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December 12th, 2008
Holiday Design Giveaway

Christmas Contest

It’s a luggage cart magically going through the wall at platform 9 ¾ King’s Cross Station in London, England, not a shopping cart, but I couldn’t resist post the photo as an announcement for my Christmas Giveaway!

My website has been designed by the amazing Frauke Spanuth of Croco Designs. Frauke also does the artwork for my ads, creates my book trailers, and designs my promotion materials such as bags, bookmarks, and postcards.

I noticed Bantam author Sherry Thomas’s terrific contest to give a $25 X-mas voucher to giveaway for Croco Designs, and when I mentioned to Frauke what a great idea it was, she invited me to do the same.

With a $25 design voucher, you can have a banner designed, or even bookmarks or postcards to promote an upcoming book. Or put that toward the creation of a really stunning book trailer or website, or have your MySpace page redesigned to catch your readers’ attention or highlight your author brand.

To win, just answer the following question, and I’ll chose the winner on December 24, 2008.

Which book would you most like to receive under the tree this Christmas? (It can be any authors’—doesn’t have to be one of mine ;-).

As for the luggage cart, Harry Potter fans will know platform 9 ¾, which really does exist. On my recent research trip to London, my co-travellers arranged to meet me there for lunch. I was dubious and my aunt, who lives in Yorkshire, believed my friends were setting me up. But when I checked with a porter, sure enough, he pointed me to the platform.