Buy LOVE SAVES THE DAY the First Week it Goes on Sale (or pre-order it) and Win a Visit From Me!

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My new book, LOVE SAVES THE DAY, goes on sale January 15th! Buy it as soon as it goes on sale and enter to win an in-person visit from me, a portrait of your cat (or dog, or horse, etc.) by the same artist who painted Homer's portrait, autographed books, and more!





Let's call it the "Get LOVE SAVES THE DAY Out the Door With a Bang!" Contest. ;-)  Here's what I'm offering:


Grand Prize:
A visit from me!  I'll come to your hometown to lead a book club discussion and/or read from the book (and answer all your questions!) at the venue of your choosing--your local library, your favorite bookstore or coffee shop, your favorite animal shelter, or even your living room.

Plus, a $500 donation to the animal-related charity of your choice!

Second Prize:

A portrait of your own cat, dog, horse, parrot, or any animal you call friend, by Sue Hains, the incredibly talented animal portrait artist who did this gorgeous portrait of Homer that makes me tear up every time I look at it:


(She can work from photos, so you don't have to worry about traveling to her! :-) )


Autographed copies of LOVE SAVES THE DAY and Homer's Odyssey, plus one of the original photos of Homer (also autographed!) used to create the artwork for Homer's Odyssey.



Purchase a copy of LOVE SAVES THE DAY--in any format: hardcover, ebook, audiobook--between now and Sunday, January 20th.  You can wait to buy it in-store on January 15th, or pre-order it now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or any other site where the book is available.  If you've already pre-ordered your copy, you can enter, too! :-D  Forward proof of purchase--this can be a scanned receipt, a confirmation email, etc.--to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  That's all you have to do to enter!

Each copy of the book counts as one entry, so if you've purchased more than one copy, indicate in your email how many copies you've bought (that number must be reflected in your proof-of-purchase).  And, for even more chances to win, share a link to this blog post on your Facebook account, Twitter, GooglePlus, or any other social networking site, and forward me a link at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Every original link you send me counts as one additonal entry, so link as many times on as many days you want!

The contest will close at 12:01am PST on Monday, January 21, 2013.

Thanks for entering, guys! I look forward to meeting one of you in person soon! :-D





OFFICIAL RULES: Void where prohibited. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and residents of the United States.  Relatives, employees, and associates of Gwen Cooper or Random House Publishing Group are inelegible for entry.  Only one winner per household. Odds of winning depend upon number of entries. Contest closes at 12:01am PST on Monday, January 21, 2013. Winners will be selected by A list of winners will be published on no later than Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Prizes are non-transferrable. Second-prize winner must have a mailing address other than a PO box suitable for delivery of portrait. Visit from Gwen Cooper will take place between March 2013 and August 2013, depending upon Ms. Cooper's tour schedule and availability of contest winner.  Certain reasonable restrictions as to the location and time of the official reading/book club discussion may be imposed.  Should Ms. Cooper be prevented from making her visit during the allotted time due to personal illness or injury, personal emergency, family emergency, national emergency, natural disaster, or act of God, winner will have the option of extending the time frame in which the visit may be completed or accepting an alternative prize of comparable financial value offered at the discretion of Gwen Cooper. Prize of comparable financial value may be substituted for any of the stated prizes at the sole discretion of Gwen Cooper.  No prize has a stated financial value greater than $500 and may have a financial value less than $500.  Any tax liability resulting from winning one of the offered prizes is solely the responsibility of the prize winner. By entering, you grant Gwen Cooper and her employees, associates, and assigns the right to use your name for promotional purposes an unlimited number of times in any format without any additional compensation. Grand Prize winner grants Gwen Cooper and her employees, associates, and assigns the right to use his/her name and image for promotional purposes an unlimited number of times in any format without any additional compensation.  By entering, you agree to indemnify Gwen Cooper against, and hold her and her employees, associates, and assigns harmless from, any liability or damage that may result or arise from entering this contest and/or winning one of the offered prizes. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To enter without purchase, send a postcard with your name, age, address, and phone number to Gwen Cooper Contests c/o Laurence Lerman, 353 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10010.




  • Susan Johansn Sunday, 06 January 2013

    Love Saves The Day

    Can't wait to read Gwen's newest book!

  • Lenai Waite Sunday, 06 January 2013

    DONE! DO I WIN??

    Ok, I just sent my receipt to your email...I hope I win! I hope I win!

  • Dr. Jane & The Girls, in MN Sunday, 06 January 2013

    Just Bought My Copy!

    Hi Gwen!

    I just bout my copy through Amazon.Hope I win & get to bring you to the Twin Cities! :D

  • Yvette Tucker Sunday, 06 January 2013

    Yvette Tucker

    Hi Gwen, Would you come to New Zealand if I won ? I plan to buy the ebook as soon as it's released on amazon. I'm really looking forward to it. Kind regards, Yvette

  • April Crawford Monday, 07 January 2013

    Hi Gwen!

    I pre-ordered my copy through Amazon! Can't wait to read it! I read the 1st chapter and am already hooked!

  • Lorna Monday, 07 January 2013

    Hi Gwen

    I pre order my on Amazon as soon I heard the date of it released. I am sure I going to love it. I will it to Lucy, Danny Joe, and Daisy Lea huge fans of Homer and You.

  • Monica Tuesday, 08 January 2013

    Does Homer get to come too?

    How cool would that be?? I know you're just hoping for a trip to Montana!! I will send my proof of purchase ASAP.

  • Kumo Tuesday, 08 January 2013

    Contest only for the U.S.?

    Ahhh Gwen,
    New York was once a colony of Holland. Does that qualify for the "contest"?

  • Loretta Hamilton & Bonzai Brown Tuesday, 08 January 2013

    Hi Gwen,just saw your book on Amazon and read alittle .love it already and going to buy next pay to all Loretta & Bonzai.

  • Samantha Tuesday, 08 January 2013

    Kisses to Homer from another Cat Lady

    Just finished reading 'Homer's Odyssey' a few nights ago. Cried like a baby through all of glad and relieved to know that Homer is still hanging in there. We have our wonderful cat Tuffy who will be 13 this May. (orange tabby). Also our 2 loving cats Bobby and Louie at our shop. My favorite sweatshirt is one that has a cat lying on a pile of books---it says "cats. books. life is good". Isn't that the truth?! Will check out your new book too! Happy New Year from northern MN!

  • Janette Kavanaugh Tuesday, 08 January 2013

    Can't wait to read it.

    Hi, Gwen and Homer. I pre-ordered my copy of the new book yesterday on my IPad. I'm very new at this so am no sure what kind of receipt I'll get but will email it as soon as I get it or some kind of confirmation. Hope I win. . . so glad Homer is doing well.

  • Sara costanzo Wednesday, 09 January 2013

    Hi Gwen

    How are you? I would like to know you and to receive a copy of the book.

  • June and Sienna Thursday, 10 January 2013

    So good to see Homer

    I have been lurking on Facebook again and was so happy to see the picture of Homer sitting with you and supervising your work. :-) He is such a joy and I am so relieved that he seems to be doing better, at least for now. Of course I have pre-ordered the new book and entered the contest and am hoping that perhaps you will be in NC as part of your tour.
    But above all, I am so happy that your tour will not take you far from Homer for any lentgh of time. As much as you must miss him when you are away, I am sure that he counts the minutes until your return. Hugs and purrs to Homer, Clayton and Fanny from us.

  • Lori Skaggs Tuesday, 15 January 2013

    Can't Wait

    Gwen, I've been waiting for this for so long. I just ordered the book and shouted about it and the contest to all my friends. Good luck with Love Saves the Day. I know it's going to be a huge success.

  • Robin Olson Tuesday, 15 January 2013

    Good Luck & Much Success!

    Best luck to you, Gwen, and I hope you'll have great success with Love Saves the Day! I just shared the news with my readers. I'm sure they'll be delighted to hear of your contest and new book!

  • isilwath theresa imparato Tuesday, 15 January 2013

    bought the kindle version

    i just bought the kindle version. :)

  • Bonnie Erickson Wednesday, 16 January 2013

    Bought it on Amazon today!

  • eva Wednesday, 16 January 2013


    I hope this contest is open to Canadians or I will have a big sad!

  • Lori Fuller Wednesday, 16 January 2013


    Book is on the way and I hope to also win the contest!

  • Mary King Saturday, 19 January 2013

    I hope to be one of the people who wins a visit from you. We have a rescue network, in Kentucky, that works with one shelter trying to save the animals. We are a network of volunteers, rescues and many others who are trying to change the way of thinking about shelter animals in that community. Until we do, we have used Facebook to network them to rescues and adopters across the United States. Our network is growing, to finally include members of that community, which is really the goal. I hope we win.

    Mary King
    Montgomery County Animal Shelter Urgents Founder and Chief Feline Poster!
    BOCO Rescue Volunteer/Foster
    Forever Home Rescue and Sanctuary

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