In which Stephani Hecht and I lament, er, celebrate our birthdays with a contest! [CONTEST CLOSED]

It turns out that Stephani Hecht and I have birthdays that are about a week apart: I’m November 17 and she’s November 25. Well, obviously we needed to lament celebrate such momentous events with a contest! Stephani has graciously donated a set of all five of her EMS Heat ebooks: Running Hot, Man Down, Lights and Sirens, Priority One, and Code Blue!

I’m also contributing prizes. 🙂 The first will be a ManLove music mix cd from me, plus a special bonus Stephani Hecht refrigerator magnet, plus additional m/m romance authorly swag. The second prize will be a paperback copy of Steve Kluger’s amazing m/m romance, Almost Like Being in Love, which is no longer in print, plus m/m romance authorly swag. But wait, that’s not all! For the knitters, a paperback copy of Cheaper Than Therapy: Joy, Healing and Life Lessons in Fiber by Annie Modesitt and a skein of Trekking 67 sock yarn.

When you comment, please mention which prizes interest you: EMS Heat ebooks, ManLove music cd & swag, Almost Like Being in Love & swag, or Cheaper Than Therapy & Trekking 67. Feel free to list more than one prize!

Thank for helping us celebrate our birthdays, everyone!

Contest Rules

  • To enter, leave a comment stating that you are entering the contest and in which prizes you are interested. Contest closes 7 pm CST, Monday, November 22.
  • If you haven’t commented before, your comment will not be visible until after I moderate it. Please do not leave a second comment because your first doesn’t show up! The blog gnomes will decide your comments are spam and then only ritual dust bunny sacrifice will salvage your entry…
  • If your comment is actually an advertisement or if your CommentLuv link turns it into an advertisement, your comment will be deleted. (Most of you do not need to worry – this refers to some pretty clever comment spam.)
  • Winners will be selected by random number.
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  • If a winner doesn’t respond to my congratulations email within 48 hours, I will select another winner.
  • If you win, please respect the author’s intellectual property and don’t make copies of ebooks for anyone else.
  • This contest is open worldwide!

“Ha! I ate some of the prizes before you even heard about them and they were delicious!” -Mayhem

69 thoughts on “In which Stephani Hecht and I lament, er, celebrate our birthdays with a contest! [CONTEST CLOSED]”

  1. Happy pre-birthday! November is just chock full of birthdays (I have my husband today! and 6 additional friends around the 23-24th of hte month).

    I’m interested in all three prizes, but that is because man love is awesome and knitting is pretty fun too.
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  2. Happy almost-birthday ^^! I would like to enter. I’m interested in the EMS Heat ebooks, because I haven’t read those yet and I live in Europe, if I’m lucky enough to win the transport would be easier 😛

  3. Ohhh…Happy Birthday to you both!! Just celebrated(?) on 10/25! Would enjoy any of the prizes but top of the list would be Stephani’s EMS heat books! Loved “Lights & Sirens” and the rest are on my to buy list. Thanks for an awesome contest!

  4. Happy birthday, ladies! Any of the prizes would be awesome, but Cheaper than Therapy & yarn would at the top of my list.

  5. Mmm. Delicious prizes. My favorite! I would love to devour Stephani’s EMS Heat series.

    Please enter me.

  6. Goodness so many goodies;) Like knitting but I’m going to go with the EMS Heat books. Thanks Chris and Stephani!

  7. You’re not saying which birthday this is? (hehehe)

    I can one up you Chaos – Ozzie ate five pounds of dog food last night and is suffering the consequences today! Not to mention, he looks like a pregnant goat.

  8. Well, Happy Upcoming Birthday to you both! And I have to say that’s the best photo yet of May — look at that awesome tongue and her expressive eyes!

    No need to enter me in the contest. I already have all the books, except for the knitting one, and those knitting prizes should go to someone who actually knows what to do with them. 😉
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  9. I just bought the first 3 in the EMS Heat series. So I would like to put in to win Steve Kluger’s Almost Like Being in Love.

    I hope you both have a wonderful Birthday!

  10. Happy Birthday to Chris and Stephanie!

    And, thank you for asking us to help lament/um celebrate!! lol

    I would love to be entered for the ManLove music cd & swag! All great and generous prizes. 🙂

    It’s a beautiful day here Chris, I hope you are enjoying yours.
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  11. Happy birthday to you both!! Doesn’t matter which prize, all are great. But if I can choose, Almost like being in Love would be my choise as I already have 4 of the EMS Heat books. Once again, enjoy your day!!

  12. Not entering but just wanna say that you two are extra-spicy awesome sauce and I adore you both!!!!


  13. Don’t count me for the prizes since I have all of Stephani’s, I’ve read the Kluger book and could maybe knit a scarf if pressed but that’s about it. LOL However happy pre-birthday to you both!!!!
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  14. Hey birthday girls, thanks for sharing your pressies with us. Would love to read the EMS Heat ebooks.

  15. Yippee, that’s a great way to lament your birthdays, lol! Congrats in advance to you both! 🙂
    As for the prizes, no need to enter me. The prizes are really great but I’ve already read all 5 EMS Heat books, the manlove music mix cd you already promised to send me with the next yaoi swap package ;), the Steven Kluger book is on my shelves (catching dust actually) and the knitting prize is not for me.
    And hey, you’re the birthday girls, we should be sending presents to you two! 🙂
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  16. happy birthday to you both!!! what great prizes! i have to say that i’m most interested in the EMS heat set 🙂

  17. Happy Bday to you people, hopefully you will have a blast and this contest just tops everything, so pls count me in,

  18. Happy birthday to you both! Happy birthday to you both! Happy birthday dear Stephani and Chriiiiissssss! Happy birthday to you both!!!! 😀

    Well, since I already have all Stephani’s books and all of Stevve Kluger’s books, I’d like to be entered in for the other prizes please??

    Geez, November is a busy birthday month. I know like 15 people with them!!

  19. Happy Early Birthday! I hope you have some fun events planned to celebrate you. And all I can say to May is Drop It. Whatever you ate is going to hurt coming out.

    As to prizes, they’re all wonderful. I’m not at all a knitter–as a quadriplegic I have non-poseable fingers–so don’t count me in for that prize.

  20. Happy early birthday, Chris! I’d love to win either the EMS e-books, or the Modesitt book, your choice. Plus, my big black kitty Edgar says hi to Chaos and might just have little crush on May. My calico Hawthorne just says, “What are you doing looking at other cats, wench? Worship ME.”

  21. Early Happy Birthday to you both!

    I’m curious… What does your ManLove music mix cd contain?

    Enter me into the EMS Heat drawing, please.

  22. Aw, thanks for all the birthday wishes, everyone! 🙂

    Paula: The ManLove music mix cd contains songs from Neutral Milk Hotel, the Magnetic Fields, Placebo, the Smiths, Bloc Party, Jay Brannan, Broken Social Scene, Franz Ferdinand, Willie Nelson, and more.

  23. Oooohhh… Happy Birthday to Chris (And Stephanie Hecht!) I want it ALL… (except what Mayhem yaks up in your shoes, now that she’s overindulged…) Seriously–I’ll take the Trekking (cause I’m a yarn hoarder) or one of the five e-books, or… uhm… yeah. I’ll be happy with one of those..

  24. Thanks everyone! I was running around saying I’m going to be twenty-one until my seventeen-year old son pointed out that he is, well…seventeen. Since the math doesn’t work, I’ll have to come up with a new fake age.

  25. Twenty-nine and holding is always a great choice hon! 😉

    Happy birthdays to you two fab gals!

    I already have oh, probably everything Stephani’s published, but for some reason haven’t read Almost, so throw me in for that one if you like.
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    Since I just got all the EMS seriers I’ll go for the cd

    I hope both of you have great day … Choas you’re such a ham…

  27. Happy forthcoming birthdays Chris and Stephani!

    I’d love to enter the contest…for the EMS books please? (I’m assuming they are eBooks as I live at the bottom of the planet and eBooks have less postage costs 🙂 Oh, and everyone – I have been the lucky recipient of a mix CD from Chris and it’s brilliant!

    May – how is your tummy? The prizes don’t sound very edible…
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