Remember this contest? I bet you thought I forgot!
I planned to post the winner in July even though the post said that it would be announced on September 1. It didn’t happen. Not because I forgot–oh, no. Remember that whole bit about having a huge long list of posts set up… and then I wrote that post about how I wasn’t going to follow blogging rules anymore and I deleted a bunch… Ahem. Guess what else I deleted. *blush*
So, it’s time to announce the winner. It was a horribly difficult choice. After reading all one entry, I just didn’t know how I’d decide!
Yep! That’s right. We had one entry. To be honest, I really expected not to like the entry just because Murphy’s Law is alive and well and likes to wreak havoc (or is that Havig) in the lives of Havigs. However, I actually really enjoyed the story.
Karissa’s Unwavering Faith by Ashton S. had a solid character, an interesting plot with enough twists to keep you intrigued, and was very well written. The story tells of a young girl during the French and Indian War who was first kidnapped by a cousin and his wayward friends and forced to steal family treasure. She then was caught and enslaved by the Shawnee. Her faith, as the title says never wavering, kept her strong through three years of separation from her family until the chief’s son allowed her to return home to her family.
Based upon short stories I’ve read by others of her age, I honestly think that even with other entries, she would have made the top three regardless of how many entries there were. As it is, she wins by talent and by default. I’m thrilled to award her first place. I’m just sorry that I can’t send an anthology too. It’s kind of hard to have an anthology of ONE. LOL.
So, congratulations, Ashton! Please email me with your address so I can send you a check!