Sweepstakes Rules

T. A. Barron #ExpressYourThanks Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”)

Official Rules


SPONSOR:  The sponsor of the Sweepstakes is Thomas A. Barron, LLC (“Sponsor”).

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION:  The Sweepstakes shall begin immediately after Sponsor posts the “Invitation Post” (as defined herein) on one of the official sponsor pages at https://www.instagram.com/tabarronauthor/ (“Sponsor Instagram Page”) or http://facebook.com/ TABarronFans/ (“Sponsor Facebook Page”) and shall conclude the following Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (the “Sweepstakes Period”). The Sweepstakes involves posting a comment or reply to one or more of two Social Media posts, as explained in more detail below. Each entrant shall complete the entry requirement specific to the Sponsor’s entry post, as described more fully below. At the end of each weekly Sweepstakes Period, two (2) random drawings will be conducted from among all eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period to select two (2) prize winners, as described more fully below.  By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects.

ELIGIBILITY:  The Sweepstakes is open only to residents of the 50 United States of America or the District of Columbia who are 13 years of age or older as of their time of entry.  Entrants under the age of majority must receive prior permission from a legal parent or guardian to enter and their legal parent or guardian must also agree to these Official Rules. If an entrant under the age of majority wins a prize, the prize will be awarded to the parent or legal guardian upon receipt of all required documents. Employees of Sponsor, its prize providers and licensors, and each of the foregoing entities’ affiliates, authorized designees and other related entities, and any other individual or entity associated with the development, judging or administration of the Sweepstakes (collectively, the “Sweepstakes Entities”), as well as members of such employees’ immediate families (spouses, children, siblings, parents), and persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.


Social Media Entry via Instagram and/or Facebook (each, a “Platform”): To enter the Sweepstakes, during the Sweepstakes Period, entrants must post an Entry via Instagram and/or Facebook (each, a “Platform”) as described in more detail below.

  • To enter via Instagram, an entrant may visit the Sponsor Instagram Page. During the Sweepstakes Period, Sponsor will post a single Facebook post on the Page inviting participants to enter this Sweepstakes (the “Invitation Post”). To enter the Sweepstakes on Facebook, an entrant must (a) follow the @tabarronauthor Instagram account, and (b) post an Entry describing a personal kind action they have performed as a comment to the Invitation Post during the Sweepstakes Period.
  • To enter via Facebook, an entrant may visit the Sponsor Facebook Page. During the Sweepstakes Period, Sponsor will post a single Facebook post on the Page inviting participants to enter this Sweepstakes (the “Invitation Post”). To enter the Sweepstakes on Facebook, an entrant must post an Entry describing a personal kind action they have performed as a comment to the Invitation Post during the Sweepstakes Period.

After posting an Entry via Social Media, an Entrant will receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes.

Mail-In Entry: To enter without posting on a Platform, send an e-mail to promotions@tabarron.com identifying the Response you wish to enter into the Sweepstakes.

Users must be following the Sponsor account on their entry Platform at the time of the random drawing in order to be considered an eligible entry.  Limit one (1) entry per person per Platform. Sponsor’s computer is the official timekeeper for the Sweepstakes.  All entry information and materials become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.  Personal information collected in connection with the Sweepstakes will be used in accordance with the online privacy policy available at http://tabarron.com/privacy-policy/. Proof of submission is not considered proof of delivery or receipt of a Response. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the individual who actually submitted a Response cannot be resolved to a Sponsor’s satisfaction, the affected Response will be declared invalid and disqualified. Any Response that is considered by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion to be obscene, pornographic, libelous, hate speech or otherwise objectionable, in whole or in part, will be disqualified.

GRANT OF RIGHTS.  By submitting a Response in connection with the Sweepstakes, (a) each entrant into the Sweepstakes hereby grants to Sponsor unrestricted, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully-paid and royalty-free, license (with the right to sublicense through unlimited levels of sublicensees) to use, copy, perform, display, and distribute such Response throughout the world, including, but not limited to, display on Sponsor’s Facebook Page and on http://tabarron.com/; and (b) each person who enters the Sweepstakes represents and warrants that (i) the Response is the entrant’s own, original work; (ii) the Response does not contain any harmful computer code and is not otherwise corrupted; (iii) the Response is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; and (iv) the Response does not and will not violate or infringe other people’s intellectual property rights, privacy, publicity, or other legal rights.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify (and refuse to accept or remove) any Response that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, deems to violate these Official Rules. You are providing your information to Sponsor and not to Facebook. Without in any way limiting the foregoing, Sponsor shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to modify and make derivative works of the Response and to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in the Response for any purpose which Sponsor deems necessary or desirable, and each entrant irrevocably waives any and all so-called moral rights they may have therein. Sponsor shall retain the rights granted in each Response even if the Response is disqualified or fails to meet the Response requirements. Sponsor shall have no obligation to use, display or exploit any Response, and Sponsor may at any time abandon the use, display or exploitation of the Response for any reason, with or without legal justification or excuse, and entrants shall not be entitled to any damages or other relief by reason thereof.

PRIZE: The Sponsor will award six (6) prize packages as follows:

Week 1: Two (2) Prize Packages, each containing

  • One (1) copy of “The Ancient One” (ARV $8.99)
  • One (1) copy of “MERLIN: The Lost Years” (ARV $8.99)
  • One (1) copy of “Atlantis Rising” (ARV $8.99)
  • One (1) Visa gift card (ARV $50.00)
  • One (1) Gratitude Journal (ARV $7.99)

Week 2: Two (2) Prize Packages, each containing

  • One (1) copy of “The Ancient One” (ARV $8.99)
  • One (1) copy of “MERLIN: The Lost Years” (ARV $8.99)
  • One (1) copy of “Atlantis Rising” (ARV $8.99)
  • One (1) Visa gift card (ARV $50.00)
  • One (1) “Count Your Blessings” Jar (ARV $11.99)

Week 3: Two (2) Prize Packages, each containing

  • One (1) copy of “The Ancient One” (ARV $8.99)
  • One (1) copy of “MERLIN: The Lost Years” (ARV $8.99)
  • One (1) copy of “Atlantis Rising” (ARV $8.99)
  • One (1) Visa gift card (ARV $50.00)
  • One (1) “Cup of Gratitude” Mug (ARV $20.99)

GENERAL PRIZE CONDITIONS:  All results of the selection are final and binding, subject to these Official Rules.  In the event an entry is discovered to be invalid for any reason whatsoever or the person who submitted the entry fails to comply with these Official Rules prior to delivery of the prize, the prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner.  Prize will be delivered only to an address in the United States.  No cash alternative or substitution of prizes will be allowed, except Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute prizes of comparable value, in whole or in part, for any reason.  All details of the prize not specified in these Official Rules will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Any prize pictured in advertising and other Contest materials is for illustrative purposes only. THE WINNER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR REPORTING AND PAYING ANY INCOME TAXES OR OTHER TAXES THAT MAY APPLY TO ACCEPTING A PRIZE; SPONSOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR AND WILL NOT PAY ANY SUCH TAXES.

RANDOM DRAWINGS; ODDS OF WINNING: Three (3) winners will be selected by the Sponsor or its designee from all eligible entries received throughout the Sweepstakes Period by a random drawing to be held on or about Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received at time of drawing.

DATES AND DEADLINES:  Because of the unique nature and scope of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right, in addition to those other rights reserved herein, to modify any dates or deadlines set forth in these Official Rules or otherwise governing the Sweepstakes.

NOTICE TO WINNERS:  Attempts to notify potential winners and provide Sponsor’s contact information will be made using the Private Messaging function on the Entrant’s chosen entry Platform if entry was submitted via Social Media. If entry was submitted via e-mail, Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winner using the e-mail address associated with the winning Response.  Sponsor is not responsible for communication problems of any kind.  If, despite reasonable efforts, a potential winner does not respond, using the contact information provided by Sponsor in its notification, within five (5) days of the first notification attempt (or such shorter time as exigencies may require), or if the prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential winner, such potential winner will forfeit his or her prize and an alternate winner may be selected.

FURTHER DOCUMENTATION:  Potential winners may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, a parent/guardian affidavit of eligibility and release if the potential winner is under the age of eighteen (18), (where imposing such condition is legal) a Publicity Release (collectively, “Prize Claim Documents”).  If the potential winner is under 18 years of age, then a parent or legal guardian must execute all Prize Claim Documents and accept the prize on the potential winner’s behalf.  If any potential winner (or a parent or legal guardian of any potential winner, if and as applicable) fails or refuses to sign and return all Prize Claim Documents within five (5) days of prize notification (or such shorter time as exigencies may require), the winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected.

GENERAL LIABILITY RELEASE/FORCE MAJEURE:  Entrants agree that the Sweepstakes Entities and Facebook (a) shall not be responsible or liable for any losses, damages, or injuries of any kind (including death) resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity, or from entrants’ acceptance, receipt, possession, use, or misuse of any prize, and (b) have not made any warranty, representation, or guarantee express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to any prize, including, without limitation, regarding such prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose.  Entrants hereby release Sweepstakes Entities and Facebook from and against any liability, including, without limitation, liability for any property damage, property loss, bodily injury, or death resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity, or from entrants’ acceptance, receipt, possession, use, or misuse of any prize.  Entrants will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Sweepstakes Entities from and against all third party claims arising from or relating to entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes.  Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any damage to an entrant’s computer system which is occasioned by accessing Sweepstakes-related websites or participating in the Sweepstakes, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software, or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, postage-due, damaged, or stolen entries or prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible, or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet Service Providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone, cable transmissions or other communications; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties, or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information.   Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or Sweepstakes-related websites, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes, or to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person, and Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.  In the event an insufficient number of eligible entries are received or Sponsor is prevented from awarding prize(s) or continuing with the Sweepstakes as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, including, without limitation, fire, flood, natural or man-made epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal state or local government law, order, or regulation, public health crisis, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within Sponsor’s control (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Sweepstakes.  If the Sweepstakes is terminated for Force Majeure before the end of the Sweepstakes Period, Sponsor will (if possible) select winners from all eligible, non-suspect entries received as of the date of the event giving rise to the termination.  These Official Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except in a written document issued in accordance with the law by a duly authorized representative of Sponsor.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

PUBLICITY RELEASE:  By participating in the Sweepstakes, in addition to any other grants which may be granted in any other agreement entered into between Sponsor and any entrant in the Sweepstakes, each entrant irrevocably grants the Sweepstakes Entities and their respective successors, assigns, and licensees, the right to use such entrant’s name, likeness, image, and biographical information in any and all media for any purpose, including, without limitation, advertising and publicity purposes, as well as in connection with the Sweepstakes and hereby releases the Sweepstakes Entities from any liability with respect thereto.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: The Official Rules and all related web pages and content are the property of the Sponsor or authorized third party. The copy or unauthorized use of any of those materials, associated trademarks or any other intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited.

GOVERNING LAW/JURISDICTION:  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of entrants and Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Colorado without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of laws rules or provisions.  Any legal claims arising out of or relating to the Sweepstakes or these Official Rules must be brought in the federal or state courts located in Denver, Colorado or Boulder, Colorado.

WINNERS LIST/OFFICIAL RULES:  To obtain any legally-required winners list (after the conclusion of the Sweepstakes) or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed envelope with the proper postage affixed to: PO Box 1407 Boulder, CO 80306. Please specify “winners list” or “Official Rules” and the name of the Sweepstakes in your request.

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