Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Giant LINGER Giveaway (& a sappy story)

So it is Valentine’s Day. The day of love. Also, the day that the Giant Linger Giveaway begins. In honor of this charming holiday long since sullied by 17 billion dollars of chocolate, jewelry, Shrek Valentine’s cards, and flowers, I thought I’d share the story of how me and Lover first met.

You should know that I was a cynical teenager. I was in a bagpipe band and spent pretty much every weekend with men, so I knew for a fact that they were pretty much assholes. I mean, they were good for friends. But I'd had enough married men hit on me to get the moral of the story: Men should be someone else's problem.

So I turned down a lot of offers. Not to imply that I was swamped with suitors . . . just that a girl in a kilt was a bit of an oddity, and when you are at a Scottish festival, drunk, and looking for someone to share your haggis with, I seemed a likely target.

Anyway, there's the background. Fast forward to when I was 19. I was working at the Made in Virginia store, selling large hams to tourists who, like Lindsay Lohan's various boyfriends and girlfriends, would later wonder what had happened. Lover came in and began poking around in the bumper sticker area. I continued reading my book. I probably said "let me know if I can help you with anything" because that's what I did. But I didn't really want to help. I really wanted to read my book. Anyway, I would later find out that Lover was actually supposed to be working that day, but something had come up and the shifts had gotten moved. And I was actually covered for someone else myself, so I should've been home too.

So Lover arrived with a bumper sticker and he must've commented cleverly on something. Next thing I knew we were talking about roadkill, driving too fast, and both of us were laughing. Lover asked if I wanted to go out.

I said, "Give me a good reason."

He promised that he would and left. The next day, he reappeared with a single pink rose bud and handed it to me.

I said, "I prefer yellow, actually."

He vanished again. A few days later, when I was working again (because I wouldn't give him my home phone number), a bush of yellow roses staggered in the door, supported by a delivery guy. I was cheerful. And I agreed to go out with Lover for ice cream. Not dinner, mind you, because that would be too much of a commitment. And I wouldn't ride in his car, because if he turned out to be a homicidal maniac or a Pearl Jam fan, no way did I want to be in the car with him. So I followed him over to the ice cream shop.

We ended up spending two hours talking over melting ice cream. I regaled him with stories of hitting already dead raccoons with my Jetta (yes, my car had seen a lot of action). He made Betty Boop jokes. When we finally left, we were holding hands. I'll never forget what he said as we headed out to where our cars were parked: "When we're married, I'm driving."

We were engaged a month and a half later, and got married when I was 21. That was almost ten years ago. Now I always think back on that first marriage with a kind of . .

No, I'm totally kidding. We're still married.

Anyway. The GREAT LINGER GIVEAWAY. I have NINE advanced review copies to give away. I also have an advanced review copy of Brenna Yovanoff's excellent THE REPLACEMENT. Oh, oh, oh. And also, a matched set of Carrie Ryan's THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH and THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES. And you say, wait, that's not enough. Of course it's not. So I am also giving away an advanced review copy of Jackson Pearce's SISTERS RED.

Are you frenzied? You should be frenzied. I'm frenzied. Of those prizes, TWO of the LINGER ARCs will be eligible for international entries. And ONE of the runner up prizes (t'will be a random selection). Everything else is US/ Canada only. 

Winners will be chosen randomly from the entries. This is how you enter.

1) By posting the LINGER cover and description on your blog or facebook (must include link back to the blog and to pre-order to count). This will get you TWO entries for each place that you post it. That means if you post it on your Facebook and on your LJ and on your group writing blogger blog, that's six entries. You can cut and paste the html at the bottom of this post, because I'm nice that way. What counts as a blog? Your LJ, Blogger, Wordpress, etc. Open communities. What does NOT count? Blogs started just for the purpose of this contest. Don't make me be mean, okay? Try and stay in keeping with the spirit of the contest, because otherwise, the karma bear will come and bite you while you sleep.

2) By becoming a follower on our short story blog, Merry Sisters of Fate. You will have to click here and click on "Watch." That counts for another entry. It helps if you read some of the short stories, but that's not required.

3) By changing your Facebook or Twitter or Livejournal default profile pic to the LINGER cover, for the week. One entry for each of those changed (has to be up when I tally the votes).

4) By posting a link to the contest on your Twitter. (another entry!)


I think I've made it possible for nearly everybody to enter no matter what blogging platform or social networking thingy you use, but let me know if you want to enter but can't because of something I've forgotten. And there is some hope for international bloggers.

DEADLINE: This runs until next Sunday, February 21st, at 9 p.m. EST.
Give me another hour after that to tally the entries and randomly pick an entry with my handy dandy Random Number Generators. Prizes will be mailed out at the end of the month. I'd ask the folks who receive LINGER ARCs to not review it with too much detail on their blogs until closer to the release date. :)

And without further ado, here is the html.

<a href="" title="Linger Cover Large by Telltale Crumbs, on Flickr"><img width="257" height="400" align="right" src="" alt="Linger Cover Large" /></a><em>In Maggie Stiefvater's </em><strong><i>Shiver</i></strong><em>, Grace and Sam found each other.&nbsp; Now, in <strong><i>Linger</i></strong>, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack.&nbsp; And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.
 At turns harrowing and euphoric, <strong><i>Linger</i></strong><i> </i>is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold -- in a way you will never forget.</em>

Comes out in stores everywhere July 20th. <strong>Pre-order </strong><a href=";s=books&amp;qid=1258569951&amp;sr=1-1"><strong>here</strong></a><strong>. </strong>

Enter to win an advanced review copies of LINGER, <a href=";s=books&amp;qid=1266164034&amp;sr=1-1"><em>Sisters Red</em></a>, <a href=";s=books&amp;qid=1266164052&amp;sr=1-1"><em>The Dead-Tossed Waves</em></a>, and <a href=";s=books&amp;qid=1266164072&amp;sr=1-2"><em>The Replacement</em></a> on Maggie's <a href="">blog</a>.

And here is what displays when you post that in your html part of your blog:

Linger Cover LargeIn Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other.  Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack.  And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold -- in a way you will never forget.

Comes out in stores everywhere July 20th. Pre-order here.

Enter to win an advanced review copies of LINGER, Sisters Red, The Dead-Tossed Waves, and The Replacement on Maggie's blog.

Now -- happy contesting!!!


Lacey J Edwards said...

What an awesome story :) Mine isn't quite as awesome but I like it. We met when I was 16, he was 31 (yes, he's old--I know this) on the internet. Not any of those dating sites, not that I have anything against people who use them, but on a multi-player video game. Counter-strike, for the geeks out there. We belonged to "clans" that played tournaments against each other.
This is embarrassing to admit to, btw.
Anywho, we weren't "talking" or attempting to hook-up or any of that. We were just casual friends who occasionally talked about the game. Absolutely NOTHING romantic passed between us. Four years later, some of my nerd friends threw a birthday party for me in Raleigh, NC. We all took our computers and set up and played, and partied the entire weekend. Husband was there, even though he didn't know it was my birthday, nor did he really know who I was. He came because a mutual friend of ours came. Husband drove all the way from NY to be there. I walked in the door, he shook my hand and said his name, and I was his. We were married 3 months after that. Been insanely happy for almost 5 years.

And AWESOME contest!!
+2 for a blog

+2 for facebook--LJBoldyrev

+1 for following the sisters blog--LJBoldyrev

+1 for a tweet--@ljboldyrev

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Maggie, that is such an awesome story! I love it, so sweet! Thanks for sharing--you're really lucky!! It kind of reminds me of Sam working in the bookstore when Grace walks in the first time and doesn't see him but he notices her.

Because I already have a super special amazing copy of Linger (SQUEE) I'd love to be entered for the other prizes. Really excited about The Replacement.

Here's the link to my post at the FNC-

Facebook Post-!/profile.php?v=feed&story_fbid=335777191801&id=402942&ref=mf


And I follow Merry Sisters on my blogger dashboard--not sure if that counts since Im not an LJ person but if it does then I think thats 6 entries:-)

Crystal Cook said...

I love that story! Kind of reminds me of how I met my husband (but you are much more sassy than I was :)) YAY Linger! I am so frenzied! Also the other prizes add to the frenzy! I posted to my blog had to do it in 2 posts but I did it. here's the link

I'm not very computer savy so I'm trying to figure out how to do the others, so that's 2 entries for now.

Anissa said...

I love your story! So very sweet. And I have to say, I love a confident man. Lover knew what he wanted. Go Lover!

Count me in on the contest. Here's my link.

I guess I'm antisocial because I don't twitter or Facebook. And while I do follow the Merry Sisters of Fate, I'm not on LJ.

So I think I just have 2.

alex said...

What a totally sweet story! Here are my links:

Facebook profile picture

My wordpress blog entry:

Live Journal friend info. page

Don't twitter, but if I did, you would be there, too!

Thanks for the opportunity,

A Novel Woman said...

What a great contest!

Okay, entry on my blog (scheduled for Tuesday) done:

Facebook profile picture, done, and mention of the contest, done:!/profile.php?id=774835011&ref=mf

Twitter sweet tweet, done:

And I loved the how we met story!

Shannon Messenger said...

Thank you SO much for such a wonderful contest, and for sharing such an adorable story. You kinda sound like how I was when I met my husband. I made him work too--though I was worse. I was 21 and I'd just dumped the loser of the century and wasn't trusting my own judgement anymore. So I turned my husband down for almost six months. But he wouldn't give up, and kept trying new things to win me over and now we're coming up on our six year anniversary.

Anyway, here's my contest entries:

A link to my blog post (which I think counts for two entries)

A link to my tweet:

And I am now "watching" the Merry Sisters of Fate--though I had to create a livejournal account to do so, so I'm not sure if that counts. I created it under Packratx. I also bookmarked the page so I can find it even if I'm not in livejournal. So...I *hope* that counts for two.

So I think that's *six* entries, but I leave it to your discretion how you want to count it.

Thanks again, and I'll be crossing my fingers AND toes!

Leah678 said...


I LOVE your story! How totally awesome that you two met by chance like that. I love how you made him work for your attention in the beginning!

Thanks so much for allowing your fans to win ARCs of Linger!

Here are my entries:
From my blog-

From Twitter-

Facebook profile pic-!/profile.php?id=77301256

That's a total of 4 entries!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic contest! I'll be crossing my fingers! ^_^ And thanks for giving us the chance to read your lovely book. And I enjoyed your story, it was nice. :)

2-P My Blogger post:

1-P Tweet Pic:

1-P and tweet link to this contest:

1- P LiveJournal Pic:

2-P and link to my LiveJournal blog post:

1-Point I am watching Merry Sisters of Fate

So altogether that's 8 entries. :)
Thanks for the contest!

Mariah Irvin said...

This contest is amazing!!!

2-Blogger post:

1-Twitter pic:

1-Twitter link:

Thanks for giving us the chance to read LINGER early!

Anonymous said...

YAY! Maggie this was such a great story!!!! It reminded me a lot of my first encounter with my husband. He absolutely hated me when we met in HS because I was too sweet and he was a punk with no time for goody goodies. We met again in college and I wouldn't give him the time of day because he was so mean before, then he wore me down and we've been together almost ten years now! :)

from my LJ-

from my facebook-

from my twitter-

:) Can't wait to read Linger :)

Amelia said...

Awh. :) Sweet story. I'll take my best guy friend out for ice cream instead of dinner. See if I get the same results. ;)

LOVELY contest! Feels like a real contest, not just something to enter just cause. ^_^

Twitter picture change and link posted:

Blog post for LINGER (notice the Shiver avatar made by yours truly)

Facebook pic change & posting:!/profile.php?id=100000698828564

And I am now a proud watcher of Merry Sisters of Fate (which I have yet to go through, but I shall do so as soon as this is posted. It looks fascinating! ^_^)

Happy Valentine's Day to you!

-Amelia R.

Sara {Rhapsody and Chaos} said...

My post is scheduled for 5pm today, so I'll come back to do the points then, but I have to tell you now that "and when you are at a Scottish festival, drunk, and looking for someone to share your haggis with, I seemed a likely target" just about made me spit coffee all over my laptop. Hysterical :-)

Danielle Pierce said...

Hi Maggie!

I can't wait for this contest! Here is the link to my Facebook page:

Claire Talbot said...

THanks! had to shorten it a bit to fit on my profile. Both my 17 year old daughter and I loved "Shiver".!/claire.talbot?ref=profile

Not Hannah said...

Awww, sweet story. (Reminded me of Deirdre and Luke, a tad...)

Contest stuff:



Now following the Merry Sisters AND I tweeted like a maniac.


sarah darlington said...

I love your story with your husband. No wonder you can write romance very nicely.

Here is my entry...

Unknown said...

Aww! That was an adorable story!

facebook profile:!/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1711908526

facebook photo:

Hazel said...

Hi Maggie :)

My Entry:

I added LINGER cover and description on my Goodreads page not sure if it counts as I don't have a blog or facebook account :)


Unknown said...

Sweet story.

Here are my entries

LJ Post -

FB (IDK if you'll be able to see it though. My fb is almost completely Friends Only)-

Twitter -

Also, I'm following Merry Sisters of Fate. My LJ name is Dizzy_Dia

Sara {Rhapsody and Chaos} said...

Yay! I'm back :)

+2 Blog post:

+1 Twitter:

+2 Facebook: It was posted on my wall (2/14 @ 5:35... We're fb friends so you'll see it!)

+1 I'm a fan of Merry Sisters of Fate :-)

So I think that's +6, right?

Fingers are SO crossed!

Oh, and my own Lover gifted me with yellow roses today. I happen to be partial to that color as well!

Unknown said...

Great, great contest! I have heard many good things about Linger and am a HUGE Carrie Ryan fan as well!

(And for Valentine's Day, my husband gave me a great gift: a weekend at a bed and breakfast with as much time to write as I want!!!)

+2 blog post:

+2 Facebook:!/bethrevis?ref=nf

(2/14 at 6:09 pm)

+1 Twitter:

pepsivanilla said...

Love your story :)

Here is my link:


~Melissa N

Katie said...

+2 for Facebook!/profile.php?ref=profile&id=682502435

+1 for Twitter

yay i cant wait my fingers are crossed!

Alex Bennett from Electrifying Reviews said...

Oh my gosh! I have been waiting for all of these books!

Blog Post;

Brooke Dillon said...

Maggie! Your story is adorable, *LOL* at the homicidal maniac comment. There's nothing like that kind of love.

Ok, so mine -

+1 Twitter Status -

+1 Twitter Profile Photo -

+1 Following Merry Sisters of Fate

+1 Facebook Profile Photo -

+2 - Facebook Blog/Note -

+2 Myspace Blog -

So I think that's a grand total of 8? Gosh I hope I did it all right.

I didn't get anything for Valentines day as my boyfriend and I are both broke =( Stupid mortgage! But it's the love we have that really counts, right? Although winning an ARC of Linger would more than make up for no celebrations! Haha. Thanks so much for having such an excellent competition for us avid readers Maggie! You rock =)

Sarah said...

Wow what an amazing contest!! I really can't wait to read Linger :o) I loved your story too - when I met my fiance we had moved in with each other within 6 weeks. I would never have thought something could happen so quickly but it just felt right & we're still together & happy nearly 9 years later.

1. Posted on my blog -

2. I couldn't work out how to watch you (I don't know if that is because I don't use livejournal) but I do follow you on Blogger (you should be able to see that on my blogger profile - I'm not sure if that counts or not though?

3) I changed my Twitter picture to the Linger cover -

4) I posted a link to the contest on Twitter -

Good luck to everyone who is entering :o)

Anonymous said...

Don't know if this one counts, but: (+2?)
and (+2)

2). Became a follower =) (+1)

3). (+1) (+1)

4). (+1)

Vicky B said...

Whew! That's a sweet story!

And I'm soooo excited about LINGER!!! Here are my entries:

1) My blog post:

2) I'm watching on livejournal.

3) My profile picture on twitter was changed:

4) My tweet about the contest:

Good luck to everyone!

Ella Preuss said...

That's so sweet! I love how determined he was <3

Now for my entries:
+2 for blogging
+1 for tweeting
+1 for changing my FB profile pic

Many thanks from an Argentine reader!

Shannon said...

I don't know if tumblr counts? It's a legitimate blog platform, haha. It should! Thanks for the awesome opportunity :] I don't have a blogspot account, so I'm going to leave my email, just in case?


Llehn said...

Aw ... that is such a lovely, lovely story Maggie! You've really hit the jackpot in the love department. Well, come to think of it, everything else as well!

Here are my entries for the contest
+1 Posted in Facebook!/profile.php?v=wall&ref=nf&id=1775340232
+1 Tweeted at

Also I practically live at your Merry Sisters site but I can't follow because I don't have an LJ and you don't want us to start an LJ just to have an entry in the contest. Does that count?

I'm playing for both the international and US prizes because I can send stuff to Anne Marie :D


Dani. said...

What a fantastic contest! Full of such great prizes:)

+2: Posted on blog about contest-

+1: Follow Merry Sisters of Fate- username=Danidlion

+1: Changed Twitter picture to Linger-

+1: Tweeted about it-


Iris said...






Thank you for running this contest! I can't wait for Linger to come out!

Llehn said...

Oh and I figured out how to change my profile pictures for twitter and Facebook so that's 2 more points! Can you tell that AM and I are desperate to break the Stiefvater Curse again?

Brodie said...

AWESOME giveaway!!! I think it goes without saying that we all are dying to read Linger! *sigh* Nine copies? It should be Valentine's Day everyday :) I loved reading your 'sappy story' - so sweet and I laughed. Such a stubborn young girl, but it worked out in your favour LOL

+1 Following your short story blog on LJ (username: peacelovelilies)

+1 Tweeted -

I'm entering as an international gal, for the record!


Kelly Lyman said...

Such a sweet story and I can't wait to read Linger!!!

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

What a sweet story & a wonderful sense of humor you both have.

It is beautiful how life weaves its way into our plans, isn't it? You just wanted to quietly read while the customers shopped, hoping for no interruptions and he just needed to grab something quick at a store - life had other plans. I also thought of Sam & Grace in Shiver and I smile. Thanks for sharing them with us.

This contest is awesome! I could not put Shiver down. I read it twice this weekend. I finished it & could not let it go - I had to 'see' Sam & Grace again!


+1 FB Picture:
+2 Posted a NOTE-FB Entry
+2 Blog Entry -
+1 Twitter Entry:
+1 Follower of Merry Sisters (Live Journal Name is csbprincess)& have watched! ;o)

Donna Gambale said...

Ok, so as I've already read Linger (and Frankie entered enough for the both of us for the other lovely prizes!), this is not a contest entry. But I couldn't leave without commenting on your awesome how-we-met story. And I totally would've turned down the pink rose too. I'm glad you made him work for it!

Crystal Cook said...

I changed my facebook pic to the Linger cover (already posted to my blog)here's the link!/profile.php?ref=profile&id=100000717764022

So exciting!

Sherrie Petersen said...

What a romantic story :)

My husband and I got married a year to the day after we met and I was just 22 at the time. I think we knew we'd be together by the second date.

The Linger cover is awesome!

Erica said...

Okay I think I did this correctly.

Anonymous said...

Okay I think I did this right.

+2 Blogspot post:

+2 Facebook Post:!/notes/bella-sims/maggie-stiefvaters-awesome-linger-giveaway/311526175981

+1 Facebook Profile Pic:

+1 Twitter Pic:

+1 Twitter Post:

7 entries all up.
So excited about the contest :)

Thanks Maggie!

Christine Danek said...

What a great story! I posted your contest on my blog.

I am trying to post it on my facebook page but I am having difficulty. I will work on it.

Myra McEntire said...

I know I've read it, but I want my own copy. WANT.



Merry Fates: Watcher

Tweeted: Like 50 times. Seriously.

Facebook Pic: Done

Twitter Pic: Done


Maria (Serpentine Library) said...

This is such an awesome contest! Thank you for giving everyone the opportunity to win a copy of Linger!

My blog post:


TNRN said...

This is such an opportunity!! Thanks so much for giving us all a chance! Yay! What a fun idea!

Malbebe said...

Thanks for this great contest. I liked your love story. I found it humorous and romantic at the same time.

I only have a blog so here is the link:

So in all 2 points for me.

AshleeRae said...

Hey Maggie!
I've posted it on my FaceBook:!/ashlee.chilton?ref=profile

Hopefully you can see it!

And my blog:

Unfortunately, I don't have a twitter or a LJ to watch your blog. But here you go! Thanks!!

Tiffany Neal said...

Yikes my comment didn't post. Probably some sort of user error.

2 points - Blog mentioned in both places:

2 points - Facebook

1 point - Twitter

5 points total. Thanks again!! ;)

Holly said...

2 pts -
2 pts -

1 pt - Watching Merry Sisters of Fate

3 pts - profile pics FB, LJ, and twitter @hollybally

1 pt - Tweeted

9 entries total. Thanks!

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