Winterblaze: A Celebratory Giveaway

Winterblaze - Kristen CallihanKristen Callihan's Winterblaze, book 3 in her Darkest London series, is on many readers' must-buy-get-outta-my-way-no-really-move-it shopping lists this week, and to celebrate the release, she and her publisher, Hachette, have put together a really spiffy prize pack. 

Here, have a look:

Winterblaze giveaway picture of items listed below

The winner will receive:

  • 1 pink fan (this one can NOT be used for beheadings)
  • 1 bottle of Sephora by OPI nail polish in “Shiny Dancer” (dark silver)
  • 1 leather notebook (such as the one Winston used to tell his story)
  • 1 sterling silver necklace and topaz snowflake pendant
  • A set of the Darkest London books signed by Kristen Callihan


The items are all related to various characters in the series – and I rather covet that pendant.

Plus five runners-up will receive a complete set of the four books in the Darkest London series in digital format, including the prequel novella, which is digital only: 

Book Ember- Kristen Callihan  Book Firelight- Kristen Callihan  Book Moonglow - Kristen Callihan  Book Winterblaze - Kristen Callihan

To enter, leave a comment sharing your favorite or funniest unexpected weapon (and if it's a fan, awesome!). I'll select the winners at random on Friday 1 March.

Standard disclaimers apply: void where prohibited. Open to international residents to the extent permitted be law. Must be over 18 and ready for some kind of battle to win. Measure twice, cut once. The film may have been modified from its original version to fit your screen. Do not write below this line.

Good luck! 

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  1. 1
    Anony Miss says:

    Best stealth weapon: moldy gefilte fish. It’s best if you don’t ask too many questions.

    Awesome giveaway – thank you!!

  2. 2
    Kathryn says:

    As a librarian, I love the unexpected magazine rack nom.  You’re reaching for a magazine, innocently anticipating the latest issue of National Geographic, when suddenly – chomp!  The top shelf devours your hand.

  3. 3
    JessiG says:

    I know it’s been used more than once, the last time I saw it was an episode of “Bones”—the bedpan.

  4. 4
    tls says:

    my favorite, though not funny, is in the movie Brotherhood of the Wolf, when Sylvia, the Pope’s Spy, does kill someone with one flick of her fan.

  5. 5
    Jamarleo says:

    A baby’s diaper.  Hold that in front of you in any crowded mall/library/waiting room and it’s like the parting of the red sea.

  6. 6
    rameau says:

    First of all, thanks for reminding me that Winterblaze is coming out.

    A pencil and/or a pen. It’s a tie between those two and both are from two different popular films. The pen is mightier than the sword and all that.

  7. 7
    SheWolfReads says:

    A finger…Kung Fu Panda.  :)  This is a wonderful giveaway!!

  8. 8
    Beccah W. says:

    Unexpected weapon? Not funny at all, but my favorite was the ballpoint pen from The Bourne Identity.

  9. 9

    What an amazing prize pack, thank you!! :-D I just love weapons which look so unassuming and non-threatening: like a poisonous flower, or a parasol or walking stick hiding a dagger.

  10. 10
    Jewel says:

    My favorite weapon I’ve actually used is a margarita tossed into the face of a complete asshat (and that’s the nicest term I can think of for him). Overall though, I have to go with Alexia Tarabotti’s umbrella.

  11. 11
    Cerian Halford says:

    Probably a frying pan, as in Tangled (the movie). Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. 12
    Lori Sjoberg says:

    Unexpected weapon?  The first one to spring to mind is the toilet tank lid used in Zombieland.

  13. 13
    Spinster says:

    Sonic screwdriver.  Allons-y!

  14. 14
    Liz H says:

    Pet hair on a finished wooden floor. Even more effective than a banana peel.

  15. 15
    Lyra Archer says:

    An unexpected weapon? The pen from Bourne Identity certainly is unexpected. Or perhaps a piano-wire garrote. Both would certainly take me by surprise.

    Of course let’s not forget Eddy Izzard’s idea of the 1st Transvestite Brigade: Airborne Division. Because seeing a bunch of well armed blokes sporting fantastic makeup would be very surprising.

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    kbum says:

    a nice cold shaken can of fizzy drink.

    if it needs to be a weapon in a book, then the poisoned pages in the book in The Name of the Rose.

  17. 17
    Jlm2509 says:

    My grandmother once threw a biscuit at me because I was daydreaming at the breakfast table.  A biscuit is priceless. :)

  18. 18
    CG says:

    A corkscrew wielded by Patricia Arquette in True Romance.

  19. 19
    Lisa J says:

    A throw rug.  My cousin was bothering me, I had just washed the rug and taken it out of the dryer, and I used it to smack him around.

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    kara-karina says:

    I used to carry around a pinch of chilli powder. It’s not really funny if you think that it was a precaution when I was walking back home at night in case someone attacks me, but I still think it would have made an effective weapon :)

  21. 21
    Marc says:

    Roller skates is my favorite unexpected weapon.  Doesn’t hurt that most of the younger generation really has no idea what they are now.

  22. 22
    Marybethreser says:

    My brother is still traumatized from my throwing of a shoe at his head.

  23. 23
    nan says:

    its always nice to have high heels lying around to protect you

  24. 24
    Timitra says:

    My favourite weapon was in the movie Kiss Of The Dragon when the Chinese woman used the sticks that were holding her hair up to stab the guy.

  25. 25
    S Ratliff says:

    Funniest-by far weirdest.. A tampon. Put a tampon in someones throat causing them to choke to death when it expands. Talk about being resourceful! I’ll bet 95% of this site have murder weapons in their bags!

  26. 26
    Jessirose713 says:

    I use my son to Liu Kang kick my enemies.

    Usually his father when he’s being insolent. Which is often. :)

  27. 27
    Arethazhen says:

    Hi ms. Callihan my favourite and unexpected weapon would be umbrella and a water bottle :). Congrats for the release of your new book . Cheers

  28. 28
    thumbelinda03 says:

    My fav weapon: cutting wit! When that fails, then I guess I resort to throwing tomatoes :D

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    Blodeuedd says:

    I have seen lots of things, well read too. But funniest, drawing a blank now. There was that one movie where he killed someone with a carrot and I was all wtf?

  30. 30
    Melissa says:

    Quad cane covered in pink puffy heart stickers.

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