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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Huge Giveaway & Chocolate Blogfest, Two Treats in One!


Idea City has two exciting events: a giveaway and a blogfest! First, we invite you to help celebrate fellow blogger and author Sheri Larsen’s signing with Literary Agent Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary! As you know, Sheri has an awesome blog called Writers’ Ally. And because she thinks that our literary community is so freaking fabulous, she has decided to have a Bigger-Than-A-Shopping-Mall GIVEAWAY!! You only need to enter one Rafflecopter for a prize. Enter all three and you have a shot at the grand prize. The giveaway’s open until September 27. Winners will be chosen on September 28.

And now for the What’s Your Chocolate Blogfest that M Pax, Laura Eno, Brinda Berry and Ciara Knight are running. Chocolate, ahhhh, the essential treat that we writers need by our side, along with a hot cuppa joe, for long writing stints. They want us to relay a chocolate memory, or reveal what our fave chocolate is. The memory that sticks in my mind, (literally), was when I was around ten, and my dad took me to the Philadelphia Orchestra. I had on a fancy dress and brand new pink wool coat. He bought me a Swiss chocolate bar, which I half unwrapped, in order to start munching along to the violins and horns. Well, I guess the Beethoven, or whatever it was got pretty distracting, because the next thing I knew, I couldn’t find the chocolate bar anywhere! 
After the concert, as we stood up to walk out, my dad gasped. I spun around, and he pointed to my back. The chocolate bar had melted onto the right seat of my pink coat! Talk about embarrassed! To read other chocolate tales jump over to M Pax’s list of participants here.
But first, don’t forget to enter Sheri’s three giveaways and leave a chocolate-inspired comment on your way out. Everyone who does gets a virtual Hershey’s Kiss. Thanks!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Click to open the last-a grand prize entry
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40 comments:

  1. Oh no..your pink coat! I know I would have been devastated at that age. That's a great story. I also love have you've colored the font to match the pink coat and chocolate bar. *grin*

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  2. Thanks, Brinda, looking forward to reading your post--as soon as I get back from my morning teachng.

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  3. I must admit that I am a self-declared chocoholic. I don't eat much candy, but chocolate is my down fall.

    Thanks for the major shout-out, Catherine!

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  4. Oh no! Not the pink coat. I can just see you spinning around, dressed up for a date with dad.
    Thanks for sharing your story.
    Major congrats to Sheri!!

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  5. Aww, hope you were able to get the pink coat cleaned.

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  6. Honestly, M Pax, I have no idea what happened to that coat afterwards.

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  7. Oh no! Not sticky, brown choccie spread all over the pink coat? What a bummer...

    Nice to meet you and thanks for visiting my place, Catherine.
    I'm a new follower via Linky widget.

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  8. Oh no! And chocolate is hard to get out of anything. Trust me, I've had enough melted chocolates on me over the years to know!

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  9. Thanks for the follow, Michelle. Yes, Christine, washing chocolate out of fabric is tricky. Best to use room temp water.

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  10. I've done the same thing in the cinema, but I wasn't young - I was very much old enough to know how to handle my chocolate! And I had to walk into a pub covered in chocolate because everyone else wanted a drink afterwards :-(

    Thanks for the follow. I'm following too now :-)

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  11. I think I would have been more annoyed about ruining the chocolate than the coat! :)

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  12. Embarrassing moments are always funnier when they're in the past. Chocolate stains are hard to get out, too.

    Small pieces are better than a bar. New follower here. Nice to meet you. I like dark chocolate.

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  13. Thanks for following, DG. Laura, it was a toss-up between the coat and the chocolate, but I do recall being really pissed off that I couldn't eat the treat!

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  14. I think they call that chocolate abuse...

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  15. Aaak! Not your pink wool coat! Well, I hope you were able to dry clean it. As much as I love chocolate, I too don't like getting it on my clothes. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  16. I hope your pink coat gets fixed!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  17. Hahaha... that is so funny... not good that you missed on eating the chocolate or your coat, but funny:)

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  18. What a terrible thing to have happened! I'll bet it didn't come out either. Thanks for joining the blogfest. :)

    Laura Eno

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  19. OMG! Your poor coat. And poor you! I bet you never had another chocolate bar at an orchestra concert!

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  20. No, Sherry, but years later when I was eating candy at a movie theater, some lady next to me asked if she could have one. I handed her the box, and she ate the whole thing! Weird, huh?

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  21. Mmm. Chocolate pie and brownies. A lot of good stuff going on this month. Such great giveaways.

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  23. what a sweet tragedy! hope it came out okay!

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  24. Oh dear, what a chocolate memory! Isn't it funny how at the time, these events are so traumatic, but later they sound so funny!

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  25. Oh no! I hope your coat turned out ok. I've sat on chocolate before and I don't recommend that either . . .

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  26. So carried away by the music that the chocolate was forgotten! Love that story. Hope the coat was saved!

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  27. Rettakat, traumatic is often hilarious after the fact. Yes, Lee, carried away by the music is a good thing!

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  28. Oh no how disappointingly mortifying! Poor you. I hope you treated yourself to another.

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  29. Hooray for Sheri!

    Mmm, chocolate and orchestra music. Sounds like a good combo to me!

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  30. 'The memory that sticks in my mind, (literally), was when I was around ten, and my dad took me to the Philadelphia Orchestra. I had on a fancy dress and brand new pink wool coat. He bought me a Swiss chocolate bar, which I half unwrapped, in order to start munching along to the violins and horns.'

    How much do I love the image that springs to mind with this!?

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  31. Oh no! What a 'bitter sweet' chocolate story.

    My chocolate story -- according to my parents, my first word was 'Daddy' and my second word was 'chocolate' (my mom wasn't pleased). I'm an absolute chocolate fiend, the darker, the better.

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  32. Suze, gee thanks. Nickie, awesome second word, smart baby!

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  33. This giveaway really is bigger than a shopping mall, isn't it?!

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  34. That is unforgettable. I've had some chocolate mishaps too, on a smaller scale.

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  35. Sorry to LOL, but LOL! Oh dear...were y'all able to easily get the stain out of your pretty pink coat? You know, that sounds like something I'd do to myself *now*, never mind as a kid. :-)
    Some Dark Romantic

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