Nathan Bransford, Author

Monday, May 9, 2011

Enter to Win a Kindle! The Wonderbar Twitter Sweepstakes Extravaganza!!!

UPDATE: The contest is over!! Thanks so much for entering!

It's publication week for my novel JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW, and I'm giving away a Kindle with Special Offers!

First, please consider buying a copy JACOB WONDERBAR! It's about three kids who trade a corndog for a spaceship, blast off into space, break the universe, and have to find their way back home. Along the way they meet a nefarious space pirate, land on a planet where the days are just a minute long, and Jacob starts to suspect that his long-lost dad might just be somewhere out in space. It's a fun read for eight-year-olds and up (adults will enjoy it too).

It's being published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Group USA, and will be available in bookstores on May 12th.

Order today at:
Amazon (hardcover)!
Amazon (Kindle)!
Barnes & Noble (hardcover)!
Barnes & Noble (Nook)!

Here's how to enter to win the Kindle with Special Offers:

Step #1: Follow me on Twitter (click this link)

Step #2: Re-Tweet the official contest Tweet (click this link)

Step #3: Post a tweet about how you know when you're in trouble. You MUST include the exact hashtag #YouKnowYoureInTroubleWhen

#YouKnowYoureInTroubleWhen you break the universe.
#YouKnowYoureInTroubleWhen you land on a planet that smells like burp breath.
#YouKnowYoureInTroubleWhen you sit on your cat.

Here be the rules:
  • Do not post the same Tweet more than once. 
  • Use the hashtag however many times you want, but only the first entry will be considered for entry into the sweepstakes.
  • The sweepstakes closes Wednesday at 7pm Pacific time
  • I'll randomly select a potential winner and notify that individual by Direct Message
  • You must be a resident of the United States, age 18 or older in order to enter (Sorry international readers! Sweepstakes rules!)
  • Please follow the full contest rules below
Have fun! Oh, and here's the JACOB WONDERBAR trailer:

The Wonderbar Sweepstakes Extravaganza Rues:

Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, ages 18 and older.
How to Enter:
  1. To enter the Wonderbar Twitter Sweepstakes Extravaganza ("Sweepstakes"), review these Official Rules and to enter the Sweepstakes you must have a valid Twitter® account and be a follower of @NathanBransford. You can obtain an account and become a follower during the Sweepstakes Period by going to, and (1) if you already have a Twitter account, log on using your Twitter user name and password, then become a follower of NathanBransford by searching for "NathanBransford", clicking on the 'NathanBransford' icon and then clicking the "Follow" button or (2) if you do not already have a Twitter account, create a Twitter account according to the instructions on the Twitter website and follow NathanBransford as indicated in (1) above. You then must post Tweet to your feed, including the hashtag #YouKnowYoureInTroubleWhen. Please note that you must agree to comply with the Twitter Terms of Service in order to create a Twitter account.
  2. Entries must be received between 7:00 am (Pacific Time) on May 9, 2011 and 7:00 pm (Pacific Time) on May 11, 2011 ("Sweepstakes Period"). and Twitter, Inc. are not sponsors of this Sweepstakes and do not endorse or otherwise have anything to do with this Sweepstakes. Nathan Bransford shall select the Potential Prize Winner on or about May 12, 2011 by random drawing from among all eligible entries received. 
  3. Only (1) entry per person. In case of multiple entries, only the first entry will be considered. Any attempt by a participant to obtain more than the allowable entries by using multiple/different Twitter accounts or e-mail addresses, identities or any other methods will void all of that participant’s entries. 
  4. Entries are void if they are in whole or in part illegible or incomplete. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for late, incomplete or illegible entries. NOTE: Sponsor may not receive entries from Twitter users with "protected" updates (i.e., user has set their account so that only people the user has approved can view their updates) due to the way Twitter operates its service. Entrants must be a member of good standing of Twitter in order to participate in the Sweepstakes.
  5. Nathan Bransford ("Sponsor") is not responsible for technical, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications caused by the sender, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Sweepstakes which may limit the ability to play or participate, or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. If for any reason the Sweepstakes is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, Sponsor shall have the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes.
  1. From all eligible entries received, one (1) winner will be chosen in a random drawing held on or about May 12, 2011 by Sponsor, whose decisions concerning all matters related to this Sweepstakes are final and binding.
  2. Potential winners will be notified by Twitter direct message. Potential Prize Winner will be asked to provide their personal information such as their name, email address, physical address, date of birth and phone number in order to confirm eligibility and compliance with these official rules. If the Potential Prize Winner cannot be reached after a reasonable effort has been made during three (3) business days from the first notification attempt, such person may be disqualified, with an alternate Prize Winner selected in accordance with these Official Rules. Sponsor will only select up to three (3) alternates. If no contact has been made with the alternates after a reasonable effort has been made, the Prize shall not be awarded. 
  3. The odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.
  1. One (1) winner will receive a Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers (Approximate Retail Value $114.00)
  2. In the event that there is an insufficient number of eligible entries, Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prizes.
This Sweepstakes is open to residents of the fifty United States, age 18 or older. Employees of Sponsor and Dial Books for Young Readers, subsidiaries, affiliates or other parties in anyway involved in the development, production, or distribution of this Sweepstakes, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. Void where prohibited by law. All state and local restrictions apply.
  1. No substitutions, transfers or assignments of prizes allowed. In the event of unavailability, Sponsor may substitute a prize of equal or greater value.
  2. All expenses, including taxes (if any), related to receipt and use of prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners.
  3. Winners may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release ("Affidavit") and if so, the Affidavit must be completed and returned within fourteen (14) days of notification or winner will forfeit their prize and another winner will be selected. Should the ARV of the prize equal or exceed $600.00, winners shall be required to provide a Social Security Number or a Taxpayer Identification Number to Sponsor for issuance of a 1099 Form.
  4. By accepting a prize, winners grant to Sponsor the right to use their names, likenesses, hometowns and biographical information in advertising and promotional materials, including posting on the Sponsor's and author's website, without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.
  5. By competing in this Sweepstakes and/or accepting a prize, entrants release Sponsor, its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies, or the agencies of any of them and the authors and/or editors of any books promoted hereby from any and all liability for any loss, harm, injuries, damages, cost or expense arising out of or relating to participation in this Sweepstakes or the acceptance, use or misuse of the prize.
  6. Any dispute arising from this Sweepstakes will be determined according to the laws of the State of California, without reference to its conflict of law principles, and the entrants consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in San Francisco County and agree that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.
Winners List:
To receive a copy of the winners list, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by November 9, 2011 to Nathan Bransford, PO Box 809, Colusa, CA 95932
Nathan Bransford
PO Box 809
Colusa, CA 95932


Anonymous said...

Good luck with the new release!!

I just did a kindle giveaway with a group of authors and we had some nice responses and someone received a nice e-reader.

Munk said...

A random drawing! This is gonna be a cinch.

Tana Adams said...

You rock, Nathan! Can't wait to read this allowed to my daughter. =) Godspeed on your success.

Amy said...

What's the target age range for the book? I have two boys ages 7 and 12, and I'm always looking for new reading material for them.

Julia G. Darelle said...

Congrats on the book! I'll be buying it as a present for my friend's daughter, I'm sure she'll love it!

Shadow said...

Congratz on the book nathan but with your competition im stumped by three of the rules-im not over 18 im not in the US and i dont have twitter...oh well

D. Robert Pease said...

Looking forward to it Nathan.

Do you have any insight as to why the Kindle version is more than the Hardcover version? I assume this is the publishers doing and not yours, but what were they thinking when they set the prices? If you poled 100 people I'll bet you'd get 100 responses saying the eBook version should be less than the hardcover version. It just seems like terrible marketing to have it the other way around.

Nathan Bransford said...

D. Robert-

That's a decision that's made by the publisher. The reasons are somewhat complicated, and I explained them in this post.

DRC said...

I'm sure I'll be buying it on the strength of your trailer!!!!

Josin L. McQuein said...

Tweet tweet!

Congrats on the release. (It seems like you should have a corndog buffet for the occasion.) :-P

KimberlyFDR said...

The book looks really cool! And thank you for providing such a great contest, too :)

terri.forehand said...

The book looks like a great read. My grandkids will love it. I tweeted and follow so who knows, a Kindle could be in my future. Congratulations on the book.

We Heart YA said...

Wow, awesome giveaway, and we can't wait to read the book (one way or another). :)

Random Chick said...

I just bought your book for my two kids...who by the way are HUGE Star Wars fans so this was PERFECT! Yay for Jacob Wonderbar!!

Kristi Helvig said...

Congrats on the release! I'd enter if I used e-readers, but I'll add this to today's contest post on our blog. :)

T.J. said...

I love randomness. I always lose. But it's always worth a try.

D.G. Hudson said...

Many Happy Sales for you, Nathan, and you've got to cash in on the 'corndog' angle. Perhaps a new brand of 'space-friendly corndogs' that will appeal to those sci-fi kids who'll be reading your book. (in weird colours for different planets?)
PS-I'd only buy your book in hardcopy, as a thank-you for running this blog.

Good Luck to all participants in your contest! (But not an option for those of us who don't indulge in Twitter.)

The Red Angel said...

What a wonderful Sweepstakes, Nathan! Thank you for this. :) Unfortunately, however, I do not have Twitter and cannot participate. Best of luck to all entrants, though!


D.G. Hudson said...

Oh, yes, and I'm not in the USA, so that's another reason I can't participate. It's amazing how many things don't get across the border (hah-free trade in what?)

Just a grumbly Canadian reader. . .

Helen Hanson said...

Congratulations! As a mother of a son, I'm glad to see more books targeted toward boys. All the best!

Chris Phillips said...

Does the current release include paperback?

Barbara Watson said...

Publication week! I'm so excited for you! My kids and I read aloud as much as we can and are always looking for books that appeal to us all (girl, boy, and adult - me). We'll be checking yours out!

Rachael said...

Congrats on the release! I've tweeted away!

The Lemonade Stand said...

You know you're in trouble when you don't have twitter and there are blog contests going on. ;-)

Excited to read the book and good luck to the peeps with tweet!

Mr. D said...

Sorry, don't do Twitter!

Mary Campbell said...

congrats on the book release. Can't wait to check this book out. Sounds like it will be right up my 10yo's alley.

Amanda said...

Yay! Exciting! I already have it preordered and can't wait to read it to my students. :-)

Matthew MacNish said...

You probably could have fit a little more legalese in at the end there Nathan, if you had tried a little harder.

Seriously though, what a cool idea! Go Mavericks.

Gretchen said...

Congratulations on the book!

Pam Torres said...

Congratulations on the release. This is the perfect book for my granddaughter who hates to read. Thanks!

Marilyn Peake said...

Congratulations on the release of your book! Awesome contest!

Thermocline said...

It's sad when the rules about giving something away have to be longer than the original announcement.


Mira said...

Amy - boys 7 and 12 is the perfect age this book.

Chris - doesn't look like paperbacks are released yet.

This is a fun contest! Sadly, I can't participate, because I don't do Twitter, but I'll cheer on the participants!

Very exciting. Jacob Wonderbar in 4 days.

J. R. Tomlin said...

A question, Nathan. Does your novel have female characters? I don't buy all male books for my very techie granddaughter. Not to be ... sexist about it or saying someone can't write such a novel, but that's just how it is and your cover kind of gives that imression.

Rebecca Knight said...

What a fun giveaway! :D I am tweeting as we speak...

Good luck with the release!

Nathan Bransford said...


Definitely - Sarah Daisy is one of the three main characters.

Nathan Bransford said...


Also, Sarah Daisy is on the cover?

Anonymous said...

Your book looks very cool!!

Anonymous said...

Hard to tell that's a girl on the cover.

Martha Ramirez said...

Congrats, Nathan! Jacob looks like a fabulous read! Best of luck.

Gotta go and tweet now:)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Can't enter because I don't tweet. But awesome contest. And I'm almost done with the book. It's awesome!

Caitlin said...

Neat contest! Thanks for putting this on, and congratulations on your book release!

J. T. Shea said...

There are probably publishing contracts shorter than your sweepstakes rules, Nathan. And I live in Ireland, which was still not one of the United States last time I checked, so I HATE you! And I don't want your damn Kindle anyway! So there!

But, now I've got that off my chest, I'll buy your book anyway.

sally apokedak said...

can we read the first chapter of Jacob Wonderbar somewhere? I never buy a book without reading the first several pages.

Nathan Bransford said...


Stay tuned for Thursday!

J.C. Martin said...

Cool contest, and what a fun hashtag! I know I'm not eligible, but have retweeted your contest anyway to help spread the word! :)

Diane said...

Great trailor! Super fun for kids!!! :O)

Joseph Miller said...

Awesome contest!

Indu Nair said...


Looking foward to the excerpt, and the book.

Ishta Mercurio said...

Best of luck with the release, Nathan!

And, um, wow. This giveaway has the most involved posting of rules I have ever seen on an author blog. Does this mean giveaways run by other authors and bloggers were done incorrectly or illegally somehow? If I give away a book (or a Kindle, or an iPod) on my blog, do I have a legal obligation to post rules like this? Because thinking about it is giving me hives.

Gaines7 said...

Hello how are you? Thank you for this opportunity. I am following, liking, joining and subscribing.

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