Welcome to Following the Whispers blog

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My first giveaway

Over the course of the last several months, starting with the A-Z challenge, my blog has grown to more than 400 followers. I meant to do a giveaway to celebrate, but life has a way of....well, you know.
So, without further ado, I am going to giveaway 4 signed copies of Following the Whispers. I wasn't sure how to go about this, but I think I'll do it an old-fashioned way. I will make a list of all those who comment between now and 8/1. Then I'll cut up the names and draw four.

So, if you'd like a copy of my memoir, simply leave a comment with your email address. And to all of you who have chosen to follow me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It has been a joy to share my thoughts and my journey with you and in turn, to get to know you as well.



Ann said...

Congratulations Karen on 403 followers. I know exactly what you mean about life getting in the way. I have failed miserably this summer in keeping up with blog writing, reading and just writing in general. I hang my head in shame!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Congrats on the 400 followers and on your book, enjoyed the tour,
I would love a copy,
Email address: englishrose64@live.co.uk

Fingers crossed I'm lucky,

Laura Eno said...

Congrats on a successful book tour! Yes, life seems to have gotten in the way for many of us, it seems.
I would love the chance to win a signed copy!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on four hundred!! I have my eBook copy, so a signed copy should go to someone who doesn't have it at all.

Nancy LaTurner said...

Hip Hip Hurray times 400+! Congratulations! (You don't need to add my name to the drawing since I am already so lucky to get a signed copy from you next Thursday.)

Richard said...

Congratulations. That's amazing growth.

Darlene said...

Congratulations on breaking the 400 mark! Yipee yipee yahoo! I would love to be in the drawing for you book.

Melissa Sarno said...

Yay! Go Karen! I would love to win a copy of your book.

L.G.Smith said...

Wow, congrats on 400 followers. You can throw my name in the hat. E-mail is in my profile. :)

Karen Walker said...

Ann, thanks and please, no hanging head in shame. Life is life and it comes first!
Yvonne, I hope you're lucky, too.
Laura, thanks and you're in the pot
Alex, thank you.
Nancy, thanks
Richard, the A-Z challenge is what really kicked it into high gear
Darlene, I need your email address
Melissa, thanks, you're in.
L.G. thanks, but I need your email address

Better is Possible said...

Pick me, pick me. Good work (and it is work) on all 400 followers.

Liz Fichera said...

Karen, you have a lovely blog. Congrats on the 400 milestone. And I would love to read your memoir. :-)

Mark Noce said...

Alright, giveaways! Very cool blog by the way:)

Karen Walker said...

Better is possible, keep your fingers crossed - thank you
Liz, thanks,
Mark, thank you so much - welcome!

Julie said...

Congratulations, Karen! And what a great giveaway! I bought a copy of your memoir so I will leave myself out of the running, but I just wanted to say congrats to you. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Proud to say I already have my signed copy!

Helen Ginger said...

Congratulations on your 400 and growing number of followers! What a great giveaway.

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

You've had plenty going on! Your previous post on the blog tour was very informative. I'm glad it felt worthwhile. Hugs, Melissa

Karen Walker said...

Julie, that's so cool. Thank you!
Diane, you're the best!
Helen, thank you!
Melissa, yup, plenty, but it's fun! Hugs right back.

Mason Canyon said...

Congratulations on the 400-plus followers. The winners of your giveaway are in for an inspiring read.

Thoughts in Progress
Freelance Editing By Mason

Jules said...

Congratulations Ms. Karen, I can honestly say, "I knew her when..."

Question: if I just keep hitting "Post a Comment" will that help my odds of winning? :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Jules said...

Thought I'd try it. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Tonja said...

That is a lot of followers. And a great idea for a give-away.

Anonymous said...

Well done and thank you Karen.

Anonymous said...

This is a great way to thank your followers, Karen. I'm confident that all who get or already have a copy of your memoir will enjoy it on many different levels, including as a very well written book that is filled with gems of wisdom. I for one love a story about real people who struggle and ultimately triumph over the trials that have come their way.
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

Anonymous said...

p.s. Of course I have my own copy. Bought it the first time around.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Congratulations on 404 followers. I'd like to throw my name in the hat or bowl :D for a signed copy of your books. Thanks for letting us join in on your celebration!

Michelle Fayard said...

I won’t enter the giveaway—but only because I’m in the middle of reading this powerful book. It is one of the most moving and truthful reads I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. Wow!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen .. thanks for emailing me .. and it's great to have a signed give-away ... when Judy asked if I'd sort a prize winner from one of the commenters on my post re her book - I asked one of the residents to draw a slip - as I'd hoped my mother would do it .. but she was unable to.

So drawing slips is a good way .. congratulations to everyone who wins a signed copy ..

I am so looking forward to reading your book .. it's on its way .. enjoy the weekend .. Hilary

Karen Walker said...

Jules, you always make me laugh. Thank you for that.
Tonja, thank you
Austrodavicus, thank you and welcome!
Ann, that you say it's well written means so much - thank you
Sharon, done!
Michelle, wow! Thank you
Hilary, so now I'm thoroughly confused.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen .. You have a sale, and I have a book on its way .. so no don't include me in the draw ..

Am sure whoever wins will be so lucky .. I'm just looking forward to it arriving here ..

Enjoy the weekend .. Hilary

K.C. Woolf said...

Ooh! Looks like I came back to the blogosphere just in time. :-)

Congratulations on your now 404 wonderful followers. What a great number and what an inspiring blog you've built!

Tracy Jo said...

That is awesome! Congrats! I always enjoy stopping by. Looks like I made it just under the wire. :-) Hope you had a wonderful weekend! ~Tracy

My email is: tracyjo11@gmail.com