Saturday, August 2, 2014

JULY Writing Challenge Complete! With Give*ways!!!

It's here! The final outcome of the July Writing Challenge!

Today we celebrate what we have accomplished (even if we didn't meet our goal) with a giveaway from all of us!

But first--I wanted to find out what inspired us when we were young. Who did we read, and can still remember.  You know what I mean--the book that truly brought reading alive to you.  Everyone has a fabulous inspiration.

So lets see how everyone did--at with each I am reminding of the prizes-and of course; the rules on how you can enter (can be found at the end of the post)


Callie James:
Callie James
Did you meet your goal? 
CJ:  I did not meet my writing goal. Not even close. However, I did successfully release a new book, INNOCENT. For that, I’m happy. I’m sure I will become a writing machine in August now that I can focus on the new trilogy.
MVF: Personally, releasing a new book is pretty darn spectacular! How awesome!!!!
What Book and Author did you love as a kid?
Lani, the Bunny!
CJ: Favorite book as a child:  LITTLE WITCH by Anna Elizabeth Bennett
This book was recently released again for its 60th anniversary. Loved this book enough to read it several times.

Favorite book as a teen:  THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien
This book was for me was what Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was for my son’s generation—the creation of an entirely different world and one I never wanted to leave.
Both of these books fed my fascination of the supernatural and fantasy. Good thing my next project involves witches and whatnot.
MVF: I remember reading both--I loved them! Now I want to re-read them... Oh, and I asked her to post of picture of one of her rescue Bunnies--Lani--isn't she adorable?


Prizes: 3 Signed Copies of  each:  STUDENT BODYGUARD, and INNOCENT.
Open to: U.S., Canada, and Great Britain.
 

Katherine Bone
Katherine Bone
Did you meet your goal?
KB: Arrr, me hearties! I'm waylaid in dry dock whilst me rogue recovers from a dalliance with the sawbones. I didn't reach me 10K goal, however I did write 6500 K and cut 1K, plus learned writing by hand helps me muse re-engage. And I went through one round of edits on a book already in production while enjoying visits from and with me offspring who do not understand this amazeballz writing mission. Hit or miss, I'm moving forward. Huzzah!!!
MVF: I think you've done fabulous--and no one was keel-hauled in the process!
The Pirate Captain
What Book and Author did you love as a kid?
KB:
Me favorite childhood read would have to be a book called VALLEY FORGE. Could this be where me interest in 1800 history started? Me love of blood and guts, serve your country, down in the trenches, do or die, rise up and strive to succeed no matter what befalls ye? When times are hARRRd, pirates ARRR!!!
MVF:  Now, I can totally see this! Ah--history.... love it.


Prizes: $25 Amazon Gift Card
Open to: International

Ingrid Seymour:
Ingrid Seymour
Did you meet your goal?
IS:  I did not accomplish my goal of 25k, but I still feel like a winner. I added 17k new words to my WIP, even though July was a very heavy month of revisions. The challenge kept me focused on my WIP and I’m sure I wouldn’t have gotten this many words if it hadn’t been for the challenge. So thank you for inviting me, M.V.!!


Ingrid as a Flower Girl!
MVF:  You should be proud--excellent job--and revisions will kill you! (I totally think you should count them.)
What Book and Author did you love as a kid?
IS: Definitely Gabriel García MárquezHis magical realism transports you and gives your imagination wings. I think it is time I re-read some of his work
MVF:  Oh, he sounds fabulous, I will have to look him up.  Also I asked for a picture of Ingrid--isn't so so precious as a little flower girl at a wedding?


Prizes: A print copy of KEEPER
Open to: U.S. only 


D.B. Sieders:
D.B. Sieders
Did you meet your goal?
DBS: Upped word counts on two projects (total of 10K) and cranked out another 5K in the form of a world-building treatise and chapter-by-chapter synopsis with revision plan for another project.
Why oh why do I write paranormal *she asks while popping ibuprofen*???

Baby D.B.! (look at that smile)
MVF: Great job! (and you write Paranormal because you can't help yourself!--it's a true addiction!)
What Book and Author did you love as a kid?
DBS: I loved  Madeleine L'Engle's A WRINKLE IN TIME as a kid and blame her influence entirely for my world-building woes in that (a) I wouldn't write paranormal/fantasy and (b) I wouldn't have been half the nerd I am today were it not for that book.
MVF:  I loved those books--I think I read that many times. My own kids loved it--and listened to an unabridged version on audio read by the author (I dare say they memorized it).  And I also asked D.B. to share a picture--she is adorable!


Prizes: $20 Starbucks gift card
Open to:  U.S.

D.T. Krippene:
D.T. Krippene
Did you meet your goal?
DTK:  I’m almost there, just 2.5K short as of today.  Have to get back to you late Thursday and lie to you (just kidding), verify I’d made it. As promised, Thursday update:  Ding ding ding ding.  Done.  Hit over 4K last two days, surpassing my 15K goal, and hope to add a few more this morning for extra measure.
MVF: Yes! This is awesome!
D.T - a blast from the past!
What Book and Author did you love as a kid?
DTK: Answer to your question is easy.  I blogged about it last week. 


Robert A. Heinlein's story, Tunnel in the Sky, introduced me to the world of sci-fi.

MVF: I love Sci-fi! I've read a few of his books, really awesome stories.
DTK: I don’t believe I’m sending you this, but attached is a shot of when I came home from the Peace Corps after 2 years in the Philippines.  Wouldn’t I love to fit in those pants again. I was 6’1”, all of 149 lbs (amazing what parasites will do to weight loss). 
MVF: yikes!
Prizes: $20 Amazon gift card
Open to: U.S. 

Tanisha Jones:
Did you meet your goal?
Tanisha Jones
TJ: And I Am DONE!  Chapter 6  done, 15k words done. and I feel wonder-mous!!!!  The challenge worked! I'm getting to the climax and I can feel the action building.  YEAHH!!!!!!
MVF: I'm impressed! and I love that feeling when things are just zooming to the end!
What Book and Author did you love as a kid?
TJ: Oh  my what a loaded question.  One of my very favorite books as a kid was TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.  Love, love loved that book when I was in grade school. By Middle school I'd fallen in love with LITTLE WOMEN and I really hit my stride with ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. I think those are the quintessential young girl novels.  

Tanisha looking cool in a hat.
  But what sparked my interest in writing was when I finally picked up my Paula Danzinger novel, not AMBER BROWN but the pre-teen books like, THE CAT ATE MY GYM SUIT and THIS PLACE HAS NO ATMOSPHERE. They were real characters I could identify with as a middle grader. They made absolute sense, they were light, funny romantic in some cases, everything I loved.  It was also around this time that I discovered the darker side with Lois Duncan, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, KILLING MR. GRIFFIN. which eventually led to my warped  fascination with all thing dark and sexy.  I could go on and on and on about Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, J.R. Ward, Kim Harrison..... but I won't. I could. But I won't. Unless you really twist my arm.......
MVF:  My oldest daughter adores To Kill A Mockingbird, but I love the progression of your reading tastes, I can totally relate.  (I also shared a picture of Tanisha--I Love her short and long hair looks!)


Prize: $20 gift card
Open to: U.S. 


Moriah Densley
Moriah Densley:
Did you meet your goal?
MD: I did log a few thousands words on my WIP, and it's still coming along, but I wasn't as fast as I wanted to be. So I'll keep plugging along, and I hear I owe some lucky reader a prize!
Moriah with Flute--awesome!
MVF:  You've been going to school (Bio-chem?), have a family, AND writing--so I think you've down outstanding.
What Book and Author did you love as a kid?
MD:  Believe it or not, I was a science fiction junkie. STAR WARS series, Orson Scott Card, anything with dragons, rockets, or time travel, I wanted to read it. 
MVF: Oh, I loved all of them-- I really adored this genre. And I had to re-post Moriah and the flute; because I am evil. *grin*

Prize: Jewelry
Open to: International.



M.V. Freeman
M.V. Freeman
Did I meet my goal?
Would you believe I managed to make 10k?  I did 4k on my current story, 4k added during edits of book 1,and 2k as I worked on character and plot lines. (I realize I have a bit more prep work  ahead and needed than I thought I would). But that is writing for you...
What Book and Author did you love as a kid?
 Oh, where to start. When I was a little kid, the first Author I loved and gave me a love for reading is the author Laura Ingalls Wilder and LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE. I'll always remember feeling those books in my hands. But then I found S.E. Hinton, THE OUTSIDERS, and Ayn Rand, ANTHEM (both opened my eyes to individuality). But my true love was Fantasy I found as I grew older; Anne MacCaffrey, J.R.R.
One of my loves--Coffee.
Tolkien...Isaac Asimov (Sci-fi), Andre Norton!  Which led to my love of current authors Anne Bishop, Jeaniene Frost, Ilona Andrews, Stacia Kane. *Yeah, couldn't resist sharing*


Prize:  $20 gift card (Amazon)
Open to:   Whoever can accept it.


To Enter the giveaways you have to answer one simple question:

What book or author did you love a a kid? Why? 
 Then *please, please* put an email address where I can reach you, but to prevent trolls and other nastiness--write it like this:  name at yahoo dot com

PRIZES TO BE AWARDED (recap):
Prizes: 3 Signed Copies of  each:  STUDENT BODYGUARD, and INNOCENT.
Open to: U.S., Canada, and Great Britain.
Prizes: $25 Amazon Gift Card
Open to: International
Prizes: A print copy of KEEPER
Open to: U.S. only 
Prizes: $20 Starbucks gift card
Open to:  U.S
D.T. Krippene
Prizes: $20 Amazon gift card
Open to: U.S.
Tanisha Jones:
Prize: $20 gift card
Open to: U.S.  
Prize: Jewelry
Open to: International.
M.V. Freeman
Prize:  $20 gift card (Amazon)
Open to:   Whoever can accept it.

 
Winners will be chosen (at random) on August 6th and posted  ( and I'll email you)  See above under all the names the prizes to be awarded. Some are international, some are not. Let me know if you are international or not. 

Good luck! I hope your own personal challenge went well! :)

And THANK YOU to all the authors who participated--y'all inspire and encourage me. May the words always show up when you need them!

 


 
 

11 comments:

  1. As a kid (& as an adult), I loved anything by Shel Silverstein! Excited to share these books with my daughter (due next month!)!
    Beejane2 at gmail dot com

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    1. Ah! Shel Silverstein, he was amazing!
      And congratulations on your soon to be here daughter! :)

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  2. As a kid I loved R.L. Stine. I read every book I could find by this author. I loved scary books and movies, I guess as a child this one did for me... LOL
    jessreads4fun at gmail dot com

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    1. Ooooh! R.L. Stine, nice and scary. ;) I don't blame you-- I know I liked a good scary story when I was younger. (what am I saying, I still write scary stories..)

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  3. As a kid I love...so many books. But the one that stands out the most is Tuck Everlasting. It was just so full of magic and hope...and romance! I fully believe this is where my love of paranormal romance comes from.

    lovey_20_81 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. I have heard of this! I need to look into it-I love books that just stay with one long after you finished reading them. :)

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  4. I loved Black Beauty since what girl doesn't love a good horse book

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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    1. I agree and Black Beauty was one of the best!

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  5. Great challenge as usual, M.V.! Thanks for including me!!!

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    1. You are welcome!! Always a pleasure to have you.

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  6. This is how I chose the winners. I put all the names in a hat and all the ones giving prizes in a hat. And pulled one for each here are the winners (I will be emailing you all):

    Shannon wins M.V. Freeman's Gift Card

    Jessica wins Ingrid's Seymour's book

    Beejane wins D.B. Sieders Starbuck card *(you lucky person!)

    Tawnya wins Tanisha's Gift card!

    Congratulations!!!

    And to all my fellow authors who participated in this challenge--thank you!!!

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