Winners of the "Get LOVE SAVES THE DAY Out the Door with a Bang" Contest!

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Many, many thanks to everyone who purchased a copy of LOVE SAVES THE DAY last week and entered the "Get LOVE SAVES THE DAY Out the Door with a Bang!" contest.  I'm thrilled to be able to announce the following winners:

Third Prize: 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, goes to Lynn Warry.  Con-cat-ulations, Lynn!  Homer and I are thrilled to have pawtographed books and a photo on their way to you now.

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 painted an absolutely stunning portrait of Homer, goes to Patricia Johnson.  Patricia, I know you're going to be absolutely delighted with Sue's work.  She has a real knack for capturing the inner spirit of an animal on the canvas.

And, finally, the Grand Prize Winner of an in-person visit from me plus a $500 to the animal-related charity of her choice is (drum roll please): Lisbeth Erikson of South Carolina!  Hooray for Lisbeth!  :D


Lisbeth has already graciously offered to donate her prize--both the donation and the visit from me--to the SPCA Albrect Center for Animal Welfare in Aiken.  Which makes the SPCA the first officially-announced stop on my LOVE SAVES THE DAY  tour, commencing this spring.  The rest of my tour stops will be announced right here on on Thursday, February 14th!  LOVE SAVES THE DAY this Valentine's Day, so stay tuned!  

Many thanks again to everybody who entered, and if you weren't one of the contest winners, fear not!  There will be plenty more contests in the weeks and months to come, plus a 15-city tour (and possibly more, because it's getting darn near impossible to choose among these shelters), during which I hope to meet many, many of you in purr-son.

Thank you again!



  • JULIE ENGLER Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Hoping I Get To See You!

    We are already planning how to make a long car trip comfortable for me, and how to make a hotel stay, etc., feasible with my health problems, hoping that you will visit a city within driving distance of Elkhart, Indiana. All my fur children are rescuees and some of them have health problems, but each and every one of them has a huge heart full of 100% unconditional love for us, the humans lucky enough to have been chosen to share their lives. Their unanimous opinion is that Love Saves The Day is a purrfectly meowvelous book and keep asking me to read it to them again. I will probably do so many times because I agree with their assessment of the story. It's pure gold!

  • Billy Sargent Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Congrats to all of us!

    Sure, winning another couple of copies of our beloved books would be nifty, & autographed copies would be tres shiny! But we're all winners thanks to Love Saves The Day & Homer's Odyssey- we win every time we read them. Thanks Gwen, Scarlett, Vashti, Homer, Clayton & Fanny!

  • Monica Wednesday, 23 January 2013


    Congrats to the winners and can't wait to see the tour dates! :D

  • Connie Wednesday, 23 January 2013


    Those were wonderful prizes, and congratulations to all the winners

  • Kathy Sheedy Evers Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Great Contest!

    This was a wonderful contest. Hoping "Bobbi and the Strays" in Freeport, NY is on your list. Regardless, I will be at one of your readings. It was great to see you at the Word Bookstore last year. Great reading, great crowd!

  • April Crawford Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Concatulations to all the winners!

    Thank You Gwen for allowing us to know You and Homer better. Thank You for the contests,it was a lot of fun :) Now You and Homer can rest awhile.

  • Lisa Sommers Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    So very excited!

    That the Aiken SPCA Albrecht Center won (thanks Lisbeth aka Betty). Humans and cats alike can't WAIT to see you!

  • Cinzia Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Congratulations to all!

    (darn the luck!)

    Love you all anyway


  • Andrea Wednesday, 23 January 2013


    It's awesome how you give out to your fans, Ms. Cooper. So, so awesome.

  • Lynn Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    I'm Excited too!

    I am honored and EXCITED to be the winner of the pawtographed copies of Homer's Oddyssey, Love Saves the Day, and Homer's photo. I also will be looking forward to meeting you if your tour brings you nearby. Thank you so very much Gwen, Homer♥ and the rest of the crew.

  • Lisa Sommers Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    The most amazing thing

    That I LOVE about all of the people sharing their own wonder-cats on Homer's Facebook page is how many wonderful people have adopted the blind & not physically perfect cats! Amazingly wonderful Thank you Homer!And Gwen! Love really DOES save the day

  • Kiwi the Shelter Kitty! Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    All hail da victor!

    Kiwi offers purrs and leg rubs to Lisbeth Erikson and SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare. *flattens ears* *sharpens clawsies* LET'S SAVE US SOME KITTEHS!

  • Janette Kavanaugh Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Congratulations to Winners!

    Congratulations to all the winners of the contest and especially the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare. I am anxious to know where your tour will take you and of course hoping that it includes somewhere close enough that I can get there. . . would love to meet you. Just finished Loves Saves the Day and LOVED it. You did it again, Gwen.

  • Marjorie Dawson Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Well Done Winners

    * waves from New Zealand *

    Gwen, I know your winners will be delighted. I love the book, I found it a delight and at times desperately sad and deeply moving. Prudence and her family are beautifully drawn characters who we grow to love - and we lament Honey's passing.

  • Kumo Thursday, 24 January 2013

    The Velvet Paws Revolution on tour

    Dear Gwen and Team,
    What a brilliant and inspiring book tour. Everybody wins.
    A & H win alot of good will with their sponsorship and product donations.
    The No-Kill Shelters and their staff win greater recognition, a wider outreach, sorely needed donations, and a platform for their compassionate policies.
    The fans get the possibility to meet Gwen and team, the shelter volunteers and workers, and EACH OTHER to swap stories, photos and addresses; and have a whale of a party doing it.
    The media win by following this unique tour and loading up on heart warming stories to inspire their readers.
    The publisher acquires a unique way to sell books.
    And, Best of All, the animals win. Hey people, along with a stack of autographed copies of Homer's Odyssey and LSTD, why not take home a furry new family member, or two, or three?
    And you, Homer Bear, you started this whole thing, turning your Mom into the Vaclav Havel of the "Velvet Paws Revolution". May you live long and prosper.
    Credit where credit is due. (I'm looking at you, Gwen!)
    100 cheers,

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