Paranormal Book Giveaway from NYT Bestseller

Thea and Ana over at The Book Smuggler are having multiple contests this month where you can win free books.  Most of the contests involve simply leaving a comment on their blog in order to be entered.  For some weird reason, blog contest don’t usually get a lot of entrants, so if you want to win free stuff, this is the way to go.

Contest 1:  The Book Smugglers are currently in cahoots with bestselling author, Nalini Singh, to give away two of her paranormal romance books, The Magical Christmas Cat and An Enchanted Season.  Leave a comment on this post before Saturday, December 13th, at 11pm PST for your chance to win.

Contest 2: The Book Smugglers have also teamed up with Michael Stone to offer you a chance at your free copy of his book of four novellas of dark fantasy, Fourtold, as well as Graham Joyce’s Three Ways to Snog an Alien (funny excerpt from the description:  “The 3 ways to snog an alien are: Don’t; Don’t; and, Don’t”).  You’ll have to work a little harder for this one and leave a comment with a suggested title for the Irish-crime-with-a-fantasy-element anthology that Michael Stone is currently working on. 

For your chance at a free copy of Fourtold and Three Ways to Snog an Alien, leave your comment on this post.  And don’t worry — it appears that all commenters will be entered into the drawing, whether their suggested title is dripping with awesomeness or notsomuch.  I’m not sure what the deadline is on this one, but it looks like the drawing will take place in the new year.

Keep checking The Book Smuggler for more contests throughout the month of December.

Can You Haiku? (Contest)

Write a winter or holiday themed haiku and win a $5 gift certificate to giveanything.com, spendable at over 300 online stores, including Linens N Things, CD Universe, and Online Books Direct.  (For a full list of participating stores, view the categories on the left side of this page.)

Haikus are fairly easy to write, even for non-writers, so give it a whirl — you might just surprise yourself.  Also, I’ve noticed that compared to the amount of visitors this site gets, the amount of comments is fairly low — even for my easiest contest ever where all you had to do was leave a comment to win a prize.  What does that mean for you?  It means that just by entering, you have a good shot at winning.

A haiku is a 3-line poem with a syllable count of 5/7/5 (so 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second line, and 5 in the third line).  No rhyming necessary.  Here is an example:

A winter haiku
Spend five minutes writing it
And make five dollars

There is no limit on how many haikus you can enter.  Leave your haiku(s) as a comment to this post.  Your gift certificate will be sent to the email you enter when you leave your comment, but your email address will only be veiwable by me.  Also, I will not send you junkmail or sell your email address to anyone.

I’ll feature the winning haiku in its own post, so don’t forget to include the author name you want to go with it.  The deadline is December 20th.  Have fun!