Valentine Giveaway!

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Time to celebrate people we love, people we like, and people we feel warm affection for.

You know who my favorite person is? YOU. I like everyone who reads this blog and I wish I could buy each of you a present. I can’t buy everyone a present, but I did put together two gift boxes that I will be mailing to two blog readers.


This year, I’m once again highlighting a how-to book from my favorite writing teacher of all time. THE LIAR’S COMPANION by Lawrence Block is one of his more personal how-to books, detailing his own struggles and triumphs in the era before he was a household name. You’re going to love this book!

This gift box also includes…
•  A blank notebook
•  “You are a badass” sticky notes
•  A coaster
•  And a stand-up pencil holder

But wait! There’s more! It’s Valentine’s Day, when things come in pairs, so of course there are two gift boxes.


The second gift box features CREATING CHARACTER ARCS by K.M. Weiland. More than any other recent book, this one helped me get super clear on the way that plot and character go hand-in-hand. This book will supercharge your writing craft!

I’m also including the most fun blank notebook I’ve seen lately. That gemstone on the cover has LED lights in it and when you push a button on the cover, the gem lights up. I wish I could explain to you how cool it is, but you will have to see it for yourself.

This gift box also includes…
•  A set of cute erasers
•  A fridge magnet
•  And a list pad to track goals

Want to win one of these gift boxes? Just leave a comment below telling me two things: what is the most recent how-to book you’ve read, and a place I can contact you. (Email, website, or Twitter.)

I’ll draw two random names from the comments to this blog post on February 14, 2020 at 22:00 EST so be sure to comment before then!

And of course I have not one, but two notes.

First note: You don’t have to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to enter, but I’d be pleased if you did. (I’m @ AlexKourvo on insta and the twitterz)

Second note: This giveaway is open to everyone but I can only mail stuff to US addresses. If you live outside the US and I draw your name, I’ll send you a $10 Amazon ecard so you can buy Lawrence Block’s book or K.M. Weiland’s book yourself.

Leave me a comment with a book recommendation, and I’ll announce the winners on Valentine’s Day.

Alex K.

Update: the winner of the Lawrence Block book is Bridget McKenna and the winner of the KM Weiland book is Catherine Stein. Congratulations to the winners!

7 thoughts on “Valentine Giveaway!

  1. I’m drooling and dribbling from all these goodies (but am sadly way outside the US)! I am currently reading The Moral Premise by Stanley D. Williams (I actually think this book is mentioned in KM Weiland’s Character Arc as well?). It’s good and I think I’ll end up getting a lot out of it, but there is just so much to digest, that it’s a slow reading (which is not a bad thing btw).

  2. I don’t know if I’ve ever made it through an entire how-to or self-help book. I like cookbooks but I never finished one. I just realized that I did read one how-to book, The Secret, but all I learned from that was in order to become a successful author, get to know Oprah and have her approve of your book. I hope I win. I have always been a Lawrence Block fan, even after he banned me from his Facebook page.

  3. I don’t really read self-help books. I look stuff up for research purposes, but that’s it. Here’s a reference I like, though: Character Reactions from Head to Toe by Valerie Howard. Nice, short list of reaction descriptions, organized by part of the body. So if your characters are blinking too much or something, you can easily scan through for other potential body language.
    And you know where to find me on twitter. 🙂

  4. These look like fantastic books! And perfect timing as I’m about to jump into a new book idea. 🙂 I don’t know if it qualifies as a how-to, but I’m reading through The Artist’s Way. I enjoy some of the activities to unblock my creativity.

  5. Hi, your idea is great. I am reading (and doing the exercises) of Goal Setting for Writers (Writers’ Guide Series Book 1) by Sandra Gerth. After I read her book on show, don’t tell, I bought two other books from her. One on time management which was wonderful and now this one, on goal setting. Highly recommended.

    Next, I want to read THE LIAR’S COMPANION, never read about it before!

  6. My favorite is still Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. I find that I can always learn something new and it is one of the few that I have read cover to cover several times over. Thank you for reading through all of these writing books and steering us in the direction of the great ones 🙂 I love reading your blog 🙂

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