Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Chantel found part of the Help the Elf nice list!

Hi everyone! As you may remember, a few weeks ago PETE the Elf had a touch too much Eggnog at the Holiday Christmas Party and as he stumbled home, he lost Santa's NICE LIST.

The North Wind scattered the papers to all four corners of the world, and The Bookshelf Muse put out a call to help find them in order to SAVE CHRISTMAS.

Ever since I read about it, I've been on the lookout. And then today, EUREKA!

Yes that's right...I found part of Santa's missing NICE LIST. There it was, fluttering in the wind, half caught under the corner of my welcome mat. And shock of all shocks, I recognized the names on this portion of list, and I bet you will too.

NAME: Rachelle Ayala




OBSERVATIONS: Rachelle is a fantastic critique partner, awesome e-book formatter, always looks to help out Indie Authors, and is a great person in general. She could lay off those bad boy, alpha males, just a tad. We hear she is working on this problem currently and a certain man named Lucas is making things sweet. Rachelle has so much writing talent, we think we can overlook her naughty streak.

RECOMMENDATION:     a) Coal                   b) Gift

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NAME: Michele Shriver



OBSERVATIONS: Michele is an awesome critique partner, a wonderful lawyer who is giving of her time, and is always quick with a funny/snarky comment to make someone's day brighter. Another great person. However, we hear she is evil to her characters, and a few of them have been begging her to just leave them alone and give them their happily ever after. On the other hand, they all admit she is awesomely talented, so this comes out more on the naughty-but-nice side of the equation. 

RECOMMENDATION:     a) Coal                   b) Gift

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Because poor Pete is dashing all over the place trying to hunt down the rest of Santa's missing Nice List, I decided to take care of this one myself. Rachelle and Michele, I feel so blessed to know you! You are awesome writing friends and I'm so fortunate to know you! Enjoy the gift I sent to your inbox and have a wonderful Christmas!

Photo credit: assorted gold baubles ( / CC BY 3.0

Visit The Bookshelf Muse at and see who else found a name on the list! 

I would like to take a moment to point out a few other fellow writers who deserve some recognition for all the help they've given me in the past year - check out their websites:

Kimberly Sullivan

And though these ladies do not have a website, I'd also like to thank Monterey Sirak (link is to her poetry books on Amazon) and budding author, Judester. Thank you all!

Enjoy these holiday lights and music! I really like this one! 

I hope you are all having a great holiday week with loved ones!


  1. Aw, thanks Chantel! Enjoyed that you were also helping Pete the Elf out.. and glad to see your authors got the gifts, not the coal. : )

    1. Thank you for everything this year, Kimberly! You have been such a help and inspiration to me, and I appreciate it so much! You are also an awesomely talented writer, and I can't wait for your books to be published!

  2. CONGRATS to Rachelle and Michele for being on Santa's nice list!

  3. Congratulations to Rachelle and Michele for being such good girls. :) Merry Christmas

  4. Congratulations on completing your edit for Crime & Passion. And what a nice surprise this morning. Thank you! I'll be having to work on that 9% [ahem] Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to my wonderful friend and crit partner and to Michele, Travis, Melinda and Kimberly and everyone. Peace and glad tidings!

    1. haha - the 9% keeps things interesting ;-) Merry Christmas, my friend! Thank you for everything!

  5. I think for writers, our evilness to characters will always see us in the red as far as being Naughty goes, huh?

    So glad you have such great people in your life! Thank you so much for helping Pete out and joining Help The Elf! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and that next year brings ALL THE GOOD THINGS. :)


    1. Thanks, Angela! So great of The Bookshelf Muse to organize this. Lots of people on the nice list ;-)

  6. I was wondering how I ended up 14% naughty, then I read your explanation. You must have talked to Sarah, huh?

    Seriously, what did she expect when she pushed her way into another book? Hearts and candy canes?

    Thanks, Chantel. You're awesome.

    1. Yeah...Sarah pushed hard for the naughty list, but I know better! LOL Thank you for being so awesome! So grateful for a friend like you!


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