Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Writerly Wednesday ~~ LOBO Blog Contest!!

Hidy, writerly friends! Got a great little contest for you today with fab prizes!!!!!

We're all excited about Kat Magendie's THIRD book, SWEETIE's release! Here's a little taste from an early review...

Five stars. FIVE STARS to this book. I'm out of breath from being totally blown away by this beautiful coming-of-age story. Parts of this book reminded me of an old favorite book, The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright. Kathryn Magendie has captured some magic in her descriptions of the Smoky Mountains and has created a character in Sweetie that will live on in my memory.

I had a sneaking suspicion after reading the first chapter that I would like this book, but I did not expect it to flat out floor me. The development of the story, the characters, the way Magendie manipulates her readers emotions threw me for a loop and had me laughing and crying .. sometimes loudly. This is the perfect book for you folks who love a good coming-of-age story with a touch of magic in it. I cannot wait to get my greedy hands on a physical copy as soon as I can (as I received this via Netgalley).

Read the entire review here at The Lost Entwife. And another great one here: Library Thing.


Now, about that contest........

This is a LOBO (Leave One, Bring One) event that's easier than it sounds. LOL. You simply leave a comment, and bring a friend to leave a comment too. Comment about what, you ask? Tell us what you love most about Kat and her writing or blog. Easy!

EXAMPLE:  "I love Kat's mountain hick voice. John T." Then your friend comes by and leaves his/her comment. "I think Kat is a beautiful person." Suzy Q (friend of John T.)

Contest Rules:

1.) Leave a comment on what you love best about Kat or her writing.

2.) Have a friend do the same, AND SIGN HIS/HER COMMENT WITH, "FRIEND OF (YOUR NAME)." You can comment as a friend for someone else only once, and also enter yourself by bringing another friend once.

3.) This isn't a requirement, just a favor -- please spread the word about this contest. SWEETIE and KAT deserve oodles of publicity. I know y'all love to Tweet and Facebook cool stuff, so how's about sharing the love? Thanks!

4.) Contest runs through Sunday midnight, December 5, Central Time. Use your imagination and writing skills. Creativity counts!

5.) PRIZE PACKAGE: Winner will receive a copy of SWEETIE, hot off the presses, signed by our friend and author, Kat Magendie; a lovely matching book cover necklace that says, "Hold out Hope" (you can see it looped over the cover in the photo below); some cool gel writing pens; and an Amazon or B&N gift certificate (winner's choice) for $20.00. As I'm prone to do, I may throw some other goodies in the pretty red gift bag too!


Get Sweetie at Amazon in paperback or for your Kindle!


Terri Tiffany said...

Oh Wow!! I didn't know her book was out! I have read all her others and think her style is amazing!

Kittie Howard said...

Kat writes like an angel! Does she have a logo I can put in my sidebar like I did for Talli???

LTM said...

what a great review! This sounds like a super book. Thanks for the heads up, Angie! Oh, and I'm friends w/Kittie, so there's a bump for her~ :o) <3

Deb Shucka said...

Oh, Angie, I'm so glad you're doing this for Kat and Sweetie. I loved Tender Graces - it's still one of my all time favorites, and I loved Sweetie at least that much. The two girls, their friendship, the setting, the poignancy and the little bit of magic (one of Kat's hallmarks) all make it a book to stay up into the wee hours to finish. Even thought Sweetie is an adult book, the adolescent in me related so strongly to Sweetie herself. Sweetie reminds me a lot of Salamanca in Sharon Creech's Walk Two Moons.

Suldog said...

I'm not entering the contest, but I'm leaving a comment because I love Kat and love you, too. I'll be going over to Amazon to buy the book shortly. She's a swell writer.

Patti Lacy said...

All kinds of kudos...and an introduction to a new writer!

Thanks, Angie.

kimmirich said...

I'm looking forward to reading Sweetie! Kat has a wonderful writing voice and weaves fullofawesomesauce southrn' magic into her work.

Love her ol' blog chocked full of homespun-welcomeness and beautiful photos. Love Kat and you my good friend.

I'm here for Sandara Leigh.

Sandra Leigh said...

And I am here with Kimmi, to say that for me, the best thing about Kat's writing is its honesty. When Virginia Kate talks to me, I know she is speaking from her heart, and knowing that softens mine. I read a lot of the VK saga with tears in my eyes!

Anonymous said...

magendie is a little red riding hood ninja writer. skipping through the woods of innocence, the big bad emotion-wolf tricks her into devulging deep dark secrets most people aren't willing (or self-aware enough) to recognize. with razor pen she attacts the underbelly of past demons that live in the cave of all psyches where they're relegated in order to be avoided. honest, responsible, intriguing, and always surprising--magendie is a fairytale author come true.

Stephen Craig Rowe said...

Dear Angie, As a visual artist I see as I read and a book becomes a movie inside of my head complete with soundtrack, High Def and 3D. Thus reading becomes an experience and I admit to reading Tender Graces and Secret Graces several times because Kathryn's words gave me so much to work with in my movie making for the words are rich, warm, creative, caring, poetic with magic and an introspective giving that only a fine art author can offer the reader while causing pause and reflection. Whew! That was some long string of words. Smile and as ever be well

Kathryn Magendie said...

okay - I peeked in here and now I'm feeling a little teary - y'all are so wonderful and supportive

thank you Angie for the contest and your words ....

Ann Best said...

From your post and especially the comments, this sounds like an author I'd like to read! I'm heading over to Amazon to check this out.

I had to re-follow you. A glitch in blogger forced me to re-do my blog. Got everything imported except followers; evidently you lose them when something like this happens!

But I'm glad to have you back on my blog roll so I can keep in touch.
Ann Best, A Long Journey Home

Small Footprints said...

Kat is just as sweet in person as she is on the pages of her blog ... or her interviews. When I first "met" Kat on the Internet and found out that we are WNC neighbors, she said the most touching thing (and remember, this was before I met her in person) ... she said that I always had a friend in WNC and was never alone. Can't even tell you how that made me feel. Since then, I've met her in person ... and she's lovely! And her writing ... the BEST! When I open up one of her books ... I'm hard pressed to do anything but finish the book.

Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway! :)

Art Ist said...

I'm here with Small Footprints. :)

I know that Kat is a great writer because my wife cried at the end of her first book - never saw her do that before. Now that's good writing!


Angie Ledbetter said...

Garsh, such a hard contest to judge! All the comments/thoughts were compelling. Just by a hair (and with the help of an impartial second judge), the prize package goes to Small Footprints!

Thanks to all contestants, and congrats Small.

Love to Kat and mega success wishes to SWEETIE!

Food Junkie said...

Angie! I love Kat'd open mouthed laugh the best. I live in India but am currently visiting with my boy friend in Ohio. Kat helped me once with my first book the proceeds of which went to an children's home. She didn't know me very well, we just visited each others blogs, left comments, but she still helped me out and I will never forget that. She has a way of not just drawing your attention but keeping can't so that unless you have an innate understanding of people and emotions. I like a story to be simple.......don't get me wrong I do love The Da Vinci Code but it is a an amazing book written by a person with an amazing imagination and someone who does a lot of research......I like stories that are simple, where you are drawn in to the persons life, their thoughts...........I like Kathryn coz she has amazing narrative keeps you there spellbound as you turn the pages...........have a great Christmas you two.

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