Monthly Archives: April 2017

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue Coloring Contest!

Gentle Readers. It has been a time since I used this blog because, when writing is your job, it’s hard to get yourself excited about doing more writing in your off time.

And even now, I only return not to amuse you with one of my comical stories about fixing my violin or putting out fires in the city of Boston, but rather a super amazing contest for my new book, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (yes that’s right I have a new book, it’s about boys on their grand tour of Europe in the 1700s and they are in love you can buy it here and here and here and also here are some nice things people said about it in magazines also here’s a picture of a pupper because you put up with all that self promotion you deserve it).

But enough of that. It’s coloring contest time.

You may remember the insanely epic Frankenstein coloring contest I had predating the This Monstrous Thing release. It was frankly one of my favorite things ever and definitely my favorite thing leading up to promotion. So I’ve decided to do it again! And since there isn’t a GGTVAV coloring book (yet), I made my own.

Actually I hired someone way cooler than me to make it. My lovely friend, talented artist, and YA author McKelle George did three incredibly awesome illustrations of Monty, Percy, and Felicity, the three lead characters from the book.

And now you get to color them!

How can I see these glorious creations, you may ask? And what do I do with them!?

Lemme tell you:

Step 1: Download the coloring pages! They come in three magical flavors:

Trust me, they’re magic.

You can also find them on!

Step 2: Color them! With any medium! Any embellishments! Any additions! Be as creative as it is possible for humans to  be. Creativity will be rewarded. And because there are three magical flavors, you can color each of them once and they will each count as a separate entry in the contest. That means you can enter three times.


Step 3: Blast those SOBs all over social media. Facebook them, Twitter them, Pinterest them, Instagram them–just be sure to tag me (I am @themackenzilee nearly everywhere) and EpicReads (@epicreads most places) so that I see them and count them. You can also use the hashtag #ggtvav (because who came up with that insanely long and unhashtaggable title?).

Step 4: Make sure you do this by May 26!

Step 5: Sit tight and try not to bite your fingernails. I’ll announce the winners on June 1.

Now, you may be asking yourself, self, why would I do this?

Well it’s scientifically proven to relieve stress. Also coloring is awesome and these pages are dope.

stickers final

(Also what the buttons look like)

Okay but more importantly, coloring can win you badass prizes.

One winner in each category of coloring page will receive a hardcover of Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (before it releases) and a hardcover of This Monstrous Thing, a Gentleman’s Guide button and sticker set, including two buttons and stickers that are exclusive to the coloring contest–you won’t be able to get them anywhere else!

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! One grand prize winner–selected as my favorite coloring page of all the coloring pages–will receive all of that mentioned above.


withborderwithtext224A canvas print of original art for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue created by the incredible artist Jim Tierney. It’s so beautiful and I will also be ordering one for myself. That’s how much I love it.


Just for entering, you will receive a link to download the most adorable thing in the world–a set of Monty and Percy paperdolls, along with their fictional time traveling best friends, Simon and Blue, from Becky Albertalli’s amazing novel, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Becky was an early reader of Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and its original fangirl, and she was kind enough to commission these adorable creations from artist Mariana Avilez, who you can and should find on Tumblr and Instagram. And the boys have interchangeable outfits so you can dress them in each other’s outfits and make Monty and Percy 21st century and Simon and Blue can be old timey and also Monty and Percy have period appropriate underwear and all you have to do is enter the coloring contest (and don’t forget to tag me or I’ll never know!), and you will be sent an exclusive link to download these gorgeous things.

So. To sum up.

Color. Show me. Win fabulous prizes.

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!