What better way to start off November than with a giveaway?
Can you sense my excitement and happy dance from your side of the screen? I have finished my first draft of Franchise and Follies and am awaiting feedback from my editor. While I understand reaching this goal post does not mean the race is over, considering how much I’ve struggled this past year to complete a project, this milestone signifies meeting a personal goal.
Now, although I should be focused on making more progress on some other writing projects sitting in my queue, I’m taking a tiny break to enjoy the fall and focus on my other hobbies and interests. During this time, I also tried out two new hobbies: glass mosaics and quilting.
I recently returned from a visit with my sister. Her city was alive with the colors of autumn. I understand those of you in New England might be accustomed to seeing fuchsia foliage, but it still takes my breath away.
Anyways, she makes beautiful glass mosaics and has a home studio in which to work. While visiting her, I made two tiny mosaics. They were my first, and it shows. Still, it was nice to experience the process. Now, I know how much work she puts into her creations, and when I visit again, I will have a list of mistakes to avoid. Also, I only cut five of my fingers.*
I’m not a very talented seamstress or quilter, but quilts are my sister-in-law’s passion. She created a bunch of these little fall-themed table runner kits and invited me over to her house to complete one. Here is how mine came out:
It was super fast to put together, even for an inexperience sewer like me. I think it took me less than four hours to finish. I had so much fun; I bought a second kit so I can see if, now that I know what I’m doing, I can put one together even faster. To give you a sense of the colors, here is the second kit which I have yet to assemble:
You might wonder why I am telling you this. Well, I am offering two lucky Austen Authors readers the chance to win one of these cute runners. The prospect of winning is always fun, so this way, you can feel some of the excitement I have over finishing my latest novel. Unless you prefer to do your own sewing, I can assemble the second runner before shipping it off. To enter, just comment below before November 8, 2021.
Unfortunately, because of shipping costs, this contest is only open to those in the USA, but if you are selected and live outside the USA, I can send you the kindle version of my next book as soon as it is ready as an alternate prize.
Good Luck to each contestant and enjoy this beautiful fall.
*I’d offer the mosaics but they feel like they are made of lead, so shipping would be price prohibitive.