Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Draw a Dragon contest: Winners!



Holy lizard balls, you guys.


Do you know how HARD it was to judge this contest?  So many awesome dragon pics.  So many talented artists.  I wanted to pick them all!

Sadly, I could only choose two, and it took me a looooooong time to finally decide.  Basically, the winners were chosen based on which dragons I would like to create out of clay.  But, it was HARD, you guys.  Omg, it was hard.  I finally narrowed it down to these two.

And the WINNING ENTRIES of the Draw a Dragon Contest:


Winner #1:





















So. Fluffy.  Fluffy fairy dragon FTW.


Winner #2:





















He has headphones on!  How awesome is that?



Winner #3

Yes, I'm naming another winner, because this pic was too fabulous not to mention. This entry will receive a copy of Talon as a prize, since I'm pretty certain my clay sculpting skills will not do this pair justice.  Wow, I say.






















So those are the winners of the Draw a Dragon contest.  I will be emailing winners soon for their mailing info.  I will also be posting the winning entry's clay dragons when I  make them.  But there were SO MANY great pics.  This was by far the hardest contest I've ever had to judge.  Here are some honorable mentions and more awesome looking dragons.



















And many more!  Over a hundred, in fact.  Thanks to everyone who entered and took the time to draw a dragon.  Getting to see so many wonderful dragons made my night.  =)

Also, Honorable Mention winners, if you email me your mailing address at juliekagawa@juliekagawa(dot)com, I will send you a signed Talon bookplate.  Thanks again, everyone!  And keep checking back for more exciting Talon stuff in the weeks to come.


-Julie  












Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Free Talon stuff

Hey everyone!





So, check this out.  This is a totally awesome gift pack you can receive if you pre-order your copy of Talon now.  It has a cool poster, a signed bookplate (yes, I hand signed every one of them), and a 22 page, never before seen sample booklet of Talon.





















To get your free gift, all you have to do is go here and pre-order Talon.  It's super easy, but there are limited quantities available, so order now.


And, just because it's Tuesday, here is a quick teaser for Talon.  First one ever.  Ready?  Here we go:




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"Rnesh karr slithis," I hissed back, which was Draconic for "eat your own tail," the dragon version of "go screw yourself."  No extra translation needed."


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Happy Tuesday!
-Julie

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Draw a Dragon contest

Hey everyone!


Happy September 1st!  We are nearly two months away from the release of TALON, and today kicks off the first of many cool events, contests, and giveaways that will happen between now and then.  I'm pretty excited, if you can't tell.





So, let's begin with a super awesome contest!  And, since TALON is all about dragons, this will be a very dragon-centered contest.  Artists, are you ready?  Here we go:


1. Draw/sketch/doodle/scribble/color/paint the most awesome (or scary, or cute and fluffy) dragon you can think of.  All mediums are accepted.  The drawing can on your computer, an easel, a scrap piece of paper, it doesn't matter.  It doesn't have to be colored.  It doesn't have to be a work of art.

It DOES have to be of a dragon.  And it DOES have to be your own original work.


2.  Post a pic of your awesome dragon, along with an image of the TALON cover, to your blog, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, wherever.  Include a message about the contest and a link to it, as well.



 
   
Dragons.  Slayers.  Destiny.  The flames of war begin October 28th. 




3.  Leave me the link to your post in the comments.  Please include your email.  :)



Two winners will receive a signed arc of TALON, and a handmade clay dragon in the likeness of their entry.


For example, if you drew something like this:







You might get something like this:







So break out those pens, inks, and colored markers, and go draw some dragons!  :D  Contest will run until September 22nd.  It is open to everyone, and it is international.


The dragons are coming!


-Julie





Sunday, August 24, 2014

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (Or I get a freezing bucket of icewater dumped on my head).



So, I was challenged by author Michelle Madow (also Leon Regenberg and blogger Elise Carstairs) to do the Ice Bucket challenge.  Nothing more to say, really, except I hope Katie McGarry, Adi Alisaid, and my editor Natashya Wilson have as much fun as I did.  ;-P

Here we go!











-Julie

Friday, August 15, 2014

Signing in Cinci this weekend

Hey everyone!


So, first off, congratulations to Xsarea Powers, who won the giveaway for the signed Talon arc.  Thanks to everyone who entered, and if you didn't win, don't worry.  As we get closer to the release date, there will be many exciting things to come, so stay tuned.


Second, this Saturday (16th) I will be at Joseph Beth booksellers in Cincinnati OH with a bunch of other cool YA authors for our annual Beachy Keen event.  There will be a panel, a Q&A, some awesome giveaways (see below), and of course a signing.  It's a ton of fun, and hilarity always ensues, so we hope to see you there.

I will be bringing some awesome swag to give away, including some new Talon bookplates, and two lucky people will snag a Talon arc or a tiny handmade Ember.  Even more reason to come say hi.


Talon swag.


Full event details are here.  Hope to see you in Cinci.  =)



-Julie

Friday, August 1, 2014

New giveaway: Signed TALON arc

Hey everyone!


So today is August 1st, and what better way to start off a new month than with a giveaway?

This time, you guys got to choose the giveaway prize, and the signed arc of TALON won by a landslide.  I guess everyone is excited for dragons!




Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons


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Anyway, you know what to do. Rafflecopter thingie is below.  Giveaway ends August 15th and it is international.




a Rafflecopter giveaway







Friday, July 25, 2014

Giveaway winners and a poll

Hey everyone!


So, we did it!  The final entry count for the giveaway of a Talon arc and custom dragon was 4056!  You guys are awesome, thanks so much for all your tweets, shares, and the like.  This means I got to choose TWO winners to receive a signed Talon arc and a little clay dragon.

And that brings us to the actual winners, so...


Congratulations Yvonne Jefferson and Konstanz Silverbow!  You are the proud owners of a signed Talon arc and a tiny pet dragon.  ;)  I will be emailing you both shortly for dragon colors and mailing addresses and such.  Thanks again for playing.


So, did everyone enjoy that giveaway?  If I do another in the future, what kind of prize would you guys like? Actually, let's make this fun and do a poll!  You guys decide:  for my next giveaway, which of the following prizes should I put up?



-A signed arc of TALON
















-Choice of any (1) signed book from the Iron Fey, Blood of Eden, or Call of the Forgotten series.












-A handmade, custom clay dragon.
















-A handmade clay chibi character of Ash, Puck, or Allie.

















-A signed bookplate with a doodled chibi character (from any of my books) of your choice.

















So which of these five choices would YOU like the most?  Let me know in the comments, and the one with the most votes will be my next giveaway.

-Julie