Monday, September 12, 2011

500(+) Blog Follower Appreciation Giveaway!

Woohoo! Thanks to all your wonderful people, JDP NEWS now has over 500 blog followers! And I promised you all an celebration giveaway when I hit 500 followers, now didn't I?

So here it is! To show my appreciation for the support all of you have given me and my blog, I am giving away 5 PRIZES! (1 prize for each 100 followers.) And since, as you all know, I'm in love with the Middle Ages (well, I wouldn't want to live there, but I love to visit!), all of these prizes are medieval-themed. Sort of. Anyway, I hope you'll enjoy them. (If you win, that is.)

The prizes are:

Book: The Door in the Wall, by Marguerite De Angeli. The Door in the Wall is a soft cover children's book with charming black and white drawings, and was a Newbery Medal Winner. If you're still a child at heart, you will enjoy this story, too!

Summary: Robin has grown up the son of a nobleman. He knows he must serve the king by becoming a knight. But Robin's destiny is changed suddenly when he falls ill and loses the use of his legs. A monk named Brother Luke rescues Robin and takes him to the hospice of St. Mark's. There Robin learns woodcarving and --much harder--strength and patience. When danger threatens the great castle of Lindsay, Robin discovers there are more ways to serve a king than riding into battle. As Brother Luke says, "Thou hast only to follow the wall long enough and there will be a door in it."

Book: Adam of the Road, by Elizabeth Janet Gray. Adam of the Road is also a soft cover children's book, again with black and white illustrations, and was also a Newbery Medal Winner.

Summary: "A road's a kind of holy brings all kinds of people and all parts of England together." Eleven-year-old Adam loved to travel throughout thirteenth-century England with his father, a wandering minstrel, and his dog, Nick. But when Nick is stolen and his father disappears, Adam suddenly finds himself alone. He searches the same roads he traveled with his father, meeting farmers, pilgrims, minstrels, priests, and thieves along the way. Through these encounters, Adam discovers that somewhere in the crowds of people are is father and his dog. But will Adam be able to find them and end his desperate search?

DVD: The Adventures of Robin Hood, with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland

DVD: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, with Kevin Costner (poor Maid Marion doesn't even get equal billing in this one!)

DVD: Dragonheart and Dragonheart: A New Beginning (This is the "sort of" medieval-themed prize)

To win one of these prizes, YOU MUST BE A FOLLOWER OF JDP NEWS. (After all, this is a follower appreciation giveaway!)

To enter, please leave a comment letting me know that you are a JDP NEWS Google Friend Connect follower (see left hand sidebar), and INCLUDE YOU EMAIL ADDRESS. (I can't contact you to let you know you won if I don't have an email address) Also, if you already own any of these prizes, please note that in your comment so I don't award you a second copy.

Deadline to enter will be Sunday, September 18, midnight PST.

(If you're unable to leave a comment, you may email it to me at


Mary said...

500 followers..that's awesome! Congratulations.
I'm a gfc follower.

Dina said...

hi Joyce, I'm also a GFC follower. :)


dlsmilad (at)yahoo (dot) com

Audrey said...

Congrats!! That's so exciting to reach 500.
Thanks for the great giveaway!
GFC- audreyclair

Joyce DiPastena said...

Jeannette wasn't able to leave a comment, so I'm adding it for her here. She's interested in all the prizes except the Kevin Costner Robin Hood DVD.

jna DOT johannsen AT gmail DOT com

RaShelle Workman said...

Hey Joyce. I'm a follower. And congrats on reaching 500. Wohoo!!!

Mandi Tucker Slack said...

Very exciting! Congratulations. I'm a follower!


Joan Sowards said...

Congrats on reaching 500 followers! I'm a fan and a follower. Loved "The Door in the Wall" when I read it many years ago and would love to own it and read it again.

Susan G. Haws said...

Congrats on 500 followers. I am a follower.

Aimee said...

How happy! 500 followers! Thanks for the great giveaway and the chance to win. I'm an old GFC follower.

brandonaimee AT gmail DOt com

LindsayWrites said...

old follower! congrats! you'll be at 1k before you know it!

americangirlie1991 at yahoo dot com

Nichole Giles said...

Congratulations on having such a large following, Joyce!

kbrebes said...

Very nice, Joyce, and Congrats!

Your follower, Kathleen

Cindy C Bennett said...

I thought I was already a follower, but apparently I was wrong! (not the first time)

Congrats on the big 500!

geekgirl at comcast dot net

sablelexi said...

Congratulations on reaching 500 followers. I'm a GFC follower as sablelexi.
Also, I already own a copy of The Door in the Wall.

jlynettes @ hotmail . com

Bonnie said...

Congrats! So exciting. I'm a GFC follower and am interested in the two books and the Dragonheart DVD, (already have the others). Thanks!

mellocello1 AT juno DOT com

Danielle Thorne said...

I am a follower! danithorne at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Joyce, I too thought I was already a JDP follower! After all, I follow everything else you do! And I love all the prizes you are offering. Now I'm thinking positive here - I'm due to win! And congratulations on 500! Was there ever any doubt you would make that amount? Shoot for 1000!
Barbara b

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Vicki said...

I just became a follower. Don't you love having stalkers?

Krystal said...

GFC Krystal Larson edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom Congrats :)

Heidi L. Murphy said...

Wow. That's very strange. I posted a comment yesterday and also had previously followed this blog and the comment isn't there. Rot!
Anywho, glad to be here! I've loved your work ever since I first read your manuscript for Dangerous Favor. I can't wait to read your newest offering since in the last book I read Acelet was such a silly boy...;o)
I'd love the books. The movies I have...;o)

Juana said...


GFC follower = Juana Esparza


Judy said...

Congrats!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

GFC follower-judy


Julie said...

Awesome giveaway! I don't have any of these movies and would love to win any of them :D
GFC follower
jwitt33 at live dot com

Connie Hall said...

Congratulations on 500+ followers. That is awesome. I'm a follower and by the way love the newletter. I love give-aways.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the 500+ followers!
I'm a GFC follower.

brendajean said...

Congrats on your 500! So awesome!
Thanks for the contest.
I am a gfc follower and email subscriber.

bchild5 at aol dot com

Christine A. said...

Congrats on 500!

GFC- Christine A.

your1chef at aol dot com

Rachel Rossano said...

Congratulations! I am a Google Friend Connect follower and I own the Robin Hood movies already. :)

anavrea at yahoo dot com

Maria Hoagland said...

Wow! 500! And I'm one of them :)

Taffy said...

Awesome, Joyce! Great job! I'm a follower. Yippee!

I would LOVE either one of the Robin Hood movies :)

marybelle said...


GFC: Mary Preston


Jennifer Mathis said...

congrats on the followers

gfc follower- jennifer mathis

Felicia said...

I'm a GFC follower. 500 people that is awesome! I hope I win! My children and I just did a study on Robin Hood and the Kevin Costner verison has it more correct, alas there really was no Maid Marian, so sad.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Wanda Luce said...

I am so happy for you, Joyce. Wow, 500. You are a great author, and as the world gets to know what great books you write, I'll bet that number will grow into the many thousands.

Debby said...

Congrats on 500. I am a follower.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Kimberly B. said...

Wow, Joyce, 500 followers--huzzah! Here's hoping your work continues to garner the attention it deserves!

I follow on GFC.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

beax0002 (at) umn (dot) edu

Michelle said...

Congratulations on reaching 500+ followers of your blog. I've been a member for awhile now & appreciate the informative newsletters you send out. Great Thanks for the giveaway you are hosting to celebrate this momentous event...

Michelle B. aka koshkalady


Jinky said...

congratulations! Thanks for the giveaway. Please count me in! I'm an old GFC follower.

Marsha Ward said...

How exciting that you have over 500 followers! Please enter me in the drawing, as I am a follower at last (I thought I already was, but sometimes Blogger doesn't like me).

Marsha Ward
mw1 AT theriver DOT com

Laura Fabiani said...

Thanks for the giveaway, Joyce! I'm happy to see your blog is so successful.
laura at laurafabiani dot com

Valerie Steimle said...

Great idea, Joyce. Thanks for all the fun treasure hunts!!!! Congrats on the 500!!!

RW1010 said...

My name is Robin & I am a follower of JDP on GFC! Ha! Ha!

Anyway...500 followers!! That's fantastic! You rock!
Robin Weiss

Tina Scott, the writing artist said...

WooHoo! Let's all have a party!

Carol L. said...

Wow, it's a good thing I came back because I thought I'd entered already. :) Oh well, better a little late then never , right ?
GFC follower under Lucky47. And thank you Joyce for this great opportunity.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Carol L. said...

ooops,Congrats on hitting the 500 mark. Sorry.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Congrates on hitting the big

Thanks for the giveaway!
I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Amy@Amy's Book World said...

Congrats on 500 followers!

GFC: Amy@Amy's Book World