Monday, June 3, 2013

Giveaway: The Short and Long of It

The Winners!
How do you like your books?

Would you rather read three shorter books?
Or one longer book?
We're going to give away 4 ebook sets of the first three books in the Queen of the Realm of Faerie fantasy fairytale series (Nandana's Mark, The Flower of Isbelline, and The Dragon Carnviale), AND 4 ebook copies of True Love's First Kiss (a compilation of the first three books in the series)!

How can you win?

Tell us whether you prefer your books shorter or longer in a comment below.
If you prefer shorter books, you'll be eligible to win one of the 4 ebook sets. If you prefer longer books, you'll be eligible to win one of the 4 ebook compilations. The winners will be picked in a random drawing. Please leave your email address in your comment so we can contact the winners.

Want to increase your odds of winning?
Tweet about this giveaway.
Include a link to this giveaway page, mention @heidigwrites, and use the hashtag #longer or #shorter in every tweet for more entries! Each tweet will count as one additional entry.

This contest will run until midnight PST on Sunday, June 16, 2013. The winners will be announced on this blog on Monday, June 17, 2013.

In the Enchanted World, true love’s first kiss is magic.

Nandana’s Mark, Book 1: When two half-faeries—Melia and her younger sister—are cursed under dreadful circumstances, true love’s first kiss is the remedy.

The Flower of Isbelline, Book 2: Nothing but true love’s first kiss can save Melia’s younger sister from blind ambition and ruin.

The Dragon Carnivale, Book 3: Melia must choose the freedom she cherishes or true love’s first kiss—and a relationship that promises to secure her place in the Whole.

Queen of the Realm of Faerie is a fairy tale fantasy series that bridges the Mortal and Enchanted worlds. It is also an epic fantasy. The main character, Melia, is an eighteen-year-old half-faerie, half-mortal.

When the story opens in the first book, Melia is troubled by her dark moon visions, gossip she overhears about her parents at the local market, and the trauma of living among full-blooded faeries with wings—she doesn’t have any.

As the series unfolds, the historic and mystical forces that shape Melia’s life are revealed. Each step of her journey—to find the place where she belongs—alters her perceptions about herself, deepens her relationships with others, and enlarges her world view.

True Love’s First Kiss is a compilation of the first three books in this ongoing series.


Note: We've been notified that some people are still unable to make comments. GRRR!!!!! and Sorry!!!!! Not sure why that is, if anyone knows… Otherwise, if you try to make a comment and can't, please email me at heidi _ g @ comcast . net! I'll post your entry for you, Thank you.

105 comments:

  1. Debra,

    THANK YOU for letting me know the comments aren't working! I hope I've fixed that and am getting ready to test it:D But here is your comment and your entry!

    On the whole, I prefer shorter (series) books to a single novel. This is because although I enjoy instant gratification, like many of my generation, shorter books give me something to look forward to. It becomes sort of like Christmas when the "next" book comes out! When I finish a single novel, I'm left wondering what happened next. I want the story and my beloved characters to continue. I get the feeling of continuing to see into the lives of the characters when I read shorter books in a series. It gives me closure when I finally reach the last book in the series. And this is why I prefer shorter books in a series, rather than one long book containing all.

    Sincerely Your Most Humble Fan,
    Debra Baker

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    1. Awww, Debra thank you and good luck! I'm doing the final polishing on The Dragon Carnivale right now and I'm really happy with it. I hope you win it and love it, lol, Heidi

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    2. I prefer to read books longer it doesn't give unwanted interruptions. breeanne26@hotmail.com

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    3. bree, thank you for commenting and entering. Getting carried away without interruptions is one of the great things about longer books!

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    4. I LIKE SHORT BOOKS. MY MIND WORKS BETTER THAT WAY.TO THE POINT.

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    5. Mitzi, Short books are great! Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway!

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  2. I like shorter books. If I get really involved in a book and it is long, I may wind up reading it all night to finish and loose sleep ;-).

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    1. the losing sleep part is tough! thanks for commenting:)

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  3. I prefer longer ones. We can feel the characters getting matured and growth of the storyline.
    purohitsimmaron @ yahoo.com

    This entry posted for Simmaron:)

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    1. character growth is amazing:) and longer books definitely have an advantage there!

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  4. I prefer reading longer books. It doesn't feel rushed.

    suzy @ hackshaw . com

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    1. not feeling rushed is a great point. as a growing writer I'm learning the value of taking the time to let the readers settle in:)

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  5. I like longer books, however I do agree I loose sleep when I'm really into them, then it would be best to read shorter books.

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    1. i go back and forth, too, when i have time I love longer books, but a short book is nice when I don't! thank you for entering!

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  6. I think that with the shorter books it allows the opportunity to have more creative titles, which are more likely to catch the reader's attention. I know the title of the first book intrigued me. Looking at the title for the combined book, I think it gives a potential reader a different idea of what the book might be about. I guess I would lean towards the shorter books in this case. (Though I read a lot from both ends of the spectrum.)

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    1. That's a great point about the titles. I lean towards shorter books myself, but it is nice to really get lost in another world when you're enjoying it! Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway:)

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  7. Getting comments from Goodreads and Facebook:) This one's from Donna Reynolds on Facebook:

    Both sometimes you just need a short one but mostly long you get more information that way I think anyway.

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  8. I prefer longer books generally, but if it's a series, then somewhat shorter is ok :) Many times it depends on how well written it is. The more I'm into it, the longer I want it to last! AmeeSellsAvon@yahoo.com

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    1. Another good point. When I'm loving a book it's so disappointing when it ends! Thank you for commenting!

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  9. Although I'll read either, I think I prefer shorter books because it gives me time to read a variety of things and more of them!

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    1. I like the variety, too. Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway!

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  10. 3 Shorter Books. It allows me to do more reviews for the author and help be a part to their rise to "fame".
    *grin*

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    1. ooh! that's a generous perspective! And you make a good point. I'm in the middle of reading Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey and I'm writing reviews for each installment (okay, short reviews, lol) But he's' already famous, hah hah! Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway.

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  11. I actually love to read 3 shorter books. It gives me something to look forward to. It also makes writing reviews easier, one per book instead of one review for a book that contains 3 books.

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    1. Cool! Sometimes writing reviews for longer books is hard. I recently read The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates, very long book, and yes, trying to pull all my thoughts together on that one was challenging! Thank you for entering the giveaway:)

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  12. Hmm that's quite a hard choice. The thing is, it's easier (and usually cheaper) to buy 1 longer book~ Also I will get to read the whole story at once and doesn't have to wait for the next book. However, having 3 shorter ones means that I get to own more books. But I think I still prefer 1 longer book so I can read all of it at once~~ ^^

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    1. The longer books are usually a better buy, but sometimes having *the collection* is rewarding too… but you're right as avid readers, it can make for hard choices! Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway:)

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  13. I prefer reading longer books. I read a lot, and when the books are short I tend to be in the middle of another book when the next one comes out and I sometimes find that I start to get lost in the storyline.

    sandiedotwhiteatlivedotcom

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    1. The longer books definitely provide that continuity and I do find that sometimes it is harder to get back to a series to finish it out. Right now I'm thinking of the Desolation series by Ali Cross. I've read the first too books and have got to read Destined!!!! Thank you for entering the giveaway:)

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  15. I like reading longer books because I'm impatient. Cliff hangers just about kill me because I want to know what happens next!

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    1. Those are good points. Patience, hmmm…not my strong suit. I'm pretty neutral on cliffhangers, but I watch quite a few TV shows and often seasons end in cliffhangers. I wonder if that conditions me to accept it, lol. But it certainly can be frustrating when you're left there on the edge of your seat with 5 billion questions!!!! Thank you for entering the giveaway!

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  16. Sorry I deleted my previous comment because I realised others had put their emails, and I hadn't.
    I have to say that I absolutely adore short storties for a quick read, but love the full or long stories much more for so many reasons.
    flippy95603@yahoo.com

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    1. Anne, I'm kind of the same way. I love both for different reasons. Thank you for entering the giveaway (and leaving your contact info!)

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  17. I like both... I like short ones if the next in the series isn't too far behind ... if I have to wait a long time, then give me a long book to stay in for awhile.

    Sometimes, a long book, 500- 700 pages - if the story is good, it can FEEL like a short book :)

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    1. Yes, sometimes you can just breeze by those long books, and that is wonderful! I know some people don't even read series until they're complete. I understand that. I didn't read Harry Potter until the series was complete. (Please, don't throw any tomatoes at me!) But there is something wonderful about sitting down and going through all the books back-to-back. Thank you for entering the giveaway!

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  18. I would have to say that i like the idea of having one long book, for not only is the cover beautiful but sometimes it is not always a good thing to leave readers in suspence if your work is a series. The reader tends to judge the books seperately and this can turn negative, if the story is a rolling continuation. In one book you can keep the action, suspence and excitement going and when written well it will keep the reader's attention throughout. You want the reader to read your work and to understand the story, and this can be quite tricky if the story spans over several volumes ~ what if they skipped a book or judged your work only based on book 1??
    This would be my opinion, although one would have to read your work to truly come to a decision on whether or not it should be published as 1 book or 3 smaller ones.

    Thanks.x

    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

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    1. Lucinda, I love your thoughts on this. Readers do judge the books separately and I think that's valid. I do know when I read series, I enjoy some of the books more than others. My least favorite Twilight book was New Moon, but I enjoyed the other three. I think series are tricky that way. I will say we just got The Dragon Carnivale ready to publish and one of the reasons we're doing the compilation, well, the main reason, is because the first three books have a complete and significant story arc that finds resolution in Book 3. In that regard, Book 3 pulls the first two books together and I'm hoping that readers will enjoy that and find it satisfying! Thank you for your thoughtful comment and for entering the giveaway!

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    1. hee hee. short & sweet. thanks for entering the giveaway:)

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  20. I prefe a longer novel... I feel that the author can then build more into the characters and that gives the reader more... However if you have several different stories in 1 book... To me that is just seperate books under 1 cover... I do occasional read compilations under 1 cover... However when I'm looking for a new series I look for longer more indepth books. I don't want to feel like an author is having to rush to get the next book out... I'm ok waiting for the next book in a series so the author can develop the story as he/she see's fit~ Thanks for this chance to win~ christina.grace6@gmail.com

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    1. Christina, I think I understand what you're saying. Last week after re-reading True Love's Kiss for what seemed like the thousandth time, lol, I felt like it really pulled the first three books together into a whole. I've kind of been author-on-steriods for the last year, but I've realized this is a precious journey and process for both reader and writer. I'm super excited to start working on Book 4, but I want to make sure it's the best it can be, plus I want to enjoy writing it because I'm excited about where the series is going. So I'm giving myself permission to slow down! Thank you for your comment and for entering the giveaway!

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  21. Hmm, it depends. Are we talking e-books or honest-to-goodness paper ones?
    If it's an e-book, then I like the books all together. If they are paper ones (my fave!) then I like having separate books, just for the 'tote-ability' factor. Easier to carry around, lighter, and I'm more likely to toss them in my bag when I go on trips. Large books take up a lot of room, not to mention the amount of space they take up on the bookshelf later.
    What a cool contest!
    stacysanf0rd@yahoo.com (the 'o' in sanford is a zero)

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    1. Stacy, Hi! Glad you like the contest, we wanted it to be fun:) Oops! Guess what, we're going to do it backwards! We're going to keep the first three books published digitally, and have a print version for True Love's First Kiss along with the digital one. Hmmm… you've definitely given me something to consider:) Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway!

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  22. I'm a longer novel type person. If the characters have grabbed my attention, I don't want to let them go. If I have sunk into the world, I don't want to yank myself out to go track down the next book.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    nrlymrtl at gmail dot com

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    1. It's so true, when I'm connecting to the characters, I want to keep reading! Thank you for entering the giveaway.

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  23. Sometimes when it´s a long book, the story unfolds easier, the storyline flows better, but in this case I would like 3 shorter books because (hopfully) i´ll read them a little slower(your books are addictive!) and i´ll have 3 boks to look forward too. BTW, I live in Peru, am I still eligible for the contest? If not, don´t worry, i still love your books!

    Diana

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    1. Yes, Diana you're eligible for the books because they are digital/ebooks. We can send them anywhere:) Awesome that you live in Peru! I love connecting with people all over the world:) It's one of the coolest things about the internet! I'm so glad you love the books and find them addictive:) But you're right, longer books definitely allow the story to unfold. Although I've had the outline of the series arc from the beginning, I focused on the story arcs of each of the first three books as I wrote them. However, I have to give credit to my editor, she suggested the compilation. I wasn't sure until I finished the actual writing of The Dragon Carnivale. But after reading True Love's First Kiss many times, I realize it works well as a long book because the books are continuous and complete a significant story arc of their own. If you love the other books in the series, I hope you love The Dragon Carnivale. I have to say, it's my favorite so far. It pulls together so much from the first three books and as a story teller, I feel like I've found my rhythm. But you'll have to let me know what YOU think, lol. Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway.

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  24. Thank you letting me put my input on how I like my series. I would have to say 3 in 1, because its a lot easier to carry when I'm traveling. :)

    Nolie from goodreads

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    1. Nice. Convenience:) Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway.

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  25. I tend to prefer longer books to shorter ones.. shorter ones tend to feel rushed a lot of the time.

    cary_morton@hotmail.com

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    1. Pacing is definitely an art:) Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway!

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  26. I prefer a longer story! I want the characters to grow and the plot to thicken!

    cheers,
    T

    tifferz19 AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. Ooh! I like that, let the plot thicken! Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway!

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  27. There is a perk to short stories. They are the stories you can read when stuck in the airport, and don't suffer as much from your mind wandering while you're in meetings, waiting to get back to the book. I agree with Leah L that short books give opportunities for more neat titles (which, in this case, are more fun than the combined book which makes the whole thing sound far more like a romance novel than a faerie one). However, most usually I like to curl up with a long book and get the whole story, without the awful anticipation for the next installment. Especially when there's MONTHS between books. Ugh, who likes that?!

    But I think that there is an important difference between one long book versus several shorter books OR an omnibook versus several shorter books. If there is flow in the long book, just like seamless chapters looping into each other, that is what I prefer. If it's shorter books all put into one larger book, and there is still an end to each segment, I think I'd rather have the shorter ones. Which isn't a crisp, simple answer, I know.

    Thanks for sending the invite on Goodreads!

    Karla v karla 124 @ hotmail . com

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    1. Karla, hey, who needs a crisp answer when we're talking about books???? I guess for me, if the stories aren't interconnected enough, I'd consider that more of an anthology. If the shorts are connected, but they don't flow into one cohesive story as you said, I'd call that a collection. I'm thinking Leaf Storm by Gabriel Garcia Marquez or The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman. In The Queen of the Realm of Faerie, Books 1-3 flow in time, character, and story arc. The second book begins the night of the day the first book ends. The third book begins a few days after the second book ends. But that's my perspective as the author. I'm eager to hear how readers experience them:) Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway!

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  28. I prefer longer books because they have more character development, further explanations, and they don't feel rushed.

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    1. There does some to be a consensus building in the comments, DON'T RUSH THINGS, lol. Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway!

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  29. Omg these books look amazing. I would definitely pick a longer book because I get caught up in stories very fast and would prefer to be able to read the whole thing in one go. It's just more convenient I guess. :)

    ~Shamima from Goodreads

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    1. Shamima, thank you:) And that's another vote for the convenience of long books, which definitely works. I haven't done a tally, yet, but long books may be winning! Thank you for entering the giveaway.

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  30. Personally I prefer longer books. Shorter books leave me wanting more. This way I can just keep reading and not feel like I'm missing out on something.

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      luv_da_wabbits@yahoo.ca

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  31. I definitely prefer longer books, I can read a 250 page book in a day, over 2 days if I am working so a bigger book can last me longer and I feel I get more into the characters and live with them longer. There's also the added bonus no repetitive text which is a godsend and there's no annoying cliffhangers!!! Gotta love those long books!
    itsdottictactoeatgmaildotcom

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    1. Ooh, sounds like you're definitely committed to longer books;) Thank you for entering the giveaway!

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  32. It really all depends on the book and how much time I have. But I think I would rather read one longer book because its more convenient. 1) you don't have to deal with repetitive text 2) things tend to be explained more 3) they don't feel rushed 4) if I have them in print it is a lot easier to just carry around 1 book and not 3
    mylastfirstlove@gmail.com

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    1. Pamela, you're definitely hitting on some recurring themes, not feeling rushed and convenience. And I think you're right, many things are explained more in longer books. (More time, right?) Thank you for entering the giveaway.

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  33. I prefer longer books, but don't mind shorter ones if there aren't any really dramatic cliff hanger endings.

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    1. Aimee Kay, Yep, longer books are definitely getting the votes! Thank you for entering the giveaway:)

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  34. I prefer shorter books, but it all depends on the subject matter and how much I am enjoying the story, too.

    reviewkidsbooks(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. The thing about short books is: I get to read more books, lol. And I do like that! Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway!

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  35. thanks for the invite on GoodReads! I love short or long books, depending on what they are. If it's something I looove, I'll read 1000 pages gladly. Other things that don't hold my attention very long, I prefer short :) Overall, I would prefer reading the 3 separate books as they'd count towards my 2013 reading goal! xo leanna {leanna @ hotmail . ca}

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    1. Ooh, pymette, that's a great point! Our reading goals, lol! Those long books are tough on that, especially when you're short on time! Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway!

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  36. hurricanelaurie@yahoo.com

    I really prefer long books when it comes to fantasy or paranormal because there WORLDS out there that must be properly and intricately described as well as the adventures that enfold throughout the tale. I love inserting myself into these worlds and I am vibrating with hope and anticipation that maybe, just maybe, I may be chosen to receive the opportunity to do just that!

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    1. Laurie, that is the thing about the WORLDS. It's the challenge of getting into them, without losing the story's pacing, characters, and story. I <3 fantasy and love seeing how different authors get us into their WORLDs. I confess when I sat down and developed the approach to the series, one of the things I really wanted to do (attempt) was modernize the epic fantasy. I'd just finished reading several of the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris and as someone who adored Anne Rice's gothic vampires, I thought Harris' contemporary vampires and WORLD were brilliant. I really wanted to try that with epic fantasy:) Hmmm…in the end readers will let me know whether Ive achieved that! I hope you win too!

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  37. I really prefer long books. I go through short books too fast and then run out of things to read.
    lisa(at)vetteklisa(dot)com

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    1. :( on running out of things to read!!!! Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway:)

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  38. Thanks for the invite! I prefer long books because I like stories to pull all together at the end but I have found myself reading more series books lately. Come to think of it I stay up way too late when I have a shorter book because I'm determined to finish it in one sitting. LOL With the longer books I can convince myself to stop at the end of a chapter and pick it up the next evening.

    Another plus to the longer fantasy books that the world building doesn't feel rushed. You can get lost in the world and feel like the storyline doesn't come to a standstill.

    susan(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Susan, that's a great point about how shorter books can keep you up late too! It's like…almost done, hah hah! Having a story pull together at the end is kind of a magic unto itself! Thanks for commenting and entering the giveaway:)

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  39. I prefer longer books!! :)

    lakeyg@gmail.com

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    1. Longer books it is! thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway:)

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  40. I prefer the longer books - less to lose and or carry! :)

    sal410cat@gmail.com

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    1. That's true, less books:) Thank you for commenting and tweeting the giveaway!

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  41. I am reading anything.... so I like both

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    1. I'm kind of the same, I like both:) Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway!

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  42. I like the shorter books so I can read more variety of books in a shorter time frame.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!!!

    Danielle
    artist_wanna_be(at)yahoo
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    1. Danielle, that's one of the best thing about shorter books, the chance to read more of them! Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway:)

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  43. So here's a bad answer but it depends on the book. If it left me salivating for more then it really didn't matter how long it was. I tend to read pretty fast when I am in book mode so sometimes short books make me feel disappointed in how quickly they are read and the realm of reality has to reenter. Sometimes novels can be too descriptive and wordy. So there my on the fence answer for you.
    barblds20@hotmail.com

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    1. I think you make a great point. It's probably not always the length of the book,it's what's done with that length:) Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway!

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  45. Posting this for for Summer:

    I would rather read a long story becasue I dislike cliff hangers,and also they tend to include more of their quest and all kinds of details that happen to them.
    summer . myers @ rocket mail . com

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    1. Cliffhangers aren't getting a lot of rave reviews! There is something wonderful about settling into a story and getting that resolution at the end. Thank you for entering the giveaway:)

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  46. I would rather read a long story for many different reasons but mostly because they are so much more AWSOME! Whether it's because I don't need to stop reading to switch books or it's because I get absorbed into them and I don't have to worry about waiting for the books to come out as I read them, either way I LOVE long books, I mean my book shelf is already stuffed so I would have more luck trying to fit a big book in there then 3 little ones :P BTW even if I don't win these books they are definatley going on my "TO-READ" shelf ;)

    poohbear4743@gmail.com

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    1. Your passion is clear! That is awesome:) I hope you win, and whenever you have a chance to read them that you enjoy them! Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway!

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  47. I myself like to read one longer book as I'm a fast reader it quite easy for me to read a couple of 300+ pages a day and I hate it when I have to wait for the next book in a series to be released (I have no patience).

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  48. Tanya, you are a fast reader! I understand the no patience thing, guilty as well:) Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway!

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  49. I think I'd rather like one long book.... :)
    svlaw97@comcast.net

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  50. I think it depends entirely on the book itself. Myself I do not mind whether a book is long or short, but theres no point in a book being a long one and you're reading it and you can tell it wasn't needed - you know? Sometimes the book was just made to be shorter and thats okay with me :D

    At this moment in time I probably prefer shorter ones because I'm reading A Clash of Kings and to pick up another long book would probably kill me XD

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  51. Lauren, yes, I think I do know:D I think of book bloat when a book is longer than it needs to be. And sometimes short books are exactly what's needed to balance things out! Thank you for commuting and entering the giveaway.

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  52. I prefer one long book :)

    amzpar[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Awesome! I think readers who love long books will love True Love's First Kiss:D I'm looking forward to hearing from readers as to whether or not that's true! Thank you for commenting and entering the giveaway!

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  53. THANK YOU to EVERYONE who commented and entered the giveaway! I feel like I have learned so much by reading all of your different thoughts and opinions. The GIVEAWAY WINNERS will be announced late afternoon/early evening PST tomorrow, Monday, June 17, 2013. Heidi

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