Step Right Up … and Try Your Luck
By Jeff Salter
Colleagues and friends: The ole Hound is giving it away today! This is Day # 4 of our five-day Hot Summer Nights Giveaway at Four Foxes and a Hound.
Yep, it’s a contest … and the person with most ‘points’ or ‘entries’ stands to win a $75 gift card plus several autographed books by our own Foxes … AND other prizes. Total value exceeds $150.
Why are we so generous? Beats the heck out of me. I’ve never done this before. I’ve been the one jumping on blogs which offer free books and have – in the course of about 14 months – already won an impressive number of books and two small gift certificates! Heck, I’ve even won a tee-shirt and a cap from Sarah Ballance!
But back to Foxes and Hound business.
On Monday, our newest fox Micki Gibson published her particulars. On Tuesday, our founding fox Jillian Chantal spelled out ways to accumulate numerous entries in the contest. And Wednesday … Cajun fox Danica Avet provided additional ways to enter.
I’ll admit there are some variations so you have to read carefully. Tough. We don’t exactly fit in a standard mold.
Anyway, here’s the specs on how to enter TODAY … while the Hound blogs:
1 point/entry if you leave a comment
3 points/entries if you refer our blog to a friend who also leaves a comment (and mentions that you sent her)
5 points/entries if you subscribe to our blog (instructions somewhere on the home page).
Now, here’s where it turns into a bit of detective work. Not only do we want subscribers to our group blog, but I want y’all to read some of the stuff I’ve already written.
I give points to readers who are willing to go back over the Hound’s archives – don’t worry, it’s only since the first full week of February – to find the following (and include it in your comment here):
1 point/entry for the name of a Guest Fox (on my Thursdays) and the date when she blogged. Hint: there have been FOUR Guest Foxes and you can’t use a name which has already been entered … so jump on this part quickly.
2 points/entries for the name of a poem (on my Thursdays) and the date when it appeared. Hint: there have been FIVE poems and you can’t use a poem title which has already been entered … so jump on this part quickly also.
Okay, just for anybody who’s slow on the uptake: here’s the rundown for TODAY (only): Maximum points/entries possible = 12. To achieve this, you’d have to:
* enter a comment here (1)
* refer our blog to a friend who also leaves a comment here (and mentions that you sent her) (3)
* subscribe to our blog (5)
* find (& enter) the name of a Guest Fox and the day when she blogged (1)
* find the title of one of my poems and the day when it appeared (2)
Now, that’s 12 points possible for MY day — today. [Well, technically: if you’re able to refer more than one friend who also comments and mentions that you sent her here … you’d get 3 points/entries for each instance of same. So, if you have lots of friends with time on their hands, you might get lucky!]
Plus, if you go to the other Foxes/Hound blogs this week, you can earn bocoodles of additional points by following their instructions.
No, it’s not too late to go back to any of the blogs for Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday to add a comment … and rack up more points/entries. And be sure to check tomorrow (Friday) for Lynn Rush’s blog. Frankly, I think entrants need to post something on every day this week to even stand a chance of winning … but I’m not doing the counting.
And these prizes are terrific. Think what you could buy for $75 in an on-line bookstore! Think of reading several books by Fox authors!
Contest runs to 10pm (Pacific time) Friday June 24th 2011. It’s restricted to US residents. The winner will be announced on Saturday June 25th, so be sure to check back to see if you’re the winner!
I would be majorly pleased if one of the regulars to my Thursday ravings were to win the grand prize!
Step right up and try your luck! We’re ‘giving it away’ on Hot Summer Nights!