Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Comic-Con Swag Pack Theme Three: The Reader's Pack


As all my Hook Me Up! subscribers know, today's Pack is all about the books, baby! (And no, it's not about my character, though Reader does say he thinks this Pack is da bomb.) Coming in a humongous MythBusters Comic-Con bag, you're getting new books, old books, and not books.

This heavy-as-lead Pack (international entrants, beware -- this is gonna cost you to ship if you win, but it'll be worth it) contains: posters, some signed by the artist or author; three books donated to us from the San Diego Library, including "Three Cups of Tea" by Mortenson & Relin; a fun journal; postcards; Kingdom Keepers mousepad; bookmarks, including a signed bookmark from J.F. Lewis; signed comic books; three signed books from Jannifer Hoffman; buttons; other goodies including temporary True Blood tattoos; and the big kahuna, the ARC for the much lauded and anticipated "Matched" by Ally Condie. You can't get this book until November, but you can win it here, now!

This contest is for my Hook Me Up! subscribers only. (Oh, and yes, I really can tell. I really am verifying.) Not on Hook Me Up! yet? Really, now's the time. This kind of contest only comes around once, after all! So, send an email to with "Hook Me Up!" in the subject line and you'll be in! Do it fast, though. The contest only runs through Friday the 13th ('cause it amuses us...yes, we at Team Gini ARE easily amused, why do you ask?), and the rules will not necessarily be given out next week... So don't delay, sign up today!

ETA: I forgot to give y'all a question/starting point! My bad. While some have already jumped in, answer me this -- what will your winning this Pack do for authors everywhere, but especially authors in this Pack and moi, that's different from what any other aspirants might do?


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Blogger Brandy said...

Hmm, it's bad that I've never heard of any of these authors, right? And I don't want to hurt any authors feelings for typing that so will now head off to look up everything. *g*

August 4, 2010 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Becky Boyer said...

This pack is my favorite and indeed the one I would love to win the most:).

I should be picked for this pack because it's The Reader's Pack and reading is a big part of who I am. My first part time job was a student worker at my college library, I actually collect book marks and make them into a kind of collage on my wall at work, I have enough books in my possesion to probably fill 10 book cases or more but alas I only have one book shelf.

My first full time and current job has me working at something I love. I'm a Library Assistant at a community college library. Finally, free books are always awesome and I would enjoy them thoroughly.

August 4, 2010 at 6:07 PM  
Anonymous SylviaSybil said...

"So don't delay, act now, supplies are running out..." Sorry, that's what your last sentence made me think of. ^_^

My TBR pile is shaking as I read this, but I can ~always~ use more books! A large TBR piles is just a guarantee of future happiness.

August 4, 2010 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Mathis said...

books i love books but the again who doesn't

August 4, 2010 at 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So don't delay act now supplies are running out
Allow if you're still alive six to eight years to arrive
And if you follow there may be a tomorrow
But if the offer is shun you might as well be walkin' on the sun

Hahaha Sorry Sylvia that's the first thing that jumped to my mind when I read your line!

Gini - there are comic books in there? Sweet, by best friend in the whole world is a HUGE fan of comic books....and I forgot his birthday back in July?

August 4, 2010 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Beth Bartlett said...

What would I do with this literary superpower? With great power comes great responsibility, and any freebies need to be blogged, Tweeted and FaceBooked so everyone knows the awesomeness of these authors!

August 4, 2010 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger Beth Bartlett said...

Being a writer, I have to admit I'm equally excited over the free journal and cool books. :) Pre-emptive, hopeful squeeee!

August 4, 2010 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger Carol L. said...

I'd imagine that whoever is represented in this prize pack will see what publicity and advertising can do for an Author just through word of mouth. Every time the winner mentions her prize pack she'll be mentioning the wonderful hing from you and the other Authors and how nice you all are. :)
Carol L.

August 4, 2010 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger Lisa Dovichi said...

I don't have time to read. But that doesn't stop me from wanting this pack!

Gini, I promise you'll never know the difference between the mannequin dressed like me and myself when I shirk work to read a book. :D

August 4, 2010 at 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Amber Scott said...

I am drooling.
First, I shall read every book in the pack. Second I shall report on my favorites to anyone and everyone who can hear or read via all my social networks and blogs. Third, I shall consider them for additions to PPIF. Fourth, I shall at the very least include them in random acts of kindness by leaving a love note to a stranger inside and leaving the book behind in a public place to be found and hopefully read and passed on by a stranger.
I.E. Hotel lobby, airplane, doctor office waiting room, a kind receptionist, etc.

August 4, 2010 at 8:21 PM  
Anonymous Amber Scott said...

I will also give the comic books to Lily of Darkness for her best friend because I love that she wants it for a missed birthday. :}

August 4, 2010 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger JC Jones said...

I love to get free books. If I win the authors will see their book recommended on my book blog Then I will pass them on to my local library to be checked out. Just a added comment. I just arrived in Raleigh, NC to attend the North American Science Fiction Convention. Is anyone else on the Hook Me Up list here?

August 4, 2010 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Tracie said...

I'm so bored with the crap I'm reading...if I don't win this readers pick...I'm gonna shoot myself....ok...maybe shoot is too strong of a word. I'll just go stuff my face with some chocolate.

August 4, 2010 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Tracie said...

Can you tell I really want this one...I've posted twice...pick me...pick me...pick me....

August 4, 2010 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger The Queen B said...

Did I get in under the wire?
Hmm....I don't think I could do much more than anyone else, BUT I would totally trade you my husband for that ARC. Just sayin...

August 5, 2010 at 2:28 AM  
Blogger mbreakfield said...

I really want some more books. I'm an addict and they are my drug of choice.

August 5, 2010 at 3:21 AM  
Blogger Pen said...

I don't have a blog and usually pimp books to all of my friends and family and internet friends via word of mouth BUT should I win this swag pack, I'll START a blog...JUST so I can pimp all of the items in it!

August 5, 2010 at 6:37 AM  
Anonymous Wendy M. said...

I definitely have to pick the readers grouping. Thanks!

August 5, 2010 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Lisa Dovichi said...

I don't know what my winning would do to benefit authors everywhere but it'd definitely benefit you...*wicked smile*

Just saying. I'd hate for my cousin Guido to have to come give you some love with his fists. :D I promised him the comic books and no one gets hurt. :D

August 5, 2010 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Katiebabs/ KB said...

Gimme the swag. I'm greedy.

August 5, 2010 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger CrystalGB said...

A reader's pack? Be still my heart. When you say books, my heart races and I scream, "Mine, Mine, Mine!" I can't get enough books. :)

August 5, 2010 at 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Amber Scott said...

Wait a minute. We can trade husbands for the swag? I'm in. Mostly because I know you'll give him back :}

August 5, 2010 at 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Lanae T. said...

Well, hmmm.

Well, for starters, I have a strong back so I can carry this heavy as lead pack into my home.

Then, I can have my son sit down and read the comic books, giving me time to dance around the house with the rest of the goodies in the bag.

Then I would call my sister and tell her that I was dancing around the house with a swag pack from Gini Koch!!!

Then, after sufficient time for her to call me names, I would graciously offer to share the swag. Or at least temporarily loan it to her! Depends on how bad the names are that she calls me! lol

See, I would go through that just to win!

August 5, 2010 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger MarnieColette said...

Well since I love to tweet and give opinions I will most certainly be reading these lovely books and sporting my new True Blood Tattoo as I share with the Twitter World why these lovely books need to be purchased and read.

Besides my other ARC collection is getting lonely. So they will be in the company of friends.

August 5, 2010 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger MarnieColette said...

@becky Bower -- I like your theory -- a reader should win but then again aren't we all readers? To that I say yes but some of us are a little bit more fanatical (said with a not me face - yeah right) than others so I think we should get bonus points!!! :)

August 5, 2010 at 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Amber Scott said...

@Marnie I'm with you! Fanatics unite! Or slash each others tires and elbow our way through! Both work.

August 5, 2010 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Becky Boyer said...

@Marnie, thanks yeah I'm pretty sure that a reading fanatic would want this pack the most but bonus points would also be pretty awesome :)

@mbreakfield, I agree with you because books are definitely my drug of choice and well they're expensive just like drugs probably are.

August 5, 2010 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Cass said...

I can't say I'd be doing anything unique or all that amazing. All I know is that when I receive a free book from someone, especially when it's an author, I'll make sure to thank them upon receiving them. I review every book I read, and while I'm reading at the speed of snails right now, I'm doing my best. So, I link my review on twitter... also link to those reviews on my Blog Hop posts. I also post the review on goodreads, librarythings (maybe), and possibly a few others.

Also, if I don't plan on reading the book again, I'd be willing to give it away, hopefully getting the word out there about the book up for grabs.

In the case of swag, I try and circulate it around my circle of friends and family. Possibly word of mouth can result in this?


August 6, 2010 at 7:00 AM  
Anonymous Lanae T. said...

Oh geez! I was so excited at the thought of dancing around teasing my sister, that I didn't fully answer your question.

What me winning would do for authors...I live in a tiny little town without an actual bookstore. So, my sister and I share our books and introduce each other to new authors. I also lurk online and discover new authors by watching other peoples posts and such. So, by winning, I would get to expand my horizon of authors and introduce them to my sister, as well. Then we could both be buying more books onliine!

August 6, 2010 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

I agree with Lanae's comment about expanding your horizons by trying new authors, I'm sure that whoever wins this pack will indeed be doing that and in the process save some money on books. :)

August 6, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Patti (Book Addict) said...

Ooohhh - you had me at "Matched by Allie Condie" that is my on my "OMGI'vegottahavethisbook" list!

What will my winning do for authors everywhere? I'm not sure exactly, except give them hope that if one non-sci-fi reader has gone over to the dark side then there must be more like me out there!!!

August 6, 2010 at 3:44 PM  
Anonymous Amber Scott said...

Still drooling.

August 7, 2010 at 12:27 AM  
Blogger Pamk said...

I would love to win this one and what would it do for the readers in this blog. Well now it will give them a new reader to stalk erm I mean wait paitently for their newest book. And since I am a big mouth I'd tell everone to read them too and I'd post them on my blog.
And it's my birthday almost. I will be in 17 minutes lol.

August 7, 2010 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

I still want this swag pack because reading is awesome.

Here is a quote of mine about reading which I wrote when I was trying to get through my first periodicals purge of the back issues, "Periodicals perpetually proliferate periodically."

August 9, 2010 at 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Kelly Anderson said...

I will organize a sit in, sixties style! I will gather the fanatics and we will all sit in a grassy park holding hands with the Reader pack in the middle - all singing Aerosmith songs! The love and rock and roll will reach the ears of all passerbys and even the Heavens who will weep with joy and immediately send out cosmic assistants to retrieve the books and comics that we are all praising. There will be world peace and riches will rain down upon the authors...This is what will happen if I were to win this pack!

August 10, 2010 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Bells said...

Wow Gini, you really scored some awesome stuff! I'm totally feeling this 'Reader' pack for me.

I would have to say that if I won this pack it would help me keep my sanity. lol I love to read and it seems like it would make me a very happy person. I think the authors in the pack, and yourself included, would appreciate a true lover of books to win this pack.

August 12, 2010 at 1:09 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

@Bells yeah I totally agree with reading being a way to keep one's sanity:)

August 13, 2010 at 3:00 PM  

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