Oct 2, 2012

The Great October Book Giveaway

I really wanted to come up with a clever name for my yearly book giveaway but I've not had enough sleep lately and my creative genes have shriveled.  Plus, the amazing Neil Gaiman has already invented "All Hallows Read" which is such a great idea and wrecks the curve for awesome book giveaway names.  Thanks Neil.  (Seriously though - check out his site - it's great!)

So, "The Great October Book Giveaway" it is.  And while we're all sitting around waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive, why not read a book or two?

This year, as I mentioned yesterday, I've arranged a special treat.  Not only are there more books to toss in your trick-or-treat bag, but I've contacted the authors to buy autographed copies!

First up, is Christopher Penczak.  I had the great pleasure of taking the first two levels of his Temple classes (which I highly recommend,) and have amassed a collection of his books.  I don't have these latest two - so I am already perfectly jealous of the future giveaway winners!

"Christopher Penczak is a Witch, teacher, writer and healing practitioner. His practice draws upon the foundation of both modern and traditional Witchcraft blended with the wisdom of mystical traditions from across the globe as a practitioner and teacher of shamanism, tarot, Reiki healing, herbalism, astrology and Qabalah. He is the founder of the Temple of Witchcraft tradition and system of magickal training based upon the material of his books and classes."


Christopher's latest book is, "Buddha, Christ, Merlin: Three Wise Men For Our Age."

From the book description:
"Many paths to the center. Buddhism, Christianity, Paganism… three different spiritual paths to truth. Award-winning author and teacher Christopher Penczak... considers the wisdom-teachings of exemplars of these paths,and the practices of their traditions, looking at the different ways they help us to attain greater spiritual understanding, and how their insights and methods compliment one another. Filled with stories, references to essential lore and practices, and comparisons between  them, this book is valuable to the individual spiritual seeker or as a guide for a group course or discussion on different spiritual traditions. Whatever your spiritual path and wherever it may take you, Buddha, Christ, Merlin offers new perspectives and insights to help you follow it."



The second book I'm giving away is "The Gates of Witchcraft." 

From the book description:
"Many roads, one destination: That alternate state of consciousness associated with magick and Witchcraft. In his book, The Gates of Witchcraft, award-winning author Christopher Penczak looks at twelve different paths or “gateways” of consciousness, twelve different ways f changing our consciousness to go deeper and get more in touch with the magick within. From meditation and breath-work to dance and music, sacred space and sacred vestments, to the Lonely Road of isolation  and the Path of Poison of working with herbal allies, The Gates of Witchcraft presents theory, practices and exercises for exploring the different paths to power in the Craft. Learn all the various aids to help you along the path and take heed of their dangers and shadow-sides, Whether you are an experienced practitioner or a novice finding your way, you will something to hep you along. Step onto the path and open The Gates of Witchcraft."




This month's giveaways are my way of saying thank you to the friends of Rue and Hyssop.  Often when I do a giveaway, it is open to the interwebs at large and a simple comment is all that is required.  This month, I'd like to reward my readers.  Those that take a moment to connect in some way.

So, all you have to do to enter to win one of these books is leave a comment, and let me know in what capacity you connect to Rue and Hyssop.  Are you subscribed by email or RSS feed?  Do you follow by "friend connect" in the sidebar?  Are you a Twitter follower or a Facebook friend?  Even if you've never left a comment before or just happened upon the blog today and subscribed - all are welcome - just let me know how you plug in to my little world!

*Please ensure that there is some way for me to contact you if you win.

This giveaway runs only one week, because there is more fun to be had!  I will draw the two names on Monday, October 8th.  Best of luck!

*Update - because it was a question - Yes, anyone can enter the contest!  I will ship overseas, but at the cheapest freight price (it can get quite expensive otherwise.)*

*All book images, author bio and book descriptions are property of www.christopherpenczak.com and are used only to promote his books for the purpose of this giveaway.

48 comments:

George Sulea said...

Hey there, I'm a twitter follower; always stoked to learn new things. Salutations!

Soli said...

I added you on Twitter a while ago but only recently started reading your blog. Do winners get to choose which book they get?

Serpent said...

Hello!

I've dabbled at your blog on occasion but didn't actually subscribe (by email) until this morning. I think it's fantastic. Many varied articles and lots of good information. Looking forward to seeing more in the future. I also really appreciate that you're doing a book giveaway and would love the chance to participate in it.

Have a wonderful October!

Blessings,
Serpent

thepaganrapport.com said...

Awesome to see your give away! I follow your blog and your twitter feed from various name drops from New World Witchery!

petoskystone said...

I connect via GFC & FB. I especially enjoy your 'green' posts :) Great books!

Amy Hay said...

Ook, I'm not sure my last comment made it. Those pesky words to make sure I'm human also make it impossible for my poor eyes to see. Anyway, I saw your page this morning from Kris Bradley's Facebook page, and will be searching you out when I am done (again) here. 8^)

Amy

PS If I have indeed already commented, please feel free to deny one, My pre-coffee(ok pre-second cup of coffee) double entry would be unfair, even if I am 2 different people--the pre- and post- coffee ones. They are completely unrelated.

Danni said...

I connected with you here on the blog a few years ago and you haven't been able to get rid of me since! ;-) We're connected all over the internet, but this is where it started.

AlsoMrsB said...

Stumbled into your little world by way of a Facebook post from Kris Bradley... glad to read you!!

Holly said...

Hello, Jen! I follow you here & on Facebook. I so enjoy your posts! I would love either of these books, as neither one has a home on my bookshelf. Yet ;)

Holly

Sadist's magick said...

I found your blog via another blog (sorry, I forget which one now) and have subscribed on my blogger feed. I've only been a subscriber for 3 days!!! And have enjoyed your posts and look forward to more.

Cerridwen said...

I follow Mrs. B's blog and I'm also on her friend list. I wouldn't have known that it's Banned Books Week and you're running this contest until I saw her post :) I've shared this on my Google+, too. Blessings!

Harbingerdc said...

I am a follower by friend connect and RSS.

Rue said...

I'm afraid I only have one copy of each book to give. If I had the time, I could contact the first name drawn and hope they got back to me with their choice right away. This month is foolishly busy for me, so I'm just going to draw a name for each book in the order It appears on the blog. A good tip to plan for next year though, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hello!

I am dearly hoping to win one of the books. I am an avid reader. I think it is wonderful that you do this.

I connect to Hyssop thru email and I have sent a friend request thru face book.

Sincerely,

Leslie L. Gregg

jennifer innes said...

Love reading through this site, so much to learn! <3

rowan said...

Hi, this sounds wonderful. I've been reading your blog for a while now via my Google Reader. Thanks for the opportunity.

Doctor Hob said...

I started reading your blog a few months ago, after findinding you on Twitter. I keep up with new posts by way of Google Reader and Facebook, as well. Thanks for the giveaways.

Sleepy Suzy said...

Goodevening, I strted following your blog some tme ago via rss. It is something I look forward to in the morning when I read my blogs and mail.

Love it!

Suzanne

Jennifer said...

I have a link to your blog on mine and I've been a follower for awhile now. I would love either of these books. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

Best wishes,
Jennifer

Tracey said...

Hey Jen,
Think this is try #3 to make a post. But I follow you with The Tree, and your blog...and on FB...and in life!

Loveyour idea of this give away, you rock girl!

Tracey

mrsduncanmahogany said...

I have been following your blog for a wee while now. Fabulous stuff! Lovely giveaway too, thanks! :)

The Country Witch said...

Ooohh I would love to win the Gates of Witchcraft, it sounds like a very helpful and wonderful book.

I check my blog every single day and have Rue and Hyssop on my blogroll so I am made instantly aware of any new posts that I pop over and read immediately. I find your blog quite inspirational. I am a herbalist in training so the information you provide is very impactful in my life and I thank you for writing this blog!!

Monique @ Magpie Hollow said...

Hi, I do hope I can enter. I live in The Netherlands, is that a problem ??
I'm a follower on your blog.
The books sound great, so I would love to enter.
Have a great day.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I follow you on Google's "Friend Connect" on your sidebar. What a super giveaway (swoon)! Please count me in.

Angela Kinder said...

I follow via GFC and I think you blog is so informative! I don't consider myself an herbalist, but I do know what herbs are good for ailments. In fact, I started having my mother take Hawthorne Berries for her and she says they work better than her medicine. The power of nature!

Thanks for the giveaway!

-Angela
rainpendragon2684[at]yahoo[dot]com

Scribal Voice said...

I found you through a friend on Facebook and now I follow you here.

Diana Jones said...

Hi! Kris Bradley and Kallan Kennedy both pointed me in your direction. I would love to win either book, as I devour new books and I'm something of an apprentice book reviewer. :)

Blessings!
Diana Jones

Nydia said...

HOw to resist such awesome giveaway! :o) You know I follow you in every possible way, lol

One can never have too many books...

Kisses and thanks for this generous Halloween treat! <3

Sparrow said...

I am a facebook friend/twitter follower who should be a face to face friend for how close we live.
I follow your blog as well.
sparrowinparadise@gmail.com

Alecia said...

I stumbled onto you from Kris Bradley on facebook. Added your button to my blog as well that way I can pop over and read.

kat79 said...

Follow your blog:)

Jason M said...

I'm a twitter follower.

Kristen McLaughlin said...

Hello! Mrs.B reminded me to get on this! I'm subscribed through google+/my blogger account. And may I say...I just love your blog's name!

Mandy said...

Facebook follower :)

Amanda said...

Hi, I follow thru Google Friend Connect. Great giveaway!
roseandlyn (at) gmail (dot) com.

Dedra Shahan said...

Found you from a Facebook post by Mrs. B

Enjoy your blog

sharon grimshaw said...

Hi Jen! I can't remember where I found you, probably a link from somewhere else, but I follow you on Google Reader, and through Facebook! What a great giveaway!

Hex Parker said...

I follow you through Google Friend Connect and via Facebook (Amy Parker on FB hehe). Both of those books sound absolutely awesome. :D

Sparkless said...

Ohhhh a book giveaway, how can I resist. I follow you on Google Reader.

Thorsbrat said...

I would like to be included in the book give-a-way.
Thanks and Bright Blessings )0(

Birgit said...

Books are like friends, so -- thanks for the chance to win one of them, Jen!

I follow your blog by email and as a follower. No twitter or Facebook for me though -- I have to draw the line somewhere to have a life, too. ;)

I hope you also consider me a friend -- I am always happy to receive a note from you. :)

Hugs,
Birgit

Wulf said...

I follow you through your RSS feed, using Blogger's Dashboard. Because I know central BC quite well (my dad's family is from 100 Mile House and my mom lived in Kamloops for many years), what you write about is often wonderfully familiar.

innocence and magic said...

hi Jenn! please enter me in your giveaway. i follow your blog, follow u on FB as well! blessed be!

Dana said...

Wow Punning Girl! Look at all these follows you have. See I told ya that you are a great writer when you 1st started this blog! So where do I know your from...... your my friend, sista from anotha motha, fellow witchy woman, and my favorite northern power circle member! I follow your blog on facebook and in my favorites list! I just wanted to post to let you know how much I enjoy your writing and stories. You can disqualify me for the book since we are practically related but don't forget me if you ever make the prize chocolates from work! Love ya Lil' Sista! Warm breezes blowing your way! ~~~~~~~~~~~~

Laurie Brown said...

Hi! I follow via RSS, but I'm also a follower on Facebook. We've 'talked' before about herbs. I can't remember where I first ran into your blog, though!

Iesadora said...

I follow you through RSS to my Google reader and am so glad that I do!!!!

Miss. Lucinda Fountain said...

I would like to thank you for a brilliant post, and a fantastic book(s) giveaway! I would love to have the oportunity of reading 'the gates of witchcraft' as i am a huge fan of fantasy genre, and the Arthurian legends, magic ect. Thank you so much once again, and i continue to follow your amazing book blog with much interest. x

Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk
*GFC Follower: lfountain1*

SquirrelHeart said...

Just found you today---subscribed through email :)