Okay, to some, winning a contest might not be such a huge deal. It’s big to me because I never win anything. This win is especially nice because it’s a new book. Mist by Susan Krinard. I’ve never read anything by this author and I’ve never read an urban fantasy. It’s a genre I’ve had on my ‘to try’ list for a long time and then I saw this contest over at Reflections of a Book Addict. All I had to do was leave a comment and since I was going to leave one anyway that wasn’t a chore. I left my comment and followed the site so I could go back and read more reviews, then I promptly forgot I’d entered. It never occurred to me that I might actually win. But I did and I’m so excited. I can’t wait to get the book and delve into this new world of urban fantasy. And who knows, I may have found a new author to adore. My heartfelt thanks to Kimberly over at Reflections of a Book Addict for having the contest. 🙂
LASR (Long and Short Reviews) gives WINTER OF THE HEART a four and half book review. It’s also up for ‘best book of the week’, so if you have time check in at http://www.longandshortreviews.com/LASR/recentrev.htm tomorrow (Saturday May 2, 2009 or Sunday May 3, 2009) and vote for it. Thanks, Elizabeth
“This touching historical takes readers on an emotional journey that is hard to forget as a woman in an abusive relationship seeks to make a better life for herself and finds a love she never expected…” Read more – http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/04/winter-of-heart-by-eg-parsons.html
Just a reminder–you still have until December 15 to get in on the free Sony e-reader contest at The Wild Rose Press. It’s simple to enter and if you’re not into e-readers, it would make a lovely Christmas gift for someone you know. If you’ve purchased or plan to purchase Black Rock: A Time For Love any time, anywhere between Sept. 22, 2008 and Dec. 15, 2008 you can enter to win. All you need is your receipt. This includes e-book or paperback. You may also enter by buying one of the other participating authors’ books or enter without purchasing anything. Here’s the link for the contest: http://thewildrosepress.com/publisher/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1588&Itemid=135
I hope everyone had a spooktacular Halloween and enjoyed the haunted blog tour.. Thanks to all of you who visited and now it’s time to announce the winner of the $20 Amazon gift card. Remember you must send me an email with your valid email address, so I can have Amazon email you the card.
So without futher ado…Drum roll, please…….Congratulations, LadyVampire2u!!!!
Send me an email: HERE so I can get your prize out to you asap.
Jack was a lazy farmer and spent more time at the local pub drinking and betting than tending his crops. He was a prankster and all his mischief making did nothing to endear him to his friends and neighbors. Jack felt sure this was the devil’s doing and if Satan would stop putting so many temptations in his path, he could make a turn for the better.
Now Jack figured the devil was as fond of betting as he was and devised a plan to trap him. He’d met Satan at the pub on many a dark night and it was always the same, with the devil offering riches and fame in return for Jack’s soul. Jack of course refused such offers, not wanting riches and having no use for fame. He did, however, want to be less of a sorrowful burden to his family and stop all his evil shenanigans.
Although his wife argued vehemently against his scheme, Jack decided to proceed. He was confident the plan would succeed, not to mention, it allowed him to go to the pub every night with a legitimate excuse. He didn’t have long to wait. A few nights passed and Satan once again joined him at his table, buying him ale and making the usual offers in return for his soul.
“You truly want my soul, Devil?”
Satan laughed. “You know I’ll have you sooner or later, Jack. Why not take my offer and enjoy what’s left of your wretched life?”
“I’ll make a wager with you. There’s a tree on the south end of my land. It grows straight and tall with limbs only at the top. Now, many a man has tried to climb the tree, but none has made it to the top. Even with you being the devil and all, I don’t think you can do it. If you can climb to the top without slipping back down or falling, I’ll take your offer and you can have my soul.”
Satan loved a good bet, but he was slightly irritated that this miserable mortal doubted his ability to accomplish such a simple task. “I can climb your tree, Jack, never fear. Lead the way.”
The two left the pub and walked the short distance to the tree. Satan removed his hooded cape and shimmied up the tree without any problems at all. “I made it, Jack, and now you’re mine.” His laugh echoed hollowly from the top branches.
Jack hurriedly removed his hunting knife and carved a cross on the trunk, as high up as he could reach. “Think again, Devil. I’ve trapped you. You can’t come down unless I remove the cross.”
Satan howled in anger when realizing he’d been tricked. He was trapped in the blasted tree and would have to bargain with the man to gain his freedom. “What is it you want, Jack?”
“I’ll carve out the cross and set you free if you promise to never again set temptation before me.”
“Agreed! Let me down.”
Jack’s plan had worked. He could now go about his life without the danger of falling to temptation. Unfortunately he was never allowed to reap the benefits. The very next day, the same tree was felled in a storm and came crashing down on poor Jack, taking his life. Having been involved in more than a few evil misdeeds, Jack was denied entrance to Heaven. It would seem the devil would have his soul after all.
But Satan was still angry at having been tricked and would not allow him into Hell. Jack was doomed to walk the earth in the cold darkness for all eternity. He begged the devil to have pity and Satan relented by giving him a single glowing coal. Jack found a large turnip and carved out the middle and front. He placed the burning ember inside and used it to light his way.
Many have claimed to see the swaying of Jack’s lantern on dark nights and most especially on All Hollows Eve. Perhaps you will, too.
I hope you enjoyed my version of this old Irish folktale. For more fun and free treats, Visit the blogs below—if you dare!
Any ghoul or goblin leaving a comment will be put in a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift certificate. Come back next week to see the winner, if there is one…(cackles with glee). Elizabeth
Along with several other paranormal romance authors, I’ll be having a Halloween blog party all day on Halloween, October 31. I’ll have a list of other blogs and visitors can hop from blog to blog. All the posts will have a Halloween/spooky theme and myself and others will be offering free gifts. So come on by and join the fun.
By the way, there’s still plenty of time to get in on the free Sony E-Reader contest. Just click the link in the sidebar and it’ll take you to the contest information page. Good Luck!
The Wild Rose Press Fall 2008 SONY eReader giveaway is under way. The contest is sponsored by several authors, including yours truly, E. G. Parsons. So if you’ve been wanting to purchase a copy of Black Rock: A Time For Love, now would be a great time. Between September 22 and December 15, 2008 purchase any title from any of the participating authors listed on the contest page and you will be eligible to enter our contest. There’s also a way to enter without purchasing anything. Click the link below for more details. The winner will receive a Sony ereader loaded with flash drive, excerpts and, a free e-book of their choice. Good luck!
Participating authors and staff members of The Wild Rose Press are not eligible. I will also post a link in the sidebar blogroll to the contest page.
I’m guest blogging today at Marianne Arkin’s blog, “Reading, Writing, & Stuff That Makes Me Crazy”.
Having met my husband in an online chat room, my subject is Long Distance Romance, so hop on over and tell me what you think of the possibility of a long distance romance ending successfully. I’m also having a contest related to this guest spot, check it out at my site.. http://elizabethmeltonparsons.com
Best selling author M. Jean Pike is having a Summer Reading Contest and will be giving away a signed copy of one of her phenomenal books — Winner’s choice.