In Which Our Heroine Takes a Stab at Setting Up a Rafflecopter

Once upon a time, an author had a giveaway to run.

Normally, she would do this the semi-old-fashioned way: Taking down the names of the contest’s entrants on bits of scratch paper, tossing them all together in a shoebox, and drawing the random winners by hand. This was all perfectly well and good, and many of the author’s readers/friends/fans had thus received a multitude of awesome prizes.

But this time, the author felt compelled to do things differently. This time, the author was going to brave her technophobia, stare her archnemesis (the dread Technology Fiend) in the eye, and set up one of those Rafflecopter thingamajigabadoos* as seen on so many of the blogs of her online peers.

(* Because why just say “thingy” when you can start beat-boxing instead?)

And that author… *solemn nods* … was me.

I went into this endeavor with my usual cringing skepticism that anything purporting to be both technology-related and “easy” was an ugly lie. Turns out, though, that I didn’t run into any trouble at all. I just followed the signage provided on the website’s clearly-labels buttons, and in a perfectly reasonable amount of time, I was signed up for free and customizing a giveaway template to suit my needs.

All of which brings us to today: The start of my INSPIRED e-ARC Giveaway!!!

What’s up in a nutshell, folks. (Yay! I did this! #AmBeaming)

What’s up in a nutshell, folks. (Yay! I did this! #AmBeaming)

The official description of the prize:

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“For a muse like Lucianíel, one story’s end is another’s beginning.

In the wake of his author’s sudden death, Luc takes ownership of her surviving creations—four fantastical characters with tales yet to be told—saving them from unwritten lives crumbling around them and giving them a second chance at a literary future.

Luc finds that chance in the unsuspecting mind of Annabelle Iole Gray, a quirky teen with her head in the clouds, nose in a book, and imagination ripe for a brilliant muse’s inspiration.

Or so he hopes.

Neither Luc nor Annabelle, however, realize all they’ve undertaken. Even with a to-write list including accounts of a shape-shifting cat creature, gentle knight-in-training, vigilante skater girl, and a mystery boy smothering in unspoken fear, the most remarkable saga created between author and muse just may turn out to be one stranger than fiction.

Their own.”

Follow this link to my Rafflecopter giveaway,  and entering to win an advance reader e-copy of my upcoming novel, INSPIRED, will be just as easy-peasy as setting up a Rafflecopter of your own. Winning, of course, will be more up to chance, but know that I’m rooting for ya! The raffle closes at midnight on Friday, Jan. 31, and I’ll announce the winner here on Saturday, Feb. 1.

So go! Enter! And thereby reassure me that I actually set this thing up correctly. XD (I laugh, but I’m kinda serious. Please let this thing be working, lest the Tech Fiend get the last laugh after all…)

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8 thoughts on “In Which Our Heroine Takes a Stab at Setting Up a Rafflecopter

  1. Woohoo! Glad you found setting up your first giveaway with Rafflecopter easy and intuitive! Please don’t hesitate to get ahold of me if you ever have any questions, Danielle!

  2. Can’t wait to meet Annabelle! I also tried my hand at setting up my first Rafflecopter this past week on my free wordpress site . . . I posted mine at the top of my page in my widgets. You can go take a look . . . that way, if it’s running for longer, it’s always there:-)

    • Hail, fellow Rafflecopter noob! Check us out, acting all tech-savvy. XD Good tip for the long-running giveaways, thanks! I’ll keep that in mind for future raffles. (:

  3. I’m most excited to meet Master Muse Luc and the nameless mystery boy. Of course, I cheat, having met them already. 😉

    And I slightly cheat again, clicking “I commented” before I commented. But I did it with the best of intention! That is, to assure you within this very comment that the click (for all it was a FILTHY LIE) was simple and successful. My entry has now probably joined your rafflecopter in some epics strafing runs! ^o^

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