Winner of Around the World in 30 Days

First of all THANK YOU SO MUCH to all the participants in this contest. It’s be so fun seeing where you visited and how original the photographs were.  Turning this into a contest really made my job hard. I had so many favorites.  Such as:

Nancy at the Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day

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Graeme on Sydney, Australia’s Harbor

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Siobhan in Asolo, Italy

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Lucy in Oxfordshire, UK

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Michelle in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

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Annie in Maine, USA

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They were all so awesome, but a decision has to be made. The one that means the very most to me is Michelle, through her co-worker Dawn Taylor in Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Dawn read Beneath the Wall and had a co-worker who was from the once war-torn Vietnam. The moment Dawn heard Michelle was returning to her homeland, her first thought was, give her my book and take pictures. On the plane ride over, Michelle read Mack and Julianne’s story and when she saw the red-dirt road leading out of a village it reminded her of chapter four where Julianne thought she was being taken prisoner her first night in Vietnam.DSCN0643It was my first thought too, the moment I saw her photograph.  It brought life to my little story and to have my book held on the land from which evolved in my mind meant so much to me. Thank you Michelle and Dawn.

Now, after speaking to Michelle and Dawn, Michelle generously commented that it was all Dawn’s idea and wanted the prize to go to her. In turn, Dawn had given away her copy of Beneath the Wall to Michelle, not asking for it in return. So instead of awarding Ms. Taylor with Mack’s dog tags, courtesy of the Illinois National Guard here in Springfield, Illinois, she will be given a signed copy of Beneath the Wall for her permanent collection.

But, hmm now that leaves an original and unique artifact from my pages just sitting here… My idea – calculate the distance of all the countries and figure out where the furthest came from.  And that would be Graeme in Sydney, Australia – clocking in at 15,266 miles away from Springfield, IL where I am! So Graeme, I would like to award you with Sgt. Mack Roberts official dog tags.

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Once again thank you all for your entries!! They were amazing! And if you ever find yourself in a unique place and still want to pose with your paperback, Kindle or Nook copy of Beneath the Wall by all means, do so and send them along to me at erynalicia@yahoo.com.

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Prize Reveal

Graeme in Sydney, Australia

Graeme in Sydney, Australia

So I’ll be taking pictures of Beneath the Wall with me when I go to Florida this week.  Remember to take your book-friend with you when you go and enter to win.

THE RULES:

Take Beneath the Wall (electronic device or paperback – I’m not picky) with you to wherever you go and take pictures against signs telling me where you are OR even have something iconic in the background.

The furthest, the most famous or most exotic wins!  So show me the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building.  Get a sign from every Provence, every state! I can’t wait to see how far this goes!

TO SUBMIT:

Please contact me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorerynlaplant?ref=hl

Or email erynalicia@yahoo.com 

THE DEADLINE & PRIZE:

The winner will be chosen on JUNE 1, 2013 and will receive something very dear and precious to one (or two, if you think about it) of the characters in the book.  This is a one of a kind item, that I had specially made for a very lucky fan. Courtesy of Camp Lincoln here in the Springfield, Illinois: DSC_1768

If a personal item is not your style then we can find an Ebook copy of Beneath the Wall in your size…how about that?

P.S. Those who have already sent me pictures WILL be counted.  But feel free to send me more and out-do yourselves.

Around the World in 30 Days

I have been working on the idea of this blog for a long time now. And some of you have been incredibly wonderful by taking Beneath the Wall on vacation with you or even just visiting a local hot spot and snapping a picture. I have LOVED seeing where you’ve gone with Mack and loved even more how many of you are all around the world.

So as promised I am turning this little treasure into a  CONTEST!!

THE RULES:

Take Beneath the Wall (electronic device or paperback – I’m not picky) with you to wherever you go and take pictures against signs telling me where you are OR even have something iconic in the background – like my friend Nancy, who visited Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day weekend in front of the Chicago River dyed green.

Nancy in Chicago, IL, USA with the green Chicago River.

Nancy in Chicago, IL, USA with the green Chicago River.

The furthest, the most famous or most exotic wins!  So show me the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building.  Get a sign from every Provence, every state! I can’t wait to see how far this goes!

To Submit:

Please contact me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorerynlaplant?ref=hl

Or email erynalicia@yahoo.com 

THE DEADLINE & PRIZE:

The winner will be chosen on JUNE 1, 2013 and will receive something very dear and precious to one (or two, if you think about it) of the characters in the book.  This is a one of a kind item, that I had specially made for a very lucky fan.  It’s a piece of the book come to life.  Here’s another hint. The item is actually in the photograph (and it’s not my wedding ring! sorry folks, get your own loved one to buy you a diamond).

If a personal item is not your style then we can find an Ebook copy of Beneath the Wall in your size…how about that?

P.S. Those who have already sent me pictures WILL be counted.  But feel free to send me more and out-do yourselves.

Hmmm what could it be?

Hmmm what could it be?

Please enjoy the few I’ve received so far!

Kristin in Vermont, USA

Kristin in Vermont, USA

Lucy in Oxfordshire, England, UK

Lucy in Oxfordshire, England, UK

Annie in Little Rock, AK, USA

Annie in Little Rock, AR, USA

Graeme in Sydney, Australia

Graeme in Sydney, Australia

Graeme again in Sydney, just taking a break from cleaning.

Graeme again in Sydney, just taking a break from cleaning.

Mack by Sydney Harbor... He really likes it in Australia.  Well, it was one of the places our troops were given as R & R during the Vietnam War.

Mack by Sydney Harbor… He really likes it in Australia. Well, it was one of the places our troops were given as R & R during the Vietnam War.

Asolo, Italy Thanks to Siobhan

Asolo, Italy Thanks to Siobhan

Asolo, Italy Thanks to Siobhan

Asolo, Italy Thanks to Siobhan

Asolo, Italy Thanks to Siobhan

Asolo, Italy Thanks to Siobhan

Mack back home in Maine

Mack back home in Maine

Mack in Punta Gorda, Florida

Mack in Punta Gorda, Florida

Mack and the Gator in Ft. Myers, FL

Mack and the Gator in Ft. Myers, FL

Even President Lincoln is enjoying the story of Mack and Julianne with Cameron.

Even President Lincoln is enjoying the story of Mack and Julianne with Cameron.

Michelle in Phu Quoc, Vietnam!

Michelle in Phu Quoc, Vietnam!

Michelle in Phu Quoc, Vietnam!

Michelle in Phu Quoc, Vietnam!

Even Superman catches a read.

Even Superman catches a read.

Ray at the Yankee Candle Factory in Deerfield, Massachusetts

Ray at the Yankee Candle Factory in Deerfield, Massachusetts

William McKinley and Ida McKinley figures at the Wm McKinley Presidential Museum in Canton, OH

William McKinley and Ida McKinley figures at the Wm McKinley Presidential Museum in Canton, OH