The Blue Diablo Blowout

Look what I made! It makes me happy just looking at it.

While I was working this afternoon, I did some thinking, and I’ve decided to launch the contest today. I want to give everyone plenty of time to enter. Why? Because I’m sweet like that! Also, this contest has two components. To enter the first won’t take long at all. The second will.


Prize packages

  • Grand Prize: $100 gift card from Barnes and Noble
  • First runner up: $50 gift certificate from Amazon
  • Second runner up: $25 gift card (or egift card) from Lush
  • Third runner up: Signed copy of Blue Diablo

Four winners. Big prizes. What do you have to do to get in on this?

Rules for entry for people with a blog:

  • Step 1: Click the Countdown graphic, where it says share. Copy the code.
  • Step 2: Post the code on your blog. It needs to stay on the main page for the next six weeks, so you may have to change the date periodically.
  • Step 3: Add something like “Check out the prizes on Ann’s blog” along with a link here. Publish blog post!
  • Step 4: Leave your link in comments, letting me know you’re done.

For those who don’t have blogs, here’s what you do to enter:

  • Step 1: Twitter about it with a link, if you’re on Twitter. Otherwise, you can post it on Facebook or MySpace. If you have no social networking at all, then tell at least one other person about the contest via email or IM.
  • Step 2: Post a comment saying you’ve done the above. Tell me where you posted, if applicable.

Feel free to ask any questions in comments. Please note, since the contest prizes are sizable, I do expect you to adhere to the rules. If you don’t, I simply won’t count your entry, so it might be worth your time to double-check. This post will be sticky until Blue Diablo releases on April 7 and I announce the winners. This contest ends at 11:59 pm CST, April 6.

ETA: If you want to post the graphic in your sidebar, instead of as a separate post, change the width and height in the code to “180” and “150.” That should go in a sidebar. Let me show you…

Blue Diablo Blowout, part two

A $250 Visa gift card.

This part of the contest is now closed. You can still enter part one, but time is ticking away on that one.

Sound good? Then let’s get this party started!

Posted in announcements, Blue Diablo, books, contest, fun stuff, pimpage

101 Responses to The Blue Diablo Blowout

  1. stacey says:

    it looks awesome! BUT is there any way to speed up that clock?? ;)

  2. katiebabs says:

    So purty :mrgreen:

  3. Ann Aguirre says:

    Thanks, Katiebabs.

    I wish, Stacey. Feels like forever!

  4. Very cool! Loved the excerpt, too!

  5. katiebabs says:

    OHH more pimpage! I will pimp all over the place.

  6. KMont says:

    I am psyched looking at that widget, but WordPress is never going to let us post them (they hates teh java and flash, oh yessss). Grrrrrr. Have fun with your blowout! Good luck to all the participants. :)

    I will, however, do a post featuring the contest. No strings, just because I cannot wait for this book!

  7. Blodeuedd says:

    Blogged about it on Livejournal
    And put it in my blogger sidebar since I can’t do that on Lj :)
    Should spread the word on FB and twitter too :D

  8. Ann Aguirre says:

    This blog is WordPress too. I’m confused…

  9. Wendy says:

    Nice wid! I added to my sidebar. :mrgreen:

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  11. KMont says:

    You’re with though, right? Hence the super cool blog layout., which I’m on, doesn’t allow java or flash widgets. Something about security risks.

  12. Chiara says:

    Very generous contest Ann

    Great contest

  13. CrystalGB says:

    Great widget. I added a post to my blog about Blue Diablo. :grin:

  14. Ann Aguirre says:

    Just as a reminder: It’s not enough to post the graphic, or to comment here. You need to do both in order to be entered to win.

    Also, if your blog doesn’t like code, like KMont, you can post a link to the contest on Twitter, use Facebook or Myspace, just like the non-bloggers. Clear?

  15. Beth says:

    How exciting! The countdown looks terrific – I have posted it here:

    and here:

  16. jude says:

    I feel like a tech cretin, don’t even have a Facebook page or anything. I did email my sister and my mom though!

  17. k says:

    cool will email someone about contest

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  19. AmyC says:

    I posted your widget on my blog

  20. Rosie says:

    Looks great! 54 days and counting! My post is up.

  21. Stacy W. says:

    I twittered/facebooked about your contest! How exciting!!


  22. Deidre says:

    I posted on my blog!

    What an amazing contest!

    Deidre :twisted:

  23. jennygirl says:

    Please enter me in your awesome contest. I have blogged about it too! Congratulations on your latest book and am looking forward to reading it!

  24. Marie says:

    I posted the widget on my blog.

  25. Karen W. says:

    Hi, Ann, I put the information on your link on my “wall” on my Facebook page. Good luck with the contest! I can’t wait for the book!

  26. bunny says:

    Awesome!! I posted and linked you on my sidebar! You can see it here:

  27. Ashley says:

    Hi Ann, congrats on your new book. I can’t wait to read it when it comes out! I posted the widget on my blog to enter your awesome contest. Here’s the link:
    Thanks so much for giving us a great opportunity through your contest :P

  28. K. Nelson says:

    Ann! Love the title of this book! That and the fact that April is my fave month of the year are reasons enough to participate! Best of luck to you.

    I posted it on my blog and here’s my link!

    Thanks for the cool contest!

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  30. Kimberly B. says:

    What fun! I’m so excited about this book coming out! I have posted it on facebook here:

  31. Katie says:

    I can’t wait for this book!

    I post it to my FB profile and to my LJ:

  32. Kat says:

    It’s included in this weekends Book Bizzo post:

    The countdown graphic is also in the sidebar.

  33. Marg says:

    I’ve added it to my sidebar, and will mention it when I post my review of Grimspace shortly! :cool:

  34. Elizabeth says:

    I have sent e-mails to anyone I could think of that would be interested in your contest. I can’t wait until your book comes out!!

  35. dd03 says:

    wow! wonderful prizes!

    Placed the countdown clock into my sidebar!

    …and just for good measure I’m gonna tweet about it too!
    It’s the least i can do!

  36. sena says:

    Your button’s sitting nicely on the top of my sidebar :) Thanks so much!

  37. blodeuedd says:

    Thanks for that note on how to make the code smaller in the sidebar :D
    Yes, now it fits.

  38. Sheree says:

    Hi Anne, did a blog entry about your comp and new book release and have also posted the countdown clock in sidebar, I made it slightly bigger than your suggestion but it still fits nicely.

  39. Lori T says:

    Hi Ann~

    What a great contest!! I can hardly wait for the release of Blue Diablo. I have been telling my friends how amazing your writing is.

    I have posted the link for your contest on my MySpace page…

    Have a great week!

  40. Lou says:

    Added the Countdown to our new spanky blog. Thanks very much Ann!

  41. Sweet says:

    I’ve emailed about 5 of my friends about the contest. I don’t have a blog, twitter, or do any of the social networking sites. So IMing and email is about it for me. Hope the emails count as an entry.

  42. Hi Ann, Blue Diablo sounds like a great read. Who can pass up an Urban Fantasy taking place in Texas? Not me. :grin:

    I posted on my blog about the contest and added your neato widget to my side bar for all to see.

    Thanks for the contest!

  43. Cate says:

    Hi Ann:
    I posted the countdown on my blog Congrats on the PEARL award!
    Best of luck with the Blue Diablo release.

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  45. Lexie says:

    Hi Ann!

    I added the widget to my sidebar on my blog: Poisoned Rationality

    I can’t wait for it to be out, I’m finishing up Grimspace soon!

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  47. I’ve got it posted on my blog. I had to wait until I got back from Capricon – I was the Guest Liaison and I had no time for web browsing while I was there.
    On the plus side, I met Sharon Shinn (she was our Author Guest of Honor), and I found out that she’d done a cover blurb for Wanderlust – I just hadn’t put it together. We had a chance to talk about the Jax series briefly during the convention, which was a blast :)

    • Ann Aguirre says:

      Oh, wow, that’s so cool!

      I met Sharon at WorldCon, and she was just lovely. I’m sure you had a great time talking with her. I’m meeting her for lunch in Orlando in April, so I’ll be sure to say hi for you.

  48. Whoops! Forgot the link!

    My post is here: Nearly Normal.

    Here’s my mini-review of Grimspace/Wanderlust, if anyone is interested:
    New series that I *REALLY* like….

  49. Aymless says:

    Added to sidebar so it will always be near top! :mrgreen:

  50. Jenny Schwartzberg says:

    I posted that I was looking forward to the book and linked to your excerpt page, on both Facebook and Twitter. My blog is just on children’s books, so I couldn’t post on that.

  51. Jenny Schwartzberg says:

    Oops. I looked again at your instructions and saw you wanted a link to this very page. I facebooked and tweeted it too.

  52. Brooke says:

    I posted about it in my sidebar. I need to work on the size more though! :)

  53. Nancy Bristow says:

    Ann…I love contest:lol: As a book a day reader it helps me discover new-to-me authors, which you are to me. It just so happens I have your name on my TBB with Grimspace listed. I see you already have another book out in the series.

    I emailed a friend of mine (Debbie in Texas – jimineycricket78) about the Blue Diablo contest. She’s also an obsessed reader and our taste are similar…we regularly exchange and recommend books to one another. She has a much larger book friend group than I do. Nothing beats a personal recommend from another reader with similar taste.

    :cool: You rock, girl! You just acknowledged receiving my email….Best, Nancy :grin:

  54. Just put the wid on my sidebar. Congrats up the upcoming release!

  55. limecello says:

    Duh – I’ve been so flakey – but I finally got a chance to post it! :)

  56. Ann Aguirre says:

    I’ve changed the guidelines slightly for the trailer contest. You no longer have to post your link here. An entrant emailed me, concerned that someone would see and copy her idea before the contest ends.

    That’s a valid concern. So you don’t need to put your link here. Just email it to me.

  57. Caitlin F says:

    I’m not really up on the whole social networking scene, but I emailed and IM just about everyone I know. Hope that counts. :grin:

  58. Christine says:

    As always, Ann… you host a fun and generous giveaway. I love that you so graciously promote other authors’ works on your blog. I’m glad to see you doing it for one of your own books! :grin:

    I made a post on my blog, including the widget HERE and will also add a permanent graphic and link to my side bar as well.

    Can’t wait to read Blue Diablo!

  59. Ann Aguirre says:

    I’m really enjoying the trailers. Keep them coming!

  60. Caitlin says:

    What an awesome contest!

    I sent out an email to friends about this contest! :grin:

  61. catie says:

    Hi Ann, I posted the link over here on my blog. Can’t wait for BLUE DIABLO’s release!

  62. RachieG says:

    I came here to win!! :)

    I blogged about your contest at:

  63. Captain Hook says:

    I hope I’m not too late to enter (for the first contest). Here is my blog link

  64. Barbara Elness says:

    I posted the widget on MySpace page here:
    and I also posted in a blog on MySpace as well. I know my sister looks at my page to get new authors to try, I’m going to be sure to point her in the right direction with Blue Diablo.

  65. JaimeK says:

    Been sick and dealing with I am late to the show, however, I did post your graphic on my myspace page:

    under books…

    I am pretty excited for this book to come out!! Peace.

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  67. Lisa Iriarte says:

    So, um, I just bought my copy of Blue Diablo. I guess my Books a Million shelves things earlier than other places. Looking forward to reading it!

  68. Melissa says:

    LOL, finally got it on my MySpace. You can see it here:
    Actually hopped over because I’ve been hearing so much buzz about Blue Diablo on lists I’m on, and wanted to read an excerpt. Can’t wait to read it, Ann, it sounds awesome.

  69. Rachel says:

    I am following you on Twitter and I just tweeted about the release of your new book with a link back to this site. @reduniqe

  70. limecello says:

    Haha, I’d forgotten what Pt 2 of the contest was :X I’m not creative/talented enough for that, sadly.
    But I’ve also re-twittered your message :D Sharing the Blue Diablo love!

  71. Shell the Hockeyvampiress says:

    Sorry just found out about this contest. Posted link on FB
    and twittered it too!!