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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Just Released: BAKER MOUNTAIN by Doyle Suit



Congratulations, Doyle Suit!

At Coffee and Critique this morning, Doyle brought in copies of his recently released book, Baker Mountain, A Novel of Courage. Baker Mountain is a Cactus Country Book, published by High Hill Press.

Some time ago I received an advance reader's copy, so I got a sneak preview of the novel. I am proud to be one of the writers whose blurbs appear on the back cover of Baker's Mountain.

I was thrilled when Doyle gave me a signed copy as soon as I arrived at the meeting. My signed copy is a keeper!

Here is my back-cover blurb about Suit's YA historical fiction novel:

"Set during America's Great Depression, Baker Mountain by Doyle Suit harkens back to days of hard work and hard times. Through Suit's crisp and clear prose, vivid descriptions, and skillful painting of an era gone by, we learn the story of sixteen-year-old Gary Hill, whose life is turned upside down after the death of his mother. While Gary's father travels around the world in search of work, Gary moves in with his grandparents on their farm in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. In the shadow of Baker Mountain, city-boy Gary learns about farming, hunting, horseback riding, bootlegging, and falling in love. Baker Mountain is an entertaining coming-of-age novel of historical fiction whose message about the importance of education, self-reliance, and courage still resonates today."

Later this week -- most likely on Friday -- I will be giving away my advance reader's copy of BAKER MOUNTAIN over on Donna's Book Pub. So pop on over to DPB on Friday to find out how you can win.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Coffee and Critique Summer Writing Contest Results

The Summer Writing Contest was a lot of fun.

Who would've thought the theme of fishing would bring out such a variety of stories and essays?

Eight submissions were read by readers selected at random, who did not know whose submission they were reading. Then each piece was judged by the twelve writers present, who gave each story a score between 1 and 10.

We had as much fun trying to figure out who wrote the stories as we did judging them.

Here are the places, titles, and winners' names:

1st Place "Crabbing Buddies" by Sarah Angleton
2nd Place "A Freakin' Good Time" by Alice Muschany
3rd Place "The Divorced Bass Fisherman and the Sea Monster" by Jennifer Hasheider

Congratulations to all the top three scorers as well as all who entered.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Go Fish: Summer Writing Contest Day is Tomorrow!

Just a friendly reminder for Coffee and Critique writers:

In case you didn't get the memo, or the e-mail, or the post on Facebook, or the many verbal reminders for the past few Tuesdays, tomorrow is the date for the Coffee and Critique Summer Writing Contest.

The theme is anything related to fish or fishing -- including going fishing, fishing for compliments, fishing for a wife/husband, playing Go Fish, etc.

Certificates will be awarded, along with one grand prize!

You can find the guidelines on an earlier post.

Just scroll down and you'll see them.

Good luck!