Moonlight and Oranges Halloween Giveaway Contest

Lorona and Kestrin meet in costume at a Halloween party and the sparks fly under a full moon set high in an October sky as Moonlight and Oranges opens. Kestrin wears a set of white feathered wings and Lorona barely hides her nervousness behind nerdy glasses and a notepad. Costumes inject excitement and intrigue into any evening, in my opinion, and this story makes no exception.

October is the season of romance for Moonlight and Oranges and I’m celebrating with a contest!

Everyone is strongly encouraged to enter, including but not limited to friends, family, acquaintances, random person I talked to on the bus, and anyone in between.


1) Go to and click “Doodle Now.”  Create an image that shows your ideal Halloween costume (it shouldn’t take more than 2-3 min, unless you want to get fancy)–there are no limits but your imagination and the bounds of good taste (i.e. please keep it classy). Bad artists welcome!

2) Post your artistry on Twitter with the hashtag #moonlightandoranges or on Elise Stephens’ Facebook page.

example doodle

3) You may create multiple unique entries if you wish.

4) On October 31, Elise will select her favorite costume and send an autographed copy of Moonlight and Oranges to the winner, as well as a never before published cut-scene to the winner and three runners up. Runners up will also receive a digital e-reader version of the novel.

This contest will run for the entire month of October.

I can’t wait to see your drawings!


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This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. ooh! This looks like fun!! What a brilliant idea, Elise! *puts thinking cap on* My doodling skills are sub-par, but I’ll do it just for kicks!!

    1. Thank you, Tina! Can’t wait to see your doodle!

  2. Just did mine. What a blast! I can see how doodling can be addictive!!

    1. You’re right! It’s so fun, I think I see the craze, now. 🙂 You make a beautiful mermaid, Tina. 😉

    1. Thank you, Galit! I am really enjoying this, and it’s only my first day!

  3. This is a fun idea, but heavens. I’m a perfectionist, and I haven’t liked *anything* I’ve doodled thus far.

    1. Oh goodness! There are no grades! I want you to have fun. Think of it as participation points only, if that helps. 😉

  4. Also, I need more colors! More options of tools! I canna work under these conditions!

    1. i know! can’t i even control the stroke width? how about a paint bucket??! sheesh… but it was still fun. i drew a bee. Elise, you must friend me so i can post it on your page 🙂

    2. Ah, the artist in me sympathizes with you. The same thoughts also crossed my mind. It forces us to limited aspirations, but then we can’t be too embarrassed, either!

  5. Woohoo! Just put my entry on your FB page. I know…I know…it is a Weeping Angel! I couldn’t help it…I really would love to do that costume!!! 🙂

    1. Weeping Angels! They follow me everywhere! But seriously, that would be an *incredible* costume, Stephanie! All you need are some wings and stuff you can spray with gray paint like old sheets. Then prepare to walk around freezing when people look at you. 😀

    1. Hehe! I’ll be picking the winners either tonight or tomorrow morning! 🙂

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