And the winners are…

Hi all!

Thank you for hanging in there while my computer glitch was fixed.  Hopefully, everything is now back in tip-top working order.

On to the contest results.  As I said previously, you’re all winners!  Your entries were truly inspirational and I loved reading every one.  I’m glad I could choose at random, otherwise I’d still be deciding!

I chose 4 entries, just in case there was a breakdown in communication and I never heard back from one of my selections.  As bad luck would have it, I haven’t heard back from TWO of the entrants who were chosen as “winners”.  I waited as long as I could, but I don’t think it’s fair to the two people who responded to my congratulatory emails ASAP to wait any longer.  So without further ado, the two contest winners (and their entries) who will be receiving autographed copies of THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE are:

Sarah W. of Chicago, Ill. and Bobbi K. of Wynnewood, PA.

Sarah W.’s entry:

In 2005, I did a 100-mile charity bike ride to raise money for a cure for a genetic condition my mom has. I had never done anything like it, and I was terrified and more nervous than I’d ever been in my life. My mom dropped me off at the airport for my flight to California, and I was shaking I was so scared. I also couldn’t believe how cavalier my mom was being about my whole experience – I had really thought that she would be much more enthusiastic and supportive.

On the morning of the ride, I received a text message from my mom wishing me good luck, but again I felt bad because I didn’t think she was being that supportive – especially because I was raising money for her charity!

I had a really hard time on the ride and was considering quitting…until I pulled into a water stop to see my mom standing there, cheering louder than anyone. She, who is terrified of flying, had left Chicago around 5 am and taken two planes in order to surprise me. She had rented a car, and she then drove along the route to stop and support me. I don’t think I’ve ever felt as guilty as I did for doubting my mom, nor have I ever felt luckier to have such an amazing mom who is also my biggest fan.


Bobbi K.’s entry:

I will never forget this–back when I was in high school I remember one particular Thanksgiving football game my school had and ALL the girls were buying a school sweater the school was selling. The sweater had the school colors and EVERYONE who was ‘popular’ was going to be wearing this sweater and cheering on their team. I wanted SO BADLY to buy the sweater but we couldn’t afford it. I was so disappointed but understood. I woke up the morning of the football game to find a box laying on my bed. My mom had spent the entire 2 days before AND full night before into the morning knitting me a sweater in all the school colors that looked exactly like the one the school was selling–but even nicer, and it was made with LOVE! Of all the things my mom has done for me, and she has done many, this will always remain with me forever. I am 63 yrs old now, and my mom is almost 85 and showing signs of dementia and does not remember many of these things, but she holds a special place in my heart and has made me the good mother I HOPE I have become! :-)


Again, congratulations, and my thanks to each and every one of you who took the time to share your stories with me!

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Contest Update

I’m sorry to keep you all waiting, but we had a slight computer glitch and I’m still hearing back from the entrants who were chosen to receive autographed copies of THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE.  This should be resolved by day’s end, and the recipients will be announced tonight!

Thank you for your patience.  I won’t keep you waiting a minute longer than necessary!

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My Mother’s Day contest officially closed as of midnight.  I received an overwhelming number of some of the most heartwarming stories I’ve ever read, and I thank each and every one of you who shared your Mother’s Day feelings and memories with me.  There were so many inspiring and meaningful themes that came through time and again: the gift of birth, of adoption, of women who were well ahead of their time, of unselfish support during times of illness or adversity, of providing an education regardless of financial means, of survival skills, and of building strength of character to last a lifetime.

The truth is, I cannot select a “winner”, since I feel there are over a hundred of those!  So, instead, I’m selecting (at random) 3 entries, rather than 1, and sending those entrants signed copies of THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE.

I’ll be personally pulling the random entries myself, and will then immediately contact the entrants by email.  Once they’ve responded, their names and entries will then be posted and highlighted on my blog, by either late tonight or early tomorrow morning.

So stay tuned, and many thanks for your huge response and inspiring entries!

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Well, I couldn’t resist running a contest in honor of Mother’s Day. Here’s the scoop: in THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE, Hope is a mother who’d do anything for her child, so when her little girl disappears she goes against FBI and law enforcement protocol and hires the rogue investigators of Forensic Instincts to supplement their efforts.

Enter the contest by posting a comment that answers this question:

What’s the most amazing thing your mother has ever done/did for you?

The contest entries will be judged by myself and my editor. The entries are due by Sunday, May 15th at midnight. A winner will be announced on Monday, May 16th. That winner will receive, in advance of its 5/31 publication date, an autographed copy of THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE.

Good luck, and I look forward to reading your stories!

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Who’s more creative, my dog or me?

My Pomeranian pup goes with me to my office every day.  He loves being with me.  However, he hates that I’m working.  He thinks my office is a big playpen where he and I should be romping together all day.  This puts more than a crimp in my creative juices.  But what’s even more humbling is the fact that he’s more creative than I am.  He’s mastered the art of diverting me, detaining me, and just plain preventing me from writing.  Some examples: He lies across my keyboard, gazing up at me with adoring eyes (and erasing my last paragraph in the process).  He plants his front paws (small but lethal) over my hands to keep them from moving on the keyboard.  He shoves his head under my arm so that I’m cuddling him and my arm can no longer reach the computer.  And, when all else fails, he whimpers pathetically, as if he hasn’t already received 24/7 attention and affection.  The problem is, I’m a pushover.  So he wins, I lose, and I wind up writing until the wee hours of the morning when he’s taking his nighttime snooze.  Yet another reason why one book a year is my limit. :)

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Jinxed Exercise Efforts

I am NOT an exercise lover. I’m an exercise DO-ER. For all the right reasons, I jump onto my stationary bike 3x/week and pedal furiously for 40 minutes, cursing a lot in between. But I think I’m being given some kind of message. Twice this month I’ve been mid-stride when a total blackout hit my neighborhood. Off went the TV, the lights, and there I was in total, terrifying darkness. Is this a hint to be more reverent about my fitness program? :)

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Launch of my new website!

Welcome all!

My first blog post on my new website. Hope this is a great start of interactions between you and me. We’ll talk about my books, my news, my updates and your thoughts about them all. So fasten your seat belts!

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