Saturday, March 06, 2010

Happy Anniversary

On March 17, 2006, seven Southern Magic members decided to get together and tell the world about our aches and pains and joys in becoming published and staying that way. Come and help us celebrate those amazing FOUR years. There are several ways to win including one of two books each from Christy Reece and Paula Graves. Thanks, ladies!

Open to anyone in the $20 and $15 categories and the books.
Only non-Southern Magic members can win the $10 and $5 categories.

One gift card win per person.
On-Line gift certificates to Books-a-Million.

A) $20 – Drawing – Enter as many times as you want by commenting.
The more you comment, the greater chance you have to win one.
Ends Sunday 03/07/10 - 7 p.m.
Be sure to check back and see if you won.
We have two of these! So two winners!
**update: congratulations to winners Martha Lawsona and Walt M! Please contact me at**

B) $15 – Drawing – Only one entry per commenter.
Only one winner.
**update: congratulations to winner Lousia!**

C) $5 -- Be the first to link your blog with ours and notify me by commenting.
Only one winner. But we will be grateful to anyone else. :-) **Update: No one tried to win this one.**

D) $10 – Be the first two winners to answer all of the questions below correctly.
We have two $10 gift cards for this one. ***Update: to make it easier. One winner answer the first three questions and the second winner can answer the last three questions.***

March 17, 2006 – Magician’s First Post – What is the cowboy’s name?
September 14, 2006 – What must we learn to say?
February 8, 2007 – What was I reading?
***update: First three questions have been answered and the first $10 on-line gift card has been won by EllenToo!***

December 29, 2007 – What was mine & my hubby’s song?
June 15, 2008 – What is DPS?
April 20, 2009 – What Greek words did I use?
***update: no one tried to win this one. Too sad. ***


One book win per person.

Now how can you win a book? Be the first to answer one of the questions below.

E) To win a copy of Paula Graves’s FORBIDDEN TOUCH: In her first blog, she told us the four reasons characters won’t cooperate and make love. Briefly, tell us what they are? **update: Congratulations to EllenToo for winning Paula's book!**

F) To win a copy of Paula Graves’s COWBOY ALIBI: In her last blog of 2006, what is the four lessons she learned from script writing? Hey, Paula, it appears four is your number. LOL!**update: Sigh. Someone has missed out on receiving a free wonderful book.**

G) To win a copy of Christy Reece’s newest book, NO CHANCE: In her August 31, 2007 blog, what is the name of her first manuscript? **update: Congratulations to Lynn of Illinois for winning Christy's book! Please contact me at**

H) To win a copy of Christy Reece’s newest book, NO CHANCE: In her last blog in 2008, what three romantic movies did she watch? **Congratulations to Louisa of Alabama for winning Christy's book!**

A few little fun facts. Without advertising our little o’ blog, we have 800 to over 900 hits a month with readers looking at over 1300 pages during that time. We had over 29,600 visitors from all around the world. The most recent ones were from Canada, United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Qatar, Australia and Hong Kong.

If you ever wondered who started posting when (on the schedule)?
Carla Swafford 03/17/06 - Present
Christy Reece 03/19/06 – 12/13/08
Paula Graves 03/21/06 – 12/29/06 & return 01/06/10
Deborah Matthews 03/22/06 – 02/09/08
Jennifer Echols 03/27/06 – 10/05/07
Gail Oliver 03/29/06 – 04/27/06
Betty Bolte 04/01/06 – 05/13/06
Kelly Zeringue 06/07/06 – 02/07/07
JoAnn Weatherly 11/14/06 – Present
Barbara Curry 12/27/06 – 01/30/08
Mary Freeman 06/08/07 – Present
Naima Simone 02/27/08 – Present
Diane Richmond 03/19/08 – Present
Julie Johnstone 07/18/08 – 01/04/09 & return 01/12/10
Callie James 08/21/08 – Present
Christine Glover 03/12/09 – Present
Louisa Cornell 03/14/09 – Present
Lynn Raye Harris 03/21/09 - Present
Jeanie Therkelsen – 07/31/09 – Present
Gwen Hernandez – 09/03/09 – Present
Misty Wright – 09/13/09 – 10/07/09
Nannette Conway 11/18/09 – Present

Have fun and good luck! **update: congratulations to all the winners!**


Paula said...

Carla, don't enter me in any of th prize drawings. I just wanted to say Happy Blogiversary to Romance Magicians! I'm constantly amazed by the wonderful posts I read here. I'm a terrible blog-writer myself, so I envy all of you who come up with such great insights every week!

EllenToo said...

Why Paula's characters don't cooperate
1.haven't properly built the steps of the relationship
2.Inhibitions - bound by what they are afraid of
3.wrong setting
4. too many distractions

EllenToo said...

The name of Christy's first manuscript was Once In A Lifetime renamed More Than a Miracle.

Unknown said...

Fun blog post, Carla!

Katherine Bone said...

Happy Anniversary, Romance Magicians!! You've come a long way, baby. ;)

Heather said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Jemi Fraser said...

Happy Day - fun contest :)

I'm glad I popped over from Paula's site!

Carla Swafford said...

Paula, I agree. I learn so much each time someone posts.

Carla Swafford said...

Congratulatins, EllenToo. You've won FORBIDDEN TOUCH! You lucky, girl. It's a great book. Send me your snailmail address to and we'll fix you up.


Carla Swafford said...

Sorry, EllenToo. Only one book win per person. But you're still up for one of the drawings tomorrow. Thank you for your enthusiasm!

Check back tomorrow after 7 pm.

Carla Swafford said...

Thanks, JoAnn, Kathy and Heather! Be sure to leave more coments and get your name in the pot again.

Carla Swafford said...

I'm glad you did too, Jemi Fraser.

EllenToo said...

Sorry Carla--somehow I missed the caveat about only winning one book--duh it must be all the confusion going on around here at the time. I was having the roof fixed and the banging over my head was about to make me run out of the house screaming. LOL Guess is scattered my brain cells as well.
Just sent email with address.

Callie James said...

Happy Anniversary, everyone!

Louisa Cornell said...

Happy Anniversary Magicians !! This really is the BEST RWA CHAPTER EVER!! I don't get to attend meetings as often as I'd like (DDJ - Damned Day Job!) but anytime I do I always have fun and learn so much.

And the insights and adventures posted on the blog are truly an inspiration and sometimes the only thing between me and high-powered rifle in a clock tower!

But the support and cheerleading of the ladies of this blog is second to none! Here's to many, many years of blogging with the Magicians !!

M.V.Freeman said...

Wow, this is amazing...
I love blogging here, and I agree with everyone--every time I read something here, I am amazed, encouraged, amused, and energized.

Y'all make this a great place to be!!! (Now, I have to make it to meeting now and then...LOL)

Martha Lawson said...

HI everyone!! Just found ya'll and so glad I did!! I love finding new blogs.. Happy Blogiversary..

Carla Swafford said...

No problem, EllenToo. :-)

Welcome, Martha. Glad you're here.

Thanks, Louisa, Callie and Mary!

Louisa Cornell said...

Oh and by the way, I know I'm not eligible, but is that cowboy's name perchance MINE !!! Goodness gracious! It'd take a whole loaf of bread to sop up all that! Thanks for the INSPIRATIONAL photo, Carla. YEEHAA Y'all!

Carla Swafford said...

He's a favorite of mine, Louisa. A little tidbit about him...Linda Howard gave him his name. I had hung his picture up for the published authors to stare at while I gave a workshop for newbies. LOL!

Don't forget you're eligible for the free books and of course your name will go in the pot for the $20 gift card.

Carla Swafford said...

Oh, and the $15 drawing, Louisa. :-)

Louisa Cornell said...

In Christy Reece's last blog of 2008 the three romance movies she watched were :

Return To Me

Princess Bride

and Where The Heart Is

Good choices !! Princess Bride is one of my all-time favorites. "I do not think that word means what you think it means." LOL

Walt Mussell said...

Just wanted to say congrats on your 4th anniversary. It definitely takes a lot of dedication to keep it going.

I promis to visit again.

Free Your Creative Mind! said...

Hi! This is a new blog to me but it looks like you have some good material on here so I'll be sure to stop in regularly. Happy Anniversary!

Kelly L Stone

Lynn Cahoon said...

What a great blog...I'm bookmarking you today. Happy Anniversary.

Can I take the name of Christy's first Manuscript? LOL Once in a Lifetime or More than a Miricle?

I'm sending out my first ms to editors and hate the name but I've been assured that it will more than likely be changed.

Carla Swafford said...

Congratulations to Louisa and Lynn! They have won a copy of Christy's latest book, NO CHANCE.

Thanks for stopping by Walt M and Kelly L Stone. We'll look forward to "talking" with you again.

Carla Swafford said...

Almost forgot, Lynn, send me your address to and I'll send it on to Christy.

Lousia, I've got yours.


Carla Swafford said...

And good luck, Lynn, on your first manuscript. You never know, the editors may love your title. I know of an author who made up a horrible title just for fun and the editor loved it. LOL! So I say you never can tell and to be careful. :-)

EllenToo said...

May I try to answer the first three questions?

Cowboy's name ~~ Luke
What we must learn to say ~~ NO
What were you reading?~~ Eternal Hungar by Cameron Dean

Kate Diamond said...

I, too, wish to say Happy Birthday to the Romance Magicians!

EllenToo said...

And although I seem to have forgotten to say it ~~~Happy Blog Anniversary to Romance Magicians. May you have many more years of happy blogging. I hadn't visited your blog until I learned about it from Paula and now I will be here more often.

Louisa Cornell said...

Yay ! LOVE Christy's books !!

And I thought it was neat to see some of the places that have visited the blog - so to speak.

Some of my best writing buddies live in Australia and Austria was my home for three years. Glad I'm not there right now as they have snow, lots of it! However, this summer I will very probably be wishing I was there!

Carla Swafford said...

Congratulations, Ellen! You've won a $10 on-line gift certificate to Books-a-Million. I've got your email address. Be on the lookout for it this evening.

Welcome, Kate Diamond!

Ah, THE ARNOLD's home country. I've heard Austria is beautiful, Louisa.

Christy Reece said...

No need to enter me in the contest. Just wanted to get my congrats in before the party ends. Happy blogiversary Romance Magicians! I love reading the blogs from all the talented writers who post here. You guys are the greatest!

Carla Swafford said...

Thanks, Christy!

Carla Swafford said...

Okay, the winners are...(On Oscar night no less)...

For the first $20 on-line gift card...Martha Lawson!

For the other $20 on-line gift card...Walt M

For the $10 on-line gift card...Lousia

Martha and Walt, send me your email addresses to

Congratulations all!!! Thanks for helping us celebrate! Hope you'll come back and see what we're up to more often.

Carla Swafford said...

Oops, mis-typed. Louisa's card will be $15.