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Year of the Dog serial novel, chapter 22

I’m posting a Humorous Christian Romantic Suspense serial novel here on my blog! Year of the Dog is a (second) prequel to my Warubozu Spa Chronicles series. Year of the Dog serial novel by Camy Tang Mari Mutou, a professional dog trainer, is having a bad year. While renovating her new dog kenneling and training facility, she needs to move in with her disapproving family, who have always made her feel inadequate—according to them, a job requiring her to be covered in dog hair and slobber is an embarrassment to the family. She convinces her ex-boyfriend to take her dog for a few months … but discovers that his brother is the irate security expert whose car she accidentally rear-ended a few weeks earlier. Ashwin Keitou has enough problems. His aunt has just shown up on his doorstep, expecting to move in with him, and he can’t say no because he owes her everything—after his mother walked out on them, Auntie Nell took in Ashwin and his brother and raised them in a loving Chri

ACFW Genesis winners!

Captain’s Log, Supplemental

Blog book giveaway:
My Monday book giveaway is FURY by Bill Bright and Jack Cavanaugh.
You can still enter. Just post a comment on that blog post. On Monday, I'll draw the winner and post the title for another book I'm giving away.

ACFW Genesis contest winners!

First of all, a great big thank you to all the entrants to helped make
the Genesis Contest's first year such a success.

Second, mucho gracias to the judges who so graciously volunteered
their time to judge. We all really appreciate it.

Here are the winners and titles:

In the Contemporary Romance Category:

The 3rd place winner is…. Kristian Tolle, Flirting with Danger
The 2nd place winner is… Kaye Dacus, Happy Endings, Inc.
The contemporary romance category winner is Glynna Sirpless, A Reason to Dance


In the Historical Romance category:

The 3rd place winner is… Charlene Glatkowski, Halfway Home
The 2nd place winner is… Andree Eisenberg, The Legend of Ruby Sanchez
The Historical romance category winner is Audra Harders, Timeless Treasures

In the Mystery/SuspenseThriller category:

The 3rd place winner is… Wayne Scott, The Dark Boys (Wayne had a terrific headshot for the presentation)

The 2nd place winner is… Susan Spencer-Smith, A Death in the Parsonage
The Mystery/suspense/Thriller category winner is Cheryl Wyatt, Stealth
Surrender
(Cheryl was in a wheelchair and wheeled up to the side of the stage to receive her award and give her rapid-fire thank you speech.)

In the Romantic Suspense category:

The 3rd place winner is… Kelly Ann Riley, Kitty's Fire
The 2nd place winner is… Robin Miller, Enemy Prowl
The Romantic Suspense category winner is Jill Eileen Smith, One Murder Too Many

In the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Speculative fiction category:

The 3rd place winner is… Sherry Thompson, Seabird
The 2nd place winner is… Rebecca Grabill, In Perfect Darkness
The Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Speculative fiction category winner is Mirta Ana Schultz, Age's End

In the Women's Fiction category:

The 3rd place winner is… Erin Keeley Marshall, The Bluff Dweller
The 2nd place winner is… Julie Saffrin, That Summer Place
The Women's fiction category winner is Marian Merritt, Legacy of Grace

In the General Fiction category, which includes Contemporary Fiction,
Historical Fiction, Chick-Lit, Young adult, and Multicultural fiction:

The 3rd place winner is… MaryAnn L. Diorio, Sicilian Conspiracy
The 2nd place winner is… Lynne Gentry, North of Nowhere
The General fiction category winner is Christina Miller, Twilight (I spent a whole bunch of time with Christina at this conference and it was so hard not to say anything!)

FaithWords has graciously partnered with ACFW for the Genesis contest this year. The top five scoring entries across categories were sent to the FaithWords editorial board, and the Overall winner chosen will receive a $500 cash prize from FaithWords.

This year, only four finalists were sent to the FaithWords editorial board because one entrant withdrew late in the contest.

The three Faithwords finalists are:

Andree Eisenberg, The Legacy of Ruby Sanchez
Audra Harders, Timeless Treasures
Christina Miller, Twilight

The Overall Winner of the Genesis contest is... Marian Merritt, Legacy of Grace

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!
Camy

TMI:

Happy 34! Yesterday was my birthday! I had a great birthday. Didn’t do much. Checked my billion e-mails from the 5 days I was gone.

My husband, Captain Caffeine, ignored my request to not get me anything—after all, we’re not exactly swimming in money these days—and got me a bright red iPod Nano case. He specifically pointed out the fire-engine red color, which assures me he knows his wife’s tastes very well.

Then he surprised me. When I went to my office to start my computer, I saw a Post-It note saying “Happy Birthday, hon.” Attached was a gorgeous pair of amethyst earrings. (Sorry, they're too small for me to get a picture with my digital camera)

I was completely floored. But when I called to thank him, he said he had to give “full disclosure” about the earrings.

My writer’s brain, of course, is going a mile a minute. Did he buy them for his pregnant mistress, but then realized his love for me and wants me to have them? Or maybe he made a deal with the jewelry store owner that I’d critique the owner’s wife’s 500-page erotica manuscript in exchange for 70% off the earrings?

Captain Caffeine: I didn’t buy the earrings. I found them in a parking lot.

Crazy Asian wife: What?

Captain Caffeine: They were on the ground.

Happy Asian wife: Did someone buy them and then drop them?

Captain Caffeine: Yeah, I think so.

Materialistic Asian wife: Sucks for them. Cool for me!

So you see, GOD gave Captain Caffeine the earrings to give to me.

I should also clarify that I’m very HAPPY he didn’t spend all that money on me. I’m not terribly romantic as a person, I’m usually more practical.

Writing: I posted another "Health and the Writer" post at WriterQuotes, and an agent post at my Story Sensei blog.

Had a great time at the conference! Met lots of nice people. Didn’t have enough time to meet people as I’d like.

Plus I forgot ALL their names. I am horrible with names. So if I met you this weekend, sorry about that. Nothing personal.

The contest went well, everything went well. I’ll blog about it when I’m not so flippin’ tired. My parents are also coming to town on Wednesday so I might be AWOL on blogging the rest of this week, although hopefully not.

Diet: I went to the gym two days out of the four, so that’s not bad. But I didn’t exercise yesterday. As for eating...well, let’s just say the fries at the hotel restaurant were quite, quite, good. As were the strawberry margaritas.

I don’t think I overate too much, so that’s good. Now to get back on track.

Comments

Kaye Dacus said…
Camy--
Thank you so much for all of your hard work on this year's contest. You'll never know how much it means to those of us who entered that everything flowed smoothly. Because of your hard work, the contest has taken on even more prestige in the eyes of editors and agents and you are to be highly commended.

It was great seeing you this weekend!
Happy 34th! You've almost caught up to me, except that I keep getting older.

FUNNY earring story, LOLOL! What a hoot. Your hubby must be WAY honest, 'cause I don't think mine would admit it!
Catherine West said…
Hey, Happy Birthday!! So you all were hanging out drinking margaritas?? No wonder you weren't at the chocolate party!
Way to have fun and not tell anyone...
Na, seriously, it was GREAT meeting you in person, even though you didn't invite me to have a margarita with you...
Okay, I'll stop.
Hopefully next year we will have more time to chat, but you have too many friends - you were always surrounded by a crowd - stop being so popular okay???

Enjoy your earrings and I hope you recover from Dallas quickly. I'm still not sure what time zone I'm in...
Julie Carobini said…
Happy Birthday, Camy. Hope those earrings have surgical steel posts :0

:)
Anonymous said…
Camy! Happy birthday! (I'm singing to you, can you hear me...?) It was so great meeting you in person. I loved our conversation over dinner at the Bookies get-together. I'm sure we'll have many more!

Staci
Lynette Sowell said…
Camy, Happy Birthday!!

I'm sorry I didn't get to snag you on Saturday to say hi. Someone was talking to me at the book signing, and you and Robin breezed by. My dh and I were there from about 4:00-6:30. He had to drag me off before the banquet started. :)

Congratulations to the Genesis winners! Walk through those open doors. :)
Shannon McNear said…
Camy, it was great to see YOU and your ever-smiling face! Thanks again for all your hard work ... oh, and happy birthday!!!!

And yeah, those fries were awesome, weren't they???
C. H. Green said…
Happy Belated Birthday! Hey, can you come over and post one thing you learned at the conference on my blog on the post entitled, I WANT TO KNOW...purty please????
Anonymous said…
I knew I should have said that I stole them instead :-)

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