It was recently brought to my attention that there is an appalling lack of Richelle Mead merchandise out there, which is a shame since the season of love is upon us, and nothing says romance like novels filled with fist-fights, the ambiguity of heaven and hell, and tragic lovers that I insist on tormenting.
My pal Michelle Rowen tried to remedy this by taking a product that actually exists...
...and turning it into this:
Sigh. If only it did exist. Still, I think we can all agree that Michelle has mad writing AND Photoshop skillz.
Product placement may be a ways off, but Michelle's brilliance inspired a new contest: Make Valentines About My Books.
The sky's pretty much the limit. Your valentines and cards can relate to any of my series. They can be funny. They can be sweet and serious. You can use your own art/photos. You can use pictures from my book covers. You can make generic valentines like the ones you give out in elementary school, or you can make valentines that are specifically from one character to another character. You can make your cards in Photoshop. You can cut them out of construction paper and scan them in. Seriously. It's up to you. Just don't put any R-rated images on them, ok?
I've made a quick example to get us started, but by no means think you have to make yours like this:
Like I said: creativity is yours. Let it run wild! The biggest rule to follow is to NOT post your images here on my LJ, or they'll be deleted. Post them somewhere else, and then include the link in one of your comments to this post. You may enter as many times as you like. All countries welcome. Contest ends at 11:59pm, February 14 - U.S. Pacific Time.
What can you win? Books, of course. There'll be four winners. My adult readers can score a Succubus Shadows ARC, Mark Henry's Happy Hour of the Damned, and maybe something else from my canon. Since I have no new YA stuff to offer, teen winners get an awesome assortment of other YA books by authors like Lili Saintcrow, Heather Brewer, and Michelle Rowen.
Enter soon! Have fun!