Prizes: Your choice of $20 Kaladi coffee card, $20 Title Wave gift certificate (which can be used in Anchorage store or redeemed over the phone for book orders to be mailed), or a copy of my novel, THE SPANISH BOW, now in paperback (personalized, if you'd like).
How to enter: The first person to comment on Monday Aug. 25 wins automatically. After that, each time you comment on the blog (as often as you'd like, as long as comments are appropriate and relevant to something on the blog) you get entered again for the week. A random drawing will be done on each Monday starting September 1 and continuing through September 29. If you are averse to online commenting, you can drop me a one-time email at firstname.lastname@example.org with appropriate feedback to the blog for a single-time entry.
How to leave comments: For newbies (as I was, until just weeks ago), a few tips, thanks to one visitor who said they'd be helpful. Click on comments at the end of the post. You'll be given four options for signing the comment -- number 2 and 4 are best. For #2, sign up for Google/Blogger (you'll get a name and password) and you'll be able to use that for all future blogger.com comments. For #4, under name/url, just leave the name you want known; your url (website address) is not necessary. If you have a problem, email me.
Who may enter: Anyone! Friends, colleagues, strangers, you name it. I'd enter if I could, but I can't.
How to identify yourself and how to know if you won: Don't leave personal info like email or address on your comment. I'll announce the username of the visitor who won each week and that person can email me privately. This means you will have to check back somewhat regularly to see if you won.
If this goes well: if I can prove significant visitation, I'll look for sponsors to provide more prizes. So, let's go! Spread the word to your favorite book lovers!