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!



  1. What if I don't have twitter? Can I share it on facebook instead?

  2. Wow! Me likey the season of swag.

    I'm already following you here and on Twitter. Expect mucho tweets about this from me. Thank you! ;)

  3. Woo-hoo!! So excited!! As you know, I follow your blog and you're one of my favorite "twiters" ;o) I'm off to tweet this right now and I think I'll Facebook it too!

  4. Done, done, and done. Looking forward to your blogs and tweets. Have a good one. :)

  5. Jessie, if you use the Share it on Facebook link (right) then email me the image of the posting, I'll put your name in the hat. :)

    And the rest of yous guys, GROUP HUG! :)

  6. Wow! FAB giveaway :D
    I purposefully waited til all three were out...
    I'm totally off to tweet/promote you!

  7. Oh, what a season it is!!! Love.

  8. Ohmydearsweet Jolene, you will not be sorry you waited for all 3! Waiting for this last one was hoooooorrible!

    FiveAlarm-spread the joy(and you know, the word) :)

  9. Wow, imagine blogger finally allowed me to comment! Count me in-done and done!

  10. Way to persevere, Ms. Austen. :). And thanks!!!

  11. Okay, so HOW did I miss this post? You're on my blog's sidebar and everything. It usually puts the most recent post at the top but somehow, your blog didn't move up until today's post. Hmm. Well, I've already read the wonderful Ms. Steifvater, but I'll help you tweet this for the last day. Now, off to comment on today's post! :)

  12. I missed this too! Okay, I'm entering. I already totally stalk you everywhere except your small hometown--I will now tweet and blog about your contest. Good Luck!....(to me, that is *rubs greedy little hands together*)

  13. Ok - I am totally going to do this! Already a follower - going to twitter right now!

  14. Hey! Following now, and tweeted! (@JMWriting)

    I can't wait to read your own book! Along with, of course, hopefully winning this Swag! :)

  15. Blog follower!
    GFC name - jayjay
    Twitter follower - TheJay2xA

    fallendream03 AT gmail DOT com

  16. New Blog Follower
    Tweeted/Twitter Follower (@WeFancyBooks)

  17. i did everything!!!!

    i've followed you here and there for awhile!

    americangirlie1991 at yahoo dot com

  18. What an awesome swag giveaway! I've done everything you requested like a good little follower ;)

    If you want to follow me too, I'm @RachelBrooks07 and blog at :)