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Spank or Treat 2014 is finally here! Visit Governing Ana for the prize list, sign-up sheet, and full instructions. You can win from a prize pool valued at over $1,000, including a Kindle Fire or Nook HD donated by Blushing Books!

Many authors will also offer a contest on their individual blogs. Your comment on their blogs enters you in both contests!

How do you play?

1.Visit each blog between Friday, October 24th and Sunday, October 26th to read the stories.

2. Leave a comment on each blog. You must demonstrate that you have read the entire story. Copy-and-paste or inappropriate comments will be disqualified. You will receive one entry per blog for the grand prize drawing. Note: You must have a minimum of five entries in order to win a grand prize.

3.If you have visited all of the blogs, visit Ana’s blog to sign up for FIVE bonus entries to the grand prize.

4.Deadline is midnight EST (UTC -5) on Sunday, October 26th!

5. If you successfully completed a previous challenge (Sci Spanks 2014, Love Spanks 2014, Spank or Treat 2013, Spankee Doodle 2013, Love Spanks 2013, or Spank or Treat 2012), you may add “VIP” to your comments. You will earn THREE bonus entries toward the grand prize. (Yes, we will be doing this again. Yes, if you successfully complete the Spank or Treat 2014 challenge you can become a VIP for our next activity!)

6. If you are a writer of fiction (any kind), add “W” to your comments to be entered in the special author prize drawings.

7. If you are a Spank or Treat 2014 Ambassador, please add “Amb” to your comments to receive your extra prize drawing.

8.Visit Governing Ana or any of the participating blogs on Friday, October 31st to find out the lucky winners. Will it be you? We will also announce prizes on the Spank or Treat Facebook page.

Like these events? Want to support your favorite authors? Become a Spank or Treat Ambassador! In exchange for promoting this event, you will receive one extra prize entry, AND you are still eligible to participate and win prizes! To find out the details, sign up on the Ambassador page or message Ameliah Faith on Facebook.

For more information, updates, and a list of participating authors, please visit Anastasia Vitsky’s blog.

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For more spanking fun, visit Saturday Spankings for additional snippets.

Find links to the rest of the Spank or Treat stories at Governing Ana! The more blogs you visit and comment, the more chance to win prizes!

EDIT 10/28/14:

In order to comply with Amazon's "no content that's already on the web" policy, this excerpt has been removed in preparation for the production of the upcoming anthology. Thanks to all who played and congratulations to those who won.

You can find All's Well That Ends Well in the Spank or Treat anthology as of October 31, 2014. I'll post a link when it goes live. In the meantime, if you'd like to follow Lucas and Alex on their first adventure, The Queen's Librarian is available in ebook or paperback.

carolecummings: (:))
Giveaway of The Queen’s Librarian continues through 11:59pm Pacific time on Sunday at The Novel Approach. Rules are listed at the bottom of the post.

(Lisa’s review is here.)
carolecummings: (Writer)
The Queen’s Librarian

All Lucas Tripp wants is happiness and prosperity for the tenants of his family’s estate, some good weather for the upcoming harvest, suitable matches for his six older sisters, a little money leftover at the end of the month, to never ever come within distant brushing distance of an ascension to the throne, and more quality time with Alex. That’s not so much to ask for, right? Oh, and for his dog to listen to him. And for his cat to stop plotting against him. And for his mother to stop being disappointed in him. And for his sister Clara to someday forgive him for stealing Alex away from her. Not that Lucas did that!

When Clara’s new suitor suddenly disappears, Lucas absolutely will not have it and is thus drawn into an adventure of a lifetime—kicking and screaming all the way. All right, complaining and grumbling. (Because Lucas neither kicks nor screams, no matter what Alex says.) Magical beings who were supposed to be banished hundreds of years ago, coming through portals that were supposed to be shut against them—that’s only part of Lucas’s problem. Missing princes, breaking and entering, suspicious magicians, arsey cousins and far too many well-meaning women who are far too interested in Lucas’s sex life doesn’t really cover the rest of it, but give Lucas time; he’ll come up with more.

Wooster and Jeeves meet Monty Python and Doctor Who, with a side-visit now and then to the Three Stooges. The Queen’s Librarian is a romp through absurdity and intrigue and humor and schmoop, with a healthy dose of real adventure. And while Lucas spends most of it decidedly Not Amused, he’ll get over it someday. Probably. Because there is, after all, always Alex.

Now available at Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other major distributors.
carolecummings: (Bang Head Here)
So, life goes whacko for a while and it seems my brain takes that as a sign that it must generate a bazillion new story ideas that must be written right now omg! and then I get all flustered and have to slouch down to my cave for a while until life calms down and The Muse stops whipping plots at me like darts through her bony fingers. Life has not exactly calmed down, but I’ve been working steadily on one story for a while now, when I can, so I’m taking that as a good thing.

Now, usually I don’t name a story until it’s finished. I go with a horrible computer filing system wherein my WIPs are labeled stupid things like ‘#515’ or ‘Mage with scar’, but at least they’re all in one place now (I used to have them scattered all over my computer and had to search random folders just to find the one I wanted to work on; I found one once in a folder labeled ‘recipes’ so go figure) so that’s an improvement. But this one has ended up with a name-- Blue on Black. There is a reason for that, and it does have something to do with the plot and the characters, but I have to confess that the main reason I went against my usual (stupid) system was because I realized that if I allowed this story to name itself Blue on Black, I could then call it BoB. So I am currently writing a steampunky fantasy involving a train and I call that story BoB. Thank you, yes, I realize my head makes no sense to anyone who lives outside of it.

Anyway. Oh, look--more clowns! )
carolecummings: (Don't wanna)
Hokey smokes, Bullwinkle!

Just finished the proofing for book three of Aisling and then jumped right in to first edits of Wolf's-own. (Nobody likes my hyphens, damn it!) The headspace-shift is whiplash inducing!

Everything is still on schedule thus far. Aisling should be out in another month or so, and Wolf's-own will start publishing in Feb/Mar. So far. Subject to the vagaries of publishing, of course.

One day, I might have time to write again! Good thing I was taking a break, eh? *rolls eyes* (Lucas and Alex, I'm getting there, I swear!)
carolecummings: (Default)
I'm all verklempt.

[ profile] addie71 wrote a fic for Lucas and Alex! And did it with wonderful aplomb. Merry Christmas to me. :D

Thank you, Addie. You made my day and I *heart* you to pieces.

I'm back!

May. 23rd, 2011 05:28 pm
carolecummings: (Hey!)
Oh, shut up, you didn't even know I was gone.

I was laptop-less for a while, since it had to go back to HP for repair, so I had no internet. Which was not, actually, as bad as it sounds. I borrowed my husband's old laptop, which has no ether card, alas, but I got so much writing and writing-related stuff done, so I can't whine too much.

Book two of Aisling is now in the final proofing stages (still slated for a 6/15 release, as far as I know), and Impromptu has moved on to the galley stage. Woot! It'll be cover art and excerpt time pretty soon. Plus, I may be ready to start sharing book three of Wolf's-own soon. (Hey, quit diving for cover!) The only thing I really wanted to get back to and haven't been able to yet is the Lucas and Alex story. I think it's because they're too polite. Fen scowls and shoves all the other characters loitering in my head out of the way and waves knives at them, while Malick leers at him and smirks and poses; Lucas and Alex just raise their eyebrows and give each other significant looks. It makes them rather pleasant to play with when I do get to, but it doesn't help them get their screen time.

Though, holy crap, my WIP folder is starting to get just as out of control as my email inbox. Which now contains exactly 383 pieces of unread mail. *head desk* No, I'm not that popular--I just really have to stop signing up for newsletters.

I don't think I missed anyone's b-days, but I'm sure I missed some good posts, which I'll never catch up on. But I did miss you guys. So, hi! :)
carolecummings: (Grinch)
(I'm not grinchy, but it's the only holiday icon I have!)

You guys remember Alex and Lucas, right? *pats their heads* They're starring in a Solstice story, over on Torquere's Romance For the Rest of Us blog for the Twelve Days of Smutmas. Light and fun, which is why I like writing them, and holiday-ish, since I'll be spending my evening wrapping presents. *sigh* Anyway, the link to the new story is below. Hope you enjoy. :)

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