I’m keeping a nice, easy pace of about 1,000 words a day. I need to send out a few stories. I haven’t done that for a while, which I’ve mentioned before. But I have at least four or five I could send out into the world, including the one below. So either before the end of the year (after the holidays) or at the start of the next.
And, because it’s the holidays, I give you this:
Oh, Catmas Tree
Writing ~ 7,104 words
None, but The Life Expectancy of Fireflies received an honorable mention in the WOW! Women On Writing flash fiction contest (although they called it The Life Expectancy of Butterflies, which is a fine title in and of itself–as long as the Amazon gift certificate works, I’m not complaining).
Look! A book giveaway over at Booking Through Thursday! The author is offering signed, personalized hardcover copy, and all you need to do is leave a comment on this post over at Booking Through Thursday.
About the book:
From Amazon: When she witnesses a small child tumbling from a ferry into Lake Champlain, Troy Chance dives in without thinking. Harrowing moments later, she bobs to the surface, pulling a terrified little boy with her. As the ferry disappears into the distance, she begins a bone-chilling swim nearly a mile to shore with a tiny passenger on her back.
Surprisingly, he speaks only French. He’ll acknowledge that his name is Paul; otherwise, he’s resolutely mute.
Troy assumes that Paul’s frantic parents will be in touch with the police or the press. But what follows is a shocking and deafening silence. And Troy, a freelance writer, finds herself as fiercely determined to protect Paul as she is to find out what happened to him. What she uncovers will take her into a world of wealth and privilege and heedless self-indulgence—a world in which the murder of a child is not unthinkable. She’ll need skill and courage to survive and protect her charge and herself.
Sara J. Henry’s powerful and compelling Learning to Swim will move and disturb readers right up to its shattering conclusion.
Wow! Sounds great. I’d say, “Good luck!” to anyone who enters except I want to win.
The 2009 Debs are celebrating L.K. Madigan’s wonderful books to support her fight against cancer. This past week Lisa shared her very difficult news on her blog.
To show our love and support for her, we’re giving away 40 sets of her two novels over on the 2009 Debs website. Each winner will receive both Flash Burnout and The Mermaid’s Mirror. To enter, simply help spread the love.
Lisa’s first novel, FLASH BURNOUT, won the Morris Award in 2009. Her second novel, THE MERMAID’S MIRROR received a starred review from Booklist.
The contest runs through Monday, January 31st. Click through to the 2009 Debs website for all the information.
Two contests going on this week, all in an effort to help you survive Valentine’s Day.
First, The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading is being featured on Free Book Friday. Four copies (signed by both me and Darcy) are up for grabs, along with an interview for your reading enjoyment. (Free Book Friday also has a main/adult site–same deal, simply submit your email address to win. Doesn’t get easier than that.)
Second, we’re hosting fellow 2009 Debs author/Simon Pulse sister Rhonda Stapleton over at the Geek Girl site. Not only do we have a signed copy of Rhonda’s début novel Stupid Cupid, but a totally cute T-shirt from Think Geek. Stop on by to read Rhonda’s interview and check out Stupid Cupid.
Jordyn over at Ten Cent Notes has put together two playlists based on 2009 debut novels.
Glamorous – Fergie (Exclusively Chloe, by J.A. Yang)
Breathe – Taylor Swift (Breathing, by Cheryl Renee Herbsman)
The Not-So Pretty Princess – Jude (My Big Nose, by Sydney Salter)
The Reason – Hoobastank (The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading, by Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance)
Love Like This – Natasha Bedingfeild (Shrinking Violet, by Danielle Joseph)
Anti-Pop – Matthew Good (Cracked Up to Be, by Courtney Summers)
Just Like Heaven – The Cure (This Is What I Want to Tell You, by Heather Duffy-Stone)
California Stars – Wilco (20 Boy Summer, by Sarah Ockler)
Anyone at All – Carole King (The Espressologist, by Kristina Springer)
In-Between Days – The Cure (Flash Burnout, by L.K. Madigan)
Little Boxes – The Shins (Candor, by Pam Bachorz)
Love Story – Taylor Swift (Prada & Prejudice, by Mandy Hubbard)
Over My Head – The Fray (Lipstick Apology, by Jennifer Jabaley)
Make Your Own Kind of Music – Cass Elliot (The Secrets of Truth & Beauty, by Megan Frazer)
Mario Kart Love Song – Sam Hart (The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading, by Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance)
Time Turned Fragile – Motion City Soundtrack (Break, by Hannah Moskovitz)
And between now and the 15th, you can win one of these playlists–all for a comment. So, hurry on over.
I’m pretty psyched Geek Girl is on both playlists. I think Mario Kart Love Song must be Darcy’s contribution (either that, or I was contributing in another dimension–cuz I don’t remember suggesting that song).
The Reason by Hoobastank is my contribution, and it’s the song I associated with Geek Girl’s Guide. Well, that and it’s fun to say Hoobastank. Go on. Try it.
Anyway, Geek Girl never had a full playlist. There’s a few songs that I when I hear them, I’ll think of Geek Girl, but The Reason is the song. Every time it came on the radio, I’d take that as a good omen: it meant: I should write/revise/query and so on.
So … enjoy. And be sure to enter Jordyn’s contest.
Over at the 2009 Debutantes, we’re giving away a bag of awesome. But hurry, this contest is a short one (ends tonight). And while you’re there, check out all the great 2009 debut middle grade and young adult authors.