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First Sighting Contest!!

July 8, 2009

It is almost exactly three weeks before my official launch date of August 1st, and I’ve received word that my book is shipping from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

I have stuff I want to say to people – important people – but I’d planned to say it on August 1st and now I’m all…. AHHHHHH! So I’ll save that for the official release date, I think.

In the meantime, I’ve been meaning to post pictures of the real-life, actual hardcover books I received from the distribution center last week (this SHOULD have been my tip off that the books were shipping – duh!). I’ve just been ridiculously busy, and the pictures have been sitting in my camera for almost a week.

But I’m going to share them now just so you know what you’re looking for, because… waaaaaait for it… it’s time for another GINORMOUS contest! For another GINORMOUS SWAG BAG!

First the book!




How gorgeous is this book?! Yes, that is a shiny, shimmery finish you see. Except it’s NOT a finish treatment. It’s actually printed entirely on foil paper which gives it this amazing, shimmery, 3-D quality – especially on the statues. And yes, that is stunning, silvery, platinum blue you see on the inside! Not to mention the shadowed close-up of the statues on the back! Honestly, the pictures just don’t do it justice.

And I can’t take a speck of credit! Alison Impey is the designer at Little Brown behind this magical cover. Between Alison and my editor, Nancy Conescu, my cover really received the royal treatment. Even when I wasn’t sure, their vision drove the finished product – and what a beauty it is! So much so that I have a little secret for you; the UK publisher has decided to use the same cover with almost the exact same treatment. It’s such validation for the hard work that Alison and Nancy put into this stunning cover and one of countless reminders of the amazing talent at Little Brown. I feel incredibly fortunate to have that talent focused on my book. I ❀ you guys!

And now, for the big contest! The ginormous swag bag goes to the first person to submit a picture of them holding Prophecy at a bookstore! But that’s not all, secondary prizes (of my choosing – but they’re good, I promise!) will be given to;

1) the first person to submit a picture of the 12-copy Prophecy display

2) the most original picture of you with the book in a bookstore (I get to pick!)

3) the first submitted picture of the image UNDERNEATH the jacket. Yes! I’ve saved some hardcover surprises for you! There is a VERY cool image underneath the jacket. Be the first to submit a picture of you showing it, and you win a prize.

4) The first person to submit a picture of the interior art – another amazing touch by the people at Little Brown and one I’m not going to spoil for you! Instead, see for yourself, submit a picture, and win a prize!

And here’s what’s at stake;




This swag bag is very similar to the one given away in the last contest and includes;

A $25 Hot Topic gift card
A $15 iTunes gift card
A $25 bookstore gift card (you choose the store!)
Mesh Victorian Gothic gloves
A pin that says, “The Rumors Are True”
Rose heart earrings
A GORGEOUS black beaded multi-strand lariat necklace
Black comb-in hair dye
Red metallic nail polish
Almost Famous DVD (Get it? Heh!)
A signed Prophecy hardcover
Prophecy tattoos
Prophecy magnet
Prophecy bookmarks
Signed Prophecy mini-poster

And anything else you see in the pic that I forgot to list! Basically, it’s awesome. I’ve had to explain a hundred times to my own teens why they are NOT ELIGIBLE!

And listen; I’m going to keep you in suspense a little. I’m not going to post the winners upon receipt of the pics. We’re going to wait until ALL the pics are in and THEN I’ll spill it.

Cuz I’m crazy like that. Plus, I love you guys and want to tease you a little.

But it's all in good fun!

So that's it! Ready, set… Go!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2009 1:42 am

    Ahh! Such a great contest!

    I’ll have to go to BN on the 1st, only problem is I have no digital camera! But I’ll do my best to find a way….I’m determined!

    The book is wicked stunning! πŸ™‚

  2. July 9, 2009 6:08 pm

    =) I found the book today at Barnes and Noble.
    I don’t know if anyone else has~ but here’s my image:

    ❀ Love the book!


  3. July 8, 2009 11:22 am

    It’s so purdy!!! Can’t wait to see it in the stores. Hopefully I can find it and snap one of the winning pictures!!

    • michellezinkbooks permalink*
      July 8, 2009 1:21 pm

      Well, if anyone can find it, you can!

      Or maybe me!

  4. July 8, 2009 9:30 am

    There is an image UNDER the jacket! You’ve been holding out on me!!

  5. July 8, 2009 2:09 am

    Gah! I want the goodie bag! Hrm.. I’ll have to hit up Borders August 1st with a digital camera in hand!

    • michellezinkbooks permalink*
      July 8, 2009 11:21 am

      Don’t wait until August 1st! You’ll probably be too late since it’s all ready shipping from the online stores. I honestly think it’s already out there somewhere…

  6. July 8, 2009 2:06 am

    SQUEEE!!! POTS has a G O R G E O U S cover. I love it and cannot wait until it is sitting pretty on my library shelf. I am soooo on the hunt, me wants a pretty schwag bag πŸ™‚

  7. July 8, 2009 1:09 am

    And you are right the pictures dont do it justice. It is hands down one of the most GORGEOUS covers I have seen!

    • michellezinkbooks permalink*
      July 8, 2009 1:18 am

      Thanks, V. I think I have to agree, even though I know I’m not objective. My agent emailed me a full week after receiving his copy to tell me he can’t stop looking at it. It’s a keeper for the library, I think.

      • July 8, 2009 1:40 am

        seriously… i am STILL staring. Is there a spell on it? btw did i tell u i am interviewing Alison? EEEP!!! she’s like my idol now.

  8. July 8, 2009 1:02 am

    Mitali’s right… hahah i win already!!! πŸ˜›

  9. July 8, 2009 12:48 am

    Hey MZ!!

    Awesome contest!
    I want that shirt too!
    If only I can beat V & Sharon! LOL

    • michellezinkbooks permalink*
      July 8, 2009 1:17 am

      She can’t win by cheating, though!

      *slaps V’s hand*

  10. July 8, 2009 12:47 am

    Amazing contest and one of the best swag bags I’ve ever seen ! Good luck to everyone!

  11. July 8, 2009 12:47 am

    Great swag, MZ!!!

  12. Mitali permalink
    July 8, 2009 12:46 am

    Hahahahh MZ!
    I ❀ you!
    I want that shirt too!
    But idk If I'll be able to beat V & Sharon!
    Congratulations though! πŸ˜€

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