Friday, March 25, 2011

CONTEST: Where are Kari's Bookmarks?



* One 5x7 thick padded envelope

* 100 bookmarks bound in two groups of 50 with rubber bands

* Mailed First Class from New York to California on March 7th 2011.

* Arrived in California on March 22nd 2011

* Took 15 days to deliver!

* Envelope arrived torn and empty

* Contents were a tight fit--nothing could have simply fallen out on its own


100 of Kari's lovely little bookmarks for TEMPEST IN THE TEA LEAVES: A Fortune Teller Mystery.

Kari, the proud mother of said bookmarks, is very distraught. She labored long and hard to produce such pretty little pieces of pride and joy. She did all she could do to help them develop into the outstanding masterpieces that they are today.

Kari was so proud when they left the nest to venture out into the world, all the way to the Left Coast Crime conference in Santa Fe. All she wished for them to do was make a difference and let their voices be heard. To spread the word on what was most important to them: making Tempest a huge success :-)

Kari is in mourning and only wishes to have piece of mind. To know what happened to her babies. Were they kidnapped by members of the post office because they were just too cute for words, and then adopted by readers who just couldn't live without them? Or were they accidentally lost, and then abandoned in some desolate location, unwanted and unloved and forgotten forever. Or, gasp, were they murdered by some savage beast who stole them, looking for something a bit more valuable, who was angered over the contents of the package, only to rip them in half and carelessly toss them in the garbage like trash?

Kari is offering a REWARD for the person who comes up with the most creative answer to: Where are Kari's Bookmarks?

The Cup of Destiny is a traditional fortune-teller's cup and saucer used for reading tea leaves. It has a cool design, and it comes with a book that tells you how to read your own tea leaves and interpret the symbols.

To Enter:

* Follow this blog.
* Leave a comment with your answer to what you think happened to Kari's bookmarks and where they are now.
* Include your email in your comment, or send privately to Kari at so she can email you if you are the winner.

Contest starts Friday March 25th and ends in one week on Friday Arpil 1st (just 4 months before Tempest is to be released). The best answer will be chosen by the M&M judges (Liz, Anita, Kari, Barbie & Cassy). The winner will be announced on Wed April 6th on M&M during the Kari's Kave segment. The winner will receive the tea cup set and one of the infamous Tempest bookmarks since Kari (mom of 4) is very fertile and busy creating more ;-)

Good luck!

PS The countdown to Tempest in the Tea Leaves release is on. Kari will throw a fun contest once a month until release day. This contest is the April contest, so have fun and check back for the May, June & July contests. And then in August, one lucky reader will win a copy of the book!


Lindsay said...
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Kari Lee Townsend said...

So who's ready to have some fun? Kari's dying to know what you think happened to her bookmarks.

Let the games begin...

Liz Lipperman said...

Great fun, Kari. I think some avid stalker fan watched you go to the PO and waited until after dark to break in and steal the bookmarks because they absolutely love your voice.

Hope they steal mine, too!!

L. j. Charles said...

If your mysteries are half as creative as your contest Tempest in the Tea Leaves will be a fabulous read. I'm making a note to purchase it on release day!

I think the bookmarks were torn open by mistake in the wee hours of the morning by a very sleepy postal employee. When they spilled onto the floor, she gathered them to her chest and held on. She couldn't let go of such beautiful children, so is keeping them safe next to her TBR pile. When she finds a good parent, she negotiates for an adoptionl.

Best of luck to you, Kari.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Liz, you're too funny.

Let's hope there are lots of readers in the PO :-))

Barbie Jo Mahoney said...

What a fantastic idea! We MUST find the culprit of such a hideous crime! Kari would have never sent her babies out into the world had she known they would suffer such a fate!

Please people...give us any information you have on the would-be kidnapper!

Kari Lee Townsend said...

OMG LJ that is a riot! Great answer.

And thanks so much for the sweet comment about Tempest. I had such fun writing it :-)

Don't forget to include your email in case you win.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Snort, Barbie Jo. You are too fun-nay!

But, yes, sniff sniff...I must know what happened to my babies!

Kari Lee Townsend said...

(NOTE: I am posting this for Bump since she was unable to)

"I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm getting pretty sick of being shipped in a manila envelope around the country every time she wants to sell her books." The bookmark moaned from the edge, trying to push away the few stuffed around him.

"Hasn't the woman heard of overnighting? Or first class mail? Who didn't use their deodorant?"

Ba-Bump.....the envelope teetered to edge of the shelf of the truck and everyone grabbed for each other.

"Yeah. I agree with ya," came a small whisper from way down in the stack. "In case you haven't noticed? I'm losing air down here. Somebody better come up with a plan."

A deep voice from one of the oversized rectangular shapes boomed as the envelope flew back against the wall. The truck had apparently come to a stop for a mail drop. "It's now or never. I say we make a run for it. Who's with me?"

"Well, Einstein, I'm with ya. Gosh knows, I've had enough of being stuffed and shuffled around like my feelings mean nothing," said the top bookmark. "But how the heck do you propose to get out of this thing????? If we're going to do it, now's the time. We'll make a break for it. Looks like the man's unloading packages. We can sneak out the side of the truck when he's not looking."

There were murmurs of assent all around, from the top to bottom of the envelope.

"Okay." The deep voice was more in command now. " As soon as the driver takes the first package, we edge ourselves to the ledge and push off! Got it?" Voices were heard agreeing all around. "I can barely see out of this pin prick of a hole but here he comes. Get ready....On the count of three. One-two-...."

And with that, the envelope sailed off the shelf of the truck and landed near the back door behind the next round of packages to be taken into the post office.

"Oh, my aching back."
"What the...?"

"Silence!" commanded the deep voice again. "Enough with the complaining. A little dent in you will build character. Come on, now. The landing tore a hole through the corner. Squeeze your way out and make it quick!"

One by one the bookmarks slid their way out and lined themselves, back against the truck wall, waiting for their leader to give direction.

Bookmark #4 rolled her eyes when she saw their "commander" giving signals like they were on a special ops mission.

"Follow me!" The commander beckoned for everyone to follow. "The coast is clear! We're going to make a run for it. Hop to it!"

And one by one, one hundred bookmarks hopped off the back of the mail truck to the ground and slithered their way to the corner of the postal building.

They had escaped! Freedom was there's! When everyone had assembled around their fearless leader, they hugged each other and sang their favorite song, "Freedom......oh, oh, oh, it's Philadelphia freedom..........."

"Hey!" yelled Einstein. "Who invited Elton to our break out party?????" But no one paid attention to him.

Everyone was so excited they were no longer stuffed like sausage in the envelope. Even though they were happy to be free, they were sad for Miss Kari. They just had to promote her book for her. She depended on them.

And off they headed to every tea room in be sure that Tempest in the Tea Leaves was going to be another hit.

Bump :-)

Allene said...

The ransom note was slipped under the door at 6 a.m. ‘We have your babies’, it read, ‘and we have demands. You WILL do everything possible to promote Tempest in the Tea Leaves. You WILL write the rest of the series. We’ll keep them safe – if you don’t let us down. If you do. . .it’s the shedder for all 100! The ransom? Oh, don’t worry about that – when Tempest in the Tea Leaves hits the bestseller list we’ll put your babies on eBay.

Lindsay said...

During the time your bookmarks were in transiet from New York and into the midwest we were experiencing severe weather. Compounded by the tsunami from Japan was effecting the west coast. So taking all those into effect I think they were taken by the tea leaf reader gremlins.
Either that or the envelope fell out of the vehicle, probable from 35,000 feet and the bag ripped open scattering the bookmarks to the four winds. Oh cool, talk about getting your promo material out to the widest area possible. Then some person, from the goodness of their heart put the now empty bag back into the mail system.
The final option, the rubber bands didn't like being in a dark tight space and staged a jailbreak on their own.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Allene.....I spit my soda all over the place! That was a riot!

You are sooooo funny.

These entries are great, keep them coming people :-)

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Lindsay, I'm loving the rubber-band jailbreak! You guys are killing me...

Lindsay said...

Hey, what do you want Kari. We all know rubber bands are always breaking

Lynn said...

It was an interior decorator ... they needed ideas for a tea room and thought that if they had enough bookmarks it would inspire them to greatness

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Hee hee, good one Lynn :-)

Other Lisa said...

They were kidnapped by a cartel of librarians looking for a good read and placeholder!

Anita Clenney said...

Love this Kari. I think aliens took them. They are trying to encourage reading in order to understand the human mind before they attempt to take over our world. Or they were just looking for artwork for their mother ship.

Donna Fletcher Crow said...

Kari, It's quite obvious. The bookmarks arrived at LCC, the envelope was intercepted before it got to your friend and ripped open by an author with an up-coming book that yours will compete with.

This woman is insecure and vindictive and knows you are a much better writer. Her book won't have a chance on the shelf next to yours. Watch out for her.

She hid the bookmarks under the carpet behind the registration desk at LCC. Unfortunately, they may have been discovered by the cleaning crew and discarded--but there is still hope.

Of course, she wiped all firgerprints off the envelope before leaving it where Rochelle could find it.

do not despair. I checked my tea leaves. When this comes out in the press it will be fabulous publicity for your book and it will become an instant bestseller.

Congratulations on your book and welcome to DorothyL

Shane said...


Hello, my name is Jordan Callahan and I am the main character in a new WIP by an acquaintance of yours named Shane.

As you may not know, I am a gifted psychic, just learning my abilities. On request from Shane, I did my best to locate your bookmarks. But I'm sorry to say they are trapped on the frequency plane.

Something...odd...happened at the post office. A young mail sorter almost lost his life when some equipment malfunctioned. The electrical discharge caused an overload on this dimensional frequency. The envelop containing your bookmarks was in the young man's hand at the time, and the energy surge caused them to burst from their package.

Once they hit the air, the naturally occurring negative ion static charges, sent the bookmarks sprawling into the frequency plane. Not a single one ever hit the floor.

The good news is I may be able to retrieve them. I will keep you updated.


elysabeth said...

Dang - my posting didn't post and it was a long one explaining what happened to the bookmarks - will post when I return - E :)

Elysabeth Eldering
Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad, 50-state, mystery, trivia series

Where will the adventure take you next?

elysabeth said...

Love the contest. Love the concept for your series as I don't believe there is anything else like it. This reminds me of what happened to some books I mailed out a few months ago. I mailed five books - two books as part of my series and three supplemental or travel activity books (titled Passport Across America). The recipient of said books lives in the same state I do and it's not like the package had to travel too far to get to her.

It only took about a week to get to her but when she received the package, it had been ripped open and two of the Passport books were missing. So my theory on the bookmarks is this: Since my Passport books have been missing for months, they've been hanging around some unsuspecting post office waiting for an opportunity to show the United States off to some really cool bookmarks. The Passport books knew that just going from New York to California meant the bookmarks wouldn't see the good ol' USA as it was meant to be seen. So they hijacked the bookmarks package, helped them escape and are visiting every single state, dropping two bookmarks in each state to two wonderful, deserving folks who will be ready and waiting for the new book to arrive in their hands.

My Passport books can't be left anywhere as they need to make sure that only two bookmarks stay in each state. I can only hope that as my books pass through each state that the folks who are receiving the bookmarks are writing fun facts about their state and filling the books up with lots of useful information that hopefully will make their way back to me to be used in future books in the series.

It was a coup since my books have been missing for over six months - they were just lying in wait for the perfect bookmarks to give new homes to - that's my story and I'm sticking to it - lol - E :)

Elysabeth Eldering
Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad, 50-state, mystery, trivia series

Where will the adventure take you next?
eeldering at gmail dot com

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Other Lisa, gotta watch out for that cartel of librarian's.... love it :-)

Kari Lee Townsend said...

OMG Anita, artwork for the alien mother ship...snort. Too funny!

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Thanks for the warning, Donna! I'll be sure to watch out for those other authors :-))

And I'm loving DorothyL

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Oh yay, Jordan! Tell Shane I said hi, and keep me updated if you find my babies :-)

Kari Lee Townsend said...

OMG Elysabeth! I think you're right, my bookmarks jumped ship to be with your books! Ha ha.

Your series sounds awesome! Good luck to you.