Word Weaver Winner’s Profiles: 2nd Place Winner Anne Marie Hilse — Dan Alatorre – AUTHOR

The winners of April’s Word Weaver Writing Contest share their thoughts on the contest, writing in general, and other stuff. Today our 2nd place winner, Anne Marie Hilse, answers a few questions about our contest and other writerly things. (Click HERE to read her contest entry) Anne Marie has been an equestrienne, chorale singer, […]

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Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver Writing Contest: 2nd PLACE “The Crescent” by Anne Marie Hilse

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* 2nd Place Winner *


 “The Crescent” by Anne Marie Hilse

I enjoyed this story a lot. Anything to do with ‘Nawlins is gonna get my attention, and anything with interesting characters and a good pace is gonna keep my attention. This had all that and more.

I don’t want to say too much, though. I want the work to speak for itself.

Again, this story, for whatever reason, spoke to me.

I hope you enjoy it.

Anne Marie will receive THIS prize package valued at over $150:

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  • $100 FORMATTING package for YOUR eBook or paperback novel, up to 80k, from Select-O-Grafix, LLC (www.selectografix.com)

  • $25 Amazon gift card, compliments of ME

  • Publication of their winning piece on this website (today)

  • signed copies of a multi-book package from several published authors who graciously donated their books to our contest.

  • A guest blog…

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Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver Writing Contest: FIRST PLACE “Making Copies” by Ellie Presner

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 Making Photocopies by Ellie Presner

There was a lot to like in this story. I wanted emotion, and I wanted a character I could connect with, sympathize with, root for.

In Ellie’s story, I got that and so much more.

The Main Character, as you will see, puts herself forefront into a situation easily avoided, and we are with her every painful step of the way as she deals with lost love and maybe a broken heart that appears to have never mended.

It was a beautifully written piece and well-deserving of first prize, and it was my honor to read it and share it with you.

This story, for whatever reason, spoke to me. I loved it from the opening lines and stayed with it all the way though.

I hope you enjoy it.

For winning 1st…

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Friend Zone – Cover Reveal!!

I’m ridiculously attracted to my best friend.

Today is a bad day. The worst actually. After dealing with the constant manhandling that comes with being a cocktail waitress at a dive bar and surviving a date from hell, I see an eviction notice slapped on the door of my sketchy basement apartment. Great.

When my best friend Devon shows up at my door and uses his stubborn charm (emphasis on stubborn) to get me to move in with him, I give in. We’ve had about a million sleepovers since we met in the kindergarten Deaf program, but this time it’s different because I can’t stop thinking about his hard body covering mine, every single night. 

I know Devon would do anything for me, but I’m afraid what I want to happen will ruin our friendship forever. And the more time we spend together in close quarters, the harder it’ll be to resist the spark of attraction I’ve always felt. But maybe it’s possible to have the best of both worlds: keep the one relationship I can’t live without and indulge in an attraction I can’t deny.

I guess the only thing we can do is try…


(Author fun fact: Before you check out the amazing cover, there are two details I absolutely love, be on the lookout for them. One, the model’s hands appear to be in motion, almost as if he’s signing. Two, my amazing graphic artist managed to add a hearing aid, as Devon himself normally wears two.)



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Laura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family. Her husband’s put up with her since high school, her young son keeps her on her toes, and her three cats think they deserve more scratches. Hearing loss is a big part of who she is, from her own Hard of Hearing ears, to the characters she creates.

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Congratulations To Everyone!

I know you wanna get right to who won. I do, too. So I’ll explain a bit about the process and why the winners are who they are, and then I’ll announce them. That’s kinda to torture you a little although I suppose you could just scroll down. A writing contest is waaayyyy […]

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Monster Ramble…


It’s almost May and my blog feels neglected. No more!

These past months have been a blur of work, school and snow, but we kicked stress to the curb with a wild, Billy Joel drink n’ dance party at Madison Square Garden. Special thanks to Brian!

The upcoming months will be busy…super busy. Fun busy! I’m putting the final touches on Monsters & Angels, approving the interior, setting up blogs tours and reviews, scheduling social media stuff…  All this craziness is aimed at my release date of October 11, 2017.  Sign up for the newsletter here !

There will be the saga of my Vampire Ball dress. This gown demands a blog series of its own. Its a monster.

The party will only grow wilder, all the way through Halloween and the Endless Night Vampire Ball in New Orleans. Because the truth is, all the roads I travel lead to New Orleans.

But before all that—the Monsters & Angels cover reveal! I can’t wait to show off the dazzling cover art designed by Storm Owl Art !

A fellow author Ramon Ballard recently published the heartfelt, historical tale , The Last Chance.  Ramon asked himself this question > “Why did you write your book?”  I’m going to answer that, with a new twist.

Author Dan Alatorre just released the hilarious Italian misadventure,  Poggibonsi . On Dan’s blog, he interviews one of his characters,  Sam , to showcase her incredible voice. I’m going to try that also, with one of my characters who hasn’t received enough spotlight yet.

Even though I was exhausted yesterday after Scott and I spring cleaned Glory Days, the spirit of our boat always gifts me a jolt of creativity. It felt like summer and reminded me of “Jazz Fest Syndrome”… where I leave 40 degrees and rain in New Jersey and nearly pass out at Jazz Fest in 85 degrees plus humidity<<not even that hot, but any event that coins a syndrome or a gets its own name like “The Gumbo Incident” is unforgettable.

I’m a little bummed about missing Jazz Fest this year, but the winding road to New Orleans glows brighter every night…