Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Time Has Finally Come for the LET THE WIND RISE Pre-Order Giveaway!!!

I can't believe how close we're getting to the release of LET THE WIND RISE (only three more weeks--OMG!) So of course that means it's time for the giveaway you've been waiting oh-so-patiently for--THE LET THE WIND RISE PRE-ORDER GIVEAWAY!!!!

(Please note: this is a LONG post with LOTS of important instructions, and you'll want to make sure you read it all carefully so you don't miss your opportunity)

Okay--here goes. Prepare for ALL THE INFORMATION.

(and yes, I will be doing something like this for LODESTAR's release--but that won't be posted until October so please don't ask me about it now. My brain can only handle one book release at a time)

For those who don't know, this giveaway is my way of trying to make up for the fact that it's impossible for me to tour to every city and meet all of my awesome readers. (and btw--if you haven't checked my events list, you can see where I'll be visiting HERE). I like to make sure everyone has a chance to get some of the fun swaggish things I give out at signings, as well as a signed bookplate to stick in your book and make it almost the same as a hand signed copy.

Which is why everyone who pre-orders a copy of LET THE WIND RISE before the cut-off date (4/25/16) AND fills out the form at the end of this post*, will get these awesome LET THE WIND RISE goodies mailed directly to them:

In case you can't tell from the picture, you'll get:
One hand signed, limited edition postcard, featuring a print of my own artwork
One hand signed bookplate
One Sky Fall series sticker

And yes, EVERYONE who pre-orders the book and fills out the form before the cutoff date will get that!!!!!

*cue infomercial announcer voice*

But wait--there's more!

I know some of you have noticed that the covers for this series have changed between book 2 and book 3, and are now wondering if you should get any of the new paperbacks so you'll have the matching set. Or, maybe you're new to the series and realizing it's silly to buy book 3 if you don't have book 1 or book 2 yet. Either way, I wanted to do SOMETHING to make it a little more fun if you decide to buy the other books in the series. 

SO. If you buy a copy of LET THE SKY FALL or a copy of LET THE STORM BREAK (or both!) between now and the cutoff day for this giveaway, you can get bonus 5x7 postcards--featuring the AMAZING art that I commissioned--and additional signed bookplates.  (and yes, I will count ebook or hardcover purchases of either book as well as the paperback, so long as those purchases were made during the giveaway time period of 4/1/16 - 4/25/16)

Which means--if you buy LET THE SKY FALL (in addition to pre-ordering LET THE WIND RISE) I'll include this beautiful, DOUBLE SIDED postcard featuring the art by Laura Hollingsworth along with an extra signed bookplate! (yes, this will be in *addition* to the other swag pack for pre-ordering LET THE WIND RISE)

(**Please note--the picture is showing both sides of the postcard, so you can see what each side looks like, but you will only receive ONE actual card, which will have this gorgeous art on both sides**)

OR, if you buy LET THE STORM BREAK (in addition to pre-ordering LET THE WIND RISE) I'll include this beautiful, DOUBLE-SIDED postcard featuring the art by Fictograph  along with an extra signed bookplate! (yes, this will be in *addition* to the other swag pack for preordering LET THE WIND RISE) 

(**Again, the picture is showing both sides of the postcard, so you can see what each side looks like, but you will only receive ONE actual card, which will have this gorgeous art on both sides**)

AND if you buy both LET THE SKY FALL and LET THE STORM BREAK (in addition to pre-ordering LET THE WIND RISE) you'll get both postcards, as well as 2 additional signed bookplates (plus the swag pack for LET THE WIND RISE.) Also my eternal, undying love and devotion. :)

All you have to do is indicate which books you bought when you fill out the form and your swag packs will be assembled accordingly.

(*please note: these bonuses are ONLY available if you also pre-order LET THE WIND RISE. And no, sadly I can't switch which bonus postcard you get with each book. If you like one better than the other, make sure you buy the corresponding book. It may seem like a simple thing, but it's really not if you knew how complicated assembling all the swag packs is)

Okay, so that's what's up for grabs. Now we move on to the next step in this process. The whole HOW DO I GET MY SHINY AWESOME SWAG PACK? question.

I try to make it easy (despite how lengthy this post always turns out being. So really, it comes down to two simple things:  you must pre-order a copy of LET THE WIND RISE before 4/25/16. AND you must fill out the form at the end of this post. That's it. That's all it takes.

I like to keep things simple, so I don't require proof of purchase. If you say you bought the books, I trust you. I'm counting on you guys to be honest. But remember, lying makes Raiden send Stormers to your house to get you. I'm pretty sure Gavin will also poop on your head.

I'm also willing to mail the swag packs anywhere--even internationally. And it doesn't matter if you pre-order an eBook or a hardcover of LET THE WIND RISEAnd you can buy your copy anywhere books are sold. Of course I recommend shopping local from your favorite indie and supporting a local business. But it's up to you where you want to shop.

I also know lots of you pre-ordered your copies months and months ago. (which is so incredibly awesome, btw.) And if that's the case, don't worry, you can definitely still fill out this form and get your free swagBut if you haven't bought it already, you must pre-order your copy before 11:59 pm (pacific time) on 4/25/16 AND fill out the form before then. After that I'll close the form and there will be no more ways to enter.

And there's no limit on how many swag packs you can get--as long as you buy the corresponding number of books. So if you buy five books, you can get five swag packs. Just make sure you tell me how many copies you bought so that I know how many swag packs to send you. Same goes for how many copies of LET THE SKY FALL and/or LET THE STORM BREAK you buy during the giveaway time period.

One final thing: I know some of you would prefer having an actual signed hardcover (personalized to you and everything) rather than a bookplate to stick in. And if that's the case, I'd recommend pre-ordering your copy from one of the places I'll be touring to. Many of them take orders (I know for a fact that Changing Hands is awesome about it). And I'll give them the swag to include when they ship your item to you. The only caveat to that is, you need to order your book before my event, so that I'll be able to sign it while I'm there. And if you decide to go that route, you wouldn't need to fill out the form at the end of this post. The store will take care of it for you.

Um........... I *think* that covers everything--but if I missed something, feel free to ask in the comments. (note: I will only answer questions posted in the comments on my website. If you're reading this on Goodreads or any of the other places it feeds out to, make sure you go to shannonmessenger.com to ask your questions)

And .... I guess that's it. Though I do want to once again thank all of you for incredible support. I know some of you have been waiting a loooooooooooooooooooooooong time to see how Vane and Audra's story ends, and I'm SO INCREDIBLY EXITED to finally share it with you.

Only three weeks left until LET THE WIND RISE--EEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Please note: you must be 13 years or older to fill out this form. If you're not, please have your parent or guardian fill it out for you



  1. When you are at the Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, TX, will you be signing books for the Sky Fall series?

    1. I will be signing any / all of my books at all of my events. :)

  2. I know authors are often the last to know things, so no worries if your answer is a big, fat shrug BUT...will LTWR be available in audiobook format? I love, love, love the narrators and really want to finish and own the whole series that way. (But will buy the print copy, of course, if I can't!)

    1. Sadly, I don't know--the last I heard this was still "undecided." So if there is an audiobook, it'll likely be months after release. It's up to you if you want to wait / risk it. (Sorry I don't know more--all this business side of things is handled by so many other people)

    2. Thanks, Shannon! I know enough about publishing as an asipiring author to know the business people handle those things, but since they aren't as visible to stalk with questions, I have to bug you :)

      And as for waiting, I'll skip that. I have to know what happens as soon as I can. 3 more weeks! Yay!

  3. I know this is a bit unrelated but did you draw all the art? If so what did you use to colour it with?

    1. The only art I did was the postcard in the main swag pack, which was done in watercolor. The other art was done by the artists I linked to in the post.

  4. How old do you need to be to read it?

  5. If we want to pre-order it from one of the places you'll be going to, is there anything we should ask/do on the website?(ex., call them or ask for something at checkout) Thanks.


  6. Hey, Mrs. Messenger,
    I was looking at an old Scottish folk tale today and the title was "The saving of Tam Lin" is that where you got the names for Tam and Linh?

    1. Or is it just me noticing all this random stuff around me that sounds like KOTLC, like my shampoo being named Nexxus?

  7. Ok, so I just wanted to say thank you so much! These books are amazing!! I'm really excited for Lodestar, it comes out a day under a month before my birthdayyyy ^-^ and LTWR is sooooo exciting omg! So thank you so much. I'm so excited to read them! *is already getting ready to preorder and rush to the store*
    Yeah, so I went on a while. Sorry for taking up so much time xDD


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