Behind the Curtain: #FanFav Winner

I generally run a #FanFav contest on Twitter for my writing contests. It’s a great way to generate enthusiasm and it’s so fun to hear the feedback as writers compliment writers with their votes and other comments.

Friendships are made, in these petite mutual admiration societies, and so I never apologize for all the hooting and the hollering that I have to do to get people to vote for each other.

This #FanFav went surprisingly smoothly (probably because I have run two others now). You might recall earlier #FanFav winners Ruth Long and Cory Eadson.

This #FanFav can be no surprise to anyone paying attention to the contest yesterday, as this lady writer garnished almost twice as many votes as anyone else.

*drumroll please*

The Winner and Twitter #FanFav Champion is:

 

MISS SOPHIE MOSS!

Sophie wrote a humdinger of a revenge tale called Scarlet’s Rose Petal Revenge. Please go read it if you haven’t and give Sophie some comment love. Be sure to congratulate her on her #FanFav win.

Remember, the winners of the Behind The Curtain Contest have yet to be announced. That announcement will be made early next week.

#FanFav for Behind the Curtain & Minutae

It comes time for another #Fanfav contest for the Behind the Curtain flash fiction contest. I can’t help it – they’re so much fun to run and it continues to spread the love. It’s a thrill when people vote for your story and also when you can let someone know that their story moved, scared or intrigued you.

Voting in #FanFav is easy. The #Fanfav contest will be held live on Twitter on Friday, October 19th from 12-8 pm EST. When you have read all the stories, narrow your choices to three favorites (good luck with that – 61 entries!). You can vote two ways.

1) On Twitter, tweet this format:

#Fanfav @ruanna3

By tagging it with #Fanfav and @mentioning me, it ensures your vote is counted. Sometimes Tweetdeck eats tweets and I have to go back and hunt around.

2) For this #Fanfav, I am also allowing blog votes if you don’t have a Twitter account. Only ones left from 12-8 pm EST will be counted.

You can leave your votes in the comment section of this post, if you like.

PLEASE NOTE: This #Fanfav vote does NOT pick the winner of the Behind the Curtain contest. Only I pick that and determine prizes. This mini-contest is for fun and bragging rights and the pleasure of knowing you were Twitter’s favorite.

DARK VEIL PACKAGE UPDATE

Also, I wanted to share a few more details about the awesome Veil & Subdue libretto from the Dark Veil Package.

My co-creator Paul has been hand-crafting a completely unique libretto – this is the first of its kind. He has embellished the cover and created a one-of-a-kind book with all kinds of magnificent goodies. Here are some teaser photos.

Feel free to ooh and ahh. 😀

Behind the Curtain: Loot, Prizes and Other Booty

No, I did not forget about prizes for Behind the Curtain. I have been stirring the cauldron in order for the best and most exciting prizes to float to the top. And, oh! What a range of prizes I have for this lovely contest. I’m not sure who will be the luckiest – all the packages are amazing!

The Dark Arts Package

Talented mixed media artist Angie Richmond (Twitter: @write_me_happy ; Etsy Store: Angie Richmond Designs) has donated an original canvas to the winner of this package (value: $50).  This 8″ x 10″ original mixed media work on canvas will feature one of Angie’s signature ‘dark trees’ and a quote from the winning work.

 
(Important Note: This is not an image of the prize, just a work by Angie at the same size. The prize will only feature the dark tree and the author’s quote from the winning story, not the bird. Artist reserves the right to change the details of dimensions or theme of this package, though the value will remain the same.)


The Dark Veil Package 

With all of these entries celebrating the dark secrets behind the curtains of the arts, we cannot forgot music. The winner of the Dark Veil Package will receive their own copy of the haunting gothic rock opera, Veil & Subdue. Veil & Subdue is the creation of Paul Ramey (Twitter: @paulramey) and Anna Meade.

For a sample, click below.

It Might Tonight – Music and Lyrics by Paul Ramey, vocals by Anna Meade and Paul Ramey.

Just Like Freedom – Music and lyrics by Paul Ramey, Vocals by Anna Meade.

In addition, the winner will receive a beautiful copy of the opera’s libretto, signed by Paul Ramey and Anna Meade.

The Dark Romance Package

For those who are not familiar with Sophie Moss (@smosswrites on Twitter), she is the authoress of the dark paranormal romance series Selkie Island Trilogy: The Selkie Spell, The Selkie Enchantress and the soon-to-be released The Selkie Sorceress. Sophie has a huge buzz going on Twitter and a devoted following, but was kind enough to donate a digital copy of her newest book, The Selkie Enchantress, to the Behind the Curtain contest.

It’s a perfect fit, for nothing is as it seems on Selkie Island and Sophie’s deft twists and turns will definitely leave you yearning for the third book. Sophie’s work and words were recently featured on the USA Today website – she is one to watch!
Sophie Moss, author of Seal Island Trilogy
Oh, this is what you’ve all been waiting for, THE ULTIMATE GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE for the winner of the Behind the Curtain Contest!


THE DARK FAIRY GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE

First, you too will get a copy of Veil & Subdue. But that is just the beginning of the Dark Fairy’s gifts bestowed upon you. 
Next, you will receive a magnificent writing notebook by our own Writing Organizational Guru, Ruth Long aka @bullishink.
 
Ruth puts us all to shame with her organizational mastery. This notebook can be used for NaNoWriMo or your Work in Progress and comes with a wealth of writing tips. Hordes of authors have begged for these notebooks AND I SECURED ONE FOR OUR WINNAR. HAHAHAHAH!

(Important Note: This is a photo of Ruth’s amazing writing notebook, for HER WIP. Yours will be similar but not identical. Ruth reserves the right to add or subtract contents.)
*blows trumpets of glad tidings*

Because your story was the finest of 61 entries, the Dark Fairy will offer things that NO ONE ELSE HAS EVER RECEIVED.
Allow me to repeat that. NO ONE ELSE HAS EVER RECEIVED THESE PRIZES. Excited yet? You ought to be. 

Winning author, rejoice! Dark Fairy promotions ahead!

 

* The winning author will be featured on Yearning for Wonderland in an in-depth interview by the Fairy Queen herself.

This interview will highlight your book, blog, or any other artistic project of your choosing. Anna will then promote this interview heavily on Twitter/Facebook and G+.
*The winning author’s story will be recorded by Anna
No, you did not read that wrong. Anna has a home recording studio and will do a creative/theatrical recording of your Behind the Curtain entry.
(This recording is yours, to use for any promotional/creative purpose of your choosing. This recording may not be sold or repurposed into another audio project.)
And, finaaaaallly…
* The winner author will be Anna’s partner in her next flash fiction contest (in Spring 2013). 
The winner will be heavily involved in this contest and will have input on the theme, promotions, format, prizes, etc. 
Who wouldn’t want to dance with the dark fairy?
Now that I have whet your appetites, please don’t turn on each other. Writer-on-writer murder will cause your entry to be disqualified. Maiming, on the other hand….
#MOOGHOOHAHA