Win $100 for a Promo Video

Yes, that’s right, I’m willing to give someone $100.00 for the winning promotion video. However, there are guidelines so keep reading if you think you have the know-how to enter this … competition/work offer.

I don’t have the know-how and that’s why I’m willing to run this competition (for lack of a better word); and why I’m prepared to pay the money. If you submit a video and I like it, then I’ll be paying you for full exclusive use of that video, to use in any way I see fit, for as long as I want.

Firstly, there are three categories and three chances of grabbing $100.00. That means, if I receive videos that I like and want to use in each category then I will pay the submitter(s) $100.00 for each video chosen, which is a total of $300.00.

Secondly, the $100.00 will be paid in Australian dollars. I will pay through PayPal if you live overseas or I will do a bank transfer (or pay through PayPal, if your prefer) if you live within Australia.

Thirdly, I reserve the right not to pick any submitted videos, if they are not to my liking. In other words, I’m not going to pick something I don’t want to use. That would be wasting money and I’m not into doing that.

The Categories:

1. A promo for the Hope Anthology (refer to Hope Anthology webpage).
2. A promo for the Night Terrors Anthology (refer to official webpage).
3. A promo for The Land of Miu series (refer to webpages for Book 1 and Book 2 and upcoming release page for Book 3).

The Guidelines:

1. The video must be under 3 minutes.
2. The video must be tied to the book (or books in the case of category 3) in some way.
3. Everything used in the video – music, images, sounds, voice overs, etc – must not be copyrighted in any way.

That’s it for the guidelines. I don’t want to restrict your imagination by saying any more so the rest is up to you.

If you would like to obtain higher definitions of the cover art work, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Submissions will be accepted up until 31 January 2013 by sending them to my email address, which is karenleefield AT gmail DOT com.

I look forward to seeing what you come up with. 😀

Competition: What does a Miuan look like?

The Competition:
The author would love to see your impression of what a Miuan looks like. The competition is open to everyone, however, you will have to have read Cat’s Eyes in order to enter.

Conditions:
By submitting an entry, the artist is giving permission for the author to upload the image to her website and to Facebook, and use it indefinitely. However, copyright will remain with the creator.

How to Enter:
Entries will be accepted until 30 June 2011. Email your sketch, drawing, painting, etc, in jpeg format to karenleefield AT gmail DOT com. The winning entry will be chosen by the author.

The Prize:
The winner will receive a free paperback copy of book 2, Cat’s Paw, when it is published.

And the winning voter is…

There was an excellent response to the competition and I was pleased to see heaps of voters too. All those people who took the time to vote were entered into a separate prize pool. Their names were put in a hat (or in this instance a large kitchen bowl) and one name was pulled out. That person won the voters prize – an ebook version of the Speculative Realms anthology.

The person who won that prize is:

Tina Garrard

Congratulations and well done. Your prize has been emailed to you this morning.

In fact, all prizes have now been distributed. Thank you to everyone who participated – writers and voters. And to those who received a copy of the ebook, the anthology authors hope you enjoy their words.

And the winning entry is…

It is with great pleasure that I announce the winner of the Let’s Celebrate competition. Please put your hands together and give a warm applause for the winning entry:

One Enchanting Evening by Rebecca Emin

Congratulations, Rebecca! You have won a $25 Amazon Gift Voucher and an ebook version of “Speculative Realms: Where there’s a will, there’s a way”. (Your prizes will be emailed to you as soon as I’ve organised the gift voucher.)

I think it is only fair to mention the second and third place winners as well. Both entries did extremely well and were well received by voters. Please give another round of applause for:

Second Place Winner: A Little Killing by Alan Baxter

Third Place Winner: Happens All the Time by Paul Liadis

Congratulations to you both. Although I didn’t mention this at the beginning of the competition, it has been decided that the runners up deserve a prize too, so they will also receive an ebook version of the Speculative Realms anthology. (Guys, your prize will be emailed to you soon.)

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition. The entries were superb and it was fun for me to give little hints throughout the voting period. I must have a tormenting streak in me! Anyway, I hope I wasn’t the only one to enjoy myself, I hope all visitors to the website enjoyed reading the entries (and voting) and were amused by the hints too.

Now, I haven’t forgotten that there’s still one winner to announce – a random voter will get a prize as well. I need some time to organise the draw, so this winner will be announced in a couple of days.

For those of you who wish to re-read the entries or haven’t read them yet, here are links to the stories:

Entry 1: A Little Killing
Entry 2: The Black Window
Entry 3: An Angel Unawares
Entry 4: Happens All the Time
Entry 5: The Release of Thorim Hammerfist
Entry 6: One Enchanting Evening
Entry 7: What’s Theirs

Voting Ends in a Week

With only a week of voting to go, it’s important to get your vote in. Don’t put it off until tomorrow because there is always something else to be done and you’ll end up not voting at all.

The authors of the entries should remind their own followers that voting is almost over. We have one entry that is strides in front of the others, so every vote counts.

Vote now! (Please.) 🙂

When the Days are Long and Roads are Chosen

It’s been a bit quiet around here, but that isn’t because I haven’t anything to say, it’s because Christmas is fast approaching and things have suddenly become hectic. As I’m sure everyone is discovering.

I’m still travelling and working. That seems to take most of my days at the moment and will continue to do so well into the future, I foresee. This time of year is extremely busy, so there’s no time for slacking off at work and surfing the net. It’s not all bad though as I’ve been diligently working on planning my trilogy during my travelling time, which is no longer a trilogy, but more on that in a moment. At present, my travel time consists of writing in the morning and reading in the afternoon. I carry a mini-laptop for one and an iPod Touch for the other. I feel quite “up with the time” and it’s brilliant.

My first ebook experience is proving to be quite satisfying. Using the iPod Touch as an e-reader has been a good experience. It’s easy and light to carry. The screen is clear to read. I haven’t experienced any adverse side affects from reading a screen rather than a book. And, of course, the book I’m reading is entertaining which always helps.

The mini-laptop is great for writing. I have loaded all my files onto a flash drive so that I can go between computers without the fear of not being up-to-date (I found I was in a state of confusion prior to adopting this method). It took a while to get used to the smaller keyboard, but I’m finding that I can type with minimal errors now.

And what about that non-existent trilogy, you ask? Well, that’s an easy question to answer.

My idea was to write a trilogy. I had three stories vaguely mapped out in my mind with a thread or two that linked them all together. However, the idea for book 3 wasn’t coming together well. In fact, it fell in a heap and refused to be sorted out, no matter how hard I tried. The plot itself was quite good, but in reality I couldn’t find a way for my character to make it all pan out the way I wanted it to. This put a huge stumbling block in my path that I was finding impossible to find a way around. Then, one morning, I woke up early and lay staring at the ceiling for ages thinking about it and realised that the story wasn’t possible and it had to be dropped. That quickly allowed me to store the second story as a possible future stand alone with other characters in another setting, which meant the trilogy was reduced to a single stand alone book.

Since making that decision, the planning is forging forward nicely. My characters have shifted in their personalities, the plot is changing continuously to fit a stand alone and I’m pleased with what I have so far.

When the days are long and roads are chosen, I’m glad everything is panning out just right for me.

In other news, the number of votes for the competition is steadily rising. There will be no more hints until later next week.

Competition Update

I’ve been away for a few days. Unfortunately, it rained most of the time we were away but that didn’t stop us making the most of the change of scenery. We enjoyed ourselves. Yes, we walked in the rain (how romantic; pity we got the sniffles) and our puppy fell in the river (he disappeared completely under the water and when he surfaced he looked terrified; my partner was preparing to jump in to save him, but his dog instincts brought him to the bank). Other than that, we really did enjoy ourselves.

Whilst we’ve been away, the voting for the competition continued and today I’m giving an official update on how it’s going.

One entry has pulled slightly ahead of the three that are coming equal second. And…at the other end of the scale, one entry hasn’t received a vote as yet. That can, of course, change in a heartbeat. Please take the time to read all the entries and vote. It will only take half an hour of your time and you could win a prize!

Another update will follow later in the month.