Friday, 25 May 2012

New Design Launch

Welcome to the new and improved Alexia’s Chronicles!!

Wow… what an exciting journey it has been re-designing the blog with Vicky at Sweet Dreams Design. She has been absolutely spectacular and super patient with me being a total tech-tard ;)

So, a HUGE ass thank you to Vicky – you have major hard core skills. This has been painless and stress free for me at least! Thank you, thank you and thank you. You are friggin’ awesomesauce!!




alexia's Chronicles

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But wait… there’s more… Not only has the blog undergone a fabulous makeover, there is a new addition to Alexia’s Chronicles.

I would like to introduce the newest member Ritesh Kala as Associate Blogger. Ritesh and I met during a feature on his blog (which is no longer active); he hosted an author for an entire week. It just so happens that I knew this author as well, so we started chatting and did ‘Featured Author of the Week’ together. It was a whirl wind week, and let me tell you, Ritesh is a slave driver great.

Since that week, which was beginning of 2012, we haven’t stopped talking, we started comparing books, sharing our ideas and thoughts on books we’ve both read. We have extremely different personalities – which you’ll see in our reviews, but we work well together…

For more info on myself and Ritesh visit the About Us page. With all the changes with Ritesh joining the Review Policy has changed. See here.

I know right?! Ah-mazing! I’m sure you’re asking yourself ‘Can it get any better?’, why yes, it can! J To launch the new design of Alexia’s Chronicles, Ritesh and I will be hosting a giveaway… yup, you read right J

What is up for grabs? There will be two winners. The two winners can choose any ebook from Amazon.com up to $6.99. IF we get 50 new email followers we’ll add another winner!!

Wrap up: 2 winners (hopefully 3),any ebook of your choice from Amazon.com up to $6.99. All you need to do to enter is fill in the Rafflecopter form below. 




a Rafflecopter giveaway

123 comments:

  1. The design looks great, I like the header :)

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    1. Thank you :) It's exactly what I pictured, just better! lol

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    2. Hey Anjana, welcome to my new blogging home! Alexia, Anjana is an awesome book blogger, much ahead in the game than both of us. You have to go check out her awesome blog at http://www.kindleandme.com

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  2. The colors are pleasing to the eyes. I like the cute header too. :)

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I didn't want something too dark or too bright or too busy. This way it's clean and clear :)

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  3. Well Ritesh, what a pretty solution to the blogging-and-life-juggling problem! Congrats on the move and I hope it'll be a great partnership for you both. Thanks for a nice giveaway too =)

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    1. This way Ritesh won't need to worry about the 'nitty gritty' things :) He has time for his job, I have time for my job and we'll help each other out. The last few months have been exhausting with the long hours at work for both of us - I'm so excited for this new venture :)

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    2. Hi Charlotte! Frankly, it was authors like you which were making me have second thoughts about shutting down the blog. But, now that I'm going to be blogging here, I can rest easy!

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  4. Hi I look forward to visiting often :)

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    1. Hi there! Thank you for your support :)

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  5. Looks awesome!!! Really impressed with the new look blog Lex! Hi Ritesh, Tracey here - Alexia's friend and number one fan. Good luck on your new venture, I know its going to be a hit!!!

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    1. Thanks doll face! Your continued support is greatly appreciated :) You're the bomb diggidy ;) lol xx

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    2. Hi Tracey, I of course know all about you! Hear a lot of you from Alexia! Thank you so much, hope you'll be stopping by often!

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  6. Aw, thank you! :) I'm glad you like the result! *waves to Ritesh* I hope you two will have fun - happy blogging!

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    1. Thank you Vicky! You've given me a new excitement for blogging :) pssst... don't tell anyone, but I've been sneaking a peek here every 20 minutes just to feast my eyes ;)

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    2. Hi Vicky, great design! Hope we did not *torture* you too much! :P

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  7. Looks great!! Clean and easy on the eyes!

    Hi! :)

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    1. Hey! Thank you - it's exactly what I was going for, Vicky got my ideas / suggestion down to the 'T' :)

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  8. Groovy blog! Congrats on your new partnership!
    Vickie

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    1. Hi Vickie! Thanks a mill :)

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    2. Hey Vickie! You new Kiwi book is going to now be reviewed here too! woo hooo!

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  9. Ooohh Alexia, I give it 5 extra dirty Grey Goose Martinis with extra olives! :^D

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    1. Cheers Annie *raises glasses* Thank you for your continued support! Love ya xx

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    2. Hi Anne, Great to see you here. But, with you guys with your martini glasses, what will I have?

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  10. Sounds fantastic. Love the sounds of the new venture. I am sure you will meet with much success.

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    1. Thank you so much Tasha - I speak for myself when I say, I'm super duper uber excited to get the ball rolling :)

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    2. Hey Tasha! You know what this means right? I might now be able to do that blog tour!

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  11. Alexia and Ritesh - best mismatched pair ever!!! Can't wait to see Ritesh all over your...blog (*clears throat*). Ritesh left me so bummed with his news yesterday, but this makes up for it. Good luck guys!

    Alexia - love the new look!

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    1. hahahaha :) Damn straight we're a mismatched pair! Completely opposites in all ways... but he keeps me on the straight and narrow (like I said, slave driver of note) lol
      Thank you :)

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    2. I just could not leave you high and dry, could I? But, you'll now have 2 reviews on one blog. Wonder how that will work out. Will we have a war on our hands if our opinions differ?

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  12. I am so excited. Yeah Ritesh! So good to see you and happy that you found a solution to your blogger woes! Hi Alexia. Proud to be a new follower. Your makeover is wonderful and congratulations on snaring Ritesh. He is a jewel!!
    P.S.
    Grabbed your button:)

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    1. Hi Laura :) Thanks for grabbing our button and the compliment - YAYNESS! We hope our posts are interesting and you keep coming back for more ;) Ritesh is a great bud!!

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    2. Alexia, Laura has been a constant reader and supporter on my blog. It is for people like her that I love to blog! Thank you so much Laura for the continued support!

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  13. Congrats Alexia, love the new design!

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    1. Why thank you Nicole :) Glad to see you here! xx

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  14. I love the design and am so happy to follow!

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  15. I love the new design! I am thinking of updating my blog, but I don't even know how to start. How did you do it?!

    New follower!!!
    www.amysbooketlist.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Amy, I think Alexia would be able to answer that batter, but the design was done by Vicky at Sweet Dreams Design (http://sweetdreams-design.blogspot.com/).

      And thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Hi Amy, thank you! Have a look at Vicky's designing blog (link above via Ritesh), there you'll find all the blogs she has previously done as well has her packages and prices. It's super easy and affordable!

      Vicky explains everything to you and she talks you through it step by step, she did absolutely everything. Her contact details are on her blog. xx

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  16. Design looks great. Fun, pretty and bright and Ritesh you're not related to Rajesh are you? lol

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    1. Hey! How did you know Jess? Thanks so much for stopping by. :-)

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  17. Look forward to all the fireworks on the blog! I am sure u guys will compliment each other very well !! All the best Alexia & RK

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    1. Thank you so much Kulin, and I totally agree with you said earlier, you know? *wink, wink*

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    2. Thank you Kulin! What are you winking about Ritesh?? What don't I know? lol

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    3. Oh, Kulin thinks you're really cute, and frankly, who can dispute that!

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  18. Because I'm new I have no idea what the design was before, but I love what you've done. it's beautiful. Hi, Ritesh! Congrats on the partnership. :) I'll make sure to check back often. (and thanks for the awesome giveaway!)

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    1. Thank you Erin! It's a great partnership, coz we're friends first and partners later!

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    2. Hi Erin, you don't want to know what it used to look like, considering I'm a tech-tard it looked stupid lol :) Thank you!!

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  19. Hi Ritesh! Nice to meet you Alexia!

    Congratulations on your new venture & good luck! Love the pretty & crisp design of the blog!

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    1. Hey Rashda! Good to see you here, and thank you so much!

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    2. Hi Rashda, nice to meet you to :) and thank you!

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  20. Followed from Goodreads. Love the website! Very cute. :) I will be sure to add your button to my blog.

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  21. I also followed from Goodreads! I don't know what the design was before but the new design is super cute! I like it a lot!

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  22. Hi, I'm actually here because I know Retish from facebook. He's an awesome dude! Thanks for the giveaway. I have on one my blog if you're interested for a $25 Amazon GC.

    www.walkingonbookshelves.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey! I entered your giveaway :)

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  23. Like the rating system. Awesome job with the new layout!! New follower :)

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    1. Thank you Lacey - I'm a major cocktail lover :)

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  24. Hi! Nice blog makeover! I know how it feel to have it done since I did mine a few weeks ago! Awesome!!! And Hi/Welcome to Ritest! Looking for both of your reviews and thanks for this giveaway!

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    1. Hey!! It's a great feeling :) I'm so proud of it!! xx

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  25. I love your layout! I especially love your rating system, it's just too cute! :-)

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    1. Thanks Lizze :) Love me some cocktails!

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  26. Really pretty. love the colors and of course love the header! :)

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  27. Love the new look! Hey Ritesh, thanks for the invite!

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    1. Thank you Midu for being such a great supporter of bloggers!

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  28. It looks great.
    Welcome Ritesh! Hope you have fun here with us.

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  29. Love the design: bright & cheerful!

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  30. Welcome! Very nice website that's easy to use. I came from Ritesh Kala’s Book Reviews.

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    1. Hey, thank you for dropping by! Hope to see you around,and also during all the giveaways!

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    2. Hi there :) Thanks for joining Ritesh here and for the support!

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  31. Love the new blog design! Professional and smart... and fun! I love reading book reviews and look forward to reading yours.

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    1. Thanks :) Fun is the most important to me!

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  32. This sounds like it will be an amazing joint venture! And wonderful blog design; it looks great.

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    1. Thank you :) We're both very amped and can't wait to get some awesome reviews up!

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    2. Hey Natasha! Alexia, Natasha is also an author and blogger! She has a short story collection out right now, which I really loved!

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  33. This is a gorgeous blog design! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Hey Emily! Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope to see you around!

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  34. Love the blog Alexia and a pleasure to discover it! AS for Ritesh, I am so glad you're sticking around, I was missing you! What a wonderful and brilliant idea!

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    1. Thank you so much for the support A.D. It is so good to see that atleast some of my friends from the old blog have followed me here!

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  35. Looking forward to following you. :) [waves to Ritesh]

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    1. Hey Lynne, we have big things planned. Hope you enjoy the posts!

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  36. I LOVE the new design. Just updated http://www.memoirofamermaid.com with your new widget!

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  37. Hi Ritesh,
    I followed over from Ritesh Kala's Book Reviews. This looks good and I can still read your reviews and do some of the great giveaways.

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    1. Hey Larry, good to see you here. Hope you'll be following us and our posts regularly!

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  38. Hope you both have fun and success with the new format.

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    1. Hey Ahmad, thanks for stopping by and entering!

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  39. Hey Guys,

    Sorry for not reading the post earlier, it was definitely a huge surprise! I am so excited that you guys are working together and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next! *squeals*

    Thank you for the giveaway too! I love the new blog design :)

    Natasha

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    1. Hey Nat, good that you could finally make it here! :P We have some big plans, so its going to be a wild ride!

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    2. Hi Nat!! Thank you :) So glad to see you here! Hope your exams are going well doll!
      xxx

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  40. I love the new look, even though I never saw the old look. I love that button is just pretty and I cant help staring at it all the time. And Hey Ritesh glad you didnt decide to leave blogging altogether.

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    1. Hi Anjie, thank you - I feel exactly the same, I just keep staring :) Hope to see you here often :)

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    2. Hey Anjie! Now that I think of it, I don't think I could have really given up completely. :) Hope to see you around!

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  41. I love your new design! It's very clean and sleek looking! Hi Ritesh! I followed you here from “Ritesh Kala’s Book Reviews" and look forward to hearing more from you :)

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    1. Hey Julie, thanks for stopping by. We really appreciate your support :)

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    2. Hey Julie, good to see you here! I hope you'll be supporting this blog just as much you were supporting me on my previous one!

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  42. I'm excited to have folloowed Ritesh to this new bloggin adeventure and looking forward to getting to know Alexia. I an't comment on the old design, never having seen it, but the new one looks great

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    1. Hi Carlyle *waves*, I hope to see you here more often. The old design was 'mickey mouse' like LOL. :)

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    2. Hey Carlyle! So good to see you here. Alexia, Carlyle's and Suki's book was among the first ones I ever reviewed. So, they've been with me right from the start!

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  43. Welcome Ritesh! Love the new design-- the header/theme is really cute and cheery!

    Laura

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    1. Hi Laura, thank you so much for the warm welcome. I now feel at home already!

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    2. Hey Laura :) Thank you!

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  44. I like the new design. It's pretty and easy to read. And things are easy to find. And it's not too busy.

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    1. Thank you SO much Jennifer :) Much appreciated, hope to see you here more often!

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  45. LOVE the new design! It's awesome!

    Thanks for doing the giveaway

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  46. The new design looks super cute!! I love it :)
    Btw, thanks so much for that awesome giveaway!! :D

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    1. Hey Diana :) Thank you! Hope to see you here again...

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  47. Hello,
    I am new to your blog, but oh so jealous! It is classy and very well designed. You guys did a great job! And hello to Ritesh!

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    1. Hey there! Thank you!! :) Hope you stop by often :)

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  48. Hey Ritesh, you know me already. I am happy that you are still continuing your journey in blogging. All the best!

    Vidya @ Books Are Magic
    http://vidya-booksaremagic.blogspot.com/

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  49. Very happy you're still going to be blogging, Ritesh!! I was bummed to see that you'd closed down you site, so this sounds like a great solution. And congrats on your new job! :)

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  50. hi ritesh and i entered your giveaway and alexia you have a nice blog

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  51. Hey, Alexia I love the new design especially the martini glasses and being a new follower of your blog I don't know what your other design looked like either.

    Hey Ritesh, I had been a follower your blog for a while. Glad to see you here. Hope the partnership works out for both of you.

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