Monday, May 3, 2010

Spreading the Awesome - Dan Wells - Giveaway

The marvelous Elana Johnson came up with the idea to do this Spreading the Awesome Blogfest featuring 60 of our favorite, amazing authors. I knew I had to take part because, let's face it, Elana's a genius and I am pretty fond of basking in her general brilliance. :)

I decided right away that I really wanted to do a debut author because supporting debut authors just oozes the awesome. With that criteria (and the idea of oozing) in mind, I immediately thought of Dan Wells. His book, "I Am Not A Serial Killer," is one of my all time favorites. It's described as a "sickly-disturbing, darkly-comic thriller." His protagonist, John Cleaver, is fifteen, a mortician, and a sociopath--but he is NOT a serial killer...at least not yet.

Here are a couple of my favorite lines from the book to give you a little flavor.


"This was it. This was what I'd never felt before - an emotional connection to another human being. I'd tried kindness, I'd tried love, I'd tried friendship; I'd tried talking and sharing and watching - and nothing had ever worked. Until now. Until fear. I felt her fear in every inch of my body like an electric hum, and I was alive for the first time, and I needed more right then or the craving would eat me alive."

"I felt like one of Max's video games, fumbling with unfamiliar controls and watching as my character on the screen ran helplessly in circles."

" 'You're weird, man,' said Max, taking another bite of his sandwich. 'That's all there is to say. Someday you're going to kill a whole bunch of people - probably more than ten, because you're such an over-achiever - and then they're going to have me on TV and ask if I saw this coming , and I'm going to say 'Hell, yes! That guy was seriously screwed up'.' "


John knows he's a sociopath and feels like fate wants him to become a serial killer, but he doesn't want to succumb. He spends much of the story trying to avoid what he considers to be his destiny by making a set of rules to keep him from the wrong path. When he's good, it's because he chooses to be good, and he's bad because he chooses to be bad. He takes on that massive responsibility, and I love that.

One of my favorite things about this book is that I've never seen a better juxtaposition of good vs. evil. There are times when reading it that you're not really certain whether the protagonist or the antagonist is actually the bad guy. It is dark and intense, but I heartily recommend it.

On top of all this awesomeness, Dan is part of the podcast Writing Excuses, along with Brandon Sanderson and Howard Tayler. If you are a writer and you haven't checked this out--I am saddened on your behalf. Do it.... well, not now, but after you've finished this wonderful blogfest. ;)

SO... I'm doing a giveaway! Yay! I am giving away a signed copy of "I Am Not A Serial Killer" that comes complete with a unique story about the signature. :) I will post that little anecdote when I announce the winner. The contest is open until Friday, May 7th at Midnight EST, and I'll announce the winners on Monday, May 10th. Anyone is welcome to enter, and there are three ways to earn entries.

1 - Follow me or already be a follower (here or on twitter, both count).

2 - Tweet about the contest or link to it in a blog post (again, both count).

3 - Comment on this post (this one is required for any entries to count because in spite of what rumors you may have heard, I am not psychic--or really all that organized--and I need you to update me on your entries.)

Hooray for Spreading the Awesome! The next stop on your blog tour is Stephanie Thornton. She's going to be highlighting author Kate Quinn. :) Let the fun continue.

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Okay, and we're closed to entries. I'll be posting the winner on Monday! :D Yay! Good luck everyone.

73 comments:

  1. Hiya Jenn,

    That book sounds great. I'm going to order a copy right now... if I can't steal one first that is.

    Wonderful write up.

    Tristram WFJ. X

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  2. I've been meaning to read this book -- the title alone draws me to it. Your review has heightened my interest even more. Thanks!

    I'm already a follower, and I'm adding a link to your contest on my sidebar list of Spread the Awesome contests!!

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  3. This book sounds really good. Thank you for introducing it to me. On my reading list now. Great review especially adding the dialogue. It has me intrigued.
    I'm adding a link to my blog right now!

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  4. Great review. Okay, why did I not know about this book?

    Count me in for the contest. :)I'm a follower and I tweeted about the contest (@stinall).

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  5. That cover is superb! So our you words. Nice work.

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  6. This sounds terrific!!

    x2 for following you please!

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  7. I'm having SO much fun spreading the awesome today!

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  8. What a great idea Elana had. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  9. oooo sounds good! I'm a follower here and on twitter, tweeted it and it's on my Spread the Awesome Contest list on my blog. Excellent post!

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  10. I am reading this book now and am, in equal measures, fascinated and disgusted, lol. I suspect I will love it!

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  11. I won't lie, I've been a little scared to read his book. But I've only heard great things!

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  12. Give me this disturbing book, woman! :) Dan Wells is awesome.

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  13. I would love to get that uniquely signed copy of this book! I became a follower, and I linked to your blog post because, well, I was supposed to, but I still did it. Does that count? LOL.

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  14. The title makes me nervous (bad dreams and all that), but you make it sound fabulous. :) Thanks for the recommend!

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  15. I am a follower!! And I would love to be entered in this contest. :D

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  16. OMGosh - I HAVE to read this! Thanks for sharing it. I am a follower and have tweeted it,

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  17. I loved this book too. Dan Wells is full of awesome and I have a mini-crush on him. I already have a copy of this book so you don't need to enter me in the contest - I just wanted to gush over it a little bit.

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  18. It sounds so good! I love that aspect about choosing and taking responsibility. Thanks for the review!

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  19. This is an AWESOME blog tour!
    I'm already a follower on Twitter & here.

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  20. I'm a follower. :)

    - Rebecca

    rebeccaswells(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Wow, this book sounds intense, but those passages were amazing. I can tell it's an incredible read, and I'll be adding it to my TBR list. I'd love to be entered for the prize though.

    I'm a new follower *waves* (Nice to meet you BTW!)

    Thanks for spreading the awesome. This is the funnest blog tour ever. :)

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  22. I would love to get a signed copy of this book. I've been listening to Writing Excuses for months, now, and have been looking forward to reading this for quite a while.

    Sadly, I haven't been able to get a copy yet, so winning one (especially a signed copy) would be fantastic.

    Here's hoping!

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  23. Wow on this book.

    I've tweeted and blogged about this contest, and I just started stalking you :)

    Thanks for taking part in this. What a blast going from blog to blog and adding books to the TBR!!

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  24. I think this is the sixth contest I've entered to win a copy of this book. Maybe this will be the time I win.

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  25. Oh, and I've also posted about this on my Twitter @Fiddlypoppin, and I started following you, too, if that can garner me any additional entries.

    Thanks.

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  26. *moans* That book looks amazing.

    -question: How are you going to know exactly who everyone is? All your getting is an internet name from people. Maybe i missed something?

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  27. Seriously you're not psychic? *wipes brow* Whew, worried that might be a requirement for writing (winks).

    I would love to be entered. The book definitely sounds intriguing. Thanks!

    Before I forget, I'm also following you now.

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  28. Since reading that book, I now know more about embalming that I ever really wanted to know, but don't let that stop you. It really is brilliant.

    I'm now a follower and have retweeted this contest. Keep up the good work.

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  29. I agree with Carolyn and Suzette, I've been nervous about this one. But after your great post, I think I need to try it out!

    I'm now a follower and am so glad I've found your awesome blog!

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  30. This book reminds me of Dexter, and since I'm addicted to that, I can't wait to read this!

    I'm now a blog and twitter follower of yours. I also tweeted about it. @LizsInk

    Thanks for the recommendation!

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  31. Mandorallen - I will be posting next Monday, May 10th to say who the winner is. Then, that person will just e-mail their contact information. I will try to contact them via blogger/twitter/whatever I can, but if they don't check back and I can't get ahold of them I will draw another winner. :) Thanks everyone for entering!

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  32. Oooh! *crosses fingers* New follower on Twitter @liathiano and I've tweeted!

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  33. I just became a follower. Awesome contest1

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  34. Oooh! This one sounds REALLY good! I'd love to read it. I'm following you now & am loving reading all the Spread The Awesome book recommendations. What fun!

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  35. I'm a follower... of your blog, too. You rock. Even if I don't win this book, it is on my "to buy" list. Miss you!

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  36. I love this cover! PLease count me in. I'm a follower both here and on twitter.

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  37. Ooh, I have been wanting this book and waiting for my book budget to breath a little! I am now following you (which was weird, because I thought I already was) and will be tweeting this contest shortly. And here's my comment, so...

    And that first quote gave me the willies. *shudder*

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  38. This sounds like a fabulous book! I can't wait to read it. I'm a follower. :-)

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  39. This sounds like a great book! I would love to be entered for a chance to win:)
    I am a new follower of your blog and a twitter follower @bangersis
    I tweeted http://twitter.com/bangersis/status/13327626274
    Thanks!
    bangersis at msn dot com

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  40. Oh sounds creepy awesome! Gives me the shivers, but very cool. Great review! Isn't Elana amazing? What a fun event.

    I'm now a follower! I'll add this contest to my sidebar!
    http://carol-in-print.blogspot.com

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  41. P.S. I tweeted about your contest earlier, but I'm now following you on Twitter, as well.

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  42. This sounds like such a good book! I love that you picked a debut, too!

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  43. I found you through Dan Wells' Twitter. I've known him for years and I'm excited for his book to be so successful.

    I've followed you here and on Twitter and tweeted about the contest.

    I'm happy to help support a fellow writer or three! Thanks!

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  44. http://inkwell.ning.com/profiles/blogs/spreading-the-awesomecontests
    I'm a follower! I'd love to win this, it looks great!

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  45. What a crazy and intriquing idea. Wow! Thanks, Jenn. This is goin' on my list.

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  46. This book sounds unique. I will look forward to reading it.


    I'm a follower of your blog.
    kzupancic[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  47. I've been wanting to read this book because of the title. Now I want to read it even more.

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  48. Jenn,
    You did an amazing job selling this book (at least to me) for Dan. I must say that putting the books dialogue in your review won me over. I'm disturbed and intrigued. I hope he gives you a gold star or better yet, a big ole chocolate bar! ;)
    Definitely a follower. I tweeted this and you're reading my comment.

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  49. Ooooh! Another book to read! :) This looks so good!

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  50. sounds like a really interesting read. I'm a follower here and on twitter/fb

    ellestraussbooks at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the great review!

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  51. Thanks for the awesome post! This book sounds really good! I am a new follower to your blog, but I have been following you on Twitter. I just tweeted about your contest.
    Thanks!

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  52. Whoa, this book sounds creepily good, like a Dexter Jr.

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  53. Okay, I read this book last year--bought the UK version because I wanted to read it so badly. It's definitely creepy and written so well I couldn't put it down. I now just bought the UK version of Mr. Monster. I'm told it is even freakier.

    And I'm not a horror fan. Except, maybe Dan has changed that?

    I'm following you here (Don't know why I wasn't already. My bad!)

    Thanks for helping spread the awesome.

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  54. I simply cannot wait to read Dan's book. And he's a fabulous speaker and so personable.

    Great review, Jenn!

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  55. Ohhh, this sounds good! I'm so in!

    I'm a follower here and on twitter!

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  56. OOOH love it-- almost like a Dexter! On my list now!

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  57. So true, Elana is a genius for coming up with this. As are you my dear for picking a debut author. You're absolutely right, that oozes awesomeness. As for Dan Wells, his book sounds excellent and the title alone would have made me pick it up! I'm off to check it out. Stop by my blog to see who I'm featuring tomorrow!

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  58. Please enter me in this giveaway - Thanks!

    seizethebookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. Howdy! Great blog. I have been listening to Writing Excuses since the first season. Dan is AWESOME! Thanks for the chance to get a copy of his book.

    I just joined your group. FOLLOWING!

    Ammon

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  60. I'm reading this right now and LOVING IT. Absolutely loving.

    ~Victoria

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  61. The book sounds excellent. I've already added it to my Amazon shopping cart, just in case I don't win this little contest :)

    I'm going to link to your post over at my blog, plus I guess I'll throw a few of my own 10 star reviews in the ring as well, since I'm posting anyway.

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  62. I am so excited about this book! Thanks for the review. You've put this in my to-be-read pile for sure!

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  63. Thanks for this giveaway! I'd love to be entered. I am now a follower. :)

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  64. Now entered and following,

    @SpecKK

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  65. I had this book in my hand at the bookstore the other night but set it down in favor of a John Scalzi book instead, but now I'm kind of wishing I'd have bought. Oh well, I guess i'll have to win it here! LOL! I'm a follower and I'm commenting, does that count as two entries?

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  66. 1 - Follower

    2 - Tweet about the contest:
    http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/13420210815

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  67. This sounds great! And I'd never heard of the book! Thanks. And I'm already a follower.

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  68. Hi, Jenn!

    Add me to your contest list, OK?

    I am now a "follower" of your blog and your FB page. (I'd appreciate follow-backs, especially on my blog)

    I "tweeted" about your contest on Twitter, here: http://twitter.com/Acushla712,
    I also posted it on my FB here:
    http://www.facebook.com/acushla712?ref=profile
    and I'll be posting about "Spreading the Awesome" and adding your link on my blog, Cynde's Got The Write Stuff, by tomorrow.

    I think that covers everything. If not, please contact me at:
    cyndelouwho22(at)gmail(dot)com.

    Thanks alot!

    Cynde
    Cynde's Got The Write Stuff

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  69. Okay, and we're closed to entries. I'll be posting the winner on Monday! :D Yay! Good luck everyone.

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