Day 5 of the Twelve Days of Bookmas Contest!

Have any of my readers won, yet? You know I am keeping my fingers crossed for every one of you!

For any newbies joining the contest, check out the rules at the BookEnds Literary Agency: Don’t forget, all BookEnds clients are participating and leaving clues, so if you visit everyone’s Web sites, Facebooks pages or Tweets, it will help.

Ready for today’s riddle and my clue? Just remember to post your answer at the BookEnds blog:

Clue to Day 5 (written by Jessica Alvarez):

What was the first book Jessica Alvarez found for Harlequin Historical?  And the first book she found for Love Inspired?

My clue:  One of the BookEnd’s clients shares a name of one of the authors who wrote one of Jessica’s first finds.  (Remember my clue is only one of many.  To read the other clues go the BookEnds blog and follow the links.)

Answer to Day 4: Simon and Schuster and BookEnds.

Day 4 of the Twelve Days of Bookmas Contest!

So, how are you doing? Have you figured out any answers so far? Don’t worry if you haven’t because you still have 8 more days, 8 more clues, and 8 more chances to win! Remember, I said it wasn’t going to be easy.

If you are just joining the contest and need to know the rules, go to BookEnds Literary Agency’s Web site: That should get you up to speed. Also, take a look at the previous clues and the answers, and maybe that will help you understand what we are looking for.

Remember, in order to win, you have to post your answer on the BookEnds blog:

So, here we go!

Clue to Day 4 (written by Lauren Ruth): 

When I first started out in the publishing world, I interned at two different companies. My first internship was a bold introduction to commercial publishing where I learned my first two valuable lessons in publishing: 1. Publishing is about art and money, but rarely only one or the other. All books are art. All books need to make money. The best, most successful books are those that blend these elements well. 2. Just because I wouldn’t personally read a book for pleasure doesn’t mean there isn’t a healthy audience of those who would.

My second internship was where I fell in love with publishing and learned the ropes as completely as I could. I find that I still learn things—daily.

At which companies did I complete these two internships?

My clue:  One company’s name clue:  I have several of these on my shelf. (Remember my clue is only one of many.  To read the other clues go the BookEnds blog and follow the links.)

Answer for Day 3: Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. The author was Daphne du Maurier, and her most famous work is Rebecca.

Holiday Contests!

Maybe it’s the time of year. But there sure are a lot of contests and giveaways going on. I was already excited about the upcoming Holidays, but now, I’m over the moon! Not only am I giving away books and promo stuff, but BookEnds Literary Agency and St. Martin are also giving away books and prizes. So you have even more chances to win.

First, I want to remind you about my Friendship contest I announced right here last week. If you have a friend that hasn’t read my Shadow Fall Series and you think she would love it, go to last week’s Friendship blog and tell me why your friend should win. But make sure you leave your reasons in the comment section of last week’s blog. Your friend could win a signed copy of “Born at Midnight” from you and me, and you both will win a goodie bag of promo stuff. What better way to show your friend how much she means to you?

Next, I want to talk about the BookEnds Twelve Days of Bookmas Contest. If you’ve been visiting my blog every day since Dec. 1, you should be well into the contest by now.  Maybe you’ve already won something! I have been posting a clue every day (except on the weekends) and keeping my fingers crossed that my readers will win something.  If you need a refresher on the rules or are new to the contest, hop on over to BookEnds or reread my Dec. 1 blog. Good luck!

Lastly, I am happy to announce my publisher, St. Martin’s, is holding a contest, too. They are giving away 25 copies each (yes, that’s 50 copies in total!) of “Born at Midnight” and “Awake at Dawn” plus goodie bags of cool Shadow Falls stuff.  All the details are on my Shadow Fall Series FaceBook page

So, that’s it! No excuses. You have three different contests with chances to win cool prizes. And you can keep them for yourself, or you can give them to a reader on your Holiday gift list. I’ll even mail the Friendship contest prizes directly to your friend. You don’t even have to wrap it for her. How easy it that? So check out all three of these contest, and good luck!

Day 3 of the Twelve Days of Bookmas Contest!

If you haven’t figured out how this contest works yet, you need to hurry up! You are missing out on some great prizes. Go to the BookEnds Literary Agency Web site for details (

Now get busy and solve today’s riddle! And if you think you know the answer, post it on the BookEnds blog:

Clue to Day 3 (written by Kim Lionetti):

What piece did Kim have to memorize in her 10th grade English class and who wrote it?  And what author did Kim do her 11th-grade presentation on and what’s the title of that author’s most famous work?

My clue: The title of the piece Kim had to memorize has three vowels.  The author’s last name contains two vowels.  (Remember my clue is only one of many.  To read the other clues go the BookEnds blog and follow the links.)

Answer to Day 2: Penny Jordan’s Leveling the Score.

Day 2 of the Twelve Days of Bookmas Contest!

Okay, hopefully you have figured out how this contest works. But just in case you haven’t, you can go to the BookEnds Literary Agency’s Web site for all the rules (

Remember, if you know the answer, you must post it on the Bookends blog: Do NOT post the answer on my blog. If you do, you won’t win. And I really want you to win!

Today’s Clue for Day 2 (Written by Jessica Alvarez):

What was the first romance Jessica Alvarez ever read?

My clue: (Author’s name) Someone may pay you this for your thoughts. (Remember my clue is only one of many. To read the other clues go the BookEnds blog and follow the links.)

Answer to Day 1: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Because I am addicted to chocolate! Aren’t we all?

Twelve Days of Bookmas Contest!!

Do you like riddles? And trying to solve a puzzle? Well, BookEnds Literary Agency, my agent, has decided to bring back its popular Twelve Days of Bookmas Contest! Why should you be excited? Because they will be giving away a prize every day!

The contest will be held the first twelve days of December, beginning Dec.1 and running through Dec. 16 (posts will run Monday through Friday only). BookEnds will post a clue, riddle, or quiz for the readers to answer every day at noon EST. The first reader to correctly answer in the comment section on the BookEnds Web site will win the prize of the day.

But to help you along, there will be clues. We all need clues, right? All participating Bookends clients, including me, will be leaving clues on our blogs, Facebook pages or Twitter, at noon EST each day. To find the links to all the BookEnds clients who are participating, you will need to go to the BookEnds blog. (The link is below.)

I will be posting the riddles and my clues on my blog every day at noon EST. But remember, you must post the answer on the Bookends Web site in order to win. For more rules, check out BookEnds Web site

Now don’t expect the riddles to be easy. So, good luck!

Today’s Clue for Day One (Written by Jessica Faust):

At the end of last year I had the “brilliant” idea of tackling the Book List Challenge [link to here please]. At the time I thought I was smart by giving myself a lot of leeway. Probably not smart enough. I still didn’t read nearly as many of these in 2011 as I would have liked, but I did get to a few and one of them became such a favorite that I read it twice, and am a little sad it took me this long to read it at all.

Which book was it?

My Clue: A book easy to become addicted to.