Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Book Cornucopia Drawing!

I’m in the mood to celebrate! We’ve just finished a very successful Summer Treasure Hunt—30 days of fantastic prizes! Click here to read the list of prizes and winners.

But I’m not through giving stuff away! Usually, I like to celebrate the “milestones” along the way to the publication of a new novel…signing the contract, seeing the cover art for the first time…and now, learning that my new medieval romance, Illuminations of the Heart, is available for pre-order at DeseretBook.com! Since I kind of slipped up on the individual celebrations this time, I’ve decided to celebrate all three milestones rolled into one.

How am I going to do this? By celebrating a book with more books! I was wandering through Barnes & Noble the other day and found a tote bag with a wonderful quote by Abraham Lincoln: “My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.” So I’ve decided to give away this tote bag filled with some of my favorite books to one lucky winner.


The books I’ve chosen are:


The Once and Future King, by T.H. White: a retelling of the King Arthur story (and basis for the musical, Camelot)




(different cover art above)



The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas: I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read this one!







Crocodile on the Sandbank, by Elizabeth Peters: the first volume in the Amelia Peabody Mystery series set in Victorian Egypt. If you think this one is funny, the sequels only get better!







Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte: one of the few “classics” that literally kept me up reading till all hours of the night







A Man For All Seasons, by Robert Bolt: a play about Sir Thomas More and King Henry VIII, subsequently turned into one of my all-time favorite movies






Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes: yes, a YA book, but one I read over and over again through high school and a favorite of mine to this day




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The Convenient Marriage, by Georgette Heyer: a delightful Regency romance by the worthy successor of Jane Austen (and yes, another all-time favorite book of mine)







And last but not least…a copy of my first medieval romance, Loyalty’s Web, because although my new romance, Illuminations of the Heart can certainly stand on its own, it’ll be all that more meaningful if you’ve read Loyalty’s Web first.



And don’t forget the tote bag!

How can you win this cornucopia of reading prizes? Simply send me an email to jdipastena@yahoo.com and, in keeping with Abraham Lincoln’s quote, tell me which of the books on this list you’ve never read. Please type “Book Cornucopia Drawing” in the subject line, and be sure to include your mailing address. If I have to try to track you down afterwards because I don’t know where to send your prize, it may end up going to someone else. (Sorry, I’ve had a few bad experiences with that lately.)

Deadline for entries is July 31st, midnight PST, with the winner announced on August 1st .

I'm looking forward to your entries! And thanks for helping me celebrate!

23 comments:

Danyelle Ferguson said...

What a fun contest, Joyce! I'm sending my email over to you next!

Rachelle said...

Awesome! I just sent an email to enter. :)

Randy and Lisa said...

What a great idea for a contest, and a great list of books. I just sent my email to you!!

JoAnn Arnold said...

Yes, I would like to win a book. What a cool idea.

Charlene said...

Very fun contest. I love reading and I love books!

Sheila said...

OK, you win...you have the best contests out on the blogs! I just sent my e-mail to you. It's funny, I would really love to have that bag with the quote on it! The books wouldn't be so bad either! ;)

Thanks!!

Donna Hatch said...

Congratulations, Joyce!!! I can't wait to read your newest book. The last one was so awesome and I've been dying to read Tristin's story.

Laura Fabiani said...

Joyce, you truly know how to market your books. Your contest ideas are great! Will participate...

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is a wonderful set of books. Good luck everyone!!

Congrats on your new release and aloha from Author Island!!!

Valerie
valb0302@yahoo.com

Jo Ann said...

What a great set of books to read.

orelukjp0 said...

What a unique contest. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win a classic tale that you also enjoyed.

robynl said...

what great books and a nice tote to carry them in; you can't lose.

thanks so much.

Joyce DiPastena said...

And just in case anyone is wondering, no, I'm not giving away a bunch of "used books" of mine for this drawing. I'd never part with any of these titles! Should you win, your collection will be nice and shiny new. :-)

Anonymous said...

Aloha from Author Island. Just entered the contest. Wow a lot of good booksJOYE
JWIsley (at) aol (dot) com

RubyD said...

Aloha from AuthorIsland. Entering your contest. Interesting list of books.

Taffy said...

Thanks for fun summer contests!

susan said...

love to enter your contest and glad to say welcome to "authorisland" you are among some great people. I am keeping my fingers crossed onwinning the tote full of books..I love totes and books. susan L.

Stephanie Abney said...

Hey, Joyce ~
I just sent you the email to enter this contest. Great book list and LOVE Abraham Lincoln and his quotes!! Our 4th grade class is doing a Medieval unit so winning this book bag would not only be fun, but VERY useful!! Take care!
Blessings!

Chris J. said...

Hey Joyce!

Very interesting list of books and the Tote, I just saw that and thought I would love to have it! :)

Sending a email with the answer and info next. :)

Oh and "Aloha from AuthorIsland"!

Anonymous said...

yes I want to enter. Isent you an email

Karlene said...

Got the books. And the book bag is wonderful! Thank you so, so much.

Karlene

Joyce DiPastena said...

I'm glad everything arrived safely. :-)

ativan said...

Bought few books for me and my wife.