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"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with someone & they don't have books, don't fuck 'em."--John Waters

I'm the author of more than twenty novels including SHADOW SEASON, THE COLD SPOT, THE COLDEST MILE, THE MIDNIGHT ROAD, THE DEAD LETTERS, and A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN. Look for my next one THE LAST KIND WORDS due out May '12 from Bantam Books. Contact: PicSelf1@aol.com

Friday, March 13, 2009

Shadow Season - The Coldest Mile CONTEST


In the neverending effort to hawk wares and win vainglorious emotional validation, I'm holding my first blog contest.

THE PRIZE: From today, lucky Friday, March 13th until your favorite day of the year April 15th, you'll have a chance to win a SIGNED, PRE-ADVANCE READING COPY of my next novel SHADOW SEASON, due out October 27th. This is a printed out copy of the final edited manuscript placed in one of those cheapo binders with the cover art attached. Publishers occasionally send these out extra-early to start some buzz and bring in a few early blurbs. Only about 20 of these have been done, and this is the only one that is signed by me.

HOW TO PLAY: Simple. Buy, read, and promote the hell out of my latest novel THE COLDEST MILE, the follow-up to my Edgar Award-nominated THE COLD SPOT. (Now here is where you get to say, "Well hellooo Mr. Fancypants!") Blog about it, review it on Amazon.com or B&N.com or elsewhere, sing my well-earned praises, and then send me the link. Anybody who makes an honest effort (And I'll spot you lazy lollygaggers, oh yes I will) goes into the drawing.

If you don't already have a copy of THE COLDEST MILE you can click the handy dandy link just to the right there. I know how much it hurts that the other children keep pointing and laughing at you while holding up their copies of TCM and frolicking all about the playground. It hurts me as well. But in this case, it's okay to give in to peer pressure. Seriously. Join the cool kids.

SHADOW SEASON is the story of a blind ex-cop turned teacher at an isolated girls' school. Amid some scandalous events concerning an enamored student, he tries to struggle by with his handicap and a lot of unresolved issues dealing with his girlfriend, his dead wife, and his former partner. When a deadly blizzard hits, it brings along with it a mysterious girl and a pair of killers.

You also might want to consider becoming a follower of this blog (i.e., A Minion in Pic's Dark Legions) so you won't miss out on other promotions, giveaways, news, and writing advice.

Now off you go--

10 comments:

Keith Rawson said...

well, lookie here, Pic:
http://bloodyknucklescallusedfingertips.blogspot.com/2009/03/friday-night-grumblings.html

I already plugged your book without you even asking. I was also planning on reviewing it when I finished it. So count me in (and yes, I'll still buy it when it comes out in October.)

ronnoc said...

I'm on this like something that goes on something else on that thing that it goes on.

Tom Piccirilli said...

Well, put, man! I so see a bestseller in your near future.

marty said...

Here goes: http://www.acmecocktailcompany.com/2009/03/im-behind.html

Keith Rawson said...

Here's a plug for the contest and the book. I should have review(s) up by Sunday.
http://bloodyknucklescallusedfingertips.blogspot.com/

Gerard Saylor said...

I am being succinct.

http://booksareforsquares.blogspot.com/2009/03/finished-coldest-mile-by-tom-piccirilli.html

Anonymous said...

Why not just offer a few bucks for every good review.

Tom Piccirilli said...

Sure, Anon, I guess you'll join in then. With the few dollars you can buy yourself a name and a pair of balls.

Gerard Saylor said...

I didn't know balls were so cheap.

I plan to review this on my Library's YouTube "channel" but have not gotten to it yet.

Gerard Saylor said...

Okay, I also updated my notes on the novel at the link listed before. Re-listed here: http://booksareforsquares.blogspot.com/2009/03/finished-coldest-mile-by-tom-piccirilli.html