Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Release Day Grand Giveaway!

It is April 24, 2012.

That means that, finally, The Mapmaker and the Ghost has made its way out into the world! I have many lovely thoughts and feelings about this, some of which you can read about in my guest posts/interviews today:

Guest Posts to Explore:
Lucky 13s (where a very lucky monkey comes into play)
Class of 2K12 (all about release date shenanigans)
The O.W.L. (confessions of what I was like in middle school. Hint: not popular)
A Thousand Wrongs (with a chance to win another copy of Mapmaker simply by commenting)
The Reading Fever (where you can find out my Rock Band name and my karaoke jam)
Saundra Mitchell's 9 Spot (where I finally come clean about zombies vs. unicorns)

Take all those feelings and also add "extremely excited" about my Release Day Grand Giveaway! Update: The giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone who entered! The winners can be found at the bottom of this post.

This is definitely the most special and biggest giveaway that I've done. All those feelings...I want to share them!

The Prizes:
One lucky grand prize winner will receive:

1 one-of-a-kind, hand-illustrated, annotated and signed copy of The Mapmaker and the Ghost. The illustrations are done by super famous and talented artist, Graig Kreindler (who also happens to be my fiance). Graig and I will both sign it. (And Graig's artwork really is amazing: you can judge it for yourself here.)

Goldenrod's Adventure Kit featuring:
- 1 golden compass (the same one Goldenrod received for her 11th birthday and which I used for a very secret Goldenrod-related project last year)
- 1 unlined notebook (for sketches of newly discovered flora and fauna)
- 1 lined notebook (for observational notes)
- 1 notebook with gridded paper (for mapmaking, of course!)
- 3 brand new pencils
- 1 pencil sharpener
- 1 measuring tape
- 1 roll of duct tape (Goldenrod's dad would never leave home without it -- for good reason!)

Swag Pack featuring:
- 1 bookmark (which will contain a way for true explorers to find the super-secret project mentioned above)
- 1 sticker set
- 1 set of buttons

And since we've reached 300 entries, I'm throwing in an extra prize! So...

One first-place winner will receive:
A signed and personalized hardcover copy of The Mapmaker and the Ghost with a hand-drawn illustration on the title page (also courtesy of Graig).

The swag pack you see above.

5 runners-up will also receive a swag pack containing a bookmark, sticker set and signed bookplate.

How to Enter:
There are loads of ways! You can do one or all of them and here they are:

- comment on this blog post (+1 entry)
- like my page on Facebook (+1 entry)
- follow me on Twitter (+1 entry)
- follow this blog (+1 entry)
- add The Mapmaker and the Ghost to your shelf on Goodreads (+1 entry)
- tweet about this giveaway (+2 entries per day)
- tweet about The Mapmaker and the Ghost Teaching Guide (+2 entries)
- post about this giveaway on Facebook (+2 entries)
- comment on my guest post at Lucky 13s (+2 entries)
- comment on my guest post at Class of 2K12 (+2 entries)
- comment on my guest post on The O.W.L. (+2 entries)
- comment on my guest post on A Thousand Wrongs (+2 entries)
- comment on my guest post at The Reading Fever (+2 entries)
- comment on my guest post at Saundra Mitchell's 9 Spot (+2 entries)
- post about this giveaway on your blog (+3 entries)
- take a photo of The Mapmaker and the Ghost "in the wild" (at a bookstore, in a library, in your living room, etc.) and post it to my Facebook fan page or Tweet it to me @SarvenazTash (+5 entries)

Just remember to fill out the Rafflecopter form below indicating which of the methods of entry you did. (Otherwise your entries won't be counted!)

This contest will be open until May 1st at 11:59 PM EST. U.S. only.

Good luck! And have fun! (Goldenrod would.)

Grand Prize: Vivien
First-Place Prize: Billy H.
Runners-Up: Mikel A., Karen D., Alicia E., Cassie F., Lori T.
All winner have 48 hours to respond with their addresses, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.


  1. That is one amazing giveaway! Big congrats on having the book finally go live! Graig's art in your book, simply amazing.

  2. I'm SO excited for you! Your book's birthday. That is such a totally and completely amazing thing. Thank you for offering these chances to win a copy (and this package deal is super cool!).

  3. Congratulations..you are so talented, enjoy your success!

  4. Congrats!!!!! And I absolutely LOVE this.

  5. Congratulations! I'm looking forward to seeing Mapmaker whenever I walk into a bookstore!

  6. I love this book! I also left a review on Amazon without even getting raffle entries for it! (http://www.amazon.com/The-Mapmaker-Ghost-Sarvenaz-Tash/dp/0802723403)

  7. You're our favorite (and most frequent) guest -- how could we not share the news with our listeners? http://thebillyandbryanshow.blogspot.com/2012/04/mapmaker-and-ghost-is-alive.html

  8. I went to B&N today but got there too late to fix up their end caps. Congratulations on your book birthday! So proud of you!

  9. This is one of the best giveaways I've ever seen. Count me in.

  10. Oh my goodness, I love the little pictures your fiance drew! Congrats on the release of your book, and thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

  11. You know what I'm excited for... #teamTHEGHOST

  12. thanks for the awesome giveaway! congrats on your debut!!

  13. I head you on Authors are Rockstars and I am so freaking excited to read this book! it sounds darling!

    1. Welcome, Mackenzi! And thanks for letting me know how you heard about the book. :-)

  14. I could have sworn I posted here yesterday. It's not showing up, though, so maybe I can enter again? OK, here I am, saying how excited I am for Mapmaker and the Ghost to finally be published. Sarv, I'm giving a copy of your book to two schools here in town, so they can't say "we don't have enough money to buy it." :-)

  15. What an exciting give-away, and many ways to enter! Okay, so I already won a copy! I'd like to win again (yeah, I'll admit it -- It's the duct tape!)

  16. Wow! What a great giveaway! And beautiful illustrations! Thanks so much for this giveaway. :D

  17. What a cool giveaway! My daughter would go crazy for the adventure kit. I love your cover and am looking forward to reading the book.

  18. I really enjoyed the book, Sarv!

  19. Those illustrations are amazing! Such a pity that we couldn't *all* receive them ;)

    I'm going to have to put this book on my list for all the nieces and nephews I have who are getting to the right age to read it (and for myself, of course - I love these kinds of books!). Thanks to Stephanie Burgis for pointing me here!

  20. This giveaway is so epicly cool! I really can't wait to read it either. I hope my copy arrives in the mail soon :D

  21. OK, I'm now desperate to win. Sarv, I love your book, and am so excited that it's out in the world!

  22. Wow - would love to win! I've *liked* you on FB for a long time. ;)

  23. i obviously cannot compete with graig, but...http://www.tumblr.com/blog/cassingle

  24. That is gorgeous! I would love to win!

  25. I have an ARC with the old cover and I LOVED it!!! I would love to add this special addition to my shelf.

    Congrats on finally having your book out in the world!

  26. Well, I tried to enter, but even though it says 3 hrs left, it won't let me register anything.