Saturday, June 27, 2009

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES -- Wild Rose Press Author Blog Event

Relax. Take off your coat. Stay a while. Have a cup of coffee. Well, okay, there's no coffee, but there are some wonderful literary musings awaiting you as a part of the Stop and Smell the Roses event.

Here's how the event works. Several authors from The Wild Rose Press will post excerpts on their blogs on June 29 as a part of an all day blog event. Some authors may offer a chance to win prizes for the participants who leave comments.

What am I offering? If you leave a comment at any of my blog entries related to Leaving the Comfort Cafe, I will enter your name in a drawing for a chance to win a printed copy of my book.
One important note: On June 29, the day this event is scheduled, I will be on a volunteer project, and may have sporadic access to e-mail (which is why I'm posting this earlier). But I WILL post the winner on this blog the next day, and I WILL get in contact and respond to comments that day---though perhaps not in as timely a fashion as I normally would.

I called my blog Novel Trails because my blog is FUNCTIONAL --- this is much more than about what's going on with me (though you'll no doubt find some information on that) but my blog has information and resources that will be of interest to readers and provide some useful resources for writers or anyone who wants to improve his or her writing. If you're not into writing, that's fine, you'll find information on great reads, reader loops---and of course, all the insight into the quirky world of a Southern writer. So take time to wander throughout my blog. Heck, go ahead and follow it. I promise I don't write down every minute thing I do. I won't post blogs on going to Wal-Mart or getting my tires rotated...unless of course, a story happens to spring forth from those events (and in the South, that frequently, frequently, happens).

I have two pieces with the Wild Rose Press -- my novella, Leaving the Comfort Cafe (which is the main thrust of this blog) and a short story called "Cousin of the Bride." I'm also working on a Christian romance short story to submit to the Wild Rose Press that has the working title "Make it So" (I know, I'm not crazy over that title, either). You may also find links to some of my other short stories that have been published online on the left.

There is also a link to The Wild Rose Press if you want to order my book (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)

If you are interested in writing a guest column for this blog, just contact me through this blog, or visit my website at

Below you will find:
1) An excerpt from Leaving the Comfort Cafe
2) A video of a live reading featuring a different excerpt from Leaving the Comfort Cafe (and please note, I don't charge extra for the Eastern North Carolina accent. I'm glad to throw that in for free)
3) Links to the other great, great, blogs and writers with The Wild Rose Press. Enjoy!

So relax. Please keep all hands and feet inside the ride at all times. I hope you enjoy reading about Blythe as much as I have enjoyed writing about her.


Skhye said...

Love your LeGuin quote! And since I don't have an Eastern North-Carolina accent, whew! ;) Have a fantastic week.

Roni said...

Wonderful blog! Thanks for participating.

Rhonda Penders

Wendi Zwaduk said...

Great blog. Writers need those little resources and nudges here an there because we all have joys and we all get the blues sometimes too.

Lauri said...

Very nice blog! I really enjoyed reading it.

Tanya Hanson said...

Thanks for the great blog! And I'd love a guest spot if you have room LOL.


Christine Clemetson said...

Your blog looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Dawn said...

Thanks for all your lovely comments.
I'll be making the drawing tomorrow in the am to leave the blog open for comments until midnight.

Tanya, you are welcome to guest blog. Feel free to blog on any writing subject you'd like.

And guys, also check out my friend Billie's blog at mystic-lit---it's pretty cool as well.

Best of luck to all you guys.
I think--as a writer--that 90 percent of the game is persistence. The world is just too full of so many cases of books that have been rejected ad nauseum only to later become best sellers.

btw, my web address is

billie said...

Dawn, thanks for the mystic-lit plug - I'm looking for guest bloggers too, so I appreciate it!

(and am awaiting yours...:)