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Summer Contest – Hidden Treasures of Fiction


Susan at West of Mars is having another contest and this time I’m giving all of you lots of notice. This summer’s theme is Hidden Treasures of fiction; books or authors who have never gotten near the Best-seller list (any of them) but who you think deserve to be. So review your own books, your best friend, or that weird guy around the corner who happened to write a brilliant book (even if you cross the street when you see him coming) or that deserving author you’ve been keeping secret. Our hope is that this contest will help promote middle-list authors who are often overlooked in favour of the blockbuster novels and hopefully boost the authors’ sales.

The rules are simple:
1. Find a book that’s a Hidden Treasure. That means a book that hasn’t made it to a best-seller list anywhere that you can find. A suggested reading list is available at Feel free to find your own treasure, though.
2. The book MUST be from a royalty-paying publisher. If in doubt, ask Susan.
3. Read it.
4. Post a review somewhere on the Internet between July 15 and August 15 (some popular locations for the last contest were reviewers’ websites or blogs,, and/or
5. Sign the Mr. Linky at West of Mars. Include the permalink for your review.
6. Yes, you can use a Hidden Treasure book that fulfills another contest or reading challenge.
7. Yes, you can review more than one book.
8. If, for some reason, you don’t want to win a prize, let Susan know.
9. If you have suggestions for the Hidden Treasures Suggested Reading List, or a prize to offer the winners, drop Susan an e-mail at susan at westofmars dot com.
10. Prizes will be awarded August 20. Winners will be contacted and winning list will be posted no later than 22 August; be sure to have a way for us to contact you.

Pretty simple right? So spend the next month deciding on your book(s) and I look forward to reading your reviews.

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5 Comments to

“Summer Contest – Hidden Treasures of Fiction”

  1. On June 15th, 2007 at 4:38 pm Nadine Dajani Says:

    Hi Janelle,

    I left you a comment on an old post (April) where you listed your pics out of the Spring 2007 catalogue – well, thanks for listing Fashionably Late! It just came out last week and has been gracing “New Fiction” tables all over canada and the US, so I’m very psyched about that – if you’re interested in reviewing it on your site, I’d love to send you a copy!

    A fellow Canuck and reading addict,

  2. On June 15th, 2007 at 5:34 pm Janelle Martin Says:

    I saw that Nadine and would love to get a copy but have no way to contact you since I can’t find an email address on your blog. So please email me through the email posted here in my profile (bookbutler at gmail dot com) and I’ll get my address to you.

    Thanks for posting again!

  3. On June 18th, 2007 at 3:31 am David Says:

    i thoink I can do this, thanks to susan and you fro making me read ( more)

  4. On June 23rd, 2007 at 2:47 pm sognatrice Says:

    What a great idea! Must get digging through some old favorites….

  5. On June 25th, 2007 at 2:08 am Kate S. Says:

    This is a fantastic idea. I’m off to mull over which hidden treasures to review…

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