The Auction

I won’t bore you with the Whys since you probably came through my site — Let’s just say, I asked for help getting to the big RWA conference that I finaled in their YA Golden Heart category and — WOW! So, here goes:

Each item will be posted at and closed at predetermined times thru Thursday.

Before we start, I want to take a second to say thank you to everyone who has volunteered. You’ve broken my heart with blessings. And to everyone who is here to bid, whether you know me or not, thank you and may you win yourself a gift that makes your day!


  1. Bidding should be done in the comments section of the item you’re bidding on
  2. Put your ACTUAL bid in the comments so people know what the next amount up would be
  3. Some items have minimum bids. Please make sure to start there or above
  4. Bids grow by whole dollar amounts – a minimum of $1 jump is required to bid
  5. Items will have a cents amount attached to them. This is so I can be sure the item has been paid for
    1. So, the first item on the first day will be $__.11
    2. The 2nd item on the first day will be $ __.12
    3. Etc
  6. The timeframe for bidding for that item will be right in the post. I’ll close the comments when the bidding is done
  7. All timeframes are EST
  8. Pay via the paypal button to the right
  9. A list of all items are in the All Items page (above)
  10. If more items come in, they will be added to the list

And of course, don’t see something you want? You can always buy something at our Writer’s Yardsale.

Again — Thank you *so* much everyone. I really hope that all the participants on both sides have a fun time!


Three 40-minute coaching sessions with a certified coach

OPEN:   4pm
CLOSE: 7pm 
Bid must end in: $ .55

Looking to make a change in your personal or professional life?  Seeking more clarity about some significant life decisions?  Bria’s friend Joan is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) who partners with clients to help them achieve meaningful results in their lives and careers.

In the coaching sessions, which will be held via telephone, you will choose the focus of the conversation.  Joan will contribute observations and questions to help create clarity and move you toward action.  In this way, coaching will provide you with greater focus as you make decisions about your life, pursue your goals, and create the results that you seek.

Joan received her coaching training through the Coaches Training Institute and has 10+ years of experience in management consulting.  A lover of the arts, she particularly enjoys working with clients in the creative fields.

Cheesy But True Marketing: Makes a great gift for a friend or loved one!  Everyone knows someone who could benefit from coaching!]

Minimum bid: $60 (BRIA: Wow! I know what she charges, and this is an amazing starting bid. THANKS JOAN!)

3 months sidebar advertising on Excerpt Monday

OPEN:   2:30pm
CLOSE: 4:30pm
Bids must end in: $. 41

3 months sidebar advertising on Excerpt Monday

Excerpt Monday is offering a sidebar banner or trailer ad space for 3 months. Excerpt Monday has been pimping authors for 2 years to an ever-growing audience. A site for published and unpublished authors to display their work, EM allows readers to get a peek at works in progress as well as newly released books. Several book deals and agent introductions have been made because of the site, and every month we hear from readers excited to have found a new author.

Full Crit by former editor Melanie Berthier

OPEN:   2:30pm
CLOSE: 5pm
Bid must end in: $ .42

Full Crit by former editor Melanie Berthier

Melanie is offering a full crit up to 80k or two novellas that equal up to that. She will look at anything but Sci-fi. It doesn’t matter the heat level.

Melanie’s previous experience includes working as an editor and she has a degree in Anthropology and Biology with a post-grad in Book and Magazine Publishing. She enjoys helping authors with their writing, whether it’s critiquing their works in progress or helping them market their book. Melanie writes as Alexia Reed and is co-founder of Excerpt Monday.

First Chapter crit by Jeannie Lin and her secret weapon, Little Sis (Nam Nguyen)

OPEN:   3pm
CLOSE: 6pm
Bid must end in: $ .43

Jeannie and her secret weapon, Little Sis, will be doing a joint critique of your first chapter up to 25 pages, so you’ll be receiving two critiques for the price of one. P.S. Jeannie is the nice one.

First chapter, up to 25 pages, any genre or heat level. My critiques focus on structural issues: character, tension, pacing, etc. My approach is to gauge what the writer is trying to accomplish and give feedback on how to strengthen what is already there or fill in the gaps if something is missing. I don’t tend to line edit or correct grammar and spelling.  

Jeannie Lin writes historical romantic adventures set in Tang Dynasty China. Her Golden Heart award-winning novel, Butterfly Swords, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly—“The especially vibrant writing describing the culture, clothes, and countryside saves this from being just another tale of impossible love.” Jeannie also presents workshops on writing craft and promotion at national and local writing conferences. More information about Jeannie Lin and her books can be found at

Little Sis (Nam Nguyen) is published in short fiction and non-fiction. Her trade book, Micro Monsters, made the National Science Teacher Association’s 2010 list for best science books for K-12 students.Nam has an MFA in Creative Writing fromEmersonCollege and a professional background in publishing and print production.

3 Chapters & Synopsis Crit of a YA, chick lit or cozy myster by Amanda Brice

OPEN:   3:30pm
CLOSE: 6:30pm
Bid must end in: $ .44

3 Chapters & Synopsis Crit of a YA, chick lit or cozy myster by Amanda Brice

Amanda Brice is a  finalist in the Golden Heart in 2008 and 2009. Her debut YA mystery CODENAME: DANCER was just released last week. You can check Amanda out here:

2 books by Kendal Ashby PLUS a Synopsis Critique

OPEN:   4pm
CLOSE: 6pm
Bid must end in: $ .45

—> Chasing the Sunrise AND Kissing the Sunrise by Kendal and a Synopsis Crit – You don’t want to miss out on someone WILLING to work on synopsis!

Kendal Ashby writes sweet YAs about first kisses and first loves. You can check her out here:

Copy of Piper’s Fury by Rachel Firasek

OPEN:   4:30pm
CLOSE: 6:30pm
Bid must end in: $ .46

Rachel’s writing career began at the impressionable age of twelve with a poem dedicated to the soldiers of Desert Storm. A dark macabre affair that earned her a publication in an anthology and many raised eyebrows from family and friends, she hid her poetry and artistic style for years…
Tucked away in the heart of Central Texas, with the loving support of her husband and three children, she dusted the cobwebs from her craft. Returning to those twisted regions of her mind, she creates dark urban fantasies and soul-searching paranormal romance.
To learn where love twists the soul to light the shadows, visit Rachel at

I’m happy to help Bria get to the GH awards at RWA Nationals this year by offering up a signed copy of Piper’s Fury, my debut paranormal romance novel.