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Field Trips and Food

Like mermaids?

Like surfing?

Like tax-deductible donations?

Want your name in my book?

I’m offering up for auction two minor character names in my 2010 YA fantasy, THE MERMAID’S MIRROR, scheduled for release in Fall 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

The winning bids will benefit two organizations:

1) My son’s class field trip – we parents are trying to raise funds for a 3-day trip to the Oregon coast next June. Since THE MERMAID’S MIRROR is set at the California coast, I thought that would be a nice tie-in.

2) The Oregon Food Bank. This charity has seen a huge increase in families needing assistance for the first time, due to Oregon’s high unemployment rate ( currently 11.5%). You can read more about it here.

The two winners will have their first name used in the text of the book, their full names listed in the acknowledgments of the book, AND will receive one autographed copy of the hardcover.

Of course, I can’t accept bids for names of any of the main characters:

Ineligible Girl Names

Ineligible Boy Names

One boy name and one girl name OR two girl names are up for bid.


The winning name must be a name I would actually use in the story. I reserve the right to reject any name that doesn’t work for me, i.e. Hitler, or Ramalamadingdong.

By submitting a name for bid, you are guaranteeing that this person wants his or her name used in a book.

Winners must mail their winning bid to ME. Anyone who isn’t comfortable sending me a check should not bid. I will forward the donations to each organization. I will not publicly list the name of my son’s school on my blog, but I will provide the name to the winning bidder.

CONTEST ENDS midnight, November 1, 2009.

To bid, add a comment with your $ amount and the proposed name. If you don’t have a LiveJournal username, you can still bid. Just post a comment using the “Anonymous” option, but be sure to tell me who you are in the comment, and include an email where I can contact you, if you win.

Happy bidding!


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Oct. 18th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
I bid 25 bucks for "Gwen".
Oct. 18th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
I bid $30.
Oct. 18th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
$35 for Della. :)
Oct. 18th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
$40 for Shelby.
Oct. 18th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
I bid $50 for my sister's name, Tegan Marie
Oct. 19th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
What a cool idea!
Oct. 20th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
My name in your next book.
I bid nothing but my name is a good mermaid name... Jacinda Martucci :)
Oct. 20th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
$60 for Leslie and Aly, the names of my brother and his wife, but you could use them as boy-girl or girl-girl. :)
Oct. 20th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
sorry, forgot $60 EACH in there
Oct. 22nd, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
i wanted ramalamadingdong!
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