Four weeks to go until Hellforged‘s release! And that means it’s time to announce the winner of the first drawing in my countdown giveaway—as well as next week’s prize. The winner of Tina’s “Dead Girl” mirrored compact and a signed copy of Hellforged is . . . (drum roll) . . .
Congratulations, Maria! I’ve sent you an email.
But we’ve got more prizes to give away. The prize for next week’s drawing has been selected by Juliet Capulet, Vicky’s vampire roommate. Here’s Juliet to give you the details:
Everyone knows me through Shakespeare, even though the so-called Bard got my story 99% wrong. I spent years studying his version of my life, learning it by heart just so I could point out its errors to anyone who’d listen. So is it surprising that during those years I developed a taste for puns?
Shakespeare could hardly write more than three or four lines without throwing in a pun. Samuel Johnson wrote that Shakespeare just couldn’t stop himself from chasing after a pun: “He follows it to all adventures; it is sure to lead him out of his way, sure to engulf him in the mire. It has some malignant power over his mind, and its fascinations are irresistible.” Johnson considered puns “the lowest form of humor.” But Shakespeare, despite his shortcomings, wrote some that are really funny. Like when Mercutio is dying and he says, “Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man.” What an exit line. Cracks me up every time.
(Of course, the real Mercutio said no such thing. He just kind of groaned and keeled over, but whatever…)
Vicky says I never met a pun I didn’t like and have printed on a coffee mug. That’s only partially true. I’ve only got one punny mug. It appears in Hellforged, and I’m giving it away in this contest. When the mug is cold, it looks like a plain black mug, but when you put hot liquid in it, it changes to say “Fangs for the Memories” in dripping, blood-red letters. Fangs for the Memories–get it? Shakespeare never even thought of that one.
For a chance to win Juliet’s mug and a signed copy of Hellforged, send your name and postal address to HellforgedStuff@gmail.com. (If you’ve already done that, you’re entered—no need to send the information again.) Entering also makes you eligible for the grand prize drawing on Hellforged‘s release day: a Kindle WiFi or an Amazon.com gift card for the same amount ($139). Full contest details here.