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  • Celebrate the End of the World With a Free Book (Giveaway) – The Fall: Tales From the Apocalypse

    Posted on December 21st, 2012 jean 28 comments

    It’s the end of the world.


    It’s like a locker combination. A locker combination to doomsday.

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Whatever, right? I’m going to an end of the world party tonight to enjoy my last moments on earth… but in the meantime I had an idea.

    Celebrate the end of the world--death of a plant

    And yes, this plant started it all last Friday.

    And then (FINALLY!!) on Wednesday night (two days ago) these arrived at the local postal outlet:

    The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse print copies

    Want one?

    It’s easy. Really, really easy.

    As a thank you for reading my blog (even if you are new around these parts) I’d like to give one lucky reader (oh, okay two lucky readers–why not? The world is ending I can afford to be generous.) a copy of The Fall: Tales From the Apocalypse. Either ebook or a print copy–your choice.* If you want to more than double your chances, check out Judy Croome’s Goodreads giveaway of The Fall: Tales From the Apocalypse. She is giving away 20 copies! Whoa!

    What do you have to do? How many hoops do you have to jump through?


    Just leave a comment–even if it as simple as saying “count me in.” Be sure to leave your email address in the comment’s sign in box thingy so I can contact you if you win. (That way you don’t have to keep checking back–or better yet, subscribe on the right to the blog so my posts come right to your inbox. I’ll be posting the winner(s) on Saturday, the 22nd.)

    Since the world is ending today, let’s leave this book giveaway open until midnight tonight, End of the World Friday, December 21, 2012.

    And if the world really does end, well dang! I guess that’s it. It’s been nice knowing you and thanks for reading.

     ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~

    What is The Fall about?

    (14 short stories by 13 authors.)

    What would the end of the world look like?

    What would end our civilization?

    Would it be a dark and scary place or would it be full of hope? (Hint: It is the latter of the two.)

    Find out in The Fall: Tales From the Apocalypse

     ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~

    P.S. Curious about The Fall: Tales From the Apocalypse? You can buy copies on (print) or ebook as well as on ($2.88 for ebook). Proceeds go to charity. If you have already read it we would LOVE it if you dropped a review–even just a line or two–on your favourite online site whether your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, or… where ever! Thanks!

    * I am willing to send the ebook version anywhere in the world, but I ask that since this is a charitable project–all proceeds from the book go to charity–and I, like the other contributing authors, donated my story, Crumbs, to The Fall (as well as at least 80 hours editing the anthology) that only American or Canadian addresses request a print version as the shipping elsewhere will kill me! Er… no pun intended. Tee, hee.

  • Podcasts for Authors and a Giveaway Sneak Peek

    Posted on December 14th, 2012 jean 2 comments

    Happy Friday everyone!

    Some good news for you and some good news for… well, you again!

    First you.

    I’ve discovered a great way to fill my writer’s brain with even more information about writing, branding, publishing, selling books and more. And it is so easy. And you can do it on the go. And it’s free.

    Know what it is? Podcasts. Yep. You can learn more about my top five favourite, must-listen-to podcasts for writers over on From the Write Angle today. Let me know what you think. Have you checked out podcasts? What’s your favourite?

    And the second bit of good news…

    I’m planning a giveaway. (Assuming my copies of The Fall: Tales From the Apocalypse ever come… it’s been one mishap after another for the past 6 weeks. You’d think this book was about the end of the world or something. 😉 And seeing as the world ends next Friday, December 21, 2012, I’m giving away a copy of The Fall. Why? Just ’cause. I’ll tell you more next Friday.

    BUT, if you want to enter a contest right now… you can also enter the giveaway on Goodreads being held by Judy Croome (fellow The Fall author) by clicking on the nice little button over on the right. Click now. You’re free to go. Good news over. Clicky, clicky.

    Thanks for reading and have a happy Friday!

  • How to Hold a Contest: 5 Tips Over at FTWA Today

    Posted on May 4th, 2012 jean 3 comments

    Hey, I’m over at From the Write Angle talking about how to hold an effective online contest today. I’ve shared 5 tips, and as usual, squished pretty much everything I know about getting the biggest bang for your contest buck into that post. Why do I do that to myself? I chose to do a 5 tips theme so I wouldn’t feel the urge to pour all I know into every post! So silly.

    An example of one of my tasty little tips: Did you know that advertising or holding your contest on Facebook has to stay within certain Facebook rules or you page could be deleted without warning? Scary, isn’t it?

    Anyway, if you have ever considered holding a contest, or have held one and want to share your expertise and experience with the Write Angle gang, we’d love to hear from you. Pop on over!

    Here’s a little something I whipped up for that post (mmm cake!):

    Holding a contest is like baking a cake. You need the rihgt ingredients, the right temperature, and time.

    How about you? Ever held a contest? How did it go? What would you do differently next time?

    Never held a contest? What drives you to enter or not enter a contest?

  • Writing Contests for Flash Fiction and Black Moments

    Posted on April 12th, 2012 jean 2 comments

    Do you write romance?

    Do you write flash fiction? (Want to try?)

    Do you have a black moment that makes you tear up every time you read it in edits?

    Do you want to try writing a story of 500 words or less that includes the words “paper, crew, callipygian, angle, and novel?”

    Do you want to swing your dead cat at winning a critique from a New York Times Bestselling author? (OMG, yes!!)

    Do you want to win free books? (Free books! Best ever.)

    If you answered yes to any of those questions, I’ve got two great contests for you:

    AKRWA Breakup Contest

    **Permission to Forward**

    The AKRWA Breakup Contest is open for entries!

    Tired of submitting your first pages to contests? Want some feedback on a different section of your manuscript? Then this contest is for you!

    We want to see your best black moment or break-up scene. We want to watch your characters face their darkest fear, lose all hope, dig deep, chew the scenery, let it all hang out … Thrill us. Make us cry. Make us long for your characters to find their happy ending.

    Go to http://www.akrwa.ala….com/about.html for details on how to enter.

    The final judge will be Liz Pelletier at Entangled Publishing.

    The first place winner will receive a critique from NYT-bestselling author Cherry Adair.

    The entry deadline is May 1. We can’t wait to read your black moment or break-up scene!


    From The Write Angle’s Blogiversary Flash Fiction Contest

    A Blogiversary Contest!

    From the Write Angle is one year old! We can’t believe it has been a year already. To celebrate our birthday month, and to thank you, our loyal fans and readers, we’re having a contest!
    • What: Flash fiction, maximum 500 words
    • Requirements: You must use each of the following words in your entry: paper, crew, callipygian, angle, novel. Other than that, there’s no specific theme. It’s up to you. Have fun with it!
    • Deadline: Entries must be received by midnight (EDT) on Wednesday, April 18th 2012
    • Method of entry: email your entry to with your flash fiction pasted in the body of the email. Please don’t send any attachments.
    • Results: the Write Angle Crew will read and collectively decide on two winners, which will be announced here on the blog on Friday, April 27th.

    Important: By entering, you agree to let us publish your flash fiction on this web site if you’re one of the winners.

    We would love if you would tweet or otherwise share this post and spread the word about the contest. We’d also love for you to subscribe to our blog. However, these are not requirements for contest entry.

    One last thing… PRIZES! Two lucky winners will receive book by Write Angle crew members.

    1st Place: 2 Print books

    The Sister Queens, by our own Sophie Perinot

    Spring Fevers short story anthology edited by our own Matt Sinclair, with stories from FTWA writers Cat Woods, J. Lea Lopez, R.S. Mellette and Mindy McGinnis. (Cover design by our amazing Calista Taylor, and interior design by R.C. Lewis) Currently only available in eBook format, you’ll be one of the first to get your hands on a paperback copy!

    2nd Place: 2 eBooks

    Devil on a Sparrow’s Wing, by Calista Taylor. This is the second in a series. You can get the first book, Viridis, free here so when you win this prize, you’ll be ready for the sequel!

    The Watchtower, by Darke Conteur


    Good luck!

  • WEbook Page To Fame Update

    Posted on May 18th, 2011 jean 7 comments

    A few weeks ago I got some astounding news. My WEbook Page to Fame submission got elevated to the final round! (They call me a winner, baby!) I had to go and check out what this meant… It means that my submission is now hanging out in the literary agent showcase. Then I had to see what that means… Which is basically that all submissions that have made it through all the rounds are placed in a virtual pot where agents can sift through looking for the next bestseller. (Not thinking that my story will get snapped up, but still, very cool!! And good company to be in!)

    So, I guess this is the final deal for my submission. It’s been a $4.95 well spent, I tell ya!

    Oh, and I think I forgot to mention that a month or two ago, the publishing pro who rated my first five pages gave me a 5 out of 5!!!! Whoa! How crazy is that? It almost makes me think I might have something here. 😉 That inspires me to keep on writing! Has a contest inadvertently inspired you lately?

    Ay karumba!