Monday, January 16, 2012

The YAmazing Race With MGnificent Prizes!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Race! Hope you all had fun, and I loved reading all the nice comments here and on Facebook. Check The Apocalypsies blog tomorrow for the list of winners, and stop by the individual authors' blogs again for the results of their bonus contests.

Speaking of bonus contests...congratulations to Kathryn Flucht, who won a copy of CHAINED!

I'll leave you with this baby elephant playing with a rock:


You've reached the CHAINED stop on The YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes, a whirlwind Internet contest featuring over 50 debut authors and prize packs with signed books, gift certificates, swag, and more. Don't worry if you just happened upon this page and are a little confused now. See the Apocalypsies post to start from the beginning and read the complete rules.

But, if you're ready to get going, take a Gatorade break while you read a little about CHAINED:

The touching story of a boy and an elephant who have a friendship stronger than any lock, shackle, or chain.
Ten-year-old Hastin’s sister has fallen ill, and his family must borrow money to pay for her care in the hospital. To work off the debt, Hastin leaves his village in northern India to work in a faraway jungle as an elephant keeper. He thinks it will be an adventure, but he isn’t prepared for the cruel circus owner. The crowds that come to the circus see a lively animal who plays soccer and balances on milk bottles, but Hastin sees Nandita, a sweet elephant and his best friend, who is chained when she’s not performing and punished until she learns her tricks perfectly. With the help of Ne Min, a wise old man who seems to know all about elephants, Hastin protects Nandita as best as he can. Still he wonders–will they both survive long enough to escape?
“…a story that unwraps the heart and asks it to be brave, loyal, and above all, kind.” ~ Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor winner and New York Times bestselling author of The Underneath and Keeper.

Before you go, here's a bonus contest! Leave a comment about the race on my Facebook page to enter to win a signed hardcover of CHAINED. Plus, there are baby elephants over there.

If you're ready for the next stop on this leg of the race, go visit Katherine Longshore and find out more about her debut novel, GILT.

Thanks for playing!

18 comments:

  1. dudetee dudette dudette
    this has been on my wishlist since octobr 2011
    tnx 4 the giveaway
    good luck all
    all the best with your debut

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    1. Thanks so much, Roro! Hope the book will be worth the wait.

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  2. This is going to make me cry like a Disney movie with animals in it, isn't it?? I know it is. I just know it. Yet I'm compelled to read it. Now, I really have to read it. Curses!

    Heather

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    1. Yes, I'm afraid so, Heather-- but happiness too, so you'll be okay! Thrilled that it sounds like a book you'd enjoy. Thanks for playing!

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  3. Your book sounds and looks like a emotional read, which are always good. Thank you for the chance :-)

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    1. And thank you for visiting the blog, Petra!

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  4. I love the sound of this book! Adding it to my list of must-reads. I love books and movies featuring animals!

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    1. Thanks for adding to your list, Julie!

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  5. Sounds like a great book! I love your facebook page and all the cute pictures of elephants!

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    1. Thanks, Christa! One can never have too many cute elephant videos.

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  6. This book sounds so sweet. I love it already.

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  7. I just met you through Nathan's blog, where I dropped by for a few minutes this morning. I love books like Chained. Such wonderful reviews! And a great synopsis. I'm building my list of books I want to buy in the coming months on my book budget, and this book is on it. And if I won it...well, it sounds like a book I would review on my blog (there's a review of a wonderful memoir that I just posted). I'm sure you're getting very excited for launch day. I wish you great success with it.
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

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    1. Thank you, Ann, so glad you found the blog! Hope you do enjoy the book when it's out. I am getting excited for launch day-- just can't believe it's almost here!

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  8. Your book sounds amazing; one that I can read with my daughter.

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    1. Thanks, Shauna, I hope you'll both enjoy it!

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