Wednesday, December 17, 2008

PBW Holiday Giveaway #7 -- Inspire Me

We've managed to partially fix the upload problem, but my prize images may be a little fuzzy until we finish the fine tuning. I know we were pretty late posting this, so I'll extend the deadline for giveaway #7 an extra day to allow everyone have a chance to enter.

Blogging has brought a lot of new authors onto my radar, and for that I'm very grateful. Since I gave up traveling and public appearances I don't get out at all anymore to meet my colleagues. So I have no idea if Shiloh Walker is as hot as every says she is (but I'm guessing, yeah, she is.)

Fortunately weblogs have turned the online community into one huge perpetual writer's conference, where I can drop in and talk to virtually any of my writer friends whenever I like. And I don't have to wear makeup and panty hose and eat mystery chicken while I'm hanging with them, always a much-appreciated side benefit.

I was tempted to do a giveaway of books by all the writers I've met since I opened PBW's virtual doors, but UPS told me they didn't have a box the size of a house and the shipping charges would balance the national deficit. So I chose books by six blogging writers who have one thing in common aside from being very talented, skillful storytellers -- at some point during the last four years they all wrote something on their weblogs that kept me from quitting.

For the seventh PBW Holiday Giveaway, I have:

Six Books by Blogpals Who Inspire

unsigned paperback copies of: Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione, The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu, Red by Jordan Summers, and Beyond His Control by Stephanie Tyler.

unsigned trade paperback copies of: The Missing by Shiloh Walker and Tied to the Tracks by Rosina Lippi

And as a little Christmas bonus, unsigned hardcover copies of: The Treasure by Iris Johansen and Just After Sunset by Stephen King (two authors I wish would blog)

To have a chance to win this giveaway, in comments name or put up a link to a writer blog you like to visit (or, if you can't pick just one, toss your name in the hat) by midnight EST on Saturday, December 20, 2008. I'll draw one name at random from everyone who participates and send the winner the box of six books by my blogpals + the bonus books, plus an extra stocking stuffer -- a signed, printed* copy of my December Darkyn novella e-book release, Master of Shadows. This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something from PBW in the past.

*Printed by me on bond paper and placed in a three-ring binder.


  1. Since I couldn't choose just one, I had to go with the two author blogs I enjoy the most.
    1. Jill Shalvis:

    2. The Plot Monkeys blog:

  2. The only author blog I visit consistently is yours, PBW :). although I do w/a/s/t/e spend a lot of time with Evil Editor, too.

  3. Zinnia Cyclamen

  4. Anonymous7:00 PM

    The only writer blog I visit is this one. :P *Throws name in*

  5. Since I started blogging you have actually been the one I visit most. The last week I've been branching out to my other fave authors, I've been surprised that some don't have blogs at all.

  6. I visit many each morning. Here's a few:
    Nalini Sing
    Meljean Brook
    Charlie Huston
    Marjorie M. Liu
    Alexis Morgan

  7. I find reading blogs by writers can be very interesting, informative and entertaining. Other than PBW, I also frequent the blogs of Neil Gaiman and Marjorie Liu, as well as the forum of Vicki Pettersson. The internet allows us to connect with people all over the world whom we would otherwise never meet and I think that is very cool. And reading about what it actually takes to write and get a book published is inspiring. Not only do you have to be creative, but stubborn, persistent and thick-skinned. God bless writers!

  8. Anonymous7:28 PM

    Aside from your own, and restricting it to published writers,
    Joely's blog inspires me the most.


    Seriously, I don't read that many writers blog, and your is one that I read every day. :)

  10. Anonymous7:45 PM

    Hi Lynn,

    Here are two of my favorite writer blogs:

    Thanks again for the giveaways, they're lots of fun.

  11. Anonymous7:51 PM

    Love these giveaways!

    My favorite writer blog is

    They have 4 great authors blogging there about writing life: CE Murphy, David B. Coe, Faith Hunter, and Misty Massey.

  12. Anonymous7:58 PM

    So I have no idea if Shiloh Walker is as hot as every says she is

    *is keeled ded*

  13. Anonymous8:31 PM

    Shiloh Walker is as hot as every says she is (but I'm guessing, yeah, she is.)

    Snort...choke...sputter....Shiloh Walker looks like a PTA mom. I dunno that hot would ever describe me, although the DH's satisfied, so hey, I can't complain.

    Hmmmm... inspiring writer blogs...well, you. And Jordan. Those are the two main writer blogs I hit the most. Sometimes I think Jordan and I are long lost sisters because very often, we seem to be having similar thoughts about careers, paths we want to take, roads we want to try.

    I was going to be unselfish and say leave me out of the hat since I've got a couple of those books and if I look at THE MISSING any time soon, I'm going to scream....but hey, if by some chance I win, I can always do a doubles giveaway at my blog... ;)

    On a little tangent, Lynn, you've got no idea how many times I've come to your blog depressed or trying to think my way through something and I found the answer right here.

  14. An author who blogs who I wish would blog *more* is Steven Gould. But since he only posts rarely I'll link instead to Elizabeth Bear's LiveJournal. She updates frequently, and I enjoy the wide variety of things she posts about. A lot of it isn't about writing, and it's cool to get a sense of Bear's personality. I like the persona I see through the blog. And from time to time she does talk shop and that's cool. I especially appreciate that she's very willing to post when she finds writing difficult. If an award-winning pro can feel despair over her writing and struggle to make it not suck, it gives me hope.

  15. Aside from your blog, which I've been reading for a couple years now and very much enjoy, I've come to enjoy Steve Perry's blog. Man knows his stuff.

  16. One of my favorite authors, Rosina Lippi/Sara Donati. Her website ...

    I found Lynn's blog from Rosina's.

  17. Wow, that is the neatest giveaway theme ever!

    Every day, I visit your blog first, then I go see what Jim Hines is up to. His blog posts are thoughtful and funny--like yours always are.

  18. I'd like to suggest two sites: the site of Tim Lebbon, a dark fantasy/horror author. I knew him personally a few years back, and he's recently (two years ago!) given up the day job to write full time, an inspiration to us all.

    Also, the site of a writer who is not known to me personally, only via her site, named Blair Hurley. She writes about writing itself, and is doing a post-graduate course in writing. Also an inspiration!

    In jest, I'd say that I hope I don't win for your sake, as I live in merrie olde England, and fear what the shipping costs would be for you!

  19. This is probably shameful, but I feel like this blog is a nice place where people won't mock...this is the first writer blog I've followed. I really enjoy it, though, so I'm interested to see what sites others recommend.

    So name just in the hat this time.

  20. Anonymous9:26 PM

    Well, you are one of the only authors I read who blogs on a regular basis. To me, that kind of personal attention to your fans, i.e. keeping us posted on book updates (pink cover art), writing workshops, etc. means you care about us, the reader. I know writers are busy people, but you will even just have a post-it on the board telling us you are busy. I like that. I will most likely never meet you in person, but via blog is okay with me. I appreciate the time you take out of your day to update your blog. Thank you!


  21. I'm forcing myself to pick only one, but I follow several and many of them mean A LOT to me.

    But one blogger writer friend that has kept me in check with her friendship (who befriended me via her creative, inspiring blog before meeting in person a year later) is Rinda Elliott.

  22. The ones I visit very often other than yours. :-)

    Alyssa Day

    Alison Kent

    Jill Shalvis

    Richelle Mead

    Jeaniene Frost

    Gena Showalter

    Jaci Burton

    Jackie Kessler

    Plot Monkeys

    Larissa Ione

    Stephanie Tyler

    Jordan Summers

    The Goddess Blog

    Keri Arthur

    Murder She Writes

    Deidre Knight

  23. Anonymous9:40 PM

    this is a hard one, i follow a lot of my fav authors blogs (the invention of rss feed readers is wonderful!).

    here's a couple of them:


  24. On of my favorite blogs to visit is:

    Richelle Mead:

  25. Hmmm... Besides yours?

    DJ's Blog (Alexis Morgan)

    Word Wenches (Jo Beverley, Anne Gracie, Susan King/Sarah Gabriel, Edith Layton, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice, Susan Scott Holloway and Wench Emerita Loretta Chase)

    Trivial Pursuits (Shiloh Walker's)

    Voyages of the Artemis (Diana Gabaldon's)

    A Novel Woman (Pamela Pratchet)

    Pocket Full of Words (Holly Lisle, because I took her Thinking Sideways course and got hooked)

    Mind, not all of these have posts every day so there are days when I only visit one, but those are my favorites. :)

  26. I love Holly Lisle's writing diary:

  27. Anonymous10:31 PM

    Aside from yours I also check out the PlotMonkey blog.

    Terri W.

  28. I wish Linda Howard would blog.

  29. Anonymous11:00 PM

    I love author blogs, and I visit Nikki Stafford's regularly:

  30. I think all my favorite writer blogs have already been listed, except for Shannon Stacey's. Well worth a visit!

    I regularly find inspiration and determination here at PBW, so thank you very much for continuing to blog.

  31. Anonymous11:18 PM

    Yours, Holly Lisle's Pocket Full of Words and Shannon Hale's squeetus.

  32. Hi Lynn,

    Okay, your blog is the first one I check at 5:00 in the morning or midnight if I am having one of those your blog! Now, author friends...I enjoy going to The Morgan Diaries, Romance Junkies, Maggie Shayne, Barbara Huffert, Bittten By Books...many many of them. *L* If I feel an author is entertaining, I will check to see what is going on in their world for the day.

  33. Tossing my name into your lovely hat.

  34. Honestly the only blog I visit everyday is this one.

    Here are a few others that I visit occasionaly.

    Rachel Vincent

    Karen Marie Moning

    Pamela Clare

  35. I read your blog alot and have not got around to trying to find others yet. So I'll just tell you the author I am reading....Karen Chance

  36. Lynn, for a long time, your blog is the only author blog I read. Now, I've added a few more to the stable, ever since the RSS feed came into being. :)

  37. Anonymous11:46 PM

    I like Mark Terry's blogspot, although he's taken a holiday till the new years. And I'll throw mine into the

  38. I found quite a few of my now favorite blogs by checking out your sidebar:
    Charlene Teglia
    Shannon Stacey
    Joely Sue Burkhart
    Larissa Ione
    Raine Weaver
    Tamara Siler Jones
    Jordan Summer
    Holly Lisle...

  39. I try to check out Romancing the Blog daily, as it has a good mix of opinions and insights into all aspects of the writing, reading, and publishing life.

  40. The only blog I visit is this one, so I am throwing my name in the hat. I sit here looking at the snow, and singing "Why Not me."

  41. Anonymous11:59 PM

    I have many favorites, but if I had to pick just one, I'd say Murderati ...

    Tracy M

  42. Other than you, I like Colleen Gleason's blog

    And Nalini Singh's blog:

  43. The writer's blog that I visit consistently is yours, but do skim over Holly Lisle's blog from time to time.

  44. Too brain dead to choose, but would love to be in the hat :).

  45. Anonymous1:15 AM

    Not sure if you would consiter it a blog or not, but one of my oldest faves has a newsletter he puts out quarterly that i really enjoy reading. Heres the link!

    I first started reading his books when I was 15 and am still a loyal fan. I LOVE his newletters.



  46. Quite a few, including Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, The Word Wenches, Sasha White, Sylvia Day, Deirde Knight, Shiloh Walker, Yasmine Galenorn.

  47. as with other comments yours is the only blog i visit (week)daily but do regularly drop by

    And i have signed up for many news letters and your link to the Kindle Giveaway at nicemommy-evileditor has resulted in my "Book favourites" becoming a longer list.

    Tossing name in hat please

  48. Recently I have been an avid reader of the self-published author Rhiannon Frater

  49. aside from yours those I visit most often are: laurell Hamilton, Nalini Singh and C.L. Wilson.


  50. Anonymous6:20 AM

    Well, besides your blog, which I visit everyday, I go to Deanna Raybourn's blog a go go every day. She posts every day and always has something of interest whether it is a link or an observation. I have found some really interesting things out from her blog and she is always upbeat (except right now as she has just lost her family pet, Emma). I also go to Caitlin Kittredge.
    I also wanted to say that I agree with Tami from Jacksonville. You take such good care of your readers. You are the best!!!
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

  51. Anonymous6:42 AM

    Among others, I like to visit the blogs of Gennita Low, Suzanne McMinn, Shannon Stacey, Jackie Kessler and Jill Shalvis.

  52. Many of my daily stops have already been listed. Here are the few that I never miss, even when I had sugery. need my I love Lucy story each day)

  53. It's more of a "community of writers" blog, but I love visiting Fangs, Fur, Fey ( ) for urban fantasy goodness.

  54. I like visiting Cynthia Eden's blog at

  55. I wish Stephen King would blog too. Can you imagine his character chats must be like? :p

  56. Rosina Lippi/Sara Donati. She's awesome and she's actually how I found PBW's blog. :)


  57. Anonymous8:53 AM

    I'd have to say Steve Pavlina. He's not a fiction writer, but he has inspired me over the last year or so since I've been reading his blog. He has a knack for challenging readers to look at their lives and themselves from a completely different perspective.

    And I have to add the knitting humor writer Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. (Yes, there is such a thing as knitting humor). Even if you have no interest in knitting, her blog is hilarious.

  58. I have a bunch I visit every day and they've all given me new things to read. If it weren't for the blogosphere, I never would've read your books, or Allison Brennan, Diana Peterfreund, Karin Tabke... There are too many to link.

  59. I read several author blogs every day.
    Here are a couple group blogs that I enjoy.

  60. (Robin Lee Hatcher's blog)

  61. Well - this one. Where's the hat?
    *tosses name in*

  62. Anonymous9:32 AM

    Mostly yours.
    Name in hat.
    Issy R D

  63. Anonymous10:21 AM

    I'm going to be re-doing my links list because I've switched around who I read when, but the ones I check everyday religiously are Lynn Viehl (of course!) and Joshilyn Jackson ( because I honestly can say I laugh out loud every time I read her.

  64. Anonymous10:36 AM

  65. Tossing my name in the hat - Nat

  66. Anonymous11:06 AM

    I must say I visit my favorite author's webpages but very few author's blogs. Yours is by far the best author blog I've come across. I also visit Jeanine Frost's blog and Rachel Vincent's blog on occasion. I'm more likely to visit a reviewer's blog for book ideas. I used to love Urban Fantasy Reader's blog but she hasn't updated since April of this year. I still look at it about once a week hoping she'll come back one of these days.

  67. Anonymous11:08 AM

    I like Elizabeth Moon's blog "Moonscape" ( and her new blog about her latest (unpublished) work "The Chronicles of Paksenarrion's World" ( And also many other blogs already mentioned

  68. Your blog is one of the very few I look at daily. Two others are the NINC blog and Romance Bandits. NINC has excellent insights into the industry. And Romance Bandits is just plain fun. But that's about it for me. I worry blog-reading could too easily turn into a huge time-sink, so I don't look at many.

  69. Anonymous11:40 AM

    This is the only writing blog I come to daily. I visit a lot of green blogs and sewing blogs too.

  70. I'm behind on my reading of blogs lately so I'll just throw my hat in the ring for the contest. Hope that's okay.


  71. I'm new to the world of blogging, but not new to writing. Being a young aspiring author, it's so inspiring and helpful to read blogs like yours. I've added this blog to the list of ones I am following, and will continue to read! Thank you :)

  72. I love Joshilyn Jackson's blog

  73. Other then your blog the only ones I visit regularly are:

    Karen Marie Moning -

    Diana Gabaldon

    There are quite a few that just have web sites that I visit on a regular basis but as you mentioned blog I'll leave it with those.

  74. I like Jay Lake's blog.

  75. Yours. I don't know, so many, so name in the hat.

  76. I read Jill Shalvis every morning. She makes me smile. :-)

  77. Some that I visit are Jill Shalvis, Donna Kauffman and Allison Kent!

  78. Anonymous2:49 PM

    This is the only blog I read, or will ever read!

    Reading on the computer strains my eyes. ;)

  79. Wow Lynn you're doing soo well with the giveaways. Hope you have a great christmas.

  80. I am throwing my name into the hat. I visit many author blogs and can't pick just one.


  81. Anonymous4:05 PM

    The blog I gravitate to daily is:

    Jeff Parker

    Brother Bret

  82. One of my favorite blogs is for an author at the publishing house where my short stories are published:

    Skhye Moncrief -

    The main thing she blogs about are reference books. I'm always looking for a new book. :)


  84. I visit the Mutts Comic site

    Also, Marjorie M. Liu, yours, Holly Lisle, and Laurell K Hamilton's.

  85. Anonymous6:48 PM

    Most of the blogs I keep up with are aspiring authors, but a couple I enjoy who're published are Sizzling Pens (with Tracy Wolff et al) and Plotters & Manipulators United (Sherry Thomas)

  86. Most of my favourite authors actually don't blog but I DO love going to the romance review site because they have a variety of very smart, perceptive reviewers there who review so many different kinds of romances and authors. I definitely always hit there first when I want to try a new author.

  87. Yours, Jordan Summers, a few editors' blogs, Alison Kent, and Kim Knox. Lots and lots of surfing when I'm up at 4am.

  88. Your blog and WriteMinded plus many others.

  89. Hi Lynn,

    Denise Rossetti's blog is one I love to visit.

    Thank you,

  90. Anonymous10:01 PM

    Jaye Wells. Her Urban Fantasy novel, Red-Headed Stepchild comes out in March.

    ~ Mitch

  91. I'm going crazy just reading the neat blogs that I know exist. However, here's a fun one.

    and another by the same blogger


  92. There are so many great blogs to choose from. I enjoy yours (of course!. I like Jordan's blog.
    Another one I enjoy visiting is Lauren Dane's.

  93. Two that I enjoy reading besides PBW are:

    Deanna Raybourn's Blog A Go-Go

    Romance Bandits

  94. Heh...I have about 50 author blogs in my rss feeds. I'd be hard pressed to list a favorite!


  95. Seconding the Elizabeth Bear recc (matociquala on livejournal). I'm also an avid reader of The Whatever, John Scalzi's blog.

  96. Anonymous12:23 AM

    Aside from this blog, I also visit Robin McKinley's and Neil Gaiman's blogs daily.

  97. Anonymous1:29 AM

    Well, here, Jane Yolen's occassionally, and Sherryl Clark's regularly. ^^
    ManiacScribbler =^..^=

  98. I read several author's online journals/blogs, though probably the one that got me started was Joshilyn Jackson's. A gateway blog, if you would...

  99. A few not previously mentioned:

  100. Catie Murphy at

  101. I like to visit Meg Cabot's blog because she writes in a really cheerful way that makes me want to laugh sometimes. It's a nice pick me up and I like that she tries to give advice to teens in there too.

    I also like to read Ann Aguirre's blog, because she seems to shine the spotlight on other authors, and often authors I like too, so I like her taste!

  102. Your blog is one of the writers' blog I love to read, and through your recommedations, I have also added Marjorie M. Liu blog...

  103. Anonymous7:24 PM



  104. One of my favorites is Alison Kent's blog at I love to hear about her stories, other stories and her realistic take on life.

  105. Of course I love your blog, and there are many more, but here are a few favorites:

    Alison Kent, Jill Shalvis, Jaci Burton, Plot Monkeys, Shiloh Walker, and The Writing Playground.

    Happy Holidays! Hugs, Zara

  106. Anonymous10:34 AM

    You, Ilona Andrews, Shelby Reed, Patricia Briggs, Nora Roberts.

  107. Anonymous10:34 AM

    uh...ignore my last comment. Wrong post!

  108. I love to visit Zette Gifford at Joyously Prolific,
    where her graphic creativity delights and inspires me as much as her writing.

  109. Anonymous7:56 PM

    you,christine feehan,sherilyn kenyon


  110. Hi Lynn!! Love your questions because it has me thinking more and reading more!

    For blogs I like to visit, quite a few! One I really enjoying is one that too talks about some historical info that I've been fascinated with learning since I love reading historical romance. This one is on westerns! Here's the link to it: