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Contest! Book Bomb for a Cause!

Recently I read a terrific book written by someone I know. Sometimes this can be a little nerve-wracking: what if you don't like the book even though you love the friend? What will you say next time you see each other? Awkward!

But there was no need for worry in this situation. The book I read was Variant, and its author is Rob Wells.

Larry Correia recently described Variant as a "sci-fi Lord of the Flies," and I think that's a great logline--except there is hope and romance and intrigue aplenty to be found within its pages as well--something for everyone. Interesting, believable characters? Yes. Vivid setting? You bet. Byzantine plot that will keep you guessing? Check.  It's a suspenseful carnival ride of a read, and it will surely make my Top Ten Books list this year--so I would unreservedly recommend it to you no matter what.

If you don't take my word for it that Variant is worth your time, trust the smart people at Publisher's Weekly. They recommend it as one of the best books of 2011.

Besides being a great writer, Rob is also a terrific guy. A few years ago, he founded the Whitney Awards to help raise the level of writing produced by LDS novelists. He constantly and cheerfully gives of his time and knowledge to help less experienced writers. He's super funny, too. Here's a post he co-wrote with his equally talented and amusing brother, Dan Wells (a writer whose work I've recommended to you before).

But here's the thing. Rob Wells recently and inexplicably developed a severe panic disorder--one that doctors have not yet been able to treat effectively. Rob has faith that he will find a solution, but in the meantime, he is debilitated by this disease. How much so? Last week, he got laid off from his job. We're not storming the workplace; Rob maintains that his employers did everything they could for him. But in this economic climate--well, you know how brutal it is out there.

Christmas is coming. Rob and his wife have little kids. And here's the thing you may not know about writers. Even when they hit the national market in hardcover, they usually can't quit their day jobs until they have several books out--and oftentimes, not even then. Writing is a labor of love. Very, very few novelists make a living wage doing it, let alone get rich. And while I hope that Rob has a long and illustrious writing career, he has only taken a few steps on that road.

Larry Correia came up with a way to help Rob. He is using his considerable influence to convince everyone he knows to set a Book Bomb--buy one or more copies of Variant on Amazon on Thursday, 10 November--which is tomorrow, as I write. He hopes that with that combined purchasing power, Variant will soar to the top of Amazon's bestseller list and give the book the exposure it so richly deserves.

I'm in. Here's how I'm helping that Bomb explode. Tomorrow, I'll buy three more copies of Variant, one to donate to each of my two local libraries and one for our school. Then I'll go through my Christmas list and count up how many fortunate people will be getting a copy of Variant under their tree from me--that will be several more copies.

But I'm not stopping there. I'm hereby hosting a one-day contest. I will award a $50 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky person who meets the contest requirements below--and just to sweeten the pot, two other almost-as-lucky people will win signed copies of my cookbook, Comfortably Yum. (Give it as a gift if you already own it.) Here's how to win:

1) Buy one or more copies of Variant--hardcover or Kindle edition. For each copy you buy, you get an entry in the contest.

2) Tweet and/or post on Facebook about this contest. For each tweet/post, you get an entry in the contest. (If you don't use social media, worry not. Just buy the book, and you're in at least once.)

3) How will I know what you've done? Total up how many entries you have earned, come back here, and leave me your report in a comment. I'm not going to ask you to forward me your receipt or link to your posts; I know I don't need to remind any of my regular readers that you're on the honor system.

4) Friday morning, 11/11/11, at 9:00 a.m., I'll number all the entries and use a random number generator to choose the three winners. I'll post the results right here on Kashkawan.

This is a win-win-win! You get a great book. You help out a great guy. And you may win a great prize. Get to it!

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I'm in.


Tomorrow I'm in. But still.

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbc

You rock! I don't buy many books these days, at least not new ones, and I don't read many either. I do want to help this guy, though! So, I'm in. I'll report back tomorrow on what I have done. Hugs!

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi Ashworth

I'm all over this. I'm also donating to my local school libraries. I have a dollar amount in my head and I'll come back and report tomorrow how many books that translates to. I put it on my Facebook tomorrow afternoon, but I'll be putting it on my author page tomorrow as well.

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie Jacobson

Posted the contest to Twitter and to the LDStorymakers. Will ask a friend on the AI list to do the same and will post it to FB as well. Here's hoping the book bomb shoots him high!

You are awesome to offer prizes!

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

Rob is one of my heroes. Totally count me in! I'll be back with a tally.

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercharrette

Amazing idea. I'll do what I can to help. And I know if it makes your Top Ten list, it must be a fantastic read!

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenna Consolo

Rob is a phenomenal author but a really great guy to boot. It's so awesome to see people rallying around him and I'm just tickled to be able to participate. Can't wait till tomorrow - time to do some Christmas shopping!

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

I just linked this from Facebook. I already own the book, but hopefully some of my Facebook friends are looking for a good read.

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZina

Sucky time of year to lose your job. My husband lost his 20 years ago, a week before Christmas, so I can really relate. We bounced back, and I'm sure Rob will too. How could he not with friends such as you?

You can count me twice. I can only afford to buy one copy right now, but I'll Facebook it too. Please tell him hang in there from our family.

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Shared on FB and Twitter.

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCherlynn Thomas

Just bought four copies - one to read and three to gift - and shared on Twitter @Chronodato

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFritz K

I just downloaded the Kindle version. I also read the interview with him and his brother. Haven't laughed that hard in a long time, and about mental illness no less! I have family members who have suffered from similar things, and the your-brain-thinks-you-are-being-chased-by-a-leopard-for-nine-months description is hands down the best I've ever heard!

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

This book is FABULOUS! Just sayin'

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Moore

Oh yeah, I facebooked it and also I just bought it (again!)

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Moore

I just bought one of the last 13 available on Amazon.
The books sounds great and I really love the cover.
The touch of red sold it for me!

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte Palmer-Lane

I just bought the book on Amazon. Excited to read it. I wish him well!

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelley Flake

Ordered and posted. Only a few more left, so the promo must be going well. Best wishes to Rob!

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Iglesia

We are trying to get in touch with HarperTeen so that they can send Amazon a ton more copies!

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLuisa

Ordered two hardcover copies and one copy for Kindle. I also posted on Facebook.

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany W.

Just ordered my copy -- I've heard great things about this book and wish him well!

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGayle Humpherys

This is awesome. I was glad to retweet this contest and buy the book. Rob is a great guy and deserves more than his recent rash of terrible luck.

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmilyY

Timing is everything: yesterday my mom bought a Kindle; this morning I ordered 'Variant' for her as a gift. She's so excited and happily reading her first Kindle book.

*I* have to wait until Saturday for my copy. There's something to be said for ebooks, and that something is "instant gratification."

I'll be okay. I'll make it. I'll survive.

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbc

I bought a copy, have tweeted twice and posted on facebook about it. Wish I could do more.

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

So I posted on FB, tweeted, and bought a copy! I also sent Robison Wells an email about some essential oils that might help his panic attacks! I hope we can all help! I"m also thrilled to tuck this goodie into my Christmas bag.
have an awesome day all!
always, Vickie

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVickie Smith

I tweeted and Facebooked about the Book Bomb and ordered 3 copies of Variant (total of 5 entries). Thanks for running this contest! I also linked to your contest on my blog, Black Ink, www.stephanieblackink.blogspot.com.

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Black

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