Hi everyone. I’m announcing a very special Spread the Word contest for author and publishing professional, Michael Spradlin. I remember the first time I met Mike in 2006. I’d just sold Halfway to the Grave and I was at the Avon author’s dinner during my first writers convention. I knew absolutely no one. It felt like having your first day at a new school occur during the homecoming dance. Mike probably doesn’t even remember me from that night, but he chatted with me during the dinner and was so nice, I felt less like a party crasher and more like a new member of the Avon Books team.
Michael Spradlin’s third novel in his Youngest Templar series, ORPHAN OF DESTINY, comes out on October 28th.
Tristan and his companions—the fiery archer Robard Hode and the assassin maid Maryam—have escaped to England. But tragedy has occurred to Tristan’s beloved abbey while they were on the Third Crusade, and Robard’s home in Sherwood Forest suffers under the rule of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Many obstacles still prevent them from delivering the Holy Grail into safe hands. Tristan must defeat the evil Sir Hugh in one final battle. And he must learn the secret of his birth, a secret Richard the Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine are willing to kill to protect!
More info here: http://www.michaelspradlin.com/books/youngest-templar/orphan.php
Normally Michael would be doing what all authors do by making the internet rounds promoting his book, but he’s got his priorities in the right order. You see, a family member is having some serious medical issues, so Mike is spending his time concentrating on her instead of on his book’s release. I think all of us would agree with Mike that family is far more important than promoting a new book, but we also know that if readers aren’t aware that a book is out, they won’t have the chance to decide to buy it or not. As a fellow author who remembers Mike’s kindness to me during a stressful event (though far less stressful than worrying about a family member’s health) I wanted to help him out. Mike might not be able to make the internet rounds to let readers know that his book is releasing, but I can try to spread the word for him – with your help.
And that brings us to the contest. Here are the prizes:
One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a brand-spanking new Kindle 6″ with WiFi (this one specifically, no substitutions), OR a Nook with WiFi (this one specifically, NOT the 3G, no substitutions ) OR a Kobo with Wifi (this one specifically, no substitutions) . It’s winner’s choice which e-reader he or she wants, but one e-reader is all the Grand Prize winner gets :)). This part of the contest is open to US residents only. Winner’s shipping address must be in the United States or you will be disqualified and a new winner will be chosen.
One (1) Second Place winner will receive a $25.00 gift card from either Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Powells, Chapters, or Books-A-Million, winner’s choice which place he or she wants, but one $25.00 gift card is all the Second Place winner gets :)). This part of the contest is open to US residents, Canada, and the UK only. Gift card will be in US dollars. Winner’s shipping address must be in the United States, Canada, or the UK only or you will be disqualified and a new winner will be chosen.
Five (5) Third Place winners will receive a copy of ORPHAN OF DESTINY, book three in Michael Spradlin’s Youngest Templar series. This part of the contest for the free books is open to all readers regardless of where in the world you live.
There are three different ways you can enter the contest. You can do one or all of these, your choice which. Please read these rules carefully because you must follow them exactly:
1. Copy and paste Mike’s book cover, description, and release date into a new blog post, emailing me the link at JeanieneFprizes AT yahoo DOT com for verification. This is good for ten (10) entries into the contest. No link for verification in your email means no entry into the contest.
2. Pre-order a copy of ORPHAN OF DESTINY, or order either book one or two in the Youngest Templar series (KEEPER OF THE GRAIL or TRAIL OF FATE). Email me your receipt at JeanieneFprizes AT yahoo DOT com for verification. This is good for ten (10) entries into the contest. No receipt for verification in your email means no entry into the contest.
3. Re-post a link to this blog on Twitter, Facebook, your blog, or other social media site with a “Help spread the word” note. Then email me the link at JeanieneFprizes AT yahoo DOT com for verification. This is good for five (5) entries into the contest. No link for verification in your email means no entry into the contest.
All winners will be chosen by Randomizer. Contest opens now and ends October 31st at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced in a new blog post and contacted by email.
Thanks, good luck, and let’s help Spread the Word for Mike!