It’s hard to believe it was two whole years ago (could it really have been that long?) I was hard at work over the beastly mid-section (always the hardest part to write) of Miss Delacourt Has Her Day. Hard to believe that it was two whole years ago I was working hard (it's been a hard two years, hence my affinity for the word "hard") at promoting Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind. Two whole years ago that I was preparing for a trip to Utah where I had the chance to meet so many of my blog friends. It kind of boggles the mind, or, at least, my mind, easily boggled as it is.
It was two years and roughly two weeks ago that I had a Valentine’s Day book signing here in the San Francisco Bay area and I was privileged to meet a local blog friend for the first time. What a gift! She has been so kind, so supportive and the best kind of friend a gal could have ever since. (Bless you, Blogdania!) She was also the first of my blog friends to read Miss D (she boldly asked if she could please read it before it was even between hard covers, and I said yes. I barely knew her at the time but it was a great trade because now I know her well and, like I said, what a gift!) and one of my super smart readers to critique MD2 before it even got to my publisher.
I think it only fitting that she should kick off the Miss Delacourt Has Her Day book tour. She promises she has good things to say. The trouble is, I don’t know if I made all the changes to the manuscript she suggested so I could be in for a dressing down of a most public kind. (Just kidding! Or am I? . . .you'll have to go and find out.)
But, before we go there, I want to talk about this week’s giveaway. Another dear blog friend, one who held a book club/book signing event for me at her house, fabulous water-color artist, Jana Parkin, has painted a “Miss D inspired” picture of a rose (those of us who are in the know, know that Miss D is all about roses). When she told me about it, I asked if it were possible to give away a print of the original but she very generously offered to give away the actual painting itself. Wow! (Go here for examples of her work and be sure to check out her bio—again, wow!)
In order to have the chance (or many chances) to win this painting (photo of the actual art work to surface later today, this week, this month, not sure yet . . .) you must do one of the following—doing more than one increases your odds accordingly. (And, yes, this is a flagrant attempt to spread the word about my book, which, incidentally, is .24 off the cover price on Amazon.com today. I’m self-promotional that way.)
1. comment on this post
2. blog about the contest
3. include a link to this post on your FB status
4. add Miss Delacourt Has Her day to your Goodreads “to read” list
5. post a Goodreads review of Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind (if you’ve read it)
6. post an Amazon review for Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind (if you’ve read it)
7. request that your library buy either or both Miss D books
8. Tweet about it (I don’t tweet or twitter--though I sometimes twit (to taunt, ridicule or tease)--so I’m totally going to have to take your word on this one. Remember, cheaters never prosper.)
You will need to leave me your email or blog address so I can contact you if you win. Also, you will need to let me know which of the above you have done so I can count it (most of it is verifiable so I’ll be checking). This contest starts today and runs through the end of the blog tour on March 31st. You will want to win this contest, I guarantee it! Good luck!
In the meantime, if you scroll down to the previous post or click HERE you can find the Goodreads giveaway of Miss Delacourt Has Her Day going on all month, as well. Sign up and hope for the best!
Now, on to Jami at Superfluous Miscellany who took time out of a super busy day and arm wrestled her kids for the computer to create a piece of art totally worth the read, in and of itself. Wow! (That's pretty much all I can say.)