Friday, July 29, 2011

National Talk in an Elevator Day Treasure Hunt!

It's here! It's here! 
July 29 is National Talk in an Elevator Day! 
And since Hearts in Darkness is set in an elevator, what better day to celebrate???

So, I've hidden a secret Hearts-related word at ten blogger/author friends' sites around the web. Your mission, should you accept it, is to go forth and seek the hidden words and try to claim some treasure!

Here’s how to play:
  1. Find the hidden word on each of the participating sites, usually 1 page off the main page
  2. Keep track of the sites/words as you search
  3. Email your findings to laurakayepromotions AT gmail DOT com and put Treasure Hunt in the subject heading. Entries accepted through 12 noon PST Saturday 7/30!
What can you win???

**NOTE: If I get at least 50 entries, I'll up that grand prize to $75--so spread the word!

Here’s where the treasure is buried:
(Status: as of 9:15 AM EST on 7/29 ALL posts/hidden words are up!)
  1. For the Loveof Books 
  2. Book Wenches 
  3. My EclecticBookshelf 
  4. MyVampFiction 
  5. Where’s my Muse? 
  6. Author AJ Nuest
  7. Author Jill James
  8. Author Joya Fields
  9. Author Sarah Grimm
  10. Author Sharon Buchbinder ( on Laura's name at bottom of Sharon's post where it says "Categories")
But, wait! That's not all!

Every person who comments on THIS post AND follows my blog (see the Google Friend Connect doohicky over there on the righthand column), will be entered to win a separate $10 Amazon gift certificate! If I get more than 30 commenters/followers, I'll make it $20.

And what should you comment about? So glad you asked! Please share a story of a conversation you had with a stranger in an elevator. If that conversation happened TODAY, in honor of the holiday and all, it'll earn you a second entry in the giveaway! So, go forth and talk people up (even just say 'hi' and tell them what the date is!) while you're riding in elevators, then come back here and share!

So, thanks for reading and playing! And don’t forget to comment for the giveaway here (and leave your email address!)!

Read the Hearts in Darkness reviews here!
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Winners will be announced HERE on Sunday, July 31!


Missyb0103 said...

OMG this is so awesome!! thank you so much for this FUN hunt!!!!

I once had a conversation with a stranger on an elevator about all of the nasty things that go on in an elevator!! :-)

Jennifer Mathis said...

ok i have to be the weird one and say that I dont talk in elevators. I have a phobia of elevators so I take the stairs and if I absolutely can not take the stairs I total freeze up and try to stave off the panic attack

Sarah Grimm said...


My best friend and I were once in a mirrored elevator and decided it was exactly the type that Aerosmith sang about. (love in an elevator)

So, us being who we are, begin belting out the song --badly-- only to have the doors open and there stands the guitarist from a band we were in town to see in concert. We both begin to laugh and apologize in case he heard any of our off key performance, only to have him step onto the elevator and begin to sing the song the minute the doors closed. Too funny!

So glad to be one of your 'hosts' today.


Loni Lynne said...

Love this contest. Not all sites are up yet though--I think?

I worked in a skyrise building in Honolulu for a while. The building was very modern and the elevator had plush carpeting--and of course 'elevator music'. LOL. A co-worker and I (guy) were on board coming into work one morning when we felt the elevator shift sideways. Power went out briefly and flickered back on. Needless to say I was a bit freaked. He was fine. I think I said WTF. He laughed and said it sometimes happens when Kileua over on the Big Island of Hawaii erupts--you can feel the shock waves even there. The elevator/building was sensitive to the shocks.
I continued to use the elevator--our office was on the 12 floor. There was no way I was busting my tail up and down 12 flights of stairs!

Have a great day and wonderful weekend!

Laura Kaye said...

You guys! Such fun stories already!

@Missy--woo, that's was a risque conversation! Me likey!

@Jennifer--oh noes! You and Caden would have a lot in common...

@OMG That damn (catchy) Love in an Elevator song made it nearly impossible for me to choose a title for HEARTS IN DARKNESS, because all I could hear was that song in my head over and over and over! LOL Your story is totally awesome!

@Loni Ooh, that's a freaky elevator story. Imminent death in an elevator would definitely make me chatty. LOL

Keep 'em coming everyone!


Michelle Bledsoe said...

Hi Laura,
I just wanted to stop and say hi. I don't have an elevator story as I haven't ridden one in quite a while. I am looking forward to reading your story.

koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Laura Kaye said...

Hi Michelle! We'll just have to work on making up a good elevator story for you then, eh? :) Thanks for stopping over and commenting!

adawnn1 said...

Hi Laura! This Hunt was a lot of fun :-) I'm excited to read this book.

I worked at the Indianapolis 500 one year at the Pagoda (where all the celebs go). well, I actually worked in an elevator! YES, it was insane. People tried to get to certain floors they weren't supposed to so I had to be stern and tell them no. Well, I told one lady that she didn't have the right credentials to get to the presidential suit and she started yelling at me!! Needless to say, I had no idea who this lady was, until she started cussing me out sayign she was Slash the musician's wife. How was I supposed to know that! LOL.

So, Okay, it wasn't necessarily a "talk" but it was pretty entertaining... I was just doing my job. haha

adawnn1 AT gmail DOT com

Debra Ann Elliott said...

Great contest! Following you via gfc.

I don't talk much in elevators because I get nervous everytime I step into one.

Laura Kaye said...

@adawnn1 - that's the best story. And, you WORKED in an elevator??? Awesome!

@Debra - Oh noes. You and Caden and Jennifer can all make each other feel better! :D

You guys have the best elevator stories! Keep 'em coming!

Anne R said...

I work in a hospital so I do talk to people in elevators, just kind words to people hopefully to cheer up their day.

anne DOT reeths @ gmail DOT com

JoAnna said...

Probably my strangest elevator ride was when I was in the hospital on my way to the maternity ward. Bent over in the middle of a contraction, a person in the elevator asked if I was ok. It was sweet but it was quite obvious what was going on and it was kind of hard to talk.
Unfortunately, I worked from home today because my DD is sick, so I had no opportunity to be in an elevator today.
Thanks for the fun hunt!
beckerjo at verizon dot net

Martha Ramirez said...

Awesome!! LOVE ur cover! Congrats.

katsrus said...

I haven't been in an elevator in forever. LOL. I used to work in a hospital and people would always ask me how to get to the rooms. Or the families would just want someone to talk to just for alittle while. Thanks for the fun contest.
Sue B

Laura Kaye said...

So many great stories, everyone!

@Joanna--In labor in an elevator, wow! That may be one of those times people shouldn't talk to you!

Great fun!

Keep 'em coming! :)

books4me said...

I try to take the stairs everywhere I go for added exercise but since I am shy, the most I would say to someone in an elevator would be "hi".

Had a lot of fun with the treasure hunt and found a lot of blogs to follow and added more books to my TBR list!

books4me67 at

GFC: books4me

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

I take the elevator at my work just so I can read a few minutes longer.

Reading and walking up stairs can be hazardous to your health. lol

Robin said...

Today I talked to a stranger in the elevator about my bag of microwave popcorn I was taking upstairs in the elevator (at the building I work in). They thought it smelled yummy...
I am a follower as Robin D under robindpdx (at) gmail (dot) com.

Robin D
robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

Laura Kaye said...

@books4me - Ah, good for you taking the stairs! :) Glad you enjoyed the hunt!

@Karen - Yes, definitely avoid reading while stairclimbing! :)

@Robin - Yayyayyay! You spoke to a stranger during National Talk in an Elevator Day! So proud of you! OMG, that elevator probably smelled like popcorn the rest of the day! :)

Keep those stories coming everyone! And don't forget to leave your email address & follow the blog to be entered to win in the separate giveaway!

Woman said...

Well, let's see really nothing exciting in my elevator rides (other than men that can be know like stepping in or out of the elevator before being a gentleman...SERIOUSLY!!)...nothing can beat the ride in the elevator in your book...LOVE to experience that!!! I'm anxious to read your newest book...

Laura Kaye said...

LOL Thanks Woman!

Miranda @ My Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Had a conversation with an older lady about how well behaved the boys were in the elevator. (they took turns pressing buttons) If she only knew the real truth!!

Such a fun event! Love it!

Laura Kaye said...

Ha! Miranda! Sounds like my kids! :)

Cathy M said...

I don't have an elevator story. I am one of those that stands and stares at the floor numbers flashing by, lol.

gfc follower
cathy m
caity_mack at yahoo dot com