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The 2006 Daphne contest

Captain's Log, Stardate 03.03.2006

Book giveaway:
My Monday book giveaway (WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE) is here.
My Thursday book giveaway (WINDIGO TWILIGHT) is here.
You can still enter both of them. Just post a comment on those blog posts.
On Monday, I'll draw the winner for WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE and post the title for another book I'm giving away. Stay tuned.

Christian Women Online: Yesterday I said that Cathy West's novel excerpt is in this month's CWO, but actually her entire novel will be posted, a chapter every two weeks! Isn't that great? Go on over to check it out.

The Daphne: You'd think I wouldn't even want to think about another contest with the Genesis causing havoc in my life, but I never said I was normal.

All Points Bulletin: On March 15, 2006, the crime scene tape goes up along with the deadline for the Kiss of Death Chapter's Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery Suspense.

With a contest open to published and unpublished authors, and touted by both editors and agents, the Daphne remains one of the most respected and economical avenues for your contest dollar.

With four judges per entry for unpublished, and three judges per entry for published along with a fee that won't make you rob a bank, that's a lot of feedback for your contest loot.

Whether you write straight mystery/suspense or love a story intertwined with romance, the Daphne has something for everyone.

Categories include for Published & Unpublished:

Mainstream Mystery Suspense (romance optional)
Category (Series) Romantic Suspense
Single Title Romantic Suspense
Inspirational Romantic Suspense (THIS CATEGORY NEEDS MORE ENTRIES!)
Historical Romantic Suspense
Paranormal (Fantasy/Time Travel/Futuristic Romantic Suspense

Will you hold in your hand the next Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery Suspense? Don't be left clueless. Check out for contest rules and information.

~ Donnell Ann Bell 2006 Daphne Coordinator
Camy here: This is a good contest--well-run and competitive. And if you need help condensing your synopsis into one page, I can do that through my Story Sensei critique service. Email me for a price quote or endorsements from writers whose synopses have been hacked and slashed by the Asian Adverb Annihilator.

Bible in 90 Days: Day 51. I think my counting is right...I haven't posted, but I have been keeping up. I'm nearing the end of Jeremiah. I like how my Life Application Bible describes Jeremiah's prophecies--like mountain peaks viewed from a certain angle, they look like they're right next to each other, but in actuality they're far apart. Jeremiah prophecied the restoration of the exiles to Jerusalem, but he also spoke about the New Jerusalem, when Christ will reign forever. Parallel, but far apart in time.

Writing: Yesterday, the Genesis ate me whole. Today, things are better. I have a crit or two to do, and then I'll write more tonight. I got some good brainstorming done today.

Diet: I did okay yesterday--went walking and ended at about 1400 calories. Today, I had a good PT workout and had soup for lunch (500).

I tried to go walking with the dog, but the way God's timing is, as soon as I was about two blocks away from home, it started to rain. So I took shelter under a tree. Then suddenly it started to hail. Little teeny ice drops. Didn't hurt. It felt kind of surreal, standing next to the black tree trunk, tiny drops of hail bopping me in the head like white Nerds candies falling from the sky, showering down outside the protection of the branches. No one else around. Dog getting antsy at the weird stuff sticking to her coat and feeling icy under her paws.

I was only two blocks from home, so we headed back when the hail started to lessen. And wouldn't you know, as soon as I got home, the sun broke out and now it's rain-free. I swear Mother Nature is giving me a cheeky grin, saying, "Bite me."


  1. LOL! You are too funny! Was that not some freaky weather? I'm proud of ya, girl. You've done so much for Genesis. It's been hectic at times, but I've loved working on it with you. And praying for all the entrants and judges. I feel so blessed by it all. Love ya, girl!

  2. hehehehehe...I've had those fun storm days myself. Too funny. I've decided to finish my manuscript and get it polished for next year's contest...uh I've said that in public. Does this mean I actually have to do it now?


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