Thursday, November 11, 2010

Blog Bash WINNERS! (+ Sneak Peek)

My blog made it through one year and all you cool kids out there made that possible. Which is why if you guys remember, I was hosting a giveaway of dreamcatching proportions. And the response from all of you was so amazing, I honestly wish I had enough stuff to giveaway to ALL of you. You guys make me feel oh-so-good. Blogosphere really is a fun place to be a part of.
I had 208 entries in all and picking out four (!) was hard, so I left it to a magic hat to do the job.

And the magic hat says, that the first winner is: Karla Kalalang

The second winning hat goes to: Jen Daiker 

The third magic wand  waves over: Jennie  

The Honorary Fourth winner is: Kai A

And because I feel kinda sad that I couldn't make all of you winners, I decided to add two more winners to the honorary list. They will get bookmark and swag like the fourth winner. And they are Mika and Chrizette.

The winners will hear from me shortly. Please keep check on your emails. Thank you everyone for entering and making this such a success.

This in turn makes me come to the second part of this post and share some pictures that inspire my WiP-turned- NaNo project, What Was Mine.

And here's an excerpt I thought I'd share:

Smoke tendrils swirl above her and around the kitchen, Deidre’s kitchen, from where we watch masked faces flirt and flow into the hall.

‘I’m not going in there unless someone takes off their mask.’ Mel rummages through the cabinets – open, slam, open, slam.

Sarah flicks the ash out of the window. ‘Not happening anytime soon.’ Turns to her. ‘Why you here then?’

Mel pops open a bottle, pours out the drink, raises the glass and flashes a crooked smile. ‘Free champagne.’

Sarah throws back her head and laughs. Mel pours us each a drink. It’s wicked fizzy and bubbles in my stomach, stirring up my nerves, making them sit up. I sit up, watch the masked faces flit around the hall, float with the music and feel myself drifting.

It’s like a labyrinth. A labyrinth of people to get lost in.

I get off the counter. ‘I’m going in.’

‘Coming after I finish,’ Sarah croaks.

I pull the black and silver mask over my face and step in with the dancers. What’s playing is a very squeaky waltz, probably picked up at the secondhand record store, but nobody cares. As long as the music rolls they can dance all night.

‘May I?’ He is tall, blond – very blond, almost white – with blue eyes dancing in desire.

I see my opportunity.

Tantalise. Make someone want me. Make him want me, for now.

His hands are around me, lifting me with the rhythm, throwing me with the air. I'm crap at dancing but he doesn't seem to notice. If there's one thing I've mastered, it's the art of masking.

(All photos taken from here

How have you been doing with your WiPs?


Karla Calalang said...

OMG! I won first place! YAY! I'm going to email you my choice!

And those picture are amazing as well as your snippet! I forgot how awesome your writing was after not seeing it for a while. It's great!

Angie said...

Fab snippet! Love the description and the flow of it. Amazing pictures and congrats to the winners!

Ammy Belle said...

Thanks for the snippet! I am so intrigued! :)

Colene Murphy said...

Love the bit! Soo need more!
Those pictures are amazing. I love the way you ordered them.
And Congrats to all the winners!!

Jen Daiker said...

OMG!!! I'm so excited!!! Thanks for the email!!! I can't believe I was 2nd!! And that my book of choice was still available... must be luck!

Thanks for the awesome contest and congratulations on such a major accomplishment! I can't wait to meet my year mark! Contest coming soon!

I loved this piece, and all the photos you found were breathtaking... honestly the pictures and the piece were magical. I wanted to know more, why was she there? Why was she wanting him to want her, only to break his heart somehow... Hmmm, intrigued!

Rebecca said...

I love those pictures as well, and your excerpt is awesome. Your style isn't really like anything I've read before, it's quite beautiful and artistic. Thanks for sharing!

Nomes said...

wow bee, you write fantastically. very atmospheric and full of emotion and you have a way with that lovely lilting prose.

it's very distinct and i'm really pumped for your WIP (how awesome are all those pics?)


Fickle Cattle said...

Those photos are wonderful. Wow. They feel so nostalgic and sad.

Shirley Marr said...

Love your writing & the visuals Bee, thanks for sharing a little piece of yourself, beautiful.

Bee said...

Thank you, guys, you make me feel so good! :)

Jennie Bailey said...

Congrats to all the winners!

I really heart that first picture. Well, I love them all, but that first picture really speaks to me. I wonder if he knows that she's there, watching him?

Thank you for sharing a piece of your writing with us. I love it. It makes me want more, more, more! You have a way of painting with your words. Very talented, Bee.

Hugs to you and hope you are well, my friend.

Lydia Kang said...

Congrats to all the winners!
That was a great excerpt. It definitely makes me want to read on!

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