Monday, March 14, 2011

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming

We have breaking news...

Carolina Valdez Miller has signed with an agent!!

*tosses confetti and streamers*
*pops cork*
*pours bubbly*

Carol signed with Vickie Motter of Andrea Hurst & Associates. (Vickie has a fabulous blog:

So, guess what?  

A bunch of us are CELEBRATING (*by giving away prizes!*) my dear friend Carol's good news in a BIG way! (because we love her) 


Carol Signed with an Agent Celebration Mega Epic Giveaway*

From ME: 

One lucky winner will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

(our guest of honor):

Winner 1:
 A 1st page critique from her agent Vickie Motter!

Winner 2:
(in order to win this one you must follow ALL the blogs in the giveaway party to qualify)

Winner 3:
Signed copy of Escaping into the Open: the Art of Writing True by Elizabeth Berg

Winner 4:
Signed Hardback of Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Winner 5:
Signed Hardback of Passing Strange by Daniel Waters

One winner takes all 3:
A signed copy of THE DARK DIVINE
A signed copy of RAISED BY WOLVES

But wait!
There's more!!!

ALL these people are giving away awesome prizes in our Mega Carol Signed with an Agent Party too!

Heather's Odyssey

Details and Rules:

The giveaway starts today at 10am and ends on April 1st (winners announced April 4).

*To enter to win my Amazon Gift Card prize you must be a follower on my follow widget (on sidebar) leave a comment (with email addy) on this post by midnight eastern on April 1st (my birthday!) and you must go congratulate Carol in her comments. (if you aren't already following her, you should, she's, she's got freaking kickass prizes!)

You can earn extra entries by: 
-one extra entry point for each person on the list you follow. 
-one extra entry for following me on twitter
-one extra entry for tweeting (include link)
-one extra entry for putting this on your sidebar or blog post

(BUT YOU MUST TOTAL YOUR POINTS IN MY COMMENTS. I don't do maths. Maths makes my head explode. Splattered brains are messy.)

So go congratulate Carol! (tell her I love her, even though she knows I do)
Check out everyone else's giveaways! And good luck!



Cheyanne said...

WOO HOO! That's so exciting! Vickie has my partial right now and she seems like an awesome agent. Congrats Carolina!

Jess said...

Wow, fabulous news! And what an amazing list of prizes :) I love seeing this kind of support!

Lindsay N. Currie said...

What a great way to wake up on a Monday! Seeing one of us get out there and accomplish the first major step is so AWESOME. Congrats to Caroline and Lola, you rock for being such a solid supporter:)

Hannah Kincade said...

That is so amazing!!! I have to use my phone to congratulate her as my work computer blocks the same page commenting.

And all you giving away so many amazing prizes?! You are awesome!!

Thank you and Congrats to Carol!!

Anonymous said...

Yes! Awesome and Amazing and all those other "A's" I'm heading on over to her site. You're such a good writing buddy. xx

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I saw that this morning - awesome!

Michael Offutt said...


Amanda said...

New follower here. :)

Congrats to Carol and thanks to you for an awesome giveaway.

+4 for following others on the list.

admiller912 AT gmail DOT com

Jen Daiker said...

I'm still squealing from the amazing news!!!

Carolyn V said...

That is so awesome! Sweet!!!!

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

Awesome! Such great news. I love the blog community for this reason. We all come together in every aspect and there is no greater feeling than when you get the news that a fellow bloggie finally got the acceptance letter!

Wow, there are a lot of prizes/contests going on. Have to check em out and thanks for posting them!

Sara McClung ♥ said...

SOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY RIGHT NOW :) Carol absolutely deserves all the success in the world!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Yay, Carol! Vickie is definitely on my list when I am ready to query.

+7 for following other blogs.
+1 twitter follower

total 8

Tracey Neithercott said...

Three cheers for Carol.

I'm not entering, but I'm following you anyhow. I can't believe I've never checked out your blog! :)

Matthew MacNish said...

Yay! Carol is the best. I'm so happy for her. I don't know of anyone who deserves it more.


Ricki Schultz said...

Hey, Lola! So nice of you to do this - and a HUGE congrats to Carol!! :)

I follow everyone on the list, so that's 12 points (plus you) 13?

I am going to post about this on the Write-Brained Network (14)?

And I follow you on Twitter (15).

Thanks so much!

Kristi said...

Love, love, loving this PARTAY!

Congrats again to Carol..always fun to see one of my bloggy buddies succeed!

Thansk for the great to total my points...let's see, I follow everyone on the list so +13, I follow you on Twitter (@kristikay13) +1
SO total of 14!

Denise Grover Swank said...

I'm so excited for Carol and it's very nice to meet you! I'm now following your blog and following you on Twitter!

Old Kitty said...

I am absolutely thrilled for her!! She's a star and adorable and super lovely!! She's amazing!!! Yayyayayayyayayyayay!!! Take care

Jamie Burch said...

This is fantastic news!!! Thank you for this giveaway, Lola. You rock!

Okay. I think I got this.

+1 - following you
+12 - following the others
+1 - sidebar love

14 total for me, please. :)

contact: chasingthemoon11(at)gmail(dot)com

Lori M. Lee said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway and HUGE congrats to Carol!

+7 following others
+1 tweeted

8 total :D

leemai82 at gmail dot com

Simon C. Larter said...

I think by the time today's over I'll have followed everyone. I already follow myself. Wait...that makes for a total of 13 people participating in this par-tay. Um...AAAAAHHHH!!! *runs around screaming*


Okay, I'm done with that. I don't think Carol counts as part of that number, so we're back down to 12. That's a good number, right?

I think I'm forgetting something here. Oh, yeah! Congratulations, Carol! Again! :D



hopejunkie said...

+13 for following everyone

This is so great :)

Kelly said...

Sooooo happy for her!!!!
And yowza what a contest!
And I just noticed Jared on your sidebar. Carol and I thank you!

Bish Denham said...

Wonderful, exciting news for Carol! Yipeeeee! May you have many books published.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

these giveaways are amazing! You guys are amazing! *confetti*!

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

Yeah! I follow everyone on the list! (13?) plus 1 (+14) follower on twitter.

Alicia said...

This is so fun going to all the different blogs. It totally feels like a party (which, hello, it is)


+12 for following the list
+1 for following you
+1 for tweeting about contest!/aliciacald
So, Total = 14

Kate said...

Congratulations Carol!!

Off now to visit your blog and check out those others.

I won't add up my points until after I've checked out all those lovely blogs.

Lulu said...

Great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

+1 following you
+12 following the gang
+1 following you on Twitter
+1 Tweeted

15 total



Laura Howard said...

Ok maths hurt my brains too. I tallied up on carols blog at 15, so am I at 15 here too! Well.. Whichever way it's just so dang awesome and you continue to inspire me.. So glad I found this supportive group!

Heather said...

Whoo hoo! Yay Carol! I'm happy to be among those celebrating with her!

LTM said...

That is really super-cool! Hooray for Carol! :o) And you guys are so sweet and fun to celebrate with her like this. Very cool, too~ :o) <3

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Lola, you know I love you, girl! I wish you were closer so I could party away with you. Thanks so much, sweetheart. For everything. I have a feeling we'll be turning around to do this for you before long. Can't wait!!

Zan Marie said...

Lola, I've said this all over the list, but you are all so sweet and wonderful to share Carol's news this way. The giveaway is amazing. I've followed, liked, rss feeded, and google readered everyone and commented where I could. Thanks for the chance to get a Kindle. Give me 13 points. ; )

Ann said...

Oh Lola, I am so excited for Carol. I have a pain in my head just thinking of the Maths. But lets see, follow, all the tweeting, the sidebar, lets see how many is that. Oh bleddie "H" "E" double hockey sticks, I will have to come back when I figure it out.

Melissa said...

This giveaway is so awesome! I couldn't believe everything Carol was giving away when I saw it announced on her blog. That's so amazing for her!

Victoria Dixon said...

Such a great person for it to happen to! Ten thousand congrats, Carolina!

Sophia the Writer said...
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Abby Minard said...

Congrats to Carol! SO awesome- and you are such a good friend to do all this for her!

Sophia the Writer said...

Oops I meant 10 points!!/sophthewriter/status/47430369829597184

Jules said...

Big congratulations to Carolina! :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Jemi Fraser said...

So excited for Carol - we shared a happy robot dance earlier :)

7pts at the moment - I don't know all those people yet - but I will :)

Alleged Author said...

I am so happy for her! She totes deserves it. :)

Jennie Bailey said...

I left her a congrats, but I wanted to tell you - you are so fabulous! How sweet of you to throw in a GREAT prize for her contest. You rock, Lola!!

Trisha said...

What fabulous news!! Congrats to Carolina! :D

Liza said...

I'm so happy for Carol's news, and that she has so many friends celebrating with her. Congrats again Carol!

Taffy said...

Carol has AWESOME friends!Congrats Carol!

I'm a follower here and on twitter.
AND I'm following everyone who is giving such GREAT prizes!

IvaliceAlliance said...
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IvaliceAlliance said...

Congratualations to Carol! She deserves all the great things that's happening to her.

+13 for following all the blogs.

Thank you!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Congrats to Carol. What a wonderful accomplishment!! I follow your blog. thanks for the

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

+1 I follow Carol's blog

lauren51990 at aol dot com

Genna Sarnak said...

I am so excited for Carol! She's very deserving!!

I am following your blog, as well as all the others participating in the contest, for a total of +13.

Thanks so much for this opportunity! :)

gsarnak410 (at) gmail (dot) com

donnas said...

Awesome news!!

I follow your blog and left a note for Carol.

+7 following other blogs
+1 twitter follower - @donnas1

total - 9

bacchus76 at myself dot com

salarsenッ said...

I am soooooooooo happy for her! She's a sweetheart!!

Misha said...

Time for that timeless question...

Is this competition open for foreigners?


I'm so happy for Carolina.

Tara said...

Yea! for Carolina!

You are so sweet to do this :)

Shari said...

Congratulations to Carolina and thanks for the contest. I'm a follower. +15 for following all the other people on the list -- sixbird(at)msn(dot)com

Jessica Bell said...

yay! I'm already following everyone, so is that 13 points? Or 14 points (including you)?

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss lola! wow big hooray for miss carolina! its way cool youre doing part of that contest for her. i see lots of blogger doing it. wow how cool is that!
...hugs from lenny

Margo Berendsen said...

I am so happeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee for Carolina! All the extra e's are me spreading happy germs for her!

Amie McCracken said...

So glad to have found these give-aways, just for some new people to follow! (oh yea, and prizes, yay!)

I'm following you and went to congratulate Carol. I'm also following her.

Then I'm also following Elizabeth Davis.

I'm following you on twitter.

And I tweeted.!/iamalivephotos/status/47712619292930048

So my original entry plus 3 extras equals 4!

Portia said...

Congrats to Carol :-) That's great news!

writinginmyhead said...

I now follow you here and on Twitter! I have already congratulated Carol even though she doesn't know me, but still...right? I've tweeted about it and FB about it and I'm planning on following everyone on the list.
Donna Leonard

Jeff King said...

1 point.... thx for the links.

I hope by signing with an agent, means she’ll be signing a book deal as well.

I'll go check her blog out.

Jonathon Arntson said...

Hola, Lola.

Very nice post for Carol!

Lucy V Morgan said...

Congratulations! The very best of luck for when you go on sub :)

Pam Torres said...

Whoopey! More fun! Congrats to Carol.

+1 - following you
+12 - following the others
+1 - sidebar
+1- following you on twitter

Lynda R Young said...

old follower, following the others, following you on Twitter, will link on twitter @LyndaRYoung so I think that's 15

Janet Johnson said...

So excited for Carol! And you guys are the best to celebrate with her like this. :)

+12 following others
+1 for following you.

=+13 total

Sonia M said...

Yay! Congrats to Carol!

Blogged +1
Tweeted +1
Followed +1
Followed everyone +12

15 for me!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Just wanted to tell you thank you again, sweetheart. Your post means so much to me. I'm so glad you were a part of my celebration. xoxo

Louise said...

Fellow crusader dropping in to say hi. Am I the only one still making her rounds? Anyway, want to congratulate Carol on finding an agent to. Wonderful news.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Congratulations to Carol! Very exciting!!!

erica and christy said...

Great giveaway, Lola, and so nice to support your friend this way! We'll post a link on our blog post tomorrow.
I think we already follow Heather, CS, Simon, Carol, you and Jon, plus I'll check and make sure we follow you on Twitter, so that would be 8 entries.

Ellie said...

Whoop, whoop. Congratulations to Carolina. Such an awesome giveaway, too!

Theresa Milstein said...

Congratulations, Carol! It's nice to see someone who's been at this awhile to make it.

I'm going to put this on my sidebar and Facebook it (even though it's not a point option). I'm already a follower. 2 points?

Happy early birthday.

tmilstein at gmail dot com

cleemckenzie said...

It's always good to hear of another writer's success. Congrats. And I love all of your "freaking kickass prizes."

No maths here either, but I'll try. Back with my totals later.

cleemckenzie said...

3 Following
1 Tweet
1 Tweet +Link
1 Blog Post @writegame

Lola Sharp said...

Thank you, friends! I know this all meant a LOT to Carol.

You know I look forward to celebrating your good news, too. :)

Hugs and love,

Aik said...

I'd love to enter!

- 13 extra entries point for following all the participating blogs.
- 1extra entry for following you on twitter @aikchien
- 1 extra entry for tweeting

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I can't think of anyone who deserves it more. And obviously all her awesome friends agree. :D

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I'm so excited for Carol! I've already been to her blog. :) I'm an old follower and and old twitter follower too. I'll tweet about it, but I don't have a clue how to do a tweet link??? So +2 I think...

Jessica Love said...

Yay Carol! This is so awesome...I'm so excited for her!

Extra entries:
+1 for following you on Twitter
+12 for following everyone on the list

13 extra entries total


Anonymous said...

Graeat giveaway, and I love your blog.

+ 12 for follwing everyone on the list

+ 1 for following you on twitter I'm @Ronyka7

+ 1 for entrey on twitter!/Ronyka7/status/48975036106813440

flaka.077 at gmail dot com

Rachael Harrie said...

Fabulous news :) And awesome giveaways Lola! rachael[dot]harrie[at]gmail [dot]com

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm so excited for Carol. I follow everyone. That's 12.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

So happy for Carol!! I follow everyone involved in this super celebration...and you on Twitter, and all the extra goodies. What's that make? 16 entries?? Icky math!

Hope your Saturday is sunny <3

Lauri said...

Congratulations Carol!And best of luck with a speedy book sell!

Tiana Smith said...

There are so many prizes! *Mind Blown*

Anonymous said...

Yay, so happy for her. And these giveaways are awesome.

Anita said...

Woohoo! Congrats to Carol! I just popped over and read the hilarious interview by Cambria. LOL

You gals are great friends to throw this shin dig for her!

J.L. Campbell said...

Hey, Lola,

I've been over to Carol's blog and I'm not in the process of following. I was following here before. Based on the list above that's 12 points.


M Pax said...

Hi Lola,

That's terrific news of Carol's.

Susan Fields said...

Congrats to Carol - that's such exciting news!

K.M. Weiland said...

Congrats to Carolina! This is great news. And a great drawing too!

Rachel said...

Love the blog :-) New follower here and on twitter, too.

I'd love to be entered but generally just glad to find another fun blog to visit. Happy Writing!

nutschell said...

Holy wow! isn't it great how the writing community when one of their own graduates into agented status? great contest! sure would like a copy of those books

Onge said...

Congrats Carol! What a fun way to celebrate. I follow you and everyone. I also follow you on twitter (@chickenherder).

Lola Sharp said...

THANK YOU, friends, for supporting Carol and for being so delightfully kind.


Anonymous said...

Hello, Lola

How wonderful you found me. What a great blog. Looks exactly like my sort of thing and I'll surely will try to participate in the giveaway fest. :-)

See you later and congratulations to Carol!

Jacqueline Howett said...

Congratulations Carol!

Evie said...

Congrats to Carol!
And thanks a lot for this fun giveaway!
I am a new follower.
by. evie at yahoo dot com dot br

Alison Miller said...

Congrats to Carolina and so awesome of you to support her!

I am a follower on twitter, followed the other (13) and I blogged about the contest and shared that on twitter.
So +15?


Jaidis said...

New GFC follower - Jaidis

following on Twitter @JaidisShaw

Currently working my way through the list.


JaidisShaw at yahoo dot com

Kirsten said...

followed! :D congrats to carol :)

Rena said...

Congrats to Carol, and thanks for helping her celebrate such great news!

I have followed all the others, as well as yours, so that puts me at a +13, so sign me up.

Sylvia van Bruggen said...

Congrats Carol! And a very happy birthday!!!

my email address is sylviavbruggen at gmail dot com :)

Going to follow the others now!

Sylvia van Bruggen said...

Congrats Carol! And a very happy birthday!!!

my email address is sylviavbruggen at gmail dot com :)

Going to follow the others now!

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

Yeah! I'm excited for her. I follow you here and on twitter.
And I've already congratulated her.

kathrynroberts at hotmail dot com

Theres just life said...

Wow...I'm in.
Pamela Jo

Steven Chapman said...

Great news! Congratulations to Carol!!

The Words Crafter said...

An amazing giveaway!!!!! I'm pretty sure I already congratulated her, but I'll go back and double check right now!

The Words Crafter said...

Ah well, lesson learned. My comment from my blackberry apparently didn't post. It's done this scratch me, lol :)

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