Facebook “Likes” Celebration and Quick Giveaway

YaY! The Hershey Wishes and Kisses Facebook page finally has likes in the “three digits!”

I never thought it would come. At first I was stuck in the twenties for months, then the numbers slowly crept up.  And then all of a sudden, overnight, it happened!  We jumped the hurdle!  Woo-Hoo!

I do have to admit, I need to put more content on the HW&K’s Facebook page, and I promise to do so – and I will keep it fun and interesting too.

So, for that quick giveaway!  I’m not going to tell you exactly what the prize is, only that technically it could be counted as two prizes.  And it’s ladies-oriented.

All you need to do to enter this fun, quick giveaway is tell me that you like my Facebook page, and then tell me what your favorite post is from my blog.  That’s it!

This giveaway will end tomorrow, October 25th at 12:00, EST.  Good Luck!

Happy Holidays Shutterfly – A Quick & Fun Giveaway!

Holiday Cards

Happy Holidays!  Too soon? The folks over at Shutterfly sure don’t think so.  And I agree! You know, there are only 69 days until Christmas!

Especially when it comes to Holiday Cards!  The earlier the better!  As you know, I am a huge Shutterfly fan, not just for their fantastic cards (for all occasions), but also for their photo gifts.

This year, Shutterfly has a fantastic new collection of holiday cards – from cards with traditional colors and embellishments, to modern cards with bright colors that are very merry, and religious/scripture based cards.  They even have cards to showcase the furbabies!

Take a look at Shutterfly’s impressive collection Holiday Cards.  Need some inspiration? Check out Shutterfly’s Facebook Page, Pinterest, and Twitter pages for lots of great ideas.  And before you decide what you want, be sure to check out all of Shutterfly’s Special Offers HERE.

And now for the Giveaway…One lucky winner will win a Fifty Dollar ($50) Promo Code off your total order at Shutterfly (promo code does not include shipping and cannot be combined with any other promos).


Leave me one comment on this post on what item(s) you would purchase if you won the Fifty Dollar promo code to Shutterfly.

The Giveaway will end Monday, October 29th at 19:00 EST.  Winner will be chosen at random using random.org and will be notified by email and here at Hershey Wishes and Kisses.  Shutterfly will then email the winner the promo code directly tto the email address you provide in the comment you leave on this post.

Note:  This is a sponsored post and giveaway.  As always, any opinions expressed are mine, mine, mine.  Shutterfly is providing the Giveaway Promo Code.

Good Luck!

Win the Book ‘Michael Douglas’ by Marc Eliot by Read It Forward



The Read It Forward Giveaway Book this week is ‘Michael Douglas,’ a biography written by Marc Eliot.

In Michael Douglas, Marc Eliot brings into sharp fo­cus this incredible career, complicated personal life, and legendary Hollywood family. Eliot’s fascinating portrait of the lows and remarkable highs in Michael’s life – including the thorny yet influential relationship with his father – breaks boundaries in understanding the life and work of a true American film star.

Enter to Win by going to Read It Forward’s website, filling out the form, and crossing your fingers!

Good Luck and Happy Reading!

Coupons.com iPad-a-Day Giveaway – Ends Tomorrow Night August 9th!

Remember when I told you about the iPad-a-Day Giveaway hosted by Coupons.com?

Well, hopefully you’ve been entering daily!

But if you haven’t you have TWO more chances – TODAY and TOMORROW!

Recap:  Coupons.com is hosting a super-fantastic giveaway (August 3rd – August 9th) where ONE NEW iPad is being given away each day, for a total of seven winners!  You can enter once per day, so again, TODAY and TOMORROW are your last chances to enter to win!

Just click on the image above to enter.

Good luck!




Coupons.com iPad-a-Day Giveaway!

This is a great giveaway!  Coupons.com is hosting the iPad-a-Day Giveaway now through August 9th!

One new iPad will be given away each day!  There will be a total of seven winners (one each day).

Head on over to COUPONS.COM to enter for your chance to win, and while you are there, print some coupons so you can save on your next trip to the grocery store.

You can enter once every day through August 9th.

The Details:  
The Sweepstakes begins August 3, 2012 and will end August 9, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.

Good Luck!




Hershey Wishes and Kisses One Year Anniversary Celebration – Giveaway! *Closed*

Well, welcome to August…a brand new month, a fresh new start!

For me, July was overfilled with unexpected events.  And I admit, this blog suffered because of these personal crises.  But as I said, here we are in August, a chance for a fresh start!

A few weeks back, I managed to post about my blog’s one year anniversary…did you read it?  If you missed it, please check it out HERE.  So, in celebration of Hershey Wishes and Kisses…all my dreams come true’s One Year Anniversary, I will be hosting a giveaway!  I want to thank you, as readers of my blog, for READING my blog!

The giveaway item:

Stila Dream In Full Color Palette

It’s hardly a secret that I love my makeup, and enjoy great quality products.  I own the Stila Dream in Full Color Palette, and it’s been a great addition to my makeup artillery. There are 29 eyeshadow shades, and 7 cheek colors included in the palette.  I have found a use for all of the colors in the palette – highlighters, bronzer, and blush for the cheek colors, and for the eyeshadows, well the combination possibilities are endless.

One lucky reader will win this palette!  Will it be you? You can enter three times by doing the following:

  • Like Hershey Wishes and Kisses on Facebook by clicking HERE or using the widget on the right side of the page.  Leave me a comment with your Facebook name.
  • Follow me (@crimmylynn) on Twitter by clicking HERE or using the widget on the right side of the page.  Leave me another comment with your twitter handle.
  • Subscribe to my blog via email using the widget on top right side of the page.  Leave me a comment you did subscribed.  If the email you use to subscribe is different than the one the use to make your comments, please leave me the email you subscribed with.
Giveaway is open to US residents.  The Giveaway begins Wednesday August 1, 2012 and will close Friday, August 24, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.  If you enter after that time period, you will disqualify yourself.  Entries will be checked.  The winner will be chosen by random.org and will be notified by email within 48 hours of the end of the Giveaway and then has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  Winner will also be posted on this blog. Retail value of the Palette is $39 USD.  Giveaway is sponsored solely by me, Crimson, the blog author.

Thank you for reading and entering!  Good luck!

Win ‘The Headmaster’s Wager’ from Read it Forward

Remember a few days ago I introduced you to that spectacular website Read It Forward?  Guess what?!? I was one of the lucky winners of The Shadow Queen by Rebecca Dean!  I can expect my book to come in the mail in about thirty days, and after I read it, be prepared for my review! =) YaY!  If you also won a copy, please let me know!

This Week’s Read it First Giveaway is Vincent Lam’s debut novel ‘The Headmaster’s Wager.’   

Hear it from Lam himself “‘Everything written in this book is true.’ I say that, from time to time. ‘Everything that happens to my characters is fiction.’ I say that, too. Sometimes, I say both things on the same occasions, for instance at a public event, or in an interview. Both of these comments are true.
I’ve written a novel, The Headmaster’s Wager. The protagonist, Percival Chen, has a few things in common with my late grandfather.
Both Percival and my late grandfather were headmasters of English schools in Vietnam, which became highly profitable during the era of American influence in that country. Both my grandfather and Percival were compulsive mahjong gamblers. Both made little effort resisting women who appealed to them, and both were able to spend money more quickly than they earned it. Both might have earned mixed reviews from their children with regards to parenting.
All of these similarities are specific, identifiable, and this being the case, it comes as no surprise to me when I am asked ‘How much of Percival is actually your grandfather?’
I’ve worked out an answer. It goes like this: ‘Percival and his story are inspired by my grandfather.” Then I continue. I say, ‘I am careful to say that Percival is inspired by my grandfather. I do not say he is based upon my grandfather.’ Beware of answers that come pre-packaged with caveats. They will require further caveats, or explanation.
The book I’ve written takes place in a time and place of my family’s history. Like my novel, my family’s story played out in a place called Cholon, which was once a Chinese sister city to Saigon. The main part of my novel occurs in this corner of Vietnam during the war with America.
There, my family’s story unfolded, some might say unraveled, strung itself out into long diverse strands, until over the course of several years and various upheavals it was woven into something totally different. I grew up in Canada, where ‘what happened’ in Vietnam was told to me as my family legend. It was as foreign to me in some ways as a creation myth, and equally intimate.
When it came time to write a novel anchored in this past, I tried at first to write the things I had heard as a child. It went a bit like this in early drafts, ‘He said, she said, he did, she did.’ The writing of these accounts seemed rich with my own emotions, but often fell flat on the page.
I knew what certain gestures meant and certain omissions implied, but once dutifully transcribed, this deep layer of meaning became indecipherable to the reader. I knew the psychic truths of all these events. I discovered that I could not convey them with emotional fidelity by using the actual facts of what had happened. In order to be true to how certain things felt, it was far preferable to use inventions.
From time to time, Percival encounters some temptations that my grandfather must have encountered. Meanwhile, other plot twists spring from occurences attributed to other members of my family, from my extrapolations of history, or from my own imagination. Percival sometimes does things that are more or less what I think my grandfather would have done.
At other times, he is his own man. I wasn’t there, and can’t be sure what my grandfather would have done on a particular night on the town. However, it doesn’t matter, because I know what Percival does. Hence, I calim that Percival is inspired by, not based upon my grandfather.
There are a few scenes in my novel that bear no factual resemblance to anything that happened in my family. Yet I also know that the emotional resonance of certain fictions will likely remind people in my family of things that actually happened. The facts are floating above the page. Or, they are underpinning the fiction, as you like.
What can I say of the way these narratives interact? There is the real and the imagined, blending one into the another. There is that which shaped the course of my actual life, and that which is in the realm of ‘what could have been?’. (But don’t we always wonder – as part of our real lives – what could have been?)
I could say that fiction and fact are like two shadowboxers jousting in my novel, or like dreams that transform one into another. And back again! I could say that the only way I could express the way I truly feel about my family’s journey through the Vietnam War, was to make up stories.
Or, I could say that everything that happens to my characters is fiction. Also, that everything written in this book is true, and then go from there.”

I hope this perks your interest in The Headmaster’s Wager and to head on over to Read it Forward and enter to win a copy!  Next time it could be you!


Happy Reading!

Win ‘The Shadow Queen’ from Read It Forward

Read it Forward?  What is that you ask?  Well, its a fabulous site a came across a year or two ago that gives little sneak peaks at great reads, provides behind-the-scene insights from authors, lively provocative reader’s guides, and of course…awesome giveaways for free books!

This Week’s Read it First Giveaway is for all you historical fiction fans out there…the novel The Shadow Queen by Rebecca Dean.

It’s the story of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, a woman who defied the rules of high society and made her own way in the world.  Author Rebecca Dean captures both Wallis Simpson’s rebellious character and the controversy that surrounded her. Oh, and Prince Edward gave up his throne for her?

…Intrigued enough to enter to win The Shadow Queen by Rebecca Dean? I sure hope so!

Just follow this link HERE and fill out your information.  That’s it!  You are entered to win!

While you are at Read It Forward’s website, subscribe to them and never miss another RIF Giveaway!  You can also check RIF on Facebook and Twitter.

I like the sound of this novel, so I entered to win, why don’t you too?!?

And if you are a lucky winner, PLEASE come back and let us know! =)


Lets Be Honest Purex Triple Action Detergent Giveaway!

YaY!  I am so excited be able to bring you the Lets be Honest Purex Triple Action Detergent Giveaway, brought to you by Purex Insiders!

THREE (3) Winners of this Giveaway will a coupon valid for a FREE bottle of new Purex Triple Action Detergent! That means THREE times the chance of winning!  And who doesn’t use laundry detergent? Wouldn’t you like to get a bottle for FREE??

There are a couple ways to enter this giveaway – the more items you complete, the better your chances are of winning!

How to Enter the Giveaway:

  1. Watch the Purex Lets Be Honest Videos HERE or HERE.  Leave me a comment on this post letting me know which site you watched the videos on.
  2. Leave me a comment and let me know which Lets Be Honest video was your favorite and why, if there was any particular reason you liked that video so much more than the others. My favorite video is the static cling video — so funny, so true, and I can totally relate!
  3. Like your favorite video by either using the Facebook like button on Purex site, or the “thumbs up” on the You Tube site. Leave me a comment letting me know you have completed this.
  4. Share your favorite on Facebook video using the appropriate buttons below the video.  Leave me a comment letting me know you have done this and leave me a link to the share on Facebook.
  5. Tweet about your favorite video.  Leave me a link to your tweet in the comments.

That’s FIVE easy entries into this giveaway!

The Lets Be Honest Purex Triple Action Detergent Giveaway will end Tuesday, July 17th, at 11:59 PM EST.  Entries after this time will not be accepted.

Disclosure:  This giveaway is sponsored by Purex.  No compensation for this giveaway was received, but I may receive coupons as a “thank you” once the giveaway had closed.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own.  Winners will be contacted by email and will have 45 hours after notification to respond before another winner is chosen.