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Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #8

Well, it had to happen. The number of daily participants is beginning to dwindle a bit. Understandable! People are busy, and making daily blogging a priority requires a fairly strong commitment. Remember, though, the more often you blog, the better you blog is likely to do in the search engines! Add in quality content and active dialogue with your fans, readers, and commenters, and you’re probably on your way to something pretty special.

Back to our little Blog Challenge. We are giving away a daily gift; this involves a lottery of sorts. Each person who posts is entered into a drawing for a giveaway provided by one of the other participants. Oh – and the grand prize winner? That also is done by drawing – participants who’ve managed to post all 28 days will be entered to win all 28 daily gifts, as well as a gift certificate to their favorite bookstore.

Check out our Day 5 Recap if you’d like to see excerpts from a few of yesterday’s fabulous posts.

If you’d like to see ALL the writing prompts that have been released to date, please visit the PROMPTS page.


The WINNER for yesterday’s giveaway is mom-to-be Raven Siker. Actually, Raven is already a mom; she’s preparing to welcome Baby #2 in a matter of days. Knowing that people like Raven and her husband are bringing children into the world gives me hope for our future. Congrats, Raven! You’ve won a copy of the eBook, Feast of the Antlion, donated by Caro Ayre. This story of action, romance, and intrigue is set in Kenya. Widow Sandra Harriman fights to protect a wildlife sanctuary from poachers, armed gangs, and business rivals. An antlion is an insect that creates mini volcano like craters of finely sifted sand into which ants fall and are unable to escape. Sandra feels like an ant in one of these traps as she fights to protect the Wildlife Conservation Scheme left in her care for her two step-children. Nothing has equipped her for the role of widow, step-mother and estate manager. She faces a struggle to deal with armed gangs, poachers and a murderer on the ranch. But hardest of all is unravelling her dead husband’s secrets to find out who she can trust.

The GIVEAWAY for today is Chapter 2 from Natasha Deonarain‘s upcoming book, The 7 Principles of Health™: Your Call to Health Consciousness.


Onward we go with the 8th writing prompt of the challenge…

Describe the research process for your book. Did you interview people? Travel? How prominent a role did the Internet play? If you didn’t do new research, how did you learn what you needed to know to write your book?

Writing Prompt #7:

Describe your outline process for your book. What do you do to stay organized?

Writing Prompt #6:

Describe how the idea for your book first came to you. Where were you? Who was the first person you told? How did they respond?

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie


The Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.