Saturday, November 28, 2009

NaNoing all over the map

I somehow lost count of my word count! When I signed up for NaNoWriMo, I had it in mind to write a contemporary novel, a story that had been sloshing around in my head for a bit and seemed about the right consistency and temperature to start really cooking. So I went for it.
First-round edits for Angels, Sinners and Madmen, my Key West historical novel, were due by the end of the month too. Better to finish those off, I thought, so I could concentrate on my NaNoWriMo story. With the edits, that novel finished with another 1600 words. Add that to the count!

Back to the contemporary I went, writing away to almost 5,000k. But another story pulled me away. You know how that goes sometimes. One becomes more insistent than another, and it starts building a momentum in your brain that whirls and clicks and grows, and if you ignore it, your skull might explode from the pressure. So I went back to that one. It had been 27k, intentionally truncated to fit in the Earth Songs line for The Wild Rose Press. The editor returned it, saying she liked it very much, but it wasn’t quite a romance. She suggested I layer in the POV of the hero between that of the heroine. Once I started, the momentum unfurled onto the page and I couldn’t stop. Even on our trip back home for Thanksgiving, I wrote pages and pages in the car. I added another 35k to that story, so it’s now at a respectable 61k and I’m still going.

Meanwhile, Christmas commercials on TV, of all things, have begun to really spark my Christmas spirit. So I started yet another story with a Christmas theme.

I finally tallied it all up this morning and found that my word count wasn’t so pathetic as I thought. In fact, it’s a respectable 43k. Only another 7,000 words to go. In two and a half days! As Chris Baty said in his last pep talk email, “easy peasy.” Here I thought I’d fallen into the third group of NaNoWriMo hopefuls, “The Go On Without Me’s.” Baty’s description fit: “life went completely crazycakes” (oh yeah). His final words of encouragement buoyed me: “You're off the map, but that's the point of this escapade… Return to the page—there's still a beautiful adventure waiting for you.”

Thanks, Chris. I agree! I’m very happy with what I’ve accomplished this month—I’ll finish off a great historical novel, and have started two other stories I’m excited about, plus the first-round edits of another novel. Not a bad month at all.

Here's another Christmas video, to keep the spirit going.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Giving thanks

Here are some great Thanksgiving quotes:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie

None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy. - Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. - Estonian Proverb

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'thank you,' that would suffice. - Meister Eckhart

Do not get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. - Galatians 6:9

It would seem that the ingratitude, whereby a subsequent sin causes the return of sins previously forgiven, is a special sin. For, the giving of thanks belongs to counter passion, which is a necessary condition of justice. But justice is a special virtue. Therefore this ingratitude is a special sin. Thanksgiving is a special virtue. But ingratitude is opposed to thanksgiving. Therefore ingratitude is a special sin. - Thomas Aquinas

We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning. - Albert Barnes

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! - Henry Ward Beecher

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. - William Faulkner

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life." I love that. Hope your Thanksgiving holiday leaves you full of good memories. And oh yeah, pie.

And because Thanksgiving's the kickoff for the Christmas season (or used to be, now it seems to come earlier every year), here's a little Bing to get you in the mood.

I would have liked to have seen Bing and Alannis do a duet, wouldn't you? (He wouldn't have to prompt her with the lyrics!)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A new contract, another reason to be thankful

Yesterday when I checked my email, I found a contract from Eternal Press for my novel, Fever Dreams!
Being so close to the Thanksgiving holiday, I've been tallying up all my blessings for this year. Topping the list are my wonderful and supportive family. I love you all more than anything.
My friends and critique partners are amazing, giving sound advice while cheering me on.
I've met many incredible people this year. Though some only virtually, their warmth and caring and creative spark shine through.
Though this year has been tough for many reasons, it's been incredible on the writing front. Fever Dreams will be my eleventh story contracted by an epress this year, and the third with Eternal Press. Like One Soul for Sale and Picture This, Fever Dreams will be available through Amazon as well.
This story has special meaning for me. It represents the return of my muse, who'd given up on me while I raised my kids and went off to Tijuana on a drunken binge. After I began writing this story, she returned with the vengeance of a ten-year hangover and has been lobbing story ideas at me faster than I can type. I'm not complaining. I'm typing as fast as I can, or writing in notebooks, or generally mulling over what the characters might be planning to spring on me next. And loving every millisecond of it all.
Fever Dreams probably won't be easy to classify. It incorporates the theme of a woman finding her bliss in life, which doesn't necessarily mean romance. Although it has a love story, it's a complicated one, much like real life. But it also contains some dream sequences that aren't quite fantasy. I'll leave the categorizing to the experts.
The blurb and excerpt for Fever Dreams are tentative, but here they are:
When Diana Taylor changes jobs, she doesn’t expect it to change her life. Meeting Cal opens up a new world of passion. He encourages her to pursue her passion for photography. Her love overwhelms her, blurs the line between reality and dreams. But is it love or obsession?

He glanced around. “Last weekend, I called your apartment about twenty times.” His short laugh revealed his embarrassment.
“I moved,” she stammered. So that’s what he tried to tell her that morning when Jack interrupted.
He jerked his head to one side. “I know… now.”
“I didn’t realize.” What an idiot she’d been. “I disconnected my answering machine.” Trying to avoid Adam’s calls.
The ring of her cell phone interrupted. Adam’s name showed in the display. So much for her avoidance techniques. She sent the call to voice mail.
By his forcibly dissolved grin, he must have deduced the caller had been Adam.
She had to cut to the quick. She knit her brow. "Look, I don't play games."
"Me either," he quickly agreed, the image of sincerity.
If only he didn’t look so good – his hair uncombed, the layers tousled. His steely blue eyes piercing hers. ”Why are you here? You said you don't want to get involved with a coworker."
He slid toward her. "I said I was hesitant to get involved."
"No, no, no." She stood and paced in front of the table. "I distinctly remember your exact words. You said you did not want to be involved. And, it's probably the best solution." She stopped and folded her arms.
"Maybe I was wrong." He spoke slowly. Deliberately. "Maybe I didn't know how much I wanted you."

This song seemed like it might be a good soundtrack for the movie, eventually. :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Congrats to book giveaway winners

Congrats to Bill Barrett, who yesterday won the basket of books donated to the Mechanicsburgy Mystery Book Shop by the Susquehanna Writers.
By an odd coincidence, Joe Barrett won Saturday's drawing for the basket of books at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg.
Preceding Saturday's drawing, Mike Silvestri gave a fascinating talk on Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 as part of The Big Read.

Mike donated a copy of "Bark of the Tree" to the basket, which the group provided to the bookstore in celebration of National Bookstore Day.

Four other members of the Susquehanna Writers were on hand for the drawing.

Don Helin, who contributed a copy of "Thy Kingdom Come"

Tina Crone, who contributed "The Yellow Stone"

Lori Myers

Cate Masters, who donated "Picture This" and "One Soul for Sale"

Afterward, Mike had a signing for his new scifi anthology, It Came From Beyond the Sun.

I even signed a copy of One Soul for Sale!

Enjoy your books, Joe and Bill Barrett!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Writing tips from Jack Kerouac, man

Some said Jack Kerouac reinvented literature. Others said he destroyed it. Whatever your opinion, these writing tips will trip you out.

1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy

2. Submissive to everything, open, listening

3. Try never get drunk outside yr own house

4. Be in love with yr life

5. Something that you feel will find its own form

6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind

7. Blow as deep as you want to blow

8. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind

9. The unspeakable visions of the individual

10. No time for poetry but exactly what is

11. Visionary tics shivering in the chest

12. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you

13. remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition

14. Like Proust be an old teahead of time

15. Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog

16. The jewel center of interest is hte eye within the eye

17. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself

18. Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea

19. Accept loss forever

20. Believe in the holy contour of life

21. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind

22. Don't think of words when you stop but to see picture better

23. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning

24. No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge

25. Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it

26. Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form

27. In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness

28. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better

29. You're a Genius all the time

30. Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven

Oh baby. Kind of makes you want to snap your fingers and say, "Yeah."

Whatever else, Kerouac's love of words shines through with a brilliance that dazzles and can leave you speechless. If there were a Dharma Bum Writer's Retreat, I'd sign up, man.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Kurt Vonnegut's writing tips

Though Kurt Vonnegut aimed these tips at short story writers, they apply to any story length.

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things: reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them -- in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

I also found a few quotes attributed to Vonnegut with regard to writing and life in general:

Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.

I think that novels that leave out technology misrepresent life as badly as Victorians misrepresented life by leaving out sex.

New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.

A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.

Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.

When Vonnegut learned that Slaughterhouse Five was one of several books tossed into the furnace by outraged school administrators, he wrote the following letter:

Dear Mr. McCarthy:
I am writing to you in your capacity as chairman of the Drake School Board. I am among those American writers whose books have been destroyed in the now famous furnace of your school. […]
If you were to bother to read my books, to behave as educated persons would, you would learn that they are not sexy, and do not argue in favor of wildness of any kind. They beg that people be kinder and more responsible than they often are. It is true that some of the characters speak coarsely. That is because people speak coarsely in real life. […]
If you and your board are now determined to show that you in fact have wisdom and maturity when you exercise your powers over the education of your young, then you should acknowledge that it was a rotten lesson you taught young people in a free society when you denounced and then burned books — books you hadn't even read. You should also resolve to expose your children to all sorts of opinions and information, in order that they will be better equipped to make decisions and to survive.
Again: you have insulted me, and I am a good citizen, and I am very real.

Too bad Kurt predated blogging. His was certain to have some interesting content!
More writing tips from a Dharma Bum to follow.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Diva day today

I'm over at Popculturedivas today with a revised Writer's Bucket List! Come on over and comment!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Welcome special guest author Viola Estrella!

Cate: I’m pleased to welcome Viola Estrella! Viola, will you please share a short bio with us?
Viola: Thanks for having me on your blog, Cate! It’s great to be here. Here’s my bio:
Viola Estrella has had an infatuation with writing since her angst-ridden teenage years when she sat at her secondhand typewriter and pounded out her most personal secrets, fears and desires. Twenty years later, she’s a little less dramatic but still madly in love with the written word.
When she’s not writing or reading, she’s spending time with her loving family and food-obsessed Beagle in a small town just north of Denver, Colorado.

Cate: Happy to have you here, Viola! Please tell us about Bewitching You and where it's available.
Viola: Bewitching You is a contemporary paranormal romance available in paperback or eBook from the Wild Rose Press. Here’s a blurb:

An interfering ghost, a nosy mind-reading grandmother, a psychic man-hating mother, and a spell gone wrong are only a few dilemmas Sofia Good has to deal with in order to find love. It’s not easy having control of your own destiny when you can’t even remember what you put on that morning, even worse when you’re given a “gift” of precognition to save people’s lives, and you have no clue how to use it.

Grayson Phillips lost his brother in a senseless accident, and now he’s trying to gain back control by maintaining a safe and uneventful ‘life plan.’ But after sexy, quirky Sofia crash lands into his world he’s forced to rethink his strategy.

When Sofia’s grandmother casts a love spell, it successfully maneuvers Sofia and Grayson into her home in secluded Amish country. Time will tell if the love spell helps or destroys Sofia’s only chance at love.

Cate: Intriguing! That cover's rather bewitching too!
Please tantalize us with an excerpt.
Viola: I’ll give it my best shot. :)
Excerpt from Bewitching You:

He looked down at his glass, swirling it around, thinking about something. Up close, Sofia was even more convinced the man was way too attractive for his own good. For her own good, actually. She wrapped her arms around her belly to keep from reaching out and touching him. Although she knew exactly how she wanted to run her fingers over his jaw to his chin, up to his powerful lips.

“So,” he said, startling Sofia. He stared at her from the corner of his eye. “You said you dream of the future?”

“Oh, well, yes. Sort of.” She wasn’t exactly prepared for that question. Having hidden that fact from most of the people in her life in the past for obvious reasons, she was used to avoiding the subject.

“Sort of?” He turned toward her with a look of interest. The hand that held his glass brushed against her thigh.

Focus, Sofe. “Not sort of. I do dream of the future, but I can change it. Prevent certain things from happening.”

“Like me?”

“Like murders, accidents, and horrible attacks on innocent people. And yes, I can prevent you from happening.” She dared meet his gaze. His coffee brown eyes were soft. The dimple on his cheek deepened as he grinned with apparent amusement.

“Have I been so awful that you’ve grouped me together with your nightmares?”

“They aren’t nightmares. They’re real, and they’re going to happen if I don’t stop them.”

His grin faded as he brought the glass up to his lips and drank.

“It’s all right if you don’t believe me. It doesn’t matter what you think of me, now or ever, since I’m going to do you a huge favor and stop those dreams for you.”

He set the glass down behind her. “Maybe I should go if you’re done with me, then,” he said, but didn’t budge.

“Very well.” Sofia straightened her shoulders. “Sorry if I was such a nuisance. Is that why you’re here? To get rid of me once and for all?”

He chuckled as he moved in front of her, leaning forward and setting a hand on each side of her. His face was so close to hers, she could stick her tongue out and outline the ridge of his sexy, fierce lips. Not that she wanted to, of course.

“Do you want the truth?”

Sofia jerked a shoulder up and resumed breathing. “Sure.”

“Those dreams are all I have to look forward to.”

Cate: Loved it!
How do you pick the character’s names?
Viola: Choosing the character’s names is a process for me. The name has to go with the personality of the character otherwise the story seems off. There have been times when I’ve changed a character’s name mid-book because it was clashing with how the character was developing. For the most part, they usually stick. I find them by searching online baby name sites. I usually choose four or five and write them down. One will grab me and I know I have a winner. The whole process is quite fun!

Cate: I get stuck on names, too. Phone books sometimes work for me.
Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?
Viola: Absolutely. They keep me up at night sometimes if I’m on the verge of writing a particularly emotional scene. I wrote a few scenes from Bewitching You on a notepad that I kept by my bed. It was all I could do to finally, finally get some sleep. LOL

Cate: Do you have any other books available?
Viola: I also have a sexy first person urban fantasy over at Cerridwen Press, titled Angel Vindicated. I’m really pleased that it’s gotten some fantastic reviews. You can read more about it and Bewitching You on my website,

Cate: Congrats on those fantastic reviews! And another really great cover.
Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Viola: Sure! I write stories with paranormal elements and I love to read them as well. I think it’s a great escape to be able to dive into a world where things are different than the day to day life we live in. Do you agree? What do you think the draw is? Or do you find yourself saying, “What a load of hooey!” I’d love to hear your answers!

Cate: Readers, Viola is giving away an eBook copy of Bewitching You to a random commenter... so start commenting. She'll pick a winner on Wednesday evening. Be sure to leave your email address so Viola can contact you.

Monday, November 16, 2009

And the winner is...

Congrats to Donna H, who wins her choice of any of my current releases! Thanks for commenting at Night Owl Romance's blog, Donna!
All of this year's releases are listed on my web site. Once you make a selection, I'll email you the PDF, easily read on any computer using the free Adobe Reader software.
Happy reading, Donna!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Basket giveaways next weekend!

If you live in central Pennsylvania, you still have time to enter for either of the giveaway baskets full of great books by The Susquehanna Writers! The group of authors donated the two baskets for the inaugural National Bookstore Day, which celebrates independent book shops.
Just drop in either at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore at 1302 North Third Street (across from Broad Street Market) in Harrisburg. All you need to do is sign up! No purchase required. The drawing there will take place Saturday afternoon after illustrious author Mike Silvestri delivers his talk on Kurt Vonnegut. Just look at all the great goodies in this basket! A complete description is here.

The Mechanicsburg Mystery Book Shop will hold its drawing mid-Sunday afternoon after Mike Silvestri’s book signing (seems Mike’s our lead guy!). This basket’s offerings are slightly different, but no less dazzling an array of goodies! Check out the full info here.

Whether you like to curl up on a winter’s day with a great book, or need a few Christmas giveaways, you won’t want to miss out!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Blogging and interviews and contests!

Come to Night Owl Romance's blog to learn what intrigued me so much about wreckers, I had to write Angels, Sinners and Madmen (soon to be released by Freya's Bower). If you sign up to be a fan on Facebook and leave a comment on the Night Owl Romance blog, you can win your choice of my current releases!

I'm also over at Women Writers Underground, where Lynn Romaine interviewed me. Pop over for a visit!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

NaNoWriMo - Week 1

Whew! One week into November... and so into NaNoWriMo. With my eye on that 50k goal, I'm now at a dismal 10,629 words. I'd planned to reach 16k, at minimum, by today. But the day is young, and I have catching up to do.
I hadn't expected to be able to keep up, being knee-deep in first edits for Angels, Sinners and Madmen. But so far I'm juggling both. I hope to get the edits back soon to Freya's Bower.
I also wondered whether I had it in me. I just finished an 83k contemporary over the summer, and am still working on revising another historical novella. In fact, I have gone back to that a few times this week and it's been tough to get back to the new WIP. My 50k may stretch over three stories!
Here's something that caught my attention: Ravenous Romance, an epublisher, is encouraging writers to submit their NaNoWriMo novels to a special contest. That in itself is very cool, but what really surprised me was the prize: they'll select three novels for publication, and give a $200 ADVANCE. Wow. Has anyone ever heard of an epublisher giving advances? Maybe the tide is turning, finally. In any case, I was very encouraged.
Ravenous Romance, however, only publishes erotic romance, and mine won't qualify. But if you want to submit, here are their guidelines.
Apropos of NaNoWriMo, I came across a great quote from Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors: The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It's not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work.
Pertinent advice, Augusten. I'm off to do just that.

Friday, November 6, 2009

I have a release date for Design for Life!

Yay! The Wild Rose Press will release Design for Life on February 10, 2010. Two days before my birthday - nice present, huh?

Here's the story blurb:
Becca Lyndon puts her dreams on hold by leaving art school to care for her ailing mom. Working full time at The Flower Basket leaves precious little time, but she squeezes in night classes at the local college. When Mike Hunter fills in as a substitute teacher, she worries about a repeat of the critical reviews he gave her work when he substituted at her high school three years earlier. His reason comes as a complete surprise, but can she trust him? Or will he disappear like her father? When that possibility looms all too real, she’s determined never to let the design for her life unravel again. Following her bliss requires work, but pays off in more ways than she ever imagined. She also learns that one door might close, but another can open—and lead to unexpected opportunities.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Digital publishing event

In another sign of the changing tide toward epublishing, the “industry professionals” are gathering in New York City to try and figure out where they fit in the scheme of things.
The eBook Summit will take place Dec. 15 and 16. The keynote speakers, to me, speak volumes: reps from Harper Collins Open Road Integrated Media, Sony’s Digital Reading Business Division, Google Books and BBC World News America. Okay, the last is probably a token rep, but the others, it would seem, are desperate to figure out how to make a buck from the shift to digital. The opening line of their ad says it all: New technologies have disrupted the business of publishing.
Hm. Ya think?
Nowhere in this “summit” does it address the plight of the author. The real “content creators” who, for the most part, currently slave away at full-time second jobs of writing (inclusive of marketing efforts, which equal the time spent actually writing) for wages people in third world countries would scoff at.
The playing field must level soon, or authors will begin to drop out of the game. Not me, I’m in it because I love it. At some point, though, it needs to be financially rewarding as well. Or the people at the top will likely have to downscale their lifestyles too.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Two new reviews for One Soul for Sale!

I was surprised to find two more reviews for One Soul for Sale in my email! Deanna from GhostWriter Literary Reviews gave the novella five stars! She said: "What I liked most about this book is that it has an unpredictable ending, making everything fall into place. This is a well orchestrated read. Job well done!"
Stevi B. of Manic Readers gave it four stars, and said: "This story will keep you guessing all the way to the end! If you like unusual stories, with a twist of paranormal, and a touch of whimsy, then you will like One Soul for Sale."
One of Eternal Press' top ten bestsellers for the second quarter, One Soul for Sale is also available in print from Amazon.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Second basket o'books

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore will celebrate the first national National Bookstore Day with a giveaway basket of books by central Pennsylvania authors known collectively as The Susquehanna Writers.
Central Pennsylvanians named The Midtown Scholar as the region’s top independent bookstore for six years running.
Publishers Weekly encouraged independent bookstores across the country to celebrate their vibrant culture. Midtown Scholar patrons will have the opportunity to win a basket full of great reads such as:
• The Yellow Stone by T.M. Crone
• It Came from Beyond the Sun by Mike Silvestri (mystery)
• Thy Kingdom Come by Don Helin (military thriller)
• One Soul for Sale by Cate Masters (dark fantasy)
• Picture This by Cate Masters (contemporary women’s fiction)
• The Greater Good by Susan Kelley (fantasy), plus a jeweled book thong
• Spark of Magic by Lily Stone (fantasy; in PDF format on CD)
• Night of the Walrus by Dennis Royer (mystery)
The Midtown Scholar Bookstore has hosted author events for several members of The Susquehanna Writers, including Don Helin and Mike Silvestri. Readers can learn more information about The Susquehanna Writers at
Bookstore representative Catherine Lawrence agreed to host the giveaway to help the listed authors promote their works and to encourage customers to celebrate National Bookstore Day. “Like other independent bookstores, the Midtown Scholar provides a vital service to the community. We hope residents will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to support local authors and learn about all the Midtown has to offer.”
No purchase is required to enter the giveaway. To enter, visit the Midtown Scholar Bookstore at 1302 North Third Street (across from Broad Street Market) in Harrisburg. The drawing will take place on Nov. 21.
Visit the store online at
Below is a photo of the basket (pumpkin not included).