Saturday, December 17, 2016

Free For All Jan 6 at All Writers

Council for Wisconsin Writers Contest OPEN!

   … for work published in 2016 to be entered in the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ annual awards contests. Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 31, 2017.

     Work published by Wisconsin writers in 2016 is eligible in seven categories, including book-length fictionnonfiction and poetryshort fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems two of which must have been published in the contest year, and children’s literature.

     First-place winners receive $500 and a one-week writer’s residency at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point WI. Honorable mention recipients receive $50  and a one-week writer’s residency at the Painted Forest Study Center in Valton WI.

     Entries for this year’s Wisconsin Writers Awards must be postmarked no later than Jan. 31, 2017. Authors who enter must be current Wisconsin residents.

     The entry fee is $25. Membership in CWW is not required, but members are entitled to one free entry. Out-of-state judges will make the selections. Awards will be presented at a May 13, 2017, banquet. The Major Achievement Award for 2016 will also be presented at the May banquet. That award, which includes a prize of $1,000, recognizes a Wisconsin writer for work of extraordinary literary merit.

     CWW also sponsors an Essay Award for Young Writers (1,500 word maximum) for Wisconsin high school students; there is no entry fee. The award is $250 for the winning student. Members of the board will judge. Entries for the student essay contest must be postmarked no later than Jan. 31, 2017.

     Specific guidelines, entry forms, and important additional information for each award category are available in the 2016 Entry Forms section of the website,

CWW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of published Wisconsin writers and encouraging an appreciation of Wisconsin writing.

For more information about the Council for Wisconsin Writers and its Awards program, please go to, or contact any of CWW’s board members at

Monday, December 12, 2016

Thriller for Contemporary Political Fiction Junkies: Presidential Purchase

Presidential Purchase : A President's Confession

Presidential Purchase
Dawn Kunda
November, 2016

Political Thriller, Suspense
Buy on Amazon 

About the Book
What will it cost? A novice journalist learns the scathing details of the former President of the United States' deadly campaign for office. Dale Sorenson got the surprise call of his life. Former President Robert Manfield wants to detail his path to the presidency. The president infers there will be a golden nugget at the end of the trail so long as Sorenson agrees to inform the American citizens on the importance of this interview. Back in the woods of northern Wisconsin and under tight security, Dale meets with President Manfield. A series of discussions add more questions than answers as to what the president truly wants to reveal. Unknown to Dale and the president, as the story closes in on the PAC influence, the money, and the driving power of a successful campaign, a gun smolders at a nearby town. The gun does not act alone. The gun does not quit until the main target is found. The team directing the gun has deep pockets that will not stop without a successful mission.

My Review
Kunda’s latest thriller is a frightening, could-be-true tale of modern American politics. What goes into maneuvering and manipulating for control of the world’s top office? Is it really the foremost voice on the planet? Readers get a fictional taste of who’s really holding the strings when they read Presidential Purchase.

Told in multiple viewpoints and alternating past and present, readers are drawn into the making of a president, and the small-town world of Wisconsin newspaper reporter Dale Sorenson who’s been chosen as the voice of the world’s most important secret. Why him? Why not—in the atmosphere of trust no one, not even yourself (as we learn when the former president goes to share the secret), there’s no place like home to start the fires of revelation burning.

Watch the big boys go down in this winding tale of betrayal, murder, and ulterior motives that will leave you thinking, maybe? Wow!

About the Author

As a former private investigator with a BS in Political Science and attendance at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Dawn is only intensely satisfied with suspense in her writing. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Kettle Moraine Writers’ Guild. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and dogs. Dawn would love her readers to visit her website at and contact her with questions or comments at