I’ve Moved!

And I’ve changed my name!

Please join me at my new home under my nom de plume, Marilyn Baxter.  It’s located at www dot marilynbaxter dot com.

Thanks for your support during the Boroughs novella contest.  I’ve received my contract and the preliminary publication forms and hope to be able to announce a publication date soon — at the new site!

And the results are…

I realized I hadn’t posted anything about the RWA conference and the results of the Boroughs novella contest.

First, the conference was great!  I went to high tea at the Ritz Carlton with friends.  I ate at a couple great restaurants, including a terrific Turkish place.  They had lamb; what’s not to love?  I saw old friends and made new ones.  I got lots of books and promotional goodies.  The luncheon speakers were so inspiring, especially Kristan Higgins.  She made us laugh and then she made us cry.  But we all came away loving her.  The Rita and Golden Heart ceremony ran like a well-oiled machine (shout out to my fellow Playfriends Kira Sinclair, Andrea Laurence and Dani Wade!).  Congrats to the winners.  I got to help with the trophies this year.  Now I wonder what the person who hands out the Oscars feels like.

And now for the contest results.  I didn’t win the overall prize, but because YOUR votes got me to the final round, my novella will be published!  I don’t have any info yet about a release date but I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

I did, however, get the most popular votes (thanks again!) and because of that I get to submit a full-length manuscript for consideration.  Woot!

I say I’ll keep you posted, but it won’t be here.  Pretty soon I’ll be launching a new website under my pseudonym.  No one can pronounce or spell my last name, so I dug back through the family tree and found a name I really liked.  I’ll still be Marilyn.  I think it would be too much to learn to answer to a different first name.  But the last name will change.  Just look for an announcement and directions to the new website.

Here’s a photo of me at the Boroughs open house.  The woman on the right is Alanna Lucas, overall winner of the contest.  She writes Regency romance.  On the left is Joan Bird, one of Boroughs’ authors.

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It’s going to be an exciting (and scary) adventure to finally work with my editor and have the professional guidance to make my work shine.  I often wondered if I’d ever be able to say those words — my editor.  I don’t yet know who it will be, but I met them all and I will be happy regardless.

We come to the end

Five weeks ago I started a journey unlike any other.  I’ve entered writing contests before, but the finalists and winners were selected by a panel of judges.  The Boroughs “What’s in a Name” contest had been judged by YOU.  There’s been no feedback except after each round when the authors saw whether or not they advanced to the next round.  We don’t even know who we’re competing against because the only information about each entry is the song title and artist that inspired the story.

Five weeks ago I hoped I could at least make it to round 2.  I had worked on a promotion plan and put it into action as soon as the contest began.  Some things worked well (Facebook and Twitter) and others didn’t (joining the Kenny Chesney Facebook page).  But hey, live and learn, right?

Not only did I make it to round 2, but I made it to the 3rd and final round.  And tonight at midnight Pacific time, the contest ends.  It will be up to the folks at Boroughs to tally the votes and read the name of the winner on Friday night, July 19, at their Open House at the Romance Writers of America conference.  Will I be there?  Absolutely!  Will I be nervous?  You better believe it!  Do I think I can win?  Yes!  I’ve worked consistently to bug the heck out of y’all promote my entry and get your votes.  Will I be disappointed if I don’t win?  That’s another yes, but I have done everything I knew how to do to win.

You have one more chance to vote before midnight and then the curtain drops on this show.  So bop on over to the Boroughs website and cast one last vote for BETTER AS A MEMORY.   And let me take this opportunity to thank each of you for voting and for doing your own promotion on your Facebook feeds.

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P.S.  Yesterday’s winner of a $20 Amazon gift certificate is Linda Rogers.  Congrats, Linda!

Weekend Edition!

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And because it’s the weekend and because the voting is still going on, I’m going to entice you once again.

Just vote for BETTER AS A MEMORY on the Boroughs website, then comment here or post on Facebook (tag me as Marilyn Lyerly Puett) or on Twitter (@MarilynPuett) and you’ll be entered to win a $20 Amazon card to be given away tomorrow.  That should keep you readers busy for a while with a couple good beach or poolside reads.

Meanwhile I have a writers’ conference to get ready for.  On today’s agenda is a manicure and pedicure, trying on everything I’ve put out to pack so I’m sure it fits and is not in need of being laundered and starting to pack.  I can go ahead and pack shoes, pajamas and robe, toiletries (I keep an extra set) and some other things.  I have a list and will check things off as I put them in the suitcase.  If you’re looking for a great packing list, my friend Andrea Laurence posted one on her blog today.

TGIF

That stands for Thank Goodness I’ve Friends.  Yeah, it’s a stretch (the acronym, not the friends part) but it serves my purpose.

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I wouldn’t be as far along as I am in my personal life, my writing life and the novella contest were it not for a little help from my friends.  So I want to say a big thank you to my entire circle of friends.  You know who you are.

And also, TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday)!  I have scads of things to do before I leave for the Romance Writers of America conference in Atlanta.  I’m so excited to see friends I only see once a year, or in some cases, once every couple years.  I’m excited about attending workshops and learning more.  And I’m uber excited about the Boroughs Open House on Friday where the novella contest winner will be announced!  I’m sure I’ll be a nervous wreck by then.

Keep those votes coming, folks!  You can click right HERE and vote once a day.

No contest today but I’ll have a big one tomorrow!

P.S.  The winner of the $10 Starbucks card is Sherida Stewart!

Thirsty Thursday

It’s hot here in the south.  And all over folks are quenching their thirsts with a variety of beverages.  My beverage of choice is tea.  In the mornings I like it hot with sugar and milk.  And in the heat of the afternoon I like it cold umbrellaswith sugar and lemon — “Southern Table Wine” as it’s known by some.

I also like chai tea lattes and treat myself to one when I go to Starbucks to write.

So today’s treat for one lucky commenter is a $10 gift card from Starbucks.  You get to pick your drink.  I’ll provide the little umbrellas to go it it.  😉

Comment here or on Facebook or Twitter to be entered.  I’ll pick a winner tomorrow morning.

P.S.  Remember to vote for BETTER AS A MEMORY!  Just click HERE and it’ll take you right to the page.

P.P.S.  Yesterday’s winner of a $20 gift card is Betsy Love!

It’s Hump Day!

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And to celebrate Hump Day, I’ll be giving away a $20 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky commenter today!

Tell me that you voted (go HERE to vote).  Tell me that you shared this on Facebook or Twitter (tag me with Marilyn Lyerly Puett on FB and @marilynpuett on Twitter).

I’ll post a winner on Thursday.