Thursday, November 26, 2009

LINGER ARC Giveaway!

Hey there. Thought I'd let my blog followers know... I'm giving away an ARC of Maggie Stiefvater's LINGER over on Twitter. All you have to do is make me laugh in 130 characters or less (The other 10 characters should be taken up by this: @AS_King, of course.) You can join in the fun here, too, if you don't have Twitter. Just make me laugh in under 130 characters in the comment area and leave me your email address, in case you win! DEADLINE: Friday, 11/27 11:59PM EST.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Don't Be Blue

It's tough to lose. I've been there. It's especially tough to lose when there are few entries. Take comfort in the fact that you guys made it really really hard to judge? AND THE WINNER IS: Chris Townsend WITH THIS ENTRY:
“Can you smell that?” He’d asked the same question almost every day for the last 256 days. “If you ask me that one mo—“ The walls shifted. Voices echoed in the tunnel. Always the voices. We’d pound on the walls garnering a chuckle at best. The tunnel squeezed again pressing us together. In the distance a rumbling, sucking sound began. “The water is draining!” Chuck started crying. I wrapped my arms around him trying to protect him as the tunnel collapsed inward. Tumbling… Crushing... In the distance a light. If we could only… ### “Congratulations Mrs. Johnson. It’s Twins!”
I've sent you an email, Chris! After you get my package, you will never be able to say that nobody ever gave you a hand. And thanks so much for playing, all of you. It always makes me happy when people have fun with writing. Regarding Reality--The Blogging Year is Coming to an End Looks to me like we should have a winter break around here while we set up some new blogging headquarters. I can't thank you all enough for all the support you gave team D100D and team King during the year 2009. It's been a blast. I'll keep you up to date here on any interesting developments. I plan to return with a redecorated blog, a few samples of Please Ignore Vera Dietz (coming in Oct 2010!) and a whole new bag of fun things to do for prizes. Haven't read the book yet? Love your Kindle? I'm thrilled to announce that The Dust of 100 Dogs has become available in Kindle format HERE. If I had my choice, I'd still buy it at a local independent bookstore, like Aaron's Books in Lititz, PA where I had a ball last weekend at their first annual festival! Want to come and see me at a signing? I'll be at the Exton Square Mall Borders in Exton, PA, on the 18th of December from 6 to 8pm. Check the website for details. Been thinking about hitting the Chicago area for a few days next year, maybe...stay tuned!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Random Contest in Tunnel #77

Wow. It's November already. I know I said I'd be back last month. I really wanted to be...but things got crazy around here. You'll be happy to know that Please Ignore Vera Dietz is moving through the many tunnels that will lead it to a shelf in your bookstore in October 2010. And I've just finished the book that will come after that. (Still untitled because for the first time in my life, I can't think of the right title.) I think you'll like it. It's pretty weird. I have to give a shout out to all the people who've read and reviewed D100D over the last months and all the people who have come out to see me during my year of groovy events, and the kind people who have arranged visits at bookstores, schools and libraries. Thank you! And hey--if you're anywhere near Lititz, PA this coming weekend, drop into the Lititz Kid-lit Festival at Aaron's Books. (Nov. 13-15th) There will a lot of great authors and events. Check out the website for more details! SERIOUS BUSINESS in TUNNEL #77 Now--on to the serious business. What better way to show you how much I missed this place than to throw a random contest, with weird prizes? CHALLENGE: Write a story (beginning, middle & end) that is 100 words or less. Rule #1 = The story must begin with this line: "Can you smell that?" Rule #2 = The story must take place in a tunnel. (It can be any kind of tunnel, and doesn't have to be that weird futuristic one in the picture at the top of this post. Could be a dirt tunnel. Or a tunnel in snow. Or a tunnel under a road or under Fort Knox or under my couch. Go for it. Give me crazy weightless moon tunnels if you want.) How to Enter: Leave your answer and an email address in the comment trail. DEADLINE: Sunday, November 15th 23:59 EST (That's one minute to midnight.) PRIZES**: A signed copy of The Dust of 100 Dogs and a severed hand. (The book is real, the hand is not.) My daughter assures you that you will have hours of fun with this hand. It never gets old. **If we get over 40 entries, I'll toss in a second prize package!