Win a Kindle at Red’s Trick or Treat Bash
12/8/11, At last, a pic of my happy winner holding her Grand Prize, filled with creepy reads!
This Bash is officially over! Winners have been contacted via email, so check your inboxes!
Welcome to the Red Tash Trick or Treat Bash!
If you’ve hung out around this blog for awhile, you know that it’s taken me a few years to release my first book. If you’ve never written a book before, let me assure you—it’s a big deal!
Since Halloween is approaching, and my spunky female protagonist’s birthday happens to fall on October 31, I figured “Why not host a Halloween Trick or Treat Bash on my blog?” So that’s what I’m doing. Christine would be honored, I’m sure. You don’t even have to dress up (although costumes are always encouraged ‘round here.)
To celebrate, I’m giving away a few prizes. They’re good ones, too. You could win an Amazon gift card, or even a new Kindle! (Too cool, huh?)
That’s right, grand prize will be an Amazon Kindle.
It’ll be the 3G with special offers version, same as I’m getting. I need to research the new models announced today before I update the prize package, please bear with me. (One for you, one for me! Isn’t that how you divide the goodie bag after you trick or treat?) Not only will you get a Kindle, but you’ll also receive a free copy of my book, and I’ve had a lot of author friends chime in and donate copies of their books, as well!
It’s a virtual Trick or Treat bag of Halloween awesomeness—we’re talking ghost stories, zombies, vampires, and other fantasy adventures. You’re going to be up all night reading until the New Year and beyond, with all the great stories you’ll be downloading for FREE. (Read on to learn all about my fantastic author friends, and earn entries by visiting their websites.)
Second prize will be an Amazon gift card for $25 and a free copy of This Brilliant Darkness. w00t!
Third prize? A ten dollar Amazon gift card. That’s totally worth it, isn’t it? Oh, yeah, you can have a free copy of TBD, as well, if you’d like. Why not?
The best news is that you don’t just get one entry. You can enter as many times as you’d like, between now and the deadline. I want to get your Kindle to you before Halloween, so the deadline for entries will be October 16, 2011. Amazon shouldn’t need more than two weeks to ship a Kindle, should they? Let’s cross our fingers and steer clear of black cats, just in case.
So, how do you win? I’ve made it easy for you, with different ways to enter. Choose as many or as few as you’d like. The more you do, the more chances you’ll have to win. Here’s how to get your entries:
- Leave a Verified review of This Brilliant Darkness on Amazon. 5 pts
- Leave an unverified review of This Brilliant Darkness on Amazon. 3 pts
- NEW! Review This Brilliant Darkness on Barnes & Noble! 3 pts.
- Review This Brilliant Darkness on Smashwords 2 pts
- Review This Brilliant Darkness on Goodreads 2 pts
- New! Review TBD on iBooks for 2 pts.
Please note: It will thrill me to read that you loved the book, and it will help me as an author to learn what you loved about it, and what you didn’t like about it. Are you curious what happens next? Let me know in your review. And if you don’t like the book, that’s okay, too, but I’d also love to know why (and please feel free to email me your thoughts, as well, at RedTashBooks at Gmail dot com). Leave an honest review, okay?
But that’s not the only way to enter! Read on…
Not the reviewing type? That’s okay! I’ve got more ways for you to enter!
- Like my Facebook page. 1 pt
- Post a link to either the Amazon page for TBD or the Smashwords page on your blog, your Facebook profile, on Google+ or in a tweet @RedTashBooks. Please make sure it’s a public post, or I won’t be able to find and count your vote. My team of highly-trained web spiders are voraciously devouring the web for your entries, but if you hide them, they might not find them—and I want your entries to count. I’ll give you 1 pt for each of these entries per day. Spammers never win, my friends.
- Join my email list by emailing RedTashBooks@gmail.com, and making your subject line “email list.” 1 pt for you! (I hate getting junk mail as much as you do, so I promise you’ll only hear from me when I have something major to announce—like a new book, or a contest.)
Are you crafty, artsy, etc? I’m not, but you can make up for my shortcomings, and I’ll reward you with bonus entries! Create any kind of fan art within the realm of reason (no nude frontal body art, please), and I’ll give you a free copy of This Brilliant Darkness and 3 pts for your own masterpiece. You’ll need to tag your work “Red Tash,” wherever you post it, and a link back to the website is a sure-fire way for that team of highly-trained ninja spiders to find your work. If you haven’t read the book yet, read a lengthy sample here for inspiration.
Do you want still more ways to win? Read on…
Last but SO not least, earn extra entries by going door-to-door to my neighbor’s blogs! These are the authors who have generously donated a copy of their own literary treats for your reading pleasure (if you are the Grand Prize winner). Some are giving away copies now, as well! Visit their blogs, say hello, and make sure you say “Red sent me.” Again, a limit of one blog comment per post, per day please. If you spam the nice authors, you will be banned in short order. Link back to RedTash.com, and I’ll be able to find your entry right away. You’ll get 1 pt for each entry per day, and it’s a nice way to discover some new writers and their work. You’ll like what you discover, I’m sure!
Just to recap, your blog comment can be as long as you’d like, but do make sure you post: Red sent me. RedTash.com
If you’ve never commented on a blog before, here is a sample comment to get you warmed up. Feel free to copy and paste.
“Trick or Treat! Thanks for playing Red’s Trick or Treat Bash! I’m looking forward to reading your book on my new Kindle! RedTash.com, Red sent me!”
Without further ado, here are the neighbors on whose doors you’re encouraged to knock. Do be nice, little ghouls and goblins, or you might get a trick instead of a treat:
- Scary Marian Allen has two treats for you: Lonnie, Me, and the Hound of Hell; and The King of Cherokee Creek.
- Zombie Whisperer Jason Kristopher will regale you with his tale of the undead, in The Dying of the Light: End.
- Crazy Connie Roberts-Huth may fill you with delicious dread, with Whispers of the Dead.
- Robert S. Wilson knows sometimes there’s nothing more eerie than The Quiet. Goosebumps to follow.
- Mad scientist Alan Nayes will give you The Unnatural. Oooooh, sounds creepy, doesn’t it?
- Dust off your cape, trick or treaters! Mad Woman Genevieve Pearson offers Chasing Power, an urban fantasy about people with SuperPowers.
- Fantasy lovers, M. Edward McNally has the Norothian Cycle for your perusal. Don thy armor, yon knight, and grab thy sword to sally forth on an adventure in The Sable City.
- The Fiendish Hollister Ann Grant will captivate your mind with alien adventure Lost Cargo, then chill your bones with real ghost photos from the Gettysburg battlefield in Haunted Ground.
- Heather Marie Adkins has an unholy offering for you in her paranormal mystery The Temple.
- Don’t Panic! Robert Collins says if you liked The Hitchhiker’s Guide, you’ll enjoy his book Expert Assistance.
- Insane Clown Posse got you down? Jim Bronyaur has the solution for you in No Laughing Matter. What’s more frightening than a clown? How about an undead clown? Genius, Jim.
- The hilarious Rex Jameson wants you to bring home Lucifer this holiday season, so let’s get it started this Halloween with Lucifer’s Odyssey.
- Rising again to thrill us is Phoenix Sullivan, author of Sector C. Leave it to cloning to mess up a perfectly good human population.
- Dressing as a serial killer this Halloween? J.E. Taylor promises Jet-fueled action with her crime thriller Georgia Reign.
- Rider on the Storm Melissa L Webb has not one, but 23 horror, fantasy, and paranormal spine-tinglers for you in Restless Highways.
- Ever feel like you’re not alone in the shower? In Haunted on Bourbon Street, Deanna Chase conjures up ghostly shower stalkers.
- She vants to suck your vlood…or at least reveal secrets of these denizens of the night. Vampires Revealed is Rebeka Harrington’s gift to our grand prize winner.
- For something G-rated, E. W. Saloka offers Volumes of The Silver Leaf, with winged horses and generous wizards, dragons and other fantastic creatures.
- So, come up to the lab, and see what’s on The Slab, a horror novel by Jeffrey J. Mariotte.
- Short stories more your style? The Indie Eclective has a collection right up your alley & perfect for the Trick or Treat Bash! (I admit, I hope they ask me to join their group next time. I’d even let them haze me, more than likely.) The Indie Eclective’s Halloween Collection.
- Ever watch the full moon rise on a crisp October night? I’m betting Robin Morris has, and she’ll let you have a copy of her Halloween Sky and Other Nightmares collection, as well.
- The prolific short story author Suzanne Tyrpak wants you to know your seat will double as a floatation device, and it’s time to return your trays to the upright position—you’re on her Ghost Plane now, folks.
- Knight in Shining Armor Chris Turner pens dark fantasy, heroic sword and sorcery, and a little comic relief in his collection Fantastic Realms.
- Ever had a bad day and just want to escape it all? That’s what Halloween dress up is all about, isn’t it? Ellis Jackson’s Simon and the Wardrobe of Destiny is a terrific tale, and believe me, you’ve rarely had a day worse than the way Simon starts his journey.
- Kim Jewell offers Misery’s Fire, where high school is Hell, for real—cliques and chicks, included.
- Get your belly full of PJ Jones’ Melvin the Dry Cleaning Zombie, & Vampire Shoe Warehouse. Or maybe not. I hear brains don’t always sit so well in your tummy, but after all that candy, I’m sure you could use the protein.
- Brent Nichols’ Lord of Fire sounds like a costume unto itself, doesn’t it? Try Brent’s tale of unlikely heroes, a power-hungry fellow, and a sleeping dragon.
- Another great Halloween-themed read awaits you by J. Tanner. Check out The Unlife of the Party. (Candy corn fangs + zombies? = I already like it.)
- Creepy Claudia Lefeve will scare you not once, but twice—and add a dash of romance. She’s sharing Parallel and The Fury with the lucky grand prize winner.
- Genetically-modified super soldiers trek across Europe at the end of WWII, and Danielle Kazemi is to blame for the nightmares that’ll follow, when you read Soldiers of Legend.
- Dreamweaver Marcin Wrona’s Pale Queen’s Courtyard promises thieves, sorcerers, and a hunt for a mysterious exile. What more could you want?
- All this spooky fun putting you in the mood for murder, mysteries, and more? Stacy Juba gives us Dark Before Dawn.
- Jolea Harrison’s Chosen shows us how Hell is everything it’s cracked up to be, so get out your devil costume!
- Who’s got that Halloween Spirit? Ruth Barrett, author of Base Spirits sure does.
- For a scary glimpse into the future, check out what post-apocalyptic The Survivors author Angela White has to offer. Gritty and tactile, her stories will definitely take you into a dark dystopian reality.
- Last but not least, don’t forget the obvious—you can leave a comment on my blog here at RedTash.com. It’s a great way to leave questions and comments about the contest, as well.
NOTE: For those of you doing the multiple entries—it really helps me keep track of your entries if you use the same handle/nickname. Thanks!
Thanks to arrioch from deviant art for the great icons used on this page.
This contest is open to citizens from all over the world, but the Grand Prize is only available for US & Canada residents only. (Sorry, gang, shipping is too dang high. I promise that if you make me a best-selling author, I’ll spring for another contest that’s open to Africa, India, etc.)