Contest: Buy My Book, Help A Hound


Kelly McKiney won the Facebook contest and chose Rescued Racers in St. Louis as the group that gets the donation. However, book sales weren’t as high as I hoped, and since I want to give a LOT OF MONEY to the hounds, I’m going to extend the donation offer through the end of December. For every copy of The Silver Cage sold through the end of 2010, I’m going to donate $1 to Rescued Racers.

To learn more about The Silver Cage, visit where you can watch the book trailer, read the prologue and first three chapters, and find links to places you can buy the novel.

Full disclosure regarding the donation amount: I receive less than $2 per book sold, so the houndies are getting at least 50% of what I make.

Help me give them more – tell your friends about the book and the donation.

Finally, for those of you who have bought and read the book, please take a few minutes to leave a review or other comments on the site where you bought it and/or on Amazon. Apparently, reviews are one of the keys to sales, which makes sense to me; before I buy a book from anywhere, I usually check the Amazon reviews.  ;-)


As those who know me personally can attest to, writing is not my only passion. For the past 15+ years, I’ve been involved in supporting and promoting the adoption of retired racing greyhounds, and I’m currently owned by three of them: Captain Jack, BJ, and Honda.

Me and Captain Jack in the pool last summer.

As a way to combine my love of writing and my love of greyhounds, I’m holding a contest to benefit greyhound adoption that is linked to the release of my fantasy novel The Silver Cage. The novel will be released as an eBook on December 1, 2010, by LazyDay Publishing. It will be available for purchase directly from the publisher as well as through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and other leading digital distributors.

My girls, BJ and Honda, with Jack hiding in back

I will donate $1 for each copy of The Silver Cage sold during the first week it is available (12:00 a.m. December 1 to 11:59 p.m. December 7) to a greyhound adoption group. That means that if 100 copies are sold in the first week, the selected group gets $100; if 500 copies are sold that first week, the group gets $500; if 1000 copies are sold, the group gets $1000; and so on.

Honda and Jack playing in the backyard.

To determine which group gets the money, I will randomly select one person who has “Liked” my Facebook author page by December 8, 2010. That person will choose the greyhound adoption group the money goes to and will receive a writing-related gift from me, such as a chance to name a character in a future novel (including my upcoming greyhound fantasy novel), a free copy of an upcoming novel, or something similar.

How to enter: To enter, all you need to do is go to my Facebook author page and click the “Like” button. (If you want to become my friend on Facebook, that’s fine, too, but it’s not part of the contest.) If you are chosen as the winner, I will contact you via Facebook.

To help the winning group get as much money as possible, buy a copy of The Silver Cage for yourself and copies for any of your friends who might enjoy it. (Note that while The Silver Cage is considered fantasy fiction, several people who aren’t fans of fantasy [including my editor] have really enjoyed it, so you might want to buy it for yourself or someone else even if you aren’t fantasy fans. Who knows? Maybe you’ll become one. <G>)

Also, spread the word about the contest and the book release to your greyhound friends and anyone else you think might be interested. Remember, one dollar from each copy of the book sold during the first week will be donated directly to the chosen group.

What to do if you’re not on Facebook:
I will be holding a future contest that anyone can enter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help with this one. To make sure that the winning group gets as much money as possible, you can spread the news about the release of The Silver Cage, buy a copy for yourself and/or some copies for friends, and tell any of your friends who are on Facebook to “Like” my page and select your favorite greyhound group if they’re the winner.

What if the winner isn’t a “greyhound person”?
If the winner of the contest doesn’t have a favorite greyhound adoption group, I will work with them to help select a group, either one near where they live or in their state, or by using some other criteria we agree on.

To learn more about The Silver Cage, visit where you can watch the book trailer, read the prologue and first three chapters, and find links to places you can buy the novel (after December 1). Send an e-mail if you have questions about the book or the contest.


About Mik Wilkens

Writer of fantasy, science fiction, and other speculative fiction. Author of The Silver Cage, a fantasy novel, coming 12/1/10.
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