Monday, December 26, 2011

COTT: Christmas Cover Images Winner

*by COTT Sr. Editor, April W Gardner

Cover Images Clashes are becoming hugely popular at the literary contest site, Clash of the Titles. Voters have been turning out by the droves to give their opinion about which cover they find most eye-catching.

Their latest Clash featured three Christmas cover images, all of which would have been worthy winners. There’s just something about holiday d├ęcor that warms the heart! A book cover with Christmas dressings is no different.

Here’s what hostess Gail Pallotta had to say about the three covers. “The mountain scene in A Log Cabin Christmas took away my breath and sent a peaceful feeling over me.  The lovely smile on the young lady on the cover of Christmas Belles of Georgia brightened my day and spoke to me of Christmas joy. Christmas Pearl stood out and proclaimed this holy season.”

But the voters decided, and the winner of the 
Christmas Cover Images Clash is:


This is what voters said about Christmas Pearl:

*'Christmas Pearl' simply struck me as beautiful & I sank right in as I read the blurb.
*I think all three are charming, but 'Christmas Pearl' does it for me!
*"Christmas Pearl" is just plain lovely. I love the way the pearl imitates a tree ornament. Very well done cover and quite evocative of Christmas.

Well said!

COTT  is currently taking a Christmas break, but please visit  January 9 for a new clash that will – literally – take your breath away! If you're an author, don’t forget to check upcoming open clashes and submit.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Clash of the Titles!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Interview Game

It's been awhile since I've posted on here. My apologies to those of you who are faithful readers. Life has been a bit crazy these past couple of months. I'll tell you more about that at a different time. 

I was perusing Twitter one night and saw that Amy from My Friend Amy was wanting to revive an oldie but goodie kinda game. I couldn't resist playing along! I hope you'll join in the fun as well! 

Okay these were the official rules:
  • Leave me a comment saying, "Interview Me." Please include your e-mail address. 

  • I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions.)

  • You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.

  • You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.

  • When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

  • Thanks for playing along! Here are the questions that Amy has sent me to answer! 

    1) Has a book ever changed your life?

    Yes, the Bible. I know it's a cliched answer but it really has changed my life. I wouldn't be the person I am today without the Good Book and more importantly, the salvation within! 

    2) What's your favorite holiday treat?

    Do I have to pick just one??? I'd have to say pumpkin bread (you know, the one with cream cheese in the middle?) for Thanksgiving and then hot chocolate for Christmas time. I'm trying to cut down on too many sweets though!  (Oh, btw, I HATE pumpkin pie...weird eh?)

    3) If you could trade places with a character on a TV Show for one day who would it be?

    Hands down, it would be Elena on Vampire Diaries. Who couldn't resist a kiss or two from Stefan and/or Damon? 

    4) Hardcover, trade paperback, mass market, or ebook? Why?

    Believe it or not, I do not have much of a preference. I'm an equal opportunity book binding reader! :) 

    5) If you could wish one thing for the world for Christmas, what would it be?

    For every soldier to be home with his/her family for an entire bare minimum!! 

    Now, I'm challenging all of you to do the same. I'd love to interview Renee next, if she's up for the challenge!