Win a copy of my new mystery

There are two concurrent giveaways of The Curse of the Strawberry Moon.

GOODREADS: Enter HERE for a chance to win one of two signed, first-edition copies of the paperback. Deadline: Sept. 14, 2016.

AMAZON: Enter HERE for a chance to win one of three digital copies (for Kindle & iPad/iPhone etc.). Deadline: Sept. 9, 2016.

These contests are open to U.S. readers.

wrapkindle300x480Readers in the U.S. & Canada: You could win a signed copy of my new novel, The House With the Wraparound Porch though my Goodreads giveaway.

Enter the contest HERE.

DEADLINE: August 31, 2013.

Contest: Speculative Fiction

ragaThe folks over at Ragazine are holding a contest for speculative fiction written by a person of color. Here are the details from the contest page:


Entries must be 6,000 words or less, in the genre of science fiction, fantasy or horror.

Send stories in body copy of e-mail to: no later than 11:59 p.m. September 20th.

Subject line should read: Contest: Speculative Fiction by People of Color

Include Name, Mailing Address, telephone number and e-mail address at top of entry. Your information will be stripped out, a number will be assigned to the story and it will be forwarded to the fiction editor for consideration.

No formal introductory letter, bio or publishing history, pleaseWe are interested in reading your story. Biographical information will be requested from the winners.

NO SNAIL MAIL ENTRIES. They will be discarded.

NO ATTACHMENTS. E-mails with attachments will be deleted.

NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: Previously unpublished only.

Submission deadline may be extended at discretion of Ragazine.CC.

ENTRY FEE: $15.00 per story

Payment by PayPal ONLY. (Follow link above to the contest page to pay.)

Submissions will not be accepted until Entry Fee is received by Ragazine. Ragazine.CC reserves first right to publication, and the right to cite  and excerpt the winning pieces in various promotions thereafter. All other rights revert to the author after initial publication.

Once you have paid your entry fee and received confirmation of receipt, e-mail your entry (entries) to

PRIZES: First prize $1,000.00 for the best piece
of speculative fiction completed by a person of color in 2013. Final judge Sheree Renée Thomas will provide a critique of the 2nd and 3rd place entries.  Honorable mentions will be made to the 4th and 5th place entries.

New Year’s Hop: 1st Challenge

new-years-blog-hop-2Take this challenge to enter for a drawing of my latest novel, A Wisdom of Owls, in digital format.

Do one of the following:

1. Follow my facebook page AND post this message:

I give a hoot about barn owls!




2. Tweet the following:

@cailinAolain I want to win a copy of Mary Pat Hyland’s novel “A Wisdom of Owls” #giveaway

Entries must be received by midnight Jan. 11. When you’re done, check out the rest of the author sites and enter for grand prizes HERE!

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HOLIDAY BLOG HOP: Day Three challenge

Enter today, Dec. 12, to win one of 10 giveaway ebook copies of my fifth novel, Book Three of the Maeve Kenny Series, A WISDOM OF OWLS.

You MUST complete one the two tasks:

1) Join my facebook page, and post  “Blog hops are a hoot! on the page; or,

2) Tweet the following:

@cailinAolain Pay attention to “A Wisdom of Owls” #hohohop #FLX #FLXwine #Irish

TASK MUST BE COMPLETED BY MIDNIGHT EST DEC. 13 to be entered in the random drawing for 10 copies.

Coming soon: Summer Splash Blog Hop

From July 23-31, Indie Writers around the world will be participating in a Summer Splash Blog Hop. When the event starts, follow the link I’ll put on this site to explore works by these writers and enter giveaway contests at each of their blogs. Plus, at the main site you can enter to win several prizes including Kindle Fires!
When the contest goes live on my blog, enter to win several prizes, including a complete digital set of my Maeve Kenny series (three books!), plus swag such as a wine picnic tote from Loughmare Winery (featured in the series), a shot glass with the “3/17” logo and a coffee mug for damn fine coffee from “The Terminal Diner.”  STAY TUNED!!


Last chance for free pie

Mmm...Men like pie...

Would you like a free Kindle version of The Terminal Diner? Send me your reason, in 25 words or less, why men like pie. The top five answers will win Kindle copies of my latest novel!

Email your answer HERE by 11:59 EDT tonight!

Just three days left in my contest to win a Kindle edition of The Terminal Diner.

To enter, send me your thoughts, in twenty-five words or less, on why men like pie. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 15. Submit your entry HERE.

Mmm...Men like pie...

Are you hungry for a slice of Terminal Diner pie?

Here’s how you can win the whole pie. Write a 25 words or less answer to the following question: Why do men like pie?

Send your entry along with your full name via email HERE by 11:59 p.m. EDT on August 15, 2011.

Five readers with the best answers will win Kindle editions of my latest novel The Terminal Diner.