Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fan of the month contest

Would you like to be a character in a novel?  If you find this idea enticing, read on.  I know this is a long post, but you might find it interesting.

To be written in as a character in one of my books you must first become the fan of the month.  Here’s how this will work. 

To be included as a potential fan of the month you must: 
1.  Participate actively in the games, especially the quizzes about Willow Cross books. (As time permits of course.)

2.  Help spread the word about the page.  (Passing along book links when posted and other specials or promotions we have going on.)

3.  Have read at least one of the books.  (You’ll need that info for some of the quizzes.)  There will be special Fan of the Month (FOM) quizzes throughout the month.  You will have 24 hours to answer the 5 questions in each quiz and email your answers to   FOM quizzes are separate from our regular quiz segments.

The FOM will be chosen based on their activity on the page from the previous month.  If there are several that qualify, the admins will vote for the top three and Willow will decide between those 3.  You will be notified the last day of each month who the winner will be for the following month.

Now, what do you get out of it?  Well, let me tell you!!!

1.  The fan of the month will be written into the current (or next) story I’m working on. (Depending where I am in the story.)  This character will most likely be a supporting character or play a cameo role.  You get to choose if you want ‘your’ character to have your name, appearance, etc.   (If you choose to have your personality incorporated into your character, you will need to fill out a questionnaire.)

2.  The fan of the month will receive an honorable mention in the dedication of the book he/she has been written into.

3.  Your picture will go into the Honorable Fan Album on the fanpage.

4.  You will receive one free copy of the ebook you were written into.

5.  When the book you are written into goes into print, you will receive one free autographed copy.

*Disclaimer:  I cannot guarantee that you will not end up being a vampire, werewolf, witch, ghost, ect.  As you know, my stories have a way of doing their own thing.  Hopefully you will not mind being a supernatural creature if that’s the way things turn out. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

My two cents on the Vampire war

It seems, as readers, we’ve found ourselves smack dab in the middle of a Vampire war.  Now it’s quite possible you’ve not noticed it yet, or maybe you just aren’t bothering with it.  (And I don’t blame you.)
Lately, I’ve noticed lots of posts about Breaking Dawn.  It usually begins with an, “I can’t wait!!! I’m so excited!!!”  And shortly after several agreeing comments, there will be massive bashing of Meyers by those who don’t like sparkly vampires.  Generally, I keep my mouth shut.  After all, I don’t know Stephanie personally, and she seems highly capable of holding her own. the last 24 hours I’ve read a few comments that honked me off a bit.  So, being me, and ever so nosy, I’ve decided to put my two cents in. LOL

I’m pretty sure I don’t need to remind anyone that these are fantasy books with fictional characters.  (We’re big girls and boys, we get that.)  Most true-blue vampire lovers that really hold to vampire lore and tradition still love Blade.  Even though, there has NEVER been a documented case in history (and by documented, I mean someone told a story about it) of a human/vampire hybrid.  So I ask you, why is there room for Blade and not for Edward? 

I’m not asking you like Edward, or even to give him a chance.  Personally, I don’t care whether you do or not.  And I may be going out on a limb here, but I’m pretty sure Stephanie (and her millions) doesn’t care either.   Here’s what I’m about everyone allows everyone to enjoy whichever books/movies they like and quit trying bash readers for their taste in literature?

I don’t like Faulkner.  I know he’s a classic, but reading his work is daunting and time consuming. (IMO)  I had to do a paper on Barn Burner.  It was by far the hardest paper I’ve ever written.  I had zero interest in the subject matter.  I do however, enjoy reading Shakespeare.  I love the way he words things.  Does this mean I think Faulkner sucks?  Well of course not!!!!  I simply don’t care to read him.  Not a big deal.  I bet Faulkner (were he alive) wouldn’t care either.

The point of this entire post (and yes there is a point) is simply this:  If you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing at all.  Feel free to voice your opinion on whether or not you like something, but don’t take it upon yourself to run a diatribe on an unsuspecting reader about how stupid they are for liking a certain book.  It’s simply none of your business what they like or dislike.  And in case no one’s told you, it’s terribly rude....

That’s my two cents.  Take or leave it.  LOL