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IPPY Awards results announced! I …

… did not win. Sad face.

Despite my hopes for an imminent victory, I did see this coming. Literary contests are generally intended for literary fiction, and Imminent Danger is a bit too fun and light-hearted to be considered “serious literature”. And by a “bit”, I mean it is mind-bogglingly at the opposite end of the literary fiction spectrum. I might have had a better chance if I’d entered it into the Sci-fi or Humour category or something, but … ah well.

The winning books in the Young Adult category were extremely literary (see how I’m desperately trying to rationalize my loss?). Gold winner: Girl whose family dies and has to struggle to survive without them. Silver/Bronze: Gay teens struggling with their sexuality. A lot of struggling going on there. I like to think the judges secretly wanted to pick my book, but were worried it would reflect badly on their literary taste and they wouldn’t be asked back next year. Keep dreaming, right?

So … no shiny gold medal for Imminent Danger. Alas! If anyone feels like sharing their literary failures in the comments below to make me feel better, please do!

 

Unrelated media of the day:

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Just entered my first book contest! (IPPY Awards — deadline March 16th)

Just popping in to share some super exciting news — I’ve officially entered Imminent Danger into the 2013 IPPY Awards (Independent Publisher Book Awards). Preliminary research indicates that this is a legit contest — and if it isn’t, don’t tell me now, because I already entered and it’s a little too late for second guessing.

Because the deadline is in two days, the entry fee is $95. Yikes. But you know what, why not? I think I’ve produced a pretty darn cool book, and I’m hoping the IPPY peeps will think the same.

Anyway, if you’ve got $95 lying around and feel like entering your book in what is purportedly the “World’s largest international and regional book awards competition”, this is pretty much your last chance! Deadline is March 16th, so get over to their site and enter! For anyone interested, I used the online entry form, which just involves filling in a few fields, entering your credit card info, and then printing out the resulting page and sticking it in the front cover of your book and sending it off to the address they helpfully provide.

I predict great success and imminent victory for Imminent Danger. Should I not win this prestigious award, I shall do something JAW-DROPPINGLY TERRIBLE!!! — probably along the lines of drowning my sorrows in ice cream and then writhing on the floor in pain because I’m lactose intolerant. The future is bright, my friends. The future is bright.

Unrelated media of the day:

Some English guy in Japan moved into a new apartment and got this note from his neighbour:

 

Semi-related reminder of the day:

Enter my Goodreads giveaway so I can send you my book, dang it.

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Be Still — Book Review

Me with my copy of Be Still!

The Book

“Be Still”

The Genre

Romantic Drama

The Author

Tania L. Ramos. This is her second novel, which is self-published through iUniverse. Check out her blog and her website for more information!

The Plot

Plastic surgeon Jack Silver thinks his life is perfect – until he loses his daughter and wife in a series of tragic events. A decade later, Jack discovers that he is dying. He desperately wants to reconnect with his estranged son Travis, but Travis wants nothing to do with his father. Enter Dr. Christina Amity, Jack’s protégé and dear friend, who strives to help father and son work out their issues before Jack’s disease claims him. But even as Christina and Travis grow closer, Jack finds himself inching towards death, drawn by what he thinks is the spirit of his dead wife. Will Jack make peace with his son before he rejoins his wife and daughter in the afterlife? Will the emotionally-damaged Travis ever find love? Read Be Still to find out!

The Review

Let me start by saying that, despite the genre of this book being the polar opposite of what I usually read, I really enjoyed Be Still. The plot was engaging and well thought out, the characters relatable and believable. It’s a tragic story that’s at the same time uplifting, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes the romance/drama genre.

I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t the hugest fan of Jack Silver. He basically gives up on living after his wife dies, withdrawing from the world and from his son, all of which really irked me. I have a hard time connecting with parent characters who emotionally abandon their children. At the same time, I totally understand why he did what he did because his plot arc was beautifully written, so even though I didn’t really like the character, Tania still got me to sympathize with him.

On the other hand, I loved Travis and Christina. Their romance is sweet, and realistic, and flawed, because when does love ever go smoothly? I actually found myself caring more about Jack because I was seeing him through Travis and Christina’s eyes, and it was bittersweet because their shared grief over his impending death is one of the things that brings them together.

I quite enjoyed Tania’s writing style. It flowed nicely, and it was very easy for me to lose myself in the story. One criticism I would make is that the description sometimes got a little flowery, but for all I know that’s the norm for this genre of writing. It certainly didn’t detract from the story, it just made me pause and think, “Goodness, that’s a lot of adverbs”.

The Rating

4 out of 5 stars, plus an “Awww!” factor of 8 puppies.

Remember that blog tour I mentioned?

If you have an excellent memory, you’ll remember that I’m participating in a blog tour next week – the blog tour of Tania L Ramos, to be specific, aka the author of Be Still! Whoa. Crazy coincidence, right? Anyway, here’s a reminder of the blog tour dates:

July 19 – http://katherinenader.tumblr.com

July 20 – http://nerdybookreviews.wordpresscom

July 21 – http://freebies4myfamily.blogspot.com/

July 22 – http://davidmcgowanauthor.com/

July 23 – https://michelleproulx.wordpress.com/ ((ME!))

July 24 – http://www.youtube.com/user/tramossnvvc/videos ((video blog))

Tania is also holding a sweepstakes right now, which can be viewed on her Facebook page. Basically, for every 100 books she sells by August 30th, she will donate a copy of her book to a high school of the winner’s choice. It only works for U.S. schools (something about foreign policy), and she promises to donate a book even if she doesn’t hit the 100 books sold mark. And if you’re poor like me and don’t want to buy a copy, you can still go to the Sweepstakes tab on the Facebook page and enter anyway.

So come back next Monday for my leg of the blog tour!

Tania will be writing a guest post about … about … okay, we really don’t know yet. If you have any ideas, sound off in the comments! She’s a self-published author, so maybe you have some questions you’d like her to answer? Just relay them in the comments section here and I’ll forward them to her.

Cute and addictive game:

http://www.silvergames.com/nyan-cat-lost-in-space

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Short Story Contests 2012

I found this amazing article that lists about a gazillion upcoming short story contests. If you have ever or ever intend to write a short story, you should check out the link, because there are a heckuva lot of lucrative contests upcoming!

NOTE: As always the case when giving away your intellectual property and your money, double check and make sure the contest is legitimate before entering.

Awesome of the day:

FYI, the entire video was done in one take, so the performers basically ran around the house setting themselves up for their next appearance on camera. There was a girl whose sole job was to toss instruments to the performers. There’s a link at the end of the video to the Behind the Scenes video, if you’re interested.

Image cred: http://www1.cse.wustl.edu/~faanly/miscellaneous.htm

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2012 Contests for Self-Published Authors

I’ve recently been doing research into contests for self-published authors, and I now share them here with you! Obviously I can’t enter any of them, as my book is still in the editing stage, but hopefully someone out there will find these links helpful.

Click the title of the contest to go to their website. They are listed in order of entry deadline.

Disclaimer: Scam contests have been known to operate. These links are for reference only. If you decide to enter one of these contests, double-check that they are legitimate before sending your money!

2012 New York Book Festival

  • Deadline: June 1, 2012
  • Prize: $1,500, flight to New York for the awards ceremony
  • Cost: $50 per entry
  • Categories: all genres

Writer’s Digest 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards

  • Deadline: June 15, 2012
  • Prize: $3,000, national exposure, paid trip to Writer’s Digest Conference
  • Cost: $100 for first entry, $75 for additional entries
  • Categories: all genres

Hollywood Book Festival

  • Deadline: June 25, 2012
  • Prize: $1,500, flight to LA for the awards ceremony
  • Cost: $75 per entry
  • Categories: all genres

Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

  • Deadline: August 31, 2012
  • Prize: site is unclear – potentially national exposure
  • Cost: $75-$95 per entry
  • Categories: children’s literature

2012 Anderbo Self-Published Book Award

  • Deadline: October 15, 2012
  • Prize: $500, announcement and publication of book excerpt on Anderbo website
  • Cost: $20 per entry (“reading fee”)
  • Categories: fiction or non-fiction

Happy writing/entering! Also, let me know if you do enter, so I can wish you good luck!

Funny and relative comic: click here.

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