Win Free Books For A Year!

Everyone who leaves a comment on this post will be entered in Second Wind Publishing’s best contest ever — a chance to win a copy of every title Second Wind will publish in 2011.  (People outside of the United States will win ebooks. Those inside the United States can choose and either ebooks or print books.) This will include a copy of my upcoming novel Light Bringer, which is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2011. (Suzanne Francis, author of The Song of the Arkafina Series, and first person ever to read my new book said Light Bringer is “brilliant.” My favorite word!)

Light Bringer tells the story of  Becka Johnson, who had been abandoned on the doorstep of a remote cabin in Chalcedony, Colorado when she was a baby. Now, thirty-seven years later, she has returned to Chalcedony to discover her identity, but she only finds more questions. Who has been looking for her all those years? Why are those same people interested in fellow newcomer Philip Hansen? Who is Philip, and why does her body sing in harmony with his? And what do either of them have to do with a shadow corporation that once operated a secret underground installation in the area?

So be sure to leave a comment. If you don’t want to receive mailings from Second Wind about other promotions and new releases, let me know. You will still be entered into the contest. Also, three people chosen at random will win an ecopy of one of my published books — your choice! (Pick from the three on the right sidebar of this blog.) Both contests end at midnight on December 30, 2010.

Best of luck to all of you.

152 Responses to “Win Free Books For A Year!”

  1. Jessica Madden Says:

    This is the best contest ever. I love reading! Hopefully next year I would get to publish my own book which I’m working towards to doing.

    • Carol Kristine Wheeles Says:

      This is definitely the best and most unique contest I’ve ever come across, but as an avid reader, it’s absolutely perfect. Another good contest idea would be to publish a book or story for free for the winner, or do an essay contest with unique and out there ideas. Or an easy contest of finishing a story that the writer is only given the first one to three paragraphs of. It would definitely help bring out people’s creativity and entertain the judge or judges. Just some ideas you can toss around if you want.

  2. Kamilah Says:

    This contest is so great I LOVE READING!!!

  3. Tabetha Says:

    Fantastic Idea for a competition! I love it!!

  4. Natasha Says:

    I love reading and this is just the right treat for us readers for xmas. I run a Book blog and I would be so happy to win this and have a chance to read your books all throughout 2011.

  5. Holly Bonville Says:

    I have been doing lots of reading the last few months, and am always looking for a good book! Free is very good!

  6. tamibates.blackroze Says:

    wow i woudl KILL for this lol
    a whole year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Michelle Austin Says:

    Awesome contest!!

  8. Lucy Felthouse Says:

    Wow, fab competition! I’m a reading addict so this would be excellent to win.

  9. Becca Says:

    I love books, and Light Bringer does sound good!

  10. Thea Says:

    This is a great contest! Especially if your resolution is to read more in 2011!!! Wish me luck!

  11. Michelle Izmaylov Says:

    Best. Holiday. Contest. Ever. ‘Nuff said.

    . . . except that /Light Bringer/ sounds like a pretty interesting story. An abandoned girl seeking her true identity . . . now that’s one to look forward to! 🙂

  12. Debbie W. Says:

    The contest is terrific! And, I look forward to reading your books, Pat. The plots are intriguing!

  13. Tina Says:

    This is an awesome contest! I love to read!

  14. Patty Andersen Says:

    Love the idea of all those books. My Public Library might too because, you know, many of them might end up there!

  15. Elysabeth Says:

    I’m in – love book contests – over the past year and a half – have entered several contests just by leaving comments and have won two or three books – sometimes surprisingly so when the book shows up because I totally had forgotten about it. – I want lots of mysteries – lol – but I’ll be happy with anything if I win. Good luck to all who enter – see you in the postings
    Elysabeth Eldering
    Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad, 50-state, mystery, trivia series

  16. Tabitha the KnittingJourneyman Says:

    This is an awesome contest! Free books for a year–can’t beat that!

  17. Rodney Mercer Says:

    I love to read and usually have 2 or 3 going at the same time. Free books for a year would be great!

  18. Emilie S. Says:

    Wow, what a fabulous contest — Thanks for the chance!!

  19. Max Wamsley Says:

    Good idea for a contest.

  20. Marilyn Diamond Says:

    for the daughters of royalty book club

  21. nettiewriter Says:

    Free Books? And they said there was no Santa Claus!

  22. Sarah Melton Says:

    What a wonderful idea! I love reading!!

  23. A. F. Stewart Says:

    What a fabulous contest!

  24. Carol Ann Hoel Says:

    How nice! Thank you for entering me. I’d love to read one of your books, Pat.

  25. Tabitha Robin Says:

    I think this contest is very exciting. I would love to win this. I read nearly 3 to 4 books a week. I love to read. Thanks for the chance to enter this contest.

  26. itsahappyblog Says:

    FREE – BOOKS!! Yay! Bring it on

  27. Stephanie Says:

    Wow, what a great contest! Thanks for the opportunity to win free books. Happy Holidays! 🙂

  28. Peter West Says:

    Free books can never be a bad thing!



  30. david Says:

    what an amazing contest. kudos to second wind.

  31. Kolleen Goda Says:

    AWESOME!!! I love reading, there should me more contests like this.

  32. Gwen Mayo Says:

    Awesome contest. There’s nothing writers like better than books.

  33. Marilynne Says:

    I could always use some help keeping books in my hand. Your discussion left me curious. Why would anyone abandon a baby at a remote cabin? That mystery needs to be solved.

  34. gabixler Says:

    Hi Pat…What a great idea that your publisher has had… and what a great marketer they have in you! I hope they pay you in some way…LOL… As you know, I always have books stacked, but wanted to come over to say hi and hope you enjoy this holiday activity! Happy Holidays to everybody and suggest that your winner come over to Reviewers Roundup and tell us about each book won!

  35. Lisa Richardson Says:

    What a great contest! I would love to win this….my family keeps telling me I have to reduce the size of TBR pile, but of course I never have enough time to read as much as I want!

  36. Dana Says:

    Holy hannah, Pat, this really IS the best contest ever!

  37. Sally Williams Says:

    Sweet! What an awesome prize. 🙂

  38. zabethmarsh Says:

    What a great way to finish 2010 and ring in the New Year! Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year!

  39. Lee Gimenez Says:

    Great contest. Thanks for having it.
    Lee Gimenez

  40. Ishanie Sanchez Says:

    What an exciting contest! Good luck to everyone!!!

  41. Ilona Says:

    Now this is a prize and a half 😀 Great contest indeed.

  42. Sheri Wilkinson Says:

    Awesome contest! Thank you for inviting me!

  43. Gran Says:

    what a great contest! good luck to all!

  44. Barbara Says:

    What a great contest! I love to read. And that’s probably why I review new books on my blog. I’d love to have the opportunity to read all year and review, review, review! That’s my idea of fun! Thanks for a great opportunity.

  45. Says:

    Oooooooooo, I would to win books for a year! Especially when I can review them in my column and on my blog. 😀

  46. Sabrinia Patton Says:

    What a fantastic contest! You can never have too many books and I love finding new authors! :0)

  47. sandra Says:

    Wow this is so neat,I wish more people would do this. What a great way to get a person more intrested in an author or genre! thank you for the chance!

  48. Nate Says:

    This will be a wonderful gift for my gf, she loves books like this

  49. Cathy Christenson Says:

    This is such an awesome idea! I’m so excited that I might get books for a whole year. “Wow!”

  50. Kathleen Heady Says:

    Wonderful idea! Just feeding my reading addiction!

  51. Heather Cox Says:

    wow! this is awesome!

  52. Sara Says:

    What a fantastic opportunity. I love books. Reading is a fantastic way to escape my reality of raising 5 boys! Second Wind Publishing you are going to change someone’s life for the better. I applaud you. 🙂

  53. Donna Says:

    Great contest! I love to read. It’s my therapy, my passion, my addiction. I’m always looking for more books and new authors.

  54. yankeedragon4 Says:

    i love it!!!!!!!

  55. Kimberley Winston Says:

    The imagination is the key to all possibilities, both known and unknown.

  56. patty bierie Says:

    i’m a total bookaholic so this is the best contest ever

  57. Nina Says:

    I LOVE books – what a great contest!!

  58. Michelle Izmaylov Says:

    Hey! I’m a published author of three books. I love reading.

  59. Norm Brown Says:

    Great contest! Can’t beat that prize.

  60. anne hannah Says:

    Yay! A chance for free books at Christmas!

  61. Sandy Moore Says:

    I love this contest. It gives me the incentive to read more.

  62. Sharon Walling (sharon54220) Says:

    I would definitely love to be entered in this GREAT giveaway.
    I love reading and getting new books.

    Thanks for the chance & HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

  63. keatonkat Says:

    Wow – free ebooks – Wunnerful, wunnerful!!


  64. Josiah Says:

    I’m looking forward to learning the results. Second Wind Publishing always seems to come up with new good ideas, like the one for this contest.

  65. Wanda Says:

    Wow, what a great contest! The prize is fantastic! Just right up my alley…. books, books and more books….. just the price I love…. free! LOL And yes, I still want notices from Second Wind. Don’t you dare remove my name from your list. I’ve got to keep up with what’s happening over there.

    And Pat, I echo that comment about your writing, brilliant. You know I’m your biggest fan.

  66. Dutchie Says:

    Free books for a year? Oh yes please and I don’t care if they’re ebooks either! That’s a lot of books.

  67. Erin O'Riordan Says:

    What a fun contest. Pat, you always have such wonderful book ideas.

  68. J. R. Lindermuth Says:

    Who wouldn’t want to win free books? Of course I want to enter.

  69. Colleen O'Connor Says:

    What a “Brilliant” contest

  70. Mark Says:

    Absolutely great contest!

  71. Linda Henderson Says:

    Thank you for the wonderful contest. I would love to have more books to read in 2011

    seriousreader at live dot com

  72. Jessica Says:

    O.O Books! Anyone else feel like the little kid staring into the candy store right now? Awesome contest! Thank you!

  73. Julie J Says:

    This is the best contest ever! I love to read and blog! Thanks for such a great offer!

    faithfulgirl4 at gmail dot com

  74. Teresa Tio Miller Says:

    I wasn’t sure I could believe ‘the greatest contest ever’, but I sure do! I cannot ever seem to have enough books to read. Thank you for being up to ‘greatest contest ever’!

  75. Vikki Says:

    What an awesome giveaway! Man I’d love to win!

  76. Maribeth Beringer Says:

    This would be such a cool prize. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a prize like this for a contest.

  77. Jamie Johnson Says:

    This is a great contest!

  78. virginiagruver Says:

    Count me in. Would love to have free books for a year.

  79. angela grasic Says:

    cool contest. i love books!

  80. Stacey Smith Says:

    This is a Great giveaway!WOW!
    Please enter me.

  81. Surya Sunder Says:

    It’s like getting the key to a treasure!
    One whole year!!!

  82. Balinda Cross Says:

    It would be almost like a dream to win books for a whole year. That would be a book lover prayer being answered.

  83. JC Says:

    Fabulous contest! There is no better gift than a book, unless it is a year filled with free books!

  84. Kristan Ryan Says:

    I need more books. I need a publisher for my new book. Book me for more books.

  85. DarkBeauty73 Says:

    Love getting books just as much as reading them, thanks

  86. Georgiann H. Says:

    Wow free books for a year , this is one great contest.there is nothing like a good book. unless its a year filled with good books..

  87. Says:

    “A home without books is a body without soul.”

    –Marcus Tullius Cicero

    So please help fill mine.

  88. L.C. Evans Says:

    You can’t do any better than this–I love to read!

  89. avadikova Says:

    This contest is awesome! Books are the only way to change this world so people, who write and people who read…rejoyce and work even harder!

  90. Jerome Kiel Says:

    This is a fantastic opportunity for me to read lots more than I do. I’ll be better acquainted with better writing; absolutely great!

  91. Michelle Says:

    Enter me for anything with books. bring ’em on

  92. Tonni Says:

    I agree this is a great contest, I Love Books and I have a collection to provide it

  93. Vickie Pyles Says:

    Great contest. Free books for a year would be awesome.

  94. Steph Says:

    Wow, this truly is the best giveaway ever.

    Thanks for the opportunity!!


  95. Noreen Ann Jenkins (Snyder) Says:

    Thanks for the invite. I would love to win books. Great website, Pat!

  96. Judi Jorgensen Says:

    This is wonderful. I love to read and to have a chance of maybe winning books is wonderful and when I get done with any books I own, I donate them to our little public library here to give others a chance to read decent books. I would be lost without my library here in town as I am on limited income and for me to buy a book is very rare. Thank you for the chance and God bless.

  97. miss betty Says:

    Whoo hoo! A whole new year, a whole new bunch of books! And just in my price range – gratis!

    Happy Christmas!

  98. Cortney R. Says:

    This would be the best thing ever to win. At least for me it would.

  99. Teri Lynne Ehl Says:

    What could be better for a reader than free books???????

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  101. Shar B Says:

    Best type of gift and contest! Can’t beat it.

  102. Mrs.BAT Says:

    Free books?! I think my heart just stopped beating for a second.

  103. Patti DelValle Says:

    This contest has GOT to be the best one yet in the reading world! If I won, I would share too. I always pass my books on to family and friends so it would be a win for more than just myself!
    I hope I have commented before, friends keep showing me this awesome link because I am known as the bookgiver in our group.
    Further, I couldn’t imagine a life without the joy of reading. Any one that is reading this- please help ones that cannot read or don’t have that “hunger” find it.
    Happy Holidays!

  104. Angel Shult Says:

    I love to read! This contest is awesome!

  105. brett Says:

    This would be the best gift ever!

  106. leesis Says:

    free books for a year…heaven!

  107. Anastasia Says:

    Okay, this is definitely one of the coolest contests I’ve ever entered.

  108. sara weather Says:

    I know free books for a year. So do they come every month or what.

  109. a real librarian Says:

    Wow, what a great contest!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!


  110. Danielle Peck Says:

    Books, books, books!! I love books!

  111. Robert Terrell Says:

    Great idea…I love to read and when they are free even better!!!


  112. Lauri J Owen Says:

    Pick me — ooo ooo — pick me!

  113. Jen Drake Says:

    oooooooooooooh Books for a year *to dream* : )

    please enter me! and I don’t mind getting mails from them 🙂 all good *starts dreaming of books…*

  114. Josh Durant Says:

    Great giveaway – please enter me

  115. Penny Tuttle Says:

    Wow – what a great contest. Please enter my name. Thanks so much.

  116. Elizabeth Mize Says:

    Amazing contest. Books are my life. I wish I could just absorb them with a touch.

  117. crazypsychobooklover Says:

    What a fantastic giveaway! Makes me even crazier to think about the chance of winning (and reviewing) every single book published by your company for the entire year~~~~! Gotta love this kind of contest. Hope I’ve been a good enough girl this year………

  118. Sherry Dennis Says:

    I would LOVE to win! What a cool idea for a contest! I am an avid reader. Thanks

  119. c.m.williams Says:

    What a wonderful contest. As an avid reader, I spend a load of money each month purchasing books. Sadly to say my local Borders closed now I have to travel 36 miles to the nearest Borders. If I won this contest, it not only save me money, but gas and time, and I would have even more books to read. Happy Holidays to you.

  120. Stephanie Lawson Says:

    Books for a year would be awesome! I love the idea!

  121. Christine Says:

    What a great contest – unbelievable! Wish us all luck!

  122. Dawn Stone Says:

    What an absolutely fabulous thing to do at this time of the year! Plus, my birthday is December 21st. This would make a great birthday present! 😉 Thank you for your generosity!

  123. Carol Says:

    What an awesome contest. Thanks for entering me.

  124. Barbara Says:

    2011 – the year of books! What a wonderful idea!

  125. Robert Holton Says:

    I would love to win this for my wife… she goes through a book a week…. She loves to read!!!

  126. Marva Dasef Says:

    One out of 124 chances this second? Not so good odds, but worth the Yoohoo! I want books comment.

  127. Christina Says:

    This would be like a dream … sigh.

  128. Patricia Braden Says:

    This would be so perfect for me, I’m on disability now and instead of working I live to read books. I wish us all good luck.

  129. Karen Says:

    I would love to win free books. I am a bookaholic.

  130. Carma H.S. Says:

    Winning this contest would be a dream come true! Getting my hands on the newest titles when they first come available is something I’ve never been able to do. Thank you for the opportunity.

  131. Paul Says:

    Oh yeah! Free Books! Good as a public library, except private!

  132. Carol M Says:

    Thank you for such a great contest! I’d love to win all these books!

  133. Carrie Pieszak Says:

    ooohhh…. how very exciting! To win a plethora of book would be such a delight! Thank you for hosting this contest!

  134. megkinsella Says:

    This sounds like a fantastic contest. I love to read and even with having given away over 1000 in the last 4 years still have 4 bookcases full plus the ones in storage that I switchout seasonally. I read all my book atleast once a year so some new ones would be nice. I just lost over half of my ebooks when my 10 lb kitten decided my laptop needed a drink of water. I think he also took the flash drive that I had copied them to since that is also missing. Good thing I love him.
    Gina and Sinatra

  135. marla thurman Says:

    great prize offer! here’s my comment!

  136. Deanne Says:

    Great contest and a great Christmas present for the winner. I hope it’s me.

  137. David Magayna Says:

    Free books work for me.

  138. Dianna Shuford Says:

    Enter me please! I would love to read these titles!

  139. Nan Says:

    Best of luck to all entrants. As readers, we all want to win. What a nice contest idea.

  140. Mary Russel Says:

    What a clever idea for promoting your authors for 2011. I hope I win. I love to read and I would be thrilled to write and post reviews on each book.

  141. Pat Thomas Says:

    What a super contest. It sure is an attention getter, and good luck to all!

  142. Brenda Arlia Says:

    I heard about your contest on Gather. What a great idea. I just got interested in ebooks. I’d love to win free ebooks for a year or even one of your three featured ebooks.

  143. courtney danielle Says:

    I really wish I could win this! I am an avid reader! I have a hard time keeping up with the latest books bc usually new books at the library are always checked out =[. Also, i would enjoy having copies of my own because I have never really been able to secure my own copies due to the fact my family has no money. =[ It would be a blessing to win a contest like this.

  144. Pat Bertram Says:

    Thank you everyone for participating in this contest. Jen Drake won the free books for a year. Julie J., Ilona, and Lisa Richardson each won one of my ebooks.

  145. Jackie Says:

    Congratulations to the winners!
    Thanks for having such a fabulous contest, Pat. Have a beautiful day~

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Sorry you didn’t win, Jackie. I hope you will try again next time we have a contest.

      • Jackie Says:

        No worries, Pat. 🙂 It is great to see other people win these contests. I’m happy for them. Yes, I’ll enter almost anything to do with books, quilting, needle point, painting…yes, almost anything. LOL

  146. smw24 Says:

    if the contest is still going i would like to be entered.

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