Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Giveaway WINNERS + Award

Courtesy of, 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 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.

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?


  1. I honestly havent hurd about any of those novels. So I'm going to have to look into them all!

    Thanks for the award!

  2. As a note--whoa, yeah, no one will find these novels because they're not published. They're shelved! and I don't even have hard copies of some of them because I very dumbly threw them out when I downsized one year...

  3. Thanks so much for the award Carol! Wow, 7 shelved books! Maybe you could come back to them some day :)

  4. Thanks for the shout out, Carol! :) And serious "wow" on ALL of your log-lines! What a fantastically diverse group of stories. I was intrigued by all of them - but, I'll pick #1 and #7 as the ones that I would probably pick up off a bookshelf first. Hopefully, I'll get that chance someday!

  5. Congratulations on your persistence! Seven shelved novels must be at least a little bit heartbreaking. I hope some of them get the chance to reach readers one day!

  6. Congrats on the award and thanks for passing on some new blogs. Very cool. Have a very merry Wonder Woman Wednesday. I'm headed back to my desk for work.

  7. Ooh! I would definitely pick #7, but they all sound so interesting! Congrats to all those lucky winners!

  8. I'm SO honored to have won!!!! Yipee!!! I want the critique for one of my MG novels. I'll send you the first chapter as soon as I can. I would LOVE to have that baby looked at. It was my first try at MG, but I loved it SO much! Thank you Carol! XOXO ~T. Anne

  9. Thanks for picking me in your giveaway! I myself would love a chapter critique! You could even put it up as a post; you know, show everyone how NOT to write;-)

  10. Congratulations to the winners! And congrats to you for receiving the Versatile Blogger Award! Fun stuff!

  11. Congrats on the 100 followers and for having 7 unique and intriguing completed novels! Thanks for stopping by the blog :-)

  12. As If by Lightning sounds like the most interesting to me, but I've always liked the time travel type thing.

    Congrats to the winners and congrats to you too for your blogging award :)

  13. Congrats to the winners. I recognize three of the names.

    Your first logline sounds cool. It was the spinster part that did it for me. :D

  14. Congrats to the winners!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  15. Congratulations to the winners of the contest!

    And thanks so much, Carol, for the award. I love it!

    As for the questions:
    I would have picked the critique, for sure.
    I also think As if by Lightning sounds really interesting.
    I did visit everyone award winner's blog. :)

  16. Yay, I'm super excited!!! Congrats to the other winners!

  17. Congrats to all the winners and congrats to you on your award!!!!

  18. congratulations to the winners and your awardees.

  19. Yay for prize winners and new awards!

  20. Congrats to the winners and for the award!

  21. Congrats! on your 100 followers. May 200 come even easier.

  22. Congrats to all the winners! I would have chosen a critique cause that would help me the most:))

  23. Congratulations to all the winners!

  24. Congrats to your contest winners and to you, carol! :-)

  25. Awww man! I'll enter next time! My first choice would've been the critique.

    I see you're in Oregon. Where do you live? I grew up in Bend, OR but I live in Austin, TX now.

  26. Congrats on your award and also to all your recipients! ;)

    And a big wow and thank you for your 100 follower contest, I'm excited and trying to decide on which prize to choose? They're all great! ;)

  27. Congrats to the winners and congrats to you for your awards and to those you've passed them onto. Lovely...

    I especially came by to thank you for responding to my 'disaster' post. I appreciated your thoughts. I kept my head above water and am now watching the river go down. I am still isolated in the CBD as am surrounded by water and no businesses are operating. Big clean up begins...

    BTW I have a Publication Party started on my blog. I'd love it if you could come by and read what authors have to say about getting published. Perhaps you could leave a comment about your aspirations. There are prizes each week. Please come by. The champagne's free!

    Denise :)

  28. Congratulations to all the winners. And yes, I usually try to make it to most of the linked blogs.

  29. Woo hoo! Congratulations, winners!

    I'm amazed at the 7 practice novels. You have such a super attitude. It's true that we get better and better with each one, and nothing is wasted.

  30. Congrats to the winners!

    The logline for Shattered Reflection would have been good enough to get me to pick the book up. Then again, I'm a sucker for stories that somehow involve twins.

  31. Congrats winners and congrats on your award! And those are great loglines... what a lovely variety of stories.

  32. Congrats, and thanks for nominating me. I just posted my winners: MJA Ware Blogger Awards

  33. Congrats to the winners and to you for your award! I liked all your loglines - I think the first one captured my attention the most.

  34. Are you sure all those novels need to be shelved? I see some great ideas there. I especially like #1 too.

    Glad to hear L'Aussie is still above water. I'll go check out her blog.


  35. There is an award for you on my blog!

  36. Congrats on your awards and to the winners!
    I confess, when I started reading through your books, I thought they were published books and kept thinking, "These sound good, why haven't I come across them on other blogs yet?"
    I think my favorites are the first and last one!

  37. I hope all is well with you!
    Congrats to the winners and got much on my list to read now; thanks!

  38. Congratulations all you deserving winners.

  39. If they were on my shelf, I'd probably start with #6 or 7. Maybe it's time to pull them out, brush them off, and get them ready!

  40. WOW! Congrats on your growing blog following! Nice! What fun! And, by the way, :) I have an award for you on my blog: come stop by and pick it up! It will be available Monday morning.


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