Thursday, October 15, 2009

The First Giveaway EVER!!! (Bom, bom, bom)

That's right folks, I'm about to make blog history. (For this blog, anyway.) This is my first giveaway--hold your applause til the end please, I don't want you to get tired.

One of my fellow Utah writer buddies, James Dashner, has a book that came out last week. I don't know if you've heard of him, but he's kind of a big deal--I'm sure he'd agree. His book is called THE MAZE RUNNER.

I just finished it yesterday and it does not disappoint. The plot is fast-paced and keeps you asking questions. He describes it as something like: Lord of the Flies meets Ender's Game. I think that is a perfect comparison.

It is also geared toward boys--as 99% of the characters are male--but it is the kind of story that many girls will be able to get caught up in it as well. I loved it! Thanks James!

I have an ARC, so being the supportive person I am, I purchased a hard cover one, had Dashner sign it and it's up for grabs on the blog. *Drumroll*

Taking my cue from a few giveaways James did on his blog - here are the rules.

1 - Sign up to follow me on twitter, facebook, blog and then leave a comment telling me you did it. Each is worth one entry to the drawing. If you are already following--you are, of course, supremely cool--and you still get the entries, IF you comment and tell me. :)

2 - If you advertise this giveaway on your blog = 1 entry. If you tweet about it = 1 entry. Just make sure to tell me in the comments.

3 - If you've read this or another book that you loved recently. Tell us what it was and what you liked about it. = 1 entry.

4 - You can do all of the above, all of the above you can do, and above are all that you can do. *This is my nod to Nathan Bransford for being hilarious--carry on*

This contest will be open until Sunday night at 9pm Eastern Time. Yes, I'm in Utah. But sometimes I pretend I'm in New York. If you have a problem with that = NEGATIVE 1 entry. ;)

Let the games begin! (By the way, if you clicked on the link in my blog to my blog, then I may or may not be laughing at you right now.)

40 comments:

  1. I'm already following you. So I guess I'm entered, right?

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  2. I've heard about The Maze Runner and I totally want to read it. I'm following you here and Twitter and I retweeted :)

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  3. I'm following your blog and your twitter feed already...and I'd love to read this! I almost accepted an ARC myself from Amazon vine two weeks ago, but I accepted another first, and then discovered I'd reached my limit! :-( I want to know if my son would like it.

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  4. Okey-dokey. I'm following your blog, following you on twitter and added you on facebook. I would probably do this even without the contest now that I have discovered your blog. Fun contest!

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  5. Oh my gosh! I can't believe it! James Dashner is an awesome writer of the 13th Reality, and those are good books, so I really want to read the Maze Runner! Sure, I already have 13th Reality 2 signed already, but I'm not letting this pass by! I'm a new follower to your blog and I just advertised the contest on Life of a Bookworm, and just yesterday I finished Touching Spirit Bear and I like how Cole goes from a madman crimanal kind of person to someone whos really gentle and wouldn't hurt a fly, and it has some really good lessons in it.
    So that counts as 3 entrys, right?

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  6. Susan - yep, definitely entered :)

    Natalie - Awesome, 3 for you, thanks!

    Kathleen - 2 for you, and I bet he would. :)

    Angie - 3, thanks! and welcome :)

    Alyssa - Yep, that's 3! :D

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  7. I already ordered this book, and it looks amazing. I just read The Other Side of the Island, another dystopian (can you tell it's my favorite genre?) and it was simply fabulous. I'm sure James's book will be too. :)

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  8. You are too funny! I know I follow you here and on Twitter, I'd have to check Facebook to see if we're connected. I don't remember! :) I'll go tweet about your giveaway now.

    Thanks!

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  9. This book sounds great. I'm following you on twitter and the blog already. I'll go look at facebook.

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  10. This book keeps coming up in recommendations, so as soon as I click away, I'm going to the library co-op site to see if I can find it.

    Don't bother entering me in your contest, Jenn, I'll just plan on winning the next one.

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  11. Elana - I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the recommendation!

    Janna - Thanks for all the support :D So that will be 4.

    Patti - Awesome. 3 then. :)

    Ray - How giving of you to give others a chance... since you know you're winning the next one and all. :)

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  12. Yes! Mark another entry for me, because I finished Gregor the Overlander! I like how that Gregor falls to the Underland in a landry hole thingamajigy instead of a rabbit hole, which is something really expected, like Alice in Wonderland. And Gregor is really brave and willing to risk his life for everyone in the Underland, even Luxa and Henry, who are like bullys, and not going "Oh no! How will I get out? I'm so very frightened!" In a high sqeuaky voice like Alice!
    Alice or Gregor?

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  13. Alyssa - haha awesome! Adding another : )

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  14. Which books, Shelli?
    Yeah, I like Touching Spirit Bear and Gregor the Overlander, you talking about those?
    Huh?

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  15. I am following you on twitter (along with a ton of other fab Utah authors!)

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  16. Best book I've read recently--

    A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn An adult mystery, first in a series set in South Africa in the 1950s, full of lush and beautiful vistas and character and a good mystery too.

    In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith--not sure this is available yet? I hope it gets on some award radars--it is both a great YA coming of age teen boy book and also great suspense but excels at being a great example of western fiction (not cowboys and Indians, but that dry spare real fiction of the west...)

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  17. Lovely! I already follow you on Twitter and Facebook, and your blog (anonymously I think). I tweeted this and announced it on Facebook. Now aren't I awesome? :)

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  18. I'll definitely have to check this book out. It sounds like just the sort of thing I'd love to read. I already follow your blog, but I don't Twitter so... You can just put me in once. Whatever.

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  19. Thanks to Lady Glamis, I am now following your blog, I posted about your blog on FB, on my family blog, and on my kiddie lit book blog http://kiddielitblog.blogspot.com/
    glad I found your blog, Mazerunner looks like a great book!!

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  20. Wahoo Maze Runner. Finished it last week, so no need to enter me in the drawing. I'll just hunt James Dashner down and have him sign my copy. It was a great book. Everyone should read it. :)

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  21. Well, I'm following you on everything, I RT you, and I'll post a notice on my blog. And I have no clue what that adds up to for entries. But I'd really like that book!

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  22. Okay - I followed the RT from Liana over here. Then I followed your blog, followed you and RT'd you on Twitter, and friended you on FB.

    Gah...I feel like a stalker now. LOL But looking forward to getting to know you (and reading that book!?). :-)

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  23. Awesome guys! Hello new people! Thanks so much for participating :)

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  24. Woop, woop! I just smacked down Dragon Flight! I like how the main heroine, Creel, smacks the King Caxel in the FACE mentally by defieying him! And personally, I can't blame her! That woos is still king while he did NOTHING while Creel talked her way into spying on another nation who was declaring war on Feravel, caught attention of a prince, saved Feravel twice to collapsing to certain doom, and yet is humble about it. And yet Caxel calls her what? A COMMONER! In the first book she bargins her way out of a dragons clutches, befriended a dragon, foiled a princess's plan to take over the country, and in this book, she stops a whole army of hundreds of dragons, therefore keeping Feravel from burning to the ground! And yet Caxel is still king and stubborn and unruly and quite a bit acts like a two year old, while Creel is smarter and wiser beyond his puny little peanut for an uncharged brain!
    Tell me, who'll make a better ruler?

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  25. Alyssa - I LOVE the Dragon Slippers series! :)

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  26. 1 - I'm now following you're awesomeness via twitter, this blog, and facebook

    2 - I tweeted about this contest - here's the link for the tweet itself. https://twitter.com/lights_aurora/status/4942339782

    3 - If you've read this or another book that you loved recently. Tell us what it was and what you liked about it. = 1 entry.

    I recently finished RAMPANT by Diana Peterfreund, which was AMAZING! The story was so well written, giving mystery without being blatant, and the best part was I didn't see it coming. It was such a wonderfully fast paced read, like omg what happens next, and it ended up dragging me through a sleepless night because I couldn't put it down. Really, I don't know how people can read just a little before bed - I don't think its relaxing at all lol. Can't wait for the sequel!

    I'll also mention a book from the summer, EON: DRAGONEYE REBORN by Alison Goodman. Its such an awesome book too, the whole time I had no idea what came next, and sometimes books can get predictable. But not this one, not at all. It plays so differently with the Chinese Zodiac and its culture, yet the author doesn't force a reminder of the differences at every turn, which I've seen. That can be jarring, but this was so smooth and subtle. I can't wait for the sequel either!

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  27. I talked about your contest on my blog, but I can't find you on facebook.

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  28. Hi Jenn,

    I signed up to follow you on Twitter, I'm trying to follow your blog, but I had to do it via Twitter. I have more than one gmail account, and I was having technical issues trying to follow on my blog. I also sent you a Facebook friend invitation. Is that what you meant by "following you on Facebook"?

    The last book I read was Mystic River, and I really enjoyed it.

    Good luck with your authorship.

    Mariel :-)

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  29. D'Oh! Guess I was supposed to also write what I liked about the book (Mystic River). Sorry. Kind of tired.

    Mystic River was a real page turner, but it was more than just a thriller. You really got caught up in the characters. It was also clear that the author did a tremendous amount of research, and the book described aspects of police work a normal person would never know. The research gave the book a reality I don't usually get from the few police-related thrillers I've read.

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  30. Hello everyone, I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4, Dog Days, which is not even a week old, ya know? I like how the main protanagist, Greg, is just so lazy and they get a dog, he thinks reading is torture! And almost every move he makes comes back to affect him in the future, which so hilarious! Like in this book, Greg and Rowely go to this video game competition, and they camp out, and Greg pulls a prank on Rowely by dipping his hand in chocolate so he thinks its the muddy hand from this horror movie they saw earlier, and Rowely uses a mallet and smashes Greg's hand, and right then the store opens and nobody else shows up so Greg and Rowely have to play against each other, the winner gets a ticket to a national video game tournament, and Greg looses 15-0 at the game he's best at, ande turns out, Rowely forfitted the tournament for a pack of chocolate raisins!
    Oh, and Jenn, you're not the only trying hard to get published and veriasious reader of fantasy and that kind of thing, you know?

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  31. Awesome guys! Thanks for everyone who participated. I will be posting the winner either later tonight or tomorrow morning. :D

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  32. Saw the trailer this looks great!
    Twitter=1
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    Thanks!
    Karla
    spottoread.blogspot.com

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  33. This book sounds amazing! Thanks for the giveaway :D

    I'm following you on Twitter (@chloeeesays)

    A book that I read recently and ADORED was Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. It was intense, frightening, mysterious, and romantic, and the main guy is a sexy fallen angel. It doesn't get much better than that ;D

    Chloe
    lookaftermyheart1901(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. This sounds great! I signed up to follow the blog.
    christinbanda(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  35. I loved this book! I'd love to receive a signed copy. I'll kill two entries with one stone:

    http://addiction-to-fiction.blogspot.com/2009/10/maze-runner-by-james-dashner.html

    I reviewed Maze Runner and mentioned the giveaway at the end. I also put it on my twitter, so I guess that makes 3!

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