Monday, October 31, 2011

It's Probably a Curse

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, and watch out for little ones!

As you may recall, I was in my hometown this weekend to do a reading. The library was so excited about me coming, and they thought they'd have a great crowd. Six people showed up. Three were from the library, and two were my family. A seventh showed up 5 minutes before I was done with my stuff.

This always happens to me. I plan on having some kind of party or celebration (or an interview on the radio), and no one comes. It happens to my mom, too. We've decided it's a curse. Or maybe we smell bad. We haven't decided.

Either way, it wasn't a total bummer. I did sell some books, and word of mouth is always the best promotion. With a little luck, they'll tell their friends, which will lead to some sales. You have to start somewhere, and the bottom is the best place. The only way to go is up!

Plus, I was able to network. The librarians told me they'd try and get me into some classrooms. I'm sure I'll have a bigger crowd then, but they'll probably be bored to tears. Well, some of them will be interested, and some will be in hell. *sigh* Such is life!

Friday, October 28, 2011

And the Final Winner Is...

AMBER! Hooray! You only have the choice of the mouse pad, but you'll enjoy it. I know how to get it to you, so don't worry about emailing me!

This was the last drawing for the month. Thank you to all who participated! I'm thinking about doing a trivia game in December with more lovely prizes. I'll let you know what I decide in about a month!

This Week in Writing

I finished the first round of edits on the nonfiction and emailed the chapters to the editor. I probably won't hear anything for at least a month (if I'm lucky). That's fine with me. At least it's done and out of my hair. For now.

I starting working again on the sequel to Life After the Undead. It's been a little difficult to get back into, but once I get going, I'll go. I'm still hoping to have a draft done by the end of the year.

Speaking of Life After the Undead, the print version is ready. HOORAY! You can order it here. I'm very excited!


Yesterday, my mother-in-law had a bad day. She told me about it when she dropped the kids off at the house, and she proceeded to get upset. I gave her a hug and told her it was going to be all right. When I pulled away, I noticed the 4 year old staring at me wide-eyed.

"Why is Grandma crying?" he asks.

"She had a bad day, honey. It's all right. You've had bad days before, right?" I told him.

He nods. "Yeah. I have."

My MIL stayed for a bit longer, then when she left, the 4 year old was standing on the couch. He looked at me with sad eyes and says, "I had a bad day, too."

The 2 year old echoed his sentiments.

"I'm sorry, babies." I said. "Do you need a hug?"

They both nodded and wrapped their little arms around me. The world seemed to become a better place after that. They may have had a bad day, but they made mine by being so loving.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend, but if it turns out bad, I hope someone is there to wrap you in a hug and make everything better.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Coming up Pembroke!

The last few weeks have been fabulous! I've signed three contracts, and I got another one in my inbox yesterday. I heard from the publisher, and my print book is now ready. The link isn't up on the publisher site yet, but I will let you know when it is.

I got to be a participant in the convention last weekend, and this weekend I'll be in my hometown doing a reading at the library. You can check out the story in the paper here.

Things are on a high note right now, and I'm lovin' every minute of it! This positive outlook thing is really working!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Final Day of MileHiCon

I've only had on person comment so far. I know a mouse pad isn't that exciting, but it's free. You know you want it!

Sunday

I attempted to balance hanging with my family and geeking out all weekend. I did pretty good, and everyone had a great time. My spouse was incredibly supportive, and I'm so happy he went. I couldn't have done my reading without him. The kids had fun checking out the artwork and some of the people. However, we were all very tired on Sunday, so we decided to leave after my panel.

The panel was called "I Didn't Mean to Borrow," and there were five of us talking about influences and fan fiction. Basically, we talked about whether or not we "borrowed" from other works intentionally or unawares. For example, in my first novel, Coming from Nowhere, I intentionally used elements from Star Wars and Blade Runner. But sometimes, you don't realize you've borrowed things until someone else points them out.

It's hard not to borrow. As one of the panelists pointed out, our work is the sum total of experiences and influences we've had throughout our lives. Yeah, more than likely, our stories are going to be similar to something else out there.

Another panelist talked about how there are seven basic plots to a story, and all narratives fall into one of those categories. So, really, every story is going to sound like another story. The thing we as authors need to be wary of is not plagiarizing. (Which, honestly, most of us are.)

We also talked about fan fiction and people creating works based off our stories. Personally, I think it would be cool to know I influenced someone like that. It would mean I was making an impact. I would also love to write fan fiction. I have an Aliens story planned out in my head. Now, I just need to figure out how to get it published! (And write it, but I don't want to waste my time if no one wants it!)

I really enjoyed my experience at MileHiCon this year. I hope I found some new fans and people check out my work. If nothing else, I did give people a name. Only time will tell. Keep your fingers crossed!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

MileHiCon Day 2

I have a guest post up. You can check it out here.

Saturday

The first panel I went to was called "How to Interview." The panelists all had some type of experience in journalism or magazine writing, and they gave some great pointers on how to question your favorite author (or anyone, for that matter). The biggest point they made was to make sure your questions are specific.

For example, questions like "Who are your influences?" is a general question, which will get a general response. They suggested asking questions like "Your story seems to have influences from Piers Anthony. Is that true? Was it intentional?" Things like that. It is very specific and will get a specific response.

Listening to them gave me some ideas of how I want to conduct interviews on my blog. I'm guilty of asking general questions, as I'm sure most of us are. Now, I just need some time to hone my skills. And some guinea pigs!

The second panel I attended on Saturday was about podcasting. I went to one last year, but I thought I'd see if anything had changed. Nope. It's still incredibly time consuming and costly, especially if you want your recordings to sound good. I pretty much decided I'm not going down that road. I don't have the inclination or the time to do it right.

The third thing I sat through was "The Science of Superheroes." This one was fun. Mike Brotherton, the same guy who taught the Launch Pad Workshop, lectured. Basically, he talked about super powers and how the majority of them are not feasible from a REAL science perspective. Well, duh! We knew that. But he also talked about ways they could be fixed to make them more plausible. And there are some heroes out there who do have more realistic powers (Batman anyone?). Like I said, this lecture was entertaining, and a good way to end my afternoon.

That night, I had my first reading. I was incredibly nervous. Seriously, I almost threw myself into a panic attack. Good thing I know how to talk myself down! I'd never done a reading before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. There were six of us reading from our work, and it was pretty informal, so that helped a lot. My mom was encouraging and told me not to worry about it (she always says that, and she's usually right). When it was my turn, I read "Life After the Undead" like I did for my recordings. I put in the voices and just had fun. I only had 20 minutes, and I didn't even get through chapter 1!

Saturday ended fairly late. By the time I got back to the room, I was ready for bed, and fell readily asleep.

Monday, October 24, 2011

MileHiCon Review Monday

Last week's winner of the drawing decided to take the tote bag, so I have a mouse pad left. Put those comments in for a chance to win on Friday!

This past weekend was MileHiCon down in Denver. Last year was the first time I had gone, and this year I got to be a participant. I did a meet and greet, a reading, and a panel. I also went to some panels. The convention was 3 days long, so I will spend 3 days talking about my experience.

Friday

The first panel I went to on Friday was one talking about the publishing industry and options open to authors. The main topics of conversation were ebooks and self-publishing. I wanted to go to it because I wanted to see how others felt.

One of the panelists had been a traditionally published author waaaay back in the day. After so many years, his books went out of print, and he decided to revive them as ebooks. He said he felt like he was 20 again with all the interest in his stories. He was revived and ready to write more. He talked about traditional publishers and how they stifle authors and how the model needs to change. By having the option of ebooks, self-publishing, and small presses, it gives authors more control.

It was fascinating. One panelist made the remark that self-publishing is no longer being stigmatized like it had been in the past. Back then, it was called "vanity publishing," but no more. They discussed how there was freedom and control when an author published their own books, but there was also a lot of cost. You have to pay for an editor, for the cover, and formatting. And the chances of you becoming well known are pretty rare. However, they said that if you are already a well-known author, self-publishing might put more money in your pocket, and you don't have to worry about a company holding you back or taking away control of your work.

They suggested the best approach might be to find an indie publisher. That way, you wouldn't have to incur a huge cost and they have editors and cover artists on staff. You still have to do your own promotion, but that's the case with any publisher.

After that panel, I did "Speed Date an Author," which is where a bunch of authors sit around and people come in to meet us. I don't really think Friday night was the best time to do it because there wasn't a lot of participants there. Saturday afternoon might have been better. I did talk to a few people and networked with other authors. It was fun. You know me, I love to talk about myself and work!

And that concluded my Friday. I went to dinner with my family after that and turned in early. I had an adrenaline crash. I always get so excited coming to these things!

Friday, October 21, 2011

"Galaxy Games: The Challengers" by Greg R. Fishbone

Before I introduce my guest, I wanted to announce this week's winner. Congratulations, DIANA! Please email me at pembrokesinclair at hotmail dot com and let me know what prize you would like. I have a tote bag and mouse pad.

Now, on with the show...

I had the pleasure of attending the Launch Pad Workshop with Greg. Now, I have the pleasure of introducing his new book.



The Galaxy Games series is written by Greg R. Fishbone and published by the Tu Books imprint of Lee & Low Books. In this hilarious middle-grade romp through space, eleven-year-old Tyler Sato leads a team of kids representing all of Earth in a sports tournament against alien kids from across the galaxy.

Book #1: The Challengers is available now!

Greg R. Fishbone is an author of galactic fiction for young readers, including the Galaxy Games series of humorous middle grade sci-fi novels from the Tu Books imprint at Lee & Low Books. Greg also serves as an Assistant Regional Advisor for the New England regions of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, is a two-time NESCBWI conference co-director, and founded of the Class of 2k7 debut author group. This summer he participated in the NASA and NSF-funded Launch Pad program at the University of Wyoming, intended to provide authors with better knowledge of astronomy and theories of science literacy. Visit his website at gfishbone.com for more information.

As part of the book tour, which you can access information here, Greg has puzzle pieces. Here is mine:



Greg was also kind enough to answer some questions. Enjoy! And check out his book!

Q) What inspired you to write this story?

A) I was put on the spot at a writing conference, where I was asked to pitch a middle grade sports series. I think it's a great exercise for authors to consider a new genre in the context of their own unique style and personal experience. For me, I knew that one of my strengths was humor and my interests were in team sports and aliens, so I ended up with something that was all my own.

Q) How long did it take you to write?

A) I wrote a first draft in about a month. Then I spent seven years revising it until it sold. There wasn't much of the original text that survived the process, but the premise remained remarkably constant.

Q) Can you talk about the story's evolution and publishing history?

A) Some of the major changes were in the format and the time frame. My first draft was a chapter book, about 15,000 words long. The published book is an older middle grade about four times that length. The original story started as Earth was recruiting its first team for the Galaxy Games sports tournament, but an editor remarked that she'd be even more interested in the story of how aliens came to Earth in the first place, the offer to compete, and the world's reaction. That's the story that appears in The Challengers and she was right--it's a much more exciting place to start.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?

A) I've finished a draft of the second book in the Galaxy Games series which raises the stakes, introduces some new characters, and takes readers on a roller-coaster ride through the galaxy.

Q) Where can readers find you?

For more information check my website at http://gfishbone.com or the Galaxy Games series site at http://galaxygamesseries.com. There are also some great posts this month that you can find through the blog tour site at http://galaxygam.es/tour and also a few contests you can join.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Week in Writing

I have a guest blogger tomorrow, so I thought I'd fill you in on all the exciting stuff today.

As I mentioned yesterday, I received my two contracts for my kids' book earlier this week, and yesterday I received my contract for the zombie anthology I'm appearing in. The anthology is called "So Long and Thanks for All the Brains," and my story is entitled "Live, and Let Them Be Undead." It's scheduled for release in December. I'll let you know when it comes out.

I finished the first round of edits on the six chapters of my nonfiction book. I need to add some stuff to the introduction, then I'm done (for now). I'm plan to work on the sequel to the zombie novel.

If things keep sailing smoothly, I should make all my self-imposed deadlines! Keep your fingers crossed for me!


On Tuesday, I had to take the boys to the dentist. We don't have a pediatric dentist in town, so I had to drive 45 minutes to the next town. For some reason, the 4 year old thinks he has to eat everywhere we go, so on the way out of town, we got McDonald's. I had a coffee, but I was waiting for it to cool because, for whatever reason, they heat it to the temperature of lava.

I was cruising down the interstate, preparing to take a sip, and hit a bump. Way more liquid got into my mouth than I anticipated, and it burned.

"Son of a beaver!" I squealed. "That's hot!"

"Are you all right?" the 4 year old asked.

"Yes, honey, I'm fine. Thank you for your concern."

"That beaver was hot, huh?"

I just laughed. How else do you respond to a question like that? I hope you all have a great weekend, and don't burn your mouths with any hot beavers! (Get your minds out of the gutter!)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How Quickly Things Change

I woke up in a ridiculously bad mood yesterday. Part of it was from lack of sleep, part of it was from my schedule being changed, and part of it was from who knows what. By the time I went to bed last night, I was floating on cloud nine.

Mid-morning, I received a call that started the brightening of my day. It was encouraging. Late afternoon, I talked to a library that I'm setting a reading/presentation up at, and the librarian was so nice and excited about having me, I couldn't help by smile. By evening, I opened my email to find contracts for my kids' books. I was so happy, I did a little dance in the living room, making my boys squeal with delight (which also helped improve my mood).

It's amazing how fast things can turn around, and when you least expect it. It goes both ways, of course, but I really prefer it going up (who doesn't?). I'm going to spend today relishing the good fortune of yesterday. Has anyone else had any wonderful news lately?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tough Question Tuesday

Do you dress up for Halloween?

For me, it depends on the year. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. This year I'll be dressing up, which will be fun. We decided on a theme at work. We're going to be witches (Yes, we realize the irony. That's part of the charm of our decision!). That always helps so I don't have to use my brain to come up with an idea!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Theater Review Monday

Michelle decided to take the pdf copy of my story, so I have a tote bag and mouse pad left. Put in those comments so you can win one at the end of the week.

My novella, The Weeping Bride, is available today. You can buy it here. It's only 99 cents, so you should give it a try. It was my first attempt at this kind of story, so let me know what you think!



The spouse and I spent the weekend getting caught up on watching our recorded TV shows. We had a nice backlog to catch up on. I'm happy to report I'm now caught up!
Since we didn't watch any movies but I did go to the play yesterday, I thought I'd tell you about my experience.

Hair (1970s)

I first saw this movie in high school. Yes, movie, not the play. I loved the music so I bought the soundtrack on tape (yes, tape, not CD) and listened to it until it broke. I kind of forgot about Hair for a while as I went to college and started a family, then my mom told me it was going to be in Denver on stage. I squealed with delight.

The story focuses on a group of hippies who are protesting the Vietnam War in a haze of drug use and sexual promiscuity. The majority of them burn their draft cards, but Claude is torn between his hippie life style and wanting to please his conservative parents. He decides not to burn the card like everyone else.

The music is fun and upbeat, and a few of the songs made it into popular culture. The story has a lot of dark undertones to it, and it doesn't necessarily glorify the hippie generation. It shows heartache and trials.

The play was nothing like the movie, with the exception of the basic storyline and songs. They also added a few new songs I hadn't heard before. There was a nude scene in there, which wasn't that big of a deal. The lights were dim, so you couldn't see much. There was also a lot of references to drugs. And a bad trip. All part of the generation. I really enjoyed it. There is definitely something to be said about live performances and experiencing the theater.

I can't wait until my boys are old enough to take! However, I doubt I'll take them to Hair until they're waaaaay older!

Friday, October 14, 2011

This Week's Winner Is...

MICHELLE! Hooray! Please email me at pembrokesinclair at hotmail dot com and let me know what prize you would like. I have the mouse pad, tote bag, and a pdf of my story left.

There are still 2 weeks left in this month, so there are still 2 chances to win a prize. Get those comments in to be included in the drawing!

This Week in Writing

I finished the edits to chapter 1 of my nonfiction book and emailed them off to the editor. I also finished chapter 2, and have been working diligently on chapter 3. I'm hoping to get feedback on chapter 1 next week, but we shall see. The editor is very busy.

Next week I'll be in Denver at the MileHiCon. I'm doing some panels this year, so I'm really excited about that. Plus, I get to geek out. Can't beat that!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Updates

I've been in contact with the publisher recently. My story, "The Weeping Bride," is coming out next week! Hooray! It's my paranormal romance (my first attempt at one), so I would love it if you checked it out and told me what you thought. As usual, I will give you buy links when they are out.

So far this week, I have two people in the drawing for prizes. I'm sure they don't mind being the only ones in the hat, since it gives them a better chance at winning, but I really want to give my stuff away. Remember, the more times you comment, the more chances you have of winning something cool.

Don't you want to win one of my prizes?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Could I be Busier?

This month is crazy for me! The boys have dentists appointments, I have a conference, and I'm trying to set up appearances at some libraries to promote my new book. I've been to family birthdays, and I'm going to a play with my parents (Hair. I can hardly wait. I've wanted to see it since I was in high school!). And, for crying out in the night, don't forget about Halloween!

On top of all that, I'm trying to get edits done. I don't mind being busy, but it does mean I have to schedule properly. I still have my normal duties to take care, and things can get hectic in my house. But I'm not overwhelmed. Yet.

How does your month look?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tough Question Tuesday

Perfect chance to get some comments in!

What is your favorite Disney movie?

When I was a child, it was Sleeping Beauty. My sister and I would watch and rewatch the scene with the fairies as they're making the birthday cake and dress. We loved it!

At one point, I went through a phase where I didn't like Disney. I thought it was predictable and childish, but I got over it pretty quick. The movies have a lot of adult humor and the boys enjoy them.

Now, I don't think I could narrow it down to one. I love most of the Pixar films, and the Princess and the Frog had spectacular music. The list might be shorter if I picked the films I don't like. But that will take me a minute to think about...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Movie Review Monday

Before I get into today's review, I wanted to remind you about the contest. Miss Vixen decided to take the coffee cup, so there is still a mouse pad, tote bag, and copy of my story. Leave those comments for a chance to win!

Bridesmaids (2011)

WTF? I thought this movie was supposed to be funny. I wanted to see this movie for a long time, and after I watched it, I was disappointed. It has moments of being funny, but otherwise it was tragic and sad.

The story is about Annie, who has bad luck with relationships. She is dating a guy who sees her as nothing more than a sex buddy, then finds a cop who is willing to have a relationship with her, but she messes it up. On top of all that, her childhood friend is getting married and wants Annie to be her Maid of Honor.

Not only is she unlucky in love, but she lost a bakery business, so she's pretty much destitute. Her best friend lives in a different tax bracket, and trying to negotiate the wedding and deal with the other rich friends proves to be very trying and stressful. They eventually have a falling out and Annie hits rock bottom.

There were some moments in this movie that were funny, but not many. As I mentioned, it was mostly tragic and sad. I was also a little offended by the film. I'm not going to delve into a whole discussion about it here, but I'm wondering if the movie was actually made for women. Here's my reasons why:

1. Honestly, how many women find toilet humor funny? I know there are a few, but I'm not a huge fan. I'm guessing it stems from the fact that I still have to change diapers and deal with poo on a daily basis, so it's really not a point of hilarity for me.

2. Why does a man have to define the woman? Annie spends the entire movie looking for a man to be with because she obviously can't make it on her own. She owned a bakery at one point, which she opened with her boyfriend, but when that went under, he left. She fell into a deep depression and bounced around from one bad relationship to another. At the end, instead of finding a way to open the bakery back up, which would have been a great ending, she decides to try and make it work with the cop.

In the scheme of things, yes, he was the best option, if she wants to be domesticated. I had a huge problem with the scene after they hooked up. Yes, he was nice and made her a cup of coffee, then "surprises" her by getting stuff for her to bake. Really? So he's saying, "Hey, baby, I had a great night with you last night, now get in my kitchen and start cooking." I would've walked out too!

3. There are more than 3 types of men in the world. According to the film, you're choices are the man who wants nothing more than sex from you, the one who wants to domesticate you, and the one who is so hung up on his ex that he can't imagine being with you. Granted, there are those types of men in the world, but--shockingly--some of them can and are a lot deeper than that.

Okay. That's as far as I'm going to go with that. I had some other issues, but I don't want to start a rant. Have any of you seen the movie? What did you think? Am I completely off base here?

Friday, October 7, 2011

And the Winner Is...

MISS VIXEN! Congratulations! Please contact me pembrokesinclair at hotmail dot com and let me know what prize you want!

Thank you to all who participated, but don't forget: we're not done! Three more weeks of fabulous prizes, so get those comments in!

This Week in Writing

I've been busy doing edits. Again. I was nervous about starting the revisions on my nonfiction project. I felt overwhelmed and void of ideas of how to fix it. However, I started working on it, and I feel a lot better about what I'm doing. I might actually have some of idea of what I'm talking about. Of course, that was the first chapter, I have five more to go. I'll let you know how it goes.


The other night, I picked up my boys from their grandma's house. If you recall, it's been one of those weeks where I had a hard time finding motivation to work. As I drove down the street, the four year old says, "I need some engergy."

"Really?" I asked. "Are you a little tired? You need some energy."

"Oh, man!" he replies. "My legs are so tired! I definitely need some engergy."

I couldn't help but laugh.

I hope this weekend brings you lots of engergy. Have a good one!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Overly Shy

As some of you know, I had a run-in with a nefarious publisher. He didn't start out evil, it was only over the course of time that I found out about his exploits. As is human nature, I didn't want to believe he was that awful. He was always so nice to me, so I told myself it was a mistake, it was someone else.

Then, when I found out he stole the cover to one of my novellas, I couldn't lie anymore. Then, when he published my story in an anthology after I withdrew, and sent and email calling us authors a**holes, I got angry. Apparently, he's still up to his old tricks. Authors are taking action against him, though, and if you want to participate, check out this blog.

Normally, I'm a pretty cynical person. I don't believe in the goodness of humanity, and one of my part-time jobs reinforces daily how low some people will sink. Don't get me wrong, I know there are good people out there. My friends are the best in the world, but I don't have very many. I'm picky in that sense.

Recently, I decided to submit some stories to different publishers. I like mine, and they really enjoy putting out my work (albeit slowly), but I thought I'd expand. Distribute my eggs to different baskets, if you will. I'm very diligent about researching publishers, and most of them are fine and respectable, but I found myself getting panicky about picking a place. What if they are evil? What if they steal my work? I forced myself to take a breath, and I sent out the submissions.

I received a couple rejections and two no replies. Nothing earth shattering, and it was a relief. Maybe they won't steal my work. In the end, I sent the story to my publisher. I know I can trust them. I'll slowly try to expand, but if something's working, why fix it?

Don't forget, tomorrow morning I will have the first winner of the contest. I will put all comments made on Friday into the hat for next week.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Finding Motivation

Recently, I was sick for about a week. I stayed home for 2 days, but then didn't have any other sick time, so I slogged my butt to work. I didn't get any writing done at that time, as I'm sure you can imagine.

I'm starting to feel better now, and am trying to work writing back into my schedule, but I don't have the motivation. My schedule has been messed up so bad, I think, "Why bother?" But I have to bother. I have deadlines and contracts.

To get over my lethargy, I force myself to put something down on paper. It kind of sounds torturous, and some nights it can be, but at least I have something to go back and edit later. Even if it's crap, I have something to work with. Last night, I worked on an outline for chapter 1 of my nonfiction book. Was it much? Not really. But today when I go to work, I have a general idea of where to begin. It's better than starting at square 1.

I've found that going back to a notebook and pen has helped immensely. I'm not tied to the computer, and if the kids need something, I'm right there to help. Plus, I can do it anywhere. There is more freedom with a laptop, but hauling one to swim lessons is a pain. Pen and paper, easy.

Getting back on task, especially after major setbacks, can be difficult, but has to be done. What kinds of things do you do to find your motivation?

(Do you see how easy I'm making this for you to leave comments? I know you want to win one of my prizes...)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tough Question Tuesday

I'm slowly getting back into my routine. By next week, I'm hoping to be back on track with my blog posts! Don't forget about the giveaways! This is your perfect chance to leave a comment.

What is your favorite holiday?

Mine's not hard to figure out. I love zombies, slasher films, and evil vampires. Oh! And don't forget aliens. I'm even getting the kids into the spirit. Although, I do like food, too, so it's a toss up between Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Contest and Giveaways!

As I mentioned last week, I'm giving stuff away every Friday this month! Don't miss out on these fabulous prizes:

Coffee Mug


Mouse Pad


Small Tote Bag


And a pdf copy of my story!


The rules:

1. To enter the contest/giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment either here or on my Facebook page. Friday morning, I will put all the names in a hat and draw out the winner. The more comments you leave, the more times your name is entered into the drawing.

2. Comments have to be actual comments. They don't have to be long or in depth, but no random characters. Don't forget, I moderate all comments to prevent spam. Don't fret if your comment doesn't show up immediately, I have to approve them.

3. Winner chooses prize. This first week, you'll have the majority of things to choose from, but they are all wonderful prizes!

4. Anyone can play! Including family (with the exception of my spouse, but he doesn't want these anyway!)

Good luck! I hope you have fun!