Monday, August 17, 2009


BalladOkay, so today I am kicking off two contests (in two separate posts) that I've been talking about forever. First of all, the contest for the coveted Ballad advanced review copy, of which I have but one.

The nitty gritty on Ballad: it's a companion book/ sequel to Lament, but it stands utterly on its own if you haven't read Lament. It's the story of James, a kick-a$$ bagpiper who's offered an irresistible deal by a dangerous faerie muse. There is nookie, slight gore, and of course homicidal faerie action. Also angst. And a king of the dead. It's good times.

The rules for this contest are the same as the Shiver video contest. There will be four prizes to four people:

1) One advanced review copy of BALLAD, mailed immediately upon end of contest
2) One finished copy of BALLAD, mailed when I get my copies (September)
3) One OTHER finished copy of BALLAD, mailed when I get my copies
4) A frame of the winner's choice from the video

To be eligible for the lovely prizes, you must post the trailer on your blog or Facebook or twitter. Obviously I'm happier if you embed the video (code below) on your blog or FB rather than just link it, but obviously on Twitter you have to just link. Every place you link it to is an additional entry. Places I'll accept as valid entries: Facebook, livejournal blog, blogger blog, wordpress blog, Twitter, Myspace (if anyone still uses the devil's playground that is Myspace). You can post it anywhere else (please do!) but those are the only ones I'm counting.

Please note this contest is also being mirrored on my blogger blog.

So: the video. I animated a storyboard for it with several hundred panels, and then my sister and I headed into the studio to record the jig I'd written for it. The tune will be available for free download on my site closer to the book's release date (October 1st). (The Shiver music is already available there.)

Here's the video:

Here is the code that you would have to post into your blog in the html window:

<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

And here is the plain old link:

Shoot! Forgot to say, contest closes this Friday at 9 p.m. EST.


Kristen said...

Up on my blog!

Emma said...
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Emma said...


Contest looks fabulous!

Letter Garden said...

Hey, how do find time to make these awesome trailers?

Blog post:

Jessica Kennedy said...

Posted on:

My Blog!

Sarbear said...

Maggie, I'm so excited to read your books!

Please enter me -- here's my post with the trailer:

Thank you!

Chloeee said...

I'm really excited to read your books! Please enter me in the contest :D

Posted the link to my Twitter:



Hey Maggie! I posted about it on my blog here:

Thanks! You're awesome :)

Mariah said...

Amazing contest!

I posted the trailer
and here



Wendy said...

Well, I'm not about to miss a chance like this ;)
Linked on:
My art blog

My writing blog

And my facebook.

Valorie said...

Posted your trailer here:


Ink Mage said...

Posted to Facebook (private, but I did post it) and The Magic of Ink. Beautiful, creative, and intriguing trailer as always!

Laughing Stars said...

I "twitted" it :-) --

I will also post it on my blog --

Laughing Stars said...

Here's the blog link:

I also posted it to my Facebook page.

Great promotion! And have I mentioned how much I LOVE your header. It reflects that blend of artistic beauty and fantasy that makes your work terrific. ;-)

Letter Garden said...

Now up on myspace:


Rachel said...

Puhleeeze pick me!!! We talked briefly on Myspace and you mentioned that James narrates Ballad and now I'm DYING to read it!!!
(I know this is probably based on a random number generator but you can't blame a girl for trying, right? ;)
Anyway, I posted on my blog:

Mim said...

I posted it on my blog!

I loved Lament and Shiver. Great books, and I've recommended them to my friends! Good luck with Ballad.

Chelsea DeTorres said...

Hi! I posted this in my status on Facebook and in one of my notes:

I'm so excited! I read both Lament and Shiver and they were both fantastic! Can't wait for this!

ibeeeg said...

I would so love to win a copy of Ballad!

Posted on my Blog:

Linked up on Twitter:

throuthehaze said...


throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Kath said...

I just finished Lament, loved it! I'd loved to be entered in your Ballad contest. I'm dying to know what happens with James, Deirdre and Luke. I've posted about your contest on my blog,

Thanks, Kathy

Letter Garden said...

LJ Post too:

bridget3420 said...

Shared: (blog section)

Dani. said...

Eeekkk! I am dying to read this book!
Please Enter Me!

+1:Book Trailer on Blog(on bottom):
+1: Link to Trailer on Twitter:

Mjhsttlr said...

Please enter me. Posted the link to Twitter:

Mjhsttlr said...

Oops. My email is

Anonymous said...

Hey Maggie!!

It's Kaila Escobales

I Posted This To My FaceBook

I Also Tweeted About This Contest On My Twitter
I Put It In My Faves So You Can Find It Easier!!!



Letter Garden said...

Behead me! I don't know how to put the video on my FB, so I've just linked it.

Holly said...

Hi Maggie!

Just want to say I really liked Ballad. Angie lent me her ARC. So I'm mostly entering this contest because I thought the trailer was brilliant and I want to win that editor critique!

I tweeted:

I also posted it on facebook:

Christine said...

Hi Maggie.
I posted your amazing Ballad trailer on my blog within my review of Lament HERE. Thanks for the chance to win. I can barely wait for Ballad!

Anonymous said...

Shawna Lewis

I posted on twitter

Anonymous said...

Shawna Lewis

I posted it on facebook

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