juana Esparza


Juana said...

I signed up for your NL =


Ash said...

GFC: Ash

Ash said...

I also signed up for your newsletter!

Andra said...

I'm a new follower(hense1kk)

hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

Kara_Malinczak said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

GFC name: Kara_Malinczak

BLHmistress said...

Oh that Chocolate Slush sounds great!

I'm a follower-BLHmistress


Anonymous said...

Turtle Soup looks great! And who could complain about a gc. You rock.

I'm a follower - Blackest_Night_Reads


latishajean said...

Great giveaway thank you so much!
Im a GFC follower/latishajean

Jolynn_Reads said...

I would love to win, I'm a follower

Devony said...

pick me pick me! thanks for the chance! wilsondev(At)gmail(dot)com GFC follower!

Mona said...

Thanks for the giveaway :)
GFC(Mona Garg)

Mona said...

Joined your newsletter

Michele L said...

Thanks for the chance to win!!

GFC Michele Luker

jmluker at winco dot net

Sakira said...

Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!!

GFC Follower: Sakira
elfdrop AT gmail DOT com

Gaby said...

I would love to read this book. I am a gfc follower (Gaby)
and my e-mail is

xxsquigglesxx said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I follow on GFC as squiggles87. That slush recipe sounds really good!


Crystal C said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

GFC = Crystal C
email = destinyfighter7(at)gmail(dot)com

Breanne said...

I'm a new follower

bmweida at yahoo dot com

RtB Admin said...

Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

Jen K.
GFC follower as Romancing the Book
admin.bookblog AT

brendajean said...

Thanks for the giveaway:)
I am a gfc follower.
I subscribe to your newsletter.


Anonymous said...

I am a follower and This really looks like a good book. Would love to have wilcarvic

janhvi said...

thanks for the awesome giveaway!!
i would like to read this!!:)

i'm a GFC follower-Janhvi Jagtap
justjanhvi at gmail dot com

Sherry said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

GFC follower - Sherry S.

sstrode at scrtc dot com

Bakin_Goddess said...

Hi! I'm a GFC Follower -- Kimmie,Nola

blazesandbubbles AT gmail DOT com

Cheyenne said...

GFC = Cheylea

cheylea120 AT yahoo DOT com


Mariee said...

Great giveaway!

New GFC follower (Mariee)
marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

Gisselle said...

I would love to win the book!
GFC follower: Gisele Alvarado

Hannah said...

Turtle soup looks cool, and who can't use an amazon GC? LOL

GFC: Hannah

+1: I joined your newsletter group with my Yahoo account - izabelzone@yahoo(DOT)com


Sarah the Hobbit said...

Thanks for the giveaway! GFC follower!
sarahthehobbit at gmail dot com

LadyVampire2u said...

Thanks for the giveaway and the drink idea. I'm going to try that soon. Have a great summer!
GFC: LadyVampire2u

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

Miranda Grissom said...

I'm so laughing right now I read the first line about winning Turtle Soup and I thought it meant literally like food of course I then read the rest and was excited. Great giveaway!

GFC Miranda Grissom

a eberting said...

New follower as a Eberting

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards


alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Signed up for your newsletter


alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

DarkBloodyVamp said...

I'm a GFC follower.

Thank you for this giveaway!


Crystal ♥ said...

OMGosh, I LOVE Sea Turtles! Count me in! =)
New follower, thanks for the giveaway!

readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com

Tiffany Drew said...

Sounds like a great book, please count me in! Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

GFC follower Tiffany Drew


Katie said...

thanks for the giveaway! Sounds good! count me in!

GFC follower - Katie
katie_tp AT yahoo DOT com

Kaity said...

Awesome giveaway, thank you! I'm a new GFC follower: Kaity Gatchell

aloveforbooks said...

Is this open to international participants? If it is, please count me in!

GFC follower: aloveforbooks
email add: aloveforbooks at gmail dot com

Aik said...

I follow this blog via Google Friend Connect.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Great giveaway!
GFC follower- Krysta Banco


Mary Ellen said...

GFC follower - Mary Ellen Thompson

Thank you for the chance to win!

Abby said...

Old GFC follower. Thanks for the chance!

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

IandSsmom said...

Thank you for the giveaway!!!
old GFC Shannon Johnson

IdentitySeeker said...

I am a GFC follower and am excited to read this book. Thanks for the great giveaway:)

Elle said...

Thank you. Following.

elleberra at gmail dot com

Kulsuma said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

mbreakfield said...

Please enter me in the giveaway. thanks

mbreakfield said...

Newsletter subscriber

Laura H. said...

Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in this blog hop! I already follow via GFC (Bornajhawk).


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great summer giveaway!! I am a gfc follower and email subscriber.

Novels On The Run said...

Hi there,

new follower gfc novelsontherun

Michelle A.


Spav said...

Great giveaway.
GFC Follower


Michelle Bledsoe said...

Love the recipe,will try it.Thanks for the giveaway.
GFC follower

koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Stephanie A said...

GFC follower!

Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Jeanette J said...

I am a follower-jlindahlj
Please enter me

Lora1967 said...

Please enter me for your contest

Lora1967 said...

I am a suscriber to email

Louisa said...

Ooh, book! GFC follower as Louisa, and my email is and thanks!

ruthhill74 said...

gfc follower

donnas said...

Thanks for the chance!

I am a follower

bacchus76 at myself dot com

AEKZ2 said...

GFC follower

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

so plsd to have found you! love youroffer :) am following

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

subscribing by email

Shirley said...

Thanks for the opportunity! I follow by email subscription.