Reminder . . .
This Christmas I want to say thank you to all my followers. So, I'm holding this contest for you, dear followers, and I will choose not one, but at least 18 (Eighteen) of my followers to win one of these gifts!
Comment on any post during contest period and remind me you're a follower, leave an email address, and in goes your name for a chance to win one of these fantastic gifts!
And the more you comment, the more times I'll drop your name into the "bag."
Beginning December 11th through December 24th.
After that I'll announce the winners on this blog, and send an email to each winner for your address/and to let you know what you've won.
In my giveaway for my followers I'm giving away:
- Books by Teresa Slack: A Tender Reed (women's fiction), Streams of Mercy (suspense), The Ultimate Guide to Darcy Carter (romance), Redemption's Song (mystery), Evidence of Grace (suspense)
- Brandilyn Collins' Dead of Night (suspense)
- Judith Miller's Somewhere to belong (historical)
- Susan M Warren & Susan K Downs' The Sovereign's Daughter (historical Mennonite)
- And more . . .
Amazon gift certificates! (four $5 gift certificates)
Four downloadable Stories!
- Homespun (inspirational romance) by Michele Levigne
- Secrets (a romantic suspense) by Linore Rose Burkard
- A Family Visit (contemporary) by Michael Emmer
- A Face in the Shadow (A full length romanic suspense novel) by Tiffany Colter
Below is information about the wonderful people offering their stories for you to read. Please look over the brief bios.
Those offering the free downloadable stories:
Linore Rose Burkard creates Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen Soul. Her characters take you back in time to experience life and love during the Regency England era (circa 1800 - 1830). Ms. Burkard's novels include Before the Seasons Ends, The House in Grosvenor Square and, The Country House Courtship. Her stories blend Christian faith and romance with well-researched details from the Regency. Readers experience a romantic age, where England from the past comes alive and happy endings are possible for everyone!
You can purchase her books from:
- the author (autographed copy) http://www.LinoreRoseBurkard.com/Books.html
- ChristianBook.com http://www.christianbook.com/country-house-courtship-london-regency/linore-burkard/9780736927994/pd/692799?item_code=WW&netp_id=633234&event=ESRCN&view=details
- Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Country-Courtship-Regency-Inspirational-Romance/dp/0736927999/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1261453878&sr=8-12&s=books&qid=1261453878&sr=8-2
- BarnesandNoble.com http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/results.asp?WRD=the+country+house+courtship&box=the%20country%20house%20courtship&pos=-1
- Her website: http://www.linoreburkard.com/index.html
Tiffany Colter is a passionate freelance writer whose credits include Charisma Magazine, Toledo Business Journal and regular columns for Afictionado E-zine and the Suspense Magazine where she writes the “Ask your Writing Career Coach” column.
She is tenacious in her approach to not only create a great story, but to mentor other writers, Tiffany can always be found in the presence of a book or laptop. She has twice been nominated for the ACFW Mentor of the Year award.
Tiffany won the 2007 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense in the inspirational unpublished division for her manuscript A Face in the Shadow and was a semi-finalist in Operation First Novel in 2004.
She earned her BA from the University of Toledo’s Honor’s College in 1998 with a Summa cum Laude distinction. She is the coordinator for The Master Seminars and runs Command Performance Speakers Bureau, as well as a blog for writers called The Writing Career Coach. On that site she mentors writers in matters of business management, marketing, and time management principles. Tiffany also travels and speaks on these topics to writers and small business owners at conferences and via online webinars.
She is an active member of local and national writing groups where she has served as a judge in writing contests for published and unpublished writers.
Writing Career Coach was created to be a place where writers could learn about businesses and businesses could learn about writing.
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She fell into fandom in college, and has 40+ short stories and poems in various universes; Star Trek, Starman, Highlander, Stargate SG-1, Stingray, Beauty & the Beast, and The Phoenix. She and a friend published a multi-universe ‘zine, Starwheel, for 4 issues. All this time, she worked up to sending out original stories to magazines and publishing houses, eventually receiving rejection letters that weren’t the standard photocopied photocopy of a form letter.
She has a BA in theater/English from Northwestern College and a MA in communication, focused on film and writing from Regent University. She has submitted scripts for various screenwriting competitions and wrote and submitted scripts for MacGuyver, Beauty & the Beast, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and The Pretender. She also wrote scripts for Matrix and Stargate SG-1, but never obtained permission to submit scripts. Their loss!
In 1990, her writing career finally broke into the public market when she won 1st place in the 4th quarter of the Writers of the Future contest, which earned a hefty prize, payment to have her story in that year’s anthology, and a week at a writing seminar in California before the awards ceremony. Unfortunately, it was a long-term launch, because it wasn’t until 2000 that Mountainview Publishing contracted for Heir of Faxinor. (Now at Hard Shell Word Factory). Since then, Michelle has published 40+ books and novellas with multiple e-publishers, in science fiction and fantasy, YA, and many sub-genres of romance. She has been a finalist in the EPPIE Awards competition (10 finalists and 2 wins, Lorien, in 2006, Inspirational category, and The Meruk Episodes, 1-5, in 2010, Anthology category) and has garnered 4s and 5s from many review sites.
Her training includes the aforementioned degrees; the Institute for Children’s Literature correspondence course; 8+ years proofreading at an advertising agency; and 10 years at a community newspaper, entering and editing freelancers’ articles and news releases. She has also freelance edited for small presses and a major business publisher.
In 2008, she launched her own freelance editing business, offering proofreading as well as light or in-depth editing services on an hourly basis. Check her Web site: http://www.mlevigne.com/ and click on the red pen to learn more.
To contact him:
- Or send an email to Michael.Emmert@gmail.com
- On Michael's website is a page called FirstPage. He's offering free critiques of anyone's first page of their WIP. Contact him at the above emal address.
As a boy I wrote a couple of short stories, westerns, as those were my interest. In Junior High, and in High School, I was a copious reader. I scoured the library, searching for fiction novels. Zane Gray was at the top of my list. I transferred to Sci-Fi, with Heinlein at the point. After depleting those genres, I moved to dogs, horses, then car racing, anything that would whet my interest.
When I married and we had children, I sometimes tucked the little ones into bed, and might spin a yarn, which would generate squeals for more. When they were ill, I read them the Chronicles of Narnia. For myself, I read Azimov, L’Amour, and Fisher. Writing letters, and newsletters kept my writing skills up. I never entertained the thought of being a novelist.
It wasn’t until about eight years ago that the interest of writing stories, inserted its head into my life.
Historical Romance is my chosen writing genre. I guess that I’m a romantic at heart. I don’t mean a gushy novel, where the two characters can’t stand to be apart. But rather where a relationship grows between the protagonists, where their hearts are drawn to the other."
Merry Christmas, followers.