More llamas and a giveaway.

January 6, 2017 · Personal

Okay, so if you’ve been around my blog or social media for five seconds you know I love llamas. So much so that I have a stuffed llama who serves as my writing mascot (his name is Romance Llamaand I hide a llama reference in each of my books.

Also, fun fact: The Emporers New Groove is of my favourite Disney movies of all time!

Now I have a new way of sharing my love for llamas! Are these USBs adorable or what? You can’t tell from this picture, but they’re actually in the shape of a book (see pictures here), so they’re doubly perfect.

15271957_1847759858770807_2033144456636159676_oNB. For my author friends who are interested in doing something similar, I got mine through USB Memory Direct.

I’m thinking about getting some more made to hand out at conferences and book signings. I’m curious, for those who frequent reader events, do you like swag like this? Also, what other swag do you enjoy? I’ve only done book marks in the past, so I’d love your thoughts!

Anyone who comments on this post will go in the draw to win a prize of one of these cute USBs and a copy of my upcoming Blaze book, Mr. Dangerously Sexy.

Don’t worry, if you’re not a winner but you’d still like to get your hands on one of these adorable llama-lovin’ USBs, I’ll be giving them away later in the year when I attend the Romance Writers of America and Romance Writers of Australia conferences.

10 Responses to “More llamas and a giveaway.”

  1. Michelle Andrews says:

    Hi Stef, I think everyone loves receiving swag! For me, I really love it when they are practical, anything paper based tends to get lost or thrown out. That’s why I think your USB’s look fab, are modern and definitely useful. (Plus I’m always misplacing my USB’s…….).

    The swag I value the most is something practical such as author branded fridge magnets (I have one from Annie West on my fridge), pens and nail files. These are all things I would keep and use, meaning I have a constant reminder of the author around me. Some of mine have also become a talking point between friends. What better type of promotion is there than “word of mouth”?

  2. Heather says:

    Oh my gosh, it’s a tiny book! And the llamas <3 Those are so adorable, Stefanie!

    As for 'swag' ideas – I am a list-maker so pens are my favorite thing to get. I heard about an author who had both stickers and chapsticks made with book-related logos, which I thought was so cool. But to be honest, I consider myself blessed when I get a bookmark or postcards with the author's book on it, all of the other stuff is just a bonus :)

  3. Lyn says:

    I still love these USBs as much as when you first shared them on your Facebook.
    As you and I have already discussed, I am already working on adding Logan, Rhys and Max to Aiden in my print collection, but autographed books are even better.

    I really like receiving author bookmarks as I never seem to be able to find a bookmark when I need one. That said, I know many authors are moving away from bookmarks because lots of readers aren’t so keen on them.
    Semi-bizarrely, all my most favourite swag has come from Australian authors. Your fellow LoveCat, Sharon Archer, sent post-its as part of a parcel I received from her <– in fact I think it was with the book that formed part of the prize pack from your joing LoveCats party. Her ones were just your standard square ons with stethoscope forming part of the image, but I'm sure that you could potentially find a way to get llama shaped ones created.
    The other swag is fridge magnet – I too have one from Annie West, but the one I like even more is one that Paula Roe sent me that is the cover of Bed of Lies.
    If you want to see examples of these pieces of swag, let me know and I'll share a photo on FB.

    Other swag I've seen that I think was a good idea but am undecided on:
    – Jaci Burton has been giving away 2017 Play-By-Play series calendars. I did win one and have literally only just received it so still deciding if it's a form of swag that I would suggest repeating. Apparently her publisher (?Berkley) had them created, and they actually include January 2018 too.
    – Lia Davis did have notebooks created with the covers being covers of her books. Not sure whether or how I would use the notebooks, but the idea appeals since I primarily read ebooks and at least on my current reader all the covers are black and white if I even see them. I do miss seeing covers in colour.

    If I don't win, curses on being in NZ. Unless I win lotto, I am only attending RWNZ this year. Even that is only doable because it's in my home town. I'd suggest you attend since it's normally a week before RWAus – but I'm sure you and J already have plenty on your plate with family and friends in Aus at that time.

  4. Kari Angeles says:

    I love swag! I can’t attend reader events, but I am active online. I join online contests for various authors I read. I love reading, so I enjoy getting author swag. Bookmarks, autographed paperbacks, postcards, pens, or whatever. The more unique the item, the more I hold it dear. I have a deck of cards (with the cover art of Four Nights with the Duke on the back of the cards), koozies, earbud headphones, and a Viking rubber ducky that have their own special place in my library at home.

  5. Carol says:

    Love the USB! I also love bookmarks and I love those little notebooks with post-it notes. And since I wear glasses, I love the eyeglass cleaning cloths.

  6. Jennifer says:

    I love the author swag! I have a super fridge magnets from Lily Malone and Annie West on fridge, a collection of bookmarks from authors and seminars/conferences I’ve been too and a huge collection of pens. Oh, and all my autographed books! Memorabilia is wonderful in that it not only reminds me of the authors and their stories but also of their passion for writing, for me, the reader.

  7. Anita H. says:

    I love receiving fun swag from authors since I’m not able to attend any reader conventions/events. Aside from the usual bookmarks and pens, my favorites so far are the more unique swag like mini-notebooks with pens, lip balm (I have both a tube kind and a mini pot), mini compact, tote bags, magnets, keychains, even mini stuffed animals. But my absolute favorites are coverflats, they’re the next best thing to having the print book! And your llama USB is sooooo cute!

  8. Helen says:

    Hi Stefanie

    Love that USB it is so cute and I love all types of swag and loved Logan

    Have Fun


  9. Ada says:

    I would love to win the Llama USB, it’s so useful and practical but a very memorable type of promotion. Interesting swag usually catches my attention like postcards of book covers, notepads, sticky notepads, totes and key-chains along with the usual pens and bookmarks.

  10. Stefanie says:

    Congratulations to Kari Angeles!! You’re the winner of this giveaway – please send me an email via the contact form on my site and let me know where I can send your prize.

    Thanks to everyone who entered!

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