You Need A Hero Giveaway

“…a land in turmoil cried out for a hero…”

Given recent socio-economic-political circumstances in the United States, there has been much to despair about. Like many others, I have thought a great deal about what I can do about them, and there’s not a whole lot I can.

You see, like Kameron Hurley, I have a chronic illness. I am on the List of Undesirables and while I may not be one of the first casualties of this new authoritarian regime (and make no mistake, people…this is an authoritarian regime on the rise. This is not alarmist speech – this is fact), I will most likely be a casualty at some point.

But it is not this day.

This day, I still draw breath, and if I can do that, I can still fight. All I really have left to do that with are words and yarn, and those are powerful things. They can be the most deadly of weapons, and I am here to arm you.

Together with my enabler handler friend Skyla Dawn Cameron, we bring to you pointy objects of mayhem.

herogiveaway (Shiny graphic made by bitchin’ designer, Skyla Dawn Cameron of Indigo Chick Designs)

Like all implements of destruction, these do not come free, however. These will cost you a donation to someplace that will help shield those in greatest need. Those higher on the list of undesirables than I.

My chosen organizations for your support are The Trevor Project and the Trans Lifeline. For every dollar you donate to these, you get an entry into the giveaway for these shiny things:

Lot 1 – The Hero Package:
Special Edition* copies of both All Wounds and Time Heals
– a copy of my short story collection Legends of the Destrati
– a hand-knit Hero of Canton Cunning Hat (to be knit upon confirmation of win)
– black tea mug (cozy not included unless you’re both really really nice [by which I mean “generous”] and you’re willing to wait for me to make one)
– yummy tea I will personally choose for you


Lot 2 – The Rescue Package:
Special Edition* copies of both All Wounds and Time Heals
– a copy of my short story collection Legends of the Destrati
– hand-knit Cowl of Justice
– black tea mug (see above about the cozy being included)
– yummy tea


To enter – after you’ve donated, forward your email receipt from the charity in question to dina at dinajames dot com to be entered. Donations from November 1 onward are eligible for entry, so if you’ve already donated before this went live, pass me your receipt and I’ll enter you.

Donate $20 to Trevor Project? Get twenty entries. Donate $10 to Trans Lifeline and $10 to Trevor Project? Get twenty entries. Donate $5 to Trans Lifeline? Get five entries. The more you give, the more chances you get, but even donating as little as $1 gets you in the running. You have until 11:59PST on November 30 to enter.

It doesn’t stop there: next head over to Skyla Dawn Cameron’s site where donations to Planned Parenthood and/or RAINN will enter you to win yet another amazing hero prize pack as well.

We all need heroes some time in our lives. Be one with your donation.

This giveaway is open to international readers. My giveaway, my postage. Tell your friends.

*These Special Editions were made as prizes for giveaways and at signings. The only way to get one of these is through one of those, and there weren’t many made. They’re super shiny!

Trick or Treat!

I’ve spent the last few weeks brewing up this Halloween treat in my cauldron of doom, just for my mischievous readers. I’m not going to blurb what goes on in this story, because Halloween is about spooky surprises and scary monsters. And candy. And pumpkins.


Click the pic below to download the PDF. (As this is a free story, this is the only format it’s going to be available in.)


Cover art and formatting done by the wonderfully talented IndigoChick Designs.

Time Heals Is Here!

It’s been a long time coming, but today’s the day.

Time Heals is out today!

Now, as I’ve said before, I’ll be doing a two-week promotional blog tour, and I promised shiny things.

I keep my promises.


As we did with All Wounds, this is going to be the huge Time Heals Giveaway Post!

For this book, I’ve done something special. For you, my wonderful fans who not only enable but encourage my crazy, I’ve made something.

Something especially for today.

For this book.

For this release.

I’ve had it done for awhile and I’m so pleased to offer it to you now.

For this book, I’ve hand-knitted an item Rebecca wears in Time Heals. A gray cowl.


Me modeling the different ways to wear this cowl.

Me modeling the different ways to wear this cowl.

The cowl is knit in Tahki Yarns Montana – 100% Pure New Wool in All-Natural Colors Made In Italy according to the label. It’s a thick beautiful natural gray, and 100% wool, so if you’re allergic to wool, my condolences. Though I don’t use Red Heart yarn (I’m a fiber snob, okay?), the pattern I used for this cowl is from them, so for those interested in knitting their own, there it is.

As I didn’t use the yarn the pattern calls for, the cowl requires some special care. Handwash only, no iron, no dryer, etc. I’ll send care instructions along with it to the winner of the giveaway. Just keep this in mind when entering.

But wait, there’s more!

Also up for grabs are:

A swag packet that includes a bookmark, bookplate, a set of vampire teeth, and samples of ALL FOUR of the custom tea blends I’ve made at Adagio Teas.

This is just an example photo. There will be four sample packets of tea included in this giveaway.

This is just an example photo. There will be four sample packets of tea included in this giveaway.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a book release giveaway if I weren’t giving away the book as well, now would it?

Not only am I giving away a signed copy of Time Heals (Stranger Things #2)

TH Cover

…I’m also including a signed copy of All Wounds (Stranger Things #1) to get you in the Stranger Things mood.*
Cover AW Small

I don’t know about you, but I hate finding out a book I want to read is in the middle of a series I haven’t read from the beginning! Hopefully this fixes all that!

Now, how can you win this prize pack of awesome?

I’m going to make you work for it.

You will have to blog, vlog, tweet, (No Facebooking!** – they have rules about this sort of thing, so Facebook entries are void and prohibited and barred from this giveaway) or otherwise pimp this giveaway somewhere online. It doesn’t have to be all of them, but the more you do it, the more entries you’ll get! This contest is open to all over the age of 13 regardless of location. International okay. Void where prohibited, blah blah blah.

Here’s the hard part – I’m not going to hunt down your entries.

YOU MUST COMMENT ON THIS BLOG ENTRY ON MY WEBSITE WITH LINKS TO THE PLACES YOU’VE PIMPED THE GIVEAWAY. (DMs, messages, comments on mirror sites like Livejournal, and emails do not apply! Only comments on the website will be counted! Also, comments are always moderated so they won’t show up right away!)

Each link or whatever counts as an entry. You can do this once a day from the moment you read this until the giveaway ends at 11:59:59PM Pacific Standard Time, Tuesday, April 1, 2013 but they have to be unique links. No using the same links over and over. Each entry must be a new entry.

The more you pimp the giveaway and let me know you’ve done it, the better your chances of winning!

When the giveaway is over, The Almighty Random Number Generator will choose the winner.

If you win, again, I’m not hunting you down. Leave me a way to get in touch with you that’s NOT through Facebook. They have weird rules about that sort of thing.


What: Dina’s Time Heals Giveaway

Up for grabs: Rebecca’s hand-knit gray cowl, swag packet with four tea samples, signed copy of Time Heals, and a signed copy of All Wounds.

Time: Now Through Midnight PST Tuesday, April 2, 2013

How To Enter: Blog, vlog, tweet, or otherwise pimp (NO FACEBOOKING!**) this giveaway and comment on this giveaway post on my website with the links to where you pimped it. No reusing linkage.

International okay, open to all over age 13. Void where prohibited, la la la.

Now go forth and pimp to enter! (Goldfish platform shoes not included.)

*If you already have a signed copy of All Wounds, we’ll work something out.

** If you want to make a post on Facebook telling people about this giveaway, you may do so, HOWEVER – these will not and cannot count toward your entries in this giveaway. From the linked post: You can simply post a link on your page to the contest. And, to be fully safe, I would also include this disclosure, “This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.”

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I was tagged by Skyla Dawn Cameron for this, so here’s my post:

What is the working title of your book?
Time Heals (confirmed and contracted, not working)

Where did the idea come from for the book?
It’s a sequel to the first Stranger Things book, All Wounds.

What genre does your book fall under?
Young Adult

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?
See this post I did for The Bookaholic for whom I’d choose for the main characters. Time Heals introduces a couple new ones that I really can’t pick an actor for (as they’re not entirely human).

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?
In a world (look, I had to, all right?) –

Okay, seriously. *ahem*

Ethereal beings are disappearing and it’s up to fledgling Healer Rebecca MacDonnell to find out where they’re being taken and why.

Will your book be self-published or traditionally published?
Do not make my bunghole angry. And it’s not “traditionally published.” It’s “commercially published.” (Which would be your answer in case the above link didn’t answer this snarkily enough for you.)

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Uh…let’s not talk about that, mmm-kay. *looks over her shoulder for her editor* *cough*ayearorso*cough*

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It’s way too early in the morning to think about this without more tea. I don’t know.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My editor and the fans who loved All Wounds. You might even get a third Stranger Things book out of me if you’re good.

What else about your book might interest the reader?
Time Heals is a little darker than All Wounds. We meet new characters such as dryads, tomte, goblins and gnomes. As Rebecca’s knowledge of Ethereal Healing grows, so does the danger.

Time Heals is tentatively scheduled for release March 2013.

So there you have it. I was supposed to tag four people to do this after me and link them here, but everyone I asked had already been tagged, so THIS DIES WITH ME! Well, sort of, anyway.

Moar tea plzkthx. *holds out tea mug*

Christmas Mug Knitting

One of my Christmas gifts. It says, “I knit because I am smarter than you.”

A Thank You Post For The Fans

All I can say is “wow.”

OMG you guys, wow.

Thank you for all the pimpage and support and love and comments and fan mail and everything. You are all so freakin’ awesome and I very much appreciate each and every one of you.

All Wounds has been out for a little over a month now and I’m overwhelmed by the continuing response to it. Like this: As of this writing, my debut novel is number 7 in the fantasy category on the Barnes & Noble Fictionwise ebook site. This would not have been possible without the support of you all. You also love me on Goodreads and Amazon.

So thank you, my wonderful fans, friends and family! You all are the very best, and I’m grateful for your faith in me.

Much appreciation,
Dina (And Rebecca, Syd, Ryan, Billy and Nana)

AW TY Card

Thanks For Biting! My Fans Rock!

Links for those who have asked for them again:

All Wounds at Mundania (Publisher, all formats available, print and ebook)

All Wounds on Amazon (Kindle and print available)

All Wounds on Amazon UK (Kindle and print available)

All Wounds at Barnes & Noble (print and ebook)

All Wounds at the Book Depository (print and ebook)

Last Stop on the All Wounds Blog Tour!

Whew! It’s been a whirlwind these last two weeks! Thank you again to all my hosts and reviewers!

Today I’m over at JA Saare’s blog. There’s a fun interview up. I answer some very deep questions.

I’m also participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). If you’re there and want to buddy me, go right ahead.

Today I have a long to-do list. I don’t even want to think about everything I need to get done. It’s mostly hours on the phone and packing up parcels for giveaway winners!

Later, all!

All Wounds Blog Tour Post! Interview with the Man-Wolf

(Come on. You know I had to say it.)

Today I’m over at Skyla Dawn Cameron’s blog. Well, I’m not. Billy is. If you’re a fan of the big wolf guy, head on over and take a look. Random Billy swag is up for grabs!

I have one more scheduled stop on the AW Blog Tour. Then I’ll take a week-long internet hiatus and hide from the rest of the world to recover.

Also, random…how cool is this:

All Wounds at Mundania
All Wounds on Amazon
All Wounds on Amazon UK
All Wounds at Barnes & Noble
All Wounds at the Book Depository

(Nicked from Skyla’s blog. Thanks for the linkage and interview, Skyla!)

All Wounds Blog Tour Post (Yesterday and Today!)

Ack! I was so busy doing stuff yesterday that I forgot to post my blog tour spot on my blog!

So, yesterday I was at Good Choice Reading, and today I’m over at Laurie London’s blog! There’s a giveaway over at Laurie’s so go see!

Only two more stops are scheduled on the blog tour! One on Friday and one on November 1st. Then I’m taking a week off the internet to just rest and recharge. Who knew a virtual tour could be so much work!