Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Friday, July 2, 2010

Let-tuce Be Writers!

Here I am, back from vacation. Internet how I love you. Blogger buddies how I missed you! Twitter? Meh. Facebook. Even more meh. But blogs? Love love love the blogs. I hope to get caught up with everyone soon. Thanks to all who have added yourselves to my happy place. I look forward to getting to know you better!

Now down to business!! I have the name of my contest, thanks to some help from A.L. Sonnichsen!! (and my husband who created the image) Congratulations to our winner and her blog, The Green Bathtub! And thank you to all who entered, it was really tough to choose. I'll link to Amy on every contest post and she will also get an extra 3 points for each entry. Her name idea is Let-tuce Be Writers--

Isn't it awesome? I love how it all came out. Now on to the next contest, which is another way to promote literacy and support authors. Can you guess what it might be?


 LETTUCE     READ   Because I read a book and I'm giving it away to a lucky winner!






 LETTUCE     HOLD & ENTER CONTESTS  Winner A.L. Sonrichsen from The Green Bathtub

Yes, to READ BOOKS!  And I have a copy of a VERY INTERESTING BOOK to give away.

While on vacation I read the new release, Like Bees to Honey by Caroline Smailes. My Goodreads review is here. It's an awesome book well worth reading, and I have a copy to ship out to one lucky winner!!

We are writers, so LETTUCE READ!! In fact, we must read! Because the best book to teach you writing is the one you are reading right now

And remember that a great way to support authors is by posting reviews to the books you read on Goodreads, Amazon, etc! Even if it's not a 5 star review, so what? We can be honest and still find good things to say with an intelligent analysis.

All you need to do for a chance to win Like Bees to Honey is comment & count up your points. For more chances, do more stuff! Point breakdown:

Post the Contest Countdown Image on your blog-- 3

Link to my blog (either through the image or otherwise)-- 2

Twitter or Facebook about this contest--  2

Follower -- 1

Comment & add your points -- 1

This will be a short contest. Monday or Tuesday I'll announce the winner and start another. Stay tuned! Happy Fourth everyone!


  1. I love the name of your contest! Makes me want to eat salad. Yum.
    I'm going to put your contest on my sidebar. Sweet!

  2. Great name for the contest. I'll add your contest to my links.

  3. Lydia & Mary, Thank you! I know I may not get a lot of entries for this one since it's a holiday weekend post (duh! I should have started it yesterday at least!) But I appreciate your support!

  4. Follower! 2 points! :o) PS: did you see my review of Uncut Diamonds. I hope you thought it was ok?

  5. I'd love to read this book. So I did everything above. Total points: 9 (am already a follower - yeah!!)

    Hope you have a great weekend out there in the desert...July as we know is a major holiday month for Utahns!! (glad you're back, but hope you had a great vacation)

  6. Jessica, yes I saw your review and yours was what I meant when I said "intelligent analysis" and "find something good." Because even though a novel set in the 1970's about a Mormon family wasn't your thing, you gave it a fair, intelligent review and mentioned what you liked about it. I mean really we don't have to give every book 5 stars! Because if we do, our reviews start to lose their meaning anyway! The important thing is to read books and give them fair reviews, which you did and I thought it was very ok! I enjoyed getting your thoughts on Uncut Diamonds and I appreciated the fact that you took the time to post it!

  7. Ach! I'm so glad! I was a little worried. I really didn't want to hurt your feelings. But I certainly meant everything I said. You are a very passionate writer. I admire that. :o) xoxo

  8. Just wanted to say thank you SO much for reading and reviewing 'Bees'! Best not enter me for the competition :)

  9. Caroline, You are very welcome. I only wish I'd thought ahead of time that a holiday weekend might not be the best time to run a contest! It's a lovely book, and you did a wonderful job! I'm looking forward to more from your pen.

  10. WOW, Karen!! Thanks so much! :) I'm thrilled and honored to win your naming contest. And your hubby did a great job on the poster, too. I agree with Lydia -- makes me hungry!

    P.S. This book sounds cool. I'll come back in a bit after I finish posting and spreading the word and add up my points. ;)

  11. Well this sounds like a great contest idea. I liked your review. I will put you contest on my sidebar later this evening. Welcome back!

  12. Love the name and image! I agree with you about adding reviews to Goodreads - I'm going to do my part. Have a great weekend! (2 points)

  13. Great message, with or without a contest. I came in from Ann's.

  14. Great contest name! Made me giggle! :)

    Karen, I am so glad you enjoyed this book because I absolutely LOVED it. It's so unique, and so lyrically written. I know whoever wins it will love it, too. How could anyone not?

  15. I'm glad you came back so energized after your vacation. Happy 4th!

  16. Hope you enjoyed your vacation, Karen.

    Great contest, great name. As an aspiring lady of lettuce, how could I not love it!

  17. What a great contest. Love the name and artwork.

    Thoughts in Progress

  18. Hi Karen! I am loving the sound of this book, and totally agree that the best way we can improve as writers is read everything we can get our hands on! So I would love to be entered, and I have 9 entries - woohoo!

    Post the Contest Countdown Image on your blog - check
    Link to my blog (either through the image or otherwise) - through image, blog roll, daily reads. :)

    Twitter or Facebook about this contest - twittered

    Follower - yup!

    Comment & add your points - love this one, so easy! Hoorah!

  19. What a fun contest, and the book looks like a great prize! Good luck to everyone, and congrats to Amy for the win!


    - Corra

    The Victorian Heroine

  20. Hi, Sounds like a great read! I just became a follower and looks like just in time. =)
    I've blogged it, linked that would be 7.

  21. I like your lettuce. :o)

    And the book looks great too.

    1 follower +1 comment =2

  22. Okay, I've blogged, added the image of the lettuce to my blog, I'm a follower, and a commenter. 3+2+1+1=7

    Math was not my strong suit in school, so you'd better check that addition. ;)

    Thanks, KarenG!


  23. Karen, welcome back! We in bloggerland missed your presence. I love the contest name (so clever) and the picture (pats hubby on back).

    I get a whopping four points! Tweeted, follower, commented.

    Again, welcome back!

  24. Lettuce be... - awesome idea. And it goes with your salad contest post. Can't wait to see how this goes.

  25. I hang my head in shame. Just as I was about to put your contest on my blog, I was distracted by the telephone.

  26. Hi Karen! I finally buckled under the pressure. I started my own blog. come check it out!!