Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fun Mystery Author Contests: Cupcakes, Happily Ever After

I came across two contests offered by Mystery Authors this week that are both a bit whimical and fun, so I thought I'd post them here.

Karin Slaughter has set up a Cupcake Contest! and, yes, it belongs here, probably as well as on Here's the Deal. Karin Slaughter, author of Broken, and lover of The Whimsical Bakehouse and all things cake has set up a Cupcake Contest. You can follow instructions or create cupcakes in the Style of Slaughter or come up with something completely on your own. All details HERE.

With June just around the corner and thoughts of marriage on your mind--you, your daughter, your mother?, Elaine Viets has initiated the Elaine Viets Happily Ever After Contest. Besides being a bestselling mystery author, she is also an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church. She will marry a couple anywhere within the continental United States to celebrate a very special literary occasion: The publication of Half-Price Homicide, her ninth Dead-End Job mystery.

After nine books and many adventures, Helen and Phil begin their new life together in this novel. They have a romantic beach wedding. Helen and Phil are married by a minister in Universal Life Church. This wedding starts a new chapter for both of them.

Whether you want a romantic wedding by the sea, a mountain meadow, a luxurious garden, a grand hotel or a private home, Elaine will be honored to marry you. Because true love defies labels, she will marry either a traditional bride and groom or a same-sex couples.

RSVP your entry to Elaine Viets’ Happily Ever After contest: Email to:

(1) Your names

(2) The proposed date and time of your wedding

(3) The location. Name or type of place (private home, park, hotel), Street address, State and ZIP

Entries must be emailed by midnight, June 1, to

The winning couple will be chosen by the Elaine Viets advertising team.

PLEASE NOTE: You will have to work out a mutually agreeable date if she has a previously scheduled event.
She will travel to the wedding at her expense within the continental USA. She has been a minister in good standing with the Universal Life Church since 1976.

The engaged couple or their representatives agree to provide lodgings for her, as well as meals, transportation to and from the airport and the ceremony, if needed. Her hotel room must be booked in advance of the wedding, if the wedding takes place outside the Fort Lauderdale area.

The couple must be of legal age to marry and either single or divorced. If one or both parties are divorced, you will be asked to produce your divorce decree(s) and all necessary identification.

Both parties must mutually consent to Elaine Viets as their minister.

Same sex weddings are legal only in the states that permit them, but she will still perform the ceremony.

Visit Elaine Viets' website for more information. Contest ends June 1, 2010

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