Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Surfeit of Spying Spellmans Giveaway! THIS GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!

Hmmm... a new month, I wonder what I'll be giving away... oh, I kid! I've been hoarding away books for March (I don't jest, there's a pile!)You see, there's these books by Lisa Lutz, the Spellmans star, and I just can't get enough of them. The forth and NOT final (ignore the blurb, listen to the author) is being released this month and I've been dying to foist these lovely dysfunctional spies on you, my loyal readers... but I wanted to make it beyond special. So the prize... no wait, I mean prizes. Yes, that is a highlighted, italicized, emboldened "s," because I have not one, not two, but four prizes*! One for each book... in fact, one is each book... but they are so much more! They are all signed first editions. That's right! Signed Spellman books, what could be better? Really, for me personally, nothing could be better. In fact, I think after writing this post I might just dive right back into the family who spies together. Of course you might want more information before entering, so over the next two weeks I'll be posting my reviews for all four of the books leading up to the March 16th release of The Spellman's Strike Again. Plus Lisa will be touring to promote this book, so keep an eye out for her, I'll be there in Milwaukee covering her March 25th event... who knows, perhaps I'll see you there? Now onto the prizes!

*Now doubled thanks to my bffs at Simon & Schuster!


The Prizes:
Prize 1: The Spellman Files *Signed* 1st Edition
Prize 2: Curse of the Spellmans *Signed* 1st Edition
Prize 3: Revenge of the Spellmans *Signed* 1st Edition
Prize 4: The Spellmans Strike Again *Signed* 1st Edition with a Free Schmidt T-shirt!
Prizes 5-8: The Spellmans Strike Again *unsigned* 1st Eiditon

The Rules:
1. Open to EVERYONE, just because you haven't been following me all along doesn't mean you don't matter.
2. Please make sure I have a way to contact you if your name is drawn, either your blogger profile or a link to your website/blog or you could even include your email address with your comment(s).
3. Contest EXTENDED! Now ends Friday, April 30th at 11:59PM CST (and yes, I know I just like tacked on a whole month... but I'm so close to 200 followers I can feel it! Plus, I this is kind of the biggest giveaway I've ever run and I want it to be even bigger, insert evil laugh here!)
4. The 1st winner gets to choose which prize they want, then the 2nd, then on till the 4th name drawn gets whatever is left (which is still awesome no matter which book it is!)
5. How to enter:

Answer me this: Who is your favorite literary detective? Holmes? A Hammett creation? Are you a golden age gal or a noir lad?

6. And for those addicted to getting extra entries:

  • +1 for answering the question above
  • +2 for becoming a follower
  • +5 if you are already a follower
  • +10 for each time you advertise this contest - blog post, sidebar, twitter (please @MzLizard), etc. (but you only get credit for the first post, so tweet all you like, and I thank you for it, but you'll only get the +10 once). Also please leave a link!
7. If I should hit 200 followers, well lets just say really cool, yet thematically appropriate, items will be added to the prizes.

Good luck! Here's the March!


you always have the most amusing books on display here, thanks so much for this giveaway! I love dysfunctional families =D

+1 Holmes is definitely my favourite, if only because he was the most memorable during my childhood =)
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Thanks for the great giveaway.

+1 Harry Bosch
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dlodden at frontiernet dot net

Great giveaway!

+1 Sherlock Holmes has always been my fave

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throuthehaze at gmail dot com

I've been patiently waiting for The Spellmans Strike Again! What a great contest.

+1 One of my favorite detectives is Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.

Thanks for the chance to win!

I already am a follower. :) And I'm a huge fan of Columbo, although he's technically a TV show...I do have the entire Sherlock Holmes collection, and I'm a huge fan of Miss Marple/Hercule Poirot of the Agatha Christie mysteries. Good stuff - on TV too. :)

+1 Holmes of course because he is brilliant!
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Thanks for this giveaway!

+1 My favourite detective is a tie between Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot.

+2 I'm a follower

stella.exlibris (at) gmail DOT com

+1 Today feels like a Marcus Didius Falco day. He's Roman, what can I say?
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Great giveaway! :)

+1 Nancy Drew is probably my favorite detective :I
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+ 1 P D James's Adam Dalgleish is my favourite.

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you have the most interesting books displayed.


I think my favourite detective is Harry Dresden. I like the combination of detective and magic.

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+1 Im a big fan of Holmes and Hercule Poirot.
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+1 Holmes forever! I dont know any detective better than him!

+2 for becoming a follower

+10 sidebar: in the bottom!

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+1 I've never read a lot of detective, mysteryish books, but I think Flavia de Luce would have to hold that title for me, just for sheer quirkiness. I love me some quirky. :)
+5 old follower, of course!


Pick me! Pick me! I've only read one Spellman book (yesterday, and almost all night the night before) but intend to try and get my hands on another soon.

Favorite literary detective...hmm...Holmes is legit, but I've got to fess up and say Nancy Drew still wins. Who else drives a roadster and has solved mysteries for over sixty years while remaining eternally a teen?

My email is

I really enjoy Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie's books, but prefer Miss Marple in the movie/TV versions. (+1)
And of course, I've already been a follower (+5)
Thanks - this is such a fun giveaway! I hope you hit 200!

Hi Elizabeth!

"Answer me this: Who is your favorite literary detective? Holmes? A Hammett creation? Are you a golden age gal or a noir lad?"

Honestly? My favorite literary detective is Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently. He of the rotund figure and consistent (ugly) hat. I love him because he never eliminates the impossible. Ever. ;-)

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