Saturday, April 21, 2012

What's Up the Street Next Week?

Thanks to the fabulous Lisa Jordan we have a PARTY going on this weekend.
499 followers!! (with the BIG hope that after today, we'll be up to 500)

In celebration, on lucky commenter will receive Rachel Hauck's wonderful contemporary romance, Dining With Joy.  So make sure you leave a comment today or tomorrow for your chance to be in the drawing!

But not ONLY are we celebrating 500 (I walk by faith) - we are celebrating EVEN MORE!

We are thrilled to welcome Women's Fiction author, 2011 Genesis Finalist, and beautiful Aussie, Karen Schravemade to our crew at The Writers Alley. (Isn't she beautiful?) You'll get a chance to get to know her a little better on April 25th with an interview post. Until then, go check out her fabulous website at

Now...what ELSE can we possibly celebrate?

By the end of February, many aspiring authors sent their precious manuscripts on the unpredictable journey of ACFW's Genesis contest. The competition was fierce - and the biggest number of entries ACFW had ever seen. Regardless of semi-finaling or not, winners are people who press the 'send' button...and that means all those who entered.

Genesis semi-finalists were announced on Wednesday and we are so happy to announce Alley Cats and Alley Pals who are part of the list.

Alley Pals:
Susan Anne Mason
Melissa Tagg
Melissa Jagears
Michelle Massarro
Carol Moncado
Heidi Chiavaroli
Karen Barnett
Christina Rich
Lyndee Henderson
(and many others from our 500 list of readers)

Alley Cats:
Casey Herringshaw (Contemporary Fiction)
Cindy Wilson  (Contemporary Romance)
Pepper Basham  (Contemporary Romance)

So....get out the chocolate, balloons, and dancin' shoes.
IT'S. TIME. TO. PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Bonnee Crawford said...

Congrats on the almost 500!!! :)

Mary Curry said...

Well, I thought by following I'd put you at 500, but it stayed at 499. Go figure.

Congratulations to all the Genesis followers. I wish you the best of luck in the next round.

Mary Curry said...

Ooops - that was supposed to say finalists. Darn auto-correct.

Pepper said...

Okay, Mary
I'm going to have to check on that members counter. AHHHHH!

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Can you see me dancing??? How fun! How Fun! I love a good party!

Congratulations all you Alley friends who semi-finaled in the Genesis! You all rocked it out!

*sniff* I wish I was eligible for Rachel's book. :( I don't suppose anyone has it on kindle that I could borrow? I'm on a spending freeze because we just paid our taxes. Arrggghhh!

Krista Phillips said...

Ohhhh, I have it Sherrinda, but in hard copy! Wish you were closer!!!! If you haven't read it by conference... and I actually get to go... you can total borrow it:-)

Ohhhhh, two alleycats finalling in the same catagory! I see a friendly competition coming on... *grin*

Pepper said...

LOL, Krista
I see that as a win-win situation ;-)

Good chances for a cool table at conference, right? ;-)

Susan Anne Mason said...

Hey Pepper,

I feel almost famous!! LOL.

Congratulations to all the other semi-finalists. Isn't it fun to recognize so many names?

I just 'followed' your wonderful site! Can you believe all this time I hadn't joined? I just assumed I had. So I think I'm number 501!

Happy partying!


Former Life Girl said...

Congrats to all of the Genesis semi-finalists!

Casey said...

We made 500!!! Woo-hoo thanks to all our Alley Pals who make this journey SO AWESOME!

AND we need to get BOTH Pep and Cindy to final in the Genesis--same category, awesomeness!!

Great WE, Pepper! So much to celebrate around here, not to mention the sunshine too!!!

Lindsay Harrel said...

Congrats to all the semi-finalists! And yay for 500!

Julia M. Reffner said...

Congratulations! I'm so glad to see so many friends & finalists!

Unknown said...

Fun read here today! Happy Dancing with the Alley Cats, both for those who semi-finaled (yippeeeee!) and for reaching 500. You ladies are amazing! Have a wonderful weekend!

Joanne Sher said...

Congrats to all the semi-finalists - and to the Alley for reaching 500! :) AAANNND - looking forward to getting to know the newest cat :D

Pepper said...

Okay - we should probably send Susan Mason a book just because she joined today! :-)

Susan, you up for HR or CR?

Unknown said...

I loved this post. :) Congrats to the finalists and *all* the winners who pressed Send. :)

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Oh, a friendly competition? That would be awesome! I'd LOVE it if Pepper and I finaled together.

I'm so happy for all the finalists, love to celebrate!!

Angie Dicken said...

Wow!! Congratulations to ALL of you Semi-finalists!!! Way to go!
And I am SUPER excited to have Karen join the Alley Cats. What a day to celebrate!

Keli Gwyn said...

Congratulations to all the Genesis semi-finalists! I was so excited to see the three Alley Cats on the list, among many other treasured friends.

Woohoo on reaching 500 followers. Great job, ladies!

How wonderful that Karen will be joining you. I look forward to her intro interview.

Kristy Cambron said...

Welcome, Karen! So excited to see you've joined the Alley!

Congrats to all of the Genesis Semi-Finalists as well - we will be praying for all of you! Best wishes as you move on to the Finals. See you in September! ; )

Karen @ a house full of sunshine said...

Thanks so much, Kristy, Keli and Angie!! I'm so excited to be part of this awesome group of ladies.

And huge congrats to all Genesis semi-finalists!

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Yay, Karen!!!!!!! Soooo excited to have you join us! We are gonna have a fabulous journey together, for sure.

And Krista, let's just say you ARE coming to conference! Not IF. ;)

Mary Vee Writer said...

Super party Cats and Friends.

Confetti is flying for the Genesis semi winners!! It's snowing:)

Karen so happy your part of the gang. Can't wait to read the Aussie accent in your posts:) To the readers who don't know her yet, she is gracious, sweet, and a lovely lady.

Unknown said...

I love it!