DULL BOY Giveaway (Updated)

So as most of you know, a few months back, I went to Ireland to stay in a castle with a bunch of other YA authors. While I was there, I got to know the inimitable Sarah Cross, who is the only ninja I know who wears pink. Though it makes sense. In today’s colorful world, pink actually blends in better. Like, say her target is shopping at the GAP. No one would ever see her coming.

Here is a very rare photo of Sarah Cross:

Here is one, in her “civilian” gear, no doubt plotting something dastardly and secretive with known Gallagher Girl spy and art thief Ally Carter:

So anyway, after I escaped their nefarious clutches and came home, I got my hands on an ARC of Sarah Cross’s debut novel, DULL BOY:

And it BLEW MY MIND. It’s funny, imaginative, fast-paced, colorful, action-packed, heartbreaking, and filled with all kinds of asides and in-jokes for folks who like superheroes. It’s about a boy named Avery who discovers he has superpowers… and that’s just the beginning.

And it came out last Thursday! Go! Run! Get your copy now!

I’m also going to be giving away THREE copies of DULL BOY right here on the blog. And here’s what you have to do to win one:

  • 1 entry: for leaving a comment here telling me what your superhero name would be, if you were a superhero.
  • 2 entries: for going to The Hero Factory, making yourself a superhero, and sending me/posting the picture. (It’s great fun and takes about thirty seconds).
  • 3 entries: for doing one of the above AND posting it to your own blog with a link back to this contest (make sure to leave a comment here telling me you did so).

Contest lasts through the weekend. Winners will be announced on Monday.

UPDATES: I’m loving all the entries, guys! A short note, if you link us to the page you designed your superhero on at the factory, it does NOT save, and merely takes us to the generic “creation” page. You have to press the little download tab, save the file (it will be called “MyHero.jpg” then post it on a blog, website, or photo-storage site like flickr, photobucket. Twitpic, etc.

ALSO, Command Decision: If your “blog” merely consists of posts of you pointing to other contests/giveaways on the web and possesses NO OTHER CONTENT WHATSOEVER, it’s not a real blog, and will not qualify for an extra entry to the contest. I’m not saying you have to be dooce or Felicia Day, here, and I’m not saying that you have to have a review blog (though I’m amazed bby how many of you do! Wow!) just that you have an actual blog. You can talk about your pet mouse, or the weird stuff you found in your locker at the end of term, or your undying love for Edward Cullen, or your undying love for Tally Youngblood, or your undying love for Severus Snape. I don’t judge. Blogs consist of content, not scraping, and not solely of “entries” into contests. That’s this blogger’s decision.

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62 Responses to DULL BOY Giveaway (Updated)

  1. Sass says:

    Hi, Diana.

    I’m the same Sass that posted above. I’ve just read the qualifying decision above about the entries thing, and I think that might disqualify me.

    See, your contest and a ‘this journal is friends-only’ notice are the only things that will show up for you. I had to friends lock my LJ a few months back because of repeated trouble with people with inappropriate content on their journals listing me as a friend. This wasn’t just one, but a list of people, and I decided I wanted to know who had access to details about my life, and especially bits and bobs of my (not great, but still…) writing.

    Anything I can do to get around the contest restriction?

  2. Diana says:

    Guys, you’re taking this too seriously. Those of you who are abusing the blog rule know who you are. Those of you who have “friends” locked blogs are in an entirely different situation.

    Also, you can always create more superheroes. 😉 No rule about that.

  3. Margyy says:

    Meet Mysfortune, She has the powers of Perfect aim, and luck!

  4. Angie says:

    Okay, here’s mine with a link back to the contest: My Hero

    I think I’ll call her…Smoke. As in disappear in a puff of. DULL BOY sounds awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Lisa H says:

    My superhero alter is Professor Sneaky Ninja!!

  6. I would be Morpho.

    Photo of Morpho from The Hero Factory:

    I linked to your contest in my Shareworthy post! http://www.iheartmonster.com/2009/05/shareworthy-friday-may-22-2009-volume-1.html

    Thank you for the contest!! :o)

  7. babygirlG says:

    My superhero name is Awesome Girl 🙂

  8. Carlene says:

    I would be Courageous Carlene and would not be afraid of anything. Please include me in your giveaway.

  9. Joni says:

    I’d be the enlightenment enforcer. I’d use my whip of wonder to help the obtuse see the error of their ways.

    My hero is pictured on my journal at:


    Definitely like your blog, and I’m adding it to my daily feed reading.

  10. Sharmaine says:

    Hi Diana!

    My superhero name would be Scorching Jean. A little bit baker extraordinaire (blowtorched creme brulee anyone?) and a lot of denim. The hero builder did not accomodate for the overalls I had planned so I found these turquoise hot pants and fab pink boots instead. But for the baking prowess I have a pink piggy emblem.


    Please note that if you see someone in the street snuggled in a jean jacket, lugging a flamethrower, it’s probably me. But kinda like Hannah Montana, y’know, you won’t know because my hair will totally change the shape of my face. I’ll have a green wig and carry it off like it’s artfully singed (and not the product of a radioactive cake-icing experiment gone wrong).

    Thank you for setting up this contest!! I know the Pink Ninja would be very pleased! 🙂

  11. Sass says:

    I’ve been avoiding university assessments, so I created a revised version of my superhero.


    The Phantom Bookworm. Honestly, help one or two customers at a bookstore other than the one you work at, and suddenly people are throwing around words like ‘obsessed’.