The Simmering Mind’s Awesomest (a.k.a. Very First) Giveaway Ever!!

September 28, 2015

YAY!!!  Here it is, my surprise!  I’m SO excited to finally bring this giveaway to you!

Awhile back my Facebook page reached 150 followers.  I’m continually amazed by the wonderful people who enjoy my posts (both here and on the page) and leave their comments in discussions, making this corner of the internet a fun and talkative place.  You guys are a blessing to me!!  So I wanted to do a giveaway to thank you all. 😀

But first, hugs all around!!

Okay!  Enough hugs now!  (*brushing off shirt and feeling kind of awkward because I’m not usually a huge hugger*)  😛  Let’s get down to business. And by business I mean FUN!

Giveaway Details:

There will be FIVE WINNERS!

And each winner will get to choose between SEVEN AWESOME PRIZES!

Many who follow my page are fellow writers, but not all are, so I tried to create a good balance of prizes that will appeal to writers and non-writers…a little something for everyone.  Winners may each pick ONE of the following gifts.

Without further ado, here are the prize options!

1. Watercolor bookmark

These bookmarks are designed and painted by me on heavy paper, and inscribed with one of the inspiring quotes about books that I’ve shared on my writer page in the past.  (I will create more as necessary! – with different quotes!)  If more than one option is available I’ll let you pick which bookmark you want. 🙂 This would be delivered by snail mail.

2. Sneak peek of one of my books

If you’re bursting with curiosity about my writing projects, choose this prize and I will email you a full chapter from either The Trusted: Book One of the Kraesinia Trilogy (my young adult portal sci-fi) or my secondary project, Absconders Series #1: Renegade (young adult dystopian sci-fi).  Blurbs for both projects can be found on my books page.  If you choose this prize, all I ask is that you don’t share the chapter publicly online. 😉

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3. A beautiful little notebook

Unlike the other prizes, which can be duplicated if several winners choose them, I have only one of these gorgeous notebooks with a clasp to give away, so this prize is on a “first come, first served” basis!  It will be mailed by snail mail.

4. An original piece of flash fiction

I’ll write it just for you!  You can choose to have me share it on my blog for everyone (with or without a dedication to you, the winner), or I can email it to you privately.  I’ll even take requests for topics, characters, or premises!…although I can’t guarantee what the muse will come up with in the end. 😉


5. A blurb clinic

As many of my writer friends know, I LOVE to write blurbs (or “back cover descriptions”).  I love helping people make their own blurbs better, too!  For this prize, I will take any blurb you’re struggling to write and help you revise and polish it so you can put your best foot forward when you go on submission or self-publish.  My forte is speculative fiction, but I’m happy to help with other genres too!


6. A thorough edit and critique of the first three pages of your work-in-progress

I’m a meticulous editor, both when it comes to my own books and the books of friends who ask for my edits.  The first pages of your book are the best opportunity you have to hook your readers!  If you choose this prize I will go over your first three pages with a fine-tooth comb and point out any problems they might have, as well as highlighting their strengths and making encouraging suggestions.

My green edits on a friend's manuscript - page blurred to protect the innocent. :P

My green edits on a friend’s manuscript – page blurred to protect the innocent. 😛

7. Your choice of one of these e-books from fellow Christian authors

I will e-gift this to you from Amazon – any one of the books from the list below.  I can provide you additional information about any of the books, if you need help choosing!

Time for Fun!

Now, I don’t like it when giveaways are clearly designed just to gather more followers.  So even though new followers are awesome (please, come one, come all – the giveaway’s open to everyone!) this giveaway is dedicated to my faithful readers and page followers, because I like you guys lots. 😀  You can complete any or all of the “tasks” below to enter – things most of you have already done.  Sharing is awesome, but totally optional!

This giveaway will run from the 1st to the 5th of October, and then I will announce the winners here on the blog and contact them by email!! *happy dance*

May the odds be ever in your favor! 😀

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  1. This is such a great idea! I love it! And you’re give away is so fun! I think I’d start with the pocket Journal, go to the Flash Fiction written for me, then the free e-book. 🙂 But I also love the bookmarks… choices, choices!

  2. I think I did everything! I hope everything goes great and you have fun!

  3. I love giveaways! The notebook is beautiful. So are the bookmarks! I never have enough of either one 🙂

  4. So many choices! (And what’s that 3rd gif from? She looks vampirey! lol)
    It’s hard to decide but I think I’d go with the blurb clinic or edit/critique.

    • The third GIF is from the TV show Firefly. 🙂

      • *shame-faced* I should have known that but I only liked the movie and didn’t recognize Inara or Kaylee.

  5. I don’t remember what got me started following you but I stayed because I enjoy your posts. The simmer starters are nice plus we have similar geeky/Christi following perspectives.

  6. I kind of want to do the flash fiction so I can try to make you write about cats taking over the world … because power, but that’s a really pretty journal too.

  7. I don’t think I exactly count as a loyal follower since I just realized I haven’t been following your page, despite knowing of you through several mutual friends. Haha…But that shall be remedied!!! And just on the off chance I win something, I think the journal would be my first choice, because it’s sooo pretty!! Besides, I firmly believe one can never have too many journals. 😉 But I also really like the flash fiction idea. How fun!

    • Haha, that’s okay, gatheringfire! 🙂 I’ll be delighted to give prizes to new people too! 😀 Welcome aboard!!

  8. I would pick the journal but all the prizes look amazing! 🙂 Thanks!

  9. What a fun idea! Don’t know how you have the energy for all that you do online and with a homeschool. Xoxo

  10. Awesome prizes. 🙂 I’m not sure what I would pick. The notebook is awesome. I can never get enough of those. But, I also like the blurb and critique options. I’m feeling a bit stalled on a story I’m working on and even though it is on 3 pages it could make a difference.

  11. Goodness, what a giveaway! That notebook is great, but the bookmarks are very pretty, too. And the flash fiction sounds fun!

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  13. Cool!

    Hmm… would I want the sample chapter sneak peek, or the blurb clinic?

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