Archive for August, 2009
If you’ve been following us on Facebook, you know that our grand prize this year is the Hug A Cowboy Quilt–handmade by Michelle Baker. This quilt is a colorful, western themed lap quilt about 6 foot square. We call it “Hug a Cowboy” because of the hunky cowboys at the center.
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Here’s a look at the whole quilt.
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I love the creative way Michelle adds to the Western theme with her quilting detail. Notice how the the quilting pattern loops around in a manner reminiscent of a lariat. Also–note the hat, boot and cactus detailing in each corner of the center box.
Here’s a close-up of the boot.
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You can look at the full album for more close-up detail of this quilt. You’d pay hundreds of dollars for a handmade quilt of this quality. Only one lucky participant will get to take this beauty home and curl up with these cowboys and a good book on a cold winter’s night. Will it be you?
Last year’s top money earner brought in over $1,000. You can do it.
Do you have a favorite spot you like to curl up with a good book?
I’m waiting for an official report, but it looks like we have a few hundred dollars on our way to $23,000 as we start our campaign. Thanks to all of you have signed up to participate!
Remember our special incentive to get the event going on a fast start–every participant who brings in 15 donors during the first week will receive a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Certificate. They must be 15 unique donors (not multiple donations from the same person) and each donation must be for $5 or more.
We will have special incentives for different things each week, including reading and writing totals. The top reader (highest number of pages) and top writer (highest number of words) this week will each receive a $5 Amazon Gifts Certificate. So–take a few minutes today and send out 15 or more e-mails to friends and family, asking them to support your goal. Then get started reading and writing up a storm.
Good luck to everyone in making your goals. And remember–your participation in this event helps the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation‘s efforts to find better treatments and a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Welcome guest blogger Wendy Crutcher. The fiction buyer for a large southern California library system, Wendy has been blogging for the past six years at The Misadventures of Super Librarian .
In one guise or another, I’ve been floating around the online romance community for roughly ten years. I’ve seen the rise of online review sites, message boards, listservs, blogging, MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. I’ve seen sub genres declared dead, then miraculously reborn. However, one thing has always remained constant…..
My insane To Be Read mountain range.
It ceased being a mere pile years ago.
It all started innocently enough with some of the listservs I was on. I discovered I liked historical western romances, and boom! I suddenly had readers from all over the world giving me suggestions on what authors I should try. Then I discovered the wonderful world of category romance and boom! I had suggestions for what lines and authors I should try. I’d always loved mysteries, discovered that I also liked romantic suspense and boom! Another host of authors to consider.
Soon the suggestions were coming not only from my listservs, but also review sites and blogs as well.
Is it any wonder that my TBR can currently be seen from space?
Readers ask me all the time if the sheer volume of my TBR ever becomes a crushing weight on my psyche. Sure it does. I wonder if and when I’ll ever have the time to read all those yummy, wonderful books. But you know what? As much as the anxiety sometimes gets to me, when you get right down to it? My TBR is all about possibilities.
Every book holds the key to the universe. What type of story will it be? Will it be the next keeper? Will I discover a new favorite author and find myself going on a massive glom? Or, perish the thought, will I discover I don’t care for the author’s voice or a plot theme that doesn’t work for me?
My TBR is like my own undiscovered country. A lost city waiting for an explorer to discover it’s buried treasures, hidden depths, and the dangers that may be lurking within. So yes, while having a TBR that currently equals the gross national product of most third world countries is a bit daunting, it’s also a bit exhilarating. New characters to discover, empathize and fall in love with. New worlds to explore, journeys and adventures to be had. I could succumb to TBR Anxiety, and heaven knows it would be easy for me. However, I think instead I’ll sit back, ponder the possibilities, and dig through the mountain range to uncover my next great read.
If you’re wondering about the daily struggle of living with cystic fibrosis, here is another blog for you to check out. I’m going to add some of these CF blogs I’ve found to our list of links. I hope reading something about the reality a person with CF faces every day will inspire you to work a bit harder to reach your goals in the next few weeks.
And speaking of inspiration, we have a great line-up of guest bloggers who will be talking about reading and writing. Writers include, aspiring author Jessica Scott who is currently serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq where she has managed to keep writing. New York Times bestselling author, Angie Fox will talk about writing with young children in the house.
Wendy Crutcher’s post will appear tomorrow, August 27. Please stay tuned. To be sure you don’t miss any of these wonderful posts, we have two options for you. Look on the sidebar to the right for links to “Subscribe to Unleash Your Story Make a Difference by E-mail” or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Hope you’re about ready to start writing, reading or both. Launch is just five days away!
Our 2009 Pacesetter reader, Michelle Buonfiglio, has announced her reading and writing goals. Drum roll, please!
Readers and bloggers? Are you up to the challenge? Who can keep up with our pacesetter?
Each reader and blogger who meets the challenge and matches Michelle’s pages or word count will receive a $10 B&N gift card.
Bonus–if you match Michelle’s pages or word count and raise at least $250, you will receive a $25 B&N gift card. These prizes are in addition to any other UYS prizes for which you are eligible. (Visit our Prizes Page to see the prizes we are offering).
Visit Michelle’s Pacesetter page to learn more about the driving force behind her obsession for reading and writing about romance. And don’t forget to follow Michelle at RomanceBuytheBook.com and Barnes & Noble’s new “Heart to Heart” (H2H) romance fiction blog.