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Make a Snow Gator this winter.

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My First Giveaway

March 17th is a magical date for St Patrick and it’s the romantic anniversary of my parents’ first date, circa 1928. The 17th of March also happens to be the Rebel Ink Press release date for my third romantic suspense, Swamp Home. The reader will return to the suspenseful and romantic dangers of the swamps. The novel is the end of the trilogy that started with Swamp Run where the characters are challenged by the area’s prescription drug problem. Swamp Secret reveals the evils of illegal drugs and alcohol and Swamp Home discovers gun runners around fictional Lake Wheatley and Chadwick County.

The excitement escalates in the swamps because of Swamp Secret winning the first place award from Chanticleer’s Southern Romance Category. In celebration I’m offering a “Swamp Survival Kit” (with promises of reader’s glee) and an autographed paperback copy of Swamp Secret, Swamp Run or both. Be the first this week to request the prizes by writing to me at Eleanor@eleanortatum. Be sure to include a snail-mail address. Yes, I promise to check my spam folder.

I’ll announce the winner on Twitter and Facebook and I’ll continue to dance in the kitchen with Chaucer’s rooster, Chanticleer.

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Rooster Dancing

I’m dancing in the kitchen with a rooster.

You might have heard of another author by the name of Chaucer, also my dearly departed golden lab. Mr. Chaucer wrote a tale in the English town of Canterbury about a rooster named Chanticleer which is French for “sings clear”. 

Chanticleer Book Reviews and Media annually holds a writing contest and I entered my second novel, Swamp Secret.  My good friend and fellow author entered her second novel, A Path Through the Garden. Oh, by the way, she won last year for her first book, Nardi Point. This year she won again in the “Restorative” category.

My beloved characters from both Swamp Run and Swamp Secret are joining the rooster in my kitchen to dance in celebration. We won first place in the “Southern Romance” category!

Check out chantireviews.com

I didn’t know roosters could dance?

Enough!

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Bribe Bags

Excited! I’ve been invited to speak to a local book club this week, “Tea and Things”. To repay their kindness I plan to give them each a gift bag. I did this to the first club and the members seemed pleased. They didn’t boot me out in the rain.

Inside each bag will be two mints, sun screen, bug repellant, an alligator decoy (toy), local book store business card (where my paperbacks are available), my business card, and a $5.00 Amazon gift card. 

I call this bag – a swamp survival kit.

Hopefully, all of that will encourage sales of my Swamp Stories, a series of three. Of course, they might buy from a different author. They might by a fraction of a ticket to Bermuda or a portion of a pair of Beckham Briefs.  

Enough!

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The Love of Assumptions

Yesterday I sent Swamp Home‘s 49000th revision to my publisher. My fault not hers. I sent two versions of the last page. The first is the expected romantic togetherness. I enjoy ending my books with a proposal of marriage. The answer is obvious, but not definite. She or he could bolt.

The second edition of the ending did have, of course, the romance, but it also hinted about the possibilities of a fourth book, Gray Lace. It’s an historical explaining the character’s choice of a present time setting. I’ve read successful authors who’ve done this and wanted to give my beloved publisher, Rebel Ink Press, the option of dumping my swampy stories. Did I assume too much? I do have a habit of assumption.

Wait! Within hours she replied “I love assumptions. Send me the information so we can contract Gray Lace.” I’m dancing in the kitchen right now. I’d better get busy and write the rest of the story.

Enough!

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