Friday, June 28, 2013

Thrilling Results!

This was a stupendous blogfest! I enjoyed each and every entry. So much so that I had to give you a little blurb about each one. It was tough to pick winners, but here they are:

Christine Rains - First dollar story! - Won a copy of Heather's Maguire's Corner
Huntress - Magic secret exposed - Won an ARC of Tara's Pop Travel
C. M. Brown - Life after an alien apocalypse - Won a $20 gift card from Heather
The Beveled Edge - A thrilling love poem - Won a graphic from Tara

And I was going to list honorable mention, but they were all so good, I won't leave anyone out! Outstanding entries! Thanks, everyone, for participating!!

Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh - Mini Alex's First Concert!
Heather M. Gardner - Steamy "almost kiss" scene
Stephen Tremp - Finished the third book in his series
Father Dragon Writes - Family to the rescue!
Queendsheena - A world of music loses its only hope for peace
Elizabeth Seckman - Sex talk!
Michelle @ Writer~In~Transit - Preparations for a dangerous safari
Sydney Aaliyah Michelle - Love scene with a taste of peppermint
For Science! Dr. Faerie Godmother - The sun goes out!
Writing Off the Edge - Haphazard teleportating ability discovered
Tyrean's Writing Spot - Exciting snorkeling experience
Mary Pax - Super moon and gangsta cows!
Donna Hole - Love twists
Suzi's Ice Box Art - Heather's Mom!
DAILY DRAMA OF AN ASPIRING WRITER - Writing and blogging achievements
Nicki Elson's Not-So-Deep Thoughts - Riveting exorcism excerpt
ClareDugmoreWrites - Model encounter!
Writing on the Wall - Horse shows and speech coaching
Writeful Melodies - Confession of having two lovers
PepperWords (M Pepper Langlinais) - Confirmation of writing talent

I also wanted to share pictures from my "Swag Bag Stuffing Party!" I had a few friends over this week to help me get ready for my real life launch party. We stuck stickers, stuffed bags, and made crafty bracelets and centerpieces. And then we had more than a few laughs!

a few drinks...
a few snacks...
a lotta work!
a lotta fun!
pretty QV bracelets! (smart, holographic, watch-phone replicas from the book!)
I am the luckiest girl!!! I have awesome friends everywhere! Thank you!!


Laura S. said...

Wow! The jewelry looks beautiful. You sure are lucky to have such supportive friends! Have a great weekend, Tara!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to the winners!
Wine, food, and friends - sounds like a great party. Glad so many came to help you prepare the bags. Release day is almost here!

Heather M. Gardner said...

YEAH!!! We did it!!

Great job, Tara! You made this fest so much fun and very easy!

The swag bags look great! I don't know what snacks those are but they look delicious! I'm so glad your friends could come help you out. That's a great memory.

Have a good weekend! It's almost time! HMG

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats to the winners and everyone who participated.

Your party looks like it was so much fun. I might need to throw one of those before my next book.

Dana said...

What great jewelry! It looks like you all had a wonderful time. I wish I could have been there, too. :) You're almost there!

Have a fantastic weekend. ☺

Yolanda Renée said...

Congrats to all the winners, and all the entrants - great stories all!

Beautiful jewelry, looks like a great party.

Enjoy your book launch!

Huntress said...

Excellent submissions! What a great following you have, Tara.

Love seeing the photos. So cool1

And a big thank you to all who read and commented on my sub. Certainly this writing community is one of the best. good people all around.

cleemckenzie said...

Wow! All of that swag looks delightful! Congrats to all those who won.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Congrats to all the winners and runner-ups. It looks like a great party.

Rena said...

That swag looks awesome! And it's such a great idea to get help for stuff like that. (So excited for POP TRAVEL!)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats to all winners and that swag party looks fun.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Sending congratulations to all the winners! And for the party, which must have been spectacular.

Mark Means said...

Congrats to the winners and what great friends you have.

Looks like a fun time :)

Elise Fallson said...

Congratulations to the winners! I need to check out some of these entries. And looks like you all had a great time at the party! :D

Christine Rains said...

YAY! I'm so excited! Thank you both so much. It was a great blogfest. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

M Pax said...

The party looks like a ton of fun.

Hope you both enjoyed your fest. I did. Congrats to the winners.

Unknown said...

What an awesome number of bloggers writing stories for the contest! Your house is lovely and your friends are even lovelier! :-)

Unknown said...

Great group of bloggers participated. They were fun to read too.

Al Diaz said...

That's so amazing, Tara! The food looks delicious, and the bracelets are very nice but the best is your friends. :D
Congrats to the winners! :)

Allison said...

Glad it was a fun blogfest! Unfortunately I've been cutting back on them. Have a great weekend!

Allison (Geek Banter)

Mina Burrows said...

Great blogfest. I'm sorry I missed it.

You have some awesome friends. Love the bracelets too. :)

Livia Peterson said...

Awesome blogfest! I'm sorry I missed it.

I have great friends everywhere as well and you're one of them, Tara. :)

Anonymous said...

You sure were busy, but totally worth it by the looks of it:) It's great having such wonderful friends.

VikLit said...

Look at those bracelets! They are AWESOME. How exciting!!

Julie Flanders said...

What awesome swag! Looks like you and your friends had a fantastic time. So exciting!

And congrats to all the winners, these entries were all such fun to read.

Samantha May said...

I loved reading those entries! Congrats on a successful blogfest!

Those bracelets are gorgeous! I want one :D

Anonymous said...

Way to go, winners! Glad it was a resounding success.

Angela Brown said...

Three cheers to the winners! And wow, so many wonderful entries to the thrill fest, no wonder it was difficult :-)

Looks like such fun prepping for the launch party. Big hugs for the POP TRAVEL fun to come :-)

SK Anthony said...

Congratulations to the winners!!!

Melissa said...

Congrats to the winners.

Cool party idea! Looks like fun. :)

LD Masterson said...

Congratulations to the winners. And it looks like you had a fabulous "stuff party".

Michelle Wallace said...

Congrats to all winners!
It was a thrilling Bloghop, thanks for hosting it!

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