Big Honking Holiday Contest

This is a two-parter.

I know you love the title of this contest. Who doesn’t? So here’s the scoop. The holidays are awesome and what-not. It’s been a long time since I did one of these mega-giveaways, and this is the right time of year for it. This will run from now until Dec 15. Why? Because it’s a random date in the holiday season, kinda smack in the middle of everything, regardless of how you celebrate your happy days or what you call them.

Let’s get down to the the nitty gritty.

Part One: Thunderdome

First, I’m offering a chance for Jax fans to go head to head with Deuce fans. That’s right; I went there. Who do you love? It’s time for some girl on girl action, a regular cat fight! Right now, Grimspace has 88 reviews on Amazon. Enclave has 182. If you can get Team Jax to 100 or Team Deuce to 200 before December 15, a random commenter from the winning faction will receive … the ebook reader of his/her choice. For real.


I’ll also have a custom T-shirt printed up that reads DEUCE ROCKS or JAX RULES, depending on which faction wins. If BOTH factions reach goal by Dec 15? Then I guess I have no choice but to give out two e-readers, one to each faction, and two winning T-shirts. Feel free to trash-talk each other in the comments. Yeah, girl fight is gonna get ugly. There’s gonna be hand-slapping and hair pulling… ehm. Anyhow.

The rules are simple. If you already posted a review for one of these books, that’s one entry. If you posted for both, well, you’re a bi-factional reader (and I adore you and think you’re cute), plus you get TWO entries. Obviously I don’t mind if you’re bi-factional, and it increases your chances to win. Likewise, reviewing one or both books nets you one or two entries after the contest starts, for a total of two. DO NOT create dummy accounts to post fake reviews. If you rally people in support of your faction, that’s fine, but don’t spam people’s Facebook walls or inboxes, please. Reviews should be honest. Post a comment telling me which book you reviewed (or both) and what your username is on Amazon. That’s all to enter! Oh, and mark your total entries for me.

+1 if you tweet about the Big Honking Holiday Contest
+1 if you put it on your Facebook wall (but don’t put it on other people’s, please!) So final tally could be, like so:

Reviewed Enclave & Grimspace. Username: Imtoosexyformypants. 2 entries. Tweeted for +1, Facebook for +1. Total of 4 entries.

And that’s it for part one. Which brings us to…

Part Two: Electric Boogaloo

(International shipping)
Signed copy of Too Hot to Touch by Louisa Edwards
Signed copy of Truth and Dare by Candace Havens
Signed copy of Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe
Signed copy of Blood Rights by Kristen Painter
Signed copy of Intertwined by Gena Showalter
Signed copy of Face of Danger by Roxanne St. Clair
Signed copy of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
$25 Amazon gift certificate, courtesy of Alison Kent
ARC of Control Point, signed bookplate, and a challenge coin, courtesy of Myke Cole
A copy of Kindling the Moon (anywhere Book Depository ships, some countries may not be served), courtesy of Jenn Bennett
Copies of God’s War & Infidel, courtesy of Kameron Hurley
Signed book of winner’s choice from available backlist, a gift certificate, and a charitable donation in winner’s name, courtesy of Shiloh Walker
Five ebooks in reader’s format of choice (any of author’s backlist), courtesy of Moira Rogers
A $25 Amazon gift certificate & a copy of of the Carina holiday antho, Holiday Kisses, in reader’s format of choice, courtesy of HelenKay Dimon
A copy of Season for Temptation, courtesy of Theresa Romain
Two e-books of reader’s choice in any format from author’s backlist, courtesy of Sierra Dean
Signed copy of FLESH AND FIRE and HARD MAGIC (1st book of each series), paperback, courtesy of Laura Anne Gilman
Signed copy of Cargon: Honour & Privilege, courtesy of Kimberly Gould
One ebook from author’s backlist, reader’s choice of title (formats include mobi, epub or pdf), courtesy of Nadia Lee
Signed copy of The Cloud Roads, courtesy of Martha Wells

US / Canada only
A copy of Devil’s Kiss, courtesy of Zoe Archer
The Crystal Locket series, courtesy of Julia Nielsen (US only)

Damn, that’s a lot of loot.

Here’s what you need to do for part two. Answer the following question in comments: What’s your favorite holiday memory? (Yes, it can be any holiday. Feel free to wow us with Arbor Day awesomeness.)

Yes, you can enter both contests, but the part one entries should be posted in a separate comment from the part two. Part two will have multiple winners, obviously. Part one, a single winner gets the e-reader. Unless both make goal. In which case, TWO big winners. ZOMG, it’s too much excitement.

Yes, you can use the +1 for contests tweets and +1 Facebook wall posts. The same NO SPAMMING rule applies. Tell people about the Big Honking Holiday Contest but don’t annoy them.

Sample entry for part two:

My favorite holiday memory is when Uncle Albert drank all my mom’s cooking sherry and set his toupee on fire. I tweeted & facebooked the contest. Total of 3 entries.


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121 Responses to Big Honking Holiday Contest

  1. Erica says:

    I reviewed Enclave here (username Erica), I posted on FB here, and I RTed your tweet on twitter (@thebookcellarx) = +3 :)

  2. Erica says:

    My favorite holiday memory is when I used to stay up all night with my brother when we were young, it was just a great time.

  3. My favorite holiday memory is the last Christmas my husband was alive and my children were 8, 7 and 5 yrs. old. We were living in NH and we had a huge tree. Our house was a Yankee Barn with a 3 story ceiling and our two oldest children, Jessica and Jason climbed to the top of their bedroom steps to a mini-loft, opened their “trap-door” a crack and peeked at us while we set up their presents from Santa and us. We knew they were there, could hear them gigling, but we decided to let it go and enjoy it with them. Jason got a Batmobile, Jessica’s main gift was a Miss Piggy (LOL), and David got a Bat wheel. We had gone to church that night, the snow was so deep and we’d watched the night sky and told the kids that Santa’s sled was streaking across the sky and they believed us. The next Christmas their daddy had died of brain cancer…It’s never been the same. My children are in their 30’s now with children of their own and I still miss those days.
    It’s my favorite memory of all. Sorry to be sad, not meant to be… It was a magical, wonderful time that we all keep close to our hearts.
    I’ve tweeted about your giveaway so others will have the chance to be a part of this awesome giveaway…and good holiday wishes to you, and all your participants! :]

  4. Charles Le Blanc says:

    Reviewed Grimspace. Username: chazzers1705 for 1 Tweeted for +1, Facebook for +1, and google+ for +1 (maybe) Total of 3 entries. Four if I’m lucky.

  5. Eva P. says:

    This is just an awesome contest! Lots of cool prizes :) I haven’t read any of the books so I can’t add reviews, just posted on my FB wall though:!/profile.php?id=100003114446749

    and tweeted:!/perez_evita/status/139216923408867329

    2 entries…good luck everyone! :)

  6. Eva P. says:

    I don’t think I have a specific time that would stand out as best in my memory because every Christmas has been special in its own special way. That’s when the whole Perez family gets together and let me tell you that a lot of family. I have 7 brothers and sisters, we have in-laws, and about half of them have kids, I believe last count was 11 nieces and nephews. Of course my parents. We start Christmas Eve with my mom preparing and making tamales, my dad has a little bonfire going on outside (I live in Phoenix so no snow weather here) our weather is just perfect for hanging around the fire. Also my dad makes this drink made with fruit, it cooks for a few hours, you can drink it alone or add alcohol ;) so we’ll have drinks and sit by the fire, then some of us will go and help my mom. Kids are playing with their cousins, some are watching TV, we tell stories. We hang around until midnight and open presents then. You can imagine it would take a while with so many people, after presents then it’s clean-up, we start gathering our presents and some of us head home, by now it should be 2-3 am. Then we sleep in Christmas morning, until other family members come and join us for breakfast around noon’ish. So this tradition has been going on for the last 15+ plus years and every single one is different and no less memorable than the next.

  7. Ann Aguirre says:

    Wow, competition is already heating up. Jax is at 90 reviews now. Deuce is at 184 reviews. 10 vs 16. I think both factions have a good shot at making goal, which means 2 e-readers!

    And I’m loving these posts about your favorite holidays. Thank you for sharing them.

  8. Bethany C. says:

    I reviewed Grimspace on amazon user B. Cardone. And I freely admit I just copy and pasted my review from my goodreads account. Read it in October 2010. But it still counts, right?


  9. Bethany C. says:

    My favorite holiday memory is from this year- Halloween. I dressed my 2 year old up as a toddler pageant contestant a la Toddlers and Tiaras. Complete with giant blonde wig, tiara, and sash. Mommy took lots and lots of pictures. No flippers or spray tan though. I’m not a psycho.


  10. Ann Aguirre says:

    Of course it counts! And that is kinda hilarious about Halloween. Did you take her trick or treating? How did people react?

  11. Annie @ UTC says:

    Really cool giveaway!

    Best holiday memory? Well, it may not be the best for me, but it was certainly the most memorable. I was seven years old, dancing around with my Santa for my grandma. I tripped, fell and hit my head. Cried like a baby. But then got to open my Christmas gifts early! (while icing my head down.)


  12. Maja says:

    Hi! Here it goes:

    Aftermath review:

    Doubleblind review (ft. Jean Claude Van Damme) :D:

    Enclave review:

    I play for both teams, obviously. But I named my cat Jax.

    Facebook share:

    Twitter share:!/glavauoblacima/status/139355165819023360

  13. Ann Aguirre says:

    Maja, that’s a +2 for Facebook & Twitter. While I treasure your GR reviews, they need to go up on Amazon to count as entries for these purposes. BUT you do have two entries for FB & Twitter.

    Also, you named your cat Jax?! I demand pics. Pretty please? Of the cat, you understand.

  14. I reviewed Enclave on amazon. Username is Handcuffbetty. 1 entry plus 1 facebook is 2 entries! :)

  15. So here I was, an angtsy 20 year old living on my own for the first time. I just moved 900 miles away from my parent’s house, and for some reason or another, I was adamant about not going back to Seattle for Christmas that year. Who would rather stay in Utah than go to Seattle? This girl, apparently.
    I had this friend, and I was quite infactuated with him. I thought maybe he liked me too, and he decided that spending Christmas with me would be amazing, and he drove about 75 miles to be with me. We made and ate chile rellanos, wrote songs, and played the guitar.
    Then, we decided to head to the old graveyard, in the dark, in the two feet of snow that was on the ground. Normal, right?
    Sooo romantic, haha. Cops show up and kick us out. I was beaming for days after this, thinking about oh how romantic it was.
    *Just so you know, boy didn’t like me, and we weren’t friends for more than a year or two later, but hey, now I am happily married with two kids.

  16. Ann Aguirre says:

    Hehe, wow, people, top the holiday graveyard & cops story!

  17. Alaina says:

    One of my Favorite holiday memories was thanksgiving a few years back.. during a heatwave.. was hilarious because my mom cooked the turkey while in a bikini and we kept going outside to visit the pool to cool off.. ended up eating at like 9 pm because it was so hot! (canadian thanksgiving is in october)
    I posted on facebook! (i dont know how to show the post but here it is on my profile:

  18. Reviewed Enclave & Grimspace. Username: Bersaba. 2 entries. Tweeted for +1, Total of 3 entries.

  19. My favorite holiday memory is of the Sinterklaas-avond (St. Nicholas eve, dec 5th), about two years ago. We were celebrating it with some friends when suddenly the doorbell rang. There was a big box in front of our door, but otherwise no one in sight. We took the box inside and when we opened it it was filled with Sinterklaas presents. It turned out one friend who wasn’t able to celebrate with us, had left it as a surprise.

    I tweeted the contest. Total of 2 entries.

  20. JenniferK says:

    My favorite holiday memory was Christmas Day a couple of years ago. We never get snow on Christmas here but the forecasters were saying that it was going to snow. Sure enough, we had a white Christmas. My daughter was two at the time so she loved playing with my husband in the snow. She made her first snowman that day.

    I also posted on Twitter:!/jcalvert719/status/139382963841400832

    So that should be two entries. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  21. Natasha/WLP says:

    Reviewed Enclave on Amazon (User Name: Wicked Lil Pixie) +1 Entry, Tweeted +1 Entry, FB +1 Entry (Wicked Lil Pixie) Total = 3 Entries

    My favourite holiday memory is from last year. My bestfriend’s parents are old school and she’s never had a real xmas tree before. I invited her over to help me put up the real tree we buy every year and to decorate it. First, we buy bush lights instead of strand lights. We finally get the damn lights on the tree, and down it comes. By the end of it, the tree had fallen 5 times and knocked out the bestfriend on the couch once. We ended up getting my 80 year old neighbour to HANG THE TREE from the ceiling. I kid you not, clear fishing wire and it didn’t fall down once. Bestfriend refuses to help this year. Damnit.

    +1 Entry

  22. Ann Aguirre says:

    Haha, Nat, Xmas tried to kill your bestie!

  23. blodeuedd says:

    Fav holiday memory, well it had to be the time I got a pink Barbie car, I loved that pink barbie car, not very practical to play with though. Still it was Barbie!


  24. Ann Aguirre says:

    Also, readers, if you’re wondering, it IS possible to double down. You can win part one and win something from part two.

  25. Tamara says:

    What’s your favorite holiday memory?
    I don’t actually remember when it happened or if I’m mixing my Xmas, but when I was a kid, I loooooved Christmas. My whole family (that means A LOT of people) would get together and joke around and exchange gifts. It was great!
    I remember wanting to leave early to catch Santa delivering my presents, though.

  26. Lisa Stafko says:

    I always host Thanksgiving dinner. Since my son’s birthday is close to the holiday, we celebrate with a cake after dinner. Last year a made him a cake that looks like a Wii remote. He loved it!!! (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  27. Reviewed Enclave & Grimspace. Username: Kenneth Simon (Amazon “real name” user). 2 entries. Tweeted for +1, Facebook for +1. Total of 4 entries.

  28. Holiday memory: My first Christmas with my wife’s family. I fell asleep on the couch and fell victim to a stealth attack from two of her toddler relatives, little Lexi and Jordan. I wasn’t used to being around kids and practically needed to be rescued! Now those little ones have become high schoolers — and I enjoy daily stealth attacks from my own little toddler. Lovely memory, lovely sequel. :) Tweeted and Facebooked. Total of 3 entries.

  29. Barbara Elness says:

    My favorite holiday memory is being at my sister’s house with all the family around. My sister, mom

  30. My favorite holiday memory was one year for christmas — my dad made me do a savenger hunt for my christmas present. It was ice cream and hat. My other fave one was one year my sisters and I went in on a gift for my parents. WE made them work for it by giving them clues of what it was. of Enclave


    +2 entries

  31. Barbara Elness says:

    My fav holiday memory is piling the family in the car and driving around to see all of the Christmas decorations. (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  32. Ann Aguirre says:

    Oooh, Deuce is within 14 of goal, Jax within 9. Things are heating up. I fear Deuce may have an edge…

  33. Parajunkee says:

    Part 1:

    Hi there most awesome author and great giveaway person! I’m taking Deuce’s side, just because I haven’t gotten to Jax yet. But I plan to!

    I was actually so surprised to find my Enclave review as #2 on amazon. Yeah they like me they really do: +2
    Here is my tweet: +1
    Here is my FB page post: +1


  34. Qwill says:

    My favorite holiday memory was of my last Thanksgiving on the island we lived on in the Caribbean. I’d invited the Governor and his wife, head of the cable company, and several other friends. Of course, we had a very nasty hurricane hit a week before the festivities, and power was knocked out to the entire island. The Governor’s wife graciously offered the use of the Governor’s mansion since they had a full power via generators. In addition to the use of her home she offered the cooks and staff. I accepted! I still did most of the prep, but it was awfully nice to sit back and let other people finish the cooking, serve the meal, AND clean up. We got power back late that night.

  35. Parajunkee says:

    Part 2:

    My fave holiday memory is my dad and him, well reading a book. We love our Cajun’s down here and we have a book called the Cajun Night Before Christmas. It is a great book and quite popular retelling of the Night Before Christmas, Cajun style. Well Dad reads it in a Cajun accent and it was wonderful. I just recently bought him the book again so we can rehash it with his grandkids.


  36. Grace Smith says:

    My favorite holiday memory is….paintballing.

    For some reason, my family decided that on Thanksgiving every year, the cousins could have a paintball battle. We could only shoot outside though, but we did take hostages. I don’t know how this tradition started, but part of it could be due to the fact that we have colonels and admirals and soldiers from all branches of the military and we have had several governors and such in our family. My grandfather was a three-star-admiral in the Navy, my cousin is in Marine Corps, my uncle was in the Army for years, and my other cousin is in Air Force…anyways, so we started paintballing.

    My twin and I were in our fancy dresses for the actual Thanksgiving Dinner, but then we would all change and pick teams. We had headquarters and strategies and sometimes we would switch it up and have Nerf battles instead, foam darts sticking to our chests.

    It was so much fun to feel like a secret agent. We would hide out in the trees in our backyard, smear oily face paint on our faces, and crawl in the grass. We did James Bond-style rolls.

    The fight went on for hours, until each person from the other team was taken hostage by the other team. Sometimes we played until it was dark out. Although when my cousin became a Marine, those on the other side thought it unfair that he was on our team.

    Perhaps my most memorable moment of these paintball fights was being six. My brother took me as a hostage and hid me in my room and then gagged me with my favorite monkey pajama pants. While the adults were downstairs watching a spy movie, we were the ones in the actual movie :P

    RT @parajunkee’s tweet about this contest. My username is @beachtwin110

  37. Bethany C. says:

    Hi, just responding about Halloween. I took her out for a while; I was surprised how many people understood exactly what she was supposed to be. Hey by the way, can you let us know when the contest is over so I know when to check back here? I didn’t see a place to rss subscribe or anything like that but I’m not the most technologically savvy person on the planet. Thanks!

  38. harmonyfb says:

    When I was 17, Mom and I had gone shopping for a couple of last-minute gifts right before Christmas. Afterward, we noodled around in the ‘better dresses’ department of a store trying on fancy dresses for the heck of it. And then, I fell in love with one. It was heavy gold brocade, with pearl buttons and lace trim, and it was the fanciest thing I’d ever tried on. The price tag was $117 – a fortune for a dress in 1981. Trying it on and knowing I couldn’t have it sucked all the fun out of the evening, and I reluctantly took it off and we went home.

    Christmas eve, there’s a lovely package under the tree, all in shinyshiny gold foil, with my name on it…it was the dress. Even though she already had my gifts bought, Mom managed to scrape up the money for that dress. It was the most incredible present I ever got. I still have it, though I can’t squeeze in it any longer.

  39. Carlyn McKechnie says:

    I already have a kindle so I won’t add my name to that contest. Someone who doest have one should get it so I will just add my holiday story! :)
    My youngest daughter was born 3 months early and was only 2lb 5oz’s when she was born on the 9th of August 2009 and she was in neo natal care for around 4 months we did not think she would be allowed home since she was very dependent on oxygen but a few days before Xmas we were allowed to take her home! Her sister, her father and I have never had a better Christmas! :)

  40. Ann Aguirre says:

    Aw, you guys are making me teary! Thank you so much for sharing your stories with me.

  41. Barbara Elness says:

    My favorite holiday memory is spending the day with my family, then piling in my sister’s car with my mom and some of the kids and driving around looking at all the beautiful Christmas decorations.

  42. Jackie U says:

    I reviewed Grimspace, username Jackie Ballway and posted on Facebook (JackieUhrmacher). 2 points. Woot!

  43. Jackie U says:

    One of my favorite holiday memories happened last weekend, actually. My parents put up their tree while my son and I were visiting. As soon as he saw it, he clasped his hands together and whispered, “Oh my goodness, mommy, it’s Christmas!” So awesome.

  44. Franny says:

    My favorite holiday memory happened the Christmas that I was beginning to doubt Santa’s existence. My parents wanted to prove to me that he was real so we spread flour over the floor next to the Christmas tree. The next morning there were footprints in the flour that just had to be Santa’s. They were way too big to be for my mom or dad. I will always remember the encouragement by parents gave me to believe. (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  45. Linda says:

    My fav holiday memory was just after I graduated in Christchurch NZ & my family came over (we live in Malaysia) & we all went for a 2 wk tour of NZ. It was the 1st time we’d been on an intl vacation as a whole family & NZ is just so beautiful.

    Total: 2 entries

  46. Jackie U says:

    I’m a bit slow. : ) Here’s the link to the review: And that would be 3 points, not 2. I think I need more coffee, lol.

  47. Kaetrin says:

    My favourite holiday memory was my first married Christmas, some 13 years ago now. After being desperately single for way too long I finally had someone to come home to (with actually) after a day spent celebrating with other family. Christmas wasn’t a lonely holiday anymore. (and everyone said “awwww!”)

  48. Jamie says:

    Reviewed Enclave & Grimspace. Username: Jamie. 2 entries. I also Tweeted for +1, and Facebooked for +1. Total of 4 entries. Thanks so much for doing this giveaway! :)

  49. Jamie says:

    My favorite holiday memory is from when I was a kid and my family used to spend summer weekends at a trailer park in NJ. Every weekend had some theme and related events and my favorite was always Halloween in August. Okay, so it’s not a REAL holiday, but we celebrated it and you did say ANY holiday haha. There was trick or treating and a costume parade through the park and then at night we would dress up in scary costumes and stalk the route of the haunted hayride and scare the riders. One year I dressed as a gorilla… do you have any idea what it is like to wear a gorilla suit in August??? But I did get a LOT of screams that year :) Good times!

    I tweeted and facebooked the contest for a total of 3 entries!

  50. StacieD says:

    My favorite Christmas memory was when I was 7. I got a life-size stuffed pony under the Christmas tree. It looked identical to my real pony. I had always wanted to bring my pony into the house with me and I guess this was my parents solution. That is the most memorable Christmas gift I ever got.

    I tweeted the contest as GeishasMom73

    2 entries

  51. Debbie Marchand says:

    Waking up early and going downstairs with my brother to see if Santa had come before we woke our parents

  52. Charles Le Blanc says:

    Favorite holiday Memory was… I Have too many so here are a few. My uncle Larry and my aunt Pauline would have whipped cream fights almost every year or they would play pranks on who ever fell asleep after eating.
    The best Christmas was when living in Switzerland playing in the deep snow and coming in to hot chocolate with a nice warm seat, fresh bread , fresh homemade lasagna.

  53. iokijo says:

    Would have to be finding out that the house everyone was too scared to go to on Halloween, was actually owned by two of the sweetest little old ladies you could ever meet. They bought full sized candy bars every year, but no one ever came to their house. They were all too happy to load our bags up that year. Never missed visiting with them on Halloween after that.

    Thanks for having such an awesome contest for everyone. It makes for a great holiday & is very appreciated.

  54. Melissa T says:

    Okay, so here’s my favorite holiday memory (it probably says A LOT about me):

    When my niece was very little (3 or 4), my parents bought her one of those Fisher Price play kitchen contraptions. Now, they left it in the box so she could “open” it – but that meant it wasn’t together when she wanted to play with it!

    “I want to play! I want to play!” she said.

    “Hold on!” we all replied. “It’s not together yet!”

    To placate the (impatient by way of genetics) child, my sister gave her the bag containing the play utensils. Thus appeased, the child-tyrant starts going through the bag for goodies and we all get back to putting this monstrous plastic thing together. A few moments later, she walks up to my dad (her granddad), tiny pink plastic knife clasped securely in her fist (and with the correct end up, even!)

    The child looks at him quite seriously and says, “I gonna cut you!”

    Again, the fact that the family found this hilarious as opposed to appalling is probably testimony on how messed up we all are. Regardless, it remains my favorite memory to this day.

  55. Kimberly B. says:

    I just posted my reviews of Grimspace and Enclave on username: Kimberly Bea (+2). Posted about the contest on facebook: +1); tweeted here:!/KimBea/status/140509451550597120 (+1). Total entries: 4

    Thanks for the terrific giveaway!

  56. Kimberly B. says:

    For contest #2, my favorite holiday memory is when I went to Athens for a conference the week after Christmas and celebrated New Year’s Eve at a restaurant at the foot of the Acropolis. The paper I presented went over quite well, I finally got a chance to see part of the world I’d been studying for years, and I kissed a really cute Greek boy who was ten years younger than I was (I was 36 so it wasn’t too inappropriate). I got an entire bottle of wine spilled down my front at the party itself and didn’t even care (it came out just fine later), and then had to make it back to my hotel room past the huge crowds of entirely male revelers in Syntagma Square. It was awesome!
    I tweeted (@KimBea) and facebooked (@KimberlyBea) the contest. Total entries: 3
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  57. Wannetta says:

    My favorite holiday memory is from when I was a teenager, its Christmas eve, and my two younger sisters were driving me nuts. They were looking out the windows, when they screamed, ran upstairs, got in bed and refused to get up. My neighbor was playing Santa that year, and they saw him. I tease them about it to this day.

  58. Franny says:

    My favorite holiday memory happened when I was a little kid lingering on the border of believing or not in Santa Claus. My parents came up with a test to decide if he was real. We sprinkled flour on the floor around our Christmas tree the night before Christmas to catch Santa’s footprints. The next morning, there were HUGE footprints all around our tree in the flour. These footprints would never match anyone in my family so I knew they had to be Santa’s footprints. This test helped me to see that, of course, Santa is real!

  59. Kara says:

    My favorite holiday memory is when my grandma would throw a Halloween party for the family. Everyone would play games and we would all Ho on a hayride.

  60. Adrianne says:

    My favorite holiday memory is when I went to visit Hubby’s family for Thanksgiving, and Uncle Bud said, “I really don’t understand how families can get together at the holidays and fight.” Hubby and I looked at each other and said, “You’re totally right, Bud. It makes no sense.” We didn’t tell him that my family does it every year.

  61. Ann Aguirre says:

    Gets together or fights? *g*

  62. Dea S. says:

    Reviewed Enclave on Amazon, Username: Dea Sauva. Tweeted :!/IvaliceAlliance/status/141493540910927873 ; Total entries: 2.

  63. Gabbi says:

    My favorite holiday memory is last year at Christmas time I told my brother I wanted a traditional Christmas. Homemade cookies, gingerbread house…the whole shebang. And guess what? He got me all the stuff I needed. It was great and fun and wonderful. My family came together to eat my cookies and help me put together my gingerbread house. I have a total of….1 entry.

  64. Adrianne says:

    Reviewed Grimspace. Username adrianne. 1 entry.

  65. Ann Aguirre says:

    Holy crap, Jax is only one away from guaranteeing some lucky person a new e-reader! Deuce fans, you better mobilize if you want your faction to win, too.

  66. Anne R says:

    Hi! I have to admit, I have not read your stories but that is going to change. They sound fantastic! But I did share your contest on both Twitter and Facebook. Thanks!

    I tweeted:!/annereeths/status/141558584084410368

    Facebook (not sure how to do a direct link like twitter):

    • Anne R says:

      My favorite holiday memory: I must say it was the first Christmas when my son realized Santa was here. He was two. And we got up that morning and walked out into the living room. The abundance of gifts under the tree was not the giveaway, it was the half eaten cookies and “Santa Key” on the table. His eyes got really wide…then he noticed the tree.

      Thanks so much the great opportunity for all these books!

  67. Gabriella says:

    I reviewed Enclave.
    My username is: Gabriella.M
    I tweeted:!/Gabelle_M/status/142043827941814272

    Total: 2 entries

  68. Teri C says:

    Oh yeah baby TeamDeuce all the way!

    Review Enclave at Amazon under terilhack.
    FB Posted under Teri Hack

    Total #3 Entries
    terilhack at gmail dot com

  69. Teri C says:

    My favorite Holiday Memory, was the last Thanksgiving that I had with my mother before she passed away from cancer. I was 19 at the time and I made my attempt at cooking a whole Tday dinner for her the morning she came back from the hospital on Thanksgiving. While she could not eat much, the warm aroma and the memories kept her happy that night.
    Sad but good memory.

    Tweeted Contest, Facebook Posted.

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  70. rissatoo says:

    I reviewed Enclave (way back when). I don’t recall if I used my ‘real’ name, or my Internet handle (rissatoo), though. Hmmm. Also, I’ve retweeted this big honkin’ contest. ;) +2 entries.
    As much as I love Jax (and I really, really do!), I am too uncomfortable with my review writing to try to write one up for her. However, I did turn my mom into a new Jax fan, so I’m happy! :)

  71. Ann Aguirre says:

    I recall! You used your handle. I’m so excited your mom likes Jax, too. I’m also thrilled it looks like I’ll get to give out two e-readers, plus two t-shirts. That’s four winners! And then all those books. It looks to me like people have an excellent chance of winning something.

    • rissatoo says:

      Mom is well & truly hooked. She’s on limited $, so I sent her Killbox and Aftermath. And, ‘cuz it was her birthday, I sent the Corinne set, too. :)

  72. rissatoo says:

    My favorite holiday memory is from Christmas when I was 6. I was already starting to doubt there even was a Santa (thanks to older kids at school). But my kittle sister & I put out specially decorated cookies & milk for him before we went to bed, anyway.
    In the morning we came downstairs, and SANTA HAD REALLY BEEN THERE! We could tell, because not only was there a fabulous pile of presents, he had eaten the snack, and left us a note! AND he left footprints leading out from the fireplace! We were worried Mom would be angry at Ssnta for making a mess, so we promised we’d clean it all up. (6 & 5 years old, mind you…) She told us Santa had brought her a new vacuum, so he wasn’t in trouble. :)
    Years later, Mom told us how much fun our stepdad had, making bootprints with the soot.
    Also, the next year, I *may* have gotten in trouble at school for punching a boy who said Santa wasn’t real. :p
    (Memory and honking contest retweets = 2 entries.)

  73. jaymzangel says:

    One of my favorite Christmas memories from when I was a kid was the year that it had snowed almost 8 inches overnight on top of the good foot & a half we already had & it was all blown & drifted up beside our 2nd floor deck. My little brother & I went out in our snowsuits & jumped off the deck into the drift feet first. Naturally, we both got stuck & had to be rescued.
    Another memory I have is of my dad yelling at me every Christmas for a good 2-3 years when my brother was very small because I would tear through my presents like a tornado & my little brother was the kid who would pull off one piece of tape at a time & then sit there & play with the toy for 10 mins before opening another one =P damn kid. Not sure that’s exactly a good memory, LOL.

  74. Heather says:

    My favorite holiday memory is when my first born walked into the living room on Easter crying and all upset until she saw her basket and then was giggling little fiend. Kids…got to love them

  75. Ann Aguirre says:

    People, the contest is heating up! Jax is hanging tough at 99, but Deuce is coming up hard at her heels at 197.

  76. Kendra says:

    Part 2 Entry:
    My favorite holiday memory was when “Santa” delivered a holiday present wished for years before. As a child I has always wanted an Easy Back Oven. But the oven never showed up and eventually I got older, had my own kids, and forgot about the never-received gift. One Christmas (a few years back) there was a gift to me, from Santa, next to the stockings. When I opened it, it turned out to be the Easy Bake Oven. My mom had been shopping, saw it, and thought it would be fun to give one to me. :) So my boys, who were still pretty young at the time, and I baked in the easy bake oven that Christmas and made a big show of presenting our baked good to the family visiting over the holiday. It was a lot of fun.

    + 1 Tweet!/EdynzTrybe/status/142299505738522624
    + 1 FB

  77. One of my many favorite holiday memories is one I was just thinking of the other day… My aunt found the perfect gift for me, one she thought I would love. Never in her wildest dreams had she thought I’d throw it with an eep and be scared of it upon opening. It was an ugly troll doll. I still have her, as I love her now. :) Such fond memories of getting her. Oh did everyone laugh at me! :D!/MelLHay/status/142328725713862656

  78. Mel S says:

    My favourite holiday memory is when I was in my early twenties and still living at home. I went out on Christmas Eve with old school friends and when I returned a little worse for wear, I ran into my brother in the kitchen who had just come in as well. We stayed there talking and started cleaning the kitchen, because we didn’t want to go bed yet. We ended up with spotless kitchen, peeled potatoes and prepared veg for the next day just because we were slightly drunk and chatting too much! Mum thought it was a great christmas present when she woke up the next day! :-)

  79. Tere Tomlinson says:

    Merry Christmas Ann,

    I’m a double-faction woman. Reviewed both Grimspace and Enclave on Amazon. I’m Teresa Ann Tomlinson “UndrTsRainbow.” Also retweeted about contest as UndrTsRainbow, and shared on Facebook as Tere Tomlinson. = 4 entries. Fingers are crossed to be a random snook winner. If awarded, will go to my 13 yr daughter who is strongly dyslexic with Irlen’s Syndrome AND still an avid reader.

  80. Edna says:

    +1 Reviewed Enclave. Username: Edna Lyn.
    Total +2

    My favorite holiday memory is the earliest Christmas I can remember (maybe I was four?). I had put out cookies and milk for Santa. My grandfather had slept out in the living room which I never really questioned. The next day stockings were filled and presents were under the tree. I can’t tell you how exciting that was, telling him that “SANTA HAD VISITED!” I’m sure my grandfather was thrilled to see me so enchanted. :)
    +1 memory
    +1 FB post (link is above)
    Total +2

  81. Krissy Rouse Higgins says:

    OK I have to admit I am normally the ‘first’ one to pass on blog contest (I’m a busy girl, and you have to admit, you make us work for it), but I couldn’t help but enter yours, someone that uses the word “honkin” must be a kindred spirit. I thought I was the only one who still did!
    So I am following you on Twitter- and I re-tweeted about your big honkin’ giveaway because I like to say honkin’! ANd when I figure out how to find you on FB I’ll do it again lol.

  82. Brodie says:

    I was the 200th Enclave reviewer – YAY!!! And wow, thank you so much for the AMAZING giveaway!! <3

    Reviewed Enclave. Username: Eleusinian Mysteries –

    Tweeted –!/peacelovevegan/status/142567018099523585
    Facebook –

    Total: 3 entries


  83. Ann Aguirre says:

    And Brodie brings it big for Team Deuce! Jax fans choked in the clutch, but don’t worry; y’all have two more weeks (nearly) to find one person to get your names in the winner’s hat.

  84. azteclady says:

    If only ethics didn’t preclude me from reviewing! *grin*

    Either way, I’m enjoying the heck out of all these holiday memory stories–and I’m waiting for one of my coworkers to finally post his review of Enclave (he told me just last week that he’s looking forward to Outpost so of course I had to share the big honking contest info with him).

  85. Gabriella says:

    My favourite holiday memory is when I was standing in the shallows on the beach and, digging around with my foot, found a big shiney white closed clam.

    I tweeted about the contest:!/Gabelle_M/status/142794152617312257

    Total entries: 2

  86. Jahaira says:

    What am awesome contest. I have not read any of your books yet. I did grab Grimspace and will be reading it this weekend. So I cannot review yet. I actually found you by a link on Cynthia Eden’s blog, read the excerpt of Grimspace and just had to buy it.

    My favorite holiday Memory has to be when my daughter was 3 and she left cookies/milk for Santa. When she woke up and found them gone and a Thank you note from Santa the expression on her face was priceless..

    +1 memory

  87. Aurora m. says:

    What’s your favorite holiday memory?

    Well that would be a childhood Christmas Morning when I woke up and discovered the Christmas tree laying on the ground practically stripped of the ornaments the hung beautiful only the night before. Feathered birds and bright bulbs shinning now in pieces on the floor and the birds, stripped of their fine feathers, lying naked on the floor. The present where in shreds and bows strew throughout the house……you see our FOUR cats had had themselves a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! haha I would have laughed after seeing my Christmas morning looking like a gang fight but I was to busy laughing so hard I actually peed my pants! REALLY……the whole morning we just left the mess there and let the cats have a great Christmas themselves. All birds of a different feather who indeed flocked together!

  88. Aurora m. says:

    I posted on my Facebook this great giveaway!

  89. Carina Olsen says:

    OMG! I love you. <33 This is such an AMAZING giveaway :) Thank you so much. <3 I am entering for prize 2, as I am International :)
    Hmm. My favorite holiday memory.. Well, my memory is kind of bad, so I don't remember much :\ I do remember staying up all night on New Years Eve many years back, and that is a happy memory. <3 I did love the Christmas last year though. It was my nephew's first Christmas, and I got an iPad as a present from my sister. <3
    Love, Carina Olsen

  90. Na S. says:

    What a wonderful and genrous giveaway. I am entering Part 2 of your contest and my favorite holiday memory was of a childhood Christmas when I was around 5 or 6. I remember the whole family going to the local hill for some sledding. It was pretty cold but a tons of fun. We would take turns sledding down the hill in pairs and it was such a rush going down and definitely a workout going back up. Afterwards we would all go home and warm ourselves up with noodle soup :-) I miss those days. Now we live in a place that doesn’t snow so I do miss the fun snow days.

  91. KellieT says:

    Nice idea! I’m just entering Part 2 – my favorite holiday memory is singing “Good King Wenceslas” with my cousins at Christmas when we were small. A few years later, we were all playing console games instead.

  92. Ann Aguirre says:

    Wow, Jax just made the cut! There will definitely be two readers given away on Dec 15. How exciting.

  93. erinf1 says:

    WOW! awesome contests! I love, love, love, love, love, love *big inhale*, love, love, love, love ALL YOUR BOOKS!!!! (which I’ve read!) I cried with the latest Jax book, was wowed by Corine’s latest book, and I was thrilled to my toes with Enclave! You are an autobuy for me! I haunt Amazon for news of the newest releases and pre-order is my friend! I already have a Kindle and got an early Christmas present of a Kindle Fire so I’ll pass on the e-reader for others to enjoy :)

    My fav Christmas memory isn’t a solid one but of feeling the fun and barely contained excitement of Christmas as a child. My brother and I would spend hours examining each present to try and figure it out. We were a solidly Christian family so no Santa and my mom put out our presents fairly early. As we got older, we discovered the tricks of flashlights, retaping, even rewrapping! We were so naughty and we never got caught! Now, it’s so nice to gather with my family, catching up, relaxing and enjoying my mom’s fabulous cooking.

    Sorry this isn’t more fun/exciting, but I’m kinda a boring person! ;)

  94. Jamie says:

    Favorite holiday memory, huh? Hmm~ I’ve always had great Christmases. The entire family got together, all these aunts and uncles and cousins come out of the woodwork to make it once every year. But one of the most memorable had to be when I was tiny and still believed in Santa, and my dad said “Oh! I think I just heard Santa on the roof!” and my brother and sisters rushed outside in the freezing cold trying to catch a glimpse of him. No Santa, boo, but once we tromped back inside, my parents would grin at us and say “Hey! Look what Santa left you!” and sitting in our fireplace would be a bunch of gifts, and that year there was a huge horse toy–the type that you climb on and ‘ride’ and pretend that you’re really, really on a horse! It even rocked back and forth on springs, and it was really special to me because I loved horses with an almost scary passion when I was little, aha.

    Ah, memories~ There’s reasons why I still get warm and fuzzy thinking about the holidays.

  95. Andie says:

    What’s your favorite holiday memory? I believe that would be the first time I volunteered at a Treats for Tots Halloween event. It was very exciting seeing all the smiling faces and costumes!

    I wrote a Facebook post:
    I tweeted the contest:!/andietwbas/status/144594671857963008

    +3 entries for me!

  96. Jamie says:

    Reviewed Enclave & Grimspace. Username: Paradoxical. 2 entries. Tweeted for +1. Total of 3 entries.

  97. Lisa O. says:

    I reviewed Grimspace here:
    username: O. Lisa /Nightreader
    I tweeted about it here:!/LisaNightReader/status/145144669041475584
    I posted on my Facebook page.
    Total 3 entries.

  98. E.L.F. says:

    My favorite holiday memory is being in Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day with the person who eventually became my spouse. My first visit to that very different city accompanied by the wonderful guy who continues to love and cherish me!

  99. Liz says:

    One of my favorite holiday memories is the first time our kittens saw a christmas tree. They decided it was a really amazing jungle gym, built and decorated just for them. There was innocent exploration and climbing, which ended with an “angel” posed at the top of the tree… and it all went down hill from there, literally. They had a blast chasing each other and ornaments throughout the tree, until those two four lb monsters knocked down the entire 10 foot tree. Needless to say, now that they weigh 15 lbs each we tie the tree up, and there are no breakable ornaments remaining. (We also celebrate chanukah, and the menorah is never left unguarded!)

  100. Marthapao says:

    The best holiday memory I have is most of my childhood Christmas’s. We would always go to my maternal grandmother’s house and everyone would be there, the family is huge. It was always lots of great food and Christmas fun with presents at the end!

  101. My favorite Christmas memory is a collective one – of the five years I played the Virgin Mary in The Nativity. This was the hottest ticket in town – a cast of over 100, including sheep, goats, and some other animal that wasn’t cute enough to remember. We played to a sold out house every night for 3 weeks straight (5 shows on the weekend!), and people couldn’t line up fast enough afterwards to tell us how we’d infused them with the real Christmas spirit. It was so nice to have a positive impact on thousands of people!

  102. Heather says:

    My favorite holiday memory is sharing last Christmas with my then 3 year old. It was the first year she really got it and to see the awe and magic in her eyes in something I’ll never forget.

  103. Sarath595 says:

    I don’t think I have a specific favorite holiday memory, but I know that as a kid, I always loved jumping into my parents bed on Christmas morning to wake them up so my sister and I could open our presents. But y’know, getting a bow for Christmas a couple years ago was pretty dang awesome too.

  104. E.L.F. says:

    Posted a review of Grimspace on Amazon (yes, I like to wait until the very last minute!).