Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Birthday Giveaway

Today's my birthday.

I'm 27, which my brother-in-law reminds me, is getting pretty darn close to 30. I love him and all, but sometimes I'm not sure why.

Oh, that's right. Because he's a nice guy. (Hands off, ladies. He's taken. And with the sweet talk mentioned above, can't you see why?)

My birthday has become a time that I think about how lucky I am. I was born into a wonderful family, and then had the good fortune of marrying into another wonderful one. (Brother-in-law excluded.)

I'm married to a total fox.

I have two healthy, beautiful kids.

And I have...

...a book series. (And, yes, I also have kind of a weird love for giraffes.)

Over the last couple years, I've had time to wrap my mind around being an author. But every once in awhile, on a day like today, I get stunned all over again. Those are REAL books in that picture. And MY name is on the cover. Somehow - and I'm still pretty fuzzy on all the details - I convinced somebody that they should pay me to write those books.

I started this blog because of how much I love interacting with teens who want to be writers. Because not so long ago (contrary to my brother-in-laws feelings), I was a teen writer. I had no idea what I was doing, yet I somehow ended up here:

And it made me wonder, what if I could help the next generation of teen writers? What if I could impart what little knowledge I have? What if I could keep them from making the mistakes I did?

So today, I'm also grateful for you guys. I'm grateful that I get to hang out with you, and grateful that you put up with my writing rants. Grateful enough that I'd love to mail each and every one of you a set of the Skylar Hoyt books.

Unfortunately, budget only allows for me to send them to one of you. And (please don't hate me!) it needs to be someone in the US or Canada.

Here's how to get entered.

Step 1: If you aren't already one, become a follower.

Step 2: Tell me something you'd like me to talk more about on here. That's the best present you can possibly give me because it helps me plan better, and to more fully know my audience.

Step 3: Leave your e-mail address so I can let you know you won. And protect yourself from those stupid spam thingies. Leave it like this: Stephanie at StephanieMorrillBooks dot com.

In my house, we celebrate birthdays for a week, so I'll shut down this contest a week from today - November 4th.

Have a great day everybody!


  1. Happy, happy birthday. Can't wait till you get the GIRAFFE I got for you. ;-) (Inside critiquer joke.)

    I obviously don't need entered. I already have a complete set, have bought two other complete sets for the teens in my life, and for some reason just got another SOI from Revell . . . =)

  2. Happy Birthday!
    I hope you have a wonderful day and week!:)
    I am a follower.
    I like what you talk about on the blog right now..i wouldn't change anything..
    dymesich at juno dot com

  3. Happy Birthday:)
    I'm a follower and I like what you talk about already.
    ccbookworm24_7 at yahoo dot com


    I am a GFC follower.

    Perhaps a few ideas to the young writer on writing help their imaginations imagine. I'm kind of new here, and I like what I've seen already. Good blog. Thank you for giving this gift and the chance to win it. I hope I do!

    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  5. Happy Birthday, Steph! I hope you've had a simply amazing day!:) And 27 is so not old:P

  6. Happy Birthday!
    Well, for me, something I'd like to know a little more about is how to stay captivated by your own to keep writing even when it gets tedious. I have problems with that :( And I'd love to be entered in this contest! My email address is worth dot ann001 at gmail dot com. (sorry, it's a little confusing, I know.)

  7. For those who are wondering about Roseanna's Giraffe comment, in my manuscripts when I need to double check a fact, I type GIRAFFE beside it. Then when I'm done, I can just search for the "giraffes." Roseanna likes to joke that one of the "giraffes" will someday make it through. Occasionally she can be evil like that.

    I'm loving the suggestions! Keep 'em coming.

    And I did, indeed, have a very good birthday. Thank you, gals. Especially you, Emii :) I need someone to balance out my pesky brother-in-law.

  8. Happy Birthday Stephanie! =) I hope it was a great one. And I agree with Emii... 27 is not old lol.

    I love everything you talk about on your blog. =D
    And it definitely helps me when you talk about good "character development" I guess. I want to know more about how to make my characters stronger.

  9. Oops, sorry, this is my email address...

    CowGirlJazz at GMaildotcom

  10. Thank you, Jazmine!

    More character development stuff - got it!

  11. Happy birthday and thanks for thinking of giving one of US gifts to celebrate your birthday! How sweet!
    I would like to enter. I already follow, so hmmm, I would like to see you talk a little more about character development. How do I make my characters more believable? How do I avoid flatness, being cliche, or (scary) predictable? Thanks for your help and for entering me in the contest!

    Happy Birthday again!
    And my email address is biblioprincess15 at yahoo dot com.

  12. Rachelle, more character development it is! Characters are key!

  13. I am a new GFC follower.

    happy birthday.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

  14. Stephanie, did you give the thingy away? Just wondering... this contest IS closed right? I'm confused... lol

  15. Sorry, sorry. Got sidetracked with the new project and forgot to shut this down.

    Rachelle (Rose) was our winner. Congratulations!