Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Four by Forty-four

Tomorrow we're celebrating my 29th birthday (yep. For the fifteenth time.) I find the older I get the more I'd like to skip this event altogether, especially when despite my stern no-gifts rule I discover suspiciously-wrapped packages in certain loved ones' hiding places.

I don't mind moving up on the middle-aged scale. Well, the pure white hair under this dye job annoys me, but everything else suits me fine. I'm more comfortable with myself inside and out at 44 than I was at 24, too. I guess I had to grow on me -- or maybe everyone goes through that?

Anyway. I'm going to celebrate the big double-4 by doing one last July giveaway: four sets of these books: An unsigned copy of Last Girl Dancing by Holly Lisle and a signed copy of the unbound hand-corrected galley of Private Demon, the next Darkyn novel, by Yours Truly.*

To enter the giveaway, send an e-mail to LynnViehl@aol.com by noon EST on Thursday, 7/14/05. My kids will pick the four winners and I'll post the winners' names tomorrow afternoon.

*This one won't be published until October, so the winners will be the first four people beside my editor and agent to read it.

28 comments:

  1. Happy birthday from a fellow Cancer! (Mine is 6/24) :)

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  2. 44 ain't so bad. (Actually, I'm 43, but for a long time I've had a habit of imagining I'm a year older than I really am. Takes the sting out of birthdays.)

    LGD arrived 2 days ago. I'm still trying to think of an appropriate thank you. For the time being, however: thank you! And, happy birthday.

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  3. happy b-day. My Mother celebrated her 46th yesterday.

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  4. Is Alfred baking you a cake?

    Happy Birthday!

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  5. Briana5:32 PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MS. VIEHL!!

    You are amazing and awesome. Keep up the good work, keep producing magnificent reads and stay safe!

    Thanks for all of the wonderful give-aways!

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  6. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag.

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  7. Anonymous7:13 PM

    Happy Birthday, S! Since you're so adamant, I shall abide by your no prezzo rule.

    I, too, have the white under the dye and figure I am waaay too young for that look - by about twenty or thirty years!

    The problem with being more comfortable with myself (finally!), is that I'm less able to put up with other people's foibles. Hell, I shouldn't have to either! I don't snarl at them anymore, I just walk away or hang up the phone. Life is too short for people to not get the point. For somethings, it's good to be in the forties!

    Jaye Patrick

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  8. Happy Birthday!! And thanks again for the ARC I won--it arrived today and looks like a great read.

    Now don't laugh, but I finally found the quote I wanted to post when you were seeking inspirational ones--I like it so much, here it is just for fun:

    "People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."

    ~~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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  9. N ico7:48 PM

    happiest of birthdays to you!

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  10. Happy Birthday!

    You make me look forward to 44. You've accomplished so much and with such pizazz. Sometimes I wish I were in my 40's so people would take me more seriously. Myself included.

    (10 more years for me to go.)

    Again, hope you have a great day.

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  11. Briana9:15 PM

    Ms. Viehl, AOL won't let me email you my entry and I just got the other 2 (Easy Lover and Rocket) returned, so I was wondering if we could circumvent your AOL and you could just put my name in? I'm still working on finding a way to get you my ship-to address for "Home for the Holidays"...

    Sorry about this...

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  12. Briana N.9:18 PM

    Oh, there's another Briana in the crowd! *waves hello* For the record it's Briana N. :D

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  13. Happy Birthday!!!

    I've been trying to avoid the whole birthday thing for quite a few years now, but my wife insists that I observe it. Spoilsport!

    I'm 18 months away from 50. I'll let you know what that's like.

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  14. Briana N.9:44 PM

    I've sent an entry from another email address (one with the tag @shaw.ca) so I'm hoping that this one won't be rejected as "from a spammer". At any rate, just so that you don't think that I'm trying to cheat the system, I think this one will go through so you don't need to manually put in my name. I'm really sorry about all of this!

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  15. Well, we all know that AOL is just plain eeevil. :)

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  16. Another birthday wish - although I don't understand the no presents thing. For the record, 50 feels pretty good over here.

    Oh, and I'm loving If Angels Burn.

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  17. I go ahead and say "Happy Birthday" now. My mother has adopted a similar stance, though she opts for thirty-nine, being a great fan of the late Jack Benny. Since I do admit to my age, this means that I'm now older than my mother, a trick she greatly enjoys. :)

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  18. Mary B1:14 AM

    Happy Birthday!

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  19. Anonymous2:30 AM

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful one! :)

    Crista

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  20. Marelou9:01 AM

    Happy Birthday Ms. Viehl!

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  21. Happy Birthday. Mine comes up on Monday. I now have anniversaries of my 29th. When my son turned 30, I told him that for the first year of his life we were too poor for him to have a mother.

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  22. Anonymous12:09 PM

    Happy Birthday!

    My hubby is celebrating his birthday today too. He just turned 41 years old.

    Julia

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  23. Happy, Happy Birthday.

    Man--I hate being on the West Coast. I missed the giveaway deadline by 18 minutes. Oh, well. I'll enjoy the book when it comes out and that's good enough. lol

    Linda

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  24. Sigh. What a time for the Internet to be down so I missed the deadline. Happy Birthday. I'm with you on the whole celebration thing. My hubby likes doing presents and his family celebrates practically everything so I haven't had a bday with my immediate, or my genetic, family for ever, but we still go out to celebrate with the in laws :).

    Enjoy your day,
    Margaret

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  25. Ahh--a belated Happy Birthday. May this year be even better than last year.

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  26. Kaelle2:05 PM

    Happy Birthday!
    I'm a year older than you, but I claim it, lol. I always say it's better to have a birthday than the alternative! (Besides, everyone always guesses my age to be about 10 years younger than what I am. *grin* My secret is lots of water and vitamin C.)

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  27. Happy b-day! Now get back to work.

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