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And The Winner Is…

“Admit it. You tuned in to see who won a copy of “What I Wish I Could Tell You.”  Well, I’ll get to that right after this…”

Thus begins a typical winner revealing post from the blog of L.Marie with my own book offering inserted into the original text.  That great opening line is in fact taken from one of my favorite posts of hers called “Wall-to-Wall People.”   It is a fine example of how easily she articulates thoughts I am only able to think.
For instance, one of my biggest soap boxes is about the term ‘diversity’ – add to that my own childhood experiences in Chicago and L.Marie hits a bullseye in the following excerpt:

“…walking through the Loop each week, I can’t help noticing the diversity of the crowds. Now, I realize the word diversity gets some people’s hackles up for various reasons…
But I live near a city that is a melting pot. (sic) Walking in an area with wall-to-wall people helps me see what diversity looks like on a daily basis. It’s not tokenism, but rather, a natural occurrence. The crowd is what it is.

…I can’t pretend I know “all about” the perspective of someone who is different from me—even if I have  a diverse group of friends. But I know my own perspective in a diverse world, and can address my observations. And I can keep asking questions to get to know people who are different from me.”

I guess you can tell she’s an author with an eye for observation and (he)art for using writing as a form of communicating ideas.
I’ve been following her blog for almost as long as we’ve both been blogging. In addition to writing insightful and delightful articles, she interviews authors on a regular basis.
Those articles provide exposure to quality works that often get obscured by the sheer mass of what’s out there and promoted by mainstream publishers. And, she is the queen of free book giveaway contests!
About a year ago yours truly won a free copy of “Heading North” a collection of poetry by Andrew James Murray.  I liked what I read and promptly wrote my own shoutout in support of this poet and his poems.
Moving right along…here’s who won the free copy of “What I Wish I Could Tell You.”
Congratulations, Deborah Brasket!
And thank you to all who commented.


  1. M Miles

    I’ll have to check out her blog! It sounds like she does a lot for the writing community–and with this post, you’ve returned the favor! = )

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks for stopping by, Ms Miles.
      Yes, L.Marie’s blog is a great one to follow!

  2. Alison Reynolds

    Great post! Very fun read. I am happy to be part of your community! Congratulations to Deborah!

    • laura bruno lilly

      The whole book giveaway thing was a fun new adventure for me! Glad you enjoyed it, too.

  3. Jane Chesebrough

    fantastic! A fun read.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Great to hear from you! I’ll bet you’re getting some primo snow-shots right now.

  4. Janis

    Congratulations to Deborah! Maybe I’m naive, but is there really a controversy about the term “diversity”? What could possibly be controversial about a word that means “the condition of being different”?

    • laura bruno lilly

      Oh dear Janis, that is something I cannot put in a soundbite and also have a hard time expressing on-line rather than face-to-face…obviously the stuff of a more in depth blog post/article.
      I like that quote by Mark Twain and because you are a traveler you will relate to it too, I’m sure: it goes something like this – “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…”

  5. Deborah Brasket

    Thank you, Laura. I rarely win anything, so not expecting this. A real treat. And thank you for the links to L. Marie and Andrew–always great to find new blogs to try out.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Congrats, Deborah!
      ‘Tis the simple things that make our day, eh? So glad to up your winning ‘record’ with this book giveaway.
      Yeah, L.Marie and Andrew are fine bloggers to follow IMHO.

  6. Jennie Fitzkee

    Nice post! I went over to L. Marie’s blog- great stuff. Thank you! What does the “L” stand for? Her first name?

    • laura bruno lilly

      Well, it’s not for me to say, but I suspect you can get an answer by reading her comment below!

  7. Linda W.

    Oh my goodness. You made me tear up this morning. Thank you, Laura, for this post. In a time when I’ve felt unsure of my writing, this came at the right time. So thank you. And congratulations to Deborah!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Wow, thank you for letting me know, Linda. That made my day.
      Just keep on keepin’ on, girl.

  8. Andy

    Thank you once again. Congratulations to Deborah.

    • laura bruno lilly

      It was my pleasure!

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