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Old 08-26-2010, 03:15 PM   #1
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Little Miss Straight Lace Blog Contest - Win $25 Cash!

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What happens when a dedicated researcher learns a bit too much about her client’s newest pharmaceutical product? Her life begins to spin out of control, and a dashing computer security expert from South America seems the perfect antidote. But is his sudden arrival just the happy coincidence it seems? Find out in this complex novel of suspense, humor, and romance that takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of murder, mayhem, sex, and drugs—of the pharmaceutical variety, of course—until the very last page. Approx. 180K words.

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“Romana’s characters are portrayed with skill, each is a credible person filled with foibles, warts and gaffes…the various twists and turns are handled with skill, are easily followed, and add depth and dimension often lacking in works provided by newer writers…Maria Romana’s Little Miss Straight Lace is a fast paced, keep ‘em guessing and turning the page type read sure to intrigue readers who enjoy good writing, a bit of romance, a lot of action, and a downright good read...”
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Old 08-26-2010, 04:56 PM   #2
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Old 08-26-2010, 05:15 PM   #3
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Initial Entry Fee is $85.00
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I should point out, however, that the 2010 Awards are closed, but the 2011 window is open until June 1st, 2011. They will be announcing the 2010 winners in early Sept. I have my fingers crossed...

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Old 09-03-2010, 03:47 PM   #4
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The contest winners haven't been announced yet, but one of the contest readers just posted her review on Amazon, so we're getting close. She gave it 5 stars, and from what she says in the review, I can see that she fell for all my red herrings...I'm in my happy place now .

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Old 09-05-2010, 01:03 PM   #5
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Your book sounds really good. I thought I'd posted here before because your title intrigued me, but maybe I just looked. I don't have my Kindle yet. I'm putting your book on my list of books to buy when I get my Kindle in a few weeks.

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Old 09-05-2010, 11:19 PM   #6
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I'll look forward to hearing what you think!

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Old 09-17-2010, 02:15 PM   #7
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Well, I finally got the word--Gold Medal Winner! I know it's a small contest, but it still made me feel really good to know that there are folks out there who will be moved, touched, or just plain entertained by my words.

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Old 10-10-2010, 07:22 PM   #8
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To coincide with press releases from Readers Favorite about the awards contest, and to give back a little of the love I've received, I'm putting Little Miss Straight Lace on sale for the next week for only 99 cents, so if you've been thinking about it (or even if you haven't!), now's the time to jump in.

The book is available at Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, and a few other places. See my purchase page for buy links and coupons at the various sites.

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Old 10-10-2010, 07:34 PM   #9
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Dare I point out that the term is strait, referring to the tightness of lacing?
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:56 PM   #10
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Wow--you got me! I honestly didn't know that was the preferred term, but I looked it up, and you are right: strait-lace is the original term, and straight-lace is considered an alternative spelling. Had I known that, I would have gone with the former, though I guess I'm not alone. I had a bunch of beta readers, and I've had several professional reviews, and no one has ever mentioned that.

I have to say, I'm thinking of changing it now, since I've had no end of problems with the title words being too long. One of the big advantages of digital publication, right?

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There are a lot of misused straits out there (Gibralter not included). "Strait-jacket" is another one that gets abused (a constricting jacket, not a direct one). Likewise "strait and narrow" (the path may very well be twisty, in fact; the important part is that it's tight). Just remember the maritime straits and you'll keep it straight.

"Free reign" is another one: no, it's free rein, though I suppose that has been a bit less obvious since people stopped riding horses and allowing them to choose their own paths. I want to smack people who talk about pouring over documents; aside from the question of what they're pouring, it's poring. Yes, I occasionally get irritated enough to complain to various news outlets -- I even snail-mailed an AP Stylebook to a reporter once!
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Oh, no, thank you!

And, Worldwalker, thank you for the link. That list on your site is very succinct. You hit all the most common ones (lose & loose--my personal pet peeve!).

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Hey Folks,

I just posted my first blog contest as a way to increase traffic. It only takes 5 minutes to enter, and you can win $25 via PayPal or a $25 Amazon GC--your choice. Doesn't matter if you've already bought the book or looked at it before; it's all about winning a little Holiday Green...so you can add even more books to your TBR!

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Just added a half-off book sale to the Thanksgiving festivities, so now you can save up for the holidays in two ways: buy Little Miss Straight Lace for $1.89 or win yourself the $25 cash prize (free and easy to enter).

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