Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Walking Dead/Bring on the Night Giveaway

...because nothing says Happy Holidays like ambulatory corpses.

It's only December 1, but I'm in a Santa-rrific mood, so this month I'll be giving away lots of stuff. Next week I'll do a fundraiser for Heifer International, where you can take home something from St. Nick's Bag O' Book Goodies (signed ARCs and books, cover flats, swag). The following week I'll be doing a Shade-related giveaway for the Winter Solstice (and Aura and Zachary's birthday).

But this week... it's zombies.

Unless you've been living under a rotting carcass, you probably know that AMC's The Walking Dead is television's hottest new show (according to the cover of Entertainment Weekly, at least). It's based on the bestselling graphic novel series of the same name by Robert Kirkman.

I like the show, but I love the graphic novel. It's my third favorite series after Warren Ellis's Transmetropolitan and Neil Gaiman's Sandman (yes, in that order--I love you, Morpheus, but Spider Jerusalem IS. MY. HERO.)

I read The Walking Dead, along with lots of other zombie material*, last year while I was writing Bring on the Night, the third in my WVMP vampire series, which features, among other big events, a giant vampire-zombie battle scene. It was by far the most fun research ever.

So this week, in honor of the season finale of The Walking Dead, I'm giving away five signed copies of Bring on the Night, as well as a grand prize: a signed copy of Bring on the Night plus The Walking Dead compendium, which includes the first eight volumes of the graphic novel.

Here are the rules:

1. Entries will be accepted in five different forums (fora?):

a. Here at this blog post (leave a comment).
b. At the Pocket After Dark blog post (leave a comment; membership in Pocket After Dark community required).
c. On my Facebook "fan" page (comment on the BRING ON THE NIGHT/WALKING DEAD status update)
d. On my Facebook profile page (comment on the BRING ON THE NIGHT/WALKING DEAD status update)
e. On Twitter (tweet using the hashtag #therunningdead. All entries must mention "BRING ON THE NIGHT." Beyond that, be creative.)

2. On Sunday, December 5, at 11:59pm, using a random number generator, I will draw one winner from each forum to win the signed copy of Bring on the Night. For the grand prize, I will randomly draw a winner from all entries in all five fora (yep, apparently that's the word).

3. You may enter once in each forum for a maximum of five entries.

4. Retail value of prize: Bring on the Night, $7.99; Walking Dead compendium, $59.99.

5. US addresses only. Sorry, but if international folks won all six prizes, it would cost me nearly $200 to run this contest. Santa Jeri's family wouldn't be happy to hear that she blew her Christmas budget by December 5.

Thanks for taking part in the contest. And remember, kids, fast zombies rule!

*The other zombie standout was World War Z by Max Brooks, which is absolutely brilliant science fiction, though it's classified as general fiction (it bugs me when SF is shelved in gen fic just because it's accessible).

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Happy Birthday/Christmas to me? :D Fantastic! Thank you for the chance to win excellent goodies!

Posted by: Blogger Braidrunner at 12/01/2010 10:56 AM

What an awesome give away. Thanks Santa! :-)

Posted by: Blogger Nikki at 12/01/2010 10:58 AM

great giveaway! please count me in!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/01/2010 10:58 AM

Can I also recommend The Enemy by Charlie Higson? It's a great new YA zombie read.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 12/01/2010 10:59 AM

Merry Christmas! What a wonderful way to start the season!

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Posted by: Blogger Katie at 12/01/2010 11:01 AM

My christmas tree is very lonely :D what a great giveaway to have for the holidays. Keep up the great writing!

Posted by: Blogger Renee Miller at 12/01/2010 11:02 AM


Posted by: Blogger Galena at 12/01/2010 11:08 AM

How awesome of you to host! Count me in :)
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Posted by: Blogger Izzy at 12/01/2010 11:08 AM

Would make a great Christmas gift for Happy Holidays

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 12/01/2010 11:10 AM

Count me In!! :)

Posted by: Anonymous Amber Imbrogno at 12/01/2010 11:13 AM

Thanks for the chance to win.

Posted by: Blogger SandyG265 at 12/01/2010 11:23 AM

Nice :)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/01/2010 1:11 PM

Awesome giveaway! I hope I win.

Posted by: Blogger Shannon at 12/01/2010 3:23 PM

Thank you for the generous givieaway. I look forward in starting this series.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger booklover0226 at 12/01/2010 4:37 PM

Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Posted by: Anonymous at 12/01/2010 6:55 PM

Awesome Contest! Count Me in. :)

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Posted by: Blogger Sara C at 12/01/2010 9:19 PM

Can not want to read this book loved the other two in the seriesalso looking forward to reading your young adult series shade and shift my daughter is also looking forward to reading them. Keep the books a coming they rock. †

Posted by: Anonymous Anna Dase at 12/01/2010 9:57 PM

Awesome give-away! Thanks so much! :)

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Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/01/2010 10:20 PM

Heifer International (HI) is an organization that claims to work against world hunger by donating animals to families in developing countries. Its catalog deceptively portrays beautiful children holding cute animals in seemingly humane circumstances. The marketing brochure for HI does not show the animals being transported, their living and slaughter conditions, or the erosion, pollution and water use caused by the introduction of these animals and their offspring.

By definition, animals raised for food are exploited in a variety of ways. The animals shipped to developing countries are often subject to; water and food shortages, cruel procedures without painkillers, lack of veterinary care resulting in extended suffering as a result of illness or injury.

A large percentage of the families receiving animals from HI are struggling to provide for themselves and cannot ensure adequate living conditions, nutrition, and medical care for animals they have been given. HI provides some initial veterinary training to individuals and the initial vaccines. But, long term care for these animals and their offspring is up to the individuals.

To make matters worse, animal agriculture causes much more harm to the environment than plant-based agriculture. The fragile land in many of the regions HI is sending the animals cannot support animal agriculture. Although they say they encourage cut and carry feeding of the animals to avoid erosion, the reality is often quite different.

The consumption of animal products has been shown in reputable studies to contribute significantly to life-threatening diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a variety of cancers. Regions that have adopted a diet with more animal products see an increase in these diseases. The remote communities supposedly served by HI have no way of dealing with the health consequences of joining the high-cholesterol world.

While it may seem humane and sustainable to provide just one or two dairy cows here or there, the long term consequences are an increased desire for animal products in local cultures leading to an increase in production. These communities may be able to absorb the additional water use of one or two cows, what happens when there are hundreds or thousands of dairy cows, each consuming 27 to 50 gallons of fresh water and producing tons of excrement? The heavy cost to animals, the environment and local economies is not figured into HI's business practices.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/02/2010 5:44 PM

Wonderful giveaway!

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Posted by: Blogger Vivien at 12/02/2010 8:27 PM

Count me in as well.

kingsleymichael AT hotmail DOT com

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/04/2010 5:03 PM

Fabulous giveaway! Grazi. :-)

opinionsofawolf (at) gmail (dot) com

Posted by: Anonymous Amanda at 12/05/2010 11:30 AM

Awesome giveaway!! I love love love The Walking Dead!

Posted by: Anonymous Casey H at 12/05/2010 12:15 PM

I want a copy of bring on the night Pleaseeeeeeeeee


Posted by: Blogger RanMac at 12/06/2010 12:56 AM

Congrats to Carolyn, who won the blog drawing for a signed copy of BRING ON THE NIGHT! Carolyn, please e-mail your mailing address to me at jeri AT jerismithready DOT com.

And...the grand prize winner is: Autumn from Facebook! Thanks again to everyone who took part and helped spread the word. Happy Holidays!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/07/2010 9:44 PM

Just received the book today in the mail. (mail is running slow) Going to go curl up in my chair and start reading. Just wanted to say Thank You!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 12/31/2010 4:47 PM

Thanks for letting me know, Carolyn! Hope you enjoyed it. :-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/03/2011 10:10 AM

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