I was watching a documentary recently on the story of the legendary race horse, Seabiscuit, and his jockey. Both man and beast overcame many obstacles during their lifetime to finally make it to the winner's circle. While I personally think the greatest racehorse to have ever lived is Man O War, I certainly admire Seabiscuit's heart and unshakable determination to give his all to every race he entered.
AND THE WINNERS ARE:
There are even some times when people make it to the winner's circle and they don't even know it yet. I had a contest in March to try and get the word out about my booth at the Children's Festival of Reading. Some of you were kind enough to help spread the word about this great event for children's book authors ( http://donasdays.blogspot.com/2012/03/calling-all-authors.html ) and I now get to reveal the fabulous people who made it into MY winner's circle:
SUSANNE DRAZIC wins Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul.
PATRICIA TILTON wins You Can Write Children's Books by Tracey E Dils.
I need Susanne and Patricia to send me their mailing addresses to my email...tkd2lady (at) yahoo (dot) com so I can get their books in the mail. My winners of either a creative blog post, interview, or critique on a manuscript up to 1000 words (their choice) include the following lovely people:
ERIK (THIS KID REVIEWS BOOKS)
S J NIJA
I need all these winners to send an email to tkd2lady (at) yahoo (dot) com and let me know which of the three prizes you would like from me.
Thanks to everyone who gave a shout-out about this upcoming event. The response to my requests for autographed items from children's book authors has been astounding and it couldn't have happened without you guys helping me to spread the word about this fun event coming up in May!
NEWS FLASH! NEWS FLASH! NEWS FLASH!
Speaking about the Children's Festival of Reading, I wanted to give everyone an update on the numbers regarding participants, autographed items, and other news surrounding this event. I'm still receiving packages almost daily from wonderful authors around the country who heard about my FREE promotion of their books and wanted to get in on the fun! As of today there is 24 authors participating, with a total of 337 autographed books and swag items to give away! THAT is incredible to me and I am overwhelmed with the generosity of this wonderful writing community. Here is the latest list of participating authors, illustrators, and book reviewers:
Susanna Leonard Hill
Heather Newman (Illustrator)
Debbie Bernstein LaCroix
Alayne Kay Christian
Nancy Smiler Levinson
Diane Dawson Hearn
Sarah Frances Hardy
Lisa M Cottrill-Bentley
Erik (This Kid Reviews Books)
Ann Haywood Lean