Courtesy of random.org, the 5 winners of my 100-follower giveaway are:
1. Jennie Bailey
2. Kim Kasch
3. Cinette Santangelo
4. Talei Loto
5. T. Anne Adams
Congratulations, and many thanks to all who entered. I will have a chapter critique giveaway when I reach 150, so stay tuned for more chances, ya'll!
Write to me at artzicarol [at] gmail [dot] com and list your top 3 choices for prizes, with #1 being the prize you most want. Include your mailing address if you want books or ornaments. (For prizes I have only ONE of, I will use random.org if more than one person chooses the same #1.)
The Prize Choices: free chapter critiques, gardening animal ornaments, fox and Santa ornaments, Junction 2020 book, Incarceron book, Dark Life book.
VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD
Thanks to Donea Lee, I've been awarded a NEW version of the Versatile Blogger Award!
Visit her blog HERE.
As per the rules, I will list 7 things about me, and pass the award on to 7 others.
Since I'm running out of new tidbits about myself due to receiving awards in fairly rapid succession, I've been forced to get creative. I'm listing loglines from 7 of my YA novels (all of which are permanently shelved and chalked up to practice):
1. AS IF BY LIGHTNING (light fantasy/magical realism).
When Lynzee has a close encounter with a bolt of lightning during a summer storm, she is catapulted back to 1969 into the 16-year-old body of a dull spinster she has met in the present day, and finds challenges as well as a startling romance.
2. THE TWIN SUNS OF INNIS (light fantasy)
Upon finding a rare monkey-like creature called a ferm, 17-year-old Niesha sets out to return the creature to its natural habitat, only to find herself ensnared in a sinister plot (involving stinging rodents called leevils) to overthrow the royal city of Sernish.
3. SEAL MOON (light fantasy/magical realism)
Thirteen-year-old Marina loves the ocean, and is secure in her adoption by a middle-aged couple despite her peculiar origins of being a foundling on the beach; she never dreams what those past events and other future events will reveal--that she is a seal changeling. (Translated: selkie, but written before I knew about the concept of selkies.)
4. SHATTERED REFLECTION (contemporary)
Spending the summer near Sacramento while her parents work a temporary job, Danica discovers a budding romance that seems to hold much promise until the night of the town fair, when she discovers her new boyfriend has unknowingly and simultaneously asked another girl to be his date: the twin sister she never knew she had.
5. THE MAZE (light fantasy, actually my one and only MG novel)
Sierra and her pesky younger brother Nathan climb over the neighbor's wall in order to investigate a mysterious hedge maze, and encounter a labyrinth filled with magical and terrifying things--including the sister she's always wanted, and a very real Minotaur.
6. SALTWATER REVENGE (contemporary)
When Karleen must spend the summer at her aunt and uncle's in the town where her younger brother drowned six years ago, she must face her fears of the ocean, and in doing so discovers a staggering truth: her brother has instead been kidnapped and held by a man who is imprisoning kids in his basement.
7. THE THIRTEENTH PRINCESS (historical-ish; specific location invented)
In nineteenth-century America, Mellia is kidnapped and shipped to be a slave in the palace on the East Indian island of Dhambari; she struggles to escape the stark cruelty there, and her life becomes acquainted and intertwined with the life of the Raja's thirteenth daughter.
I'm passing the award on to these blogs I've recently discovered. Go forth and visit!
1. Amy Keuser at A.B. Keuser
2. M.J.A. Ware at The Missing Word
3. Abby Minard at Above Water
4. Michael Winchell at Beanstalks & Bookends
5. Brigitte at Brimagination
6. Chris Phillips at Slushpile Savant
7. Kimberly at Meetings with My Muse
If you're not a giveaway winner, what would've been YOUR first choice prize?
Do you have time to go visit the blogs I've passed the award on to?
Which of my 7 shelved novels sound the most interesting to read?