Big Contest, I mean BIG.

Current Theme Song (aka what's playing on my ipod right now): Turn of a Friendly Card, Part 2 by Alan Parsons Project

Now here it is, front and center: my first contest ever. And it’s big. And I mean BIG. And it is so easy. I tried to think of every possible way you could win. The prize? Simply any book you want in the entire world. No joke. One book, under $50, no questions asked. It doesn’t even have to be in print. Yes, I have my diabolical ways. It’s all a part of being Writer-Girl (though if it is out of print, an ISBN number helps immensely). If I were to win – definitely Diana Wynn Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle, first edition, hardcover (I’m a sucker for hardcovers). Or The Arrival by Shaun Tan. But I can’t win, lucky you. So, comment away, there are about a million ways you can get “points” – entries with your name on it. It’s all in your court. Let’s get this party started! Contest closes Saturday May 2nd, on the digital turn of midnight.

3 points: become a follower (and you can see yourself over on that side bar. So cute)
1 point: Commenting, even saying “yo.” (note: “yo” comment only works once. Of course, this would be a perfect time to tell which book you want me to send you)
1 point: Commenting with email address and/blog address: (2 potential points).
1 point: Giving favorite blogs/websites. You have to say why.
3 points: Mentioning this on your blog: (an extra point if you tell everyone to add it too. 4 potential points).
2 points: Comment and say what superhero you are (because you are whether you see it or not).
Uh… (trying to think of more ways you can rack up points)…
1 point: Adding me in Google Reader or similar RSS feeder
2 points: Telling me what else I can give you points for.
10 points for whoever can get me mentioned on Nathan Bransford’s blog ;) (If you can do that, I’ll buy you a book outright). ^_^

To those twelve subscribers who followed my previous version of this blog: 2 extra points to you. Thanks for sticking around from the beginning. I know who most of you are, but you have to comment to get the point! And those lurkers I don’t know had better come forward. I’m looking at you, wherever you are.


PJ Hoover said...

I'm just psyched I'm the FIRST follower!!!! Whoo hooo!

Vivian said...


Love the new blog--the artwork is fantastic! Nice job!

Alysa Stewart said...

Ok let's see... do I have to do separate comments for more points? oh, why not. It is always fun to have a high comment count! Yo!

Alysa Stewart said...

Oh, and I LOVE the setup here! It is super cute, and more importantly it is READABLE! On another note, I think your name is very interesting and that you could've stuck with your old URL just fine.

Alysa Stewart said...

Umm, you have my email address, and if you don't it is posted on my blog. My blog, of course is

Speaking of... I'd love to have you write up a guest review sometime! So anytime you've read a good book that is so good you just want to spread the love, let me know! (this goes for other people reading this post. nothing like a good guest review about a good book!)

Alysa Stewart said...

I am Ruby Diamond. That is my superhero name. My superpowers are many and varied.

Alysa Stewart said...

You could give me points for sending you an awesome personalized email...

Alysa Stewart said...

How many points do I have now?

Alysa Stewart said...

You could give me points for adding you to my blogroll on Everead... (That is what I'm going to do instead of adding you to my feed or following. I am switching to blog rolls for my own sanity and the health and well-being of my family.)

Alysa Stewart said...

I don't know which book I would want you to send me yet. There are SO many good ones that I want. But one favorite of mine that is out of print (oh! I just love it!) is Pickle Things by Marc Tolon Brown.

Alysa Stewart said...

So, will you be using your old blog at all? Ever again?

Heather Zundel said...

Well yo right back! ^_^

This is fantastic! And Alysa, dang girl, you're pulling out all the stops, aren't you? Let's see. . . you've got. . . 11 points so far. I gave you 2 points for email idea (not a bad one!) and an extra bonus point for sincerely talking to me in the comments. You are so sweet. And yes! I would love to do a guest post sometime. Just tell me when. You are still missing the biggest point-getters though. You get 3 points each for mentioning this on your blog AND for being a follower. Dang, I'm impressed.

And thank you Vivien and PJ! I did try to find a template that really looked good. And you both were old subscibers. So you've got your two extra points (and I love your enthusiasm PJ!)

(Oh, and Alysa, I don't know if I'll use the old one again. I haven't gotten that far in my planning. But I'm certainly not deleting it, that's for sure!) And thank you about my name. You're gonna make me blush.

Kelsey said...

Heather! I'm liking the new blog! LOVE the layout! So cute! But I'll be sad to see A Daily Muse go. I really liked the title of that blog too.

I'm proud to now become a follower (though I would've even if you didn't have this awesome contest!)

A superhero? Me? Hmm...if I had to say what type of superhero to be it would be that I am the super enchilada cooker girl. I make the BEST chicken enchiladas. Haha.

Katie said...

I just became a follower!

Katie said...

Blog address:

Katie said...

One of my favorite websites is It had lots of great book reviews, author interviews, and contests.

Katie said...

You can give me points for complimenting your layout. I love the plants and patterns!

Katie said...

My "yo" comment: Hi! I just found your blog and I'm liking it so far. I'm interested to see what you have in store for future posts. =]

Unknown said...

Yo! I LOVE the new layout!! So awesome!!

Heather Zundel said...

Kelsey - I'm surprised so many (even if it is just two) have expressed sadness at my old blog's passing. Maybe I can extend it's life somehow. . . no promises yet. I loved that title too.

Hello Katie! You are a new face, right? I just checked out your blog and it's AWESOME. I'm going to be putting it into my reader as soon as I can. It looks like I have a lot of reading to catch up on. And I'll think about a point for the compliment ;)

Beth! Good to see you made it over. That makes me really happy. Don't forget to spread the word!

LoraliSophia said...


Anonymous said...

Sheesh. I am trying to cut DOWN on my Google reader feeds, woman! But I am a sucker for a pretty blog, and I love your template.

(Does that count as a yo? And I started following, but mostly because I like seeing my picture on other people's blogs.)

KR said...

I'm following.

KR said...

Yo, I'd get childrens books for my clasroom. I teach kindergarten. It's hard to find giveaways for good kiddy lit!!

KR said...

Email addy

KR said...

I'd SuperMom. I have Mommy Magic. I ALWAYS know who really did it!!!

KR said...

Extra points///it's my 32nd year of teaching..that deserves something...right?????

PurpleClover said...


You can find me at and my email is

I love because it lists all the agencies that work in your genre with just a simple click of the button...even has links to their website! I also love because you can keep track of your lovely queries and responses! They also have a blog that you can get to from that website and they do fun contests as well.

I'm a superhero because I'm the best butt wiper in the whole nursing school I attend. And if The Wiper wasn't here who else would get the job done?? (Certainly not most of my classmates). I'm also a mom of two kids, working a part time job, writing a novel, and going to school full time. Superhero? (any other day I would tell you how i fail miserably but for the points...for the points). I really need to get war and peace and don't want to spend the

You could give me points for mentioning you on Nathan's blog. I'd be happy to post it in the comments. :) lol.

Come on over to my blog! Take your shoes off and stay a while.

PurpleClover said...


(I didn't use it yet so I figured it didn't hurt)

Heather Zundel said...

Aerin, sorry to add to your reader. I know it's hard, but so well worth it. And hey, who wouldn't like seeing their picture on other people's blogs? :)

MJ, you've come to the right place for a good kiddy-lit contest! And kindergarten! I would love to see what books you read to your kids. We may have to swap picture book favorites. (And you totally get an extra point for teaching 32 years. That is awesome!)

PurpleClover, I LOVE your superhero identity!!! I wasn't expecting to laugh and I almost choked on my pop tart. And you will totally get a point for mentioning me in the comments of Nathan's blog. And I'm heading to your blog right now. (And good job with the 'yo' I had no idea that would take off so well. Or my template. I'm tickled pink so many people like it) ^_^

LoraliaSophia - yo right back at ya. :)

Liyana said...

I'm a follower, also on Google subscriber! My yo comment would be: Welcome to the YA blogosphere. Well, technically I've only discovered your site now. :D And the book: Jessica's Guide To Dating The Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey.

My favourite blog: (Do I need a reason? :P) (All the tips on publishing...)

I'm a superhero who can heal people with just a thought. On the other hand, I can hurt them with a thought too, but since I'm a superHERO, I try to do good things. LOL.

Oh, you could so totally give me points for linking you to these two blogs where people can get to know of your blog:

My email:
My blog:

Have fun!

Heather Zundel said...

Wow, look at you being all compact and all. That's awesome! And you are totally getting points for those blog links. And I love your superHERO-ness. That is an awesome skill, and one I wish I had.

Reyna Meinhardt said...

3 points: I became a follower to your GREAT blog! I love the layout!
1 point: Hmm, this is my comment saying "yo" so I will say, "YO!" I would have said which book I want, however, it might take me a while to decide :)
1 point:
1 point:
1 point: I love Kristi's blog because it is so well organized, she has a great way to write reviews, and she does this in a friendly way! Plus, I also love Vania's blog, because of its awesome layout, the way Vania posts her posts, and how she puts up a handmade cover by her every Saturday that looks like it was made professionally! Plus, Vania's super nice!
2: Hmm, you could give extra points for saying what book is your favorite, ONE of mine is "The Season" by Sarah MacLean.


10: I'll try but don't give me the points just yet (and don't cross your fingers either, lol!)


Thanks for the great contest!!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Let's see here, I'm comenting, so that counts yes?

email: Lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

I'm now a follower.

A favorite blog or website? Well, I love panic at the disco dot com or whatever it is, b/c the band is cool but also b/c i'm a part of the online book club on their message boards and those girls are rad!

I am a super awesome superhero. True that. I can go anywhere I want by thinking about it and I fight crime, but I don't HURT the bad guy. Just help. could give me points for complimenting you. "You are looking quite lovely today, did you do something to your hair?" ;-)


Luvdaylilies said...

My goodness,I find you on the very last day! I like the blog & the giveaway is beyond wonderful=)

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Luvdaylilies said...

Just to let you know, I became a follower=)

Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

Anonymous said...

Okay, +4 from previous post

+2: aerinblogs AT aol DOT com

+3 added in my sidebar

+1: RSS Reader

+2: My Superhero power is speed reading (actually, that's true) and my quest is to make every book feel loved. And my mascot is a purple seahorse.

+1: favorite blog & websites are Hello Ello ( because she's funny and uber-smart; and Lean On The Wind ( because its my sister's

I think Beth should get extra points for pointing me here because I've been having fun with your posts this week (I'm not a huge commenter).

I humbly think I should receive extra points for making you a SuperHero Badge (even though it needs tweaking; too pixelated; but I just threw it together):

SO, my lovely, that makes a total of 13 points plus whatever you deem appropriate for the badge.

Anonymous said...

or an azure alien. As my mascot. Hmm. I have to think about that.