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Thursday, September 1, 2011

September is starting well

Wow, it's been an exciting couple of weeks!  My oldest child started kindergarten last week at my elementary school alma mater.  That's it's own emotional roller coaster, but first and foremost, I am so proud of that girl.  She's excited about what she's learning and she's happy to get up in the morning and get dressed for school.  I love it.  Ok, back to writing stuff.

If you've been following me for awhile, you'll notice some changes here...like the fact that I've doubled my number of followers in a weeks time.  Thank you Rachael Harrie and your awesome campaign!  :::waving and smiling at all my fellow campaigners and new writing friends:::

You'll also notice that super cute sticker in the upper right hand corner.  Thanks to meeting my fellow campaigners, I stumbled across a giveaway to win your own custom blog badge or sticker.  I chose the sticker so I could have a cute link to my digital picture book, PAJAMA GIRL.  Huge thank you to Carrie Butler, for offering the giveaway and designing such a cute sticker.  I love it! 

Another awesome thing is that Elana Johnson is now a follower of my blog!  I find this pretty incredible because I feel like every blog I follow has been buzzing about her debut novel, POSSESSION.  And by 'buzzing' I mean falling over themselves with praise and adoration for her book.  First, Allen Zadoff starting following me on Twitter and now I've got Elana Johnson here, I have totally entered an alternate universe here.  (and I like it!)

And that's still not all.  I am surprised and honored that a fellow campaigner, whilst visiting the plethora of campaigner blogs, decided that my blog was worthy of an award!  So thank you so much, Megan for thinking so much of this blog.  I really appreciate it. 

The award is to recognize bloggers with less than 200 followers.  Recipients of the blog are supposed to award it to 5 other bloggers, because, let's face it, writer's enjoy sharing the love.  I will share the love, I promise, but I'm too brain dead at this exact moment to do so.  I'll try to get to it sometime before Labor Day weekend is over.  Hold me to it folks.  After all, yours may be the blog I award it to.  

Finally, to end this little love fest, I want to remind you that the Naia Underwood giveaway I'm moderating is making me sad because only 4 people have entered.  For the backstory, I'm moderating the social media for Naia Underwood because her creator is an author I deeply admire and consider a friend.  I really, truly, love the trilogy she appears in, The Aldous Lexicon, and I want to see them become successful as ebooks.  Truly, my YA novel would not have been written if it wasn't for the trilogy.  The giveaway winner will be announced this coming Monday, Sept. 5.  So I'm urging you to enter.  All you have to do is Tweet to @NaiaUnderwood or leave a comment on her Facebook page, answering the question, "What would you do if you came face to face with an alternate version of yourself."  (the trilogy deals with alternate realities)  The winner receives a $12 Amazon gift card, which would easily cover the cost of the trilogy, although, of course, you can use it for whatever you want.  Spread the love folks, enter the contest.  It'll set my little heart aglow, and really, isn't that what we all want?


  1. Wow, so much good news to kick off the month and the writers' campaign!

    I love your custom blog sticker for Pajama Girl.

  2. Hi fellow campaigner! I'm in your PNR group. You've got quite a lovefest going here.

    Congratulations on your award!

  3. Thanks for the shout-out, Sarah! I'm glad you like it! :D Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

  4. Hi Sarah! I'm from the Campaign!! And Elana is so incredibly wonderful and generous with sharing her expertise!

  5. Hi Sarah, congrats on the award and love your sticker for Pajama Girl. I am in your group of PB.
    Hope you will pop over sometime.

  6. Awesome that your daughter started kindergarten. It's such a fun age.

    And congrats that Elana is a follower. I follow her blog too. She's so nice about sharing advice.

  7. Hello fellow campaigner and kudos on your amazing week! An award, your own button and kindergarten mama! And I love your blog! (Can there be too many exclamation points in a post?) Such great information and links I'm off to bounce back and forth between your blog and the contest and the button link too! Love it and you deserve an award for sure!

  8. Hi Sarah! It's so great to meet you! I'm a fellow campaigner in the MG/YA group. I am SO Excited to read your book PAJAMA GIRL! I love that title and I love picture books!

    And yes, you are WAY lucky to have Elana Johnson following you! I've had the great blessing of attending many of her presentations and she's completely, unbelievably awesome - so helpful and kind to her fellow writers.

  9. You are so awesome! Thanks for talking about my book. Excited to get to know you better though this Campaign. :)

  10. Hey, groupie! I'm in your YA group. I know I'm a little late with stopping by and introducing myself, but better late than never, right? Gotta love the Campaign. :)

  11. Elana is a fabulous girl! I heart her like a fat kid hearts cake! She's incredible as is her novel!

    I love your post!! Though I'm not a Campaigner I've just found your blog through the sea of people and wanted to be friends!! I do look forward to seeing more of you!

  12. Another fellow campaigner from your group popping over to say hello! :)

    *Waves hi* It's so great to "meet" you.

    And you are right, Elana is so awesome--as is her book! :)

  13. Sarah, it sounds like you just have all around great news! Congrats on the awards and the first day of Kindergarten for your little one. That is such an exciting and emotional time.

    As for the contest, that sounds like fun! I'm on my way to tweet:)

  14. How about another award? Can you fit it on your shelf? :) I've just made you my recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award! You can find the details on my blog: http://clickerbug.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/youve-just-won-the-versatile-blogger-award-what-are-you-going-to-do/