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UTC Rewind – Francesca’s Favorite Posts – Giveaway # 11

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So here we are, four years later. I remember perfectly how Under the Covers came to be. I was chatting with Annie via messenger while celebrating Easter with the family at our summer home. My internet connection out there could be pretty spotty so I was curled in bed on a good internet area, watching the ocean…. We were mainly talking about the amount of our friends lately that had started review blogs. We went back and forth about how much time it would require to do something like that and how neither one of us could make that commitment. But how awesome would it be to have a blog to review the books we read because we were already doing that on GoodReads? So Annie says…. “Let’s start a blog together and share in those responsibilities, should be easier that way!” The next day I was emailing Suzanne (who was also a friend of ours on GoodReads) and asked her if she would be in and make it an awesome trio. She came up with the name “Under the Covers” and we were off!

This week, while we celebrate the ending of our four year anniversary, we wanted to look back at some of our favorite moments on the blog. And after over 5,500 posts we had a lot to choose from, so believe me it wasn’t easy!

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circle1The first post I want to reminisce and highlight was our first “team” review.  KISS OF SNOW by Nalini Singh was releasing that first month we started the blog and Annie and I were huge Psy-Changeling fans. So we decided to do the review as a chat. We settled in on a Sunday afternoon via Google Messenger to chat about the book, ask each other questions and then that transcript would be posted as our review. Except I forgot that my then boyfriend, now husband’s phone was setup with MY Google account. So while we chatted away, he was in the other room getting all our messages. Until he comes in and asks me why there’s a chick named Annie messaging him about how hot some dude named Lucas is and getting a little rowdy.

Anyway, you can read for yourselves here: click here.

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circle2OK ok, I want to keep this going with the theme sooooo here’s a small behind the scenes tidbit. That first month we started blogging and KISS OF SNOW was our most anticipated release that month, I emailed Nalini Singh (ha! with all of our 10 followers on the blog) and asked her if she would do a feature for us or let us interview her, etc. She then forwarded that email to her publicist, who was so nice to me and gave me plenty of info about the blogging world (yeah, I was clueless) and basically said that Nalini being such a big author, they looked for blogs to have good reach to make it worth her time to do something special. The bar she gave me at the time was 4,000 followers. The girls and I used that 4,000 followers as our driving motivation to work on the blog and increase our reach. Because we HAD to get Nalini to do an interview for us 😉 Now imagine our surprise, when after steady work on our part, and after working with said publicist on other things consistently, we get an invite to feature an interview with Nalini Singh! PS: we didn’t have the 4,000 followers yet.

So here’s our very first interview with Nalini Singh, on our first anniversary!  Click here.

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circle3Another extremely fun moment on the blog for me was when author Cherise Sinclair wrote me into a “story” where I interviewed one of her characters. Totally unexpected! And so much fun to read! *Cue the swooning*

That sexy goodness can be found here: click here.

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circle4And then there was that one time I ended up in bed with William from the LOTU series by Gena Showalter… I swear I had nothing to do with this…..much!

Click here to read the post.

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circle5My next moment is not really a specific post, is the addition of Angela to Team UTC. We did manage to get some things out of her when we first interviewed her, including what woman would make her bat for the other team. And I think you all want to read that, right?

You’re welcome: click here.

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circle6We do the Dear Santa letters feature every year, but one stands out from the rest because after reading the letter one author wrote all of us said… “Wait, there’s a porn app?”

Read that here: click here.

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circle7I know, I know, you are probably done with me babbling right? Well, here’s another post that was so much fun to put together! Larissa Ione and Gena Showalter worked together for this one, with their demons battling each other in a Demon Fight Club! Mmmmmm, brains!

The battle is here: click here.
And the results of the poll can be found here: click here.

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And there you have it! I could be at this for a while since there’s been so many great moments to think about, but these jumped to mind first! I can’t wait to celebrate even more anniversaries with my girls because at the end of the day there’s no better feeling than doing something you love WITH people you love. And I wouldn’t trade my co-bloggers for anything! Those bitches get me!

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Now onto the fun stuff for you all….
yes another giveaway!!

 

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This is our ONE AND ONLY Contemporary Romance bundle.  We figured what better way than to give ONE lucky woman all the reading she can handle for at least the summer if not all year.  What do you all think?

Actual picture of what you can win (and yes that huge ass box behind it is the box that’s getting filled to the top with the books and getting mailed out to maybe your home!

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This SUMMER OF LOVE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE bundle includes ….yes, count them, 51 books!

  1. Two of Hearts by Christina Lee
  2. Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young
  3. No River Too Wide by Emilie Richards
  4. Coming Home by Lydia Michaels
  5. The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase
  6. Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan
  7. Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
  8. City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn
  9. The Beekeeper’s Ball by Susan Wiggs
  10. Independently Wealthy by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
  11. Hot and Bothered by Kate Meader
  12. Secret Harbor by Anna Sullivan
  13. Serendipity by Carly Phillips
  14. First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan
  15. Just Like Heaven by Lacey Baker
  16. Homecoming by Lacey Baker
  17. Meet Me at the Beach by V.K. Sykes
  18. Until We Touch by Susan Mallery
  19. Hold Me by Susan Mallery
  20. Kiss Me by Susan Mallery (ARC – June 30, 2015)
  21. When We Met by Susan Mallery
  22. The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery
  23. Vanished by Elizabeth Heiter
  24. Change of Heart by Jude Deveraux
  25. Dogwood Hill by Sherryl Woods
  26. Texas Hold ‘Em by Christie Craig
  27. In the Mood for Love by Beth Ciotta
  28. For Keeps by Rachel Lacey
  29. Miss Match by Laurelin McGee
  30. Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnne Thayne
  31. Redemption by RaeAnne Thayne
  32. The Rebel by R.C. Ryan
  33. And I Loved Her by Marie Force
  34. Bringing Home the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon
  35. The Promise by Robyn Carr
  36. The Homecoming by Robyn Carr
  37. A New Hope by Robyn Carr (ARC – June 30, 2015)
  38. Falling for Max by Shannon Stacey
  39. Under the Lights by Shannon Stacey
  40. No Denying You by Sydney Landon
  41. In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins
  42. This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak
  43. At Wolf Ranch by Jennifer Ryan
  44. When It’s Right by Jennifer Ryan
  45. Christmas at Twilight by Lori Wilde
  46. All I Want is You by Toni Blake
  47. Willow Springs by Toni Blake
  48. Love Me If You Dare by Toni Blake
  49. Take My Breath Away by Christie Ridgway
  50. Make Me Lose Control by Christie Ridgway
  51. Dash of Peril by Lori Foster

Bella Andre Summer of Love tote bag

 

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Betul E.

This giveaway is out of this world, and it’s open INTERNATIONALLY!!! Thank you so much for ya’ll generosity!

PA DePaul

This is one heck of a giveaway!! Woot! Woot! What a way to kick off summer. 🙂

Yami

Thank u for such an awesome giveaway!!!!

Leanna

I would be n heaven f. Won this giveaway!

Kristy Petree

Thanks for the great giveaway; I already see at least 2-3 (and I’m sure there are more) that I can share with a friend. 🙂

The rafflecopter requested to leave a comment somewhere on the blog. Besides this, I also commented on one of the YA reviews. Thanks!

Kristy

Omg i’d seriously cry!! & share with my bestie for sure!! Thank you so much for this chance! Very kind 🙂

Nanee

fantastic giveaway …

Timitra

Wow! That’s a lot of books! Great moments too!

Helen

Thanks for the chance and being one of my favorite blogs!! ♡

Kassandra

What a giveaway! Thank you so much for your generosity!

Racheal

Wow. So many books. Thanks for the chance!! *)

patricia

This is an awesome bundle!!! Love this blog. I always turn to UTC for the latest books, new releases and on sale books!

Debbie Watson

Awesome giveaway!

Merelyn Reads

I love this blog!! Thank you!! 🙂

Nicole Smith

Thank you for the opportunity!

Artemis Giote

Awesome giveaway, thank you for the chance!!!!

Dian S

This is very COOL! <3

Diana Doan

Another great bundle! Thanks for the chance.

Diane

What an awesome giveaway, thanks for this chance!

Michelle Harlan

What an awesome giveaway! Thanks so much for sharing these books. I’ve got my fingers crossed!

Marianne W

Love you guys! What a great giveaway!

vox libris

This giveaway just about makes me combust. Congratulations on your blogiversary and thanks for the giveaway!

Linda Townsend

Happy Anniversary! AND thanks for the awesome giveaway!

joanna

Wow this is such an amazing give away!!

Michelle A.

Wow this is an awesome giveaway. Would live to share these books with my friends. Thanks for the chance to win.

Texas Book Lover

What great and truly fun memories! You ladies definitely know how to have fun!

elena k

this is one of the most amazing giveaways I have seen! thank you

Chris Alexander

Happy Blogiversary! I’m glad I found you guys and I love the chatting that we do about shows over on Twitter.

Jenn

This is such a wonderful giveaway!! 🙂

Suzie

Wow, a great collection of gifts in the giveaway. Thank you for the chance.
Happy Anniversary, I am so glad I found your blog.

ML

The mind boggles at the size of this giveaway. Amazing. What a great acknowledgement of your blogiversary! Thanks for the chance!

Kim Perry

Congrats on your blogiversary!! Thanks for the great giveaways!!

Terra Pierce

Awesome

Trix

Yay, Francesca and UTC! And holy crow, what a prize…

Elizabeth

wow…this is amazing!…i remember the cherise sinclair interview and thinking how lucky you were! 🙂

Randi Ramos

This would keep me occupied for the summer. Lol Thanks for the opportunity!

Deborah K

Loved the flashback especially your ‘under the covers’ interview with William from LOTU. LOL! His ego is the biggest thing about him…or is it? Come on…inquiring minds want to know!

Glenda

Love the flash back to favorite posts! I’m having trouble believing how huge this bundle is!!

Sophia Rose

Ah, loved that walk down memory lane. I remember a few of those posts. …fun. Didn’t realize how the group came together for the blog.

Thanks for the entertaining posts and the great reviews.

Shelly W

This is an awesome giveaway. Thank you for the awesome blog.

Sara S.

Super cool! Thanks for the giveaway.

Lorie Glowania

What a great giveaway. Terrific authors Happy Blogiversary

Rachael Brown

Wow! This is a really awesome giveaway! Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to enter.

Laurie Evans

Woo hoo, I’d love to win this bundle!

Karin Anderson

Wow! Happy Memorial Day. This is the best giveaway I’ve seen in ages.

Ellen C.

Happy Memorial Day! What a great giveaway.

Megan Valentine

What a great way to spend the Summer!

Jen B.

Oh my goodness! What a giveaway! I have read a few of these but most of them would be great additions to my summer reading and beyond!

EC

Holy moly! That’s one hugr bundle.

Krissy Holstein

Thanks for the chance!!