Not "Agent 99" from 'Get Smart' or "99 bottles of beer on the wall..." No, this is my 99th blog post. I've been talking all week with my friend about my 100th post coming up. For someone who isn't into social networks and didn't want to blog, I've really jumped in with both feet.
We'll celebrate the 100th mark with a week long party. I thought I'd give away free books. Then I realized everyone might not want one of my books - they might already have all three. So I decided the winners could choose from one of my books or I would buy them an autographed book from a short list of authors I know. How's that sound?
I emailed these authors and ask if they were able to send an autographed book, if I bought one. (Meaning it did not come direct from a third party.) The amazing thing that followed was a sudden flood of emails from the authors not only saying, yes they could get a signed book out if I bought one, they have donated the book! I kid you not! Is that a fantastic group of writers/friends or what?
Because these books have been donated, I'm going to change things up a bit and extend the party for as long as it takes to give everyone a moment on center stage. I want you to meet these authors who have been so kind and whom I love so dearly.
These are the writers who have responded so far. I'll edit the post and add more names. Check 'em out!
Carolyn Howard-Johnson: The Frugal Editor http://www.carolynhowardjohnson.redenginepress.com/
Joy Collins: Second Chance AND Coming Together (two books) http://joycollins.com/
Carolyn 'Carrie' Sheppard: Ghost Sniffer and Other Stories (audio book!!!) http://ukfolkie.blogspot.com/
Cathy Marley: Peeking Over The Edge http://www.cathymarley.com/
Irene Watson: The Sitting Swing: Finding Wisdom to Know the Difference (more than one copy) http://irenewatson.com/
Susan Gabriel: Seeking Sara Summers http://susangabriel.com/
Erin Collins: Shadow Walk: The Gathering
Rita Toews: The Bully: A Discussion and Activity Story AND two ebooks! Why Me? and Bullying: A Parent's Primer http://www.thebullybook.com/
Connie E. Curry: Give Me Back My Glory http://givemebackmyglory.com/
Andrew Revels: Belly of the Beast
Nick Daws: The Festival on Lyris Five
Ray Derby: Shadow Government or Bradley's Ghost or Clouds of Deception
Jeannine Garsee: Before, After, And Somebody In Between and Say The Word (both YA books!) http://www.jeanninegarsee.com/
Glyn Pope: To The End Of Love
Frederiko "Fred Baby" Aguilar: The Desert Has No King http://www.thedeserthasnoking.com/
Karl Moore: The Secret Art of Self Development
Twitter this page or mention it in your blog (I made a gadget you can use, see it on the sidebar?) or Facebook or email it to your reader friends or newsletter list or all of the above. With all these gifts for my readers, I really owe these writers tons of traffic.
I don't exactly have a fleshed out plan, but I will come Monday, post 100.
Rules: ANYONE around the world can participate. Invite your friends and family. No requirement to follow my blog. No requirement to join my newsletter list.
I don't know what we are doing yet, but check back on Monday. I think it will involve some comment posts, so if you comment 'anonymous' sign your first name too. Follow the instructions each day to enter and re-enter over and over. (When I need names drawn, I'll grab one of my kids to do it.)
Tips to winning books:
1) Read the instructions each day (like a query letter to an agent or publisher) follow them EXACTLY.
2) Read the comment section for additional tips and PRIZES.
I can give you one hint. You need to familiarize yourself with my website for the 100th day's activities.
So let the party begin! http://www.nadinelamanbooks.com/
Keep checking back, I'm adding to this post so that I don't mess up and post number 100 by accident - before it is time!
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