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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Whose line is it? *CONTEST*

This contest is now closed. Please check back on Monday, April 11th, when I'll announce the winner!

Before I explain my title, I'd like to announce that on Friday Kristine Carlson Asselin will be my successful QueryTracker guest. She has some interesting insights on how QueryTracker provided interaction with an agent who helped make her book "representation ready" for a completely different agent. Please stop by and give her your support!

Next, I 've been itching to have a contest. I want to do something unique that will support the launch of my crit pal Jennifer Archer's debut YA from Harper Collins (released yesterday).

So, I came up with the Whose line is it? game.

The Rules:

I'm going to spotlight sentences from three of my favorite classic novels. The twist is, I'm padding them in a paragraph with my own words. If you can find the three sentences that aren't mine and match them with their book titles (I'm providing a list below), your name goes in a drawing to win a personalized autographed copy of Through Her Eyes. And for the record, the story and writing are every bit as lovely and haunting as the cover (read an excerpt by clicking on book).

Through Her Eyes






Here's my paragraph.

Morning light coaxes me awake. I crawl out of bed and stretch, arms spreading to the ceiling. My legs and ankles pop and snap. Now I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! My pet lizard watches from his terrarium, unimpressed. If only I could've been his maker. Even better, if I'd made the world. A new species would bless me as its creator and source: many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me. I shudder, remembering the dream I had last night. I was transported in thought to the scenes of childhood: I dreamt I lay in the red-room ... the night was dark, and my mind impressed with strange fears. Fears of waking to a world where my existence was of little consequence. The same world wherein I now stand.

Whew. It's not easy trying to tie three very different voices together in a paragraph. *mops brow with hanky*

Okay, here are the title choices:

1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
2. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I'll run the contest through Thursday. If no one guesses the answers, then I'll draw names from those who leave a comment of any kind (even if you're just saying "hi") and the name I draw will win the book.

I'll announce the winner on Monday (April 11).

If you're game, copy and paste your sentence choices along with the matching titles in your comment.

Good luck!

And do remember, Google is your friend...

38 comments:

  1. Well, I'm game but also I'm completely ignorant! LOL Have no clue but your paragraph is excellent.

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  2. Hey there Jessie! Haha. I'm hoping I didn't make the game too hard. But I wanted to make it a little bit fun and a bit of a challenge.

    I do appreciate you stopping in, anyway! And you're so sweet to say that about my paragraph. I thought it was pretty cheesy, personally. HA!

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  3. I'm too lazy to be game right now, but what a creative idea. I like how you make your entrants work for their ballot, girl!!

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  4. LOL! Thanks Eileen. :) Can you tell I'm a fan of scavenger hunts?

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  6. ACK! I can't even guess.

    I am ashamed to say I haven't read any of the selections but your paragraph entranced me, pulled me into another world.

    Nice. That doesn't happen to me often.

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  7. Wow, Angela! Great job! I'm going to delete your comment so that others can get in the drawing; but I want them to have to work for it like you did. I'm keeping track of those who get it right. So far, you're the only one! LOL

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  8. Aww, thanks Huntress! That's an awesome thing to hear. :)

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  9. No idea. You flowed them together like you wrote every syllable!

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  10. Are you serious?! YAY!! I've actually never read any of them (well, not in their entirety), but I have a vague idea what each of them is about, so with a little detective work . . . wa-la!

    p.s. I'll leave out how long my "detective" work took ;o) (I want that book! hehe!)

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  11. Elizabeth, thank you! It took me a while. Hahah

    And Angela, your sleuthing sure paid off. It IS a wonderful book. Did you see that trailer? You're the first one in the drawing, girl. We'll see if you get any competition. :)

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  12. I have absolutely no clue. If you want to try again using Llama Llama Red Pajama, Oh the Places You Will Go, and Bread and Jam for Frances--then I will fight to the death!!

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  13. LOL. Bethany, you always crack me up!

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  14. LOL fun idea Anita. I'm abstaining, simply because the book looks fun and I'd rather support a friend of a friend with my wallet, rather than a ballot, and I can never justify buying books I've already gotten for free, haha!

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  15. Shout out to Kalen and his really wordy way of saying that he doesn't know the answer. Snort!

    I'm kidding! Your philosophy of helping the friends of your friends rox. Super nice guy. :)

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  16. LOL I love Kalen's comment and your response :-)

    I have had this open all morning, thinking I will attempt, but I am swamped today and I know I will be hunting for awhile to get this one. Congrats to Angela for getting it done :-)

    What a fun contest Anita!

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  18. Woohoo, Mary! You are soooo right and now your name is in the drawing. BTW, had to delete your comment. Nothing personal, just don't want to give the answer away to others. Awesome job!

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  19. Rachel, you can still hop in sometime tomorrow if you want to give it a shot. There are two names in the drawing now. You could add yours to the mix (unless you're chicken like Kalen). Heh.

    Kalen, you're such a great sport! You rock. :)

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  20. Is it Frankenstein? It's been years since I read the book.

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  21. Hi Cherie! Thanks for popping in! Yes, that is one of the titles! But the challenge is to find what sentence in that paragraph goes w/ Frankenstein, and then find the other two that go w/Alice and Jane Eyre. You're almost there!

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  23. You're right Cherie! Well done and into the drawing you go! I have to delete your comment so no one sees your answers. Thanks so much for playing and be watching Monday to see if you win. :)

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  25. Haha! Great job, book nerd! Now I have to find out your real name, since you're in the drawing. :) Well done, and thanks for playing! BTW, had to remove your post to give others a fair chance to guess, too.

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  26. Alrighty! Oh! My Name is Cathy T! :D Sorry about that! :)

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  27. Nice to meet you, Cathy! Also thanks for the awesome compliment about the contest. I had fun thinking it up! ;) REmember to check back Monday to see if you win!

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  28. Nice to meet you too! haha! This was a pretty fun contest! I like a challenge:) LOL. Will do! :)

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  29. Woohoo! I was right. ;) I'm new to your blog but Im already loving it. What a fun idea for a challenge. I had a hard time picking out the sentences, except for Frankenstein which somehow I remembered reading. Thanks for the fun ;)

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  30. And thank you so much for playing, and for following, Cherie! It'll be fun to see how many more names get in the drawing tomorrow. We have four great detectives so far! :)

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  32. Yay, Mary! Another right answer. Now we have two Marys in the drawing! I promise to be very careful when I read the names. LOL.

    Thanks so much for playing. I have to delete you answer so as not to give it away to others. But your pretty picture will still be there. :)

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  33. Yay! Thanks, Anita. Good luck to the entrants.

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  35. Wow, thank you so much, Carly! And good job. You're in the drawing! I'm so disappointed to have to delete your comment (to protect the super secret answers--ha!) after such a wonderful compliment. :) But one must do what one must do. Thanks so much for stopping by and playing. Be sure to check back Monday to see if you're the lucky winner!

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  36. I'll repost my comment because I really meant it! This is THE most creative contest that I have ever seen on a blog - I loved it!

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  37. Aww, thank you! You are super nice. :)

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