Today, I am flooding the blog with posts and I hope you'll join me in celebrating my birthday and being an author for nearly 7 years! I can hardly believe how time has flown and all that has happened over these past few years.
However, I wanted to do something new this year (that I hope, will become annual?) We will see what happens.
What is this Novel Moment's contest?
I don't know about you, but I love creating moments that I've lived through history, books, and movies...and I wanted to give you the opportunity to do the same. This is the time to make YOUR novel moment...taken from the pages of one of my books.
What are Novel moments?
Well, instead of trying to explain maybe I should...
*opens up a deep corner of my heart*
Here I am in Colonial Williamsburg...with one of my historical heroes the Marquis de Lafayette played by an incredible reenactor.
Lafayette and I share the same birthday, so this man went out of the way to make this day extra special for me and of course, the historical figure himself is incredible. This was a real highlight moment for me in my life.
I could go on and on about Colonial Williamsburg, historical dress etc....but that would be beside the point of what I am trying to talk about here.
Here is a "Jane Austen Moment"
If you've watched regency and other historical BBC dramas, you might know the urge to at least climb this...
No, you don't get a picture of me climbing it. I am not a beautiful, gracious Jane Austen heroine, also there was no Capt. Wentworth to catch me...
In London, England, this is a tower where they kept prisoners, the most important one to me was Gilford Dudley husband to Lady Jane Grey my favorite British Queen. If you look in the stone behind the plastic, you can see her name that he carved while in his prision chamber. I sat there for a full minute that morning realizing I was sitting where, I am sure many men have sat prisoners who lost their heads, but specifically Gilford Dudley, and thought about Lady Jane Grey. Looking out the window, I could see what he could see, the tower, the scaffold they were building where they would kill his wife, where so many other "private" executions were held....
Here are a few of my other favorites moments from England...
Another one of these moments in England was visiting Hartfield's Ashford Forest, aka the home of Winnie the Pooh! (Also very close to Emma for my fellow Jane Austen Fans). While I am obviously not Christopher Robin, that didn't stop me from purchasing a large Winnie the Pooh, and walking with him all over Ashford Forest, to take photos.
When I went to Korea, I purchased a Hanbok in theme with one of my favorite outfits from my first Korean drama (which also happened to be my favorite colors), and proceeded to run around South Korea, imitating scenes from dramas, and creating memories that will last a lifetime.
This summer I sat on the banks of Plum Creek where Laura Ingalls used to play. Feeling rather like Mary, as I sat on the banks of Plum Creek, watching my younger sister play, she has brown hair like Laura and I have blonde hair like Mary...I might have also screamed like Nellie Oleson, when I tried to enter the water and some small creature insisted on nibbling at my toes...seriously...it might have been okay if the water hadn't been so murky, and I could have seen what was going on, but when I've moved my foot three times and the same feeling returns. I am a no go, admittedly, it was probably just a small fish, but I really didn't want to find out.
But, I am digressing sort of, this is why I am holding this contest.
I love creating, capturing, living in little moments like these, and I hoping to afford you the opportunity to create a moment like this for yourself, from my characters and my books.
I am hoping, that there is a scene (or even a book cover,) that you'd like to recreate for yourself, to take a moment and own it.
It doesn't have to be fancy...you don't have to travel, or sew up a brand new costume, use your creativity and create with what you have. I don't care if you borrow your brother's nerf sword, and a red blanket to recreate an Annabeth scene, or something, like that.
This summer, I took the time to create a "Grace" scene myself...
I was wearing my Anne puffed sleeve shirt, my Laura skirt...and the shawl I wrote Sufficient Grace in. My hair was up in a "teacher bun" with an Asian hair stick through it-because it part of who I am, and I wanted to make it mine...
It's a photo contest.
1. Please take and submit your photo by September 30th. (Voting will begin October 1st.)
2. Imitate a scene or a cover from any of my novels or short stories. Waiting for Isacc, and A Look in the Mirror are excluded from this contest. (I am also willing to accept partials, maybe a hand and a sword and a quote from the book etc. Make it yours, and see where it will go.)
3. Post it where I can see it, and share it on my blog when it comes time to vote.
4. Please keep your entries friendly, submissions may be refused at the discretion of the author.
One $10 gift card will be awarded to the winner. They can choose their $10 from one of the following places: Amazon, iTunes, Hobby Lobby, Barnes & Noble, ThriftBooks, Starbucks, or Caribou Coffee.
If we get over 10 entries I will introduce a second-place winner and a $5 dollar gift card.
There must be a minimum of three entries for there to be a giveaway.
Your submissions will be voted on by the general public.
If you are under 18 you must have your parents permission to enter.
This is not done in affiliation with anything or anyone but my books.
Thank you! I can hardly wait for your submissions!