I have to say, the organizers of The Book Academy did an excellent job. It was a fun conference with great classes and keynote speeches. I'm sure I'll probably go next year if they do it again. So, if you're a writer, watch for that announcement next fall and come meet me in person if you haven't already. And if you have, we'll hang out anyway.
Also, I blogged on Thursday about why it's important to be gracious and thankful toward people, especially those with whom we associate for working or writing purposes. To read more, click here.
Now, I believe there were a few winners that needed to be announced. I've recently done several book reviews that have hosted giveaways, so hang on one second while I go figure out who won.
I'm back. So, the winners of an autographed copy of "Saving Madeline" by Rachel Ann Nunes are:
(Neither of them are followers of this blog=(. I think that means we need to step up the commenting on book reviews people.)
Now Joyce DiPastena, author of "Loyalty's Web" and "Illuminations of the Heart," hasn't announced the winners of her drawings yet, but keep checking back since I expect to see those any day.
And speaking of contests and drawings, it's been a few weeks since I had one of my own. As mentioned a few weeks ago, I have started accumulating stuff to give away to my faithful and loyal readers. Just because, well, I love you all and appreciate your support more than you will ever know. So let me pause a momet and dip my hand into the pile and pick something to give away this week...
Here's the blurb:
It is now 1862, and the Civil War is raging in the east. But Zion and many of its inhabitants do not escape the war. Adam Weldon, the son of the notorious outlaw Dick Weldon, is found innocent of complicity in his father's crimes. He and Laura Ould develop a mutual attraction and decide to marry, but first, Adam volunteers to drive a wagon in the Church's "down-and-back" wagon trains to bring indigent emigrants from Florence back to Zion. In Florence, Adam is asked to undertake a special mission to lead remnants of earlier Church settlements in Texas and Indian Territory to the Salt Lake Valley. Plunged into the midst of the Civil War in Indian Territory as he travels to gather the remnant Saints, Adam faces unexpected hazards as he is caught between the warring sides, and struggles to complete his mission.
There's more, but I'm not going to paste the whole thing here. If you want to read the whole thing, click here.
Zion's Promise is an award winning book, complete with a shiny bronze sticker on the front.
To win this highly sought after book as a prize, you can do a few things, and for each one, you'll get one entry:
1. Leave a comment on this post.
2. Become a follower if you aren't already.
3. Become my fan on Facebook (I'm behind the times, so I don't Twitter yet--I may never. I have enough time-wasters in my life.)
4. Tell me your top three favorite movies of all time. Or favorite movies this year. Or favorites from your childhood. (I'll explain this part in another post.)
So there you have them. Four--yes, four--chances to win this amazing book. I'll take entries until Midnight on Thursday, October 1st. Good luck!
I am scheduled to review several more books in the next few months, so I've decided to make a list and put it on the sidebar in the near future. Watch for those reviews if you want some help in finding great books to read.
There are some great books being released this fall, including books by some of my favorite authors.
James Dashner's "Mazerunner" comes out on October 6th. Yahoo! Let's all go buy a copy and help him get on the NYT Bestseller List. Oh, also, his other series, "The 13th Reality" is being released in paperback sometime this month as well.
Heather Justesen's "The Ball's In Her Court" comes out October 15th (I think). Launch parties are being held the weekend of Oct 23-24th, so watch for more information on those.
The fourth "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" is also being released on October 12th, so if you have young readers, that's a must have. (I pre-ordered it.)
So, go on out and buy some books, people. Winter is on her way, and what better time to do some reading?
Until next time, write on.