Thursday, April 16, 2009


Welcome to my new contest page, and thanks for coming. Working in the education system and meeting so many dedicated librarians as an author has made me aware of their struggles. Today's economy may be bringing readers to their public libraries in search of an affordable alternative to purchasing books to read, but the libraries lack the resources to purchase a lot of new books to offer them. So I thought why not have a contest that not only benefits lucky readers, but also their favorite public library. Here is how it works.

If you are interested in winning a signed copy of my new mystery/romance The Truth Lies in the Dark and an additional copy for your favorite public library, which will be donated in your name, there are two ways to enter.

You can leave a message in the comment box below. Please be sure you leave your email, so I can contact the lucky winner, and the name, town, and state (add your country if outside of the US) of your favorite library.

My favorite public library is Janet Carlson Calvert Library
Franklin, CT

Please do not include your mailing information or any other personal info that you do not want published on this blog. If you do not want your email shown you may email me directly with your email and library of your choice. Please put Love Your Library (or LYL) in the subject box.


Once a winner is randomly determined I will contact you by email for your mailing address. Your personal information will at no time be sold or passed on to any one else, and disposed of after the end of the contest.

This will be an ongoing contest, with a new winner announce every 2 weeks. Winners will be notified by email and announced here, on my writing blog, my website, and on Twitter.

Winner will receive a signed copy of The Truth Lies in the Dark and their favorite public library will receive an additional copy, donated in the winners name.

This is a great opportunity to win yourself a new book and help out your public library. Each person can only enter once, but there is no limit on how many times a library is entered. So spread the word in your community and increase the chances that your library will win!

1st winner announced on May 1, 2009.


Kristin Callender :)


  1. Pick me! Pick me!
    Thompson, CT

    Thompson Public Library
    North Grosvenordale, CT

  2. I could really use something good to read when I'm staying at the hospital with my daughter while she receives her Chemo. Pick me please!?

    Commerce Twp Library
    Commerce Twp, MI 48390

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    My favorite library is my local haunt, the Redondo Beach Library North Branch in Redondo Beach, California (currently undergoing a complete facelift).
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    This is completely charming of you.
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    After I have read my copy, I would like to donate it to YOUR favorite library or hospital/hospice reading room. Please let me know where to send it (when/if I win).

    My favorite Library is The Corry Public Library Corry, PA

    My favorite library is run by all volunteers. It is located in the tiny town of Kittitas, WA. They have great programs for kids year-round! We may be small, but we have a BIG community heart!

  6. What a great idea! Please enter me and my library. Thanks for the chance!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com
    Portsmouth Public Library
    Portsmouth, Rhode Island

  7. I would love to win your book.
    My favorite library is the Monrovia Public Library

  8. Thanks for the chance to win the books.
    One of my favorite libraries? I would choose the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library in Toledo, Ohio to receive your book.


  9. I would love this!

    shelcows AT gmail DOT com
    Montgomery County Memorial Library Systems
    Conroe, TX

  10. This is a great idea Kristin, thanks for doing this!

    Pequot Lakes Public Library
    Pequot Lakes, MN

  11. This is a great contest, a wonderful idea!
    I DO support my library monetarily also. Would love to donate more books as well!
    marieburton2004 at yahoo dot com

    Rockwall County Public Library, Rockwall, TX

  12. Great contest!
    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

    Oro Valley Library, Tucson, AZ

  13. midasfive at gmail dot com

    My favorite library is my Preston/Royal Branch (Dallas)

    I love this contest. I hope I win.

  14. amersmiller at gmail dot com

    My library is the Davis County Library, headquarters are in Layton, UT

    I am in Kaysville, UT

    I love romance/mystery books. Fun, fun.

  15. I would love to read your book. Clif(At)CCDitmore(AT)cox(Dot)net My favorite library is George L. Campbell Branch, Phoenix, AZ.

  16. What a wonderful contest! I would love to win your book! castellanoamyatyahoodotcom
    My favorite library is our Base Library here at Andrews AFB in Maryland!

  17. What a wonderful idea! I would love to read your book! And especially win a copy for the library!
    My favorite library is Danbury Library, Danbury, Ct.

  18. What a great, generous idea. I'm a huge library supporter. My email is and my favorite public library is High Point Public Library in High Point, NC. Thanks!

  19. An awesome contest and idea. While I love the idea of winning your book, I am also enamored of the idea of my library getting your book on it's shelves as well. Please enter me and thank you!
    My favorite library is the Sulzer Regional Library of Chicago, IL.

  20. Boy am I glad that I read all my emails and everything else in between.I love books.I would love to read your book.The title is sounds very intriguing.What a wonderful idea to share the gift of words.One can always find me at the Public Library main branch spending time at no expense at all.Please enter me into this contest Please and Thank you.Wishing everyone best of luck.


    My favorite library is
    London Public Library,
    main Branch

  21. Very cool giveaway!
    schriftstellarin @

    Favorite library?
    SLCO Library SystemMy blog- Confessions of a Book Habitue

  22. Thanks for the nice contest. I would love to win a copy of your book for me and my library!
    mesreads[at] gmail[dot]com
    I love my library:
    Jackson County Public Libray, Marianna, FL


    Sevier County Library System,SEVIERVILLE BRANCH

  24. My favorite library is Fort Worth Wedgewood Branch!

    umbrellarecords at gmail

  25. Hello:)

    I have been a lover of books from childhood. It was a great way to "esacape" from family problems.

    My favorite libray is: Fairwood Library
    City, State, and Zip: Renton, WA. 98058

    My name is Charity, and my email address is:

  26. What a great idea. Please include my name in the drawing. margot.peck AT gmail DOT com

    My favorite library: Sonoma County Library, Windsor Branch, Windsor, CA

    Margot @ Joyfully Retired

  27. What a great contest. I'd love to be entered. Thanks.

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

  28. This is great. I would love to join in the drawing.


    Navotas City Public Library
    Manila, Philippines

  29. Thanks. Love to read your book!
    My favorite library is Brookings Public Library in Brookings Oregon.
    infotoo (at)gmail (dot)com

  30. I have your book already but it would be nice to have one for my favorite library,
    Sachse Library, Sachse, TX

  31. Me, please! =)

    dreyshouse at gmail dot com

    Waukesha Public Library
    Waukesha, WI

  32. The Community Library of Shenango Valley in Sharon PA would greatly benefit from your book (funding problems as do many libraries at this time).

  33. Hi Karin,
    Thanks for your interest and support for public libraries. They are all facing funding problems. Every little bit helps. I have been encouraging other new authors to do similar giveaways. A great way to help out and reach potential readers. Unfortunately, I can not add your request to the contest pool without an email to reach you with. If you do not wish to leave one publicly, you can email me directly and it will remain private.
    Thanks Again,
    Kristin Callender

  34. Would be honored to be chosen
    South Thomaston Public Library, S Thomaston Me

  35. I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for an awesome contest!

  36. I would love to win this one. My favorite library is Warren Newport Public Library in Gurnee, IL


    My favorite library is the Santa Maria library in Santa Maria, CA

  38. My favorite Library is The Clarksville Montgomery County Public Library in Clarksville,Tn

  39. My favorite library is The Main Library of the Hampton Public Library System.


  40. This is a grand idea, Kristin! I don't know where I'd be without MY library! My librarians know me by name I'm in so often. When I was teaching I had a project called the "library scavenger hunt" that I required my students to do at the public library - not our school library. So many of them didn't know the wealth they had at their fingertips. And the librarians were awesome at helping me put the project together and then supporting the students when they came it. It was wonderful!!

    I actually frequent two systems, but the one I visit most often would probably be the ELYRIA PUBLIC LIBRARY ( )

    Have fun with your project!

  41. My favorite library is Monroeville Public Library.

    Carol M
    mittens0831 AT


    St. Joseph County public library Centre Township branch, South Bend, IN

  43. wishing you the best of luck< i love the cover, and the title speaks for itself. i hope they see the talent that's in front of them. thumbs up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!