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On Monday, Tyndale author Pam Hillman was your hostess with Scrabble: Seeker Story Style. Scrabble means to "scratch frantically". Oh.My.Stars!!! Isn't that the truth???? We'll have a bit of fun and talk about how we scratch and scrabble to create great stories.Sharon Timmer wins a print copy of Claiming Mariah when it releases in February 2014.
Tuesday Sandra Leesmith provided helpful hints for "Traveling for Research." Sandra also shared photos of her recent trip to Spain. The winner a copy of their choice of one of her books or if you're planning a trip she is offering a copy of the Rick Steve's travel book of your choice is Peggy Consolver .
Wednesday Love Inspired author Tina Radcliffe brought you "The Everyday Author's Guide to Establishing a Book Marketing Plan." Winner of an e copy of either David Gaughran’s Let’s Get Visible or The Naked Truth About Publishing by The Indie Voice is Valerie Comer. Winner of a Tina Radcliffe/Tina Russo book or choice including her upcoming e Christmas novella, The Christmas Angel is Jackie Layton.
The December Contest Update was Friday, and our December Contest Diva is Julie Hilton Steele. Winner of a $10.00 Amazon Caroling Kittens Gift card is Sherida.
Monday: Mary Connealy will continue her series on "Creating Characters One Layer at a Time-Layer 2-Make them Move in Character." She'll be giving away a signed copy of her December release The Alaska Brides Collection.
Tuesday: Stephanie Morrill from "Go, Teen Writers!" stops in to share today. Swing by and see how Stephanie turned a fun, God-inspired blog project into a marketing tool by giving back to other writers. Sound familiar???? :) Stephanie has graciously offered to give away an e-copy of one of her "Ellie Sweet" books and an e-copy of her book Go Teen Writers!:How to turn your finished draft into a published book.
Wednesday: Jacqueline Diamond is the author of more than 90 novels in genres including romance, horror, fantasy and mystery. Today she dons her Regency writing gown and brings us her post, "Why I Prefer Traditional Regencies," with a great giveaway!
Thursday: Please welcome back Leslie Ann Sartor as she discusses writer strategies and what to do when you have a holiday book release amongst a torrent of holiday book releases…and speaking of holiday releases, she’ll be giving away an e-copy of her newest novella, Be Mine This Christmas Night.
Friday: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Cantrell (and a two-time Christy Award winner) is our guest today with her post, "The Myth of the Lonely Author Debunked! Writing is a Team Sport." As a gesture of appreciation, her publisher, David C. Cook, is offering a very special holiday prize...a gift bag filled to the brim with 14 different Cook titles.
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Ruth Logan Herne would love for you to stop by Writers Alley TODAY while we chat about characters we love... Ruthy will be glad to talk about ANY character, yours or hers, but the one she profiled is "Anne Kellwyn" her heroine from Ruthy's poignant Running on Empty. Swing by and leave a comment. Ruthy will be offering a free Kindle download of Running on Empty to two lovely people!
Watch for reviews, interviews, and more with Myra Johnson as a bevy of bloggers feature her novel One Imperfect Christmas over the next couple of weeks. Follow Abingdon Press Fiction on Facebook and @AbingdonFiction on Twitter, and If you're among the first to retweet/share/repost one of Abingdon's messages about the blog tour, you could win a book! The fun begins December 2!
Tuesday - Mocha With Linda
Tuesday - Vic's Media Room
Wednesday - All Grown Up?
Wednesday - Donna's Bookshelf
Wednesday - A Room Without Books Is Empty
Thursday - Buzzing About Books
Thursday - Reviews from the Heart
Friday - The Life of a Home Mom
Friday - Deco My Heart
Friday - Seeking With All Yur Heart
And do check out this free Christmas Fiction Sampler that features Myra Johnson.
Tina Radcliffe is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card as her part of the Carly Phillips and Erika Wilder 12 Days of Christmas FB Giveaway! All genre's are part of this celebration December 1-12 on Facebook.
Mary Connealy had fun talking books At the Council Bluffs, Iowa Authors Fair. Steven Slattery with his wife and author Jennifer Slattery, Mary Connealy, Lorna Seilstad and Jewell Tweedt.
FREE Download for Julie Lessman’s Love at Any Cost on 12/4 ONLY! Here's your chance to get book 1 in Julie Lessman's new "Heart of San Francisco" series, Love at Any Cost FREE on ONE DAY ONLY -- 12/4/13. Book 2 releases January 1st, so BE READY AND READ UP for it ... WITH A FREE DOWNLOAD OF BOOK 1!! Click here on 12/4:AMAZON, B&N.COM, CBD.COM
Random News & Information
This is our last shout out for this season of cyber match ups. If you are looking for critique partner/s, email us at email@example.com with your name and the genre/sub genre you write and what you have in mind. If we pair you up I'll throw in two weeks of mentoring with your group. That means Tina Radcliffe will critique with you for two weeks.
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Flagged as a Serial Returner of Kindle Ebooks (The Passive Voice)
November 2013 By the Numbers:36 Amazing Pinterest Stats (DMR)
10 Steps to Make Goodreads Work for You (Writers in the Storm)
My Proofreader (A Newbie's Guide to Publishing)
National Book Award Winner Cynthia Kadohata on Self-Editing (GalleyCat)
ALA 2014 Preview: The Librarian’s Guide to Paranoid Behavior (PW)
Amazon’s Next Kindle Paperwhite To Feature 300ppi Screen, Better Typography, Arrive Early Next Year (TC)
What Gets Measured Gets Managed. Testing The Key Elements Of Your Book Before Launch (The Creative Penn)
Too much vertical space in your manuscript? (The Book Deal)
Gifts for Writers & Readers
Through out the holiday season we're featuring this new section of the Weekend Edition. Enjoy!
Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting edited by Ann Hood.
Just in time for the holidays! Downton Abbey Ornaments
Mr. Darcy Tote
The Pendant Emporium-ETSY
We leave you with a little Christmas music to start your holiday season...