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The Authors After Dark Grab Bagszzz Contest…and a Question!
Thursday, August 16th, 2012

The Authors After Dark Grab Bagszzz Contest

Yes, bagszzz, as in three of these pretty nylon totes stuffed full of goodies!
There will be three lucky winners!

What’s in the prize packszzz?
Things too numerous to mention, but which include: author’s water bottles, note pads, nail files, koozies, bookmarks and trading cards, and tons of other kitschy stuff. Stuff you HAVE to have, including my mini bondage kits—okay, so they are office kits with paper clamps and twine to hang your Post-its, but I like the mini-bondage set angle better. And of course there will be books, some signed, some not. Whatever I could grab or was given to me to give away. Three winners will get a very nice stash!

What do you have to do to win?
Post comments on this blog from now until the contest ends! Each time you post counts as another entry!

This contest ends August 30th! 

Here’s a question to start today’s conversation:

If you were offered five acres of property anywhere in the world, where would you want that property to be located? And no, you can’t turn it and sell it for something else. You have to LIVE there or vacation there for the rest of your life!


72 comments to “The Authors After Dark Grab Bagszzz Contest…and a Question!”

  1. Jess @ From Me to You ... Book Reviews
    · August 16th, 2012 at 9:35 am · Link

    OMG … I am so curious as to what you have inside!! *hehee* Thanks for the giveaway!!

  2. Tabatha Scott
    · August 16th, 2012 at 9:42 am · Link

    If I could have 5 acres anywhere in the world, I would have to take them in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I went there for vacation this year, and I swear it is so beautiful there. It would have to only be a vacation home though, because I don’t think I could handle winter up there! :mrgreen:

  3. Deb Carter
    · August 16th, 2012 at 9:45 am · Link

    In a way that is a tough one. I want to be some place warm now. Body can’t take the cold like it use to. But I have always dreamed of being in a cabin in the mountains near a stream or lake. Where a wife and I can live very happily. I even have been writing a story like that. It takes place in the Appalachian Mountains. Now there is a place I could write.

  4. Strohs
    · August 16th, 2012 at 9:53 am · Link

    HI D!!! OMG I was so mad that I couldn’t get down to NOLA to meet you!! After all these years talking to you through DJ and the gang to miss the chance to meet you!!

    OK, to the question…either 1/2moon bay or Bodaga (sp) bay…right on the beach! Camping, swimming, surfing…mountins …my hubby could get fresh sea food and I could see where we “hide” all the sand!!

  5. Leagh
    · August 16th, 2012 at 10:00 am · Link

    OMG, I luuurrrrvvve bags, I mean, I think I have an obsession kind of love, lol. This one would look great with my collection and I am curious to know what is inside.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Penny
    · August 16th, 2012 at 10:00 am · Link

    I would want it to be in Elkhart county (Indiana). I want to go home.

  7. elaing8
    · August 16th, 2012 at 10:15 am · Link

    OHHH!! A surprise grab bag 😀
    I would want it to be in Australia.I’ve always wanted to go there.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  8. Delilah
    · August 16th, 2012 at 10:20 am · Link

    Jess! Yes, I love mysteries too! Good luck in the drawing!

    Tabatha! I’d love Jackson Hole too! Wonderful choice! I love mountains and beach, so where can I find both?

  9. Lavonne Page
    · August 16th, 2012 at 10:21 am · Link

    I would want the 5 acres to be in Scotland. thanks for the giveaway. I would LOVE to win one!!!!!
    😛 😛

  10. Delilah
    · August 16th, 2012 at 10:23 am · Link

    Deb! I’ve looked at West Virginia myself since land is so cheap, and it’s not like I’m looking for something I can grow things on. A creek flowing nearby, pretty hills, the quiet… Yeah, I could so write there.

    Strohs! Bodega Bay sounds fun! Like a pirate’s haven. And I love beaches and sea food. Can I come visit? Sorry we missed each other in NOLA. I was there for DAYS!!!

  11. Delilah
    · August 16th, 2012 at 10:25 am · Link

    Leagh! I had to stop collecting convention bags. I have too many. Might have to give away some old ones for fun. Good luck in the drawing!

    Penny! How sweet! The rest of us are looking for escapes and you’re looking to go home.

    Elaing8! I’d love to give it a go too! But with netting to surround my bed. You’ve seen their snakes, right? And those big hairy spiders that run at you on their back legs. THAT would creep me out! 🙂

  12. Rita Wray
    · August 16th, 2012 at 10:25 am · Link

    That’s easy, it would be in Sedona, Arizona.

  13. leann
    · August 16th, 2012 at 10:26 am · Link

    I would stay in VA & rebuild my family home. I would sit on the porch in a rocking chair & gaze out over the water with a good book. Thanks for the chance at a goody bag. 🙂

  14. shauntih
    · August 16th, 2012 at 10:29 am · Link

    I’d love either a vacation home somewhere in Wyoming – I wouldn’t be able to handle the winters, or a full time home in the North Georgia mountains.

    Oh, and I have a tote bag obsession. My hubby just do not understand, but you can NEVER have enough!

  15. Delilah
    · August 16th, 2012 at 10:30 am · Link

    Lavonne! Mmmm… Land of the sexy kilts! I’ll come for a visit!

    Rita! I’ve never been there. But it must be lovely!

  16. Delilah
    · August 16th, 2012 at 10:32 am · Link

    Leann! My ex sure loves VA. He’s trying to tempt my daughter to move there. I can see the allure. It’s gorgeous. There’s plenty of culture and history to explore.

    Shauntih! 🙂 Maybe we can be neighbors. LOL And your hubby is a guy, so of course he’s clueless!

  17. Deb Carter
    · August 16th, 2012 at 10:38 am · Link

    Delilah! I have family there in West Virgina and even my grandma’s place of 25 acres mostly woods is there. Which now belongs to my dad and aunt. But it gets cold and snow but it’s beautiful.

  18. shauntih
    · August 16th, 2012 at 10:41 am · Link

    Delilah -We’ve been wanting to move up to the N. GA mountains for years now. We frequently rent cabins up there for vacations. I’m now in what is considered the “Atlanta Metro Region” and it is getting WAY too crowded. Sitting on the porch listening to the trees sway in the breeze up there in the mountains is one of the most relaxing things I know to do.

  19. Lisa J
    · August 16th, 2012 at 10:41 am · Link

    Easy question. It would be somewhere close to Waverly, Minnesota, close to the rest of my family.

    My nephews are now having children and I love seeing my great nieces and nephews. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it is beautiful here.

  20. elizabeth keckler
    · August 16th, 2012 at 10:44 am · Link

    I would have to say Arkansas i have a lot of family there and my mom just had to move there to live with my sister after having triple bypass heart surgery. I have always Loved the south. thank you for the chance to win, the bag looks Amazing! 😛

  21. Ayla
    · August 16th, 2012 at 11:13 am · Link

    I have no idea how big five acres is so i guess i’d say somewhere really picturesque with a moderate climate.

    Also, i have no idea what a Koozie is.

  22. Delilah
    · August 16th, 2012 at 12:17 pm · Link

    Deb! Your grandma’s place sounds like a perfect writer’s retreat!

    Shauntih! I used to live in Norcross which at the time was considered outside the metro area, rather like they look at Stone Mountain these days. So I know your pain. Used to take me more than an hour to go 12 miles to work in Sandy Springs!

    Lisa! I’ve never gotten the chance to spend much time in Minnesota, but I hear it’s beautiful. And I don’t mind snowy winters. Even kinda like the idea of being snowbound while I write…

  23. Delilah
    · August 16th, 2012 at 12:19 pm · Link

    Elizabeth! I live in Arkansas! Central, just south of Little Rock. And other than the HOT AS HELL summers, I love it here.

    Ayla, so how about Hawaii?!

  24. merriedth
    · August 16th, 2012 at 12:54 pm · Link

    Hi Delilah
    I live here in Arkansas also and totally agree with the HOT as Hell comment, shoot it was so hot this summer even the lake water was warm…lol…But I would have to say I would Like My 5 Acres in Ireland…I have always wanted to go and then after reading a certain book series about the Fea set in Ireland it just made me want to go that much more… 😀

  25. Lisa J
    · August 16th, 2012 at 12:57 pm · Link


    The winter isn’t too bad, but I definitely have a love-hate relationship with it. I love to bake and stay inside when it is snowing and 30 below. I hate having to shovel the driveway, drive to work in the ice and snow, and go out in general when it is that cold/snowy.

    It is beautiful here with the lakes, the trees, and the fields. It certainly makes my 30 miles each way to/from work not so bad.

  26. Alisa
    · August 16th, 2012 at 1:03 pm · Link

    OMG!!!! what an awesome contest/giveaway

  27. Laura bowles
    · August 16th, 2012 at 1:08 pm · Link

    I am so waiting for your books come out in print. I love your books and the more in print you have the more I am going to read.

  28. Tammy S.
    · August 16th, 2012 at 2:02 pm · Link

    Hawaii – nice warm place to spend the winter!

  29. Cindy McCune
    · August 16th, 2012 at 3:18 pm · Link

    I live in Oregon on the Coast, I would want my land to be on a bluff overlooking the crashing waves, the wind whipping through the pines, the gulls screaming overhead and the ships passing by. I would sit in the window, reading my books and enjoying life… 😀

  30. laurie g
    · August 16th, 2012 at 5:14 pm · Link

    if *I* had five acres of property to live on anywhere in the world i would pick to have it on Vancouver island Canada. i live in Ontario Canada and would LOVE to still live IN Canada but where there is NO snow and it’s always lush and green year round.


  31. ELF
    · August 16th, 2012 at 5:32 pm · Link

    Hmm, I would have to say that I would like somewhere on the coast of Southern California where I could easily access the beach but not have any risk of flooding or fire. Thank you for the giveaway.

  32. Jeanine Lesperance
    · August 16th, 2012 at 6:31 pm · Link

    Someplace beautiful Like Montana Or Maybe Hawaii. Yeah Hawaii would be nice. Very cool contest!

  33. Elaine
    · August 16th, 2012 at 7:55 pm · Link

    In Central Texas Hill Country area. Close enough to big cities but grenn and pretty, and lots of nice small towns.

    Glad I got to meet you in NOLA this year.

  34. Melissa P
    · August 16th, 2012 at 8:20 pm · Link

    I like your mini bondage kit name.
    I love your contests. You come up with some really good prizes.
    If I had 5 acres..It would be here in Ketchikan Alaska. I would build my dream home. 6 bedrooms (at least, I have 4 kids) a library or a hid-a-way for me to escape into so I can read, a hobby room for the other half, and at leats 3 bathrooms. Hopefully near or on the beach. With a dock of course….A private beach would be a nice bonus.
    Thanks for the contest. 😛

  35. Pamk
    · August 16th, 2012 at 8:26 pm · Link

    I live near the Tennessee river and i’d love to have 5 acres on the river with a boat dock and big back deck where we could cook and and have a fire pit and the like.
    Great giveaway. Wish I could have gone to AAD

  36. LisaLee
    · August 16th, 2012 at 8:51 pm · Link

    Very creative minds to present a contest like this; LOVE it!!
    Thank you for the contest and a chance to win!!!

    As for my 5 acres: I know what I want…lol

    a place in CALIFORNIA or KENTUCKY to include as follows:

    Nice hills with green/blue grass that you can see “forever” (miles away). I would have a country luxurious ranch house with many different wings. The wings have certain “themes” throughout with different ideas… and the barns for the horses…it is a ranch…hehe

    Nice master suite wing with a fireplace, king sleigh bed, sitting area with plush rug and an en suite bathroom with a glass shower for many and a jacuzzi tub to enjoy

    Definitely need a “dungeon” on the ranch. Just think of all the different “daily tools used on the job” to use in the dungeon and the different wings. Oh just think of the FUN I am going to have!!!

    Thank you del and have an awesome day!

  37. Jen B.
    · August 16th, 2012 at 9:08 pm · Link

    Wow! Just plain wow! Thanks for the giveaway! As far as where I would want 5 acres, that’s a tough question. I have always wanted to vacation in Vietnam on Phuket Island. I saw it on tv once and thought it looked amazing!

  38. June
    · August 16th, 2012 at 9:24 pm · Link

    I would want it to be someplace warm and tropical, but not too. A beautiful island wold be great, one with lots of fresh fruits and flowers, palm & coconut & banana trees. Preferably with a lagoon that has a waterfall maybe some caves to explore. But it would still need to have all the modern conveniences, including internet wifi and be able to easily get books & ebooks 🙂

  39. donnas
    · August 16th, 2012 at 11:41 pm · Link

    I would want it in the desert. Close to a city but just outside of it.

  40. ginger Warrick
    · August 17th, 2012 at 2:29 am · Link

    5 acres I okay this will sound lame but on 231 between Florida and Alabama its so beautiful and open country there. Plus it rains a lot. And if we liked in life wicsburg its like two hours to either beach or mountain. Yep domehere with plenty of land away from crazy drunk drivers 😉

  41. ginger Warrick
    · August 17th, 2012 at 2:33 am · Link

    Oh oh but somewhere north enough on 231 that I can have a basement. I’m from PCB FL and we can’t have basements . And its SB capital and bar town so hence the drunk drivers

  42. Mary Preston
    · August 17th, 2012 at 2:58 am · Link

    5 acres along the Sunshine Coast QLD would be ideal. I love the beach, family is near, it’s all good.

  43. Gayle Latreille
    · August 17th, 2012 at 8:54 am · Link

    WOW, what a giveaway!!

    Oh, that is difficult so many options….Hawaii, Scotland, Australia. I guess I would pick my 5 acres in Hawaii near the Ocean. I lost my one chance to visit Hawaii and have always wanted to visit.


  44. Ilona
    · August 17th, 2012 at 12:23 pm · Link

    I’ll take my 5 Acres somewhere in Wales please 😀

    Actually I would take anywhere with great scenery and not too hot weather all year round (too hot is bad for hubby’s heart). 😛

  45. Jen B.
    · August 17th, 2012 at 1:36 pm · Link

    I got to thinking about it last night and I’m not sure 5 acres on a tropical island in Vietnam is my best choice. Honestly, what would I do there? I don’t even speak the language. Plus, I would be half way around the world from my family. So, I’m thinking maybe 5 acres near the Grand Canyon or the Badlands. As an added bonus, there are so many beautiful things to see in the area!

  46. Crystal Guidroz
    · August 17th, 2012 at 2:06 pm · Link

    I would have my five acres in the US Virgin Islands with a huge beachfront. I have been there twice before and love it. I would choose to put it on St. John, since it is less developed and mostly protected forest area. It is absolutely breath taking, the beaches are the most beautiful I have seen with some of the nicest locals ever. It is very laid back and life runs at a much slower pace. 😉

  47. Jane
    · August 17th, 2012 at 3:43 pm · Link

    I want the five acres in NYC. Maybe I can build a brownstone on it.

  48. Tabitha Parrish
    · August 17th, 2012 at 5:51 pm · Link

    If I had five acres of property It would be on the shores of Ireland. I would sit and enjoy the ocean.

  49. SophieS
    · August 18th, 2012 at 9:30 am · Link

    I would own it Slain, in the northern territory close to the mediterranean ocean 🙂 sounds like fhn over there… Maybe tomorrow Ill think of another place lol

  50. Jeri
    · August 18th, 2012 at 10:36 am · Link

    London. Because when I was 20, on study-abroad and visited there for the second time (of only two visits, total), I swore I’d live there someday, documented by a postcard to a special friend… it’s and old dream, but one I’ve never truly given up…

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