Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"Word of Mouth" Contest for FORGOTTEN SEA!

Only one week until the Forgotten Sea release!!! If you like this series, I need your help getting the word out!

So I'm giving away TWO personalized, complete sets of the Children of the Sea: SEA WITCH, SEA FEVER, SEA LORD, IMMORTAL SEA, FORGOTTEN SEA, and the two novella prequels in the anthologies SHIFTER and BURNING UP. Seven books!

To enter, simply leave a comment on my blog.
To increase your chances, recommend my books or my books page to your friends - on your blog, page, email, newsletter, or by good old word of mouth.

If your friend leaves a comment ("YOUR NAME sent me!"), they'll be entered in the contest for one complete seven-book set.

And you'll not only be entered in the first giveaway, but in a special "Thank You, Friends!" drawing for another complete seven-book set. (The more friends you send, the more times you'll be entered!)

Finally, I'll choose one commenter at random to receive a replica of the series logo - a pewter triskelion on a black satin cord with a sterling clasp, a copy of the warden's medallion.

DO PLEASE leave some way for me to identify and contact you. You can post as "Anonymous," but you must leave an email address, disguised so the evil cyber bots do not spam you. (Example: virginia (at) virginiakantra DOT com)

And please make sure when you're getting the word out that your friends identify you in the same way, so that you have every chance to win! (Screen names are fine.)

The contest will run between now and the release day of Forgotten Sea, June 7. Good luck and thanks so much for helping me get the word out!


Carlyn McKechnie said...

I would love to read these! I have read great reviews for it! I'll be going on to goodreads to tell people to read your books! :)


Mujerluminosa said...

Finally! I'm very excited for this new installment of the CoS series. Absolutely love these books, yay! Thanks so much for the contest.

Firefly said...

This is a great series! Thanks for the contest!

Raonaid Luckwell said...

I had to borrow the first two so I could read the third that I had in my To be read pile (I had won it from Bittenbybooks).

Usually Selkies books do not catch my attention but by the first word on the page I was hook, lined and sinkered.

I didn't read Immortal Sea yet because I know I would have to had the second book right then and there! I was saving it.

Just left a post on my facebook to suggest my book friends to race here.

Raonaid (at) gmail (dot) com

WK said...

OHHHh I'd love to have them signed! ROFL. Virginia is awesome in person as well ladies so that makes her books just more enjoyable!

highlandlovesong at yahoo dot com

Michelle Bledsoe said...

Virginia you are the BOMB BABY...LOL
I have read your anthology stories but not the novels. I would love to be entered.

koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Great post.This sounds amazing.WendyK sent me here.

lindsey hutchison said...

i would sincerely love to have these and i will start spreading the word on my review facebook page as well as my personal facebook page. thanks so much for the chance.


meggerfly said...

This is so great! I need to catch upon this series

rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

Christie Rexford said...

Your books were recommended on Suzanne Brockman's FB site and I am so glad I took her advice and checked out this series...I LOVE it ! This story was just what I needed to kick off my summer vacation ! I will be recommending you to all my friends and family !

Johanna J said...

These books sound awesome and I have added to my list! My friend Megan (Meggerfly) mentioned this on her reading buddies group on Facebook! Thanks for sharing with us! I'll post on Facebook too!



meggerfly said...

Posted this giveaway on my blog!


Shared this on FB


rootml1 AT hotmail Doy com

Claire said...

I love the CoS books and cannot wait for the new one :)


Suzy said...

Great series and contest.

Jennifer McCambridge said...

I will get my cousin hooked on your books. She will love them.

Keeshe said...

I've been watching for these books and never pass up on getting the latest, loved them since I got the third-- even if it was out of order-- and been drawn in by the suspense.

Raonaid Luckwell told me about this contest so I had to put my say in.

Keeshekaldaka (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

i would love to win these,my sonNlaw is been making my blog for reviews the last couple days and these would be great to start with

blackroze37 @yahoo.com

Winnie said...

I'm new to your series and would these! Thanks for the chance!

Escape by Fiction said...

Meggerfly sent me!!

I absolutely love this series. I think the world you've created is awesome. I put a link on my blog - that's how you can find me!!

Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction :)

maggie said...

Can't wait until the new one is out.

Crystal ♥ said...

LOVE this series, cannot wait for Forgotten Sea!

readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com

Shared on FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Reading-Between-the-Wines-Book-Club/170572356308917

And Twitter: https://twitter.com/RBtWBC/status/75751227350200320

Anonymous said...

I love Selkie books. They are a strange and wonderful legend. Your books are great. Thanks for the chance. Your readers appreciate it.
From aunttackyx18 AT verizon DOT net

Kelley said...

I love this series and it would be fantastic to have an entire set autographed!

Karen said...

I would love to read this series - what a great oportunity; thank you!! Escape by Fiction sent me!


Anonymous said...

This sounds like is a great series!!! This contest is awesome!!!I am on my way to get the word out.


buddyt said...

What a great giveaway.

Winning this would cerainly bring me into the series.

If the giveaway is open worldwide, I would love to be entered.

Thanks you.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Ren said...

Oh, I would love to win!
Children of The Sea is one of my favorite series and I love to read your book!
I know about this contest from "Riverina Romantics" blog, so "meggerfly" sent me to this contest!!

Thanks for the giveaway!

sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

Ash said...

I would love to win!


Sonja Foust said...

Awesome! I'll send some folks your way!

Rita said...

Love romance and hope to win a new book by YOU. Dolly sent me the link but I STILL hope I win ")

lindalou said...

I've not read any of your books but they sound awesome! I'd love to win one of your giveaways and I'd promise to post reviews on Goodreads, Amazon & Barnes and Noble (and other sites if you tell me where!)
Thanks for the opportunity!

Michele said...

I loved Sea Witch! Great story!

sherie said...

Cannot wait to read these books! Thanks for the giveaway!
Planing on posting a link about your books!


Kim Hughes said...

Awesome series!!! Can't wait for the new one!!!

Lizzielvr said...

Hi Virginia! Thanks for the contest, I love this series!

And the covers are smokin' hot!

Damaris said...


I am new follower and a new reader. Read some great things about your books. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

I will be adding it all to my GoodReads and will be tweeting about your giveaway under @GCReading.

Thank you!!!


Mary Alice said...

I would love to have the opportunity to read these! Thank you for the offer!! I'll be letting my friends at coffee know about this!

Anne said...

Cannot wait to read Forgotten Sea! Does leaving fliers all over the place for our book club count as 'word of mouth' even if it's for Sea Witch? :-D
Great contest Virginia! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the contest! I love the series so far and would love a set of the books :) I'll be spreading the word to my friends.

heather b

EternalsBlissy said...

Virginia you are so awesome!! I love love love when authors remember us little people and offer us yummy tidbits such as this!

You raWk!

Ti Colluney

eternais bliss at aol dot com and yes it is spelled eternais not eternals lol

Carrie's Rambles said...

That is so great of you to run this contest! I would love to read the series in order! I have been looking for a good series to read and may have just found it :)

carriemb2468 at aol dot com
carriesrambles at aol dot com


Ashley L said...

Please enter me into your contest! Would love to read these. I'm also trying to share it on Facebook, if it lets me!


KiMarksmom said...

this would be an awesome addition to my TBR pile. Congratulations on the new release

Becky said...

I would love to read these!!!! Thank you for the contest! :)


Anonymous said...

What a great giveaway! I would love to win. :o)

Jillian Jordan

Amanda.Walker317 said...

Please enter me. Love the series! I borrowed the first two and would love to complete my reading experience. I love them so far!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I shared the link on my facebook page.

Jan Douglas

mary lou said...

I love to discover authors I haven't read yet. The reviews look great. I look forward to adding you to my list of favorite authors. Found out about this from Carriesrambles.


James said...

Awesome!! Thanks for this excellent contest!

Chelle said...

I am counting the days until Forgotten Sea is released. I love your books so much. My tattoo has a celtic Triskel too. One of my favorite celtic symbols.

Anonymous said...

I would love to read these books!!! They look like wonderful summer afternoon reads!!


mrs. willy said...

I would love to read these!!! I think that the summer is the best time to read something like these books and thanks for such a wonderful contest!

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this series, thank you for the opportunity and the great contest.



flchen1 said...

Ooh! I'd love to complete my series of signed books, Virginia! This is such a wonderful series!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

L.Lane said...

Can't wait! Love the series.

Zanna said...

Reading Forgotten Sea as I write. Thank you for the signed copy. Love it and am talking it up to all my friends who read.

krizia said...

Well lemme say I love these books, I found you through fantasticfiction.co.uk and then I was hooked, also your triskelio symbol, its just seeped in history, specially the celts, although yours is prettier. :)

Julie A. D'Arcy said...

I am looking forward to reading your book. Is it out in Kindle? As well?

Virginia Kantra said...

Love my readers! Wishing you ALL luck!
Yes, Forgotten Sea will be available on Kindle and Nook and in hardcover through Rhapsody/Doubleday book clubs.

Re: the necklace
The Children of the Sea logo is based on the Celtic triskelion.
The triskelion, which is present in both Greek and Celtic cultures,
not only symbolizes the three aspects of the goddess
(mother, maiden, and wise woman),
but was adopted by the early Christian church as a sign of the Holy Trinity.
It can be found on ancient grave sites and jewelry.

The three connected spirals represent the realms of the overworld, underworld, and material world; or--and this is where my writer's brain caught fire--the domains of earth, sea, and sky.
In the mythology of the Children of the Sea, the elements exist in uneasy balance. The "elementals," the children of earth, sea, sky, and fire who came into being at the Creation, are sometimes in conflict. So when I went to New York to talk cover treatments with my fabulous editor, I told her I wanted to use a version of the triskelion for the series logo--earth, sea, and sky bound together in a powerful ward.
And of course you can see Dylan, Conn, and Morgan all wearing one on the book covers!

Christina said...

I can't wait to get my hands on those books, summers coming and I read by the pool all summer long. Awesome contest!

Christine Shaffer said...

Wow this is an awesome giveaway. Would keep me busy for awhile, sitting in my lounge or hammock and reading, now that's what I call relaxation..
Christine S
chrissy6341 at aol dot com

Kay T said...

Another comment, but not much more to say! Would love to win the books.

Kay T

Tangie said...

I have been looking for a new series to read, and I've never seen one like this! This is a great contest! Thanks so much for for the chance to win :)

Jennifer Mathis said...

awesome contest
I share link on facebook


SCarolina said...

After happening upon your facebook profile via a friend's page.. I bookmarked you and came back to read more. Having then kept you on my "Author, check often" list I bought Sea Witch for kindle. And having devoured that overnight I have bought every one of your books I can. lol
Thank you for being prolific and GREAT!
Shared the link on fb but Definitely came by to say thanks... and for stocking my bookshelves with great books!
SCarolinaMM(at)gmail(dot)com...... I think? lol
CarolinaSC1 *AT* yahooooooooo is the other ;)

Robin said...

Oh, wow, I would love to win!!!

robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

Abby said...

Would love to win the set, recently r4ead the first book and loved it.

Anonymous said...

Would love to win this!!


ethel louise clark said...

Hi Virginia. I would be thrilled to have these books and am spreading the work on facebook. I am keep my fingers crossed.

Anonymous said...


;like to throw my name in


Misty Blue said...

mistybluehour (at) yahoo (dot) com


Would love a chance to win and read this ser. my best friend told me about.

becrias said...

would love to read this series!


Ann Onymous said...

This looks like a great series.
e-mail: alyssapilkington(at)gmail(dot)com

Keisha said...

Would love to win


Ellen said...

What a great contest!! Good luck!

Christine Shaffer said...

Would love to win. Would keep me busy in lounge chair and possible take my mind off the pain I suffer everyday.
Christine S
chrissy6341 at aol dot com

Lisa said...

I am so dying to get my hands on this series! It has been recommended by several people for reading...

Carla said...

Wow!! What a great contest!! I would love to win an entire set of the series.

Heather said...

This is beyond the best giveaway I've seen. I love this series and winning it would be amazing.

I've put your book list on my fb page and told the book club to drop in.

Thank you for the opportunity!

Heather M.

Blackeros said...

Oh, I so need these books. I would love to start from the beginning.

Carla said...

I will also post on my FB page -http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Book-Monster-Reviews/225251044169250 and on my blog - http://bookmonsterreviews.blogspot.com/?zx=b38ccb7f3d72c89f

Gayanne M. said...

Very nice contest, I'd love to win.
Heather M. sent me!!!!

Gayanne M.
Grandma4414 at yahoo dot com

arteemus37 said...

Pick me, pick me! Not winning may cause me to run with scissors!

Amanda S. said...

I was told to stop in by Heather M. she also got me hooked on this series a few years ago. Thanks for the chance.

Heather M. sent me!!

Amanda S.
Amsev92 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Nikki said...

I'd LOVE to get my hands on these books! The hubby has cut off my bookbuying privleges (he says I have a book addiction and doesn't want to be an enabler...) lol

Anonymous said...

These books sound so great. I would love to win them. They have been added to my to buy list.


Gina/Katherine said...

Happy to promote this awesome series! The characters are so richly drawn and the worldbuilding incredible. I aspire...

Feelin' Froggy...Gotta Jump! said...

Rachel McCown Higgens sent me!

I have a kindle and read most of my books on that now and would love to read your series! I am a voracious reader and read books like they are going out of style! LOL! I was thinking when I get my book budget next month,yes I read that much, that I would start your books. Looking forward to it!

Anonymous said...

I would dearly love to read the rest of this series. I've read "Shifter" and "Burning Up" but haven't had the finances to buy the rest of the series or a library near me to check them out. I'll be putting up reviews on my facebook, aol lifestream and myspace pages. You can find me at BabyAaliyah79 at aol dot com.

Elizabeth W said...

I would love to read these books! I just learned of them and they seem to be my kind of books. :)

Anonymous said...

I would love to win the series! Almost to the end of sea witch on my iPhone and love, love, love it!!! Recommending it to my friends;) tshudson13(at)yahoo(dot)com

numbercruncher said...

I would really enjoy the set - please count me in on the contest


Lisa said...
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Lisa said...

Would love to win this collection of Children Of The Sea Series!! There Absolutely Fantastic!! I can be reached on Facebook where I'm a fan of your page.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this series! I finished the first two books and started Sea Lord. Loving it! :)

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this set. Thank you for the chance.
kydirtgirl68 AT hotmail DOT com

Katie said...

I'd love to win a set! I'm a facebook friend.

Katie Riley

Debbie said...

I'd love to read this series since I've been hearing such good reviews.
A FB friend

Kaitlin (ahmymarriedlife) said...

I would so love to read these!


Anonymous said...

We would love to do a review on these!


Also, Kaitlin (ahmymarriedlife) sent me!

Jennifer said...

I would love to read these books I love the covers,I would let all my friends know about these books and post a review about them on goodreads and Facebook.

Thanks for letting me know about this giveaway

rhomitz said...

OMG, I would love to read these books. They are on my "to read" list.
I told my friends on facebook and twitter and will be going onto Goodreads to let everyone their know too.
Thx for a chance to win!


Jennifer said...

I miss out on the giveaway on goodreads

Debbie said...

I would love to read your books. I will add you to my FB and share this there and in my Book grp and I will check out GR also. Thanks for the contest.

Sarah Z said...

I would really love to read this series, especially after reading some of the selkie legends!

Betty said...

Great contest!! Thanks for the chance to win. Gotta go tell ALL y firnds to enter and mention me :)

bessieinthewell (AT) yahoo DOT com

Kirstin said...

I would love to win your set of books. It is a wonderful series!

SandyG265 said...

I haven't read this series yet but have heard good things about them. Thanks for the chance.

sgiden at verizon.net

Valerie said...

Looks like a great series...Thanks for the giveaway!


FEDORA (f dot chen at comcast dot net) sent me!

Cath said...

Love the contest, your books sound great. Please enter me if its international
Monster Book Reviews sent me


lilyk said...

Thanks for the great contest!


Jikie said...

Thank you for the contest!


Susan said...

Great contest - that medallion is GORGEOUS!!

Fedora sent me. :)

susanmik AT gmail DOT com

elaing8 said...

wow..what a great contest.
Please count me in.I would love to win this series.

leximadson said...

I had never heard of your books before seeing one listed on Goodreads. So of course I had to check them all out and the series sounds great, I can't wait to get my hands on them! Have to tell people about you!

leximadson (at)yahoo(dot)com

Kim B. said...

Love your books and love this series!

Heather M. sent me!!!!!!

Kim B.
Youknowmehomey321 at yahoo dot com

April E. said...

Hope to win! Awesome giveaway!

Heather M. sent me!!
April E.
Apriledwards7012 at yahoo dot com

Meghan said...
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Meghan said...

I would love to win!

Anonymous said...

I would love to read these, Im looking for a new series ...

Anonymous said...

Hi Virginia! I love this series. I really hope I win, I just finished and am update to date and CANNOT wait for Forgotten Sea tomorrow. : D


Jenna said...
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Jenna said...

I would love to read these!

Kaitlin (ahmymarriedlife) sent me over to sign up for this giveaway!


Ann said...

These books sound great, would love to be put in the contest!!!

Julia said...

Would love to have a complete set. I will pass the word.

Shawna said...

Oh wow, would love to have this set! I'm going to go post this on my blog, too! Woohoo!! Thanks for the giveaway, you rock Virginia!

Shawna said...

Oops, I forgot to leave info to reach me...lovely

posted on my facebook and now going to post on my blogspot. :)


Kelly F said...

I recently discovered your series on goodreads, thanks for the fun contest!

wordsmoveme at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up. I would love to win the complete set.

babytrees said...

I would just love an entire series...might keep me busy for a week lol

theresa _ heppner at yahoo dot com

SallyJ said...

Just read your short story in Burning up, first time I have read any books from you. Really enjoyed and have added you to my authors to find on my shopping list, would love to win some of your books even better.

Anonymous said...

I have not read this series and i would so love to read these!! Thank you so much for having such a awesome contest!!!


Jolene and Family said...

I hope I'm not too late, I've been dying to read this series and Wow, a complete set!! Amazing, I'll be crossing my fingers and toes, thanks so much for the chance


Tricha said...

Would love these. Thanks for the great contest!!!


Sarah (The Brazen Bookworm) said...

I've been excited to read your books ever since Eloisa James raved about you! Eloisa's books amazing, and if she loves your books, then clearly yours are amazing as well!! sarah@brazenbookworm.com

Julia said...

Thanks for informing me about this awesome giveaway.

Bambbles at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

The series sounds very interesting :D. I'll try and get more people to join in :D.

rdstanle (at) unca (dot) edu

Anonymous said...

What a great giveaway. I would love to win!

JoAnna said...

I've already hooked my girlfriend on your books and she actually won a copy of Forgotten Sea from Alyssa Day. I was so jealous!!

beckerjo at verizon dot net

Anonymous said...

I have heard good things about your books from GoodReads and would love to read them and have a signed copy. Thank for the giveaway.

tfeldy26 at msn dot com

Kimberly Villarreal said...

I recently discovered the goodreads website, and through it you :) Even if i do not win your books, I still plan on reading them this summer. Thank you for telling me about this blog!

ravinc.geo at yahoo DOT com

Sarah Tipton said...

Wow! I hope I am not to late to enter the contest :) I just recieved your message on Goodreads and would love to win this set!!

Good luck to everyone!! <3

Vanessa said...

I think I'm too late to enter, just got the message on goodreads...but I wanted to let you know that I am looking forward to picking up the series...thanks for the email!!

Norma said...

I would so love to win and read these books.I wanted to read them for awhile but haven't had the extra funds.

Norma said...

I would love to read these.
Norma Todd

Virginia Kantra said...

Thanks again to all who entered! I'm in the middle of my blog slut tour now. *g*
To automatically be informed of giveaways, you can "like" me on Facebook or subscribe to this blog.
Good luck and happy reading!

Anonymous said...

I have not read this series but it sounds awesome so I would love to read it. And signed copies sounds awesome. And Fedora sent me over here. :)

Anonymous said...

I forgot to add my email to the previous post. Its

Morgana Pendragon said...


I know this is a very old blog post, but I have a question. Is there a way to buy the triskelion necklace?
I would love know where to buy one so I can give one to a dear friend of mine, she would love it!

Thank you

Morgana Pendragon