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Sunday, August 25, 2013

THANK YOU!

Well the votes are in and my debut novel, the one that took me over six years to get into the hands of readers, the one that was passed over so many times by agents and publishers before finally finding champions, the one that was snubbed repeatedly so many times, is a WINNER!

Today Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine for Claire Fletcher and came in as runner up in Best Novel in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards for 2013!



WOO HOO!!!!!!

I am thrilled and overwhelmed and so very grateful to all the people who voted for it, and for all my friends who campaigned so passionately for it the last two months, especially Carrie ButlerNancy S. ThompsonDana Mason and Stacy Darnell at Literary Mania Reviews.  I've said it before, but I'll say it again since it bears repeating:  You ladies are simply amazing!  As most of you know, this business is so hard and writers pour their hearts and souls into works that will usually only be read by a handful of people and almost never recognized by anyone other than their mother or spouse.  So this means a great deal to me.  I'd also like to thank Julie Dawson, Bards & Sages Publishing for putting these awards on and for hosting the eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair.  Thank you to all my incredible friends, family and readers for all their support and votes.  Your support just blew me away! I'd be nowhere at all if I didn't have so many fabulous people in my corner!

This evening I'll be celebrating with my special hand-blown wine glasses from Prague which my former English professor and great friend, Dr. Danny Robinson and his lovely wife, Vickie sent me last year. The glasses arrived the day I signed my contracts and I've broken them out every time something fabulous happens in connection with this book! May there be many more occasions to do so!


THANK YOU!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Last Call



Yes, I've been remiss in my blogging duties.  This summer is kicking my $#%.  So I apologize.  The good news is that I'm actually making progress on my next book.  Like real progress.  I'm really just popping my head up from said manuscript to ask one more time that (if you have not already) you vote in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards.  This is the last week for voting.  Voting closes August 23, 2013.  Finding Claire Fletcher is doing quite well in Best Heroine but it has fallen woefully behind in Best Novel.  So please, if you haven't already, please head on over there and vote for it in both categories:  Best Novel and Best Heroine.



I'd also ask that while you're there, you vote for Brevity of Roses by Linda Cassidy Lewis in Best Mainstream Fiction.



It has 48 FIVE STAR reviews on Amazon.

Here is what others are saying about Brevity:

“Told in gorgeous, poetic tones, The Brevity of Roses will take you on a journey delving into three unique characters as delicate and beautiful as a rose itself. Lewis’ rich understanding of relationships is phenomenal.” ~Michelle Davidson Argyle, author of Monarch

“Grief, discovery, anguish, pleasure, rejection, acceptance, atonement, forgiveness–the rhythmic odes of marriage, friendship, family. A fine debut novel that reaches deep into a poet’s beating heart, lays it open, vulnerable to the bitter betrayals, and the joyful loyalties, of this thing we call Love.” ~ Kathryn Magendie, author of “the Graces Sagas,” Sweetie and Petey, publishing editor of Rose & Thorn

“Ms. Lewis has provided a tender and thought-provoking look at life, chance, and love.” ~ Vivian Taylor, The Book Diva’s Reads


I've updated my instructions with visual aid, so if you're heading over to vote, here's what you need to do:



1. Go HERE and register.


Or from the main screen you can just click REGISTER

Tips: 

The captcha thing--hit play and a phrase will come up along the bottom of the video after 2-4 seconds.  Type that in.

After you agree to the terms and hit submit, you're actually done.  It will take you to a page that says, "You're almost finished . . . "  THAT'S AN AD.  You don't actually have to do anything there.  So close out the page.

IGNORE THIS SCREEN:  




INSTEAD, GO BACK TO TOP AND CLICK PORTAL, LIKE SO:




2.  Then go HERE to the Awards Hall to vote. Or after you click PORTAL, look for this and click on the words AWARDS HALL:




Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

Thank you to everyone who has already voted and thank you to my lovely team of friends who have been campaigning aggressively for Finding Claire Fletcher:  Carrie Butler, Nancy S. Thompson, Dana Mason and Stacy Darnell at Literary Mania Reviews.  You ladies are simply amazing!  (Thank you, Carrie for the awesome vote for FCF graphic!)

Finally, the lovely and incomparable Carrie Butler has re-released her debut novel, Strength and it is on sale for only 99 cents until August 26th.  So if you haven't read it, you need to.  You won't be sorry.  So get it now while it's dirt cheap!