Thursday, December 18, 2008

Welcome to The Twelve Days of Christmas Contest, Medieval Style!

During the Middle Ages, the Twelve Days of Christmas did not refer to the twelve days preceding Christmas day, as it does now. Rather it began on Christmas Day and continued through the following twelve days, ending on January 5, the eve of Epiphany which was traditionally considered the day that the three Magi presented their gifts to the Christ Child.

So a few friends and I decided to put a bit of a spin on our Twelve Days of Christmas Contest, and run it “Medieval Style”. Beginning on Christmas Day, we will be giving away a gift a day for 12 days, running through January 5th. There should be something for everyone…an inspirational book, five historical romance novels, two children’s picture books, one YA time travel, even a ghost story! And if that isn’t enough, you can also win a gift certificate to a wonderful new sensory experience called Scentsy, and a handmade, hand decorated, personalized mailbox.


You can send in an entry for each day’s prize, or only for those prizes that strike your fancy. The rules are simple:

(1) Go to the website or blog indicated for each day, find the answer to the question for that day, then email the answer with your name and mailing address to

(2) Please send a separate entry for each day and type the day you are entering in the subject line. (Such as: 12 Days of Christmas, Day 1; 12 Days of Christmas, Day 2, etc).

(3) Deadline for each day: Midnight PST

(4) The winner will be contacted and announced on the day following the deadline.

You do not have to wait until the designated day to enter. You can start sending in your entries right now, or begin entering at any point along the way. And check back here each day between Dec 26-Jan 6 to read the names of the winners.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Joyce DiPastena at

And now…let the games begin!

Day 1 – December 25
Sponsor: Kerry Blair
Prize: Inspirational Book: Counting Blessings: Wit and Wisdom for Women, autographed copy
Website address:
Website question: Name one of the two books -- e-versions -- that Kerry offers for free on her site. (Hint: Check out “Fun Stuff” tab)
WINNER: Debra Erfert of Arizona

Day 2 – December 28
Sponsor: Donna Hatch
Prize: Regency Romance, The Stranger She Married: e-book download
Website address:
Website question: What is Cole accused of doing? (Hint: Read excerpt of The Stranger She Married under “Bookshelf” tab)
WINNER: Gayle Oreluk of Illinois

Day 3 – December 27
Sponsor: Marsha Ward
Prize: Book: Post-Civil War action/adventure romance, The Man from Shenandoah, autographed copy
Website address:
Website question: Where is the Bates family living? (Don’t confuse with the Owen family! Hint: Click on excerpt from The Man from Shenandoah under “Novels” on websites’s left hand tool bar.)
WINNER: Anna Carpenter of Arizona

Day 4 – December 28
Sponsor: Joan Sowards
Prize: ebook Haunts Haven by LizAnne Bayh
Website address:
Website question: What is the title of Joan’s 2008 Christmas song? (Hint: Look under “Christmas” tab for 2008 song)
WINNER: Christa Johnson of Arizona

Day 5 – December 29
Sponsor: Heidi Ashworth
Prize: $20 Amazon gift certificate towards purchase of her Regency Romance, Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind
Blog address:
Blog question: What is the last name of the hero in the novel Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind?
WINNER: Ilona Fenton of Wales, UK

Day 6 – December 30
Sponsor: Kellydawn Zollinger
Prize: $25 Scentsy Gift Certificate
Website address:
Website question: How many room sprays come in the “Scentsy Sampler” Multi Pack offered in the current catalog? (Hint: Scroll through the “catalog” tab to find answer. Or download catalogue to PDF for easier reading.)
WINNER: Jobie Marshall of Oregon

Day 7 – December 31
Sponsor: Joyce DiPastena
Prize: Book: Medieval Romance, Loyalty’s Web, autographed copy
Website address:
Website question: How is Gunthar received almost the moment he sets foot in Poitou? (Hint: check out “Books and Bio” tab)
WINNER: Ronda Hinrichsen of Utah

Day 8 – January 1
Sponsor: Cindy Williams
Prize: Children’s Book: Chase McKay Didn’t Get Up Today, autographed copy
Website address:
Website question: What is the name of the fantasy book about dragons that Cindy is writing? (Hint: check out “Home” page or “Books” Tab)
WINNER: Judy Cox of Louisiana

Day 9 – January 2
Sponsor: Liz Adair/Cecily Markland
Prize: Autographed copy of Counting the Cost, new novel by best-selling author, Liz Adair
Website address:
Website question: What is the title of the workshop Liz Adair presents for writers and family history buffs? (Hint: It's the same title as the 28-page booklet by Liz that Inglestone Publishing also published. Check out the Bookstore tab.)
WINNER: Kristina Stiltner of Virginia

Day 10 – January 3
Sponsor: Lori Conger
Prize: Children’s Picture Book: My Squishy Pants, autographed copy
Website address:
Website question: Why doesn’t Jonah want to wear his pants to school? (Hint: This one’s on the “Home” page)
WINNER: Patricia Andreasky of Arizona

Day 11 – January 4
Sponsor: Kathi O. Peterson
Prize: YA Time-travel: The Forgotten Warrior, autographed copy
Website address:
Website question: What attribute has Sydney Morgan never had? (Hint: This one again is on the “Home” page)
WINNER: Kerri Waldo of Alabama

Day 12 – January 5
Sponsor: Teri Rodeman
Prize: Personalized mailbox
Blog address:
Blog question: How many years has Teri Rodeman been owner of the LDSForeverFriends Google Group? (Hint: Check out the right hand side of the page)
WINNER: Mary Walker of Arizona

Good luck and Merry Christmas to you all!


Congratulations to the winners of my latest Loyalty's Web-site Drawing: Lexee Toste of California, Karen Hillis of Florida, and Debra Guyette of Connecticut! Each of these women won an Amazon $10 e-gift certificate to apply towards the purchase of a copy of Loyalty's Web. Thank you to everyone who entered!


Believe it or not, I've finally updated my Medieval Vignettes blog with a short story entitled: An Epiphany Gift for Robin. I entered a shorter version of this story in the LDS Publisher Christmas Story Contest. If you enjoy Christmas short stories, check out LDS Publisher and cast a vote for the one you like best!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Contest Reminder and Treasure Hunt!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah! Whatever you're celebrating this time of year, I hope you are all staying healthy, happy and warm.

I just wanted to alert you to a cool new contest going on over at The prize is an Amazon Kindle! You have to go on a bit of a treasure hunt to win it, though. You can check out the treasure map (so to speak) by clicking on the banner below.

How cool is that? Winner to be announced January 1st.

And while you're checking out that contest, don't forget about the contest currently going on on the News & Contests page of my website. Three gift certificates are waiting as prizes for three lucky people who enter. Deadline: December 16th.

Is this a great time for gift giving, or what? Let the games begin! (Or in the case of my own contest, continue. :-) )