Saturday, January 29, 2011

FLY TO 500! Contest Opens Today!


Good to have. Awesome to achieve. Everyone should have at least one goal, no matter how big or small.

I have a goal, and it is huge! Five hundred followers by March 1, 2011, to make friends, learn more about the (crazy) world of publishing, and network, network, network.

FLY TO 500 details:

You must (aka Rules):
1. Follow this blog (by 'follow,' I mean click the Follow button to the right of the screen).
2. Post a 100 (or fewer) word book, movie, TV show, or music/artist review (updated 2/5/11) in a comment to this post. Make me laugh, cry, read, watch, but do it in less than 100 words.
3. Have a valid email address (though you don't have to post it in your comment). Once you see the prizes, you'll understand why this is necessary.
4. Link to this contest on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc., and post that link in your comment. I mean, you should be able to network too, right? Right!

The Prizes!:
1. 20 random number generator-selected comments will receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card. Posts will be numbered in the time/date order they were received, so one entry/comment per person. No do-overs, sorry.
2. 5 Favorites will be selected by me, and the Followers (mwahaha) will vote on the hands-down winner from March 1 to March 10. Top prize is a $50 Amazon e-gift card. The four runners-up will each get a $25 Amazon e-gift card. All prizes will be distributed by March 31, 2011.

Bonus! I'm pledging $1 for each follower to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Centerpoint, Indiana up to a maximum $1,000 to be paid over the rest of 2011. Check them out. They're well worth it. Follower count will be taken on March 1, 2011 to determine the donation. :)

I'm also going to visit as many blogs as possible to introduce myself and spread the word.

If you cringe at self-promotion, take a look at Lisa Desrochers's post here. You've heard me talk about her debut Personal Demons, which is very good and you should Kindle the jeepers out of it soon (or buy the book, of course). You've also probably seen Contest City happening across the Blogosphere, so if you promote this contest, I appreciate it and you.

Just for the record, I'm in no way associated with Amazon. I buy my books, movies, you-name-its through Amazon and thought it the most universal for an online contest (plus, you get to choose your own goodies. Neat, huh?).

I am also not affiliated with the EFRC. I just like what the organization's doing and love to support it.

FLY TO 500! Annnnnnnd GO! :)



Jess said...

My review:

Kiersten White's Paranormalcy is incredibly original and refreshing. The MC, Evie, is quirky and beautiful--inside and out--and I was completely drawn into her story. Lend and Reth, the love interests, are both multifaceted and interesting. The issues and challenges confronted by Evie and her friends really make you think, and the stakes are high and portrayed with stunning, evocative realism. I was also impressed by the way the characters handled their budding romance--it was so refreshing to read a book in which teen love doesn't lead to inappropriate behavior and immorality.

I'll go post a link in my sidebar right now. :)

Keri said...

Dead Like Me: Georgia Lass (Ellen Muth) is an average, everyday, uninspired, 18 yo, until the day she's killed by a flaming toilet seat that falls from a Russian space station. Turns out? She was slated to die and her name came up on the list to become a Reaper.

Georgia doesn't actually wear a black cloak or carry a scythe, but she's joined by a great cast including her boss Rube Sofer (Mandy Pantinkin) who is worth the watch regardless of plot/anything else.

The dynamic between Rube and Georgia keeps the ball rolling as she breaks all the rules, and he tries to make her toe the line. Everybody's alive today, but who knows when the next post-it will show up (this is how they receive their assignments). Dead Like Me is possibly one of the best TV shows to have ever been canceled...and after only two seasons. *Sigh* So, go watch it!

Posting the link! Great contest and good luck on the numbers :)

Keri said...

Whoops! 150 :) I couldn't seem to stop! Um... I can either write a new/different one, or you can judge it on only 100 words. You'll miss out on the third paragraph, but the first two are pretty exciting anyway...

Marie Rearden said...

Hi, Keri! I'll allow it. :) Thanks for stopping by. Marie

Angelica R. Jackson said...

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood. It's like The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Jane Eyre rolled into one, with a dash of Lemony Snicket's sensibilities. It also brought to mind an old Gothic I loved, On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt. I can't believe I have to wait until next month 2011 to read the next adventures of the Incorrigibles!

P.S. I tweeted

Marie Rearden said...

Jess, Keri, Angelica!

Since you three took my 100 word challenge for FLY TO 500, I'm giving you all the grand prize! Please shoot me an email at and confirm the email address where you want to receive your $50 Amazon gift card.

Thanks for being part of my first contest!