Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop

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Another great blog hop where all the prizes having something to do with fairy tales. I’m giving away a copy of my fairy-tale based book “The Canticle Kingdom.” It is part of a series that includes the prequel “The Canticle Prelude” and will include two sequels coming out soon.

Speaking of fairy tales, I’m collecting fairy tale stories for a new anthology with Grimm-style stories. Take a look at that project and more under “Current Projects” on this site.


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Printed Books Blog Hop

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Don’t get me wrong–I love my Kindle and my iPhone, but there’s still something about a real book. All of the prizes in this blog hop are actual books, so enter away! This time, a copy of my first novel, “The Canticle Kingdom” is up for grabs. Remember, there’s just one month left to submit for the second Advent Anthology, with the proceeds this time going to Autism Speaks. For more details, click “Current Projects” above.


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Young Adult Blog Hop

Welcome to the Young Adult giveaway hop! Every entry you see below will give you a chance to win a great young adult book. Also, don’t miss my audio series through BigWorldNetwork.com (click on Audio Series above) or the submissions I have for upcoming anthologies. (See Current Projects.)

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Autism Awareness Blog Hop

For the next little bit (April 11th -17th), I am suspending my usual activities to participate in the Autism Awareness Blog hop.
My oldest son, Jarem, has a form of autism and I hear all the time how much more prevalent it is becoming. I’m very glad that there are so many resources to help people with autism.
I encourage you all to go to http://www.autismspeaks.org/in order to learn more.
In honor of this blog hop, I’m giving away a free signed copy of “The Canticle Kingdom”. You can use the widget to enter below, and don’t forget to follow the other blogs who are participating in the hop for more ways to win. 

Also don’t forget to check out my web serials to which I have contributed.

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December Blog Hop

‘Tis the Season, and many of us are celebrating by giving away things that readers love, including books.  Use the entry form below to enter my giveaway for a signed copy of “The Canticle Kingdom” and use the list to link to other blogs.  
Please also consider submitting to the Christmas anthology I’m putting together. All you have to do is submit a family friendly story in any genre that is based on a Christmas song.  Please send all entried to thecanticlekingdom@gmail.com.  All proceeds will be donated to the National Down Syndrome Society. 
Have a wonderful and blessed holiday season. 

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National Novel Revision Month

Congratulations to all those who completed National Novel Writing Month! I finished early this year and that felt pretty good. I’m now on to what I call “National Novel Revision Month”, in which I sand down the rough edges of my hastily-constructed novel.  I’m sure many of you are doing the same.  I’ve decided to call this sequel to the Last Archangel, “The Last Kingdom”, which has to do with the prophecy in Daniel 2 of the Old Testament.  Go read it for a clue as to what I mean: http://lds.org/scriptures/ot/dan/2?lang=eng

As such, I want to announce the winners of my NaNoWriMo contest. Alas, no one who entered the contest beat me to the punch of winning NaNoWriMo, but I did select three lucky winners to receive first chapter evaluations of their NaNoWriMo manuscripts.  They are:

Heather Justesen
Diana Ault
Megan Conway

Thanks for entering! I think I’ll make that an annual event, so start gearing up for next year.

Next of all, I’m very excited about how many people are preparing stories for my Christmas Carol anthology.  I would still love to see more entries.  If you are considering writing one, please let me know so that I can make sure we all write on different songs.  I have included a list of those songs already taken in my “Current Projects” page above.

All proceeds of this project will go to the National Down Syndrome Society, which is a great cause, so I hope you’ll help me spread the word! If there is anyone who would like to volunteer their services in helping design a cover, edit/typeset, or anything else, please shoot me an email at thecanticlekingdom@gmail.com.

Finally, look for a new blog hop starting tomorrow, and to all of you, I wish a blessed and peaceful holiday season.

NaNoWriMo Day 10

Day 10 of NaNoWriMo and Day 3 of the Blog Hop. Thank you to all of you who have entered. I made slow and steady progress yesterday and finished with about 1,700 words. Some days are just busier than others.

The November Giveaway Hop continues. Please use the widget below to enter to win a choice of a signed copy of either of my novels. Please also consider entering my NaNoWriMo contest. You can find the widget by clicking on any other of my NaNoWriMo posts.

At the bottom of the post is a list of the other bloggers who are also giving away things. Enjoy!

1. Writer Mike 27,220 (as of November 10th)
2. Robin: 17. 133 (as of November 8th)
3. Misha: 3,398 (as of November 2nd)

Word Count:

27220 / 50000

Writing Tip of the Day: Make sure that when deciding where to end chapters that you give it some suspense. You hear about some books which are “page turners”, and much of that has to do with giving your readers a good reason to turn to the next page. If you end your chapter with your character’s going to sleep or with nothing that leaves the reader with a question of what is going to happen next, your readers may very well stop turning your pages. Here some good ways to end:

  • End when a big decision has been made. 
  • End when some drastic action has been taken. 
  • End when something unexpected happens. 

Click on the blog post name to see the link list and the entry form.

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Spooktacular Blog Hop

Note: There will be no new Thursday post this week, as I need to run the Blog Hop through the 31st. As soon as this is over, get ready for NaNoWriMo!

Leading up to Halloween and NaNoWriMo starting the next day, I’ve joined the Spooktacular Blog Hop. It’s a little bigger than the other ones I have done, and that means more chances for you to win great things on this blog and on other blogs.

On this hop, you’ll be able to win a signed copy of “The Last Archangel”, just in time for your holiday shopping. Don’t forget to enter my NaNoWriMo contest by following this link: http://www.writermike.com/2011/10/ring-out-one-contest-ring-in-another_17.html#.TqLquaCImU9

Writing Update: I had a tremendous writing week. I’m up to 45,442 in Simon Says and to 28,647 in the Last Archangel II. I’ve made some progress in getting Canticle of Night (a prequel story to The Canticle Kingdom) put together, and I’ve even started putting together a Christmas story for my publisher’s annual Chirstmas submission contest. (You can read more about the contest here: http://www.cedarfortbooks.com/call-for-submissions-holiday-contest/ )

Writing Tip of the Week: Give the reader some white space. Long paragraphs can intimidate the reader and cause him or her to lose interest. Take a look at your work in progress just to gauge the amount of white space on the page. If you find a page that is too dense, see how you could break up the longest paragraphs.

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October Blog Hop and Book Review

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Hello readers! I’ve got a double header today. First I’ve got a feature about a new fantasy novel called “The Key of Kilenya”. Then I’ve got a contest for my October Blog Hop, where you can win a signed copy of “The Last Archangel”.  Please have a look at both parts of the post. 

First a little about the plot: 
When two vicious wolves chase fourteen-year-old Jacob Clark down a path from our world into another, his life is forever changed. He has no idea they have been sent by the Lorkon—evil, immortal beings who are jealous of powers he doesn’t know he possesses—powers they desire to control.

The inhabitants of the new world desperately need Jacob’s help in recovering a magical key that was stolen by the Lorkon and is somehow linked to him. If he helps them, his life will be at risk. But if he chooses not to help them, both our world and theirs will be in danger. The Lorkon will stop at nothing to unleash the power of the key—and Jacob’s special abilities.

My take: 
Andrea is a debut author with a promising start. The book is highly imaginative, which is the greatest strength as a fantasy author. Her ability alone to come up with exotic-sounding names is impressive. The pacing is good and keeps the reader engaged, with plenty of surprising twists. The author did a good job of providing an interesting beginning to the story that did not drag down the pace.  Andrea has set the readers up well for additional books and, I’m sure based on the first installment that the following installments will only be even better. 

Purchase your copy here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/68856  

Visit Andrea’s site here:  http://www.kilenyaseries.blogspot.com

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 To enter, all you need to do is: 1. Become a follower of my blog. 2. Leave a comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this prize. (There are a few additional options on the entry form as well)  If your e-mail address isn’t visible through your Blogger profile, please also leave it with the comment so I can notify you if you win. You can enter until midnight MST on Saturday night, October 15th. That’s it! You are now entered. Now please go visit all my friends on the list below. It’s almost like trick or treating!

October Blog Hop Participants

1. Tristi Pinkston
2. I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
3. Bonnie Harris
4. Michael D. Young
5. Misty Moncur
6. Debbie Davis
7. Mandi Tucker Slack
8. Mary Ann Dennis
9. Deanna Henderson
10. Laura Bastian
11. Kristy Tate
12. Kristy Wilson
13. Jennifer Debenham
14. Jenny Moore
15. Elizabeth Hughes
16. J. Lloyd Morgan
17. Close Encounters with the Night Kind
18. Billy Boulden
19. Scott Bryan
20. Maria Hoagland
21. Shirley Bahlmann
22. Shelly Brown
23. Marcy Howes
24. Lynnea Mortensen
25. Jaclyn M. Hawkes
26. Diane Stringam Tolley
27. Gail Zuniga
28. Betsy Love
29. iWriteNetwork
30. Canda’s InkBlast
31. Stacy Coles

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