Saturday, April 30, 2011

Kraken Contest!

2nd Chance here, stealing Sundays away from Hal for the ENTIRE MONTH! Face it, you were tired of ogling hotties every Sunday anyway. Or speculating about the many wondrous things you’ll have when you’re a rich writer or that lottery ticket works out…

Instead, you want to answer my burning question and enter my most excellent contest! Today is the day it all begins. The search to answer the question of the century… Where did the kraken go?

To explain, between the electronic edition of The Kraken’s Mirror and the print edition of The Kraken’s Mirror…my kraken disappeared. Now, he’s a responsible beast and I choose to believe he has a reason and a place he was driven to go… (Yes, there was a reason and it wasn’t on purpose…these things happen.)

I'm having a CONTEST! And what am I giving away?

 1st prize is a Sony Pocket Reader!

2nd prize is A kick-ass kraken parasol and…

3rd prize is a Betsy Johnson ‘kraken’ ring!

When does the contest run? From May 1st to May 31st!

So… Where did the Kraken go?

Here are the options: Where did the Kraken go?

1)      He’s in Scotland, wooing Nessie

2)      He’s outside the Mines of Moria at Gandalf’s request, fighting off the menace in the waters

3)      Sharing rum with the monster in the lake at Hogwarts

4)      ? Your idea?

How to enter the contest?

1)      Comment on my blog at and pick an option, or create your own. (If the blog ain't there, don't worry, it will be...taking time to get the thing up and running right. Meanwhile, there is this blog and other blogs I'm on...)

2)      Friend my author page on Facebook, Maureen O. Betita Author and leave a comment, telling me which option you’ve picked, or where you think the Kraken went.

3)      Find me on any blog I guest at during the month of May and tell me your option. (Be sure to leave an e-mail address in the comment section.)

I’ll award the three biggies on the 31st…during the month I’ll give away smaller prizes…free books, pirate perch hats and kraken jewelry. Amuse me with clever ideas and you might win something!

Yup, here is the first prize!

And yes, this is a guest blog! So you can enter here!


Bosun said...

I suggest you give an actual link to your Facebook page in here. For those lazy souls who don't want to look that hard. :)

WHY am I still awake?? Off to bed.

2nd Chance said...

Thanks, Bo' it!

Hellion said...

Dang, 2nd! You make this promotion stuff look...expensive. But very, very wicked cool. I want all the prizes!! :) I think I like the ring most actually. *LOL*

As a Hogwartian Expert (so to speak), I hypothesize that the Kraken is in the Black Lake with his cousin, the Giant Squid. Perhaps there is some rum involved, for the Giant Squid has a broken heart and the Kraken is trying his best to give the Giant Squid a barnacled shoulder to cry on. It seems the Giant Squid's mermaid wife ran out on him and his heart is shattered.

The Kraken has pointed out that he has two more hearts, being cephalopod, and will recover. Besides a fickle mermaid was probably not the way to go. The Giant Squid finds this opinion to be rather unsympathetic, but the rum is good (Kraken Rum) and he reluctantly admits he is beginning to feel a little better.

But not to worry, the Kraken is an expert matchmaker--and will find someone for the Giant Squid soon.

2nd Chance said...

Most excellent option, Hellion! Me kraken has many arms...err...tentacles ta cry upon and I'm sure he'll help the Giant Squid feel better soon. Perhaps feed him a few inner critics... ;-)

You can enter mutliple times, dear Hellion...

I have the earrings that match that ring!

Quantum said...

The following information is highly classified and known only to a select band of security cleared oceanographers, marine biologists and one quantum physicist (who gets his nose in to everything! :wink:)

If you can't keep a secret,please stop reading now.

It has been revealed that the kraken is one of a number of Gaia Guardians who use their spare time to monitor the deep oceans in order to safeguard the planet and its wild life (including humanity).

The guardians are deeply worried about melting ice caps. Great Grandpa Kraken relates how in days gone by, the ice caps melted and he was obliged to show a fellow called Noah how to build an ark to save the world from drowning.

The present situation looks very similar and the young Kraken have been secretly diving deep beneath the Greenland ice cap to monitor the warmer water now flowing there. The situation is looking desperate and plans are in place to build a new ark to save the planet.

If you want to be saved from drowning, contact Chance to reserve your place on the new ark. Tickets are limited so don't delay.

Remember, mums the word ... hush hush!

Donna said...

Wow, such creative folks! I love the warning, Q. LOL

And Chance, I have no idea what Option #2 up there means. :) But I do like the prizes, and I'm a fan of Betsy Johnson's whimsy. I have a pair of her pirate earrings, which I wear all the time.

I'm convinced the kraken has donned an invisibility cloak, er, glove. Sleeve maybe? The better to conduct his stealth maneuvers for the special ops group he belongs to. (It's so secret we're not even allowed to say the name aloud.) He'll be popping up in strange places as a result.

Marnee said...

Hmm... I think the Kraken decided that the leg showing on your book lacked definition. Therefore, he signed up at Planet Fitness to "pump it up."

After getting thrown out for leaving residue on the machines (it's hard to get things completely dry when you're a gelatinous monster), he decided to take up bicycling. But his tentacles kept getting stuck in the spokes. So he sold his bicycle for a try on the yoga mats.

Downward facing dog doesn't work as well with that many arms, so he moved on to hockey. The other players didn't like his aggressive nature though and he spent a lot of time in the sin bin. That certainly wasn't helping him meet his fitness goals.

A turn on the soccer pitch had him ejected. All those legs? Totally unfair.

What's an out-of-shape kraken to do?

Well, let's just say that the next time he shows up on the cover of your books, don't be surprised if that tentacle's sporting a Nike.

They make the best running shoes, after all.

Just do it, Kraken. Just do it.

Bosun said...

I can't possibly compete with these inventive suggestions. I purport the Kraken was called in once again for the POTC franchise, reprising his role in the new film and therefore going along on the press junkit. I expect him to pop up on E! with Seacrest any day now.

2nd Chance said...

Q - Ah, yer a man after me own heart! I can see me Kraken doing all a' that. And the younguns too!

Well done!

2nd Chance said...

Donna - Shame on ye fer not getting the LOTR reference! But that's okay, why I offered options! ;-)

Invisibility sleeves...sounds good to me!

2nd Chance said...

Marn - Yer right, I needs ta write a 24 Fathoms Fitness franchise into the series...

2nd Chance said...

Bo'sun - He might eat Seacrest...but would that be bad or good?

Marnee said...

He might eat Seacrest…but would that be bad or good?


2nd Chance said...

Yup, of those questions that make you think... ;-)

Donna said...

Chance, I have never watched LOTR. I don't have that many years left in me to devote to it. LOL

Marn, I keep cackling about yours -- very funny.

2nd Chance said...

Ah, it's a great action adventure scene! But that's okay, Hellie doesn't toss me overboard for not reading all of the Potter books, I won't punish you for missing the LOTR ones... ;-)

Yeah, I'm loving the stuff I'm getting. Some good ones on my website, too! ;-)

R.A. Gates said...

I know where your kraken is. He got a part in the Cirque do Soleil show "O" at the Bilagio Hotel in Las Vegas. It's the underwater show and he plays the part of, what else, the giant kraken. He's received great reviews for his flexibility and captivating performance. It's rumored that he originally wanted to be an Elvis impersonator, but couldn't find a white sequined jumpsuit to accommodate all his tentacles.

2nd Chance said...

R.A. -
Billiant deduction! He's always liked showbiz! I like how you think...he could so rock a sequined jumpsuit...

Scapegoat said...

Holy crap I've been on vaction and missed this! You should have emailed me so I can get it up on both my sites!

Off to schedule some posts....

Mary M. said...

Sadly, everyone else is way overboard with the location of the Kraken. A familiar mechanical wheezing noise was heard that attracted him to a dark corner just in time for the TARDIS to materialize. When the Captain Jack emerged with the Doctor, it was mutual lust at first sight, and the Kraken signed on as the first non-biped companion. The whole group ran back into the Tardis to escape a convention of Mary Kay ladies and the autopilot kicked in and took them to a yet undisclosed time and place.