The "Standard of Ur" from ancient Mesopotamia
14 April 2008
Mitzvah Madness: A pay-it-forward contest
I had the amazing luck of winning pay-it-forward contests at both Charles Gramlich's Razored Zen blog and Angie's blog, Angie's Desk. Now it's my turn to host a pay-it-forward contest in which you can win free books.
Yes, free books!
As Charles and Angie did, I will change the rules a bit. However, the goal of the contest remains the same: To introduce you to authors you have not read before.
Comment on this post between now and 30 April, start your post with the words CONTEST ENTRY, and tell me what you will do (or have done) this month to make the world a better place. This can be as small as one small good deed or as big as running a Website for a good cause (hint, hint, Lisa K.).
If you are too modest to post about your good deed, comment with just the words CONTEST ENTRY and then email me your good deed at ShaunaRoberts [at] ShaunaRoberts.com.
After the deadline, 30 April, I’ll put everyone’s name into a hat, draw four winners, and announce them on this blog.
Winners pay it forward by running some variation of this contest on their own blogs. Winners may use the Pay It Forward logo or not, as they choose.
Each winner can select one of the following:
1. Try something from me. If you choose this option, you will receive a copy of the forthcoming science fiction anthology Barren Worlds (which contains my science fiction short story "Elessa the Restless," based on the Child ballad "The Maid on the Shore") and a copy of the Fall 2006 issue of Continuum Science Fiction magazine (which contains my science fiction novelette "The Hunt").
2. Try something from my favorite authors. Choose as many books as you like from the following authors, up to a price of $20 at Amazon.com:
Y Barbara Hambly (fantasy, horror, historical fiction, historical mysteries set in early New Orleans)
Y Guy Gavriel Kay (fantasy, most based on European history; poetry)
Y Ursula LeGuin (fantasy, writing instruction)
Y C.L. Grace (mysteries set during the Renaissance)
Y Candace Robb (mysteries set during the Middle Ages)
Y Caroline Roe (mysteries set during the Middle Ages)
Y Kate Sedley (mysteries set during the Middle Ages)
Y Sharan Newman (mysteries set during the Middle Ages)
3. Try something from my friends and blog visitors. Choose as many books as you like from the following authors, up to a price of $20 at Amazon.com:
Y C. S. Harris a.k.a. Candice Proctor (romance, mysteries set during the Regency)
Y Farrah Rochon (contemporary romance)
Y Laura Joh Rowland (historical mysteries set in Japan during the Shogunate and in 19th century England)
Y Carleen Brice (women's fiction, self-help)
Y Christee Gabour Atwood (humor, nonfiction)
Y Rexanne Becnel (romance, women's fiction)
Y William "Billy" Hammett (uh . . . magical realism?)
Y Charles Gramlich (fantasy, horror)
Y Therese Fowler (women's fiction)
Y Carolyn Woolston (Western romance, medieval romance)
Y Karen DeGroot Carter (general fiction)
Y Timothy Hallinan (mystery, thriller)
Y Bernita Harris (dark fantasy story in the anthology Weirdly)
Y Barbara Colley (romance, contemporary mystery, saga)
Y Hailey North (contemporary romance)
Y Sandra Landry (time-travel romance)
Y June Shaw (mystery)
Y Robin Wells (contemporary romance)
Y Sabrina Jeffries (romance)
Y Pamela Kopfler (nonfiction essays)
Y Jennifer Blake (historical and contemporary romance)
Y Caryn Carter (erotic romance)
Y C. J. Parker (fantasy mystery)
Y Jude-Marie Green (science fiction story in the anthology Desolate Places)
(If you're my friend and I've left you out, please let me know and I'll add you.)
That's a great round-up of books you might win, so take this chance to do a good deed and possibly get free books!
Next week: an overview of the recent Literary Orange conference