Wednesday, 25 April 2012


Hello, my dear duckies! Happy Thursday to you all - I hope you're having a fine time wherever in the world you are, even if you are hiding from the rain and the icy wind under three layers of blankets (like me).

Today, as promised, I announce the winners of the Just Because April Giveaway. All of you guys that entered by leaving a comment (on either the original giveaway or the revised one) were assigned a number, and then I used a random number generator to pick three of you out to win.

The first to be picked were the winners of the two runner-up prizes, which included:

* Signed and personalised bookplates.

* FrostFire and Shadows on the Moon swag.

* Surprises!

 And the winners are...

(Drumroll please!)

Amy Celestia and The Book Queen

Congratulations, you guys! I hope you're happy. Please email me ASAP with your postal addresses and I will send your prizes out to you (I have a feeling one of you may have won a giveaway from the blog before? But you still need to email me, because my chances of being able to find your address among the insane disorganisation of my inbox are pretty much nil).

And now for the grand prize winner, who will recieve:

* A pre-order of the UK paperback of FrostFire sent directly from the Book Depository to you the moment the book is available (or one of my author copies, depending on which would reach you quicker).
* A rare signed and personalised Advanced Readers Copy of the U.S. version of Shadows on the Moon, with the all-new versions of the haiku which I wrote especially to be more faithful to a Japanese aesthetic.

* An extremely pretty signed and personalised U.S. hardcover of Daughter of the Flames (according to Amazon and the Book Depo these are no longer available from Candlewick Press, so you probably want to get your hands on this while you can).

* FrostFire swag - full-colour postcards and magnets - and assorted Shadows on the Moon swag.

* A secret surprise item!

This lucky winner is...

(Even longer and more suspenseful drumroll, please!)

Gil Hix

Congratulations, Gill! Well done! Again, email me pronto with your address, and I can get it boxed up and sent out, with the obvious exception of the FF pre-order, which has to wait until July 5th, or until I get my own copies, whichever comes first :)

Wow, that was really tiring. Phew! However, if you've not had your fill of excitement for the day, here's a link to a blog put together by Bonnie of A Backwards Story to celebrate the U.S. release of Shadows on the Moon. 

She's analysed the differences in the haiku between the U.S. and UK of the book, and even got me to tell her the inside scoop on how they happened, as well as reviewing the book and comparing the covers. Awesome, right? Go give her some love.

Also, you may have noticed a dinky new feature in the sidebar on the right - a progress metre for each of the Katana books and the trilogy as a whole. What do you think? Are you interested in knowing this stuff, or does it just clutter up the joint?

Oh, and one more thing: I'm going to have an early start and a busy day on Thursday, so I'm posting this just a tiny bit early (actually, slightly before I said I was going to pick the winners, which was midnight - I just didn't think anyone else was likely to enter at this point). But even though it says Wednesday up there, this still counts as Thursday's post, not an extra Wednesday one. Get it? Got it? Good.

And now it's time to take Finn on a last ramble around the block before bed. Au revoir, Dear Readers. See you on Tuesday!


The_Book_Queen said...

*Dances* Yeah! :) Will be sending you an email shortly.

Congrats to both of the other winners---especially Gil, lucky! :D

Thanks for this awesome giveaway, Zoe!


Zoë Marriott said...

You're completely welcome TBQ!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness yay, this has made my morning! Thanks Zoë :)

Congrats to The Book Queen and Gil Hix too!

Isabel said...

Congrats to the winners! And the progress meter's great, I'd love to be kept updated!

Zoë Marriott said...

Yay, Amy! I'm so glad you're pleased :)

Isabel: Oh, good. *I'm certainly* interested in how it's progressing, so I hoped everyone else might be too.

Rebecca Lindsay said...

Congrats to all the winners!! :D

Zoe: I would keep the progress bars, they're really smart and it'll let us know when to start searching Goodreads or Amazon for the new book lol :)
Thanks for introducing me to Pinterest, I am absoloutely addicted to it now lol

Zoë Marriott said...

Rebecca: Ha! Don't worry - I'll make sure to TELL you when to start looking on Amazon :)

Yay for Pinterest! Cheers me up like no other addiction, not even chocolate. No, wait, I take that back. *Nomnomnom*

Rebecca Lindsay said...

He he, there's not a lot of things better than chocolate.
Pinterest is a VERY close second though lol.

Phoenixgirl said...

Nice Court Jester reference - one of my all-time favorite movies! : )

Zoë Marriott said...

Phoenix: A-Thang-you!

Anonymous said...

I won, I won! I can't believe it! Thank you so much this giveaway, Zoe! Congratulations to the other winners!

Gill xoxox

G.M. said...

Hi Zoe. Just came to tell you that your book is already in book stores in North America. If you want more info, let me know. The book's cover is amazing (work of art) when you hold the book.

Zoë Marriott said...

Hi Giora! Yes, the book's official release date was the 24th of April, so I hoped it would be out in stores now. I'm glad that you liked the cover art so much. If you have any photos of the book out there in the wild I'd love to see them :)

G.M. said...

I don't have photos, but I'll give you some info about your book in one of the third biggest markets in North America. After New York and Los Angeles there are about four cities more or less in third place: Chicago, Houston, Philladelpia and Toroto in Canada (where I live). In the US the biggest bookstores chain is Barnes @ Noble and in Canada it is ChaptersIndigo. Look for your books in Canada by typing your name here
They put on the shelfs at the section of Teens 13+. There are 18 books of you in the bookstores close to me. But it's large cities with many bookstores. I was surprised with the word "breakfasted" in the first page, and was hoping to see your picture inside the cover.

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