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Win a Kindle from Samhain Publishing

Want an ebook reader this Christmas but don’t want to spend the cash? Try out the Angela James’ and her band of merry authors’ contest. There are two Kindles up for grabs but you have to follow the instructions carefully or Angie will disqualify your entry. Pay attention.

(The Kindles have a 11-13 week wait time so even if you wanted to spend the cash, winning one might be the only way to get it this holiday season).

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Kristen
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 21:23:57

    Stop telling people about this! You’re ruining my odds! lol

  2. Jane
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 21:29:03

    @Kristen: LOL! I think Angie should sell the two on eBay since they are selling for a huge premium due to the delay in getting them from Amazon and then buy 4 and give them away on V Day.

  3. Angela James
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 21:30:42

    I’m sorry to say my house was robbed earlier this evening. Lucky for me, the only thing they took was the Amazon boxes containing the two Kindles.

  4. Kimber An
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 21:33:27

    Brilliant! Way to stay on top of your readers’ needs, Samhain.

  5. Angela James
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 21:36:21

    Brilliant! Way to stay on top of your readers' needs, Samhain.

    Thank you, but in reality it’s not “Samhain’s” contest. This is actually my contest in conjunction with some of my authors. Samhain donated some books and promo items, but otherwise, all of the prizes were purchased by myself and my authors. Normally I wouldn’t make the distinction since it’s very possible you could call me Samhain at this point and I might answer, lolol, but I think the authors deserve the recognition for the prizes they donated.

  6. Jane
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 21:37:20

    @Angela James: Oye. I will change.

  7. Ann Somerville
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 22:03:21

    You’re just posting this to taunt the non-Americans :(

  8. ArkansasCyndi
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 23:05:54

    I must agree with Kristen. STOP telling people about it!

    In fact, I’m pretty sure the whole thing has been canceled, so no need for any other readers to waste their valuable time. Nope. Not at all.

    Contest Canceled.
    (How’s that Kristen? You’re welcome)

  9. rebyj
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 05:11:10

    I’ve prayed to every god/goddess/demigod in a Sherrilyn Kenyon book for 2 years for a Kindle!
    This may be their halfassed way of granting my whiny wishes LOL.
    I’ll be entering, even if it is a lot of hard work (ha) clicking on author sites and finding new books to put on my listObooks2buy!

    It’s really hard to do so all you others who might have wanted to try to win a kindle may want to just give up now….hehe

  10. rebyj
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 07:31:45

    it took me from 5:11am to 7:29am to finish both entries.
    One author had her icon hidden so well that if I ever EVER meet her at a convention or book signing I’m gonna pinch her!

  11. Angela James
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 07:49:43

    @ Ann Sommerville It’s an international contest, I didn’t restrict it to US only. And the Kindle works perfectly fine overseas, you just can’t use the wireless, which simply makes it like any other ereader out there! So I don’t see any taunting at all?

  12. GrowlyCub
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 10:01:55

    rebyj, you did much better than me! Congrats, she says with envy. :) I did well with the first one, but the second…

    I totally understand that the purpose of offering such a neat prize is to get us to check out unfamiliar authors and end up buying their books. So, it shouldn’t be too easy to find the graphic, but if a site is extensive maybe hiding it 25 layers deep isn’t quite achieving the book buying enticement goal.

    Let’s just say after spending over an hour and clicking on hundreds of pages for one particular author without finding the graphic (after I found all the other ones), I’m aggravated rather than intrigued into buying books…

    Fickle consumer that I am… :)

  13. Mrs Giggles
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 12:38:43

    And the Kindle works perfectly fine overseas, you just can't use the wireless, which simply makes it like any other ereader out there!

    I can see where Ann is coming from – given that folks outside the USA can’t purchase Kindle books from Amazon, having a Kindle is like owning shopping cart only to learn that we with no way to fill the cart with goodies.

    Then again, it isn’t just Kindle. Reader devices haven’t caught on over here in this region where I live, and importing one isn’t practical considering issues like warranty and such. I can only reassure myself that I won’t be spending more on impulse book purchases without a Kindle in my hands, so at least I still have money left over for food…

    But good luck to all who entered – I can’t ask for a better gift for Christmas myself.

  14. Angela James
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 13:05:51

    I guess I still don’t understand, because I don’t buy from the Kindle store. I buy books from other stores and import them just like I would on my Sony or Ebookwise. If we gave away a Sony Reader instead, people wouldn’t be able to buy from the Sony store either, so they’d have to do it the same way. I see an ebook reader as an ebook reader, it doesn’t matter where you purchase from, so I guess I’m not sure of why it’s taunting, but maybe it’s because my frame of reference is different?

    So, if you live internationally and you won a Kindle, you’d feel like you couldn’t use it?

  15. Shiloh Walker
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 13:15:31

    I’ve got a Sony Reader and I rarely buy my ebooks from the Sony Store. I buy them from the pub and it’s very easy to get them on the Sony. The Kindle, from what I’ve heard, can do the same.

  16. Ann Somerville
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 14:40:46

    @Angela James:
    I didn’t really think of the non-Kindle content. I’ve got so used to the idea that the Kindle is not for us, that I didn’t think. Sorry.

  17. Janine
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 14:52:13

    Angela, are you sure Jaci Burton’s kindle-with-book-cover is posted at her site? I’ve been though it three times, I think I’ve clicked on every link multiple times, and I just can’t find it.

  18. Angela James
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 14:58:48

    Yep, just as it says at the top of every page, I verified each one. They’re all there. And you’re the first person to actually say they couldn’t find Jaci’s. Usually it’s Deidre Knight or JB McDonald. But I even have completed entries to verify that they are indeed all there, so keep looking! (you might want to check out her Samhain books on her website)

  19. Lynne Connolly
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 15:02:07

    I live in the UK and I’d love a Kindle! It reads other formats, and eventually Amazon will get its act together. Actually, my preferred reader is mobi, but that can convert non DRM’ed books to almost anything.
    I just love techie stuff. We have the Sony and the Cybook over here, but not the Kindle, not yet, and because I can’t have it, I want one!
    Only trouble is, I’m part of the competition, sigh. So I couldn’t enter anyway.

  20. Janine
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 15:09:04

    Thanks, Angela! :)

  21. dew
    Dec 05, 2008 @ 18:33:10

    @Angela James:

    I understand that “treasure hunts” aren’t supposed to be easy, but after spending 10-20 minutes on a site, looking through each page, then resorting to using Firefox’s “view info” in order to view all the media on each page, and still not finding a Kindle graphics, it’s too frustrating to continue. I was able to finally find a Kindle graphics at some author’s site, only by viewing their image directory, certainly not on their site.

    I can only guess that one of the reasons for this contest is to gain exposure for Sanhain’s authors, which would hopefully drum up more business. But, instead of being thankful towards Sanhain, I’m frustrated and ticked enough that I certainly don’t want to send any money Sanhain’s way. And of course I’m also frustrated at author sites that won’t frigging work in Firefox too.

    I’m pleased that some have managed to find all the Kindle graphics, and they’ll be eligible to win a great prize. I hope they’re not so annoyed that they won’t refuse to visit Sanhain any time soon out of pure frustration and anger. Not me. Perhaps I’m the ONLY one that feels this way.

  22. Angela James
    Dec 06, 2008 @ 08:24:18

    @dew I’m sorry you feel that way. Maybe you’ll find the daily contests more to your liking, or a contest at a later date.

  23. TerryS
    Dec 06, 2008 @ 13:01:52

    Thanks for the great contest, Angela. It is a challenger and every person who enters deserves to win for their hard work and time spent in finding the correct answers.

    Maybe I’m not feeling the frustration and pressure others do because I’m not interested in a Kindle (as I have my own preferred ebook reader). I won’t actually be submitting an entry. Instead I can really enjoy reviewing each authors website, learning more about the authors at Samhain as well as finding new books I want to read while challenging my brain in my effort to find the Kindle graphic.

    I’m having fun and am perfectly satisfied in only visiting one or two author sites a day as my time permits. It’s not even a big deal if I fail to find a graphic. Perhaps, though, after the winners are determined, you can provide the rest of us a list of where the graphic is at each website.

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