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A new contest

Let's Take the Survey One Step Further


Yesterday, I gave readers a chance to speak up about a book plan I have been contemplating. Faced with an extremely complicated story, I suggested that it might work better as a two-volume series. 

The consensus seems to be in favor of a two-book series--the first  in the form of the protagonist's diary entries; the second a "twenty-years-later" novel exploring the lives of those she wrote about in the first book. 

Now, which set of titles do you like better?

"Compromise" followed by "Consequences"

. . . or . . . .

"A Life of Compromise" followed by "A Lifetime of Consequences"

I've checked both forms and did not find any current books using any of those exact titles, so my choices are open. 

Please vote for your preference. And thanks for your help.

I Hit the Mark at NaNoWriMo Summer Camp


An Exciting announcement

An Exciting Announcement


Katzenhaus Books has just released the audiobook version of Beyond All Price, which was our all-time Kindle bestseller.   Here's a message about it  from Adrianne Price, who narrated the book.  Turn up your sound and hear what she has to say.


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In connection with that release, we will have several free copies of the audiobook to give away to those who have entered their names on our website. The random drawing will be held early next week, so there's little time to lose. Enter right now to add your name and be entered in that contest.



Thanks for reading (and listening to) our books!

Super Bowl / Mardi Gras tied Up with a Bow!

How would you like to win a once-in-a-lifetime-trip and help someone who is going blind see again -- all with one $20.00 donation? Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service is assisting the Lions of Louisiana Eye Foundation with a SUPER event! In past years, LLEF has held a Sugar Bowl event to help raise funds in an effort to provide vision services to the indigent residents of Louisiana. The 2012 LLEF event was a tremendous success because of the efforts of all the Lions around their state.

This year, the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation’s Fundraising Committee has a Super opportunity to raise Super funds as they are hosting a Super event. AND, the LLEF is sharing the proceeds with Mid-South Lions (LLEF has approved a grant to Mid-South  of $10 for every ticket we sell!)

This year’s big game, the NFL SUPER BOWL will be in New Orleans! The Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation has secured 2 tickets to the greatest game on earth, plus many other amenities.

This is a “Super Bowl / Mardi Gras” package. When will the Super Bowl ever be in New Orleans the same week that Mardi Gras kicks off? The winners will be able to go to the greatest game on earth (the Super Bowl) and then see the kick off of the 2013 Mardi Gras season with parades on Wednesday and Thursday.

The lucky winner will be drawn on JANUARY 22, and will have a Super week consisting of the following:
  • Arriving at the Chateau Orleans in the French Quarter on Friday, February 1st for SEVEN (7) nights
  • Two (2) tickets to the Mardi Gras “Float Viewing Private Party” on Saturday, February 2nd. This party includes a live band, food, drinks and activities. It will be the first time the Krewe members get to see this year’s parade floats.
  • Two (2) tickets to the SUPER BOWL in the Super Dome on Sunday, February 3rd.
  • Two tickets (2) for the Grand Stands to watch the Babylon parade on Thursday, February 7th.
  • A very special value, two (2) Southwest airline tickets predicated on availability that week.
  • Plus lots of free time in between to enjoy the flavor of the French Quarter before having to check out on Friday, February 8th.

Anyone can enter; anyone can win. All it takes is a $20.00 donation to enter your name into the drawing.  Half of that will go to the Lions of Louisiana; the other half will come to Mid-South to help us provide treatment for some 200 needy patients on our waiting list.  Truly this is one of those gifts that keep on giving.

To insure Mid-South’s grant portion of the program, make donations and get tickets online exclusively through a link on our website at www.midsouthlions.org

And while you're there, take a look at the rest of the website to see why I am so passionate about this organization!

This is a great opportunity to continue being “Knights of the Blind in the Crusade against Darkness”…AND SEE THE GREATEST GAME ON EARTH…SUPER BOWL XLVII IN NEW ORLEANS AND EXPERIENCE MARDI GRAS IN PERSON!

Warm Up the Keyboard. Here We Go Again.


I’ve reached something of a milestone today.  My next book, The Road to Frogmore, has gone winging off to its production team to be formatted and given a sparkling layout.  Although much work lies ahead, in terms of proof-reading, promotion, and marketing, it is now really out of my hands. I’ve finished the manuscript.  The editing is done. It’s too late to think about major revisions or the story I didn’t tell. I’ve sent it out into the world to take its chances.
 
Am I relieved? relaxed? satisfied?  Nope, none of those.  Someone once told me that there’s a big difference between being an author and being a writer.  Sure, I thought -- writers are still involved in the process of creating a book; authors have finished.  But that’s not the real difference, because if you’re a writer, you’re never finished.
 
The real difference is this: an author looks backward at what she has produced and says, “Look what I did! I wrote a book and somebody published it!” A writer looks forward and says, “Where am I going next? What’s the next book going to look like?  What kind of research do I need to do?  How can I make the next book better? Warm up the keyboard. Here we go again”
 
That’s where I am at the moment.  First thing this morning, I looked back through my files and discovered several projects waiting to for attention.
 
  *There’s a writing contest  (sponsored by a men’s magazine, but not “that kind”) challenging writers to tell a whole story in just 79 words.   I have an entry sitting here, waiting for a final polish.  If I’m going to do it, it needs to be sent off by tomorrow.  So that’s first on my list today.  After chugging through a 122,000-word manuscript for the past months, this one should be a breeze – or will it? I’ll post the final product sometime, but not until the contest is over, so you’ll have to wonder.  Hint: the title is “Nimrod.”
 
   *Several years ago, I wrote a children’s story about the adventures of a lost teddy bear. Knowing me, you might guess that it was based on a true story.  I took photos to illustrate it, which are still here, waiting.  I even sent out some query letters, but since at the time I knew less than nothing about the art and business of publishing, the lack of response to my query was deafening and devastating.  Maybe now I’m better prepared to try again.  I at least want to think about it.
 
   *Another folder on my desktop holds the genealogical research I’ve done on my mother’s family.  She was the youngest of eight girls in a family not far-removed from pioneer status in the hills of western Pennsylvania.  Her father was six years old at the start of the Civil War and died at the beginning of the 20 century, leaving his German immigrant wife to manage the farm and family. Their mother floundered under the need to provide for those girls, and the sisters themselves chose eight very different paths to survival. Their stories are the stuff of novels but they are in danger of being lost through time.  With the exception of one male cousin, I am the last surviving member of a generation – the children of the sisters.  Moreover, I’m the only one who knew 5 of the 8 sisters and all of their children. If I don’t attempt to tell their stories, no one else will be able to do so.
 
So warm up the keyboard! Here we go again!