Monday, 1 July 2013

Happy Birthday Canada! And... to Bad Ice, too!


Update: The winner of the Canada Day Contest is Brian O'Rourke, who answered the questions on Twitter (in three parts!) since he couldn't comment on Blogger. Email me, Brian, with your mail address!

Today is Canada's Birthday. I expect the masses to march past my house tonight to take in the annual Newmarket fireworks at the end of my street. Maybe I'll go there, too, armed with bug spray, a blanket and my camera. This, when hockey ended only a couple of weeks ago! I already can't wait for next season.

Today also marks the fifth birthday of my hockey romantic suspense, Bad Ice. I've always been fond of this story, which kept me awake nights while I wove Jason's tragic past around his burgeoning relationship with Christina, while Sheila's jealousy threw a wrench in the works.

I have a single trade paperback copy of Bad Ice in my study. I'd love to celebrate Canada Day and Bad Ice's Birthday by sending the copy, personally signed, to somebody out there. International is okay.

Five years ago, I held a Canadian trivia contest for the e-book release. I'd like to do that again today with the paperback. You don't have to get all the answers right. In fact, humour (with a U) is welcome. After the fireworks tonight, I'll draw from the comments that answer the following questions.

Okay, let's drop the puck:

1. Give me a unique Canadian word. Example: Toboggan.
2. Who wore No. 99 in the National Hockey League?
3. Give me an alternate name for the Canadian Niagara Falls.
4. What Canadian was known as 'America's Sweetheart?"
5. Canada is a bilingual country, but what is the only official bilingual province?
6. What is the Canadian term for a sweetened carbonated beverage?
7. Name a Canadian invention.
8. What is the oldest walled city that still exists north of Mexico?
9. What is the Canadian word for sofa?
10. What is the alcohol content of typical Canadian beer?





I'll take answers until 10 p.m. Eastern tonight. Come on in, have a beer and a laugh. I'll drop in often. Good luck!

6 comments:

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

I won the contest, and the copy of Bad Ice. Great book and story. What I can't believe is that it was five years ago. Well... happy anniversary Canada, and Sandra! :)

Sandra Cormier said...

Thanks Bernard! Yes, my little book is old enough to go to school.

sepiastories said...

Let's see:
1. Give me a unique Canadian word. Example: Toboggan.
- Toque, eh?
2. Who wore No. 99 in the National Hockey League?
- Gretzsky
3. Give me an alternate name for the Canadian Niagara Falls.
- The American Niagara Falls?
4. What Canadian was known as 'America's Sweetheart?"
- Mary Pickford!
5. Canada is a bilingual country, but what is the only official bilingual province?
- New Brunswick
6. What is the Canadian term for a sweetened carbonated beverage?
- Pop
7. Name a Canadian invention.
- Insulin
8. What is the oldest walled city that still exists north of Mexico?
- Quebec City
9. What is the Canadian word for sofa?
- Chesterfield
10. What is the alcohol content of typical Canadian beer?
- Way too much for lil ole American me! :P

How'd I do?? :D

Sandra Cormier said...

Yay! You made me laugh. Here's hoping (for you) that there will be no more entries in the next couple of hours, eh?

Sandra Cormier said...

Brian O'Rourke ‏(@TheMainstand) answered my questions on Twitter, so he is a contestant, too. So later, I close my eyes and point to one of you!

Sandra Cormier said...

I had hubby make the draw, and the winner is Mainstand!