Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Blessed Grand Prize Giveaway, Truth Be Told Countdown Event & More

Enter to win the Blessed grand prize giveaway from Cynsations!

Blessed is the third and latest installment in the Tantalize series, to be released by Candlewick on Jan. 25, 2011. This YA novel is a contemporary romantic thriller that offers a nod and a wink to Bram Stoker's classic Dracula (1897). Note: Sanguini's is the fictional vampire-themed restaurant featured in the series.

The prize package includes:

-Final hardcover of Blessed (Candlewick, 2011);

-Magnetic Sanguini's menu wipe board with pen that reads, "Stop in for a late-night bite" (see close-up at side);

-Sanguini's magnet;

-Laminated poster from "Dracula," starring Bela Lugosi (1931);

-Dragon finger puppet;

-Wolf finger puppet;

-Plush bat stuffed toy;

-Tantalize postcards;

-Series tie-in buttons;

-Angel wing charm;

-Dracula by Bram Stoker, illustrated by Anne Yvonne Gilbert, retold by Nicky Raven (Templar/Candlewick, 2010)(view an inside spread)(see also close-up at side).

To enter, leave a comment at this post! For an extra entry(s):

Post, share, tweet, whatever works:

(a) this giveaway and/or (b) the Blessed book trailer and/or a Blessed countdown widget;

and include the URL in your comment!

Also, make sure to include contact information in case you win.

Author-publisher sponsored. U.S./Canada entries only. Deadline: Jan. 31.

Here's the trailer for those that missed it yesterday:

Blessed News & More Giveaways

Sanguini's logo by Gene Brenek; shop Sanguini's.

Reminder: Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith ARC giveaway by P.J. "Tricia" Hoover from Roots in Myth. Deadline: midnight Jan. 14.

Reminder: Cat Calls E-Book by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Candlewick, 2010) is now available for free to Kindle users. See details. Note: Cat Calls is set in the Tantalize series universe.

Blessed Countdown at Truth Be Told

Blessed Online Countdown Event by Valorie from Truth Be Told. Valorie will be posting reviews, book trailers, teaser excerpts, and fun author-and-character interviews.

She's giving away two bookplate-autographed copies of Blessed, each with a Magnetic Sanguini's menu wipe board and pen.

She's also giving away one board to (a) a random commenter and another to (b) "a person who helps promote the release of the book, randomly chosen based on tweets, adding it to goodreads, and blogging. It will go to someone who didn't win the hardcover."

Giveaway deadline: 11 p.m. PST Jan. 24. See details.

See also Teaser Tuesday by Valorie from Truth Be Told. Note: features two short excerpts from Tantalize.

Blessed In-Person Author Events

Joint Launch Party: Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Candlewick) and Night School by Mari Mancusi (Berkley) book party and signing at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at BookPeople in Austin.

Event will include author talks, Q&A, refreshments and signing.

Wear red and black if you're on the side of Evil or blue and black if you're on the side of Good.

Bonus points (and possible prize) to anyone who dresses up as a vampire, shape shifter, vampire slayer, angel or fairy!

The Official Blessed In-Person Author Tour will take place in early February and include events in NY, NJ, and the Philly area. Stay tuned to Cynsations for details!


Heather Kephart said...

Woohoo! I'm so stoked about this book! (Get it? Bram... never mind)

Heather Kephart said...

I just Tweeted your fabulous giveaway:!/HeatherKephart/status/25209637510848512

Tarakf2006 said...

I can't wait!!!
I would like to enter is my email address.
Thanks :)

llt806 said...

An excellent prize for an excellent book!

We have the widget on our


Victoria said...

What a wonderful contest with lots of terrific items.

I Tweeted:!/Jovial_1/status/25238510499794944


Stasia said...

"Bloody" awesome contest :)
I tweeted it here:!/swkehoe/status/25247152615723008
stasiakehoe (at) msn (dot) com

lostnthestacks said...

Yay! I am so excited to read Blessed! Thx for the giveaway :)


Cathy C. Hall said...

I'm cautiously sanguine about winning. Oh, and I tweeted it, too. But I have no idea how to get the wouldn't penalize a girl for techno-dysfunctionality, would you?

cathyhall55 at hotmail dot com

Vivien said...

WOW!! This is definitely one of the best giveaways I've seen. ::crosses fingers::

I made an event post at goodreads.

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

Lindsay said...


Anonymous said...

I love promoting things like this, especially since it's one of my favorite genres and so well done. I hope a lot of people see this, not only for the contest, but to become acquainted with the material! This is great! This contest has been RT and posted on my blog. I wish you great success with this.

Patti L Brown said...

Can't wait to read BLESSED, Cyn! Congratulations and wa-hoo!

Lucia said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!!

I tweeted:!/Leecheeeee813/status/25337635291533312


Library Lady said...

Great contest! I tweeted too!!/adsanders77

adsanders77 at gmail dot com

Angela Ackerman said...

excited for you and this book! Can't wait!!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

angie said...

I would love to be entered! I tweeted!/bangersis/status/25377369296474113

Teddycavy said...

Ooh, I love giveaways! Gabi,

Jenny N. said...

Thanks for the chance to win :)

I also tweeted about this contest:


Chi Kittie said...

Thank you for this amazing giveaway. I would love to win this prize pack!

I have shared on twitter:!/SyCo4Twilight/status/25620406471757824


Kristen said...

What a great giveaway! I would love to win this prize pack!

dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

A.C. said...

Sounds good to me.

Shannon said...

I love this series! What a great giveaway! jersqueenie (at) gmail (dot) com

Lindsay Cummings said...

Amazing!! I wanna enter!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to enter!
Hoping I win!!

Emily Rose said...

Thanks for giveaway! <3

Anonymous said...

This is awesome!! I want to win!! :D

Monique said...

Cannot wait for this book to come out & the giveaway sounds awesome! I posted at

Samantha LeAnne said...

What an AMAZING giveaway!!

Samantha LeAnne

Saba M. said...

Awesome giveaway! Thanks a lot! I would love to win this (:

hernameisavril said...

WOW! I love this series I hope I win this next book.

amberxxalert said...

well i couldn't figure out how to get the link of the status trailer i shared on my facebook, so i took a picuture of the posts using the printscreen button this is the URL for the picture :)

But I would really love a copy of this book! Your writing is just fantastic, and I'm going to get the book whether I win it or not ;) I would just rather win it seeing as I'm a broke college student!

my email is:
amber.hodges135 @ gmail . com

evillilpixie said...

I would love to win this! I don't really win any contest, and I would just love to win the Bela Lugosi poster. I think I'm gonna die if I don't win this...anyway, I posted the widget and shared the giveaway here.

My e-mail you can reach me at is

simplykrista1991 said...

I am really excited to read this I hope I win my email is

addy owl said...

This is so awesome!! I really hope to win.

Linked at:

Thank you so much!

Teril said...

Oh my gosh I am so excited! The forts two books were just amazing. Blessed looks absolutely wonderful, and it is so close to be release.
Thank you, this swag rocks! I cannot wait.


KayaC said...

What hole have I been living under?!?! I cannot believe I just found this series last week when a friend mentioned it on the bus! Why did my local bookstore not carry it (the series). When my order came through the ups yesterday for the first book I loved it. Now I am so waiting for blessed! Thank you for this giveaway, it is awesome.

kasuranna (AT) yahoo (DOT)com

Hannah said...

I want to win!

PurpleInspiration said...

I reallly hope i wind this, this is my favorite series

my email is

Anonymous said...

I really want this book, so here goes nothing *fingers are crossed*

Anonymous said...

Totally want to win a copy. Posted a link to the giveaway on the sidebar of my blog (I have a book giveaway widget there already),!



Stephanie said...

Yay!! Can't wait to get my hands on "Blessed" !

Contact Info:

Anonymous said...

I would love to win all those awesome things! I could get my own shrine going (jk, but I could use it to decorate my mini library).

zoejohnson993 said...

That is so cool! It would be awesome to win!

Anonymous said...

Awesome contest! I love Tantalize and Eternal, though the ending of Eternal made me sad. Still, love the series. I hope I win; if not, congrats to the person that did. Oh, and I posted it on FB.
Contact Info:

the alice said...

I would definately love to win this awesome prize!!!!! Hope so.

Shani said...

I have wanted to read this series for a long time but I can never seem to find them in a library or bookstore! It would be great to win!

Anonymous said...

can i have it plz plz plz plz
ps i use this email is

Lucy said...

It would be amazing if I could win this :D


email is lucy_zhang_blue at yahoo dot com

Tianna said...

When I saw this, I was suuuper excited! I loved the first two books, and this one looks just as good! Could I get it please? :D is miy email

Anonymous said...

Ahhh I've been waiting forever for a book that had characters from both Tantalize and Eternal! And a new book by Cynthia. I can't wait till it comes out, and this giveaway would be perfect for me! Thank you for giving it! :D

--Sasha Switz,

J. Lewis said...

this is quite possibly the best giveaway ever. um, i tweeted it here ( and my email is, so yeah. so excited!


vmartinez said...

Yay! I'm soooo excited for this! I've been dying to read Blessed! The Dracula poster looks awesome please enter me, I would love to win :]]

Vanessa Martinez

Here are my links-- I shared the giveaway post and Blessed trailer :)


Facebook post

Blessed Trailer links:


Facebook post

Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale said...

Oh this is great!! I loved Tantalize and Eternal. Keep up the great writing!!

Caitlin said...

This is super exciting!! -Caiti

Poppercan said...

The book reviews sound amazing! I'd love to get my hands on it!

Dominique said...

I am soooo excited im bouncing in my seat at this moment! lol i cant wait for Blessed :P

my email:

donnas said...

Really looking forward to this. So glad its almost here. Congrats!

widget on sidebar -

tweet -!/DonnaS1/status/26891687187972096

blog post about contest -

post of trailer -

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Bookworm134 said...

Thanks so much for this opportunity! I cant wait to finish the series...

cgschroder gmail com

Anonymous said...

OMG! anything Vampires or Paranormal is great to me! I loved eternal, so i know i'm going to love blessed! the giveaway is truely BLESSED! <3

kkurlyfriezz27 at AOL dot com

Michaela said...

This is one of the best prize packages I have ever seen. I would love to win since there is such a variety of goodies! :)

I Tweeted:!/PinkeyPromise

(hope that works) :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is great! Tantalize was one of the first paranormal books I ever read. You started the obsession! It seems like I've been waiting forever for Blessed!

horsezr4me (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

It would be awesome to win it. Even if i dont i simply cant wait to read it, i'm so excited. :D

Nicole said...

I loved Tantalize and am reading the second one now... so pumped for the thrid =)

Kristen said...

Would love to win this awesome prize pack! :)

dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

kristina shields said...

I have loved the two first books of the series. I can't wait to read BLessed!

Grace said...

Oh My Gosh!!! This would just be so amazing to win!!! No not amazing....EPIC!!! Haha :)
I am a HUGE fan!:)

Anonymous said...

I couldn't get the button to post on my blog, but I did FB it.

Don't know if that counts?? o! I'd love to win a copy of Blessed!!

Margay said...

I would love to win this prize pack!


Anonymous said...

This looks so fun!! I love the prize pack
I also tweeted about the contest here:

so my email is
faefever25 AT hotmail DOT com




Linda said...

SO excited about this book!! I tweeted about the contest.!/Linndilou/status/30019925242281985

linda_keeran at hotmail dot com

Alatariel said...

I can't wait for this book!! :):)


EbethT said...

I would love to win a copy of Blessed. Of course I would read it first, and then I would allow the book to be passed among the young adult readers in my family and church group. We often share reading in this manner.

Info: Elizabeth Towns, 59 Governors Place, Columbus, Ohio 43219



Anonymous said...

This is an incredible giveaway! Thanks for being so awesome!

Oh yeah, I tweeted about this goodness @

- Ashley

Nastya-Belikova said...

I absolutely am dying to win. To be honest, I've never read Dracula, but I've always wanted to. I know, its a sin not to read Dracula, but every other vampire book out there. Shame on me:)
I blogged:
And my email for contact:
Fingers crossed!


Cassidy said...

Love the world you built!! I tweeted as @Cassidy_Finn but can't figure how to cut & paste URL from iPad.

soulfulll said...

Awesome giveaway!!


Joyce Lansky said...

Please enter me for a Blessed prize pack. I tweeted the link to the trailer.


The Total Book Nerd said...

OMG! I'm so excited now!!! :D

Jessica Capelle said...

Great contest! Would love to win the prize pack :-)

Heather T said...

I'm excited for this new book! I love your other writings too, especially Rain Is Not My Indian Name, and Jingle Dancer! I really want to stop by one of your tour events in NYC when you come up but I'm not sure which one. I would LOVE to meet you! It would absolutely make my year!


Teen Zone said...

Cynthia, You have the best contests. I can't wait to read Blessed. Our library copies are already checked out!

jbeckstead (at) natronacountylibrary (dot) org

Cynthia Leitich Smith said...

Thank you to everyone who entered the BLESSED Grand Prize Giveaway!

Your enthusiasm is hugely appreciated! Entries are now closed, and I will be announcing the winner on Cynsations Friday.

More chances to win? You can also enter to win a copy of the book from Teaching Authors. Deadline: Feb. 2. Or you can enter to win a Sanguini's magnet, wipe board, plush bat toy and button from Pirate Penguin Reads (thru 2/6), Badass Bookie (thru 2/4), and A Good Addiction (thru 2/6).

Please note that BLESSED is now available from Candlewick Press and Walker Australia and New Zealand! The UK edition is coming soon, and I'll continue to announce international releases as they arise.

If you live in NY, NJ or the Philly area, please join me at one of the live, in-person events on the BLESSED tour (see schedule). I'll be doing events in the region from Feb. 6 to Feb. 13.

Thanks so much & stay spooky!

Cynthia Leitich Smith said...

The winner of the Blessed grand prize giveaway is: Lissa at

Thanks so much to everyone who entered! See today's round-up post for opportunities to win some mega bling from other blogs.

Or, if you're in the New York, New Jersey, Philly area, please join me on tour next week:

Thanks again and have a blessed weekend!