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Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Special Contest from Heather Graham


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BESTSELLING AUTHOR HEATHER GRAHAM

INVITES ONE LUCKY READER

TO ATTEND WRITERS FOR NEW ORLEANS




Annual Conference in Support of New Orleans Literary Community Brings Together Authors and Fans in the Big Easy



New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham always had a soft spot for the city of New Orleans and it often set the scene for the writer’s atmospheric novels of romantic suspense. So after Hurricane Katrina, she was quick to come to the aid of the literary scene in her favorite town, creating Writers for New Orleans, an annual event to help rescue the city’s libraries that were devastated by the storm.


Now, Heather is inviting her readers to win a trip to New Orleans to attend the 2012 Writers for New Orleans conference this winter, from December 14-16. One lucky reader will receive round-trip airfare to New Orleans, two nights at the city’s iconic Monteleone Hotel and an exciting series of workshops, dinner theater, breakfast buffet and Sunday Tea along with opportunities to meet authors including Eileen Dreyer (Kathleen Korbel), David Morrell of “Rambo” fame, Jonathan Mayberry and more. A highlight will be lunch with Heather on Friday, December 14.

The approximate retail value of the prize is $1,200.00 USD. The winner must be available to accept the prize, traveling on the dates of the conference (December 12-14, 2012); no prize substitutions will be made. If the winner is unable to accept the prize on the dates specified, the author reserves the right to select a new winner.


To enter, readers should simply tell Heather, in 100 words or less, how they “give back” to their own communities. The author will select one winner on the basis of Creativity and Commitment. Grammar and word count will also be included in the judging.


The contest marks the debut of a new trilogy starting with, THE UNHOLY (MIRA Books, July 2012, $7.99). Continuing the adventures of the Krewe of Hunters, THE UNHOLY brings together a Hollywood special effects designer and an FBI investigator who must solve a vicious murder on what appears to be a haunted movie set. Inspired, in part, by Heather’s daughter who just graduated from film school in Los Angeles, the book is rich with imagery from Hollywood’s film noir period, as the ghosts of the characters from an iconic 40’s film seem to have come back to life to wreak havoc on the studio where a remake is being shot.


To enter online, readers should email entries to hgrahamcontest@tbtpr.com. Each entry, one per reader, should tell Heather in one hundred (100) words or less how the entrant gives back to her/his community. To enter via mail, hand-print (or type) on an 8 ½” x 11” plain piece of paper, full name, mailing address, telephone number and the how the entrant gives back to his/her community in one hundred (100) words or less and send it to: “Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans Contest” at Truth Be Told, 183 Madison Avenue, Suite 1201, New York, NY 10016. Online entries must be received between 12:01 AM (ET) on June 26, 2012 and 11:59 PM (ET) on August 10, 2012. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by August 10, 2012 and received by August 17, 2012.



Those who love Heather’s special brand of paranormal and romantic suspense couldn’t ask for a better way to step into her world, meet her friends and join in as dedicated writers come together in support of a great cause against the backdrop of one of America’s most iconic cities.



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HEATHER GRAHAM’S WRITERS FOR NEW ORLEANS CONTEST

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE OR RECEIVE PRIZES.

PURCHASE OR ACCEPTANCE OF A PRODUCT OFFER DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.



How to enter: To enter online, please email entries to hgrahamcontest@tbtpr.com. Tell us in one hundred (100) words or less how you give back to your community. To enter via mail, hand-print (or type) on an 8 ½” x 11” plain piece of paper, your full name, mailing address, telephone number and the how you give back to your community in one hundred (100) words or less and send it to: “Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans Contest” at Truth Be Told, 183 Madison Avenue, Suite 1201, New York, NY 10016. Online entries must be received between 12:01 AM (ET) on June 26, 2012 and 11:59 PM (ET) on August 10, 2012. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by August 10, 2012 and received by August 17, 2012. To obtain a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: “Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans Contest” at Truth Be Told, 183 Madison Avenue, Suite 1201, New York, NY 10016. Limit one (1) entry per person. If more than one (1) entry is received from the same person, only the first eligible entry submitted will be considered. By entering the Contest, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans (the “Sponsor”) which are final and binding.



Submissions: By participating in this Contest, entrant represents and warrants that the brief description of how he/she gives back to the community, friends, and family: (i) does not contain any material that is libelous, defamatory, profane or obscene; (ii) is original and all right, title, and interest (including copyright) therein and thereto is owned and/or controlled by the entrant to the full extent necessary to enable the Sponsor to use the submission as contemplated by these Official Rules; and (iii) does not infringe upon the intellectual property or other statutory or common law rights of any third party.



Eligibility: Contest is open to legal residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their state, province or territory of residence at the time of entry. Entries containing images or references to trademarks or other distinguishing guises of any third party are not permissible and will be disqualified. The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the Contest: employees and immediate family members of the Sponsor and her publisher, affiliates, and subsidiaries, and all agencies, entities and persons engaged in the marketing and/or administration of this Contest, and immediate family members Heather Graham. For the purpose of these Official Rules, “immediate family” means husband, wife, spouse, mother, father, brother, sister, son and/or daughter, whether or not they reside in the same household. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to immediately disqualify, without notice, any and all entries that the Sponsor deems to violate any law, infringe upon any third party’s rights, or contain any material that is obscene, or otherwise objectionable. All entries and submissions become the sole property of the Sponsor and none will be returned. No communication or correspondence will be exchanged with entrants except with the entrant selected for the grand prize. Entries submitted online shall be deemed to be submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the entry (i.e., the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet service provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address). The potential winner may be required to provide the Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry.



Prize: One (1) grand prize will be awarded to the Contest winner consisting of a 2-night/3-day trip to New Orleands for Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans conference this December 14-16, 2012. Specifically, the Grand Prize will include: (i) round-trip coach air transportation for the Contest winner from the airport nearest to the Contest winner’s home (as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion) to New Orleans, LA; (ii) two (2) nights’ accommodation (double occupancy) at The Monteleone Hotel; and (iii) entry to all conference events and gatherings. The approximate retail value of the Grand Prize is One Thousand dollars ($ 1,000.00 USD). The actual value of the Grand Prize will depend on the departure city. Contest winner is not entitled to monetary difference between actual prize value and stated approximate prize value, if any.



Travel dates and times are not subject to change and must be booked through a travel agent approved by Heather Graham and must take place on December 14-16, 2012. Should the Contest winner be unable to travel on the dates and times designated by the Sponsor, the Grand Prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. The Contest winner will be responsible for transportation to and from originating airport, travel and medical insurance, travel documentation, airport improvement fees, meals, taxes, gratuities, telephone calls, in-room charges and any other expense not explicitly included in the description of the Grand Prize. The Guest must have attained the age of majority on or before the date of departure, and must complete and return to the Sponsor a Release of Liability no later than thirty (30) days prior to departure. The Grand Prize (and any and all portions thereof) must be accepted as awarded and cannot be transferred, assigned, substituted or redeemed for cash, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. In the event that a specific prize item is discontinued or otherwise unavailable, a prize item or cash of equal or greater value may be awarded to the Contest winner in the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Odds of winning are dependent on the total number of eligible entries received and the quality of each submission.



Judging: One (1) winning entry will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of author Heather Graham and a representative from the Sponsor based on the following criteria:

Creativity & Commitment – 60%

Grammar – 30%

Word Count – 10%



Decisions of the judges are final and binding in all respects.



Notification: On or about August 31, 2012, one (1) potential winner will be selected by the judges and will be notified by mail or email. Potential winner will be required to sign and return (within ten (10) days of notification) a Publicity Release and Affidavit of Eligibility that confirms his/her: (i) eligibility for the Contest and compliance with these Official Rules; (ii) acceptance of the Grand Prize as offered; (iii) release of the Sponsor and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, directors, officers, suppliers, agents, sponsors and administrators (collectively, the “Releasees”) from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damages, cost or expense arising out of participation in this Contest, participation in any Contest-related activity or the acceptance, use, or misuse of any prize, including but not limited to costs, injuries, losses related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light, or from any and all claims of third parties arising there from; and (iv) grant to the Sponsor of the unrestricted right, in the Sponsor’s discretion, to publish, reproduce, convert, broadcast, communicate by telecommunication, exhibit, distribute, translate, adapt and otherwise use and re-use the winner’s submission, name, photograph, likeness, voice and biographical material in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, in connection with the Contest and the promotion and exploitation thereof. If the potential winner fails to respond within the stated timeline, or if a prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable, the potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate potential winner will be selected. Delivery of prize requires a full street address (P.O. boxes are not accepted), which may be requested by the Sponsor.



Conditions: The Sponsor, its parent company, affiliates and/or subsidiaries, are not responsible for printing, clerical or typographical errors of any kind or nature. In no event will the Sponsor be obligated to award more than the stated number of prizes. By accepting the Grand Prize, the winner consents to the Sponsor’s use of his/her name, city and state, province or territory of residence, photograph and likeness throughout the world, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, for purposes of advertising, trade and promotion on behalf of the Sponsor, without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. Participants agree that the Sponsor, its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for damages, injuries or losses of any kind resulting in whole or in part from participation in the contest, or from acceptance and/or use or misuse of the Grand Prize. The Sponsor assumes no liability for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, undeliverable or misdirected entries, notifications and/or responses, or for any computer, online, software, hardware or technical malfunctions that may occur, including but not limited to malfunctions that may affect the transmission or non-transmission of an entry. The Sponsor is not responsible for damage to any participant’s computer system/software related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in connection with this contest. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability in the event that the contest cannot be conducted as planned for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to reasons beyond the control of the Sponsor, such as infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes outside the control of the Sponsor which impair or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND/OR CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for undeliverable e-mails resulting from any form of active or passive e-mail filtering by a participant’s Internet service provider and/or e-mail client or for insufficient space in participant’s e-mail account to receive e-mail. Contest is void, in whole or part, where prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable laws and regulations.



Termination: Subject to any governmental approval which may be required, the Sponsor reserves the right to terminate or suspend the Contest, in whole or in part, and/or amend the Official Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason, without prior notice.



Winner’s List: To receive the official name of the winner between August 31 and September 15, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: “Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans Contest Winner” at Truth Be Told, 183 Madison Avenue, Suite 1201, New York, NY 10016



Sponsor: “Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans Contest,” www.eheathergraham.com/

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