*EDIT: Please scroll down for the amendments to the Opening Ceremony.
It’s here, it’s finally here! Oracle officially releases TODAY!
I have to physically restrain myself from squee-ing every 5 minutes!
Here’s where you can purchase Oracle:
But hey, why not try your hand at winning a signed copy first? Read on to find out more!
The Oracle Olympics
As you can see from the banner above (some of you have had the dubious pleasure of hearing me twitter on about it for the past 2 months!), I’m celebrating my debut release with a massive blog tour I call the Oracle Olympics. No, not just to capitalise on the current Games, but also because Oracle is set in the run-up to the London Games!
Apart from the usual guest posts and interviews (most of which will have an Olympic theme, of course!), some of my tour stops will be featuring fun quizzes, puzzle competitions, and giveaways, with chances to win swag, e-books, signed books, and lots more!
You can keep up with the tour with the full schedule here.
The Medals Tally
The Medals Tally is a giveaway I’m running with a variable grand prize, depending on how high y’all could help me push Oracle up the Amazon rankings by the end of the month!
For a top #100,000 finish, the grand prize will be a $50 (or£35) Amazon gift card!
For a top #10,000 finish, the grand prize will be an Amazon Kindle Touch!
For a top #1,000 finish, the grand prize will be an Amazon Kindle Fire!
And just because all these over-achieving athletes are making me feel ambitious:
For a top #100 finish, the grand prize will be an 32GB iPad3!
All you have to do to be in the running is to purchase Oracle, and e-mail me your purchase receipt. And you’re in the draw! It’s that simple!
If you buy additional copies as gifts, send me the receipts and you get extra entries!
The Medals Tally will run till August 31st, at which point I will announce the prize (depending on the latest Amazon sales ranking) and winner!
The 100W Sprint
And let’s not forget the blue riband event, the 100W sprint! In a nutshell, participants must write a 100-word story based on a prompt. There will be weekly winners throughout August, with each weekly winner entering the 100W final for the gold medal!
The gold medal? A $30 (or £20) Amazon gift voucher, with all other finalists receiving a book of their choice from the Book Depository!
The official rules and first week’s prompt go live tomorrow, so start limbering up your literary muscles!
The OOOO (Oracle Olympics Official Opening)
But first, we’re starting off with a massive Opening Ceremony! Here’s your chance to win a signed copy of Oracle right off the bat!
All you have to do is visit the Parade of Nations below, an array of bloggers from around the world helping me spread the word of my release. Each blog will have a secret letter. Collect them all to decipher the secret message. Then come back here and enter your answer in the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! The contest will remain open till midnight EST on Friday 3rd August. I will announce the winner then!
Here is the first letter of the secret message:
Here’s where you can get the rest of the secret message — in order, too! Oh, and do take the time to leave a comment or to follow these blogs. They’re all awesome!
The Parade of Nations
*EDIT: It has come to my attention that I goofed with a couple of links, so the links in red are now fixed and working. As for non-posters, I have included the secret letter next to the link in red. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Michelle Davidson Argyle @ The Innocent Flower
Rick Gualtieri @The Poptart Manisfesto
M. Pax @ Wistful Nebulae
Talei Loto @ Musings of an Aspiring Scribe U
Rek @ A Chronicle of Dreams
J.L. Campbell @ The Readers’ Suite
James Garcia, Jr. @ Dance on Fire
Frederick Lee Brooke
J.C. Piech @ Things Which Burst Out of My Brain
Lisa L. Regan
You’re back, I see. Got the secret message? Good! Enter it in the Rafflecopter below, and good luck: go for gold!
P.S.: Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for the start of the 100W heats! Get your writing caps on!