Thursday, February 11, 2010

Reader appreciation contest is on!


Today is the day. My massive Valentine's Day give away starts now. And you want to know why? Because I am showing the love. That's right. These last few months since BPOD debuted have been full of joys and fears, but one thing that sticks out to me above all others are you guys, the people who gave me a chance, who picked up my book and said 'sure, why not'. Grateful doesn't even begin to cover it. You gave me your time. You read. You posted. You reviewed. You rated. You talked about Charlie. You helped me get the word out in ways I never could.

So I love you dear readers, fans, bloggers... Your words pick me up when I'm down. You inspire me to get up every day and write. And when you 'get' my words, you make my whole being glow with happiness.

How's that for some early holiday sappiness? :D Okay on to the good stuff!

I am giving away a ton of books. We have established authors. New authors. New series... At midnight on February 16th, the contest will end. I'll randomly pick 3 winners to receive three books each, plus each gets a copy of BPOD. So, three winners. Four books for each of you! Once I announce the winners. The first to respond will get their pick of three, the second to respond will get their pick, and so on.

The books are as follows (some are brand new, some read by moi):
  • Drawn Into Darkness by Annette McCleave
  • Night's Cold Kiss by Tracey O'Hara
  • Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep (this one is signed and we have bookmarks!)
  • The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers by Angie Fox
  • Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland
  • The Vampire Bride by Gena Showalter
  • Demon Mistress by Yasmine Galenorn
  • Deadtown by Nancy Holzner
  • Vicious Circle by Linda Robertson
Plus each winner will receive a copy of The Better Part of Darkness, signed, of course.

So, how do you enter? Leave a comment, tell me something you love -- can be anything book related or non-book related. If you're a follower of my blog, tell me after your comment, and you'll get a +1 entry. If you follow me on Twitter, say so and you get another +1, and if you mention this contest online (blog, twitter, LJ), tell me and you get +1. So, four chances to get your name in the pot.

I will ship worldwide, as long as there is an address to ship to. That's it. :-)


Unknown said...

I think one thing that I've enjoyed about your blog is the discussions about books in general (and UF in specific)... and I was at the garrison library today and thought of another UF author that I didn't before. This is probably because he's always been lumped in with the SF crowd (and there's not a thing wrong with that, either). Ray Bradbury. His short novels and short stories would especially fit the UF category.

So thank you, Kelly, for keeping the dialog going! I'm glad to find others who enjoy reading (and writing) as much as I do.

Please do enter me in your giveaway, as I could always use more reading material. I do follow your blog and Facebook page, and I'm so glad that you mentioned book blogging because today's my book day for my blog, and I'll certainly include a mention of your contest.

Amanda Makepeace said...

Something I love... I certainly do love books, but besides that I love my daughter. I was told once, after having Cancer as a teenager, that I may never had children. So she is my little miracle. She too has a passion for books and reading. I couldn't be more proud. :)

I'm a follower of your blog and on twitter (@amandamakepeace).

I also shared this giveaway on Twitter:

Thank you!


Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Kelly, you really are sharing a lot of luv today! This is a wonderful giveaway.

I have to say I really love reading the great books that have been coming out lately. You authors are just making wonderful stories and I am having a hard time keeping up with all of you. I also love to see my son smile. Not that smile just to please you but the genuine happy smile and laugh. It really warms me to hear and see it.

I'm a follower of your blog.
I follow you on twitter (@mellhay)
Tweeted of the giveaway.

Thank you for the chance to win!

R F Long said...

I love finding a book by a new author that I simply can't put down, that I have to read right to the end, even tho I've a million other things to do and its late and no one has been fed, not even the cat.

Selestial said...

I love so many things, it's hard to pick just one.

For contest purposes though, I have to go with my writer friends. They are a constant inspiration through their successes and failures, and the way they constantly push me to be better. Without our shared love of telling stories, we might never have met, but I consider many of those people some of my most cherished friends.

I follow you on twitter (@Selestial) and I'm going to re-tweet your announcement right now :) Congrats again on the success of BPOD!

Lady D said...

Something I love that's book related? Being able to escape my daily life and go somewhere that I've never been, or somewhere that I've been and am able to visit again through the written word.
Something that I love that's non-book-related? My fiance. He really is my world right now (I know, Valentine's Day sappiness strikes again) but it's true! He makes me so happy. :)

I follow your blog.
I posted a post about the contest:

Amber Leigh Williams said...

Something I love about books. Their smell, the possibilities, just looking at them, and romance heroes - particularly those paranormal alphas that are like tobacco. No good in real life but highly addictive, lol

I'm a follower but of your blog and twitter. I tweeted this contest: (My tweets automatically update my FB profile as well:

Thank you for the chance to win!


Lexie said...

Aside from books? XD I love to cook. I'm not really a recipe sort of girl--they're more guidelines then absolutes in my mind--so even though things tend to turn out close to how they tasted last time, they're never the same. It's amazing how much a pinch more of a spice will change a recipe!

This isn't to say that the improvisions always turn out...well (this one time I messed up mashed potatoes so badly they could have been mistaken for play-dough), but I keep at it until I have it workable!

I follow your blog.
I follow your twitter (lexilewords)
I tweeted about the giveaway:

Thank you for sharing with us how much we inspire you!


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Anonymous said...

I love books. Particularly and mostly I love book written by women. I just discovered Ursula K. Le Guin and Octavia Butler this year and I'm really enjoying myself. :)

spiffyish at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

TJ... I think you're in for a real treat. Octavia Butler is a long-time favorite of this book junkie.

(unrelated, but my verification code for this comment is "wingwoo." how cool is that?)

Morrighani said...

I follow your blog, twitter and have RT'd your contest.

I just thought I'd drop you a line to recommend, if you haven't already read them, the Incarnations of Immortality series of books by Piers Anthony.

Anthony has been one of my favourite authors for as long as I remember, the Xanth books are great with their puns. However, this series has always stood out to me as a great work of fiction as each novel is perfectly self contained, yet part of an intricate succession. The characters are gripping and multi dimensional, as is the view you get of them. THere is just the right balance of real world and magic, and there are some really fascinating debates about life, religion and other such topics buried in, so cleverly that it is not obtrusive.

Love em, maybe try them out!

MrsMixx said...

I love it when i can't stop giggling while reading a book. Seriously it's always funny when people around you give you the weird eye or ask you why you're laughing when a book make you giggle. (The same is true with crying...but it's a bit more dramatic lol)
I love that after you explained it's the book that made you laugh, people are often asking 'what's it about? What's the title?'

I'm a follower of your blog
I'm a follower on Twitter (@pattepoilue)
I Tweeted about this contest (


Zita said...

I love books and travel. Sometimes, if the book is really good, I get to do both :-)

I follow your blog and on twitter.

elaing8 said...

Great giveaway Kelly
One thing I love is when a book is so good you just want to read it in one sitting.I also love finding new authors.

+1 I'm a follower
+1 follow you on twitter @elaing8
+1 tweeted


Blodeuedd said...

Oh what a great contest :D Been eying your book for a while ever since I saw it around blogland. And people seemed to like it so much so of course I had to put it on my wishlist

Something I love...well my one true weakness is white chocolate and love it to pieces

+1 Following you now
+1 and on twitter as blodeuedd83
+1 and twittered away about this contest

blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

Bex said...

Me! Me! Me! I love you! Cousins tend to do that. I also love PB&Js, my dog, and clothes right when they come out of the dryer.


On to a different subject... an entire group of my friends is eagerly awaiting the release of your next book. I kid you not, I get "is it out yeeeeeeet?" as an almost daily question from at least one person.

Adele said...

oooh I have been looking at this book for a while so would love to win it!
I am following the blog. :)

Unknown said...

I love my husband and kids, books, sushi and coffee. I love book stores, sleeping and anything zombie related.

+1 I'm a blog follower.
+1 I'm a twitter follower @TequilaReader.
+1 I tweeted.

Unknown said...

I was at WalMart yesterday i. e. hell-
but- last time I was there they had three full pockets of BPOD-
This time you were sold out. YAY!!!


Van Pham said...

I love books, movies and spending time with friends and family.

+1 blog follower
+1 twitter follower (vanpham88)

Thanks for the great contest!

van P.

Anonymous said...

Woohoo...what a wonderful idea. :)

I love the writing community. There are so many great people out there, authors, agents, editors, etc, and they're by and large highly helpful and welcoming!


I'm a blog follower and retweeted. :)

Spav said...

I love tennis, going out with friends, traveling and books, specially if they are urban fantasy, paranormal romance, suspense and mysteries.

+1 Blog follower
+1 Twitter follower (@sparima)
+1 Tweet:


CHRISTIE said...

What a generous contest, Kelly!

I love my kids. They're 9, 4 & 2. I've been lucky enough to be a stay at home mom for the last 6 years. I'm really blessed to have them in my life.

I follow your blog and twitter clibarra for both.

Thanks :)

lingeorge said...

What a great idea! I can introduce myself to your books (which I do plan to do) and maybe a couple of others at the same time. There is nothing I love more than curling up with a really good book. It was one of the main activities I missed when I was raising children and just have no time to do it. Now that my children are "grown" I indulge myself whenever possible.

Melissa said...

There's a lot that I love but, right now I have to say Baxter, my dog. He went missing Dec. 18th. I had no idea what happened to him. Then, about 2 weeks ago, he showed back up. He was wearing a red new collar. I'm thankful to have him back.

I follow your blog.
I follow you on twitter.
I follow you on facebook.
I follow your other blog too. (The Magic District)

Anonymous said...

Books are the greatest hobby to have in the world because you can take a book to read with you anywhere. You say Kelly that you appreciate us the fans, your readers and let me say in return that we reading fans appreciate you and the work you have done and are still doing to entertain us and give us something positive in life to look forward to in your blog site and the books you are witing now and in the future.
I am a blog follower, follower on Twitter @jacabur1
posted on my right sidebar contest link here on blog:

jackie b central texas

Melissa said...

Just tweeted and shared your contest on facebook.

Kate said...

I love my fiance and dog, we are the happiest little family and I adore them!!

+1 I am a new follower

kpic724 (at) gmail (dot) com

kiaras said...

Hi, Kelly!

I just read BPOD recently and I wanted to tell you that I thought it was great. I've been looking for UF recently where the protagonist actually has healthy permanent relationships and even though I was thinking of married couples (Can't a married woman kick ass without there being *drama* at home??), I really appreciate Charlie's relationship with her daughter. I look forward to reading the next one!

I do follow your blog via GReader, and I'm a follower of yours on Twitter. (@kiaras - and to be honest I WAS a follower and then purged a bunch of people last week and apparently you were mistakenly one of them but I have CORRECTED that grievous error now!)

Have a great day!

Brenda Hyde said...

What do I love? Reading, truffles, urban fantasy...oh yeah, and my kids:)

I'm a follower of your blog and on twitter plus I posted about the contest on twitter too.

Linda Henderson said...

I love books, there is no secret about that. My biggest love is my daughters and grandchildren. They are the lights of my life. My youngest daughter just found out she is having a boy, so in June I will have a new grandson, I can't wait.

I follow on Google
I follow on Twitter

seriousreader at live dot com

Amanda Leigh said...

I love reading, family, friends, chocolate, and music!

I'm a follower of your blog.(Amanda Leigh)

I'm a follower on twitter (NRSVamp Chick)

I tweeted about this:

Thanks for the great contest!

Anonymous said...

What do I love besides books and chocolate? Knitting. I love the feel of the yarn and making it into something people can use.
Love paranormal books.
Page Pennington

Christine M. said...

I *love* books, and videogames and my bf and my dog and my job... I have been truly lucky in the last couple of years, I'm surrounded with love!

I'm a follower
I follow you on twitter (c_morin)
I posted about the giveaway on twitter:


chrissy dot morin at gmail dot com

Emily said...

I love books! :)
I also love the Spring and I cannot wait for it to arrive!

I'm a follower of your blog
I follow you on twitter
Tweet -
Blog sidebar link as well


Thank you!

Tracey O'Hara said...

Thanks for adding my book to the list of wonderful books you are giving away. Later in the year I am going to have a Pixie give away around the time of Nationals. Looking forward to doing the same :)


great contest Kelly im a blog follower +1. Besides books I have to say I really love twitter. It has been a joy to meet fellow readers and they have all inspired me to start reviewing myself and even writing! It's wonderful thru blog and tweets to talk to authors and tell them how we enjpy their work. Your book is on my to buy list but i don't winning it too! :)

Barbara E. said...

I love books - how they feel in my hands, how they transport me away from my life to other places. I love all of the different genres there are - so I can choose to read a story in a present day, historical, futuristic, or fantastical setting about all kinds of people and/or things.
I follow you on Twitter.

Mardel said...

OOH, love the early holiday sappiness.

My favorite thing right now, is grandchildren. After that it's reading urban fantasy by writers like you, Devon Monk, Suzanne McLeod, Ilona Andrews and others. I love this genre and this past 10 or 12 months have been the best for finding new or debut books (like yours!). I love all the different worlds within the books, the varied characters and situations.

I've been a follower of your blog, lurking since I read you were releasing a book, (waaayyyy back in the fall).

Tez Miller said...

Something I love: Canada. Have never been there, but am convinced it is my spiritual home :-) And if you want to make this book-related: Kelley Armstrong, Claire Delacroix, Eve Kenin, Michelle Maddox, etc ;-)

I follow your blog, but via GoogleReader. You can find out the number of your GoogleReader followers, but not their identities, so you'll just have to trust me ;-)

I also follow both your Twitter, and Kelly Keaton's ;-)

*hugs* Have a lovely day! :-)

Rosie@fangbooks said...

Love is a complex thing isn't it? What I love is Debut Authors.

I seek them out, I read about their journey, I try to find their books and then once I've got the debut book to read ...I pause. This is such a moment and I'm normally conflicted about starting.

I admire debut authors so much. Most of them have been writing privately for some time, facing not only rejection but having their friends and family know that they've received rejection notices. Most are either raising small children or are working hard at a day job. Either way the writing comes late at night and on weekends and has to be interrupted so that they can take care of the demands of normal life.

Then ... their first book is accepted, negotiated, published and dreams that were private are now exposed for all to see and critique.

So when I get a debut novel in my hand I have a real sense of anxiety. I want the book to work, I want to affirm the author's dreams and I want to be able to say how proud I am of them for their courage.

But I'm also aware that writing needs to be worked at, refined, polished, matured, and that it's likely that a first book will have rough edges, some awkwardness in mechanics of plot or an imbalance between plot and characterisation.

So my love of Debut Authors encompasses all the conflict of any early love - the anxiety, the breathlessness, the anticipation, the worry that it'll be a disappointment ... you know! LOL

Thankfully I'm so often faced with debut novels that are really good.

And when reading The Better Part of Darkness within a chapter I totally forgot that this was a debut novel, was able to put my analysis aside and just delve into the book and enjoy it totally. (BTW I was delighted to also be able to say this to Tracey O'Hara about her brilliant debut novel, Night's Cold Kiss.)

And for those times when a Debut Author can do that, when I can not only really enjoy the book and appreciate it, but also reflect on the wonder of the journey that this writer has taken ... that's why I love Debut Authors!

Kelly, you have a real talent - keep delivering us more of Charlie!

As for the comp:I've reviewed TBPD on my site and also blogged about it there, I follow you on twitter and have tweeted my review and RT'd this comp and have signed up to follow on google friends

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K. said...

Love reading these comments! Sounds like we all have our love of books in common, and several other things as well. ;-) Thanks for the great comments you guys, and for getting the word out on the contest!

(And Rosie, I just read your review. :D Thanks so much!)

Natasha (Wicked Lil Pixie) said...

I love nothing more than going to my boyfriends cottage, brewing a pot of coffee & sitting out on the deck reading a good book.

Though I could do without the hummingbird feeder right above my head..those little birds have some loud wings when you are deep into a book! I've tossed books a number of times thinking I was under attack! lol

Thank you for doing this Kelly and congrats on such a great release!

+1 I'm a follower (Wicked Lil Pixie)
+1 I follow you on twitter, though I thought I already had been! (WickedLPixie)

Natasha (Wicked Lil Pixie)

Natasha (Wicked Lil Pixie) said...

And I tweeted, but hit enter too fast! LOL

BreiaB said...

Well, aside from my family, I love books(really love). My dream is to be a bookstore owner.

I am a follower of your blog(Breiab)
I follow on Twitter(bbricke)
I also retweeted the contest-on


kittyism said...

In books? I love it when a writer's sense of humor shows her/his "voice".

Aside from books, I love my feline lady best friends Danielle and Naomi. They are always there for me, and are always quirky and beautiful.

I'm a new blog follower and twitter follower.



Anonymous said...

I love to write and revise, all around create amazing stories. +1

I am a follower of your blog +1 (Lisa M. Basso)

whitewolfreads said...

Hmmm what do I love? Besides my slight obsession with anything urban fantasy I would have to say wolves (both real wolves and werewolves). They're my favorite animal/mythical creature.

+1 I follow your blog (jmspettoli)
+1 I follow you on Twitter (jmspettoli)
+1 Twitter:

Thanks for the giveaway!

mariska said...

I love My family, Hubby and My son ! and Great books, since i love to read :)

My family happiness is priceless!

+1 A follower of your blog
+1 A follower of your twitter (@becunique)
+1 I tweet'd

I really love your book. And please enter me in your drawing :)

uniquas at ymail dot com

LeeAnn Flowers said...

Hey, Kelly. Great contest. You have given me such an incredible insight into the ins and outs of selling a book. Keep up the good work.

I follow this blog.
I posted this contest on my Facebook page.

Thanks. :-D

donnas said...

Very nice of you.

I love books and reading because it allows a time to relax and not worry for at least a little while and escape real life into a different world.

+1 I follow your blog
+1 I follow on twitter (@donnas1)
+1 tweeted -

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Pamk said...

something I love is my guys Hubby, my oldest, and my 1-4. Even though sometimes I could pinch their head off lol.
+1 follow your blog via google reader
+1 follow you on twitter
+1 tweeted about this contest

Wendy said...

I picked your book up in Walmart, (of all places) because the cover caught my eye, and was sold after reading the first paragraph.
I loved the book so much, I gave it to my husband, who DOES NOT read anything, ever, and he loved it also. We are both eagerly awaiting "The Darkest Edge of Dawn"!
I just started following your blog. I don't do Twitter, but I am a Facebook Fan! Does that count??

Thanks for the contest!

Unknown said...

Well, I LOVE reading. If I could do nothing but read, read, read books all day long I'd be very happy. I especially love finding a new author to read. What can I say? I'm a bookaholic. There is no cure...

Katy Came said...

Love my family and my friends and my kitties, obviously. Also love urban fantasy (or I'd never have found this contest, LOL. Though I do follow your blog and your twitter, so yeah.). Love you book, Kelly (no, not sucking up - I really loved it and can't wait for the next one).

Umm, let's see, what else? Umm, okay I love profiteroles. Little bombs of yummy, creamy goodness. Bad for thighs but so nice. Had them for first time in years this past weekend. So good.

Tynga said...

Hello Kelly! Please count me in =)

Something I love, well there's just so many things!
My bf, our 2 cats =P
Reading, of course.

I am a blog follower
a twitter follower (@Tynga)
and I tweeted

Thanks for the generous giveaway!

Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

I love my family, coming home after a log day at work to cuddle on the couch with my boys & our books. I love when my newly 3 yr old calls me his BF & my 7 yr old randomly says I love you...oh the simple life :)

+1 for following the blog
+1 for following on Twitter (@hefollowedme)
+1 for tweeting the contest (

INCiDeNT (Kayleigh) said...

I love digging into a physical paper and ink book, writing, art (when I'm in the mood) and music (preferably rock ;)) and the lyrics that go with them.

I am a blog follower
+ Twitter follower (@INCiDeNT_Zinc)

Thanks much for the opportunity!

Kimberly B. said...

What a terrific contest! I really love words (among other things). Putting them together and taking them apart. Figuring out their origins and meanings from their roots. Picking out the exact perfect word for the occasion and resuscitating old words people no longer use. I'm just enamored of words!
+1 I just became a follower.
+1 I follow you on twitter (@KimBea)
+1 I retweeted the contest (again, @KimBea)
Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

Well for starters I LOVE BOOK contests! I love my family and my home, as well as all of my blogger/twitter/author friends.

I love reading, gaming and shopping online. I live spoiling my children.

+1 I follow your blog
+1 I follow on twitter (@intensewhisper)
+1 tweeted -

CrystalGB said...
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CrystalGB said...

I love a book that draws me in from the beginning and makes me wish that the story would never end.

I am a follower.
I follow you on twitter. @CrystalGB
I tweeted about the giveaway.


kzwhite said...

I love following blogs :) There's a ton of good advice and inspiration to be found! I do follow your blog and in fact have it listed as a blog I follow on my blog :) Thanks for the love!

Anonymous said...

I just picked up your new book 'The Better Part Of Darkness' and am on chapter three. Great Read:) I am a hardcore urban fantasy reader and very glad I picked up your book. I will be keeping track of when the second one comes out.
Again, a great read


throuthehaze said...

Something I love is my dog, Domino

+1 follower
+1 follow on twitter @throuthehaze

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

SandyG265 said...

I love finding a book that I can't put down. Also rereading a favorite book.

+1 follower
sgiden AT verizon DOT net

Book Devourer said...

Just finished Mean Streets an anthology. Really enjoyed Jim Butcher and Kat Richardson's stories. They were great. I'd recommend this book.
Anxiously awaiting Kelly Gay's next book!

Book Devourer said...

Oops forgot the points!

+1 follower
+1 follower on Twitter


K. said...

Putting this here as well, in case anyone misses the closing date in the post and the note at the beginnig of the contest post:

** Contest is closed **

Thanks to everyone for entering! I'll have another big book give-away to celebrate Book 2's release and maybe a few smaller ones in the interim...