“Writing is what lights me up,” Arlene R. O’Neil shared. “Being a visual writer, I love seeing my work come to life: to take the reader with me on a journey word by word: to touch a reader whether through laughter or tears.” Her current book, Broken Spokes, refers to broken bones, broken bike, and broken spirit. It speaks to the reader of determination, of survival, of inspiration.
Born and raised in Connecticut, O’Neil moved to South Carolina to work on her second novel, which will relate the roller coaster life of being the parent of a soldier on active duty. O’Neil says, “My son, SGT Tanner O’Neil, is a member of the United States Army and the joy, pride, and love of my life. After five tours of duty to active war zones, I feel the need to share my experience with other parents in hope of lessening their fears.” SGT O’Neil will leave in October for his 5th tour of duty.
Currently Arlene lives with her two Labradors, Holly and Bruno, and her adorable pet goats, Paxton, JaeJay, Rupert, Patches, and Frosty. “These amazing characters have helped me through some incredibly difficult times and I love them dearly.”
Aside from writing, supporting her son, and caring for her animals, Arlene assists on a 200-acre full-functioning cattle farm, where she enjoys checking the herds on horseback, feeding the cattle and watching newborns come to life on the farm. Arlene recently moved into her new home where she has three 1/2 acres for her and her beloved animals to enjoy. Now Fidose of Reality is giving away three copies just in time for summer reading. Learn more by visiting: Broken Spokes on Amazon.
How do I enter? Reply to this thread and tell us the name of a dog in your life that has been “there” for you, past or present.
When does it start and end? The contest starts now. The contest ends on 06/13/12 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Fidose of Reality staff and their families are not eligible to win.
What are we judged on? Fidose of Reality will select three random winners.
Can my friends and family play? Sure! The more the merrier. We love to see tails wagging here at Fidose of Reality, so spread the word and make your voice heard. Enter as many photos as you’d like.
What if I win? Winners will be notified and announced on the Fidose of Reality blog in this thread no later than 06/13/12. Winner must provide name and mailing address so we can ship you the book.
Check out the trailer for the book here:
Rules and Regulations of the Contest:
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1. Can I Participate?
This contest is open to all residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia and Canada who are eighteen (18) years or older as of 04/26/12, except as provided in Paragraph 6 below.
2. How Do I Enter?
The contest begins immediately (as well as those who entered already) and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on 06/13/12.
3. What Can I Win?
4. How Do I Win?
Winners will be selected by Fidose of Reality staff within several days of contest ending. All expenses and incidentals not mentioned above are the responsibility of the winners. No substitution or transfer of prize or cash redemption is permitted, but Fidose of Reality and/or sponsors may, at its option, substitute cash value or another prize it believes is of equal or greater value. Taxes are the responsibility of each winner. Odds of winning each prize will be determined by the number of eligible entries received. All prizes will be awarded.
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8. How Do I Obtain a Winners List?
Winner will be announced on the blog on date indicated.
9. How Will Disputes Be Handled?
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A. Any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved by binding arbitration. If the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator, each party shall select one arbitrator and both arbitrators shall then select a third. The third arbitrator so selected shall arbitrate said dispute. The arbitration shall be governed by the rules of the American Arbitration Association then in force and effect;
B. Any and all claims, judgments, damages and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and
C. Under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and each entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, and consequential damages, and any other damages (other than actual out-of-pocket expenses), and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.
D. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and Fidose of Reality and sponsors in connection with this contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Pennsylvania, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Pennsylvania.
10. Who Is The Sponsor Of This Contest?
This promotion is sponsored by Fidose of Reality and sponsor of prizes. Sponsors reserve the right to cancel this contest at any time and substitute another in its place.