It’s a Blizzard of Texas Goodies for You!


It’s a Blizzard of Texas Goodies for You!

Several Amarillo area authors have teamed up to offer you the chance to win this basket of books and goodies. All of the stories are set in the Texas Panhandle and written by Amarillo authors Linda Broday, Marcy McKay, Vicki Shoen, and by Canyon author, Natalie Bright.
It’s the perfect basket of entertainment for you when that first blizzard hits!

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Contest Rules
Subscribe to each author’s Newsletter for a chance to win. Links are below.
To increase your chances, follow each of the authors on Twitter, Facebook Author Pages, LinkedIn or Instagram. The more likes on social media, the greater your chances of winning.
Like, share and re-tweet our posts on Facebook and Twitter to increase your chances even more. Links are below.
Thank you for your interest and participation!
List of Basket Items over $100 Retail Value!

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To Love a Texas Ranger by Linda Broday
Award winning and New York Times Best selling author, Linda Broday, is giving you the first in her new MEN OF LEGEND series,
Gravely injured on the trail of a notorious criminal, Texas Ranger Sam Legend boards a train bound for his family ranch to recuperate…only to find himself locked in battle to save a desperate woman on the run. Determined to rescue the beautiful Sierra, Sam recruits an unlikely ally. But can he trust the mysterious gunslinger to fight at his side?
Sam is shocked to discover his new ally is not only an outlaw, but his half-brother. Torn between loyalty to his job and love of his family, Sam goes reeling straight into Sierra’s arms. Yet just as the walls around his battered heart begin to crumble, Sierra is stolen away. Sam will risk anything to save her—his life, his badge, his very soul—knowing that some bonds are stronger than the law…and some legends were born to be told.
Follow Linda on FACEBOOKTWITTERLinkedIn

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Pennies from Burger Heaven by Marcy McKay
Marcy McKay, offers you her dark and heart stealing story about homeless eleven-year-old Copper Daniels. She spends her nights sleeping beneath the cemetery’s Warrior Angel statue for protection, and her days battling the mean streets of Remington, Texas, hell-bent on discovering what happened the night her Mama disappeared. While Copper and her rag-tag group of friends find danger at every corner, two horrors are certain: her Mama’s really missing and someone’s after Copper, too.
“[Pennies from Burger Heaven] gave me shivers on the first page…[Marcy McKay’s] writing is beautiful and emotional, without being sappy.”- Frontiers in Writing Contest Judge
Follow Marcy here: Website –  Facebook –  Twitter
You can email Marcy here: marcy@marcymckay.com

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Inherit the Texas Earth by Vicki Schoen
Set in 1930s Texas Panhandle, a young farmer must fight the long drought as it ravishes the land he loves–and solve a long-suppressed mystery triggered by the return of a Comanche, his former friend. Willy Gil Kellogg finds himself caught between promises he made his grandfather and tough truths about farming methods and prejudice–issues Gramps never faced.
“This is a raw, gut-wrenching novel about the effects of the Dust Bowl on Texas farmers and ranchers as well as their families.” –Amazon Reviewer.
Follow Vicki here: WebsiteBlogspotFacebookLinkedIn

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West Texas Christmas Stories Anthology includes “A Cowboy’s Christmas Blessing” by Natalie Bright
This anthology gives you 30 Christmas stories set in West Texas or by West Texas authors, both fiction and non-fiction. In Natalie’s story, a hard-working cowboy recalls the beauty of the season despite his isolation on a ranch without being surrounded by an abundance of decoration and crowds.
Find Natalie here: WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInPinterest

Additional Basket Goodies
In addition to four books listed above, you’ll win genuine home-grown Texas Pecans, Texas Ginger Snaps, cowboy ornaments, and other surprises. All totaling over a $100 value!
Contest open to U.S residents only. The winner will be chosen by a random draw of all the entries and the prize will be mailed. Remember to follow, share and like for more chances to win.

Winner will be announced December 15!

It’s a Blizzard of Texas Goodies for You!


It’s a Blizzard of Texas Goodies for You!

Several Amarillo area authors have teamed up to offer you the chance to win this basket of books and goodies. All of the stories are set in the Texas Panhandle and written by Amarillo authors Linda Broday, Marcy McKay, Vicki Shoen, and by Canyon author, Natalie Bright.
It’s the perfect basket of entertainment for you when that first blizzard hits!

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Contest Rules
Subscribe to each author’s Newsletter for a chance to win. Links are below.
To increase your chances, follow each of the authors on Twitter, Facebook Author Pages, LinkedIn or Instagram. The more likes on social media, the greater your chances of winning.
Like, share and re-tweet our posts on Facebook and Twitter to increase your chances even more. Links are below.
Thank you for your interest and participation!
List of Basket Items over $100 Retail Value!

image001

To Love a Texas Ranger by Linda Broday
Award winning and New York Times Best selling author, Linda Broday, is giving you the first in her new MEN OF LEGEND series,
Gravely injured on the trail of a notorious criminal, Texas Ranger Sam Legend boards a train bound for his family ranch to recuperate…only to find himself locked in battle to save a desperate woman on the run. Determined to rescue the beautiful Sierra, Sam recruits an unlikely ally. But can he trust the mysterious gunslinger to fight at his side?
Sam is shocked to discover his new ally is not only an outlaw, but his half-brother. Torn between loyalty to his job and love of his family, Sam goes reeling straight into Sierra’s arms. Yet just as the walls around his battered heart begin to crumble, Sierra is stolen away. Sam will risk anything to save her—his life, his badge, his very soul—knowing that some bonds are stronger than the law…and some legends were born to be told.
Follow Linda on FACEBOOKTWITTERLinkedIn

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Pennies from Burger Heaven by Marcy McKay
Marcy McKay, offers you her dark and heart stealing story about homeless eleven-year-old Copper Daniels. She spends her nights sleeping beneath the cemetery’s Warrior Angel statue for protection, and her days battling the mean streets of Remington, Texas, hell-bent on discovering what happened the night her Mama disappeared. While Copper and her rag-tag group of friends find danger at every corner, two horrors are certain: her Mama’s really missing and someone’s after Copper, too.
“[Pennies from Burger Heaven] gave me shivers on the first page…[Marcy McKay’s] writing is beautiful and emotional, without being sappy.”- Frontiers in Writing Contest Judge
Follow Marcy here: Website –  Facebook –  Twitter
You can email Marcy here: marcy@marcymckay.com

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Inherit the Texas Earth by Vicki Schoen
Set in 1930s Texas Panhandle, a young farmer must fight the long drought as it ravishes the land he loves–and solve a long-suppressed mystery triggered by the return of a Comanche, his former friend. Willy Gil Kellogg finds himself caught between promises he made his grandfather and tough truths about farming methods and prejudice–issues Gramps never faced.
“This is a raw, gut-wrenching novel about the effects of the Dust Bowl on Texas farmers and ranchers as well as their families.” –Amazon Reviewer.
Follow Vicki here: WebsiteBlogspotFacebookLinkedIn

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West Texas Christmas Stories Anthology includes “A Cowboy’s Christmas Blessing” by Natalie Bright
This anthology gives you 30 Christmas stories set in West Texas or by West Texas authors, both fiction and non-fiction. In Natalie’s story, a hard-working cowboy recalls the beauty of the season despite his isolation on a ranch without being surrounded by an abundance of decoration and crowds.
Find Natalie here: WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInPinterest

Additional Basket Goodies
In addition to four books listed above, you’ll win genuine home-grown Texas Pecans, Texas Ginger Snaps, cowboy ornaments, and other surprises. All totaling over a $100 value!
Contest open to U.S residents only. The winner will be chosen by a random draw of all the entries and the prize will be mailed. Remember to follow, share and like for more chances to win.

Winner will be announced December 15!

Word Play


Outtakes 170

 

Word Play

By Cait Collins

 

Halloween is a big deal at our office. Every year there’s a costume contest and a food contest. Work teams spend time planning great costumes. One year the Harry Potter gang lost to a school of fish “swimming” in an aquarium. And if you think the costumes are wild, you should see the food entries. The entries must be edible, but a vomiting pumpkin?

But let’s get back to the costumes. My team is a correspondence team, so we are working on costumes based on plays on words. There are some clever ideas floating around: First Class Mail, Bag Lady, Pig in a Blanket, Identity Thief; Serial Killer; Fruit Loop, Book Fairy, and Formal Apology.

So here’s the challenge. Think of a play on words or a pun and write a description of the costume. This is my entry. She is beautiful. Her hair is professionally dyed and styled in an up-swept do. Wisps of blonde hair caress her face. Make-up is skillfully applied so that her complexion is flawless. A soft blush tints her cheeks. She struts down the aisle in a form-fitting evening gown of deepest black decorated with varying sizes and shapes of silver nines. She is Dressed to the Nines.

Thank You For Your Submission


POST CARDS FROM THE MUSE

 

Thank You For Your Submission

 

By Nandy Ekle

 

Thank you for your submission to our publication. We are sorry but your story “Once Upon a Time” does not fit our needs at this time. 

Contest winners announced!

1st Place – NOT YOU

2nd Place – NOT YOU

3rd Place – NOT YOU

Now what do we do? The story we thought would take the world by storm, be made into a block buster movie and start a whole pop culture revolution has been rejected—more than once. You bang your tear-stained face on your keyboard and promise you’ll never write again.

Rejection can be tough. It’s never fun to hear that your creation is not wanted. However some rejection is necessary for our growth. From rejection we learn how to improve our work. When we’re lucky enough to get a critique, we can read their suggestions and make our stories better.

We also learn to write to a specific audience. We may need to change one small aspect to fit in with the publication.

Make your edits and send the story in again.

Congratulations. You have just received a post card from the muse. 

2013 Frontiers in Writing Contest


Announcing

2013 Frontiers in Writing Contest

Now open for entries 

 For one low entry fee you can now enter multiple categories

Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in EVERY category.

Go to:

www.Panhandleprowriters.org

Entry rules, procedures and format regulations are listed on the FiW Writing Contest page

Download FiW entry Application and mail along with your entry.

Entry fees can be check or Money order, or pay online using “Payments” on the PPW website.

Sponsored by the Panhandle Professional Writers

A Place To Go


POST CARDS FROM THE MUSE

A Place To Go

By Nandy Ekle

Now that you have a creation ready for the world to love, where do you send it? Here is an excellent suggestion.

 Announcing

2013 Frontiers in Writing Contest

Now Open For Entries 

For one low entry fee you can now enter multiple categories

Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in EVERY CATEGORY. 

Go to:

www.Panhandleprowriters.org

Entry rules, procedures and format regulations are listed on the

FiW Writing Contest Page 

Download FiW entry application and mail with your entry.

Entry fees can be check, money order, or pay online using “Payments” on the PPW website.

Sponsored by the Panhandle Professional Writers

Frontiers in Writing Contest


Announcing

2013 Frontiers in Writing Contest

Now open for entries 

 For one low entry fee you can now enter multiple categories

Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in EVERY category.

Go to:

www.Panhandleprowriters.org

Entry rules, procedures and format regulations are listed on the FiW Writing Contest page

Download FiW entry Application and mail along with your entry.

Entry fees can be check or Money order, or pay online using “Payments” on the PPW website.

Sponsored by the Panhandle Professional Writers

Basics to Entering a Writing Contest

 Writing contests can offer great benefits to a writer, however they can also be intimidating. To help you wade through the process, let’s look at some of the basics of entering a Writing Contest.

1. Choose the right contest – Do the research to find the best contest for your writing. Contest entry fees can vary greatly from free to extremely high. The rewards can be just as varied from a simple recognition and critique of your writing, to rewards of money prizes and publication. Beware of contests that require you to purchase the published work of your “Winning” writing. More information can be found in my article Writing Contest Benefits.

2. Choose the correct Genre – To avoid poor critiques or placement, choose the correct genre for your work. While some pieces may cross over into another classification, you will have better results if you focus your writing to one specific genre.

3. Follow Submission Guidelines – When entering a contest pay close attention to the submission guidelines. These rules may vary greatly with different organizations and contests. Be diligent to have the correct word count while using the proper page format, font, and cover page identification requirements. Don’t expect contest officials to overlook the rules just for you, it’s their contest and it’s their rules.

4. Pay attention to Postage – If you are sending an entry by mail it will require the correct postage, so does the return of your entry. Read carefully any instructions regarding postage and the return mailing requirements of your entry or prizes. If you are using metered mail, postage from a meter or computer, understand that it expires on the date stamped. If you stamp the return envelope with the current date, and the contest results are not given for several months, postage may be expired and could result in your entry not being returned.

By following these few steps, entering a writing contest can be fun and successful!

Rory C. Keel