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
Congratulations to . . .
- Randy Bulla, winner of JAKE and LILY by Jerry Spinelli.
- Danielle Hammelef, winner of FLORA & ULYSSES by Kate DiCamillo.
- Erin Fanning, winner of EXTRA YARN by Marc Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen.
Winners, please contact me with your mailing address and let me know if you’d like to take me up on the free gift wrapping option.
Whether you decide to experience the joy of giving away your giveaway prize or cherishing it yourself (and who could blame you?), I hope this special treat adds fun to your holiday.
Many thanks to everyone who entered–and invited friends to follow Frog on a Dime. I understand a few squirrels may be added to the list (thank you, Randy!)
Wishing you all a lovely holiday season, filled with laughter, craziness (the jolly kind), moments for quiet reflection (and of course, reading) and much joy!
Oh, and cookies. Can’t forget those.
Merry Reading from Frog on a Dime!
Photo by Vicky Lorencen
Photo by Vicky Lorencen
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, The Pickwick Papers (1836)
By Deb Pilutti
Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt
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
Congratulations to Patti Bumpus Richards, winner of the give-a-quote giveaway!
You’ll find a fun, inspirational surprise package in a mailbox near you soon!
Photo by Vicky Lorencen
Thank you to everyone who added to my stash of inspirational quotes. I look forward to sharing them (and crediting you) in future blog posts.
Thanks to Patti for this pithy reminder from Mr. Edison . . .
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~ Thomas A. Edison
Photo by Vicky Lorencen
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
45 Pounds (More or Less) by K.A. Barson
K.A. Barson (aka my friend Kelly)
Just one week ago today Kelly Barson’s
young adult novel 45 Pounds (More or Less)
made its debut. The blogosphere has been buzzing with words of praise from readers ever since.
You haven’t read 45 Pounds yet? It’s funny, refreshing and fabulous, just like Kelly.
Well, now is your chance to win a FREE, personally autographed copy!
Entering the official Frog on a Dime drawing is simple:
–Just leave a comment on this post by 1:45 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, July 21.
–The winner will be announced on Sunday evening.
You could have your own personalized copy of the hottest debut novel of the summer headed your way soon!
Kelly hopped on over to Frog on a Dime earlier this month. Read my interview with Kelly. Check out Kelly’s interview with Natalie Aguirre on Literary Rambles too!
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination. ~ Tommy Lasorda