Posted in Cat Writers' Association, Contest, events

MUSE-ing About My Award from the Cat Writers’ Association’s Communication Contest

On Saturday night, August 8, the Cat Writers’ Association hosted their 26th annual Awards Ceremony, but this year it was conducted virtually and live streamed through Zoom and Facebook. Despite some minor technical glitches, the event was well planned and professionally presented. Many people were involved in this effort and also the contest itself. CWA President, Deb Barnes, was the main person who made the event possible.

I am truly honored to have won a Muse Medallion, the most prestigious award the CWA sponsors, for my short story, “Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery.” Although I’ve won Certificates of Excellence in the past, this was my first Muse. If you’ve seen or read any of my interviews where I talk about how I got started publishing my work, I always mention CWA. It was the first writing organization I joined over twenty years ago and is the one I feel proudest to belong to.

Besides the awarding of the Muse Medallions in various categories of writing, videography, photography, social media, blogs, and more, the sponsors who supported the contest gave away special prizes that consisted of monetary awards and other items. Here are a list of all the talented winners and their entries: https://catwriters.com/wp_meow/contest/

And here is a link to the beautiful program brochure produced by Past-President, Marci Kladnik. Only the Certificate of Excellence winners are listed  because it was published prior to the event: https://catwriters.com/wp_meow/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/2020-Banquet-Program.pdf

One other feature of the event included raising funds for Tabby’s Place, a cat sanctuary in New Jersey. Donations are still being accepted. Each donation will earn entry into raffles for prizes donated by sponsors. The raffles will be drawn on August 16.

Here’s a video about Tabby’s Place that was featured in the early part of the awards ceremony but got cut off from the Facebook feed:

For those who missed this great event, it can still be viewed here:

I look forward to next year’s awards ceremony that will, fingers and paws crossed, take place at a conference where all members can gather in person.
Posted in Cat Writers' Association, Contest, survey

My June News and A Contest Survey to Win an Amazon Gift Card

The cat’s already out of the bag, literally, because my character cat, Sneaky, already posted this on his blog  but for those who missed the post, I’ve been awarded Certificates of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association for my article, “Keeping Indoor Pets Safe from Household Dangers,”; Sneaky’s blog, https://sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com; and my short story, “Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery.” I’m very honored to have been recognized for these awards and am now in the running for CWA’s coveted Muse Medallion. The winners of the medallions will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony in July, date TBA.

On Wednesday, June 3, I’ll be appearing on the Podcast, “Once and Future Authors” that will be shared on Facebook and YouTube, as well as iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher. When the links are available, I will add them to this post.

Here is a link to a survey that I’m sending to my newsletter and blog subscribers. If you subscribe to both, you can only take it once. Complete the survey by June 6 to be eligible to win a $10 amazon gift card. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LFKZLS7

Thanks for your support, and good luck in the contest!

Posted in Cats, Contest, Kittens

Kitten Day Contest Winners, Important Info About Wet Cat Food, A Giveaway, and 2 Fundraisers

National Kitten Day was celebrated on July 10. On that day, on behalf of my cats, Harry and Hermione, I posted a contest for free coupons good for 12-count variety packs of Purina Fancy Feast® brand wet cat food, any variety (up to $11.99 value) as well as a photo op for the winners’ cats. The coupons were provided by Purina along with information on the advantages of including wet food in cats’ diets.

Although many cats prefer dry food, wet food is an important part of a cat’s diet. Here’s why according to nutritionists at Purina:

Water makes up 60 per cent of a cat’s body, so it’s important for them to stay hydrated. The moisture in wet food gives them additional hydration because each lap from their water bowl only gives them about 3/100 of a teaspoon.

Wet food is also high in protein which helps maintain the muscle mass that they lose as they age.

Wet food is available in many different varieties and flavors that may appeal to even finicky felines. It is also easily digestible and contains all the vital nutrients and elements for a cat’s diet.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. Below are the winning entries.

Karma and Kash
Skipper
Una
Jake
Copper

Also, mark your calendars for my two free book giveaways from July 19 to 22.  During that time, to celebrate Harry and Hermione’s first birthdays, you can get your free books here: mybook.to/RTD mybook.to/cc4

Also, in honor of Harry and Hermione turning 1, I’m hosting a fundraiser for the Golden Paws Society, the rescue from which they came. The fundraiser has already started, and it would be great if you could contribute any amount to help other kittens and cats find homes. https://www.facebook.com/donate/1954368081329994/

Also, one of the winners of the Kitten Day Contest operates a rescue that is greatly in need of help. Any amount you can donate to her GoFundMe campaign will be much appreciated. https://www.gofundme.com/f/lynnes-kitty-rescue

Posted in Cats, Contest, Kittens

Last Chance to Enter The Kitten Day Contest for Free Cat Food and A Photo Op for Your Fur Baby

National Kitten Day was celebrated on July 10. On that day, on behalf of my cats, Harry and Hermione, I posted a contest for free coupons good for 12-count variety packs of Purina Fancy Feast® brand wet cat food, any variety (up to $11.99 value). This Sunday night, July 14, Harry and Hermione will paw five random winners for these coupons from everyone who sends a photo of their kittens or cats to me at debbiewriter@yahoo.com  with the email subject: Kitten Day Contest Entry and follows me on any or all of the following social media sites. The winners will be contacted on Monday, July 15. Winners must be U.S. residents. In addition to winning the coupons, each winner will have their kitten or cats’ photo posted on this site in the future.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2bIHdaQ

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debbie-de-louise

Website/Blog/Newsletter Sign-Up: https://debbiedelouise.com

Also, mark your calendars for my two free book giveaways from July 19 to 21.  During that time, to celebrate Harry and Hermione’s first birthdays, you can get your free books here: mybook.to/RTD mybook.to/cc4

Also, in honor of Harry and Hermione turning 1, I’m hosting a fundraiser for the Golden Paws Society, the rescue from which they came. The fundraiser has already started, and it would be great if you could contribute any amount to help other kittens and cats find homes. https://www.facebook.com/donate/1954368081329994/

Posted in Contest, mystery

Help Sea Scope Win 3 Awards – Thankful for All Votes

My new release, Sea Scope, has been nominated for three awards. Below are the voting links and information about each contest. Every vote is greatly appreciated.

There’s a direct link to vote for Sea Scope in the AllAuthor cover contest. It’s in the last round and in need of votes. https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/5140/

Sea Scope, has also been nominated for an Author Academy Award. All votes are appreciated. Please scroll to the bottom of page 10 where my book is listed in the mystery category. Thank you so much. (link: http://AuthorAcademyAwards.com)

Sea Scope is listed on the bottom of page 10 in the mystery category of the Reader’s Choice Awards.

2019 Reader’s Choice Voting Page

 

 

Posted in Contest

Win a Free Copy of my Science Fiction Story, The Last Librarian

From July 1 to July 7, you can win my science fiction tale, The Last Librarian, by telling me what you like most about libraries.  I will choose a winner randomly from all answers on Monday, July 8. Please comment with your replies to my author email: debbiewriter@yahoo.com or on this blog. WordPress and Yahoo are not affiliated with this contest.

Good luck!

mybook.to/LLibrarian

Can society exist without libraries?

In the year 2050, Dorina Reinhardt, employed as an Information Tutor after her job as a librarian became obsolete secretly shares print books after the Technology War declared them illegal. When a lost kitten turns up on her doorstep and a boy comes to claim him, Dorina is caught up in a dangerous mission in which the stakes may be too high and those who seem to be on her side may be the ones she should distrust.

Posted in Contest

Win a Free Copy of my Horror Short Story, Haunted Honeymoon

From June 22 to June 28, you can win my horror story eBook, Haunted Honeymoon, by sharing where you went on your honeymoon or a place you think is perfect for a honeymoon. I will choose a winner randomly from all answers on Saturday, June 29. Please comment with your replies on this blog. 

mybook.to/hhoneymoon

Ghost Cat. Don’t honeymoon without one.

Francesco and Gina are not your typical engaged couple. They met in a cemetery and spent their dates watching horror movies. But when Francesco suggests they honeymoon in a haunted house in Venice, Gina is shocked when she learns the place may actually be Francesco’s childhood home where his parents were murdered.

This giveaway isn’t affiliated with WordPress, Facebook, or Twitter. Good luck!

Posted in Contest

Win FREE Books in June: Week 2, My Thriller, Bullet in the Back

For the month of June, I’ll be giving away a free eBook each week. From June 10 to June 14, you can win my short thriller, Bullet in the Back, by letting me know the title of the last thriller or exciting mystery you read. I will choose a winner randomly from all answers on Friday, June 14. You can comment with your replies on this blog or, for more chances, also comment on the pinned post on my Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/ and on the pinned post on my twitter profile: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian.

mybook.to/BulletBack 

With Friends Like These…

When Susan Drummond accompanies her husband, Ray, to his cabin where he goes to get away from it all and write, her friends and father become concerned that she isn’t answering her cell phone. They all decide to check in on her and find no trace of her or Ray except a newly dug grave.

Keep your eye out for the other two book contests being offered in June.

June 16 to 21: Haunted Honeymoon

mybook.to/hhoneymoon

June 24 to 28: The Last Librarian

mybook.to/LLibrarian

These giveaways are not affiliated with WordPress, Facebook, or Twitter. Good luck, and have a great month!

Posted in Contest

Win 4 FREE Books in June

For the month of June, I’ll be giving away a free eBook each week. From June 3 to June 7, you can win my short mystery, Dying for a Vacation, by letting me know where you are going on vacation this summer or where you’d like to go. I will choose a winner randomly on Friday, June 7. You can comment with your replies on this blog or, for more chances, also comment on the pinned post on my Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/ and on the pinned post on my twitter profile: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian.

http://mybook.to/dyingvacation

When Murder is on the Itinerary

Awaiting his eminent retirement, Detective Donald Jackson plans a much-needed vacation. Before he leaves, he needs to finish writing instructions for his catsitter. More importantly, he has to wrap up a case at the Flower Hill Public Library involving the murder of librarian Phyllis Frost who was poisoned during her coffee break. Returning to the library for another round of suspect questioning, Jackson is not sure he will be able to solve the crime. He only hopes it doesn’t delay his trip.

Here are the other books I’m offering the rest of June. Keep an eye out for the question you need to answer to enter the drawing for them.

June 10 to 14: Bullet in the Back mybook.to/BulletBack 

June 16 to 21: Haunted Honeymoon

mybook.to/hhoneymoon

June 24 to 28: The Last Librarian

mybook.to/LLibrarian

These giveaways are not affiliated with WordPress, Facebook, or Twitter. Good luck, and have a great month!

Posted in Books, Cat Writer's Association, Conference, Contest, local author event, Love on the Rocks, New Releases, pre-sale

My Spring News: Awards, Events, and New Release

My spring calendar is bursting with writing activity.

In April, I’ll be attending Long Island’s Local Author Fair with fellow members of LIAG (Long Island Author’s Group) and other local writing associations. This event will take place on Saturday, April 6, at the Tilles Center on the LIU/C.W. Post Campus. Admission is free, and it runs from 3 to 8 pm. There’ll be over fifty authors participating, keynote speaker, Steve Israel, panels, and book signings. I’m looking forward to a great day meeting and chatting with authors and readers. If you’re in the Long Island area, I hope you can make it.

In May, I’ll be traveling to St. Louis, Missouri for the 25th anniversary conference of the Cat Writer’s Association. I recently received a Certificate of Excellence in their annual contest for my cozy mystery, Love on the Rocks, and will be up for a special award at their banquet. I’ll also be signing books at a fundraiser for the Humane Society on Friday night, May 17. This event is open to the public and will take place at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch.

 

Also in May, my new mystery, Sea Scope, will also be released, but it’s on pre-sale now.

Sarah Collins needs an escape. Mourning her brother’s death and the impending breakup of her marriage, she accepts an invitation to return to her childhood home in South Carolina, where her family operated an inn.

She hasn’t been back to Sea Scope for twenty years; not since she and her brother Glen discovered a body by the nearby lighthouse. She never understood why her parents left Sea Scope so suddenly, or the reasons behind her father’s suicide.

After Sarah returns to the inn, she faces long-buried memories, text messages and strange clues. Something is not right in Sea Scope.

Reunited with people from her past, she tries to figure out what’s going on in her childhood home. As the past and present collide, she must face truths about her family, and what happened that summer day by the lighthouse. But will she survive to tell the tale?

Looking forward to a great season.