Imagination doesn't just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving [problems] or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. [Some people] would call this escapism, but they would be be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful branch of writing there is.
--Diana Wynne Jones

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lucky You: Matthew Kirby's Clockwork Three

In honor of St. Patrick's Day and Irish luck, I'm giving away a free book today that has nothing to do with Ireland:  my friend, Matthew Kirby's  The Clockwork Three.

If you haven't heard of Matt's debut novel, you're missing out on a fantastic middle-grade read. Released in October of last year, Clockwork is a wonderful adventure story with three main characters, three converging plots, an automaton that comes to life, boy-pleasing amounts of danger and - my favorite bit - a magical green violin. Kirby's book defies genre, but manages to weave elements of steampunk, historical fiction, fantasy, and mystery into one thoroughly satisfying, well-crafted book.

My eleven-year-old son's simple review: "One of the best books I ever read." You'll want to read it, too.

Check out the book trailer, if you like. I tried and failed to get the video to work on my blog (not too tech-savvy right here), so click on the purple/red link to watch on YouTube.

To enter to win The Clockwork Three:

1. Become a follower of my blog by clicking on the "follow me" icon to the right. If you already follow, good enough.

2. Leave a comment and let me know you follow and wish to enter the drawing.

3. Do the above by Sunday, March 20 (which also happens to be the Vernal Equinox. Happy spring!).

4. Check back Monday, March 21 for results.

Good luck! Wear green!


  1. Oh, Matt's book!
    I'd love to be entered in this drawing.

  2. I had to share this contest with everyone on twitter and facebook, because I loved reading this book so much!

  3. I've heard such amazing things about this book! I would love the chance to read it. I'm a follower and would like to enter this contest. :)

  4. As always, I am interested! I enjoy following your blog--Congratulations on finishing the first edit.

  5. Ooh! Now THAT'S a giveaway. =D

    Happy St. Patrick's Day! (I totally forgot to wear green. I'm off to change!)

  6. Hello, everyone! I'd love to enter all y'all (y'all=up to three, all y'all=more than three, remember? Thank you, Alabama) in the blog contest. I'm excited to give away this book. You will love it. Thanks for publicizing, Gaylene.

  7. Ooh - I've heard about this book. I hope I win. I'm a follower.

    Hope you had an awesome St. Patrick's Day.

  8. Thanks,Mary - you, too. I'll enter you in the drawing. :)

  9. Hello, literally stumbled into your blog. My granddaughter, who is learning the viola and loves the world of writing would more than likely be very appreciative of the aforementioned prize. I will bookmark this blog and come to visit when, in my solitary computer confinement, I seek soul mates who love books and writing as I do.

  10. I'm a follower, and I wanna win!


  11. Thanks for the chance to win!
    New GFC follower: Christy
    email: shortcut_2_mushrooms(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)nz

  12. I follow and would love to be entered in the drawing. Good luck everyone.

  13. This may show twice... (Sorry if it does) I follow and would love to be entered in drawing. Good luck everyone.
    If you have time check out my blog at

  14. Just popped over to say hello. I have a copy,(so don't enter me) but if you haven't read this book...get ready! It's awesome.

  15. Please count me in

    I hope it's not too late to enter at gmail dot com

  16. Might be too late to enter, but I'm following. Thx.

  17. Enter me...unless it is too late!

  18. Hey! I was sent here by Brodi Ashton. I would love to be entered!


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