An Open Letter to our Community from Natsgirl

please take the time to read this very well written post by Natsgirl …. she makes some excellent suggestions ….


I was dismayed by the recent unrest within our writing community. Things were written and feelings were hurt. I am told there is an effort underway to improve the You Want Blood Awards, and that is worthy. In my opinion there should be recognition for our writing. There have been statements made that if there were suggestions as to how things could improve in the process, these suggestions should be put forward. I am happy to make my suggestions public in the spirit of full transparency.

First though, I’d like to address an educational concern:


  • 49 states in the U.S. have laws on the books making cyberbullying either a misdemeanor or a felony (a crime). It is already considered a matter for civil litigation. While most case law is specific to school-age individuals there is a growing body of litigation involving other classes/types of individuals
  • Those who can be…

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Thank You

Congratulations to all the winners and to all of you who voted for me in the recent You Want Blood Awards …. I just want to say …



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Coins Left On A Tombstone


While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.

These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America’s military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.

A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier’s family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.

A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.

According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.

In the US, this practice became common during the Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier’s family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war.

Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a “down payment” to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.

The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced to as far back as the Roman Empire.

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The Winner Is

The winner for Banner 2 is

Banner 2 winner Fall Challenge 2014

The Better To Love You With by California Kat


The Winner for Banner 3 is

writing challenge 3 92014

FauX by idream3223


There were no entries for Banner 1 so that Banner goes to California Kat for the Promo story

Promo Story

My Valkyrie by California Kat


The most wanted to see continued was a very tight race and even ended with a tie so there are 4 stories in that category  so in no specific order they are

top 3 Faux

FauX by idream3223

top 3 the right bride by magsmacdonald

The Right Bride by Magsmacdonald

top3 Crashed by Kleannhouse

Crashed by Kleannhouse

top3 Wings Upon Your Thorns by Cali Kat

Wings Upon Your Thorns by California Kat

As you all know last challenge I gave a banner to one reviewer, this time there are so many

who reviewed each and every story with kind words and encouragement that there is no clear winner, so

give me a day or two and those that commented on each story will be getting a little token of my appreciation in their email.

I want to Thank each and every one of you that took the time to write a story or stories, those that came to read and comment, and those that reblogged my posts and talked about the challenge helping me get the word out.

I Feel I must say something profound to this next person but words fail me. …. This lady has encouraged me, championed me, taken time out of her busy schedule to write Promo Stories, and has entered a story for each banner in both challenges and is looking forward to the Winter Challenge.

So A Great Big Heartfelt THANK YOU to California Kat.



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Last Chance

Today is the last day for voting so if you have read the stories but haven’t voted. Head on over and cast your vote. One of the categories is a real toss up the leader is ahead by one vote, so that one will be a photo finish I’m sure.  I’ll stop rambling so you can head over to the stories and the voting booth.


The winners will be announced Oct. 10th.



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Have you seen the banners?

Have you read the stories starting here?

After reading all 11 stories did you vote?

If you answered yes to these questions then I would like to thank you on behalf of the authors. I know some of them are chomping at the bit to be able to thank you for your kind words.


If your answer is no then what are you waiting for? There is still time to read all the stories and vote for the story you think best fits the banner it was written for as well as voting for three of the stories that left you wanting (needing) more.


Voting closes on the 8th and the winners will be announced on the 10th … that is also the date that the  authors’ names will be revealed.


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Voting Booth Now Open

Once you have read all the stories, it’s time to vote. Step inside, close the curtain and cast your vote for the story you think best matches the banner it was written for.  After you have done that please choose 3 of the stories you would most like to see continued.

Just click the banner to enter the Voting Booth.Vote



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It’s Time To Read

The authors have done their part, now it is your turn … all the stories are in and posted… here.  Unfortunately there were no takers for the Viking Banner so that one will be going to California Kat since she wrote the Promo story for it.

The voting booth will be open on October 1 so once you read the stories you can vote …. there won’t be any waiting.

Please be sure to leave a comment for the author after you have read the story and PLEASE keep in mind that there are some 1st time authors in this challenge.  Mean comments will be removed. The authors will not be able to reply until after the voting is finished.

There are some really great stories in this challenge, I know there are several I would like to see continued.


Happy Reading,


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