Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fun Facts Friday & a Giveaway!

by Brittany Geragotelis

There's a whole lot of fun facts out there this week and since it's Friday, I thought I'd share a few of them with you:

1. Apparently Pope Benedict XVI has written a children's book called, "The Friends of Jesus." Wonder what that book blurb's going to be like.

2. Well-known and successful book agent Andrew Wylie really pissed off publishers (one in particular--rhymes with Shmandom Shmouse) recently by forming his own e-publishing company for his clients and partnering up with Amazon to do it. I can't decide if he was being really ballsy or just being a dick.

3. It could take you a long time to be published--like nearly a century. At least that was Elizabeth Trahan's experience as she was finally published in Country Magazine at the age of 92.

4. Speaking of age and circumstance, this 87 year old retired man received a laptop and decided to write a novel at the age of 80. Seven years later, he has a popular series including five books (and another on the way) and his novels have been optioned for a TV series. Maybe some things do get better with age!

5. Multi-million dollar book deals do still exist. No, really. They do!

photo credit: Speak
Now, let's see how much trivia you really know. Answer the questions below and you could win an arc of the new book, Matched, which is already gaining a lot of buzz in the publishing world (and received a pretty hefty advance). Leave your name and answers in the comments section above. Each correct answer will receive 1 point. Extra points for the following:
If you're a new follower=+1
If you're already a follower=+2
For referring someone to the giveaway=+3
For being the person referred=+2
Add me to your blog roll=+2
Tweeting this giveaway=+1
For posting about this giveaway on your blog=+3
For posting about this giveaway on your Facebook page=+3

1. When naming Edward in Twilight, Stephenie Meyer wanted a name that was both traditional and romantic. Which two literary romantic heroes did Stephanie most likely use as inspiration for the old-school vamp?

2. How did Stephenie come up with the name Bella?

3. How did the Volturi get their name?



Cass said...

Hi, just want to know when does this end?

Cass said...

Oh, and also I find it kind of slack that you'd give out extra entries to people just for reading or being interested in the oh-so popular twilight series. Especially since the prize is completely un-related, and as far as I'm concerned, is far superior. But, I guess in the end it's your contest.

Just saying. This is a mix of sleepiness and just disdain for the series.

Brittany said...

I'm personally not a fan of the series either, but I do keep up with all sorts of book news and this was some trivia I came across and thought would make for a good contest. Yes, the prize is unrelated, but think of it as a plus that you could win such a great book just for knowing some random trivia...

Contest ends at the end of this month.

Rusty Hendrix said...

Edward was named for Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre, and Mr Ferrars from Sense and Sensibility. Bella was the name SM would have named a girl baby if she had one. Volturi means VULTURE in latin. If I win, I will donate the book to the Oak Harbor High School library, (after I read it of course)!

Ekta said...

SM got the inspiration for Edward from Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.
SM said that if she had a baby girl she would name her Isabella.
The Volturi got their name because of the city they live in, Volterra.

+1 new follower

Thanks for the giveaway!
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