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Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas Book Giveaway!

I am a writing book junkie, constantly searching for REALLY GOOD BOOKS to learn more about story construction or story writing. Every year I buy two or so *best of the best* that I've run across for my sister for the holidays, who is laboring to create a novel in between taking care of a husband and toddler.

One of the books I selected for her this year it turns out she already has -- so here I am with a beautiful new book, fresh from amazon, that I've found is extremely helpful! I've been reading this book while sitting at my computer, and answering the writing exercises and questions, and have discovered (internal) angles of my story I hadn't thought of before. It's certainly a good read, albeit intense.

Here's the deal:

Since it's December 1st, we'll call this a Christmas contest. I don't want any big deal thing, so let's do it that each comment between today (Dec 1st) and Saturday (Dec 6) becomes eligible (one comment per person per day) for the grand book drawing that I'll hold on Sunday. Winner is selected by random drawing -- I'll put all comments/names in a bowl and draw one out. Comments can be about that day's topic, current events, topics you'd like me to write about, saying hello, whatever.

But wait, there's more!

I have a few ARCs still left. For the winner of the drawing, if you would also like a copy of my own book A Lever Long Enough (either for yourself or for a holiday present) let me know and I'll autograph it and send it on. These are *limited editions*, advance reader copies, but otherwise it's the same book that will be released on January 12 on amazon. Retail price for Lever will be $15.95, so this is quite a deal! (providing you like the story, of course :-)

OK everyone, happy start of Christmas season.

~enjoy the carols, my dear friend~


Anonymous said...

OH, sounds great! I love a good contest. Please enter me: sheriboeyink[at]cox[dot]net

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

Billy Coffey said...

Count me in. And love your blog, by the way...

Lydia said...

The writing book sounds intriguing. If your giveaway extends to overseas posters, I'd love to be included. (If not, I understand. That overseas postage can be hefty.)

Rosslyn Elliott said...

Here's my entry!

Avily Jerome said...

Ooh, a contest! Woo-hoo!

Please enter me!


Also hello, and sorry I haven't been around in awhile- crazy busy week!!!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to check out some good books :) Thanks for the contest :)


Unknown said...


I'm always up for a new, good writing book. And I could certainly use a little holiday cheer this week.


Anonymous said...

Amy, What a blessing to have come across your blog! You're an absolute story structure genius!! And please enter me into the contest. I'd love an autographed copy of your ARC!

God's abundant blessings,
Nancy [backtonan[at]aol[dot]com

Amy Deardon said...

Gosh Nancy, I wish I WERE a genius :-)

Writing my first novel was so frustrating that I figured there MUST be a better way! I tend to get obsessive-compulsive about stuff anyway, and had/have great fun picking story apart. A lot of what I talk about has been established by other people -- although there's original stuff here too based on my own studies. It mixes in my brain to form a whole :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy

I have just discovered your blog and have really enjoyed reading the last few entries. I'll be coming back to read more!

Please enter me in your contest if it's open to international readers.

Thank you

Ruth Dell


Anonymous said...

Hi Amy! Count me in for the contest, too!

-- Sarah Salter