December 21, 2011

My Gift to You

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Happy Holidays! It's time for the Mid Winter's Eve Blog Hop, which means blogs all over the web are gathered together (well, linked together anyway) to give away books and prizes to our visitors and fans. 

This month in honor of all the soon-to-be new Kindle and iPad 2 owners I am giving away a $10 Amazon gift card and the choice of an ebook copy of any of my books. You choose!

In this busy day and age, sometimes it takes a holiday to be able to sit down and read a good book. We need more moments like these, as well as time with our families and friends we hold dear.

I wish each and every one of you peace this season and a sparkling moment of pure joy--whether it be in the giving, the getting or just a few snowflakes. 

Best wishes,
~Danielle Thorne


1. For one entry: Follow the blog and leave a comment. Tell us, what are you giving this Christmas?

2. Bonus entry: Refer a friend. Tell a friend about The Balanced Writer. When your friend follows, have them include your name in their comment. 

This giveaway contest ends 12/27/2011 at midnight. Late entries are not eligible.


heinzmom at hotmail dot com said...

new gfc follower, we gave some new sleeping bags to the homeless shelter this holiday. heinzmom at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

i follow via GFC

i am giving my mom a check to donate to the charity of her choice...she refuses any other gift

sugarpeach said...

I am a new GFC follower. GFC name - Evangeline Han

A book, of course! And towels set in a cup complete with straw and topping. :)

Jasmine1485 said...

I'm following via GFC as Jasmine1485 :) This Christmas I'm giving plenty of tasty treats to my partner and family, and a set of DVDs to my mum :)

kate1485 at

mimz said...

I am giving books! What better thing for a present, really. :)


Kah Cherub said...

thanks for the giveaway!
I'm giving books. ;)

kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

buddyt said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

Have a happy and relaxing Christmas season.

I Follow via GFC - buddyt

I am giving my son a dog kennel as he has just bought himself a Cocker Spaniel puppy.


Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Chris said...

What a great giveaway! Thanks! This year my dad has started reading mysteries, so I'm giving him some Elizabeth George.

Happy Mid-winter!

GFC: nerfreader

Gayle said...

I'm a follower - thanks for the giveaway! I'm giving my kids lots and lots of books. (I've been stashing them away all year from book orders, etc. and when I pulled them out the other day I couldn't believe how many there were!). My husband is really hard to shop for, so I'm giving him a weekend away in the mountains of New Mexico.

Christina Kit. said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

GFC Christina Kit.

ccfioriole at gmail dot com

Christina Kit. said...

Forgot the question!

This Christmas I'm giving books to everyone!

GFC follower Christina Kit.

ccfioriole at gmail dot com

amandawk said...

I am giving mostly books.
amandarwest atgmaildotcom

Carrie Smart said...

I am giving lots of toys and books to my daughter who is 4

I am a GFC follower (Carrie Smart)


Rabid Fox said...

One of the books I'm giving to my niece this Christmas is Robert Munsch's "Paperbag Princess". My sister and I both loved Munsch stories when we were little, so hoping she does too.

therabidfox at

Suz said...

Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I follow on GFC as Suz and I would love to win! I am giving a stereo to my folks and gift cards to my nieces and nephew so they can pick their own gifts!

susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

Malvina Beatrice said...

I bought books and CD for my cousins and sister, we share common interest so it's easy to get them gifts.

GFC : Malvina Beatrice

Runaway Bridal Planner said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!
GFC: Runaway Bridal Planner
For Christmas this year, thanks to Macy's awesome sales my friends are all getting awesome new clothes:)


Charity said...

I am a new GFC Follower and would love to be entered. I am giving books, clothing and a doll:) Thanks so much!


Julie Lynn Hayes said...

new gfc follower

Having been unemployed for the last year and a half, Christmas must be lean. Having said that, I crocheted blankets for two of my children (the youngest is 20), sent a cross stitch birth sampler to my son in Hawaii that I made 24 years ago, and plan to crochet a whale for my 25 year old daughter in Indiana (it's what she wants, I need to find the pattern).

Home made gifts are good, they're from the heart.

My email, if you need it is,, and you can find my blog at Full Moon Dreaming.

MrJodie said...

Like Julie, times are tough for us. We're all getting small gifts for our granddaughter, Violet, to make the holiday really special for her and we're each making something for the rest, based on our talents. My wife is making our daughters awesome purses. Our oldest daughter is putting together "memory boxes" (faux shadow boxes with special things she's collected for/from each member of the family. The middle daughter, the musician, is writing the family a song. Our youngest daughter is making custom cards. Me? I'm doing a job for each one. Computer work, legal paperwork (not an expert but I have a little experience), website design (for my wife's purse business) and anything they need or want.

We have an odd tradition in our family for Christmas day. It's a "non-Christmas" celebration. After many years of trying to do the big holiday dinner and family gathering we just couldn't do it, last year, because of too many conflicts so we ordered out for pizza, made margaritas and converged at home for a little relaxing time together, as a family. It was a complete success. We enjoyed it so much, we're doing it every year! We want to enjoy the day and each other without stress. That's our big gift to each other.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful, stress-free, completely blessed holiday with all the accessories that love can provide. Merry Christmas, one and all.

Thanks, Danielle for the stories, the smiles and all you share with us. I hope that you and yours get everything you wish for and more love than your hearts can hold.

mommy0306 said...

i'm a new GFC follower (mommy0306).

This year my kids are getting: DS Games & Legos (and books!), my husband is getting some stuff for his xbox & ps3 along with some new houseshoes. my MIL is getting christmas ornaments from the kids, my niece is getting books and a movie, my SIL got a gift card to home depot and old navy, my FIL & BIL both got an item they wanted off their christmas list.

Terri M

Kristie Betts said...

Following your Blog GFC: Momfreebies

I'm only giving to my three kids this year, so mostly toys.

Thanks for the Giveaway

Kristie Betts

UteH said...

I'm giving away a lot of books, a LED-illumination kit for my mother and a new bean bag to my daughter so she has a comfortable place to read all her new books.

Kelley said...

Following via GFC (KelleyJohnsen)
I have made dolls and animals at our school Give Drive! I do this every year and love the gifts given out! I also give a new book to each of my kids in their stocking. A new adventure is a gift that keeps giving cause they then share with their friends too!

kelleynutrition at gmail dot com

Kelley said...

I shared with friends!

kelleynutrition at gmail dot com

Lecea said...

I am giving my best friend Clockwork Prince for Christmas :)
I bought my mom a watch for Christmas, too!


colleen boudreau said...

GFC: collifornia
Email: holliister at gmail dot com

I'm giving mostly gift cards.

latanya said...

gfc follower

I am giving my husband some new shoes

dlatany at gmail dot com

Linda said...

I'm a new GFC follower: L W

I'm giving a phone card for my mom, plus special gifts for her bd on Dec. 31-she'll be 90. Gifts to my hb and son.

Also gave to charities.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Teressa Oliver said...

I follow on GFC as teressa oliver. I am giving my BFF of 13 years a set of Spock ears made by the artist and from the same mold as Lenard Nemoy's. Yes, we are nerds
teressaoliver at gmail dot com

EdgesAngel22 said...

I follow on GFC as Ashley Applebee. I am giving little homemade Christmas ornaments and cards this year :) My family always says they like those best :)
Ashley A

Mary L Walling said...

What a great idea. I have copies of my new books Me, My Family and God and A Still Small Voice to friends and family. I also have two Book of Mormons to two very golden ladies. Most importantly, I am giving gifts of self. The gift of service. Gift of service books are south fun to give.
Mary in Naples

Vojalyn said...

Well, I'm giving books for my family with lots of chocolate :) I'm following you as mikki-mano :)

Thank you for the givevaway,

Maegan Morin said...

I follow you on GFC (same name)

I'm giving lots this christmas! But the one that I am most excited about is the gift for my son. We bought him a very cool Buzz Lightyear and it was alot of money but it will be so worth it to see his face.

megnate at telus dot net

Sophia Rose said...

Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.

We gave money to Paralyzed Vets and shoebox carepackages to be sent to the troops overseas.

Then all the baking for the friends and neighbors.

We do not do gifts for each other just little stocking stuffers.

BRN2SHOP9 said...

not my holiday not giving anything

brn2shop9 at gmail dot com

mamabunny13 said...

I follow via gfc - mamabunny13
I'm giving an airline ticket to Chicago, IL from Portsmouth, VA.
mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

marian said...

i'm giving my little cousin a copy of the hunger games


Coreena McBurnie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I am giving away books and lego.
GFC Coreena McBurnie
coreenamcburnie at gmai dot com

Jessica said...

Thank you for the giveaway! I'm giving Pumpkin Oat Bran Muffins (they taste better than they sound) and chocolate chip cookies. Hand made is the plan.

email follwer - jbronderblogs at aol dot com

Jennifer Mathis said...

i made a christmas quilt for a random person i met online :) it made me feel great to send it

gfc - jennifer mathis

deanna_boocock said...

I gave my husband a new helmet for his bike, safety first.

Stephanie said...

I follow via gfc: steph4575
This year I'm giving my Mom tickets to the rodeo, she's going to be so excited, she loves the rodeo.
steph4575 at msn dot com

Rebecca said...

new follower via email.

This year is about comfort - flannel pjs, homemade preserves, and Amazon gift cards for the new kindle owners!

Glad to find your site!

Ricki said...

I am giving some handmade ornaments (among other things).
GFC - rickimc

DarkBloodyVamp said...

I'm a GFC follower as DarkBloodyVamp.

I'm giving pj, slippers, toys, pictures frames, gift cards.

Thanks for this giveaway!


Ollie aka DarkBloodyVamp

nodizzies said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I'm giving my secret santa person a Harry Potter passport thing I bought on my vacation in Florida :)

GFC: nodizzies
jadedlittlegirlx AT gmail DOT com

Candie L said...

Following on GFC. I am giving my oldest son a Pirate Ship model kit. Thank you


Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

GFC follower. I just donated a ton of clothes to goodwill and a homeless shelter. I try to constantly clear at what I am not wearing and pass it on to someone who really needs it. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Holidays!


Sylvia said...

Thank you so much for this contest:)
I follow via GFC (GFC Name: Sylvia)
I bought books for my friends this Christmas:)

sylvia_uy4 at yahoo dot com

Marianne said...

Thankyou for participating in the blog hop. i follow via gfc (Marianne Barkman). i bought lots of toys and clothing - for Operation Christmas Child and the local Angel Tree.


Leah said...

GFC: Leah

What am I giving? My love and presence. Okay, okay, that's corny. I got everyone a bunch of shoes. Well, okay, not everyone, but I did get my mom and sister-in-law shoes.

Leah said...

Forgot my email: leah49 (at) gmail (dot) com

elin said...

I'm giving Xmas PJs for my dad.
emilymeimei204 at yahoo dot com

Rad Hall said...

Giving what I hope to be getting; books.
Thanks for the giveaway.

GFC follower - Rad Hall
emi3mle at yahoo dot com dot au

Sarika said...

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
I love to spread love every Christmas! :)
GFC- Sarika Patkotwar

ashleywilliams said...

I follow on GFC as Ashley Williams.

SpadesHighReads said...

What I'm giving my son for Christmas are a whole Disney Cars bedset, for the family a bunch of laughs and some red velvet cupcakes =) and the husband maybe a good hearty dinner.
Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway!! I hope you have a safe and wonderful Holiday =) and I hope Santa gives you the gifts you want!

GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads
TValeros18 AT gmail DOT com

ashleywilliams said...

Oh, also, I'm giving my husband a new guitar.

Helen said...

I am giving some homemade baked goodies
helldog3 at

marybelle said...

I'm giving my Father some monogrammed towels. He keeps losing his at the pool.

GFC: Mary Preston


Karen H in NC said...

I am a new GFC follower

I'm giving mainly cookbooks and gift cards. My daughter collects Cook's Illustrated magazines and she has them all back to 2001. I bought her the balance of the magazines back to the beginning 1993. She loved it!

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Karen L said...

I am a follower!
Mostly giving gift cards this year, or kitchen implements!

janhvi said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

I am just spreading the love this christmas.

GFC-Janhvi Jagtap

justjanhvi at gmail dot com

Jan said...

I follow you via GFC as Jan Messali. One thing I'm giving is a handmade 'quiet book'.
janmessali(at) gmail (dot) com

desitheblonde said...

who would not want book and gc
i now i would i am getting book read and then hope to win more
desi the

Laceynicole2622 said...

I follow you GFC lacey Hittle.
This year for Christmas I am giving a little girl I babysit a Justin Bieber doll. I am really excited for her to see it because she is in love with Justin Bieber. I am also giving my little brother a spongebob snuggie!

Tiffany Drew said...

I am giving my mom a Nook Tablet, actually it is a combined gift with the rest of the fam, but I can't wait for her to open it. She has no idea and she is going to be shocked :) Thank you for the wonderful giveaway, Happy Holidays!

GFC follower Tiffany Drew

Rachel Rossano said...

I am a GFC follower. I am giving my husband a table for working on the couch. He is constantly doing homework, reading, or working on his laptop while sitting on the couch despite the fact it gives him a crick in his neck. I am hoping the table will help his back and neck.

Have a wonderful holiday, Danielle. I am hoping to read the books of yours I already have on my new Christmas Kindle. Then I can finally write those reviews I owe you. :)

Anne said...

Thanks for participating. I am giving my loacl animal shelter items off it's wishlist, primarily paper towels and office supplies.

GFC Anne38

The Lovely Reader said...

I'm a GFC Follower - The Lovely Reader

This year, I'm giving my sister a necklace I made by snipping a quote from a Harry Potter book. It's a quote we always say around the house and now that I'm at college, I'm not here to say it with her anymore, so this is a piece of me to her :) Thanks for this contest!

barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Cathy M said...

The whole family pitched in to buy an Ipad for my daughter in law, who is starting nursing school in January.

gfc follower

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Jeanne said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win!
I´m giving a lots of book this year :)
GFC: Jeanne

Marjorie/cenya2 said...

This year I am giving gift cards.
So family can get what they want.
google reader Marjorie/cenya2

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

sarah said...

I am giving my son his very first visit from Santa Claus! So excited about it!!!

gfc: sarah
beofgoodcheer85 at yahoo dot com

Holly said...

Me and my brother are giving my Mom a laptop!

GFC (hhollyhal)
hhollyhal at gmail dot com

Teresa K. said...

I'm a follower; Teresa K.
I give so much this year is special for I've now got three grandchildren to buy for. My son is getting married and he has step children. So of course I have to buy toys for the little ones.

My mom has everything so the best thing to do for her is to buy her a gift certificate to have her hair done or have a day at the spa. She deserves it because she takes care of my invalid father. So she deserves a day of pampering.

My dad he likes movies so I try to always give him a dvd of a movie I know he will like.

My sisters I usually give a family gift and than my nieces and nephew there own gift. My one sister's family are die hard Pittsburgh Steeler's fans and the other sister's family are die hard Patriots fans. So this year I got each family a toaster that puts the embols of there team on there bread.
My baby sister's kids I got Amazon gift cards. For my niece and nephew got Kindle fire's.

My middle sisters children, my nieces I got blankets for them a Edward blanket from Twilight and Tinklebell blanket.

Teresa K..
tcwgrlup41(at) said...

I follow you via GFC.
Username: eek031880
We gave some can goods to the shelter.

TayteH said...

Mom needed a new vaccum, and that's what I got her. And I bought some little 2 year old five sets of clothes for a secret santa thing.
Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Cheryl said...

I follow you via GFC (sweepingtheusa)

I am giving my son an electric blanket and some clothes.

Thanks for the giveaway!

sweepingtheusa at gmail dot com

BookAttict said...

I'm giving my Mom a new TV & helped my son & his wife buy a house. Other than that -- lots of Gift Cards & books!

Happy Holidays & thanks for the giveaway!

NovelKatie said...

I have bought my Mum a Kindle - I can't wait to see her response!

Thanks for a great giveaway, and Merry Christmas!

GFC: NovelKatie

Skeeter Jorgensen said...

I would love to win this prize. I am giving books and music for Christmas this year, plus some handmade things.

Angela said...

Follow via GFC as Angela
I am giving my mom a Keurig coffee maker

June M. said...

This year, due to money being very tight, I have found myself voluteering more of my time (helping with chores, childcare, etc).
GFC: June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Dovile said...

This year, I'm giving everyone hand-knit scarves and socks.

GFC follower (Dovile)

spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

Lora1967 said...

ALL prizes won will be donated to the Franklin High school library.

Unabridged Bookshelf said...

I am making baskets of goodies to giveaway to the neighbors.

GFC Unabridged Bookshelf


Leigh Ann @ The (Mis)Adventures of a College Book Addict said...

GFC: Leigh Ann
I'm giving my sister The Hunger Games collectors set for Christmas


kswederski said...

I am a follower ~ kayswederski

I am giving a lot of gift cards this year.

Eileen (Books R Us) said...

I follow via GFC

Eileen (Books R Us) said...

I will be giving my kids a Valero Gas Card

eileen at

latishajean said...

Thank you very much what a great giveaway! Not doing to much this year going to spend the day with my mom its just me and her!
I hope you have a Very Merrt Christmas!

Adri said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

This Christmas i am giving my niece and nephews some toys.

kari jasus said...

following your blog. this year we are able to give my inlaws a new TV to replace their dinosaur of one.

Linda Henderson said...

Thank you so much for the excellent giveaway. I hope you have a joyous and safe holiday season. I am giving my youngest granddaughter a bunch of toys this year. I normally get all my grandkids the same amount of presents but this year my oldest daughter had to take unpaid leave from work to take care of my granddaughter after she had major reconstructive throat surgery. So money is very tight for them. So the rest of us got together and bought lots of presents for her so she would have some toys for Christmas. She is 2 1/2. Unfortunately she lost all of her toys in the May tornado that hit our hometown and my oldest daughter and myself lost our homes and everything else. So we are starting over.

GFC follow as seriousreader

seriousreader at live dot com

Betty said...

I am giving books for Christmas and money for the ones that I don't know what books they have. My grandchildren and great grandchildren love to read. Some of my children love to read.
I love to read Danielle Thorne's books and good clean books she reccommends.

Betty said...

I follow the Balanced Writer and enjoy her books and the ones she reccommends. Books are my favorite gifts to give. Thanks for the great give aways. May you be Blessed.

Michelle Bledsoe said...

Merry Christmas and thank you.
I am giving gift cards to my friends that love to read.
For my family I am giving them a couple of items off their wish list.

GFC follower

koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Meghan Page said...

I follow via GFC= Meghan Page

I am giving my husband Disney Universe for Wii :)

meghan_L_P at hotmail dot com

Emily said...

GFC follower: echika

I am giving Clockwork Angel to a friend :)
I am also giving some friends and family members some scarves I knitted!

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Happy Holidays!

AEKZ2 said...

GFC follower. I'm giving a lot of gift cards this year.

BJ said...

For Christmas this year I had the kids go through their room and needless to say after 7 truckloads the guy at the VFW and I had lunch...No sense having my kids hang on to things they either didn't want, need, fit or just didn't use....besides they thought it was fun and my 3yr old said of the toys she got rid of "they are baby toys, mommy"



Krystal Larson said...

GFC Krystal Larson edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom I literally gave all books O.O

katayoun said...

books ofcourse , earings, tiles!!!
GFC: katayoun
thanks and happy holidays

Katie said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! im giving books
GFC: Katie

susan1215 said...

follow via GFC and I gave my daughter a Ninetendo 3DS

s2s2 at comcast dot net

Miss Page-Turner said...

I follow as Dazzlamb. And I'm giving books of course and also candy:)


Katie W. said...

I follow via GFC: Katie Amanda

I gave a lot of giftcards this Christmas.

Thanks for taking part in the giveaway.

Katie W. said...


Carolsue said...

I am a public follower of yours on Google Friends Connect (Carolsue)
I am giving people Starbucks Gift Baskets
Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

Reading mind said...

I am giving books, obviously, and DVDs!

gfc reading mind

aliasgirl at libero dot it

ruthhill74 said...

gfc follower (Ruth)
amongst other things, gift cards are what I am giving!

donnas said...

GFC follower

I gave books for Christmas

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Marie said...

New GFC follower -- Marie

I gave a lot of books this year and Breyer horses to my daughter :-)

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

I follow you on GFC
Jennifer Rote

I gave my daughter books and tanning lotions.

wildnmild4u (at) yahoo (dot) com

Lisa said...

I gave my husband the nike set Ipod, sensor and shoes so he can enjoy his runs more. Lisa GFC lisapeters at yahoo dot com

ericka coello said...

I am giving lots of toys and clothes to my niece and my son

Spav said...

I am giving mostly books.


Shannon Jaymesmom Gallagher said...

GFC follower as shannon gallagher (no capitals)
I gave loads of presents to my daughter and parents this year! Clothes, DVDs, CDs...

Shannon Gallagher
lovescrissangel at hotmail dot com

Burgandy Ice said...

Thx for the Giveaway! I'm a new GFC. The funnest gift for Christmas has been our Cam-Shaft's Nerf automatic blaster - there's darts all over the house and it's been hilarious dodging the crossfire while I cooked. :-)

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

GFC- Lisa Richards
I'm giving money as I know they will never have to take it back cause they don't like the color or fit.
alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

brendajean said...

I gave coats and scarves to all my family members this year. We seem to need new ones each winter:)

bchild5 at aol dot com

LisaILJ said...

I gave my niece a box of books this year.


leyser73 at yahoo dot com

Janna @ Feed Your Pig said...

follower.. I am giving a photo pillow case!
thanks for a great contest! Janna Johnson janna@feedyourpig on GFC

nicolesender said...

GFC follower: nicolesender
I gave a photo book of my grand kids.

Velvet Hubler said...

GFC follower as Velvet and I gave away Bath and Body Works Gift Cards

velvethubler at yahoo dot com

Jessy B said...

I'm giving my daughter her own Kindle for Christmas :)
GFC: Jessy B

Michelle said...

Gave my husband his fave cologne.
GFC name Michelle Hofer
cmichellehofer AT gmail DOT com

Cayce said...

Thanks for this amazing giveaway!
I gave books and theatre tickets.

cayce006 at yahoo dot com

Chris said...

I am a GFC follower and I gave a few books this year as well as multiple toys and goodies for my kids

kissyjensen at gmail dot com

Mare/TommyGirl said...

I gave the best friend her own coupon binder that I put together along with starter coupons since she said she wanted to start doing it. Most other people got baked goods - lots of homemade cookies!

Angela Cisco said...

I made a gift basket for each kids and husband. I donated two book bags with, childrens book and hot wheel car to salvation army.