Tuesday, October 11, 2016

WOO HOO--It's finally time for the LODESTAR Pre-Order GIVEAWAY!!!!

It's time guys.

The post you've been waiting for.


Now that we're three weeks away from the launch of LODESTAR (AHHHH--WHERE DOES TIME GO???), it's time to make sure you know how to get your free swaggish goodies!

(And warning: as always, this is a epically long post with LOTS of important information, so make sure you read it all carefully so you don't miss your opportunity)

(Note: if you're planning on coming to one of my signings, you don't need to take advantage of this giveaway, since I'll be giving out the same goodies in the main swag pack at my events. Go HERE to see if I'll be doing a signing near you)

This giveaway is my way of trying to make up for the fact that it's impossible for me to tour to every city. If I could figure out a way to teleport, I'd meet each and every one of you in person. But since I can't, I like to make sure you all at least have a chance to get some of the fun things I give out at signings. So everyone who pre-orders a copy of LODESTAR before the cut-off date (10/31/16) AND fills out the form at the end of this post*, will get this awesome LODESTAR swag pack mailed directly to them:

In case you can't tell from the picture, you'll get:
One limited edition "Iggy's Purple Reign" art print postcard (which are hand signed--you just can't tell in the picture)
One hand signed KEEPER series bookplate
One Lodestar symbol sticker
One Iggy Sticker
One sheet of character stickers

And yes, EVERYONE who pre-orders the book and fills out the form before the cutoff date will get that!!!!!

And there's more!

I will also choose twenty-five (25) of you at random and give you this: (yes, that's in *addition* to the other swag!)

And again, in case you can't tell, that is:
One 5x7 character art postcard
One Verdi on duty button 

You don't have to do anything special to enter for the extra goodies. I'll choose the winners randomly from all the people who fill out the form for their swag. So that's the only requirement: you must fill out the form at the end of this post. Which of course means you also must pre-order a copy of LODESTAR

And because I like to keep things simple, I don't require proof of purchase for the giveaway. If you say you pre-ordered LODESTAR, I trust you. But remember, liars have to lick lockers that taste like Iggy breath--meanwhile honest people get to eat big bowls of Starflower stew! :) I also won't be announcing the winners of the additional goodies. If you win the extra swag, you'll find out when your prize arrives in the mail.

This giveaway is open internationally. It also doesn't matter if you pre-order an eBook or a hardcover. As long as it's LODESTAR, it counts. And you can buy your copy anywhere books are sold. Of course I recommend shopping local from your favorite indie and supporting a local business. But it's up to you where you want to shop.

(and scroll down for one more option before you make your decision)

I also know lots of you pre-ordered your copies of LODESTAR months and months ago (which is so incredibly awesome, btw.) And if that's the case, you can definitely still fill out this form and get your free swag pack. But if you haven't ordered LODESTAR already, you must pre-order your copy before 11:59 pm (pacific time) on 10/31/16 AND fill out the form before then. After that I'll close the form and there will be no more ways to enter.

And there's no limit on how many swag packs you can get--as long as you buy the corresponding number of books. So if you pre-order five books, you can get five swag packs. Just make sure you tell me how many copies you pre-ordered so that I know how many swag packs to send you.

Also: since I'll be on tour when this contest ends, there *will* be a delay on when your swag gets mailed to you. It won't come with your book, since your book will be coming from wherever you ordered it from, and then I will be mailing the swag separately as soon as I'm home from tour. I PROMISE I'll have them all in the mail before November 30th. (most likely much sooner). And I always post on my social media when they go in the mail, so you'll know when to keep an eye out for it. Sorry for the small wait, I can't mail stuff while I'm traveling.

(And again, if you haven't checked to see if I'm touring in your area, see my events page HERE. I hope I'll get to meet at least some of you!)

One final option to keep in mind, since this is the point where many of you start panicking and emailing me saying BUT WHAT IF I'M NOT ONE OF THE LUCKY 25 WINNERS??????  I REALLY REALLY REALLY WANT THE SPECIAL POSTCARD AND BUTTON!!!!!! 

(especially since the ONLY other places I can guarantee that you'll get the exclusive postcard and button are my local launch party and the Changing Hands event. At the rest of the events I'll have a few for raffle prizes and that's it--but I will have all the swag in the primary swag pack for everyone) 

Once again, I've teamed up with the incredible people at Changing Hands Bookstore to give you a way that you're guaranteed to get the extra pin and postcard. If you order your copy of LODESTAR through Changing Hands before my event there at 7pm on 11/16/16 (yes, you even get a couple of extra weeks to take advantage of this awesome offer), they'll send you all of the swag I've mentioned in this post (except the signed book plate, since your book will actually come hand signed by me) as well as the extra postcard and the Verdi button. Changing Hands will ship anywhere--even internationally (there IS a shipping fee. You can call them for an estimate: 

And if you decide to take advantage of this, here are a few things to keep in mind (and it's a little confusing so make sure you read it carefully):

Changing Hands won't ship your book until after the 11/16 (since they'll be holding onto them until I can sign them). But it will be worth the wait because you'll get a hand signed book and the extra goodies.

- If you decide to take advantage of this and buy your copy of LODESTAR through Changing Hands, DO NOT fill out the form below. Go to Changing Hands' website HERE (and make sure you put who you want the book personalized too in the additional comments field. Or you can call them--they're super friendly: 480.730.0205) and order LODESTAR before 7pm (mountain time) on November 16, 2016. That's all you have to do. Changing Hands will take care of the rest 

Another advantage to this: this is the only way--aside from coming to one of my signings--to have your book personalized to you. I used to personalize all the bookplates, but that's gotten WAY too time consuming. So if you want a personalized, signed book--AND all the fun goodies I'm giving away--Changing Hands is the only way to go. But again, you HAVE to buy your book from them.

Um........... I *think* that covers everything--but if I missed something, feel free to ask in the comments. (note: I will only answer questions posted in the comments on my website. If you're reading this on Goodreads or any of the other places it feeds out to, make sure you go to shannonmessenger.com to ask your questions. And I'm also only going to answer questions that haven't already been covered by this post, so please make sure you've read this post carefully before you ask).

And .... I guess that's it. Though I do want to once again thank all of you for incredible support. This series keeps growing and growing and it's all because of you. I can't wait for you to read LODESTAR. I'm so incredibly proud of it.

Only three weeks to go--AHHHHHH!!!!!

*Please note: you must be 13 years or older to fill out this form. If you're not, please have your parent or guardian fill it out for you. 

The giveaway time period has now ended**

Friday, October 7, 2016

LODESTAR Tour Dates (aka: Where to find Shannon November)

Woooooooooooooooo! I finally have the full list of LODESTAR tour stops to share.


And since that graphic doesn't have the store addresses (or in case it isn't loading properly) here's the full list with a few more details (you can also find all of this on my events page by clicking HERE):

November 1, 2016
7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble Montclair
5183 S. Montclair Plaza Ln.
Montclair, CA 91763
**This event is doing wristbands. Call 909-399-1966 to reserve yours. And click HERE for more details on the exclusive giveaways**

November 2, 2016
7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble Rainbow Promenade
2191 N Rainbow Blvd. 
Las Vegas, NV 89108 

November 3, 2016
7:00 pm
Provo Library
550 North University Avenue
Provo, Utah 84601
*Books will be sold on site by The King's English*

November 4, 2016
5:30 pm
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302

November 9, 2016
7:00 pm
Anderson's Bookshop
123 W. Jefferson Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540

November 10, 2016
4:00 pm
Boswell Book Company
2559 N. Downer Ave. 
Milwaukee, WI 53211

November 11, 2016
6:30 pm
Red Ballon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave. 
St. Paul, MN 55105

November 14, 2016
6:00 pm
Barnes & Noble Stonebriar Centre
2601 Preston Rd. #1204 
Frisco, TX 75034

November 16, 2016
7:00 pm
Changing Hands Tempe
6428 S. McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283

November 17, 2016
6:00 pm
Mysterious Galaxy Books
5943 Balboa Ave. #100
San Diego, CA 92111

December 1, 2016
7:00 pm
Kepler's Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

December 2, 2016
6:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
2615 Vista Way
Oceanside, CA 92054

And I know a lot of you are reading that list and thinking, "BUT NONE OF THOSE ARE NEAR WHERE I LIVE!" I know. I'm sorry. I wish I could teleport and visit everyone. But alas, I have yet to manifest that ability. I also don't get to choose where my publisher sends me.  

But if I'm not coming to see you--remember, you can get the same swaggish goodies I give out at events through the pre-order giveaway, which I will be posting all the details on next week! (Not sure which day yet--but all pre-orders count, so order anytime!) 

And if you do live near my events--woo hoo, I hope you can make it to the signings! I would love to meet you!

I tend to get a lot of questions about events, so here's a few other pieces of info:
  • Every store has their own policy on bringing books from home to be signed at events, and I always defer to their wishes. If they're cool with it, I'm happy to sign any of my books that you bring. But if they don't allow that, then I can't sign them either. If you're worried, I'd call the store ahead of time and ask what their rules are. And even if they do allow you to bring books from home, it's always nice to buy *something* at the event as a way of thanking the store for hosting me. It doesn't have to be one of my books. Just something to support the store, since they go to a lot of effort to organize the event for me.
  • Yes, I'm happy to let you take a picture with me.
  • As far as I know, the only store doing wristbands is the B&N in Montclair, hosting the launch party. But if you're worried, you can always call the store to double check.
  • I'll be giving out the same swaggish goodies that will be part of the pre-order giveaway to everyone who comes to my events. So if you're coming to the event, you don't need to take part in the pre-order giveaway.
If I missed something, you're welcome to ask questions in the comments. Just make sure you ask the question on the actual blog post on my website and not on any of the places this blog feeds out to (like goodreads) because that's the only place I respond to them.

That's all for now--hope everyone has a great weekend. And check back next week for the Pre-Order giveaway!