Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Mystery Photo Contest - New Chance to Win

You know I just remembered last week that I've celebrated every Hollyhill book with a giveaway involving a mystery photo. So I can't let the re-release of Summer of Joy slide by without some of the same kind of fun. So here's mystery photo number 1. I'll post another one or maybe two on Sunday. If you want to be in the running for the prize of one of my Heart of Hollyhill books and a book by another Christian author (How about a choice between a Dani Pettrey book or a Julie Klassen book?), just leave a guess or a comment saying you have no idea. Either will work as an entry. Each new mystery photo I post will give you the chance to guess again and get another entry into giveaway.

Last time I did this, you guys were great at guessing. So since some of you are so smart, it will be more fun for everybody if you guess first and read the comments second. No fair changing your guess then! :) We'll play this mystery photo game for a couple of weeks, so the deadline for entries (comments on one of my blog posts) will be March 18. You have to be eighteen to enter, and please do remember to leave a way to contact you. I had several entries in my last blog contest that didn't leave a way to send them a message.

I've heard from all my winners (Jocie still hasn't heard from the winner on the Heart of Hollyhill blog) and will be sending out the prizes by the end of the week. I also got a couple of great ideas for what I can ask for my Love Comes Home Celebration coming up in June. But first I'll have to come up with prizes.

I'm going to do a Book Talk at the Casey County Public Library Thursday, March 6. If you're in the area, come on out and we'll talk books together. I love libraries. I owe a lot of my writing success to libraries. First, the books I was able to check out when I was a kid fed my love of stories. I would have never been able to read so much without those weekly trips to the library. Second, when I started writing, the library was a gold mine of resources both about writing and about the historical events I wrapped my stories around. There was no internet then. If you wanted to know something, you went to the library and looked it up. And I was blessed with the most helpful librarian ever, Ann McWilliams. She even made me appreciate my name more. Said she liked being plain Ann, and so I thought maybe I should too.

Libraries are no longer just books and card catalogs. Now there are banks of computers and movies and audio books and kids programs. I like that a library can supply so many resources for a community. At the same time, I don't visit the library as often as I used to. I have a huge stack of books waiting for me to have time to read them. I do some of my research on the computer and some from books I own. But I know the library is there when and if I come up with a different idea. Then I'll go search through the card catalog that is now on computer and carry home a pile of books.

Do you like libraries? Do you visit yours now or did you when you were a kid? 

Thanks for reading. Don't forget to guess the mystery photo and watch for another one on Sunday.

55 comments:

  1. This looks like something covered in snow. I am not sure what. This is frustrating, but fun.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. Thanks for playing. Glad you thought it was fun as well as frustrating. Check back Sunday to see the "rest of the picture" and to guess on a new one.

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  2. I'm guessing the white in the photo is snow. The green looks a bit like a stem of perhaps a daffodil. I'm not sure what the yellow would be.
    I also don't visit the library as often as I used to. Ebooks are a big reason for that. There are so many free ebooks on my Kindle that I don't need to take time to go to the library to look for books. I do kind of miss that. I took my kids often to the library when they were young.
    Thanks for having this giveaway (I love to win books!).
    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Thanks for guessing, Pam. Check on Sunday for the "rest of the photo" and for a new mystery photo. And you know, as an author, I'm wondering about all those free books, but the publishers say it brings in new readers. And I like having contests to give away books too. I loved taking my kids to the library.

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    1. Thanks for guessing, Nancy. Come back Sunday to see the "rest of the photo" and guess on a new one. Please leave a way to contact you if you comment again or message me on FB if you don't want to leave the info here.

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  4. Picture: Snow on a flower and leaf- maybe a daffodil or another bulb flower
    I love the library. Ours here in Oceanside does "Books in a Bag" for Book Clubs, where they provide 12 of the same book with questions, activities, etc in a bag). It's a wonderful program that we use in our Book Club.

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    1. Hi, Sam. The KY State Library does that too - the "books in a bag" for the book clubs. I think that's great. I love book clubs. Never actually been a member of one, but have visited a number of them in person or via phone. Always fun.

      Thanks for guessing on my mystery photo. Come back Sunday to see the "rest of the photo" and maybe guess on a new one. If you want to be in the contest to win a book, you'll need to leave a way for me to contact you or message me on Facebook if you don't want to leave the info here.

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    1. Loving the guesses, so thanks for yours, Teresa. But remember, if you want to be in the contest to win a book, you need to leave a way for me to contact you or message me on Facebook if you don't want to leave the info here. So if you guess again next week, be sure to leave the info then.

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    1. Everybody is thinking snow, Beverly. Could be right. Could be wrong. You'll have to wait for the rest of the picture on Sunday and for a new picture to guess. Remember, to be in the drawing for the books, I need a way to contact you.

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  7. definately snow and ice but with green blade of grass and yellow one of the flowers that bloom early peeping through the snow. I think you have a puzzler here. thanks for sharing your pics and the books.
    I am told my sister may get moved to cynthiana not very close to lawrenceburg I am afraid.
    Paula O

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    1. Cynthiana is about 45 minutes from here. Hope the place works well for her and that she begins to regain her health enough to enjoy her days there. Great that you guessed on my puzzler, Paula. Always great to hear from you.

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  8. looks like either crocus or daffodil in the snow moet likely daffodil

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    1. Hmm, Anonymous, you could be right. You could be wrong. Come back Sunday night to find out. But if you want to be in the drawing, you need to leave a way to contact you. Thanks.

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  9. I believe the green is part of a wooden fence or railing. I'm not for sure what the yellow is.

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  10. daffodil bursting through the snow
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Hi, Kathleen. So glad you joined in the fun. Not saying if you were right or wrong. Got to wait until Sunday to see the "rest of the pic." Then I'll have to come up with something new to try to puzzle everyone.

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  11. A daffodil covered with snow? Looks a lot like the photos I took a year ago, it snowed on the first day of spring and covered our blooming daffodils.

    Blessings!
    Jasmine A.

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    1. Jasmine, I love your name. I almost used that for my heroine in The Gifted, but decided to go with the little bit more unusual Jessamine. Also a fragrant flower. Thanks for coming over with a guess, but you'll need to leave a way to contact you to be in the drawing. Maybe you can guess on the new photo on Sunday.

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    2. Too late I know but my email is montanamade(at)gmail(dot)com

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    3. Not too late at all, Jasmine. I'm running the contest until the 19th with additional mystery pictures to come. If you guess again on one of the new photos, you get another entry. And now that you've given me your contact info, you can leave it off for new guesses.

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  12. Snow on Easter Lily Blades.

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    1. Hi, Lisa. So glad you chimed in with a guess. Not saying whether it's right or wrong, but you can see on Sunday. I'm trying to come up with a really hard picture then. But I'm never very good at fooling everybody.

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    1. Good guess, Sonja. You'll have to wait until tonight to see if it's right. Then you can guess on a new mystery photo if you like. I will need your contact info if you want to be in the drawing. But if you just want to have fun guessing, that's okay too.

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  14. Crocus coming up through the snow. Spring!!!

    tinaturpin@hotmail.com

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    1. Spring is a good word, Tina. Whether you're right of not - well, that will have to wait until Sunday. :) Then I'll have a couple of new mystery photos to guess.

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  15. It looks like a window sill with ice/sleet built up on it and a yellow squash/boots on the ledge. :)

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    1. Good guess, Anonymous. Maybe right. Maybe not. :) I will need some way to contact you to enter you in the drawing. Come back Sunday or Monday and leave a new guess on the photos I'll post then. You can leave a way to contact you then.

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  16. Could it be a brave flower peeping out from under the snow. The color says daffodil.

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    1. The flowers are not having to be quite so brave today around here, Mary. The snow is melting. Yay! However, I'm not saying you're right or wrong. Come back Sunday night to see the rest of the photo and some new mystery shots.

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  17. Snow/ice on deck or porch. (green railing) I'm stumped as to what the yellow is, unless it's part of a mat or something similiar.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com
    Susan in NC

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    1. Great guess, Susan. Not saying it's right or wrong, but I'm loving all the guesses. Sunday night will be the reveal of the rest of the photo and a couple of new photos to guess.

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  18. If the yellow was at the top of the photo I'd say snow-covered daffodils. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess a snow-covered green and yellow Adirondack chair. thimbleluvr @ hotmail . com

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    1. Hi, Amy. So glad you joined in the guessing fun. No saying if you're right or wrong. But I'll be posting the "rest of the picture" on Sunday. Now if I could just come up with a new, really good, tricky picture for then. :)

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  19. Why anyone can see that's a bunch of crushed ice laying on a banana at the foot of an old fence post !! Ha Ha

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    1. Anonymous, like your guess. How did you know I staged such a banana and crushed ice picture? LOL. That was right before I made a banana split. I should have included the cherry on top. But it could be we're both joking. You'll have to come back with a way to contact you if you want to be in the drawing for the books.

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  20. For some reason my first guess didn't post so I'm trying again. The snow is porous, so it's melting. The green looks like a part of a fence or maybe a chair because of the space. At first I wasn't sure what the yellow was but now, (and I think someone else guessed it) it looks more like a pair of yellow boots.

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    1. Love your guess, Shirley. Could be right. Could be wrong. Check it out Sunday night to see the rest of the picture. I will need how to contact you if you want to be in the drawing. If you're a Facebook friend, you can give me your Facebook name or leave your e-mail by messaging me on FB if you don't want to leave it here.

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  21. I am going to guess that this is a tulip covered by snow. I am really bad that this, though!

    thejorns(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I never get those I used to see from time to time in Reader's Digest, Jessica, but mine aren't as hard as those. Can't blow up my pictures as clearly. That said, I'm not saying you're right or wrong. You'll have to check back Sunday night to see and then you can guess on some new ones too.

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  22. I'm thinking it's something yellow in the melting snow that you & Oscar saw on one of your walks. Hey Oscar, where are you & can you help me? LOL! My guess is a yellow plastic sled forgotten under the snow! That's the best I can do 'cause I'm stumped. You did good this time, Ann! Linda
    dmcfarl101(at)juno(dot)com

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    1. It makes it more fun if you're stumped, Linda. And Oscar might help me now and again with a mystery picture. Remember when I posted a closeup of his tongue? Thanks for joining in the fun. You can come back Sunday night to see the rest of the picture.

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  23. It kind of looks like snow to me with a flower maybe starting to bloom? I sure hope it is! I'm ready for the winter to be over!!
    chillirosen@hotmail.com

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    1. Spring is going to get here, Mallori, and I'm as ready as you are. This has been one snowy, cold winter. So I'm ready to flowers. That's not to say you're right or wrong. Have to wait until Sunday night to know that when I post the "rest of the picture." Thanks for joining in the fun.

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  24. What fun! I've never done this before.On first glance, it reminded me of those old, small grocery stores that showcase fresh items in iced cases. Like the old cases at an A&P, or like the fish case here at Ken's in Paris. Except it seems odd that someone would put a banana in one of these ice cases.

    My official guess is that it is a yellow book left near the mailbox. You know, the ones that come in those banana colored bags. I think that's about it!

    Thanks again!
    Contact is Kristy Horine at kristyrobinsonhorine@yahoo.com

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    1. You have a very creative guess, Kristy. Not saying it's right or wrong, but I think you get points for creative thinking. Both guesses are great, but I'm not saying they're right or that they're wrong. Check back Sunday night for the rest of the photo and for a chance to have fun guesses on a couple of new mystery photos.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by with a guess, Sarah. Not saying how right or wrong you might be, but I do have to admit that yours is a popular guess. Drop back by Sunday night to see the "rest of the Photo." There'll be a couple of new mystery photos too. But if you want to be in the drawing for the books, you'll have to leave a way to contact you. You can do it here or message me on Facebook. www.facebook.com/anngabhart

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  26. Hi, Ann!

    I'm not any good at guessing these pics - is probably something outdoors in the snow, but cold covered foods in a cooler, or at a produce stand in a store??

    I use the library when there is a book out that I want to read, but don't want to purchase to keep in my collection!!

    How is your Mom doing? Continued prayers!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Bonnie. Always fun to hear from you. Glad you made a guess even if you think you're not good at guessing. I'm not either. Of course, I know what this is and I'll do the "reveal" on the post tonight. But the drawing for the book winners won't be until the 19th. Time to guess on some more pictures and have extra entries in the drawing. Mom is still having settling in problems at the home. I do appreciate your prayers for you.

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  27. I am guessing a snow covered flower.

    Ann, I love the library. In fact, I serve on the board of directors of the local library where I live. Visiting authors, book talks, book launches, book club meetings......it is all great!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Sounds like your library is a community gathering place for book lovers. That's a great thing for a town to have, Melanie.

      You can check back later to see if your guess was right or wrong.

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