Woohoo! The party day has finally arrived and it's going to be fun because it's a huge thank you to all my readers who have made this blog something I look forward to every day. As Ren McCormick said with much wisdom in his voice as the confetti rained down, "Let's dance!"
Oh, wait. We have some awesome prizes for you. (You can read this and dance at the same time if you want. I know I am.) (Also, I was trying to use Rafflecopter for this, but I'm technically inept, so we're going to do this the old-fashioned way) (and use the honor system.)
Today's theme is Mystery and Suspense and all our prizes are very suspenseful. And whether you win or not is still a mystery! (I laughed at that. Sad, I know, but I haven't gotten much sleep lately, so bear with me.) Get your party hats out (or dancing shoes on) and I will, too. *throws confetti* *pulls up my collar*
First of all, thank you to all who have already entered the contest for having a character in my new novel named after you! I'm so excited to put everyone's entries up for a vote. I will accept entries until Tuesday at 10 p.m. MST and then we'll vote on them Wednesday and Thursday and announce the winner on Friday. Sound good? Here's the details in case you missed it.
Write a 300 word piece that starts with the words, "The shadow moved across the window." It can be any genre, but must start with those words. Email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org with Character Contest in the subject line. I will be putting the entries on the blog so everyone can vote and the ones with the most votes wins! It's going to be fun! This is the first prize and frankly, one I'm very excited about!
The second prize is from the Queen of Mystery herself, Stephanie Black. (Doesn't she look so sweet and innocent in that picture?) She is a multi-award winning author and has some of the curl your toes creepy kind of mysteries that I almost never read after dark. She has a blog here and today, you can win one of her books. She'll even autograph it for you. (In a creepy way I'm sure.) I've reviewed some of her books in the past and I can't wait for her new ones. In that, "I know I shouldn't but I totally do" sort of way. (Love you, Steph!)
The third prize offered today is Caller ID by Rachelle Christensen. Another award winning suspense author. If you haven't read this book, it's one for your keeper shelf. And if you don't know the author, well, she likes a party---especially the ones I throw. Right Rachelle? Here's her blog so you can get to know her better and read some of her stuff!
The fourth prize is Variant by Robison Wells. I used to blog with Robison and Stephanie over at the SixLDSWriters and a Frog blog and they are the ones that kept up laughing, but they're also the ones who have since written some very . . . well, sort of edgy in a creepy way . . . awesome books. Rob's book has done very well, and while I haven't read it myself, I have heard a ton of rave reviews about it. (I'm a bit of a chicken. I'm going to get up the guts to read it one of these days, I promise!)
So there you have it. The party has started!! Woohoo! *turns the music up loud* Who's with me? Who wants some prizes?
If you do, here's the deal. Each one of these things is worth one entry to win the books offered today. Tell me in the comment trail which ones you did (or answer the questions correctly) and I will put your entries in. Simple!
!. Be a follower of my blog (if you are already, then that doesn't count. Sorry!)
2. Be a follower of Stephanie's blog
3. Like my author page on Facebook
4. Follow me on Twitter (@juliebellon) and/or Tweet this contest
5. Tell me whether Stephanie thinks store bought ice cream tastes better or homemade.
6. Be a follower of Rachelle's blog
7. Tell me the name of Robison Wells' first published book.
8. Post this contest on Facebook or Google +
I will announce all the winners on Friday and there will be four more prizes every day this week! It sounds too good to be true, but I know it's going to be an amazing week. Thank you to everyone who participates and reads my blog. This is more a celebration of how wonderful you make my life and I hope you know it.