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a mother of a contest | Susan Rebecca White

a mother of a contest

Mother’s Day Contest

My sister, Lauren Myracle, YA author extraordinaire, has a fantastic new book coming out May 14th titled Peace, Love and Baby Ducks.  To celebrate its release she is running a ducky contest on her website.  Go here to check it out—the prize is TONS of fun.

Lauren is having so much fun with her contest that I decided to run one, too…and so, (drumroll, please) to honor the mothers and daughters who live within the pages of Bound South, and to honor real-live mothers everywhere (or the memories of those mothers,) I am running a mother of a mother’s day contest, the RUTH’S RIGHTEOUS BROWNIES GIVEAWAY!!    

Who, might you ask, is Ruth?  And why is she righteous?  Well, folksie-wolksies, Norma Ruth Campbell White is none other than my mama, the sweetest lady you will ever meet, who also happens to bake the world’s best brownies.  Ruth is not, I repeat, NOT Louise Parker, but they do share the same brownie recipe. 

And folks, the adjective “righteous” isn’t intended to describe Miss Ruth.  Don’t get me wrong, she’s a good lady, but she has her wild side, especially if she imbibes more than one glass of Sangria.  What *are* righteous are her brownies.  Pure as the day is long. No mixes, no Splenda, no margarine.  As one friend put it, “they taste of butter, chocolate and sugar.”  (And amen to that.  Hurrah for real food. Praise the lard and pass the biscuits.)

Back to the brownies.  Remember all of the descriptions of them in the book?  Remember how they made you crave chocolate?  Remember how you searched through the pantries for something to satisfy the craving and all you came up with was a bag of dried apricots that you were pretty sure were there when you first moved into the house? (Wait…that’s my pantry.) Well, if you win the contest, I will mail you a batch of Ruth’s famous brownies, which do indeed contain three different types of chocolate that she special-orders off the internet.  I’ll overnight them so that they will arrive at your house (or at your mom’s house, if you want to be a mensch and give them to her) all fresh and chocolate-y.

The contest will run through Monday, May 4.  I’ll announce the winner on my blog the next day, May 5th, so that I can get those brownies in the mail to the lucky person by Mother’s Day, which is on Sunday, May 10.  (Quick: have you made a brunch reservation?)

Here’s how "il contesto" works:  Every day from now until Sunday, May 3, I will post a new challenge on my blog.  There will be a total of ten challenges.  You may take as few or as many of them as you like. If you join the contest late you can go back and do any of the past challenges you like.

For every challenge you choose to take, email your answer to me at susanrebeccawhite@gmail.com.  Put “Mother’s Day Contest” in the subject line.

For each challenge you complete, you will be rewarded one ticket.  (1 completed challenge = 1 ticket, 2 completed challenges = 2 tickets, 3 completed challenges = 3 tickets…ya feeling me?)

At the close of the contest I will hold a drawing, and the winning ticket wins the brownie.  if you have completed all ten challenges, then you will have ten lottery tickets entered in the drawing and you will have a better chance of winning than that shy soul who only entered once. Of course if you completed only one challenge, you still have a chance to win, your chance just isn’t as high…(See: Statistics 101.)

I will hold the drawing at my house, refereed by my darling husband, and will contact the winner both by posting her name on this blog and by emailing her directly. (Or it could be a he–fellas are welcome to enter!) 

The winner must then EMAIL ME THEIR MAILING ADDRESS.  If the winning ticket holder has not responded to me with their mailing address by the end of the day May 5th, I will draw again and choose another winner.  (And sorry, but I can’t send brownies to a P.O. box.) 

So let’s start! The first challenge is an easy one.  Email me the following, and remember to put "Mother’s Day Contest" in the subject heading:

1)    your name
2)    your mother’s name
3)    what you called your mom when you were growing up, i.e. Mom, Mother, Madea, Mama, Mommy Dearest…

Do this and you will have one ticket entered in the lottery.  And don’t worry, this lottery is nothing like the Shirley Jackson short story.

Good luck!!!

6 Responses to a mother of a contest

  1. Anonymous April 25, 2009 at 2:30 am #

    Um it was me

    Um Lauren . . . I think *I* was the one who introduced those brownies to you. Don’t try to hog the credit!

    Xoxo LYLABB!

  2. Anonymous April 25, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    Origin of the species

    Darling, beloved, peachy Lauren, you are a nut! They are *really* Diane Mott Davidson’s brownies, of DEATH BY CHOCOLATE fame. But you were the one who introduced us to her books and recipes, yes? Let it here forward be known. Lauren introduced Ruth to the recipe.

    And yet, I think of Ruth as *owning* the recipe because of her obsessive ordering of fancy chocolate on the internet to improve them, her use of that 99% Michel Cluizel bar that shoots them through with extra intensity, and her freezing technique. (or is that yours?)

    Tell you what: you bake the brownies for the winner of il contesto, and I will gladly concede all points to you.

    And have you sent in your entry yet???

  3. Anonymous April 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm #


    hi susan it’s me snowy from lauren’s site here to send you some lovin! that’s really sweet of you to think of doing a mother’s day contest yours and mothers of contestants should be proud!!!! good luck wiht your brownie debate as mentioned in other posts. c u l8r g8r!

    • installer April 29, 2009 at 2:12 pm #

      Re: Lovin!

      Thanks for the lovin’! Are you going to write a haiku??

  4. Anonymous May 4, 2009 at 2:44 am #


    Hellllo Susan Rebecca White! This is Isabel C from Lauren’s Peace Love and Ducks blog. I’m hoping to win the giant coffee cup…and in doing so I was instructed to “give you some loving.” Well, here is my loving…….*poof*
    Anyways, your moms brownies sound to die for! I’m going to whip up a batch when I have a moment. Hope you have a wonderful morning/day/evening! cheerio

    • installer May 5, 2009 at 2:12 am #

      Re: Lauren

      well thanks for the loving, Isabel C. Hope you win the big cup!!