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Check out The Dedan Tolbert Show January 14, 2009

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Dedan Tolbert, author of the award winning novel, The Love We Had… and the critically acclaimed advice book, Ask Dedan” Sex, Dating & Relationships-Vol I wants you to come check out his radio show, “The Dedan Tolbert Show,” which airs week nights @ 9 p.m. EST.  The show features advice on dating and relationships as well as talk with celebrity guests!   You can learn more about Dedan and his show @ http://www.askdedan.com!

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Got an unpublished romance novel? Check out this contest! January 8, 2009

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If you have an unpublished romance novel or novel with a romantic theme, then get it out and dust it off because…

THE “CHASE THE DREAM” CONTEST IS BACK!

Author Leigh Michaels [link] and Rachelle Chase [link] are co-sponsoring the third “Chase the Dream” contest for writers. Details on how to enter can be found at http://chasethedreamcontest.wordpress.com; however, here are the highlights:

SUBMISSIONS: The first 1,000 words of an unpublished romance novel/novella or novel/novella with a romantic theme.

JUDGING: Each week, Rachelle Chase will choose one finalist and post the entry on the web site. Then, at the end of the contest, agents and editors will post comments, and readers will vote for their favorites to determine the top three winners. Each week, Leigh will also choose one entry to win a mini-critique, which will also be posted on the web site.

PRIZES: There are fantastic prizes for winners and entrants [link] alike. In addition, editors and agents [link] will read all the finalist entries. While there are no guarantees, last year, all the finalists received requests from editors and agents, some of which resulted in book sales.

DEADLINE:  Submit from December 1, 2008 to March 3, 2009

NEW FOR 2009: You can now get advice from the agents/editors on what they look for in the first 1,000 words. Click here to listen to what the agents/editors have to say: [link]

It’s *FREE* to enter! Check the site for rules, last year’s winners, and more.

Enter today at http://chasethedreamcontest.wordpress.com/rules/!

And, speaking of contests, enter to WIN AN iPOD SHUFFLE at: http://rachellechase.com/2008/11/27/cast-your-voteand-enter-to-win-an-ipod-shuffle!

 

I Talk about BUILDING CHARACTER @ APOOO Books! December 1, 2008

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The Write Life for You

Becoming a Lifelong Learner of the Craft of Writing
By author, editor, educator Shon Bacon aka ChickLitGurrl™

Building Character

If you’ve been around since the inception of TWL4U, then you have thought about your story’s genre and description, you’ve considered your writing style, and you’ve examined the plot of your story.

Let’s move on to the most important component of your story: CHARACTER.

Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary [http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/character], there are over twenty definitions of “character”. Here is one that is particularly important to us writers: “the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing.”

Throughout the course of a story, your character [main character(s)] will undergo change(s), and it is through his/her features and traits (the things that make up the character) and his/her actions and speech that will illustrate the change(s) for the reader.

Want to learn MORE about character, to include how to differentiate between main and minor characters and how to develop them both?

Then head to APOOOBOOKS.COM to read my latest article in The Write Life for You series!

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Why do YOU love Chick Lit Contest – TWO MORE DAYS! October 29, 2008

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ChickLitGurrl™ and author Brenda Janowitz are asking you, “Why do you love Chick Lit?”

From October 1, 2008 to October 31, 2008, you have the opportunity to answer this question in 250 words or less!  Be funny.  Be heartfelt.  Be creative.  Be engaging.  Take the question and develop a response that truly shows YOUR love for the genre.

On November 7,2008, ChickLitGurrl will announce the three best responses, and winners will receive an autographed copy of Brenda Janowitz’s latest novel, JACK WITH A TWIST!

About JACK WITH A TWIST:  Planning a wedding can be a trying experience…A little prewedding anxiety is normal for every bride, and Manhattan attorney Brooke Miller isn’t worried. She’s got the loving support of the world’s greatest guy, so planning her nuptials should be a piece of cake.But that was yesterday.

Today, Brooke’s landed her first big case and has just discovered that the opposing attorney is none other than her fiancé, Jack. But that’s okay. These two professionals aren’t going to let a little courtroom sparring get their legal briefs in a bunch.… Right? Wrong!

Now Jack’s pulling every dirty trick in the law books, and Brooke’s starting to suspect that maybe he isn’t the man she thought he was. Warring with her fiancé at work and at home, Brooke realizes that she’ll have to choose between the case of her life, or actually having a life.

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Contest submissions must be e-mailed to sdb6812@hotmail.com and be received no later than 11:59 p.m., October 31, 2008.  Only ONE submission per participant.

Looking forward to reading why YOU love CHICK LIT!

 

Why Do You Love CHICK LIT Contest – 7 More Days! October 24, 2008

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ChickLitGurrl™ and author Brenda Janowitz are asking you, “Why do you love Chick Lit?”

From October 1, 2008 to October 31, 2008, you have the opportunity to answer this question in 250 words or less! Be funny. Be heartfelt. Be creative. Be engaging. Take the question and develop a response that truly shows YOUR love for the genre.

On November 7,2008, ChickLitGurrl will announce the three best responses, and winners will receive an autographed copy of Brenda Janowitz’s latest novel, JACK WITH A TWIST!

About JACK WITH A TWIST:  Planning a wedding can be a trying experience…A little prewedding anxiety is normal for every bride, and Manhattan attorney Brooke Miller isn’t worried. She’s got the loving support of the world’s greatest guy, so planning her nuptials should be a piece of cake.

But that was yesterday.

Today, Brooke’s landed her first big case and has just discovered that the opposing attorney is none other than her fiancé, Jack. But that’s okay. These two professionals aren’t going to let a little courtroom sparring get their legal briefs in a bunch.… Right? Wrong! Now Jack’s pulling every dirty trick in the law books, and Brooke’s starting to suspect that maybe he isn’t the man she thought he was. Warring with her fiancé at work and at home, Brooke realizes that she’ll have to choose between the case of her life, or actually having a life.

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Contest submissions must be e-mailed to sdb6812@hotmail.com and be received no later than 11:59 p.m., October 31, 2008. Only ONE submission per participant.

Looking forward to reading why YOU love CHICK LIT!

 

Author Zetta Brown Talks about SEX & WRITING Today! September 5, 2008

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Today at All the Blog’s a Page (AtBaP), Zetta Brown, author of Messalina – Devourer of Men, talks about sex and writing!

Messalina – Devourer of Men received a GREAT Book Bytes review from ChickLitGurrl: I absolutely loved this book! Didn’t want to put it down. It’s unique, it has hot sex (with a purpose), and the characters are like some I’ve never seen in books before. The first chapter alone will get you in the mood…in more ways than one.
Messalina: Devourer of Men has much HEAT and much HEART. It’s worth the buy! I’m looking forward to seeing what Zetta Brown puts out next.

For the month of September, AtBaP authors are talking about SEX; here’s the question that was posed: Is sex an important component to develop in your writing? How are you able to weave it into a work AND also have a strong plot development?

What does Zetta have to say about sex, writing, and her novel? Head over to ALL THE BLOG’S A PAGE today to read her response!

ALL THE BLOG’S A PAGE (AtBaP) – Where everything relates to writing: [http://alltheblogsapage.blogspot.com]

 

Do YOU Twitter? July 24, 2008

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It’s blogging/chatting for the Attention Deficit Disorder crowd, LOL

I’ve been a member for over a year; however, I just started using it really over the last two months or so.

If you’re a member, add me: here’s the link – http://twitter.com/chicklitgurrl