Archive for ‘Reviews’

September 16, 2013

Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 14

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the 14th edition of our weekly selection of writing competitions and opportunities.

This week’s edition includes our first ever listing of a Haiku contest, so if Haiku is your bag, then that one’s for you!

If you missed the last edition of our digest, you can view it here.


Opportunity type – Crime novel competition.
Theme – Murder or another serious crime.
Word count – Book length, minimum 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words .
Organiser/publisher – Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America.
Reward – “If a winner is selected, Minotaur Books will offer to enter into its standard form author’s agreement with the entrant for publication of the winning Manuscript. After execution of the standard form author’s agreement by both parties, the winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000. On the condition that the selected winner accepts and executes the publishing contract proposed by Minotaur Books, the winner will then be recognized at the Edgar Awards Banquet in New York City in April 2014″ .
Eligibility – Open to writers of any nationality aged 18 or over, who have not previously had a novel in any genre published (self- published novelists can enter, as long as the entry itself is not one they have self-published).
Deadline – December 16, 2013.
Link for info – First crime novel competition.
Notes – They suggest that submissions will get a more careful reading if submitted early rather than during the last minute rush.


February 12, 2013

Book Cover Reveal – Rebecca Berto ‘Drowning In You’

by limebirdwriters

Welcome welcome to the cover reveal of Rebecca Berto’s novel ‘Drowning In You’ which will be available to buy in April 2013. I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for this novel, and trust me, it’s awesome. I read it in one day and devoured every page. Here’s some more information about the book, and then…. the cover reveal!

Title: Drowning in You

Author: Rebecca Berto

Expected release date: April 12, 2013

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult Cover

Designer: Okay Creations. ; Jacqueline Barkla Photography

Reveal organised by: AToMR Tours


So here it is….

August 6, 2012

Reviewing the Reviews

by limebirdvanessa

I get a real kick out of reading book and film reviews. There is a lot of writing talent out there amongst those  reviews. Often I am bowled over by how well written they are. A few choice words, a cleverly crafted sentence; the thought that goes into writing them can leave me breathless. They can also leave me with the slight worry that the book or film may not be as good as the review.

Below are a few examples I have collected:

July 5, 2012

Fifty Shades of Inspiration

by LimebirdCat

It’s made it into the top three ranks of the New York Times’ Best Sellers List, one of the world’s most prestigious best seller lists. It has shifted so many physical copies that it’s claimed records and it sits at the top of eBook lists like Kindle.

All because of fanfiction.

Erika Leonard, author of the Fifty Shades books to which I allude and better known as EL James, self admittedly had a bit of a midlife crisis. After reading the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, she felt inspired and confident enough to tentatively write a ‘fic and no doubt channel said crisis.

Originally titled ‘Master of the Universe’, it took on a life of its own, begging for its own continuity and life far removed from the realms of Twilight.

She took her original idea for the fanfic and reworked it into something amazing.

Fanfiction undeniably gave a writer the inspiration to find their own voice and story and grow from there.


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