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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Contests and Winners
I held my first book giveaway last evening and have five lucky winners to announce today who will receive a copy of James Patterson’s 7th Heaven. The names were written on strips of paper, folded, placed in a cup and drawn out by someone other than myself.
Before I announce the winners, let me tell a little story and prolong the anticipation of who won. I’ve never been one to be lucky at winning anything. I occasionally enter contest, but never really thinking I’ll win.
Since I began this blog and visiting other blogs, I’ve participated in a number of giveaways. Not that I entered thinking I’d win, mostly I enjoyed participating in the post. Surprisingly, I’ve won in a number of these contests.
This is not a post to brag about winning, but to explain how there’s an extra bonus just to entering. In the three wins I’m about to mention, I had honestly forgotten that I had entered any type of contest. When I received notice of winning each time I was surprised, thrilled and happy remembering the post that the win came from.
The first win was from the Hallopalooza Scavenger Hunt at Halloween hosted by The Stiletto Gang where I won a copy of Charles Benoit’s Out of Order from commenting on the Type M for Murder blog. He also sent me his second book, along with an illustration as an extra bonus. I participated in the hunt because it was fun not really thinking I would win anything.
The second win came from Robin Kaye at Casablanca Authors who gave away a Starbucks gift card back in November when her Starbucks had a Villain Day. She ask what villain would we be and I said Jack the Ripper - so much is known about him and so little at the same time.
Didn’t think any more about it, I just enjoy chatting back and forth the ladies at Casablanca Authors. They have some funny post. Besides, I’m a Starbucks junkie myself.
The last win came this week when I received notice from Clare at Women of Mystery that I had won a copy of The Gift of Murder, an anthology of winter holiday crime stories to benefit Toys for Tots. I had started checking on the blog from another site (and unfortunately I can’t remember where the link came from) and just enjoyed the post.
I’ve rambled on here to say this - winning is great, but I’ve found there are so many extra benefits just to participating. I had laughs participating in all three of these contests.
I want to thank everyone who participated in this first giveaway and hope you come back and participate in the post, as well as any future giveaways. Remember I have another giveaway ending today.
Now drum roll please …. The winners of James Patterson’s 7th Heaven are: Sandy M. from AR, Jonnie H. from Edmonton, Elizabeth C. from NC, Janet H. from Crossfield, and Barbara S. from MN. Your names have been sent to the Hachette Book Group and the book should be in the mail to you before long. Congratulations and thanks for entering.
Let me share this with you. Author Judi Fennell is hosting a giveaway for a romantic getaway. The information can be found at Judi Fennell. It sounds like a wonderful giveaway. Check it out.
How do you feel about contests and giveaways? Do you enter them? Have you won any? Are you hosting any?
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