Friday, February 12, 2010

Because You're All So Awesome...

I'm having a contest! Okay, so it's partly because I reached 100 followers, but I couldn't have done that without all of you. :)

So what will the lucky winner receive? Now don't get carried away. Let's go over the rules first.

1. To enter, you must be a follower. Just make sure your smiling face is among the happy group there on the right and leave me a comment on this post. +1

2. If you were a follower before this post +2, new followers +1.

3. Post about this contest on your blog, Twitter, or Facebook +2 (total +6 if you do all three). Leave me links with your comment.

4. Add this contest to your sidebar. +2

5. And since everyone is dying for some flying monkeys (Thanks, Tere ;)), recieve an additional 10 entries for writing a poem or short story, of any length, incorporating flying monkeys somehow. You may post it as a comment, or on your own blog. Just be sure to leave me a link, so I can read it. :)

Contest ends Friday, February 26th at midnight PST. Did I forget anything? I always feel like I forgot something.

Okay, so here's what the winner gets:

Isn't this cover gorgeous?


a $10 gift card for Barnes and Noble

Thanks for playing everyone! Have a fabulous weekend!


  1. OMG, both those covers are gorgeous!

    What a generous prize! We really must be awesome. ;)

    I'll go blog about this right now!

  2. Ooo! I've been wanting to read both books for a while now!

    Count me in (I'm an old follower)!

  3. YAAAAY!! What a fun contest!

    Okay, now for a flying monkey haiku:

    Wing beats terrify
    the man made of straw and air.
    He is scattered. Done.

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Oooh happy days! I follow like sheep. Thanks for the contest, Abby.

  5. Sounds fun! Count me as an old follower. :)

  6. Both of these covers are GORGEOUS. I'm hoping that you CAN judge a book by its cover because these both look divine!!


  7. Great contest!

    +1 New follower
    +2 sidebar KristinCreative
    how about a haiku??
    Recover the shoes
    The flying monkeys take off
    The witch's bidding

    13 total

  8. Those are beautiful covers and they look like wonderful reads! :)

  9. I'm a follower and I've included your contest on my sidebar at

    Great contest - the books both look fantastic!

  10. Count me a new follower. Love the blog

  11. I was a follower before this post. I will post this on my blog :)
    Great prizes!

  12. Congrats on reaching 100+ followers!! I've put a link to your contest on my sidebar, and I'm already a faithful follower :))

    Have a fab evening!
    ((hugs)) Nicole

  13. Super awesome contest! Congrats on 100 followers too- that's fabulous!

    I'm an old follower. I'll have to see about the flying monkeys!

  14. Congrats on the 100 followers. Count me in. I want to read both books. Pick me! Pick me!

  15. congrads! im a follower and have tweeted and FB the contest!

  16. Hi. My name is Callie Forester. I found your blog through your friend Tere's site. I'm another aspiring YA author. :) There's a lot of us out here in cyberspace, huh?

    Anyway, this looks like a great contest. I've been meaning to pick up Fallen anyway, so I'm excited. Since I'm new to your blog I figured I needed extra entries. So...the flying monkey about this,

    I should be working on my book
    But that gets hard sometimes
    I want to browse around your blog
    Instead of writing lines.

    It’s fun to sit and read cool stuff
    It’s my form of play
    I could sit on my computer
    But not work for the entire day. :)

    But then my chances of being published
    Will be as good as seeing monkeys fly
    So I think I will get off my butt
    And bid you all goodbye

    Let's hope I'm a better writer than I am a poet! :)
    It was nice "meeting" you.Congrats on reaching 100 followers!

  17. I do love those covers. I'd love to read Fallen! :)

  18. Hi, Abby! I'm a new follower, I found your site when Christine D. posted your contest on her blog. Love to find new writer friends! :)

    And those covers... to die for...!

    Ok. I shall do my best to create an acrostic for your enjoyment. :)

    Feathered beasties
    Leap into flight
    Yawling at the moon
    In eerie unison
    Northern winds blowing a
    Gale their way.

    Meekly they
    Obey the Old One
    None daring to break the
    Knot that binds, that cuts
    Each secretly
    Yearning for

    That was totally fun. :) You made my day.
    Lindsey :)

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  20. I've been waiting to read both of these books! Here's my link to Twitter

  21. My link didn't post properly. :P Here it is:

  22. ACK it still didn't! Darn MAC. Anyway, just click on my name and it will bring you to my blog - I just added your link to my post entitled Contests from yesterday. Sorry for the zillion comments...

  23. Here's my flying monkey haiku for ten more entries!

    Writers block despair,
    Flying monkeys in Egypt,
    Accuracy? Nah!

  24. I think I'm up to +6 for entries not including the lameness of my monkey haiku. I'll let you decide if that's worth ten points. ;)

    Good luck everyone else!

    Loving the flying monkey love so far!

  25. That's a great contest!

    I'm an older follower
    yes it's true
    that simply means
    I'm loyal to you!

    I love it here
    so if you please
    keep up the good work
    and some flying monkeys!


  26. Hi. Okay, I posted you up on Twitter. Here's the link.

    I also put you up on my facebook:

    And on the forums of my website:

    I'm not sure if you'll be able to see the last one without joining the forums, but we have a really fun site with tons of stuff on writing. We love new members! :)

  27. Great contest! Count me in as a new follower.

    Off to explore...

  28. Those books look awesome - great contest! I'm an old follower.

  29. I'm a new follower (I don't know why I wasn't following you before!) and I will post on facebook! Awesome contest, Miss A.

  30. Awesome contest - Great prizes. I'm a follower of your blog. Love it!

  31. I love those covers...I have always wanted to read Fallen. i have been following you forever. You are awesome Abby!!! Sorry no Haiku for now. I'm gonna have ti get back to you on that.

  32. Oh, excellent contest with such mouthwatering prizes. I feel like I've come ito it so late though. I'll add you to my sidebar, but don't worry about giving me any extra points since it's so last minute. But I'll tweet, k?

    Oh, and I'm a new follower :)

  33. Monkeys that fly aren't better than monkeys that can't. They just have a better view. (short, short, shot stoty. Hehe!)

    Okay, I'm probably going crazy, but I can't find your followers list to click...

    But your blog is GREAT. I love your header. Lovely! So I am going to plug your URL into my google reader. :)

  34. Congrats on the 100 followers! Count me in as a current follower (+2)

  35. Phew, I just made it. I'm a current follower +2. It looks like you're well over 100 now. Congrats!

  36. Count me in +2 for being an old follower.

    There once was a monkey who flew.
    All who saw it scratched heads, "Well, who knew...
    That a primate so soft
    Could lift up high aloft
    Whether winds from the east or west blew?"

    Obviously, I am not a poet. But that was fun anyway! :)

  37. Great contest! I'm so glad I found your blog :) I'm a new follower, and I tweeted about the contest (Twitter name is @HeatherTrese) and added the contest to the sidebar.

    And I'm not so great at poetry, but haikus have won me contests in the past, so I'm going to go with that route once again and see if my luck continues:

    Flying monkeys swarm
    Claws digging into my hair
    Don't carry me off!

    That should leave me with 16 entries. Good luck everyone!

  38. OMG, how on earth did I miss this contest. I desperately want those books and I nearly missed out. Ahhhhhhh!

    +2 follower
    +2 sidebar (I know it's late, so you don't have to count it)

    Abby Annis has a contest,
    Where flying monkeys rule.
    I nearly went and missed it,
    'Cause I'm a stupid fool.

    Since flying monkeys are the rage,
    I earn more entries on her page
    Of tallied numbers added up,
    torn and dumped into a cup

    From which she'll draw one lucky name.
    I hope it's I who win the game.
    I want those books more than she knows.
    Fingers crossed (and maybe toes)...

    +14 total :-)

  39. Congrats on the followers. :) Count me in as a new follower and I've posted this at my blog here and on my Facebook here.

  40. What a great contest & awesome blog! I am excited to be a New Follower (came from Writing in the Wilderness - Sarahjayne Smith)

    +1 new follower
    +2 Tweet @SouthrnPrincess
    +2 Sidebar Visit My Kingdom Anytime

    Flying Monkeys? Really? Okay... here goes:

    The banana I seek sits high in the tree,
    Oh what can I do?
    Oh woe is me...

    I sit and I stare so hungry am I,
    Oh what can I do?
    Too bad I can't fly...

    The fruit so yummy it hangs like a tease,
    Oh what can I do?
    Someone help me please!

    I cry to the sky and wish on a star,
    Oh what can I do?
    The bunch is so far!

    Oh my goodness! What is that I see?
    None other than a sky full of flying monkeys!

    They swoop to the ground and point at the tree!
    Yes Yes they are here to help me.

    The leader he climbs way up the long base,
    We watch from below, oh please watch your pace!

    Then his fingers they wrap around the big bunch,
    My mouth is watering at the thought of my tasty lunch.

    He slides down and hands me the first yellow sweet,
    I bow down and thank him, kissing his feet.

    He shares with his friends beneath the bright sky,
    Oh how lucky I was that the monkeys were flying by!

    lol Okay I have now spent a bizarre 10 minutes on a Friday night! Thank you for the inspiration!


    Visit My Kingdom Anytime

  41. Oops! My sidebar link is at

  42. I am a follower +1
    I've been a follower for awhile +2
    I posted about this contest on my blog +2
    Flying Monkeys Poem +10

    Flying Monkeys Everywhere
    They pulled on little Toto's hair,
    Ripped the straw from Scarecrow's shirt
    Dented the Tin Man and covered him with dirt.
    Scared the poor Cowardly Lion into a state of despair
    And that's all before they lifted into the air
    Dorothy and Toto, to take them to HER
    Their thoughts on the Witch of the West weren't pure
    She was holding them captive; they were virtually slaves
    Doing her bidding, torturing innocents, filling graves.
    Flying Monkeys everywhere.
    Maybe not intentional, but they're still quite a scare!