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Monday, February 28, 2011

Ahoy, Mateys! Mystery Abounds...

Happy Monday Everyone,

On March 1, 2011 Laura Childs will release book #12 in her Tea Shop Mystery series, Scones & Bones.

As a fan of Theodosia, Indigo Tea Shop, and Laura's portrayal of the Historical District of Charleston, I can tell you, Scones& Bones can hold its head high among it’s predecessors in the series, not only that, but it could be one of the best ones in the series.

Laura has managed to make Theodosia look very human in Scones & Bones (complete with flaws, internal conflict, and a sense of heroism--she's had these traits in the other books in the series, but I really felt it in this one). The other very delightful thing, is that fans of the series will be glad to note that Theodosia is finally moving into her little English style cottage (and the descriptions are great!) Her dog, Earl Gray, seems to be right at home in the cottage, as well.

Unfortunately, what isn’t at home is the skull cup of Blackbeard the Pirate, which goes missing during a Pirates & Plunder event hosted by the Heritage Society. Poor Timothy Neville is beside himself when the priceless artifact (a cup that is famed to have been Blackbeard’s actual skull, complete with a 10-12 caret diamond) goes missing.

Not only that, the young intern, Rob, gets killed in the process of the robbery and Timothy’s secretary, Camille, is hospitalized from a conk on the head. All very bad for the Heritage Society--what's Timothy to do?

In a maneuver Theodosia wishes Timothy had refrained from, he recruits her to use her sleuthing skills to uncover the killer/robber. She ropes her ever faithful tea-blender, Drayton, into helping her solve this mystery while attending to the big Food & Wine Festival... in which, the Indigo Tea Shop plays a role by pairing tea with various cheeses. (Who knew tea and cheese could go together?)

Will Theodosia uncover the killer/cup snatcher before someone close to her gets hurt or will the pirate treasure hoarder get away with murder?

I highly recommend you find out on March 1, 2011 when Scones & Bones is released!

And, in case you were wondering...Amazon  Barnes & Noble  and Borders all carry this book :-)

Have A Magical Monday!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Shadows Winner

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday's Win The Shadows! Contest was a great success. Thank you to all who entered and supported Kim Lenox.

Congratulations go to the winner, Sheree! Sheree has been notified by email and will receive her inscribed copies of the Shadow Guards series soon.

Thank you everyone! I'll have a new post on Monday--which you won't want to miss...it's book review day :-)

Have A Wondrous Weekend!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Win The Shadows!

Happy Friday All,


Finally, the day has arrived. The grand give away of Kim Lenox's amazing Shadow Guards Series: Night Falls Darkly , So Still The Night and Darker Than Night.

Not only that, but Kim said she would inscribe said books however the winner wants. There will be ONE winner. (By the way, I have all 3 of these books and they have everything...action, suspense, history, romance, paranormal elements--so a little something for all your tastes).

Here's how it works:

Comment in the comment section and make sure you leave your email address.

If there's any question or concern with commenting in the comment section, email me

I will leave the contest open until 10:00 p.m. Central Time. At 10:00 p.m. I will officially close the contest, and draw a winner. Then once I've draw the winner, I will email them with information on how to claim their prize :-)

Have A Fantastical Friday!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Playing Catch Up & Freebies!

Happy Thursday Everyone,

Reminder:  TOMORROW (Friday) is Kim Lenox drawing. You won't want to miss this give away. Kim's paranormal historical romances have a little something for everyone: darkness, romance and action. She's giving away all 3 of her books to ONE lucky winner. I'll post more details probably sometime around Midnight Central Time.

There's some things I should have been letting you all know about, and now that I'm able to sit down and actually get those things up for you, you'll see, too:

Kerrelyn Sparks reported that (and I quote from her email):  For a limited time only, Avon is giving away the e-book of "How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire" for FREE. The free version includes a two-chapter excerpt from "Vampire Mine", which releases at the end of March.

She said you can get it on Kindle, Nook and Sony E-Reader.

L Reveaux's new erotica short story, Siren Call just released in the Erotic Dreamspell Anthology. She also has an indie pub coming out this week, entitled The Rising, which is also a short story.

Robin Badillo's Scorned, book 3 of her Journey of the Damned Trilogy is now available through AmazonAmazon has all 3 of her books available on Kindle.

I think I'm caught up now on the news that was sent to me. March is a busy month for new releases, too.

Anyway, tomorrow is contest day, but for today catch up on your new releases :-)

Have A Thrilling Thursday!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

It's All In The Delivery

Happy Tuesday Everyone,

Well, I'm looking forward to Friday's give away. I'm hosting Kim Lenox as she gives away her Shadow Guards series (pictures to come). Last night she sent me an email saying that she'll sign and personalize the books for the winner however the winner wants. (Which, I thought was really cool).

As many of you know, I have a critique partner (whom I think is just awesome). What you all may not know is I'm also a part of a critique group. So, I emailed out a story that's a side-project (because I was still working on one of my main projects and had nothing else ready for a critique and I wanted to send something). Several people thought some of my lines were really funny. One person said "You have a natural wit." I sat there reading that, with my jaw dropping. I work hard on those funny lines. I think they're hilarious, but since reading and writing is subjective, I don't know (until someone reads it) whether someone else will find them funny. But given that I like to make people laugh anyway, in some ways it is natural.

It's about how you set the line up. If it's something clear out of left field a person is not going to follow you. However, if it's along the lines of what's going on, then it's possible the line could be quite funny.

When I wrote the parody, Because Of The Pie I knew that in a parody I was going to exaggerate real life. In real life Les doesn't go on and on about chocolate chip cookies (in fact, if I remember correctly, that topic hasn't come up in our conversations) he also hasn't gone on and on about cherry pie. The point was, I didn't set out to write anything serious, so everything had to be funny, but also still make sense. You can be funny, but if it doesn't make sense then the punch line isn't really going to make anyone chuckle.

Christie Craig's book, Shut Up And Kiss Me is extremely humorous. But it's not just humorous because someone does or says something that tickles the funny bone, but because of he delivery. The woman is absolutely flawless in her humor delivery (she's also that way in person when she says something funny--it's very funny--she just knows how to shoot out that line for the ultimate laugh).

Another example of excellent humor delivery is Jennifer Crusie's Trust Me On This. I was laughing out loud at some of the lines her characters say. But they also made sense. It wasn't funny just to have comic relief, it was actually funny within the situation itself.

Kerrelyn Sparks makes lines and situations funny, as well. In The Undead Next Door, Jean-Luc is a vampire who puts a mind "whammy" on the heroine's ex-husband. Every time the ex-husband says something bad about the heroine that same ex-husband thinks he's a cockroach. To me, that was extremely funny. (My husband kept looking at me and asking "What's so funny?" I was laughing out loud).

The point is, humor can be an author's ally, but without the right delivery it can backfire. These authors have everything right:  situation and delivery.

Two things before I sign off on this post: don't forget Friday's drawing. It's gonna be great! Also, don't forget to pick up a copy of Melissa Ohnoutka's Faithful Deceptions :-)

Question for today:  What books do you find funny and why? (be sure to include title and author)

Have A Tremendous Tuesday!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Breaking News!


I was going to save this for tomorrow, but I just can't. A friend of mine (and fellow member of NWHRWA), Melissa Ohnoutka, has just released her romantic suspense, Faithful Deceptions. I've been reading about her journey on her blog.

Once my paycheck (from my part-time job) comes in that's another e-book I'll have to get.

To get your e-book copy of Faithful Deceptions you can go one of two places: Amazon (Kindle) or Barnes & Noble (Nook)

Congratulations, Melissa and best wishes :-)

New Week--What's Up My Sleeves?

Happy Monday Everyone,

I hope you all had a great weekend. I did.

First off, I want to give a warm welcome to all the new followers on Write By Bethany. I'm so pleased you decided to stick around and hang out with me :-)

Looks like I'll be hosting another give away this Friday. This time, courtesy of Kim Lenox, whom I interviewed last year. Kim has written a series of books called Shadow Guards and wants to give  them away to one lucky winner. I've read them and they're good.

I have a few other surprises coming up, so don't be a stranger :-)

Before I close this post...what are you reading these days?

Have A Merry Monday!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Friday's Winner

Happy Weekend Everyone,

Thank you to all of you who commented and emailed about yesterday's author interview with Kerrelyn Sparks and thank you to those who entered the drawing.

The winner is Claire. So congratulations to Claire, I've forwarded your information to Kerrelyn who will send out your copy of Be Still My Vampire Heart.

I hope all of you who visited on Friday will make return visits. I have some exciting things planned for this blog and I wouldn't want you all to miss it :-)

Have A Great Weekend!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Spotlight On Author: Kerrelyn Sparks

Happy Friday Everybody,


Finally! I get to post the interview with Kerrelyn Sparks. I was planning to last Friday, but unfortunately my computer had issues.

I have been enjoying Kerrelyn's books for awhile now, but I had the pleasure of meeting her recently at one of her book signings. She is incredibly nice, funny, encouraging and a delight to be around.

You, my dear readers, have a special treat today. Not only do you get this awesome interview to read, but if you leave a comment in the comment section (with your first name and email address--I won't be able to contact you if you're the winner if you don't leave your email address) I'll put your name and email address in my contest box for Friday night's drawing for a chance to win Kerrelyn Sparks' Be Still My Vampire Heart. Below (after the interview) you'll see the rules of how to enter, please read them carefully.

So, without further ado, I present to you, Kerrelyn Sparks, author of the paranormal romance series, Love At Stake:

Me:  You have a new Love At Stakes book coming out in March entitled, Vampire Mine. Could you tell us a little bit about it?

Kerrelyn:  "Vampire Mine" is the tenth book in the Love at Stake series. It features Connor Buchanan, a Scottish vampire, as the hero. After 499 years of existence, Connor has arrived at an inescapable conclusion: he is a cold-hearted SOB. He’s been watching his friends—those poor romantic fools—plummet off the cliff into love like a dazed herd of sheep. But not Connor. Nothing on earth can make him fall in love.

Marielle is an angel cast down from heaven for disobedience. Trapped in mortal form, she finds a protector in Connor, a vampire haunted by a dark past. Marielle hopes to heal his broken heart and earn her way back home, but suddenly she has these feelings—for a vampire! Is this the work of a demon luring her into hell, or has this angel found heavenly bliss?

Me:  What drew you to writing vampire stories?

Kerrelyn:  I love romance and comedy, and since vampires seem both romantic and funny to me, they suit me perfectly. Who else but a vamp could lose a fang and risk becoming a lopsided eater for all eternity? Who but a vamp could cook like a fried egg if you forget to close the blinds? Only a vamp could say, “I’m too sexy for my cape, too sexy for my fangs…”

I have fun with the shape shifters, too. There’s a werewolf named Phil, a Brazilian were-panther who dances the samba, and a were-bear who was a defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears.

Me:  For Fun: What's Your Favorite Cookie?

Kerrelyn:  Homemade chocolate chip cookies!

Me:  What advice do you have for aspiring authors? (this is a question I ask everyone I interview)

Kerrelyn:  1. Study the craft of writing and keep practicing. You may not get your first book published. You may not get your tenth book published. But you will improve over time. Here are some books I found very useful:
"The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield
"Writing the Breakout Novel" by Donald Maass
"GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict" by Debra Dixon
"Scene & Structure" by Jack M. Bickham
"How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II" by James N. Frey
"Self-Editing for Fiction Writers" by Renni Browne and Dave King

2. Read a lot. Read great books from all genres. Soak it in so you can acquire good instincts.

3. Study the business of writing. Learn about publishers and agents. Learn how to write a dynamite query letter. And make sure you can finish the book!

4. Join a writers’ group like Romance Writers of America. You can find them online at http://www.rwanational.org/. They have local chapters and online chapters. They hold conferences where you can meet editors and agents. They run contests where the final entries are seen by editors and agents. (That is how I acquired my first sale).

5. And finally-- Never give up!

Me:  Can you tell us what the future holds for the "Love At Stake" series?

Kerrelyn:  The series is currently contracted for twelve books. "Vampire Mine" is the tenth book, and it releases March 29th. I just finished writing the eleventh book, which will release at the end of October 2011. It’s untitled at this moment, but features vampire Gregori as the hero.

Me:  Anything else you'd like to add?

Kerrelyn:  Please visit my website at www.kerrelynsparks.com. You can read excerpts from all the books. In the Vampire World section, there are book trailers to watch, vampire games to play, and a forum where readers chat with each other and me. I also have a fan page on Facebook with lots of fun photos! Leave a comment here for a chance to win a signed copy of "Be Still My Vampire Heart". Good luck!

Note from Bethany: Remember to be sure to include your first name and your email address in the comment section, please. Thank you. I'll be closing to entries at 9:30 p.m. Central Time (so if you're on the East Coast you have until 10:30 p.m., if you're on the west coast you have until 7:30 p.m.). Be sure to check the comment section before posting or emailing me to see if I've closed the contest if it's near 9:30 p.m.

If you have any questions or have any trouble posting (some people have reported they had trouble posting comments on here from time to time) please be sure to email me.

Have A Fabulous Friday!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Looky Here!

Happy Thursday All,

I think the computer issues (well most of them anyway) are resolved, so I'm back up and running.

Tomorrow is author interview day. Guess who's the author? I normally do not reveal authors before the actual day, but due to the fact that this one had to be postponed, I'll be nice and say who it is...Kerrelyn Sparks! Yep, tomorrow I'm posting an interview I did with paranormal romance author, Kerrelyn Sparks. And yes, she plans to do a giveaway. Now how are going to run it since it's a Friday? Well, I'm gonna have to cut it off around 9:30 p.m. Central Time because otherwise I might not get to draw a name (my weekends are generally family time, so I don't get on here). I'll reveal the winner publicly on Monday. The winner I will notify immediately by email (to get mailing information to forward to Kerrelyn so she can send the prize out).  I'll unveil what the prize is tomorrow. (Hey, I got have some form of a surprise for you, it wouldn't be right if I told you everything!)

Okay...there's some new stuff up on the margins of this blog. For one thing, I've added to the list of movies I want to see. I forgot The King's Speech was coming out. Plus I found out about a new movie about a month or so ago (before the previews started coming out) called Red Riding Hood. There's a book attached to that one (look up Catherine Hardwicke on Amazon and Barnes & Noble).

Another thing I added was the play list. Now the play list is simply music I listened to while writing Surreal. I'm also updating the genre under about my writing. Originally I thought it was paranormal with fantasy elements, but I've been corrected on that. Surreal is actually fantasy romance with paranormal elements--but given that one of the main characters is a type of shape shifter, I hope I can be forgiven for my faux pas. That's the thing about writing...if you open yourself up to the knowledge, you will constantly learn something new--which is great because it helps you be a better writer and it helps you learn your way around the business. I should've updated these things awhile back, but I hadn't gotten around to it.

Yesterday I was listening to The Cure. Funny thing is, I've liked many of their songs, I just didn't always know they were the ones who wrote them. One of the songs by the Cure was actually a song I listened to while writing another one of my stories (not Surreal). I don't always listen to music while I write (in fact, it's rare) but every now again music helps put me in the right mood and mind set.

Let's see...March is a huge month for new releases, too. Here's what's coming out next month...

March 1st -- Laura Childs' new Tea Shop Mystery: Scones & Bones

March 29th -- C.C. Hunter's YA Paranormal Born At Midnight and Kerrelyn Sparks' Vampire Mine

Does anyone else know who other than those 3 authors has a new release in March? Feel free to post it in the comment section (or email me).

So, tell me what's going on with you? :-)

Have A Thrilling Thursday!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

7 Minute Accomplishments

Happy Wednesday Folks,

I'm still dealing with some computer issues, but I thought I'd post this up (thank you to Jan, one of my critique group members for giving me the idea!)

Last night the critique group I joined met. Jan, the hostess with the mostess, had these dice with pictures all over them. She said we were to choose one of the pictures on our die and write a story having to do with that picture. We had 7 minutes. She set the timer and away we went. We weren't supposed to edit, but I seriously started writing wrong words (or ended up not using a word) that I had to cross out, but I didn't do any other edits. After the 7 minutes were up we went around the room and read our stories. Some nifty/fun/intriguing/what-happens-next stories came out of those 7 minutes.

So today, I thought, what could a person accomplish in 7 minutes? Not just in writing, but in general? It seems like such a short time, but you'd be amazed at what you can do when you put your mind to it.

What can you accomplish in 7 minutes? You can set the timer and see what happens :-)

Best wishes!

Have A Whimsical Wednesday!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Don't Go Away...I'll Be Back!

Happy Monday All,

Please pardon my absence. I've been having computer issues, and so I'm having to be away from posting on this blog until they're all resolved.

The author interview I had scheduled for last Friday has been rescheduled for this Friday, for all of you who knew about it (and for those of you who didn't, please be sure to be here on Friday!) It's an exciting interview (I got to meet the author face to face for the first time on Saturday, and she's awesome!) There's also a drawing connected with that interview, so you won't want to miss.

Meanwhile, please know most of this has been resolved, just working on some other things.

You can pick up a copy of Cheri Jetton's new romantic suspense, Crimson Snow. You can get it on Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook. Also, if you're a reader who likes erotica, P.J. Mellor has a new one coming out called Island Nights. Ms. Mellor said that they're also romantic comedies, so if you like romantic comedies, that's another reason to pick Island Nights up.

Mystery Author Laura Childs has her new Tea Shop Mystery, Scones & Bones coming out on March 1st. 

March 29th C.C. Hunter makes her debut as YA Paranormal writer with Born At Midnight and Kerrelyn Sparks has her new Love At Stakes, Vampire Mine coming out.

Anyway, until then, I recommend Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me, which I just finished reading. It was a fun book, and my critique partner really likes that author (My CP--critique partner--is an absolute awesome person and I trust her judgment). I'm going to be reading Vicki Lewis Thompson's Wild & Hexy in the interim--it's a part of her witch series (I think it's called Babes On Brooms). I really liked Blonde With A Wand (which was the first one of this series I read, but it's not the first one in the series, but don't worry about it, you don't have to read them in order).

Anyway, take care and I will be back!

Have A Marvelous Monday!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Besides Books...

Happy Wednesday All,

Thinking about what I like to do besides reading and writing made me remember some of what I used to do (that I sometimes do now or don't do much of anymore, but still could).

I used to take horseback riding lessons (no, really, I did). I learned how to ride both in an English and Western saddle (English saddles are smaller and have no saddle horn, western saddles are big and have saddle horns). Even though I haven't been on a horse in over 10 years doesn't mean I wouldn't ride again--I would, just haven't gotten around to it.

I know how to the play the piano--not real well (not like my younger brother who's incredible at it and a composer). But I know how to read music and I still can play a little.

I still sometimes tap-dance down a grocery store aisle (although I never was the most coordinated dancer in my ballet, tap and jazz class).

I'm one of those people who's done a little of everything. I know how to embroider (with a written pattern; I don't know how to do Counter-Cross Stitch) I can sew (a tiny bit).

Cooking and baking are two of my minor passions (reading and writing being two of my major passions). I like to make up my own dishes (I make a creamy ham and bacon soup that is really nice on a cold night!) I love to bake (I think I get that from my Dad--who's a way better baker than me, but still, the love of baking is inherited from him).  When the mood hits me, I like to churn out yummy treats for people to enjoy.

So outside of books...what are things you enjoy doing?

Have A Whimsical Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A New Book Is Out!

Happy Tuesday All,

I've received news there's a new book on the block. It's by a friend of mine, Cheri Jetton, and it's called Crimson Snow.

It's an e-book available at both Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes & Noble (Nook). It looks good (I read the synopsis on the Barnes & Noble website). 

I've read Cheri's book, Jessie & The Ranger which was more of a "sweet romance", but it was good. I liked Jessie, I thought she was a "spit-fire" (to use a term to mean "spunky").

Anyway, Crimson Snow looks good  :-)

Have A Thrilling Tuesday!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Alicia Rasley, The Weekend, & Information For You

Happy Monday All,

Hope everyone had a great weekend. I did...it was incredibly busy, which would account for the fact that I'm not yet mentally fully awake (the right amount of coffee will remedy that).

On Saturday, the NWHRWA hosted Alicia Rasley, who gave a wonderful all-day workshop on how to improve and vamp up your writing (it's no wonder she's so popular!) She was interesting, funny, fun and very informative. A bunch of us (myself included) have been raving about her ever since. (If you click on her name it'll take you to her website. She has a lot of information on her website, as well).

But an all-day workshop means I was wiped out.

Sunday I was still tired, but it was library day, which means I got to go see Valerie and Anthony (two librarians I've gotten to know, whom are both awesome). It was great to see them again and to chitchat.

Sunday I got together with a few members from NWHRWA to sit and talk about pitching in conjunction with the fabulous Pitch University. (If you're a writer and working on pitches and querying, check it out, it's really great and has a wealth of information; plus the lady who runs it is incredibly helpful). This week at Pitch U there's a chance to pitch to Christine Whittholn of Book Cents Literary Agency, LLC. Whom I got to hear at the NWHRWA's conference last year, and she's very informative and helpful. I didn't pitch to her then, but I know others who did and said they had a wonderful experience talking with her.

Romance Writers Of America (RWA), the National organization, is having its annual Conference. This year it's in New York City (in case you haven't already heard). I'm unable to go, but it looks like it's going to be an incredibly good conference. If you haven't already booked your reservation and hotel, you better hurry up. I hear it's filling up fast!

NWHRWA has a ton of things coming up. In March, we're going to have the absolutely awesome Christie Craig speaking. She's such a great public speaker and always has a ton of information (plus she's incredibly funny). NWHRWA already has its information up about the fall Conference (the conferences are always a fabulous experience). And, pretty soon, it'll be time for entries into the NWHRWA's annual Lone Star Contest.

Friday I have an author interview to post on here. I'm not going to reveal who, yet (that's a surprise), but believe me, you won't want to miss it. The author is wonderful!

On a side note, if you didn't get to read the weekend post about Friday's winner and everything, please do so. The Write By Bethany 25+ Followers Celebration Contest Event was a success, and I owe it to all the followers, the particpants, those who commented, and the donors--so again, THANK YOU!! You rock!

Anyway, this are going to be a bit slower this week, but I will be regularly posting and, I have several ideas for upcoming events, please stay tuned!

Have A Merry Monday!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fabulously Fine Friday's Winner

Hello Everyone,

Fabulously Fine Friday's Winner, was Victor. Congratulations to Victor! Not only did I draw his name out of the box (no, I didn't look, all the papers were all folded the same way and pretty much all the same size, and I just reached in, without looking, and pulled out a name), but Victor also had a really funny and imaginative comment about what he would do as a dragon. I talked with MaryJanice Davidson's assistant and so she's gonna put everything together to send Victor the copy of the audio of MaryJanice Davidson's Me, Myself & Why.

I want to give a very special thank you to my wonderful and generous donors, who are also fabulous authors. Without them, this contest wouldn't have been possible. So thank you goes to:

Laura Childs

Ciara Gold

Will Simon

Christie Craig

MaryJanice Davidson

All of them were wonderful to interview and incredibly generous with their donations and time.

I want to thank all of you who entered each day, commented, supported me and supported this contest. This celebration wouldn't have been possible without you all, as well.

Congratulations to all the winners and I hope you enjoy your prizes! I had a blast with the whole thing!

Stay tuned...

This coming week I have an author interview scheduled (can't say who, yet, that's a surprise, but I'm excited about it!)

I've got other things I'm working on for this blog and I'm hoping to work with a couple of websites to bring y'all more fun and exciting things.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! See you Monday!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Contest Day: Fabulously Fine Friday


Happy Friday All,

Today marks the last day of the Write By Bethany 25+ Followers Celebration week. I'm grateful to everyone who donated a prize, participated, passed the word along--y'all rock!

Yesterday's winner was Sarah. So congratulations to Sarah! You'll be receiving your swag from Christie as soon as she can send it. Hope you enjoy your prize and thank you to everyone who participated.

Hope y'all are ready for today because we have a wonderful prize for you all, donated by the very talented MaryJanice Davidson. I interviewed MaryJanice and Anthony Alongi in July of 2010. (Hey, did anyone catch on that all the prizes have been donated by a published author I interviewed last year? That was on purpose).

The prize is an audio book of MaryJanice's novel, Me, Myself & Why that was published last year.

So here's how today will be run:

FIRST:  Of course, give me your first name (or nickname).

SECOND:  You must give me your email address. (it's just easier for me to know who you are--even if I have it, I might know more than one person by your first name).

THIRD:  For Fun:  If you were a were-dragon what would you like most about changing into a dragon? (Today's fun question ties into the story MaryJanice Davidson and Anthony Alongi's Jennifer Scales Novels).

One entry per person. The contest closes today at 9:30 p.m. Central Time (that's 7:30 p.m. Pacific and 10:30 p.m. Eastern).

Please make sure your emails are open to receiving email from bethany.averie@yahoo.com as this is how I'll let the winner know they won.

I'll announce the winner publicly on here either Saturday or Sunday, in a special post (since I normally don't post on the weekends).

If you have any questions, please email me.

Have A Fabulous Friday!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Contest Day: Terrific Treat Thursday

Happy Thursday All,

Congratulations to yesterday's winner, Debbie! Due to problems I didn't know existed, that I'm looking into, if you have trouble posting your entry in the comment section, please send me an email and let me know that's going on.

Anyway, Debbie, you will be receiving your copy of Murder By Magic from Will as soon as he can send you a copy. Hope you enjoy it and thank you! Thank you everyone for your comments yesterday!

Today's prize is delicious (but I don't mean in terms of something to eat). I mean, it's fun and it's donated by Christie Craig (under the name C.C. Hunter). For a little trivia: Some of you might remember the interview I did with Christie in June of 2010.  The prize has to do with her new YA novel, Born At Midnight coming out in March.

Here's a picture she gave me of this swag (prize):

Pretty awesome, huh?

Anyway here's how today will be run:

FIRST:  As all the other days, give me your first name (or nickname).

SECOND:  You must include your email address (or you're disqualified).

THIRD:  For Fun:  What's more romantic, the first kiss or the happily-ever-after?

One entry per person. The contest closes today at 9:30 p.m. Central Time (if I haven't closed the contest by 9:30, and you haven't entered, please, take the time to enter. The contest isn't officially closed until I put up the comment in the comment section about it being closed).

If you have any trouble posting a comment please email me.

Please make sure your emails are open to receiving emails from bethany.averie@yahoo.com that's the email I use to notify the winner.

I'll announce the winner publicly tomorrow before I announce tomorrow's prize (yes, as far as I know, unless something changes, there is a prize for Friday).

If you have any questions, please email me.

Have A Terrific Thursday!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Contest Day: Wishing Wand Wednesday

Happy Wednesday All,

So far I've had a prize to give away every day this week...however, you never know what prize that will be, so I hope everyone is coming back each day to see what it is.

Congratulations goes to Susan for winning yesterday's prize! You'll be receiving your PDF copy of Ciara Gold's The Keeper Of Moon Haven soon. Thank you to everyone who participated/commented in yesterday's Tantalizingly Tempting Tuesday of Write By Bethany's 25+ Followers Celebration.

Let's see if we can kick it up a notch today...

As always, please be sure to read the entire post, thanks!

Today, I'm pleased to announce the prize is donated by Will Simon, whom I interviewed in October of 2010. Will is kindly donating a copy of Murder By Magic, in which he has a short story. I've read it and it's a really good story about a couple that solve mysteries using their paranormal gifts.

So here's how today will be run...

FIRST: As usual, give me your first name or a nickname.

SECOND:  You must include your email address (or else you'll be disqualified, and I don't want to disqualify anyone!)

THIRD:  For Fun:  If you could have any paranormal powers (or what kind of  paranormal being) would you want to have?

One entry per person. The contest closes today at 9:30 p.m. Central Time (if I'm late closing the contest, I won't disqualify late entries, but any entry after I close the contest won't be counted). (9:30 p.m. Central time means 7:30 p.m. PACIFIC and 10:30 p.m. EASTERN).

Please be sure your email inbox is able to receive emails from bethany.averie@yahoo.com since that's the email I'll be using to notify the winner.

Tomorrow (Thursday) I'll announce who the winner is before I introduce the contest/prize for Thursday.

If you have any questions, please email me.

Have A Wand-er-Ful Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Contest Day: Tantalizingly Tempting Tuesday

Happy Tuesday All,

So far the Write By Bethany's 25+ Followers Celebration is off to a great start! Yesterday went really well, so let's keep it going, shall we?

Just like yesterday, be sure to read the whole post!

Yesterday's winner was Kathy. Congratulations! You'll be receiving your copy of Laura Childs' Scones & Bones as soon as Laura can send a copy. Enjoy and thank you for participating.

Thank you, also, to everyone who participated yesterday. If you didn't win, I have good news! You have a chance to win a different prize today!

A little bit of trivia about today:  Originally it was going to be called Tip Top Tuesday--but in light of today's drawing, I wanted something a little bit more intriguing...

Why? you ask...

Well here's how today is going to be run...

Today's prize is donated, courtesy of author, Ciara Gold, whom I interviewed in November of 2010. She has graciously agreed to giveaway a copy (in PDF file format) of her e-book, The Keeper Of Moon Haven (released last year) to one lucky person who comments on today's blog post.

So let's get started, shall we?

FIRST:  As always, give me your first name (or a nickname)

SECOND:  You must include your email address (otherwise you'll be disqualified--and I really don't want to disqualify anyone).

THIRD:  For Fun:  Tell me...what's your favorite fairytale creature?

One entry per person. The contest closes today at 9:30 p.m. Central Time (7:30 p.m. PACIFIC and 10:30 p.m. EASTERN).

**Please make sure your email inboxes are open to receiving emails from my email address: bethany.averie@yahoo.com as this is how I'll alert the person they're the winner and get their mailing information so I can forward it to Ciara.**

I'll announce today's winner publicly tomorrow (Wednesday) just before I talk about how Wednesday's contest day will be run.

If you have any questions, please email me.

Enjoy today's Tantalizingly Tempting Tuesday contest :-)

Have A Tantalizing Tuesday!