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Official Event Wrap-Up & Blogging Hiatus

Hear that? I just farted and coughed at the same time. You have officially jacked up my body systems, Paranormous Fantastival, since my body now creates odd sounds that shouldn’t go together simultaneously. Don’t laugh at me.

There was purpose to Paranormous Fantastival. Several, in fact. First, the event was meant for my blog readers to enjoy. I wanted something fun and exciting to happen on my blog in a way I couldn’t accomplish on my own. That’s what the authors were there for. This also worked as a successful learning tool. I now know that I do have some semblance of a social life and people get offended when I say I’m not going out with them because I have some blog posts to schedule. August turned out to be the busiest month of my life this year, which is quite the bulletin. Have I gotten more interesting and didn’t know it? Maybe it was the hair. I cut an inch off recently and then dyed the rest blue. Not really. I now know that attempting to blog as the event goes on just messes up the flow, especially when you can’t be home to set one up. I kept envisioning angry internet minions with giant forks ready to tear me to pieces if I didn’t get a blog post up—OBVS that meant I wasn’t enjoying my rainbow snow cone alongside nana (which has zero connection to the fact that I srsly loathe snow cones of any kind) while my mind traversed scary, dark paths. But, mainly, the real purpose of Paranormous Fantastival was to sprinkle some fun in what I imagined was going to be an otherwise awfully boring summer. My career as a fortune-teller is blown, clearly.

Unbelievably, August was also the month that I read the least amount of books in, I think, I don’t know… EVER. A sore on my heart. Let the record show I only read SIX books during my last month of summer… and then let’s forget about it.

All this is just an inelegant way of saying: I am pooped out after Paranormous Fantastival. I am that lone traveler wandering the desert who hasn’t seen shade, water, and a proper urinal facility in weeks. I was a Gollum dwelling in the cave that is my bedroom curled protectively around my computer and hissed at any intruders who managed to infiltrate the premises, “Miiiinne. My precioussssss.” In my down time, I also watched Lord of the Rings a lot and felt my life drain away slowly, as is common when you sit through nine hours of footage.

So, before I get into listing the posts and announcing the giveaway winners, I wanted to take the time out to let ya’ll know that I won’t be returning to the blog for the duration of the month. That’s right, I won’t be back on the blog until October 1st. College and potential employment and finally getting to read equals less, less posting. So I decided not to post altogether and come back stronger next month. Try not to miss me too much. Of course my inner narcissist would ask that you do plenty of missing me.

Now, then, onto the good stuff.

Here's what really went down during Paranormous Fantastival:

Paranormous Fantastival Officially Kicks Off + Giveaways
Author Guest Post: Marissa Burt + Giveaway
Blogger Guest Post: Heidi from Bunbury in the Stacks
Author Interview: Lauren Oliver
Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Blogger Guest Post: Molli from Once Upon a Prologue
Character Interview: Juliet from When You Were Mine + Giveaway
Author Guest Post: Sheenah Freitas
Blogger Guest Post: Candace from Candace's Book Blog
Author Guest Post: Alethea Kontis
Something Lovely Under the Stamps (49) Pt 2 + Giveaway (still ongoing & INTL)
Blog Tour: Girls' Nightmare Out ft. Lisa Desrochers, Kendare Blake, and Marta Acosta
Blogger Guest Post: Erica from The Book Cellar
Waiting on Wednesday: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter + Deleted Scene
Author Guest Post: Brigid Kemmerer + Giveaway
Character Interview: Princes Charming from The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
Review: Plain Kate by Erin Bow
Author Guest Post: Jessie Harrell + Giveaway
Character Guest Post: Hades from Sirenz + Giveaway
Blog Tour: ARC Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Character Interview: Greta from the Mylena Chronicles + Giveaway
Author Guest Post: Ada Adams
Character Interview: Aine & Tormod from A Templar's Apprentice + Giveaway
Cover Reveal: A Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke + Giveaway
Author Guest Post: Suzanne Selfors + Giveaway
ARC Review: The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors
Author Interview: JA Souders + Giveaway
Giveaway: Veronica Wolff's Watchers Series
Author Interview: Leah Bobet
Author Interview: Sarah Beth Durst + Giveaway
Author Guest Post: Jessica Therrien + Giveaway
Blogger Guest Post: Kat, Steph, and Archer from Cuddlebuggery
Character Interview: Galen and Emma from Of Poseidon + Giveaway
Character Interview: Queen Titania from Innocent Darkness
Author Interview: Jay Kristoff
ARC Review: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Author Guest Post: Cayla Kluver
Author Guest Post: Maria V. Snyder + Giveaway
Author Guest Post: Jennifer Nielsen + Giveaway
Blogger Guest Post: Lauren from 365 Days of Reading
Author Interview: Ruth Warburton
Blogger Guest Post: Melanie from Melanie's Musings
Author Guest Post: Elizabeth Richards
Bloggers' Choice: Defiance by CJ Redwine (Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway!)
Character Guest Post: Anna Rogan from Auracle + Giveaway
Author Guest Post: Jodi Lamm
Blogger Guest Post: Liz from Planet Print
Character Interview: Roar and Perry from Under the Never Sky
Author Guest Vlog: Heather Ostler + Giveaway

And now for the winners:

US Prize Pack #1 -

US Prize Pack #2 -
Samantha W.

US Prize Pack #3 -

US + Canada Prize Pack -
Gaby P.

UK Only Prize Pack -
Tasnim S.

Australia ONLY Prize Pack -

International Prize Pack -
Danny K.

ARC of Storybound by Marissa Burt + Swag -
Kat V.

When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle -

Storm and Spark by Brigid Kemmerer -
Para Normal Opinion

Destined by Jessie Harrell Swag -
Brandy D.

Sirenz Series Prize Pack -
Lynn K.

Jeweled Bookmarks Made by Chloe Jacobs -
Doris G.

Templar's Gift and Templar's Destiny by Kat Black -
Luana S.

ARC of A Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke -

ARC of The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors -
Tiffany G.

Renegade by JA Souders Swag -
Amy K.

Watchers Series by Veronica Wolff (#s 1-3) -
Ninja Girl

Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst -
Molly F.

Oppression by Jessica Therrien Swag -
Katelyn W.

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks Swag -
Maddie M.

Inside by Maria V. Snyder -

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen -

Defiance by CJ Redwine + Swag -
Tayte H.

Auracle by Gina Rosati + Swag -
Mary Ann

Thank you, EVERYONE, for participating and entering to win, because that's what makes everything more fun. I appreciate all the commenting and tweeting and general excitement! Congrats to all the winners as well! I'll be sending out emails between today and tomorrow, so look out for those. You will have 48 hours to respond to the email I send or another winner will be selected, which you don't want. And any prizes that I have to send will be slowly sent out as I'm a little backed up at the moment. I'll send emails for those specific prizes letting you winners know when I send them out so you'll know to keep an eye out for their arrival.

Try to be patient :)


Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

There WILL be plenty of missing you! It's understandable that you need to take a break though, especially after the jam-packed summer you had on your blog. :) This is partly why I avoid hosting anything big of my own. I find posting reviews (or anything really) pretty stressful sometimes so anything more is out of the question. :D

I hope you read some great books while you are away and come back fully reenergised! And also, a huge pat on the back for pulling off such a great event in the first place. :)

April C said...

I feel like that gif whenever I come home from work.

Enjoy your hiatus. I'll be here when you get back! <3

Also? OMG freakin August was SO busy. I am happy for slothful September.

nea barabea said...

Congratulation on the big event Asher!! You did an amazing job! :) :) Relax and see you again in October ;) ;) <3

Lili said...

Asher, I can totally understand why you need a break from blogging! You're over-blogged ;) lol Event planning is not easy, especially an entire months worth that you are doing on your own! I can promise I'll be waiting patient for October 1st though!

Also...Congrats on the event! I can't believe I won! <3 Thank you so much *eagerly waits for e-mail*

Heidi said...

Asher I love you and your Arrested Development references. <3

I totally feel you. I feel like I crapped out on you after the first week of your event (well, crapped out on the blogosphere in general) as life just got to be too much and I really went into a whole slump with being on the internet. But I'm back now, so of course I'll miss you terribly, but I wish you the best with employment and college--I hope you'll still have time to stop by and say hi plenty! I know how hectic life can get with that, but it's so exciting! Can't wait to see you back, and don't worry, I'll be stalking you on Twitter and Goodreads in the meantime. :)

Caitlin said...

Asherrrr I'm sad I missed your whole festival while I was away not blogging :( But I will catch up now and look forward to you coming back!!

Cait x

Lisa! said...

You did so many things! Enjoy the time away.

GEORGE MICHAEL. Forever. Yay Arrested Development!

Maddie M said...

This was a really amazing blog event... I would be tired of the internet after doing it... I believe I'm the Maddie M, though I haven't gotten an email yet... Congrats to all the winners and thanks for the wonderful giveaways!

TayteH said...

This was so fun. :D I'll miss you, but for now: THANK YOU! :D

Liz @ Planet Print said...

I will be sad to see you go (of course we will miss you too much! :P), but if you need to take a break, then go for it! We'll be here when you get back :). (Also, yay for Lord of the Rings!)

Jen said...

Girl, that's a LOT OF SHIT you just did there. Congrats on potential employment and college and all that amazing stuff. But most importantly (depending on your priorities, I suppose!) get you some R&R from blogging obligations. <3

AmyK said...

I love Arrested Development! You rock! I'm sorry to hear that we won't be seeing you blog much, but school/life comes first! Congratulations on potential employment! ^_^

Thank you so much for the chance to win some cool book swag! And congratulations to all the other winners on the list!