Writing Contest: First Sentence Prompt

We wanted to do something fun and get those creative juices flowing since nice summer weather can be such a distraction to writing!

Introducing: a prompt contest

How does it work? Below you’ll find a first sentence. We want you to develop that sentence into a scene, a story, or maybe even a book. Minimum is 2,000 words.

What is the deadline? You will have until September 1st (2014) to submit your entry to carolyn@devlovepress.com (subject line: contest entry)

What will you win? A $25 giftcard to Amazon.com! (Your choice whether a digital code or a physical giftcard)


There’s no entry fee, we just want to see what you come up with.

UPDATE: I originally thought we’d do a random draw for the winner from the entries, but the feedback I’m getting is that that method isn’t very inspiring. So Carolyn will judge the entries and declare a winner sometime after September 1st and before September 15th. We will randomize the entries to ensure a lack of bias.

(In the future we’d like to run a more formal contest with a publishing contract as the prize, so stay tuned for news on that!)

If you agree, we’d like to post selections from the entries here at the blog (with attribution to you, of course!) All entries must use this sentence as the first sentence of the piece (though you can replace “she” with a character name if you would like):

  She turned the corner of the ramp and eyed the doorway in front of her, unsure that her wheelchair was going to fit through.

Your entry only needs to be 2,000 words, but if you continue to develop the story after the contest we’d love to see the finished result. Follow our submission guidelines here: http://www.devlovepress.com/submission-guidelines/

Love In Touch Book Blog Tour!

We have so many wonderful tour stops spanning two months of time! There will be so many opportunities for you to connect with Lucy and learn more about her, plus several of the stops have giveaways. Here are all the stops…


Monday, November 04, 2013

Nancy Jardine Features {Author Interview & Giveaway}

Authors’ Cafe {Guest Post, Review & Giveaway}

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

M.J. Schiller, Romance Author {Guest Post & Giveaway}

My Devotional Thoughts {Guest Post & Giveaway}

Fly High {Author Interview & Giveaway}

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews {Author Interview & Giveaway}

Thursday, November 14, 2013

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! {Guest Post & Giveaway}

Monday, November 18, 2013

Rather Barefoot Than Bookless {Guest Post, Review & Giveaway}

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Books, Books The Magical Fruit {Guest Post & Giveaway}

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Loralee Lillibridge – Blogging From the Back Fence {Guest Post & Giveaway}

Monday, December 02, 2013

Tome Tender {Guest Post, Review & Giveaway}

Friday, December 06, 2013

Jersey Girl Book Reviews {Guest Post, Review & Giveaway}

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Books and Needlepoint {Author Interview, Review & Giveaway}

Monday, December 16, 2013

What Readers Want {Guest Post, Review & Giveaway}

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Romance Me {Author Interview, Review & Giveaway}

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Margo Hoornstra – Writing Inside & Out {Guest Post & Giveaway}

Monday, December 23, 2013

B is for Books! {Guest Post, Review & Giveaway}

Friday, December 27, 2013

Booklover Sue {Author Interview & Giveaway}

Monday, December 30, 2013

Buy the Book Tours {Featured Guest Post & Giveaway}

Friday, January 3, 2014

Finding Fantastical Books {Guest Post, Review & Giveaway}

Get a free ebook in October

UPDATE: The new version of (W)hole is now available!


We are very excited to be re-releasing Ruth Madison’s seminal work, (W)hole, in October of 2012. It’s getting a new cover and professional proofreading, but it’s also being rewritten to include more of the story from Stewart’s point of view. It’s going to really enhance the reading experience!

Because many people have already bought the book, we decided to do a giveaway of the new version.

If you sign up for our newsletter we will be sending out an announcement in October when the second edition of (W)hole is released. That announcement will also include a coupon code for a free copy to download at Smashwords.com

Smashwords includes a variety of ebook formats, from Kindle to Nook, and even PDF and html versions.

So sign up for the newsletter, and get a free book!

{We don’t want to crowd your inbox, so we’ll be sending out a monthly newsletter with book news plus fun and interesting info we’ve gathered!}