Many thanks to everyone who hopped in for Frog on a Dime’s 2020 Summer Open House. I hope you enjoyed the new features to make the site easier to navigate and search, my little raspberry lemonades. If you missed it, be sure to check out the NEW Rejection Recovery page. (Or at the very least, take comfort in knowing it’s there when/if you need it!)
And now . . . [cue drum roll, please]
I am pleased to announce the winner of this year’s
Summer Open House Giveaway!
Elizabeth, you will receive not one but TWO personally autographed copies of Rachel Anderson’s debut novel THE PUPPY PREDICAMENT–one for you to enjoy and one to share with a young reader you love. Your prize package will also include a journal for capturing ideas while you’re summer daydreaming AND a surprise! Congratulations! Thank you for entering.
Please be sure to read the giveaway disclaimer below (you know, for legal purposes and stuff).
Disclaimer(s):No purchase necessary (or even an option). Shipping & handling included. Safe when used as directed. Do not submerge. Batteries not included. Dryclean only. Frog on a Dime is furnishing this Prize Package “as is.” None of the authors, contributors, agents, editors, miscreants, vandals, ambidextrous nose miners, or anyone else connected with Frog on a Dime, in any way whatsoever, can be held responsible for your (mis)use of the contents of the Prize Package. Remain seated until the ride has come to a complete stop. Do not refrigerate after opening. Contents may settle during shipment. Prize Package sold by weight, not by volume. Frog on a Dime does not provide any warranty of the item(s) whatsoever, whether expressed, implied, or statutory (whatever that is), including, but not limited to, any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or any warranty that the contents of the item will be error-free (because). Use at your own risk. Subject to approval. Driver does not carry cash. No substitutions. Do not fold, staple or mutilate. Some restrictions apply (but you can’t make me say what). Void where prohibited. Employees must wash hands. For off-road use only. All terms and conditions shall be rendered null and void on a whim. If state laws apply to you, some or all of the above disclaimers, exclusions, or limitations may not apply to you and you may have additional rights. (Go You!) I know you are but what am I. This tag may not be removed except by the consumer under penalty of law. (Ooo, scary!) See store for details.
Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
Can you believe it, my little cinnamon sticks? We’ve reached four full years of Frog on a Dime. You’ve made this step of faith (and fear!) so worthwhile for me. My desire to be an encouragement has come full circle so many times, thanks to you, I’m a curlicue (and yeesh, that is quite a sight!)
To thank you for your, well, your YOU-ness, I want to offer you FOUR chances to win this Happy 4th Birthday Giveaway.
Win one of four prizes:
An Idea Journal to start your new year.
A critique (up to 10 pages) of your picture book or middle grade novel in progress.
A doodle pad & pen. (Plus, I’ll draw a doodle just for you to get you started.)
A surprise prize!
Four quick as a wink ways to enter:
Become a new follower of Frog on a Dime. (Sign up’s on the home page.)
Leave a comment under this post on Facebook.
Like and retweet this post on Twitter.
Share a comment, suggestion or question on this post below.
Your ideas for future post topics, your writing-related questions or nominations for guest bloggers are especially welcome.
Enter by 4 p.m. (EST) on Friday, December 9.
I can’t wait to dole out the prizes. So, hop to it! What are you waiting “four”?
I grabbed a pile of dust, and holding it up, foolishly asked for as many birthdays as the grains of dust, I forgot to ask that they be years of youth. ~ Ovid
One of the ways I “still” myself during the holiday season is to sit and sip tea while perusing my collection of favorite and familiar Christmas and wintry books. There’s something magically lulling about those beloved images and the lilting language. Looking at the covers, I can almost hear a cheery “welcome back” before I even turn the first page.
Knowing you love children’s book and might very well love to give a book to a child you love, Frog on a Dime is offering a very special holiday giveaway for you to giveaway!
There are three outstanding children’s books up for grabs . . .
JAKE and LILY by Jerry Spinelli
FLORA & ULYSSES by Kate DiCamillo
EXTRA YARN by Marc Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Step 1: Invite a friend to follow Frog on a Dime.
Step 2: Leave a comment on this post to let me know which book you’d prefer (with a 2nd choice, just in case) AND let me know that you’ve invited a friend. You don’t have to name names. We’ll be on the honor system. (Just remember, “he” knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.)
I will draw three names on Friday, December 12 at Noon. Each winner will receive a book—and I’ll even gift wrap it with my own little hands, if you like. Then I’ll send them off to the lucky winners spit-spot!
Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home! ~ Charles Dickens, ThePickwick Papers (1836)
Congratulations to Rita Borg! You’ve won Deb Pilutti’s super new picture book TEN RULES OF BEING A SUPER HERO.
Many thanks to everyone who entered this week’s super giveaway by sharing the identity of your superhero. It was fun to read your responses, ranging from Tony the Tiger and Wonder Woman to your critique group to your amazing friends and loved ones.
Be sure to you to pick up your own copy of TEN RULES for a little (or big) superhero in your life. (And please, purchase from a local, independent bookstore, if possible.)
Oh, and Miss Rita, please send me your mailing address via the Frog on a Dime contact page and TEN RULES will be flying your way soon!
More special treats and interviews coming soon . . .
Frog on a Dime is excited to offer another beautiful new picture book giveaway in November. (You will adore this book’s illustrator too.)
Be watching for your chance to win!
How Superheroes Make Money: Spider-Man knits sweaters. Superman screw the lids on pickle jars. Iron Man, as you would suspect, just irons. ~ Jim Benton
If you’ve ever visited Frog on a Dime, you know I’m a sucker for a crackerjack quote. (I include one with every post to make sure my blog is inspiration-fortified.)
Now through Friday, August 15, visit Frog on a Dime and leave your favorite quote as a comment. You’ll automatically be entered into a drawing for a keen package of fun, schlock-free writing supplies, hand-picked to inspire you. Trust me. You’ll like it–I’ll have a hard time parting with it.
Now, hop to it!
Hold fast to dreams/For if dreams die/Life is a broken-winged bird/That cannot fly. ~ Langston Hughes