If you live in the Long Island area and have some time this Thursday night at 7 p.m., you might want to drop by the Hicksville Public Library where I’ll be talking about my new mystery, Sea Scope. In addition to showing the book trailer and reading some excerpts from the book, I’ll also be hosting a lighthouse contest for prizes and will be giving away a free, autographed copy of my book to a raffle winner. No registration is necessary. Just come on down. I’d love to see you there, and maybe you’ll win a prize or two.
I’m not a competitive person and that’s why I find it hard to ask people to buy my book or vote for it in competitions. However, my mystery, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, is currently #2 in a contest that ends today (January 14). So many people have already supported me, and I’m thankful for each person who took the time to vote. For those who may not be aware that my book was running, there’s still time to back it. Being #1 would be a great honor for me but not because I outdid anyone else with votes because I know those competing must also have wonderful books. Instead, being #1 would show me that I have a following of fans and friends who are interested in my writing. It will give me even further incentive to continue writing.
For those friends who are also authors, I’m sure you know the hard work that goes into producing a book. When you are a new author, it is especially difficult because there are few rewards for your efforts. Royalty sales do not offset most of the expenses you incur initially. The main compensation for a new author is the knowledge that people are reading and enjoying their books. Besides buying copies and spreading the word about them, the next best thing fans and friends of authors can do is vote for them in competitions.
Vote here for my Mystery Novel: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Don’t forget to confirm each vote with the email you receive after placing it for it to count (if you have more than one email, you are allowed to vote with each one).
Thanks so much for your support. It means a lot to me.
I’m sponsoring a special, fun contest in my April newsletter. Here’s the info:
PB&J RECIPE CONTEST
April’s contest will appeal to all you cooks out there. For a chance at a $5 Amazon gift card or the ebook version of A Stone’s Throw, submit a recipe that you think will rival the McKinney’s PB&J sandwiches. The top recipe will win the prize mentioned plus be included in my next book. Two other runner-up recipes will also be included in my next book. Here is how the recipe is described in A Stone’s Throw:
“I make the peanut butter with fresh nuts and my special recipe. The jelly is preserved by us. Dad has canned varieties of other fruits and jams in the garage. It’s one of his hobbies.”
“I hope you like the sandwiches. I use sourdough bread spread with a small amount of jellied preserves over the peanut butter. There are a few secret ingredients in the preserves, but my dad doesn’t allow me to reveal them. Our family are peanut butter connoisseurs.”
Alicia bit into a triangular sandwich wedge. It was quite tasty, with a slightly sweet flavor. “Very good,” she told him. “I don’t eat much peanut butter, but this is better than any Skippy I’ve tried.”
To enter the contest, like my author Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/ and comment with your recipe on the pinned post on the top. Only newsletter subscribers are eligible to win. To subscribe to the newsletter, sign up at https://debbiedelouisewordpress.com or comment with your email on this post, and I will manually subscribe you. I will also need two judges for the contest. Judges will not be able to enter the contest, but they will receive a complimentary ebook or $5 Amazon gift card. Judges also must be subscribers to the newsletter. If you’d like to be a judge, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and list why you think you are qualified to judge. If there are under 10 entries, only one judge will be selected.
All recipe entries must be received by April 15. Judging will take place between April 16 and April 29th and the winner announced in the May newsletter. In the case of duplicate entries, only the first will be considered for any prize. Only one entry per subscriber. Facebook, WordPress, and Mailchimp are not associated or affiliated with this contest.
The second podcast of Ruff Drafts featuring Cover Reveal Contest, event news, and an excerpt from “A Stone’s Throw.”
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