Hey, everybody! This is Becky. You haven’t really heard from me yet. I’ve mostly been poking around behind the scenes since I joined the team a few weeks ago. But today I’m popping out of lurker mode to tell you a story.
A while back Aleks, Amara, and Kris put out the word that they’d like some help with the site. I said, “I can do that!” and sent them an email. Everyone welcomed me aboard, and then I said, “oh, by the way, I won’t be available April 10-16, because I’m going out of town.” And everyone razzed me about immediately putting in for time off. :p
You see, I’m headed to the RT Booklovers Convention. As I started to get ready to go to the convention, buying tickets and booking hotel rooms and such, I thought, “maybe I could pass out some information about Embrace the Rainbow while I’m there.” So I ordered some business cards. And then I thought, “maybe I could talk a couple of authors into donating some books. Free books are good. Everybody likes free books. And then the people I give business cards to would be more likely to visit the site!”
So I sent an email to Marie Sexton. She wrote that book, Cinder, about the boy who is magically transformed into a girl so that he can dance with the handsome prince for just one night. Plus, she’s one of my favorite authors. To my surprise, Marie said, “Sure! Also, Heidi Cullinan and I have this really fun blog, Cup ‘o Porn. Would you like to come by and say a little something about Embrace the Rainbow?” Gulp. So I said, “uh, sure!” And I did. The post is scheduled to go up today.
Hello, Cup o’ Pornsters! Welcome!
Marie’s response was so friendly and positive that it gave me courage. So I contacted a couple more authors, and they said yes. And then I contacted a couple more authors. They said yes, too. And then… well, you get the idea. Suddenly this wasn’t quite such a little idea any more.
Y’all, as of this writing, 28 authors have donated a total of 36 books to this “little” giveaway I was planning. We have some seriously wonderful, generous authors in the m/m community. Every single one of you were friendly and supportive, and I thank you so, so much.
And the business cards I was planning to hand out this week? That’s expanded to magnets and other goodies, too. Anyone who’s reading this because I buttonholed you at RT, welcome to you, too!
Now, I’m going to give you the specifics of the giveaway. Entering is simple. Just reply to this post and tell us one thing you’ve learned from this site so far. (And please be sure to give us an email address. If we can’t contact you, we can’t tell you you won.)
I’ll start. The thing I’ve learned from this site is that Kris and Sean Kennedy are not the same person. Allegedly. (Just kidding you guys! Don’t hurt me.)
Seriously, one of the things I’ve learned from this site is that “chicks with dicks” is a rotten thing to say. I mean, I knew it was an insulting, hateful thing to say *to* someone, but I’d never connected the very real insult with the expression people sometimes use when talking about unbelievable (in their opinion) characters in books. I don’t think I’ve ever used the expression myself, but I’ve certainly seen it used and never said anything. From now on, I’ll say something.
So, that’s all you have to do. Take a look around and tell us one thing you’ve learned. Easy peasy! The comments will be closed to new entries at midnight EDT on April 18th, and a post naming the winners will go up the next day. And now, the list of prizes. (Go ahead and make yourself comfortable. Maybe grab a drink or something. This is going to take a while.) All but two of the prizes are ebooks. International folks are eligible for all prizes, including the paper books!
Good luck, everyone!