Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Heart of Obsidian Mega Contest


This contest is for everyone who loves the Psy-Changeling series!

The aim of the contest to is spread the word about Heart of Obsidian, and give back to fans at the same time. That's why we have so many prizes, so lots of people can win!

I know it's a long post, but please read to the end so you can discover all the cool prizes and the correct way to enter.

We've tried to be as clear as possible, but if you have any questions, please leave a comment or email my assistant, Ashwini. Her email is listed below.


Contest will run from 10pm May 22nd, 2013 to midnight June 16th, 2013 (New Zealand time).

Winners to be picked through a random draw and announced Saturday July 6th.


You can enter two times, but you have to fulfill the requirements for entry each time. (ie. You have to do two unique things to enter).

Why only twice? Because we want to keep this fun, fair, and not spam anyone!


Contest is international.


1) Do something to help spread the word about Heart of Obsidian within the period of the contest.

As you can see from the ideas we mention below, you should all be able to enter.

Some ideas of kick things off:

- Do an online review of Heart of Obsidian after it releases (can be on your own blog, on Goodreads, or on Amazon or Barnes & Noble etc). The contents of the review are of course, totally up to you. You'll have plenty of time to enter as the contest runs till June 16th.

- If you have a blog, a website, or a Tumblr etc, you can write a post about your favorite book(s) or character(s) in the series, or maybe about which characters you'd like to see books for...the topic is open. Just mention Heart of Obsidian as a new release, or use one of the graphics below in your post.

 photo HeartOfObsidian_ad2_zpsc5bb499e.gifIf you'd like to do a giveaway in conjunction with your post, we'll happily provide you with a paperback backlist book and we'll post it out to the winner (see full details below).

- Create a quiz about the series or your favorite book/characters and include a question about Heart of Obsidian. You could use the two chapter preview available to create that question.

- Create original artwork based on the books and share it online, linking through to the Heart of Obsidian page on the blog or on the website.

-Set up and fill a Pinterest board for Heart of Obsidian or the series.

- Put up a small banner for Heart of Obsidian on your blog/page etc for at least one week. We'll provide the graphics - you can see them  in this post, so feel free to use these. Link it back to either the Heart of Obsidian page on the blog, or the on the website.

If you'd like to use the gif banner above, you can just save it off the blog to use, or if you'd like the html code, email and we'll send it to you. Please link it back to the excerpt.

- Create your own banner about Heart of Obsidian or the series and share it (just make sure you have the right to use any images you pick).

- Change your Facebook cover photo to the one on Nalini's Facebook page for at least a week. The file is pasted below, or you can email us and we'll send it to you.

- Do a YouTube video related to the series. A review, a discussion if there are two of you, anything fun. We're up for seeing some interpretative dance ;-) Just mention the release of Heart of Obsidian in the video.

- Something else! Be creative! If you have an idea for spreading the word that's not on this list, contact us and we'll let you know if it'll get you entry into the contest. Email: naliniDOTassistantATgmailDOTcom (replace the DOT and AT with the symbols ./@)

Subject Lines

2) Once you have done something to spread the word, email Ashwini with details of your entry, your address (so we can quickly post out the prize if you win), using the correct subject line (please see below).

There are some German language books up as prizes, so we need to know if it's okay to send you a German language book if you win a book prize.

If you read only in English, put this in the subject line: HEART OF OBSIDIAN CONTEST

If you read only in German, use: HEART OF OBSIDIAN CONTEST-DEUTSCH

If you read both English and German, use: HEART OF OBSIDIAN CONTEST-ED

EMAIL ADDRESS TO ENTER: naliniDOTassistantATgmailDOTcom (replace the DOT and AT with the symbols ./@)

Prize Choices

3) In your entry, please put down which five prizes or types of prizes you'd most like to win. Since lots of people will want the same prizes and the drawing is random, we can't guarantee you'll get one of your choices if you win.

However, as there are different ARCs for example, if you'd like one by a particular author, please put it down. Then, if you win an ARC, we can try to accommodate your choice.

If you don't have any preference, put that down instead.

Second Entry

4) If you'd like to enter a second time, follow steps 1, 2, and 3.


1. (a) If you do a blog post, quiz etc, and would like to do a giveaway for your followers/readers, then we'll provide a copy (paperback) of a book for you to give away (as long as stocks last).

We've set aside a good number of books for this, so the chance is very high that you'll be able to get one for your giveaway.

We have books in English and German for you to give away, so let us know which language you'd like.

Email Ashwini if you would like to do a giveaway: (naliniDOTassistantATgmailDOTcom).

(b) We will also cover the cost of mailing out the above giveaway books directly to the winners, wherever they are in the world.

2. Because this is all about sharing the love, we'll link to your quiz, artwork, giveaways etc from the blog, Nalini's Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr (one link for certain, likely a couple), so long as you send us the link in time.

3. We've provided graphics you can use, so you can enter by choosing to use one of these.

4. We'll provide some super cool prizes for the prize drawing when the contest closes!! And if you win one of Nalini's books, Nalini will happily sign the book personally to you.


1. A promise of an advanced copy of PSY-CHANGELING #13 (this will likely be ready sometime in March 2014, so you'll have to be patient, but you'll get it as soon as a bound galley is ready to ship. If, for some reason, there are no bound galleys, I'll print out and send you a signed copy of the galley proof).

2. A promise of an advanced copy of ARCHANGEL'S LEGION (this will likely be ready around August/September 2013 and should be a bound galley. If there are no bound galleys, I'll print out and send you a signed copy of the galley proof).

3. The Food Prize: A HEART OF OBSIDIAN mug, chocolate cookies and candy from New Zealand. (Yes, there will be Tim Tams). We won't buy the cookies and candy till it's time to ship, so if you have a special request, we'll do our best to hunt down the goodies.

4. A 30 minute one-to-one Skype chat with Nalini (though if you want to invite a friend or two, that's absolutely okay). We'll work out which time works best for you and set it up.

5. A poster of the US cover for HEART OF OBSIDIAN. (FYI: These will also be given away at my tour stops, and are limited edition, with only a few printed).

6. Advanced copies of books by other authors (one winner for each ARC). These are the ARCs we have (some may be bound galleys, others finished copies) - huge thanks to my editor, Cindy!

LEOPARD’S PREY, Christine Feehan

ENTHRALLED anthology, Lora Leigh, Alyssa Day, Meljean Brook, Lucy Monroe

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS, Carly Phillips, Jaci Burton, Erin McCarthy, Jessica Clare

UNDEAD AND UNSURE, MaryJanice Davidson

MAGIC RISES, Ilona Andrews

TIGER MAGIC, Jennifer Ashley

NIGHT VISION, Yasmine Galenorn


UNFORGIVEN, Anne Calhoun

7. Book Prizes

(a) A special limited edition signed copy of Slave to Sensation printed for a recent "Chicks at the Flicks" promotion in New Zealand. There were only a few thousand of these printed, so they'll soon become very difficult to find.

The book will come in a dark blue Nalini Singh tote bag (originally printed for the ARRA Convention). See the photo to the right.

Two copies available, so two winners will be chosen for this prize.

(b) A full signed set of the Guild Hunter series to date (Angels' Blood, Archangel's Kiss, Archangel's Consort, Archangel's Blade, Archangel's Storm, Angels' Flight).

(c) GERMAN: 5 signed copies of Magische Verf├╝hrung
2 signed copies of Lord der Toten Seelen
2 signed copies of Engelskuss 
2 signed copies of Dunkle Verlockung
1 signed copy of H├Âllische Versuchung
1 signed copy of Lockruf des Verlangens
1 signed copy of Eisige Umarmung
5 signed posters of Lockruf des Verlangens

(One winner per item. ie. if you win one of these prizes, you'll get one book or one poster.)

(d) A signed copy of the UK Tangle of Need hardcover that has the incorrect backcover blurb. These were reprinted with the correct blurb very quickly, but a few with the incorrect blurb leaked out into the world. Fun if you like collectors editions.

(e) A signed copy of the winner's choice of a paperback backlist book (that means books published up to the end of 2012) from Nalini, so long as we have a copy available, each with a Heart of Obsidian bookmark. Ten winners will be chosen for this prize.

8. (a) Audio books - CDs (2 copies of Archangel's Storm, 2 copies of Wild Invitation, I copy of Tangle of Need)

(b) Audio books - MP3 CD (1 copy each of Blaze of Memory, Archangel's Blade, Mine to Possess, and Archangel's Storm)

(One winner per item. ie. if you win this prize, you'll get one CD or one MP3 CD)


Entries open 10pm May 22nd 2013 (New Zealand time) and must be submitted no later than midnight June 16th, 2013 New Zealand time. Two entries per individual, as per requirements above. No purchase necessary to enter. The legality of each individual entry, including the text written and any images used, are the responsibility of the entrant.

Barring any delays caused by unforeseen circumstances, winner(s) will be chosen randomly and contacted via email on July 6th, 2013. Each winner can win a maximum of two prizes. In the case that there aren't enough entries for all the prizes, the remaining prizes will be held over for a future contest. By entering the contest, you give us the right to announce your name on the blog (we're happy to use a nickname or online handle if you prefer). Void where prohibited.



Danielle Annett said...
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Danielle Annett said...

Huge perk to working a Night Shift! I get to find out about awesome amazing things like this! I am so excited for Heart of Obsidian to come out and for the chance to enter this contest!

Danielle @ Coffee and Characters

Mandy Pederick said...

Nice!! awesome set of prizes Nalini! Definitely something to be a part of

lorena said...

Can the reviews be on Spanish? I read in English, but I'm so much better writing in my first language which is Spanish. But I'll love to get some of your amazing prizes!!!!

Unknown said...

Oh-my-goodness!! That's just amazing!! I love the set of prizes, and yes, I'll definitely begin the Psy-Changeling Series I just have to think about something creative!! Mumble, mumble...

Nalini Singh said...

@lorena - yes, that's fine :)

bookeateer said...

Wow that so cool idea!! I'd love that awards were in Spanish for Spanish-speaking readers

Jackie said...

can the review be in german,too ?

Nalini Singh said...

@Jackie - yes :)You can review the German edition or the English edition.

@bookeateer - I'm not sure if we still have some Spanish books left, but if you'd like to do a giveaway, email Ashwini and she can check for you :)

Dot said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now as I wait for the release of HoO I have this wonderful task to do / plan. Hmmm, now I just have to decide which two I will do.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I am not very creative. Can I keep my profile picture change for an additional week and make that count as my second entry? Thanks so much!

nalini.assistant said...

@Anon - We'd rather you do something different for your second entry. Perhaps you could write a review of the book once it's out : )

Kitty said...

So excited about the contest. I've got my husband getting me Heart of Obsidian for my birthday which luckily falls on the 9th of June. ;) Will be doing book reviews on both Goodreads and Amazon, and for the second try, a Pinterest board and Facebook cover change.

Drucilla said...

The artwork can be done by hand? and the comment can be in spanish?

Thanks :)

Nalini Singh said...

@Drucilla Yes and yes :)

@Kitty - happy birthday in advance!

Anonymous said...


just wanted to say love your books, I have most of your books in both series. My favourite so far is Kiss of Snow only because I so wanted that to happen. I'm going to enter your contest even if I have to stay up at night to find time, I would really love any of the prizes. If I buy any more books one of my five children will have to loses their bed for some where to put them. My husband jokes that I have my own library in the making.

Marie Mattingly-Woods said...

Woot! Fun Contests :) I stayed up til midnight so I could read it as soon as it release *hehehe* Had a great time reviewing it on Amazon. I can't wait til the next book comes out. I'm hoping for a Arrow hero :)

Bibicienta said...

Im so sad that i heard about this contest too late. Im a big fan! I read all The 12 books in 2 weeks!!! And i know that one last book is needed because there is a few things that need to be cleared. I can almost guest who's the main character of The next book jajajajaja. I found this books in a sad moment in my life, and they made me happy. Thank You Nalini! Love from Dominican Republic.