Seriously, ONE WEEK? *flails*
First, I must announce the winner of last week’s giveaway. According to Random.org, the person who will receive copies of WARPED and HAVEN, plus swag, is . . .
Now, on to our FINAL weekly giveaway . . . this week’s theme is GHOSTS!
What do I love about them?
To be honest, I was a scaredy-cat about ghosts for most of my life. As a kid, I could barely get any sleep at my dad’s house because I was certain it was haunted. Even as a young adult my imagination was very susceptible to any weird sound in the night. (Okay, if I’m to be completely honest, to this day I can only watch scary movies during the day, never right before bedtime.) The first ghostly film I could bring myself to watch in the theater was The Others — I watched through the fingers covering my eyes — and from then on I was hooked. Yes, I was captivated by the film’s mystery and shocking reveal, but what stayed with me was the emotional arc of the story. Grace Stewart’s grief, confusion and denial, as well as her fierce and destructive love, haunted me long after the film ended. I continue to be entranced by the idea of an emotion (either positive or negative) being so powerful that it transcends death, lingering in ghostly form to haunt the living. It really doesn’t matter to me whether or not ghosts actually exist — I just love their story potential.
What does it have to do with The Revenant?
The Cherokee Female Seminary, the setting of The Revenant, is now Seminary Hall at Northeastern State University. According to local lore, the spirit of Florence Wilson, Seminary principal from 1875 to 1901, has been seen, heard, and even smelled within and around the building. Each fall, graduate students give tours of “Haunted Seminary Hall” — one can even buy the t-shirt and become a fan on Facebook. That’s all well and good, but for my own ghost story I wanted a haunting that was more shocking and mysterious, so I fashioned it around a love triangle and added a dash of betrayal . . . and murder.
What am I giving away?
Another Okie ghost book! Two NYT-bestselling authors have wonderful things to say about Tara Hudson’s Hereafter — Becca Fitzpatrick praises the novel as “a tender and poignant love story with a ghostly twist” and Andrea Cremer raves that it “leaves the possibilities of a world unseen lingering in your mind and your heart long after you’ve turned the final page.” I, for one, am so excited to have another Oklahoma YA ghost novel debuting the same month as The Revenant! This story of a ghost who saves a boy’s life, and then falls in love with him, is going to be HUGE. And I am offering a copy signed SPECIFICALLY TO THE WINNER by Tara, which I will personally obtain at her June 11th Oklahoma City signing. (Will you be in the area? If so, go here for all the details.)
The weekly giveaways are open to residents of North America only. International readers may still comment to enter the drawing for a finished copy of The Revenant.
How does one enter?
1. Leave a comment that includes a name and some way to contact you. This is really all you have to do to be entered for the weekly giveaway AND to put your name in the drawing for one of two finished copies of The Revenant. And though it isn’t required, I’d love for you to share in the comment a favorite ghost story or film — or even a ghostly encounter of your own!
2. If you’d like an extra entry, please tweet a link to this contest. Something like: Win a signed copy of HEREAFTER at @soniagensler’s One Week to THE REVENANT Giveaway! http://tinyurl.com/3s34xrd
(Please let me know in the comments that you’ve tweeted — a link would be fabulous!)
You have until 11:59 pm (CDT) FRIDAY the 10th** to enter — good luck!
**I’m ending this giveaway a day early so I can get Tara to personalize the signature on the book.