This is probably my favorite month of the year, and for more than one reason. Not only is it the beginning of the best time of year to be in South Florida, but it contains my hands-down favorite holiday and celebrates my favorite way to pass the time (NaNoWriMo, anyone?). In honor of all of this, I am hosting a two-prong contest, part of which is courtesy of New York Times bestselling fantasy author Jacqueline Carey.
In case you haven’t heard of Jacqueline Carey, here is a little bit about her from her website:
An avid reader, Jacqueline began writing fiction as a hobby in high school. After receiving B.A. degrees in psychology and English literature from Lake Forest College, she took part in a work exchange program and spent six months working in a bookstore in London. While living abroad, the desire to write professionally emerged as a driving passion. Upon returning she embarked in earnest on a writing career, which came to fruition a decade later. During this time she worked at the art center of an area college, gaining a strong background in the visual arts. Jacqueline enjoys doing research on a wide variety of arcane topics, and an affinity for travel has taken her from Finland to Egypt to date.
She currently lives in west Michigan, where she is a member of the oldest Mardi Gras krewe in the state. Although often asked by inquiring fans, she does not, in fact, have any tattoos.
On a personal note, Jacqueline Carey is not only one of my favorite authors, but a personal writing hero. I want to be like her when I grow up.
So, what am I giving away and how do you get it? Because of how awesome this month is, there are two parts to this contest. First, thanks to Jacqueline’s genius, I am raffling one SIGNED copy of her newest book, Saints Astray, the sequel to her fabulous Santa Olivia.
Fellow orphans, amateur vigilantes, and members of the Santitos, Loup Garron-the fugitive daughter of a genetically engineered “wolf man”-and Pilar Ecchevarria grew up in the military zone of Outpost 12, formerly known as Santa Olivia. But now they’re free, and they want to help the rest of the Santitos escape. During a series of escapades, they discover that Miguel, Loup’s former sparring partner and reprobate surrogate brother, has escaped from Outpost 12 and is testifying on behalf of its forgotten citizens-at least until he disappears from protective custody. Honor drives Loup to rescue Miguel, even though entering the U.S could mean losing her liberty. Pilar vows to help her.
It will take a daring and absurd caper to extricate Miguel from the mess he’s created but Loup is prepared to risk everything… and this time she has help.
Ahh! So exciting! I can’t wait to read it. 😀
Part two of the contest involves an ode to Thanksgiving. Within the contest entry form below is a space for you to enter a brief paragraph telling me what you’re thankful for–even if it’s just book giveaways hosted on blogs. The best, funniest, most moving, poetic, wonderful paragraph(s) will be posted on my site on Thanksgiving morning.
For this reason, the contest will end at midnight (eastern standard time) on November 22nd. Spread the word and earn extra entries in the random drawing! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section and even if you don’t win, I highly recommend ALL of Jacqueline Carey’s books, especially the Kushiel Saga (currently contained in three completed trilogies, but WARNING–these books may not be appropriate for children under 13. Parental guidance is suggested).
So, fill out the form below to enter! And please know that I promise I will not keep any of your information on file longer than it takes to notify the winners and close down the Google doc.
CONTEST CLOSED! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED! WINNERS WILL BE POSTED IN A NEW POST TOMORROW MORNING!