The New Year has come roaring upon us like a mighty dragon with storm winds in its wake. It is a time for the setting of goals. For looking behind and looking ahead. A time for comparisons and calculations. It can be discouraging, daunting even, but it can also be hopeful. The hope of a fresh start. Of a blank book spreading before us with no mistakes yet marring the pages. So let us face this fierce new year of 2015 with fire in our hearts and strength in our arms. And get excited because I’ve been planning all sorts of fun things for the blog this year! It may come as a slight surprise to you, but I love books. I love reading books, writing books, sniffing books, stuffing books into my too-full bookcase … and giving books to friends. It’s a long-standing joke in my family that at least one person is going to get a book from me at Christmas time. This year, I managed to keep that number down to two. (The previous year, I realized I had given every single family member a book … only after they unwrapped their presents!) There is nothing quite like finding the perfect book—with just the right blend of setting, tone, characters, and plot—to match each reader. Because I love gifting books, I’ll be hosting a book giveaway for you, dear readers, every 1st and 3rd Tuesday for the duration of the year. Just for fun, I matched each month of the year to one of 12 Speculative Fiction Subgenres, so the giveaways for that month will fall under a certain theme. And January’s theme is … dystopian! January can be a bit of a bleak, dismal, gray month—words that tend to describe most dystopian societies … if not necessarily the books I’ve chosen. So be sure to stop by on January 6th for the first giveaway of the year! When Destiny Comes Calling … This serial short-ish story is one of my favorite things that I’ve ever tried on the blog, so I was quite sad to have to leave it hanging this fall amidst the crazed rush of a book release. But I think it’s high time we return to poor Alexander Mitus Scott Beauford III and his strange companions, Destiny, Fate, and the Wizard Doomsday, don’t you? Expect the return shortly! Need a refresher? Enjoy sifting through the archives to get caught up on the story! On Villains and Heroes My spy has once again managed infiltrate the ranks of the Academy of Ultimate Villainy, so you can expect to enjoy snippets of lecture notes on all things nefarious and dastardly, including a series on “Master-Minding Murder and Mayhem.” I don’t know about you, but that sounds fascinating to me! Also, in response to a series of messages sent to the Warriors-in-Hero-Training School of the Round Table, I finally received a missive from Sir Galgadin. Hand delivered by a talking wolf—definitely a strange experience. Apparently, Sir Galgadin has been away for the past several months hunting ogres in the mountains where hunting eagles make pigeon-reception doubtful, to say the least. In any case, he has a series of Questology Lectures that he intends to submit whenever possible, so you can expect to learn all sorts of heroic and fascinating things about questing, damsels in distress, identifying enchantresses, and returning home in one piece. Stay in Touch There’s quite a bit in the works for this year—not to mention several books that will be coming your way shortly—and you won’t want to miss out on any of it! A great way you can stay informed is by joining the Clan Newsletter! By following my newsletter, you’ll be the first to receive giveaway announcements, see cover reveals, and hear about upcoming books. Not to mention receiving the occasional epic fantasy short story delivered straight to your computer … Click here to sign up! As always, I wish you all the best and look forward to spending this next year with you!
One simply cannot have enough contests and prizes and giveaways in my humble opinion. The last prizes for the launch contest have been shipped off, so I think it’s high time for another contest! So, we’re launching the Orphan’s Song Epic Photo Contest … because who doesn’t love epic photos and Amazon gift cards? Yep, you read that right. There is a $20.00 Amazon giftcard at stake here! Guidelines: The contest runs until December 3rd. To enter, take a picture of your copy of Orphan’s Song and post it somewhere online – your blog, facebook, pinterest, twitter, etc. You must either tag me in the picture, leave a comment with a workable link, or send a link to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org. At the end of the contest, I will compile all of the pictures into an album where everyone will have the chance to vote on the most epic photo to select the winner of a $20.00 Amazon gift card. (Important Note: by sending me the photo link, you acknowledge that you grant me permission to post your photo in an online album for contest purposes.) Frequently-Asked-Questions:
- What if I got the ebook instead of the paperback? Can I still enter?
Absolutely! Take a picture with the cover showing on your ereader! Ebooks are awesome, so we definitely won’t let something like that stop you from entering the contest.
- Do I have to be in the picture?
Nope, you do not have to be in the picture if you would prefer not to plaster your gorgeous face online. Simply take a picture of your book in an epic setting—see my photo above.
- What do you mean by an “epic” photo?
I’m hoping that y’all will have fun with the contest and take pictures of the book in all sorts of adventurous settings, costumes, lightings, backdrops, etc. In short, be creative! Have fun! Use your imagination and try to convey a little bit of the adventurous feel of the story in your photo. The sky’s the limit here! Have fun and happy photo-taking! If you have any other questions, leave a comment and I’ll get back as quickly as I can. Don’t have a copy of Orphan’s Song yet? You’re in luck. I’m currently running a giveaway on Goodreads and it’s super easy to enter.
First off, I want to say “thank you” from the bottom of my heart to everyone who entered the Launch Contest and helped spread the word about Orphan’s Song! We had a whopping 580 entries earned during the contest! Each point earned equaled another time your name was entered into the drawing, and the winners were selected at random this morning! Drumroll please… And the winner of Birdie’s prize is Deborah O’Carroll The winner of Ky’s prize bundle is Allison Ruvidich And the winner of Amos’s prize bundle is Ghost Ryter Winners please email your mailing address to email@example.com to claim your prize in the next 48 hours. Congratulations! Thanks for your help telling folks about Orphan’s Song! Didn’t win this time? Never fear. There will be plenty of other opportunities to win giveaways and prizes in the future. Follow my blog and like my facebook page to stay tuned for more information about the Orphan’s Song Epic Photo Contest and upcoming Goodreads giveaways if you haven’t yet received a copy of Orphan’s Song. If you have read and enjoyed the book, consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads or telling a friend what you liked about it. Word of mouth is one of the best ways you can help an author. Thanks all!
Something happened last week. I’m sure of it. I honestly don’t remember what. But whatever it was happened to be of such epic magnitude that I didn’t get around to putting up a Week 2 incentive for the contest. So we’re skipping Week 2 and moving straight on to Week 3, for the simple reason that time somehow keeps marching on even when things get crazy. Go figure. I have a fun challenge for y’all this week. (For a full list of prizes and ways to enter the contest, read the original post: Orphan’s Song Launch Contest and Prize Giveaway.) The paperback copies of Orphan’s Song are finally here! So if you preordered a copy through Kickstarter or Amazon, or logged on the other day and ordered a copy, it should be coming soon, if it hasn’t already arrived! As soon as my copies arrived, I stuck one on the shelf beside the books belonging to some of my favorite authors and couldn’t resist taking a picture. So for this challenge, I’m inviting you to take a picture as well! That’s right, it’s the EPIC PHOTO CONTEST. How does it work? Simple. Take a picture of yourself with your paperback or ebook copy of Orphan’s Song at any point in time between now and the end of the Launch Contest, November 1st, post it on facebook, pinterest, or your blog, and earn 10 entry points. Easy, right? But wait, there’s more. Orphan’s Song is a fantasy adventure … and who doesn’t like epic, adventurous photos! So, as a part of the EPIC PHOTO CONTEST, you can also email a copy of your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered in an additional contest for a $20 Amazon gift card. When you email me the photo, you’re giving me permission to also post it online (on facebook, my blog, twitter, or pinterest) and ask readers to vote on the most epic, adventurous photo to determine the winner. Note: This portion of the contest will continue until the middle of November, but if you want entry points for the Launch Contest, you’ll need to post your picture before November 1st. Sound fun? A photographer I am not, but here’s one I took to get y’all started!
Well folks, it’s been one week already since the start of the Launch Contest for Orphan’s Song, and so far, there’s been an overwhelming response! So I want to start by extending a big thank you to everyone who’s entered in so far. If you haven’t entered yet, or you haven’t earned all the entry points you can yet, be sure to check out the original contest post here: Orphan’s Song Launch Contest and Prize Giveaway. You can continue to earn easy entry points for a better chance at having your name drawn as the winner until the contest ends on November 1st! In the meantime, because it’s been one week, it’s time for the first Contest Incentive! This week, we’re going to take Social Media by storm. Here are several super easy ways you can earn extra points! Just be sure to either comment with links or drop me an email at email@example.com so I can make sure to add your entries to the tally.
If you have an idea and you’re not sure if it counts or not, leave a comment and I’ll let you know!
This is it folks, the big day! Today is the launch day for the paperback of Orphan’s Song! This book has been several years—and one crazy summer in the making. So now that it is finally released to the world, it’s time to celebrate! For the next four weeks, from October 1st until November 1st, I will be running a BIG Launch Contest and Grand Prize Drawing! Help spread the news about Orphan’s Song and enter for a chance to be one of three winners who will take home the following awesome prizes. What’s At Stake? Birdie’s Prize Bundle:
A blend of the music that inspired the book
Signed paperback copy of Orphan’s Song
$10 Amazon gift card
Stoneware mug and instant cappuccino mix. Ky’s Prize Bundle:
Signed paperback copy of Orphan’s Song
Stoneware mug and hot chocolate mix. Amos’s Prize Bundle:
Signed copy of Orphan’s Song
Stoneware mug and spiced apple cider mix. Note: The discerning reader will point out that the dagger is not bronze, does not have a wooden hilt, and is not a dirk, but this dagger was the closest thing I could find to something approximating Amos’ weapon. And I think it’s pretty cool, don’t you? *Entrants for Amos’ prize bundle must be 18 years old and must check their state knife laws—this knife is restricted in MA and CA. How do I win? Because it is all about winning! There are several way you can earn entries into the contest to gain an even better chance of winning one of these awesome prizes. The more entries you earn, the more times your name is entered into the contest. It’s like Katniss and Gale and the Reaping … but happier.
1. Buy a copy of the book! Pre-ordered copies or copies purchased today (Wednesday, October 1st) are worth 15 entries. After that, copies are worth 10 entries. Email me a copy of your receipt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Write a review of the book and post it on amazon, goodreads, your personal blog, etc. Each review posted earns you 7 entries. Email me a link to the review at email@example.com.
3. Buy a friend a copy of the book! Fall has the best reading weather, and with Christmas coming up, a great way to share your love for Orphan’s Song is to buy a friend a copy! Each additional book = 15 entries. Email me a copy of your receipt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Share this contest on Facebook! Don’t forget to tag me (@Gillian Bronte Adams) in your post so I can count your entries! Note: You’ll have to like my facebook page in order to tag me. You can post once a day while the contest lasts. Each post earns 3 entries.
5. Follow this blog for an easy 5 entries. If you already follow the blog, that counts too. Leave a comment letting me know that you followed.
6. Tweet about the giveaway! Don’t forget to tag me (@theSongkeeper) in your tweet so I can count your entries. You may tweet once a day for the duration of the contest. Each tweet earns 1 entry. 7. Pin a contest photo or Orphan’s Song’s cover on Pinterest! Leave a comment with a link to your pin or email me at email@example.com. Each pin earns 3 entries.
Each week, I’ll post a contest incentive with additional ways you can earn entries for a better chance at winning the ultimate prize! (Here’s a helpful hint: you may want to follow this blog or like my facebook page so you won’t miss a post.) Winners will be announced Monday, November 3rd! Enjoy the story and good luck with the contest! Which of the prize bundles would you be most excited about winning? Answer in the comments!