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Not sure on anything any more…

Hate feeling so disheartened by something I love so much. Sometimes, I wonder why I have these words in my head, itching to get them down on paper when it feels like they’ll never make it anywhere, like no one is interested in reading them. I give so much of myself, and ask nothing in return and this is beginning to wear me down. I’ve not written properly in months, and the characters no longer want to speak to me as they used to. I know some of the ideas I’ve had and run with are not for everyone, and never will be. But the ideas I have had, that I know are along the lines of something more widely acceptable, are rejected before they can even be read. This is actually making me ponder stopping writing. No longer getting words down, and just concentrating on other things. Five years of writing novels…
 
and I feel like I’ve achieved nothing but an increased sensitivity to the rejections. The critiques that make me feel like crying. The way that other people are always picked ahead of me. I’m always the one in the background, and I just cannot do it any longer, not without really beginning to struggle with who I am. Not even sure I have it in me right now to do the Camp NaNoWriMo’s…or even NaNoWriMo in November. I just don’t see the point in breaking my own heart with characters I love but no one else cares about. Maybe I am better off just helping someone else, and the thoughts of my own skills are where I’ve highly overestimated what I write.
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Sci-fail

So…I know you came here today, expecting something wonderfully written, to do with the terrifying Post-apocalyptic Sci-fi story. I’m sorry >.< I come to you today with one a beginning of one. This story just went nowhere for me. I lost all enthusiasm for it about the same time as I contracted a nasty 2 1/2 week long flu that literally had me down in the dumps. Sci-fi really doesn't seem to be my thing – however…however, the genre for next month? That's something I'm enjoying already. Steampunk Fantasy!

But, I digress. Without further ado – I present you with all I wrote….untitled.

I hunched, shivering, against the wall that had once bound a mighty river in its set route. Now, of course, water was a premium, as the Thames had been drank, emptied. All of the waters had that led into England. The seas remained, but I had never seen one. I didn’t want to. I wasn’t alone in my cringing state. I couldn’t be. There were a dozen of us, all in the same state. Thirsty, starved and dirty. We wore the scraps of clothing on our back as we roamed the streets of London, abandoned by all but the most desperate. The speeding winds beat at me, whipping my hair and clothes about my body. A scream came from somewhere beside me. ‘Davida’. I knew that scream, knew that voice. She was my sister, my only family member remaining.
And yet, I didn’t lift a hand to save her. She’d been marked days beforehand. A fungus, a mould particular to them, had sprouted across her back. We all knew what it meant. We knew what would happen if we tried to stop this. We were born of the first generation after they came to Earth. We’d all believed they were here to bring something new to our lives – to make them easier, somehow. Instead, everyone lived prosperously for a month. A single month in which crops bloomed and the governments were able to put by enough to get everyone through the winter. And then my mother said the Thames itself had dropped by a full foot when the tide came in one day. Davida’s screams stopped suddenly, and instead a slurping sound came from above us.
My fist filled my mouth as I bit down on it. I felt hot tears slid from my eyes – draining away water I couldn’t risk losing. I couldn’t curse, and who knew what would happen if I lifted my head. They could choose me next. I flinched as her body fell to the ground, a meaty smack as she landed on the pavement. She wasn’t my sister any more. She was a sack of meat and broken bones – but I could see the gaping hole where her stomach had been. Every organ was missing, her bones protruding up through the ruined mess of her skin like the skeletal remains of fingers, seeking help that would never come. I stayed still, but red filled my vision. It was the rough grip around my ankle that stopped me from moving away.
I focus my attention on the cracked paving at my feet. Weeds had tried to grow through before the relentless sun and lack of water had dried them. I hoped they fed well on my sister’s blood. I darted my glance along the tanned, scarred arm to Charlie’s face. He was watching me, but looking up. We held still, our gazes locked. He didn’t look at me in sympathy. It was hate and a promise at revenge. I grit my teeth on a fold of skin in my cheek and tasted the metallic wash of blood. ‘Damn…’ Now I had to keep my mouth shut – and wouldn’t you know it? That’s a hard thing to do when you needed to keep yourself under control. I wished for a moment to scream – but there was a lurching, gluttonous beast. A small disk kept it up in the air. Limbs, too many to count, hung down from it, lax from feeding.
I had to keep still, Charlie wouldn’t let me go. He wouldn’t let me get my revenge – and to be honest, I didn’t think it’d be a good idea anyway. Who knew what tools or weapons the beast from beyond this world had? I wasn’t sure myself, and didn’t want to think about it.

Please, tell me what you think of this atrocious attempt at sci-fi! I know…it’s so cliche, I cannot believe it. >.<

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Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring Blog Hop

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

So sorry there’s not much personal in this! Illness has rocked me (the flu!) and I’ve dissolved into a sneezing, tired author that has no energy! 😦

The Spring comes slowly up this way,
Slowly, slowly,
Under a snood of hodden grey.

The black and white for her array,
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up this way.

Where is her green that was so gay?
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up this way.

Unto a world too sick for May,
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up this way.

Where are the lads that used to play?
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up this way.

She has no heart for holiday,
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up this way.

The trees are out in Heaven they say.
Slowly, slowly,
The Spring comes slowly up our way.

Katharine Tynan

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Shake It Off – Writing Parody

I stay up too late
Got plotting on my brain
That’s what people say, mmm-mmm
That’s what people say, mmm-mmm

I go through too many pens [chuckle]
But I can’t make them last
At least that’s what people say, mmm-mmm
That’s what people say, mmm-mmm

But I keep writing
Can’t stop, won’t stop thinking
It’s like I got this plot
In my mind
Saying, “It’s gonna be alright.”

‘Cause the readers gonna read, read, read, read, read
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna write, write, write, write, write
I write it off, I write it off
Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I’m just gonna write, write, write, write, write
I write away, I write away

I never miss a beat
I’m anything but neat
And that’s what they won’t see, mmm-mmm
That’s what they won’t see, mmm-mmm

I’m typing on my own (typing on my own)
I make the plot up as I go (plot up as I go)
And that’s what they don’t know, mmm-mmm
That’s what they don’t know, mmm-mmm

But I keep writing
Can’t stop, won’t stop typing
It’s like I got this plot
In my mind
Saying, “It’s gonna be alright.”

‘Cause the readers gonna read, read, read, read, read
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna write, write, write, write, write
I write it off, I write it off
Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I’m just gonna write, write, write, write, write
I write it off, I write it off

Write it off, I write it off,
I, I, I write it off, I write it off,
I, I, I write it off, I write it off,
I, I, I write it off, I write it off

Hey, hey, hey
Just think while you’ve been getting down and out about the liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world,
You could’ve been reading this great, great book.

My ex-man brought his new girlfriend
She’s like “Oh, my god!” but I’m just gonna write.
And to the fella over there with the hella good hair
Won’t you come on over, baby? We can write, write, write

Yeah ohhh

‘Cause the readers gonna read, read, read, read, read
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate (haters gonna hate)
I’m just gonna write, write, write, write, write
I write it off, I write it off
Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break (mmmm)
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake (and fake, and fake, and fake)
Baby, I’m just gonna write, write, write, write, write
I write it off, I write it off

Write it off, I write it off,
I, I, I write it off, I write it off,
I, I, I write it off, I write it off
I, I, I write it off, I write it off

Write it off, I write it off,
I, I, I write it off, I write it off,
I, I, I write it off, I write it off,
I, I, I write it off, I write it off

Write it off, I write it off,
I, I, I write it off, I write it off (you’ve got to),
I, I, I write it off, I write it off,
I, I, I write it off, I write it off

I write this pretty often! Anyone wanting to sing it – please share your videos!

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Twisted Liminality – upcoming series!

This is my first post in sometime – not just because I’ve been a busy reader/writer, but because I’ve been feeling rather…blegh! I’m trying to overcome it at the moment though…so wish me luck (I’m gonna need it!)

I thought I’d share with you the titles of my upcoming series. I’m currently partly through book five of six – which means then that they will be sent to my publisher. As and when I get covers for them – I’ll show them off 😀 what I wanted was to explain today about my series title, as most people won’t understand the why for it.

Twisted Liminality

Torn Loyalties

Tattered Legacy

Tainted Love

Tarnished Lineage

Twined Lusts

??? ???

The theme in every book has been that something is wrong. That there is a ‘poison’ within the world. Tattered, Twisted, Twined, Tainted and Torn (so far). Liminality means the following…’In anthropology, liminality (from the Latin word līmen, meaning “a threshold”) is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rituals, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the ritual is complete. During a ritual’s liminal stage, participants “stand at the threshold” between their previous way of structuring their identity, time, or community, and a new way, which the ritual establishes.

This fits in, as the lyk’osk’in in my series are reaching a point where change needs to happen. This change is going to have many changes in this world. Changes that I’ll possibly explore in further books around these animals and the humans they live with. I’ll be expecting myself to work on at least 3-6 more books, featuring both characters from the previous books and new ones. I’m still not entirely sure on who will survive in the final book. It’s all up in the air so far!

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The Best Moments of Dianne Gardner

What has been your greatest moment as a  writer?

Have you ever had a moment, even if it was a split second when someone noticed you for the unique person you are or complemented you on a job well done? Do you remember what that feels like in your heart?

I’m getting those kinds of moments more and more but I think the most heart warming moments for me is when I get feedback from  the kids that my stories target.

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One child I met at one of my book signings. She was clearly autistic yet very loving and I could tell she loves reading. She came up to me, wanted her photo taken in front of the dragon and said, “I am going to bring this book to all my friends. Everyone should read this book.”

A friend who bought her book for her grandson brought word back that his mom said he read it in one night.

One night!!!

My fencing instructor gave the book to his nephew, whom he said the boys parents have a hard time getting him to read. When I saw the boy shortly after that he said, “Hey, I’ve been reading your book!” I said, “Oh yeah? What do you think of it?” He said “Awesome!”

My friends daughter is a devote fan and when her daughter read Deception Peak she actually wrote a review. It’s on my blog. She said,

“The book is very in common with The Harry Potter Series!

My favorite part was when Ian and the Kaempern men go into the mountain to search for Ian’s father, Alex Wilson.

I like this book because it is full of adventure and there is always something amazing that happens around every corner.

This book is one of the greatest books I have EVER read!

I hope that other kids like me love this book. I would recommend this book for ages 9 and up.

Sincerely,

Alyson Zatt

http://dragontargeseries.blogspot.com/2012/11/allys-review.html

Another great moment when a 90 year old lady called me to tell me how thrilled she was with the book.

Those are the best moments as an author. Hearing directly from the readers and having them tell you what they loved about your story!

 Dianne Lynn Gardner     Dianne Gardner 1-me painting2

Author-Illustrator

Young Adult Fantasy-Adventure Fiction

Dianne Gardner is both an author and illustrator living in the Pacific Northwest, USA.
She’s been a painter all her life having started at the age of 12 under her mother’s supervision. Her first private art lesson was with a sculptress in California. Excelling in art in school and on to college, her portfolio includes portraits, inspirational works, and plein air landscapes. She was the portrait painter for the Washington Renaissance Fantasy Fair for several years painting 20 minute oil paintings during the fair. She has just recently started illustrating books, beginning this endeavor with a 9′ triptych of Stenhjaert the Dragon, the antagonist in Ian’s Realm

Dianne is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National League of American Pen Women. Besides the Ian’s Realm Saga (Deception Peak, The Dragon Shield, and Rubies and Robbers which will be released in 2013) she boasts authorship to four short stories titled A Tale of the Four Wizards Series which interweaves with the Saga. She writes for middle grade and young adults targeting boys and adventure loving girls, but adults are some of her most zealous fans of all Her writing definitely falls under the ‘family friendly’ category!

Books

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Ian’s Realm Trilogy
Deception Peak
The Dragon Shield
Rubies and Robbers 
coming soon
Sequels
Cassandra’s Castle To be released
The Diary of a Conjurer To be released

Short Stories

A tale of the Four Wizards
Silvio
Meneka
Kaempie
Reuben

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Welcome…DeEtte Beckstead!

So today I’m hosting DeEtte Beckstead on my blog…and she’s telling us about everything to do with her writing, including a tale about a puppy mill dog and the life she had with this lovely, supportive woman as well as her tips for being a writer.

 

 

Victory cover DeEtte Beckstead

What is the title of your newest release?

 

Victory is my newest release. It came out in December 2012.

 

Do you have any books in the works?

 

I have a book called From Tinker to Belle: From Worthless to Priceless. That is the story of my first puppy mill rescue: her life in the mills, her rescue, and how she changed our family and others.

 

I have another book of stories about my grandchildren as superheros. I asked them each to tell me what they would be like as a superhero, what their costumes would be, what superpowers they had. Using the information they gave me, I write stories about them. It’s a fun project, and a gift to each of my grandlings!

 

When you read, what is your favorite genre?

 

I like to read Christian fiction, historical fiction, and classics mostly. There are some I have read by my fellow authors that I have really enjoyed, even though I wouldn’t have chosen that genre for myself!

 

Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

 

Crocheting is one of my hobbies. All my grandchildren have toys and clothes I have made for them. They will often ask me to make them something special, and I will do it. I also crochet dog sweaters, afghans, shawls, and doilies. Right now I am making a butterfly swag for one of my granddaughters with over 30 different crocheted butterflies on a crocheted vine.

 

In my free time…. what is that? I always seem to have something I need to be doing, but I like to read, watch old movies, play with my grandkidlings, or crochet. I also love to visit historical sites!

 

If you would have time travel abilities and could meet anyone from any time, who would you like to meet?

 

Oh, so many choices! It’s hard to pick just one! At the moment, I think I would like to meet Galileo Galliel. As the Father of Modern Science, I would love to chat with him about what he thought about his discoveries and where those discoveries have taken us now.

 

What is your all time favorite movie?

 

That’s a tough question. I have many favorites; it depends on the mood I am in. I love August Rush, The Sound of Music, Pride and Prejudice, but of all the movies I have seen, It’s a Wonderful Life has got to be at the top of my list!

 

The Christmas Visitors cover DeEtte BecksteadAre there any specific authors that you admire?

 

There are so many! Jane Austen, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien… Of my peers, I admire Kim Emerson, G Mitchell Baker, Joe McCoubrey, Brad Fleming. There are others, too!

 

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

 

Write about what you love. Don’t worry about making it all work to start with; just write. There will be time later to go back and make corrections, adjustments, deletions. Write what you feel. There is that old saying “Strike while the iron is hot.” When you know you have something to write, get it written then. Carry a notebook and pen with you to make notes or write complete scenes if you are away from the keyboard.

 

If a word count is important, don’t fill in with words that don’t add to the story. Just write. Once the first draft is finished, you can go back.

 

Don’t be afraid of editors; they are your friends, there to help you make your story the best it can be.

 

Find the method that works for you and stick with it, even though your best writing buddy uses a different style. If you need to write an outline and character sketches first, do so. If you write better just sitting down and writing, do that.

 

Whether or not you ever get anything published, you are a writer if you write.

 

Do you plan on being a full time writer, or do you have other career plans?

How long have you been writing?

 

I have been a stay-at-home mom (whatever that means! I certainly didn’t stay at home much with six kids!), a preschool teacher, a teacher at a private school, a trainer for people with disabilities, and a group home manager…. All that was before I started writing in 2007. Now I love to be with my grandchildren and taking life a little slower.

 

Do you prefer Ebook, paperback, or hardcover?   

 

Personally, I love the feel of a nice hardcover book in my hands! Paperbacks are next, and ebooks follow that. However, since I have a limited space, I am thankful I have the Kindle app on my iPad and can carry an entire library with me wherever I go! I think the most important part is being able to read, not so much how it is available!

 

Do you have any writing rituals like a particular treat, good luck charm, etc.?

 

Not really. Before my little dog died, he used to sit on my lap or at me feet while I wrote. I would read to him and he would listen politely.

 

I do write better with some background sounds, like the TV or music. I prefer classical music. I don’t have a particular composer or show I like.

 

Do you have a set writing schedule or do you write when the fancy hits you?

 

I write when, as you say, the fancy hits me. My schedule is never certain right now, so I make use of the time I have. I carry a notebook with me to make notes when I am out if something strikes me as write-worthy!

 

Thank you so much being my guest, DeEtte! Please share your bio and links where others can connect with you and your books.

DeEtte Beckstead author imageAuthor and blogger, DeEtte Beckstead started writing in 2007 when her son challenged her to get involved in the National Novel Writing Month, known by the acronym, NaNoWriMo. The manuscript sat untouched with several others until January of 2012 when a good friend encouraged her to seek publication. The Christmas Visitors is her first published short story, and her current novel, Victory is also her first.

            DeEtte spent much of her childhood playing the piano, clarinet, and guitar, reading, and making up stories. She was active in Girl Scouts, which gave her a  variety of experiences. While in college, she was on the University of Utah Synchronized Swim team, and taught winter camping and survival skills for Girl Scouts. She has spent many years working with people with disabilities.

Originally from the state of Utah, currently DeEtte lives in New England where she writes full time and works on the editing team of Master Koda Select Publishing. Her other interests include swimming, crocheting, reading, traveling, history, and her grandchildren. In addition, this devoted mother of six and grandmother of twelve has been a concerned participant in dog rescue services for many years.  

 

Blog: http://deetteanderton.wordpress.com

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DeEtteBecksteadAuthor        

 

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/DeEtte-Beckstead/e/B00ADDW94Y/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

 

AuthorsdB page: http://www.authorsdb.com/authors-directory/66-deette-beckstead

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DBAnderton

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What does America’s Next Author mean to me?

For the past two weeks (and a few days) I’ve been involved in a huge competition which makes use of your skills in social media as well as writing. I used a piece which involves characters from my upcoming book, Echoes of Winter but in a different setting where magic flows and wolves can fly. (But only if they have wings, of course!)

It’s been an interesting thing to do – I’ve asked people for honest reviews and mostly the feedback has been amazing! Short stories aren’t my forte but this one seems to have appealed to people for some reason. Some people didn’t think the pacing was too fast, or that I told rather than showed the reader what was happening/in the scenery. Some people believed that this was part of a larger piece (which it isn’t, but I do plan another short ‘installment’ to finish the story.)

Other people are fascinated by the ideas represented in the story. Two friends, close enough to call themselves sisters, are torn apart by the depression of one and her failure to care about the responsibilities she has. What made people even more interested was that these weren’t humans – these were wolves and yet they had emotions like those everyone feels.

Relying on other people to review and vote is a patchy business and yet I’ve managed to remain in the top ten for the last week and a half! I’ve had a lot of support from friends and writing groups, who often go and hit the tweet button. The reviews count as well, as I prefer honest reviews. If you love it, write that and more importantly…tell me why! If you hate it, again – I want to know why you hate it.

An author can only progress with the constructive criticism of the type I’ve received, so thank you to everyone who HAS reviewed it.

Interested in reading yourself? Does this synopsis sound like something you could enjoy?
‘When winter springs a challenging blizzard onto a pack besieged with doubt? What will happen to the wolves that have been chased from their home, have lost their Alpha male and are watching their Alpha female die? Well, if Kamduis has anything to do with it, she’ll have a lot to do with it! Read on for this tale which mentions the wolf goddess Luna, winged wolves and betrayal between two sisters who have no real bond but the love in their hearts and the song which joins them together as pack.’

If so, then take a look here!
http://www.ebookmall.com/author/dom-goodall


Dominique Goodall is the author of the soon to be released Echoes of Winter, book one in the Seasons of the Wolf series and a self-confessed wolf addict. She has currently been published in two anthologies by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing and is currently working on getting herself better known by sending in manuscripts for as many different anthologies as she possibly can.

As much as she loves to admit it, she never will be able to count her wolf stuff- there’s nothing left for her to be truly able to collect without her own home.

She can be friended on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/WaterSinger

Her author page on Facebook is here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dominique-Goodall-author/250907358312446

The page for Echoes of Winter is here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Echoes-of-Winter/355235744499607

Her twitter name is: https://twitter.com/#!/DomGoodall

And her blog can be found here: https://dominiquegoodall.wordpress.com/

And the trailer for her book is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kix63EXBW50&feature=plcp

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America’s Next Author

As not many of you know, I’ve been working on something new to get myself exposure as a writer – America’s Next Author! And yes, I know I’m in the UK – but I can still apply. I’ve been on a rollercoaster with the place I’m in for this contest. I entered at 17th…then hit 16th…and then shot up to 14th and stayed there for a day or so. After that I zoomed up to 10th and when the new round started…

I found myself in 1st place! I stayed there for ONE DAY before dropping to 2nd and today I dropped to 5th. I need your help to boost me back up the ranks and through round 2!

How can you help, I hear you scream? (In my mind and prayers, at least!) Well you can help with a vote on the site, a like on facebook, a tweet (if you use twitter), a share on LinkedIn (again, if you use it!) and most importantly of all, an honest review and rating! This is the most important part of this for me, it honestly is!

Here’s one review and a five star one at that!

‘Clearly, the author has a lot of knowledge of and/or experience with wolves, and that shows. The characters of the two main characters are distinct and engaging, and the story is told with careful attention to detail. While this is clearly part of a larger piece, it stands on its own extremely well. I found myself wanting to read more about this pair and to learn more about the extraordinary winged wolf.’

My entry
http://www.ebookmall.com/author/dom-goodall

And the final thing I can say is…THANK YOU! (and yes! It includes wolves!)

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First contest…

So! Now I have the date of the book being available…how about a two-part contest? This one is for the artists and the writers out there! Woo! So, without further ado…

 

Contest 1: For Artists!

The Rules:

1. Read the flash fictions of Echoes of Winter, available on my blog and the fanpage, and draw any scene or character from those chapters– or one completely of your own invention, as long as it would fit in the world that Echoes of Winter is set in! You can draw as many characters in your images as you like, but only one entry per person, please. Wolf, cougar, fox, dog, cross between dog and wolf; any creature that would fit into the world will do! And yes, that includes humans!

2. Entries may be traditional, digital, black and white, color, heck, whatever’s your specialty, I want to see it! If you can make sculptures…DO IT! If you want to line your books up and use those to ‘sketch’ out a picture…feel free!

3. No graphic violence or um… mature love scenes, if you’re a romantic, please. PG-13 images. (Think Disney, Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings ratings).

4. Entries will be judged on skill, creativity, being true to the world and material, attention to detail (if you are working true to the characters you read about!) Creativity and original characters are encouraged, just make sure they’ll fit in!

5. Please email your entries to me at watersinger@rocketmail.com, and I will disperse them to my judges. Entries MUST be received no later than 12:00am GMT on October 31st.

6. Spread the word! You know the drill, link back here and say this is for Dominique’s contest! Post your images on your page with as many links to the Summer King facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/EchoesofWinter
Okay, now the fun stuff. Your FABULOUS PRIZES:

All entries will get your image on the fanpage and blog! (with links to any sites you can be contacted at!)

First place – Echoes of Winter postcard AND bookmark, signed. 15 minute conversation with the author through Skype!

Second place – Echoes of Winter postcard, signed.

Third place – Echoes of Winter bookmark, signed.

If we just can’t decide, we’ll post some honorable mentions.

Contest 2: For Writers!

1. Authors must write a short story of up to 3,000 words set in the world of my novel, Echoes of Winter. You can find information out about the novel on the Facebook page;

https://www.facebook.com/EchoesofWinter
Be as accurate as you can, based on the information in the flash fictions, but anything you can’t possibly know about the world yet won’t be held against you and creativity is encouraged. Just try to stay true to what’s written so far.

2. Characters in the story may feature any of the animals introduced so far; wolf, cougar, lynx, bears, dogs, foxes, wolf-dogs other wild animals wherever you feel this is set – I see it as a mix between America and Russia…
3. Humans. There are humans in this world, but only limited technology. As in, the humans have some technology but others are living more primitive lives IE villages in the forest with dogs to hunt with. Include the animals/write about the humans from the PoV of an animal living with them/observing them. Think about what your dog/cat looks at you like when you do something weird.

4. I know we’re writing about fierce animals, but if you have a fight scene, please no excessive focus on blood, torture, pain, or violence. Again, think PG-13 (Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Disney violence. No Game of Thrones style craziness, please.

Same goes for love scenes. If you’re a romantic and your characters just have to consummate, please Fade to Black (Hey, I love love as much as the next person!)

5. All entries must be Received no later than October 31st 2012, at 12:00am!
6. This is important: In order for impartial judging, please EMAIL your stories to me at watersinger@rocketmail.com and I will pass them on “blind” to the judges.  (But make sure I know who you are, please  As in, “Here’s my entry, I am ‘Nickname’ on Deviantart/Facebook etc).

A couple of tips…  Don’t send us a first draft. Write your story, give it a day, let someone proof-read for you, go through, double check, make sure everything looks the way you want it. I want to focus on creativity and fun, but if your story is littered with typos and poor grammar and misspelled words, it will be hard for me to take you as seriously as someone who worked juuust a little harder.
So be thorough!

Okay enough of that, now for the prizes!!

All entries will get your story on the fanpage and blog! (with links to any sites you can be contacted at!) – and maybe, if I can convince my publisher…the short story added to the ebook version!

First place – Echoes of Winter postcard AND bookmark, signed. 15 minute conversation with the author through Skype!

Second place – Echoes of Winter postcard, signed.

Third place – Echoes of Winter bookmark, signed.

If we just can’t decide, we’ll post some honorable mentions.

Okay. I think that’s everything. I’m so excited to see what you come up with.

TTFN!

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