Friday, May 01, 2009

A Very Tristi Contest!

To celebrate the release of my new book, "Agent in Old Lace," I'm holding the coolest contest I've ever held! Because the book is a mystery novel, I'm sending you on a scavenger hunt all over the Internet. There are three sets of clues on sixteen websites. First, you must find them all. Then, you must arrange them into groups (they are labeled 1, 2, and 3 - that part's not so mysterious). Then you must decide what they are referring to. Remember the game "Clue," where you discovered that the culprit was Miss Scarlet, in the library, with the rope? You, too, must figure out who did it, where, and with what.

After you have obtained these clues, send me your answer at tristi AT with "contest" in the subject line. All correct answers will be entered into a drawing. And what does the lucky winner receive for all their hard work? A pretty cool prize!

This package contains a popcorn bowl, three flavors of popcorn, a $25.00 gift card to Blockbuster, and a copy of "Agent in Old Lace."

Are you all set to go? Are you rarin' to get ready?

Here are your clues. Each of the bloggers listed below can be found in the sidebar of my blog, either under the "If I'm Not Home, You Can Find Me Here" heading, or the "Or You Might Find Me Here" heading. You may need to do a little clicking and scrolling, but hey, to the victor go the spoils ... or, to the victor goes the cool prize.

"Who" Clues:

1. This blogger raises chickens and wrote "Lemon Tart."

2. This blogger runs marathons and wrote "Parenting the Ephraim's Child."

3. This blogger is a political activist and wrote "Out of the Shadows ... Into the Light."

4. This blogger makes pottery and wrote "False Pretenses."

5. This blogger was raised in a drug store and wrote "The Forgotten Warrior."

"Where" Clues:

1. This blogger was born overseas and wrote "Reasonable Doubt."

2. This blogger used to live in England and wrote "Please, No Zits."

3. This blogger wrote a darling picture book about Down Syndrome and is the author of "Heaven Scent."

4. This blogger is a former publisher and is the assistant manager at Provident Book.

5. This blogger feels like toast and wrote "The Santa Letters."

"With What" Clues:

1. This blogger founded ANWA and wrote "Trail of Storms."

2. This blogger is a seminary teacher and wrote "Powerful Tips for Powerful Teachers."

3. This blogger is addicted to peanut butter cups and wrote "Shadow of the Crown."

4. This blogger is a Whitney Award winner and wrote "Counting Stars."

5. This blogger is a nurse and wrote "Sharing Through Song."

6. This blogger is the Utah Best in State Award winner for Fiction, 2007, and wrote "Tower of Strength."

Okay! You've been given your directions. Visit the designated blogs and look for your clues. Your clues will be marked with this symbol:

You may need all the clues in that category to pinpoint the information you need. You have until May 30th at midnight send me an e-mail with your guess as to who, where, and with what. You can piece it all together by using the Internet as your guide. A hint ... on the "what," the first two clues tell you what brand, the second two clues tell you what kind, and the last clues tell you what item.

Good luck!!

And if all that wasn't cool enough ... check this out. I'm doing the launch party for my book at Provident Book in Pleasant Grove on June 6th. Come hang out with me!

If you would like to preorder a copy of "Agent in Old Lace," click here.


Anonymous said...

Will do! You're awesome, Tristi! p.s. I LOVED your "big check" in the bestseller video. Was the cute "check deliverer" your child?

Cluttered Brain said...

I heard from Jamie that you were going to have a guest on your blog, I think she said Spencer Mckay. I LOVED the Stella/Tedward drama and I wanted my husband to read it. Was wondering if there is anyway to get me a copy??? It was so funny. I'll check back May first for the contest. COOL!

Megan said...

Hey! I just found your blog and I love it! I definitely think I'll be picking up your book when it comes out ;) :)

I've always wanted to be an LDS author and I'm in the middle of my first book right now so it's always interesting for me to find blogs that other LDS authors are running :)

Love it and keep up the good work!!

Jenn Adams said...

Tristi, I LOVE the cover of your new book! Very nice. :) I'll be trying to piece together your clues, but I have to admit, I'm having a little trouble. But that's the point, right? LOL. Anyway, are all the blogs you have listed open to the public or do you have to be invited to any of them? I'm assuming the former, but I thought I'd make sure. :)

Tristi Pinkston said...

Thanks, Jenn! Yes, all the blogs are open to the public.

A hint - take all the clues in one category and stick them together, then plug them into Google.

Cheri Chesley said...

I'm gonna give the contest a shot! Now I wish I was better at Clue :)

Heather Justesen said...

What a fun, clever contest! I'm totally going to give it a whirl (even if I will already have a copy of your book!)

Julie Wright said...

I wish you tons of success with your new book!!!

Anonymous said...

Great contest! Looking forward to your new books.

Anonymous said...

This contest is so fun! (Hard work, but fun!) Thanks for doing this Tristi and I wish you the best of success with your upcoming book. I can't wait to read it!!!

Karen E. Hoover said...

had a question. You've got five names listed for "where", but when I follow the clues I found a #6 but not a #3. Is that intentional?

Tristi Pinkston said...

Karen, there's nothing intentional about that at all ... it just means I can't count. :) If you've got five clues for "where," you've got them all.

Karlene said...

This is such a fun idea! I'm all over it.

And not to brag, but...

Okay, I'm going to brag. I knew all but two of the bloggers without having to look them up.

Wait. What does that say about me? That I spend way too much time on the Internet? Maybe I shouldn't brag...

[slinks quietly away]

Paul W. West, Author said...

Tristi, your new novel "Agent in Old Lace" sounds fascinating. I can't wait to get a copy. I can't tell, however. Is it historical like most of your novels?

Tristi Pinkston said...

You know what, Paul, I bet this whole treasure hunt would make a lot more sense if I explained that the book is a contemporary mystery. :) That's why we're playing Clue, to solve our own mystery. I'm sorry I didn't make that more clear. I've spoken so much about the book that I sometimes forget who I've told and rather than be redundant, I tend not to explain enough!

* said...

Whatta contest! Keep on writing!

Laurie LC Lewis said...

CUTE CONTEST!!!Sounds like fun! You are the contest guru!

Unknown said...

This is really such an awesome contest idea. I foresee many people copying it in the future. :)

Valerie Ipson said...

Has anyone else had trouble finding the clue on CS Bezas' blog?

Tristi Pinkston said...

Make sure you're visiting the correct blog.

Kate said...

I just won your book at LDSP. I'm so excited to read it. Thanks for being a sponsor.

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