Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Baby Basilisk Mug Giveaway

Petal the baby basilisk first reared her little head in the final chapters of Thick as Thieves, whereupon she won Vorgells heart completely and that of many readers as well. In a moment of sheer whimsy, I commissioned some coffee mugs featuring Petal and I just love them.

Take a look. The mug was made by Chibisilverwings. Adorable, right? 




Heres the passage where Petal first appears:

All at once the egg split and a hideous little head popped out. The basilisk’s beady, slit eyes fixed on Vorgell. He recognized that gaze. The eye had looked quite a bit larger as it stared at him from the green jewel of Madd’s collar, but it was the same. He grinned a greeting and watched the slimy thing struggle to free a pink, clawed foot. He could not say for sure just what a basilisk was, save that it had very long toes and what looked like a beak on its snout. Some sort of wet, rosy feathers plastered its skull, but the rest as it emerged appeared to be soft, scaly, and green, not unlike a lizard. When it freed the last of four little legs, it tumbled, tiny tail and all, into Vorgell’s waiting hand, where it quivered in the cup of his palm.

“Well, look at you,” he said, putting aside the now vacant egg and its prison of rock. He thought better of touching the poor newly hatched creature, not knowing if that would be wise, and simply cradled it against his body where it would find warmth. Now that it was free of the egg, he could see the rosy feathers continued from its head down its back and it had a cute little tuft at the end of its tail. It didn’t look quite so ugly now.

Im keeping one of the mugs for myself and giving the others away. So yes, this blog post is a giveaway for one limited edition Petal mug! 

~ To enter the drawing, leave a comment and tell me why you think a basilisk would make a good pet. Be sure to include your email address so I can contact the winner.

~ You have until midnight on Sunday, July 28th to leave a comment and I’ll announce the winner on Monday the 29th.

~ I will ship anywhere in the world, but the winner will need to give me an address that will accept a postal package.

17 comments:

  1. A good pet? Well, evidently because they are incredibly cute.

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  2. Because they're cute as babies but also dangerous. It's an enthralling combination. :)

    christi_kat25[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. It probably takes a special person to own a basilisk, which may be why not too many people have one. ;)

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  3. I could take it swimming in the Rhine, and everyone would love to pet it as the basilisk is the symbol for Basel (no lie!).

    Oh, Petal the Basilisk, you're really quite sweet
    From your scaly claws to to your sharp pecking beak
    Come fly over here and I'll give you a home
    And the Rhine and its lands will be yours free to roam

    R
    xx

    rebecca.cohen76(at)gmail.com

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    1. Cutest. Poem. Ever. And Petal would love to swim in the Rhine. For that matter, so would I. All I've got is the Schuykill. :P

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  4. Unfortunately, I've been told I'm pretty in pink, so Petal would be the perfect pet for me! (Blue is my favorite color, though.)

    skadlec1@yahoo.com

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    1. Now that you mention it, basilisks are rather decorative! :)

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  5. Considering the future king of England was just born I think the king of serpents is a very apropos pet! If I was royalty Petal would be my choice of pet! ;)
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

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  6. I would love the mug! Petal looks like a very sweet pet. And if Petal has a little edge now and then that would be cool too. Plus I love the teal and pink colors.

    Susan
    sebrewster@hotmail.com

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  7. Geez, I really need 26 hour days so I can spend more time reading, I'm SOO far behind. With every snippet I want to read T.A.T. that much more. Okay so I love coffee in cute mugs, so sign me up. :)

    andrewqgordon at gmail. :)

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    1. I feel your pain... I can't resist mugs either. It's why I end up ordering mugs with basilisks on them. ;-)

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  8. Basilisks are the perfect pet! They're cute enough to coo and snuggle at and vicious enough to attack your enemies! :D

    jayeskylar @ gmail.com

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    1. Precisely! :) If I could, I would totally have a basilisk.

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  9. Because it's so cute, it looks deceptively harmless to the chagrin of those who wish it or her/his beings harm.

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

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