Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Merry Life and a Short One -- A Contest

December is here and I promised a contest. I've been hunkered down for a while, writing and revising a new novel, and haven't had much time to think about the promotional things I should be doing for the release of The Dust of 100 Dogs. It's only TWO MONTHS away! To start, let me remind you, during these tough economic holiday times, that: A. Books are still relatively cheap. B. Shopping at your local independent bookstore is a pro-community act. Also, it is very unlikely you will get trampled or shot there. Or eaten by a shark, or attacked by flesh-eating robots. (If you don't have an independent bookstore nearby, many of them will take phone orders and ship. Some even have online buying options.) C. Books make a great gifts. D. Magazines and literary magazines are great gift ideas for the short fiction and poetry lovers in your life! If you buy some books as holiday gifts, go to this awesome blog and let them know. We're trying to buy 1,000,000 books! Add yours to the tally! (Pre-orders of D100D count!) NOW ON TO THE CONTEST... The Dust of 100 Dogs is about a bunch of stuff. But, I figure it's safe to say two of the main subjects are pirates and dogs. One thing pirates and dogs have in common is that their lives are generally merry and short, like the title of this post suggests. And so, after a considerable amount of obsessing, and taking into account that I *love* writing challenges, I have come up with a simple and fun set of contest rules. What do I win? An ARC (advance review copy) of The Dust of 100 Dogs and a bonus VOHG.** How do I enter? You have to write me ten words. No more, no less.
*Either a slice of pirate life in 10 words (Example: Cut off a man's ear and fed it to him.) *OR a slice of a dog life in 10 words. (Example: Chased cats, ate, pooped, fell asleep in a sun ray.) (Do feel free to deviate from these examples. Go nuts.)
Post your TEN WORD entry in the comment section along with a valid email address, and any bonus entry links (see next section). If you feel uncomfortable posting your email address, send it to my email address asking(at)as-king(dot)com and make sure you tell me which entry is yours! Only one ten word entry per person, I'm afraid...though if you have two and just can't decide, I say post them both! (But I'll only count one.) Can I get extra entries? Totally! Link this contest to your blog, send a bulletin or blog about it in Myspace, or write a note in Facebook, or any other thing you can think of to get the word out. (For Facebook & MySpace options you have to friend me first!) Post the links in your entry comment. You get one extra entry for each of them. PLEASE try to keep your entry contained in one comment, though I do understand if you have to add an additional comment if you blog/mention/link throughout the contest period. When does it end? The contest ends December 18th, 2008 at midnight (Eastern Time). ***Deadline Extended due to Girl Week*** Now ends December 19th at midnight EST. How many winners will there be? Just one. I've only got one ARC. But two honorable mentions - for the best two ten word entries - will get one of two extra D100D-related VOHGs.** Good luck, everyone! ** VOHG = Very Odd Holiday Gift

74 comments:

Joanne Levy said...

Stole booty, in swordfight, lost leg, fitted for peg, Arrrggghhhhh!

Joanne
joanne@joannelevy.com

Carolyn Burns Bass said...

Cursed and bedamned, I’m a dog with a curly tail.

Carolyn

xtraliciousssx or stephanie :) said...

Drinking rum, stealing off of innocent people, and living life.

steph30wang@gmail.com

thankss

KillerYapp said...

Announced visitors!
Announced visitors!!!!!!

Confined to jail aka carrying crate.

Melissa Walker said...

Ah, the life of a pirate's dog! Bones all around.

Melissa

PS-I'm tweeting!

Melissa Walker said...
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Amy Nathan said...

Chased my tail, peed, ate poop, slept for three hours.

Anonymous said...

free,sad and damned the life of thee, why me?


matt smith
reeleffects@yahoo.com

Hillary said...

Eating food covered in water and turkey pieces is heaven.
(My dogs are currently enjoying the leftovers of my Thanksgiving dinner!)

Hillary
booklovergal12 @ hotmail . com

Yan said...

Where is me booty and what happen to me leg!?

ylin.0621[at]yahoo.com

wow, I am not that creative at ALL.

Diana Dang said...

Get the parrot and blade, so the pirate is made!

I also blogged on the sidebar of this contest!

Diana D.
http://orientaldesires.blogspot.com/

penny roth said...

Illegally I download my favorite songs by Bow Wow Wow.

penny
lilrothy@aol.com

Aimee said...

Licking my own backside, third time today, ain't life grand!

Aimee C
acirucci@gmail.com

MelodyJM/Is Me! Is PENGUIN! said...

My crazy owner tried to put pirate hat on me.

Melody
JoyMalecki@yahoo.com

The Solicitous Scribe said...

Rawrrrgggg, then what, praytell, is the poop deck was for?

jdzca@cox.net
www.thesolicitousscribe.blogspot.com

M. G. Tarquini said...

Among these scurvy dogs, it be true I am the scurviest!

mgtarquini.blogspot.com

Andrew Karre said...

The three sweetest words for a swab: "daily rum ration."

Susan Adrian said...

Growled. Snarled. Chased chased chased. Caught. Bit. YES!

Woke up.

Lovely contest!

susan dot adrian at yahoo dot com.

And I posted a link to your contest on my blog

Anonymous said...

Arrgg matey, missed the other boat and shot the RUM!!!


theDizzy

etwilight @ yahoo .com

Ewoh Nairb said...

The pen is NOT mightier than the sword me matey!

ewoh dot nairb at gmail dot com

This is FUN!

Ewoh Nairb said...

"AAARRGGHH ye scurvy pirates" yelled Capt'n Doggy at scuffling pups.

ewoh dot nairb at gmail dot com

Ewoh Nairb said...

Cats be damned, chase your tail and beg for scraps.

ewoh dot nairb at gmail dot com

Ewoh Nairb said...

dogs and pirates are more fun than cats and salesmen.


ewoh dot nairb at gmail dot com

Ewoh Nairb said...

irish farms breed dog and pirate stories that kick ass.

ewoh dot nairb at gmail dot com

Ewoh Nairb said...

how many bones does it take to feed 100 dogs?

ewoh dot nairb at gmail dot com

Ewoh Nairb said...

Chased pirate, tore pants, my breath now smells like poop.

ewoh dot nairb at gmail dot com

Ewoh Nairb said...

pillaged. slashed. robbed. burnt. sunk. sailed. drank. ate. whored. jailed.

Ewoh Nairb said...

can't help myself, pillaging and sailing and rum are heaven

A.S. King said...

Thanks so much for all these great entries so far! Ewoh Nairb, honey, I'm only going to count one of those entries, but I'm leaving the rest up there for fun!

Keep them coming. The VOHG are worth it.

Ewoh Nairb said...

I know that only one counts, but they were just so much fun I couldn't help myself.

:-D

Kelly Parra said...

Ayeee, Maties! Who gone and stole me wooden leg?? Ehh?

:)

Angel Young said...

Fleas itching me are better than Master's scurvy ridden gums.



~Angel

angel_young13@yahoo.com

(p.s. I'm getting ready to blog/bulletin as well. You're already my friend, of course!)

Silky said...

Junk yard Dog I be, Black of heart tis true!!

The Not So Closet Geeks said...

the sea life's for me: rum, booty...(both kinds 'course)

and a post about the contest is here:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=389187139

not_so_cg(at)yahoo(dot)com

The Story Siren said...

warm bed, belly rubs, lots of treats, spoiled rotten.

Yep, that's my dog.

Akia Tomiyo said...

'tis a dogs life for me, though I say 'arg!'

I hope it's fine that I mixed the two... if not, here's a singular entry for 'dog': I lived the life of a fun loving pooch-hound!

As far as announcments go (for those lovely gems of extra entries)[there's a section in my blogger that has links of all of these for varification purposes. I'll leave them up untill the contest ends]:
1) Myspace Bulletin & Blog
2) Facebook note
3) Kawaii Kiss mention
4) Blogger (countdown is posted)

karinlibrarian said...

Flew down a billowing sail using only my knife AGAIN!
kperry@ou.edu

Sharen said...

You peed on my wooden leg! Avast ye mangy cur!

inadaze423 said...

*A slice of a dog life in 10 words

I made a cat walk the plank into me bowl.


~Katie

klair.designs@gmail.com

stacey @ bookthirty said...

Dog's life:
If that baby can scream, then why can't I bark?

stacey.bookthirty@gmail.com

Amee said...

Throw it Throw it! Run Run! Got it Got it!

Lol, I hope we're not being judged on creativity. amee821 [at] hotmail.com

Enchanted Crystals said...

Went for a car ride. Woke up with no balls.

ba@barbraannino.com

Mel said...

Avast! I pooped, ate it, then peed in the house.

Lisamarie said...

Swarthy, lovesick swashbuckler captures maiden, gives his heart and lice.

Lenore said...

Ahoy kitties! Cap'n Chases-Tail aint gonna hurt ur scurvy hides...

(actually he probably will!)

Beth said...

Sailing stormy seas,
looting other's booty; me
pegleg's stumping 'round.

earcher35@aol.com :)

Sarahbear9789 said...

Rolled over, Sit, Play dead are my tricks. Treat please?
-Sarah.
Sarahbear119 AT hotmail DOT com

Gerb said...

Arrrr? Yourrrr leg? Thought it was a hydrrrrant. Parrrrot? What Parrrrot? *belch*

Gerb said...

OK, Clearly I don't read directions very well. I think I was over 10 words... but I did post about the contest on my blog here: http://lindagerber.blogspot.com/2008/12/fangirl-freebie-friday.html

Elizabeth Encarnacion said...

Belly rubs. Rawhide bones. Wrestling matches. Treats. Life is good.

lizencarn at gmail dot com

Liviania said...

In all these years, I never did learn to swim.

inbedwithbooks AT yahoo DOT com

Bulletin here: http://bulletins.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=bulletin.read&authorID=358798231&messageID=6238682429&MyToken=bf75d760-0c57-4c68-b7a6-540eef215b28&hash=MIG%2fBgorBgEEAYI3WAP4oIGwMIGtBgorBgEEAYI3WAMBoIGeMIGbAgMCAAECAmYDAgIAwAQI0caXSkjE91YEECoBfQLpWolkzsj1%2bY9w8EUEcHknvz1ztPtlNwUTdX2bXd5LMLLldPLHYEnGg45Hvgt0rltoRIMQB%2f%2f2R4ZNRi09t3lZgTodY4LVHsEapdhTixmVyjv%2bjzEX9F74i4opsMganm9Bf8Xfy1Ahrlhuch0gEzAelCFs2hzuUyJK16r04cM%3d

shelburns said...

Ay, matey! Ye ship is mine, get off or die!

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

Paradox said...

My name feared o'er seven seas, it gives me immortality.

I posted about the contest on my blog: http://paradoxrevealed.blogspot.com/2008/12/yes-more-contest-links.html

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

Froze8 said...

The pirates life is one of plundering, bugs and guts!


Pirates are such fun, I loved when we read Treasure Island in 8th grade.

Here's an extra entry.
http://froze8.blogspot.com/2008/12/contest.html

And my e-mail
spykids_cool@yahoo.com

Readingjunky said...

A dog's life is being blamed for everyone else's farts.

shkruger@hotmail.com

Looking forward to reading THE DUST OF 100 DOGS. I love the title.

Lalaland said...

Yar mate! Yah thin' ah soun' 'ike 'agrid or 'ook? (Yar mate! You think I sound like Hagrid or Hook?)

From my live journal:
http://etewxok.livejournal.com/10277.html

My email:
ttt1612 AT yahoo DOT com

BecomingHollofied said...

Damn, last time I buy dust of one hundred humans.

evil_sqweakers@yahoo.com

Martina Meng said...

I so need that book Heather gave her recconmendations and plus whho doesn't love apirate book I believe if Heather reccomends you you have to be an awesome writer so Go dude go Please it would make my day to get one of those books.

jocelyn said...

Sailing the high seas--live free or die, sword high!

I posted about the contest at http://teenbookreview.wordpress.com/2008/12/13/dogs-pirates-and-forests-oh-my/. My email address is teenbookreview at gmail dot com, and I would love to read your book!

Jonny C said...

play in the yard, eat like a pig,and sleep.

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

Wag wag, lick lick, your'e my best friend! Feed me!

Linda said...

Nabbed booty from Manolo Blahnik treasure chest. Arghed on rug.

lindca2@hotmail.com

One Sheep said...

Cleaning myself. Wait, something's missing! Damn, Fifi's gonna be disappointed!

Ruetz family said...

A Pirate's Life:

Raise the flag, steal a bag, then take a swag!

sentas_cry@hotmail.com

xollinzolox said...

ARGGH! Says me! Hoist the anchor! We are now free!

xollinzolox@aim.com

eclecticobsessions said...

Dear Diary: Ate a rat today. Wish I was home.
~John

I linked at my blog, http://eclecticobsessions.wordpress.com/2008/12/13/link-as-kings-dust-of-100-dogs-contest/. My e-mail is eclecticobsess6 at aol.com

eclecticobsessions said...

Sorry for double posting, just wanted to say to get rid of the "John" part of my previous post.

A.S. King said...

eo- No worries - Done!

Thanks again for entering, everyone! I'll be back Friday to announce winners!

Amy

Anonymous said...

Sea steals my bones, ones I gnaw, and my own---londonviaparis@hotmail.com

Just Listen said...

Intense sword fight, loses sight in left eye, seeks revenge.

justlistenbookreviews[at]gmail.com

Jennifer said...

Twas a shark took me leg, me hand: a wench.

jkanode(a)gmail.com

Liv said...

Gate open, raced into street, blocks away in few seconds.

(at least that's what my dog does whenever the opportunity presents itself)

livsbookreviews@yahoo.com

Brooke Reviews said...

I sniff a strangers butt, smells like friend, must hump.

ddurance said...

Chewed up Mommy's book, got whipping, hung head, ahhhh forgiveness!

Deidre