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Con & Conjure Contest

21 Mar 2011, Posted by NiNi-admin in Blog, Contests, Fun, News

Con and ConjureTwo years ago, an author popped up out of the blue. She showed me where to get cheap bookmarks and promo items. She offered to throw my new release a contest on her website and she’s been nothing but the most kind and gracious and kick-ass friend since. Now her new book Con and Conjure is being released Tuesday the 29th and we want to get those engines revving!

Con & Conjure is the latest in the Raine Benares series and I’m sure carries on the tradition of hilarity and action and sensitive goblin ears. I’m including some snippets of Con & Conjure here and if you wish to see sample chapters of the previous four books go here:

I’ll be running the contest until date of release (again, Tuesday the 29th – if you can, please help Lisa out and wait until the official date of release or that first week to buy. It helps authors tremendously with our rankings and sometimes, baby, rankings is all we have!)

Lisa will be giving out two full sets of the previous four books to two lucky readers as well as promo items (Lisa has great promo items. You never know what you’re likely to get…signed bookmark, refrigerator magnet, mousepad…there’s no telling–which is half the fun.) So to enter the contest, leave a comment…me like read, me like stroke hot goblin ears, me like free stuff. Whatever.

Now check out the snippets and the sample chapters and see what you’ve been missing!

Paint it Red!

CON & CONJURE snippet #1

Once again, I’d ended up in a cat house.

The suite Madam Camille had given us to spy on Rache was clearly meant for activities other than eavesdropping on the man in the next room, though I imagine it’d been used for that purpose before, too.

Red satin and black leather pretty much summed up the decor. Most of the leather covered the room’s furniture, but there was a table with leather . . . accoutrements. I only recognized a few of them, and didn’t want to know about the others.

Rache Kai was most definitely in the next room.

Mago knew Rache, so he could identify Rache if he were talking.

I knew Rache in an entirely different way. I could identify him based on what he was doing right now.

Mago and I were sitting on the bed, facing the wall our room shared with Rache’s, waiting for him to finish.

It was taking much longer than I remembered.

It was damned awkward and borderline embarrassing. Especially with Mago sitting on the bed next to me—the man who’d introduced me to Rache and had regretted it ever since.

I’d debated just barging in, but seeing that the goal was to persuade Rache not to kill Mychael, Chigaru, or me—interrupting him at that particular moment would go beyond rude straight into suicidal. But sitting there listening while my ex-fiance did what he used to do with me with another woman who looked like me, while I was sitting on a bed with my cousin next to a tableful of accoutrements?

Definitely awkward and embarrassing.

I was sitting on the edge of the bed, swinging my legs, and trying to look anywhere but at my cousin while the headboard thumped against the wall in the next room. There were other sounds as well, but I was doing my best to ignore them.

Paint it Red! CON & CONJURE snippet #2

“Drop.  The daggers.”

I dropped them and rethought my strategy, such that it was.

The thief kicked my daggers across the room to the base of the stairs, keeping the gun aimed at me the entire time.  “I didn’t think I’d get the chance to take you alive.  Put your hands behind your head and stand against the wall.”

Like hell anyone was putting manacles on me again.  I began to circle him.  When in an impossible situation, keep your goals simple.  Circle until I reach my daggers.  Get them without being shot.  Simple.  Right.

“Come with me without any trouble and you need not die.”  The thief started circling me with a saunter as if he had all the time in the world.  “My employers would rather have you alive, but they’ll be fine with dead.”

I kept my eyes on his, my peripheral vision on that gun.  I didn’t need to look at the stairs, not yet.  I knew where they were.  “Yeah, Sarad Nukpana would be an extra happy psycho if he could kill me on a Khrynsani altar.”

I had only a few minutes to prevent that from happening.

The thief drew a dagger—long, thin, with a needle-sharp tip.

I kept circling.  “Let me guess.  Poisoned.”

“You don’t have to find out.”  His voice became low, coaxing.  “Come now, little elf.  Let’s not make this hurt any more than it has to.”

He didn’t want to kill me, but I didn’t care what I had to do to him.  Problem was, if I didn’t do it quietly, I’d have to do it three more times to the Khrynsani who’d come running down those stairs.

There were no winners in a knife fight.  This was especially true when your opponent was wearing armor and had a poisoned dagger.  He didn’t need to stab me; a scratch could kill me just as dead.  Either I won or Sarad Nukpana won me, and I got a long and painful death, followed by the destruction of civilization as we knew it.

No pressure.

Nukpana could feed the rock just fine without me.  All he’d have to do is sacrifice victims so that their blood fell on the Saghred.  The rock would take the sacrifices, and I would feel every last one of them; it didn’t matter if I was in the same room or hundreds of miles away.  I’d taken one mage already and he hadn’t even been murdered first.  I’d be stark raving loony within the first hour.

“Though you may welcome death,” the thief said.  “If I don’t kill you now, you’ll beg for it later—or do it yourself.”

My mind was racing even faster than my feet.  Okay, Raine.  He was a thief, a thief who could make himself look like someone else.  Big freaking deal.  That was all the magic he had.  If he’d had any more he’d have used it by now.  The only advantage he had was that he was bigger than me. You’ve dealt with that before and come out on top.  Literally.  Come on, girl, time for some ugly.

I darted my eyes to the right like I was going to make a run for the stairs.

He bought it.

I ran straight at him, driving my shoulder into his midsection.  The impact with that armor hurt like hell.  Better to hurt like hell than to be dragged there.  The gun fired, the dart went wide, and we hit the floor together.  His head and hands were the only parts of him without armor.  I sank my teeth into the wrist of his dagger hand.  He swore, but held onto that dagger.  Dammit.  I didn’t kid myself into thinking that I could reach anything vital, but I knew extreme pain made me drop my glamours.  If it didn’t work on him, at least I’d go down biting.

A thief and a glamourer did his job by hiding and sneaking, not direct confrontation.

My fist directly confronted his temple.

The thief dropped the dagger—and his glamour.

He had the high-cheekbones and fine, straight nose of a pure-blood goblin.  He wouldn’t have either for long, if my fists had their way.  His armor vanished with the glamour, leaving the goblin wearing his own clothes with leather armor covering only the most vital of areas.  Hurt a man badly enough in a non-vital area and it’d turn vital real quick.

He was bigger and stronger.  I was desperate and terrified and exhausted.  But desperation trumped terror and exhaustion every time.  It had to.  The thief pivoted his body, trying to pin my arms, my legs, pin anything he could to get me to stop kicking and punching.  I didn’t have long nails, but I used what I had on the upswept tip of one ear and sank my teeth into the other.

He screamed.  I snarled.

Next to nuts, the tips of a goblin’s ears were one of their most sensitive parts.

I growled and shook my head like a terrier with a rat.  I didn’t have much, but I used what I had.  It was an ugly fight, but I wasn’t in it to make it pretty.  I was in it to win, or at least survive.  I used every trick in the book and wrote a couple of new pages right there on the spot.

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  • evening-green

    were the winners announced? I don’t see it anywhere

  • Ann

    just got into these books! i would love the full series πŸ™‚

  • Sara Anne

    Me like anything Felicia Day AND Rob Thurman recommend. Excited to check out a new series!

  • Nick E


  • Lisa Shearin

    Thank you, everyone!!


  • Belinda

    I LOVE Lisa’s books and can’t wait to read the new one πŸ™‚

  • Alexandria

    Well…never entered a contest before because I can never see me actually winning lol. But I have read the first and would love the chance to read the next 3. COUNT ME IN!! Thanks for the chance πŸ™‚

  • Mindy fangedmom

    Me love to win signed books!

    Thank you so much for this chance to win &


  • CON & CONJURE release day!! « Lisa Shearin

    […] author friend Rob Thurman’s site is ending today! If you haven’t already entered, go over to Robyn’s site RIGHT NOW and add a comment to the CON & CONJURE contest post. That will enter you for a chance to win — actually there will be TWO winners. Two winners who […]

  • Christie Voos

    Can’t wait for Con and Conjure – but even more happy to see two authors helping each other out πŸ™‚ cheers, and happy winnings to the contest winner!

  • Patty K

    I can’t wait to read the book! Just one more day! πŸ˜€

  • Mikayla

    I LOVE RAINE!!! My dad actually picked out the book, and we both fell in love with it!
    Waiting anxiously for Con and Conjure πŸ™‚
    To win the signed books would be the best thing ever!

  • evening-green

    I just started the series and am looking forward to reading more, also I’ll have to get my friends to check it out, I’m sure the’d love it, anyway I’d love to win, thanks for the contest

  • A contest, interviews and more interviews « Lisa Shearin

    […] author friend Rob Thurman’s site is ending tomorrow! If you haven’t already entered, go over to Robyn’s site NOW and add a comment to the CON & CONJURE contest post. That will enter you for a chance to win — actually there will be TWO winners. Two winner who […]

  • laurie weil

    Love the books. Please pick me.

  • Marcee C.

    I am a Mycheal girl all the way! I may even risk the Saghred to get my hands on that beautiful man!


    sounds like a very good read to add to my to-buy list

  • Dianne B.

    I love the excerpts. I really want to read this series.


  • cory

    ! reve srae tseixes eht era srae nilbog

    I would love to have a complete set of Lisa’s books!!

    Merci beaucoup!


  • Rebecca

    Tam is mine! And I likes free stuff too!

  • Rebecca

    Tam is mine! and I like free stuff too! These are wonderful books and I can’t say enough about how impressed ans hooked on this series I am…love to lisa!

  • Carolyn

    Looking forward to start reading this series! Looks like a good one

  • Anne V.

    I love it when the gals fight dirty! This sounds pretty awesome and I haven’t read any of these yet. As a book addict any new series is a welcome addition to the perilous piles of the TBR books!

  • Saffie

    It’s a fab series! Please count me in!

  • Thuyvu

    Please enter me into the contest! Thank you!!

  • Sam B

    I love these books, and I love this author! Been following her on Twitter for some time! I would love to get these books and have a chance to hook even more people on them!

  • Kirkus MacGowan

    I would like to know the way to properly rub goblin ears.

  • Kimberly F

    Ooooooohhhh!!!!! Me likes books! Me likes the smell, the feel of the pages & the stories written on those pages!!

  • KimberlyFDR

    Always happy to see new-to-me authors!

  • Fiona in Oz

    Please enter me in the contest if entries from Australia are permitted.

  • Winner of the $25 Barnes & Noble gift card! « Lisa Shearin

    […] There’s also a fight scene between Raine and a goblin thief for your entertainment. Go over to Rob’s site for the details on how to enter. She’ll choose two winners at rand… Robyn, thank you for the promo push! You’re the […]

  • Anna

    ohhhh im waiting for this! *drool* please enter me in the contest? i read 3 books in 2 nights, and laughed so hard! then waited desperately for bewitched and betrayed, and now im losing patience waiting for con and conjure!!!

  • Amanda

    Goblin’s are awesome!

  • Christa

    I haven’t read these books, but I’ve been hearing about them for a while. I would LOVE a chance to get started! : )
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • GailD

    I DO love goblin ears…. sigh, I hope I win.

  • Susan

    I’ve enjoyed this series from the first chapter of the first book. Love Lisa’s work!

  • Psistriker

    Me like read, me like free stuff. πŸ™‚

    I actually just found the lovely Raine recently & am currently working my way through book 2. So far I’m loving every minute of it. πŸ™‚

  • Ann Byassee

    Me never stroked goblin ears, but me like to try it! Please enter me. Now that I know Lisa is a fellow North Carolinian, I’m especially eager to get into her work.

  • Nic

    Me like all the above! lol Thanks for considering me in the contest. πŸ™‚

  • Bethany

    Absolutely love these books. Saw them mentioned first on Felicia Day’s blog and then at a friend’s house and begged to borrow them. Was planning on buying a full set anyway this spring so this would be amazing!

  • Maria

    Love, love these books and Lisa. I remember reading the first one and loving it so much that I had to send an email telling her that. She wrote me back the sweetest response. So me love books

  • Kathy Hahn

    It’s wonderful that the two of you support one another. I enjoy both of your works. Although I have the full series it would be great to get an official “set”. Thanks for hosting the contest Rob.

    • Hessy

      mfgkzp That’s 2 celver by half and 2×2 clever 4 me. Thanks!

  • Contest for $25 Barnes & Noble gift card! « Lisa Shearin

    […] There’s also a fight scene between Raine and a goblin thief for your entertainment. Go over to Rob’s site for the details on how to enter. She’ll choose two winners at rand… Robyn, thank you for the promo push! You’re the […]

  • Orlinda

    I’m scared to read the snippets because there is no bookstore open at this time lol. I’ll just wait and see if I get lucky πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer S.

    I love contests! Pick me, please!

  • Susan Meek

    Awesome giveaway! I’d love to read all of her books and recommend them to my friends. I’d even pass them along to a good friend.

  • Ngaere

    I love Raine! I would love to win this contest. Sign me up. : )

  • jennifer

    I like the font selection of “con and conjure”.

  • Tasha

    I love her books. Can’t wait for Con & Conjure to come out!

  • Cherie

    Yay contest, I have wanted to read this series for ages, would love love to win the first four books and thanks for the snippets brilliant!

  • Shannon

    Please enter me in the contest, this looks like a great series! Thanks for the snippets!!!!

  • Jharris25

    Oh man I really want to read these books! Please pick me for the giveaway!!! πŸ™‚

  • Julie

    This author sounds pretty cool. I would love to check her out!

  • Lisa Shearin

    WOW, 70 comments! I’ve read them all and you guys are awesome!


  • MaryW

    I love these books. As someones else said these books always make me laugh. Thanks for hosting the contest.

  • Naomi G Gargano

    Thanks for the suggestion of this author, will check her out.

  • Cheryl U

    Me like stroke hot goblin ears. Me like books, too!

  • Jessica Rodgers

    Sweet. Awesome Giveaway. Thank you for the giveaway. I will check this author out.

  • Vins

    Me like free stuff πŸ™‚ especially good books…
    Great giveaway πŸ™‚

  • Shelley R

    Absolutely adore Lisa Shearin’s series and would LOVE to win!!! Thanks for hosting the contest!

  • kara-karina

    Please, enter me (only if the contest is international)! Would love to read her books x

  • Ilana

    Me leave unoriginal comment πŸ™
    can’t wait until the new book comes out though! so if you preorder books it doesn’t count towards rankings? seems like it should!

  • Kristen

    I have never heard of this series but after reading the snippets I want to start. Hopefully, I can win the starting books so I can start and then buy the newer ones.

  • Mary

    How exciting! Great snippets – would love to win!

  • Scoot

    I have not heard of this series before, I am going to go check it out! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

  • Jennifer Crane

    I can’t wait for the new books! That is one sweet giveaway!

  • Vanessa

    Great give-away! The books look great based on the snippets – I would love to win πŸ™‚

  • Sharon S.

    me like snippets. They tasted gooooood! . Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations)

    Id love to be entered. Thanks =)

  • Elektra Hammond

    please enter me

  • Maura

    Thanks for the snippet–the 4th book looks to be the best yet!

  • Jenna

    Eeee! Contests! I love it. Please enter me!

  • kate

    ehemm – “Gimme Gimme” Pretty please πŸ™‚

  • lacrima

    ohh, another contest! Yay!

  • Bennett

    Yayyyy!!! A new Raine fights dirty snippet!

    Oh, and consider this me entering the contest.

  • Mel B

    Thank you for having the contest.

  • scrapper

    I came over from her site to try to win books I already have because they’re not signed! Please enter me to win her books – I’ll donate mine so others can read her series.

  • Nora-Adrienne Deret

    I loved both snippets so much that I tweeted and FB’d the links. I would love to own the first 4 and the goodies that come with them.

  • Toni Smathers

    Me book Goblin. Me want win books. Thanks for the contest ,and the snippets!

  • Gen Thomassy

    I want to be the winner! Pretty please. With a hot goblin on top .

  • Tom Maloney

    I would love to win the books!

  • Nat Cleary

    OMG, want, want, want so bad. Thanks for the snippets.

  • Libby13

    Thanks for the snippets – I’m so looking forward to Con & Conjure only 9 days now till I can get my greedy paws on it (well according to anyway and that’s rarely right!!!)

  • Jan

    *Jumping up and down like kindergartener and waving hand wildly* Ooo…ooo. pick me, pick me, Pllleeeaassee pick me.


    Id love to stroke those pages and read bout gobllins !!! And I love swag !! freeeebeeess, swaga licsious !!!!!! I havent had the pleasure in reading Lisas books πŸ˜‰ but would surely love to !!! Bites those ears off girl !! kick him in the nuts !!! anything to make the goblin fall !!! lol.. πŸ˜›
    My eyes have swayed and have seen your books Rob !!! hmmm will be sleeking round looking for them on goodreads now !! and def adding to my tbr pile as well. !!! Fantastic comp πŸ™‚ Im off now to stalk Rob on twitter and facebook πŸ˜‰ already have Lisa πŸ˜‰ on both ** mwaharhrhaham evil laughs πŸ˜‰
    GOod luck everyone !! may the goblins be with you !!!!!


  • NotNessie

    WANT! Please please pick me!

  • Liana Brooks

    I’m so excited about the new book! I can’t wait to read. :o)

  • tammy ramey

    sounds like and awesome set of books and i can’t wait to run out and get my copy of the latest!

  • Sophie

    Me wants win!!! I’ve been entering every week at Lisa’s and still no luck!! I need some elf ears, and well the rest too!!! Thank you!!!!

  • Helene

    Thanks Lisa for another wonderful snippet! Can’t wait for the 29th!

    Rob, my book came in the mail today…THANK YOU! Merci beaucoup!

    Happily, I now have reading material for this week..and next week…C & C!!! πŸ˜€

    P.S. Silvery goblyn ears eh! … m-mm-mmm

  • Robin K

    Thank you for the contest! I love to read πŸ™‚

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  • Lisa Shearin

    Thank you, everyone, for all of your kind words! Robyn and I have absolutely the best fans!

  • Melanie B

    OOOOH! Please let me win!

  • Dustin

    My wife loves this author. I hope I can win it for her!

  • LΓ©a Rose

    OOooooooooo yay! Add me to the contest! Mwahahahaha more raine, more tam, hell more raines family and goblins XD

    i also started reading your books thanks to Lisa hosting them on her blog πŸ™‚

  • Meghan Sullivan

    I love Lisa’s stories. I’ve been looking forward to Con and Conjure since I finished Bewitched and Betrayed. More Mychael. And more Tam. Hell more of everyone.

    I’m hoping to win the contest just for the unknown goodies (the signed books don’t hurt either though). πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for hosting the contest. And keep up the good writing work (and karma)!

  • Susan

    I am so looking forward to this book!

  • Alex

    Me like snippet. Me like books. Me stop talking like neanderthal now. But really, I totally can’t wait for this to come out!! What’s even better is that my birthday is the day before the release (March 28). Best birthday present ever!!!! I’d still totally love to get a full set. I have them all, but I’m not totally sure where and some of them are in… interesting condition because of the number of times I’ve read them…

  • Lingeorge

    Yes, I needs to win contest, stroke goblin ears, read good books, love being introduced to new, awesome author. Please let me enter.

  • Beverly H.

    Please enter me in the contest as well πŸ™‚ I would love to win a set of Lisa’s books! Thanks!

  • Jane

    Another great sniippet. I can’t wait for the book to come out.

    Please enter me into the contest.

  • emmad

    Ohh having just moved I had to get rid of most of my Paper books so would love to reacquire a full set. Signed is even better πŸ™‚

  • Van P.

    Awesome snippets! Please enter me into the giveaway, and thank you Lisa/Robyn for hosting this contest!!

  • Candace B

    Love to get signed copies of Lisa’s books for my collection. Love your books. Keeping on writing!!

  • Taylor

    Wow that sounds pretty awesome… now I’s can be entered into the contest so I’s can keeps reading… yay πŸ˜‰

  • Sarah O.

    Please enter me in the contest. I love these books!

  • Joe R

    Lisa is great. Her books are action packed and laugh out loud funny. I can’t imagine Rob’s readers not loving Raine and company. Lisa also cares about other writers and her readers. She deserves to be a NYT best selling author. Buy once and buy often (if you can).

  • Adamedwardo

    Just finished “Fever” series and almost done with Blackout, looking for a new series to get into and I would love to be one of the chosen. Thanks for hosting the contest Robyn, I love when authors help fellow people in the industry.

  • Jessie

    I would love to win! Thanks so much for the contest!

  • Meg D.

    Oh! Oh! Oh! Enter me please. πŸ˜€
    Thanks Robyn, for hosting Lisa’s snippets and contest and Congrats on being a New York Times Best-Selling Author!

  • Sam

    I love goblins…sigh…have to finish the previous 4 before cracking open CandC. Entering the contest is a very good incentive.

  • Tammi

    Anyone Rob recommends gets a shot from me. Plus, I saw the word ‘daggers’ as I skimmed passed the excerpts! Enter me please!

  • feritae

    Absolutely adore Lisa Shearin’s series and would LOVE to win!!! Thanks for hosting the contest!

  • Maureen F

    Please enter me in the contest! I love these books.

  • Mary

    A great contest! Thank you for hosting Robyn. I would love a signed set of books.

  • Jennifer Griffin

    I want to enter please!!! Haven’t ever read any of Lisa’s books yets, but I’ll add them to the TBR pile πŸ™‚

    Just finished the newest Cal and Niko book, and loved it. This series is my new favorite!!!!

  • joanne

    Please enter me in the contest! πŸ˜€ x

  • Jenny

    This is me entering the contest. Lisa’s snippets always make me laugh. I can’t wait for the new book. In the meantime, I think I’ll try and find one of your books.

  • Wave

    Thank you for hosting the contest, I’ve been reading your books and Lisa’s, since they started coming the rest of the family reads them also.

  • Lee

    Oooh. Please enter me for the contest? And thanks for hosting it!

    I’ve been re-reading in preparation for C&C’s release, and still consider this one of my favorite quotes: “An enigma, wrapped in a riddle, coated in yum.”

    Anyone else got a favorite quote from the series?

  • sparky

    Me like books πŸ™‚ I’ve been a big fan of Lisa’s for a few years now. And my daughter too, she wrote some fan fiction with hot goblins, that Lisa encouraged with bookmarks (but wisely declined to read).

  • Jo

    I was a really good girl and refrained from reading the snippets. I like it all to be a surprise when I read! πŸ™‚

    Me want all these books, please! Signed book plates are LOVELY, but to have the actual books signed! Ooooh, would be so good!

  • Becky W.

    This is me, entering the contest! Thanks for hosting for Lisa. I just started reading YOUR books, thanks to her. Very cool. πŸ˜€

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    […] just to show how generous and all-around awesome Robyn is, she’s hosting a contest for me over on her blog from now until next Tuesday (March 29) when CO… Pop over to Robyn’s place for a fight scene between Raine and a goblin master thief — […]