Monday, March 28, 2011

100 Giveaway: "Candy Princess Monster!"

(Presented in part by the star Fomalhaut, commonly known by astronomers as The Eye of Sauron)

I never imagined this day would come. What started as a noob two years ago has effloresced into a three-digit followship. I'm humbled by it, and surprised that you're all willing to return. From the deepest reaches of this aspiring author's interstellar core, I thank you.

(Enough mushy stuff--how do I win some goodies?)

As promised, I will raffle away THREE SIGNED BOOKS, each from local authors in my surrounding area who quickly became household names in our home and on our handsome bookshelf. They include the following:
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The Candy Shop War - (Hardback)
Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe, where the confections are bit on the . . . unusual side. Rock candy that makes you weightless. Jawbreakers that make you unbreakable. Chocolate balls that make you a master of disguise.

Princess of the Midnight Ball - (Paperback)
Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls.

Monster Hunter: International - (Paperback)
Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer.

Rules for entering this bounteous giveaway are simple:

-You must be a follower.

-Depending on what book you'd like, say "Candy," "Princess," or "Monster" in the comments (if you'd like a stab at any of them, say, "Candy Princess Monster!").

-Link this giveaway on your next blog post for a second entry (before April 3rd).

On April 4th, I will preform three raffles and announce the winners. If you happen to miss the draw, don't feel left out, because I'll offer a 250 word or a query critique to ANYONE who wants one. I have a soft spot and a strong stomach, so send whatever (except naughty stuff). I'll put up a "Contact Me" page next week.

When we get to 200--expect another giveaway.

Can you believe it? NINE NEW FOLLOWERS since last week! Feel free to click on each and every single one of them. Welcome to The Laire, you awesome nine, you.
Kathryn Packer Roberts, Bekah Snow, Shayda Bakhshi, SicileyS, The Blogger Formerly Known As . . ., L.G. Smith, Sierra Gardner, Milo James Fowler, and Nick Rasmussen.

Updates: I'll level with you guys--I haven't done a lick of Chapter 19 since the last update. Between house-hunting and personal family matters, it's been a tough week. On the bright side, I've outlined an intellectual property agreement and drafted a query letter for this "Unannounced YA Fantasy Novel." It's pretty good, I think. Needs some fine-tuning, of course, but it's one of the better (rough) queries I've written. This week--Chapter 19 and a "slip" into 20 (that was a hint).

Click back Thursday for our final Memorable March entry, which might very well stand the "Test of Time."

I'm David, and good luck, everyone!


  1. I'm assuming Serria is me =) My blog is Congrats on breaking 100 (feels great right?!). All of these books look interesting so, Candy Princess Monster.

  2. Sierra - You get an extra entry just because I typoed your name. I'll wear the cone of shame for the rest of the day. Sorry for that. I just fixed it and linked your blog. Sometimes when I click on someone's icon, it shows what blogs they follow, but not theirs, so thank you for guiding me to your place. :)

  3. Candy Princess Monster!

    Awesome giveaway and happy house-hunting.

  4. I'm loving the site David... thanks for reminding me of the giveaway. I'm most certainly interested (Candy Princess Monster.... they all sound fab!!).
    Also a big thank you for taking the time to check out my cover... your words certainly help!!
    Here's to a few more hundred followers!!! Cheers!

  5. Nice. Monster, por favor.

  6. Cool. Congrats on the big following. :) Princess Monster please.

  7. Princess! (I so fantasize about wearing that dress to some ball set in a time long ago... It's so pretty!)

  8. Hey! Congrats on hitting 100! That must feel awesome!

    I will have to say... Princess :)

  9. All for the Candy! Congrats on reaching 100!

    Good luck finding some quiet time for chapter 19.

  10. Wowee. Congratulations! I think Candy Shop war sounds fab. (The Princess one sounds like that fairytale) Good luck with the next chapters. :O)

  11. I simply love books and giveaways! count me in. Princess Monster! and congrats on the followers!

  12. all the books seems quite charming,and I must notice that PRINCESS also has quite beautiful book cover!
    Wonderful from you to host a giveaway for friends ;)

  13. Wow! Awesome giveaway. Congrats on the 100 followers :) I'm kind of a Candy Princess girl myself. I've read both of those and LOVE them! Thanks David.

  14. PRINCESS! David, I'm surprised you find time to right anything with your busy schedule. Congratulations on reaching 100 friends. Your blog is a very positive and friendly place, and you always reciprocate a visit. You're impossible not to like, and very helpful to other aspiring writers. Good luck with house hunting!

  15. Candy or Princess! And I usually blog on Thursdays so I will definitely mention it at the top of the post :).

  16. Well, since I AM a princess, I'm going to give that as my answer. So PRINCESS, please.

    Congrats on the followers. If you can remember to email me a reminder, I'll remember to add this into my post for tomorrow. Otherwise, by the time I get home from work tonight, I make no promises on the condition of my short term memory.

  17. Update...I blogged about this today :)

  18. Great contest, David, and woot for 100 followers! I'm going to say either princess or monster. :) And I'll link to it on my next blog post (I'll update when I do so)!

  19. Awesome!Nice to meet you and congrats on 100!!
    Here's to 100 more! :)

  20. Congrats on hitting 100. :-D I remember how awesome it felt when I got there.

    I would love to read Princess, but I'm not sure if the competition is open for foreigners.

    If it is, great.


  21. CANDY!!!! Now David, I'm your most recent FOLLOWER, so I have to win, not to mention that I am also your sister!!! hehehe. Got it, little bro?

  22. I'm having a blast writing you guys down on little pieces of paper, folding them up, and tossing them into one these three (or two, or three) bowls. Looking forward to announcing the winners on Monday. Good luck to you all!

    Hanny - from the beginning, you've been such an amazing support, and I again thank you for it. Best of luck. Speaking of reciprocation, I need to see if you have anymore Victory! posted. Be right with you!

    Suzy - Glad to be of help. :)

    Misha - The competition is open to everyone, even if they are from another planet. Best of luck to you.

    Wendy - That would be favoritism, sis, but you can always borrow my copy if you don't win. Thank you for following. :)

  23. I want Candy Princess! Stat!
    Congrats on 100! Hope you guys are okay???

  24. Great contest David! And great book picks! I have Candy. It's great. Congrats on the 100 followers! =D

  25. Thanks for the link!! Breaking 100 is BIG!! I feel like doing contests or blogfests really helps, which is where I think I found you. I'm glad I met another SF writer, even though I write MG. Not sure if you do to

  26. Just wanted to update-- I blogged about this today! Good luck, and thanks again for the giveaway. :)

  27. Thanks for doing that, Shallee! :)

    Carolyn, Bekah - Thank you both. I'll be honest. It feels mighty good.

    Amber - Nothing serious. Just busy. Thanks! :)

  28. New follower.

    Princess Monster!

    :) Congrats on all the followers!

  29. Candy Princess Monster. I met Larry Correia at LTUE, never got a chance to buy his book, but now I have a chance to win it! I've met Brandon once, and seen him a few times after that, but I've never even held a copy of Candy Shop War. Sad, huh?

    Anyway, put my name in four times, because I'm awesome.

    Jackson out.

  30. Great giveaway! Congrats on 100 followers! :D I would love to win Candy Shop Wars. I love Brandon Mull. I already have a copy of Princess of the Midnight ball which I LOVE! Thanks so much! :D

  31. Hi David! Wowzers....100+ followers! Congratulations, that's awesome. Pretty sweet blog you've got here. What can I say, you have a gift.

    oh and CANDY would be loverly! PRINCESS would be cool too. ;)