Thursday, October 28, 2010

Contest Giveaway - Win a Copy of The Reckoning

I'm baaaaack. Sorry for the lack of posts recently and for not visiting my usual blogs. October is such a hectic month, with birthdays, deadlines, an anthology to co-edit, a school bake sale to plan, a writing workshop to co-chair, and Bunco at my house. Yikes! Because I haven't been able to post as much as I like, to make up for it--and in the spirit of Halloween--I've decided to give away a copy of a supernatural thriller I've recently read and reviewed.

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong is the third and final novel in the #1 New York Times Bestselling Darkest Powers trilogy. The main characters are a group of four supernaturals --- Chloe, a necromancer; Derek, a werewolf; Simon, a sorcerer; and Tori, a witch. The four teens are not normal, by even a supernatural standard, and they struggle to live with their special, and at times frightening, gifts.

The story is told from the perspective of fifteen-year-old Chloe, who is just realizing the nature of her differences and the extent of her powers. The Reckoning is an entertaining page-turner about friendship, loyalty, and embracing one’s uniqueness. The book should appeal to readers who enjoy supernatural thrillers with a PG dose of romantic suspense.

So, how can you win? Easy.

1.) Leave a comment between now and Halloween (Oct 31) about your favorite scary book. (1 opportunity to win)

2.) Post about this contest on your blog by Oct 30. (E-mail to dvolkenannt (at) with a link to your blog). (2 additional opportunities to win)

3.) Write a Halloween-themed flash fiction story of up to 250 words by Oct 31. E-mail your story to me at the above address. (2 additional opportunities to win)

So, if you comment about your favorite scary book, your name goes in the hat once. If you comment and write a story, you get three opportunities to win. If you do a, b, and c you get -- let's get out the calculator -- that's 5 chances to win.

Winner's name will be announced in on Nov 1.


  1. Glad your back. Glad you are okay, for I was getting worried. I think the next two months will continue to be busy for everyone.

  2. I'm not a big fan of scary books, so there's not much from which to choose. I've read one or two Stephen King books, but I think my pick would be "Silence of the Lambs". Creeeeeepy!


  3. My favorite scary book is Salem's Lot by Stephen King. I read it as a teenager and did part of the reading during a bad thunderstorm. Just as I got to a scene where the vampires cut the electricity to a house so they could go after the people inside, the storm knocked our electricity out. No kidding--it was freak timing!!! Needless to say, it was scary!

  4. I'm not sure if I would call it scary, maybe more of a thriller but The Divide by Nicholas Evans is one of my favorite books of all time. I couldn't put it down!

  5. Hi Mary,
    I'm glad to be back, too.

    Hi Pat,
    "Silence of the Lambs" is a scary one for sure.

    Hi Tammy,
    "Salem's Lot" is in my top three scary books. My husband was working nights when I read it and I was afraid to fall asleep. SL ranks right up there with "The Exorcist" and "Rosemary's Baby."

    Hi Jenny,
    "The Divide" sounds intriguing. Thanks for the recommendation.


  6. I'm with Tammy. My sister and I read Salem's Lot at the same time and she would make me stop reading and go to bed with her because she was scared to go by herself.

  7. Hi Sally,
    From the posts here, Salem's lot seems to be the scariest book.


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