Monday, March 21, 2011

Fiesta, baby!

(Yes, you can win a book today. Keep reading.)


Oh, I am tired. Bone deep, heavy-eyed, sleep like the dead TIRED. It was a long and crazy three days, but it was SO fun. I'll be doing a full report of the book launch fun tomorrow, but for today, I wanted to tell you about this week's giveaways.


The first week I did a beach themed giveaway. Have you seen the cover of my book? It's over there *points right* in the sidebar. The beach theme should make total sense to you.


The second week, I focused on fashion. Have you read the book and met Ashley Barrett? That theme should also make total sense to you, too.


This week, it's all about reading. Um, because I wrote a book. And you read a book, get it?


So OF COURSE I'm giving away another book! Yay! This is the next to last book giveaway, so get it while it's hot! (Um, and I really hope this book stays hot for a while.)


To win the book, you need to stand on your head and find a way to play La Cucaracha on your belly with spoons (still standing on your head) and then video tape it and upload it to YouTube. Bonus points for doing the Mexican Hat dance. Naked.


Yeah, I just made that last part up.


Oh, fine. I made the whole thing up. Here's what you really need to do to win a book:


Leave a comment.


Yeah, that's it.


Want to win some other stuff? Like, oh, say  . . .


This amazing quote that's done by the talented and beautiful Nancy Ostergar, my faux mother-in-law, who has spent many, many hours studying with master calligraphers? She sent me one a while back and I love it. LOVE IT. So I begged her to do one for the giveaway. It will look fabulous framed in your house.



"She is too fond of books and it has addled her brain." ~Louisa May Alcott (My favorite author from childhood, btw.)


Next up, NAMING RIGHTS. Yep, that's right. You can name a character in my next manuscript. If you've read The List, you've met Sister Powers, the institute teacher. She was named by none other than DeNae from My Real Life Was Backordered  who won a similar contest I did many moons ago. Think of the possibilities . . . you could name a character after your daughter or a parent or a friend and then give them the book as a gift. Even if you have to say, "Sorry that the rest of the book blew chunks, but your name is totally in it." You should give it to them for Christmas and then whoever it is will feel all sad that once again, their gift to you in inferior. (Although this is totally not what Christmas is about, imagine your satisfaction when that happens.) Uh, I'm getting off track here. My point is, you get to name a character in my next manuscript which begins on April 1. Good luck!


The last thing you can win is my three year old! Yay! He is connected to reading because . . . um, wait. Oh, because you totally will have to read him at least five stories at night. Every night.


Hm. You know, when he's not wreaking havoc at church, he's pretty all right. So, never mind. He's no longer up for grabs.


But the book, the naming rights, and the calligraphy quotes still are, so I'm about to tell you what to do to win. If you've already done these things, then you're already entered and you don't have to do it again. (Except for one of them).


1. For the book: Comment on this post.


For the rest:


1. Like my Facebook author page. A lot of the giveaway winners come from there.


2. Throw the button for my book from my sidebar up in YOUR sidebar. It's up there, at the top. Comment here to let me know you did it.

3. Include a link from your blog to my website at http://melaniejacobson.net/ and tell people they can read the first chapter of the book there. Comment here to let me know you did it. (You have to do this one new this week.)

4. You can also go to my website (link above) and sign up for my newsletter for an entry. You'll get it twice a year. It's not even worth putting in your fake spam email address, either. I won't bother you enough for it to matter if you put your real one there.

And that's that. Like I said, if you've done these things, you're golden. Please just leave me a comment to let me know what you did so I can credit you with entries. That will also double as your entry for the book. See how I did that? See? See? Always thinking of others, trying to make it easy on them. Yep, that's me.

Lastly, in awesome news, The List climbed to #4 on the Deseret Book romance list. If I move up two more spots, I get on the Top Ten fiction list! Whoohoo! 

47 comments:

TheOneTrueSue said...

#4! I'm so excited for you Melanie! I just received my book on Saturday, and even though I'd already read it, I read it again on Sunday. It was even better than I remembered. You should be so, so proud of yourself.

And thank you so much for that mention on the acknowledgements page. I was so tickled and had to show my kids, my husband, my mom, etc., etc.

Love ya

Susan said...

#4 is nothing to sneeze at! That's awesome.

Dang it--I love that dress I won, but I want to be a character in your book. You should just drop my name anyway, since I'm so fantabulous.

Valerie said...

Congrats on your book! Looks like I need to make a trip to Deseret Book!

Laura Bullock said...

#4!! Hurray I can't wait to get my hands on your book.

Kristina P. said...

I see a character named The Hoff!!!

kathee said...

I think I'll go buy a book today to help move you up to #1! I love that quote so much, if I could read all day every day I would be a very happy lady! But then there's that major inconvenience of taking care of my family and stuff.....

Paily said...

Way to be #4! You have some mad skills. I am all sorts of excited to read your book. Now I just have to get a copy! Hey, I know, you can hook me up! That is a great idea ;) You are a funny lady, and I love reading your blog. And you have great taste in shoes.

Kimberly said...

I. Want. That. Quote.

That is all.

Melinda said...

I want that book! If I don't win though, I will definitely support your climb to the top of the book list and buy it myself! :)

Rebecca said...

Me too! Someday I'll get around to ordering it (I hate waiting) but maybe I can win it!

Jessica G. said...

I think I need you as my personal stylist. And I am waiting on your book...I'm #3 at the library. Kinda cool that you've already got a waiting list!

Jessica B said...

OK! So first, Yay on your #4 status! And second, I am still trying to win me a book. So, here is my comment. I also liked you on FB, posted a link to your site on my blog and I am just about to go sign up for the newsletter.
So there you go -- I did 4 things. Can you tell I really want to win the book? :)

Happy Mom said...

I'm commenting. I got nothing witty, but I want your book.

Barbaloot said...

I tried to win last time and it didn't work...but I'll keep trying!

{autie} said...

Put your button up on my blog
www.jeffandautie.blogspot you know the rest!

{autie} said...

I'm determined to Win something from you, dang it! consider this my comment to enter the book giveaway!

Erin said...

I'm going to go to the Deseret Book is my dinky little town to see if they have a copy of it here. Yay for you! I am so excited for you.

Vivian said...

I hope I win. Regardless I am so getting your book TODAY! You are sooo FUN!!

Becky M said...

Third time's a charm? This is my second time trying on your site, after trying on icandyhandmade, to win your enticing book!
Congrats on all your successes!

Linda said...

I think your next book should include a way cool aunt!!!!

Sarah said...

I got an ad today for either Seagull Book or Deseret (can't find it right now... I blame the kids) and read the 1/2 page ad for your book. And I've already held it. And I want it. Dadgumit! I should've just bought it when I had the chance that first time... Next time I'll just be late to dinner!

That Girl said...

Comment. Me. Here. Win.

Yes?

Lara said...

I knew that Sister Powers was DeNae! Love it.

I do like your author page. Am in process of putting link in sidebar and I will link your website, too.

I need that calligraphy thing, BTW. It's gorgeous, and I love the quote.

Emily said...

#4 is awesome! And PICK ME! PICK ME! Even though I already own your book, I could gift it to someone else! See? I'm a giver too! PICK ME! PICK ME!

Vicki said...

Sounds like a great book, I'd love to win!

Andrea said...

I would love to win your book. I heard about it on Lara's blog, Overstuffed. Sounds great! On my way to like you on FB right now too.

Amber said...

I am reading the book and loving it. I read it while I cooked eggs for dinner, I read it while I fed my baby, and while my kids were watching PBS. It's tough to put down. And it's just what I needed; a light, fun book that I can get into. Love it.

LisAway said...

You are so climbing the charts! Awesome.

Laura said...

I added your Book Button to my blog. onthelilypadofmymind.blogspot.com

Laura said...

I also linked to your website from my blog. I am so excited and your book party looked amazing!

http://onthelilypadofmymind.blogspot.com/2011/03/list.html

Patty Ann said...

I would totally love to win your book! It sounds like a good read that I would enjoy.

Emily M. said...

Would love to win a copy of your book...

Bonnie said...

Looks like such a fun book! I just read about it on Lara's "Overstuffed" blog. Hope I win!

Line said...

I've just discovered your blog & website: you giveaways are so cool (although I just want to be entered for the book this time!), and it's just great to be able to read your first chapter!
Thank you so much for the chance!
linedupuy(at)hotmail(dot)fr

Laree said...

(I'm hopping over from Mommy Snark)

I saw your book yesterday in Seagull, and almost bought it. Now I'll wait to see if I can win one first!

elephants310 said...

I would love to read this book! Send it my way please! :)

Carrie said...

I found you from Mommy Snark--and I just liked you on facebook;) It looks like I would love this!

Jane Isfeld Still said...

I came. I followed. I liked. :) I would LOVE to win your book. Go check out my contest. I am giving one away too. LOL Your book looks great.

~T~ said...

If only my town had a Deseret Book...
If only my beach were warm enough for swimming...
If only I could win this book...

Chanel said...

The description of this books seems oddly familiar to my life. Sounds like I need to win it, so that I can read it.

Booklady said...

Congrats on reaching #4. I'm sure it will climb even higher. It sounds like a wonderful book.

bevarcher (at) me (dot) com

Andrew & Sarah Clawson said...

Pick me! Pick me! I think you should name the character, Fay, for your book! That is my mother and mother in law's name!

charrette said...

I am so dying to get my grubby paint-stained hands on a copy of this book! Congratulations on the success you're seeing, and I hope it continues! I also hope you recover from "bone tired"...but I should warn you it won't relent without a fight. That's exactly how I felt after trying to spread the word about my book in November and December, and I'm barely starting to feel human again three months later!

Love you!

charrette said...

P. S. I love your faux mil's quote too. And can I PLEASE have Grant?!?

charrette said...

P. S. I love your faux mil's quote too. And can I PLEASE have Grant?!?

heather said...

I'd love to win. It'd save me some money & I'm all about saving money these days.

Ms. Harris said...

I relate to your book in so many ways. I NEED this book! I need it!