Congrats to the winner! That One Book giveaway has ended

My giveaway for “that one book you really wanted to read this year” has ended!

Congrats to Tyler E.! Your name was chosen randomly from the Rafflecopter “hat.” :) I’ll be sending you an email shortly, so start thinking about what book you want from BookDepository.com.

I’d like to do more of these giveaways in the future. I’m not sure if I’ll use Rafflecopter again because I can’t embed it into my WordPress.com blog. Do you guys like the idea of a question-answer kind of giveaway, or something similar to that? I’ve been thinking of organizing it so that I can track your entries via comments right here on the blog.

Let me know if anyone has ideas! Thanks to everyone who participated.

That One Book You Really Wanted to Read in 2012 - Misprinted Pages

Giveaway: That one book you really wanted to read this year

That One Book You Really Wanted to Read in 2012 - Misprinted Pages

[Update: The Facebook “like” is no longer mandatory for the Rafflecopter. :) ]

We all saw at least one book this year that we’ve been dying to read. Maybe you couldn’t justify the purchase because you’ve got a huge stack of old books waiting for you at home. Or maybe the opposite is true — maybe you’ve been so fixated on the new titles that came out in 2012 that you keep procrastinating on buying that one special classic.

As a holiday gift, I’m giving away a book of choice to one lucky reader. As long as it’s available on BookDepository.com and is modestly priced (no more than $20), it’s yours.

For a chance to win, just enter this Rafflecopter! (Scroll down to the widget once you’re on the page.) You can gain entries by “liking” my Facebook page, answering a question about your favorite book of the year, following me on Twitter, leaving a comment, reblogging this announcement post, or tweeting about the giveaway, the last of which you can do once a day.

Thanks, and good luck! The giveaway ends on December 20.

Sex and vamps: Andy Gavin talks The Darkening Dream

So The Darkening Dream is on sale this week (June 25-29) for 99 cents, and to help with the promotion I interviewed author Andy Gavin. If you read my review a few months back then you already know how I feel about the book, but I wanted to give Andy a chance to speak for himself.

Misprinted Pages: Hi, Andy! Thanks for chatting with me. Before we talk about The Darkening Dream, which is on sale for 99 cent this week, I wanted to say that I’m a HUGE fan of your video game work. The first game my parents ever let me pick out myself was Crash Bandicoot 2 (love, love, LOVE jet pack Crash!). So thank you for being awesome!

Okay, down to business! This interview for my blog might surprise some readers, as I wasn’t too crazy about your book. But when I was contacted about the opportunity, I knew I wanted to give you a chance to defend yourself. As someone who loves games but is also interested in book writing, myself, I know what hugely different mediums they are. What made you want to write a book, and what was it like transitioning from one major industry to another?

Andy Gavin: As a serial creator (having made over a dozen major video games), it was interesting how similar the process was to any other complex creative project. Video games and novel writing are both very iterative and detail-oriented. They use a lot of the same mental muscles.

I’ve always been a huge vampire fan, and I’ve read and watched a large percentage of the oeuvre. But also as a history buff, I wanted to write a supernatural story that was more grounded in real history and legend. I’m always thinking, “That could have been so much better if they didn’t make up the historical backstory,” so I started with the villains. What kind of ancient evil creatures might still be around? What do they want? And what legitimate human reason would they have to destroy the world (Buffy-style)? I don’t exactly answer the question in TDD, because the motives of 5,000 year old baddies should be mysterious. But trust me, they have a plan, and the sheer audacity of it will literally shake the foundations of the heavens.

Continue reading Sex and vamps: Andy Gavin talks The Darkening Dream

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop: enter to win a free book! (UPDATED)

This contest is my way of saying thanks for visiting the blog. Regardless of how many times you’ve stopped by before, I hope you’ll decide to make a habit of it.

The lucky winner will receive a copy of the new commemorative edition of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. The classic science fiction children’s book turned fifty this month.

Rules:

  1. Anyone can enter.
  2. All you need is a post office–recognized address anywhere in the world, where you can receive packages.
  3. You do not have to be a follower or become a follower, although if you like my blog I hope you will! You can also follow by email or RSS (see sidebar) and like me on Facebook for more of my writing here and all over the web.
  4. To win, comment and include your email address and (this next part is optional) tell me what your favorite book is and why.
  5. You can enter the giveaway until Wednesday, February 22. I will close the giveaway at midnight EST, early Thursday morning. The winner will be announced in an update of this post.
  6. Note that double or invalid entries will be removed.
  7. I will notify the winner by email. The winner needs to answer my email within three days, or I’ll pick a new winner.

Check out these other great blogs for more giveaways:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
  3. Lit Endeavors (US)
  4. The Book Whisperer
  5. Rikki’s Teleidoscope
  6. 2606 Books and Counting
  7. The Parrish Lantern
  8. Sam Still Reading
  9. Bookworm with a view
  10. Breieninpeking (Dutch readers)
  11. Seaside Book Nook
  12. Elle Lit (US)
  13. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  14. Tell Me A Story
  15. Living, Learning, and Loving Life (US)
  16. Book’d Out
  17. Uniflame Creates
  18. Withdrawn
  19. An Armchair by the Sea (UK)
  20. bibliosue
  21. Lena Sledge’s Blog (US)
  22. Roof Beam Reader
  23. Misprinted Pages
  24. Mevrouw Kinderboek (Dutch readers)
  25. Under My Apple Tree (US)
  26. Indie Reader Houston
  27. Book Clutter
  28. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (US)
  29. Lizzy’s Literary Life
  30. Sweeping Me
  1. Caribousmom (US)
  2. Minding Spot (US)
  3. Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
  4. The Book Diva’s Reads
  5. The Blue Bookcase
  6. Thinking About Loud!
  7. write meg! (US)
  8. Devouring Texts
  9. Thirty Creative Studio (US)
  10. The Book Stop
  11. Dolce Bellezza (US)
  12. Simple Clockwork
  13. Chocolate and Croissants
  14. The Scarlet Letter (US)
  15. Reflections from the Hinterland (N. America)
  16. De Boekblogger (Europe, Dutch readers)
  17. Readerbuzz (US)
  18. Must Read Faster (N. America)
  19. Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry
  20. carolinareti
  21. Withdrawn
  22. Ephemeral Digest
  23. Scattered Figments (UK)
  24. Bibliophile By the Sea
  25. The Blog of Litwits (US)
  26. Kate Austin
  27. Alice Anderson (US)
  28. Always Cooking up Something

UPDATE: Thanks to all who entered! The giveaway was a success, and I was pleased to see so many new people on the blog. I hope you all decide to stick around.

Now for the winner! The lucky lady whose name was picked from a hat is Stephanie Ward, who left this comment:

“My favorite children’s book is A Wrinkle in Time!! I about freaked when I saw your giveaway! It had a huge impact on me – it’s the book that made me into such a bibliophile!! I don’t have a copy and winning the anniversary edition would be so wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway!”

Glad to give a fellow book lover a little joy. Stephanie, you’ll receive an email from me shortly. Please respond before Sunday! Thanks!

Everyone else, please let me know if you’d like to see more giveaways here in the future by leaving a comment on my Facebook page.

Announcement: participating in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

By now you’ve probably noticed that pinkish-purplish button in my sidebar. I wanted to thank the readers of my blog by participating in the fourth Literary Giveaway Blog Hop, hosted by blogger Leeswammes.

The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is an event taking place from Saturday, February 18 until (and including) Wednesday, February 22. Please stop by and enter my official contest between those dates! I’ll be announcing the giveaway book then. Good luck! :)

Here’s a clue: This author of this book struggled for two years to secure a publisher, and upon landing a deal, the book was not expected to sell. The author blames the trouble on the gender of the protagonist, which was contrary to what was expected of the genre at the time.

Fun trivia: The character Sawyer from the television show Lost read this book while stranded on the island.

A toast to an awesome cooking blogger

Thanks to blogger Sarah for holding a contest and choosing me as a winner of a one-year subscription to Bon Appetit Magazine! There’s little I love more than getting goodies in the mail, except my fellow writers and readers.

Sarah runs an amazing cooking blog over at Sarah’s Place. Believe me, it’s awesome and very non-cook friendly—meaning she’ll turn you into one with her great recipes and pictures of delicious food. I’m hungry just thinking about it.

So stop by her blog and—oh my god, look at that French onion soup. I don’t even like French onion soup! Wowza.

Thanks, Sarah!