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Sunday, January 22, 2023

For readers and writers . . .

cj Sez: The importance of a vivid and intriguing first sentence has been hammered, again and again, into aspiring writers. And it’s true. That first sentence needs to invite and draw the reader into the story. But then there’s this:


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Upcoming awards

  And I quote:   “Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce, as we celebrate the 214 th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the nominees for the 2023 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2022.

  “The 77th Annual Edgar® Awards will be celebrated on April 27, 2023, at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square. The Edgar Awards, or “Edgars,” as they are commonly known, are named after MWA’s patron saint Edgar Allan Poe and are presented to authors of distinguished work in various categories.”

  I was excited to see that I actually know some of the awesome writers. To find out if your favorite author is among the nominees and/or how many of the books you’ve read, click here: https://mysterywriters.org/mwa-announces-2023-edgar-award-nominations/

  And when you look up the books, pay attention to the cover designs as well, especially you indie published or soon-to-be-published authors. Lots of cues there.

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  Mardi Gras Season is happening now in Mobile, AL. The first parade rolled through Dauphin Island on January 21. Yeah, I know. Mardi Gras, the day aka Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, is a month away—February 21. But hey, why wait a whole month to eat King Cake and party? Valentine’s Day, all sweetness and romance, is next on the list of February celebrations.

  Here are a couple of Mobile Writers Guild anthologies, chock full of a variety of short stories about those two popular holidays. And the Ebooks are sale-priced, too!


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  That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for your health and safety.

cj


No inflation here: THE DAWGSTAR and DEATH ON THE YAMPA, my fast-paced, exciting suspense/thriller ebooks, are low-, low-priced at $2.99.

P.S.  The Haunted Book Shop has signed copies of my books in stock. TO ORDER, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: https://www.thehauntedbookshopmobile.com/contact-us 

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Sunday, January 15, 2023

A call for young writers submissions

cj Sez: Hey, all you young writers (and teachers of same) in Mobile and Baldwin, Alabama, counties, the Mobile Writers Guild wants your stories.



  The Mobile Writers Guild is sponsoring a Writing Scholarship contest calling for submissions of short story fiction by students in grades 6 through 12 in Mobile and Baldwin Alabama counties.

   Write your story, edit and re-edit, get it proofread (the more eyes on it, the better), polish it some more, and submit the manuscript by February 26 for a chance to get some professional feedback and win a cash prize. (Be sure to follow all the instructions.)

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   On January 21, the Dauphin Island “People’s Parade,” the first of two weekends of parades on the Island, kicks off the 2023 Mardi Gras Season for Mobile, Alabama. The first parade for the City of Mobile will roll through the downtown streets on February 3. In case you didn’t know, Mardi Gras 2023, the actual day, also known as Fat Tuesday and/or Shrove Tuesday, is February 21. I checked the current schedule and counted forty-seven parades scheduled to celebrate the 2023 season. But wait, there’s more!

   Valentine’s Day is next on the list of February celebrations. 

   Soooo, here are a couple of Mobile Writers Guild anthologies, chock full of a variety of short stories about these popular holidays to get you in the swing of things. And the Ebooks are sale-priced, too!



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   That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for your health and safety.

cj

   No inflation here: THE DAWGSTAR and DEATH ON THE YAMPA, my fast-paced, exciting suspense/thriller ebooks, are low-, low-priced at $2.99.

   P.S.  The Haunted Book Shop has signed copies of my books in stock. TO ORDER, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: https://www.thehauntedbookshopmobile.com/contact-us 
 
Follow me on . . .  
Amazon:    Amazon Central Author Page
Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3fcN3h6