March E-muse Winner: $50.00 Amazon

herbsCongratulations to Micheal Teal the winner of March E-Muse draw for a $50.00 gift certificate on Amazon.  To be eligible to win, simply subscribe to my monthly E-muse newsletter at to share my ramblings on gardening, writing and Life 101.   Events, updates and lots of Spam-free fun!  Have fun picking out which books to buy, Micheal. So many pages, so little time.

February E-muse winner: Amazon 50.00

teddyCongratulations to Jane McIntosh with winner of the February draw for a 50.00 Amazon gift certificate.  I e-mail a monthly newsletter called E-Muse with updates on SHADOW events, writing tips and author interviews I conduct on another blog.  (E-muse archives are posted on this site if you want to take a peek).  Everyone who subscribes has their name entered into the monthly draw for a 50.00 Amazon gift certificate.  Why?  Because one of my favorite things is getting a windfall that allows me to order new books.   I enjoy sending out that e-mail to the winners; but also encouraging the publishing, reading and buying of books–they’re my best friends.  

Having watched Dr. Phil’s program yesterday on Internet Scams, I can assure you that when Amazon e-mails you a gift card, you do not have to provide any personal credit information to redeem it (unless your order goes over 50.00 and you have to pay out of pocket).  I’ve been ordering from Amazon for years and have never had any complications.  If you would like to subcribe, contact

All addresses remain private and unsubcribing is painless (simply type UNSUBCRIBE in the subject line of an e-mail to the above address).

February E-muse contest: $50 on Amazon

newfE-muse is the monthly newsletter I e-mail with updates on SHADOWS, contests and writing tips.  To read past editions check out the E-muse Archives in the right hand collum.

This month’s E-muse contest:  What is your favorite creative inspirational quote?  E-mail entries to or comment below.  NOTE:  If I don’t have your e-mail address, I have nowhere to e-mail the gift certificate if you’re a winner.

I’m posting the answers on Twitter, just look for the icon on my blog or Myspace page.

Here’s one of my favorites when it comes to writer’s block:  What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Winner of November’s E-muse newletter contest: $50 Amazon

christmCongratulations to Phyllis Hart, the winner of November’s 50.00 gift certificate from Amazon.  Everyone who subscribes to my E-muse letter is eligible to win.  Last month’s contest asked: What is your favorite opening line of a novel?  I twittered the entries so will only post the top three:

“The whole room smelled of men.”

It really evokes some imagery!

Barbara Phinney
Suspenseful, inspiring stories you’ll love!

From the May Queen by Kate Evans

“Sitting cross legged on the orange industrial carpet, I pulled my blouse over my head.”  Chelle Cordero, Author   Chelle Cordero Website Chelle’s Online Portfolio

From Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger: It’s dark in that awful way that allows you to make out objects but not the

black spaces behind them.  gratefulgirl

December’s contest question: What is your favorite thing about Christmas? 

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Unsubcribing is painless.  All information remains private.  I hate spam too!

What is my favorite thing about Christmas?  I’ll text that on Twitter tommorrow. Just look for the Twitter icon on Myspace profile page.  It’s coming a lot sooner than you think…Christmas that is.