BookLovers Giveaway! I’m feeling generous…
In celebration of my book contract for FAST FORWARD I promised I’d do a giveaway, and one can’t go back on a promise, right?
So here it is! If you love books, you’ll love this prize, and before you get too excited I must point out that you need to be in Australia to be eligible (*hides from yelling and cursing international readers*). But, before you get too annoyed at me, if you’re not in Australia you’ll still be eligible for the runner up prize of an ebook copy of my short story Sisters At Heart (Read on for more details).
So without further ado, one lucky person who leaves a comment and answers a question below will be in the running for this prize: A BookLovers Bag of Goodies!
You could win:
- A canvas tote bag (The front says (in large print): I Heart Books, the back says (in small print): www.julietmadison.com – Humorous & Heartwarming Fiction). You could take this shopping with you, or pack it with a couple of books or your e-reader and a snack and head down to the beach or park for a good read. How cool is that? Inside the tote bag you’ll find…
- A ‘Love is in the air’ mug for your coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or vodka. Whatever your drink of choice. Or, who says you have to fill it with drink? It could hold all your choccies, or if you’re more health conscious it just might fit an apple. …Nup – not gonna happen is it.
- A big fat paperback copy of ‘Girls Night In’. At almost 700 pages this book is choc-full of great stories by some authome ausors…er, I mean: awesome authors (too much vodka in that mug?), including Marian Keyes, Kathy Lette, Jenny Colgan, Cathy Kelly, Fiona walker, Kaz Cooke, Lisa Jewell, and heaps more. You could take this to the beach in your tote bag along with your mug of vodka apple. Also, I’ll just point out that this book is second hand. I haven’t actually read it, I picked it up at a local book sale and it has someone’s name written on the inside. But I reckon that adds some intrigue, don’t you? Like… who did it belong to before? What is their life like? Who else has this book been passed onto? – okay, enough of the writerly character-creation thoughts 😉
- A beautiful handmade bookmark from ‘Chickieboo‘ in the Blue Mountains.
- A ‘Juliet Madison’ notebook to jot down your thoughts, your shopping list (more vodka), or perhaps pen a future bestselling story the old-fashioned way.
- And speaking of pens, a ‘Juliet Madison’ pen for writing that bestselling novel, or chewing on urgently when you run out of vodka. Okay sorry, enough of the vodka jokes, I don’t even drink the stuff! Really.
- A set of ‘Paris sticky note tags’ for doing whatever you like with really. The opportunities are endless… stick on dangly earrings, fingernails, household decorations, a little bookmark, or just a little reminder note to yourself to perhaps buy more…apples. What did you think I was going to say?
- A ‘Juliet Madison’ (sorry for the name overload) super-dooper clip magnet. Seriously, these things are awesome, or should that be authome? They can stick on your fridge or magnetic whiteboard, and the little grippy clip thing is strong enough to hold just about anything. You could even pull back your hair with it and create a new trend – magnetic promotional hair clips – and really draw attention to yourself as you go through airport security and set off the alarms.
- A ‘Juliet Madison’ (cringing slightly at the repetition of my name) fridge magnet. Just the usual run-of-the-mill magnet, nothing fancy, and unfortunately no hair-styling potential. Unless you attach it to the grippy clip on the magnetic promotional hair clip.
So what do you think, pretty cool huh?
To enter, leave a comment on this post and answer the following questions:
1. What is your most favourite invention from the last twenty-five years?
2. What invention would you most like to have in the future?
If you’re not in Australia but would like the chance of winning the runner-up prize of one of two ebook copies of Sisters At Heart, answer the above questions and mention that you’re not in Australia.
*Winner will be announced Wed 12th December 2037 – just kidding! 2012. 😉
…Here’s the blurb for FAST FORWARD, my debut release coming out with Harlequin’s Escape Publishing in Feb 2013…
Aspiring supermodel Kelli Crawford seems destined to marry her hotshot boyfriend, but on her 25th birthday she wakes in the future as a fifty-year-old suburban housewife married to the now middle-aged high school nerd.
Trapped in the opposite life of the one she wanted, Kelli is forced to re-evaluate her life and discover what is really important to her. Will she overcome the hilarious and heartbreaking challenges presented to her and get back to the body of her younger self? Or will she be stuck in the nightmare of hot flushes, demanding children, raunchy advances from her husband, and hideous support underwear forever?
Posted on December 6, 2012, in Competitions, General and tagged competitions, fast forward, goodie bag. Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.
For the invention DEF the one cup coffee makers but particularly the Keurig and all the K-Cups. As for the future disposable clothes would be nice. Just wear and throw away … No more laundry or closet space issues 😉
Ahh, disposable and biodegradable clothes – what an idea! And think of the how much water would be saved 😉
The best invention has definitely been the Internet, otherwise I would not have known about all you great bloggers, and great books that you write and recommend!
I would love to see a cure for many of the symptoms of menopause that women suffer from, and of other diseases that particularly affect women.
Fingers crossed xxxx
Definitely, what would we do without the internet now?
Yeah, women have to go through a lot, anything that helps is a good thing 🙂
That goodie bag sounds amazing.
My favourite invention from the last 25 years is the hair straightener – It has saved me many times from embarrassing bad hair days, or having to wear my hair in a bun like a 90 year old in order to contain ‘the frizz’.
An invention I’d like to have in the future is a way to travel from Australia to other countries that doesn’t involve air or sea travel. Maybe teleporting, or a flue network like in Harry Potter.
Thanks Alison, I had fun putting it together!
Oh I sooo hear you on the hair straightener!! It is one of my most prized possessions 😉
And I love your instant travel idea – I want that! 🙂
What a collection for a goodie bag!
Best invention so far would have to be the internet – all the airchair travel I do, being connected to everyone, the research that can be done.
For the future, self cleaning items – clothes, benches, floors,bathrooms – everything – no housework LOL
The internet is wonderful isn’t it? I literally bowed to the internet’s inventor when they introduced him at the opening ceremony of the Olympics!
No housework – I’ll be in that. 😉
Gosh, pick just one? Without the internet I would not have met many of my writing friends. I would not have had access to much of the great writing tips I have learned. Okay, so it looks like I’m going with the internet.
In the future, I’m not really sure. Sometimes I would like a device that would let you know when someone wasn’t being honest but then again, I know first hand how blissful ignorance can be.
I would like an invention that would record our dreams. No more dreams we can’t remember or ones that are so fuzzy or ones that we only remember bits and pieces of.
I’m reminded of that Jim Carrey movie when he can’t lie… Imagine what a world without lies would be like?!
I LOVE your idea for a dream recording device!! I had actually thought of writing a book with that sort of concept, might do it one day!
Hmmm … my most favourite invention? The Internet rates pretty highly because whenever I’m stuck for something, like a song lyric or an actor in a movie (deep stuff, I know), I can just look it up and voila!
What invention would I most like to have? I don’t really know… right now I would like an e-reader – even though I love to hold books, they do get heavy sometimes!
I love that ‘instant information’ benefit too!
E-readers are definitely a great invention, i don’t own one yet but I have the kindle app on my iphone.
I don’t live Australia
I agree with everyone else, internet is the best invention.
For the future, that there is cheaper flights to everywhere especially so authors such as your good self could UK tours. 🙂
That sounds great, and I’m sure lots of authors would take up the offer! I haven’t been to the UK, but maybe I’ll be there one day and we can meet, Kat 😉
The internet! What would we do without it? A great way to connect with friends, keep up with the news and find out about great new books to read!
In the future I would just love to actually own a dishwasher!!! I’ve never had one! I keep telling my husband I’m the only person on earth that still washes all their dishes by hand. On a more serious note – I hope they continue to make advances in the search for a cure for cancer. I’ve lost way too many friends and family members to this awful disease.
Gotta love your humble goal for a dishwasher, Sharon, they do make life easier!! (Especially when you train your teenage son to unload it – hehe ;))
Yes, no cancer would be wonderful.
I’d have to say the blow dryer….can live without a lot of things but not without the blow dryer.
Definitely a great invention, Effie 🙂
And what invention would you most like to have in the future??
For my favourite invention, I love the iPad … which largely depends on the much-mentioned internet 😛
As for the future, I’d like a safe, legal and healthy way to reduce my need for sleep (and so add extra hours to each day for daydreaming, thinking, writing, sketching, reading etc. … I don’t mind if everyone else sleeps while I do these luxurious things!)
Congratulations on your book contract!
Thanks for the congrats, Vanessa. I hear ya on the sleep, I would love that!
I must be going potty. I was sure I’d commented here before. Nevermind. I’m here now!
And what a lovely swag collection you have, Juliet. Looks like you’ve been having much fun on Vistaprint. Terrible site. Always sucks me in too!
Now, to the questions…
Best invention. Hmm. It should be something worthy, shouldn’t it? Like a major public health invention but it’s so hard to go past the internet, and it’s fabulous offspring, internet shopping. Love it.
As for a future invention, I’d like to see a cure for Alzheimers, or a way to prevent it. It’s an awful disease, for everyone.
Looking forward to Fast Forward, Juliet!!
Ah yes, Vistaprint… so many tempting items for authors. Except BOOKMARKS! Now that’s an idea for a future invention 😉
Thanks for sharing your answers, I totally agree with both.
I know! Why don’t they have bookmarks? It’s so annoying!
Every time I order with them I leave a comment asking for them to make bookmarks. Maybe one day they’ll listen. I mean, how hard is it? They do business cards, bookmarks are just double the length!
Best invention is the direct line, whether internet, tablet Ipod I pad I feel all these were great inventions.
Great Invention of the future, would be a way to have peace all through the world and even beyond. Also invention to stop bullying by press, I know they have got away with it all this time but a time to invent a way to stop it, having control over broadcasters e.g.Neil Mitchell, Allan Jones and the two young broadcasters who bullied the English Nurse.
Agreed, it sure beats telegrams!
Bullying in all its forms is a big problem, it would be great to be able to put an end to it all, wouldn’t it?
…Winners will be chosen soon! 😉
Okay I’m going to be complete nerdy nerdy nerd face and say that really, the internet existed long before 25 years ago. It started as a defence thing, then it was universities and hackers and Julian Assange and co. Tim Berners-Lee is credited with creating the World Wide Web (he pioneered http in 1990). Then came the first browser, Mosaic, in 1993. So really, we’re celebrating the invention of the Web.
Although, let’s face it, for me I guess I should say the best invention was my husband (created in 1990), without whom I wouldn’t know any of the above (can you believe he pulled the bit about Mosaic in 1993 out of his head)?
As for future invention, that’s easy. Teleportation so I never have to sit on a plane or in a traffic jam again!
Congrats, Juliet, can’t wait to read the book!
Thanks for that wonderfully informative input, Imelda (and husband)!! Has anyone written a book yet on the history of the internet? 😉
Teleportation would be great – instant delivery to the next RWA conference!
Thanks to everyone for stopping by the blog and helping me celebrate my book contract. AND the winner is……. Alison Stanley!! Congrats Alison, I’ll be in contact to arrange delivery of your prize.
And the two runners up who will each receive a copy of my short story ‘Sisters at Heart’ are… Aleesha Nash and Cathryn Hein!! 🙂
Now let’s hope some of those future inventions come true, eh? 😉
Thankyou, thankyou. I promise I’ll use my mug for good and not vodka 😉
Yay! Thanks, Juliet. I look forward to reading.