Yep. Still swooning. Ahhhhhh.
Last week, Nicholas Sparks delivered his latest fabulosity to book stores—Safe Haven—a suspenseful story of love turned sinister and of a woman who must learn to trust again in order to love again.
Since I started with A Bend in the Road many moons ago, I've been a True Believer in Nicholas Sparks. I’ve yearned to meet the man for years, have always wanted to go to a book signing, but you know... that work thing always got in the way. But this year, despite an agonizing conscience, I trekked to his signing, doubting the entire drive if I should really be making the trip.
So glad I did.
At First Sight of Nicholas Sparks, my knees weakened and my heart rate soared off the chizz-ang. I wasn't sure I'd be able to walk to the back of that uber-long line. All I could think was...
I'm here. About to meet one of my writing heroes. One of my favoritest of favorite authors.
And he's going to sign my book!
But once I picked my jaw up off the carpet, I jumped in line and after four hours waiting with equally excited fans (def A Walk to Remember), I sat down next to him (squee!), he put his arm around me (double squee!) and we chatted briefly while taking pictures. And while I didn't tell him I was a writer (my mother who means well did - ugh), he gave me a heart-felt "Good luck with your writing!" and I checked that box in my bucket-list Notebook.
And left with a personalized, signed copy of his new novel.
Safe to say—it was a Sparkstastic day.
While I can’t put you on my magic carpet and whisk you off to see Nicholas Sparks on his book tour for your own personal meet-and-greet, I can offer you this…
A chance to win a SIGNED copy of Safe Haven
annnddd paperback (one of each - unsigned- but still fabulous) copies of Dear John and The Last Song
Wha-at? Seriously?! What do I have to do?
1) Comment below and tell me your fav Nicholas Sparks book ever—just one, people—make The Choice
2) Make sure you leave your full name (I have a lot of friends named Michelle!)
And if you have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And for extra entries…
+1 if you become a new follower of my blog
+2 if you already are a loyal follower of my blog
+1 new followers on Twitter
+2 if you already follow me on Twitter
+1 linking to my contest on your blog, Twitter (provide a link please)
+3 for posting about my contest on your blog (a link for that too)
+2 if you add me to your blog roll
And bonus for my loyal Facebook friends
+2 for sharing my link on your wall
If you have any extra entries, tally them (I know I'm a math teacher - but your tally would be a gigundo time-saver) and post that in your comment. Winners will be selected at random and the contest will end Tuesday September 28 at 11:59 EST.
On September 29, I’ll post the winners as well as a review of his new book. The winners can email me their addresses so I can mail off prizes!
Soooo—what are you waiting for?! Click that comment button. NOW!
Who knows? You could end up being The Lucky One.