Here's Where I Ask for Your Help in Achieving a Lifelong Goal

It’s hard to believe that three weeks from now the contest will be over. Now I know you know which contest I’m talking about because I feel like I’m in repeat mode right about now. Fresh Blood. Fresh Blood. Fresh Blood. FreshBloodFreshBloodFreshBloodFreshBloodFreshBlood. And oh, by the way, did I mention Fresh Blood?

(For those of you who might be stopping by for the first time, my unpublished novel, Heart of the City, is one of two novels competing in the finals of Dorchester Publishing’s Fresh Blood contest and the grand prize is a publishing contract with Dorchester's Leisure Horror imprint.)

Anyway, I promise I’ll get back to my regularly-scheduled writing blog soon, but I’m hoping you’ll humor me for a little while longer because this is, after all, my dream, my ambition, my life-long goal, and I know--even at the risk of being a pest--that I have to give it all I’ve got. Otherwise I wouldn’t be being true to myself.

So I’m asking for your help…

If you could take just a moment to vote in the contest, I’d be so grateful. Voting only takes a few seconds. It’s as simple as sending a blank email to with Fresh Blood Vote - Heart of the City in the subject line.

They will accept one vote per unique email address. Voting is open until July 14th at midnight EST.

If you’re interested, you can visit the contest page, where you can learn more about the novels competing, read chapters and excerpts, and see comments from the judges.

And if anyone would be so kind as to give a shout-out for the contest on their blog (or any other social media you use), I would be especially grateful.

I also want to say thank you. Thank you to everybody who’s supported me with votes, encouraging words, and simply by putting up with the fact that the contest has taken over my life.

Thank you most of all for taking a minute out of your own busy lives to help me move one step further toward making my dream come true. One vote could make the difference.


  1. Wow, that is wonderful news you've made it so far! I'll send out an email today. Good luck!

  2. Done. From two different email addresses. Good luck!

  3. I voted from both my email addresses. So you got two from me babe! Good luck- fingers crossed for you!

  4. I just voted for you. Thanks for following me on Twitter, Lisa!

  5. Hope you win, Lisa. I just sent an email vote for you.

  6. good luck with your creative future!

  7. One of two book? Holy cow! Congrats! I'll go take a look. Hugs and luck!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  8. I didn't know Dorchester had a horror section. That's pretty cool. I put in my vote.

    Here's hoping you win! ^_^

  9. Consider the vote from me already done.

    How have you liked THE PASSAGE? After reading 20% with more backstory than story, I just gave up -- especially when I learned that the narrative jumps 100 years in the future, bringing just one character from all those prior pages into the flow of the new story.

    But it could just be me. Hope you win the contest, Roland

  10. Thank you all so much for your votes and for your encouraging words. No matter what happens in the contest, the connections I've made through it have been priceless, and I count you all among them.

    Roland, I'm still plodding along through The Passage. I can't say I dislike it, but it is slow, and so much of it does feel like simply nonessential backstory, characterization taken to an unnecessary level. That said, I'm finding that I am interested in what's going to happen, so I think I'm going to stick with it and see where it goes. Unfortunately, I haven't had a whole lot of reading time lately so this one might take me awhile.

    And again, thank you all so very much. I appreciate every single one of your votes and kind words.


  11. Good luck!!! Hang in there! You've made it this far, two more weeks is nothin'!

    (I just voted)

  12. I just voted again from a different ebox. Good luck!

  13. I can totally see why you you'd be out of your mind about it! fingers crossed and off to vote!

  14. I voted a couple of weeks ago. Yours was way better than the other in my opinion, for lots of reasons. I think you have a shot!

  15. Hey did you hear about this cool contest called Fresh Blood? ;) Good luck to you! Happy Fourth!!!


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