Thursday, December 18, 2008

Two Things

First, Angela James is conducting a little reader survey:

Best of Samhain 2008 survey

In a blog post elsewhere in the blog-o-sphere, Teddy Pig lamented that epublishers don’t publish a top ten bestseller list for the year. I accepted his “challenge” and at the beginning of 2009, Samhain will be publishing their 2008 bestseller list. But I wanted to make it a fun event, and do some other reader-driven lists, so I put together a quick (only five questions) survey for Samhain customers to choose their favorite books and covers. Please take a moment to fill it out and help us compile some “best of” lists to publish with our bestseller list of 2008.

So head on over and participate (even if it's to vote for someone who's not me! And no, I'm not saying who I voted for either.)

Second, it seems we have a winner for the Name That Book contest:


Steel Beauty was chosen as the new name of the book! Please email or post your choice of prize! The choices were:

1. A gift certificate to
Books On Board (which can be given as soon as the contest ends - no delayed gratification!);

2. An ARC of
Very Much Alive, Book 1 of True Destiny, before it releases in February (the ARC would be given in February, and will be available only in e-book format);

3. A free copy of Cat of a Different Color
or Sweet Dreams or The Wallflower (available only in e-book format; again, no delayed gratification!)

4. A copy, signed by me, of
Hunting Love (available only in print; would require a physical mailing address and would not be given until March, so definite delayed gratification!)

Crystal will also be in my dedication of Steel Beauty!

And just so you know, I totally stole some of those titles for other novels, so keep an eye out for them in the future. ;D


Valerie O. said...

Congrats Crystal!!!!

Crystal Dee said...

They picked me, they picked me!!! oh I am so happy! I really feel honored. It's clear by just the excerpt that this is going to be a wonderful book, and I got to name it. Thanks for the congrats Valerie O.

I'm off to email Dana Marie.

Crystal Dee said...

I decided to post my prize, since I went back to read my name in Pink again and discovered that was an accepted way to announce my choice. Others might be interestd in what I picked and why.

I chose The Wallflower in rocketbook if possible, but HTML and Adobe pdf will work also.

I chose this book because I only discovered Miss Dana a day or two before I saw the notice for the contest. I had just read the excerpts posted on her website and fell in love with the series. I had asked for all the titles for Christmas. (my family always gives me books for Christmas.Each person gets a different list or store for gift cards.)

Dana Marie Bell said...

Send me your email address and I'll send you your book! And congrats again.

P.S.: You'll be in the dedication of book 4, so when it comes out in April make sure you check it. ;)

Dana Marie Bell said...

Crystal, I sent you the file. Let me know if you get it and if I sent you the CORRECT file. =)

Favorite Quotes

"I had the right to remain silent, but I didn't have the ability." Ron White

"So let me get this straight. You want me to kill the little guys, kill the big guys, crowd control those I can't, buff the team, debuff the boss, keep myself alive, AND keep you alive, all while waving a stick and dressed in a towel?" - Anonymous Role Playing Gamer

"I think that statue over there is a statement on modern life. The statement is, "Well, shit." - Varric, Dragon Age II

"Why is it all claws and guns? Can't we piss off a fuzzy planet? Still dangerous, but hey. Bunnies." - Joker, Mass Effect

"Last night, I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and thought to myself, "Where the heck is the ceiling?" - Dilbert

"Aim at the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you'll hit the bull's-eye of success." - Annie Oakley

"It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly." - Flemeth, aka The Witch of the Wilds, Dragon Age 2

"The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.'” - George Carlin

"I hear there's a wild bridge tournament down the street. And you know Bridge. It's a lot like sex. If you don't have a great partner, you'd better have a good hand." Barry Weiss, Storage Wars

"You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe." - Marcus Cole, Babylon 5, "A Late Delivery From Avalon"

"I aim to misbehave." - Capt. Malcolm Reynolds

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein

“If you think you can or think you cannot, you are correct.” - Henry Ford