Friday, December 20, 2013

'Tis More Blessed #Giveaway and The Labyrinth Challenge

Milo Fowler is back with another round of 'Tis More Blessed Friday giveaways and I'm excited to be participating again this week. I'm giving away an ebook (.epub or .mobi) copy of The Ghosts of Aquinnah and, just like last week, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be entered to win. Leave your comment before Monday and I will announce the winner then.

There are lots of authors taking part so please visit Milo's site to learn about all the giveaways going on. Thanks again to Milo for hosting this fun event!

But most of my post today is devoted to helping spread the word about Emilyann Girdner's upcoming release The Labyrinth Wall by taking part in her Labyrinth Challenge. Congratulations and best of luck to Emilyann! I've never seen a cover reveal with an arcade game included like this, it's very creative and fun and I'm impressed! Here is all the info on the book and the challenge straight from Emilyann herself.

The Labyrinth Challenge!

Welcome to The Labyrinth Challenge! This is a cover reveal event celebrating Young Adult Author Emilyann Girdner’s upcoming book, The Labyrinth Wall. What’s the big challenge? It’s to hop around to all sites participating in the event (site links are listed at the bottom of this post) and count how many character quotes are from the main character, Araina. Circle back to Anything Imagined and comment saying how many Araina quotes were posted during the hop. Emilyann will wait to randomly select a winner from the comments on December 23rd at noon (Eastern Standard time). The winner will receive a $15 electronic Starbucks giftcard (just in time for the holidays).

The Labyrinth Wall Character Quote:

“My strings are being pulled, this time by a different puppet master.” ~Araina

Without further delay, let’s kick off the book cover reveal and learn more about The Labyrinth Wall…

The Labyrinth Wall
(Obsidian Series, Book1)
Young Adult Fantasy Novel
By: Emilyann Girdner

This is the tale of a young woman who discovers that although labyrinth walls confine her and her enemies try to repress her, the power of hope can set her free…

Araina’s isolated teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man emerge through a rippling wall into the dark labyrinth she calls home. As a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s Creators have unleashed a series of magical attacks using the labyrinth against its inhabitants. Now Araina must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to reach safety on the other side of the labyrinth wall.

Release Date:
Ebook: January 2nd 2014 - Amazon (Free download Jan 2nd - 6th 2014)
Paperback: January through Barnes & Noble and Amazon


(Find a different excerpt at each site participating in this event)

My hand motions for the man in white to follow as we head back into the dark hall. Darith glances both ways, and he propels back down the direction we came in. He launches a door open then disappears into a cell.
“Darith,” I whisper. “What are you doing, come on!” I pause at the doorway to the cell and find him shaking the woman who led us here.
She opens her eyes, staring blankly in a daze before jumping up with surprise. Sharply tightened lips wordlessly convey her attitude as she remembers. Her eyes roll as Darith smugly says, “Okay, lady, I’m gonna make a sweet deal with ya. Get us out of this place and I’ll let ya live. I’ll even give ya back the bag I stole from ya.”
“You’re so kind,” she replies with agitation.
When we head into the hall, she starts back the way we came.
“Think again. The guards will be looking for us that way. I bet you know a safer way out, right?” My dagger grazes her stomach.
She flinches as it almost pierces through her shirt to her tan skin.
“Fine.” She takes off the opposite direction.
The four of us swiftly glide through the halls until we come to a dead end. Despair burns in my stomach, my throat, and my lungs.
That’s it then. She cared more about our capture than saving her own life. Or never knew a good escape route in the first place. My shoulders jolt in response to the sound of Darith’s fist pounding into the wall that denies our escape.

The Labyrinth Wall Arcade Game: can you help Araina escape the labyrinth?


To subscribe for more updates, play games, and grab goodies (some are FREE), visit!

Don’t forget to hop around to all the participating sites, count Araina’s quotes and comment how many you found on Anything Imagined (Emilyann’s website) for a chance to win that $15 Starbucks giftcard J

The Labyrinth Challenge Sites:

Want to participate in the The Labyrinth Wall Monster Party Book Release Event in a couple weeks? Sign up here.


  1. A great cover, a free book, and a game! What more could I ask for?

  2. Busy time of year! Merry Christmas, Julie!

  3. Wahoo! I'm excited to read this one. Especially after the excerpt. Cheese all around, eh?

  4. Wow! this is impressive! I marked the free download dates down in my diary. Sounds like a great read.

  5. This sounds like a great read! Love the game. :)

  6. Sounds like a super read. I've marked the date! And Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  7. Wow- I just way more time that I would have thought playing that game- too fun!
    Congrats to Emilyann and best of luck with this release.
    And MERRY CHRISTMAS to you, Julie!

  8. Still loving Milo's giveaways fest!

    Best of luck and congrats to Emilyann :D

  9. You are always so wonderful about helping everyone else out with their releases. :) Have a great Christmas.

  10. Really enjoying Milo's whole 'Tis More Blessed Giveaway! So many great prizes. :)

    Have a great weekend, Julie!

  11. I need to visit Milo's site. Tis more Blessed is so exciting =)

    And Julie, thank you many times over for your kind words and for joining The Labyrinth Challenge! You are so kind and it is so fun to have you on board. =)

  12. Alex - Thanks so much! I'm so glad you're enjoying the challenge.

    Crystal - Aw, my heart just got little warm fuzzies =) Your support is so appreciated and I'm glad you liked the excerpt.

    TBM - Thank you so very much. I hope you enjoy! :)

    Kittie - Thanks so much, I appreciate the kind words.

    Beverly - Thank you and I'm so glad you liked the game. I'm a video game and board game lover, so I couldn't resist ;)

    S.K. - Thank you so much :)

    Tonja - I agree, Julie is so kind and talented too.

    To everyone, thank you so much for your support and Happy Holidays!

    P.S. I would apologize for my smiley face obsession, but who doesn't love happy smiles ;)lol

  13. Wishing you a very merry Christmas and happy New Year, Julie

  14. Emilyann has some good pro-ing going on. Go girl! Merry Christmas to both you Julie and Em and a prosperous new year.

  15. Wow, the innovative ways writers are coming up with to promote their books really blows me away. Me, I guess I just figured people would eventually "find" my book, huh? HA!

    Good luck to Emilyann. I hope her launch makes a huge splash.

    And I hope you pick me, me, me to win a copy of your book...

    Merry Christmas! Seeya next year!

  16. A couple of awesome sounding books there.

  17. So much going on this season, Julie! Good luck with that wonderful giveaway. And i'm looking forward to Labyrinth.

  18. Sheena - kay Graham - Thanks so much :) I hope you have a wonderful holiday season also.

    Susan - Thank you Susan =) I appreciate it so much!

    Cleemckenzie - Thank you, I'm glad to hear your excited about The Labyrinth Wall =) I'm excited!

  19. Isn't 'Tis More Blessed an amazing giveaway? Your book blog is intriguing, Julie!

  20. Cool cover and concept! Way to promote a fellow author, Julie -- and thanks for joining the #Tismoreblessed throng.

  21. I want to win, I want to win! That is, this all sounds very cool :) #tismoreblessed indeed!

  22. Very nice, Julie. Thanks so much for participating and for promoting others' work.

  23. I'd love to read your book. I like stories placed by the water, be it ocean, lake or river.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family! One day perhaps you will get to the west coast - August and September are great times.

  24. I have dibs! Labyrinth Wall sounds interesting. May the giveaway go well, and Merry Christmas.

  25. Milo's giveaway fest is such a great idea!
    Good luck to Emilyann!

  26. Hi Julie and Emilyann - love the idea we can relax with a game .. while enjoying a giveaway if we're so lucky .. Milo's idea is a great way to celebrate ..

    Cheers to one and all - Hilary

  27. I tried playing the Labyrinth Escape, but that little man just wouldn't behave himself. He kept doing his own thing! It's always been the same with me and men - I've never been able to get them to do what I want them to do.
    The launch-free dates are in my diary.

  28. Ariana's quote is lovely! I wonder if there's a beast in the middle of this Labyrinth. Wishing Emilyann much success, and yay! for Milo's generous holiday giveaways. :-)

  29. I've seen this around and it's a fabulous way to promote.

    Happy holiday weekend.

  30. I also think that this sounds like a great read! Love the creative game idea too!


  31. I'd love to win a copy of Ghosts of Aquinah! ^_^

  32. I like the excerpt. That was certainly a novel idea for a game. Fun!

  33. Ooh, this cover reveal really is creative! Loving that puppet master quote...

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