Half Birthday Giveaway! Win Three Different Bookish Prizes!

Dear lovely WFTM readers,

Right this moment our fearless leader is getting ready for the holidays.  He’s demanding that we assist him.  That means that currently Leslie is covered in flour from baking, Fernando is washing dishes and Mandroid is covered in tape from attempting to wrap packages.  It doesn’t matter when you’re reading this; that’s what we’re currently doing.

So we’re going to take a small vacation from blogging, to dive into the holiday craziness and then take a few days to recover and regain our sanity.  Starting tomorrow, Saturday, December 17, Working for the Mandroid will be putting up the out-to-lunch sign until the first of the year.  We expect you all to behave yourselves while we’re gone.  Puruse the archives, check out parts of the site you haven’t seen before, and maybe even sign up for the 2012 Sci-Fi Reader Challenge we’re hosting.  It’s going to be fun!  There will be prizes!

Speaking of prizes, in celebration of Working for the Mandroid’s six month anniversary as well as Leslie’s birthday next week, almost hitting 400 followers, Christmas, and all the other assorted reasons to have parties at the end of the year, we’re giving some stuff away.

Prize A is a book of your choice up to $15 from the Book Depository.  That means this prize is open INTERNATIONALLY as long as you live in a country where BD ships.

Prize B is one of the books below, all published by indie or small press.  Try out something new and maybe you’ll enjoy it.  We have YA and adult titles to choose from.


Black & Orange by Benjamin Kane Ethridge (adult – supernatural)
Monsters of LA by Lisa Morton (adult – short stories, monsters)
All Things Dark & Dastardly by Kaye George, Mary Ann Loesch & Steven Metze (adult – short stories, supernatural, urban fantasy)
Devil’s Hand by ME Patterson (adult – supernatural)
God’s Eye by AJ Scudiere (adult – supernatural)
Into the Path of Gods by Kathleen Cunningham Guler (adult – historical romance, fantasy)
Lucas Trent: Guardian of Magic by Richard Blunt (MG/YA – magic)
The Prophecy of Zephyrus by GA Hesse (MG/YA – fantasy)

Prize C is a random grab bag of swag.  When the contest is over, I will go through my bucket of swag and fill a padded envelope full of things.  It will include buttons, bookmarks and possibly some posters and reading samplers.


Prize A is open internationally as long as you live somewhere that BD delivers.  Prizes B and C are open to those with US mailing lists.  Since we don’t know when Mandroid will stop being our holiday slave driver, we’re setting the end date to January 6.  That should give us plenty of time to read A Game of Thrones get through the holidays and remember what a blog is and how to run one.  All three winners will be chosen by the magically powerful Random.org and have 48 hours to respond to my happy little email or another winner will be chosen.

You can't tell, but there are lots of sharp little teeth in that mouth. And that bottle of Snapple? GIANT! It just makes him look a foot tall...So there.  Contests for you.  Lots of baked goods and even some downtime for us.  We’re all happy.  This means you won’t break everything while we’re gone, right?  I’m leaving Rufus the Dragon in charge while we’re away.  He might look all sweet and cuddly, but he’s a dragon.  So he does dragon-y things like… drink Snapple and watch Firefly on repeat.  But he’s also very, very scary!

So have fun and we hope you get to read lots of wonderful things while we’re gone.  You’ll have to tell us all about it when we return.  Stay safe and we’ll see you in 2012.

And don’t break anything.  There’s no one here to fix it.

Leslie, Fernando & Mandroid (and Rufus the Dragon)


Here’s the form thingy to fill out for the contest.  Base entry fee is a GFC follow.  Other points can be obtained by following on Twitter, subscribing through email, liking us on Facebook and commenting on things (because Leslie gets really excited when people comment and has a New Years resolution to respond more quickly to comments.  It’ll give her practice.).  All the gizmos to get the extra points are on the left hand side bar.  Sign up for the 2012 Sci-Fi Reader Challenge while you’re over there.  You don’t get extra points, but it’ll be a party!


Since we’re not going to be around to advertise properly, we’re giving bonus points for daily tweets if you want them.  For each tweet, fill out this separate little form.  It records date and time automatically, so don’t try to game the system.