Win a copy of ‘The Keepers’ audiobooks!

January 19th, 2012

We are having a competition!

*loud trumpet fanfare*

The prize is the audio book (a set of six CDs) of Museum of Thieves as read by the wonderful Claudia Black, PLUS the audio book (five CDs) of City of Lies, also read by Claudia. You can listen to an excerpt from Museum of Thieves here and from City of Lies here. The audio books are produced by Random House.

Actually, there will be two competitions – one for adults and one for children. So of course there will be two prizes as well πŸ™‚ Here are the rules:

1. For children. Many strange animals used to roam the Faroon Peninsula. There were brizzlehounds, slommerkins, idlecats, slaughterbirds, quignogs and slotters. In Museum of Thieves we discovered what brizzlehounds and slaughterbirds look like. In City of Lies we met a slommerkin (eeek!), and the descendant of an idlecat.

But what on earth does a quignog look like? Big or small? Ferocious or peaceful? Hairy or scaly? Your guess is as good as mine! The only clue we have is that, in Book 3, Path of Beasts (due out later this year), someone is described as ‘as mad as a quignog’.

So, my dears, your job is to imagine a quignog. Then either draw it or paint it (if you like drawing and painting) or describe it in words (if you prefer writing).

You’ll find out how to send in your entry further down the page. If it’s a picture and you want to send it by email, you’ll have to scan it or get someone to scan it for you.

2. For adults. There are rooms in the Museum of Dunt that even Herro Dan and Olga Ciavolga don’t know about. Or perhaps they knew them once and have forgotten them. Your job is to rediscover one of them. Name it – then paint it, draw it, sculpt it, Photoshop it, crochet it or describe it in words. The only limitation I place on entries – either for medium of creation or for content – is to remember that this is a children’s book.

So – what room would you like to see in the Museum of Dunt?

Closing date. The competition will close on Sunday Feb 19th. That gives you just a little over four weeks. If you are sending your entry by hard copy (see below), you must send it by this date. It doesn’t matter if I receive it a bit late, as long as it is sent on time. Email entries of course will also have to be sent by this date.

How to enter. You can post hard copy entries to Keepers Competition, 8 Aragoon St, Lauderdale, Tasmania, Australia 7021, or you can email them to keeperscompetition at gmail dot com. (You’ll have to turn that into an email address yourselves – I’m trying to avoid spam.) If you post them, make sure you include your name and an ACCURATE email address so I can get in touch with you if you win.

Other stuff. One entry per person. The judge is me and only me. No arguments will be entered into. I’ll put my favourite entries up on the website. And no, you can’t have your entry back afterwards.

Any questions? No? Then what are you waiting for? Get to work!

0 thoughts on “Win a copy of ‘The Keepers’ audiobooks!

  1. Great idea. Time line a bit arduous for procrastinators.

    1. Lian says:

      I know! But if I allow for procrastinators the competition will never close. πŸ™‚

  2. Lily says:

    Hey Lian! Me and my friend just read it we want to get to work! She is going to draw and I’m going to write. Is it ok If she uses my E’mail for her?
    πŸ˜€ Lily.

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Lily, glad to hear you’re going to enter. Yes, that’s fine about the email.

      1. Lily says:

        ok, thanks Lian.

  3. Cate says:

    Hi Lian,
    just wanted to check whether you had a word limit on the writing component of your competition? I’m looking forward to giving it a go.

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Cate, no, no word limit. Not many limits at all, really. Surprise me! πŸ™‚

  4. Rhonda Rice says:

    If you have a newsletter I would appreciate a copy. I need details of comps at least one month ahead so that I can include them in my comp. pages of FreeExpreSsion Lit. Mag. Thanks. Rhonda Rice Comp.Editor

  5. kati-rose says:

    hey lian thanks again for the book plates they look awesome.
    i think that this competition sounds fabulous and i was wondering if i can send in a picture as well as a written description.

    1. Lian says:

      Hey Kati-Rose, good to hear from you again! Yes, you can certainly send in a picture as well as a written description. Just make sure it’s clear whether you want me to judge them together or separately – i.e. as one entry or two.

  6. kati-rose says:

    thanks lian, but it’ll just be one both of them together. one entryper person ,right?

    1. Lian says:

      Oh yes, I’d forgotten that rule. πŸ™‚

  7. kati-rose says:

    one, both. not one both

  8. Hannah says:

    Are you making a movie for the keepers?

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Hannah, I’m an author, not a film producer or director, so I don’t make movies. All I can do is hope that a director or producer will read the books and love them, and decide to make a movie out of them. Wouldn’t that be exciting!

  9. Lenichi says:

    Hi, just a question here. What exactly counts as “child”? I’m 13, so I am somewhere around the middle, though consider myself as much of a child as the next book lover would. I have already started on the Quignog, but am prepared to switch to adult if that’s what you would like.

    I really loved “Museum of Thieves” and hope I can find the other books! P.S. I’m Tei, from goodreads πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Lenichi/Tei, Mm, you are in the middle, aren’t you. But I think we’ll take legal voting age as the cutoff point, to save argument, and I’ll take people’s ages into account when I do the judging. I’m very happy for you to do the quignog. Looking forward to getting your entry!

      1. Lenichi says:

        Thank you! I’ll try to finish up on it today!

    2. kati-rose says:

      hey tei the other book
      city of lies is awesome, i recomend bookcity they should have it in stock.

  10. maeve says:

    I noticed on the competition for children you said someone is described as mad as a quinog and i got confused which mad you ment mad as in angry or mad as in crazy (like the mad hatter from alice in wonderland.)
    Can you please tell me because i’m nearly done on my drawing.

    from Maeve

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Maeve, you can choose which way it is meant. I don’t mind, either way. I’m looking forward to seeing your drawing!

  11. kati-rose says:

    hey i’m sending in my entry today or i might just put it in your letter box.seeing as i live in rokeby. apparently you’ve met my mother Marni kaulima i was very suprised and i hope you like my entry.
    p.s. you have got a series that is just as good as john flannagan’s rangers apprentice and brother band series in your hands
    i hope you write another series in the keepers world maybe about bonny or frisia.

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Kati-Rose, I’m glad to hear you’re entering the competition. Sounds as if I’m going to get quite a few entries at the last minute. Thanks for your very nice comments about the series. I am indeed intending to write more stories set in the keepers world. I’ve just got another stand-alone novel to finish first, then I’ll get back to Dunt!

      1. kati-rose says:

        that is completely and totally really should read the series that i mentioned, they are awesome.

        1. Lian says:

          I’ll give them a try, Kati-Rose. Thanks for the recommendations!

  12. kati-rose says:

    hey tei the other book
    city of lies is awesome i recomend bookcity they should have it in stock. and lian i forgot to add the percy jackson and heroes of olmpus series they are awesome too. they are by rick riordan, the myth master!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  13. TheKeepers Book Club says:

    Our names are Sofia,Sophie and Maeve and we are
    The Keepers Book Club.

    We are up to the second book in the series, which all of us are enjoying! We can’t wait untill the third book in the series comes out!!!

    We all agree that once you finish the trilogy you should make a book on another characters poit of veiw like Olga Ciavolga who you said stole Broo from the circus we think that would defenetly be interesting.

    Bye πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      Hello Sofia, Sophie and Maeve, it’s lovely to hear from you! I’m glad you’re enjoying the second book. And it’s very interesting that you should say that about a book from the point of view of Olga Ciavolga, because that is exactly what I am hoping to do! I’m writing another book first (and I’m still on the first draft, so it will be a while before it’s finished), but then I want to go back and write about the time when Olga Ciavolga and Herro Dan were children, and what happened to them, and how they came to rescue Broo and start the museum.

  14. Lilli says:

    Hi Lian
    You are the best author ever !!

    I was wondering if you could do talks at schools my Librarian will love it !!

    It will be awesome because my whole school loves your books .

    I was thinking about what you said about Olga Ciavolga and Herro Dan because maybe Broo could start talking about his life as all of them have different stories .

    Bye ,Lilli xoxo

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Lilli, what a nice school you must go to, if everyone there loves my books. πŸ˜€ Where is your school?

  15. Lilli says:

    Hi Lian

    I can not wait to see who gets to win the competions me,my mum and my brother entered so I hope there is a chance to win πŸ˜‰ <3

    Love Lilli

    1. Lian says:

      I assume you sent your entries by post, Lilli? I’m just asking because I haven’t had email entries from you or your mum or brother.

  16. Lilli says:

    Sorry Lian ,I just noticed the must of bounced back because I sent them by email!

    And on the 18th of February I go to a school in Sydney so I am not really expecting you to come all the way to NSW to talk to a school .
    Thanks for telling me that the entry did not get in !

    Do you think I should still send them to you again ,for you to have a look ?

    Love Lilli ( a very consistent reader )

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Lilli, I was really sorry not to get your entries, after you said you had sent them. Yes, please send them again – I’d love to see them!

  17. Shannon says:

    I love Bonnie she is by far my favorite cos I’m just like her how she looks her age how she acts I am an anoying little sister too

    1. Lian says:

      I was an annoying little sister, Shannon, so I guess that makes me like Bonnie, too. It’s also why I know exactly how big brothers behave. πŸ˜€

  18. Adam says:

    ow I wanted to enter

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