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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Crossing Oceans' Mother's Day Contest! And the winner is...

AND THE WINNER IS.... Melinda Evaul! Melinda, please email Gina with your address at rnglh1 at yahoo dot com.


(I literally gave everyone a separate entry for each thing they listed they did and picked one of the names at random. I appreciate everything all of you did to help get the word out about Crossing Oceans...THANK YOU!!)

Next week is the official virtual launch for my debut CROSSING OCEANS, and we've got a lot planned--including a contest.

At the end of the week we will have one grand prize winner of our Crossing Oceans' Mother's Day Contest--a strand of luxurious 48" hand knotted cultured fresh water pearls (they're BEAUTIFUL!) and two autographed copies of Crossing Oceans, one for you and one for mom. (I'll write a special note for your mom with your editorial guidance.)

Although the kick off starts Monday, you can start entering now. Here's how it works:


Each day from May 3rd (Monday) to May 7th (Friday) in the comments section, let us know h
ow you're helping to get the word out about Crossing Oceans. Each thing you do is not only very much appreciated, but will earn you one entry in the drawing. Do two things, you're entered twice, etc. There is no limit to the number of entries you can receive and you can enter daily.


1. Ask your library to order a copy of Crossing Oceans.

2. Buy a copy of Crossing Oceans.

3. If you've read it, review it on Amazon, B&N, CBD, BooksAMillion, Facebook, twitter, shoutlife, myspace or anywhere else appropriate. Again, each time you post it, it counts as a separate entry.

3. Post the book trailer on your blog, website, facebook, myspace, shoutlife page. (Each one you do will count for a separate entry.)(Just copy and paste:

4. Change your profile pic for the day to the jpg cover (simply right click it off Amazon, here or where ever. Save it to your computer and post it to your pics. Very simple if you've never done it.

5. Post one of the endorsements below along with the book cover and/or title to any of your blogs, websites or networking sites AND/OR the following blurb:

“Beautiful and heartfelt.”
Charles Martin, NYT bestselling author of Where the River Ends

“Poignant and unforgettable, CROSSING OCEANS will break your heart — and then put the pieces back together again. This is an uplifting and inspiring tale that reminds us to live every day as if it’s our last.”
Tess Gerritsen, NYT Best-selling author .

“Moving, heart-rending and poignant, a stunning debut. Holmes returns us to what matters in a too-short life—what it really is to come home.”
Tosca Lee, Author of Havah & Demon: A Memoir

“Gina Holmes explores the beauty, tenderness and tenacity of mother-love in Crossing Oceans with marvelous skill and insight. An outstanding debut from a gifted storyteller. Bravo!
Susan Meissner, Author of The Shape of Mercy

This story will wring you out and hang you up to dry. It’s beautifully written and deep as a river.”
Lauraine Snelling, author of A Measure of Mercy

“A stunning debut novel about love, loss, and the circle of life. Gina Holmes knows how to find laughter in tragedy. . . . Her characters will grab you by the heart and have you laughing, crying, and holding your breath.”
Marshall Karp, author of The Rabbit Factory

“I finished Crossing Oceans just moments ago and the tears are still wet on my cheeks. What a touching, delightful story! Poignant and beautifully written, Crossing Oceans is a lyrical testament to the hope we have when we believe.” Deborah Raney,author of
Almost Forever and the Clayburn Novels

6. Simply say on any networking site that Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes has released and anything else that might perk interest.

7. Spread the word about the contest on other blogs, sites, etc.

8. Any other idea that would help spread the word that I haven't thought of.

**Don't forget to write in the comments section what you did and include your name. The winner will be announced Saturday, May 8th here on Novel Journey.

Thanks everyone for your help and support. It means everything.

Blessings, Gina


  1. Congratulations on your virtual book launch, Gina! I posted your book cover and blurb on my FB page today. I'm happy to do my part to get the word out for you. Can't wait for my copy of Crossing Oceans to arrive!

  2. I guess I get 4 entries:
    1. I changed my profile picture on facebook.
    2. I bought the book.
    3. I posted the book trailer.
    4. I put that it had released as my status on facebook.

    THANKS for an awesome book, Gina!

  3. Yesterday, I posted on FB: Today, a new Christian novel was released which is receiving mega-hype. I am such a wuss... I watched this video today, and it made me cry. And then there is this video giving more info -- It seems like this is a must read!

    Today I wrote: The author is having a Mother's Day draw. Go here --

    All the best!

  4. Wow, you guys. My hands going to get tired from writing your names over and over for the hat. I really appreciate all you're doing to support me and this book. THANK YOU!!!

  5. CONGRATS Gina!!!! I posted on my FB wall about your book release and linked to your book trailer. The book looks ABFAB!

  6. I posted it on my blog!!

  7. Hi Gina,
    I'm posting your trailer and a review on my blog today with a photo and link to buy the book. I'll also link to it from FB and give a quick blurb there.

  8. 1. posted the link to your interview on Facebook.
    2. bought the book.
    3. posted your novel pic on my social links.
    4. posted your book trailer
    6. posted a review.

    Hope all my friends will read it. I can't wait to get my copy.

  9. You guys are amazing. THANK YOU!

  10. Janie Upchurch6:50 AM, May 04, 2010

    Hi Gina,
    Congratulations on Crossing Oceans. I just ordered a copy and am looking forward to reading it in after having my interest peaked by the chapter I read earlier. I wish you well and I am excited for you.

  11. Janie Upchurch6:55 AM, May 04, 2010

    I added an endorsement from your endorsement list to my facebook page today. I think we should do all we can to promote others who are also writing from the heart to share the principles of the Lord.

  12. Congratulations, Gina. I posted the trailer on my facebook page. I also plan to purchase a copy.

    April Harrah

  13. I put it in my facebook status with a link to it on Amazon!

  14. I brought Crossing Oceans out to dinner with my friends who read a lot and told them about how good it was and where they could buy it!

  15. Yesterday, I posted a link to your book trailer on my professional FB site and my personal FB site.

    Today, I changed my profile pic to the book cover and suggested your novel would be a good Mother's Day gift.

    BTW, I would do this for you even if there weren't a contest. I'm thrilled to be a part of helping an author succeed!

  16. I took a pick of me with the book and made it my facebook profile pic, and I plan on blogging my review of the book tonight on my oh-so-popular blog....

  17. I would love to win this book...don't do FB, don't have a blog, but I will certainly share the book (if I win) with my church Library. Also, plan to encourage county library to buy it. And I'll do a review at Amazon and CB if I win!!! Congrats and thanks!!!

  18. Michelle, nice! Diana, thank you! Merely Here... I want to see! Friend me on FB? and tag me on the pic? Pretty please? Ha. Jackie Smith... thanks for all the things you'll do if you win. I can definitely put you down for the encouraging the library as an entry. Thanks for that.

    All y'all are racking up some entries and more importantly my gratitude. Thanks ladies!

  19. My mom linked up with my review, and I added a link to your site on it too, because I'm a dork and didn't do it originally!

  20. Congrats Gina on this wonderfully touching and inspiring book. I posted a blurb on my FB page (shellycellak). As a mother myself, I'm eager to read and share the story with other mom's I know. keep us posted on your success! shelly[at]burgeonagency [dot] com /

  21. Great contest and great way to get the word out!

    My blog,, has:
    1) the book trailer
    2) endorsements

    Thanks so much!

  22. Awesome ladies, thanks so much. G

  23. Gina this is such a cool idea! To help out, I did the following:
    1 Blog Post about the book with your book trailer and book cover.
    3 Tweets on Twitter with links to the article about your book on my blog.
    1 Mention on FB with a link.
    1 Mention on LinkedIn with a link.

    Thanks! Sharon Ball

  24. Hi Gina, I wrote a book review for Amazon and also posted it on FB today. Many will be blessed by reading this book.

  25. Adding to my efforts to help you out by leaving your book cover as my profile pic for the remainder of the week, posting a book endorsement, posting a link to the first chapter, and, of course I pre-ordered a copy that I'm anxiously awaiting! The best way I can imagine helping you, Gina, is by praying, by asking the Lord to bless your writing efforts abundantly. Best wishes!

  26. What sweethearts you all are. THANK YOU! Diana, I am such a dummy. I should have had prayer listed. You're one hundred percent right!

  27. Congrats, Melinda! Post of pic of you in your pearls!!


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