Authors love to be reviewed, and newspapers are dropping their book review sections at a steady clip. The book review is largely becoming a specialized niche thing, in trade magazines like Publisher's Weekly--and the newest, most widespread review source, the World Wide Webs.
So I'm blatantly stealing an idea from my compadre J.A. Konrath, and improving on it with a few Mariotte twists.
Here's how it works.
You read and review my newest book, supernatural thriller Missing White Girl. Be honest and write what you really think--these don't all have to be rave reviews, although I wouldn't mind that. Get your review into print (the New York Times would be good, or a bookstore newsletter, or a church bulletin...whatever you can get access to when no one's looking), or onto the 'net at an online bookstore, in a blog, Myspace page, listserv, website, whatever. Send a link to email@example.com, or if it's in print email me and I'll tell you where to send a clipping.
The first 5 people who get reviews up or in print get a free book from me--probably not Missing White Girl, since you'll already have that, but anything else I've written. You get to pick, or you can just take what I send you.
Additionally, everyone who gets a review published or online by Sept. 15, 2007 will be eligible for a drawing. And this is where we find out How Twisted Are You?
The winning reviewer, as randomly drawn from all the names, gets to appear as a character in an upcoming novel or graphic novel. Again, you get to choose. In my new horror novel River Runs Red, to be published in 2008, you can be either a victim or a psychic. Or, in my graphic novel Zombie Cop, also coming in 2008, you can be a flesh-eating zombie (in this case, I'll need a photo so the artist can draw you right). Or, in my graphic novel Fade to Black, also 2008, you can be the victim of a cannibal cult (again, I'll need a photo).
So as you can see, the winner of this contest has a lot of options. Get busy with those reviews (and read the fine print below).
The fine print (and yes, it's the same size as the regular print--why strain your eyes?):
The winner of this contest will have to sign a declaration that the name and/or photo used in the prize is really them. If the winner is under 18, a parent or guardian will have to sign. You can't make your worst enemy or some random celebrity the victim of a cannibal cult, unless of course your worst enemy is willing to sign the declaration stating that he or she wants her or his name/likeness used in this way. The prize is fully transferable to anyone willing to sign said declaration. How the name/likeness will be used is up to me, within the constraints indicated above (i.e., if you choose to be a victim in River Runs Red, what you're a victim of, and the degree of injury or death, is my choice). All results are final and I'm the only judge.