January 30th, 2009


Friday Five Contest!...(updated)

ETA #2: Because I still don't have the second winner, I'm going to point out a couple of things and allow everyone who has already guessed another chance, if you want it. A) All the hints for the book (which is part of debut2009) are in one clue (or one of the numbers. I didn't spread out the hints over all the Friday Five, iow. B) I didn't use any words from the title in the hints. C) I already have a Debs' winner (who's probably worried now that her mind could follow mine) and one of the non-Debs' winners...so only non-Debs can still play. (Why do I get the feeling that next week will be way too easy once you all see how I did this?)

Yay!! Okay, this might be a long post, so I'll put the explanation first, and then the actual 'five' under a cut.

Every Friday until I can't take it any more find more books to give away, I'm going to try and have this contest. Here are the rules:

1. There are two parts to the contest -- the first part is open to anyone in North America (sorry I don't have enough pennies to send books overseas, btw). The second part is only for the members of debut2009.

2. The first two to get part one correct (in the comments) and the first one to get part two correct (in the comments or PMs) win one choice of a book (I'll post the books each week).

3. Part One: One of my Friday Five holds hints about one of the books you'll find at debut2009. The hints will not give words from the titles; they will not give a summary of the story. They will refer to key words in the story/summary. They will possibly refer to the author, the cover, or the title. Every person gets one guess -- so even if it's a wild one, make it a good one ;)

4. Part Two: Because the Debs will probably recognize (we hope) the books much more quickly, their task is to find all the hints in the clue. I will tell you every week how many deliberate hints I put in place -- and the first Deb to find and list those hints will win. (If you notice that Part One hasn't been figured out yet, PM me, okay?)

5. Clear as mud? This week will definitely be the trial week -- but with your help, I'll work out the kinks ;) Okay, so here are the books you can win:
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Collapse ) Okay, there you have it :) Debs, there are four deliberate hints. See if you can find them all...look deep! Be creative! I'll give more hints if no one has found them by later today :)

ETA: We have a Debs' winner -- I'll announce who and how she did it once the other winners are here. I'm screening comments now (duh --thanks for the tip, Rebecca!), so only I and you (individually) will see your comment. Btw, one person has gotten the correct book (for Part One); and as I mentioned, we have a Part Two winner). I might have made it too hard (hehe) -- but I have a feeling next week will be easier, now that you know my twisted (and confusing) mind.

Whew, we have all three winners :)...

Our three winners are authorwithin, stirlingbennett, and for the Debs, dreamerwrites. Yay! And the book: PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE, by Cynthea Liu.

The answers:

#3 was the clue. Of course, there's always camping. I’d say I’ve been drawn to forests since I was a child, like many of you. My daughter likes to find things I like – purple flowers, columbines, nasturtiums? Actually, she’ll call every flower she finds by the same title. Flowers are her friends, like her dolls and animals, who get the exciting names of Dolly, Bear, and Horse. Perhaps it’s time I give her more creative ideas, eh? She has begun branching out, like Bonnie Bunny...she’s obviously hit the stage we call ‘alliterative’.

The hints were as follows: 'purple' to indicate the cover color; 'forest' to indicate how the MC had to go into the forest to challenge herself; alliteration leading to Paris Pan; 'friends' dealing with Paris's challenge to make friends (this is one Cheryl found that I had forgotten I put in there); and the last one, which I didn't expect anyone to find (and they didn't): I spelled out Cynthea's name with the first letter of the last word in each sentence ;) No, I won't be doing that every time -- but it will happen at least one more time, so if you notice that something seems to have funny words in it (or is worded strangely), that's a good indicator that I'm putting in something along those lines.

Thanks for playing! I know this week was hard, because you had no idea what types of clues I'd put in...next week will probably be quite a bit easier (though I might have to make it more challenging so it's not too easy, right?). Remember, all the clues have to fit one book :)

Have a great weekend!
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