Win a Kindle Fire, a 17th-Century Italian Rapier, or a Deluxe Fantasy Gift Box

The big day is here! Welcome to the official launch of Dreamlander.

You can purchase the book in paperback or the  Kindle and Nook formats.

I need your help to ensure the book has a successful launch week, so please join the party! I’m celebrating all this week with daily giveaways, culminating in our Grand Prize giveaway!

Grand Prize

At the beginning of last month, I asked readers to vote on which of the following three prizes they would like me to offer. The response was great, and I’ve decided to go ahead and give the winner his choice of prizes.

Prize A: A 17th-century Italian rapier (much like the one Chris uses in the book). Value: $285

Prize B: A Kindle Fire. Value: $199

Prize C: Deluxe Fantasy Gift Box. Value: $163

  • Black Velvet Renaissance Cloak
  • Calligraphy Pen Set (includes quill pen with calligraphy nib, 5 extra calligraphy nibs, and ink pot with 15 ml black ink)
  • Handmade Dragon Bookmark
  • Anatomy of the Castle Coffee Table Book by John Gibson
  • Sword Pendant Necklace (the sword actually comes out of the sheath!)
  • Delusional Unicorn Magnet
  • Truffettes de France All Natural French Truffles Dusted with Cocoa Powder (2.2 lbs)

Bonus—Hourly Prize Today Only: Behold the Dawn E-Book (Mobi, Epub, or PDF).

From 6 AM to 11 PM, I’ll be drawing a winner every hour for the digital version of my medieval epic Behold the Dawn. Winning this prize does not exclude you from the Grand Prize drawing on Friday, but the sooner you enter this one, the better your chances of winning! Check back throughout the day to discover hourly winners, listed below:

6 AM: Grigory Ryzakov

7 AM: Joanna Coleman

8 AM: Dominic Brasted

9 AM: Kris Cramer

10 AM: Patricia Moussatche

11 AM: Caryn M. Block

12 PM: Richard Weatherly

1 PM: Candy Newby

2 PM: Stephanie Coleman

3 PM: Steve Tuffill

4 PM: Andy Poole

5 PM: Rebecca Russell

6 PM: Chris Olinger

7 PM: Danny Tew

8 PM: Shary Hover

9 PM: Tasha Turner

10 PM: Lin Barrett

11 PM: Rodney J. Rodriguez


The contest will run all week, and you can do several things to earn contest points and increase your chances of winning. For every contest point earned, your name will be entered once more into the pool (e.g., if you’ve earned 18 points, you have 18 chances of winning).

You can win points by:

1. Tweet the following message each day of the week. Duplicate posts per day will be counted as one post.

Tweet about the book = 1 point per day, possible 5 points over the course of the week.

2. Share this post on Facebook. Be sure to tag me (@K.M. Weiland), so I can find and count your posts. You’ll need to “like” my page in order to tag me. Duplicate posts per day will be counted as one post.

Share on Facebook = 1 point per day, possible 5 points over the course of the week.

3. Post a picture of the book after purchase. See “Photo Contest” below for more details, as well as info on the bonus contest for $40 in gift certificates.

Post a picture = 5 points

Winners will be announced Friday, December 7th.

Photo Contest

Another fun thing I’m doing with this launch is a photo contest. After you’ve purchased your copy of Dreamlander (paperback or digital), snap a creative photo of the book (or your e-reader with the book’s cover displayed on the screen) and post it to either Pinterest or Facebook. Be sure to tag me @K.M. Weiland, so I can find and acknowledge your entry.

At the end of the month (plenty of time for those of you who prefer hard copies to order and receive the book), I will be selecting the most creative photo and awarding the winner a $40 gift card bundle, featuring certificates from Amazon, iTunes, Starbucks, and What the Dickens?.

Good luck to everyone in the drawing, have fun, and thank you for helping me celebrate the launch of Dreamlander!

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  1. Best of luck on launch day! I already got my e-copy 🙂

  2. Got my Kindle copy – wish you luck for your book launch! Go for #1!

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  4. Just got my Kindle copy. Can’t wait to dive in!

  5. Here’s to a most excellent Launch Day and much success with _Dreamlander_! Kindle copy already on my laptop.

  6. How do I confirm that I bought the book?

  7. Good luck with Launch Day! I got my Kindle copy today. Can’t wait to read it!

  8. This is awesome! I already have Dreamlanders as an ebook but I bought it for .99 anyways haha! How do we enter the hourly prize?

  9. Thank you all so much for helping me celebrate Dreamlander‘s launch! I hope you enjoy the book. I’ve got you all entered in the contest!

    @Chihuahua: As I’ve noted in the amended blog post (had a few bugs to work out), I would like entrants to forward me their sales receipts via email. None of you here who have already mentioned that you’ve purchased a book need to do that. I’ve already marked you down for the points.

    @Joanna: If you’ve entered the big contest (and you have by buying a book), you’re automatically entered in the hourly prizes. I’ll be drawing for the first of them in just a bit.

  10. I bought it and downloaded it to my Kindle, but Amazon is taking it’s sweet time in sending my receipt. 😛 🙂

  11. @Anna. I bought mine 3 hours ago and Amazon still hasn’t sent me a receipt.

  12. @Patchi. Glad I’m not the only one. 🙂

  13. @Anna: In my experience, it does sometimes take up to a few hours for Kindle receipts to come through. But if you want to just email me and let me know that you’ve purchased, that would work too!

  14. If I comment here, does that enter me in the hourly ebook contest? I’ll take care of the rest when I get back to my computer. 🙂

  15. I’m sorry, I’m afraid that to be fair to other entrants I’ll have to stick with the rules, which are that, to qualify for the hourly prizes, you must first enter the drawing for the Grand Prize.

  16. Congrats on your launch day!! Just downloaded my Kindle and Nook versions of your book and can’t wait to start reading!

  17. Thank you! I hope you enjoy the book. Good luck in the drawing!

  18. Just bought the Kindle version

  19. Great! Good luck in the drawing!

  20. I shared on Facebook and Twitter. 🙂 Dreamlander, looks beautiful and sounds awesome! I’ll be sure to add it on my Christmas list. Thanks for a fun giveaway contest and blessings to you.

    In His Grace,
    ~Ryan Paige Howard

  21. Thank you! I’ll put in a good word with Santa. 😉

  22. Wow!!! I am excited to begin my journey with Chris Redston into the land of Lael. I just purchased my copy, and can hardly wait to get started! Best Wishes on your launch.

  23. Thank you! I hope you enjoy the book!

  24. The Kindle version is not priced at $0.99 but $3.44 for European area. It’s so not fair. *sigh*

  25. @KM Weiland I ordered my ebook this morning but Amazon still hasn’t sent me a receipt.

    sharing on facebook now too.

  26. @Francisca: Oh dear, sorry to hear that!

    @Chris: Thank you! I’ll make sure your book-purchase points are tallied.

  27. Does your contest include the UK? Your book sounds a fascinating read, so Ive just bought a copy for my Kindle…but I live in Scotland.

  28. Yes, absolutely! I decided to make the contest worldwide this time. I hate excluding people. All you have to do is email me your receipt!

  29. Oh, marvellous! I will do :o)

  30. Just ordered my Kindle version of the book and sent you the receipt/proof of purchase through your e-mail! I’ve been wanting to read one of your books for a long time. So happy I was able to buy Dreamlander! Now I have a new book to read over the holidays! (Not that I needed another.) 😉

    -Jessica P.

  31. Just shared about the giveaway on facebook! 😀

    -Jessica P.

  32. Thank you! Just tallied up your points.

  33. Deb Van Zelfden says

    Was late in reading my email. Shame on me. Purchased on Kindle. Very excited to read this.


  34. Thank you! Be sure to send me your receipt, so I can enter you in the contest!

  35. I got my copy of Dreamlander for the Kindle. Looking forward to the read.

  36. No need to tell Santa. 😉 I couldn’t resist it and decided to get the awesome deal on your Kindle version. 99 cents… how could I pass that up! I love my hardbacks, but couldn’t purchase it at this time. I’ll send you the receipt when I get it in my email.

  37. Congratulations on the launch, Kathy. I hope it’s a huge success for you! 🙂

  38. I can’t wait to start reading Dreamlander! 🙂

    Bought for my Kindle, and also tweeted and posted on Facebook about it.

  39. I just downloaded the Kindle book and am looking forward to reading it. Best wishes for a wildly successful launch!

  40. Just Facebooked about the giveaway again! 😀

    -Jessica P.

  41. Thank you, all! And, just as a reminder, don’t forget to email me your receipts (to km.weiland [at] ymail [dot] come), so I can register your points in the contest.

  42. I posted my purchase on Facebook as well as the link to the giveaway but wasn’t able to tag you in it. I don’t know why.

  43. Sometimes FB’s tagging system is stinky. I’ll mark you down for the point!

  44. I did this again.. (I am asking you to delete it again..)Anyways,, I got the kindle copy! Congrats!!

  45. Thank you! Don’t forget to email your receipt (address is in the post above), so I can enter you in the contest.

  46. Congrats on your book launch!! I picked up a digital copy today, posted on facebook (but it wouldn’t let me tag you – the link is here: ) and tweeted to! My email is [email protected]. BTW: Love your outline book!!

    Best wishes on the success of Dreamlander!!

  47. Bought the book and tweeted about it. I also put a link on my fb page. I’ve been interested in this book for awhile, so I’m so glad it’s $.99!)

  48. Thank you, ladies! Please don’t forget to email me your receipts (to km.weiland [at] ymail [dot] com).

  49. Yay – just bought my kindle copy too. I love your blog and am SO looking forward to finally reading Dreamlander!

  50. Congratulations on the launch!!! Just got my nook copy and sent you the receipt. Also tweeted and posted on Facebook. What fun helping you promote your book 🙂

  51. @Raewyn: Thank you! I hope you enjoy the book!

    @Eli: Great! I’ll make sure all your points are tallied.

  52. I once again facebooked about the giveaway! Now I’m just trying to read through all the books I ordered from the library so I can read my copy of Dreamlander!

    -Jessica P.

  53. Got it! And I hope you enjoy Dreamlander!

  54. Normally, I don’t know if I would have jumped on board with a giveaway by buying a book outright, but knowing that Cathi-Lyn was involved, this book has been on my to-read list ever since the cover was revealed. Looking forward to reading it. Will email you the receipt as soon as I receive it from Amazon. Plus tagged you on FB & tweeted 🙂

  55. Cat was invaluable in the final revisions, but if there are any bobbles remaining, those are my fault and not hers. 😉 I hope you enjoy the book!

  56. What a great Dreamlander quote today, December 5th:
    “Something rumbled inside Allara’s skull. It wasn’t a physical sensation, so much as the sense of a sensation, like the awareness of someone else’s presence. It was a pull, gentle but insistent, telling her to move and in which direction to move. And it was alien, cold—the link of someone else’s brain to her own.

    Her every nerve burned. The Gifted was in Lael. He had come after all. In spite of all her attempts to stop him, he had come.”
    Thanks for sharing!

  57. Am looking forward to reading this book. Cant wait to get a copy. Hope it’s not too late to be added to any contests available. 🙂

  58. @Rich: Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    @Taylor: Definitely not too late! Just be sure to email your receipt before 6 PM MST on Thursday.

  59. Great! I’ll make sure you’re entered into the contest.

  60. Dagnabbit…how did I miss this earlier in the week? (Oh probably because we’re on bandwidth curfew so I can’t get online easily…blah).

    Going to go buy the ebook and Tweet about it now!

    p.s. I can’t believe you are seriously giving away a rapier…LOL! Are you the COOLEST author, or what?

  61. Good luck in the contest! Announcing the winner tomorrow morning!

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  63. Katie, I got my copy on launch day and have plans to read it over vacation. Looking forward to reading for pleasure! 🙂


  64. Thank you so much, Kim! I hope you enjoy it!

  65. Ohh!!!!! I have been a subscriber for years and missed the last few weeks!!!! Kindle fire, books, a rapier, but most importantly A QUILL PEN ~~ My site is and you’re in with a a paragraph all about you and your site in my Writer’s Toolkit. But it’s so late and I fear for time. I have so much to do. Thank you so much for your generosity. (And French tasties!) Let’s get those numbers up on Amazon and your promtion skills are amazing. Off to tweet et al.

  66. I just figured out why I didn’t receive your newletter; I signed up for Philterit (not recommended btw) and it botched up my subsc. notices. And I’m out already because it’s 2am on Friday and I haven’t bought a book.

  67. Is it terrible that my 12 year old is enjoying the book too?! :] She and her siblings took a pic with our Kindle touch and had a hoot with the pictures. They weren’t the best quality but they thought it was fun so they wanted me to send/show you both pics!! Either one can be used for the contest but they INSISTED that I share both of them! LOL

  68. @Lee: So sorry you weren’t able to enter the contest before the deadline. Thank you for posting on your site!

    @Stephanie: That’s awesome! I’ll look forward to seeing the pix.

  69. got my copy just yesterday! if college didn’t keep me busy, i wouldn’t put it down! i’m not particularly into reading books of the fantasy genre – but i was pleasantly surprised by Dreamlander, and i’m very happy to say i’m going to read it through to the end… i’m simply loving it so far! 🙂

    i love how it eases us into its world and its concepts (the dreams, the Gifted, etc.), just the right way. the descriptions aren’t too long and drawn-out. the explanations are crisp and don’t attempt to shove an encyclopaedia’s worth at us. when that happens in a story, i zap out into the real world because i’m being fed information, not being told a story.

    i learn so much about craft (of writing) from your blog, but i learn even better by seeing everything you teach us being put into practice in your novels!

    thank you for writing & giving the world your Dreamlander 🙂

  70. Thank you so much! I think you just became my Favorite Person of the Week. 😉 I’m so glad you’re enjoying the book. *insert happy dance here*


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