Many thanks to the new followers who have stopped by lately and added their tiny shiny faces to my blogroll. I appreciate each and every one of you, bloggy buddies! What a great way to start out 2011. I have now reached 100 FOLLOWERS, so celebrate with me!
Feel free to copy/use this badge for your own celebration when you hit 100 followers. Or email me at artzicarol [at] gmail [dot] com, and I can change the number to the one you're celebrating and send it to you. I can change the overall size, too.
For my giveaway celebration, FIVE WINNERS will receive their choice of:
1. A free, private chapter critique from me, 20 pages max (double-spaced, 12 point). I'm most familiar with MG or YA, and tend to do annoyingly thorough line-by-line critiques.
2. This adorable pair of animal decorations/ornaments. Notice the cute li'l spades!
3. A lovely pair of ornaments, a fox and Santa's sleigh, for next year's Christmas.
4. Junction 2020, my paperback POD novel.
New Year's Eve, 2019. Mari Stratton arrives at Stefanie Anders' New Year's party with her brother Randall and her hearing-impaired friend Lauren. Tony Rodriguez joins them when a collecting game begins in the fields outside prior to the New Year's countdown. When midnight strikes, Mari and the four others are propelled by a violent green storm into a confusing landscape where ruthless riders on horseback hunt them down. This bizarre alternate world features the things Mari adores as well as the things she fears the most. She must navigate this landscape, develop courage, and help figure out how to get back to the real world. This novel is the first in a five-part series but is complete and can be read by itself. Grade 6 Up.
5. Incarceron, Book 1 by Catherine Fisher, hardcover.
Finn is a 17-year old prisoner of Incarceron. He knows nothing about his heritage except for vague memories, and he is determined to escape the prison fashioned centuries ago as a solution to the chaos mankind created. Legend claims only one man has ever escaped, Sapphique. Claudia, the warden's daughter, also longs for escape--from a father who frightens her and from betrothal to an insipid prince. Finn and Claudia each discover a crystal key and are amazed to find that they can communicate with each other. As their trust in one another builds, each pledges to help the other. Grade 7 Up.
6. Dark Life by Kat Falls, hardcover.
In this futuristic tale, 15-year-old Ty has spent his whole life in a deep-sea colony. His family and the other pioneers provide fish and other food for the Commonwealth citizens who live aboveground in stacked cities following earthquakes and tsunamis that destroyed much of the Earth. The pioneers chafe under the harsh rule of the Commonwealth, a situation made worse when the subsea dwellers are ordered to capture a gang of terrorizing pirates. Ty is swept up in the hunt when Gemma, a "Topsider" orphan, comes to his community to search for her missing brother--who may have ties to the pirates. Grade 6-10.
To enter, do 3 simple things:
1. Become a follower if you're not one already
2. Leave a comment on THIS POST so I know you want to enter
3. Enter by Tuesday, January 11, 2011, by midnight PST
Six winners will be chosen randomly and announced on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.
Your Turn: Blogging
Have you reached 100 followers, and did you/will you have a celebration? how about 200 or 500?
When someone follows you, do you visit their blog and/or follow them?
Do you reply to blog comments, or does a busy schedule prevent you from doing that?
Do you agree that comment moderation (approving a comment before it can be posted) deters comments?