Monday, July 25, 2011

The Season of Swag

A normal season visits us for only a few months, usually just long enough to over-stay its welcome. Toward the end of its stay, it acts like a teenager in puberty going through an identity crisis. Summer begins to question whether or not it should become Fall, and if so, then when, for crying out loud? Winter is never quite ready to turn the reigns over to Spring. And Spring is the most cruel hussy of all, running hot and cold so often you think it might actually be pregnant. It. Gets. Irritating.

But not the season of Swag. No, everybody loves Swag. Swag is consistent, steady, a giving season. Swag doesn't dictate what you wear, or how much moisturizer you knead into your face. It certainly doesn't encourage runny noses or mosquitoes or hurricanes. Nope, Swag is the season to put all other seasons to shame.

And the best part? Swag lasts for an entire year, right up until the release of my YA debut, The Gift of Poseidon. The Gift of Poseidon (TGOP) is set to release in Spring of 2012. Now, we already mentioned what a bipolar season Spring is. And what's worse, we're talking about Spring in NYC, which I've heard trespasses into the Summer months, by Florida standards (Summer starts in March, people!).

So there's no telling when Swag will end. But at least we know when it begins: Ten seconds ago. And to start it off right, I'm giving away the entire The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, by Maggie Stiefvater. In hardcover. Ohhhh, yes, they shall be hardcover.

To participate in the Season of Swag (and therefore be eligible to win, you know, swag) you must do this:

1.) Become a follower of my blog.
2.) Follow me on Twitter.
3.) Tweet about the Season of Swag and include my Twitter handle (@ByAnnaBanks) so I can confirm you've been a good little Tweeter and followed the oh-so-easy rules.

In two weeks, I'll enlist pick my winner. In addition, the winner of each monthly giveaway will also qualify for a chance to win the Grand Swag: A mountain of all things TGOP, including a hardcover copy signed by MOI.

And remember, this is just the beginning. For the rest of Swag Season, be on the lookout for more book giveaways, including more series and some signed copies, gift cards, and critiques.

So, no matter if you're in Mexico, Greenland, or NYC, 'tis the season of Swag!