Saturday, December 3, 2011

White Elephant Book Exchange Christmas Party!

If you missed our First Annual White Elephant Book Exchange Christmas Party, you missed a doozy!!!
We had a great turnout. Cheese grits, quiches, sausage/cheese balls, Swedish meatballs, Pumpkin/banana breads, muffins, fruit, vegetables, brownies, eclairs, cream puffs, and more adorned the tables, countertops and every available space. We washed it all down with soft drinks, coffee and Pointsettia Punch.
But the real fun came with we picked numbers. . .
The quest to find a white elephant book is not as easy as it sounds. Our first rule was: "Don't do it. Don't cross the line and bring one of our published author's books up in here." Of course, it should go without saying, but some of us were quaking in our boots:) Slightly.
You want to find a book with a quirky title. Something fun or funny. Outdated or just plain silly. Boring or technical is good too. Anything with the word "Annotated in the title usually works.
Besides a White Elephant book, everyone went home with a "Published Author" ornament. Not that we claim to be prophetic or anything, but Martha Rogers DID get her first contract after receiving one at the last Christmas party. . .

Noelle Marchand does not need this "How To Be A Skinny Girl" book:)

Elizabeth--we're gonna be calling on you when our dogs are under the weather.

Preach it, Janetta!

Janice Thompson finds out that people in Middle America take their Ranch Dressing seriously.

Bethany McManus--Been there. Done that. Got the stretch marks:)

Carla Hoch--This book caused quite a stir at the American Society of Electrocircuitry Convention.


Unknown said...

Linda, thanks for hostessing such a fun, wonderful gathering. This needs to become an annual tradition!

michael joshua said...

What a fun idea. Loved it!

Linda Kozar said...

Donna--You're right! From now on--till Jesus returns--it will be an annual tradition! Thanks for coming, my friend.

Linda Kozar said...

Thanks Michael--it was lots of fun.

Nancy Kimball said...

Linda, thank you! This was too much fun. Your ornament is going to make me put up my tree this weekend =)

Bethany Macmanus said...

Had a blast...and how'd you know about the stretch marks? lol It was fun talking in your kitchen afterwards. It's for these reasons I am a part of such an amazing organization--fun and fellowship with awesome people. :)

Linda Kozar said...

Amen Nancy! You gotta hang that ornament:) Thanks for coming:)

Annette O’Hare said...

Thank you for posting these pics Linda! Can't believe I had to miss this year...tear, lol. I know everyone had a fab time because you are the queen of FUN party planning! Can't wait until next year!!!

Linda Kozar said...

Girl--we missed you BAD! But I plan on doing this every year. It's even more fun that I imagined it would be!

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Category 5 Winners Announced at:

Category 5 Winners Announced at:
the Meet The Christian Authors Event!

Contest Deadline Extended!

Our Category Five Contest deadline has been extended to August 31st, 2011. If you missed the previous (July 31st) deadline, here's your chance to send your entry(s)!

Contest Details--UPDATE

Hi friends,

Janice Thompson here. I'm sending an updated version of an earlier email about our Writers on the Storm Category Five Fiction Writing Contest. We've added more information. We would like to ask three things of our WOTS members and/or Houston area writing friends:

1). If you are unpublished (on not traditionally published) please consider entering the contest.
2). Please help us spread the word to other writers by placing this information on your facebook page, blog, etc.
3). Please pray for our organization as we move forward with this, our first-ever writing contest.

Thanks so much for your support. Now, here's the updated information about the contest (per Linda Kozar):

Dear Writers,

Details for entry to the Writers On The Storm "CATEGORY FIVE" Writing Contest are below. The contest is open to unpublished and non-traditionally published FICTION authors, both members and non-members of the Writers on the Storm group. NOTE: If you have previously been "traditionally" published, you are not eligible. However, if you paid to publish your book(s), you are eligible and encouraged to participate.

Judges are all published authors and/or industry pros, though not members of our chapter. Entering a writing contest is a great way to get feedback or accolades, and we hope you will enter this one with great enthusiasm! The WOTS Chapter Board invite you to BLOW THE JUDGES AWAY with your fiction writing brilliance!

Our Cat Five Writing Contest OPENED on JUNE 1st and CLOSES on Friday, JULY 29th. Judges will receive entries for review on August 1st, 2011. Winners will be announced at our MEET THE CHRISTIAN AUTHOR event on September 17th, 2011 and winners will be notified by phone.
Our Five Categories (novels and/or short stories)
1. Romance (Historical and Contemporary)
2. Women's Fiction
3. General Fiction
4. Mystery/Suspense
5. Young Adult/Children's
Contest Fees:
Members-$20 per entry (Two or more entries $15/per entry)
NonMembers-$25 per entry (Two or more entries $20/per entry).

Make checks out to: Writers on the Storm

The overall grand prize (for the highest scoring entry) is the FICTION WRITING MASTER COURSE from, a $249 value. The grand prize winner will also receive a plaque, a press release he/she can share with others and a news splash on our website. The category winners will each receive a free edit of the first chapter of their book from a multi-published author, along with a certificate. Their names will be listed on our website, as well. We will also post the list to facebook, twitter, the ACFW loop, etc.

Send the first 15 pages of your novel or short story. If you have a prologue, you may send the prologue and part of chapter one or just 15 pages of chapter one if chapter one exceeds 15 pages. The total pages of your entries may not exceed 15).

Entries must be double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point on white paper.
Entries should reflect a Christian world-view.
Entries with inappropriate content (i.e. profanity, pornography, extreme violence) will not be considered.
Entries will not be returned to contestants via the U.S. Post Office unless a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) is enclosed with each entry submitted.
Judges are all published authors and/or industry pros, though not members of the Writers On The Storm chapter.
Send your entries via SNAIL MAIL to:
Linda Kozar
7 South Chandler Creek
The Woodlands, Texas 77381
Questions? Contact Linda Kozar at

Category Five Contest Entry Form

Registration Form Name:_____________________________________________________________ Address:_________________________________City_______State____ZIP_____ Email address:_______________________________________________________ Member of WOTS: Yes….. No….. Category Entered: 1. Historical/Contemporary Romance ______ 2. Women’s Fiction ______ 3. General Fiction ______ 4. Suspense/Mystery ______ 5. Young Adult/Children ______ Amount Enclosed: __________ Check:___ Money Order:______ Make Checks out to: Writers On The Storm Checklist: Correct Manuscript Form ___ SASE Envelope ____ Registration Form ____ Check or money order ____ Mail entries to: Linda Kozar 7 South Chandler Creek The Woodlands, Texas 77381 Contact: If you have questions. Linda Kozar: Martha Rogers: Janice Thompson:

SATURDAY, May 7th from 9:30-11:00 followed by a booksigning 11-12:30

The Multiple-Author Booksigning will feature Patrick Scott, Martha Rogers and Linda Kozar!

Patrick Scott currently serves as the Founder / Design Architect for Creative Solutions, Patrick Scott is the creator and author of the Archangels: The Saga™ comic book series. First published in 1995 - 2010; the series has sold over 1.2 Million copies.

Patrick Scott pioneered the Christian comic book market in 1995 and is a 12 time published author, a trading card game creator (Timestream: The Remnant™) and has developed and published 15 inspirational posters. Under his leadership, Cahaba Productions, Inc. received the International Christian Retail Show’s highest honor by receiving an “IMPACT AWARD” in 2003.

Patrick Scott has over 17 years of graphic design, venture capital fundraising and business experience within mainstream and the International Christian Retail Marketplace. Over those years Patrick Scott has developed a professional working relationship with Lovell-Fairchild, Dynamic Marketing, Focus on the Family, Propeller Consulting, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Dickson’s Inc., Cactus Game Design, Universal Designs, Lifeway Christian Stores and many more.

Writers On The Storm presents...

Writers On The Storm presents...
Category Five Writing Contest

Patrick Scott--May 7th Speaker

Patrick Scott--May 7th Speaker
Christian Comic Book Author

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