Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Witchy Woman Birthday Giveaway!


One of the reasons I love summer is that my birthday is in July. This Friday to be exact. I'll be *mrphle* one years old. This is my week, which makes me the veritable empress, so there will be gifts!

To celebrate, I'm giving away three great prizes. To enter, just leave a comment telling me which prize you'd like to win, or if you'd like to be entered for all three. I'm a benevolent dictator. The catch is, since this is my birthday, you'll be getting things I love. Mwah, hah ha!

That means witch books, like my manuscript, EVANGELINE. First up for grabs is a copy of Hex Hall, by Rachel Hawkins. At first I wasn't sure about this one, but the more I read on, I just fell in love with Sophie and found myself enchanted by the world Hawkins has created.

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Next up is the entire Blue is For Nightmares series in softcover. This was another series I'm so glad I decided to read. The first one was a great introduction to the main character Stacey, but once she meets Jacob in White is For Magic the rest of the series, especially Red is for Remembrance, is so worth the read.

Stacey's junior year at boarding school isn't easy. She's not the most popular girl at school, or the smartest, or the prettiest. She's got a crush on her best friend's boyfriend, and an even darker secret that threatens to ruin her friendships for good. And now she's having nightmares again. Not just any nightmares – these dreams are too real to ignore, like she did three years ago. The last time she ignored them, a little girl died. This time they're about Drea, her best friend who's become the target of one seriously psycho stalker.

It started with weird e-mails and freaky phone calls. Now someone's leaving Drea white lilies – the same death lilies that have been showing up in Stacey's dreams. Everybody thinks it's just a twisted game . . . until another girl at school is brutally murdered. There are no witnesses. Worst of all, no one has a perfect alibi. With everyone as a potential suspect, Stacey turns to the one secret weapon she can trust – the folk magic taught to her by her grandmother. Will Stacey's magic be strong enough to expose the true killer, or will the killer make her darkest nightmares come true?

In this Deluxe Spellbook Edition you'll find:

Spells created by You and other keepers of secrets-poems, spells and meditations contributed by fans of this popular series. Extras also include an interview with the author.

Finally, for those who aren't exactly the witch novel type, I've got a sweet Hokusai wave notebook, an awesome pen, and I will also offer a critique of your query AND first five pages.

For extra entries:
Leave a comment with your selection for one entry
old followers +2
new followers +1
blog or tweet about this contest +5
recommend another witch book in the comments +1
add up all your points ;) +1

Good luck to everyone who enters!

Don't forget to stop by Abby Annis's 200 Follower Giveaway!


Christine Fonseca said...

Awesome - HAPPY B-DAY! My oldest's b-day is July...and she lves it too. The book choices are amazing, so yeah - any of them rock. I get a point for commenting, 2 for being an old follower and 5 for tweeting, and 1 more for adding it all up (hehe) - so, 9 all together!


M. Bail said...

Hi! and Happy Birthday!!!

If I were to win, I'd like the Blue is for Nightmares series. Sounds pretty awesome!

These are witch novels, but I haven't read the novels, just saw the movies! Witches of Eastwick and Practical Magic.

So, adding up points:
I get a point for commenting, 2 for being an old follower, 2 for recommending two witch novels, and 1 for adding it up for a total of: 6!

Abby Annis said...

Crap. I should probably get my post done and up. :)

Cool contest! And happy early birthday!

My points:

+1 I haven't read either, so I don't have a preference.
+2 old follower
+5 blogging about it today

Book recommendation? Um... Evangeline? ;) Seriously, I'm going to have to think about that. I'll come back if I think of one.

+1 for being a math wiz ;)

9 total

Krispy said...

Happy (early) Birthday! You are a benevolent empress to give away stuff for YOUR b-day. :)

These series sound intriguing. I've seen Hex Hall around, but like you, I'm iffy about it. Now I'm curious thanks to your review. But yeah, no preference! (+1)

Old Follower! (+2)

I think the most recent witch-ish book I read was the Gemma Doyle trilogy. Does that count? Haha. I also haven't read Wicked, but tons of people love it and that's most definitely about witches. (+1)

Adding up my points... (+1)

Total: 5

Zoe C. Courtman said...

Happy Birthday!! Mine was this past Monday (the 28th). Are you a Cancer, too??? And that's three entries for me (old follower +2) and commenting (+1). No preference on the prizes!

donnas said...

Happy Birthday! Popular birthday time, mine is next week.

Id love to enter for Hex Hall or Blue is for Nightmares. Been wanting to read them both.

+1 comment
+2 Im an old follower
+5 Tweet - http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/status/17630529354
+1 Total - 9

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Janet Johnson said...

Happy b-day! having just read Hex Hall (definitely enjoyed it), I think I'd enjoy the pen and notebook or Blue is for Nightmares.

New follower, by the way. Found you at Abby Annis's blog. :)

ali cross said...

Awesome! Happy, happy birthday! (My birthday is ALSO in July (July birthdays rock) except I had the guts to say it OUT LOUD on my blog just old I am. For shame. If I can do it, you can too!)

So, um. Here I am commenting (:D), I tweeted, and I am a NEW follower. Huzzah!

Grand total (including one for adding it up for ya, ha!) EIGHT points.

Oh, and I loved Hex Hall. That's the only witchy book I've read, but I want MORE. So, feel free to enter me into any one of your prizes!

Stacey Smith said...

Happy Birthday!My birthday is in july two On the 25th.To bad i'm turning 40 years old.But hopefuly i will get a nook.Hope you get good stuff two.
+1New follower

Ellz said...

Great blog and Happy Birthday. I would love to read the Blue is for Nightmares series.

I loved the Bewitched series by Kimberly Frost. It is not YA, but tons of fun!

+1 new follower
+1 adding

3 for me!

Enbrethiliel said...


Happy Birthday, Tere! =)

I hope this is international because I've been wanting to read Hex Hall for some time.

+1 Comment
+1 New Follower
+1 Total: 3

Thanks! =)

Enbrethiliel said...


Ooops! I didn't see it was closed. I'm so sorry. =(

Please accept my belated birthday wishes anyway. =) I'm still following and hope to be on time for the next one.