Give Us a Kiss...It's Birthday Time! (& Giveaway!)

It's our 
BLOGOVERSARY!!!

Four years ago, Angela and I started this blog out of a desire to improve our writing and help other writers. The journey for us has not only strengthened our own craft, but has been incredibly rewarding. Who knew the writing community was so generous, encouraging, and fun? Well, we know it now, thanks to all of you who have joined us at various points along the way.

As we all know, it's not a blogoversary until someone breaks out the presents. So we have a couple to offer up. We're thrilled to give away 4 first page critiques to 4 lucky followers. Also, as a shout-out to our talented friends at The Indelibles, 4 more followers will be receiving an ebook by any of the authors at that blog. (Make sure to check them out--25 amazing authors, one amazing hangout!)

And, you know us...we always leave the best for last.

Tell me, what would you give to be IMMORTALIZED FOREVER in a young adult novel full of magic, mystery, danger and romance? Because that's our incredible grand prize...1 lucky winner will have a character named after them in YA Author Marilee Brothers' final book of her Unbidden Magic series!

Holy zombies--did I actually say that? Yes I did! Not only that, but the winner gets to pick whether to go down in literary history as a goodie...or a villain. (You may remember that over a year ago, Angela won this very same honor, and allowed Musers to decide her character's fate. I'm proud to say Angela Ackerman is a villain in Book four: Shadow Moon!)

Marilee's Urban Fantasy is "Fun With A Touch of Magic" and the final book, Midnight Moon, is being written as we speak. You can find out more about the series here, so check it out!

Enter to win by leaving a comment with contact info and which book you'd like to receive if your number is (randomly) drawn. The contest ends Friday at noon and winners will be announced on Saturday. If you wish to be excluded from any of the above prizes, please note this in your comment.

That's it--no hoops to jump through, just our sincere appreciation for your generous spirits! We love your visits and thank you for spending time here. :)

Oh, and since we're discussing our roots...We have some EXCITING NEWS! The Emotion Thesaurus was our first series, developed out of a sincere disgust at the number of times our characters sighed, rolled their eyes, and frowned. We figured that if we were struggling in this area, then other writers probably were too, and if the popularity of that thesaurus is any indication, our guess was right. So it only seems appropriate that we release an updated and fortified book version (ebook & print) of the Emotion Thesaurus. Squeeeee!! Look for this release sometime in April, and more details over the next few weeks.

Thanks so much, Musers. You're the best!

76 comments:

Andrea Mack said...

Becca and Angela, congrats on your blogoversary!! I'm really excited to hear that the Emotion Thesaurus will be an e-book - I've used it many times! Thanks for all that you do.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations - am so glad you talented ladies have found your niche in life. Enjoy the success of your book!

Shauna Murgatroyd

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats Becca and Angela on your blogoversary. Awesome celebration for it. And congrats on your new book. You have a lot of good things going on. So happy for you.

Laura Pauling said...

So cool! Happy Birthday and congrats! :) Great prizes.

Heather M Bryant said...

Congrats you guys! The print version of your Emotion Thesaurus is way over due.
And ah, if I'm randomly drawn, I think I'd like 'Become' by Ali Cross.
Thanks for all the hard work you have put in over the last four years. It's very appreciated by a lot of people :)

Heather

heathermbryant@live.com

Clarissa Draper said...

Congrats on your anniversary! Those are some amazing prizes. I can't wait to purchase the thesaurus.

Matthew MacNish said...

Happy Birthday, Bookshelf Muse! I can't believe I've been here for almost half of it.

This is the best online resource for writers I know of, and I know of many.

Traci Kenworth said...

Congrats, Becca and Angela!! You two do an amazing amount of work that makes my writing days so much easier. It was HARD to narrow down a choice from the great selections of books. I'd like "Glimpse" by Zellie Wells.

Janet Smart said...

Congratulations on your blogoversary and your book! What great prizes you are giving away. If my name is drawn any book would be fine, I'm not too choosy.
wvsmarties@yahoo.com

Bwyatt said...

Awesome giveaway ladies! And congrats!!! (tossess confetti, bakes virtual cupcakes *calorie free!*) Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love DESTINED by Jessie Harrell. I've read UNTRACEABLE (which was my fav. debut of 2011) and CROSS MY HEART which I also loved! *please exclude me from the critique prize*
britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Happy Blog-anniversary, ladies.

I'd love to win a copy of DESTINED, WATCHED, BOUND, or GLIMPSE. I have many of the others (though I still have to read them).

I LOVE the idea of the emotion thesaurus being an ebook. Now I really will be able to go unplugged when writing. :D

Christina Lee said...

YAY YAY YAY for your birthday AND the e-book (And of course, the contest--any prize would be fine!)!!

AWESOME NEWS!!!!!

MSBjaneB said...

I can't wait for the Emotion Thesaurus! That will make a great gift for a fellow writer. I was thrilled to come upon your site and have recommended it to several other new writers. Thank you for all of the work you do to make this site as wonderful as it is!

Heather Marsten said...

Happy Anniversary! Your site is a treasure trove of information, one that I often refer to and send other to. I am glad you are around.

Re the contest - hoping for the first page critique, but re books Soulkeepers sounds interesting.

HM at HVC dot RR dot COM is an email.
Have a wonderful, blessed day.

Heather

Janel said...

Congrats on the anniversary and upcoming book! You're right, characters can do more than sigh. :)

If I happen to win one of the books I would like Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper.

Alyianna said...

Congrats on the anniversary! This is such an awesome blog!

Re the contst - hoping just for the first page critique

alyiannabaggins@gmail.com is the email

Loree Huebner said...

Congrats, and I wish you many more happy, inspirational, educational years on the blog!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Becca and Angela..congrats on your blogoversary. Here is wishing you two many, many more such anniversaries. Hugs.

Catherine Johnson said...

Congrats on your blogiversary!!!

Gayle C. Krause said...

Congratulations, you two. What an accomplishment!
I must say I always revert back to your blog to help me come up with just the right sense or emotional description.

I definitely will be purchasing your book. :)

I'd love to win a first page critique.
Best wishes,
Gayle

Jessica Subject said...

Happy Blogoversary! And congrats on your upcoming release! The Emotion Thesaurus will have a spot in my reference library. All the best Becca and Angela!

The Gerlings said...

Yay! I'm so excited for the thesaurus release! I need a copy for my shelf.

Happy blogoversary!

Jackie said...

Happy birthday! What a great blog, and I'm so excited about your release in April.
Congratulations!
Jackie
joyfuljel@gmail.com

Nicole Zoltack said...

Congrats on the blogoversary and the thesaurus release!

I would pick Become by Ali Cross.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Robyn Lucas said...

Happy Birthday!

Congrats on 4 years of awesomeness. Looking forward to buying a few thesauri.

authormariagrace.com said...

Congratulations of the anniversary and on the Emotion Thesaurus. I come back again and a gain to use that resource because, like yours, my characters sigh, shrug and nod entirely too much! So excited to know this will be in print soon!

SHANNON O'DONNELL said...

Happy, happy blogoversary!!! And congratulations on your TOP 10 win for writer's blogs. You guys TOTALLY rock!

If I won, I would love to have a copy of DESTINED by Jessie Harrell.

Julie Musil said...

*Mwah* Congratulations on your anniversary!

Vicki Tremper said...

Yay! Happy Blogoversary and congrats on the upcoming release of the Emotion Thesaurus! Amazing resource - can't wait to see it in print!

Martha Ramirez said...

Yay! Happy anniversary!

I know I kept saying that you guys ought to pub a thesaurus. So glad you did!!

Angela Ackerman said...

Thanks you, thank you, thank you!

It is wonderful to read all these kind words--you have made my day! I'm so lucky to have so many supportive people in my life. You guys really are the best!

More info on the Emotion Thesaurus is coming soon, so stay tuned! :)

Renee said...

I'm excited about your emotion thesaurus!

hrhanson@gmail.com

I have no writing to crit, so that would be a no go if drawn. Thank you for entering me!

GRACE PETERSON said...

Congratulations and happy blogoversary, Becca and Angela. I recently found your site and wrote a post with a link on my blog: www.gracepete.com. I'm thrilled with the writer's helps you provide and wanted to share my enthusiasm. I wish you many more years of success.

grace@gracepete.com

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

So excited for the new ebook - I'm totally using the emote-thesaurus TODAY for my WiP. ;)

And THANK YOU for the shout out for the Indelibles! We're so excited you're giving away some of our books!!

Mirka Breen said...

Happy Birthday to you and the wonderful mentoring you have offered.

Michael G-G said...

Birthday time again? Wow, the year flew by. You guys are awesome, and I love the emotion thesaurus (and all your other cool thesauri).

Should I win the contest:

First, how could I choose from so many AWESOME books? Simple. Blindfolded, dart thrown backwards and over my shoulder. The winner: Lisa Nowak!!

But I'm secretly hankering to win the "name the character." Love to give that to my middle son, Kieran, who just loves playing the villain.

(Please don't enter me in the first page critiques. No need, at the moment.)

Congrats again to you both!!

Bill Allen said...

Congratulations Becca and Angela. I'm so happy to find this site. It seems my characters are always surprised, and there's only so many times their eyebrows can rise and their mouths drop open before they get a cramp.

Candace said...

I laughed out loud when I read the line about "how many times can our characters roll their eyes, sigh, or frown"! That's all my characters do right now. I'm so glad you exist!! Congratulations! I can't wait to buy your book.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

WOOOOT! Happy Birthday!!! :)

And what awesome giveaways. Thanks for the Indelibles love.

*hugs*

Ben Woodard said...

Congratulations Angela and Becca, and thanks for your blog. I'm looking forward to your book. If I should win I'd love to read Untraceable by Shelli Johannes.

ali cross said...

Happy Blogoversary!

What an awesome giveaway, and thanks so much for including the Indelibles!

Wild About Words said...

Happy blogoversary! You guys ROCK!!!

Julie Hedlund said...

Hey ladies!

Congrats on your blogiversary. I would be happy to win any of the books you're offering. Thanks for the contest and all you do for us writers. :-)

cubbiesgirl said...

Happy Blogoversary!! Thanks so much for a fun contest/giveaway!

I would LOVE to win "Tangled Tides"!!

kspear22[at]gmail[dot]com

Becca Puglisi said...

It has totally made my day, reading all of these uplifting comments. I'm so grateful for every one of you! And I know it's hard trying to pick just one of those books. I've decided when this contest is over to treat myself to a few of them, too!

Deb Marshall said...

Oh for pity sake. Wrong post I commented on.

SO


MMMWAAAA! Happy Blogoversery you two. Thanks for all you do!

Kitty's Blogspace said...

Happy Blogaversary!

Your blog has been so insightful for me over the past year. I absolutely adore the ET. I find myself using it in all my writings since I first learned about it.

Thanks so much for giving back to us writers. First page critiques sound awesome!

Best wishes,

~KittyB78.

Kit said...

Happy blogaversary! This blog is a great resource - thank you so much :)

I'd love a copy of The Soulkeepers or Open Minds.

kitrinlu[at]gmail[dot]com

Vickie said...

Yay! Congrats on the blogoversary ladies! Even though I only jsut discovered this blog, I can already tell how awesome it is by how much everyone is raving over it! I'm kind of curious...what is a first page critique?? It would probably be a good idea to exclude me from that seeing as I don't know what it is...
I would adore an ebook from the Indelibles!! They are all great books but I think I would have to narrow it down to Glimpse, Destined, The Veil, or Open minds. All of them are so awesome!
It would be really cool to have a character named after me!
Thank you so much for all of this!!!!
vickie8818(at)gmail(dot)com

H.S. said...

Congratulations on your 4-year blogoversary and thanks for the awesome giveaway!

hsstonewriting [at] yahoo [dot] com

Roy Buchanan said...

Happy birthday you two. Your work is great and it's even helped me, I think. ;)

Enjoy the moment(s). I'm looking forward to the release in April. Who knows, I may even be in an area of the continent that might allow me to get a signed copy. ;)

Take care.

Roy

Andrew C. Stone said...

Way to go, and congratulations! I love this blog.

Janet said...

Would love to win a chance for my granddaughter, Kylie Shaw to be a character in a novel. She would make a great little pixie.

Janet Smith randjsmith@gmail.com

Amy Laurens said...

Aw, congratulations you guys! I'm so excited to have the Emotion Thesaurus in print!!! *does the happy bunny wriggle*

I'd love to enter the contest, too O:) Don't Fear the Reaper looks really interesting, though I must say, I had a hard time narrowing it down to one - thanks for all the awesome books to check out!!

~Inky
ink.on.my.fingers at gmail ;)

Becca Puglisi said...

Vickie, for a first-page critique, you would mail us the first page of one of your works-in-progress. We would critique it and tell you what's working and what could use work. Very nicely and constructively, of course :).

Lindsey R. Loucks said...

Congratulations! I don't know how many times I've visited this site - it's incredibly helpful! I'd love to win Beautiful Demons!

loucks(dot)lindsey(at)yahoo(dot)com

Heather said...

Congratulations on 4 years! I'm pretty new to your blog but have found the info really helpful. Thanks! heathercq@verizon(dot)net

Bec said...

happy blogoversary and congrats on the thesaurus news!! How exciting!!

SStokes said...

Congrats on 4 years! I'm a big fan of your blog - your thesaurus has been soooo handy when I'm looking for inspiration. Thank you! As for prizes, I would be more than happy to receive any of the books if I'm lucky enough to win something. You can reach me at stacyastokes@gmail.com. Congrats again!

Melissa Sugar said...

Happy birthday to both of you. Congratulations on the e-book. I cannot wait to own my copy. I have used your site so often and it is so helpful. I have eagerly anticipated this day. Kudos! You have done an excellent job and have much to be proud of.

Pk Hrezo said...

Awesome! Yay for the book! And Happy Blogoversary!!

Janet Johnson said...

Happy Anniversary! Your blog is so awesome. A book of Emotion Thesaurus is a great idea!

Mirriam said...

Congratulations! I MUST GET MY HANDS ON A COPY OF THAT EMOTION THESSAURUS!!!! AAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

Karen Lange said...

Happy Blogoversary! Congratulations on your success! You've both done a wonderful job. Looking forward to the release of Emotion Thesaurus. Can't wait! :)

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Huge congratulations on your anniversary! How happy for all of us. And I can't wait for the Emotion Thesaurus!

Lisa Gail Green said...

Congrats!!! The Interwebs wouldn't be the same without you guys!!

Southpaw said...

Congrats! Happy Birthday! The ebook will be fabulous.

Angela nice to know you picked a villain to play. :)

Darshana said...

Congrats on the anniversary. I just heard about your site.

The thesauruses you have on this site are great! I look forward to your ebooks!

Currently, I focus on reading/writing for the under 13 crowd so I will pass on the free book.

Lynda R Young said...

A huge congrats on your blogiversary!!
And what a great idea to release your Emotion Thesaurus as a book!!

Laura Selinsky said...

Happy Blogoversary,
Since my critique group suggested your blog, esteemed pre-published author and published zombie-hunter, I have followed your posts with delight!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Congratulations!!! Blogging is not for the faint of heart, that's for sure.

I'm going to have to check out your Emotions Thesaurus. What a grand idea!

Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

Wendy said...

Yessssssss the Emotion Thesaurus is a bucket of awesome! Wait, no, ten buckets of awesome! (I like buckets).

If I were to receive a bookish prize, I would like I would pick Become by Ali Cross!

Rachel B. said...

Congratulations! Though I am new to this blog, it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Great prizes. Any would be wonderful! :)

Taffy said...

Congrats! You've been bussssyyy! I have no idea which book I'd like. Seriously, they all look awesome and I would read any of them.
Good luck on your Emotion Thesaurus! Great idea!


taffy(dot)lovell@gmail.com

Renee said...

Congratulations on your success! I love how you help writers! I would love Glimpse or Bound or any available. Continue to inspire us!

rrbcpa@bellsouth.net

Anonymous said...

You guys rock :) I know I've said it before on facebook, but struggling through my first draft would have been ten times worse, if I hadn't been turned on to your site...Thank you for all you do.

If chosen I'd like DESTINED by Jessie Harrell or I can wait for your new Thesaurus :)

Thanks again,
TomiEvans@msn.com

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