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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Letters to Your Favorite Authors: Contest and Prize Pack Giveaway

Letters to Your Favorite Authors: Contest and Prize Pack Giveaway

Contest hosted by:  Shooting Stars Mag.

Whether you've read the book, David Inside Out or not, this is still one week that you want to pay attention to.

In Lee's novel, the main character David and his best friend Eddie write letters to their favorite authors. This sparked the idea of this contest. 

At this point, four bloggers (one is an author herself - me) will be writing a letter to our favorite or one of our favorites as I have so many, author and then it will be posted on our blog. You must check out their respective blogs, on their particular date, to find the letter though. By doing so, leaving your thoughts, and even following the various blogs...you get entered into a prize pack (more prizes will be added as this goes along so keep an eye on the list).


Okay, Here is my letter to one of my favorite authors, Julie Garwood.
Dear Ms. Garwood:

Hello!  I finally, after all these years broke down and decided to write you a letter.  Am I your biggest fan?  I don’t know, but I am definitely a huge one.  I am certain that most people would think that Stephen King would be my favorite author, but they would be wrong.  Although I am big fan of Mr. King, his stories always leave me feeling creeped out and icky, which is the whole point of his stories and I love him for it.  However, at the end of your stories, I feel happy and complete and wish there was more to come.  That is definitely a preferred feeling, in my mind. 

I must say your historical books are my favorite (The Bride, Ransom, Secret), but your thrillers are just as exciting and entertaining (FBI Series).  Most books I will read and then off they go to used bookstores or Goodwill, but not yours.  They are stored nicely in their very own plastic bin, so that I can pull them out whenever I need a good read with a happy ending. 

As a writer myself, although a new one, I have to say that I have learned so much from you.  Yes, you write for the adult genre and I the teen, but regardless, your story telling abilities have really helped me and taught me many, many great things.  You have made me a better writer and storyteller.  Thank you for that. 

Very Truly Yours

Courtney Rene
Author and Fan

Here is the schedule so far in case you missed any:

Tuesday, Nov. 16- Eleni from http://www.lafemmereaders.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, Nov. 17- Courtney from http://www.ctnyrene.blogspot.com/
Thursday, Nov. 18-Cass from http://bonjourcass.blogspot.com/
Friday, Nov. 19-Brent from http://naughtybookkitties.blogspot.com/

Rules to Enter the Giveaway:

+1 you will get a point for each letter you comment on. That is a chance to earn four points. (leave a new comment on this blog each time you do though!)

+2 for every single blog you follow, including Let's Get Beyond Tolerance. That is a chance to earn ten points (leave two new comments for each blog you follow)

If you have any questions, please let me know.

The giveaway will end November 30th and it's open to U.S. only, I'm afraid.
Prize List

A signed copy of David Inside Out by Lee Bantle donated by the author
$5 Amazon Gift Code donated by Lauren
$10 Starbucks Gift Certficate donated by Courtney
ARC of I’ll Get There, It Better Be Worth the Trip by John Donovan donated by Cass
Fat Chance by Leslea Newman donated by Cass
--more may be added!

Eleni will have her own, separate giveaway on La Femme Readers that goes along with the author she wrote. Be sure to follow those rules there!

Note to Bloggers: a lot of bloggers were, unfortunately, unable to write a letter for this, so I'm hoping to do something similar with more bloggers posting letters and a bigger prize pack in the new year. If you want to help, let me know.

Amazon Associates: buy the book from the above link, and we get a small percentage to support the site.


  1. What a wonderful letter! I love authors that make you better writers...if you write, of course. haha


  2. It's such a great idea to write a letter to the author who inspires you. I have so many.

  3. Nice letter! I'll have to check out Julie Garwood's books. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  4. Great letter! We are Julie Garwood fans, too!

  5. Oh I love this! I wasn't familiar with Julie Garwood previously, but this makes me want to check her stuff out!

  6. Its a true sign of love that you'll keep her books. :)