Saturday, December 29, 2012

Celebrating the Twelfth Day of Christmas - Giveaway from Christine Brodien-Jones


* Giveaway ended midnight January 6th ~ Winner is Irene Latham! *
(chosen using random.org)

El día de Reyes (The Day of Kings), otherwise known as the Twelfth Day of Christmas, falls on January sixth.  Still celebrated in Spain, it is a festival where gifts are exchanged by friends and family.  There are processions of the Three Wise Men in the cities, with music, dancing, singing, candles, firecrackers and lots of sweets (candies) tossed to the children by the Kings and their helpers, usually seated on grand carriages.


Before going to sleep, kids put milk and biscuits next to the Christmas tree for the Three Kings and leave out water for their camels. They also place their best shoes on the windowsills and fill them with straw, carrots and barley for the donkeys of the Three Kings.  The next morning, they wake up to find presents have been left overnight by the three Magi.
In the spirit of the Three Kings, I’m giving away a signed hardcover copy of THE OWL KEEPER, a dystopian novel for middle grade and teen readers. Comment to win! The drawing will take place on January 6, 2013, the Day of the Three Kings.   



Friday, December 28, 2012

December Theme: Christmas Sweatpants!

My Family does not have a lot of Christmas Traditions. We go to Church on Christmas Eve (where I always ‘accidentally’ burn myself with candles during the traditional candle part of the Service.) On Christmas Day we exchange gifts (the wrapped gifts are from Santa and the un-wrapped gifts are always from me- I am not a wrapper.) Then we eat (sometimes Santa cooks, sometimes Santa just orders Chinese Take Out.) And lastly, we almost always go see a movie! It’s such a great experience because I love movies and I love not paying (Santa always pays but sadly he never splurges on snacks) that is why I always wear sweat pants to the movies (or as I call them ‘Snackpants’!)
Merry Christmas.
Michael Townsend



Monday, December 24, 2012

Marble Queen Giveaway!

*Giveaway ended! Winner was Carol Wilcox!*
 
 

With the giving spirit of Christmas, I'm giving away a signed hardcover copy of my newly released, THE MARBLE QUEEN.

Comment to win! Will have a drawing on December 31, 2012. Merry Christmas, all!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

CHRISTMAS LOVE (DECEMBER THEME - HOLLY SCHINDLER)

I dig Christmas.  I love the smell of pine and little white lights and decorating the house and wrapping gifts.  I love carols and stockings and made-for-TV holiday flicks and carving the roast beast.
Jake and I both also love absurdly dorky Christmas sweaters...This year, I have to admit, our sweaters are awesome in their badness...
 

If Thanksgiving is the holiday to pause and let yourself truly feel all that you have to be grateful for, then Christmas, I’ve always figured, is the holiday to do something to show the people in your life how important they are to you—and it never has to involve spending a ton of money.  It’s a card filled with well-wishes; it’s an unexpected plate of homemade cookies; it’s taking a moment to share a cup of cocoa and a long talk at a kitchen table; it’s making plans for a new year together, while tingling with excitement.


…Since 2010, when A BLUE SO DARK released, I've always included my readers on my gratitude list.  And they're right at the top of my list again this year; they've been so incredible as I made my announcements regarding my forthcoming books (a YA, FERAL, and a middle grade, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY).  In all honesty, connecting with and getting to know my readers has become every bit as enjoyable to me as actually writing my books.


As I wrap up the year, my thoughts keep turning back toward my readers, and about how I can do more to show my gratitude, especially as my two books in development near publication—how I can connect with them even more in the future.  For those of you who haven’t yet, please do sign up for my mailing list, to keep in touch with all these new ideas.



 
Here’s wishing all of you a pleasant end to ’12, and here’s hoping that ’13 brings growth, comfort, pleasant surprises, and the kind of exciting developments that make your heart feel like it’s about to bust right out of your chest!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Escape = Sometimes What Really Matters (Stephanie Burgis)

Like a lot of people, I spent a lot of yesterday crying as I read news reports. Like a lot of people this weekend, I spent a lot of the last couple of days furious and horrified and anguished by the news.

I had to force myself to stop reading news reports yesterday afternoon. I wasn't learning anything new, I was just spiraling into a pit of horror.

I'd planned for ages to go see The Hobbit (part 1) in the movie theater. It was on at 3:30. I went hoping...for escape.

A lot of us talk about how our chosen genres are NOT escapist, oh, no, no. That argument comes up because there's a large-scale social understanding that escapism is somehow bad, less worthy than other types of fiction.

Yesterday, I needed escape.

I watched The Hobbit, and everything critics had complained about, in terms of pacing and structure, was true...but guess what? I enjoyed every minute of it.

Even when I could clearly see that things could have been made tighter in terms of pacing, that took away none of my pleasure in the film. And for three hours, I was taken into another place, a place of adventure and noble ideals and humor, a place with exciting peril but no real threat (because I knew the hero would be fine and nothing too terrible would actually happen).

I needed that. I'm guessing, this weekend, that I may not have been alone in needing that.

Sometimes an "escapist" book or movie feels like medicine for the soul. Three hours off in a day full of horrifying reality can make a genuine difference. And I'm so grateful for the writers and artists and filmmakers who make that possible.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Off Topic (Bob Krech)

I was planning on writing something aligned with the December theme and then the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary happened today. I am having trouble thinking about anything else.

I've been teaching in elementary schools for a long time. I've been doing lock-down drills with kids for a few years now and I work in a school district where everyone is buzzed in through the front door, all other doors are always locked, we wear photo ID's, and we have five or six drill variations for various shooter situations. And this is the suburbs. Like Sandy Hook. We are, I guess, for all intents and purposes, as prepared for this as you reasonably can be. Still, I almost couldn't take it in. This is such a senseless shocking tragedy. I found myself welling up as I drove home from work, listening to the details of the horrible events. My prayers and thoughts are with them and all over the map as well.

One of the things that came to mind was a story I heard from an editor about Chris Crutcher, the award-winning YA author of books like Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes and Whale Talk. I don't know if it's true or not, but according to the editor, Crutcher had submitted a manuscript that was about to be published when Columbine happened. His book happened to be about a shooting at a high school. He called the editor and asked her to please throw his manuscript in the trash. I don't believe he has revisited the topic.

I don't know how I feel about that. I don't know what Crutcher's thoughts were (or if the editor's story is actually true). I would guess he most likely did not want to be seen as possibly profiting from the events, especially because of the timing. It is a hard call to decide when and how it is appropriate to write about tragedy for young readers and even what is appropriate to begin with. There is also the question of is it okay to deal with these real-life events in fictional contexts or does it have to remain as a non-fiction piece. I've struggled with these questions with at least one of my books. None of it is easy, particularly when kids are involved in the content or as readers. They are a special audience.

My apologies for going off-topic. All best wishes for a peaceful, safe, blessed holiday season.




Thursday, December 13, 2012

'Tis the Season (December Theme) by Tracy Barrett

Most of us who write for or read this blog were lucky enough to grow up surrounded by books. I had the added bonus of growing up in a town where many children's authors lived, so I got early exposure to some of the greats of an earlier generation (most notably Charlotte Zolotow and Jean Fritz; Ed Young and others later moved there). But we all know that for many children, books are an unaffordable luxury and authors might as well live on the moon.

I'd like to do something to help make a difference, even a tiny one. Everyone who comments on this post by December 20 will be entered in a drawing to win a signed copy of any one of my books of your choice (see a list of the most popular here) to be given to the school of your choice, with your name as the donor, plus a free Skype talk at that school.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

B-O-R-I-N-G? Maybe Not *December Theme from Jody Feldman*


2012
If you were to examine the whole of my writing life, it would be easy to look past 2012.
Books conceived, zero.
Books released, zero.
On such a blog as this, we could say ...
2012 for Jody Feldman? B-O-R-I-N-G.
And yet, this may have been the most rewarding year in my career.

Days before 2011 ended, I got the green light to turn The Gollywhopper Games from a stand-alone into a three-book series. And I’ve been writing with joy and purpose this whole year.

Beyond the writing, more rewards:
In March, I traveled to pick up the Georgia Children's Book Award and spoke with so many wonderful teachers and librarians and students.
Repeat the speaking part in May at IRA in Chicago.
Repeat again at NCTE/ALAN in the weirdness of Vegas right before Thanksgiving.
Add to that a number of school visits
and a full docket of Skypes, and you pretty much couldn’t keep the smile off my face.

As many of you know (and I’ve repeated ad nauseum), it took me a long time to call myself a published author. Perhaps that’s why I truly understand that timeline-worthy accomplishments are the products of seemingly insignificant years like 2012. And perhaps that’s why I tend not to judge that period from January 1 through December 31. Rarely does it tell the whole story, but it often can tell so much more.


WIN!!!

Thank you for being a part of my writing life. To celebrate continuing progress and evolving success, it’s giveaway time! Click to the comment section here (or tell me on Facebook or Twitter – I’m simply Jody Feldman and @jodyfeldman) by December 31, and let me know if you want a chance to win your choice of:
*One full Skype visit for a book group or class;
*A submission package critique (query letter + up to 10 pages); OR
*A signed copy of either or both of my books.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

December Theme: LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING AHEAD...PLUS A GIVEAWAY by John Claude Bemis


I’m happy to share that today is my birthday.  And a big one to boot.  With the year coming to an end, as well as my thirties, I’ll take this as a time for reflection.  A time to look back and to look ahead.

 
In 2012, my forth novel The Prince Who Fell from the Sky came out and became an Amazon Best Book for May.  This post-apocalyptic animal adventure with its sci-fi Jungle Book elements felt like a departure from the American steampunk epic fantasy in my previous Clockwork Dark trilogy.  I was thrilled to see how it found a new and different readership, as well as deepened my Clockwork Dark fan base.  I was thrilled to have the first book in my Clockwork Dark trilogy The Nine Pound Hammer land on the North Carolina Battle of the Books list, and the last book in the trilogy, The White City, receive the North Carolina Juvenile Literature award, the second time I’ve received this honor.

Also in 2012, I left teaching again and most likely permanently.  I love the classroom, and I’ve missed the day-to-day relationship with my students.  But having the time to focus my attention on my writing, as well as to expand my school visits and public speaking at conferences and workshops, has been rewarding. 

I’m excited to be working on my newest project, one that began in earnest in 2012 and will carry me into 2013.  I superstitiously keep works-in-progress under wraps, but my local librarians pay attention to what I check out to try to figure out my next book.  Earlier this summer when I was in the Hillsborough library, a librarian scanned two books on alchemy, one on the inventions of Leonardo Da Vinci, a history of the Venetian Empire, and the Carlo Collodi original version of Pinocchio.  She raised an eyebrow and scratched her chin but didn’t hazard a guess.  I’ll leave it to her and to you to try to put the pieces together.  I can promise it’s exciting!

So 2013 will be busy with this new project, as well as busy at a new writing spot.  As an early birthday present for my big Four-Oh!, my wife bought me a stand-up desk.  With the touch of a button it raises and lowers, so I can save my back and break up the writing day between sitting and standing.  Beautiful!

I’m looking forward to lots of school visits, conferences, and literary festivals in 2013.  Most exciting, I’m attending Kindling Word, a writer’s retreat in Vermont this coming January, that will be lead by Gary Schmidt.  If a long-weekend snowed in with lots of superstars of the children’s literary world isn’t an inspiring way to kick off the New Year, I don’t know what is.

So to all that came before, I send my thanks.  To all that is to come, I welcome you.

Happy holidays, everyone!   And happy reading and writing.

GIVEAWAY:
As a big thanks to you for reading Smack Dab In The Middle, I'm offering a giveaway.  Post a comment below (make sure you're a follower of Smack Dab), and you'll be entered in a drawing for your choice of any of my book (signed and personalized) or one of my audiobooks.  For more details on my books, see my website.  On Saturday December 15th, my daughter will draw one of your names from a distinctly low-tech hat and I'll post the winner.  Make sure to enter before 9 am EST on Dec. 15th.  Good luck!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday Scavenger Hunt and Giveaway (December Theme)


I've been thinking a lot about gifts this holiday season and why they are so important to me. In snippets of overheard conversation, I've been realizing that most people think that gifts are commercial, that giving gifts takes too much time, and that overall, December would be a lot better off without the gifts. It's always strange to discover that your own strong opinions or feelings on a topic are squarely in the minority, and stranger still when you realize that if you tried to express your feelings, people would think you were not only wrong, but a bad person. In this case, a commercial person.

I've found myself defending my point of view, and as I listen to myself, I think: I sound as though I feel guilty. I'm just backing up their opinion that underneath all of these excuses, I really just want something shiny wrapped under my tree.

So, I've tried to stop talking and do a little more thinking. Why are gifts so important to me? This love of gifts started when I was a little girl, creating my own vision of the holiday season. We were desperately poor, which might lead a person to believe that I was just excited to finally get something I really, really wanted. But, actually, because we were poor, my parents made nearly all of the presents they gave away. We'd sit down at the beginning of December and think through what we wanted to make, and then our living room would turn into a factory full of paint, wood and hot glue. Among the family, since we didn't have money to toss away, we would think long and hard about the just-right present. Of course, there would have to be a bit of money spent, but part of the joy was finding a way to give someone something far beyond what you could buy in a store. When I think of gifts, I think of a person spending time and love to make something unique--to me, a gift is love that you can hold in your hands.

So, this December, I've decided to take matters into my own hands. I've put together a holiday scavenger hunt that is all about giving gifts, but not the commercial kind. Want to join in? The details are below.

Here’s the scoop:

Complete four of the following six challenges, and then post a paragraph about your experience on the Naomi Kinsman Facebook fan page. People who complete the challenge and post on Facebook will qualify for the opportunity to Award-a-Friend. See below for details on this very special Award-a-Friend gift opportunity.

Challenges:

Look for five-ten items in your room that you can donate to a good cause–either Salvation Army, Goodwill, or otherwise, depending on what you’re giving away.

2. Watch for someone in your life who has a task or tasks that they do all of the time for you. Surprise them by taking care of this task once, twice, or even for a whole week.

3. Keep your ears open for an organization in your community that is doing something special for people in need. Give in an over-the-top way by gathering a group of friends donating together: either items or food or even a little money. It’s amazing how much more a group can accomplish than one person by him or herself.

4. Listen carefully. Is there someone in your life who needs a little more time? Time is a valuable commodity because there’s just only so much of it. But you could give someone time in a few ways. You could help someone complete a task in half the time by helping them with it. Or, you could watch your younger siblings for an afternoon to give one of your parents a few hours all to themselves. Or you could even help a parent carve out some creative or get-things-done time by designating a time during the day when you will not interrupt them.

5. Give creatively, Sadie-style. Use your special gifts to create something for a friend or family member. Do you draw, paint, write poetry? Do you have a specialty item that you like to bake? These are the types of gifts that could never be bought in a store.

6. Look for an experience you can give to someone you love. Instead of wrapping up something you buy at a store, can you give a picnic in the park, a scavenger hunt in a museum, or a snow-adventure, complete with a hike, a snowman and hot cocoa. Have the adventure now, or wrap up a description of what you will do after Christmas and put it under the tree.

Award-a-Friend:

If you complete at least four of the six challenges, and post about it online, Naomi will contact you directly about Awarding-a-Friend. You will nominate a friend (or two or three!) for a special award, such as “Chef Extraordinaire!” or “Generous Genius!” You will email a two-three sentence description of why this friend has earned this award, and Naomi will post the accomplishment on naomikinsman.com. Also, she will send you an electronic pdf certificate that you can print out and give to your friend for Christmas. The deadline to finish the challenges and nominate a friend is December 22. All awards will be posted online on Christmas eve.





Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December Theme: Gifts From the Heart & A Book Trilogy Give-Away!

by Trudi Trueit

I'm pretty easy to shop for. I'm a confessed aroma-therapy addict. I have a wide assortment of wraps, blankets, slippers, and animals to heat or freeze to my liking. I am also a big fan of unusual kitchen gadgets. True, I don’t use the S’Mores maker I just had to have all that often, but it’s nice to know it’s there, between the cotton candy maker and cherry pitter/garlic press/apple peeler doo-hickey. Shoes, chocolate, and precious gems also top my list (though not necessarily in that order).

A S'More maker Dr. Frankenstein might have appreciated.
Still, as much as I enjoy these items, my favorite gifts can’t be found in any store. The presents I most treasure are those that friends and family have made for me. For so many years, I couldn’t wait to get my annual Popsicle stick ornament from my god-daughter, Marie (now that she’s in college, I really miss them). I also adored the lavender scented soap my niece, Trina, made for me when she was in the third grade and the drawings my nephew, Carter, still creates each Christmas. Artwork, stories, poetry, music - anything from the heart touches me. Hand-made gifts don’t have to be perfect. In fact, that’s what makes them so special. I love the knitted scarf that’s lopsided or the hand-dipped spearmint candle that smells a little too much like Vicks VapoRub. 

In that same creative spirit, I’d like to give away something from my heart. I enjoy crocheting and, over the years, have crafted throws, scarves, baby booties, and other items from friends. But then along came Kira, my ragdoll cat. Kira is a sweet, loving furry friend. However, she has an obsession - and I do mean a complete and utter fascination - with string. Despite my attempts to get her interested in something else while I crochet (catnip toys, her favorite mouse, treats), she has a one-track mind. I have even hid in the closet to do my work, but to no avail. It's a single needle. There is no noise. Yet, this cat knows the minute I start crocheting. I don't know how she knows. But she knows.

With this face, all feline crimes are forgiven
And so, after more than a few tug-of-wars over my ball of yarn, I’ve had to hang up my crochet hook (at least, for now). This year, it looks like you’ll have to be content with entering to win something else that I have created from the heart: my books. 

Here is what I am giving away:

~ One winner will get the complete Secrets of a Lab Rat series, a three-book set featuring these middle grade titles:
- No Girls Allowed (Dogs Okay) 
- Mom, There's a Dinosaur in Beeson's Lake 
- Scab for Treasurer?
The series is designed for boys and reluctant readers, ages 8 and up. You can read more about it at my website, www.truditrueit.com

~ Two other winners will each win an audiobook of the third book in the Lab Rat series, Scab for Treasurer? (narrated by Oliver Wyman).

Please enter to win through the Rafflecopter box at the end of this post. The contest runs from today, December 5th, 2012 to December 14th, 2012. U.S. residents only, please. Winners will be notified via email and first names posted here when the contest ends.

Best of luck, everyone, and may you give and receive many, delightful gifts from the heart this year. I'm hoping Kira will let me finish a throw to give away next year, but the odds aren't good (she just attacked the string on my hoodie). Looks like we'll have to stick with books for now!

P.S. I am hoping Santa will bring me this contraption that makes square eggs. Ooooo!
*** The Secrets of a Lab Rat Give-Away has officially ended. Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to our three winners:

Janet L. (trilogy winner)
Janet S. (audiobook winner)
Erika H. (audiobook winner)

Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

THE 13TH SIGN PREORDER CONTEST (BY KRISTIN O'DONNELL TUBB)

The 13 Days of THE 13TH SIGN Preorder Contest
 
 
I currently have a Preorder Contest going on for my book, THE 13TH SIGN (Feiwel & Friends, January 8, 2013). Here’s how it came together…
 
The premise: My editor said, “Hey, you know what’s good for books? Preorders.”
Me: “Really? Okay…I guess I could encourage those…” *thinks about the horrors of self-promotion *
“BUT! If I make it a contest that also benefits Reading is Fundamental? THAT I could really encourage! And I’ll make it 13 DAYS LONG as a handy-dandy tie-in!”
 
So I put together 13 prize packets and recruited 13 bloggers to each “sponsor” one day of the contest. Putting together the prize packets took about a day (the actual assembly of them is still ongoing); recruiting 13 bloggers took about 3 weeks.
 
We’re now on Day 12 of that contest. Here are the results to date:
 
The things I’ve learned:
-A 13-day contest is like running a marathon. (More like a half-marathon – 13.1 miles – I suppose!) It was a great tie-in to my title, and I’m delighted to meet and work with 13 different bloggers on this contest. But 3-5 days will likely be sufficient for most contests.
-HOWEVER. 13 days gave me plenty of time to try out different marketing techniques, messages, and delivery methods. So it was fun to have the time to experiment with what worked best.
-People like free things.
 
The things that have surprised me:
-The blog spam! My blog is getting attacked 10x the normal rate.
-New Twitter followers. The average has been between 6-10 new followers a day.
-People will do amazing things for you if you just ask. (This refers to the 13 fabulous bloggers who said, “Sure, you can post things on my blog!”) This hasn’t *surprised* me, per se, so much as reaffirmed my faith in how amazing the kidlit publishing industry truly is. 
 
The 13 Days of THE 13TH SIGN Preorder Contest
 
 
I currently have a Preorder Contest going on for my book, THE 13TH SIGN (Feiwel & Friends, January 8, 2013). Here’s how it came together…
 
The premise: My editor said, “Hey, you know what’s good for books? Preorders.”
Me: “Really? Okay…I guess I could encourage those…” *thinks about the horrors of self-promotion *
“BUT! If I make it a contest that also benefits Reading is Fundamental? THAT I could really encourage! And I’ll make it 13 DAYS LONG as a handy-dandy tie-in!”
 
So I put together 13 prize packets and recruited 13 bloggers to each “sponsor” one day of the contest. Putting together the prize packets took about a day (the actual assembly of them is still ongoing); recruiting 13 bloggers took about 3 weeks.
 
We’re now on Day 12 of that contest. Here are the results to date:
 
The things I’ve learned:
-A 13-day contest is like running a marathon. (More like a half-marathon – 13.1 miles – I suppose!) It was a great tie-in to my title, and I’m delighted to meet and work with 13 different bloggers on this contest. But 3-5 days will likely be sufficient for most contests.
-HOWEVER. 13 days gave me plenty of time to try out different marketing techniques, messages, and delivery methods. So it was fun to have the time to experiment with what worked best.
-People like free things.
 
 
The things that have surprised me:
-The blog spam! My blog is getting attacked 10x the normal rate.
-New Twitter followers. The average has been between 6-10 new followers a day.
-People will do amazing things for you if you just ask. (This refers to the 13 fabulous bloggers who said, “Sure, you can post things on my blog!”) This hasn’t *surprised* me, per se, so much as reaffirmed my faith in how amazing the kidlit publishing industry truly is. 
 
The things that have worked best:
-Most of my preorders came when I posted on Facebook after 4 p.m. Central. Before then, the message seemed to get lost. After then – especially the posts that included a giveaway – saw quite a lot more activity.
-More preorders came when I gave away 13th Sign t-shirts than any other gift. I paid $6 a shirt for them through Vista Print; you can likely cut those costs in other places. So YES, technically, giving away a shirt with each preorder is losing money. But think of all those people wearing the 13th Sign cover all over the country! *tingles*
-Having a wide variety of bloggers – librarians, book clubbers, authors, illustrators, and out-and-out book lovers was one of the smartest decisions I made.
 
The things I would do differently:
-I wouldn’t spend any money on promoting posts through Facebook. It is a $7 fee (so, inexpensive) but I never saw any increased results from this. I tried it twice – once with a giveaway and once without – and didn’t see corresponding results.
-I’d remember to tell people about the book! The first blog post (maybe the first two?), I forgot to include an About the Book section. Oops!
-I think that beforehand, I’d recruit a handful of close friends who would be willing to Retweet/Share posts on certain days, ESPECIALLY if the contest goes for multiple days. It makes sense that my friends/followers shared and RTed the first few days, but then that activity lessened. If you designate this ahead of time to some close friends, you could guarantee a more even flow of activity, I think.
 
 ~

 
Welcome to DAY AQUARIUS of 13 Days of THE 13TH SIGN Preorder Contest! AQUARIUS is traditionally considered to be the eleventh sign of the zodiac. AQAURIUS characteristics include: unique, creative, intelligent, insecure, unpredictable, and focused.
 
(Want to learn more about your 12-sign horoscope, your 13-sign horoscope, and which horoscope sign you ACT like? Take THE 13TH SIGN quiz!)
 
Smack Dab in the Middle is happy to host Day Twelve of this contest!
 
So. What is this contest all about?
If you preorder a copy of THE 13TH SIGN by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, you will be entered into a contest! Where you can WIN THINGS! And there are new prizes every day!
 
And. EVERY preorder will be *matched* by a $1.00 donation to RIF, a literacy program committed to placing books in the hands of kids who need them most.
 
About the book:
What if there was a 13th zodiac sign? 


You’re no longer Sagittarius, but Ophiuchus, the healer, the 13th sign. 


Your personality has changed. So has your mom’s and your best friend’s. 


What about the rest of the world? 


What if you were the one who accidentally unlocked the 13th sign, causing this world-altering change, and infuriating the other 12 signs?  


Jalen did it, and now she must use every ounce of her strength and cunning to send the signs back where they belong. Lives, including her own, depend upon it.
 
What can I win TODAY?
If you preorder THE 13TH SIGN today, Tuesday, December 4, you could win:
-star charm
-Signed copy of SELLING HOPE by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
-signed THE 13TH SIGN swag
-signed KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES by Shannon Messenger bookmark
-a FREE 1-hour Skype session with a school or writer’s group of your choice
-signed paperback of AUTUMN WINIFRED OLIVER DOES THINGS DIFFERENT
-a 13th SIGN tshirt
 
 
How do I enter?
Preorder THE 13TH SIGN! You can preorder it through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, or through your local independent bookstore. Then email your receipt TO KRISTIN at ktubb@comcast.net. You will be entered into that day’s drawing, the grand prize drawing, and your purchase will be *matched* by a $1.00 donation to RIF!
 
Are there other ways to enter the contest?
Yep!  You can be entered into the daily prize drawings by doing one or more of the following:
-Each preorder of THE 13TH SIGN = 10 entries into grand prize drawing and 10 entries into that day’s drawing
- Each person who blogs about the contest = 10 entries into that day’s drawing
-Each person who changes Twitter or Facebook avatar to cover = 5 entries into that day’s drawing (for each day it is present)
-Each Tweet or Facebook status mention of the book and contest = 2 entries for that day’s drawing (must include hashtag #the13thsign)
-Each RT of book and/or contest = 1 entry for that day’s drawing
 

BUT. You have to preorder THE 13TH SIGN to enter to win the grand prize and to have your purchase matched with a RIF donation.
 
ALSO. To make sure you get the correct amount of entries, please let Kristin know if you’ve done any of the above! You can email her at ktubb@comcast.net with everything you’ve done to enter.
 
What is the grand prize?
A Nexus 7 ereader! BOOM. The grand prize winner will be announced on Kristin’s blog on Friday, December 7.
 
How long does the preorder contest last?
13 days total! You can visit these other blogs for each day’s prizes:
DAY ARIES: The Book Vortex
DAY TAURUS:  The Housework Can Wait
DAY GEMINI:  Magnet 4 Books
DAY CANCER:  Abby the Librarian
DAY SCORPIO:  Citrus Reads
DAY SAGITTARIUS: Bloggers [heart] Books
DAY CAPRICORN: - Middle Grade Mafioso
DAY AQUARIUS: Smack Dab in the Middle
 
Good luck! And don’t forget to take THE 13TH SIGN quiz