Feeling the Love

I’m learning something through the Fresh Blood contest. Something that has nothing to do whatsoever with writing. Something very exciting.

Do you want to know what it is?

I’m learning that people can be pretty wonderful! In the last few days alone, two friends who I haven’t seen in years have been ceaselessly promoting the contest and soliciting votes for my novel on Facebook, a fellow writer has taken to consistently bumping the thread I posted asking for help on the ABNA forums, a published author on Gather has exchanged numerous emails with me, offering her knowledge on self-promotion as a former contest winner (different contests), and the editor of Murky Depths, a publication that has published two of my short stories has sent an email to everyone in the magazine’s Facebook group with news of the contest.

And that’s only in the last few days.

So I just wanted to take a minute to just say thank you to everyone who has taken time out of their busy lives to vote, to send words of encouragement, to help me drum up support for my novel, or to offer some of their wisdom on self-promotion and networking. I can’t say thank you enough times. But I want you all to know that I’m grateful, sincerely, truly grateful.

And if you’re just stopping by for the first time, I would really appreciate your vote in the contest. I won’t bore everyone by going into my whole spiel here again (you can read all about the contest either at Chizine or in various posts on my blog) but the short version is that I’m a finalist (one of two) in an international novel competition where the prize is a publishing contract with Leisure Horror. The winner is determined by popular vote so I need all the help I can get!

To vote, you need only send a blank email to freshblood@chizinepub.com with Fresh Blood Vote - Heart of the City in the subject line.

You can vote once per unique email address so multiple votes are welcomed as long as they each come from a unique email address! Voting closes on July 14th at midnight EST.

Again, thank you to all of you, for not only following/reading my blog, but for offering your encouragement and support through this. This is such a wonderful community, and I’m so appreciative of everything.


  1. Lisa, you have my vote(s)...now that I know I can use all 15 of my email addresses I'm off to vote some more!

    Blessings & a bit o' sunshine!

  2. Oh Ruthi, thank you! You just made my day!! :-)


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