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[CLOSED] Giveaway: Wish by Alexandra Bullen (Autographed)

by Ann-Kat

Wish I wanted to start the new year off with something great at Today, I Read… and then I got some wonderful news from Sheila—she’s allowing me to give away an autographed copy of Wish by Alexandra Bullen.

Here’s a rundown of the story:

For broken-hearted Olivia Larsen, nothing can change the fact that her twin sister, Violet, is gone… until a mysterious, beautiful gown arrives on her doorstep. The dress doesn’t just look magical; it is magical. It has the power to grant her one wish, and the only thing Olivia wants is her sister back.

With Violet again by her side, both girls get a second chance at life. And as the sisters soon discover, they have two more dresses-and two more wishes left. But magic can’t solve everything, and Olivia is forced to confront her ghosts to learn how to laugh, love, and live again.

In a breathtaking debut from Alexandra Bullen, WISH asks the question: If you could have anything, what would you wish for?

Since my Hush, Hush giveaway was such a success (and a ton of fun to boot), I decided to keep the format. Basically, to enter the giveaway, you must help write a story…this time around, a fairytale.

In this post will be a sentence which will serve as the beginning of our story. The first person to comment must copy the first sentence and add another sentence to the story, the person after that must copy the previous commenter’s sentence and add another sentence, and so forth.

I know, I know…the torture! the agony! the inhumanity!! You’re probably naming all the ways you aren’t creative, but I beg to differ (don’t you remember that awesome finger painting you did when you were six that could rival a genuine Van Gogh?) and plus, wouldn’t it all be worth it if you win a copy of Wish?!?

So without further ado…

Here’s the first sentence:

I never believed in fairy godmothers until one showed up on my doorstep with a broken wand.

Soooo…LET’S GET CREATIVE PEOPLE!

Some end notes:

  • Yes this giveaway is open internationally, so even if you’re on the other side of the world, feel free to jump in. (If you’re under the age of 13, please make sure you have your parent or guardian’s permission first.)
  • If you wish to have more entries, I suggest subscribing to the comment thread, telling your friends, and adding more sentences–one at a time–to the story. (Only one new sentence at a time, meaning no back to back sentences are allowed…so, more participants = more chances for you to win. Also, please don’t try to cheat because I’ll know and you’ll be disqualified.)
  • Please, let’s keep the profanity to a minimum. I don’t have a problem with it, but my readership has varying sensibilities…
  • Questions? No problem, just shoot me an email (todayiread[at]gmail[dot]com) and I’ll answer ASAP.
  • Most important note of all? HAVE FUN!

The contest will be open until 11:59PM EST Friday January 29, 2010. I’ll comb through the entries and select a winner on Sunday January 31.

Comments on [CLOSED] Giveaway: Wish by Alexandra Bullen (Autographed)

  1. # Dani Samson wrote on January 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm:

    I never believed in fairy godmothers until one showed up on my doorstep with a broken wand. With a purple frilly dress and hair all done up in wringlets, she truly looked like something out of a children’s fairy tale book.

  2. # Justine H. wrote on January 7, 2010 at 9:59 pm:

    With a purple frilly dress and hair all done up in wringlets, she truly looked like something out of a children’s fairy tale book.

    Sparkles even covered her entire body, making her shimmer as she shifted her weight from foot to foot.
    .-= Justine H.´s last blog ..Justine’s Thoughts: Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher =-.

  3. # ShootingStarsMag wrote on January 8, 2010 at 1:02 am:

    Sparkles even covered her entire body, making her shimmer as she shifted her weight from foot to foot.

    I stood in shock, not sure what to do or I was supposed to invite her inside or not.

  4. # Kaila wrote on January 8, 2010 at 1:11 am:

    I stood in shock, not sure what to do or I was supposed to invite her inside or not.

    I let her in, unsure of what to say, I offered her some honey tea and crackers.

  5. # Ladybug wrote on January 8, 2010 at 4:51 am:

    I let her in, unsure of what to say, I offered her some honey tea and crackers.

    The fairy godmother kindly refused my offer, she asked me to come with her, it was a matter of great urgency.
    .-= Ladybug´s last blog ..Waiting On Wednesday – 13 To Life: A Werewolf’s Tale by Shannon Delany =-.

  6. # Boof (The Book Whisperer) wrote on January 8, 2010 at 5:53 am:

    The fairy godmother kindly refused my offer, she asked me to come with her, it was a matter of great urgency.

    She reached for my hand and pulled me into the dark and icy night.

  7. # Mary Ward wrote on January 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm:

    She reached for my hand pulled me into the dark and icy night.

    As my feet flew out the door, the most amazing thing happened, I never touched the ground, we were flying!

  8. # Sravana wrote on January 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm:

    As my feet flew out the door, the most amazing thing happened, I never touched the ground, we were flying!

    “Where are you taking me?” I asked, a little scared and very confused.

  9. # Jennifer M wrote on January 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm:

    “Where are you taking me?” I asked, a little scared and very confused.

    “Just enjoy the flight, you’ll find out soon enough,” she smiled. [EDITED]

  10. # Ann-Kat wrote on January 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm:

    Story update comment…here is the story so far:

    I never believed in fairy godmothers until one showed up on my doorstep with a broken wand.

    With a purple frilly dress and hair all done up in wringlets, she truly looked like something out of a children’s fairy tale book.

    Sparkles even covered her entire body, making her shimmer as she shifted her weight from foot to foot.

    I stood in shock, not sure what to do or I was supposed to invite her inside or not.

    I let her in, unsure of what to say, I offered her some honey tea and crackers.

    The fairy godmother kindly refused my offer, she asked me to come with her, it was a matter of great urgency.

    She reached for my hand and pulled me into the dark and icy night.

    As my feet flew out the door, the most amazing thing happened, I never touched the ground, we were flying!

    “Just enjoy the flight, you’ll find out soon enough,” she smiled.

    May I just remark that I’m enjoying the progress so far and I’m excited to see where the story is taken. :D

  11. # Dani Samson wrote on January 8, 2010 at 11:24 pm:

    “Just enjoy the flight, you’ll find out soon enough,” she smiled.

    Ever since I was a child I had dreams of flying over the New York skyline, but nothing compares to the real thing.

  12. # Sandra Stiles wrote on January 9, 2010 at 2:55 pm:

    Let’s try this again, I forgot to copy the previous sentence.
    Ever since I was a child I had dreams of flying over the New York skyline, but nothing compares to the real thing.

    The lights below, shining in the buildings, sparkled like a million stars.
    .-= Sandra Stiles´s last blog ..Two Great Books =-.

  13. # Dani Samson wrote on January 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm:

    The lights below, shining in the buildings, sparkled like a million stars.

    All of a sudden, the wind beneath me started to calm and I realized we were coming to a stop.
    .-= Dani Samson´s last blog ..Bloggiesta =-.

  14. # Erica wrote on January 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm:

    All of a sudden, the wind beneath me started to calm and I realized we were coming to a stop.

    I panicked a bit, as I feared for the landing.
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..In My Mailbox (28) =-.

  15. # Deedles wrote on January 11, 2010 at 10:57 am:

    I panicked a bit, as I feared for the landing.

    To my surprise it was a very soft landing in a strange place I’ve never seen before.

  16. # Sheri wrote on January 17, 2010 at 7:51 pm:

    To my surprise it was a very soft landing in a strange place I’ve never seen before.

    So, I asked my fairy godmother, “Where are we?”
    .-= Sheri´s last blog ..The Sunday Salon: Lookin’ Forward To The Rain… =-.

  17. # Dani Samson wrote on January 17, 2010 at 11:07 pm:

    So, I asked my fairy godmother, “Where are we?”

    Her answer was one I was definitely not expecting.

  18. # Emily wrote on January 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm:

    Her answer was one I was definitely not expecting.

    She told me that although our surroundings might look familiar, we were actually in an alternate realm known as Magictasia.

  19. # Dani Samson wrote on January 18, 2010 at 7:07 pm:

    She told me that although our surroundings might look familiar, we were actually in an alternate realm known as Magictasia.

    She also told me to get ready to expect the unexpected within this realm.

  20. # Justine H. wrote on January 20, 2010 at 6:28 pm:

    She also told me to get ready to expect the unexpected within this realm.

    Because beneath the breathtaking appearance of Magictasia lies the truth and history of what she really is.

  21. # Dani Samson wrote on January 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm:

    Because beneath the breathtaking appearance of Magictasia lies the truth and history of what she really is.

    With that said, we departed deep into the realm of Magictasia.

  22. # Marianna wrote on January 28, 2010 at 11:18 pm:

    With that said, we departed deep into the realm of Magictasia.

    We knew we had many grand adventures yet to come perhaps many important lessons yet to learn.

  23. # Dani Samson wrote on January 28, 2010 at 11:26 pm:

    We knew we had many grand adventures yet to come perhaps many important lessons yet to learn.

    I was ready to take on whatever was in store for us because I had a gut feeling that here, in Magictasia, something extraordinary was going to happen.
    .-= Dani Samson´s last blog ..Review: Catching Fire =-.

  24. # Justine H. wrote on January 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm:

    I was ready to take on whatever was in store for us because I had a gut feeling that here, in Magictasia, something extraordinary was going to happen.

    And I knew I was bound to find out sooner than later.
    .-= Justine H.´s last blog ..Friday Finds (6) =-.

  25. # Dani Samson wrote on January 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm:

    And I knew I was bound to find out sooner than later.

    We stepped through a giant door I had not seen until now.
    .-= Dani Samson´s last blog ..Review: Catching Fire =-.

  26. # Ann-Kat wrote on January 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm:

    I’m so happy with the responses so far! Thanks everyone for participating…and there’s still time to move the story forward. :D

    Here’s what we have so far:

    I never believed in fairy godmothers until one showed up on my doorstep with a broken wand.

    With a purple frilly dress and hair all done up in wringlets, she truly looked like something out of a children’s fairy tale book.

    Sparkles even covered her entire body, making her shimmer as she shifted her weight from foot to foot.

    I stood in shock, not sure what to do or I was supposed to invite her inside or not.

    I let her in, unsure of what to say, I offered her some honey tea and crackers.

    The fairy godmother kindly refused my offer, she asked me to come with her, it was a matter of great urgency.

    She reached for my hand and pulled me into the dark and icy night.

    As my feet flew out the door, the most amazing thing happened, I never touched the ground, we were flying!

    “Just enjoy the flight, you’ll find out soon enough,” she smiled.

    Ever since I was a child I had dreams of flying over the New York skyline, but nothing compares to the real thing.

    The lights below, shining in the buildings, sparkled like a million stars.

    All of a sudden, the wind beneath me started to calm and I realized we were coming to a stop.

    I panicked a bit, as I feared for the landing.

    To my surprise it was a very soft landing in a strange place I’ve never seen before.

    So, I asked my fairy godmother, “Where are we?”

    Her answer was one I was definitely not expecting.

    She told me that although our surroundings might look familiar, we were actually in an alternate realm known as Magictasia.

    She also told me to get ready to expect the unexpected within this realm.

    Because beneath the breathtaking appearance of Magictasia lies the truth and history of what she really is.

    With that said, we departed deep into the realm of Magictasia.

    We knew we had many grand adventures yet to come perhaps many important lessons yet to learn.

    I was ready to take on whatever was in store for us because I had a gut feeling that here, in Magictasia, something extraordinary was going to happen.

    And I knew I was bound to find out sooner than later.

    We stepped through a giant door I had not seen until now.

  27. # peaches wrote on January 31, 2010 at 12:17 am:

    We stepped through a giant door I had not seen until now.

    A warm golden light washed over us and for the first time in my entire life, it felt like I was at home.

  28. # Dani Samson wrote on January 31, 2010 at 12:23 am:

    A warm golden light washed over us and for the first time in my entire life, it felt like I was at home.

    Which after the year I had had, I didn’t realize how much I craved that until now.
    .-= Dani Samson´s last blog ..Review: Skinned =-.

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