Monday, March 23, 2009

Book Give-away! The Forest of Hands and Teeth

So, you didn't get a chance to go to the launch party for The Forest of Hands and Teeth? Don't feel bad! I've got you covered!

I have prepared for you--yes, YOU--a goody bag of all the stuff from the launch party--a little zombie man, a tin of gummy brains, a bookmark, a postcard of the launch party, and, best of all, a signed copy of Carrie's book!

Here's all the swag you'll be getting.
The Book. Signed. On the inside. Obviously.

The Swag. OK, so you might not be interested in the book mark. But how about...

Brains and a Zombie! AHHH!

One of the things I loved about Carrie's book launch was the little goodies. She had the little plastic zombie men in a fishbowl, and stacks of gummy brains in tins. I thought that was so clever! So, if you'd like to win all the swag I stashed from her party, all you have to do is leave me a comment, telling me what swag you'd like to give for your book launch (if you're an aspiring writer), what swag you did give away at your book launch (if you're a published author), or what swag you think would be cool to get if you went to a book launch for your favorite book (if you're a reader).

As always, there are many ways to win:
  1. Comment with your dreams of swag: = 1 entry
  2. Become a follower of the blog = 1 entry
  3. If you were already a follower of my blog before this contest = 2 entries (this only counts for people in the "readers" section in my sidebar--these are the only people I can see to verify this)
  4. Link to this contest on your website = 1 entry
  5. Link to my blog/this contest in the sidebar of your website = 1 entry
  6. Get a direct referral = 1 entry (if someone comments in the blog that they found the contest from you, then you get the extra entry)
  7. ETA: You don't have to do multiple entries in the comments section :) You can just bunch it all up and I'll sort through it :)
Here's the mumbo-jumbo of the rules:
  • Sorry, but I can only ship to the US--but if you're outside the US, I'd still love to know your swag story (and if you win, you could have it shipped to a USian friend!)
  • Contest ends April 5th. I will stop taking comments at 11:59PM on April 4th, EST.
  • If you are a writer and would like some linky-love to your blog from this website, please leave that in the comments and I'll make a special effort to check out your blog.

ETA: So, what would I give away? My WIP is a MG fantasy that takes place inside a school...I think I'd give away little zippered pencil cases with some school supplies...and a print-out of the class schedule, including the magical teacher's class :)


Davin Malasarn said...

That's really fun! You know, I never even considered giving away stuff at a book release party. I've only been to one, and there was a band (the writer was also a guitarist) but no swag.

Hmmm...what would I give. My book is currently titled Rooster, so it would be cool if I could give away little roosters. There's also a scene where the characters get these flowers made out of fragrant wood ribbon for a cremation that they attend. That would be interesting to give out those flowers. I'm really curious to see what other people come up with.

Reverie said...

I would looooove to get bookmarks and bookplates and neat little original to the book goodies(like zombies and brains)a girl cannot have enough bookmarks.

already follower

on my sidebar--

Jennifer said...

Well, my current project (and the one that I'm about to send out queries on) takes place on another world...and it's kind of like the French Revolution in space. So perhaps I'd give out mini guillotines. :D Or not. I think I'd go with bookmarks and pens and probably buttons. Because you can never have enough buttons.

Been a follower for a while. Also, there's a link on my sidebar at
And here's a link to a post telling others to check out the contest:

(And also, any linky love is nice. :D)

Keri Mikulski said...

Great contest! :) Love the brains. :)

Robyn Campbell said...

I'm a follower, oh wait, you already know that. As I read this post all I could think of was, "DANG IT! Why didn't I think of that!"

At my book launch I could give away little horses and miniature sized maps of the area where they were lost.

Rebecca L Sutton said...

This is an awesome contest! Since my book is currently being called SAGE I would give away plastic versions of the silver dipped sage leaf necklace the main character Abbey wears. And since she's the lead singer of a band I'd have some t-shirts with the bands name and logo on them.

Love got me thinking of some fun ideas - thanks Beth! Oh and I'm already a follower.

Traci said...

I think it would probably be comical the things I could come up with for my WIP The Heart is Lonely Still.

1. Broken heart candies? LOL
2. Cadbury chocolates
3. Venetian masks
4. Book of Poetry - Byron

How fun! ;-)

Tracy DeLuca said...

Came over from Jen's Blog (As The Plot Thickens). What a great giveaway! And I love zombies... I would love to get zombie anythings. I am not writing a book at present, so I think... hmmm.... I would love to get any kind of candy as swag. Cause who can ever have enough chocolate?!?

Angela Ackerman said...

*sniffle* Us poor canadians are always left out...

I want a zombie swag. I NEED a Zombie swag! I've written about zombies, so it's only fair, after all!

I'm a follower, too. So, If I do win those gummy brains (YUM!) I want you to send the swag kit to Becca, who does live in the US. She had to read and crit my zombie book, so it's only fair, I figure.

For the swag of my book debut, it would have all things pirate-y in it--a pirate tattoo, a mini pirate flag, a recipe for grog (kid friendly, of course), and maybe a look-up list to figure out your Pirate name.

PLEEEEZZE let me win!! PLEEEEZE!! Becca can send me the book cause she loves me so much!!

*munches on gummy brain*

PJ Hoover said...

My release party was a few days before Halloween, so I did mini pumpkins filled with candy corn and laminated backpack tags.

What fun zombie swag!

Anonymous said...

I went and picked that book up yesterday. I am dying to read it! Good luck, everybody!

Angie Frazier said...

Ohhh, what a cool contest!! OK: my novel, EVERLASTING, takes place in on a ship and in Australia, so along with signed copies of my book, I'd include in my swag bag: a mini-ship in a bottle, some kind of Australian product like little bottles of Vegemite (or maybe we'd do a Vegemite taste testing!), little key chains with a triangular rock (which would be Umandu, the legendary stone of the immortals from my story!), a pack of playing cards in honor of Ira, my card shark sidekick, and of course bookmarks and magnets! Oh what fun!

Here is the link to my blog with your contest featured:

I follow your blog from my blogger blog, too!

CL said...

Interesting question! I'm "pre-published," and one of the projects I'm working on is a biography of Susan Cervantes, who is an amazing San Francisco muralist. For that book, I would love to give away some of her manuals on how to paint your own mural. Plus she already has loads of great fridge magnets, postcards, etc of her murals. Maybe I could get a signed print from her.... now, I hope this qualifies me to win this book, which sounds awesome! Constance Lombardo

Mindi Scott said...

I found this entry via Angie Frazier's LJ.

Okay, so this might not be realistic (read: affordable), but for my book (which is going on submissions soon, and is currently titled "SCRATCHING AT THE 8-BALL"), I'd love to give away miniature Magic 8-balls. Or, if those weren't available, maybe key chains resembling 8-balls. Another fun idea might be T-shirts with 8-ball artwork, or perhaps the book's cover art (whatever that might turn out to be!).

I love Carrie's gummy brains idea! I'd like to include some kind of a cute candy option, too. My character is in a band, so maybe some candy shaped like a guitar or something? Just as long as whatever it available isn't TOO corny. :-D

Carrie Harris said...

OMG. I really wanted to jump in the car and go to that launch party, but the whole driving-for-days thing kind of killed that idea. How sweet of you to run this contest!!!

Let's see. I'm already a follower. I've got two books in the works. One zombie book (what is it with zombie books by people named Carrie?!?) and one superhero book. Either way, I've got patterns for these little crocheted guys. I've made a couple of zombies and ninjas so far; I'd love to get enough of a stash to give some away at a launch party. Then you'd get something handmade by the author. Am I the only person who thinks this is cool?

C.R. Evers said...

ohhh! pick me pick me! I'll link this either later today or tomorrow.

ohhh! I want to dream big for swag-like personalized M&M's, rubber masks of my characters, oh and book marks too. ;0)


Cindy R. Wilson said...

The concept of this book really intrigued me and the book trailer gave me the chills. I'd love to win a copy of this book!

What would I give away at a party? Well, not too exciting, but bookmarks, of course. And I think maybe little packs of Kleenex because everyone who has read my book said they cried more than once. Thanks!

Michelle D. Argyle said...

For Monarch I would give away temporary tattoos of THIS

So are we supposed to put multiple comments in here for each entry? Because I'm a follower and I'm commenting. Just a bit confused, sorry.

Tabitha said...

Too funny that we are giving away the same book at the same time! :) So, obviously, I'm not entering since I already own a copy. :) But do you still want me to include you in the drawing for mine?

KR said...

Dream swag...I'm easy..a signed book and a Hershey bar!!!

I'm an "old' follower!

Unknown said...

- My debut, OTHER, comes out next year. What sort of swag would I like to give away? Hmmm. Bookmarks, little foxes and horses (since fox-spirits and pookas star in the novel), chocolate... ooh, maybe trading cards with info on the various paranormal people in the novel.

-I'm now a follower of your blog.

-I blogged about this here:

Natalie Hatch said...

Well I won't be in the running for the book/swag as I'm in Australia, but would love a link to my blog.

Christina Farley said...

Oh this is soooo much fun. It feels like a party. I'm outside of the US in far, far, away land but I have family in the States!

So... I'm already a follower- :)
For my give away- for my Korea story, taekwondo belts and my immortals book maybe tattoos?

I'm off to link this to my blog!

Heather Zundel said...

1. I love swag. I love getting swag. Honestly, right now I have no idea what to give away. But food is never a bad thing. ;) M&M's with tiny print on it?
2. Can't qualify. Darn.
3. Got this one in the bag though! Long-time follower.
4. Just finished a post where you were first on the list. :)
5. You were already there. :) :)
6. Can I be a direct referral for myself? ;)

Anonymous said...

I want to read this book!

My novel is a retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, so I'd give away chocolate golden coins as treasure!

Unknown said...

I'd love to be entered! I'm also a follower of you blog. :)

- Brittani

Dorothy said...

Gummy brains-yum. Love to get prize swag stuff.

Follower from a while back.

Only three points for me. Boo hoo. Dorothy

Stacy Nyikos said...

My middle grade is set in ancient China. The swag I had made up included bookmarks and postcards, but ideally, I'd love to have some little plastic Chinese mini-dragons I could give away. They'd be so neat!

Anonymous said...

Very cool contest, Beth!

Hmmm. What kind of swag would I give away? If I had a big budget: bookmarks, pens/pencils with the book title on it, tattoos, cool buttons, and some sort of "big" giveaway contest. I love how Laurie Halse Anderson did laptop or cellphone skins with her Wintergirls book cover design on it. Rick Riordan has these incredible t-shirts that he gives away when kids answer questions correctly at his book talks.

mskayz said...

Sounds like a terrific book and group of prizes!! Please enter me!!

khzarrugh at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I love swag!! If I was to choose my fave swag to grab I would choose keychains, bookmarks (of course!) and candy. I like to have extras of all the above.

thanks for the great giveaway.

whitten100 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I'd love to get autographed books.

Nora said...

I'm going to have to say that the ultimate swag is always the book itself :). Other than that...who knows?

I'm now following and I linked here:


About Me said...

A lot of zombie love going on the blogosphere. Nice :)

Robyn Campbell said...

Hey beth, i can't follow but can i say i'm A follower anyway? It's ivy and i just figured out where to comment. thx

tatertot374 said...

I love to receive books the best. A bookmark to go along with it is always great too.
Thank you

malleycc said...

I'd love to get books from the backlist, stickers, bookmarks, jewelery and of course a kindle;)

Tonibelle said...

I dream of any swag that my kids won't steal. Looks like they'd like that Zombie though...

Tonibelle said...

Forgot to add to my post that I'm a follower - thanks!

Brooke said...

Love the swag.. Hmmm It would depend on what my book was about.. My last was a collection of poetry and it was the normal cheezy stuff; not that I don't love me some bookmarks...

A Reader said...

Dream swag? It would probably involve some sort of kitchsy edibles and maybe cool stickers.
Thanks for the giveaway!

@GeekWillow said...

Oooh, dream swag for a launch party... It would definitely have to have something to do with eyes since my current WIP mentions them a lot. Maybe eyeball candies or little holographic bookmarks that have an eye that changes color and the book cover on them. An inexpensive version of a necklace that one girl wears would be cool as well. Heck, I don't care what I give out, I just want a book sold so I can have a launch party, lol!

I'm a follower, have been since before the contest.

You are in my sidebar on this blog:

I blogged about your contest here:

taterbug said...

Well, I'm not a writer, but as a reader I would like to receive swag around a theme; something that relates to the subject(s) of the book. Honestly, I've never received anything like this, so I would absolutely love anything. You can never have enough bookmarks, especially nice ones.

taterbug said...

I am a new follower.

Debs Desk said...

Wow - what a great giveaway. My dream swag is always the same, more books. HAHAHA Please include me in your giveaway.

Paradox said...

Hmm... I doubt I'll ever get anything I'm writing now published (but I'm still hoping!) My current work in progress is a YA medieval science fiction novel, so I'd give away some bookmarks, bookplates, trinkets, and autographed artwork that had to do with the story or characters.

I just followed your blog.

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com