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A Picture of Your Bookshelf (a shelfie) Might Win This Contest

Check out this picture of my books, posted on facebook by friend, fan and fellow author Susan Toy

books on bequia

Susan lives on the tiny Caribbean island of Bequia (pronounced Beck-way) and she has been a great supporter of mine, as well as many other independent authors, for as long as I’ve known her.

map of Bequia

Recently, despite the fact that she already owns the kindle versions of all of my books, she bought paperback copies of the entire collection and paid for them to be shipped to Bequia – a process that was not only costly, but slooooow.

After posting the above picture, showing my books enjoying a picturesque view of Admiralty Bay, she posted this picture of the collection in their new home on her bookshelf…

book shelf

…which gave me an idea…time for another contest!

contest time

 

 

 

A while back I held a contest to name my mascot.

blindogg sketch

After the deluge of entries I whittled it down to my favorite ten and let you, the readers, select the winner. (that winning name was Floyd – proposed by Christine Lunney)

So, what’s the new contest – and – how does a picture of my books on a shelf (a shelfie – according to Susan!) figure into it?

I’ll tell you…

The idea is to get the best, most fun and creative picture of my books I can find – and to give you the chance to win amazing prizes!

The contest will be open to anybody who submits a shelfie of my books.

Naturally this means you must first own at least one of my books in paperback version – unless you can snap a picture of somebody else’s copy/copies on a shelf and submit it (with their permission, of course).

The procedure will be as follows:

  • The contest begins as soon as you read this (officially January 22, 2015)
  • Deadline for entries – February 25, 2015
  • Take a picture of at least one of my books on a shelf, or on the hood of your car, or in the refrigerator…the setting is completely up to you. The book(s) can be alone or with other books, or with your cat…whatever you like
  • Post the picture on my facebook fan page https://www.facebook.com/BlindoggBooks -OR- if you don’t do facebook, email it to me at blindoggbooks@gmail.com
  • After the deadline I will select my five favorites as finalists – so be creative!
  • Followers of my facebook page will then vote for their favorite finalist
  • Voting will last for two weeks, ending on March 11, 2015
  • The picture with the most votes will be the grand prize winner
  • The top runner up will win the second place prize

 

So – what are the prizes?

prizes

The grand prize will be a three part prize…

Part 1 – the winner will get free signed copies of whatever books I have written which they do not already have.

Part 2 – they will receive a free signed copy of every book I ever write.

Part 3 – they will have a character in my next book Full Circle named after them (or named after another person of their choosing).

 

The runner up will receive a free signed copy of my next novel Full Circle and have a character in the book named after them (or named after another person of their choosing).

 

And maybe – just maybe – I’ll use the winning picture as the cover photo on my facebook page.

Okay – you have your assignment.

Be creative…have some fun, and get those shelfies in!

 

As always – thank you for reading

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Short Story Contest : Follow Up

Back in February I announced the “Second Quasi-Annual Blindogg Books Short Story Contest”click here to refresh your memory.

Let me start by saying I would like to thank all those who submitted entries…as usual I received some excellent stories.

Unfortunately, I didn’t receive enough entries to make a real contest out of it – so I made an executive decision…Everybody Wins.

bears trophy

That’s right…just like modern-day Little League where every kid gets a trophy just for playing – everybody who submitted a short story to the contest will have their story published.

The only difference is that instead of having them in my next novel (tentatively titled Protect This and scheduled for an August 2014 release) they will be included in the collection of short stories I am currently writing to be released before Christmas 2014.

I started writing short stories about my main character, Ike, back around Christmas of 2013 at the suggestion of my friend and fellow author Armand Rosamilia. I plan to have around 20 stories in the collection – and now I will have five or six more.

Ike shirt front

So that’s the latest news on the “Second Quasi-Annual Blindogg Books Short Story Contest” – and once again I would like to thank all the entrants for submitting their stories, and truth be told, I’m glad I don’t have to decide on the finalists. It would have been too difficult!

The short story collection will be called “Ike for All Seasons” and it will be available before Christmas!

And speaking of Ike – in the next day or two there will be another Ike tee-shirt campaign – get ready to make your Ike fashion statement!!

 

As always – thank you for reading

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Announcing the “Second Quasi-Annual Blindogg Books Short Story Contest”!!!

Last year at this time, when Unfinished Business was in the hands of my beta readers, I announced the “First Quasi-Annual Blindogg Books Short Story Contest”. The contest was very successful and I came away with two great stories, which were included in final release of Unfinished Business.

Here we are, a year later (almost to the day) and my newest work is now in the hands of the betas, so that means only one thing…it’s time for the “Second Quasi-Annual Blindogg Books Short Story Contest”.

The contest is pretty simple…I’m looking for two short stories to include in my next book (which has yet to be titled – so we’ll use the working title Protect This for now).

Let’s go over the need to knows:

  • The contest is open to anybody.
  • Stories must be between 1,500 and 4,000 words.
  • Stories can be in any genre (except porn, erotica, etc).
  • There are two categories – one winner will be selected from each category

Category one; Theme – the theme of Protect This is “Wanting a better life” so the short story in the theme category will follow that theme.

Category two; Fan fiction – stories in this category can use any theme, but must involve at least three of my regular characters (Ike, Brewski, Didi, Ralph).

  • Entries must be received before midnight March 10, 2014
  • I will pick five favorites from each category and post them on my blog by March 10 for voting
  • Voting will end at midnight March 31, 2014
  • Prizes:

First prize: The winning story in each category will be published in Protect This (the new novel) and each winning author will receive a free, signed copy of the finished book

Second prize: The authors of the stories with the second highest vote total will receive a free, signed copy of the finished book

  • In order to enter the contest, authors must “like” my facebook fan page (https://www.facebook.com/BlindoggBooks)
  • All entries remain the property of the author – however, authors grant me permission to print the stories, along with author’s name, as I see fit for promotional purposes. Winning authors grant permission for their stories to be published in Protect This as well
  • All submissions must be the original work of the contestant and may not have been previously published
  • Entries must be submitted as an attachment in an email to blindoggbooks@gmail.com

And there it is…if you have any questions please leave them in the form of a comment below so that everybody can see the answer (gotta keep it fair!)

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Announcing the first “Quasi-Annual Blindogg Books Short Story Contest”!!!

Write a short story and it might be published in my upcoming release Unfinished Business.

Here are the official rules:

v)  Story must be at least 500 words – but no more than 2,500 words.

v ) No Porn, Erotica, Etc…

v)  Content (a winner will be chosen from EACH category)

  • Since Unfinished Business is a novel about dead people…the short story can involve death somehow. It’s up to you how…
  • If you don’t want to write about death, you can write a “fan-fiction” piece involving any of my regular characters in the story /setting of your choice

v)  Entries must be received before midnight, March 8th, 2013

v)  I will pick my five favorites from all entries in the two categories and post them on my blog – fans will then vote for their favorite from those finalists.

v)  Prizes;

  • Winning story from each category will be published in my upcoming novel Unfinished Business and the winning author will receive a free, signed copy of the book.
  • Second and Third place finishers from each category will receive a free, signed copy of Unfinished Business.

v)  In order to enter the contest and/or vote – you must “like” my fan page https://www.facebook.com/BlindoggBooks . If the contestant does not use facebook, they may have the story submitted by a proxy facebook user.

v)  All entries remain the property of the author – however, authors grant me permission to print the stories, along with author’s names, as I see fit for promotional purposes. Winning authors grant permission for their stories to be published in Unfinished Business as well.

v)  Contest is open to everybody, winner will receive no compensation for their story other than the prize listed herein.

v)  All submissions must be the original work of the contestant and may not have been previously published.

Entries must be submitted by email to blindoggbooks@gmail.com

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