Thursday, May 21, 2009

Summer Treasure Hunt: Dig for Clues and Win!!!


Some friends and I have put together an exciting contest to kick off your summer! Beginning June 1st, we will be giving away a prize a day. That’s right: 30 days, 30 treasures! There should be something for everyone: romance, mystery, historical, contemporary, and young adult fiction; children’s picture books; a variety of non-fiction; and just to liven things up even more, we’ve included a few exciting non-book prizes: a free 30 page manuscript edit, for you aspiring authors out there; an e-bay gift certificate; and a gift-certificate for a Vinyl Expressions Quote.

How can you win one of these fabulous prizes? Follow the rules below:

SUMMER TREASURE HUNT RULES:

You can send in an entry for each day’s prize, or only for those prizes that strike your fancy. The rules are simple:

(1) Go to the website or blog indicated for each day, find the answer to the question for that day, then email the answer with your name and mailing address to jdipastena@yahoo.com.

(2) Please send a separate entry for each day and type the day you are entering in the subject line. (Such as: June Treasure Hunt, Day 1; June Treasure Hunt, Day 2, etc).

(3) Deadline for each day: Midnight PST

(4) The winner will be contacted and announced on the day following the deadline.

You do not have to wait until the designated day to enter. You can start sending in your entries right now, or begin entering at any point along the way. And check back here each day between June 2nd-July 1st to read the names of the winners.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Joyce DiPastena at jdipastena@yahoo.com.

And now…let the treasure hunt begin!

June 1

SPONSOR: Aubrey Mace

PRIZE: autographed copy of my new YA fiction book, My Fairy Grandmother.

QUESTION: What is the title of my upcoming book to be released Fall 2009?

WEBSITE/BLOG: www.aubreymace.com

OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES

June 2

SPONSOR: Rachel Rager

PRIZE: By Love or By Sea, romance, autographed copy

QUESTION: What question does the stranger ask Alice? (Hint: Read excerpt of By Love or By Sea on the “Reading Room” page.)

WEBSITE/BLOG: http://www.rachelrager.com

USA ENTRIES ONLY

June 3

SPONSOR: Josi S. Kilpack

PRIZE: An autographed copy of culinary mystery Lemon Tart OR a pre-ordered copy of English Trifle (release date is August 2009)

QUESTION: How many original recipes are included in the culinary mystery, Lemon Tart? (Hint: click on “Lemon Tart” tab on website)

WEBSITE/BLOG: www.josiskilpack.com

USA ENRIES ONLY

June 4

SPONSOR: Cindy R. Williams

PRIZE: Arizona Glyph Award Finalist: Chase McKay Didn’t Get Up Today Children’s snuggle, giggle picture book. Autographed by the author and the real Chase McKay.

QUESTION: What is the name of the dragon book Cindy is completing?

WEBSITE/BLOG: www.cindyrwilliams.com

OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES


June 5

SPONSOR: Kersten Campbell

PRIZE: Autographed Copy of the Motherhood humor book: Confessions of a Completely (In)Sane Mother

QUESTION: What does the dog beg for when he escapes into the neighbor's house in the book Confessions of a Completely Insane Mother? (hint: if they click on the book they'll find the answer)

WEBSITE/BLOG: www.kerstencampbell.com

OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES

June 6

SPONSOR: Lara Niedemeyer

PRIZE: $20 gift certificate towards merchandise and shipping at my store—8pizza on eBay

QUESTION: What is the lowest priced item and what is the highest priced item listed in 8pizza’s store? (Hint: use the “Sort By” feature).

WEBSITE/BLOG: http://stores.shop.ebay.com/8pizza

USA ENTRIES ONLY

June 7

Sponsor's name: Kathi Oram Peterson

Prize: Autographed copy of The Forgotten Warrior, YA Inspirational Time travel

Question Who is Tarik?

WEBSITE/BLOG: www.kathiorampeterson.com

USA ENTRIES ONLY

June 8

SPONSOR: Donna Hatch

PRIZE: Autographed copy of paperback of the Regency Romance, The Stranger She Married

QUESTION: What is Cole accused of doing?

WEBSITE/BLOG: www.donnahatch.net (Hint: read the excerpt under “Bookshelf” tab for The Stranger She Married)

OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES: IN THE CASE OF AN INTERNATIONAL WINNER, AN E-BOOK VERSION OF THE STRANGER SHE MARRIED WILL BE AWARDED


June 9

SPONSOR: Diony George

PRIZE: Autographed copy of Torn Apart, a fictional novel based on a true story. "If it could happen to Alyson, it could happen to anyone..."

QUESTION: What TV station interviewed Diony about her book? (Hint watch video for the answer)

WEBSITE/BLOG: http:// diony-george.blogspot.com

USA ENTRIES ONLY

June 10

SPONSOR: Tina Scott

PRIZE: autographed copy of Coyote's Grand Adventure - children's picture book

QUESTION: What did Coyote always dream of doing? (Hint: Look under “Library” tab)

WEBSITE/BLOG: http://tinascott.net

OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES


June 11

SPONSOR: Cindy Beck

PRIZE: Winner's choice of one of the following anthologies featuring Cindy's stories (autographed copy): My Dad is My Hero, Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors, or Cup of Comfort for Horse Lovers.

QUESTION: What was the name of my horse? (Hint: You can find the answer by going to the website and clicking on the button marked "Books."

WEBSITE/BLOG: www.bythebecks.com

USA ENTRIES ONLY

June 12

SPONSOR: Valerie Ipson

PRIZE: $15 gift certificate and free shipping for a Vinyl Expressions’ Vinyl Lettering quote (check out http:// vinylsignsanddesigns.blogspot.com for examples of prize)

QUESTION: What is Valerie’s personal writing quote? (Hint: see quotes in right sidebar under “OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF WRITERLY PEOPLE: Valerie’s “personal quote” means just that…her very own quote!)

WEBSITE/BLOG: http://valerieipson.blogspot.com/

USA ENTRIES ONLY

June 13
SPONSOR: Joyce DiPastena
PRIZE: 2007 Whitney Award Finalist: Loyalty’s Web, medieval romance, autographed by author
QUESTION: What is HelĂ©ne’s prayer when Gunthar brushes her cheek with his thumb? (Hint: Click on “Excerpt” tab on website)
OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES: IN THE CASE OF AN INTERNATIONAL WINNER, A $20 AMAZON.COM E-CERTIFICATE WILL BE AWARDED TOWARDS THE PURCHASE OF A COPY OF LOYALTY’S WEB

June 14

SPONSOR: Joan Sowards

PRIZE: LDS Word Puzzles

QUESTION: What is Bednar?

WEBSITE: http://joansowards.com/node/110

USA ENTRIES ONLY

June 15

SPONSOR: Anne Bradshaw

PRIZE: Autographed copy of Please, No Zits! & Other Short Stories for LDS Youth, but non-LDS will enjoy it, too! - YA genre (12 upward)

QUESTION: What does author Jeffrey S. Savage say about Please, No Zits? (Hint: scroll down right sidebar on blog)

WEBSITE/BLOG: http://annebradshaw.blogspot.com

USA ENTRIES ONLY


June 16

SPONSOR: Laurie LC Lewis

PRIZE: an autographed copy of BOOK ONE of her Free Men and Dreamers series, Dark Sky at Dawn.

QUESTION: What current political situation has caused a verse of the Star Spangled Banner to be nearly forgotten? (Hint: click on “news” link on website)

WEBSITE: www.laurielclewis.com

OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES: IN THE CASE OF AN INTERNATIONAL WINNER, A $25 AMAZON.COM E-CERTIFICATE WILL BE AWARDED TOWARDS THE PURCHASE OF A COPY OF DARK SKY AT DAWN.

June 17

SPONSOR: Jaimey Grant

PRIZE: FREE download of the eBook of your choice (Betrayal, Spellbound, Heartless, or Redemption)

QUESTION: What was the title of the very first Regency romance that Jaimey wrote from beginning to end? (Hint: Check out the post titled: "My Mind : What a Twisted Place to Live")

WEBSITE/BLOG: http://www.jaimeygrant.blogspot.com

OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES


June 18

SPONSOR: Danyelle Ferguson

PRIZE: Free 30 page edit of your manuscript ($30 value)

QUESTION: How does Danyelle's business card describe her? (Hint: check right sidebar on blog)

WEBSITE/BLOG: http://queenoftheclan.blogspot.com/

OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES: Danyelle says: “If they live in the USA, I will print their 30 pages, hand edit, then mail back. If they live outside the USA, I will edit the .doc file and email back.”

June 19

SPONSOR: Walnut Springs Press

PRIZE: I Can't Believe It's Food Storage by Crystal Godfrey (non-fiction)

QUESTION: What is the most recent new release listed on our blog? (Hint: check out post for April 13, 2009)

WEBSITE/BLOG: http://walnutspringspress.blogspot.com

USA ENTRIES ONLY

June 20

SPONSOR: Caroline Gregory and Shawnette Nielson

PRIZE: Puppy Stew, Children’s Picture book. Finalist for Foreward Book Of The Year award. (NOTE: not an autographed copy)

QUESTION: “In order to stay warm, what do you wear underneath your shoes?” (Hint: look under the “Witchisms” tab on website)

WEBSITE/BLOG: http://puppystew.net

OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES


June 21

SPONSOR: Marion Webb-De Sisto.

PRIZE: An autographed copy of her ground-breaking book, Crystal Skulls.

QUESTION: Does this book explore ancient crystal skulls or contemporary ones? {Hint: Take a look at “Books” in the main menu)

WEBSITE/BLOG: www.marionwebb-desisto.com

OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES


June 22

SPONSOR: Inglestone Publishing

PRIZE: Autographed copy of Counting the Cost by Liz Adair

QUESTION: What is the name of the main male character in Counting the Cost?

WEBSITE/BLOG: www.inglestonepublishing.com

USA ENTRIES ONLY


June 23

SPONSOR: Cecily Markland/Inglestone Publishing

PRIZE: Autographed copy of children’s picture book, If I Made a Bug, by Cecily Markland

QUESTION: Who is the illustrator of If I Made a Bug? (Hint: the “bookstore” tab)

WEBSITE/BLOG: www.inglestonepublishing.com

USA ENTRIES ONLY

June 24

SPONSOR'S NAME: . Jacquie Rogers

PRIZE: Faery Special Romances (YA novel)

Autographed in USA, not autographed elsewhere.

QUESTION: Why does our family support Neurofibromatosis research? (Hint: Click on “Neurofibromatosis research” link and read Mercedes Rice’s story)

WEBISTE: http://www.jacquierogers.com/faerysr.html

OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES: WINNER LIVING IN A COUNTRY NOT DIRECTLY SERVED BY AN ONLINE BOOKSTORE WILL RECEIVE A PDF COPY.


June 25

SPONSOR: Terry Deighton

PRIZE: Cup of Comfort for New Mothers (non-fiction, anthology)

QUESTION: Name any two titles from the Cup of Comfort series. (Hint: Look in the store.)

WEBSITE/BLOG: www.cupofcomfort.com

USA ENTRIES ONLY


June 26

SPONSOR: Leatherwood Press

PRIZE: Messiah: The Little-known Story of Handel’s Beloved Oratorio, by Tim Slover

QUESTION: Who was the art designer for Messiah: The Little Known Story of Handel’s Beloved Oratorio? (Hint: see post for May 15, 2009)

WEBSITE/BLOG: http://jdp-news.blogspot.com

USA ENTRIES ONLY

June 27
SPONSOR: Dawson Publishing
PRIZE: Copy of The No Cussing Club by McKay Hatch
QUESTION: How many members of the No Cussing Club are there to date
USA ENTRIES ONLY

June 28

SPONSOR: Nicole Zoltack

PRIZE: Woman of Honor (fantasy romance ebook)

QUESTION: What color is Caelan's eyes?

WEBSITE/BLOG: http://nicolezoltack.blogspot.com/

OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES

June 29

SPONSOR: Sarah M. Eden

PRIZE: An autographed copy of the Sarah M. Eden Regency romance of your choice

QUESTION: "Name all 7 Jonquil brothers." (Hint: check out "The Jonquil Brothers Series" tab)

WEBSITE/BLOG: www.sarahmeden.com

USA ENTRIES ONLY

June 30

SPONSOR: Marsha Ward

PRIZE: LDStorymakers Writing Secrets

QUESTION: Who is Rulon? (Hint: Click on “Man from Shenandoah” under “Novels” link on website)

WEBSITE/BLOG: http://marshaward.com

USA ENTRIES ONLY

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