Thursday, November 12, 2009

Giveaway for Green by Ted Dekker (with Instructions!)

GIVEAWAY! Ends Friday, November 20. Winner announced Saturday, November 21 in my Week in Review.

Hey everyone, this is a different giveaway for me because it comes with some instructions.

Here's what happened.

When I first started to blog I was looking into many opportunities to read and review books. I came across Thomas Nelson publishers from another blogger and thought I'd give it a go. I signed up and checked back every so often to see if there would be a book that I'd be interested in.

When Ted Dekker's Green showed up, I thought it would be a title I'd like to read, having heard of him but never read him. Shortly after I received it, my entire family got sick and then my son broke his leg (yada yada). Well, as you all know, I had limited time to read and when I did I really wanted to read something comforting and fun and more my speed. Green never shouted out to me but I knew I was needing to read and review it in a timely fashion. So I emailed the publisher and asked them what their timeline was. They said it was fine, just make sure it's done by the end of the year. I even offered to send it back but they said keep it and review it when you can.

Well it's now a month and half later and it is still not looking like I am going to get to reading this title. I feel bad because I did request it but I also know that it's a genre I won't enjoy and will have a hard time getting through. I've read the first chapter and am not wanting to go on.
I know, winning endorsement, right?

I know there are Ted Dekker fans out there who will not be swayed by my thoughts. I'm not trying to be negative, just honest.

So, long story short? I emailed the publisher back and gave it up. I was sincere and honest and said that I am not going to be able to review this book but that I would like to have a giveaway for it on my blog. The winner would have to read it within a month and write a review according to their guidelines, which I will post. This way it will still be out in circulation and reviewed. I will let the publisher know who the winner is so they and I can follow up.

I am very careful about what I request now. I don't request very many because I really do want to read everything that is sent to me but I think one slip up is allowed, don't you? Has it happened to any of you?

So, if you are interested in reading this title and reviewing it according to the guidelines, please leave a comment below with your email address. (or if you don't want to leave your email, send it to me at mine;
You must be a follower and you must reside in the U.S or Canada.

Happy Reading!

* red headed book child

Here are the guidelines straight from the Thomas Nelson website: (read carefully!)


First and foremost, we want nothing but complete honesty in your reviews. If you loved the story, that’s great! That’s what we are striving for at Thomas Nelson. We want to consistently produce quality fiction that inspires, entertains, and challenges readers. If you didn’t enjoy a certain novel, well that’s great as well! Of course we want every title to be a home run with readers, but when they aren’t we want to know why. The only way we can continue to bring our readers consistent and quality fiction is to receive honest and unbiased feedback from them. We’re not asking for positive reviews in return for free review materials. We’re simply asking for complete objectivity.

We ask that you keep your reviews under 200 words if at all possible. This word count allows you to be informative without being too informative. We want your reviews to be read and most people tend to shy away from long reviews. Here is our recommendation for the structure of each review:


For the title of your post please include the title of the book and the author (e.g. House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo)

Summary (50-100 words)

Please make sure your summary is in the first few sentences of the review.

  • What’s the story about? How would you describe this story to someone in 3 or 4 sentences?
  • Be careful not to give away major plot points, twists, or surprise endings.

Your Reactions (100-150 words)

Let us know what you liked and didn’t like about the novel.

  • Was the story suspenseful, frightening, or romantic? How did it make you feel?
  • Consider story elements such as plot, character development, dialogue, description, and scene. What worked and what didn’t?
  • Was the overall message inspiring? Were you challenged in your faith? Were you entertained?
  • Would you recommend this novel to others?

Please keep in mind that we prefer our fiction reviews to be spoiler free. We don’t want to take away from someone’s reading experience. If you think a line or a sentence from you review is too revealing it’s usually best to omit it or rewrite it.


Sheila Deeth said...

It's interesting to read those guidelines. I'd wondered how much input the publishers have in the way their reviews get formatted. I'd been intended to read the other three books of this series sometime, but still haven't got around to it, but I read a review that said this one works as a good starting point too, so I'd love the chance to read it.

Marce said...

And this is why I read for the love of reading. I could never give a review unless the publisher/author was happy with "I couldn't get through it" review hahaha

Giveaway Lady said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks!

Nely said...

Hi Michelle! Thanks for dropping by and for following. I am also now following. :D

No need to enter me in the giveaway. I already have this one.


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Shanyn said...

My fiance would love to read this one - he wrote a review on The Host by Stephenie Meyer on my blog awhile ago, so he is okay with me requesting a review from him :) He has read the other 3 in the trilogy so he would be able to relate to those also.
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