Avengers, Assemble… LEGO! ‘LEGO Marvel’s Avengers’ Giveaway

The newest LEGO Marvel game is all about the Avengers of the Marvel cinematic universe. In the upcoming title you’ll play through some of the key moments of that universe, including the clash with Loki in the Battle of New York and fighting against Ultron in the sky over Sokovia.

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‘Art of the Brick: DC Comics’ (plus Giveaway)

There are only a handful of themes which truly stand the test of time. The kind of things shared between generations; dancing across language barriers; appreciated by any child, anywhere, anytime. Lego is definitely one. DC characters are absolutely there. Art is certainly there.

And then whoa! You have someone like Nathan Sawaya combining all three?!? Welcome to the Art of the Brick: DC Comics. Prepare to be joyfully stunned.

Also below is our giveaway but one big caveat: it’s for Australia residents only.

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Giveaway: ‘The Marvels’ by Caldecott Medal Winner Brian Selznick

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Marvels in hand! Photo by Jackie Reeve.

Today is the release day for Brian Selznick’s latest beautiful children’s book, The Marvels. This is huge news if you’re a fan of his work, since it’s been four years to the week since his last book, Wonderstruck, was published.

Selznick is one of my absolute favorite children’s authors. I read Hugo Cabret to my third grade classes every year, and I’ve recommended Wonderstruck I don’t know how many times. I’ve been so excited for The Marvels since its preview back in May, and now it’s finally here!

Here’s the synopsis:
From the Caldecott Medal–winning creator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck comes a breathtaking new voyage.

In this magnificent reimagining of the form he originated, two stand-alone stories—the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose—together create a beguiling narrative puzzle.

The journey begins on a ship at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvelis banished from the stage.

Nearly a century later, Joseph Jervis runs away from school and seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale’s strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past.

A gripping adventure and an intriguing invitation to decipher how the two narratives connect, The Marvels is a loving tribute to the power of story from an artist at the vanguard of creative innovation.

Interior page from Marvels, book copyright Scholastic Inc.

You can learn more about The Marvels here. And, check here for a list of Brian Selznick’s tour dates to promote the book.

To celebrate, we are giving away a prize package to one lucky GeekMom reader. It includes:

· A copy of The Marvels;
· A custom The Marvels jigsaw puzzle;
· and a $50 Visa gift card.

There are four ways to enter, and if you follow us on Instagram you’ll get a bonus entry.

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The contest will close this Saturday, September 19th at 11:59pm ET. A random winner will be selected and announced following the end of the giveaway.

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Prizes are provided by Scholastic.

Reading Gives You Superpowers Giveaway!

The main character of the Captain Underpants series keeps my son in stitches, and I get a few good laughs myself from the writer’s obvious jokes concerning his critics.

The latest book, Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot by Dav Pilkey, picks up where the last one left off (and if you haven’t read it, you will be admittedly a little lost in the begining) with two Georges and two Harolds enjoying life because they each only have to attend school half the time while their other selves play video games in their tree house. Not all remains calm, however, when the stench of Mr. Meaner attempts to use mind control to turn all of his students into well-behaved children!

Wait! How is creating well-behaved children a bad thing? Mr. Meaner, call me; I’ll introduce you to Kickstarter!

My favorite lines in the book have been the jokes on the “old people with too much time on their hands” in chapter 2. I’m taking a wild guess that this is in reference to the Captain Underpants series being on the top 10 list of most frequently banned books of the 21st century.

Have no fear, fellow readers! Captain Underpants saves the day and today, he’s dropping off a Super Reader Prize Pack for one lucky reader.

From now through Tuesday, September 8, you can enter to win a super prize pack!

Super Reader Prize Pack \ Image courtesy of Big Honcho Media Used and with permission
Super Reader Prize Pack \ Image courtesy of Big Honcho Media Used and with permission

One lucky reader will receive:
· A copy of Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot
· A branded Captain Underpants T-shirt
· A $50 Visa gift card to fill out your super reader’s bookshelf!

To enter our giveaway, just log into the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address. (Use a valid email, so we can let you know if you win.) You can then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up to two additional entries! If you already like/follow us, it will still enter you in the giveaway. A winner will be chosen at random at the end of the contest and their name will be posted right in the Rafflecopter widget, so you can check back to see who won.

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Behind the Scenes at ‘Geek Knits’ – Plus a Book Giveaway!

Geek Knits image courtesy of Kyle Cassidy.
Geek Knits image courtesy of Kyle Cassidy.

Two weeks ago, GeekMom premiered the gloriously geektastic knitting book, Geek Knits: Over 30 Projects for Fantasy Fanatics, Science Fiction Fiends, and Knitting Nerds by Joan of Dark, with photographs by Kyle Cassidy.

Currently hanging out around the top 50 most popular knitting books on Amazon, Geek Knits features actors, authors, and celebrities from across the geek pantheon. (Yes, I went there. Hush.)

We love behind-the-scenes exclusives at GeekMom, and Kyle and Joan were happy to oblige with the following stories.

Plus, know what makes exclusives even better? The wonderful folks at St. Martins’ Press do: a giveaway. You’ll find your own chance to win a copy of Geek Knits: Over 30 Projects for Fantasy Fanatics, Science Fiction Fiends, and Knitting Nerds at the bottom of this post.

Read on, crafty friends:

Geek Knits Behind the Scenes 1: George R.R. Martin – From Kyle Cassidy
“Fun fact: I spent nearly a week in George R. R. Martin’s guest house, waiting to take the photo for Geek Knits of George and the knitted Dire Wolf. George would stick his head in and ask if anybody wanted to go out for tacos (and of course, I’d say yes). Then he’d say he felt like writing and I wasn’t about to be the guy on the internet who told George R. R. Martin to not write, so I read books and took photos of rollergirls out in the desert and went running and I’d check back periodically and he’d invite me to dinner and I’d go and then it would be late and everybody would go to bed. One day, he suggested we go to a movie at his theater. It was a South Korean western called The Good, the Bad, and the Weird—a bunch of the authors from Wild Cards were there. Finally, one evening his assistant called and said, ‘Can you do it now before the football game?’ and I raced over and did the photos in his office in about 15 minutes. He was loads of fun to be around and I had a great time hanging out there.”

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Kyle says, “The good news is I’m finally photographing GRRM. The bad news is I’m about to be attacked by a giant robot.” Photo courtesy Kyle Cassidy.

Geek Knits Behind the Scenes 2: Adam Savage – From Kyle Cassidy
(Or how Kyle ran a marathon, set up the perfect shot, and hung out with stormtroopers and a shark.)

“The shot of Adam Savage with the dragon is probably my favorite one in the book. It wasn’t difficult to set up, but it was still the most difficult.

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Photo courtesy Kyle Cassidy.

I’d been planning on taking a weekend of vacation, meaning that I’d fly from Philadelphia to Chicago, run a half marathon with Peter Sagal, do his photo for Geek Knits, then jump on a plane and come back to Philly the next day. That’s ‘vacation’ in my mind. Joan called and said that Adam Savage from Mythbusters was available for a photo shoot, but only in the middle of my vacation (after I ran the race, but before I came home) and could I go from Chicago to California and then back to Philly instead of sleeping after the race?

I had my photo gear, but no props and nothing in mind for Adam’s shoot. I didn’t even know where it was going to be. It turned out to be backstage at a concert hall—Adam was doing a performance and I had the run of the backstage area to figure something out and when Adam came off stage, we could do the photo.

I wanted to do something in the Mythbusters tradition, meaning some sort of construction and Adam was modeling a dragon. What would Adam do with a dragon? Melt something? Fire, there should probably be fire. Joan’s husband, (Dill Hero) was totally on board with the idea of setting something on fire in the theater. Somehow cooler heads prevailed and the fire idea was nixed. Maybe Adam would set a trap for a dragon and catch it. So Dill and I started scouring the backstage looking for things to make a Rube Goldberg trap out of and a place to set it up.

This is our proof of concept.

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Photo courtesy Kyle Cassidy.

What remains is how to light it. Here’s one light behind an umbrella. It lights everything up. Nice maybe, but not dramatic enough for a dragon.

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Photo courtesy Kyle Cassidy.

I went with two lights, a soft box above the dragon , and a second light straight on the trapper. The dragon is being lured into the trap with a little pile of gold coins. Because that’s how you catch a dragon. Photo geekery: Because I was ostensibly ‘on vacation’ and thought I was only taking one photo of Peter Sagal, I packed a small camera kit consisting of a Panasonic Lumix GX7 and a 20mm f 1.7 lens. The Lumix is very small and very capable and it’s become a go-to for a lot of my work that involves traveling. I had two flashes triggered by Pocket Wizard radio flash triggers. I also brought one light stand and the umbrella was a Photek Softlighter II, which converts into a soft box, a shoot through, or a reflective umbrella. It’s very useful. The umbrella and the light stand both fit in my suitcase; everything else in a small camera bag.

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Photo courtesy Kyle Cassidy.

That looks appropriately dramatic! So we waited for Adam, he came off stage, I did like four photos, which was kind of pointless because we nailed it on the first one. I love how the dragon looks happily and innocently inquisitive and Adam looks delightedly triumphant—his trap is working! Click! And now with my job done, I could go lay down in a hotel and sleep for five hours before my red-eye back to philly! Glorious sleep!

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Photo courtesy Kyle Cassidy.

Then Adam said: ‘Do you want to come back to my place and hang out for a while?’

Wot wot?! Anyone who says ‘no’ to that does not deserve to be working on a book called Geek Knits.

So we went. You can see in this selfie, I’m still wearing my running shirt from the half marathon.

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Photo courtesy Kyle Cassidy.

Adam has a shark. He found it in a dumpster and brought it home and hung it up by himself. Because when he’s not building things on Mythbusters, he’s building things. He’s the least lazy person I’ve ever met in my life. So I figured, ‘suck it up and sleep some other time.’ And we went on into the evening. Adam showed us the most powerful flashlight ever invented, the prop gun from The Bourne Identity, we had tacos. I got on an airplane at midnight and flew back to Philadelphia. The plane landed and I went off to the next thing, still in two-day-old clothes without unpacking my bags. Tired didn’t mean anything, so much had happened. We made great stuff, we had an adventure; that’s all I really remember.”

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Photo courtesy Kyle Cassidy.

Joan adds: “The dragon was designed by Noel Margaret (www.noelmargaret.com). I asked several designers about making a plush dragon and Noel nailed it, hands down. I love how the texture makes it look like the dragon has scales! Instead of doing the obvious green, she wanted to do a bright red, which I was absolutely on board with. It came out so cute and cuddly instead of creepy or scary!

Also Adam not only had The Bourne Identity gun, he had the red bag and trash can! (Bourne Identity is one of those movies that I can watch once a week and never get tired of it. I was having a major geek out!)

It’s really, really hard for me to pick a favorite photo from Geek Knits, but this one is up there! I was so paranoid about it getting in since it’s um, sideways. (Kyle what’s the fancy photo term for sideways???) Most photos in knitting books are vertical. As soon as I turned these photos in to the publisher I was like, ‘This photo. This photo has to be in the book!’

As it turned out, I didn’t need to worry. The publisher and art department saw that photo and were instantly in love with it!”

Thanks so much to Joan of Dark and Kyle Cassidy for providing behind-the-scenes stories from Geek Knits, as well as great tips on how best to light a dinosaur trap for posterity!

Even better, the fabulous folks from St. Martin’s Press have authorized GeekMom to do a giveaway. Sign up on our rafflecopter for your chance to win your very own copy of Geek Knits: Over 30 Projects for Fantasy Fanatics, Science Fiction Fiends, and Knitting Nerds.

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Terms: US/Canada only. Contest runs Tuesday, June 30, through Monday, July 6.

It’s a ‘Jurassic World’ Lego Giveaway!

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If you are anything like me, you are completely stoked about the release of Jurassic World this Friday, June 12. Whether you want to see it in Real D 3D, IMAX 3D, or just as a regular film (they still show those, right?), viewers are sure to get plenty of thrills and dinosaur chills. Chris Pratt! Trained velociraptors! And more ginormous dinos than you can sink your teeth into.

In order to help celebrate the release of Jurassic World, we are holding a giveaway for one of the only things I might get more geeked out about than dinosaurs. Lego! That’s right, one winner will receive a Jurassic World Lego prize bundle with three Lego sets, valued at $90. The play sets feature the Jurassic helicopter with net shooter, T. rex Chaser with its big cage, ACU Transport with scientific equipment, Jurassic off-roader, Raptor pen, and more (may vary).

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So click on the Rafflecopter entry form and find out how you can enter!

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About Jurassic World:

Jurassic World – The Park Opens June 12
In Theaters, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D
Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure based on characters created by Michael Crichton. The screenplay is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly & Trevorrow, and the story is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Irrfan Khan

Rated PG-13

Visit Jurassic World on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr! And follow the #JurassicWorld hashtag on Twitter to keep up with the exciting movie news.

 

Rules and disclaimer: Open to US only. Prize pack supplied by Universal Pictures/Jurassic World. GeekMom received one prize pack for personal use.

10 Questions & Giveaway With Award-winning Author Ann Leckie

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Ann Leckie
(image courtesy Ann Leckie)

Author Ann Leckie’s first novel, Ancillary Justice (2014, Orbit), won Hugo, Nebula, Locus, British Science Fiction Award, and Arthur C. Clarke awards in 2014. Her second novel in the same Radch empire series, Ancillary Sword, won the BSFA and is on the ballots for the 2015 Nebulas and Hugos. And the third, Ancillary Mercy, is on the launch pad. Recently, Leckie signed with Orbit to write more books within the Radch empire as well. Meanwhile, her short stories have appeared (and several can be read for free) at Subterranean magazineStrange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her story “Hesperia and Glory” was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition, edited by Rich Horton. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her family.

Leckie recently took a moment away from writing to speak with GeekMom Fran Wilde and answer 10 questions.

Breaking News: Leckie and her publisher—Orbit Books—have generously offered to give away a set of two Ancillary books (U.S./Canada only), as well as personally selected teas. Read to the end of the interview for more information on how to win!

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Ancillary Justice (Orbit, 2013), the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, BSFA, Arthur C. Clarke, and Kitschies winner.

GeekMom: Your books have struck a chord for many readers—the voice and characters in Ancillary Justice, the sweeping arc of Ancillary Sword. What can we expect from Ancillary Mercy?

Ann Leckie: Ancillary Mercy is, like Ancillary Sword, not exactly the same sort of book as the one before it. Expect outside events to begin filtering into Athoek—or more specifically, expect the Presger and Anaander Mianaai to show up.

GM: You are a big science fiction and fantasy fan. Do you have other fandoms besides SF/F?

AL: SF/F is certainly my primary fandom! It’s a pretty broad one, actually, since you can say “fandom” and mean something as specific as a particular book or movie. But, the only other thing that I might classify as a (non-SF/F) fandom would be my participation in what was at the time called Gabeweb—that is, three or four websites dedicated to following and discussing Peter Gabriel, back in the, what, the late nineties, early 2000s? I’d decided to learn HTML, and thought for a while about what sort of website I might build—what was there that I knew about, or was sufficiently enthusiastic about, that I might actually make some sort of contribution to? And I discovered a small community of PG fans. It was a good bunch of folks and I had a good time. We were mostly just being kind of silly, and I think the folks running Gabriel’s website at the time had a pretty tolerant attitude towards us, which was nice.

GM: What would you like to tell someone new to your work about the Imperial Radch universe? What would you tell longtime fans who are snapping up Awn Elming memorial pins and debating what various teas from the Radch might taste like?

AL: Hmm. Aside from what’s already on the back covers, and what they might have seen mentioned around here and there, really the universe is meant to be a more or less classic space opera universe. My intention was to tell stories that were fun and gripping or affecting. And, something I’d say to any reader at all, if you give it a few chapters (or less, or more) and you find it’s not doing it for you, by all means put the book down with a clear conscience and my blessing. Thanks for giving it a try and I hope your next read is more your thing. Although, of course, I hope it does do it for you, and you don’t put it down!

To the fans? Hah, you’re awesome. Seriously, having people make fan art and fanfic, and really getting into speculating about details (whether it’s tea or what various passive-aggressive tortures Justice of Toren One Esk used on Seivarden back in the day) is right up there with winning awards, in my opinion.

Ancillary Sword (Orbit, 2014) BFSA winner, Hugo & Nebula nominee (as of publication)
Ancillary Sword (Orbit, 2014), the BFSA winner, Hugo and Nebula nominee (as of publication).

GM: What one piece of advice would you give a parent who wanted to return to writing or to begin writing?

AL: Do it. Just do it. Make whatever time you can—obviously, particularly when your kids are small, your available time will be small, or even when you have time it’s in circumstances that make it difficult to concentrate on your writing. That’s okay. Do what you can. Eventually, kids get older, and more able to safely amuse themselves for longish periods. And even if you’re in a situation where that doesn’t happen—if there are health or disability issues that prevent that, for instance—whatever time you can take, use it. It’s worth it. It all adds up eventually. The longest novel ever written was written one word at a time, one sentence at a time. There’s no due date, no time limit, no prizes for finishing sooner, or fines for taking a long time. Just put one word after the other, whenever you get a chance.

GM: Do you have any thoughts about the media’s need to modify the word “writer” with adjectives like “lady” or “female?”

AL: I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I feel like women writing science fiction have been repeatedly invisible. It feels to me like every 10 years or so, someone looks around and sees women in SF and goes, “Wow, look at all these women! It’s sure not like the old days, when it was all guys!” And then 10 years later, “Wow, look at all these women!” So from that perspective, I think it’s maybe a good idea to draw attention to the fact that, no, there are and have been women in the field for quite some time, and still are now, so that 10 years from now maybe people won’t suddenly be surprised to find women SF writers, like fish suddenly surprised to discover that water has materialized around them.

On the other hand, those labels have the potential to rope off women writers and their writing as a sort of “other” to unmarked, “regular” science fiction. And honestly, though this is probably particular to me and my history, I really dislike “lady” as a label. I could probably spend an entire blog post going into why, but to keep it short, there are not only class issues involved, but also a weird “good women/bad women” thing going on with it, particularly with constructions like “ladylike” or “she’s a real lady.” I almost never use it unless I’m asking where a public restroom is. Your mileage may, of course, vary.

GM: What advice have your kids given you that’s really stuck with you?

AL: I’ve only gotten one piece of advice, or what might pass for it, from my son. He was about 12, and I had sent Ancillary Justice out to agents and was waiting for replies, and you know that emotional state when you’ve sent something out and you really, really want to not get rejections back, but you know of course that’s what’s most likely, and I’d been working and working on writing the query letter and the synopses and all that and I was explaining to my husband about what I’d done and what I hoped to accomplish, (he had already heard all of it before, but because he’s awesome he was patiently listening), and my son, who had only been half listening, pipes up, “Mom! I have an idea! You should get an agent!”

It was good advice! The state I was in, I almost snapped at him, “Don’t toy with me!” But instead, I took a breath and said, “That’s what I’m trying to do, honey. That’s what all this is about.” And he said, “Oh.” And went back to his computer game.

GM: Who are you reading these days?

AL: Mostly people whose editors send me mss for possible blurbs! And lots of nonfiction. Whenever I’m in the planning stages of a project, I read large amounts of nearly random nonfiction. And whenever I get stuck. Often I feel like, if I’m stuck, I just need to find the right nonfiction to supply me with some idea or detail that will get things back on track.

It’s weirdly ironic, though of course it makes sense, that one of the reasons I wanted to write was because I love so much to read. But now that I’ve been quite successful writing, I have hardly any time to read, and often when I do, I find my brain sliding off SF/F. I gather I’m not the only writer to have this happen.

GM: What are you crafting these days? (Note: Leckie is a great maker-of-things across the board. She has an Etsy shop to prove it, which occasionally stocks the aforementioned Awn Elming memorial pins. If you don’t know what those are, read more Ancillary.)

AL: I have ambitions to reduce my yarn stash—it’s a very tiny stash by hardcore knitter/crocheter standards, but it would still probably make someone blink, who didn’t do either of those. But I haven’t made much progress, because I haven’t really been in yarn mode for a while.

Lately I’ve been beading. I started out crocheting beaded necklaces and I sold a few on Etsy, and then I discovered the local bead shop and next thing I knew, I was taking classes and doing beadweaving. As a consequence, I have a stash of beads that’s more impressive than my yarn stash, and several UFOs. For possibly obvious reasons, my focus has been on pins lately, which basically means beading up various small things and sticking a pin finding on the back, which has the advantage of not taking as long as, say, the ginormous free-form netted bracelet I’m in the middle of, or the even ginormouser free-form necklace I started a year or so ago. (I am a professional writer, therefore “ginormouser” is now a real word.)

GM: Geek or nerd?

AL: Yes!

GM: You are an award-winning novelist, an editor of short fiction, a supportive voice in the community, and a lifelong fan of genre fiction. What do you wish for the future of the field?

AL: I wish for a genuinely wide range of voices, and a recognition that when someone says “most people” they often actually mean “most people like me” or “people who fit into certain default categories.” And similarly, generalizations about what “readers” want is nearly always a shorthand for a particular subgroup of readers. And it’s perfectly cromulent to talk about what that a subgroup wants, or what people in one or another category mostly respond to, default categories included, but just realizing that you’re not actually talking about everyone, that the default categories aren’t the center and other groups of people aren’t just weird exceptions, just making that step in thinking about things is, in my opinion, an essential first step to having that range of voices.

Thanks so much to Ann Leckie for joining us!

From May 13-18, 2015, you can enter our GeekMom Rafflecopter giveaway to win two of Ann Leckie’s Ancillary books—Justice and Sword—or tea selected personally by her. To enter, log into Rafflecopter and follow the directions!

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Giveaway! ‘Star Wars’ Commemorative Collection Action Figure Set

Episode IV Commemorative Figures © Hasbro/Lucasfilm/Disney
Episode IV Commemorative Figures © Hasbro/Lucasfilm/Disney

As you can tell, GeekMom is a huge fan of Star Wars, and we are overjoyed at the chance to share our enthusiasm with you today on Star Wars Day.

A few weeks ago, Disney, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Fox sent us a box packed with goodies from a galaxy far, far away, and today we want to share the Star Wars wealth.

This is your chance to win the complete set of Digital Edition Commemorative Collection action figures from all six movies.

Photo: Kelly Knox
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To enter our giveaway, just log in to the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email so we can let you know if you win). You can then like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and leave a comment about your favorite Star Wars film for up to three entries! If you already like/follow us, it will still enter you in the giveaway.

A winner will be chosen at random at the end of the contest and displayed below. You must reply to the email notification within two days in order to be considered a winner.

U.S. entries only. Contest ends May 9, 2015.

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Special thanks again to Disney, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Fox for providing the collection.

 

Giveaway: Win a ‘My Dolphin Show’ Prize Pack With an iPod Touch!

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The My Dolphin Show prize pack is courtesy of Spil Games.

A little while back, GeekMom Kristen reviewed a sparkly, fun-filled game called My Dolphin Show. Designed for iOS devices, the app allows gamers to train and compete as either the dolphin or the trainer. It also includes options to bash beach balls, choose costumes, jump through hoops, or splash the audience; Kristen said in her review that it’s literally hours of fun.

Since that initial review, however, My Dolphin Show has added a new water park, more costumes, and tons of new tricks. Don’t have an iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to check out the latest version? You’re going to flip over our latest giveaway.

We’re giving away a My Dolphin Show prize pack, which includes a 16GB iPod touch, one wooden dolphin puzzle, one dolphin Lego set, a Barbie Dolphin Trainer figure, and one download code for My Dolphin Show. That’s over $300 worth of goodies for one winner! Five runners-up will also get download codes for the My Dolphin Show game.

To win, just log into the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email, so we can let you know if you win). Then, go to the comments section below and answer the question: What would you name your dolphin? (This counts as one entry.)

You can then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up to two additional entries. If you already like/follow us, it will still enter you in the giveaway. The winners will be chosen at random at the end of the contest (Friday, April 3, 2015, at 11:59 p.m.) and their names will be posted right in the Rafflecopter widget, so you can check back to see who won. Good luck!

My Dolphin Show is currently available in the iTunes App Store, priced at $1.99. For more information, check out the My Dolphin Show website.

Giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only and prizes are courtesy of Spil Games.

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Enter to Win! Clarence: Mystery Piñata DVD with Your Very Own Piñata!

Clarence: Mystery Piñata is available now on DVD, but through this post you can enter to win your own copy. Image: Turner Entertainment.
Clarence: Mystery Piñata is available now on DVD, but through this post you can enter to win your own copy. Image: Turner Entertainment.

In celebration of the release of Clarence: Mystery Piñata on DVD earlier this month, which I wrote about a couple weeks ago, we are pleased to offer you a chance to win a copy of the DVD along with your very own “Mystery Piñata”, courtesy of Cartoon Network and Click Communications.

One randomly-selected winner will receive these two items:

1. One copy of the Cartoon Network Clarence: Mystery Piñata DVD.

2. A festive piñata filled with Cartoon Network-themed goodies.

Who doesn't live piñatas? Enter today to win this for your next party! Photo: Angelica Juarez, used with permission.
Who doesn’t live piñatas? Enter today to win this for your next party! Photo: Angelica Juarez, used with permission.

Enter through our Rafflecopter widget below. The more times you enter this giveaway, the better your chances of winning! You may use each method to enter once daily.

A winner will be randomly drawn on March 2nd and notified via email (so we do need a valid email from you), and will be displayed on this post.

Good luck!

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Win 1 of 2 $50 Geeky Pleasures Shop Gift Cards

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Image by Jules Sherred

To celebrate the launch of the Geeky Pleasures Shop, I’m giving away two $50.00 CAD gift cards.

There are no regional restrictions, and entering is pretty simple.

To enter our giveaway just login to the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email so we can let you know if you win). You can then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up to two entries! If you already like/follow us it will still enter you in the giveaway. Two winners will be chosen at random at the end of the contest and their name will be posted right in the Rafflecopter widget so you can check back to see who won.

You have until 12:00 AM EST on Monday, February 23, 2015 to enter.

On Monday, the winners will receive their gift card via e-mail, as well as coupon codes that can be used at checkout when purchasing multiple items.

For fun, let me know in the comments which bow tie, coin purse, dice bag, phone cover, tablet cover, and/or wristlet you plan to purchase when redeeming your gift card!

And remember, if you sign up for the Geeky Pleasures Shop mailing list, you’ll be entered into a monthly draw for more prizes. There are also more rewards and draws if you become a patron of the Geeky Pleasures Shop on Patreon.

Good luck! I can’t wait to read about your favorite products.

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Stan Lee’s Superheroes for the Next Generation: A Giveaway

Stan Lee has a new superhero series for the next generation—one that features a multicultural hero in over his head, trying to master his own new powers while avoiding mercenaries who know just what to do with theirs.

The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Lee, Stuart Moore, and illustrator Andie Tong features a Chinese-American teenager named Steven, who is thrown into an “epic global chase” to unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.

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Cover image via Disney Enterprises.

Want to find out how you’d stack up in Steven’s place? You can use the Zodiac Generator to find your own sign and description. Since it’s been a snowy weekend, I decided to check out what I would become in Lee’s new world. I’m apparently a snake and a villain in the series. Hmm…

Below, enter to win a copy of the book, plus some other goodies.

Lee is, of course, the co-architect of Marvel’s Silver Age and the co-creator, with Jack Kirby, of the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, among many others. Steven’s situation in Convergence echoes Peter Parker’s origin, with a teenager unexpectedly obtaining powers that quickly pull him into trouble.

Moore is the author of the recent Civil War, the first in a new line of prose novels from Marvel Comics; The Art of Iron Man 3 (Marvel, with Marie Javins); and THE 99, a multicultural superhero comic from Teshkeel. Illustrator Andie Tong has worked on titles for various franchises, including Tron: Betrayal, Spectacular Spider-Man UK, The Batman Strikes, Smallville, Wheel of Time, and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Tong also concept-designs for various companies and juggles illustration duties on a range of children’s picture storybooks for Harper Collins. Malaysian born, Tong migrated to Australia at a young age, and then moved to London in 2005. He currently resides in Singapore.

Image via Disney Enterprises
Image via Disney Enterprises.

To find more information about The Zodiac Legacy , check out the official website or follow Disney Hyption on Twitter.

The Stan Lee Starter Set Prize Pack:
· $50 Visa gift card to expand your graphic novel collection
· Copy of The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence
· Meet The Marvel Super Heroes coffee table book
· Stan Lee T-shirt and candy bar

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Interior art from Zodiac Legacy: Convergence. Image via Disney Enterprises.

Prizing & samples courtesy of Disney Enterprises, Inc.
Giveaway open to U.S. addresses only.

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Enter to Win Adventure Time: Finn the Human on DVD!

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Adventure Time: Finn the Human is a great gift for your favorite Finn and Jake fan! Enter now to win your very own copy! Image credit: Turner Entertainment

In November, I had the chance to review the latest Adventure Time DVD. Adventure Time: Finn the Human includes 16 episodes from a sampling of Seasons 1-5, each featuring Finn the Human and his backstory. The DVD includes a drawstring replica of Finn’s backpack to enjoy, as well.

Now is your chance to win your very own copy of Adventure Time: Finn the Human! Simply perform one or all of the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below and you’re easily entered! For an additional entry, drop a comment below and tell us about your favorite episode of Adventure Time. My favorite episode is “Burning Low,” mainly because of the “Bacon Pancake” song.

Act fast! This giveaway ends at 11:59pm, Sunday, December 22nd.

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Giveaway: Win a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Holiday Viewing Kit

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Our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Holiday Viewing Kit includes a digital copy of the movie (not the actual disc). Photo: Paramount Pictures.

This year’s reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise had many fans saying, “Cowabunga!” No really; the film made $477.2 million at the box office, and supposedly has three sequels coming at some point.

If you missed out on seeing this latest incarnation of our heroes in a half shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was just released on Digital HD right before Thanksgiving. The Blu-ray and DVD will soon follow, on December 16, 2014.

You could buy a copy of the movie or get one for free in our GeekMom giveaway. Booyakasha!

We’re giving away the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Holiday Viewing Kit—three of them, actually. This includes a digital code for the film (so you can download a copy), four Turtle masks, two bags of popcorn, a TMNT pizza box, four TMNT dog tags, and the book Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History. (To find out more on the book, check out GeekMom Dak’s review and adventures with the book from this summer.)

To win one of our three prizes, just log into the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email, so we can let you know if you win). Then, go to the comments section below and answer the question: Who is your favorite Ninja Turtle? (This counts as one entry.) You can then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up to two additional entries. If you already like/follow us, it will still enter you in the giveaway. The three winners will be chosen at random at the end of the contest (Friday, December 12, 2014, at 11:59 p.m.) and their names will be posted right in the Rafflecopter widget, so you can check back to see who won.

Good luck!

Giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only and prizes are courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

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ThinkGeek Backpack of Holding Giveaway!

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The stuff inside my bag. \ Image: Dakster Sullivan

When I first saw the Backpack of Holding on ThinkGeek’s site, I was more attracted to the name and reputation of the other Bags of Holding than its looks. I have the conventional Bag of Holding and I’m very happy with it. I expected that despite the unfortunate appearance of the Backpack of Holding, that this would be just as awesome as its cousin.

And when it arrived and I pulled it out of its box, I had to remind myself not to judge a book by its cover.

Here’s a list of items I have since carried around in what some are calling my “Mary Poppins bag”:

A small bag of crochet tools with three things of yarn and five needles
Pride and Prejudice (both Manga and Jane Austen original versions)
Bluetooth headphones
Apple headphones
A Disney folder stuffed with vacation plans
iPod mini with keyboard attachment
Rainbow Dash Wig and Tail set
LEGO Neighborhood book
Tylenol
Wallet
Journal
Two pads of paper (and yet, no pens…go figure)
My lunch box
Rainbow Dash wings (folded)

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Image: Dakster Sullivan

And 90% of that was all in the bag at one time.

Despite having all of that in the bag, it wasn’t nearly as heavy as what you would expect it to be. It felt evenly balanced on my back and the padded straps added to the comfort.

I’ve been using the Backpack of Holding for three weeks now and I’ve seen two downsides to it so far.

The first is the lack of lighting inside the bag. That’s right. Lighting. It’s so big inside you need a small lantern to see what you have inside. And don’t get me started on how hard it is to find your keys without a light in there to guide you.

Speaking of keys, this brings me to my second issue with the Backpack of Holding: the lack of clips for keys to hang from. With a bag this big, I would have expected something that would keep you from digging for 20 minutes looking for your house keys. Granted there are the three outside pockets, but that’s where I keep my Tylenol, headphones, and books.

Come to think of it, there’s actually three problems with this bag. The lack of zipper pockets inside. It would have been nice to have at least one for spare change.

Even with the three minor issues I’ve found with the Backpack of Holding, it’s still an awesome bag and well worth the $50.00 price tag (not including shipping or tax).

Now, who’s ready for a giveaway!!

To kick the holiday season off right, ThinkGeek has given us one Backpack of Holding to giveaway to our readers.

If you or someone in your household would like to get your hands on your own Backpack of Holding, leave us a comment telling us what must-have-items you will carry inside it, and then log in to the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email so we can let you know if you win).

You can then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up to two entries! If you already like/follow us it will still enter you in the giveaway.

A winner will be chosen at random at the end of the contest and their name will be posted right in the Rafflecopter widget so you can check back to see who won.

This contest is only open to our readers in the USA and Canada.

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Win a Family Four-Pack to Northeast Comic Con!

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It’s great to go to the monster cons like San Diego and New York, but there’s something to be said for those smaller regional cons. They’re still loaded with pop culture goodness and plenty of celebrities and they’re never as crazy crowded.

This year, I’m attending Northeast Comic Con for the first time with my husband and kids and I cannot wait. It runs December 6th and 7th at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, Massachusetts, and GeekMom has tickets to give away to one lucky family! Here’s what you can expect at the convention:

This year’s event highlights include a holiday shopping experience for nerds and the people who love them, cosplay for adults and children with “Create-A-Hero/Villain/Character” contests, voice actor workshops and script readings, free-play video game arcade and tournaments, workshops for K!DZ, celebrity autograph signings, panel sessions, plus 150 vendors of vintage and modern toys, comic books, collectibles, art, jewelry, fashion, and pop cultural artifacts.

See, it’s got all the goodness of the big cons just in a smaller more manageable venue. They’re also transforming the convention center restaurant into the Kreature Kantina with food, beverages, trivia, and a live band. Yes, that band will be playing the Star Wars Cantina song.

My kids are going to be cosplaying as a medieval princess and Rainbow Dash, so they’re practically guaranteed to have a good time. Also, Santa will be there which means I have a better than even chance of getting a picture of my cosplaying kids with Santa for our annual Christmas card.

Want to join me? Just enter through the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance at a family four-pack good either Saturday or Sunday.

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If you don’t win, you can buy tickets at the door or buy them online and save. See you at the con and good luck!

Giveaway: Win a $100 Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Prize Package!

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A peek at the $100 prize package. Prizing and samples courtesy of Mega Bloks.

Who doesn’t love Hot Wheels? I have fond memories of Hot Wheels being around the house when I was a kid. I even remember countless friends and relatives playing with Hot Wheels. Now, my own son has quite a collection brewing.

Is it possible to perfect something as timeless as Hot Wheels? Instead of wondering, check out the new Mega Bloks Hot Wheels™ Super Race Set 8-in-1. This new package combines the thrill of Hot Wheels with the construction and creativity of Mega Bloks.

Mega Bloks recently sent me one of these things to test out—and my 8-year-old was pretty much frothing at the mouth about that. It sat in the corner for about two days, unopened. While there, he was constantly eyeballing it, studying the box, and asking, “Is today the day?”

When that day came, I can’t say that I was 100-percent excited at first. Typically, when I see a box that has “289 pcs” emblazoned across the front, I picture myself wincing with foot pain in the middle of the night. Even worse, I think about all of those pieces that end up whenever the extra sock goes—and how the set usually just sits after those few pieces have gone missing.

Well, that’s one of the great things about this package. Designed for ages 5 and up, the set does include instructions on how to build eight different cars. However, there are plenty of pieces, allowing kids to create something that they can truly call their own. My son had a blast sitting on the floor, spreading all of the pieces out (keeping each of the numbered bags in respective piles, of course), and building away. Then came the tweaking. Oh, there was so much tweaking! It’s a lot of fun and seeing that mind and those hands working away is definitely worth getting a few lodged in between my toes here and there.

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Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Super Race Set 8-in-1. Photo: Mega Bloks.

Could you see your little one getting revved up about this set? Well, Mega Bloks has offered to send one of these sets out to one GeekMom reader, along with plenty of other goodies. The entire prize package includes the following:

Wheelie Racer
Roger Dodger
Bad to the Blade
24 OURS
Fast Fish
Dune it Up
Super Race Set 8-in-1
Speed Racer Pit Stop

This is a $100 prize package, people!

To enter this race, you NEED to log into the Rafflecopter widget below, using your Facebook account or email address. This is not negotiable. We need that email, so we can let you know if you win! Then, go to the comments section below and answer the question: What was your first car? (That’s for fun.) You can like us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter for up to two additional entries. (A total of three.) If you already like/follow us, it will still enter you in the giveaway. Our winner will be chosen at random, when the contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 7, 2014. The winner’s name will then be posted in the Rafflecopter widget, so you can check back to see who won.

Good luck!

Prizing & samples courtesy of Mega Bloks. Giveaway open to U.S. addresses only.

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My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks Giveaway!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is the top playing kids show in my house. You could say that my son and I are obsessed with it. With the Equestria Girls line of movies, we have been able to journey into a new world with the same characters we love. Rainbow Rocks is the second movie in the Equestria Girls line of My Little Pony movies, and it doesn’t disappoint.

A trio of girls known as The Dazzlings shows up at Canterlot High with a mysterious ability to bring the negativity out in everyone, Sunset Shimmer calls on Twilight Sparkle to return to the human world to help save the day.

Their mission to defeat the evil Dazzlings is not as easy as they first anticipate and eventually they must remember what true friendship is or face losing the battle.

Just like in Equestria Girls, this movie is full of rocking tunes that had me and my son dancing in our seats. Thankfully, whoever is in charge of the soundtrack realized they could make some money off of the music and released it on iTunes the day before the movie was set to release in theaters. It took them two years to release the soundtrack for Equestria Girls.

This movie has opened up a few new doors for the MLP universe, including the return of sea ponies, and more adventures at Canterlot High since Twilight now has a magical door she can pass through anytime. I think Flash Sentry’s continued crush on Twilight also has possibilities.

The plus side to Flash is that he is has a crush on Twilight and we don’t see Twilight going all boy-chasing-crazy. Nice turn of events for a female character.

I know a lot of fans don’t want to see Twilight with a boyfriend, but to me, her relationship with Flash would open new doors for the show. It could even serve as a lesson to young girls on what a relationship should be like and teach them that going slow and having fun is what matters over serious steps that should wait until they’re older.

Overall, Rainbow Rocks delivers a rocking soundtrack and story that showcases all the characters in a way that makes them shine. If you are a My Little Pony fan, then make sure you get your hooves on the My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks Blu-ray and DVD out now.

Now that we have the nitty gritty out of the way, how about a giveaway! Starting today and ending on Monday, November 3rd, you will have a chance to win some awesome My Little Pony prizes.

One grand prize winner will receive:

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Rainbow Rocks Dolls \ Image: Hasbro

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks equestrian girls singing toy dolls from Hasbro. Win either a Pinkie Pie or Twilight Sparkle. They talk and sing when you give them a high five! (Retail: $20.00)

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Rainbow Rocks DVD \ Image: Hasbro

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks DVD (Retail: $15.00)

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Rainbow Rocks Book \ Image: Hasbro

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks: The Mane Event Hardcover book (Retail: $9.99 )

Two runner-ups will get a copy of My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks DVD (Retail: $15.00)

If you, or a My Little Pony fan in your household, would like to get your hooves on one of these prizes, leave us a comment telling us what your cutie mark would be and then log in to the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email so we can let you know if you win). You can then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up to two entries! If you already like/follow us it will still enter you in the giveaway. A winner will be chosen at random at the end of the contest and their name will be posted right in the Rafflecopter widget so you can check back to see who won.

This contest is only open to our readers in the USA and Canada.

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 GeekMom received a promotional copy for review purposes.

The Book of Life Trailer and Giveaway

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The Book of Life is an upcoming feature animated film, to be released on October 17th, produced by Guillermo Del Toro, directed by Jorge Guttierez, and starring the voices of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube, and Danny Trejo. It caught my eye because of the diverse cast and because of Del Toro’s reputation for quality.

According to 20th Century Fox, the movie tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer, who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical, and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village. You can like The Book of Life on Facebook, and follow the movie on Twitter and Tumblr.

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox, one (1) winner from GeekMom will win a prize pack including:
$50 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters, four Funko Pop toys, and a mini guitar & keepsake box from Cost Plus World Market! Prize pack pictured below is valued at $127.99.

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Giveaway: Win a Logitech iPad Keyboard Folio, Wireless Speaker, and Mouse

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The kids are all back to school and Halloween is nearly upon us so it’s time to send out those care packages to all the college kids. Instead of sending them just tasty treats that will be gobbled up and gone before their next all nighter, Logitech is giving away a care package that they’ll use all year long.

It includes a little something of the practical and a little something that will let your college student have some fun. There’s a new mouse from their Color Collection, an Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad, and a Mobile Wireless speaker so they can turn up the tunes when it’s time to put away the books and have some fun.

  • Logitech’s 2014 Color Collection Mouse ($29.99) in eye-catching patterns and contemporary colors.
  • The Logitech Ultrathin ($99.99) that gives students an incredibly fast, fluid and comfortable typing experience for their iPad when on-the-go
  • The Logitech X300 Mobile Wireless ($69.99), a powerful wireless speaker that brings fun tunes to study hall.
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The mouse is really cute and the speaker sounds fantastic, but by far, the one that I really love is the keyboard. It’s lightweight and makes using an iPad anywhere so much easier. Students can bring it to class, study groups, everywhere, and still get all their work done.

You can enter the giveaway over at my Total Fan Girl blog where a winner will be chosen at random after midnight on Monday, October 13th.

Good luck and Happy Fall!

I received these products for review purposes.

Giveaway: DisneyNature Bears Blu-Ray and iPad Air Cases

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Image: DisneyNature

On Earth Day weekend last April, my family took a trip to the theater to see DisneyNature’s latest film: BearsThis film is educational, exciting, and humorous all at the same time. Sky, Amber, and Scout are the members of a brown bear family and viewers follow them on a year-long journey of survival. The young family deals with weather, tides, predators, and fellow bears’ aggression while they eagerly await the annual salmon run and fantastic feast that follows.

Last week we received a Disney Blu-ray of the film and we watched all of it the same evening. My sons know and love the film’s narrator John C. Reilly from Wreck It Ralph; his flavor of humor in the narration is right up their alleys. He instills incredible personality into the film, and his storytelling makes this my favorite DisneyNature film to date! He does an especially touching job personifying Scout, the male baby bear.

The cinematography is amazing. I spent much of the film asking, “How did they film that?”, with scenes of fighting, scavenging for food, and devouring salmon… As if you’re standing right there on the riverbanks watching it all.

Well wouldn’t you know it? There’s a short seven-minute film included on the Blu-ray titled “How Did They Film That?” It goes over the techniques and challenges the film crew encountered during their two years in Alaska making this film. I was fascinated with how the film crew would snowboard around with their film equipment to get as close as possible to the bears. You’ll even get to experience a videographer as he wipes out in the snow! Viewers will also learn about the underwater filming that was a critical part of the completed movie; the divers used special scuba equipment that kept the bubbles from disturbing the bears. Not only did I learn from the film itself, but the extras on the Blu-ray will offer quite a bit of insight.

The other Blu-ray extra worth mentioning is the six-minute short titled “Welcome to Alaska” about Katmai National Park in the southwestern part of the state of Alaska. The film discusses the logistical challenges in getting all the equipment to the required locations via small airplane and rubber rafts. I enjoyed the discussion about the highly variable weather that the film crew had to endure. It was a huge challenge for the crew to keep up with Sky and her two cubs.

Enter our GeekMom giveaway for a chance to win a Blu-ray and iPad Air case combo prize pack! Image: DodoCase.
Enter our GeekMom giveaway for a chance to win a Blu-ray and iPad Air case combo prize pack! Image: DodoCase.

If you are interested in winning one of the three combo prize packs we’re giving away: your very own copy of the DisneyNature Bears as well as a limited edition DodoCase brand Bears commemorative iPad Air case, valued at $95, please take part in our Rafflecopter giveaway below. Winners will be notified on September 5, 2014. Good luck!

DisneyNature Bears is a terrific addition to any family’s Blu-ray collection. It retails for $39.99 and can be purchased at major entertainment retailers such as Amazon.

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GeekMom received a copy of this product for review purposes.

Win a Jack Ryan Prize Pack With a Blu-ray Signed by Kenneth Branagh!

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One grand prize winner will receive the “123 Piece Father’s Day Toolkit,” which includes a Blu-ray signed by Kenneth Branagh. Photo: Paramount.

If you’re scrambling for a Father’s Day gift, tomorrow is the official DVD and Blu-ray release for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. The film puts the latest version of Tom Clancy’s classic super-spy in a very clear and present-day danger—against villain Kenneth Branagh!

Branagh also directed this fun 2014 action flick, which has Chris Pine (Star Trek) playing our young Jack. It focuses on his motivations, his tour in Afghanistan, and his early work with the CIA, where he uncovers a plan to crash the U.S. economy. Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley also star.

Ready for some action? If you’re willing to wait a few days, you may be able to score a Jack Ryan prize pack in our giveaway! One grand prize winner will receive the “123 Piece Father’s Day Toolkit,” which you can choose to give to dear old dad as a late Father’s Day gift or completely hoard all to yourself. It includes a copy of the late Tom Clancy’s final Jack Ryan novel, Command Authority, as well as The Jack Ryan Collection on Blu-ray. We’ll even throw in a Blu-ray of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, signed by Kenneth Branagh! One second prize winner will also get the new Jack Ryan Blu-ray. (Sorry though; that one is not signed.)

The giveaway is open to U.S. readers only.

To enter our giveaway, just log in to the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email, so we can let you know if you win) and answer the question: Who is your favorite secret agent? (Editor’s Note: The Rafflecopter widget seems to be acting up and not taking answers. Just remember that if you comment below, you also have to enter in the widget to make sure your entry is counted.) You can then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up to two additional entries! If you already like/follow us, it will still enter you in the giveaway. The two winners will be chosen at random at the end of the contest (Friday, 13, 2014) and their name will be posted right in the Rafflecopter widget, so you can check back to see who won.

Good luck!

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Thanks to Paramount Home Entertainment for supplying the prizes in this giveaway.

GeekMom Is Giving Away a Fitbit Aria Scale!

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Yesterday, we ran my review of the Fitbit Flex and Aria. Today, we start a giveaway for the Aria scale. One lucky GeekMom reader will win one, so if you’re interested in keeping track of your weight and your body fat percentage, fully wi-fi integrated with the Fitbit app and website, with plenty of colorful graphs and data, enter below!

The giveaway is open to U.S. readers only.

To enter our giveaway just login to the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email so we can let you know if you win). You can then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up to two entries! If you already like/follow us it will still enter you in the giveaway. A winner will be chosen at random at the end of the contest and their name will be posted right in the Rafflecopter widget so you can check back to see who won.

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Cakes Cove Giveaway: Win a Chocolate Millennium Falcon, X-Wings, and Star Wars Cookies!

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Chocolate Millennium Falcon, Image: Cakes Cove

There’s been a lot of hype about the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII film as casting rumors become fact and the first images emerge from the set. We even got a video sneak peek at the set with J.J. Abrams and a creature of some unknown but very cool origins. The movie cannot get here fast enough, but we all still have to wait until its release in December 2015. To help pass the time, I’ve got some fantastic Star Wars chocolate treats to give away to one lucky reader!

The amazingly talented Samantha Anderson of Cakes Cove makes some of the most wonderfully nerdy cakes and confections that you will ever eat. Star Wars, Star Trek, Portal, and Mass Effect are just a few of the fandoms that have been turned into treats by Anderson who is up for whatever kind of custom creation you can imagine.

I can image quite a bit, so she’s created the perfect Star Wars giveaway for those of us who would like access to a time travel device, possibly a blue box or a DeLorean, just long enough to zip ahead to December 2015 and see the movie.

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You’ll get one large Millennium Falcon chocolate, three X-Wing chocolates, and six Star Wars cookies in the flavor of your choice. You can even pick exactly what characters you want on your cookies. These are all handmade and the chocolates even feature hand-painted details.

To enter, just head on over to my Total Fan girl blog and you could win some delicious Star Wars treats.

Thanks for entering, good luck, and May the Force Be With You!

The Pokémon Trading Card Game: Legends of Kalos Tins Giveaway!

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Pokémon TCG Legends of Kalos Tins, Image: Pokémon

GeekMom has three sets of the new Legends of Kalos tins from The Pokémon Trading Card Game to giveaway to our lucky readers!

Each tin includes one of two new Pokémon. There’s either the Life Pokémon Xerneas or the Destruction Pokémon Yveltal. Each of the tins has a Xerneas-EX or Yveltal-EX special foil card along with four Pokémon TCG booster packs and a bonus code card for The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online. The tins are valued at $17.99 each and are also perfect for holding all your cards and keeping everything nice and organized.

Now you can win one of three sets of The Pokémon Trading Card Game tins that includes one Xerneas tin and one Yveltal tin. To enter our giveaway just log in to the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email so we can let you know if you win). You can then like us on Facebook and Twitter for up to two entries! A winner will be chosen at random at the end of the contest and their name will be posted right in the Rafflecopter widget so you can check back to see who won.

Contest open to winners with shipping addresses in the continental United States only.

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Good Luck!

TPCi is not the giveaway sponsor nor coordinator, nor has any formal association with the contest, but is a supplier of the product.

Giveaway! Out-of-This-World Nerdy Nail Wraps

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Nebula wraps © Espionage Cosmetics / ThinkGeek

Last year we told you about geeky makeup company and their Kickstarter campaign for nerdy nail wraps. After a highly successful campaign (290% funded), 32 designs were unveiled and shipped to happy backers.

ThinkGeek, a favorite online shopping destination for geeks of all stripes, now carries some nail wrap designs in case you missed the campaign the first time around.

Or, if you’re a GeekMom reader, you’re in luck! Enter our giveaway now for a chance to win two wrap designs: nebula and glittery building blocks, generously given to us for our readers by Espionage Cosmetics.

© Espionage Cosmetics

Not only would you have enough wraps to dress up your own nails, the wraps can be easily cut to fit small nails — perfect for some geeky-mom-and-daughter bonding time.

Entry is open to U.S. residents only. To enter our giveaway, just log in to Rafflecopter with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email so we can let you know if you win) by March 14, 2014.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for additional entries! If you already like/follow us, it will still enter you in the giveaway.

Winner(s) will be chosen randomly using Rafflecopter and notified by email. If there is no response in two days, then a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

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Giveaway: Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery

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Image courtesy of Logitech, used with permission.

Everyone needs a portable cell phone charger. How many of our cell phones have died before we were able to get to a charger? It’s the worst.

And most of us in the GeekMom community would never say “no” to a case that turns our iPhone into a console-style game controller. I have personally been cursed with thumbs that refuse to play nicely with my iPhone, so playing games on it is…tricky.

So here comes Logitech, reading all the things in our hearts and minds. They created the PowerShell Controller + Battery, which lets you play games on your phone with real controller buttons while charging your phone battery at the same time.

Mind. Blown.

The list of iOS 7 games that are compatible with the PowerShell is extensive. LEGO The Lord of the Rings? Scribblenauts Remix and PAC-MAN? Plus the battery will just about double the life of your iPhone’s battery while you’re playing. The PowerShell is compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPod Touch (fifth generation), but it is not compatible with the iPhone 5c.

And Logitech is giving away one PowerShell Controller + Battery to a GeekMom reader. To enter our giveaway just login to the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email so we can let you know if you win). You can then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up to two entries! If you already like/follow us it will still enter you in the giveaway. A winner will be chosen at random at the end of the contest (March 7th, midnight ET). Their name will be posted right in the Rafflecopter widget in this post, so you can check back to see who won.

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Excerpt and Giveaway: Win a Copy of Dark Talisman

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Image: Azimuth Books

If you live in the United States or Canada, you could win one of five copies of the YA fantasy Dark Talisman by Steven M. Booth.

Published by Azimuth Books, Dark Talisman tells the story of the strong and determined Dark Elf, Altira. She is fierce. She is not always likable, which adds to her depth of character. She is feisty.

Dark Talisman is a very good introduction to fantasy for the younger reader. It isn’t weighed down with some of the qualities that can turn people off from what is described as “epic fantasy,” yet it contains all of the fantastical creatures and elements that draw people to this genre.

The official synopsis reads:

Meet the Dark Elf, Altira. She set out to rob a sultan, and ended up stealing the deadliest gem in the world. This mistake could cost Altira her life or save her race, and possibly the world as she knows it. As Altira struggles to triumph over the vast forces arrayed against her, she acquires (mostly against her will) a rich cast of unexpected allies perceptive dwarves, giant Phoenix birds with mysterious powers, and ephemeral creatures made from nothing but air. Together they must find a way to defeat the army of assassins set against her, overcome the wrath of three nations, and forge allegiances with despised enemies, to reveal the truth to a people kept in darkness for millennia.

If you’d like a little preview of the writing style, you can download this short excerpt from chapter 17.

When Dark Talisman was first published, it was only available in hardcover format. Now, Steven M. Booth is excited to announce that you can purchase Dark Talisman in eBook format from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

If you live in Canada or the United States, to enter our giveaway just login to the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email so we can let you know if you win).

You can then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up to two entries! If you already like/follow us it will still enter you in the giveaway. A winner will be chosen at random at the end of the contest and their name will be posted right in the Rafflecopter widget so you can check back to see who won.

The giveaway ends on January 2, 2014 at 23:59 EST.

Good luck!

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GeekMom received a copy of this book.

Win All Three Pokémon Trading Card Game XY Kalos Starter Sets!

Pokémon TCG: XY Series

The latest addition to the Pokémon Trading Card Game is the new series of XY Kalos Starter Set Deluxe Versions and GeekMom is giving you a chance to win all three!

These new sets introduce Fairy-type Pokémon and Fairy Energy to the game. This is the eleventh Pokémon type introduced into the trading card game and the first new once since 2009 when they introduced the Dragon type.

Each of these 60-card decks features a different brand new Pokémon. There’s Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie and since these are the deluxe versions they also each include a Black and White Series booster pack.

To enter our giveaway just log in to the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email so we can let you know if you win). You can then like us on Facebook and Twitter for up to two entries! A winner will be chosen at random at the end of the contest and their name will be posted right in the Rafflecopter widget so you can check back to see who won.

Contest open to winners with shipping addresses in the continental United States only.

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Good luck!