Friday, March 4, 2011

Do the Write Thing!! A Raffle With Benefits ;-)

Hello, All,

Want a chance to win some fabulous reads from great writers? You know you do! Want a chance to help those whose lives have been devastated by the Christchurch earthquake? You know you want to do that, too!

So, here’s how to do both at the same time. Yes, it’s the Do the Write Thing charity raffle! Thanks to the generosity of 39 authors from around the world (Woot! Thank you!) you’ve got a chance to win signed copies of some wonderful books for just about every taste. Each winner will get a package of 3-4 titles. Just take a look at these irresistible prize packages!!

Cosy Reading and Amateur Sleuths - Like your reading cosy and full of interesting, quirky characters? This package is for you! Visit Memphis’ finest barbecue restaurant, check out the beautiful Oregon coast, learn how a remarkable cat wove magic for her human companion and check out a delicious collection of mystery confection!

Riley AdamsDelicious and Suspicious

Patricia HarringtonDeath Comes Too Soon

Dorte HummelshΓΈj Jakobsen – Candied Crime (E-book)

Ingrid KingBuckley’s Story

Cops, PI’s and Spies – Maybe your preference is following the professionals as they do their jobs. If so, this is your package! From England to Central Pennsylvania, from justice, Texas style to an oh-so-cool and hip secret agent, go behind the scenes as these professionals show us how it’s done!

Geraldine EvansDeadly Reunion

Bill CriderMurder in Four Parts: A Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mystery

John LindermuthBeing Someone Else

Victor J. Banis - The Man from C.A.M.P

Thriller (3 Winners will be drawn) - Like your spine to tingle and your pulse to pound? These thrillers are just the thing! There’s urban UK grit, LA pace, the mean streets of Glasgow and two fabulous thrillers from Kiwi authors who show us just how well spine-tingling suspense is done in New Zealand.

P.A. Brown LA Heat, LA Boneyard, LA Bytes

Nick QuantrillBroken Dream

Craig Russell Lennox, The Long Glasgow Kiss

Paul CleaveThe Cleaner

Vanda SymonBound

*NOTE: If you win one of these packages, the prizes will be split among the winners. And don’t worry, there’s plenty to go around!

Humour (3 Winners will be drawn)
– If you like your mystery served up with a side of humour, you want one of these packages! Trust me. There are wisecracking L.A. cops, Glasgow con artists and a cast of crazy characters who all wanted a self-help guru dead. You’ll want to know whodunit…when you aren’t chuckling.

Marshall Karp The Rabbit Factory, Flipping Out, Bloodthirsty

Donna MooreOld Dogs

Pamela Du Mond Cupcakes, Lies & Dead Guys

*NOTE: If you win one of these packages, the prizes will be split among the winners. And don’t worry, there’s plenty to go around!

Academic Settings (2 Winners will be drawn) – Want to know about what goes on behind the scenes at schools and colleges? These packages are for you! An exclusive Philadelphia high school, Oxford University and Pennsylvania’s Tilton University are the backdrops for all kinds of murder and mayhem…

Margot Kinberg - Publish or Perish, B-Very Flat

Charlie CochraneLessons in Power

Gillian RobertsHelen Hath no Fury, Till the End of Tom

*NOTE: If you win one of these packages, the prizes will be split among the winners. And don’t worry, there’s plenty to go around!

Historical and History-Themed (2 Winners will be drawn) - If you like to escape to a different time and place, you want one of these packages! These terrific novels span the centuries from ancient England to the Old U.S. West and more.

Donna Fletcher Crow - A Very Private Grave

Peg Herring Surprise!

Victor J. BanisThis Splendid Earth

Warren Bull Abraham Lincoln For the Defense

Alice DuncanPecos Valley Revival, Hungry Spirits

*NOTE: If you win one of these packages, the prizes will be split among the winners. And don’t worry, there’s plenty to go around!

Fantasy, Mystery and a Touch of Paranormal ­ - Explore the possibilities! Escape to a world we know doesn’t exist. Or could it?? If you like to suspend your disbelief and explore fantasy, this is the package for you!

Lillian Stewart Carl - The Charm Stone, The Blue Hackle

Mj GrothoffThe Everwing Saga

Howard Sherman – Be a part of the story with the online interactive mystery experience!

Romantic Suspense - Like your mysteries with plenty of spice? You’ll be swept away by the romance in this package… if you can keep away from the edge of your seat!

Victor J. BanisSlow Dance

Stella DuffyParallel Lies

Cindy SampleDying for a Date

Fair Dinkum Aussie Packages (3 Winners will be drawn) – You know you want to know how they do it Down Under! Suspense, whodunits, thrillers, and some fascinating secrets you never knew about the animals of the Australian bush, from some of Australia’s great writers.

Katherine Howell Frantic, The Darkest Hour,

Violent Exposure, Cold Justice

Rebecca LangAustralian Big Cats: An Unnatural History of Panthers

Michael Robotham - Suspect, Lost/Drowning Man, The Night Ferry, Shatter, Bombproof, Bleed For Me

Allan Russell - Veiled in Shadows

*NOTE: If you win one of these packages, the prizes will be split among the winners. And don’t worry, there’s plenty to go around!

YA – For the teens in your life, and the teen in all of us, this package is the one you want! And this package comes complete with a gift card for the YA reader in your life to do some of the choosing!

Darby KarchutGriffin Rising

C. Lee McKenzieSliding on the Edge

Amazon Gift Card – value US $10.00 (Thank you, Clarissa Draper!)

Literary Mysteries and Other Fiction (2 Winners will be drawn) If you like to savour great writing, even if it’s not just about crime, you want one of these packages! There’s Appalachian mystery and some gripping, difficult and funny looks at the human experience. It’s all here!

Vicki LaneSigns in the Blood, Art’s Blood, Old Wounds, In a Dark Season

Victor J. Banis Life and Other Passing Moments, Lola Dances

*NOTE: If you win one of these packages, the prizes will be split among the winners. And don’t worry, there’s plenty to go around!

Sampler – Can’t decide what your favourite kind of reading is? Want to try a variety of different styles? You want this package. You really do! This one’s got a touch of humour, a dash of history, some thriller and a gripping story from Appalachia.

Marshall KarpBloodthirsty

Vicki Lane - The Day of Small Things

Warren Bull - Murder Manhattan Style

Craig Russell - The Valkyrie Song

Want to Win? Here’s What You Do!

Now that I’ve got your attention :-), here’s how to enter the raffle and win one of these amazing packages.

  1. Choose which package you want to win.

  1. Click the New Zealand logo you see right here:

You’ll be taken to the home of the New Zealand Government's Christchurch Earthquake Appeal site, where you’ll be asked to make a donation. Please follow the instructions on the site and make your contribution.

  1. Forward your confirmation Email to me at MargotKinberg(at)gmail(dot)com (or simply click the “Email Me” button on my sidebar).

Once you make your donation, you’ll get a confirmatory tax-receipt Email. Just send it along to me. Don’t forget to let me know which package you would like to win!

That’s it! That’s all you need to do to enter the raffle!

You’ll have until midnight, 19 March, 2011 to enter the raffle and yes, the raffle is open to residents of all countries.

When the raffle is over, I’ll draw the winning names and get in touch with the winners.

Good luck to all, and thanks for Doing the Write Thing!!!

Even if you would rather not enter the raffle, please help me spread the word! You can tweet it, Email it, mention it on your blog, or post it on Facebook – oh, and feel free to use my graphic. The more people who know, the bigger difference we can make. Let’s all work together!


  1. Thanks you for organising this Margot!

  2. I'm going to leave the great prizes for others, but will Tweet this and spread the word--and donate, of course. Thanks for organizing the effort and making it possible for those of us who want to help...

  3. Kerrie - Oh, it's my pleasure to do what little I can to help. Thanks for all that you've done to help spread the word.

    Jenny - Thank you so much for helping to pass the word along about this raffle. I truly appreciate that and even more, I appreciate your taking the time to donate :-)

  4. Margot, this is a wonderful thing you have done and are doing. You have a lot of great books in some many different genres, something for everyone. I'm more than happy to help spread the word.

    Thoughts in Progress

  5. Mason - Thank you so much for the kind words! Thanks also for being so helpful about spreading the word about Do the Write Thing. I really do appreciate it!

    And I am so thrilled and grateful at the number of authors who've kindly offered to donate books - and such a wide variety, too.

  6. Michelle - Thanks :-)! I appreciate that.

  7. What a great way to help. I'll tweet and facebook it again.

  8. Clarissa - Thank you :-)!! And thanks for your contribution, too :-). I appreciate both very much.

  9. Awesome!!! I'm off to spread the word... :)

  10. Jemi - Thanks very much and merci beaucoup!

  11. Is it too late to donate? Saw this on Jemi's blog and came over straight away! I can donate a signed copy of The Hating Game, if you like!

  12. Hi, Talli,
    Oh, wow! Thank you for being interested in donating! That's awfully kind of you :-). How about sending me an Email at MargotKinberg(at)gmail(dot)com and I can give you details.