Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My Very First Blog Giveaway

My friend and ANWA* Sister, Lara Niedermeyer, lured me to her blog by posting a giveaway. All I had to do was comment and post my favorite color and I would receive a home-made prize from her some time in the next six months.

Lara writes beautiful poetry. Gorgeous, image-dripping, deep, moving poetry. When I read about the promise of a home-made prize, I thought maybe she would give me a poem, so I posted a comment and told her my favorite color was red.

Too late, I learned that there's a second part. I have to then offer a prize to the first 5 commenters on my own blog. Lara said "do likewise". Does that mean it has to be home-made? If so, both I and anyone who comments are is trouble. I don't do home-made any more. And what if I don't have 5 people read this blog, much less comment? This is really getting stressful.

So, I'm changing the rules. Here are Lara's rules (we will not follow them):

The item will be my choice made just for you!
Restrictions and Limitations:
1. I have complete creative freedom.
2. What I create will be just for you.
3. It will be done within the next 6 months.
4. You have no clue what it will be.

Here are my rules:
1. Forget the home-made. You're getting a book.
2. You may choose any of the following:
- The Lodger
- After Goliath
-Snakewater Affair
-Using Family History in Fiction (pamphlet)

All you have to do is comment on this posting, telling me which of your ancestor's stories you'd like to tell and which book you want me to send you. For instance you could say, "I love all your books, Liz. Your writing is fabulous. I'd like to tell the story of my Uncle Luke. Did I mention you're my favorite author? Send me Snakewater Affair. That's my favorite Spider Latham book."

Or, you could just say, "Uncle Luke. Snakewater."

Either one will do the job.

Then, if you're one of the first five to comment, you will need to email me your address at and I'll send you the book you requested.

If you're commentor #6 and beyond, your name goes in a drawing for a book. I'll do the drawing this coming Sunday, so you'll need to check back and see who won.

But--and here's the catch--if you have a blog, you have to post a giveaway on your blog. You can do like Lara and offer something home made and with a long lead time. If you don't have a blog, go to and begin one. It's dead easy. If I can do it, anyone can.

However, if you don't have a blog, who is going to know that you didn't post a giveaway? I mean, are there blog police that go around and check? It doesn't matter to me. What matters is that people comment, because this is going to be sooooo embarrassing if no one responds.

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*ANWA stands for American Night Writers Association. It's a writers' group made up of Latter-day Saint women. You don't have to be a writer to join. It's a great place to learn. Go to and check it out.


Lisette said...

I choose The Lodger :)

I would tell one of my grandfather's story. He had a really tough and interesting life.

Primarymary said...

I am really enjoying "Counting the Cost"
I choose "The Lodger".

I would tell the story of my Great Great Grandmother Rebecca Willard Turner.

Andy Peck said...

Sis. Adair, it's about time I read one of your books. How about "Snakewater Affair"

I would tell the story of my great, great, great (3 or 4 greats) grandfather Alma Mattison Peck and his experiences in the Mormon Battalion, being court marshalled for killing a cow and feeding it to the troops, eventually reinstated etc.


elleskiles said...

Yes, I made it in time!! You are a fantabulous writer and so worthy of such praise. I am entranced by your words and captured by your characters. I would tell the story of my Great Aunt Phoebe.
I would like Snakewater Affair. I am so pysched.

Valerie Ipson said...

This is fun. I actually have started a novel where I hope to include some of my dad's story.

I always enjoy your posts, Liz.

Now let me run see which book of yours I don't have...okay, I'm back. I don't have The Lodger, so I would love that one!

Christine Thackeray said...

Ahhh! Just missed the five. I do think you are a fabulous author and an incredible person.

I'd tell the story of my great-great grandmother who was a mid-wife that delivered over a thousand children without losing a single one. In the mid-nineteenth century, that was a miracle.

Liz Adair said...

Lisette, Mary, Andy, Michelle and Valerie, I'll get your books off to you tomorrow.

Christine, you're in the pot for a drawing on Sunday. If no one else comments, you get the book!

I love it that everyone has a story about an ancestor to tell.

Anonymous said...

What a fun idea! I figured I'd better comment and give Christine some friendly competition. :-D Actually, I just loved reading everyone's comments and had to stick in my two cents worth.

I would tell the story of one of my great (multiple greats, but I loose track of how many) grandfathers, David Lamoreaux and how he survived felling a tree that knocked a hole in his head - he went on to be a great inspirational man with and amazing testimony. He was also one of the ones that helped to rescue the bell from the Navoo Tample

Lara said...

Woohoo! You are so kind Liz, and very, very, funny :) If I were to win, I would have to say the first Spider Latham book, because I haven't read one yet! And your Couting the Cost review is coming, I promise!

I want to tell the story of my grandma's parents. They had an interesting and difficult life.

When you least expect it, something shall arrive for you!

Monique said...

Liz I think I have all of your books now so I don't want to be entered in the drawing. I just wanted to say something so you could have even more comments to boast about. How bout this; WHEN I write my fictional family history story it will be about my grandmother who came to this country in 1949 after surviving the second world war in Normandy, France.

elleskiles said...

Thanks so much for your book, and hand delivered from the author at that. How lucky am I. Thank you!

Rachelle said...

I enjoyed meeting you at LDStorymakers and thought you gave some wonderful tips! I'd love to win any of your books, so put me in that pot! :)
I would tell the story of my Great Grandma Smith. She loved to fix up old dolls and give them away.