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Week Five, AMERICAN DEMON ARC give-away

Hi all.

It’s the fifth give-away for an ARC of AMERICAN DEMON! I’ll be doing this every Tuesday from now until June. Already entered a previous week? You can do it again! Here’s how you enter today.

Using an email you have access to for the next five days, email Tim at <coldtoastwritingsllc@comcast.net>  Put “My Sign of Spring is” in the subject line so we know you’re entering the contest. In the email, tell me your most cherished, funny, or otherwise real sign of spring you always look for. It might be a flower, it might be a bird, it might be driving with your window down or the smell of rain. (And tell me if you’ve seen/done it yet!) Mine is the smell of wet sidewalk in a haze of morning sun, but the sound of a cardinal singing in February is, according to my grandpa, when winter’s back is broken. You can also share your story here. Bonus points for a picture!–which actually gets you nothing, but hey, sharing is caring. One entry per household please.

I will cut off entries at midnight, PST on Wednesday, April 29. Winner will be announced Thursday morning, After I email he or she back for the address where they want me to mail the ARC to as well as find out if and how they want me to sign it.  Winners will have until that Friday, May 1st, midnight to get back to me to claim the ARC and tell me their mailing address. If I don’t hear from you by Friday, May 1st. midnight, the ARC goes back in the pool and I will give away two next week. Last week, Lisa won out of 1,300+ entries. Congrats, Lisa!

Out of the U.S? Change here: I’m going to have to limit this to U.S. readers only now because the USPS has stopped accepting international packages. And if they won’t take them or give me a custom form, I can’t send them. Envelopes and letters are still okay, (so you can still send me a SASE for a freebie) but a book? No. Can’t do it. I am sorry. This is not how I like to do things.

Books will go out USPS media mail, which takes some time. Chance of winning depends upon how many enter. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator, and I can’t be responsible for mail that goes astray.

That’s it. Apart from coming  back next Tuesday to enter again with a new question! I’ve got a bunch of these to give away.

And good luck!

If you want to skip the chaos and pre-order, I have a list of my favorite stores that I’ve signed at. If you like your local store where they are, please consider ordering online from them. Not just my book, but any book during this time. Everyone loves Amazon, but you want your local bookstores to survive, and the inventive people who run them are finding ways to adapt. List of Kim’s Favorite Stores

Also, I’ve heard from my local yarn shop that they still have a few kits available to knit up Ivy’s market bag. If you’ve not seen these yet, this is my own pattern with two handles, one shoulder strap for when empty and over your shoulder, one lower, sturdier handle for when it’s laden and full. Each kit comes with a predrilled, Hollows coin you can attach to the bag if you want. 😉 And of course the pattern. If you don’t knit, but know someone who does, guess what? Each kit makes two bags, so if you can persuade that someone to make them, you both win.

Knitting has been a godsend to me lately, requiring enough concentration to settle my thoughts and the satisfaction of making something pleasing and useful. If you don’t know how to knit, this is not where to start, but I suggest that you find a good online youtube do. It has quite truly saved my sanity, and probably my health over the years.  Scarves are good, but potholders and dishcloths are faster and you learn the same skills.

The kits below feature high quality linen or cotton with the right strength to make a sturdy bag that won’t jack out with use. I’m pretty sure the linen is colored in small batches and supports small-house artisans. Sandra takes utmost care in what she brings into her store such that it supports good practices.

 

–Kim

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