CONTEST RULES ARE SUBJECT TO ADJUSTMENT. LAST UPDATE 3/21/12
CLICK HERE to read the details about the bet. Join us in the fun and YOU may be the winner! The bet will begin May 21, 2012. All contest entries MUST BE CLAIMED PRIOR TO THAT DATE.
- To enter, you must first join the contest “event” on Facebook. If you are not a Facebook user, leave a comment here explaining and you’ll also be entered. 1 entry just for joining the event.
- Participating in the Bet Discussion Group will give you 5 entries. Spoilers for both books may be given here. This group is to be a real time interaction opportunity as Keven reads through Diane’s book and gives his thoughts to the group. It is highly recommended that you read both I Am Ocilla and Winter prior to May 14 before joining this group. No requests to join will be granted after that date.
- Subscribe to either Diane’s blog or Keven’s blog and leave a comment on any post with your name claiming your entry. If you’re already subscribed, simply leave a comment and ask for the entry. 1 entry per website that you subscribe to.
- “Like” either FB fan page of Diane or Keven and leave a wall post asking for your entry. If you already “Like” the page, simply leave a wall post and ask for the entry. 1 entry per fan page that you “Like.”
- Purchase a copy of Winter and/or I Am Ocilla. You must provide proof of your purchase either by confirmation email or receipt. 15 entries will be given for each book purchased. If you already have the book, simply show proof and asked to these entries.
- Posting Amazon reviews of each book will receive 5 entries per book reviewed. If you’ve already reviewed on Amazon, simply ask for these entries.
- Making a blog post with mini reviews of each book, choosing a winner in the bet, and explaining why you chose that winner, will receive 25 entries. Please forward one of us the link.
- Making a creative video the same as number 6, will receive 30 entries. Please forward one of us the link.
- Being correct in the winner you chose in number 6 or 7, will get you a bonus 20 entries.
- “Like” or subscribe to the FB fanpage or website of any of the participating books in the giveaway. Leave a wall post or comment on those sites claiming your entry. We’ll be watching. You can earn only 1 additional entry for each book.
- Additional random bonus entries may be given out by either Keven or Diane to anyone who exhibits enthusiasm over the bet, creates their own side bets, team jingles, or other general hoopla while having fun with all of this. Basically…if you make a lot of noise, it could be good for you.
- 1st Prize – 1 winner will receive a Kindle Touch fully loaded with the entire electronic book prize list. (minimum of 50 contest participants required.) In the event that there are one hundred (100) contest participants, the 1st Prize Kindle Touch will be REPLACED with a Grand Prize Kindle Fire.
- 2nd Prize – 1 winner will receive the entire electronic book prize list. (minimum of 35 contest participants required.)
- 3rd Prize – 1 winner will receive five (5) electronic books of their choice from the electronic book prize list. (minimum of 25 contest entrants required.)
- 4th Prize – 1 winner will receive two (2) electronic books of their choice from the Splashdown catalog only. (minimum of 15 contest participants required.)
- 5th Prize – 1 winner will receive one (1) electronic book of their choice from the Splashdown catalog only. (minimum of 10 contest participants required.)
Electronic Book Prize List
(Additions to the list are continually being added!)
- I Am Ocilla, by Diane M. Graham SB catalog
- Winter, by Keven Newsome SB catalog
- Finding Angel, by Kat Heckenbach SB catalog
- Alpha Redemption, by PA Baines SB catalog
- The Muse, by Fred Warren SB catalog
- Tales of a Dim Knight, by Adam and Andrea Graham SB catalog
- Caffeine, by Ryan Grabow SB catalog
- The Duke’s Handmaid, by Caprice Hokstad SB catalog
- Faith Awakened, by Grace Bridges SB catalog
- Aquasynthesis, by various. A Splashdown Books short story anthology. SB catalog
- Realities Dawn, by R. L. Copple SB catalog
- The Crystal Portal, by Travis Perry and Mike Lynch SB catalog
- Star of Justice, by Robynn Tolbert SB catalog
- Rift Jump, by Greg Mitchel SB catalog
- Kill FM 100, by Teric Darken. Treasureline Publishing.
- War of Attrition, by Frank Creed. The Writer’s Cafe Press.
- Wind Rider 1 & 2, by Rebecca P. Minor. Diminished Media Group.
- The Worker Prince, by Bryan Thomas Schmidt. Diminished Media Group.
- Cancelled, by Michael Britton.
- Whisper a Scream, by Pete Turner. Treasureline Publishing.
- Daughter of Light, by Morgan L. Busse. Marcher Lord Press
My friend, founding member with me at the New Authors’ Fellowship, and now fellow author at Splashdown Books,Diane M. Graham, just released her debut novel I Am Ocilla. Prior to the release of the book, one of her proof readers said something on Facebook about the twists and turns in Diane’s book. I made the comment to him that there’s only been one book that I didn’t figure out before the twists were upon me.
That started a discussion…well, more like boasting and smack talk on the part of both Diane and me. It turned into a bet. Until now, it has only been recorded on Facebook. Here’s the thread if you’d like to look it over. I wanted to give the details of the bet a more permanent and stable home.
So here they are…the details of the bet:
If Diane’s book surprises Keven just once with a plot twist, then Keven will make a YouTube video of him dancing for at least 25 seconds, saying, “Di is twisty.” If Diane’s book surprises Keven more than once, then Keven will also have her on his website as a guest expert on how to create twists in a story. If Diane’s book fails to surprise Keven, then Diane must make a video of her dancing for at least 25 seconds, saying, “Keven is a plot master.” And if by 3/4′s through the book Keven presents a reasonable outline of how the book will end, then Diane will have Keven as a guest expert on her website on recognizing and avoiding predictable plot devices.
So there’s the bet. I’m not scared, really. Plot development is something I’m very nerdy about…sort of an extension of my fascination with taking things apart to see how they work. Which, by the way, I’ve ALWAYS been able to put everything back together again.
The bet will be realized at the beginning of the summer, when I have time free enough to read her book. This post not only serves to document the bet, but will also kick off a series of related posts on plot development. I’ve been wanting to write some of what I know about plotting, and this finally gives me an excuse. Look for those posts soon.