Wednesday, October 18, 2006

WritingPlayground & RBtheBlog GuestBlogs: Pirate Treasure Hunt Contest!

In what may well be a first in romance blogging, the Playfriends of WritingPlayground.com and I have joined forces to bring you Simultaneous Guest Blogs and a Scavenger Hunt for Pirate Treasure! 2 lucky winners chosen at random will each win Pirate Treasure: 12-Packs of New Romance Novels! Details buried in the blogs. No Spoilers, please. Please give a warm Bella Buongiorno to the New Kids on the Blog...

Hey Y’all!

I lurk on this blog, so I can’t tell you how thrilling it is
to be asked to make an appearance here. It’s also majorly intimidating—I’m blogging after Theresa Medeiros and before Pamela Clare. We’re the mystery filling in this week’s bestseller sandwich, and the mystery is “Who are these people and why are they on Michelle’s blog?”

So introductions should come first. Collectively, we are the Playfriends of the WritingPlayground.com. There’s Angel (our resident good girl, Danniele), Instigator (our resident bad girl, Kira), Smarty Pants (our snarkastic techie, Alex), the Playground Monitor (Marilyn, the poor woman who has to keep us all in line -- and the Bella you know and love), and me, the Problem Child and temporary mouthpiece for the Playground (Kimberly).


Photo: from L to R: Marilyn, Alexandra, Danniele, Kimberly, Kira.

(Michelle is an Honorary Playfriend today and is blogging over on the Playground. Be sure to pop over there, tell her hi, and search for Pirate Treasure!)

The Writing Playground was brainstormed into existence a year ago last Saturday and went live a month later. When we first launched the Playground, our target audience was folks like us: aspiring writers looking for support, camaraderie, and information. After all, newbie writers may be a dime a dozen, but it can be a lonely situation.

We know how lucky we are to have the other Playfriends around, and, in reality, the Playground is really just our lives and our friendship hung out in cyberspace for the world to see. We are always beyond tickled when newbie writers told us they found something they needed on the Playground.

Much to our surprise, though, readers began hanging out on the Playground. These people didn’t write, and had no intention of writing, but they liked hearing our stories as we juggled the ups and downs of our personal and writing lives. These readers celebrate our successes and commiserate over our rejections, offer advice on everything from child rearing to fashion choices, and have very kindly offered to buy our books when we (finally) make that sale.

It brings home what I love most about romance readers and writers: we really are a community. You know that already because you hang out here with Michelle and the other Bellas. And that leads me to the why we’re here part…

To have some fun. To enjoy each other’s company. To talk about reading and writing romance in all its fabulousness. To go treasure hunting and get great prizes.

The Playfriends will be here all day. We’d love to talk about what everyone’s reading or writing, or anything else, for that matter.

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Pirate Treasure Hunt:

Find the answers to the following questions, then email your answers – with HUNT in the subject line -- to
playgroundmonitor@writingplayground.com by midnight (CST). Two lucky winners chosen randomly from all correct responses win Pirate Treasure: A 12-Pack of New Romance Novels!

1. From
www.WritingPlayground.com The Playfriends have fabulous Mavens. Name them.
2. Last week’s
www.WritingPlayground.blogspot.com ‘s guest blogger, Linnea Sinclair, had a very interesting and sneaky job before she turned to writing full-time. What was it?
3. Go to
www.WNBC.com/romance and read the feature review of “The Vampire Who Loved Me.” What’s keeping Michelle from writing more great things about Teresa Medeiros?
4. Oct. 6th at
www.RomanceByTheBlog.blogspot.com : Who is Michelle’s European of Choice?

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Encore! Special thanks to Bella Marilyn, aka Playground Monitor, for cooking up this scheme w/me. What fun!

76 comments:

Jennifer Y. said...

I love the Writing Playground. I am a reader who found it and loves to visit each day!

Cool idea to combine forces today!

KimW said...

Welcome to everyone from the Writing Playgroud!

Stacy~ said...

Welcome ladies! Hi Marilyn! What a cool idea, and how fun! I'll definitely have to play.

And check out your blog :)

Problem Child said...

Squee!

I'm really, truly, on Romance by the Blog! This is way too cool.

I wish I didn't have to go teach this morning...

Problem Child said...

Ack! I get to be on RtB and I leave a typo in my post.

~~hangs head in shame~~

But that's the story of my life. You can dress me up, but you can't take me anywhere.

ev said...

:;sigh:: one more blog to add to the daily list. No wonder nothing gets done around here. (Well, hell, I have to blame someone, don't I??) 0;)

Don't worry about typos- most of us do it all the time. LOL

Smarty Pants said...

Smarty Pants checking in! I am so excited to be here today and chat with all of you. Being involved in this website and blog has allowed me to meet so many new people - fellow writers, readers, editors, agents, even PR and other industry people. The romance community is so welcoming and I'm proud to be a part of it.

The Playground has been such an important part of my life over this last year, I can't wait to share it with new people whenever I get the chance. We try to provide articles and information that is useful to everyone, but in the end, its about the friendship we share and the trials we face as writers. Please stop by to laugh, cry, cheer, and give a hearty Playground SQUEEE with us!

Oh, and a big THANK YOU to whomever decided to use that yummy picture of Johnny Depp today. :)

SP

Julie in Ohio said...

Welcome, Playground!!! Today should be lots of fun. I'm so glad you all are here.

The hunt is on...

Playground Monitor said...

Playground Monitor AKA Marilyn checking in.

For the record, Michelle picked that photo of Johnny Depp. I should have added a photo of a box of strawberry Jello too. *g* Sorry, inside joke, though maybe a certain Playfriend will explain it.

And speaking of Playfriends... Sometimes we get called Playmates. Now while this AARP member wouldn't mind being mistaken for one of those women with a staple in her navel, we decided that moniker had a decidedly Hefneresque ring to it and use Playfriends instead.

And why am I a Playfriend? Because they invited me and insisted I be part of the group because of my amazing skill with Blogger? They did invite me; Blogger came later and I still struggle with it. Sometimes I feel like the fish out of water (here goes my self-esteem issues again) because they've all written novels and I've yet to complete one. We had this discussion last weekend at our RWA retreat and they assured me that short stories are an important genre too. I could not ask for a better group of friends who support me unconditionally yet are willing to kick me in the seat of the pants if necessary.

Marilyn

P.S. The hunk I posted for Michelle is a fellow named Ignacio "Nacho" Figueras and he's an Argentinean polo player who moonlights as a Ford model for Ralph Lauren's Polo Black and Double Black cologne. The November issue of Lucky magazine has a drool-worthy photo of him on page 15.

Instigator said...

Don't make me warm up my boot PM :-) You're doing fabulously with those short stories!! You definitely know what the magazines are looking for.

The reason I belong to the playground? Because I couldn't get through the ups and downs of writing with a day job, two small children and a family without the playfriends. They understand when no one else does. It's just that simple. Oh and the fact that they have dirt on me ;-D

Instigator

Tam said...

Hello Everyone,

WOW! A hunt. This is different, I'll give it a try. Good luck everyone.

Angel said...

Angel here! I had to wipe away the drool over the hunky guys before I could type! Being a writer has certain advantages, like being able to tell my husband that all the pictures of dark and mysterious men hanging on my board are research. They are research! I swear!

Thanks for having us here, Michelle! I'm so excited. New Kids on the Block... love that.

Community... until I became involved with our local writers' group, I had no idea that community could have absolutely nothing to do with geographical proximity. But the overwhelming acceptance and support of writers and readers is the very thing I would hope for in a community. Inviting you over for dinner when you win a contest or sell a story; offering chocolate and hugs when a rejection devastates you; dangling the carrot in front of you to get you moving on your manuscript. That's what friends are for, whether they live down the road or you only "see" them in cyberspace.

Hmmm... I just realized all the above references included food. Maybe I'm hungry?!? :)

I'll be checking in later, have to go take care of my son for a little while.

Angel

MaryKate said...

Marilyn - I said this over at the Playground too, but the guy you posted over there is who JR Ward says is the physical embodiment of Vishous. SIGH. I love me some V.

MK, the BDB fangrrl.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Bellas and Playfriends! Welcome to our little community of typo-rich and often spelling-challenged (um, that'd be me) chicks who dig talkin romance and sex and snaxy guys, and snaxy younger guys...

I love that both The Playground and RBtheBlog are about support-- often professional, even here, but mostly just a low-key place to get the love from some girlfriends.

I've got to write, but will be back in lots today to read more. I love what the Playfriends have to say about writing and, especially, playing nice.

Smarty Pants said...

It's funny you mention playing nice, Michelle. At the Playground, its one of our rules. We try to be professional at all times and even if we're frustrated by one thing or another, we never name names, editors, or houses. That's just not cool. Unfortunately, the internet has become a place where people feel they can jump on their soapbox and spew their personal beliefs about everyone and everything.

The romance community is wonderful - but small. We try our best not to say or do anything that could get us put in 'detention.' We're fun, friendly people and the Playground is the kind of place where anyone can come play and have a good time. We hope a few Bellas can join us!

SP

Playground Monitor said...

Funny, but we were having the "professional jealousy" talk over the weekend and all found it so sad that some folks feel the need to take potshots at fellow writers who've succeeded.

Sure, some jealousy is natural. I'm jealous the other Playfriends have written a whole book or books. Maybe they're jealous that I've actually sold something and made money writing. But we're not nasty about it. No one has a target painted on their back with folks lined up to pull an arrow from the quiver and shoot.

Marilyn

amy*skf said...

I was sooo excited about today--I've lurked at the playground--gosh that sounds illegal...but you know what I mean. I promise to lurk no more. We really do love Marilyn here.

I don't doubt for an instant why you're a part of The Playground.

So is this a playdate?

amy*skf said...

Strawberry Jello?

Do tell.

Smarty Pants said...

Ack...was hoping Marilyn's comment would slip past. OK...strawberry Jell-o... last weekend, our RWA chapter had a weekend retreat that included an icebreaker. Everyone had to draw a slip from the bowl and answer the question. My question was:

If you had to wrestle in a pool of Jell-o, what flavor would it be and who would you wrestle with?

After I stopped laughing and my face faded from bright red to slightly pink, I announced that if given the opportunity, I would wrestle in strawberry jello with Johnny Depp. ...sigh... Sounds good, doesn't it??

SP

amy*skf said...

Smarty Pants--sounds good, very good.

Who thought-up the questions?

I have a question for the Playfriends--how do you feel about group plotting and brainstorming?
Is it liberating? Why do I feel guilty about even wanting to do it? Can you answer that?

Problem Child said...

Hey amy*skf--

Group plotting and brainstorming was pretty much how the Playfriends got started many moons ago. (Evolution took us from plotting books to plotting our universe!)

Each of my books has something from the Playfriends in it. Getting everyone together and getting their ideas is fabulous--not only do you get others' great ideas, those ideas spark your own brain to go in different directions.

I always thought it would be "cheating" somehow if someone else helped me plot a book. WRONG! I learned how important it can be (and I also learned that the big names do it all the time as well.) You find all the holes in your plot before you get too far into it and find out that your heorine may be too stupid to live.

You need ground rules in your group, though. It's YOUR book. Everyone else can offer advice and opinions, but don't let them take over and stomp out your voice and ideas. Agree to disagree and leave it at that. The author always has the final word.

Angel and Instigator are always trying to angst-up my books. I don't do angst. My characters may have baggage, but it's the rolling kind--not the crippling kind. So, while they may want to give my heroine an alcholic mother and abandonment issues, I smile and nod and tone it all down (I write romantic comedies...too much angst just isn't funny.)

Give it a try with a trusted few. I think you'll like it.

Vivi Anna said...

Welcome all the Playground ladies! New people to play with! Woot! I love to play...

Hmm, let me see I just finished reading Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine, the secodn book in the Weather Wardens, and next up is Solomon's Jar by Alex Archer, second in the Rogue Angel series...I adore both of these authors...

What I'm working is the second book in my Valorian Journals series called DARK LIES. Woot! It's going very well!

Playground Monitor said...

Yeah... what Problem Child said. And I'm almost ready to send them the latest short story I'm working on because my word count is short and I need good, solid extra material to punch it up. Right now all I can come up with are a few adverbs. :grin:

Marilyn

Smarty Pants said...

Plotting in a group with people who understand you and your work can be awesome. Yes, we do try to angst up Problem Child's stories but that's just because each of us write such different stuff we all have different things to offer. Angel writes emotionally charges stories. Instigator writes sexy stories. I write dark funny stories and Problem Child writes light funny stories. Playground Monitor grabs up the best of all of them, which is why her short stories just keep selling. Throw all those perspectives together and you get something really great.

They just helped me plot a book this weekend. Even though its a paranormal and none of them write or really read paranormal, they have me great ideas and helped me flesh out the storyline.

It's not cheating. Your book will be better for it.
SP

Playground Monitor said...

The contest entries are coming in. Remember to check out the 4 questions posted on each blog and enter to win the fabu pirate treasure: a 12-pack of new romance novels.

amy*skf said...

Hey, Vivi Anna! I agree, I dig Rachel Caine's stuff too--but I'll have to try Alex Archer--is that the futuristic series? I'm so glad your writing is going well. You're an inspiration to me--writing full time and home-schooling. I bow down.

Problem child, Smarty pants and Play--I'm too used to calling you Marilyn! Thanks for your answers, I have had two close friends read my stuff--just to tell me if it was crap or not...

I actually think having people who don't write the same stuff as you do is probably a good idea--wider range o' ideas.

Thanks for the reassurance of not cheating, now I'm excited and so the search begins...

Vivi Anna said...

Amy, I don't think I'd call is futuristic...It is published by Gold Eagle, which is a divison of Harlequin I beleive. It's action adventure, a female Indiana Jones...her character's name is Annja Creed, and she rocks!

Smarty Pants said...

This question popped up on our blog, so I'll post it over here too...

Each of the Playfriends has an alter ego that describes part of themselves - Angel, Instigator, Smarty Pants, Problem Child and Playground Monitor. Bellas - if YOU were one of the Playfriends, what would your icon / alter ego be? The brains? The trouble maker? The goody two shoes? The brat?

We'd love to hear. There's lots of personality options on the playground.

SP

Jennifer Y. said...

I am a goody-two shoes, but occasionally my inner brat emerges. I also have brains and did well in school...hmmm...Brainy or The Nerd (something I was called a few times). Or I was sometimes the teacher's pet in school I guess. LOL So maybe that could be my moniker...Teacher's Pet.

Jennifer Y. said...

Oops...posted too soon. I think I would rather be The Nerd

Playground Monitor said...
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MaryKate said...

I have a pretty bawdy sense of humor, and I'm always accused of lowering the level of a conversation to something dirty. I think of it as my inner Beavis. So my nickname from some of my friends is "Common" as in lowest common denominator. L

Vivi Anna said...

I'd be the Vixen, or the Sandwich Maker... ;-)

Angel said...

amy*skf: I used to feel exactly the same way! I'd feel guilty because I thought I should be able to come up with everything and make my book totally unique. But I got over that really quick when we went to the Story Magic workshop and they discussed brainstorming weekends. I was amazed at how many big named authors do this! And didn't feel nearly so guilty.

And let me tell you, listening to Linda Howard during a plotting session was awesome! She can strip a story down to its bare bones in seconds. Not to mention telling you whether your heroine is too stupid to live or not. My last one was "eminently reasonable", to which I replied, "Huh?"

As for icons, I've been dubbed the Angel of the group, but I can be sneaky! I'll ride along with Problem Child and Instigator, as long as I can be sure I won't get caught! :)

Angel

Angel said...

Sandwich Maker?

Angel

Jennifer Y. said...

Marilyn...just sent mine again just in case.

Playground Monitor said...

Oh yeah, Vivi. I forgot about our hunk sandwiches.

amy*skf said...

Angel--thanks, I'm seriously excited about getting a plotting group together.

Sandwich maker--I really should let Vivi explain, but I won't. A Vivi sammich--two guys with a Vivi in between! We do so love our Vivi.

Marykate, I have been accused right along with you. Remember the trouble we got into? Maybe my moniker would be Guttah! As in my brain is in the gutter. But then again I want everyone to get along, and then there's my husband who would call me the Drama Queen.

This is too hard.

MaryKate said...

Vivi - I've been missing you. I'm hoping that the missing you equals more good stuff for me to read!

I'm also missing Mon. Where's she been?! Has anyone heard from her?

Amy, you can sit next to me! You can be Beavis, and I'll be Butthead.

MaryKate said...

Ames - We have to behave though, we have guests today! :WINK:

amy*skf said...

I know, I know. Somehow, I don't think they'd mind.

But, Marykate, you're not Butthead, you're too sophisticated for that. I know, we can be Beavis and Butthead with martinis! Now that's sophisticated.

MaryKate said...

SNORT. Yeah, with the twizle sticks stuck our noses. Cause that's the height of sophistication.

Smarty Pants said...

Heh...heh...heh, heh. That would be cool. Heh...heh.

SP

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Yes, it's true, Litle Bellas, that I do on occasion gently suggest we be on our best behaviour -- like when those (other) smarty-pantses came here for Back to School Week.

But, may I just announce, that during "Hot Topic Week: Eros, Erotic Romance, and Erotica" coming up Dec 4-8, you'll be encouraged to give it your worst, but in an entirely intellectual way.

Here's the line-up thus far:

Jaid Black (Ellora's),

Adam Nevill (Virgin), and...

oooh! This one makes even the normally reserved (go with me on this one) me want to , how do you Playfriends say it? ,em , SQUEE!

My hero, author of "She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring Women," not to mention "He Comes Next: the Thinking Woman's Guide..."

Sex and relationships therepist Ian "I tell men exactly what women want and exactly how to give it to them" Kerner, PhD!!!!!

Oh, Bellas and Playfriends. I'm so excited because he'll be representing Eros, talking a bit about women and fantasy!!!

I'm so looking forward to Hot Topic week. I figure it'll either lose me my job or establish me as a proponent of women embracing their sexualities and emporwering themselves through the written word.

Just so long as no one realizes it's a thinly veiled attempt to talk nothing but sex for five days running.

I shudder to imagine the Playground moniker this will net me... :)

Problem Child said...

Well, Instigator already has the horns, so there goes one possibility...

And it sounds like you need a few more "eeee!!!" on that Squee!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

OK. LOL. I get it. I'm going to need to be versed in proper squeeage, btw. I only recently learned ROFL, etc.

What are you Playfriends reading?

I just finished your girl, Roxanne St. Claire's "Thrill Me to Death, " and Pamela Clare's "Ride the Fire." I'm also reading "Jacob," due in Dec from Kensington. Awesome. and I'm starting Kathleen Eagle's Ride a Painted Pony.

Do you have similar tastes in authors?

Smarty Pants said...

I'm reading Midnight Moon by Lori Handeland. We just interviewed her in September and her books are in our this month's contest. I love her stuff.

As a group, we don't really read the same stuff. At least I don't. Several of them read a lot of Desire or Blaze books. I tend to be the lone paranormal reader. We all indulge in our our Maven's books. Especially if they have a dedication to us in them. :)

SP

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

From writer Coral Saxe!

Hey, Michelle! An additional recommendation for Pirate Fans--I just found the premiere
issue of Pirates magazine with (who else?) Captain Jack on the cover. Lots of fun. I'm
passing on your site info to folks here in the Pacific Northwest. Feel free to contact us in
and around the Emerald City!

Also, come next September, don't forget International Talk
Like a Pirate Day--Just say Aarrgh, or, if you like, Savvy?
Cheers and Good Words, Coral
>

Playground Monitor said...

I am starting a Silhouette Desire tonight or tomorrow; it's part of the Elliots continuity and I've followed this series all year. Then next is Philip's book from La Nora's Chesapeake series. Oh gosh did I ever love me some Ethan! After that is probably "Dangerous Deceptions" by Beverly Barton which has the aforementioned Playfriends dedication in it. When we saw that, we probably let out the Squeee heard round the world. :grin:

Playground Monitor said...

Oh... and I forgot to mention that I particularly liked the contest entry with the salutation "Dear Miss Monitor."

LOLOLOL!

Marilyn

Instigator said...

I just finished Rhonda Nelson's Men Out of Uniform series - fantastic and funny! In fact, you can read a recommendation for The Specialist and The Maverick this month on the playground website. Right now I'm reading Nora's newest Dance of the Gods. It's a bit different but I'm enjoying the series.

Instigator

Angel said...

Sandwich maker--well, that's exactly what I thought it was, but I didn't want everyone to think my mind was in the gutter. Guess I don't have to worry about that, huh? :)

I was sick yesterday, so I spent the day on the couch with Beverly Barton's new Dangerous Desires. How could I put any book above one dedicated to the Children of the Playground?!? And it was an awesome read!

Oooohhh... five days talking sex. Sounds like that's right up our alley!

Angel

amy*skf said...

IAN KERNER!!!!
Adam Nevill and Jaid Black.

Who'd ya sell your soul to?

Sqeeage. LOL.

I love Lori Handeland--I'm reading Urban Shaman, right now, not really a love story, but a cool Heroine.

Smarty Pants said...

I wanted to check back in tonight and say how much fun I had here today. I plan to stop in here more often and hope that you guys will make the trek over to the Playground often. We loved all the comments! We have so many lurkers. :)

And don't forget to enter to win the Pirate's Treasure by emailing your answers to Marilyn tonight. The Playground also has a paranormal contest running through the end of this month with some great giveaways (I'm running it, so of course, it's fabulous!). :)

SP

Stacy~ said...

I'm so sorry I missed all the fun! Both Queen Bella Michelle and the Writing Playground are wonderful places to visit, like a sanctuary of some sort. I'll be visiting both :)

Jennifer Y. said...

Today has been fun! Thanks Michelle and Playfriends!

Problem Child said...

Thanks everybody for letting us hang out here today! What fun! Y'all are a great group, and all deserve Honorary Playfriend status!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Oh, no! Oh, no! Where'd everybody go? This is like my Playground nightmare since I was a kid...I show up on the playground with my ball and everybody's already gone home for dinner!

Well, what a day it's been here. You Bellas just make a girl proud.

Dear Miss Monitor -- I love it. That child's Playground moniker would be Little Miss Manners.

But I'm still bummin cause I thought you Playfriends would give me an honorary title. Is that too much to ask for? That and a Squawk Radio chicken that looks like me? Ah, well, I have dreams, too...
Yes, miss monitor, you did say you loved you some Ethan. That scene in the seagrass really stayed w/ me. Quietly alpha and oh, so tortured.

Ames, no soul sold. At least not that I'm talkin bout here...

Oh, thank you Playfriends for joining us and having me at the Playground. What fun. Please come play with us again, OK?

You are great examples of what can be done with the Inet to create connections for women, and I admire the support you give one another and all your Playfriends. Please stop by often!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Avast, Ye Lusty Wenches!!!

The Hunt for Pirate Treasure is on til 12.00 am CT! Dig in and win!

Jennifer Y. said...

LOL Michelle!!!

Jennifer Y. said...

As I said on the playground...y'all need to schedule more playdates.

You know...I just remembered something from childhood. Whenever we went to the playground in school, I always took a book with me and sat on the side reading. I have always been a reader.

Okay...random comment over. LOL

bamabelle said...

Thanks Michelle, I've always wanted to be a lusty wench lol! Good night Bellas and Playfriends!:)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

nite bamabelle. And welcome back.

jennY, we love the random comments.

Wish I could've spent more time here today! So busy w/kids and in-laws in from Boston, etc.

But I'll see you all tomorrow. Buonanotte Bellas and Playfriends!

Why am I feeling sad that this day has to end?

Playground Monitor said...

Howzabout we dub you The School Bella?

Jennifer Y. said...

LOL! I love it PM! Fits Michelle!

Stacy~ said...

Cute, Marilyn! I love Michelle's name :)

ev said...

I missed all the fun yesterday too. pooh.

Can ya'll come back soon and play again??

Julie in Ohio said...

Mornin', Bellas!!

I wish I could've played more yesterday but it looked like everyone had a great time. I hate it when life interferes with fun.

Thanks for fun, Playfriends. I hope you all come back and play again. :o)

Playground Monitor said...
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Playground Monitor said...

Good morning!!!!!!

The Pirate Treasure Winners have been posted on our blog. I've sent the info to Michelle and I'm sure she'll post as soon as possible. I understand she has family visiting and we all know family comes first.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who visited and played. Y'all are all our playfriends now and we hope you'll keep reading our blog and checking out our website. We update on the 1st and 15th of every month. There's a link at the bottom of our home page where you can join "Playground News" and receive a once-a-month notice of updates and contests.

Most of all, thanks to the Queen Bella for giving us this opportunity to make new friends.

Marilyn

Julie in Ohio said...

YAY!!! Congrats Stacy and Bamabelle!! What terrific prizes!! :o)

ev said...

congrats guys!!!

BTW- the link to the Freedom isn't Free Calander is also on the Today show website. How cool is that? I can't wait to get mine in the mail.

and since i am nosy by nature- deleted comments always get my attention. What could anyone ever say so bad about us that would need to be deleted. Don't we usually say it ourselves?? ::snigger::

Playground Monitor said...

hangs head

The deleted post was mine. I bashed you all, called you ugly names, ranted against the Queen Bella...

snigger

Seriously, I screwed up the link when I did the first post and since you can't go in and edit, I had to delete it. So, Miss Nosy ;-) that's all it wuz -- just my lousy HTML coding.

M

bamabelle said...

Thank you Michelle and Playfriends for the awesome prize! I had so much fun with the Bellas and Playfriends together yesterday!


Congratulations Stacy! :)

Jennifer Y. said...

Congrats Stacy and bamabelle!

ev said...

You're no fun Play. I like imagining all the trash that might have been in it. WEG