First Official Give-A-Way!

That's a lie. It's not the first official give-a-way of stuff on this blog, but it's the first official give-a-way of the real copy of The Guardians of the Hidden Scepter on this blog. What's this so called Guardian of the Hidden something or other you ask? Click HERE to see pictures, or (lazy) scroll down.

I'm having a contest and I'm leery about it. You see, sometimes contests do really well on my blog. Other times... total bust! I'm assuming the reasons range from lack of interest to, too many difficult rules, to "you just don't like me that much", and so on, and so on. But I've got books to share and although I like the look of all these copies on my shelf, it's kind of ridiculous. So, this first contest (yes there will be more) will be an easy one to get in on the action.

It's the tell a neighbor contest.

RULES: Uh... tell your neighbor. Who's your neighbor? Anyone can be your neighbor. Meaning, if you're a parent, tell your kid about my book The Guardians of the Hidden Scepter. Get em excited. Tell your spouse. Tell a co-worker. Tell your actual, physical (next-to-your house) neighbor. You can do this in passing. I've even given you an example:

You - "Hey Earl, how's that new weed whacker holdin up for you?"
Earl - "Oh, not so bad."
You - "Ah, I see."
You - "Have you heard about Frank Cole's new middle grade novel, The Guardians of the Hidden Scepter, yet?"
Earl - "Huh?"

See, it's that easy.

Now - How are you going to report this? Again. So simple. All you have to do is comment on this blog with one person you've told. You don't have to name them. You just say, "I did it" and I'll believe you. I'll give you an entry for every comment you make, but up to 5 as the max. Now, if by chance, you tell your neighbors on facebook or on your blog and one of your comments tells me that, or provides me with a beautiful link where I can go and read this beloved post, well, golly, that's worth 5 entries all by itself.

Heck, here's even a little blurb I stole off of Amazon about the book you could put on your blog if you wanted.

Amber never dreamed her archaeology class would turn into a top secret mission that would take her across the globe, but when her teacher goes missing, Amber realizes it's up to her to protect the Hidden Scepter or risk unleashing an ancient power too terrifying to imagine. This guaranteed page-turner from the bestselling author of the Hashbrown Winters series is perfect for the adventurer in your family.

So there. I've provided you with the rules, the incentive (a signed copy of The Guardians of the Hidden Scepter), and now here's the date: I'll randomly pick a winner on Saturday, March 12th. That means you can start telling everyone right now. 

And, in case you didn't scroll down, here's a video clip of me holding my book. Enjoy.


Deena said...

Hey Frank - saw your book at Barnes and Noble yesterday. Told Paul about it. By the way it is my birthday on the 11th so I think I should win!

Jean said...

Hi Frank - My friend Deena told me about your book on facebook. I can't wait to share this book with five of my seven grandkids. I'm also interested in the Hashbrown Winters series. I love to spoil my grandkids with books and I haven't heard of these. They look delightful.
Jean Bosen

Cole Family said...

Hey Frank- I told my home teacher about your books and then I took his wallet. So technically he paid for your book. He just did not get a copy. I kept that too.

kbrebes said...

Terrific contest. I just followed you. Just told my hubby about the book, too.

kbrebes said...

Oh, yes. I'm a tutor and will actually USE your book as a teaching tool in session with all my students, if I win, which I hope I do!!!

kbrebes said...

Put it on facebook. Here's the link:

PS I told my daughter and son, also!

kbrebes said...

Do I really have to make five separate comments????
My email is kbrebes@aol.com
I told my mom.

kbrebes said...

Here's #5: I told my best friend!

Jackie said...

I shared a link to Amazon on my fb!



A.J. Dub. said...

I told my husband.

A.J. Dub. said...

And I put a post on my blog, so that about 42 more people may or may not try to beat me out of winning.


Dan said...

I posted it on my blog for ya, Frank.

Best of luck at your party!


Mrs. LaDuke said...

I told my class (23 little people), my daughter, and we (all 5 teachers) discussed it at lunch (which you didn't show up for, so WE ate your Smashburger). I told my running partner.
Hope I win it, that way you can sign it at your signing party!

J Lloyd Morgan said...

I told my wife, my 4 daugthers and my 5 employees about it. Granted, for my employees, it went, "All right, now that we are clear about the schedule, let me tell you about this awesome new book--and no, this one I'm telling you about isn't one I wrote." That got their attention!

Frank Cole said...

Deena - Happy Early Birthday!
Jean - Welcome and I'm glad you made it here via Deena's announcement.
Michael - Love ya broskie, but what?
Kbrebes - Glad to meet you! Thanks for putting up with the odd rules of posting separately. Yeah, I'm weird. :)
Jackie - Thank you! It's been years hasn't it?
AJ Dub - You rock... as always!
Dan - I appreciate it! Wish you could be there.
Mrs. LaDuke - You were serious about Smash Burger? I took it as a joke. I would've totally come devour a burger in the presence of some awesome teachers. Tell them, I'll catch them next time!
J Loyd - Thanks fellow mancave author!

Mrs. LaDuke said...

Yeah, the invitation was a joke, (or a double-dirty-dog dare). And we didn't really order you a burger. But would have loved it if you had shown! You would have made new fans!

Anonymous said...

I tweeted earlier today regarding your book. After I heard about your contest I helped spread the word to another teacher and will be sure to let my class (4th grade) know too :)

- jeana said...

i told all my students at school about it...does that earn me 525 entries??? i've also posted it on facebook, that 401 more entries. =) tell ya what...don't bother with the contest, just send me a signed book =) =) =) =)

Kate said...

So I was totally planning on blogging about your book anyway, and now it enters me to win a free copy?--SWEET! You can see it here:

And that runs on my FB, too.

Linda B said...

I did it-told my grandkids and my husband.

Stacy Henrie said...

Congrats on your book! Looks like one my boys might enjoy hearing. I told my hubby.

Mrs. LaDuke said...

Told three neighbors at the park today!