Monday, December 13, 2010

Sign Up: 2011 Cozy Mystery Challenge

2011 Cozy Mystery Challenge!

Welcome to the 2011 Cozy Mystery Challenge! This will be my first attempt at hosting a challenge, so bear with me! In the past few months I have become increasingly interested in cozy mysteries. What is a cozy mystery, you ask? Click HERE for a great definition from www.cozy-mystery.com, which will provide you with lots of great options for this challenge, including an alphabetical listing of cozy mystery authors.

Cozy mysteries usually involve an female amateur sleuth that gets herself into a trouble trying to solve a mystery. These are light, fun reads that appeal to women who liked reading Trixie Beldon and Nancy Drew books when they were growing up. They are not as heavy and deep as most mystery/thrillers. They usually come as part of a series with specific themes. You can find just about any kind of cozy mystery from knitters, to bakers, to bookshop owners and tattoo artists.

I want everyone to have a lot of fun with this one! So the rules won't be too complicated.

Sign Up:

~To Sign up for the challenge you must make a post on your blog announcing your participation in the challenge, your level of participation and link back to this sign up page.
~You then must use the URL of that post to sign up through the Mr. Linky provided below.
~Please post the 2011 Cozy Mystery Challenge Button on your side bar so that others can link back to Debbie's Book Bag, if they want to sign up.

Other Details:

~The challenge will run from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011.
~ There will be three levels of participation to choose from:

Amateur Detective: Read 1-5 Cozy Mystery's
Private-Eye: Read 6-10 Cozy Mystery's
GumShoe: Read 11 or more Cozy Mystery's

~ You do NOT need to list your cozy mysteries ahead of time, you can add them as you go. If you do choose to list them up front, feel free to change them as you need to.
~ You can sign up any time during the year!
~ Books that have been read before January 1st 2011 will not count for this challenge.
~ Cross-overs from other challenges are accepted.
~ At the beginning of each month I will make a post for you link your reviews to.

Prizes:

~Every person who signs up for the challenge and links at least 5 cozy mystery reviews within the challenge period will be entered to win a prize at the end of the challenge.
~The prize will be a complete cozy mystery series from your favorite cozy author!

Here is the 2011 Cozy Mystery Challenge Button for your sidebar:



And here is the Mr. Linky for sign-up! Thanks to everyone for participating!


17 comments:

justpeachy36 said...

I hope I got all this right... Let me know if there are any problems!

Mystica said...

I would like to do this challenge but I am not sure whether I know how to do the linky bit properly. Lets see how it goes!

Book Loving Mommy said...

I'm so glad you decided to host this challenge! I cannot wait until 1/1/11 to start reading because I have never read a cozy before. And, everything (linky & button) worked fine for me so I think you did right!

justpeachy36 said...

Mystica,

In the first box, either put your name or the name of your blog, whichever you prefer.

After you've made a post on your blog saying you are going to participate, take the URL (what's in the address bar once it's posted) and put that in the second box and hit enter and you'll be all set!

Ellie said...

I've been buying the Stephanie Plum series a few at a time. I have them all but the first 5. I'll have to hurry and get them so I can start reading them for this challenge.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love the icon you created :)

dollycas aka Lori said...

My post is up today and it will have it's own separate page on my blog to help me keep track.

Dollycas

LB said...

I heard about this from Dollycas and just registered :) Can't wait to get reading!!!

Jules@OneBookShy said...

Thanks for hosting this fun challenge. I found out about it from Lori at Dollycas also - she's also the one who got me starte on this genre!

Happy New Year & good luck everyone on your challenges.

Jules

gautami tripathy said...

Joined in but can't add to mr linky. To get to my post, click on my name!

Sandee61 said...

Well I won't beable to join here because I'm not a blogger. I do like reading cozy mysteries, so I will just read your blog and the reviews and keep up that way.lol

Congrats on your first blogoversary!

Sandee61

justpeachy36 said...

You don't have to be a blogger to enter as long as you post a review on another site, like goodreads, or library thing or even fb if you want to ... just let me know here in the comments that you want to be a part of things and that's fine... come back and post a link to your review where ever you put it on the post for each month....

Laura H. said...

I don't have a blog but would like to join this challenge. I will post my reviews on Goodreads and Paperbackswap.com.

Laura Henderson
BornajhawkATaolDOTcom

Steve Capell said...

I need your help. I posted your button on my side bar and also made post with link back to your sign-up page. I signed up for Mister Linky, but I don't see a way to sign up for this challenge. I hope you can give me some help.

steven(dot)capell(at)gmail(dot)com

Steve Capell said...

I still need your help with what I am doing wrong? Thanking you in advance.

steven(dot)capell(at)gmail(dot)com

justpeachy36 said...

Hey Steve... I'm not really sure what you are doing wrong.

You don't have to create a Mr. Linky of your own. If you look under the button above. You should see a Mr. Linky that says Click Here to enter or Your next or something of that sort. Once you click that there will be a place to enter your name in the first box and the URL of your sign up post in the second box.

If this doesn't work for you... no need to worry, I know you are participating. As long as you post your reviews on the post for each month that will be fine...

Sorry it took me awhile to get back to you on this...

DL Thomas said...

Ok...I'm not having any luck signing up either. When I click the "Here" button above, it shows me a list of those who are participating, but won't let me sign up. I have posted both your buttons on the sidebar of my blog though.

Can you explain a bit more about how we are to post are reviews on your site, or where we are suppose to post them?

Thank you,
Deb

mammy4423ATyahooDOTcom