Success only flourishes in perseverance -- ceaseless, restless perseverance.
--Baron Manfred Von Richtofen

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Reason to Celebrate (And prizes too!)

Yesterday I mentioned that I had almost 200 followers, and now I have exceeded that. (210 as of this writing!) Add in the fact that I finished my novel (and will soon be finished typing the novel), and I think it's time for a party! So come on in. Enjoy some virtual summer treats. Don't those look delish? I prefer the cherry limeade flavor. Mmmmm.

Now for a party game. (I totally stole this from Shallee McArthur. Go check out her blog too.) Here are some titles based on Facebook security phrases:

The Tipsier
Easel Insurers
Had Virtues
Persons Patching
Bill Poises

Make up a short pitch for a book based on one of these titles. Leave it in the comments if you like. (This is totally just for fun, not mandatory or anything.)

Now on to the prizes!

First of all for being my 200th follower, Melissa at Through the Looking Glass wins a chapter/short story critique from me! Congrats, Melissa and thanks for pushing me over the top. Email your chapter or story to angloft-at-gmail-dot-com in doc or rtf format, and I'll get right to it.

Now for some more lucky winners I have the following totally cool prizes:

Prize #1--Science Fiction/Fantasy Reading Pleasure Package

A copy of Mindflights Issue #5, which contains my novella, "The Bearer's Oath," and Unparalleled Journeys which contains my story, "Fidelity." Both of these contain many other great stories for your reading pleasure.

Prize #2--Christmas in July

A copy of Stolen Christmas and Other Stories of the Season, which contains my award-winning story, "Shepherds and Kings," plus a bag of my homemade English toffee, one of my favorite Christmas treats. Get a little Christmas spirit in the heat!

Prize #3--Manuscript Therapy

A critique of the first 50 pages of your manuscript from a published author and editor of a spec-fic magazine. (Um, that's me.)

To enter the giveaway, be or become a follower and leave a comment here. That's it. If you want to include your pitch from the party game above, cool. If not, that's fine. Make sure I have an email address or some other way to contact you, and if you have a preference in prizes, tell me that too. You're not required to promote the giveaway for me, but if you want to, it would be appreciated. The contest will run through June 30, and I'll pick three winners at random on July 1.

So, thanks for stopping by. Thanks for following the blog! While you're here, be sure to check out the sidebar for links to my published stories or for the latest features at Mindflights. 

Thanks for partying with me!


Amanda Borenstadt said...

Woo-hoo! Congratulations on so many subscribers. :)

Melissa said...

Congratulations on 213 followers!!! Sweet a chapter critique! Thank you so much for giving me this treat just for being your 200th follower. You`re awesome...

I think I`ll give you the first one. Just so I can get some impressions on it... No one`s seen the full chapter yet!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Happy Followers Celebration! Lovely party you're throwing and a fun title/pitch game. :D

Sulandra has been patching folks to other dimensions for more than a decade but there's a glitch that's redirecting her patches to a dimension no one knew existed.

sleuthwood (at) yahoo (dot) com

Melissa said...

OKAY! Sent my chapter! Let me know if it doesn`t work or you don`t receive it.


Jan Markley said...

congrats on all your followers! Like the new template as well.

Larry and CIndy said...

Congratulations...Angie!!! You are amazing!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the follower count. Let's party! Great prizes.

Had Virtue

Tom Dykes spent his life looking for that right one to marry and become one with. Little did he know that he would find her in the form of a alien from Tolerita, a planet light years away. Through his dreams, he is able to connect with her, but how will he ever reach her planet. He finds his answer when he mets David, a world traveler. The shocking discovery of the invasion of Tolerita and the capture of his true love, sends him whisking toward the planet. Can he make it there in time?

Angie said...

Hi, everybody! Thanks for coming to the party. Love your book pitches, gals.

elizabeth mueller said...

Angie, congrats! I'm so happy for all the stuff you've published! <3

Anonymous said...


Stina Lindenblatt said...

Congrats on all your followers! I have a 3-5 page synopsis to write. NOW!!! (Yet I'm still on blogger) so I don't have time to enter. But hope you have tons of fun with your contest. :D

Amie B said...

congrats on finishing your book and for 200 followers! how fantastic! love your pitch idea - i'll have to think on them a bit...wouldn't it be funny if someone really did come up with a book title that way?

Aubrie said...

Congrats, Angie! What wonderful prizes!

Here's my entry:

While vacationing on a Carnival cruise, Aaron Smith drinks his last margarita when he falls off the boat and becomes The Tipsier, a hero rescuing people from making bad choices due to alcohol.

Shallee said...

Congrats on the followers! And thanks for the mention. :) I've got to come back and do a pitch once I've had a chance to think!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Congrats on the followers! That's awesome. I would love to win the manuscript therapy prize.

Nicole.Zoltack AT

Melanie Goldmund said...

Congratulations on so many followers, Angie!

Bill Poises:

A book of origami for all those pesky paper bills you receive in the mail: now turn them into artistic animal shapes with the last zero of the the sum you owe always coming out as the eye!

Lilly Jones said...

You are clearly very talented & I plan to read your published works, Thanks for sharing yourself through this blog & for being such a great inspiration.

Have a great week ahead xxx

Valerie Ipson said...

All I know is I need English toffee.

kbrebes said...

Lucky Melissa! I LOVE Blessing Stone! Manuscript Therapy would be terrific! Congrats and Party On! You're awesome!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Angie. Many followers and a MS almost typed up. I see why you're partying.

Tess said...

par-tay over at Angie's place...woot! woot!

Angie said...

Thank you, kbrebes. I appreciate that. Welcome to everyone! I so appreciate you stopping by. Hope you had fun. =) The book pitches are wonderful, you guys. LOL

Taffy said...

You have 217 at my posting! WOOT!
(I know you said pick one but I havta try all of them together).

Bill Poises has a problem. As an Easel Insurer he has always been the person patching up artwork. But when his bank account starts running in the red, he becomes The Tipsier. The person who will tip over the easel, breaking it and taking a piece of the insurance money.
But Bill has had virtues and when he meets the woman of his dreams and she actually is falling for him, he has to decide between black and red, love or money.

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Mary Campbell said...

Congrats all everything. Finishing your novel and the typing of said novel is a great accomplishment - very awesome. Also congrats on the 200+ followers. All good reasons to celebrate.

T. Anne said...

What a great party you throw! I brought some chips and salsa to share, hope you don't mind!

Jackee said...

Hooray! What an awesome party, my friend. :o) And congrats on the followers... they will fall in love with this site, I'm sure, as have I!

Here are my contributions (Yeah, sorry. I had so much fun with the writing prompts that I made two.)

Bill Poises

Downward Dog. Plank Pose. Salutation to the Sun. Bill Trudy was finding out the hard way it took more than awkward dinner dates to win the love of Celeste Reilly. But when Celeste asks him to accompany her to an ashram across the sea, he only has two choices: keep up the charade that he’s a man with a mad-passion for yoga or a beast just out to see her in spandex.


All fifteen year old Sarah Baker wanted was to love and be loved. Too bad she put all her faith in the team captain of the wrestling team, a live-in aunt with an obsession for costume jewelry, and a mother who hadn’t left her mobile home in four years. Finding herself pregnant and disowned on the same day only adds to the wound. That is until an off-hand comment from a social worker sets Sarah on a quest to find that one, true family who will love her no matter what. Her and her baby. The only trick is to make it across the country without popping that baby out on the side of the road.

Lisa Gail Green said...

Yay! I love prizes. Not that I usually win anything. But, sort of like publication, I just keep on trying. :) If I happen to get lucky my email is paranormalpov at gmail dot com

Cherie Reich said...

Congrats on all the followers! That's awesome!

Easel Insurers:

When Bill and Irene opened an art store, they had no clue what they were in for, especially when their biggest art client, Art Vandelay, is found dead amongst the easels. Can they solve his murder, clear their names, and insure they aren't next?

Fun game! *grins*


tiffany said...

ok so im the super hero of the book i have all the wisdom of yoda i can be invisable when neccesary and i can hurt people with a camrea when i take pictures of them you can expound from there

Rocky said...

Hip hip hooray! A party's always great, especially if you're celebrating more than one thing. :) I think my pick of prizes is the book critique. My e-mail is

Angie said...

Thanks, Rocky. That's a cute nickname for you. You have a cute blog too! Thanks for coming to the party.

Lisa said...

I am such a slacker! I thought I was already a follower and I wasn't. So now I am! Sign me up for this awesome contest (I'd like prize number three please).

Game--Easel Insurers

Tristan believed in his enterprise. He believed that artists would see the value of insuring their easels and he would be well on his way to a fortune.

Little did he know that Zock, a wicked artist aspiring to become the next Picaso, would thwart his plans. Zock wanted every painting, that had the potential to destroy his dream, destroyed.

Join Tristan as he fights for not just his livlihood but his life. Because Zock will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means killing anyone who gets in his way.

tiffany said...

i can also shot lasers from my eyes fire from my mouth bullets from my nose and to throw everyone off sillystring from my ears & fingers

Angie said...

Sillystring, T????? LOOOOVE IT!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the followers and congrats for finishing your book!!!

Partay over here!!! :D