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Dowser 4: misprinted paperback giveaway

August 23, 2015

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. WINNERS: LUCKY #28, 18, 52, and 48. In a startling turn of events #28 has deferred her winnings because of her close personal relationship with the author, so #51 turns out to be extra lucky!

We are gearing up to move into a MUCH smaller place at the end of September, and I need to purge a bunch of stuff before then. To that end, I have a few more misprinted paperbacks that need new homes.

Such as these four pink-streaked but still pretty Dowser 4 paperbacks:

misprinted Dowser 4 paperbacks

Since there are four books there shall be four winners – quadruple the fun! I’ll leave the giveaway open for four days for symmetry.

Who would like to win an autographed paperback of Dowser 4?

You would?

Okay then!

To enter:

  1. Comment below and tell me your favourite chocolate treat. Perhaps a chocolate bar or baked good that you savour while you read a new Dowser book? Or even what you treated yourself to while reading Dowser 4 specifically.

Notes/Rules: OPEN INTERNATIONALLY. Each comment will be assigned an entry number. FOUR winning entries will then be selected via random number generator. One entry per person. Please make sure to fill out a valid email address in the comment form. Email addresses are not collected for any purpose other than notifying the contest winner.

If you haven’t commented on the blog before, or you comment from a different IP address, the comments are moderated. So don’t worry if you don’t see your entry right away. I will approve it, then assign it an entry number.

Contest closes THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2015 at 9 p.m. PDT.

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127 Comments leave one →
  1. August 23, 2015 4:38 PM

    I love love love cheesecake! Anything cheesecake. I have a lust for cheesecake. I am allergic to caffeine and cannot eat chocolate any more. Poor me

    • August 23, 2015 4:42 PM

      Entry #1 – allergic to caffeine and can’t eat chocolate? That makes me so sad!! But cheesecake! Oh, yes! I love a great cheesecake.

      • August 24, 2015 4:53 PM

        The doctor cut me off chocolate in ’99. I really don’t miss it any more but I do love the smell of chocolate!

  2. sherry french permalink
    August 23, 2015 4:41 PM

    My favorite chocolate treat is a dense dark choc cheescake with a raspberry drizzle, accompanied by a latte.

    • August 23, 2015 4:43 PM

      Entry #2 – why am I getting the feeling I will be making a cheesecake later – LOL. Chocolate and raspberry, oh my.

  3. Clair Welbourne permalink
    August 23, 2015 4:42 PM

    I like eating Tolehouse cookies while reading. The dark chocolate morsels go very well with the action in your series.

  4. Melissa Baade permalink
    August 23, 2015 4:43 PM

    I love my Butterfinger Bites, but my *absolute* favorite chocolate snack, while reading about Jade’s adventures, is chocolate covered caramel popcorn … Salty, Sweet, and just a little gooey … kinda like Jade. 🙂

    • August 23, 2015 4:45 PM

      Entry #4 – Ohhhh, yes. Caramel popcorn … it’s been too long … hee hee.

  5. Susan permalink
    August 23, 2015 4:46 PM

    Downer #4 had me thinking about berries and chocolate. Started craving a traditional French style chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce. Ended up getting lazy and just dumped the berries on top of the mousse. Your books make me bake, cook, and eat!

    • Susan permalink
      August 23, 2015 4:48 PM

      Oh, no…Dowser, never ever a Downer! 🙂

    • August 23, 2015 4:55 PM

      Entry #5 – I really didn’t think it through when I decide this would be a fun entry requirement. Now I want chocolate mousse!

    • August 23, 2015 6:34 PM

      Me too…. always have to make cupcakes after reading one of the books lol

      • August 23, 2015 6:53 PM

        I always have to make cupcakes while writing them – LOL!

  6. Anne Potter permalink
    August 23, 2015 4:46 PM

    Ghiradelli minis in a variety of flavors are my go-to chocolate snack, but when I read the Dowser books I prefer Ghiradelli Intense Dark Midnight Reverie 86% Cacao squares. I wish I could find Jade’s brands in my area.

    • August 23, 2015 4:56 PM

      Entry #6 – I hope to pick up some different brands – that I like – at the chocolate festival in Seattle in October, so fingers crossed that it will be easier to find those!

  7. Angie Manes permalink
    August 23, 2015 4:49 PM

    My sinful passion is DARK chocolate truffles with a hint of orange and don’t forget the champagne truffles! I want to stuff the whole thing into my mouth, but must have restraint! Lol! Small bites…..;)

  8. Faidra Bailey permalink
    August 23, 2015 5:11 PM

    Hershey’s Nuggets Special Dark with Toffee and Almonds. They’re just the right size to have a couple after a meal and not feel guilty!

  9. Jennifer Kearney permalink
    August 23, 2015 5:21 PM

    Candy bars, preferably king size. Whatchamacallits, Thingamajigs, Snickers Almond, pretty much any kind. I love eating them while I read, it only takes one hand so the other is free to hold the book.

    • August 23, 2015 6:48 PM

      Entry #9 – Snickers 🙂 I have a character named Snickers in my novel, After The Virus. Mars Bars! Twix! But I’ve ruined myself for chocolate bars like that now. Though I still like the minis at Halloween.

  10. Michelle Hoak permalink
    August 23, 2015 5:25 PM

    See’s Chocolates! They remind me of my Mom who is 3,000 miles away from me but reading the Dowser series and eating See’s

    • August 23, 2015 6:49 PM

      Entry #10 – OMG, love See’s so much. Love the connection with your mom!!

  11. Angie A Reyes permalink
    August 23, 2015 5:39 PM

    I have enjoyed a Charleston Chew with everyone of your books. Its my favorite. I got hooked one Halloween and to my horror had only received one that night. Since then i cant get enough of them.

  12. Renee Cooksey permalink
    August 23, 2015 5:41 PM

    Mmmm, chocolate covered almonds are my fav! They are my go-to for reading, working, de-stressing, and just the hell of enjoying chocolate! 🙂

  13. Nikki Konstatzky permalink
    August 23, 2015 5:43 PM

    My favorite is Lindt 85% intense dark chocolate. I let it melt on my tongue so i can savor the flavor. Mmm

  14. Heather S permalink
    August 23, 2015 5:52 PM

    I love the soft/chewy caramels covered in dark chocolate and sea salt. And now I’m salivating…

  15. Mary Preston permalink
    August 23, 2015 6:01 PM

    I do love chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

  16. gina permalink
    August 23, 2015 6:02 PM

    A simple very dark chocolate…. let it slowly melt and savor every second it does.

  17. Emily Edwards permalink
    August 23, 2015 6:05 PM

    My all time favorite chocolate treat is my grandmother’s chocolate chip delight cake. Airy chocolate chip sponge cake with chocolate chip whip cream frosting. Consistency of Angel food cake but the chocolate makes it heaven! Wish I could send a pic…..yummy!

  18. Annett Ritter permalink
    August 23, 2015 6:23 PM

    My favorite is chocolate cheesecake with a brownie crust, or if I’m in the mood for something lighter, a fresh berry tart with a sugar cookie crust drizzled with chocolate. Now I want to eat but it’s too hot to cook!

  19. Alexandra permalink
    August 23, 2015 6:28 PM

    I have a recipe for dark chocolate brownies. I usually am fairly generous with the cocoa, and put semi-sweet chocolate chips. They are amazingly good. Other than that, I love anything dark chocolate

    I also made the Buzz in a Cup a couple weeks ago and they were delicious. All my friends loved them!

    • August 23, 2015 6:56 PM

      Entry #18 – I have the most amazing brownie recipe. Michael can’t eat them because they are instant migraine triggers! I’m super glad the Buzz’s went over well. YAY!

  20. August 23, 2015 6:32 PM

    I love chocolate with marshmallows or caramel. Love snicker’s bar.

    • August 23, 2015 6:56 PM

      Entry # 19 – I’m with you, with all three! HA!

      • August 27, 2015 9:40 AM

        Easter time, they make the chocolate with marshmallows and caramel in one. I just started experimenting in making candy so…. might have look into it 🙂

      • August 27, 2015 10:55 AM

        See Candies’ Scotchmallows are exactly that. They are so divine!

  21. Karin permalink
    August 23, 2015 6:38 PM

    Chocolate ice box cake…..a layer of moist chocolate cake with a thick layer of chocolate frosting , a layer of cheesecake and then another layer of chocolate cake…oh so good!

  22. Jen permalink
    August 23, 2015 6:43 PM

    I like sea-salted caramel chocolates, myself. 😉 I haven’t read your books in too long. I need to fix this. Maybe I’ll buy some chocolates with sea-salted caramel with my September money and buy the rest of the Dowser books and settle in to get caught up. Sounds like a good plan to me!

    • August 23, 2015 6:57 PM

      Entry #21 – Jen! I hope you are well?

      • Jen permalink
        August 27, 2015 3:19 AM

        I’m doing okay. My father passed away last September and, though it was expected, it still rocked me and I still really miss him. I retreated from all things online for a time, and I’m still working to get back to all the things I dropped in my grief, including your books and blog. But I’m going to try and buy your Dowser books in paperback and read them all by the end of the year. This will make me happy. 🙂

        I hope that you are well, too!

      • August 27, 2015 9:17 AM

        I’m sorry to hear about your papa, Jen. Mourning hits us all different ways. Michael and I shook up our entire lives when we lost my step-mom last year. The year since has been different, and unbalanced, and rough, and fantastic all at the same time. I think the next year will come with some stability (as much as life ever does).

        I’m going to be giving away another stack of paperbacks soon, so maybe wait on your purchase 😉

        Glad to have you back.

  23. Heather permalink
    August 23, 2015 7:18 PM

    When Dowser 4 came out I baked dark chocolate cupcakes with strawberry butter cream icing! I ate them while reading your deliciously wonderful book!

  24. Tarsha Woods permalink
    August 23, 2015 7:30 PM

    Sitting Indian style with NOOK in lap with my spoon stuck into an awesome slice of CHRIS’ OUTRAGEOUS CHEESECAKE from Cheesecake Factory with the following ingredients “Layers of Moist Chocolate Cake, Chewy Brownie, Toasted Coconut-Pecan Frosting and Creamy Chocolate Chip Coconut Cheesecake”.

    • August 24, 2015 10:04 AM

      Entry #23 – Love it! Thanks for the visual. 😀 That’s some cheesecake.

  25. August 23, 2015 8:11 PM

    We have this place in Houston called The Chocolate Bar. They have this amazing Bayou City mud pie with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and a white chocolate cream cheese topping that is so dangerous for my waistline! Love it! They have so many chocolate desserts though, I need to go back and try more. You know, research.

    • August 24, 2015 10:05 AM

      Entry #24 – Wow. Triple chocolate mud pie? I’d be in serious trouble. And yes, I understand research very well. LOL

  26. August 23, 2015 8:31 PM

    I absolutely love brownies, fudge brownies 🙂

    • August 24, 2015 10:06 AM

      Entry #25 – we should swap recipes, Christina. 🙂

      • August 28, 2015 11:15 AM

        I would love to!

      • August 28, 2015 11:33 AM

        Okay! I owe Gertie my chocolate chip cookie recipe as well (it’s super simple). I’ll try to remember to write up my go-to brownie recipe at the same time. Fun!

  27. Czar Wishart permalink
    August 23, 2015 9:01 PM


    Chocolate base with a chocolate strawberry filling with chocolate truffles for backup

    • August 24, 2015 10:07 AM

      Entry #26 – I’ve make macaroon every couple of weeks now, since we have our own chickens. Michael makes eggs benny for Sunday brunch and I use the egg whites for an afternoon snack. 😀

  28. kerry lalonde permalink
    August 23, 2015 9:25 PM

    I have to endulge in a 2 bite brownie (or 4) while getting lost in your books. I’m from Langley and work downtown Vancouver. It’s wonderful to read about all your local references and I make it a point to try out the places you talk about. I love that I can climb into your story and get just a bit lost in it. Keep up the good work. I love your characters and I love your stories. Please keep writing them.

    • August 24, 2015 10:12 AM

      Entry #27 – I almost got obsessed with those two bite brownies when I first saw them. And I never buy baked goods. Thankfully I squashed the habit quickly!! I have great fun setting the Dowser novels in present day Vancouver. My plan actually is to have 7 – 9 firmly set there (not so much traveling). So glad you’re enjoying the journey (with me). I’m going to have Dowser 6 open at Notte’s Bon Ton (well, that is the current plan). So, of course, I will have to go there for afternoon tea myself soon. 😀

  29. Joanneloveschocolate permalink
    August 23, 2015 10:01 PM

    Pineapple chocolate the new addition at Chocolate Arts in Vancouver!

    • August 24, 2015 10:15 AM

      Entry #28 – Jo! Did you try one the that last time we were there or have you been back without me? 🙁 Michael really liked that one as well. I should have tried it. I still have two of my ‘treats’ in the stash actually. Thanks for the reminder, now I’ll have to go eat them. LOL Miss you.

  30. Jennifer Andrews permalink
    August 23, 2015 11:03 PM

    I love Reese’s peanut butter cups, they are my favorite. I also love to bake, so everytime I read one of your books I want to bake something. I end up making too much for my husband and I to eat, so I usually have to take some to my family to have. Love your books and can’t wait for the next one! Thank you for having another giveaway!

    • August 24, 2015 10:18 AM

      Entry #29 – I so indulge in Reese’s at Halloween. I always pawn off baking as well (it just being Michael and I here) I’ve never gotten any complaints, so I’m sure you don’t either! Good luck with the random number generator!

  31. Robyn Hayes permalink
    August 24, 2015 1:45 AM

    I can’t really eat a lot of chocolate as I suffer from IBS. Whilst I would love to eat a slice of chocolate fudge brownie cake, iced with a chocolate ganache, and decorated with milk and white tempered chocolate shards……. I settle for a simple chocolate victoria sponge cake, with a vanilla butter cream and black cherry jam. Perfect really as I still get the chocolate hit but not ill.

  32. Helen Mitchell permalink
    August 24, 2015 1:57 AM

    I discovered a local shop had a range of different % chocolate in small bars. I’ve now got a stash 3 or 4 types and try to snack on something comparable to whatever Jade has in her oh so fabulous bag. If I run out of eating chocolate, then home-made, nut free chocolate brownies!

    • August 24, 2015 10:20 AM

      Entry #31 – I never put nuts in my brownies or cookies either. I love those small bars (I get mine from Xoxolat in Vancouver). Which reminds me I think I need to add one to my bag …

  33. Shay permalink
    August 24, 2015 2:59 AM

    Just chocolate chips in general. Do I like muffins? Cupcakes? Ice cream? Cookies? Sure. As long as there’s chocolate chips in it.

  34. August 24, 2015 4:14 AM

    I make a yummy version of rocky road called just Fridge Cake – alcohol soaked raisins, crushed digestives, melted butter, golden syrup and yummy melted chocolate. A little bit of chocolate magic to accompany Dowser 😉

  35. Heather H. permalink
    August 24, 2015 4:51 AM

    I love chocolate, so picking just one is really hard. However, one of my absolute favorites is homemade fudge. I use marshmallow cream, semi-chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips and sugar and butter of course. So good!!! But, not good for my hips, so I only make it a few times a year.

    • August 24, 2015 10:24 AM

      Entry #34 – That sounds great – especially the marshmallow cream – I’ve never managed to perfect fudge, Not sure I have the arm strength for it. Hmmm, I wonder if I should use the mixmaster …

  36. Barbara Richwalski permalink
    August 24, 2015 5:11 AM

    My favorite Chocolate treat is a chocolate cupcake, with bitersweeet butercream frosting and a chocolate coffee gnash that a bakery here in Milwaukee makes. It is the best. You want to gobble it up but I usually cut ot half and savor it twice

    • August 24, 2015 10:25 AM

      Entry #35 – savouring is always good … difficult to do, but always rewarding. 😀

  37. Lisa M permalink
    August 24, 2015 5:45 AM

    I love chocolate cupcakes w/chocolate frosting … they are so basic and yet so yummy
    top them with fresh berries for an extra treat

    • August 24, 2015 10:25 AM

      Entry #36 – I love it simple and tasty. Why add on extras when it’s already so good?

  38. Amy Hall permalink
    August 24, 2015 7:11 AM

    A chocolate cupcake with almond buttercream icing. I love caramels too!

  39. Shirley permalink
    August 24, 2015 8:21 AM

    My favorite treat is a 3 chocolate (dark, white and milk) gelato! Hmmmm just writing about makes want to jump in the car and go to the store!

  40. DeAnne C. permalink
    August 24, 2015 8:27 AM

    My favorite chocolate dessert is dark chocolate mousse or mousse cake with dark chocolate ganache

  41. Aimee permalink
    August 24, 2015 8:59 AM

    Lindt dark chocolate sea salt truffle! Yum

  42. Jenifer Thomas permalink
    August 24, 2015 9:52 AM

    Fudgy chocolate brownies

  43. Kristi Snider permalink
    August 24, 2015 1:44 PM

    Peanut M&Ms mixed in popcorn. Sweet and salty treat can pop in my mouth while reading.

  44. Kyleen brannen permalink
    August 24, 2015 4:43 PM

    I love a Hershey’s dark chocolate bar and will let the pieces slowly melt on my tongue.

  45. beth permalink
    August 24, 2015 9:45 PM

    There’s a little place in northern New Mexico that I like to eat at whenever I visit my great aunt, and everything that restaurant makes is amazing. However, every now and again, they have this chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Yum! I have even brought that pie back to Houston on the plane.

    Another favorite that is easier to obtain is Cherry Garcia from Ben & Jerry’s. Okay, who is up for a midnight snack?

    • August 25, 2015 9:43 AM

      Entry #44 – I love having special places to eat when visiting other cities (etc).

  46. August 25, 2015 3:28 AM

    My favorite chocolate is Lindt white chocolate truffles. I tried them when we were on vacation in Italy and went over into Switzerland. We stopped into the Lindt’s store and I tried one of the truffles and fell in love. That was 12 years ago, and I’ve been treating myself to them ever since. I also love chocolate cupcakes with butter cream frosting, or white chocolate blackberry butter cream frosting. Yum!! Nibbling on one of them while reading one of the dowser series books is one of my favorite pastimes. Thanks for writing such great books! 😀

  47. Sarah permalink
    August 25, 2015 4:34 AM

    Oooh, a chokito bar with a Lindt hot chocolate chaser, followed by a chocolate chili chai! In fact , I believe I can hear them calling my name…

  48. Rhonda Boney permalink
    August 25, 2015 5:52 AM

    Love, love, love Sees Candy but especially California brittle!!!

    • August 25, 2015 9:46 AM

      Entry #47 – I’m not sure I’ve tried their California brittle. It’s on my list now!

  49. August 25, 2015 1:03 PM

    Your books always make me reach for my dark dark chocolate with sea salt or a hint of chile!

    • August 27, 2015 9:21 AM

      Entry #48 – it is amazing what a sprinkle of sea salt can do. 🙂 I add a little Fleur de Sel to my hot chocolate.

  50. Richelle Q permalink
    August 25, 2015 7:21 PM

    Anything with white chocolate

  51. August 25, 2015 8:31 PM

    My favorite is a snack of Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with Cranberry and Almond bites. They are the perfect little slice of chocolate, 72% dark, AND they benefit the animals. I’m getting giddy just thinking of the box I have waiting at home.

    • August 27, 2015 9:24 AM

      Entry #50 – I always get giddy thinking of the chocolate waiting for me at home … Of course I don’t leave the house much … 😉

  52. LauRen Snider permalink
    August 26, 2015 9:20 AM

    As a baking and pastry major I love anything chocolate. But my favorite is homemade brownies with vanilla bean ice cream and pecans

    • August 27, 2015 9:25 AM

      Entry #51 – obviously, how could that not be your favourite?? LOL love it.

  53. Avanti Snyder permalink
    August 26, 2015 5:26 PM

    entry #48 – I love to make a thick chocolate and peanut butter milkshake then I curl up on the couch and read. Sometimes though I feel like getting up and making her cupcakes but I can’t get that motivated when I am reading a good book because that means I have to stop reading it.

    • August 27, 2015 9:26 AM

      Entry #52 – sorry, I was behind. 🙂 chocolate and peanut butter milkshake? Interesting!

  54. Amy permalink
    August 27, 2015 9:34 AM

    Chocolate Cream Pie. My brother in laws mother makes the best Chocolate cream pie, it is orgasmic. First time I ever tried her CCP I literally moaned out loud it was so freaking good. But as for an everyday treat that I can get easily Salted Carmel Chocolate Squares… so good. Sweet and Savory.

    • August 27, 2015 10:57 AM

      Entry #53 – I’m not usually a fan of pie, but that sounds amazing! God, this entire blog post makes me so hungry. HA!

  55. Emily permalink
    August 27, 2015 11:20 AM

    I LOVE the chocolate orange. I’ve tried other fruit flavored chocolates but orange is the best. Especially with a nice red wine. Or chocolates that I get at the international store. They’ve got really interesting flavors.

    • August 27, 2015 11:40 AM

      Entry #54 – it’s funny how different all our tastebuds are. I’ve never really gotten into the chocolate/orange thing. I like it, of course. But I’m not crazy about it.

  56. August 27, 2015 1:03 PM

    You will probably be disappointed by my mundane tastes, but my favorite chocolate is still Hershey’s Milk Chocolate. Though I have had some pretty good Swiss chocolates while in Europe.

    • August 27, 2015 2:17 PM

      Entry #55 – no one ever needs to justify their favourite things! That’s a rule!

  57. Ashlei Bolt permalink
    August 27, 2015 2:08 PM

    Black Forrest Cake one of my all time favorite deserts! Yum-o!

  58. Heidi Willmek permalink
    August 27, 2015 3:33 PM

    There were two! First Godiva dark chocolate and sea salt bar but then there was more reading of chocolate… So of course I needed to get another! Godiva milk chocolate and salted caramel…mmm

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