And The Winner Is…

The day is here!

The votes are recorded!

The raffle for the Sleepy Happy Capy Contest is about to begin!

And the grand prize is THIS!

WOO!

A brand new, hardcover, personalized and signed copy of Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles!

As always, the draw-er of the winning ballot is my boy, who has been selecting raffle winners on this blog for the past decade.

He is fair, decent, kind, thoughtful, impartial, scrupulously honest and… and…

And…weird. The kid is weird.

Okay. Let’s get started.

Drop the ballots in the hat and pick a winner, kid.

There you go. You’ve mixed ’em. Now pick one.

Um, no. I think you mixed them enough.

Fine. Whatever. Just hurry up. People are waiting.

Okay, now pick one.

Stop stirring and pick one!

You do NOT need to mix it with your nose! PICK A WINNER!

Okay. Here we go.

And the winner is…

The winner is…

Pam Webb!

Congratulations, Pam! You win a free copy of Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles!

All you gotta do is head on over to my Hire Me! page and send me your mailing address. I’ll get the book out to you post haste!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

And, hey, if you still want a copy of Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles (and who can blame you?), please consider buying it. Or ask your local library to stock a copy. Or maybe both?

And once you get your hands on the book, please consider leaving an online review for a chance to receive some free Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles swag! (More info to come.)

See you again soon, my friends! And, again, thank you!

Sleepy Happy Capy CONTEST!

It’s October 18, the birthday for my new picture book, Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles!

Woo!

To celebrate, I am offering a chance for one lucky bloggy buddy to win a free, personalized copy! (To be clear, if you are reading this blog post right now, you are a bloggy buddy and, therefore fully eligible to enter the contest. So good job!)

How To Enter

To enter the Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles Contest all you need to do is leave a comment that answers the following question:

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If you could be pals with a fictional character, who would you choose and why?

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That’s it! Leave a comment and you’ll be entered in a random drawing to win Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles!

And who will select the lucky winner, you ask?

This guy:

Oh, wait, that photo is a little out of date. I mean, this guy:

This kid has been randomly selecting my contest winners for 10 freaking years! He’s weird, but impartial.

How to Increase Your Chances of Winning

What’s that? You want me to stuff the ballot box in your favor?

No problem!

If you promote this contest on your blog, I’ll give you two extra ballots!

And if you promote this contest on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or whatever else, I’ll give you an extra ballot for every social medial platform you post on!

And if you want to pitch a completely different way to promote Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles, let me know what you have in mind, and I’ll almost certainly give you an extra ballot for that, too!

The drawing will be held one week from today on Tuesday, October 25.

The winner will be posted on this blog on Wednesday, October 26.  

That’s it! So leave a comment! Promote the contest! Celebrate capybaras! And win!

GOOD LUCK!

Happy Capy is rooting for you. Happy Capy is also napping, so please use your indoor voice.

Boo! It’s a Halloweensie!

It’s Halloween time!

Meh.

And that means it’s time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest!

WOO!

Here are the rules: Entrants have to write a Halloween-themed story no longer than 100 words. (In Halloween parlance that means the story is “Fun Size.”) This story also must contain the words “trick,” “potion,” and “cobwebs.”

Here’s my submission! Enjoy!

Sprinkles’ Big Scare

Everyone laughed at chipmunk. “Scary? You?!” they scoffed. “Fat chance!”

But wee Sprinkles had a trick up his sleeve.

As the crisp Halloween day morphed into an eerie, moonless night, he toiled away, carefully following the handwritten recipe.

“It’s a potion,” the witch had assured him, “sure to strike fear into the stoutest of souls!”

…Newt eyes? Check…Cobweb ribbons? Check…

Once it was well-mixed into a slurry thick as tar, he gathered the naysayers and choked down his concoction. “Prepare to be fearful!” Sprinkles boomed.

And they were fearful—for their poor little friend had turned green with nausea.