So, as I mentioned yesterday, nominations for the Cybils opened yesterday and will remain open until October 15th. If you are new to the Cybils and missed that post, you may want to check it out before reading this.
If you're familiar with the Cybils, then you know that this first part of the awards totally depends on those who participate in the nominating process. Without our nominators, we don't have any titles to read! Or if someone doesn't nominate it, we may miss out on that one book that would have stood out beyond all others.
So you may have figured out this is a contest from the post title, and it is. I'm getting to it now. I'm thanking those of you who help participate in the Cybils this year with a contest. If you win, you can win these 2008 Cybils nominees:
Must Love Black by Kelly McClymer (PB), Kaimira: The Sky Village by Monk Ashland and Nigel Ashland (HC) and Switch by Carol Snow (ARC). Scroll to the bottom of the post to find out more about each book.
How to Enter: Nominate a title that is eligible for this year's Cybils. Then leave me a comment here (or send me an email) and let me know. That's it! Plus, if you nominate a Graphic Novel title (and then let me know about it) I will give you 3 extra entries! Why? Because that's the committee I'm on this year, and I am a little out of touch with the books that were published this year in that particular field. I know at least some of you readers read graphic novels, so if you had one that you particularly liked, go enter it!
Extra Entries: IF you have already entered, then you can also earn extra entries:
+1 Nominating any eligible title (if you have already nominated that still counts, just let me know)
+3 Nominating an eligbile Graphic Novel title (MUST tell me which one you nominated)
+1 Linking to the contest somewhere on the web (leave a link here)
+2 For every person who says they were referred by your link
+1 If you were referred
That's 8 possible entries! Plus, if more than one person is referred by you, then you'll get even more entries.
Misc. Rules: Nominations close at midnight on October 15th, but I will give you until October 16th to tell me what you nominationed. Then the winner will be randomly selected. I also might decide the split up the prize pack or add more prizes depending on how many entries I get. I haven't decided yet. So spread the word and participate!
About the Books (from Amazon.com)
Kaimira: The Sky Village: "High over China, the Sky Village, an intricate web of interconnected hot-air balloons, floats above the troubled landscape, where animals battle machines for control. Mei's mother has been kidnapped, and she has been left in this strange place by her father.
Half a world away, thirteen-year-old Rom struggles to survive in the ruins of Las Vegas. When his young sister is taken by a pair of demonic creatures, Rom has no choice but to follow her into a shadowy world below ground. There, he becomes engaged in gladiator-style fighting in an arena where mehanical-beast demons do battle for the entertainment of a chaotic community of gamblers.
Mei and Ron have never met, but they share a common journal, a book that mysteriously allows them to communicate. It also reveals that each of them carries the strange and frightening kaimira gene and that aspects of beast and mek qualities are entwined in their very DNA.
In this thrilling, intricately plotted novel, the first in a five-book series, Mei and Rom must overcome the forces that seek to destroy them and find the courage to balance the powers that lurk within."
Must Love Black: "NANNY FOR 10-YR-OLD TWINS. MAINE COAST. OWN ROOM & GENEROUS SALARY. MUST LOVE BLACK. "Must love black?" Sounds like a coffee-loving, seclusion-seeking goth girl's dream job. Philippa isn't fazed by the fog-enshrouded mansion on a cliff, the weirdest twins on the planet, or even the rumors about ghosts, 'cause when she meets the estate's hot gardener, Philippa's pretty sure she's found her dream boy, too. Too bad Geoff's already taken--by a girl whose wardrobe is head-to-toe pink. Still, Philippa can't get Geoff out of her head. What will it take to lure him to the dark side?"
Switch: "Claire Martin has some serious body issues.
Ever since Claire hit her teens, electrical storms have been making her switch bodies. Usually she's back to her old self in no time. But when something goes terribly wrong, she finds herself stuck in the fabulous body—and life—of Larissa, the icy blonde beauty who has caught the eye of Nate, Claire's longtime crush.
Will Claire ever figure out how to get her old life back? And, more importantly, will she even want to?"