I have several exciting things to share in this post.

First– there is a writing contest going on RIGHT NOW!!! Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative (SELTI) has once again partnered with Alabama Tourism Department for a writing contest. The stories must be based

in the Mobile Bay area, encouraging tourism to that area. An emotional connection to Mobile Bay area would be a plus in the story. It would appeal to people’s hearts! The max word count is 2,000. Deadline is May 31. NO ENTRY FEE! The best part: the winner is published on SELTI’s website. The other best part: the winner is awarded $500! The fun part: I get to be a judge.
This is the contest that my story titled The Totem won last year. It was loads of fun to write. To read the story and get more info on the contest, go to SELTI’s website. Kathryn Lang won the very first SELTI contest in 2012 with her story Digging Up Bones, which leads me to my other exciting thing to share…

Kathy will be participating in the Blog Tour! I sweet talked her into it, so y’all do her a favor and check out her amazing, inspirational books by going to her website. Melissa Shultz-Jones will also be joining the blog tour. She is an incredibly talented illustrator and writer. You won’t regret checking her site out as well. Prepare for your jaw to drop… Melissa is extremely talented! Here is their info:


Kathryn C. Lang is a natural born Hopesmith that lives and writes in a little cabin in the woods in North Alabama. Her encouragement and support (and often her materials) come from her loving children and husband (and best friend for more years then either want to admit).
Her passion for helping others find a life of peace and joy has provided her with opportunities to share her encouragement through her own experiences in words both written and spoken. Kathryn believes that each person has a unique purpose to fulfill. She desires to help others find their own path to that purpose and design. A life lived in purpose will be one filled with peace.
Kathryn offers a phrases of hope in order to shine the Light on the moment. She works through her columns, articles, books and workshops. Her personal hope is that every person who encounters her words will feel as if those words were written (or spoken) just for her or him.
“In my fiction, I tell a story that provides an uplifting message entrenched in hope. In my non-fiction and columns, I offer words that will point to hope. In my talks, I tell stories that inspire hope. Helping others discover their path to hope is my focus.
I write to a woman that is trying to walk the tightrope of family, work and God – and keep them all in the right balance. She has a sense of humor, enjoys a little snark now and then, and references movies and songs in her every day speech. She plays with words and enjoys being around others that can keep up. She has a solid relationship with God, but hungers to go deeper. She is not afraid of faith in her own life or in the lives of those she encounters. She lives a life reaching for the rainbow.”
Twitter: @Kathrynclang
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theKathrynCLang
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KathrynCLang
Website: www.KathrynLang.com
Email: KathrynLang@KathrynLang.com


Melissa a free-lance artist/illustrator who just got her first published piece gig; a historic fiction middle grade reader book cover. She is an SCBWI member, and has had spot art in the Southern Breeze SCBWI newsletter. In between deadlines and commissions, she is hammering out her own children’s book and a graphic novel. Find her at                                         http://melissashultz-jones.com/

ROW80: Two more chapters edited! I am ON MY WAY y’all!!!

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