Yes, it’s March 24 — release day at last! Although plenty of you managed to find STARGAZER in your local bookstores ahead of time, all of you should be able to find it now. I’m tired and relieved and thrilled: You name it.
I also picked the winners for STARGAZER Contest #6 this morning. Congrats to Christine M., Tori W., Ornella S., Lauralee W., Deltay, Hannah G., Jackie D., Moriah D., Misty H. and Jessica J.! Their lucky charms were the luckiest of all. Though it was interesting how many different theories of luck you all had — plenty of people don’t believe in it at all (including a couple of the contest winners!), while others have some pretty elaborate rituals. Interestingly, the most common good-luck talismans were things that people wear on their bodies: rings, pendants, pieces of clothing, tattoos, etc. I think we feel best with good-luck charms we can keep with us all the time.
Next up will be STARGAZER Contest #7! This one will last a lot longer — six weeks, to be exact, with me picking a winner on May 5 (to make a very merry Cinco de Mayo for someone). And it’s for the same grand prize as last time: the winner will get to name a character in AFTERLIFE, the final book in the EVERNIGHT series!
How do you enter? Help spread the word about STARGAZER by posting online! It can be a notice in your blog, a conversation in a books forum, a review in your LJ or on Amazon, whatever. Just post, send me a link to what you’ve posted at evernightclaudia at gmail dot com with the subject line “STARGAZER Contest #7”, and you’ll be entered!
RULES AND CAVEATS: (1) First and foremost, DO NOT SPAM. Spread the word, but you don’t need to post about STARGAZER multiple times/in places that aren’t appropriate/etc. (2) One entry per reader, to help with rule #1. (3) Although ideally you can choose any name you would like for the character in AFTERLIFE if you win, I reserve the right to veto any name that really wouldn’t fit into the world of the series. (No “Fifi Nutella” or any such thing.)
In the rush of getting ready for the big launch, I continue to be seriously behind on e-mails. Bear with me, everybody. And I hope you all enjoy STARGAZER.