Thursday, January 13, 2011

Day 4: LDS Authors Giveaway!

*I am so, so sorry this didn't post at midnight. I guess I clicked the Save button instead of Publish. Didn't notice until just now. But you still have a full 24 hours to enter. This one contest will remain open until 8:00 A.M. Friday morning.

There are several LDS authors whom I call friends, and Rebecca Talley is one of them. She has a new book out this month!

The Upside of Down

"Hmmm," the doctor muttered.

Natalie wrinkled her forehead, almost afraid to ask, and said, "What does that mean?"

"You do know you're pregnant, right?"

Her breath caught in her throat.

"Excuse me?"

"You're pregnant."

Her heartbeat thundered in her ears. "I'm what?"

Natalie Drake certainly has her hands full raising a large family, dealing with her difficult mother, and maintaining a relationship with her rebellious teenager. Just when things seem to be going smoothly, she finds out another unexpected surprise--she's going to have a baby. Faced with so many challenges, Natalie must learn to trust in a plan that isn't what she imagined and discover that every situation has an upside.

Rebecca Talley once again carefully crafts together a touching and heartfelt story that is sure to inspire you. With true-to-life characters and situations, The Upside of Down will reignite your faith and remind you of the importance of family.

Rebecca Talley lives in rural CO with her husband, 7 of her 10 children, a dog, cats, a spoiled horse, goats, and a miniature donkey named Starla.

Besides writing she loves to date her husband, play with her kids, swim in the ocean, make jewelry, and eat chocolate. She is the author of Grasshopper Pie, Heaven Scent, and Altared Plans.

You can find her at and

Prize #2: LDS Author Package
I buy a lot—and I mean, A LOT—of books by LDS authors because: 1) they are my friends, 2) I like to support the industry in which I work, 3) LDS fiction is getting better and better overall. I also enter a lot of blog contests. So sometimes I end up with extra copies of books I already own. Here are a few of my doubles—all of them I've read, and all of them I liked.

This package contains: Loyalty's Web by Joyce diPastena—"Torture, blackmail, murder, forbidden love" in the Middle Ages; The Ball's In Her Court by Heather Justesen—a woman's search for her biological family, plus a healthy dose of romance; Previously Engaged by Elodia Strain—a fun, light romance that made me LOL; The Route by Gale Sears—life-changing insights gleaned while delivering 'Meals on Wheels'.

Prize #3: Rose Earrings
These gorgeous earrings were part of a gift with purchase from Chanté's Freckled Flower Shop (which is no longer up). I thought they were bee-yoo-tiful but I never wore them because I rarely wear silver jewelry. So my loss is your gain! One pair of silver rose cut-out earrings!

Prize #4: Book Lover's Package
Reading is one of my favorite things in the world! (duh!) So this package contains items that a book lover needs. Includes: a key chain flashlight (for reading in the car at night; yes, I did that every Saturday night for years, when I took my MIL to mass); one clip-on book light for reading in bed after your spouse has gone to sleep (everyone does this, right?); one of the very last Book Bling metal, beaded bookmarks made by me; a package of string bookmarks (1 pig & 1 cat), a red bling pen (for making lists of books you want to read); and an "I Am Not a Serial Killer" button (because I like that series and it is a great conversation starter).

Prize #5: Miscellaneous Booty Package
This prize is some cool, but totally un-related stuff: 1 liquid measurement equivalent magnet (for when you're too busy reading to do the math); 1 multi-pocket zipper travel baglet (for carrying book-related items on your vacation (like, bookmarks, pens, sticky notes, notepads, etc.); 2 note pad lists (that were purchased at a bookstore once upon a time); and a 12 pack of mini colored pens (yes, I do like those pens).

Day 4 Tasks
To be entered to win one of these five prizes, as well as the Grand Prize, you must first read the rules and then:
  1. Become a follower of this blog (Inksplasher) if you aren't already.

  2. Spread the word about today's giveaway via Facebook, Twitter, other social media, e-mail or phone call. (Tell me what you did and/or send link(s) if it was online.)

  3. Go visit Rebecca's blog and become a Follower (if you aren't already) AND leave a comment on one of her posts OR sign up for her author newsletter (below her image in the sidebar).

  4. Send me an e-mail with your full name and mailing address, the links and/or answers to the above, and which of the five prizes you'd prefer to win. (You may not get your preference, but I'll accommodate, if possible.)
Remember, your e-mail must be received by midnight tonight. All of today's e-mails are automatically entered for the Grand Prize. Get an extra entry for the Grand Prize by putting my button in your sidebar!

Thanks for playing—and good luck!


Stephanie Abney said...

FYI - when I click on Rebecca's blog link in the CONTEST INSTRUCTION part of this post - it comes up "NOT FOUND" - you might want to check it. But the typed out link in the regular post works just fine.

And I became a follower of your blog today (weird, I thought I already was). Oh well. I am now.

AND Rebecca's blog AND I posted about your contest with a link to the blog on FB - you can check it out on my wall.

So, my friend, ENTER ME PLEASE!!

Anonymous said...

Hey I can only do one of them becuase i dont have a blog but i am spreading the word!!! Im super excited about this. Sorry it has taken me so long I keep forgettting.
Thanks fo all the fun things you do!

Suan said...

did everything
i will email you
and i forgot to mention that i like your new blog look....i really like the cute tabs at the top...thanks for the fun contests and prizes :)

Tristi Pinkston said...

Yeah, I noticed that too on your links, Karlene - they say or something like that. Anyway, there's an extra blogspot in there. But I just chopped off the blogger part at the start.

Karlene said...

Man! Yesterday was just not my day! First I posted late, then I messed up the links. Soooo sorry.