Happy Friday Fishy Friends! I’m completely excited about today’s post because I’m giving away one very special Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark-Hunter novels collection set. *Giveaway info at the end of this post*
But first I’d like to share a fun story with you. So, I firmly believe that if you love something, you should love it well. Just always remember that love is respectful.
So, a few years ago, I was still relatively new to the DC area, settling into my home and continuing to quietly work on writing. I was so new to it back then that I had no idea about writers groups, contests, or conferences. But I was VERY familiar with Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books and had become a huge fan since being given “Seize the Night” at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con. During a regular check of her upcoming appearances in my area, I saw that she was going to be doing a signing in some place called Leesburg, VA. I could tell by the event details that this wasn’t just a regular bookstore signing because it talked about a retreat and organization that went by the initials WRW. Well, I was a little skeptical, so I did some research. I fully intended on figuring out how to get to this signing.
That’s when my silly little brain started doing all this crazy-fantastic spinning. I discovered several things in rapid succession:
1) WRW stood for Washington Romance Writers and they were a local writing chapter falling under the main organization which was RWA. WRW was indeed hosting a local retreat in the spring where Sherrilyn Kenyon would be the keynote speaker and there would be a signing for the public in the area around the same time. They also had a writing contest called the Marlene and the winner would be announced at this retreat where Sherrilyn would be in attendance as a special guest.
2) RWA stood for Romance Writers of America. They had a wonderful website that taught me all about their Golden Heart writing contest and an annual national conference. And, Sherrilyn Kenyon just so happened to be slated as their Keynote Speaker that year as well!
3) I had to see Sherrilyn Kenyon. (Being around her is like chicken soup for the soul and I want lots of that.)
BOOM, BAM, POW (that’s my brain on Sherrilyn Kenyon)
4) I could join these organizations, both RWA and WRW, submit my little (actually quite huge) love story manuscript I’d been working on to both groups. I could win the contests, be presented my awards and Sherrilyn Kenyon would be in the room watching my acceptance speeches where I would profess my love for her and then everyone would live happily ever after. And we might even have slumber parties and talk endlessly about Valerius Magnus and Acheron.
Slightly crazy, I know. But fun, right? Long story short, I joined both organizations, entered both contests, didn’t win the awards but came away with a few hearts of gold who give great fishy kisses and had the time of my life listening to Sherrilyn speak. At the WRW retreat, on May 1, 2011, I won the basket Sherrilyn had donated to the raffle! Inside that basket was the wrapped, five-book set that I’m giving away today. I’ve never opened it. It has sat beautifully amongst my Sherrilyn book collection. I own each of the books individually and have read them several times each.
I hope that whoever wins these treasures will read them and fall in love even harder than I did.
I would not be the reader I am nor the writer I’m becoming if it weren’t for Sherrilyn Kenyon.
So friends, I’d be oh so happy to hear your stories of fervent love & admiration…pretty please?
*Giveaway details: This giveaway is open until 10:30pm Eastern Time on Sunday, January 27, 2013. At that time, I will randomly choose one winner from the commenters to this post and announce the winning name in the comments section. Please be prepared to share your snail mail address with me so I can send this one of a kind gift your way! *
Five book set includes: Night Embrace, Night Pleasures, Night Play, Kiss of the Night, & Dance with the Devil.