For the past seven years, there has been an organization that has been proving that gamers can actually give back to the community and are not antisocial slackers. The Child’s Play organization works with various children’s hospitals in an effort to provide some much needed entertainment.
With over 70 partner hospitals and more arriving every year, you can be sure to find one from the map above that needs your help! You can choose to purchase requested items from their online retailer wish lists, or make a cash donation that helps out Child’s Play partners everywhere. Any items purchased through Amazon will be shipped directly to your hospital of choice, so please be sure to select their shipping address rather than your own.
I’ve been donating to Child’s Play for the past few years, but this year, I wanted to help a little more. In addition to my donation, I want to challenge my readers to help the cause as well. Child’s Play is in all but a few states and they are working with hospitals in Australia, Canada, Egypt, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. So finding a hospital near you who is looking for toys shouldn’t be too hard.
As an incentive to do that, I’ve talked with a few authors and have received over 70 books to give away to anyone who helps support this wonderful cause. Listed below are several prize packages, with author packages including nine different novels and the publisher packages including five different novels. Want a chance to win one of them?
For every dollar you donate, that’s how many entries you’ll receive: $1 = 1 entry, $10 = 10 entries, etc etc. You can donate by using the widget as a cash donation or go to the Child’s Play website and find a hospital near you. Search their amazon wishlists and send them a toy or two. The dollar entry works here too. If you send a $5 toy, you’ll get 5 entries.
To get your donation to count, you must email me a copy of your donation confirmation (minus all the things I don’t need to know) at jackie AT literaryescapism DOT com, using the subject line CHILD’S PLAY GIVEAWAY as well as filling out the form below. That’s it. The contest will run from November 25th to midnight on December 25th. You can donate as many times as you want, just don’t forget to email me your confirmation email.
If you want a couple more ways of getting your name entered…
- +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
- +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
Each package below will have one winner – which means that there will be 12 very happy readers this holiday season. In addition to these, individual winners will be chosen for:
- Jess Haines will give away one of her novels – Hunted by the Others, Taken by the Others or Nocturnal (winners choice) – for every $50 that is raised. (up to 9 winners)
- Winners choice of a signed Greywalker novel by Kat Richardson by Kat Richardson plus the 2010 limited edition puzzle – Greywalker, Poltergeist, Underground, Vanished, or Labyrinth. (1 winner)
- Signed copy of Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (US only) – as long as I can make it to her appearance in Novi on December 12th. (1 winner)
- A signed novel by Alexandra Ivy (winners choice) (US only)
- A signed set of the Disillusionists series by Carolyn Crane – Mind Games and Double Cross
- A signed copy of Bonds of Justice and one of the An Enchanted Season anthology by Nalini Singh
- A signed copy of My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent
- Library of signed novels by Cathy Maxwell, including His Christmas Pleasure.
The packages below are subject to change, but each one will contain at least nine novels.
Author Package #1: a signed Accidental Slayer set – The Accidental Demon Slayer, The Dangerous Book of Demon Slayers, A Tale of Two Demon Slayers and The Last of the Demon Slayers by Angie Fox; a signed copy of You Dropped a Blonde on Me by Dakota Cassidy; a signed copy of the Eternal anthology by Jeri Smith-Ready; a signed Charlie Madigan set by Kelly Gay – Better Part of Darkness and Darkest Edge of Dawn; signed copy of Demon Blood by Meljean Brook; and a signed copy of the anthology Haunted by Your Touch by Jeaniene Frost. (10 novels – 1 winner)
Author Package #2: a signed novel off of Anya Bast’s backlist (winners choice); a signed copy of Poison Kissed by Erica Hayes; a signed Ghostworld novel by Jory Strong (winners choice); a signed copy of Glimmerglass by Jenna Black; a signed WVMP Vampires set by Jeri Smith-Ready – Wicked Game, Bad to the Bone, Bring on the Night along with a WVMP button; a signed copy of First Blood by Meljean Brook; and a signed copy of The First Book of Grimm by Shiloh Walker. (9 novels – 1 winner)
Author Package #3: 2 signed novels (winners choice) by Joey W Hill; a signed novel (winners choice) and a tote bag by Larissa Ione; a signed copy of First Blood by Meljean Brook; signed copies of Full Moon Rising, Kissing Sin and Tempting Evil by Keri Arthur, plus Tim Tams and the signed Mercy Burns bookplate; a signed Parker hardcover set by Leanna Renee Heiber – The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker and The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker; and an ARC of Surreneder to Darkness by Annette McCleave. (US Only) (10 novels – 1 winner)
Author Package #4: signed copies of Deadly Fear and Belong to the Night by Cynthia Eden; a signed copy of Gentlemen Prefer Succubi by Jill Myles plus swag; a signed copy of Grave Witch by Kalayna Price; a signed copy of the Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney; a signed copy of First Blood by Meljean Brook; a signed ARC of Never Again by Michele Bardsley and a $25 gc to Starbucks; a signed copy of Deadtown by Nancy Holzner plus bookmarks; an ARC of Hunter’s Fall by Shiloh Walker (to be mailed out later in the spring); Novel with signed bookplate from Nancy Holder; and a cover flat of Death’s Sweet Embrace by Tracey O’Hara plus a bookmark, postcard and magnet. (10 novels – 1 winner)
Author Package #5: World of the Lupi by Eileen Wilks set – Tempting Danger, the Cravings anthology, Mortal Danger, Blood Lines, the On the Prowl anthology, Night Season, Mortal Sins, the Inked anthology, Blood Magic and Blood Challenge. (10 novels – 1 winner)
Author Package #6: A signed Eternal Hunter set by Cynthia Eden – Eternal Hunter, I’ll Be Slaying You and Eternal Flame; a signed copy of First Blood and Demon Blood by Meljean Brook; a signed copy of Raptured Untamed by Pamela Palmer; a signed Dreg City set by Kelly Meding – Three Days Dead and As Lie the Dead, bookmark and buttons; a signed copy of Veil of Shadows by Shiloh Walker; and a signed copy of Death’s Sweet Embrace by Tracey O’Hara. (10 novels – 1 winner)
Author Package #7: A signed copy of First Blood by Meljean Brook; a signed copy of Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost; a signed copy of Love Bites by Lynsay Sands; a signed copy of Hotter Than Hell by Jackie Kessler; a signed novel off of Jory Strong’s Ellora’s Cave backlist (winners choice); an ARC of Hexbound by Chloe Neill plus goodies; an ARC of Surrender to Darkness by Annette McCleave; a signed copy of Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines; a signed copy of Afterlife by Merrie DeStefano with a $25 gift certificate for Amazon; and a signed copy of Night’s Cold Kiss by Tracey O’Hara. (10 novels – 1 winner)
Sourcebooks set, which includes A Certain Wolfish Charm by Lydia Dare, Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase, The Fire Lord’s Lover by Kathryne Kennedy, Fugitive by Cheryl Brooks and Wolf Fever by Terry Spear (US/Canada only) (5 novels – 1 winner)