Sunday, June 1, 2008


Another month another contest. I love giving away books and already I notice a de-clutter difference in my office. Thanks everyone for entering. :) 

June is one of my top three favorite months of the year. Why? Because June is the month I married my hubby, the month I found out I was going to be an aunt for the first time, and the month school always let out for the summer. I love June. 

After writing the blog for Story Siren about proms, I started thinking about weddings. The ultimate prom. In celebration of June, I'll be giving away two summer novels, Sarah Dessen's That Summer (Haven is dealing with her father's and sister's weddings.) and an ARC of Polly Williams's A Bad Bride's Tale (Stevie's getting older and decides to settle for Not Quite Mr. Right.). 

That Summer is obviously amazing because Dessen wrote it. Enough said. 

A Bad Bride's Tale is a cute, light beach read about a woman who decides to marry her longtime boyfriend because she's afraid her soul mate will never come along. Loved it. I received this one through my South Jersey Mom Magazine Chick Lit Pick column. 

Since this month's contest is overflowing with weddings and fantastic trips follow weddings, what is your fave vacation spot? If you haven't visited your favorite vacation spot yet, tell me about a place that you would love to visit. I would love to visit Hawaii and I declare Hawaii my favorite vacation spot. :) Good luck. 

Here are the rules: 
1. To enter to win, leave a comment about your favorite vacation spot. 
2. The contest ends at midnight on June 30, 2008 and the winner will be posted on July 1, 2008. My two year old daughter will pick the winner out of a bucket. :)
3. The contest is open to everyone! Don't be shy, my writer friends. :)
4. If you post about the contest on your blog or MySpace, you automatically receive two entries. 

Good luck! :)



ambeen said...

Well I don't go on vacations often, but my favorite so far was probably going to Colorado with my grandparents and sister when I was 13.

I'll be posting this on my contests column in the left hand sidebar at

Marjolein said...

my favorite vacation spot..i think it will be Lago Maggiore(italy) where i go this summer!

Reader Rabbit said...

I don't generally go on vacations but my favorite was probably when I went to London a couple of summers ago.

Reviewer X said...

Favorite vacation spot is by far California. So great <3 New Orleans was also awesome. Hmm.


Posting about this on my blog as well!


PJ Hoover said...

I'll got with Egypt (never been) though I'm getting this Disney bug again. Must go back to Disney!

Toystory said...

Scotland is so far my fav...oh, I love Boston, San Francisco, Orlando, Las Vegas and many more...but Edinburgh Scotland was just marvelous.

Khyrinthia said...

My favorite vacation spot I've been to would be have to be when I went to Las Vegas to visit my grandparents a couple years ago.

The spot I would love to visit would have to be London though.

Also, I posted about the contest on my blog.

Anonymous said...

In Minnesota

karin56381 (at) gmail (dot) com

Meredith said...

Favorite vacation spot.... Hmm. I think maybe a nice quiet beach covered with palm trees for shade with a hammock (gotta love those hammocks!) with access to a library full of books I want to read. Haven't been there yet, but would love to find it some time!

Posted about the contest here.

The Book Muncher said...

i love going on vacation. my favorite spots have to be either Mexico or Florida. they're both really hot, the way i like it :D

i added your contest to my list
so thanks for letting me know :D

Anonymous said...

ooh, i really like visiting virginia :D


Steph S said...

My favorite vacation spot is Disney World. I love how you can be a kid and just go and have fun with your family.

Steph S said...

Breanna said...

Well I guess I'd have to go with Disneyland. I could never get sick of that place. Its just so fun! I can't wait to take my girls there someday and to see their faces light up with excitement. It'll be soooo great!

I'm also posting a blog on my Myspace.

Great contest!

Elainareads said...

Hmm I think my favorite vacation spot would be Greece, I've never been before but I really want to go there.

Hawaii is awesome, I went last year with my senior class. It was one of my best trips by far. Its so pretty and I would love to go again one day.

Kat Bryan said...

Of all the places I've been I'd have to say my favorites are the Colorado Springs area and Juneau, AK. They're both such a dramatic change from the cornfields of the midwest.

Thanks for having the giveaway.

avni said...

my favorite would have to be either Rome, London, or Montreal. They were amazing.

The Compulsive Reader said...

Oooh, those books look good! You rock.

Hm, my favorite vacation spot would have to be somewhere peaceful, where I can relax with a book without interruptions,preferably by a lake or the ocean.

Patricia said...

Id really love to go to Germany. Ive always thought it was beautiful and would be a great experience. If I could ever save up enough money, Id like it to be my honeymoon spot (if I ever get married, hah).


~Virginia~ said...

can't go wrong with hawaii! i have a friend there so if i ever decide to fork over the $500 in airfare--i'll at least know someone on the island! :)

ChristyJan said...

My favorite vacation spot would have to be Yellowstone National Park. Followed by Disneyland (where I'm going on the 7th) and then Alaska (I'm going on my 2nd Alaskan cruise on the 22nd)

beth said...

Perhaps because I'm writing about it now in my novel...but my fav vacation spot is Malta, a small Mediterranean island where anything can happen!

And I'll post a link on my blog:

Jessica Burkhart said...

Hey, Keri! Just wanted to let you know I just finished SCREWBALL and loved, loved it! :)

Anonymous said...

My favorite Vacation Spot is Hungry Mother State Park in Virgina. We used to go there and rent a cabin and go swimming in the man made beach. It was unique and fun. I would love to go back there.

The Story Siren said...

my favorite vacation spot would be maui! it is one of the most beautiful places i've been to!

Anonymous said...

my favorite vacation spot will have to be my aunt and uncle's house in Seoul.

Grace L
luv [DOT] jesus [AT] hotmail [DOT] com

cata ananias said...

I'd say New York all the way! I absolutely loved that city when I went last summer. I would go as often as I could if I had the chance :)

Cyndi said...

My favorite vacation spot would have to be...well to be honest I've never really taken a "real" vacation before, so the only places I know are home, Vegas, and Canada. I enjoyed Canada, but it wasn't my favorite and Vegas definitely isn't either. So I guess I would have to say home, where I'm close to the beach. And everyone knows it's not summer without the beach. :D

Thanks for the entry!

Chelsie said...

My favorite vacation spot? Well I went to Florida when I was younger and I really really want to go back... it was so young I don't remember it well!

I added your contest to my sidebar =D

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I've never been here but I would LOVE to go to England at some point. It just seems like a place that I would highly enjoy and I've been wanting to visit there for a long long time!

Oh, and I posted about your contest at this link:

or go to my blog (through here) and click Other Contests! :)


Lenore said...

I have been to a ton of amazing places, but if I had to choose just one to visit again, it would be Iceland. Just magical!

Bunny B said...

Ooo...Fave vacation spot? I love London and Tokyo and Bangkok!! I would definitely love to go around EU!!!

Rachel said...

I want to viast the Bahama's I thik it is...I love the concept of having little houses on the water <3
I *heart* Bahamas.

Liviania said...

I like to vacation in Las Vegas . . . because it's where my baby niece lives! I've been to LV about six times already, which is pretty impressive considering I'm not 21 yet. It's a lovely city, but I'm most eager to go visit for the baby. ^_^

Kelsey said...

My favorite vacation spot is in Hawaii, on the island of Ohau(sp?. My grandma has a timshare there. I've been there once before and am going again this October!

Anonymous said...

My favorite summer vacation spot. . .it's hard to say because there are so many amazing places, but I think I will go with the Clare region in Nova Scotia. It's just beautiful and calming and wonderful and someday I will have a summer home there. :-)

I'm going to post this on my myspace now.

Sophie W. said...

My favorite vacation spot... is probably Chincoteague Island, Virginia. I love the small community and the ponies on Assateague. :)

Angela said...

My favorite city is in Italy - Civita de Bagnoregio see civitat here . It really looks like the pictures on the website!

AzulEyesSkier said...

I'd have to say anywhere where my family is...all five siblings, four significant others, one niece, one nephew, and both parents. And to make it better, if we could all go anywhere we wanted, I love Lake Tahoe.

Melissa Walker said...

can i say paris, or is that ridiculous? i'm really still enchanted by it, truly!

gautami tripathy said...

I loved visiting Dharmshala, in Himachal Pradesh, India. It is the Abode of His Highness Dalai Lama and is a very peaceful place.

UI will post this contest on my blog:

Reading Room

Amy said...

Currently my fave vacation spot is Palm Springs because there isn't much to do there but relax!

I'd love to go to Italy and call it my fave vacation spot.

Or France.

Or Scotland.


Anonymous said...

My favorite vacation spot is Georgia. Thats where a lot of my family lives and whenever i visit, it is just one big fun and love fest.
Rachel R.

p.s. For all of you authors out there, check out my website and see if you would like me to review one or all of your books. I review all kinds of young adult books, so feel free to email me for a review.

Anonymous said...

My favorite vacations spot is Casamel(sorry for the spelling). I always go there during a cruise and feel like I have found paradise.

Anonymous said...

My favorite vacation spot is West Virginia. I love to go hiking and I can always find a good trail their.
Marilyn K.

p.s. I go to that website mentioned earlier,

Anonymous said...

I posted a bullitin where I recommended your contest and blog. If you accept me as a friend then you can find the bullitin, but you can also just use the link. This means I can have 2 extra entries, right?

~~~Rachel R.

Rashmi said...

Great reads, both. Count me in!

I've blogged it at A Book Blogger's Diary

callmeabookworm at gmail dot com

keri mikulski :) said...

Hi, Ambeen - My BF lives and Colorado and I can't wait to go visit her. Thanks for posting.

Hi, Marjolein - Sounds beautiful! Make sure you eat a ton. :) I love Italian food.

Hi, Reader Rabbit - Nice, London. I'm jealous.

Hi, Reviewer X - California and New Orleans - two spots on my TBT list! ;) Thanks for posting.

Hi, PJ- I can't wait to take Kaci to Disney!

keri mikulski :) said...

Hi, Toy Story - Scotland. That's sounds like an interesting trip! :)

Hi, Kyrinthia - Las Vegas sounds like a fun place to visit. Thanks for posting. :)

Hi, Anonymous - Minnesota - Never been. :)

Hi, Meredith - I definitely agree! Thanks for posting.

Hi, Book Muncher - Been to Florida, but not Mexico. Yes, hot. It's getting pretty hot here in Jersey. Thanks for posting. :)

keri mikulski :) said...

Hi, Samantha - Virginia Beach is beautiful!

Hi, Steph - I agree. Love your email address! :)

Hi, Breanna - I'd love to visit Disneyland. Been to Disney World, but not Disneyland. Thanks for posting!

Hi, Elainia - I'm so jealous!! My hubby visited Greece and loved it!

Hi, Kat - Yes, I heard Colorado and Arizona are beautiful and you're welcome. :)

windycindy said...

I have never been, but a staying in a castle is my dream vacation. I don't care where it is! Ireland, Scotland, England or the British Isles. Please enter me in your fabulous book giveaway drawing. Many thanks,Cindi

Carol said...

I don't really go on vacations a lot. But my favorite vacation spot was when we went to Managua, Nicaragua. The beaches we so beautiful, warm and tranquil. If you walked along the same beach called Pochomil you would see a little area where crabs, fish and shellfish. It's so wonderful there. You feel your worries leave and they're replaced with peace. It's a must go vacation spot.Bonus: everything is cheaper there.

Cheryl said...

I would have to say my favorite vacation spot is along the Oregon Coast

dh said...

There's a cabin we rent along the Shenandoah River, up on stilts with a great deck. It's a really nice relaxing place to go.

Ivan Girl said...

my favorite vacation spot is a secluded beach in the Philippines. :)

do toss my name in the hat please.


tetewa said...

I vacationed in Jamaica, but would really one day like to vacation in Hawaii too!

Sara said...


enough said!


Anonymous said...

this books sounds awesome. Count me in, please!
Emily Rose

keri mikulski :) said...

Hi, Avni - I'd love to visit Rome, Montreal, or London. :)

Hi, Compulsive Reader - Me too! ;)

Hi, Patricia - Germany is definitely on my TBT list. :)

Hi, Virginia - A free place to stay? You have to go! ;)

Hi, Christyjan - All great spots. I heard the park is beautiful and Alaska is breathtaking.

keri mikulski :) said...

Hi, Beth - I'll have to look it out. Can't wait to read about it. Thanks for posting.

Hi, Jessica - Thanks so much! :)

Hi, Rach - Sounds like a blast. :)

Hi, Story Siren - Maui! I'm so jealous. :)

Hi, Grace - What a great trip and you get to visit your aunt and uncle.. :)

Hi, Cata - Oh, I love New York! Especially, Yankee stadium. :)

keri mikulski :) said...

Hi, Cyndi - The beach is my fave, too. :)

Hi, Chelsie - Yes, Florida is fantastic.

Hi, Shooting Stars Mag - My mom's dream is to go to England too.. :)

Hi, Lenore - I've never met anyone who has been Iceland.. Very interesting. :)

Hi, Bunny - Great spots.. :)

Hi, Rachel - I would love to go to the Bahamas. :)

keri mikulski :) said...

Hi, Liviania - Oh, I'd love to go to Vegas.. :)

Hi, Kelsey - I'm jealous. Is it beautiful? :)

Hi, Brizmus - Sounds gorgeous. Thanks for posting.

Hi, Sophie - I'm going to check it out. I've never heard of that spot in Virginia.

Hi, Angela - OMG - Gorgeous.. Thanks for sharing. :)

keri mikulski :) said...

Hi, Azuleyesskier - I heard Lake Tahoe is beautiful. :)

Hi, Melissa - No, it's not at all ridiculous. I would love to go to Paris.

Hi, Gautami - I'd love to visit India. I heard it's amazing. :) Thanks for posting.

Hi, Amy - I'm with you! :)

Hi, Rachel - Yes, Georgia is beautiful. :)

keri mikulski :) said...

Hi, Lorraine - Sounds gorgeous. :)

Hi, Marilyn K. - I always wanted to take up hiking. :)

Hi, Rachel - Yup! Thanks.

Hi, Rashmi - Thanks!

Hi, Cindi - That would be amazing to stay in a castle..

Hi, Carol - Sounds absolutely beautiful.. And cheaper is always a plus. :)

keri mikulski :) said...

Hi, Cheryl - I heard the Oregon coast is beautiful - My friend is always traveling and I live vicariously through her. :)

Hi, DH - Yes, relaxing is good.

Hi, Ivan Girl - Nice! ;)

Hi, Tetewa - I heard Jamaica is beautiful. :)

Hi, Sara - I agree. :)

keri mikulski :) said...

Hi, Emily - Thanks! :)

Hope. said...

My favorite vacation spot is my families property in the upper penninsula of Michigan. We take our four-wheelers up and ride around in the Hiawatha National Park and other awesome places and just have fun. :)

I'll also be posting this on the left sidebar of my blog. :)


Naroniel said...

wow. umm. id have to say...turkey or thailand.
but i think id go with turkey. turkey is just so lovely, the weather isnt too hot or too cold and the sea was waay beautiful and peaceful.

Margay said...

I have always wanted to visit Paris, so that would have to be my fave vacation spot.

Lauren said...

My favorite vaction spot would be Greece because it's so beautiful!
I wish I was going there again this summer but I'm not, sadly.

Dominique said...

One of my favorite vacation spots has to be London because it's so much fun to go sight seeing, stop at Foyles (a huge bookstore!!), see friends, and just have a good time =D

Anonymous said...

My favorite vacation spot is Red Deer, Alberta in June. The weather is amazing.

Mindy Wang said...

To me, vacations are a chance to get away to a whole different reality where test time becomes a calm tea time and the world slows down for a moment and takes a breath.

That said, I think Taipei, Taiwan, though not a common vacation spot, is my favorite place for vacations. The lush, green mountains are a great place for getting fresh and warm green tea, grown right there in the mountains.

You wake up to warm, toasty smells of breakfast made by vendors in the marketplace. Fruits there are lush and juicy, all grown right there in Taiwan. And best of all, this is home to me. And visiting my poipoi (grandma) is the best.

Mindy Wang

Liz said...

My favorite vacation spot (so far) was on the beach in Cancun. Barcelona was a close second. I guess it depends on my mood. Cancun was all about laying on the beach and reading, while Barcelona was about exploring a new city and its amazing architecture.

Book Spot said...

For whatever reason I wasn't thinking of London as 'vacation'...but I adored that trip and would do it again in a minute (it was with friends and staying with friends so that was even better), so I'm going to say London

I also love beachy places--though now I sort of live in one, so I wonder if my house counts? ;)

Theopinionedreader said...

hmmmm My Vacation spot is My aunt cottage on Lake Michigan Its right on the water and the sunsets are amazing Its the best place to read and relax. I go there with my best friend every summer for a week since I was little

MM said...

My favorite is St. Lucia. But I've always wanted to visit the San Jaun Islands, and of course Godric's Hollow

KissToBetray said...

My favorite vacation spot would have to be Birmingham, Alabama. I know that's probably a strange place to pick, but like my entire family lives over there, so it's nice to be able to go there for a couple of weeks and just hang out and relax.

I'll be posting this on my livejournal blog!

Min said...

(sorry, my email is

keri mikulski :) said...

Hi, Hope - Thanks for the post. Sounds like a great time. I love to go four wheeling.

Hi, Naroniel - Turkey. Your description sounds beautiful. I'll have to check it out some day. :)

Hi, Margay - Me too!

Hi, Lauren - My hubby visited Greece and loved it. The pics are beautiful. :)

keri mikulski :) said...

Hi, Dominique - My parents are going this Fall. I'll have to tell them to check out Foyles. :)

Hi, Literate Musician - I have friends that visit Alberta and love it. :)

Hi, Mindy Wang - You're description made me want to visit Taiwan right now. Sounds so tranquil.

Hi, Liz - I heard Cancun is beautiful. :)

keri mikulski :) said...

Hi, Book Spot - I love and live at a beachy spot too. :) Yes, it counts.

Hi, Opinion Reader - Sounds beautiful and fun. :)

Hi, MM - I heard St. Lucia's is gorgeous.

Hi, Kiss to Betray - Love the name. :) No, it's not strange. Alabama family get togethers sounds like a blast and like a movie. :)

cuileann said...

Southern Germany. Mmm...I was there one summer as an exchange student and it was unforgettable. The loveliest cities, beautiful Lake Constance, the Black Forest, and Switzerland and Austria within close reach, complete with Alps! Not to mention fabulous cuisine (loads of cheese, noodles and potatoes, right up my alley) and incomprehensible dialects. Ah...*basking in nostalgia*

I'll post this on my blog tomorrow. Thanks for hosting!

Anonymous said...

white sand. big blue ocean. suntanning. starfishes. breathtaking sunrises/sunsets. swimming with dolphins. historical and cultural interests. entertainment. quality spending time with family and friends.

.. need i say more? haha. =)

- Carmen T

Erica said...

I'd have to say DC. We went with school and my friends and I sang veggie tales extrememly loud on the bus and it was so much fun.

tracy said...

I think I would have to say Florida Keys, Thanks for the contest:)

keri mikulski :) said...

Hi, Cuileann - How exciting. An exchange student! You must have wonderful stories.

Hi, Carmen - Sounds gorgeous! ;)

Hi, Erica - Good times. :)

Hi, Tracy - Yes, the Florida Keys are beautiful. You're welcome. :)