Thursday, June 30, 2011


Ignite Your Imagination with the ‘Four Hundred Days’ Character Drawing Contest


~Character Drawing Contest~
In celebration of the upcoming release of Four Hundred Days by L Carroll, the second book in the Lor Mandela Series, we are launching a Character Drawing Contest. We are asking readers to show their love for the Lor Mandela series by bringing life to the characters in this series. We are inviting artists to participate and win
First place prize package: $25 iTune Gift Card and a SIGNED copy of Four Hundred Days.

Second place prize: a Signed 1st Edition Copy of Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Meet the Characters
1. Maggie Baker
A seventeen-year-old from Glenhill, Iowa, Maggie has long black curly hair almost to her waist, and vivid blue eyes. Her lips are described as being full, and peachy; her cheeks are slightly freckled. She is considered to be very beautiful.
2. Teedee Venilworth 
From her head to her toes, every inch of Teedee contained something strange to see. The straw hat on her head was gigantic, lime green and floppy and concealed any evidence of hair that might have been there. A necklace of fat jade and cobalt blue beetles seemed to be crawling around her neck, making it seem extraordinarily small. Beneath the creepy beetle choker, a bright rain slicker-type smock, with huge flowers printed all over it and easily four sizes too big, gave Teedee’s petite body the appearance of a flowery pyramid with neon pink legs. Huge silver and turquoise rings spanned the spaces between her knobby knuckles on every finger, a rainbow of jeweled bangles covered her arms almost to her elbows, and her ankles were dwarfed by the black and white zebra print galoshes she wore on her feet.
a hunched over little woman who was shocking at close range. Behind thick lenses — that were framed in shiny black plastic and spanned the entire width of her face — Teedee’s hugely magnified steely blue eyes blinked. Her hot pink lipstick looked like it had been applied in a moving vehicle by a blind person.
Scenes that best describe the following characters:

3. Ryannon of Brashnell
(Scene from Lor Mandela Book #1: Destruction From Twins)
The man yelled as he ran toward her, his black cloak billowing largely behind him. “Are you all right?” He held out a gloved arm and helped her to her feet. “I’ve never seen anyone escape a rynolt like that! Amazing!” he repeated.
What she saw next almost knocked her back to the ground. She lifted her head and found herself face to face with arguably the most beautiful man she’d ever set eyes on.
“Whoa,” she breathed, and stumbled clumsily.
He was an absolute Adonis—at least six-foot-four, muscular and strong. Dark, wavy hair hung down and rested on his broad shoulders, framing his square, chiseled jaw. As if all of this wasn’t enough, his eyes were completely intoxicating. Maggie couldn’t tell for sure what color they were—only that they were dark—but little flecks of bright red sparkled and flashed across them in the starlight.
As the stranger looked at Maggie, a breathtaking, knee-shaking, glistening white smile grew across his handsome face. He bowed and then lowered down on one knee.
4. Mikil Tu Shadow
(Scene from Lor Mandela Book #2: Four Hundred Days)
A tall young woman with peachy brown skin and very long pure white hair. She flipped and spun the swords around as she ran from one side of the clearing to the other, whooping and wailing as she went.
“She’s part dweller,” Glaron breathed as he observed her disappearing and reappearing whenever she would run through the shadows cast by the trees.
“Keeeeyaaahhhhaaa!” she screamed again as she planted one of the swords into the ground and used the hilt to launch herself skyward. She rolled in the air two or three times, landed, and yanked the sword from the ground, and then faded into a twining shadow. When she reappeared she was panting heavily and glistening with perspiration.
Glaron watched as she set the swords reverently onto the ground and then wiped a stray bead of sweat from alongside one of her pale yellow eyes. He couldn’t help but gawk a little. After all, here was this beautiful, physically perfect, scantily-clad, mysterious warrior who had just performed one of the most amazing battle sequences he’d ever witnessed. He leaned out a little further to get a better look, shifting his weight onto one foot, and causing a tiny twig beneath his boot to snap.
In one fluid motion, Mikil picked up the swords and vanished. Before Glaron could even react, she was behind him holding a very sharp, jagged blade at his throat.
“Awwww,” she moaned as she realized that she was about to slit the throat of the vritesse’s chief advisor.  “What are you doeeng heah?”

To Enter:

  • Draw one (or more) of the characters based on their character description above.
  • Leave  a link to your drawing in the comment box.


  • Tweet “Check out my entry in the #FourHundredDaysContest @WovenStrands, win SIGNED books and more”
  • Subscribe to this blog to receive contest updates.
  • Facebook about the contest.
  • Blog about the contest.
  • Grab 400 Hours to Four Hundred Days button and plug into your blog's sidebar.
Please leave a link to each.
Please read the Four Hundred Days Character Drawing Contest Rules and Regulations before you enter.
Contest Ends July 15th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

*You could also participate in our sister contest “Four Hundred Days Creature Drawing Contest” Hosted by Stuck in Books.

Social Network Contest


We are launching the 400 Hours to Four Hundred Days with a Social Networking Contest
The goal behind this contest is to spread the word about Four Hundred Days as far as possible to as many people as possible.
Four Hundred Days is the second book in the Lor Mandela series by L Carroll. It’s a captivating trilogy that will keep you on the edge of your seat, turning pages, and asking for more.

When sixteen-year old Consuela Chavez discovers that she can remove her skin, revealing a lustrous mother-of-pearl skeleton, she slips into a parallel world known as the Flow; a place inhabited by archetypal teens with extraordinary abilities. Crafting skins out of anything – air, water, feathers, fire – she is compelled to save ordinary people from dying before their time. Yet now someone is murdering her new friends, one by one, and Consuela finds herself the focus of an intricate plot to end the Flow forever when all she really wants is to get back home, alive.
To Enter:
  • Tweet “Join us on the 400 Hour to @FourHundredDays blog tour with @wovenstrands @dawnmetcalf”
  • Leave a comment with the links.
Contest Open Internationally to wherever The Book Depository Ships
Extra entries
  • Facebook about the contest. (+1 entry)
  • Change your Facebook Image to the 400 Hours to Four Hundred Days blog tour button for the duration of this tour.  (+3 entries)
  • Change your Twitter avatar to the 400 Hours to Four Hundred Days blog tour button for the duration of this tour. (+3 entries)
  • Blog about this tour. (+5 entries)
  • Grab the 400 hours to Four Hundred Days button and place it to your blogs sidebar. (+3 entries)
  • Youtube about the 400 hours to Four Hundred Days tour. (+10 entries)
  • Follow @Wovenstrands on twitter (+1 entry)
  • Follow @FourHundredDays on twitter (+1 entry)
  • Follow @Lormandela on twitter (+1 entry)
  • Follow Lor Mandela Blog (+1 entry)
  • Like us of Facebook (+1 entry)
  • Like Four Hundred Days on Facebook (+1)
Extra Tweet entries (+1 entry for each tweet)
  • “Can’t wait for the “Four Hundred Days” release on July 15! Exciting!! #books #IAN1 @lormandela”
  • “Have you visited the “Four Hundred Hours to Four Hundred Days” blog tour? Wow! Great stuff!”
  • “Four Hundred Days” comes out on July 15! SQUEEE! Great blog tour going on now at! #books #IAN1
  • Amazing contests and giveaways for the release of “Four Hundred Days”! I’m so excited for the book! #IAN1
  • The Four Hundred Hours to Four Hundred Days blog tour ROCKS!! Check it out at #fantasy #books #IAN1
  • Have you heard? “Lor Mandela – Four Hundred Days” comes out on July 15! I’m following the blog tour at
  • Hey everyone! Check out the “Four Hundred Hours to Four Hundred Days” blog tour! Great contests and giveaways! #IAN1
  • “Four Hundred Days” is releasing on July 15 & they’ve got a BIG OL’ blog tour going on now! #books #IAN1
  • Oh m’gosh! “Lor Mandela – Four Hundred Days” is coming out on July 15! EEK! There is a killer blog party at
  • Can’t wait to get my copy of “Four Hundred Days”! July 15, baby!! #IAN1 #books
  • Great blog party for the release of “Four Hundred Days”! Author interviews, Contests, Giveaways! #IAN1
  • If you like to draw, you should check out the contests on the “Four Hundred Days” blog tour! #IAN1
Total entries= 42
Please leave a comment at this link: Woven Strands and provide links to your entries and the total of your entries.
Ends July 15th at 11:59 pm
Enjoy <3

400 hours to Four Hundred Days Book Tour Schedule

Thank you SO MUCH Hiba at Woven Strands for ALL you've done to coordinate this tour! I couldn't have done this without you!!! 

The tour runs from June 28th until July 15th when Lor Mandela: Four Hundred Days is released.

Be sure to Join Us on July 7th when we reveal the Cover Art for "Four Hundred Days"!!!

The following is the schedule for the tour:
Links will be updated as they come.
June 28: Launch Book Tour
Launch all Contests:
  1. Hiba from “Wovenstrands
  2. Megan McDade from “Reading Away The Days
  3. Reggie Ridgway from “Characters Well Met
  4. Annie Thompson from “Stuff Young People Read
  5. Natalie C. Markey from “Pen To Publish
June 29
June 30
July 1
July 2
July 3
July 4
July 5
July 6
July 7: Book Cover Release
July 8
July 9
July 10
July 11
July 12
July 13
July 14
July 15: Four Hundred Days Book Release
Announce all winners
Make sure you join us.
Follow Hiba on Twitter or subscribe to her wonderful blog to get updates about contests, giveaways, and awesome posts.

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