Monday, December 3, 2012

The 13th Sign Contest: Prizes Galore (and a Chance to Donate)

Buongiorno a tutti! We're all excited here at Middle Grade Mafioso because it's the Don's birth week and on the 7th, he's hosting a massive party. I can't wait for the cannoli.

The charming and creative
Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
It's also our day to host Kristin O'Donnell Tubb's THE 13TH SIGN Preorder Contest! This may in fact been one of the most fun blog tours ever. Because The 13th SIGN has astrology at its core, Kristin came up with a wonderful idea to both promote her forthcoming novel as well as raise money for the charity Reading Is Fundamental, a literacy program committed to placing books in the hands of kids who need them most.

About the book: 
What if there was a 13th zodiac sign? 

You’re no longer Sagittarius, but Ophiuchus, the healer, the 13th sign. 

Your personality has changed. So has your mom’s and your best friend’s. 

What about the rest of the world? 

What if you were the one who accidentally unlocked the 13th sign, causing this world-altering change, and infuriating the other 12 signs?  

Jalen did it, and now she must use every ounce of her strength and cunning to send the signs back where they belong. Lives, including her own, depend upon it.

(Doesn't that sound cool?! I've been glued to my horoscope all week. I've also badgered my pals at Project Mayhem to reveal their star signs. Would you believe that all the guys (Matt MacNish, Mike Winchell, and Paul Greci) are sensitive Pisceans? And that Shannon O' Donnell and Dawn Lairamore are enthusiastic Aries like me? Yahong Chi's a Taurus, Marissa Burt a Leo, Hilary Wagner a Scorpio, and Caroline Starr Rose a Sagittarius. I think you'll all agree that, mixed together, we are a true force for Mayhem.)

I tried hard to find a Capricorn, but they were shy.

Which makes sense. According to my astrology book, CAPRICORN characteristics include being ambitious, trustworthy, calm, a loner, pessimistic, and determined. Yup, the Capricorns on Twitter were in total loner mode. And Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton, and Orlando Bloom never got back to me.

But Aries is always game for new, fun things. In my astrology immersion, I also took THE 13TH SIGN quiz, which taught me more about my 12-sign horoscope, my 13-sign horoscope, and which horoscope sign I ACT like? (Reveal: I'm an Aries who acts like a Virgo!! Egads!)

Anyway. (Another Aries trait is having a LOT to say...)

What is this contest all about?
If you preorder a copy of THE 13TH SIGN by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb TODAY, you'll get the chance to win... (drum roll)  

-zodiac charm – sign of your choice
-signed THE 13TH SIGN swag
-$10 itunes gift card
-signed paperback of AUTUMN WINIFRED OLIVER DOES THINGS DIFFERENT by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
-a 13th SIGN t-shirt

How do you enter?
Preorder THE 13TH SIGN! You can preorder it through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, or through your local independent bookstore. Then email your receipt TO KRISTIN at You will be entered into that day’s drawing, the grand prize drawing, and your purchase will be *matched* by a $1.00 donation to RIF!

Are there other ways to enter the contest?
Yep!  You can be entered into the daily prize drawings by doing one or more of the following:

-Each preorder of THE 13TH SIGN = 10 entries into grand prize drawing and 10 entries into that day’s drawing

- Each person who blogs about the contest = 10 entries into that day’s drawing

-Each person who changes Twitter or Facebook avatar to cover = 5 entries into that day’s drawing (for each day it is present) [Get those avatars a-changing. I'm going to be The 13th Sign for the Day]

-Each Tweet or Facebook status mention of the book and contest = 2 entries for that day’s drawing (must include hashtag #the13thsign)

-Each RT of book and/or contest = 1 entry for that day’s drawing

BUT. You have to preorder THE 13TH SIGN to enter to win the grand prize and to have your purchase matched with a RIF donation.

ALSO. To make sure you get the correct amount of entries, please let Kristin know if you’ve done any of the above! You can email her at with everything you’ve done to enter.

What is the grand prize? [Oh, mamma mia, this one I would love. Hope the Don's making a Christmas list...]

A Nexus 7 ereader! BOOM.  The grand prize winner will be announced on Kristin’s blog on Friday, December 7.

How long does the preorder contest last?
13 days total! You can visit these other blogs for each day’s prizes:
DAY ARIES: The Book Vortex
DAY TAURUS:  The Housework Can Wait
DAY GEMINI:  Magnet 4 Books
DAY CANCER:  Abby the Librarian
DAY SCORPIO:  Citrus Reads
DAY SAGITTARIUS: Bloggers [heart] Books
DAY CAPRICORN: - Middle Grade Mafioso
DAY AQUARIUS: Smack Dab in the Middle

Good luck! And don’t forget to take THE 13TH SIGN quiz! J


  1. Oh wow. This is so awesome, Mike! I'm off to take this quiz.

  2. I've heard a lot about Kristin's book. It sounds awesome! Can't wait to read.

  3. Mike, A+! You've really done your astrological homework! Yep, those Aries - they are the leaders of the zodiac and they'll let you know it! (And that's a good thing! :-) )

    Thank you for hosting Day Capricorn! My mom's a Capricorn, so this sign is special to me! Matthew, SA: thank you for the comments! Have a great day, everyone!

  4. What a creative and fun contest/blog tour, Kristin! I'm off to tweet it. Michele, tu sei molto simpatico!

  5. Kristin is super fun and creative with her blog tours and contests! And your post was fun and creative too, Michael. I've read an ARC of THE 13th SIGN and will be hosting my thoughts on Jan. 7.

  6. Wow! This book sounds really cool. Michael, I'm an Aries too. Is that why I have trouble keeping my blog posts short? Ha ha.

  7. Congratulations Kristin! Very fun quiz!

    I'm one of your missing Capricorns, Mike. Sorry. I've had the airport off for days and days trying to get through this revision. But glad I took the time to catch up this evening!

  8. I'm a Scorpio too. Cannot understand why the first lady didn't get back to you, but you know Kate M. is in the hospital--you might have heard? ;)
    This is an amazingly complicated-but-fun blog tour-three cheers to Kristin! I'm off to check out more...

  9. Hi, all! Thank you for the comments. "Amazingly complicated" - yes, Kristen! Ha! I'm an Aquarius. If there's a way to complicate things, I'll find it. :-)

    Rosanne, thank you for taking the quiz! Glad you found it fun.

    Joanne, Aries are wonderfully wordy creatures. A good, good thing. :-)

    Barbara - HI! I appreciate you stopping by!

    And Margo, thank you for the tweets and support!

    And again to Mike: thank you! You made Day Capricorn a HUGE hit! Have a great week, everyone!


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