Thursday, October 30, 2008

Crimson Rose Month

October was a time to celebrate the paranormal side of life (go guys!!) with their big finale on Halloween. Hope you all enjoyed the Ball and that there were some fabulous costumes.

As we move into November, thoughts do begin to turn toward winter as we change seasons a bit. What is better on a winter day than curling up with a comfy blanket in front of a roaring fire with your drink of choice and a really great book? A cup of tea, a mug of cocoa, a glass of Chablis…whatever relaxes you. However, as you choose that really good book, how about a great suspense novel to help you snuggle down even more into that blanket and yet keep you on the edge of your seat?

November is Crimson Rose month and we would like to invite you to take a tour of the crimson page of our website— and then click on the crimson link on the left-hand side. We have some incredible works there now with more on the way.

We are announcing a call for submissions—Men in Uniform. We would like to fill our “store” with some brand new stories showcasing your favorite man in uniform. Cindy Green wrote a free read entitled A Girl, A Guy and A Goon to kick off Crimson Rose Month and the Men in Uniform submission call. Feel free to download it and catch a glimpse of Cindy’s favorite man in uniform. (Thanks for kicking us off, Cindy!)

Whether you have written suspense before or want to try writing this venue for the first time, we welcome your submission. This can be any uniform you find an intriguing story wrapped around. There are firemen, policemen, paramedics, military, doctors, and sports figures. There could also be sanitation workers, astronauts, pest control folks, computer geeks, humane society workers—the list is endless. Can women be in uniform? Absolutely, but we really would like the man to be in uniform, too. They can be from the same line of work or a different one. A police woman meets a humane society worker. The options are just too many to think about.

We have a special chat on Monday night, November 3rd, 8 p.m. eastern time where there will be an active discussion on some of our favorite men in uniform along with other fun things to try out for the Crimson Rose month.

I know I piqued your interest with that comment so here are some fun things for November. On Sunday, November 2nd, I will be starting a special blog specifically on men in uniform. All visitors will be invited to post comments. At the end of the month, there will be one lucky winner chosen at random from those comments. That winner will receive the crimson download of their choice.

But wait, there’s more. (I am a secret writer for infomercials.) For every individual who downloads Cindy Green’s free read, their name will also go in a random drawing for a free Wild Rose Press coffee mug.

Now, I am sure you are thinking that it can’t get any better than this but it can. (Cue drumroll to raise the suspense level.) Lisa Dawn from our phenomenal marketing department will be posting a poll every couple of days to the loop. With this poll, you will be voting for your favorite crimson blurb and cover art. I have to warn you this will be a tough choice because we have some great stuff out there. From each of these polls, a winner will be chosen at random to receive the download of their choice from the books in that poll.

Just a reminder, stop by the chat on Monday night. Let’s talk men in uniform along with murder and mayhem. So many thoughts, so many villains, so many ways for a heroine’s heart to race. And again, please visit our website to check out the crimson titles and if you have any questions, please feel free to email me a The Crimson Rose editing staff can’t wait to see what this calls brings.

Have fun and hope to see you at the chat Monday, the 3rd.

Senior Editor, Crimson Rose


Cindy K. Green said...

I'm so excited about this new series, Lori. And I am happy to have been part of the kick-off. Come on writers, lets get some terrific Men in Uniform stories written.

Miss Mae said...

As Pooh Bear says, "Think...think...think..." :)

Bunch of Stuff said...

Hey, I have a short, short story with a cop hero that I plan on changing to a suspense.
Downloaded Cindy's story. Looking forward to reading it.

Tamsyn said...

I'm loving this series already! I just went over for Cindy Green's free read. Congrats on being the first to start off the series, Cindy.

Crimson Lori said...

Theresa, we would love to see. Have fun with this! :) Can you think of a better topic.