Ruined Giveaway: Five Winners!

Posted September 9, 2009 by shooting in Uncategorized / 129 Comments


Five (5) Winners receive a copy of Ruined



When Rebecca Brown goes to New Orleans to stay with her voodoo-obsessed aunt, she finds the beautiful city haunted by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Rebecca is also startled to discover a haunting of a different kind: near a graveyard one night, amid the Spanish moss and beneath the moonlight, she meets a ghost girl named Lisette, who has been dead for 150 years. Lisette helps Rebecca unearth an ancient mystery in her aunt’s house, along with some troubling historical truths. Meanwhile, Rebecca must juggle adjusting to her snooty new prep school, developing a serious crush on a handsome boy, and dealing with an elite group of popular girls who may be linked to the ghostly mystery themselves.


Paula Morris has published a short story collection and several novels for adults in her native New Zealand. She’s lived in a number of cities around the world, moving to New Orleans the year before Hurricane Katrina. She teaches creative writing at Tulane University.

Giveaway (five copies of Ruined, five winners!)

Open to-The Ruined book promotion is open to participants with a United States mailing address only (international readers can enter if you have a friend in the States who can accept your prizes by mail!). Entrants under age 13 must have parent or guardian permission to enter.

Ends- September 30th

To Enter- If you could talk to the ghost of anyone, who would it be and why?

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129 responses to “Ruined Giveaway: Five Winners!

  1. I would want to talk to my mother. When she died, things weren't the greatest between us. I'd like to be able to talk things out with her, and let her know that I love her.


  2. I would love to talk to my sister again. She died in a tragic accident on vacation in 1980 and I would love to catch her up on my life and the rest of our family. We still miss her terribly.

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  3. Definitely Jimmy Stewart. He was an amazing man, and I would love to hear first hand about the things he experienced in his life.

    Btw, what a gorgeous cover!

  4. I'd love to be able to talk to my grandmother. She died when I was in elementary school, but I hear that we were a lot alike – I just wish I could have known that for myself… she loved to read! I think that's where I got my passion from! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the contest!

  5. If you could talk to the ghost of anyone, who would it be and why?

    I would want to talk to my great grandfather. He died when I was just two years old. My relatives always remembered that he would play with me. I was his little 'princesa'. I want to know him more. He sounded like a great man πŸ™‚

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  6. Someone personal that I would talk to would be my grandmother. She died 2 years ago suddenly when at the hospital for a surgery. I never got to see her again or tell her goodbye.

    But someone I never knew and that is famous would have to be Elvis. How cool would that be?

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  7. If you could talk to the ghost of anyone, who would it be and why?

    My old High school friend. It was unexpected and no one saw it coming.

    – Wendy (omgitswendy at gmail dot com)

  8. I would talk to Shakespeare. He's very entertaining. I'm sure it would be a blast to talk to him in today's day and age. I'd ask him about all kinds of things!


  9. If I could talk to anyone, I think it would be to Princess Diana. I would like for her to know how she has been missed since she is gone. She was so loved! I don't think she really knew that. She had such a tortured life.

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  10. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this one. New Orleans graveyards? How could I not?

    The one ghost I'd want to talk to is Cleopatra. Why? Why not? In a wholly male dominated world, she dominated them. One of few women with true power in history. I'd love to talk to her about it.

  11. Please include me.

    I would want to talk to Charles Dickens. I love A Christmas Carol and want to know more about his thoughts on ghosts and if theres any other stories out there that are temporarily lost.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  12. If I could talk to any ghost who would it be? Helen Keller.

    I'm amazed at what she accomplished in her life as a writer. How she dealt with life on life's terms confounds me. I'm deaf myself and couldn't imagine tackling life blind as well.

    Thanks for the opportunity! Indigo


  13. there are lots of people I would love to talk to but the one I pick is my sister-in-law. We were never close n the 8 years she was with us. about 2 months before the accident ( a semi blew a stop sign) we made a connection. there is just so much more I would have like to have told her, shared with her, let he know I loved her

  14. If I could talk to the ghost of anyone, who would it be and why?

    It would be my father's paternal grandmother. Of the many stories I've heard about her was that she always carried an ax. Why… that's what I want to ask her!


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  15. Liz

    I don't really know anybody who died except my great grandma who I barley knew. If my dog could talk I would love to talk to him!!


  16. To be sentimental, I'll say my mom. She died when I was young and I never got the chance to get to know here.

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  17. Kelsey H

    Even though I don't believe in ghosts, I would want to talk to Jane Austen. Why? Because she was an amazing author and it's awesome that her books are still popular today. I would want to know about her own life and what she thinks about certain issues. She would definitely be an interesting woman to talk to!


  18. I'd want to talk to my great grandmother because there are so many things I wish I had asked her before she died. I also wouldn't mind talking to Walt Disney because he's one of my favorite people that ever lived.

  19. If I could choose anyone to talk to, I would pick my Grandmother who died when I was still in elementary school. I would want to talk about her what's happening in my life now and let her know I love her, because I don't think I ever truly told her that during the time I knew her even though I always have/ had know this, leaving me to highly regret not letting her know overall.

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  20. My grandpa on my mom's side, since I never met him. He died only a couple months before I was born.

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  21. Sue

    I'd love to talk to my great-grandmother. My grandma has always been my favorite person and she just turned 91 last week. I've always wanted to know the woman who raised her.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

  22. This sounds like an awesome book! Please enter me.

    If I could talk to the ghost of anyone, it would be my grandma Welsh because she died when I was four and don’t remember her. I just want to talk to her and see what kind of person she was.


  23. This sounds like an awesome book! Please enter me.

    If I could talk to the ghost of anyone, it would be my grandma Welsh because she died when I was four and don’t remember her. I just want to talk to her and see what kind of person she was.


  24. I think I would want to chat with either Jane Austen or Marilyn Monroe. Or Cleopatra, but there'd be a bit of a language barrier…

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  25. If I could, I would talk to my Great Great Aunt Veva. I would ask her more questions about when she was growing up and the way she lived. She died about 15 years ago at the age of 104.

  26. I would speak to my grandmother if I could and apologize for some things in the past that still bother me today.

    Thanks for the contest! Would love to read this book.


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