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Computer woes and ARC giveaway!

Alas, there was no Christmas miracle at the Apple store on Saturday afternoon. Kind of the opposite, actually...

Not only could they not retrieve ANY of the data from the hard drive, but after 3 hours of driving (roundtrip) to get there and 3 hours hanging out in town waiting for the new hard drive to be inserted (thank goodness for Apple care - at least it was free), we finally got home, I turned on my computer...

...and got that same old gray screen and bouncing question mark. AAAAGH. The computer is still broken.

Worse yet, we can't even get back to the Apple store for the next attempt until Wednesday...so I'll be stealing time off Patrick's computer for a while longer. Sigh.

But! To cheer myself up, I have decided that it's time...drumroll...to do my first Advance Reader's Copy (ARC) giveaway for A Most Improper Magick!

ARCs, with my writing tiara and Jane Austen action figure

This giveaway is open to anyone in any country. All you have to do is let other people know about the giveaway, either by tweeting the following tweet, if you have a twitter account:

RT @stephanieburgis : Win an ARC of my novel A MOST IMPROPER MAGICK: http://tinyurl.com/yckky2q

...Or by mentioning it on your blog, using any phrasing you like, but making sure to link to this entry.

Then come tell me that you've done it, so I'll know to enter you in the drawing! You can either leave a message for me here on this journal entry or else email me through my website.

The giveaway will be open for a week, until midnight UK time next Monday, December 21st. One winner will get an ARC, plus an "Everything's Better with Highwaymen!" button and a postcard with the book cover; two runners-up will get "Everything's Better with Highwaymen!" buttons and postcards.

(And if you're debating about whether or not you want an ARC, remember you can read the first chapter on my website to get a taste of the novel!)

Yay! And I can't tell you how happy and worried and excited and scared I feel, all at once, at the idea of more people reading my book! ;)

ETA, December 22nd: This competition is now closed. Thanks so much to everybody who entered!

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the_story_siren
Dec. 14th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
i can totally relate to the computer woes.

but what a fantastic contest! sign me up please! i've retweeted about it on my twitter account @thestorysiren!

thanks!
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the computer sympathy, Kristi!

And yay! You're entered in the giveaway. :)
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hooton
Dec. 14th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
Entered. My post is here for verification:

http://hooton.livejournal.com/5126.html
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
Awesome! :)
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(Anonymous)
Dec. 14th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
I've tweeted the contest up, too: http://twitter.com/Lavender_Lines/status/6659865316

Would love the chance to read and review your ARC. Thanks for the contest!

Colleen
celtic_aura (at) hotmail(dot)com
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks Colleen! That's great - and you are entered in the drawing! :)
ravenedgewalker
Dec. 14th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
post made...

http://ravenedgewalker.livejournal.com/863662.html

I cannot wait to read it by the way. and I have a couple of friends who are going to be gifted with it just as soon as I can lay my sticky hands on copies since I know they will love it and it will be a wonderful gift for them.

Also - you can probably arrange to have apple pick the computor up by courier, take it to their workshops to be fixed - when I needed my ipod done they managed a 4 day turn around - you could possibly book it via the apple support website.

good luck - I know the hideousness all too well, since the same thing happened to me and I lost a chunk of the final draft of my PhD thesis.
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Yay! You're entered in the drawing.

And that is REALLY good to hear about apple - what with the cost of fuel, repeating a 3-hour drive over and over again REALLY starts to add up financially....but OUCH! I can't imagine how frustrating it must have been to lose that chunk of your thesis!
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patesden
Dec. 14th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)

RT on Twitter and now following you. I've very much need something wonderful to read and review.

https://twitter.com/PatEsden
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Yay! You're entered. :)
wyld_dandelyon
Dec. 14th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
I tweeted! (twittered?)
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Awesome! You're entered. :) And I love your icon!
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(Anonymous)
Dec. 14th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the opportunity. Have tweeted about it here: http://twitter.com/FutureNostalgic/statuses/6660994060

Sam aka @FutureNostalgic from the blog of the same name
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! You're entered in the drawing. :)
ext_200814
Dec. 14th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your computer! Hope you can get it fixed soon.

I retweeted! http://twitter.com/omgitswendy/status/6661100058. :)
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
Awesome! You're entered in the drawing. :) and thanks so much for the computer sympathy!
alybee930
Dec. 14th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
I retweeted, and very excited about the ARC but also eager to read the book in any form even if I don't win an ARC.
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
Yay! You're entered in the drawing. (And what a beautiful icon!)
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annastan
Dec. 14th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
I just tweeted about the contest here: http://twitter.com/annastanisz/status/6661699765

I'm so sorry to hear about your computer woes! Hope it all gets sorted out soon.
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks Anna! You're entered in the drawing. :)
(Anonymous)
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
That so sucks about your computer! Technology... how we love it yet hate it. I just read the first chapter on your website and would love to read this!! Please enter me :)

I tweeted - http://twitter.com/peacelovevegan/status/6662052773

Thanks!!
Brodie
hanging.by.a.moment_@hotmail.com
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed the first chapter. And you are definitely entered in the drawing! :)
lanna_lovely
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
I tweeted it on my book blog twitter:

http://twitter.com/BloggersBooks :]
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Fabulous! You're entered in the drawing. :)
renesears
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
So sorry about your computer. That's really frustrating.

I retweeted your contest and have my fingers crossed.
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Rene!

And you are entered in the drawing. :)
susan259
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
I retweeted your contest (@susan259)
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Cool! You're entered in the drawing. :)
mollie314
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
I did the RT on Twitter - thanks for the contest!
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! You're entered in the drawing. :)
rkcharron
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Hi :)
Hi Stephanie
Thank you for the opportunity to win an ARC!
I RTd your Tweet.
I posted about your giveaway:
http://rkcharron.blogspot.com/2009/12/stephanie-burgis-has-giveaway-for-arc.html
:)
Did you know that A MOST IMPROPER MAGICK is available for preorder?
http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781416994473/A-Most-Improper-Magick
Happy Holidays,
RKCharron
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi :)
Fabulous! Thanks, Rob! And you are definitely entered in the drawing. :)
paintedxlady
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Contest
Yay! I entered!

@epistemophilia
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Contest
Awesome! :)
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stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
It absolutely is. (I live in the UK so I always get frustrated by US-only giveaways!) Thanks!
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Fabulous! :)
authorwithin
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
I tweeted it (thanks to annastan for pointing this contest out to me).

http://twitter.com/justJoanS

Computer trouble is the worst! Hope yours is resolved quickly. =)
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Excellent!

And thanks so much for the computer sympathy.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
I've tweeted @librarylady23. Book sounds awesome. I've had similar computer problems and I've learned to back my pictures up on another drive and cd and in cyber space (snapfish, costco, etc.)
Also email. Even my daughter emails important homework/essays to herself now.
Good luck.
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Those are SUCH good ideas.

And hooray - you are entered in the drawing! :)
jennreese
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
I posted here: http://www.jennreese.com/?p=1464

But don't enter me in the contest -- I'll be buying my copies off the shelf!

w00t!!!
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
You are getting a free copy, silly, because you gave me the series title. But thanks so much for posting! :)
(Anonymous)
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
ARC Contest
Retweeted here http://twitter.com/L8BloomerOnline

Please enter us! Thanks so much! We hope to review your ARC!

jennlynn77@gmail.com
stephanieburgis
Dec. 14th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Re: ARC Contest
Awesome! :)
onlyemarie
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
I did it! I did it!

...and am sending recovery vibes to your computer. I hardly dare ask it, but will everything be lost if it's gone?
onlyemarie
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
um, my Twitter handle is @vococreative
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