Contests

Currently all my contests are closed. I’m sorting through all the trick-or-treaters. Shuffling through the Goody Basket entrants. And just generally trying to get myself organized.

I’ll be back later this morning and announce winners for my multiple contests.

Thank you to all those who participated!!! It’s been a ton of fun!!!!

Yes, the elections are only one week away, but that’s not what I was referring to. I was reminding you of my lovely gift basket give-away!

The basket includes:
Note cards
2009 Desk Calendar
Yankee Candle
“Tilling Passions” Coffee Mug
Car Freshener
Other little goodies

Entering is easy.
1. Go to my WEBSITE
2. Email me from there (under “author” and “contact”) and tell me what you like about my new website layout.
3. Cross your fingers.

Really, it’s that simple. A winner will be drawn at random from all the commenters. (Shipping for basket is to US residents only. An international winner would receive the three e-books in the Tilling Passions series.)

Contest ends Friday, October 31 at midnight EDT. So what are you doing here? Scoot right over to my website! I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, November 1.

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So that’s what I’m all about today. Playing catchup with what’s going on with me.

Yesterday was the deadline to submit books for consideration in the 2009 Eppie awards. Epic is an organization that supports authors published in electronic format. I’m not a member, but I know they have a very large contest for electronic books published over the last year. Anyway, I plunked down my hard-earned royalties and entered two of my books. (I’m just superstitious enough not mention which ones.) Of course now I have to wait until January on tenterhooks to find if there’re even going to final. I’m crossing fingers, toes, and eyes that one of them finals. But off to the next …

Today, October 1, is the deadline for another publisher that I’d very much like to break into. They are having an open call for submissions. I waited until the 11th hour to finish a story for them. It’s done. It’s at a friend’s computer to be checked for typos and grammar and of course general … “do you think this story sucks wind?” comments from him. When I’m finished blogging I’m off to put the whole thing together and send it through cyberspace. We’ll see how it goes.

This weekend I’m headed to a writer’s convention. It’s pretty kewl. It’s a national conference of the Kiss of Death chapter of RWA that’s being held here in Portland, Maine. Yay! Maine! As a member living so close, how could I not go? There will be some awesome NYT bestselling authors and plenty of workshops and I’m rooming with someone I’ve never met and … well, it promises to be a wonderful time. Hopefully a nice motivator to move me forward.

But (warning, I feel some whining coming on)…

There’s the whole dress thing going on. I know. I know. I’ve been down this road before. But really, stay with me here. Writing is a totally insular activity, done in the privacy of my home. When I’m chatting on the Internet or working on my latest book, who cares what I’m wearing? I can chat with my editor and my publisher and I really don’t care if they’re also hanging out in their pink fuzzy slippers. We can do business even if neither of us has showered for the day. (Ewww …)

Okay, so I’m not heading out to the convention looking like I do when I’m hiding behind my monitor. But do I really have to wear dress pants and heels? Cause no amount of makeup is going to make me into this …

I’m intelligent, funny and easy to talk to. Aren’t I still all those things in comfortable clothes? Yeah, I know… I can hear you from here. It’s all about the image. *sigh* Anyway, that means trying on several outfits to find the one that’s both comfortable and professional and says “I intend to make something of my writing career.” Because you see, there’s another first this weekend.

I’m meeting with an agent. Da Da Da … Da …. (That was scary music if you didn’t hear it.) Yep, my first ever opportunity to pitch to someone who actually could help me advance my career. And just because I like to buck the system, I’m going in a totally different direction with the pitch.

It is generally accepted that an author pitches a project. A story that will interest the agent. But I don’t have a story available at the moment. Everything I have (that’s fit for publishing) has been contracted (or has just been sent out). So … being the person that I am… I’m pitching ME!

I have no doubt that someone before me has done this and I have no doubt that some maverick coming after me will do the same thing. But it’s who I am and how I roll. So I’m giving it a try. Heck, it’s only 10 minutes. It takes me that long to say “hello”. (I was a teacher in my former life. I could keep a room full of people entertained for an hour. 10 minutes? Pshaw, that’s child’s play.) I have no idea how it’s gonna work. At the moment, I’m not nervous about it. I don’t have an agent right now. And if the woman thinks I’m totally insane … I won’t have an agent next week. But it’ll be interesting if I fall flat on my nose or at least pique her curiousity. I’ll let you know next week how I did.

Anyway, that’s what’s going on with me.

How you doin?

I am soooo excited to announce the winner of the “You’re Such a Character” contest is:

MIMA DIXON

(I snagged this great picture of her off her “Flikr” images … I hope she forgives me.)

Mima was chosen at random from all the entrants in the “You’re Such a Character Contest“. Mima correctly answered the following questions from The Healer’s Garden.

1) Jahara has the power to heal, how does that power flow out of her?
The healing power flows out through a light in her palms.

2) What happened to the medical director of the Garden of Serenity, Gabriella Bresilee, that has made her so bitter toward men?
She was abused by men in her youth.

3) Why is Xylice Kilyl so important to Brenimyn?
She is a computer specialist and is Brenimyn’s sister. Shhh … that’s really a secret. 😀

4) What happened to Lukiam that made Jahara defy government policy?
Lukiam was wounded in a terrible farm accident.

5) What crime is Brenimyn accused of that could result in his death?
Brenimyn is accused of rape.

I am pleased to say the third novella of the Tilling Passions series, Arranging Love will be dedicated to her and of course she will receive a complimentary copy.

But the most fun…

Please look for Mima to have a “walk-on” role in Arranging Love with dialogue and everything!  

I’m so excited! This has been a fun contest. Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter! I’m working on another contest … so stay tuned for the details!

Thank you to everyone who has joined in my release day celebration! And my DH picked a winner from the commenters …

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Oh, dear, that’s the last one …  I promise!

Where was I? Oh, DH picked a name …

to win a download…

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The winner is … Mary Lou Loyanich! Congrats Mary Lou!!You have won a download of Blind Love.

Please email me at Nina @ NinaPierce . com (just remove the spaces) and let me know which format and where you’d like it emailed.

Thanks everyone!

So, my first ever contest is chugging along. But I just thought I’d put a plug in this month.

“You’re Such a Character” contest began in February and will run until May 31st, 2008. Entry is simple.

Just answer the following five questions from my book The Healer’s Garden and email the answers to Nina @ NinaPierce . com (without the spaces) and you’re entered. (Please put “Contest” in the subject line of your email.) Simple. (I’ve even given you the answers to two of them.)

1) Jahara has the power to heal, how does that power flow out of her?  As light through her palms.
2) What happened to the medical director of the Garden of Serenity, Gabriella Bresilee, that has made her so bitter toward men?
3) Why is Xylice Kilyl so important to Brenimyn?
4) What happened to Lukiam that made Jahara defy government policy?
He was wounded in a terrible accident.
5) What crime is Brenimyn accused of that could result in his death?

I’m not really picky about the answers, so don’t get all nervous that they aren’t exactly right.

What do you win? Good question.

The winner, drawn at random from all entries, will have his or her name appear in one of my upcoming releases in a walk-on role. Cool.

So what are you waiting for? Enter today.

Oh, you haven’t bought the book? Well here’s the buy link which includes the first chapter. There’s also an excerpt on my web page and more info on the contest.

If you’re still waffling, check out the reviews for The Healer’s Garden in my blog roll.

Okay, so now what are you waiting for?

Congratulations to Donna who won a copy of I Dream of Dragons Anthology II which includes Nina Mamone’s Hard to Guard.

Thank you to everyone who took time to stop by. 

CONTEST!

So, with this odd, once in a four year day I thought I’d do something special. I’m launching my first ever contest! Yay for me! Yay for you!

I’m not giving away a certificate or a basket or a box of chocolates (though that sounds yummy).

I’m taking YOUR NAME!

That’s right.

Would you like to see your name in print? I’m offering one lucky reader just that opportunity. The winner, chosen at random from qualifying entries will have their name used in one of my upcoming “Nina Pierce” titles.

Below are five questions from my debut novel The Healer’s Garden. To be entered simply answer the questions and email them to me at ninaATninapierceDOTcom. Please do not post answers here on  my blog. All such responses will be deleted and will not be entered into the contest.

The contest will run from Friday, February 29 to Saturday, May 31, 2008. The winner will be announced on Sunday, June 1st, 2008. The author reserves the right (along with my editor) to choose the character and book where the contest winner’s name will appear. The winner will receive a free download of the book where their name appears, when it becomes available.

Here are the questions:

1) Jahara has the power to heal, how does that power flow out of her?

2) What happened to the medical director of the Garden of Serenity, Gabriella Bresilee, that has made her so bitter toward men?

3) Why is Xylice Kilyl so important to Brenimyn?

4) What happened to Lukiam that made Jahara defy government policy?

5) What crime is Brenimyn accused of that could result in his death?

Thanks for participating.

Click HERE to purchase a copy of The Healer’s Garden from Liquid Silver Books.

And since I never had the opportunity to post the book trailer for The Healer’s Garden (yeah, yeah, yeah… it’s true, I couldn’t figure it out! LOL!) Anyway, here it is.

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