It’s Birthday Number NINE for the Ruby Blog!!

Happy birthday to us!!

The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog is NINE YEARS OLD today!!

It’s been a joy creating and sustaining this blog as a supportive online community for Romance writers and readers, offering a space for inspiration, advice, and Sisterhood for all!!

To date, we’ve offered up 2,692 blog posts, lots of special events like our annual Rita/Golden Heart Announcement Day Cyber-Party, an interview series with each new class of Golden Heart Finalists, fun Holiday Blog Hops, and our very own annual MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest (entry day is next Wednesday, September 26!!!…check out the contest rules here! and, if you’re Golden Heart eligible, get the opening 50 words of your romance manuscript buffed and ready! It’s fun, and it’s FREE!!).

We also love to provide get-your-fingers-on-the-danged-keyboard motivation with our friendly Chat Room sprint sessions, and our ever-popular Winter Writing Festival (which starts again on January 10, 2019)!

Above all, we’re thrilled to host all sorts of lively conversations year-round with other writers and readers, with over 90,000 comments made to date, and well over TWO MILLION reads from visitors we love!!

(And don’t forget the many hundreds of Ruby books that have come out since we started in 2009!)

Thanks to you, Loyal Readers, we’re here to CELEBRATE!!!

And, as we always do on our blog birthday, we’re going to enjoy our party by GIVING AWAY PRESENTS!! Leave a birthday greeting in one of the comment boxes below, and we’ll enter you in random drawings throughout the weekend!!

Everybody grab a slice of virtual birthday cake, put on your (Ruby) party shoes, and let’s have some fun!!!

Here’s a list of prizes random commenters* can win:

(*note: Sorry, due to shipping expenses, physical book prizes can be awarded to U.S. residents only.)

Lara Archer a print copy of THE DEVIL MAY CARE (US only), plus $15 Amazon gift card

Tamara Hogan:     A writing journal

Addison Fox:  $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble, winner’s choice

Rita Henuber: $20 Amazon gift card

 Kim Law:     Montana Series four books, either print or electronic, US only

Autumn Jordon:  digital copy of LOVED BY DARKNESS, plus $15 Amazon gift card

Laurie Kellogg:    A digital copy of winner’s choice of one of Laurie’s books, plus a $10 Amazon gift card

Bev Pettersen:     An electronic copy of SHADOWS OF THE MOUNTAIN, plus a $10 Amazon gift card

Liz Talley:     A copy of COME HOME TO ME, plus a $10 Amazon gift card

Katie Graykowski:  A $20 Amazon gift card and e-copies of her entire Texas Rose Series: TEXAS ROSE FOREVER, TEXAS ROSE ALWAYS, TEXAS ROSE EVERMORE, TEXAS ROSE FORGIVEN. 

Lizzie Shane: a copy of ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID

Heather McCollum: Prize bundle (US only):  Ruby slipper statuette and deck of RSS playing cards, plus a print copy of THE BEAST OF AROS CASTLE 


Thanks so much, everybody, for stopping by for our birthday bash!!! We hope to see you on Wednesday for the MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest Entry Day!!! And for lots of other fun, inspiration, and celebration all year long!

34 responses to “It’s Birthday Number NINE for the Ruby Blog!!”

  1. Happy Blogiversary! And I love that you do the Make It Golden Contest! I’ll be sharing the link with my writer friends 🙂

  2. Jen Gilroy says:

    Happy blog birthday to the Rubies!

    I’ve subscribed to this blog for many years, and your posts have inspired me, encouraged me and helped me on my writing journey in ways large and small.

    Thank you for being part of my writing community!

  3. Not tossing my name into the prize pool, but just wanted to stop by and say YOU LADIES ARE THE BEST!
    Happy Birthday, Rubies.

  4. Cynthia Huscroft says:

    Congratulations on your 9th blog birthday! Just think, next year this time you’ll be in double digits!!

    I was so fortunate to have a friend who gently pushed me to join the Winter Writing Festival. I’ve been following the Rubies ever since and have been in the chatroom most week day mornings for the past year and a half(though I have fallen off the wagon a bit lately). Thanks to you & all those “chatroom ladies” who have spurred me on and am thankful for their cyber-friendship!

  5. Laurie Kellogg says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!!! The last nine years have flown by. It’s been a true privilege to be a Ruby and have such a wonderful group of sisters.

    I can’t wait to read the entries for our Make It Golden contest!

  6. Marin McGinnis says:

    Happy birthday, Rubies! The WWF makes February bearable–thank you so much for all you do to support writers! 🙂

  7. Nine years!!! How time flies! Happy Blog Birthday to all the Rubies and each of our fabulous readers/fellow writers – you guys are the best!

  8. Happy Birthday, Rubies.

    [Please don’t put me in for a prize.]

  9. Liz Talley says:

    Happy birthday, Rubies! It’s been a great 9 years!

  10. Hywela Lyn says:

    Happy Blog Birthday, Rubies. I don’t comment here nearly as much as I should, but I love to read the posts. (Not commenting for a prize entry, just wanted to add my good wishes!)

  11. Nine years?? That’s fantastic! Happy birthday Rubies!!! Lot your supportive and fun community of writers.

  12. Heather McCollum says:

    So glad to be part of this fabulous sisterhood! Here’s to another 9 years together!

  13. Julie says:

    Happy blog anniversary!! Just one more until you hit the double digits!

  14. Tamara Hogan says:

    Happy blogoversary to us!!

    Readers, thanks so much for being a part of our community. We enjoy hearing from you!

  15. Alyssa Henderson says:

    Happy Birthday Rubies! Thank you for being such a fantastic group of writers 🙂

  16. Gwyn says:

    Who’da thunk, nine years ago, you gals would become so integral to my life? Happy Blog Birthday, Sisters. {{{Hugs}}}

  17. Nicole Terry says:

    Happy Birthday you guys!

    I’ve only known you for the last three years but you’ve all made an AMAZING impact on my writing.

    Keep on rockin’!

  18. Samantha says:

    Thank you, Kim Law, for suggesting this – way cool. Had no clue about this blog and am excited to see what there is in store here. So, HAPPY 9th to you all!!! And thanks for letting me join ya.

  19. Karen Markuson says:

    Happy 9th Birthday! I wish you continued success.

  20. Jeanine Englert says:

    Happy 9th birthday Rubies! I’m so glad I found your blog last year. Although I’m an on and off reader of the blogs, every one I’ve read has been so helpful. And just entering the MAKE IT GOLDEN contest last year gave me some added confidence before I entered the GH contest. Thank you for all of your writing support and sisterhood this past year!

  21. Shari says:

    Happy birthday Rubies

  22. I’m so proud to be part of this amazing group of writers. Thank you sisters. Here is to many more years.

  23. Happy birthday, Rubies!!! Your group of GH finalists rocks!!

  24. Elisa Beatty says:

    Very proud to be part of this Sisterhood! Nine years and still going strong!! And spreading the strength outward, which is the very sweetest part! Thanks so much to our whole online community for joining us in our adventures!!

  25. Tracy Brody says:

    Happy, happy birthday to all the wonderful Rubies! Your GH class bonds are a testament to one of the BIGGEST perks of being a Golden Heart finalist. I love your blog and how you so generously give to other writers. Write on! Wish I had some ruby slippers to wear in honor of your birthday. Don’t have cake so I’ll go have a spoonful of cookie dough to celebrate instead. 😉 🎂


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