Well, it’s time to pick a winner of our very own Lynda Lee Schab’s debut novel, Mind Over Madi. (Click here for the interview/info on the book) Thanks to all who entered (14 of you!). Using Random.org, I selected one winner. And that person is:


DEBBIE, drop me an email ([email protected]) with your snail mail address, and I’ll get it off to Lynda, who will send the book to YOU! (Didn’t win? You can still pick up a copy of Mind Over Madi here or here – or ask your local book store to order it!).

And speaking of authors, it appears that November 30 is a choice day to have been born – at least if you want to be a famous other. No fewer than THREE well-known writers were born on this day in history. Who, you ask? Well, I’m gonna tell you 🙂

Way back in 1667, in jolly old England, satirist Jonathan Swift, best known for Gulliver’s Travels, was born on this day. Whether you’ve read these adventures or not, I’d be surprised if you hadn’t at least heard of Gulliver and the land of Lilliput. Am I right?

Almost 170 years later, the great state of Missouri became the home of baby Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known, of course, as Mark Twain, on November 30, 1835. His books are on nearly every high school American literature list. Who can forget Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, or any of the other amazing characters this man created.

And if that isn’t enough, just 39 years later, it was Canada’s turn. Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of several novels, the most famous of which is Anne of Green Gables, was born in 1874 (the very same day Winston Churchill was born, by the way. But I digress).

Three different authors, from three countries, with three different writing styles, all born on November 30. Three different authors to be inspired by.  Which of these three is your favorite (Gotta admit Mark Twain for me :D)?

What famous authors, if any, were born on YOUR birthday? (Click here to scan famous folks born on your day) Do you find this trivia stuff fun or silly?

Just FYI – I share my birthday with Leon Uris (who I’ve never read) and Martha Stewart (she DOES write cookbooks,  right?? LOL).

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