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Shoot, I forgot a title…CONTEST WINNERS!!

Well, the weekend is nearly at an end, and I’m shaking off my post-vacation jet-lag to say a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who participated in this week’s contests in celebration of the beautiful new cover for The Broken Lands, and the nice things that several generous readers have said about it. So without further ado, may I announce your winners:

The winners of the art contest are…

Okay, I’m sorry, but I warned you that I might do this. Four pieces of art were entered, and I am invoking the contest moderator’s right to give awards to all four artists, because every one was fantastic, and every one was so completely different. Two focused on setting the scene, and two focused on the villain introduced in the excerpt. So instead of one four-way tie, I’m going to say we have two two-way ties.

First and foremost, may I present the two most recent entrants, which arrived during my flight back to NYC from Israel, who will share the Award for Best Evocation of Historical Period, also known as the Award for Knowing Kate Well Enough to Know You Get Extra Points For Including Trains. Here they are:

A study in pencil by Edie P.

A study in color by Luci P.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And if you’ve been by this spot in the past week, you will probably remember the first two entries, but just in case, here they are, as well.

B&W Magic from the Rabbit-Hearted Girl

He Brushed the Dust from His Sleeve

 

 

Shannon and Candi, I hope you’ll forgive me for not being able to choose between the two of you for the Award for Best Illustration of my Beloved Villainous Gambler, a.k.a. the Creepy Hands Go a Long Way Toward Making Kate Happy Award. So I’m calling this one a tie, too. Candi got some extra points for the fact that her High Walker makes me think of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop, and Shannon got some extra points for giving us a look at the process of bringing High Walker to life in this speedpaint. But in the end, I love them both too much to pick.

So we have four art winners! Congratulations! Prizes for everybody!

And now for the amplifying-the-chatter portion of the contest. Mentions were culled from Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and the comments of this site. The names were scrawled on haphazardly-torn-up pieces of paper and one was drawn at random. And the randomly-drawn winner is…@kindleaholic!

So, instead of two winners, we have five. Winners, I will need for you to let me know your preference for hardcover or advance copies of The Broken Lands, and I will also be sending you Sonya Hartnett’s The Midnight Zoo (illustrated by Andrea Offermann). Kindle-aholic, you get the same choice, but you also get to choose your second prize from among the following books by the authors who said such nice things about my beloved second book:

  • A Tale Dark and Grimm (Adam Gidwitz)
  • The Inquisitor’s Apprentice (Chris Moriarty)
  • The Book of Blood and Shadow (Robin Wasserman; advance copy)

So congratulations and my most heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated. Send me your preferences and your addresses by email if you wouldn’t mind (check the “Contact Kate” page here at Clockwork Foundry for the address).

And with that, friends, I sign off for the moment, but only for a short while so that I can put together a second post, which I’ll post tonight before I die of jet-lag-induced exhaustion. And just in case the cover isn’t enough excitement for you, I’ll have another excerpt for you to go along with it. Thank you so much for playing this game with me all week!

Cover coming up next…

 

Countdown to THE BROKEN LANDS: the Cover, and a Contest or Two

About a week ago I got to see the final cover of my next book at last. Yes, The Broken Lands jacket art has been finalized, and all I can say is that it’s truly beautiful. Not that I expected anything less for a moment. Andrea Offermann, the amazing artist behind the cover and illustrations of The Boneshaker, returned for this book, and I’m just in love with what she’s done this time. In fact, I’m so in love I want to celebrate a little.

Here is Andrea. Wonder what she's working on...

I’ve also been receiving some fabulous comments about the book from some fabulous writers, educators, and librarians. I want to celebrate that, too. I’m just feeling generally celebratory. So here’s what I’m thinking. I’m thinking: how about I show you the jacket art next weekend, and how about before do, let’s have a CONTEST? In fact, let’s have TWO OF THEM!

Contest #1: Draw some stuff.

I’ll post an excerpt from The Broken Lands later this afternoon, to introduce you to the setting and one of the characters. I invite you to bring either or both of them to life any way you like. Post a link to your art in the comments of the posted excerpt any time this week.

Contest #2 (for those of you who, like me, lack any drawing capability whatsoever): Help get the word out about this contest and the cover reveal next weekend.

Post a thoughtful comment or question here, tweet or re-tweet links about the contest, mention it on Facebook, do what you can to keep the chatter going. Those cool comments about the book I mentioned? I’ll be dealing some of those out on Tumblr this week, and you can re-blog one or two of those if you’re so inclined. I’ll do a random drawing from all chatter-amplifying commentary I can find, and select a few winners. It’s probably best, so that your efforts don’t slip my notice, that you also make it easy for me to find them. Use my Twitter name, @katemilford, or my Facebook name, @katechellmilford, or comment here on the blog as to how you’ve passed the word along. Thoughtful comments or questions will earn you an extra entry. What constitutes a thoughtful comment or question? I don’t know, but I know one when I see it.

WHEN DOES THIS AWESOMENESS CONCLUDE?

The deadline to enter is Friday the 10th. I’ll post the cover Saturday the 11th, and announce the winners Sunday the 12th.

HOW WILL YOU CHOOSE THE WINNERS?

The winner of the chatter portion will be drawn at random, but multiple contributions will earn you multiple entries. The winner of the art portion–well, it depends on how many entries there are. If you’re the only person who steps up and gives it a shot, YOU WIN. If you’re one of only two or three, you probably all win. My blog traffic isn’t that high, so honestly, your chances are pretty good. I’d give it a go.

ARE THERE PRIZES, OTHER THAN A VIRTUAL A PAT-ON-THE-BACK?

My endless gratitude. Oh, and yes, books. The winner of the art portion will receive the ANDREA OFFERMANN CELEBRATION PRIZE: a copy each of The Broken Lands (your choice, advance copy in about a month, or real-live bound book in September) and Sonya Hartnett’s The Midnight Zoo, which Andrea also illustrated.

The winner of the chatter portion will receive the SAYING NICE THINGS ABOUT MY BOOK CELEBRATION PRIZE: The Broken Lands (same choice, arc very soon or hardcover this fall) and your choice of a book by one of the wonderful writers who so generously gave their time to read The Broken Lands. I’ll let you know the specific choices at the end of the week, but there are clues here as to whose books will be up for grabs if you look closely enough.

I should also warn you that I’m overseas this week, six hours ahead of you. It’s 8pm here, and I have somewhat limited internet. So please don’t panic if I don’t reply right away–or, you know, for six hours. Or if something gets stuck needing me to moderate it. Just think of it as part of the fun. And while you’re waiting, here’s an interview with Andrea from just a couple of days ago to keep you busy.

So, without further ado…let’s start…NOW!