Contest: THUG, Wintersong, and YAllFest Swag!

Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! I’ve finally gotten over the cold-that-turned-into-the-flu, and realized that THUG comes out in less than a week! I pre-ordered it last summer, but then I received a signed arc at YAllFest (and it is just as good as everyone says it is!). So now I have a pre-order that I don’t need. I also have an arc of Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones and a bunch of YAllFest swag (including two more arcs: The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins and The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr), which means it’s contest time!

 Enter to win THUG

Enter to win WINTERSONG

Enter to win YAllFest Swag

You can chose one, two, or all three contests to enter.

Three separate winners will be chosen.

U.S. only

Contest ends at midnight 2/28.

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Announcing #PonyFest15!

It’s finally here! PonyFest15! For those of you who’ve been hanging around the blog for the past couple years, you know what this means: my blog is being taken over by My Little Ponies for the next month. All the rules and prizes for the contest are below, but first we have the 2013 winning custom by PonyFest customizer LightningSilver-Mana:

Edgewyn, by LightningSilver-Mana
Edgewyn, design by Danielle Shipley, customized by LightningSilver-Mana

The winning ponies don’t usually get clothing, but since the original Edgewyn was lost by the post office, the Panel of judges banded together to get a new pony and his accessories made quick!

And now for PonyFest15!

 The Rules:

-either draw your own pony or use the pony creator to make a pony based on your novel. Choose colors for the body, mane/tail, and eye color, as well as a symbol. Ponies can be earthers, unicorns or pegasi (ponies with both a horn and wings will be disqualified). No Twice As Fancy symbols (the symbol design can’t cover the whole body).

-all ponies must come from a full-length, original work (no fanfics). Unpublished novels are OK. Feel free to plug your published novel in your post!

-it can be a pony based on a character, setting, or theme from your novel. You can make more than one pony, but they must be voted on as a whole, from the same book, and only ONE of those ponies will be customized.

-write up a short description of your pony(s), and a one sentence tag-line for the book.

-post the pony(s) on your blog by Weds November 4th and reply here with the link to that post.

-from November 8th through 20th visit the other blogs and vote for your favorite pony!

winners will be announced on November 22nd!

The Vote: There are two votes: one popular, one panel. The Panel vote is made up of pony customizers including Kalavista, LightningSilver-Mana, jupiternwndrlnd, RevRuby, Nichi Tsukinoko, TexasGal, and Saja, among others. The Popular vote will be the same as in years past through a poll on the PonyFest post.

The Prizes: The winner of the panel vote will have their pony made into a real custom pony by one of the panel customizers, plus receive a copy of The Secret of Shadow by customizer Kalavista! The winner will also receive a copy of Ink by Amanda Sun (the first PonyFest winner!), Inspired by Danielle Shipley (2013’s PonyFest winner!), and Storm Chaser by Angela Wallace (last year’s PonyFest winner!).

The winner of the popular vote will receive their choice of Mane Six pony, plus a copy of The Secret of Shadow by Kalavista, Spookygirl by Jill Baguchinsky, and Angelfire by Courtney A Moulton.

Restrictions: The custom pony will not have clothes or accessories (no sculpty/clay will be used), so make a representation of the character, rather than a carbon-copy right down to their underwear. No Alicorns/Unipegs, Twice-As-Fancy symbols (symbols that cover the entire body) or sitting poses. Open to US/Canada residents only (you can still play, but only US/C residents can win the prize, sorry!).

Good luck everyone!