Sunday, January 13, 2019

Writing Contests Update

Contests are important to a writer's career. Aside from the opportunity -- and accolades -- that accompany a possible win, the feedback received by judges in invaluable.




For romance writers looking for a critique, and perhaps a star on your resume, listed below are several contests and deadlines.


The Catherine
Sponsored by Toronto Romance Writers; Deadline, February 1, 2019; Eligibility, all unpublished writers including those who have not been published in five years or more; Entry, first twenty-five (25) pages and a two-five page synopsis;
FMI, http://torontoromancewriters.com/


2019 Great Beginnings Contest
Sponsored by Utah Chapter Romance Writers; Deadline, February 14, 2019; Eligibility, all unpublished and published authors (published authors may submit only unpublished and uncontracted manuscripts; Entry, first five (5) pages of romance novel; FMI, http://www.utahrwa.com/gbcontest.html


2019 Melody of Love
Sponsored by Music City Romance Writers; Deadline, February 28, 2019; Eligibility, unpublished and published authors; Entry, first twenty-five (25) pages or a maximum of 7,500 words; 
FMI, http://musiccityrwa.blogspot.com/p/contests_30.html


Fabulous Five Contest 2019
Sponsored by WisRWA (Wisconsin Romance Writers); Deadline, March 1, 2019; Eligibility, unpublished in novel length fiction in the last five years; Entry, first 2,500 words of manuscript (no synopsis); 
FMI, http://www.wisrwa.org


Good luck, and have a great week, Everyone!



(photo c/o facebook.com/snoopy)

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Still Time for "Cruising for Love..."

Crimson Romance had made it a practice of repackaging  ebooks in a bundle and offering the new collection at a special price for a six month blitz.  So, when Cruising For Love: 4 Ship-Shape Romances was released on January 1, 2018, my notification stated the bundle would be available until June, 2018.





With the changes between Crimson and Simon & Shuster within this past year, I was surprised -- and happy -- to see during the Summer, the collection remained available. And earlier in the week, I received an "Alert" featuring both Cruising and Magic Moment!

While I'm not sure how long S&S will continue to offer Cruising For Love: 4 Ship-Shape Romances, I invite you to check out the bundle. It's a great opportunity to enjoy four awesome reads. I was so proud to be a part of this group with such fabulous authors, R.C. Matthews, Cait O' Sullivan, and Peggy Gaddis.

Blurb:

Set a course for adventure with these four couples as they take to the high seas only to find new romance.

Little White Lies: Attorney Madalyn Russell may have dumped her fiancé at the altar, but no way is she rejecting the honeymoon cruise. Unfortunately, she didn’t cancel the newlywed package, and now she’s stuck as a single in a lovebird world. That is, until a devilishly handsome man with a secret, Royce Spencer, offers a deliciously indecent proposal: He’ll pose as her husband in exchange for companionship during the cruise. She can’t deny their attraction, but will their little white lies make too many waves when Royce’s past finally catches up with him?

Romancing the Seas: When a relationship gone bad sinks sous-chef Pippa Renshaw’s plans, she swaps her job in a prestigious London restaurant to become the head chef on a cruise ship sailing around New Zealand. It’s a great escape plan until a 

mix-up means she has to share a suite with her new boss, the delectable Jonathon Eagleton, who is no happier about the circumstances. These two can handle the simmer… but when the heat turns up, is it a recipe for true love?

Reach for Tomorrow: Nurse Claire Frazier was devoted to her fiancé, until he threw that love back in her face. Disillusioned and burning with shame, she books passage on a world cruise, along with an intriguing collection of fellow passengers: an attractive second officer, a detective, and a confidence artist. Is love waiting once again at the next port of call?

Magic Moment: Shortly after the FBI brings in Laura Roberts for questioning regarding activities at the warehouse where she keeps the books, a gang of thugs snatch her off the street. Chase Donovan boarded his boat intending to spend a few peaceful days getting his head together, but instead he finds trouble when he interrupts two men assaulting a woman in his cabin. What’s more, they claim his father told them to do it. Chase doesn’t want to believe his father could hurt anyone. Laura doesn’t understand why she’s a target. Can they put their mutual attraction and time on his yacht to work to discover the truth before someone dies?

Buy Links:

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Cruising-Love-4-Shipshape-Romances-ebook/dp/B077MMVDV9/

Barnes & Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cruising-for-love-rc-matthews/1127503404?ean=9781507207888

Books-A-Million

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Cruising-Love/RC-Matthews/Q560232726?id=7464374822404

iBooks

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/cruising-for-love/id1315683189?mt=11

Google play

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/R_C_Matthews_Cruising_for_Love?id=94M_DwAAQBAJ

Angela Adams Link c/o Simon & Shuster website

https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Angela-Adams/2137657293


Happy New Year! Best wishes for a great 2019!!! 😊

Sunday, December 30, 2018

A Holiday Stroll...

A family tradition I truly miss this time of year is strolling through the South Philly neighborhoods with my grandmother and my mother. We would admire the home decorations and lights before stopping some place warm for a treat.



My grandmother passed away almost twenty years ago. Thankfully, my mother is still with us, but it’s been a long time since she was physically in a “strolling” condition. 


Once in a while, over the years, my cousin and I would take a walk through the neighborhoods, but the tradition isn’t the same without my mother and grandmother. In South Philly, we really know how to “light-up” a neighborhood at Christmas time. So, since my mother and I can't go out walking, thanks to the internet, I was able to share some photos with her. 

And, I'm happy to share with you, too!



Boathouse Row



Dickenson Square West 



South Smedly Street



South 13th Street



Addison Street




Have a good week, Everyone, and best wishes for 2019! 





(Candle photo c/o facebook.com/historicchristchurchandgb;
 Boathouse Row c/o facebook.com/PhilaParkandRec;
 Dickenson Square West c/o facebook.com/PassyunkPost;
 South Smedly Street c/o facebook.com/Passyunk Post;
 South 13th Street c/o facebook.com/Passyunk Post;
 Addison Street c/o facebook.com/visitphilly)




Sunday, December 16, 2018

Christmas Trees around Philly...

In Philadelphia we love making a big deal of lightening our neighborhood Christmas Trees. Along with flipping the switch, there are a lot festivities to highlight the event. So, if you can't make it to Philly to see our Christmas Trees, I've posted a few photos.



Headhouse Square




Dilworth Plaza at Philadelphia City Hall




East Passyunk Avenue





Philadelphia Museum of Art




Have a good week, Everyone!




(Snoopy photo c/o facebook.com/snoopy;
  Headhouse Square photo c/o facebook.com/southstreetheadhousedistrict;
  Philadelphia City Hall/Dilworth Plaza photo c/o facebook.com/visitphilly;
  East Passyunk Avenue photo c/o facebook.com/eastpassyunk;
  Philadelphia Museum of Art photo c/o facebook.com/visitphilly)

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Christmas Movies with the Sniffles...


At this time of year several television stations schedule a steady stream of Holiday/Christmas movies. Viewers generally tune in to enjoy fresh, uplifting, whimsical, inspirational stories. Often the stories are humorous and generally cheerful.


While channel surfing during the Thanksgiving weekend, I stumbled upon two Holiday movies that I would describe as a bit more disheartening than what I’m used to seeing this time of year. These thought-provoking, heart-tugging movies had me reaching for the tissue box.

As expected each feature left viewers with a “happy” (and surprise!) ending, but the tale reminded us how often the road to "happy-ever-after" isn’t always “merry and bright.”



Noel


Christmas Eve in New York, and the lonely divorced publisher, Rose Collins, needs a miracle to improve the health of her mother, interned in a hospital with Alzheimers. She feels sorry for another patient and meets his visitor. Meanwhile, Nina Vasquez breaks her engagement with her beloved fiancé Mike due to his suffocating jealousy, but misses him. Mike is stalked by a stranger, bartender Artie Venzuela. The poor Jules arranges to spend Christmas Eve in the hospital, where he spent the best Christmas of his life when he was a teenager. The lives of some of these characters cross with others along the night

Amazon:


Barnes & Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dvd-noel-xmas-without-snow-megs-story-jos/25103891?



Heaven Sent


Echoing in the deepest depths of space, a humble prayer ascends: One from Maire Taylor, a smart, beautiful businesswoman who asks that her husband find the strength and wisdom to let go of their 9 year old marriage ... While a second prayer simultaneously comes from Billy Taylor, a hopelessly romantic artist who asks that his wife receive the strength and wisdom to hold on. From these humble pleas, comes an answer in the form of a little miracle (an 8 year old runaway from heaven) who takes it upon herself to rekindle the once intimate friendship and romance that has slowly, but surely slipped away from Billy and Maire due to a heart-wrenching loss. Using all of her skill and charm (as well as some well-intentioned mischief!) our little 8 year old runaway comically sets out to heal their broken hearts and save their marriage by helping them get back to the basics of love.


Amazon:



Barnes & Noble:



Is there a Holiday/Christmas movie on your list which found you reaching for the tissues?

As my grandmother would say, "Christmas is right around the corner." Have a good week, Everyone!



(plot summaries c/o imdb.com;
 house photo c/o facebook.com/elfrethsalleymuseum)

Sunday, December 2, 2018

"Happy Birthday, A Christmas Carol"

One of the most endearing and beloved Holiday tales, A Christmas Carol, celebrates its 175th birthday this year. Published in December of 1843, Charles Dickens’ tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge.





On Christmas Eve, after visits from the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and three other “spirits,” Scrooge is transformed from a selfish, bitter, greedy man into a kind, generous, compassionate human being.



Over the years several historians have suggested that Dickens based aspects of the Ebenezer Scrooge character on his own father, a man whose  passion for money landed him a stint in Debtor’s prison.  But, others have considered A Christmas Carol to be the author’s take on the British elite class and its views on poverty and those forced to live within it. By creating the character of Tiny Tim, who melted the ice surrounding Scrooge’s heart, Dickens sent a message of a need for kindness,  unselfishness, and assistance to those struggling to survive.

Ironically, as Dickens sat penning A Christmas Carol, I’m sure he had no idea the affect his story would have on the world throughout the years, the many reprints, plays, movies, and television shows resulting from his work.




Or that one day Donald Duck would appear as Ebenezer Scrooge in my favorite movie version, Mickey's Christmas Carol.

Buy Links:

Book, A Christmas Carol

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Carol-Charles-Dickens/dp/1503212831/

Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-christmas-carol-charles-dickens/1116639901?


DVD, Mickey's Christmas Carol

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Mickeys-Christmas-Carol-30th-Anniversary/dp/B00DGWZK0Y/

Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dvd-mickeys-christmas-carol-alan-young/3909823?


Considering how many movie versions have been made over the years, do you have a favorite? Or thoughts on how A Christmas Carol has remained a Holiday staple for so many years?

Have a great week, Everyone!



(holiday photo c/o facebook.com/elfrethsalleymuseum)

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The First "Grinch" is the Best "Grinch"

A new adaptation of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas was released earlier this month. Staring Benedict Cumberbatch, the film introduces "The Mean One, Mr. Grinch" to a fresh audience.



I'm sure Cumberbatch and his colleagues do a fine job in recreating the tale. But for me, the best "Grinch" flick is the 1966 animated feature highlighting the late actor Boris Karloff's storytelling skills. 



Boris Karloff (1887-1969), who was best known for his roles in the horror flicks Frankenstein and The Mummy, narrated the made-for-television animated special, and provided the voice for the Grinch. Karloff's expression while reading from the Seuss book embodies the perfect transition from grouchy to gentle.

NBC featured this animated version on Friday evening. Watching the special and hearing Mr. Karloff's voice put me in the mood for the Holiday season. 

If you haven't seen this "Grinch" version, or shared with the little ones in your life, the DVD is available for purchase. 





Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Seuss-Grinch-Stole-Christmas-Deluxe/dp/B002JUFPUE/


Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dvd-how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-boris-karloff/3619939?


Have a good week, Everyone!


(Grinch photos/quotes c/o facebook.com/Dr.Seuss)