Award News!!!!

Today I learned that my third book, A Mountain Man’s Redemption, is an official 2016 RONE Award Finalist!!!!!

A special message for those of you still considering following your own dreams—whatever they may be—know that being a writer was something I wanted to do since first grade. It took me a while, and I had many setbacks on the way, but I’m so glad I stuck with it. Never give up!!

Thank you everyone for all your support over the years!! Your encouragement means everything to me!!!

RONE 2016

Entries from the “Name a Character” contest

Tonight from 6pm to 9pm (Pacific Time) I’m celebrating my book, Along the Way Home, with a party on Facebook.

CLICK HERE for more information about the party. I’d love to “see” you there! ( It’s a virtual party, taking place online from the comfort of your computer)

There’s lots of prizes to win, and the grand finale is announcing the winner in the “Name a Character in My Next Book” contest. In the meantime, here’s the entries from the contest. Thank you all so much for the time and effort you put into creating these pictures! It was great fun to see them! I’m including thumbnails of the pics because there are 36 entries. I think if you click on one you like it will go bigger?

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And that’s all THIRTY-SIX entries! Thank you all again for taking the time and effort to create these wonderful photos!

What about you? Which one(s) would you pick as the winner?

“Name a Character in My Next Book” Contest!

Bad guys are so much fun to write. My next book, Tainted Dreams, has got some REALLY bad guys. And I’m giving YOU the opportunity to name one of them!

But first, here’s an excerpt from Tainted Dreams that gives a glimpse of how bad the character you get to name is… (referred to below as NAME)

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Kate lay in her hiding spot powerless to do anything to stop them. She only had a stiletto knife, and hadn’t time to grab it when she scurried under the bed like a cornered animal.

“Where did she go? I was hoping to have a taste of something sweet.” Kate’s eyes widened as she finally placed the voice as NAME‘s.

“Hey!” She recognized the voice of OTHER BAD GUY as it boomed across the cabin. “He ain’t paying us to hurt her, just to tear things up and scare her.”

LOTS OF STUFF HAPPENS HERE THAT I’M NOT GOING TO REVEAL 🙂

“We headin to the stable next?” asked NAME.

“Nah, let’s get out of here before anyone gets nosy, especially the one he warned us about.”

“Who Jake Fitzpatrick? He don’t scare me none,” said NAME.

“Me neither, but all the same let’s get out of here.”

Kate lay motionless as the two men left, and didn’t move until she heard their horse’s hooves pounding up the hillside.

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Entering the contest is EASY!

1. Take a picture of the cover of my book, Along the Way Home in a “Western” setting. (You can use either the print or ebook version)

2. Post the picture on one social media site (Facebook, Blog, Twitter, etc…)

3. Email the picture and a link to the social media site to me at christicorbett@gmail.com by October 1st, 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Here’s your competition…otherwise known as THE ONLY ENTRY SO FAR!

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Who are the judges? My 8 year old twins are the judges of this contest (no way could I pick the winner since I know you all) and they have a great sense of humor, and a even greater appreciation of the arts. So, be funny or “arty”, because both have an equal chance.

When is the winner announced? Winner will be announced during my belated release party on October 3rd.  Hey, are you coming to the party? No? Well, here’s the link 🙂

Along the Way Home Party! Lots of fun games, tons of prizes, a few sneak peeks into the sequel, Tainted Dreams, and of course announcing the winner of the “Name a Character” contest.

I don’t have the print book, only an e-book version. How do I participate? Easy! Simply cue up the book cover onto your ereader and use it like you would a print book.

How many times can I enter? Twice (someone said they had two great ideas for pictures and I’m all about showing creativity!) but you’ll still need to post each picture on your social media and send them to me separately.

Best wishes on the contest, and I’ll be watching for your entry!

Quote Friday and a Blog Hop

Today’s quote comes from Thomas A. Edison…

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. 

Now, for those of you coming over from Talynn’s blog for the “Celebrate the Small Things” blog hop…Welcome!

And now I shall give up some secrets about Talynn, because I’m all silly and gossipy (and most of all super proud of her still to this day) 🙂

Did you know that she WON my contest, “What’s Going on Here?!”

Yeah, that’s great, but what will really blow your socks off is this. In my “Best First” contest she was chosen as an Honorable Mention, AND second runner-up, AND she also won the GRAND PRIZE.

Yep, this girl knows how to rock a contest!

Alright, I digress. Now according to this Blog Hop she’s hosting, I’m supposed to mention what small things I’m celebrating.

Well, of course I’d like to first state how I always celebrate the health and happiness of my wonderful husband and seven-year-old twins. Family is everything to me!

Second, I’d like to celebrate that my lovely family supports me and my attempts at publication in the best ways possible, and far too many ways to list here. Let’s just say they are my biggest cheerleaders!

How about you? What are some of the small things you’re celebrating today?

 

Writing Contest News!

I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I’ve finaled in the Windy City RWA Four Seasons 2012 contest.

I’d like to say that I opened the notification email, calmly read it while a serene smile crossed my lips, and then went on with my day.

But alas, I’m a moron so it went more like this…

It’s dark-thirty am on Saturday morning and the new puppy who had been up for hours finally decided to go to sleep, so I stumbled over to the computer to check my email.

We’d just got back from romping through the pumpkin patch when this was taken. He was so tired that we had to wake him up to take the picture.

I see the email subject line “Windy City Four Seasons Contest Results” and I smile with glee because I know that email contains critiques of my manuscript. (If you’ve never entered a contest before I highly recommend it because published authors are the judges, and they give the best suggestions for improvements to your writing).

I open the email and see the word “Congratulations”, but think little of it because the next thing I see is those magical words “Your judged entries are attached”.

I skim past the rest of the email straight to the bottom in search of the critiques, hoping that my recent revisions (which is why I’d entered the contest to begin with…to get impartial feedback to some major changes) didn’t destroy all my efforts at having a publishable manuscript.

Then, my foggy, sleep-deprived brain finally registers the words, “…moved to the finals…”

My brain says “Whaaaaa?” and my eyebrows slam together in confusion as I quickly scroll back up to the top of the email and read the following…

Congratulations! Your entry, Along the Way Home, has moved to the finals in the Historical Category.

I re-read this about seven times, then call in the hubby because I’m certain that I’m reading it wrong, that my sleep-deprived state is causing my brain to play tricks on me (Recall that I had premature TWINS and spent the first few months of their lives permanently residing in this state of mind, so I totally know what I’m talking about).

Yep, we got to use BOTH signs that came with the stork!

Hubby wanders in, reads it, and smiles. I freak out, then immediately stop freaking out to make him read it again, and then again. By now the twins have wandered in to see what all the fuss is about because their Mommy is screeching up a storm and Daddy is hugging her and saying “Good Job! SO proud of you!” and then the whole family is in an uproar of hugging and cheering.

A great day indeed!

The absolute first thing I do next is to send out a huge blubbering “Thank You!” email to both of my critique partners (Artemis Grey and Margo Kelly ) for helping me get to this point, and then I send out another “Thank You!” email to an author friend of mine, Kaki Warner, who encouraged me to enter contests.

Then the Corbett family went off to the pumpkin patch, where the hubs and I were in such a blissful state of contentment we didn’t even mind that our twins picked two of the biggest pumpkins in the patch, and we ended up spending nearly TWENTY dollars (gasp!) on said pumpkins.

I’ll find out the final results of the contest the first week of December, but I can honestly say I’m just really excited to be nominated. It’s such an honor!

Here’s the list of all the finalist titles. Mine is in the Historical category, titled “Along the Way Home”.

How about you? Have you entered writing contests? How did you handle the results?

Meet the Winners of the “What’s Going On Here?!” Contest

Moriah Densley has selected the winner and runner-ups for the “What’s Going On Here?!” Caption Contest.

The Second runner up, and winner of Reid Lance Rosenthal’s book, Threads West, is M.V. Freeman, with the following entry:

“Hey, you said brush your teeth, you didn’t tell us *how* we had to do it.”

The First runner up, and winner of a critique from Moriah of their first 10 pages of their novel,  AND a copy of her e-book, Song for Sophia, is Florence Fois, with the following entry: 

“Hey mom, don’t blame me. It was her idea.”

The Grand Prize winner, and winner of a critique from Moriah of their first 15 pages of their novel, AND and a copy of her e-book, Song for Sophia, AND, a package of writing goodies from me is Talynn Lynn, with the following entry:

“Come back here, bro! You got toilet paper stuck to your foot!”

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

“What’s Going on Here?!” Caption Contest Open for Submissions

Yesterday, I introduced author Moriah Densley. Moriah has generously agreed to act as the sole judge for the “What’s Going on Here?!” Contest!

Contest details…

Leave a caption for the following picture of Moriah’s ADORABLE children in the comments section of this post.

Contest deadline is 11:59pm PDT on August 24, 2012.

Humor is appreciated, but not required. (Let’s keep it clean though)

Winners will be announced when Moriah is done judging :)

Prizes are amazing, and as follows…

Grand Prize Winner will receive a critique from Moriah of their first 15 pages of their novel, AND and a copy of her e-book, Song for Sophia, AND, a package of writing goodies (chosen by me and I always include great stuff!)

First Runner Up will receive a critique from Moriah of their first 10 pages of their novel,  AND a copy of her e-book, Song for Sophia.

Second Runner Up will receive book one of Reid Lance Rosenthal’s Threads West, An American Saga, series…Threads West. (I had a leftover book from Reid’s contest) 

The Soapster Award! If you read yesterday’s interview with Moriah you’ll know that she bribes her children in order to get time to write. This award goes to first person who figures out what happens when you microwave a bar of soap. (Prize is a copy of Moriah’s e-book, Song for Sophia)

Best wishes!