All you have to do to be eligible is leave a comment to this post with your answer to one of the following questions:
Imagine that you are one of the Oakenfolk, a colony of small winged faeries living in a massive hollow oak tree deep in the English countryside. But you have no magic, and must survive using your wits and your skills alone. What practical ability do you have to contribute, and how will you use it to help your fellow Oakenfolk?
All the faeries in the Oak are named after plants, whether flowers or herbs or trees. What plant name would you choose if you were a faery, and why?
This contest is open to all English-speaking readers*, regardless of country. All eligible entries will be numbered and the winner randomly selected from among them on January 8, 2009.
But even if you don't win, do not despair! I will also be selecting two runners-up to receive an official Knife bookmark, as supplied by my publisher and currently available only to readers in the UK -- a prize which is not nearly as long as the actual book, but I assure you, every bit as shiny.
* I am sorry to say, however, that my fellow debut2009 authors are not eligible. I love you all dearly, but that is what ARCSwap is for!
ETA: Non-LiveJournal users are welcome to enter using the Anonymous feature, but if you do so, PLEASE sign your comment with a name or alias (and/or an e-mail address) that I can use to identify you if you win!