June 5, 2006

B4B is Late, but Alive, uh uh, so Alive

BLOGGING FOR BOOKS may not know what color its eyes are, but its hair is long and brown, and it is late to the dance this Monday. You see it posting in now, wearing its older sister's prom dress, but it doesn't QUITE have its sister's mighty rack to hold the bodice up. We need to stuff its Maidenform and lend it some red lipstick, because we want B4B to be as popular as a prom queen. OH YES WE DO.

Otherwise, I'll execute the trollop.

If you blog, I BEG you to remind your reading/blogging audience that it is B4B time, and ask other bloggers who read your blog to blog it, and then you can be a part of the campaign that will win B4B that tinsel coated crown. And the campaign isn't just for bloggers anymore. If you list serve, or if you belong to a writers group on yahoo or google or whatEVAH, PLEASE help get the word out.

I've committed to two more months of B4B, lined up guest authors and such, so let's make it hard on them by giving them a slew of hella superlative entries.

BY THE WAY, if your wondering why the traditonal B4B HYPER-EXTENDO METAPHOR is about PROM, I'm clearly obsessing about my 20'th reunion coming up...

And as always, we lift a glass in honor of the Zero Boss, because he made it up.

How to play: You blog on a chosen topic. You post a link to your blog entry in the comments below this entry. B4B closes next Monday when the comments close on this entry, EXACTLY seven days from the very second this posted. <----note the slight rule change.``````````

If you have no blog, you write the essay and cut and paste it (no attachments please) into an email to Ann Fitten (the Bloggess behind Edgy Mama) and ask her sweetly to host it for you.

Your special guest blogger this month is Angel of Give Me Something to Sing About She won last month and so, alas, she can never enter again, but she is eligible to judge. AND JUDGE SHE WILL. We know she is cool, because her blog title references a song by Joss Whedon. She will narrow the entries down to seven.

If you are one of the seven finalists, your entry will be read by author Shanna Swendson, author of Enchanted, Inc. and its sequel Once Upon Stilettos. Booklist says this "smart, snappy novel will delight fans that loved the first installment, and win over new readers, too."

Shanna was ALSO class of 1986. She dropped by and said in Comments, "It's my 20th reunion year, too (gee, class of 86 must have been truly brilliant). Fortunately, our reunion isn't until the fall. I cheated a bit and sent my professionally retouched author photo to the reunion web site as my "now" photo, and as a result, I'm the only person in the class who actually looks younger now than in the senior portrait posted alongside it. I was very old for my age as a teen, but I guess I've got a few months now to look into dermabrasion and maybe Botox before the reunion so I can be recognized from my "now" photo. Or else I'll have to invent a book tour that will keep me away from the reuinion."

HA! My book tour is sending me TO my reunion -- want to go in halfsies on the Botox?

Shanna will choose first, second and third place, and she shall send the winner a copy of her new book, signed of course. The winner will ALSO go up on the new B4B links section and will become eligible to be a special guest blogger and choose finalists.

And now, THE TOPIC! As usual your topic relates to the book...

Once Upon Stilettos tells the story of Katie Chandler, an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. A mere Manhattan mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she’s a wiz at exposing “hokum” pocus, cloaked lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she’s fallen under the all-too-human spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and coworker. Owen, however, is preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files, and it reeks of an inside job. CEO Merlin (yes, the Merlin) and taps Katie and her special ability to uncover the magical mole.
Keeping her feelings in check while sleuthing alongside Owen, Katie is shocked to discover that her immunity to magic is waning, putting her in grave danger. Soon she’s surrendering to the charms and enchantments of everyone and everything around her, including a killer pair of red stilettos. Katie must now conjure up her natural instincts to get to the bottom of the break-in, regain her power, and win the wizard of her dreams.


So this time, write about MAGIC. In any context. There are so many ways to approach this one that I am all atwitter to see what rabbitses will come bouncing from your hatses, oh my preshus....


Posted by joshilyn at June 5, 2006 7:26 PM

OMG! I loved, loved, LOVED Enchanted, Inc when I read it last summer (at your recommendation I might add) I have just gone and ordered the sequel.

What my husband calls 'lack of self control', I call 'knowing what I want'.

Posted by: Heather Cook at June 5, 2006 9:28 PM

And because I'm a very nice person, if the winner hasn't read the first book in the series, I'll throw in the first book, too. I hate starting a series in the middle, so I wouldn't want to inflict that on anyone.

Posted by: Shanna Swendson at June 5, 2006 10:32 PM

This was a tough one for me. I have lots of "magic" stories all of different sorts of magic, so it was very hard for me to narrow it down to one!

Posted by: tori at June 6, 2006 9:38 AM

Okay Joss, I've pimped B4B on my LJ. You should have all kinds of whack job, head case, Harry Potter fan fiction writing fanatics heading over any time now.


Posted by: Angela at June 6, 2006 2:15 PM

I'm rather fond of the Harry Potter fan fiction writing fanatics, as they tend to buy my books. :-)

I posted a B4B bulletin at MySpace. We'll see what happens there.

Posted by: Shanna Swendson at June 6, 2006 3:10 PM

Yeah Shanna...I only say that with total love because "I Are One"....and "Yes, we do!"

Posted by: Angela at June 6, 2006 3:28 PM

The books sound like fun. Here's my entry:


Posted by: Sandra Tayler at June 7, 2006 2:03 AM

So excited to see this contest. I found it through Shanna's site. I'm keeping my toes crossed that it stays around. (Have to keep my fingers free for typing.)

Anyway, here is the link for my post on magic. Thanks!


Posted by: April Erwin at June 7, 2006 2:30 AM

What a timely contest! My tale today (June 7) is about my own attempt at magic. Hopefully, it's appropriate for this contest, so I'll submit it.

You can find the tale at:

Check it out, and let me know what you think!

- OrlandoDad

Posted by: OrlandoDad at June 7, 2006 7:45 AM

Yay! Love this idea.


Posted by: Lena at June 7, 2006 2:42 PM

That is really great of Shanna to say she'll give the winners both books. Here's my entry, under the subtitle "Post #2" (Blogger's been acting up today).


Posted by: Elizabeth at June 7, 2006 7:55 PM

I hope my story is acceptable--it involves no sweet children and is VERY unseasonable.


Posted by: Courtney at June 7, 2006 11:25 PM

Thanks to Cheeky Lotus, I found your site and I had to delurk and send something. Thanks for the chance to write this. Very cathartic.

Posted by: Nikki at June 8, 2006 4:01 PM

I was not aware of this little venture, and I certainly hope it doesn't die out!! I think it sounds like a fabulous idea.. I mean, how many bloggers like reading AND writing? What, like a handful? Maybe 8? :)

Here's my submission:

Posted by: e. at June 8, 2006 4:22 PM

Oops, forgot to post my site. Sorry. The entry is titled Magic.


Posted by: Nikki at June 9, 2006 8:26 AM


I have pimped and entered! Thanks - this was fun. I will do it again next month too.

Posted by: mothergoosemouse at June 9, 2006 9:44 AM

Here is my go...


Posted by: Amy Ragland at June 9, 2006 12:43 PM

Sounds like a fun topic...I've entered in the past (was third once!) and will definitely post this on my blog.

Posted by: Hannah at June 9, 2006 2:02 PM

P.S. Josilyn--don't forget to put it on the Yahoo group. That's how I would know--but happened over to MotherGooseMouse and she had her entry posted...that's how I found out this was up!


Posted by: Hannah at June 9, 2006 2:15 PM

I wasn't going to write about my child... but then. Well - today happened. You'll see.


Posted by: Lily at June 9, 2006 3:49 PM

It's great to see so many entries!
Here's mine: http://cynicaldragonfly.blogspot.com/2006/06/blogging-for-books-i-know-what-youre.html

Posted by: dragonfly at June 10, 2006 1:19 PM

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Posted by: kevin at June 10, 2006 6:29 PM

Here's my shot at it: http://carbonelle.livejournal.com/109059.html

Posted by: carbonel at June 10, 2006 7:06 PM

Here's mine:

Posted by: DebR at June 10, 2006 11:37 PM

Yay, B4B time! Here is my entry: http://daramusing.blogspot.com/2006/06/magic.html#comments

Posted by: Dara at June 11, 2006 1:11 AM

My entry, "Campho-Phenique...It IS magic", is double posted at both of my blogs because I couldn't decide who I wanted to be today. ;)

Take your pick:

I wanted to post a story, but I already have both of Shanna's books. I hope you enjoy reading it, but please disqualify me this month. I'd like to save my chances for winning for another month and give the max number of people better odds at getting to read her book(s)! (Gosh, that was hard to word in a way that doesn't sound like I thought I'd win, but you know what I'm trying to say...)

Thanks :-)

Posted by: Julie at June 11, 2006 2:21 AM

Oops, sorry. Here are perma-links to the story:



Posted by: Julie at June 11, 2006 2:28 AM

That was fun! I look forward to reading everyone else's entries.


Posted by: Sarah at June 11, 2006 6:55 PM

This sounds like fun! First time participant but looking forward to more!


Posted by: KimG at June 11, 2006 7:08 PM

I've never done this before, but had to try it. I didn't read any of the other entries before I wrote mine, so I'm wondering how far off the mark mine will be.


Now I'm off to read the other entries!

Posted by: dee at June 11, 2006 8:23 PM

I too was sent here via Cheeky Lotus. Here's to hoping that there's magic in the air...


Posted by: Heather B. at June 11, 2006 9:19 PM

I had earth-shattering plans to turn this contest on its collective ear with a masterful dissertation describing the effect of modern-day magic on scholarship, Tylenol and Lindsay Lohan. I managed about four disjointed paragraphs. I call that good.


Posted by: Moose at June 12, 2006 3:21 AM

Geez, would you people quit distracting me from actual work? ;)

Funny stuff, Moose...and that chocolate chip cookie on your page is making me way too hungry for CCCs way too early in the morning.

Posted by: Julie at June 12, 2006 11:23 AM

This sounded like fun and i just couldn't resist. Anything giving me a chance to write is great!Besides, the subject is great. It is open enough to express people individually... of course that can be dangerous! lol! Maybe only with me...

Posted by: Lindsey L. at June 12, 2006 12:15 PM

here's the URL...it was acting funyn so i put it in again just incase.


Posted by: Lindsey L. at June 12, 2006 12:21 PM

Oh what fun!

Here's my link:

And yes, the class of '86 and our big poofy bangs totally rocked!

Posted by: shpprgrl at June 12, 2006 12:45 PM

here's mine:


It's good to see more entries coming in. Hopefully that means a stay of execution for a great little contest.

Posted by: Skovbo at June 12, 2006 12:52 PM

Here's mine :

Posted by: Laua L at June 12, 2006 3:04 PM

Here is mine!

Posted by: Denise at June 12, 2006 3:15 PM

I know I am cutting it close, but here's my very first try on anything like this.


I heard about Blogging for Books from Sandra Tayler's post who inspires me with her writing every day, but I am also in awe of all the wonderful pieces posted here.

Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Kim at June 12, 2006 8:18 PM

Fashionably late! Whew...


Posted by: Jamie at June 12, 2006 10:24 PM

Am I too late?

Well I have done it anyway!


Posted by: Dancinfairy at June 13, 2006 6:12 AM

First time participating! Hope I'm not too late.

Here we go: http://jadg.blogspot.com/2006/06/flights-of-fancy.html

Posted by: Gypsy at June 13, 2006 12:12 PM