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Sonlight Giveaway $25!

It’s getting to that time of year again when we homeschooling parents start thinking about next year.  What do we want to do with our kids?  What programmes should we try?  Curricula?

Well, as most of everyone knows by now, we love Sonlight.  It is the programme that got us homeschooling in the first place and one of the reasons we keep homeschooling.  Sonlight is a huge part of what inspired me to write my first novel, Seekers of the Lost Boyand has been the backbone of our homeschooling experience for the last 7 years.

Along with the celebrations of my book, I thought it would be awesome to celebrate Sonlight’s role by sharing the love! (keep reading…)SeekersSonlight giveaway

So here’s the deal.  I’m giving away a $20 gift voucher to Sonlight.com.  The contest is open to ANYONE in the world who opens a new account with Sonlight.  Together with Sonlight’s $5 discount for all new accounts with a first purchase of $50 or more, you could have a total of $25 off your first purchase!

To enter, follow these steps:

  1. Head to sonlight.com and sign up for a new account.  In the “referred by a friend?” section paste this code: TH20169508 (this automatically earns you $5 off your first purchase of $50 or more, whether or not you win this giveaway)
  2. Once you’ve done this, then head back here and fill in the form below.  By filling out the Rafflecopter form below (can’t see it?  You can also find it here: http://bit.ly/18jsFqS)  you’ll gain one entry into the competition.  Filling out the form unlocks other entry options, so make sure you do it!
  3. Share the love with your friends by clicking on the sharing icons below!
  4. AND if you want the opportunity to win 1 of 3 Kindle versions of Seekers of the Lost Boy, then click here for more giveaway fun: http://tarynhayes.com/giveaway-seekers-on-kindle/

Competition is open until the end of July 2013!  All the best, everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Seekers Cover (5)PS – for all those new to this website and my book, Seekers of the Lost Boy, here’s the skinny: Seekers is a youth novel that follows a young homeschooling family on an incredible journey.  It begins on Muizenberg beach in Cape Town when 12-year-old Simon finds a message in a bottle at the water’s edge.  It contains a letter written by another 12-year-old boy, Joseph, from 30 years ago.  The letter intrigues Simon and his siblings, twins Nic and Kim, so they set out to find Joseph.  Their journey takes them into their country’s apartheid past, focusing on forced removals from District Six and causes the family to answer a few unexpected questions.  Read more about it on my website: http://tarynhayes.com or on Amazon

Sonlight Curriculum

Giveaway Seekers on Kindle

seekers kindle cover

Finally, Seekers of the Lost Boy is on Amazon as a Kindle version!  To celebrate, I am giving away 3 copies. 

Want to enter?  It’s really simple and you can enter multiple times for the next two weeks, upping your chances of winning.  Click on this link and it’ll take you to the giveaway page http://tarynhayes.com/giveaway-seekers-on-kindle/

. Exciting stuff?  Well, I think so!  And did you know, you don’t have to have a Kindle to be able to qualify for this contest!  Nope!  You can read a Kindle ebook on a Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Android or Windows device and even your computer.  How?  Simply by downloading the Kindle app for your device here: Free Kindle App.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, head over to the **giveaway** and enter, enter, enter! 

A Seekers Giveaway!

Seekers Cover (5)While the official launch is happening in May, there are copies of Seekers of the Lost Boy already out there!  And there happens to be a free signed copy ready to go to a lucky winner of this Rafflecopter giveaway.

Seekers of the Lost Boy, for those new to this page, is an investigative adventure story aimed at the 8-14 year old market.  Set in Cape Town, South Africa, it follows a family with four children.  The oldest three embark on their adventure when the eldest child, Simon, finds a message in a bottle on Muizenberg beach – written by another 12-year-old boy from 30 years before.  Tracking down the message-writer catapults the family onto a journey they never expected to take.  With homeschooled main characters, a glimpse into South Africa’s apartheid past – particularly District Six – and some surprising secrets, Seekers of the Lost Boy should make for an intriguing family read.

The enter the giveaway, simply complete one, a few or all of the options indicated and you could be the lucky winner of a free signed copy of Seekers of the Lost Boy!   For every option there is at least 1 chance of entry.  Some options give you 3 entries, while others only 1.  If you follow all the instructions, your name will be entered into the competition 9 times. 

All the best!

And, if you don’t win, you can still buy it in stores or online.  You will find the best prices at Christian Book Discounters with stores across South Africa.  Available soon!



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Apologia Science – and the winner is…

… So here’s the thing.  I’ve got whooping cough.  Caught it from my son.  And it’s delightful.  Well, not really.  It’s a hack hack here and a hack hack there and a convulsive spasmodic coughing fit everywhere.  Not fun.  But, whooping cough or no, it’s time to find out who won the Great Apologia Science Giveaway!


When I put this contest together, I didn’t think about the tallying up of all the scores!  Huh.  If I’d been more organised, I’d have used one of those clever gadgets that does the entire process for me right from the beginning.  But I wasn’t, so here I was typing every name in (as you typed it) over and (cough) over (cough cough) for every qualifying (hack hack cough splutter) entry.  Twice for Facebook.  Once for comment.  Five times for blog post.  And so on and so forth.  (How does se7en do this weekly?)  Three pages of three columned lists later (and a good few hacking coughs too) and the list was done. 

That’s a screen shot of all the names, over and over…

all the names

Thankfully, the selection process didn’t need to be so manual!  Once I had everyone’s names listed in a numbered list, I could rely on trusty random.org to pull the result for me.  No writing out numbers 1 to 313 for me!

Two easy steps to the winner:  Step one: plug in the numbers. Step two: click “generate”.  Voila!  And the winner is…. Number 282!

random generator

Out of that long list, who is 282????

all the names

Hmm, a bit blurry.  Let me try a better closer screen shot…

Look’s like…

list apologia win

list apologia win

I went back to see who Sue was and discovered that it was none other than my very own good friend, Sue!  And you know what my first reaction was?  Not joy and elation (sorry, Sue!) but panic!  Oh no!  People will think that I rigged it!  No one is going to believe me!  I even considered doing a fancy shmancy system of letting the random generator choose 9 other numbers and then have the kids choose from 1-10 (sorry, Sue!) and… then another coughing hack broke out.  Who am I kidding, I thought between hacking gasps.  Sue won it fair and square and I’m not going to penalise her for being my friend!

And so — the winner is officially Sue D. and your prize will reach you just as soon as I can be sure it’ll be whooping cough-contamination free!   

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