Monday, June 7, 2010


The grand prize winner of a magical Disney gift AND a brand new copy of HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins is...

Commenter #12: Rachel Hawkins!

*throws magical confetti and pixie dust!*

Wait. The author won? No. That can't be right. I read my mom's notes wrong.
(But how cool is it that Rachel stopped by to comment?)

Okay, so, the real winner is...

First, I want you all to know that my mother had a VERY difficult time choosing just one winner. So much so that she bought several of the magical Disney gifts to give to some of her favorites. If we had won the Powerball Sat night she was going to buy EVERY ONE a prize. But we didn't win, so she had to limit the number of winners.

So, the grand prize winner is...

Oh! And she was very impressed and super happy that so many people commented. She read and reread and reread again. It was amusing to watch her process. Many times she said, "Aww, that one is so sweet," or "Aww, that person should win something." At one point I think she had twenty winners written down and I had to remind her that unlike Sophie in HEX HALL, we could not make prizes appear out of thin air.

She changed her mind quite a few times, but in the end she finally decided the grand prize winner is...

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess

The thing that won over my mom was that Courtney "gets it." She acknowledges Disney is more than cartoons and memorabilia. She understands the magic behind it all, and that's always been a big belief in our family. Plus, my mom thought her beautiful writing showed in her comment. She even went to her blog to see what other kind of stuff she writes and was very impressed. Courtney, you have a new biggest fan.

My mom also chose a few people to receive Magical Mentions.

As I said, she loved so many stories and comments but she had to narrow it down. These people will receive a magical Disney trinket, so please email me your address so we can mail out your gift. The Magical Mentions are (in no particular order):

Mireyah Wolfe
Cynthia Reese

And, while Mom didn't think HEX HALL was Simon's type of book, or that he'd like the Disney trinket, she was impressed by his poem, so...
Simon C. Larter, you also earned a Magical Mention, and if and when you are ever at Disney my mom will give me money to meet up with you and buy you two alcoholic drinks of your choice.

*Note: Sorry, but winners will not receive the pictured Disney Vinylmations. I chose them from my mom's collection to represent each winner.*

Congrats to all the winners and thank you to everyone who participated!


  1. Congrats to all the winners. Courtney is da bomb!

  2. Congratulations Courtney! And to the others!
    And thank you so much, Karen and Sandy! This was a very sweet contest! :-) Will email you later...

  3. Sweetest contest ever! Congratulations to the winners and big thanks to Karen and Sandy for creating so much fun.

  4. Congratulations Courtney! Congratulations all honorable mentions!

    And....what? I can't believe I won an honorable mention! Thank you Sandy! Thank you Karen! I'm sort of in shock right now because I've never won anything in a contest before! I saw my name and had to click on the link four times and close it to make sure it really was my blog.


    You guys are so sweet, and I'm honestly impressed you even narrowed it down at all - I read all the comments and I thought all of them were super sweet.

    But Rachel Hawkins herself stopping by? That's pretty incredible! I think I may have fainted if I were you Karen.

    I'll email you my address!

  5. Congratulations, winners!! And thanks to Karen and Sandy for such a wonderful contest, great way to share the Disney magic! : )

  6. Yay for Courtney! (And dude--how did I miss this contest. #Shannonfail) You and your mom are so cute, and I love those little vinylmation Mickeys. *Sighs* Now I want to go to Disneyland. :)

  7. Congratulations to everyone!!! I love the little trinkets, how adorable!!! Your mom is fantastic, great job on having her judge the contest!

  8. Congrats to all the winners! I know I've been a little MIA recently, but did I miss this?!?

  9. Y'know... I think I like my prize the best. A couple martinis, courtesy of your lovely mother? That's made of win in my book! :D

    'Course, there's the small matter of me actually going to Orlando sometime, but I've been there before for conferences and industry group meetings, so... it's not out of the question. Yay!

    And congrats to Courtney and the other Magical Mentionees!

  10. Congrats to all the winners - yay Courtney!♥ This has been a great contest, especially as it introduced me to the book Hex Hall which I didn't know about before...and wicked awesome that the author stopped by!!

  11. Congratulations to the winners! I read Hex Hall recently and it was awesome:)

  12. Karen! OMG! This is the first chance I have had today to make it over eyes are watering- I am just beyond ecstatic and honored and oh so thrilled!

    Please, please give your mom a huge hug from me and tell her that more than anything I appreciate her understanding my love of Disney.

    This particular contest had me silently crying with every word - it never fails...Disney just does that to me. Thank you again for hosting such an awesome contest, but also for being another person who appreciates the magic & wonder.

    Congrats to all winners! I am honored to be chosen along such great entries. Oh & I am THRILLED to get HEXHALL it has been on my list since before it came out!!! lol so happy! ;o)

    As always a pleasure to stop by!

    PS tell your mom she is welcome over at the Kingdom - any relation/friend of yours is always a member of the Royal Court ;o)

    Visit My Kingdom Anytime

  13. Congratulations, Courtney! And also congrats to all the winners! Your mom is so sweet, Karen. :) I will definitely be reading HEX HALL.

  14. YAY Courtney!!!!!! (((Hugs))) I'll even give you a SQUEE!!! :)

  15. All hail the Princess! *bows low before her* LOL! :-)

  16. Congrat's to all the winners...and what a cool Mom!

  17. LMAO you are so evil with the interruptions and stuff! Congrats to Courtney!! And YAY me!! *grin* I'll send you my address here shortly! =D

  18. Congrats to the winners!

    And Karen--there's a little something for you over at my place. :)

  19. Yay to all the winners! And I'm so bummed I missed this contest. Grumble, grumble.

  20. Congrats to all the winners! Your mom sounds awesome.

  21. Congrats to all the winners! Everyone needs a little Pixie Dust now and then.

  22. Congratulations to the winners! Your Mom sounds adorable.

  23. Congrats to the winners those look edible. :D

  24. Congrats to the winners. You and your Mum are wonderful! xx

  25. Congrats to the winners! Enjoy Hex Hall, Courtney - it's a great book!

  26. PS I got my incredible magical mention gift and I *heart* it, and YOU, Mom!!!

  27. Congrats to the winners.

    Those vinylmations are adorable.

  28. Congrats to the winners... and Congrats to you! You've won a blog award!

  29. Congrats to the winners! Fun contest. (=

  30. Awesome. LOL! Love the way you've shared the news in this post.

  31. CONGRATS Courtney!!!! And all the honorable mentions. :)

  32. Congrats Courtney, and everyone who got an honorable mention!

  33. supercute! I hate that I missed the contest. Me LOVE Disney. And your blog--great title. I have major createive title-er envy~ ;o) see ya on yalitchat!

  34. Hi Karen. Great blog. I've awarded you with the versatile blogger award. You can come pick it up from my blog. Have a great day :)

  35. Hi, Karen ... tell you mom I said thanks!

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