Friday, March 7, 2014

Night Owl's Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt and Friday Celebrations

Win Books and Prizes in the Night Owl Reviews Spring Fling Web Hunt

I'm really excited to be participating in the Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt at Night Owl Reviews starting on April 1.

I'm one of the Scavenger Hunt sponsors and am offering an ebook bundle prize basket in collaboration with my publishing Ink Smith Publishing. In addition to my books Polar Night and The Ghosts of Aquinnah, the winner of my basket will receive the entire 2013 Ink Smith catalog in ebook format. I'm really grateful to my publisher for taking part in this with me and I'm excited to have the chance to help spread the word about the other Ink Smith authors and their wonderful books.

To win, entrants need to go on a hunt to fill in missing words from the book blurbs in the contest. It's a fun way to learn about lots of new books! To learn more and sign up to play, visit the Night Owl Reviews site here.


This week has gone so quickly that I can't believe it's Friday and time to Celebrate the Small Things again. If you'd like to join the hop, visit Vikki at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author here.

Today I'm celebrating that I finished writing my posts for the A to Z in April Challenge! I know I still have to go back in and proofread them, but it's a great feeling to have the bulk of the work done.

I'm also celebrating what a great time I had co-hosting this month's Insecure Writers' Support Group meeting. It was fun to meet lots of bloggers who were new to me and I am also very grateful for all the advice and support I received about my public speaking anxiety! If I ever need a reminder of how supportive and encouraging this group is all I need to do is look at the comments on that post. Thanks so much to everyone who commented and a special thanks to Liz Blocker, who took the time to e-mail me some public speaking tips she learned while studying acting at Emerson College. If you don't already know Liz, check out her blog here. She totally rocks.

Happy weekend, all!

42 comments:

  1. It's great to have those Challenge posts out of the way, isn't it?
    Thanks again for co-hosting the IWSG! Being on the host side is so rewarding.

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  2. What a busy bee you are. But it all helps to keep writing, gain new ideas and friends.
    Good to know you haven't been buried by all that snow - just with projects. A good reason to CELEBRATE.

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  3. I am so jealous that you got all your A-Z posts done! I've been procrastinating all over the place.

    Maybe when you do your public speaking gigs, you should think of all of us sitting in the audience instead, cheering you on. :)

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  4. I am so jealous that you got all your A-Z posts done! I've been procrastinating all over the place.

    Maybe when you do your public speaking gigs, you should think of all of us sitting in the audience instead, cheering you on. :)

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  5. @Alex, I loved co-hosting, it's always such a great experience.

    @Inge, yeah, I'd much rather be buried in the projects LOL.

    @Madeline, oh, that's a great idea! I will try that. You guys are some of my favorite people in the world. :)

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  6. I'm up to Q in the challenge. Still way ahead of last year which I posted on a nightly basis. Julie, I have confidence that you'll be a great speaker. Just remember to talk slow and think before your tongue wags. (My big problem)

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  7. Hi Julie - I'm doing the Night Owl Spring Fling too! See you there :-)

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  8. The Spring Fling sounds great! And yay for finishing your A to Z posts. Have a terrific weekend. :)

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  9. That's great that you finished your A to Z posts. I still need to figure out WHAT to write about.

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  10. @Cathy, thank you for your confidence! I really appreciate it.

    @Amy, awesome, I'm looking forward to it!

    @Christine, thanks, you too!

    @Sarah, that's how I was a few years ago but it all came together somehow. Good luck!

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  11. Thanks for hosting IWSG. It's so fun to do isn't it? Also, I'm so impressed that you got your A-Z finished. YAY! Now you can relax and visit others.

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  12. Good luck with the scavenger hunt - sounds cool! You finished your A-Z already? Gah! I'm desperately trying to finish my WIP this month and I don't think I'll even get to the A-Z posts. Waaaaaaa!!!

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  13. @Julie, it is fun, I love it. And that's my hope with A-Z, I'd love to meet some new bloggers.

    @Lexa, I'm thrilled to be done with my posts but my WIP has suffered as a result. I just needed to put it away and work on something else. Now I'll be desperate with you LOL.

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  14. I'm jealous that you've finished your A to Z posts already, I'm only halfway through my research! I'll have to get a move on :)

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  15. Wow! All your A-Z posts done already? I never pre-write them, just throw them up each day. I'm just not that organized.

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  17. @Laura, good luck with your research and the posts!

    @Kate, it's totally out of character for me to be this organized, I don't know what got into me LOL.

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  18. Congratulations on getting your A-Z posts done already. That's the way I did it, too, the only year I participated. I can't imagine how anyone can find time to do them on a one-day-at-a-time basis throughout the month of April. Too much pressure!

    The scavenger hunt sounds like a blast, and it almost tempts me to reconsider my plans to take a break from blogging in April so I can get some much-needed writing done. Almost. But not quite.

    Happy weekend!

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  19. @Susan, thanks, I hope you have a great weekend too. :)

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  20. Congrats on finishing those posts. IWSG is always a great day in blogland. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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  21. @Suzanne, it was my pleasure, thanks.

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  22. You already wrote all your A-to-Z posts? Wow! I'm impressed! I barely blog anymore, and it's still hard for me to find the time and energy to write up posts, heh.

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  23. IWSG is such a wonderful thing to so many bloggers. I enjoyed co-hosting myself last month. Glad Liz gave you some tips.

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  24. This is the first I've heard of the Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt. And I wouldn't count finishing your A-Z posts as a small thing. Congrats on your great success!

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  25. I can't believe how fast time is going.

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  26. I'm determined to have my posts done by next week this time. Liz is great, isn't she? That's a great giveaway.

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  27. Spring Fling! Loe that idea. Would love to win your bundle so I'm off to check it out. Well done on the completion of all those posts. That must be a weight off! :)

    Have a great weekend Julie.

    shahwharton.com

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  28. You already wrote every single post for the A to Z challenge?!? Ah!!! *has mini panic attack*

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  29. Wow, I am so impressed, you finished AtoZ. I do have my list nearly complete, but nothing written yet. My IWSG was so late I had to combine it with my celebrate post :)

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  30. @Heather, it's totally out of character for me to actually have these posts organized LOL.

    @Sheena, I agree, it's one of the best things about blogging.

    @Natasha, thanks!

    @shelly, true enough.

    @Susan, I hope you will get them finished - good luck!

    @Shah, thanks so much, and I hope you have a great weekend too.

    @Beverly, oh no, don't have a panic attack.

    @Rhonda, LOL, I will have to catch up with your combo post. :)

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  31. I have to check that scavenger hunt out!! I'm off!

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  32. @Elizabeth, I hope you like it. :)

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  33. Congratulations on finishing your A to Z posts! I'm in awe. The scavenger hunt sounds fun.

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  34. So glad you had a good co-host experience. Meeting new people is always so wonderful.

    Here's to another super-full, super-great week.

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  35. Isn't that a great feeling to finish writing those posts in advance! I still have some work to do but will have it all wrapped up by March 31st.

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  36. Man, I could definitely use public speaking tips! This month it's another online one for me, so it will just be my face on the screen. Scary!

    That scavenger hunt sounds great! Your publisher is awesome to put together a giveaway like that. I'll pass it along on Wednesday.

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  37. I'm impressed that you've already finished your A to Z posts! The scavenger hunt is such a creative idea! Looking forward to hearing more about it!

    Julie

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  38. Way to go with your A to Z posts!!! And with the Spring Fling Giveaway - that's a cool prize basket!
    And best wishes for your public speaking endeavors - you can do it!

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  39. @Ellie, thanks, I hope it will be.

    @Lee, I hope so!

    @Stephen, it really is. Best of luck getting yours all set!

    @Shannon, oh, I think I'd do even worse online. I can't even stand using Skype LOL. Good luck!

    @Julie, thanks!

    @Tyrean, thanks so much.

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  40. The Scavenger Hunt sounds like fun and what a great prize!

    Congrats on getting your A-Z posts written!

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  41. Wow I am amazed you already have all your A to Z challenge posts done. I have like one done so far. I really need to get myself in gear :)

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  42. @joss, I hope you've been able to get more done, good luck with the challenge. :)

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