Book Promotion Prizes: Beautiful Chinese Art

December 17, 2012



For Sliding Beneath the Surface

The St. Augustine Trilogy: Book I

Young Adult, Paranormal and Historical

What’s Going on Here?

Very simple. I’m giving away two, handcrafted Chinese puzzle balls in a contest. One is valued at $60 and the value of the other  is $160. The second ball is double the size of the first one. Each has a teak stand and has its own wooden Chinese box for safe keeping. These exquisite oriental art pieces are up for grabs to readers who will purchase my book and publish their review on Or the winners can select an Amazon Gift Card of equal value.

This contest ends May 10, 2013.

Puzzle Ball blogWhy Chinese puzzle balls?

Ah, that’s because the puzzle ball is the forefront object on my book cover. In the book, and throughout The St. Augustine Trilogy, it serves as a symbolic reference to the paranormal world and the very nature of reality. “Worlds-within-worlds.”

What are puzzle balls?

Sometimes called mystery balls, they are handcrafted objects often made of wood, jade, mammoth ivory or Mandarin Ivory. Mandarin ivory is a blend of natural materials and is the material used for the balls in my contest.

An ancient art form, these objects have intricate carvings on the outside and multiple, moveable layers on the inside—balls within balls. Those inner shells usually number between 2 and 18 but can go as high as 42. As with the ones available in my contest, the outside carving often consists of intertwined, painted dragons.

Puzzle ball & box blogAbout the Contest

Want to know more. Go to our Official Fan Page and check out the contest detail in the Events section.

Want to Know More About Puzzle Balls?

Check out this article

Want to View a Puzzle Ball From All Sides?

Take a look at this video.

Want to see a Puzzle Ball Being Made?

Video # 1

Video # 2

Isis Erb December 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Does this apply to those who’ve already read & publicly review said book – and if so, how can we unlock the option to gain more entries?

Thanks & Happy Holidays!

Doug Dillon December 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Hi Isis,
Your previous review of the book counts but you will then still have to buy either an eBook, a Print book, or both, depending upon how many times you choose to enter. I will have my assistant, Julia, contact you on further details.
Best of luck.


Elizabeth December 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I would love to have a Chinese puzzle ball. I read this with my younger daughter and we loved the book, can not wait for the second one. As it is said, it is worlds within worlds within worlds.

It would be an honor to win something symbolic of this story. Best of luck to everyone.

Doug Dillon December 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Hi Elizabeth,
Great to hear from you. I hope you win! That would make my day.


Len Phelps January 3, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Hi Doug, I really enjoyed reading your book Sliding Beneath the Surface. It is an awesome book. It is great to read about the Chinese Puzzle Ball and knowing what it is made out of . I would really love to win one. I am really looking forward to reading your second book soon. Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway!

Doug Dillon January 3, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Hey Len,
Thank you so much for the very kind words. Yeah, I’m perking along with Book II but it does take time. Best of luck with the giveaway.

Teracia Loretan January 11, 2013 at 9:19 PM

finally fiished and reviewed thank your a great adventure

Doug Dillon January 12, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Hey Teracia,
So glad you liked my book and thanks for the review. Much appreciated. Best of luck on the puzzle ball contest. Stay in touch.

Cheree January 12, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Can’t wait to share this book with my son. I know he will enjoy it as much as I did. I will let you know when he is able to read it, what he thinks!
Looking forward to book 2! :)

Kelly Powell January 13, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Got my copy that I won on FB fan page. I love it. Read it & added to TBR list on Goodreads 5 stars & have reviewed on Amazon 5 stars too. Thank you so much :-)

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