Yes folks, it was one year ago today that HEX HALL stopped being just a manuscript and began it's journey to bookdom! SO hard to believe it's been that long!
Now, I've told the story of THE CALL here and here, so I won't rehash it, but needless to day, April 22, 2008 was one of the greatest days of my life. In fact, if it weren't for Small Son being, you know, born and all, it would be THE greatest day of my life.
You see why the day that brought this guy into the world trumps even a book deal!
But this is not the time for reminiscing! This is the time for...WINNING SOME STUFF!
And since this is such a big occasion, I needed a BIG giveaway. Now, if you know anything about the South, you know that we love us some gift baskets. Seriously. A gift basket is the go to gift for any occasion. I've seen people bring gift baskets to funerals, people. Yeah.
So in keeping with that tradition, my big giveaway is a Hex Hall Basket made by your truly!
"But, Rachel," you may be asking, "whatever will be in this basket?"
And my answer to you: Awesome. That is what will be in this basket. Pure, unadulterated awesome.
Okay, seriously, it's made up of stuff that is related to Hex Hall. There are books, obvs, including Kathryn Tucker Windham's 13 Georgia Ghosts since Hex Hall is set in GA, a collection of Flannery O'Connor short stories, since she is the Queen of All Southern Gothic, and a copy of Anne Rice's The Witching Hour, since that's the book that most inspired me to write Hex Hall.
But there are also some fun surprises, as well as a sweet $25 Barnes and Noble gift card! All for one of you, my lovely blog readers!
PLUS, if you're an aspiring writer, I'll throw in a first 3 chapters and/or query critique on top of the Basket of Win (although please understand, this doesn't mean I can give your chapters/query to Agent Holly. I can only help with the writing/structure, not the business-y side). If you're NOT an aspiring writer, no worries. I'll give you something else!
I'll also be giving out second and third place prizes of, you guessed it, MORE BOOKS!
So what do you have to do to be eligible to win this bounty? It's easy. In the comments, tell me about one of the best days of YOUR life. You know, one of those days that fills you with magic and sparkles and the overwhelming need to make gift baskets.
I'll leave the contest open until April 29, so one week. Then I'll pick a winner in the super scientific way I always pick these things: write the number of the comments on little pieces of paper and let Small Son pick them out of a bowl.
"Yes! Your basket-y fate rests in my tiny hands!"
Now tell me about your most fabulous days!