FinCon12, with a cold — and a giveaway to match. Plus: An erudite vampire novel.

I go for months and months without getting a cold. When it’s time to go to a conference, I get sick. But what makes that particularly amusing is the subject of this week’s giveaway: another cold and flu package.

If the items I’m giving away were here, I’d have been into them all by now.

Today I have had a couple of packets of Emergen-C, and a few hours ago was given a squirt bottle of an all-natural cold relief formula by the lovely and talented Dr. Dean (author ofย  The Millionaire Nurse blog and book). I’ve been squirting the stuff into my mouth every so often and am hoping for the best.

Problem is, I haven’t given myself any quiet time since I got here, save for a 40-minute or so lie-down before an evening reception. It’s damned hard to want to be quiet when you’re surrounded by so much energy. Each time I thought I’d rest I wound up in long conversations with other writers and also with some of the conference sponsors.

Intellectually, I know I should have gone to bed in midday. But I allowed myself to be sucked into conversation after conversation. I take responsibility for the fact I feel like homemade shit right now.

Here’s hoping you won’t get any colds this year. But if you do, this small package of relief might help. Here’s what the winner will get:

  • Robitussin Peak Cold Nasal Relief tablets
  • Advil Congestion Relief tablets
  • Robitussin Cough and Chest Congestion liquid
  • A box of Kleenex tissues, the lotion-impregnated kind
  • A 16-count box of Lipton teabags and a cute li’l jar of honey
  • A copy of “Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murdersโ€

That last is something to cheer you up. I’ve read it and it’s quite well done — part of a series of historical mysteries. If you’re sick, you should take to your bed with a pot of tea and some fun reading, not “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” Although I’m having a splendid time at the conference, tea and bed sounds pretty good.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The entry deadline is 9 p.m. PDT Tuesday, Sept. 11. The winner must respond by 9 p.m. PDT Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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  1. Ro in San Diego

    I “feel” you Donna. My husband and went on a 2 wk. cruise. The day before we came home our favorite server in the ship’s dining room came down with a bad cold and shared it with us. Misery ensued for 2 weeks after we got home for both of us. Best wishes for a speedy recovery for you!

  2. Sorry you are feeling bad… Hope you can enjoy the rest of your conference. Love your writings!

  3. Elizabeth

    Hope you feel better soon! Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Sounds like a perfect way to weather a winter cold. I would love to have this book and the rest of the relief package by my bedside for my annual winter cold. Thanks!

  5. I currently subscribe by RSS feed on My Yahoo.

  6. I have been following you on FaceBook for awhile now. Thanks.

  7. Elizabeth

    I subscribe via email.

  8. Oh, man! I hope you feel better and get (make) an opportunity to get some rest. Please take good care of yourself! (And, as always, thank you for the giveaway.)

  9. Would love to win…A bit of advice for “flu season” …get a “netty pot”. I purchased one a couple of years back….followed the directions…big differene. This time of year with the pollen …change of the seasons…we’re inhaling a lot of stuff that can just sap your strength. Works for me..

  10. I hope you feel better soon. Having a bad cold when you are busy is the worse.

  11. And I follow you via email.

  12. harry martin

    Feel better — now pick me, pick me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. harry martin

    Pick me! (Oh and feel better) ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. harry martin

    I subscribe to you via email

  15. maureen g.

    Feel better soon! love this giveaway!

  16. Feel better soon! It’s no fun being sick.

  17. I’m an email subscriber.

  18. I follow on twitter (moeyshay)

  19. I follow on fb (Moey Shay)

  20. Sorry to hear you’re under the weather! These items would make an absolutely great care package to send to my daughter at college!! I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  21. I’m also an e-mail subscriber.

  22. Feel better!

  23. You may not have this at the hotel, but if you can get some, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar in half cup of water (per day) might help shorten the cold. It also helped ward off a few colds for me. I hope you feel better!

  24. chicken soup! The hotel must have some or be able to call out for some. Feel better

  25. Pam Estes

    Great package, hoping I won’t need it!

  26. mrs short

    if only you had this pack with you – you would be better in no time! since you don’t though, i don’t mind entering the contest ๐Ÿ™‚

    i follow on facebook.

  27. mrs short

    …and twitter

  28. take care. e-mail subscriber

  29. mrs short

    and i subscribe by email too!

  30. I would love the Vampire book… my newest reading obsessin!

  31. It would be almost worth getting sick to stay in bed all day with a good book


  32. Hope you get better soon – as always, thanks for the great give away.

  33. Twitter follower @hofken


  34. I hope you feel better. Sick and work do not a good combination make!

  35. I follow you on FB.

  36. I follow you on Twitter!

  37. I subscribe via email!

  38. And finally… I subscribe via RSS!

  39. Seems every time I get on a plane, I get an awful sinus cold. Haven’t flown in several years and have not been sick since. (Knock on wood!) Got my flu shot last week as I do every year. Thanks for all your great info and feel better soon!

  40. Ach, what a pain to get sick right before FinCon! I’ve been feeling rather seedy myself so I’m a little glad I didn’t go, but I’ve had other things on the boil as well.

  41. Of course I subscribe via RSS …..

  42. And I’m a Twitter follower! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’re recovered/recovering!

  43. avalonne83

    Get well soon, Donna!

    In the meantime please count me in. Thanks.

    avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

  44. Get well soon!

  45. Hope you feel better soon!

  46. Hope you feel better soon! Faithfully read your posts.

  47. Hope you feel better! This is a great prize. I was just thinking about how my medicine chest is pretty bare and cold/flu season is fast approaching! Sign me up and (hopefully) save me money!

  48. hope you feel better soon.

  49. I’m an email subscriber

  50. Cold season doesn’t seem to have started here yet, but it no doubr will soon! I’d love to be prepared.

  51. I hope you feel better!

  52. I subscribe to your blog.

  53. I follow you on Facebook.

  54. “Lovely and Talented” damn you’ve got a way with words…. I’m blushing all the way down heah in the Peach State.

    Hope you are feeling better. Great to see you again and meet your daughter.

  55. It was great meeting you this weekend! I hope you are feeling much better. Love these giveaways you do! So perfect.


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