Would you like your Book Excerpt featured this April? #atozchallenge

April 2013 A to Z Blogging Challenge Sign-ups
Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

Two years ago, I discovered the A to Z Blogging Challenge by accident. I completed the challenge in 2011, even wrote A to Z Stories of Life and Death based on the posts. I co-hosted the challenge in 2012, and am back again co-hosting in 2013.

This year, I’m entering both my blogs: this one, and Amlokiblogs.

Most of my readers know about this challenge, but for those who don’t, here’s what it’s all about:

The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, this challenge basically requires 26 posts in 26 days based on 26 letters of the alphabet, one post beginning with each letter during the month of April, with Sundays off for good behavior.

This challenge helped this blog go from 50 visitors a day to 150 within a month, and the numbers have never gone down since. The last two years, I’ve written flash fiction for the challenge, but this year, for this blog, I’ll do book excerpts.

As anyone who knows me at all will tell you, I live on books, and have recently begun to review them on this blog. So this April, I’m going to feature excerpts from 26 books with Titles beginning from the 26 letters of the alphabet. These could be books I’ve fallen in love with, or books by friends whose work I would recommend.

If you’re a fellow writer, with a book in the pipeline, or already published, and would like to be featured on this blog, write to me at atozstories at gmail dot com.

What will go up:

1. Name, Cover and an Elevator Pitch of the Book

2. Author Website/ contact, andย  Book Purchase Details

3. Your Fave excerpt (teaser) from your book : Max 150 words.

If you’d like your book to go up as an AtoZChallenge recommendation on Daily (w)rite this April,ย  start by leaving the Title of your book in the comments below, so I know which letters of the alphabet are already taken up!

To sign up for the challenge, visit the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge site.

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  1. Brooks Benjamin

    This is such a cool idea!

    I know this letter is already taken, but I have an “S” book called Stonetalker. It’s a MG fantasy about a kid who has to rescue his father from the world hidden behind his school’s boiler room.

    I’d be glad to send an excerpt/logline/anything else you need.


  2. Charlton Daines

    Oh dear. I haven’t seen your Tweet Damyanti. Shall I leave the information here?

    Charlton, I’ve deleted the info from here (having retained a copy, just to be safe) because it should not be publicly visible before my post is up in April. Please, is it possible for you to mail me at atozstories at gmail dot com? I have clearly mentioned this on my post above. — Best, Damyanti

  3. Debi Walter

    The title of my published book is Through The Eyes Of Grace. It’s an historical fiction based on the life of my grandmother. It’s set in Oklahoma Territory in 1905.
    Thanks for considering me for the letter T.

    • Damyanti

      Debi, the letter T is taken, but if you would like to be featured in march or May, send along the excerpt and other details.

  4. Charlton Daines

    Hello Miss Damyanti, I’ve sent you an email about Jack Dawkins which I would love to have featured if you are willing to fill the remaining spots with a few new authors?

    • Damyanti

      Toby all your alphabets seem to be taken, but please send in whichever you prefer featured, and I’ll post the excerpt either in March, April or May. I can let you know the date it will go up as soon as I’ve figured out my schedule.

  5. Marjorie B. Hill

    Hi Damyanti,
    Xeno Oaks chronicles Molly’s oddessy as she goes from a happy and loving family to Xeno Oaks, a lovely old plantation in the lowcountry of South Carolina, where she becomes the poor orphan. Her evil Aunt Tess determines to mold Molly into a proper young lady, not counting on Molly’s strong will. She finds solace in Grandpapa Britton, Sassy her raccoon, and a friend named Melody. Will Molly find peace and happiness that she is seeking? Many twists and turn await her on her journey.

    • Damyanti

      Marjorie, I’ve been trying to reach you, with no luck. If I don’t receive the excerpt soon, I’m afraid I won’t be able to feature your book. Please let me know.

    • Damyanti

      The idea is to feature books, so a short story does not fit the criteria. Please let me know if you have any book you’d like to promote instead.

  6. Damyanti

    J, K, O, Q, X, Y remain. Unless there are takers from author-friends for these by end Feb, I’ll be filling them up with books I’m reading, or have read and liked before.

    • Damyanti

      I received your material but haven’t had time to look through it yet.

      I’ll be finalizing the list by end feb.

      But I’ll be publishing all excerpts, the ones that intrigue me the most in April, the others in March or May. Please let me know if you’re okay with that.

  7. Melanie Schulz

    Is N still available for The Newstead Project? Thank you for the free publicity.

    • Damyanti

      Melanie, that would be T, which is already taken. But if you’d like to send the excerpt in anyway, please do so. Please read my comment above with the list of alphabets for details.

    • Damyanti

      M was taken, Sherry, but the person who wanted it hasn’t confirmed yet, so I’ll put you in instead. Please send me the requested materials at the earliest.

  8. Shirlene

    I can offer an ‘M’ for Millstones, (novel) or an ‘H’ for Humans and Other Creatures, a collection of short stories, if you’re still interested. Very creative idea by the way – good for you!

  9. Vidya Sury

    What a fantastic idea to feature books. Makes me wish I had written one! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so eager to join the A to Z challenge and am trying to figure out how to manage the posts for April 13 to 30. ๐Ÿ™‚ as I’ll be traveling during that time. I am trying to work out a way to write in advance and schedule, but visiting blogs will be tough.

    I am thinking of including this as part of my post ๐Ÿ˜€ Great to meet you, Damayanti!

    • Damyanti

      It is okay as long as you can schedule the posts in advance for the AZ Challenge, Vidya. Visiting can wait till you come back, because the list will be up till January next year — enough time for you to visit all of them!

  10. terrirochenski

    Wondering if ‘M’ is taken? I have a short story in J. Taylor PUblishing’s ‘Make Believe’ which released Dec. ’12. 6 short stories ranging from fantasy to PNR.

    • Damyanti

      Yours is the third entry for M, but I’m accepting all excerpts at he moment. The one that intrigues me the most will go up in April, the others in March or May. Please send the required materials along.

      • Terri Rochenski

        Just now saw this reply! So sorry. I’ll get the info to you ASAP. Just wanted you to know that you inspired me to do a similar theme, using books from my publisher and filling in the empty slots w/ fantasy books. GREAT idea!!

        • Terri Rochenski

          Wait wait wait. As soon as I hit post, a niggling in the back of my brain had me checking my ‘sent box’ in my email. o_O Already sent all the info back on Feb 5th.

          *slap forehead*

          Ignore my mommy brain please!!

          • Damyanti

            Terri, I’m not sure I received your email. Could you resend it please? M is already taken, but I can feature you in May or March, as you prefer.

  11. Fayaz Pasha

    Hi Damyanti, Seems a wonderful concept and I would love to take this opportunity to participate. I have two books with an “A” and an “M”. Would like to send the details if it there’s still a possibility for the letters.

    • Damyanti

      K is available, but I’m afraid the challenge concept is to feature books by the alphabet based on the book title, not the name of the protagonist. Yours would be under R — but I would love to have your material any way. Please see comment above for details.

  12. Damyanti

    Following are the dates and letters taken up so far.
    Alphabet and Author Name + Date in April

    A Rachel Morgan 1
    B Mary Pax 2
    C Alex J Cavanaugh 3
    D Cheryl Therrien 4
    E Mrs Zoomby 5
    F Rachel McClellan 6
    G Becca J. Campbell 8
    H Shirlene 9
    I Rachel Creager Ireland 10
    J 11
    K 12
    L Spooky Mrs Green 13
    M Sherry Roberts 15
    N K. Mathur 16
    O Rishi Vohra 17
    P Diantha Jones 18
    Q 19
    R Kerry Dwyer 20
    S Keta Diablo 22
    T Nick Daws 23
    U Penelope Crowe 24
    V Laura Anile 25
    W Brooklyn Hudson 26
    X Marjorie Hill 27
    Y 29
    Z Frederick Lee Brooke 30

    This will give the authors who have signed up, an idea of when their books would go up. Authors who have just now seen this blog post can see the blanks, and check if their book titles fit in there. If your book title begins with a letter already taken, please still feel free to post your book here, see below to understand why.

    Here’s a few things I’d like to make clear:

    1. The first criterion for an excerpt to be featured is whether it is Intriguing enough. If it doesn’t make me want to read the book right away, I reserve the right to postpone or pre-pone the posting of the book. The excerpt will still go up, but instead of in April, in March, or May or later, depending on the blog schedule.

    2. If there are two excerpts from two authors with titles starting from the same letter, I reserve the right to choose which title goes up in April, and the other one goes up in May, or later. My relationship with the author has nothing to do with that — only my preferences as a reader. Only the most intriguing ones (in my very subjective opinion) go up in April.

    3. If I receive too many entries of the same genre, I reserve the right to publish some of them later or earlier, because I’d like the April excerpts to be as eclectic as possible.

    4. While I’m fine with Romance and Erotica, this blog does not feature adult content, and its readers don’t expect it, so the excerpt has to be PG 13 even if the book is not. If the book cover is too explicit, I’m afraid it can’t be featured.
    5. The sooner you send in the materials, the better. I need to preschedule all posts by February because I’ll have a lot of co-hosting duties for #atozchallenge in March and April.

  13. Sheilagh Lee

    A Penny Saved a Murder Earned? do you think I could be A or is that taken if not L for Love’s Labours Won? Thanks Damyanti either way.

    • Damyanti

      Sheilagh, A is taken, so is L, unfortunately. But could you send me excerpts anyway? If it is more intriguing than the earlier entries it will take precedence. If it is equally intriguing , I can make an exception and post two books for one alphabet. I’m looking for diverse, intriguing books, so I’ll be interested in as many excerpts as possible for myself, and this blog’s readers.

  14. Laura Anile

    Thanks, Damyanti! I’m publishing my novel, ‘Visions’, early-to-mid 2013. I see that V isn’t taken yet… Would it be possible to include it please?

  15. Rachel Morgan

    Darn, I’ve got THE FAERIE GUARDIAN, but I see F is taken, and looks like Nick Daws 3 comments up may have taken T! Could I do AN A TO Z OF CREEPY HOLLOW FAE? It’s the ebook I published after last year’s A to Z Challenge!
    PS – This is a great idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. writingthebody

    No thanks to the offer – I run from my books. Urk. But yes, you are a very creative person, and what a fun idea – and just wanted to say hi, and what a bright and great blog!

  17. Nick Daws

    Would my illustrated sci-fi novella “The Festival on Lyris Five” be suitable? I gather you don’t have anything for “T” as yet! I do understand that you need to see the book before you can give a definite yes or no.

  18. spookymrsgreen

    Can I take ‘L’ please? My new book ‘Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel)’ will be published by March, so perfect timing for some promotion! Thanks

    • Damyanti

      I’ll reserve L for you, thanks for asking. But please note that whether the book would be featured depends on how intriguing the excerpt is. I already have a few romance books, and the idea is to diversify the books featured. Please send me the material at the earliest so we can discuss this.

      • spookymrsgreen

        I will send the information shortly, thank you. The novel is a paranormal romance, heavy on drama, emotion and violence, so hopefully it will suit your requirements!

    • Damyanti

      Cool, F is booked then. Please send me the requested material at the earliest. So B,C, G, E, F P, R, S are now taken. So that’s 8 out of 26.Still a-ways to go.

  19. Becca J. Campbell

    Great idea! I’d love to be a part of it. I have two novels, the first is Foreign Identity, the second is Gateway to Reality. I’d be happy to send you what you need for either.

    If you want me to select one, I’d pick Gateway to Reality because I’m actually publishing that one in March so it will be my newest release.

  20. Keta Diablo

    Please reserve S if you still have it and I’ll send you the requested material. Name of book: SKY TINTED WATER – and thank you so much!

    • Damyanti

      Lee, I always think the one thing authors can do for other authors is provide them some easy promotion. With the AZ challenge, the hits on this blog would go way up– so authors can take advantage of that :). And I get to find out about some intriguing reads. Win-win!

  21. mrszoomby

    I have two books: Emeline and the Mutants and The Ring of Lost Souls. I also have an upcoming novel Unremembered Things (if you need a ‘U’) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Damyanti

      Thanks, I thinks it is best you choose one of them, and send me a great excerpt from it, along with the details required in the post above. I’d like to cover as many author-friends as possible, so one book per author would be good. You could always add links to other books you’ve written?

  22. Damyanti

    Thanks Diantha. Please choose a great teaser from your book, and send it to me with all the things listed above in the post.

  23. Damyanti

    Sure Alex, C is booked for you. Please send me an excerpt that would make a great teaser– along with everything else mentioned in the post above. It can be from either CassaStar or CassaFire ๐Ÿ™‚