It’s my ARC, and I’ll give it away if I want to…

…give it away if I WAAAANT to!

You’d give one away too if it happened TO YOU!

Okay. Phew. Enough with the goofy “It’s My Party” rendition because this is no goofy situation, my friends. Not. At. All.

In fact, it’s very, very, very serious.

Tomorrow is my birthday.

Birthdays are incredibly grave affairs in my book. I blame this attitude on my mother, who used to allow my siblings and me to be “Queen/King for the Day” on respective birthdays. We were essentially given full reign to boss everyone around and eat junk food to our heart’s content.

Sadly, the rest of the world didn’t (and still doesn’t) recognize my right to rule…unless I give them incentive to obey.

 So what is my Royal Decree? 

Enter this giveaway.

And help me spread the word about this giveaway by tweeting and Facebook-liking and all that jazz.

 And the incentive? 

A signed ARC of Something Strange & Deadly.

If you enter the giveaway below, you could win it.

Now, if you’re really not a monarchy kind of person (if you’re all Downton Abbey Branson [why is he SO CUTE?!]), then all I can do is soften my request.

Please enter this giveaway,

so that you might win

a signed ARC of Something Strange & Deadly.

It would make me a very, very, very happy birthday Queen.

If you’re still not certain, then check out more details on the book here.

OR, if you are certain (and if you’re feeling it), leave a comment below telling me your astrological sign (I’m a Pisces–and it TOTALLY fits me). There’s a whole week to enter this giveaway, and it’s open internationally.

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290 Responses to It’s my ARC, and I’ll give it away if I want to…

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    Jess Feb 24 2012 at 4:04 am #

    Yay, another Downton Abbey fan. Happy Birthday !

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      Jess Feb 24 2012 at 4:04 am #

      Also, Leo !

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      Sooz Feb 24 2012 at 7:45 am #

      Thanks, Jess! And yeeessss–DA is amazing!!

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    Sally L Feb 24 2012 at 4:09 am #

    I’m a Sagittarius! Oh, and happy birthday, your majesty-for-the-day 🙂

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      Sooz Feb 24 2012 at 7:46 am #

      Yay for the wise and outgoing Sagittarius! And thanks for the birthday well-wishes (and title–hehehe)!

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    Christina Kit. Feb 24 2012 at 4:31 am #

    I’m an Aries! Totally fits me too:))

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      Sooz Feb 24 2012 at 7:47 am #

      Ahhh, the strong-minded, tough-as-nails Aries. Great signs for awesome heroines!! 😉

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    Vasiliki Feb 24 2012 at 4:44 am #

    I’m a Leo but it doesn’t really fit me 😛 usually i’m not the one bossing everyone around, usually i’m the one being bossed 😛

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      Sooz Feb 24 2012 at 7:48 am #

      Me. Too. Or, I USED to be the one bossed around, but these days (with my old age ;)), I’m finding my assertiveness is getting higher and higher. Maybe we switched signs… 😉

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    Laura Hughes Feb 24 2012 at 4:56 am #

    I’m a proud Gemini!!! Happy Birthday, Sooz!!

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      Sooz Feb 24 2012 at 7:48 am #

      Oh, the flighty, charismatic Gemini–always fun to be around! Thanks, Laura!! <3

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    jessicabookworm Feb 24 2012 at 5:02 am #

    I’m apparently a capricorn but can’t say I really know what that means, my birthstone is a garnet though which I love 🙂

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      Sooz Feb 24 2012 at 7:49 am #

      Practical and ambitious is what you are…or…that’s what a Capricorn is. 😉

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    Rae Feb 24 2012 at 5:27 am #

    Libra 😀 Happy Birthday! <3

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      Sooz Feb 24 2012 at 7:49 am #

      Romantic and charming, Rae–I can vouch for that second bit. 😉 Yay for Libras!

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    Cassie Feb 24 2012 at 6:32 am #

    I am a Libra! WOOT!

    Happy Birthday, Susan!

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      Sooz Feb 24 2012 at 7:50 am #

      Another Libra! (No surprise since they’re especially social people. ;))

      And thanks!! <3

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    Julie Feb 24 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Happy birthday Sooz! <3

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      Sooz Feb 24 2012 at 7:51 am #

      Thanks Julie!!! <3 <3

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    Joy Feb 24 2012 at 7:08 am #

    I’m a Virgo – Bonne Fete!

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      Sooz Feb 24 2012 at 7:51 am #

      Yay for Virgos! My husband and sister are of these organized, pragmatic signs–they keep me grounded in reality. 🙂

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    Laura Pauling Feb 24 2012 at 7:09 am #

    Love you cover! Can’t wait to read it! Happy Birthday!

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      Sooz Feb 24 2012 at 7:52 am #

      Thanks, Laura!! 😀

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    BtC Chris Feb 24 2012 at 7:13 am #

    I am a Sagittarius. Looking forward to your book! It looks amazing 😀

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      Sooz Feb 24 2012 at 7:53 am #

      Thanks, Chris!! And Sagittarius are always so fun and optimistic!

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    Jenelle R. Feb 24 2012 at 7:21 am #

    Happy Birthday Queen Susan! 😀 I’m a Virgo!

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      Sooz Feb 24 2012 at 7:54 am #

      Yay for more Virgos! The world needs more of your pragmatism and organization. 😉

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    Ilana Feb 24 2012 at 7:23 am #

    I’m a Libra. Happy Birthday!

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      Sooz Feb 24 2012 at 7:55 am #

      Another social and charming Libra!! You’re tied for the lead with Virgos right now. 😉

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    Alexa @ Alexa Loves Feb 24 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Happy birthday! I hope you have a lovely day. I’m a Leo 🙂

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      Sooz Feb 24 2012 at 7:55 am #

      Fun Leos are always the best for birthday parties. 😉 Thanks!!

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    Kell Andrews Feb 24 2012 at 7:52 am #

    Happy birthday! You read my query for me during your query fest, and for that I’m very grateful.

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      Sooz Feb 24 2012 at 7:56 am #

      Thank you, Kell!! And you’re so very welcome for the query help!! <3

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    Meredith Feb 24 2012 at 8:00 am #

    HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY!! I’m not entering, obvs, but I’ll promote the hell out of it for ya.

    And dude. 28 is not old. Shut it. 😉

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:37 am #

      HA! You are so right, my dear Meredith. It’s not old.

      AND THANK YOU!!! <3 <3 <3

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    Katie Feb 24 2012 at 8:12 am #

    Happy Birthday 🙂 I’m a Virgo!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:38 am #

      Yay for more Virgos keeping us all organized!! 😀

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    Giada M. Feb 24 2012 at 8:13 am #

    Happy Birthday!!! 😀 I’m a Scorpio. 🙂 Thank you for this fantastic giveaway!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:38 am #

      Oooh–another water sign! We would get along! 😉

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    Andrea T Feb 24 2012 at 8:25 am #

    I’m a Gemini. Happy Birthday!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:39 am #

      Another charismatic gemini! Always fun to be around!!

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    Carl Feb 24 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Good question, Sagittarius, but when they added Ophiuchus a few years ago my birthday fell in that time-span. In my opinion I’m still Sagittarius though. Happy Birthday from me, boss us around and eat all the junk food you want, OK?

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:40 am #

      Erm…Ophiuchus? Wow. I guess it’s obvious my astrology-obsessive-phase was a while ago since I’ve never even HEARD of that!!

      And yes, I will boss you all around and I’ve already started the binge junk food consumption. 😉

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    Holly Feb 24 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Happy, happy birthday!!! (Not entering the contest though, obviously.) So should we refer to you as Her Ladyship? Hehehe. I’m of the virgo sort, which probably explains my addiction to list making. 😉 Come August we’ll be the same age again, so don’t you go saying anything about being old! lol

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:41 am #

      Yes. Wow–you definitely fit the Virgo bill. And since Virgo’s are my perfect complimentary match, then it explains why we’re such good friends. 😉

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    Kaye M. Feb 24 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Ah! Happy birthday, Susan! Wow, the big 2 – 8. I’m turning twenty this year and I feel sort of woozy.

    Also, there is no way I would pass up the opportunity to win SS&D. If I don’t get my hands on it soon, I will expire. Literally.

    My astrological sign is Virgo (I’m a late August baby). I looked it up and it says for a girl, it usually means “potentially creative, and delicately lovely, very observant and shrewd.”

    I think that fits (maybe not the delicately lovely…).

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:42 am #

      Delicately lovely, eh? I’m not even quite sure who that description would match. But hey–the other descriptions make for an awesome person!!

      ALSO, I love hearing that you might expire. Not because I want you to expire, but because the phrasing is AWESOME and it made me LOL. <3

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    Zoe Feb 24 2012 at 9:21 am #

    HAPPY (EARLY) BIRTHDAY!!! I love birthdays, and I’m a Leo so it’ll be awhile before mine. But I enjoy being a Leo, even if sometimes I don’t feel very Leo-tastic 😉

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:43 am #

      Yay for the fun-times Leo!! I need you at my b-day party… 😉

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    Hannah F-S Feb 24 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! And I’m a Sagittarius.

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:43 am #

      Woohoo for another sage Sagittarius!! And you’re so very welcome!! 😀

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    Dani Nguyen Feb 24 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Happy birthday & thanks for the giveaway! I’m a Scorpio 🙂

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:44 am #

      Oh, phew–another Scorpio. I fear the water and air signs are SEVERELY outnumbered by fire and earth signs. (I wonder what that says about most writers and readers…)

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    Adriana Marachlian Feb 24 2012 at 9:43 am #

    omg… omg omg omg omg *SO MUCH EXCITEMENT* I will re-tweet this A MILLION TIMES :DDDDD Yayayayayayayayayay!!!!

    Gah. I need your book in my life! (I’m sure you’ve heard this before lol)

    So, wait. When you say “tomorrow” do you mean today already? Or ACTUALLY tomorrow, as in Feb 25th? I’m confuzzled… But Happy Birthday! (just to be safe) 😉

    I’m a Pisces, too! 😀 My birthday was on the 21st, I just turned 21!! I may or my not be really excited about this lol

    I’m just gonna say one more time how much I want your ARC–I WANT IT.


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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:46 am #


      Well, happy belated birthday, my fellow Pisces. I was born on the 25th a solid 6 years and 352 days before you!! 😀

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    Tiffany M. Feb 24 2012 at 9:47 am #

    I am a Virgo. For the most part I fit it but there are some things that are super far off 🙂 Thank you for this giveaway your book was my WoW feature this week!!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:47 am #

      Oh, aren’t YOU sweet!!!! Now that I’m at a computer with real internet, I’m off to check out that WOW!! <3 <3

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    Judit_K Feb 24 2012 at 9:47 am #

    Happy birthday 🙂

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:50 am #

      Thanks!! 😀

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    Meredith Anderson Feb 24 2012 at 9:54 am #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOMORROW!!!! I love birthdays. I also love your birthday. Obviously for several reasons.

    One: You’re Susan Dennard and you are made of AWESOME.

    Two: You’re giving away an arc. You’re going all hobbit on us and giving US a present for YOUR birthday. You deserve a gold medal.

    Three: Because you love Branson, too. *swoon* That accent? Oh goodness. Can we press rewind and hear him say “I love you” again? And maybe another time?

    Hope your day is wonderful and that you reign well. LOVE LIVE QUEEN SUSAN! (Woa. Did not realize how Narnian that was until I typed it. Awesome!^^)


    P.S. I'm an Aries. Though I do believe I fit the Pisces personality more. O.o *shrugs*

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:52 am #


      1) YOU are made of awesome. Especially for writing that I am. <3

      2) Huzzah for hobbit-like birthdays!!

      3) And yes. Branson...oh, be still my heart...

      4) NARNIA FTW!!

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    DB Graves Feb 24 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Oh I totally rock the Scorpio vibe. Through and through! Thank you for the awesomesauce giveaway!

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    Katelyn Larson Feb 24 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Happy Birthday, Sooz!!! I’m a Pisces, too… but I don’t actually know what that means personality wise. 😉

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:54 am #

      It means you feel things very deeply, you’re very moved to express yourself artistically, you want to save the world, and you have problems with your feet/ankles. 😉

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    SaraEchelon5 Feb 24 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Heyyy! Happy birthday! 🙂
    My astrological sign is Sagittarius, and it totally suits to me!
    Strong personality, impulsive person and a great sensitivity!!
    So, thank you for this international giveaway *crossing fingers*

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:55 am #

      Yippee for strong personalities with great sensitivity (doesn’t that combo just sound like the perfect heroine?)!

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    Mary Alice Kropp Feb 24 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Aries- Cardinal Fire, the only way to go!

    Happy Birthday!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:56 am #

      Huzzah! Aries Devotion FTW!!

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    Zoey Talbon Feb 24 2012 at 10:29 am #

    I’m an Aries 🙂 Although to be honest, I barely pay any attention to signs, so I don’t even know what they mean, other than what time of year you were born 😛

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:57 am #

      It means you’re brave, stubborn, and a fabulous leader…

      Any of that ring a bell? 😉

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    Peggy Eddleman Feb 24 2012 at 11:01 am #

    I just celebrated my birthday a few days ago. Aquarius for me!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:58 am #

      I think you’re our first (or one of the first) Aquarius!! YAY for the water-bearer and your intellectual genius!! <3 <3

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    Soumi Roy Feb 24 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Wow…Born on 11th march, 1990..that makes me a pieces. 🙂 🙂

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 8:59 am #

      WOOHOO for another Pisces!! This makes us automatic friends (look it up! It’s true!) and especially creative people. 😀


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    Andrea Feb 24 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Well a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! I’m a proud Capricorn myself (end of December baby). Thanks for the giveaway, it’s a nice way to celebrate 🙂

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:00 am #

      Our second Capricorn!! YAY! You’re practical and ambitious–is that true?? 😀

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    Van P. Feb 24 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Happy Birthday Susan!! 🙂

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      Van P. Feb 24 2012 at 11:38 am #

      Forgot to mention, I’m an Aquarius!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:00 am #

      Thank you so much, Van!! 😀

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    Dani @ Refracted Lig Feb 24 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Happy, happy birthday Susan! I am a Leo. Love the “Queen for a day” idea. Growing up, birthdays were always special, but 5, 13, 16 were the ones that my parents made a particularly huge deal of and they make up some of my best memories 🙂 Hope your day is super memorable and fun! Eat cake!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:01 am #

      Wow, I can’t say that I remember 5…but 13 and 16? Definitely special!! I love parents that make it a big deal–although now that the rest of the world DOESN’T, I’ve been set up for inevitable disappointment each year. 😉 Although this year is DEFINITELY shaping up to be one of the best yet!! 😀

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    Jana @TheBookGoddess Feb 24 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I’m an Aries – born 20th April! =)

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:02 am #

      Yay for more strong-minded Aries getting the rest our butts in gear! 😉

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    Happy Feb 24 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! yaaaaaaay. I love making a big deal out of birthdays– your mom was completely right 🙂 that’s the way it should be!

    I have three Downton Abbey confessions… 1) I have a total bourgeois, upstairs crush on Matthew and Matthew only– 2) I relate to Mary the most– and 3) I downloaded the DA theme song as my ringtone ;)… oh and P.S.– how funny is Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess??? she makes me laugh every time!!

    I am soooooooo excited for your book to come out, I can’t wait to read it, Susan! I am a Sagittarius through and through– bow and arrow and all 🙂

    Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuuuuu!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:05 am #

      Oooooh, MARY, huh? I haven’t even considered to whom I would relate…but I think you’re probably right–Mary too. I’m the oldest sibling, and when I was younger, boy could I be MEAN to my little sister!!

      And yay for a wise Sagittarius as my friend!! We get along well (in case we didn’t already know that from REAL LIFE). 😉

      P.S. I’m a horrible CP right now. I promise I haven’t forgotten about your wonderful book. <3

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    Kayla B. Feb 24 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Happy birthday!!!! I’m an Aquarius and all it implies (or so they say). 😀

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:07 am #

      Oooh, another water-bearer within our ranks. Are you independent and intellectual?? 😀

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    Tasha Feb 24 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Happy Queen For A Day birthday! And I’m a December capricorn.

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:08 am #

      Oh good, another Capricorn. I’ve never met a Capricorn I didn’t like. 😀

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    Sam R. Feb 24 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Happy birthday! I’m an Aries, so mine is coming up soon! 🙂

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:08 am #

      Yay for approaching birthdays!! I hope you have a wonderful one!! <3

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    Arianna Sterling Feb 24 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    I’m a Capricorn and it sort of fits me. Early happy birthday Sooz!!!

    Also I really need to catch up on DA. I’ve only gotten to see a few episodes.

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:09 am #

      1) Yes! WATCH DA!!!! SOOOO ADDICTIVE. More so than even Game of Thrones or–dare I say it?–Avatar! (Although, Avatar is still the better show…just not quite as MIND-SUCKING as DA.)

      2) Thanks for the birthday wishes, Capricorn!! <3

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    Candice Feb 24 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Definitely a Virgo!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:10 am #

      Woohoo for more Virgos keeping us organized and tethered to the real world! 😉

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    Susan Feb 24 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Have a marvelously fantastic birthday, Queen Susan! I’m a Leo…and I’m thinking I should get in on this whole monarch for my birthday thing. 🙂 But look at you, being a kind and just ruler by giving away a present instead of receiving!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:11 am #

      Yay! Another Susan! And yay for calling me a kind and just ruler! 😉

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    Erin Bowman Feb 24 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Wahooo! Happy birthday!! I’m not biased or anything, but February birthdays are the best 😉 Unlike you, I’m an Aquarius, but we can still be friends!

    I hope you have a wonderful day of celebrations tomorrow, Sooz! And that ARC — whoever wins is one lucky reader. What a fun story they have ahead of them 😀

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:12 am #

      Thanks, Erin!! <3 <3 <3

      And we may not have matching signs, but we can still have matching amethyst jewelry. As queen, I'll bestow a lovely amethyst tiara upon you. Whadaya say? 😉

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    Kriston Johnson Feb 24 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    I featured your book on my blog as my “Waiting On Wednesday” post. I’m very excited. ~Virgo.

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:13 am #

      Oh did you?? THANK YOU!!! What’s your blog’s address so I can go check it out?

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    Samantha Wekstein Feb 24 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Oh my goodness an ARC–so exciting!

    I’m a Capricorn. Not sure if it totally fits me, but part of the description does at least!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:14 am #

      I think we might have an abundance of Capricorns here. I wonder what this says about readers and writers…?

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    Erica Feb 24 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Queen!

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      Erica Feb 24 2012 at 2:02 pm #

      I’m a virgo, but I only feel half-virgo…

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        Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:14 am #

        Only half-virgo? I’m intrigued why–do not all the characteristics match??

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          Erica Feb 25 2012 at 5:37 pm #

          Not all of them. Virgos are suppose to be clean, organized and have a plan for everything. While my hygiene standards are high, my house standards are not. In fact, it’s getting kind of cluttered in here. I’m also pretty spontaneous and frivolous when there is money involved. But I am really independent though. I also have to consciously think about what I say. I’ve been told (a lot!) that I can be pretty harsh.

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    Mary Baader Kaley Feb 24 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    I’m an Aries. Hope your birthday is fantastic.

    The cover art is gorgeous. I’m so excited about this give-away!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:14 am #

      Thanks, Mary!! 😀 And yay to more Aries!! <3

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    Kat Zhang Feb 24 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Happy early birthday, Sooz!!! <3 <3 <3 times a million

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:15 am #

      Oh thank you, Kat!! <3 <3 <3 You're my favorite fellow Georgian EVER.

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    Krispy Feb 24 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    Happy birthday, your queenliness! 🙂 And to answer your question, I’m a Leo – although I’ve been told I present like a Pisces thanks to ascendents or something in my astrological birth chart. I don’t really know.

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:16 am #

      HA! I was a Leo rising, so we are FLIPPED!! LOVE IT!!! I have some definite Leo traits in me! Clearly this means we will get along. 😉

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    Cheyenne Feb 24 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    28 you lucky duck!! Have an amazing birthday weekend, hope you enjoy being Queen for Day 🙂

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:16 am #

      Thanks, Cheyenne!! <3 So far, Queen for a Day has been *fabulous*. The Frenchman even let me start ruling a night early. 😉

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    kate c-l Feb 24 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Happy birthday! I have always thought birthdays are a big deal–so go and be royal for the day! (or…the month. I always give myself a birthday month.)

    I’m an Aries. And am I the only one who thinks Branson is emotionally manipulative and short-sighted? Give me a Matthew any day of the week.

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:18 am #

      Oh, he’s TOTALLY emotionally manipulative and dominating…but that face! That accent! I agree, Matthew is the worthier hero of the too…his looks just don’t quite do it for me like Branson’s. 😉

      And a ROYAL MONTH?! I love this idea….now if only my subjects (read: husband and pets) will comply…

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    Lexie B. Feb 24 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    I’m a Capricorn! And it . . . doesn’t fit me at all. But I’m a goat, which makes everything better.

    Also . . .

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 😀 I’d suggest putting on a plastic tiara; people will be more likely to recognize your royalty. And I’d suggest cupcakes. Lots and lots of cupcakes.

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:19 am #

      Oh yes, LOTS of cupcakes. And a tiara–nice touch! When I waltz into Starbucks today, demanding my free drink, I’ll have to put one on. 😉

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    Lori M Lee Feb 24 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Legally, I’m an Aquarius. But I honestly have no idea lol. I was born in a village in the mountains of Laos, and they didn’t actually keep track of the days of the year. So when my family came to America, I received a random date as my birthday =P

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:20 am #

      Wow. WOW. This is such a cool story!! I was wondering what you meant when you said “legally”…and now it all makes sense! Do you even know what time of year it was? (BTW, when did your family move to America?)

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        Lori M Lee Feb 26 2012 at 1:18 pm #

        Well, my mother said they kept track via the farming/harvesting etc, and I was born around the new year when they were harvesting… unfortunately, I’m not actually sure what time of year that is lol. It was a remote mountain village so their new year celebrations didn’t necessarily fall in line with Laos’s =P

        The story goes my dad died by “chemical poisoning” from stuff dropped onto the village–only the women and children were treated. Then my mother packed us kids up, fled on foot into the jungle, and crossed the Mekong River into Thailand. We lived in a refugee camp until I was three (approximately) when we were allowed to relocate permanently to America 🙂

        It probably sounds a lot more adventurous than it was lol.

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        Lori M Lee Feb 26 2012 at 1:19 pm #

        Er, to clarify, that was during the Vietnam War.

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    Bri Feb 24 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Happy early birthday to you! I’m technically a Leo, but my birthday is August 22nd so I’m close to a Virgo. I’m looking forward to reading your book!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:20 am #

      Oh WOW, you *are* close to Virgo-ness. Do you find you have both traits?? Or any of the traits at all? 😀

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    Brandon Scott Feb 24 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    I’m a scorpio, but I don’t really follow astrological signs. 🙁

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:21 am #

      Alas, Brandon, I *suppose* I can forgive you–offer a royal pardon, if you will. 😉

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        Brandon Scott Feb 28 2012 at 6:29 pm #

        I’m sorry, I just don’t really believe in it… I believe that we determine our fate. Although I do believe God has a greater outline for every person, but in the end, we choose our destiny. I see it like a plot mountain of a story, for writers, they know there is going to be a beginning, a rising action, a climax, a falling action, and a conclusion. I believe it’s the same as life. We know there will be a beginning, a rising action, etc., but we don’t know what and all will go into each of these sub groups, and it’s up to us to decide what makes us. 😀 (That’s just my theory.) But Happy Birthday! I hope it’s a good one, and I’m really looking forward to this book.

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    Tezza Feb 24 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    ADVANCE HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! =) LONG LIVE THE QUEEN! lol I really like the book cover ^_^ and the humorous post. Thank you for hosting this giveaway and the well natured reason in offering it lol

    Libra Follower: SpadesHigh

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:23 am #

      Libras! YAY! You are always fun to be around–at least according to your sign and all the Libras I know! 😉

      And thaaaank you! I’m so glad you like the cover…and the post!! 😀

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    Rachel Feb 24 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    I’m Sagittarius! The best sign :))

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:23 am #

      Only a Sagittarius would claim the Best Sign. 😉 😉

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    Lucy D. Briand Feb 24 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    I’m an Aries.
    Happy Birthday, your majesty … 🙂

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:24 am #

      THANKS!!! And happy approaching birthday to you, Lucy! 😉

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    Nhi Feb 24 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    ZOMG HAPPY BIRTHDAY!Z!!!!!!!! Will you be having he royal procession later or when they bring in the gift your Majesty?

    Btw, Scorpio! 😀

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:25 am #

      A royal procession–I LIKE THIS IDEA. You’re officially in charge of my Royal PR. 😉

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    Yahong Feb 24 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY SOOZ! Ohmygosh, you’ll be so old. 😀 I’m a Taurus. I think the attribute I associate most with it is stubbornness. I can never tell if it’s a good thing or not. 😛

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:26 am #

      So old…as in twice what you are, Yahong. 😉 And yay for our first Taurus!!

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    Sophia Chang Feb 24 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    I’m totally into charts. One of my grad school professors was one of the nation’s preeminent astrologers and he gave us a brief reading on the last day of class. This was definitely not an academic school lol.

    I’m a Leo but a virgo moon so I’m CRAZY perfectionist and self-critical

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:28 am #

      How COOL! I wish my professors had been into that… I don’t even know what my moon is–I used to, back when I was obsessed with this stuff. I still find it totally fascinating. (Especially since this looks to be my Saturn-return year! LOTS OF CHAOS IN THE FUTURE!)

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    Vivien Feb 24 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Happy Birthday!!! Fellow Pisces here 😀

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:28 am #

      Oh yay! Another Fish!! 😀

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    Tim Feb 24 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    Well, I’m a Gemini. Which is kind of strange because i’ve always wanted a twin. It’d be pretty badass. Your birthday sounds pretty cool (and my little sister seems to have based her own birthday on extreme dictatorship:P).

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:29 am #

      1) Ha! You wanted a twin–how much does THAT fit with a Gemini? 😀

      2) Yay for dictatorial little sisters!! 😀

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    A Canadian Girl Feb 24 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I’ve never watched Downtown Abbey but since a lot of people seem to be loving it, I may have to give it a try when I get the time to watch some new shows.

    P.S. I’m an Aquarius 🙂

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:30 am #

      Oh yes, don’t miss Downton Abbey. It’s like…crack coccaine of television. Soap opera drama without the cheese plus a lot of quality acting, sets, and costumes. 😀

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    Alz Feb 24 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    Your Majesty Sooz, I kneel at thine feet to report that I am a Scorpio and that zombie apocalypse stories are much beloved by me. Happy birthday, my Queen, and may your reign be long and prosperous for all of tomorrow!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:31 am #

      Oh, dear subject, you have one over your queen with your lovely words. Rise so that I may KNIGHT YOU!!

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    Leigh Bardugo Feb 24 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Aries! Molto feisty!

    I want this ARC. I want it now. Am I allowed to enter? *growls an Aries growl*

    Happiest Birthday, Queen Sooz!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:34 am #

      Aries totally fits you, Leigh. I’m not in the least bit surprised.

      What’s Alina’s sign?? I think Eleanor would be a good Sagittarius…or Aries, maybe.

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    Heather@ The Flyleaf Feb 24 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Happy Happy Birthday, love your Scorpio friend Heather:)

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:34 am #

      Thank you, Heather!! <3 <3

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    Andrea @ Bookstalker Feb 24 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    I’m a libra!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:35 am #

      Woohoo for more air signs!! You are severely outnumbered, I’m afraid…

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    Jennifer Willis Feb 24 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    Happy (early) birthday to a fellow author and “Downton Abbey” fan, from this Scorpio journalist and author.

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:35 am #

      Thank you, Jennifer! And yay for DA and authors and water signs!! 😀

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    Leonicka Valcius Feb 24 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    Happy birthday!! I have some great Pisces friends! I am a Virgo 🙂

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:36 am #

      We’ve got lots of Virgos in here, but that’s not a bad thing. I need someone to keep my cluttered brain organized!! 😉

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    Lily Meade Feb 24 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    I’m a Gemini, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! My brother is a birthday king tomorrow, too! He’ll be 11.

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:37 am #

      Huzzah! Two Feb. 25th birthdays! PERFECT!! I *suppose* we can share ruling that day. 😉

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    Grace Radford Feb 24 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Aries. 😀

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:37 am #

      Good. Another Aries–you’ll do well on my Royal Sooz Cabinet. 😉

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    Deserae McG Feb 24 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    I’m a Scorpio! But I’m not the Queen of anything. Let’s be friends anyway, yeah?

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:38 am #

      Absolutely! You don’t need to be a queen to be my friend. 😉

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    Sarah J. Maas Feb 24 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    HAPPY (early) BIRTHDAY, MY DEAR SOUL-TWIN!!!!!!!!! <3

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    Kendra Feb 24 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I’m an Aries, which apparently means I’m a sassy ram so you know, that’s fun.

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:39 am #

      Sassy ram–booyah! I love it!! 😀

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    Loretta Feb 24 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    I’m a leo. This usually surprises people. (And I’m also all about Cousin Matthew. I’m such a snob.)

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:39 am #

      Hahaha, Cousin Matthew is pretty amazing as well–his personality is certainly sexier than Branson’s. 😉

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    Courtney Gracen Feb 24 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Happy Birthday! And I’m a Taurus. Stubborn as a bull XD

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:39 am #

      Yay for stubborn bulls!! 😀

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    Kelly Feb 24 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    Happy birthday!

    I am an ever-changing Gemini 😉

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:40 am #

      Ever changing, eh? I.E. MOODY?? 😉 But also very charming–yay!

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    Janet Feb 24 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Happy Birthday! And I’m a Sagittarius!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:40 am #

      Thanks, Janet!!

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    Soumi Roy Feb 24 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    Wishing you a very very happy birthday. May you rock the world 🙂

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:40 am #

      Thank you, Soumi!!! I love rocking the world, so here’s to that wish!!

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    Tiffany Drew Feb 24 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    Happy Birthday!!!

    I’m a Scorpio, and I thank you so very, very much for thinking of us on your special day and gifting one of us your book!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:41 am #

      You’re so welcome!! And thank YOU for the birthday wishes!! <3

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    Kristilyn (Reading i Feb 24 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    Yay! Another Pisces! 🙂 I’m a Pisces, too, but the funny thing is that I hate the water! Bathtubs and swimming pools are okay, but lakes, oceans, or anything that houses fish and other strange creatures? No thanks!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:42 am #

      Hahaha! I’m a big fan of anything housing fish–that’s probably why I became a marine biologist. 😉 But as long as you like water, I think your Pisces-ness qualifies. 😉

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    Yael Itamar Feb 24 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I am [was?] a Libra, before the discovery of the new sign. Now I guess I’m a Virgo.

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:43 am #

      Wow, I don’t even know about this so-called new sign! Maybe I should check if my sign is even still correct…:P

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    Andrea Feb 24 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Happy 28th!!!!!! (It is your birthday in Germany, after all!) To keep you a happy queen I’ll be sending you (virtual) freshly-baked cookies all day!! Every flavor you could possibly think of! (Similar to the brilliant ;D only all day too!)

    Huh, I think I’m the first Cancer. I promise I’m not crabby! ;D Have a good one! 😀

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:44 am #

      Ohhhh cookies…I’m salivating at the prospect….

      And YAAAAAY! YOU ARE THE FIRST CANCER! After almost 100 people, you’re the first!! YIPPEEE!!!

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    Patricia Riley Feb 24 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    Happy Birthday Lady! It is SO sweet of you to offer one of US a gift for YOUR birthday. The book looks amazing, can’t wait to read it!

    Patricia Riley (Sagittarius 😉

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:45 am #

      Thank you, Patricia! And you may call me sweet now, but wait until this queen thing really gets to my head. Dictator ahoy!! 😉

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    Valerie Feb 24 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    I’m a Capricorn…tough, loving and open…

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:45 am #

      Yay for Capricorns! A fabulous sign! 😀

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    Caitlin Vanasse Feb 24 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    How exciting! Happy birthday Susan! I hope you’re enjoying your celebrations. I’m a Taurus, like all the cool kids, apparently an earth sign? Also awesome.

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:47 am #

      Earth sign you are–and a wondefully loyal, hardheaded sign as well. 😀 And THANKS!! <3 <3

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    Amy Feb 24 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    Happy birthday! I’m a Cancer who is about to sit down with Netflix and watch Downton for the first time!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:47 am #

      EEE! You’ll be ADDICTED!!! 😀

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    Gabbie Feb 24 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    I’m a Leo. I don’t know about my personality but it fits my hair. I am told that it resembles a mane sometimes. Btw HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:47 am #

      Hahaha! I love that–Leo-like hair! 😀

      And THAAANKS!

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    Julia Feb 24 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    Happy Birthday!
    I am so incredibly excited for your book, you have no idea how much!! I’m a Gemini and I think it fits me quite well.
    PS- I also think that Branson is completely swoon-worthy

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:48 am #

      Oh, THANK YOU, JULIA!!! What a wonderful thing for you to say–that’s a lovely birthday present right there!!

      P.S. Absolutely!

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    Jess Feb 24 2012 at 11:25 pm #

    I’m a Capricorn. Yay, water goat! 😛
    Great contest, can’t wait for the book to come out.

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:49 am #

      Thanks, Jess!! And YES: YAY WATER GOAT!! 😀

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    Kristie Mathewson Feb 25 2012 at 12:21 am #

    I am a Sagittarius. Thank you for the Giveaway!!!!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:49 am #

      You’re so very, very welcome, Kristie!! 😀

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    Pragya Feb 25 2012 at 1:48 am #

    Happy Birthday!!
    I am a LEO.

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:50 am #

      Thanks! And yay for the fun-loving Leo!

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    Brodie Feb 25 2012 at 2:07 am #

    Happy Birthday, Your Beautiful Highness! The Queen has a birthday and we’re offered a present? This is why you make such an amazing ruler <3

    EEEEEE I AM SO EXCITED TO READ YOUR BOOK. It looks and sounds incredible!! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

    I'm a sexy Sagittarius! 🙂

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:51 am #

      EEEE! What a wonderful comment! You make me melt beneath your praise!! 😀

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    Jaime Lester Feb 25 2012 at 2:44 am #

    Happy, Happy Birthday! I am a Leo. Hear me roar…. Not really, I am more of a meower! Thanks for the giveaway! Very exciting!

    Jaime Lynn

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:52 am #

      Hahaha! I love it! “More of a meower”–well, let me tell you, that can get the business done too! 😀

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    Atheena Anthony Feb 25 2012 at 4:02 am #

    I’m a Libra~ Thanks for the giveaway~:)

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:52 am #

      You are so, SO welcome, Atheena!! 😀

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    Rebecca Feb 25 2012 at 4:33 am #

    Guess what! I’m a Pisces, too!

    Happy Birthday to you too! 🙂

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:53 am #

      YIPPEE!! Another Pisces–we are instantly friends because of it!! <3

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        Rebecca Feb 26 2012 at 12:44 am #

        Aww, so sweet! 😀 Friends!

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    Kat Feb 25 2012 at 4:35 am #

    It’s been your birthday for EIGHTEEN HOURS here in Japan!!! Aren’t you excited?! Think of how much older you’d be if you got to celebrate your birthday for the full near 48 hours if you include time differences.

    <3 Hope it's awesome.

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:55 am #


      And 48 hours of celebration…oh the possibilities! ::wicked gleam in eye::

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    Badass Bookie Feb 25 2012 at 5:14 am #

    Downton Abbey FTW! Right up there with Vampire Diaries on my to watch list 🙂

    Happy Birthday and um, 28 is the new eighteen so it’s perfectly okay to act preteen – if you ever stop by in Australia we can act like pre-teens together!

    Ima Capricorn. 😉

    Badass Bookie xx

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:56 am #

      HA! I love it!! 28 is the new 18–PERFECT!! And absolutely–shenanigans in Australia it shall be. 😀

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    Daisy Feb 25 2012 at 5:18 am #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 😀 Depending on the site/magazine I’m either a Virgo or Libra (my birthday is right there on the cusp).
    Thanks so much for the giveaway, Something Strange and Deadly sounds amazing! 🙂

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:56 am #

      Thank YOU, Daisy (whose name matches a Downton Abbey character ;)). And right on the cusp, eh? Does either sign fit you better?

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    Jen Feb 25 2012 at 7:53 am #

    Happy Birthday to you – I’m a virgo, which means I’m just hoping that I’m doing this correctly.

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:57 am #

      Hahahahaha–BEST RESPONSE EVER. You sound just like every Virgo I know. <3

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    Stephanie Allen Feb 25 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Pisces unite! (By, like, three days. Thank goodness. I’m so not an Aries.)

    Happy birthday!

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      Sooz Feb 25 2012 at 9:58 am #

      HUZZAH! Fish FTW! And yes, I’m so not an Aquarius, so…we’re close but where we need to be. 😉

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    Annabelle H Feb 25 2012 at 10:29 am #

    I’m a pisces too! Happy Birthday!

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    Nicole Feb 25 2012 at 10:57 am #

    I am an Aries.

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    Priya Feb 25 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Happy Birthday Queen-for-the-Day Sooz! I’m a scorpion and i love the cover!

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    Zara Alexis Feb 25 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    My sun is in Capricorn, my moon in Scorpio, my Venus in Capricorn, and my Mars in Gemini. Oh, yeah! I know my signs. 😀

    Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
    On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

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    Kelly Mills Feb 25 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    I too am a Pisces. In fact, my bday was the 23rd, so Happy Birthday to us! LOL

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    Kulsuma Feb 25 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    I am a sagittarius! Can’t wait to read Something Strange and Deadly!

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    Laura Ann Dunks Feb 25 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Happy Birthday hun! I would so love to win and ARC of SS&D! I am definitely a Sagittarius.

    I hope you are having a lovely day!

    Laura xxx

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    M. Dee Feb 25 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    I’m Sagittarius 🙂

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    Erica Feb 26 2012 at 12:39 am #

    I’m a Cancer 🙂

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    Sarah Feb 26 2012 at 12:51 am #

    Hi Queen for the day! I guess a Happy Birthday song is in order.. (sings out of tune). There! 😀 I’m a Leo BTW and I’m bossy all year round. Definitely me. 🙂

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    Von Peralta Feb 26 2012 at 1:13 am #

    Happy birthday our Queen! All hail the Queen! I’m a Sagittarius!

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    Sarah Meral Feb 26 2012 at 3:47 am #

    Happy Birthday!

    I´m a Libra. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

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    Kimberly Lim Feb 26 2012 at 8:23 am #

    Im Taurus….
    Happy Birthday, I hope you enjoy one of the best days of your life…
    Thanks for the giveaway as well

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    Chenise J. Feb 26 2012 at 10:19 am #

    I’m a Taurus!

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    Hannah Feb 26 2012 at 10:29 am #

    I’m a Cancer, which is not my favorite thing, mostly just because of the name. One Christmas when my dad was going radiation treatment for his own bout of cancer, I unwrapped a mug from him–which he first explained he had gotten from the hospital gift shop–that had “Cancer” written on it in a big red font, and I thought it was a terrible joke (Dad’s always have the worst sense of humor).

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    Victoria Feb 26 2012 at 10:50 am #

    I’m a Pisces too! 😀 Hope you had a lovely day!!

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    Taryn Feb 26 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    I’m a Pisces–the 22nd! Yay late February 🙂 Happy birthday Sooz!!!!

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    Anna Waggener Feb 26 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Libra and proud!

    Many congratulations on a beautiful (no, seriously, gorgeous!) book that I’m very excited to read!

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    Emy Shin Feb 26 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    Happy Belated Birthday, Susan!

    I’m a Leo — although I’d be a Virgo if I were born a day later. Most days, I feel more like a Virgo than a Leo.

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    Lisa Lueddecke Feb 26 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Go Taurus! :).

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    Mandee J Feb 26 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    I’m a Capricorn, but I don’t really feel like one most days!

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    Kristin Feb 26 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Virgo here!

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    Megan Feb 26 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Happy birthday!!! I am a Libra, but since scales aren’t all that exciting, I like to go with my Chinese horoscope, which is Dragon.

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    Teresa Feb 26 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Happy birthday! I’m a Pisces too. 🙂

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    Vivian Feb 26 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    Gemini & proud of it! 🙂

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    Jessica T. Feb 27 2012 at 12:46 am #

    Happy birthday! I’m a cancer. 😀

    Totally excited for your book, by the way! It sounds awesome!

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    Kai Agito Feb 27 2012 at 1:09 am #

    Happy Birthday! I’m a Cancer. You know, Cancer the cute crab 😀

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    Andie Z Feb 27 2012 at 2:22 am #

    I’m a Pisces too! Thanks so much for the giveaway! 🙂

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    Tracey Berry Feb 27 2012 at 7:03 am #

    Belated Happy Birthday hun!

    I am so very much a GEMINI – I’m totally 2 sided – calm, sharing, kind but if u mess with me you’re going to meet the dark side of me which is vengeful, focussed and downright mean – luckily it’s very rare to see that side as I have to be pushed really far until I …… snap! LOL

    Good luck to everybody xx

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    Tasnim Feb 27 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Happy belated birthday! I’m a taurus 🙂

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    Pam Feb 27 2012 at 11:50 am #

    I’m a Gemini. Happy birthday! 🙂

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    Sarah S Feb 27 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Happy belated birthday! You must be super excited about starting to get your book out there. (And we’re excited for you!) Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Jessica @ Book Sake Feb 27 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Whoa. Happy belated birthday. I am a Pisces too…and on the same date as you as well. The 25th of February just rocks in all kinds of ways!
    – Jessica @ Book Sake

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    roro @roro is readin Feb 27 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Happy belated birthday! i’m a Taurus

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    Ellen Feb 27 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Susan! I’d love an ARC of your debut–can’t wait to read it!

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    katherine S Feb 27 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    I’m a Capricorn.

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    Hayley G Feb 27 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    I am a Lion! Hear me roar! haha so cheezy 🙂

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    Brandi O. Feb 27 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    Happy (late) Birthday! and I’m a Libra

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    Julianne Feb 27 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    I am a Leo. Happy (belated) Birthday!

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    Noel Feb 27 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    Super intriguing! I hope I get to read it sometime. I’m a capricorn, whoot.

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    Stephanie Leroux Feb 27 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    I’m a cancer and I have no clue if it fits me or not.

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    Emily Feb 27 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    I’m a cancer, who is obsessed with zombies. This book sounds awesome! I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    Dannielle Feb 27 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    Happy Birthday!! I’m a Cancer. Loyal, Sensitive but with a big heart. Thanks for the chance to win !! 😀

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    Renate Feb 28 2012 at 12:08 am #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I love that your mom would give you free reign like that (ha–pun not originally intended, but I’m gonna leave it there 😉 so ENJOY your royal day, Pisces!
    I can’t wait to read your book, and if I have to hold out until June, I *might* suffer some odd medical side effects of intense anticipation.
    That being said, I’m an aries, and I totally loved your goofy song (even though it’s your fault that that song is now stuck in my head).

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    StephLikesBooks Feb 28 2012 at 5:00 am #

    Hello 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day 😀
    I’m a Sagittarius 🙂 A little Winter baby ha.

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    Llehn Feb 28 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    Lovable Leo 😀

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    Petra Feb 28 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Happy belated birthday!!! 🙂

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    Petra Feb 28 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Forgot to say, I’m a leo 🙂

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    parajunkee Feb 28 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    I’m an Aries…great giveaway! And Happy Birthday.

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    Ashley R Feb 28 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    Happy Birthday, you’re awesome for doing a giveaway to celebrate it! And I happen to be a Pisces too – the best sign in my opinion 😉 I’m at the other end of the sign, but Pisces are nothing if not accepting of all emotionally alike to us haha.

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    Kelsey Feb 28 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    I’m a pisces too! It’s a great sign. Dreamy and intuitive, but also sympathetic and laid back. I always get along great with other pisces :). Happy Birthday! I hope it was a great one!

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    Imogen Feb 29 2012 at 3:32 am #

    Happy Birthday!
    I’m a virgo (most boring symbol ever), but i think it’s pretty awesome. Just read you’re later post and i absolutely LOVE Sherlock too, that last episode…

    Can’t wait to read it!

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    Jennifer Feb 29 2012 at 5:02 am #

    I’m a Taurus!

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    Suzanne Pringle Feb 29 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Happy Belated Birthday. I had to look up my sign but I am leo!!

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    A.J. Feb 29 2012 at 9:15 am #

    I’m a Leo! 🙂

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    The Boyish Booklover Feb 29 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Okay I think I need to try Downton Abbey. Everybody says it’s amazeballs. And your book sounds amAHzing!!!!!

    Also, I’m an Aries.

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    Aleksandra Feb 29 2012 at 11:55 am #

    I really want to read this one, so thanks for the giveaway!!!

    I’m Libra.

    Happy Birthday!!!

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    Cyp - Yet Peng Feb 29 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    I’m a taurus! 🙂 Thanks for this awesome giveaway!!

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    Teri C Feb 29 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    oh I am Scorpio. This sounds like a great read!

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    Hayley Feb 29 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I don’t actually have a specific sign, I’m born on the cusp so it depends on what horoscope you’re looking at. I’m either a Scorpio or a Sagittarius! 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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    Ileana A. Feb 29 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    I’m a Scorpio!! 😀
    Happy Birthday and thank you so much for the giveaway!!

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    Mag @ Geek Chic Feb 29 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    I hope you have a happy birthday! I believe my sign is Gemini 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

    ~Mag @ Geek Chic

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    Rhee Feb 29 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    I am a Leo
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Carmen B. Feb 29 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    Happy Birthday, your Majesty 🙂
    I am an Aquarius.

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