Contest: The Most Memorable Thing to Happen to You in Your Life

To celebrate the release of his new novel, The Phantom Lady of Paris, Calvin Davis is sponsoring a contest. All you have to do is tell us in 50 words or less what is the most memorable thing that ever happened to you in your life.

Post your memory here on the blog or send it to: secondwindpublishing@gmail.com. The person with the most memorable memory, to be determined by Calvin Davis, will win a signed copy of The Phantom Lady of Paris and a t-shirt. Deadline for entries is September 15, 2011. The contest is open to anyone, but if the winner resides outside the United States, the prize will be a coupon for a free ebook download in the format of your choice. So . . . what was the most memorable thing that ever happened to you?

The Phantom Lady of Paris: In 1968, a year of worldwide explosive protests, Paul Lasser, an American educator, ventures to Paris on sabbatical to write a novel. There he encounters the mysterious “Phantom Lady of Paris.” Though cordial, she conceals a shadowy past that will change Paul’s life forever, a secret history which unfolds amid a backdrop of café bombings, Sorbonne student riots and the drug overdose death of an American “flower child.” But in spite of these events, there blossoms a soulful relationship between the American educator and the walking enigma, The Phantom Lady, all taking place in the metropolis for lovers and dreamers…Paris.

Click here to read the first chapter of: The Phantom Lady of Paris by Calvin Davis

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An educator, Calvin Davis spent a year in Paris (1968-69), during most of which time he sat at outdoor cafes on boulevards Saint Michel and Saint German, observing the endless streams of passing humanity and writing The Phantom Lady of Paris, all the while downing countless cups of midnight-black java.  The experience taught him a lot about writing and also how to wear out the seats of a half dozen trousers. So, he’s out of six pairs of pants. No big deal. That’s a small price to pay for bringing such a wonder child into the word…the remarkable phantom lady of Paris.

Calvin Davis is also the author of two other novels; Love in Opposing Colors and The Event at Fourteenth and U: A Christmas Story.

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8 responses to “Contest: The Most Memorable Thing to Happen to You in Your Life

  1. It’s hard choosing a single “most memorable thing,” but, given how much reading and writing I’ve been doing recently, here’s my 50 words…

    Aged five, I’d started school and decided friends were fun, kid-sized toilets smelly, and pencils perfect for chewing. Teachers sat me in front of class to tell stories while they went to meetings. Then the principal produced a microphone. Deciding the pencil was less scary, I finally learned to write.

  2. Sherri Myers

    The most memorable thing that happened in my life is the day in eighth grade when I saw the handsome tenth grade guy walking down the hall with friends. We have been married now for twenty seven years after writing him a friendship note hand delivered by my best friend.

  3. I had been away for over ten years, yet one look at him and I fell in love instantly. It was painful yet wonderful. This was only the second time in my life this had happened to me—with his brother who had died in a car accident, years before.

  4. Sherri, thanks for your short story. In today’s world, 27 seven years of marriage is an accomplishment. I’ll be getting back to you shortly. ~ Calvin

  5. I have a long list of memorable experiences–good, bad, scary, joyful, tragic, humbling–all which have taught me valuable life lessons. But the one that caught me a little off guard was the birth of my first grandchild. I thought I knew what love was, but I found out there is a whole dimension of love I didn’t know existed. Wow!

  6. davina gregson

    I have lot’s of memorable experiences, I guess the best of those is having my two beautiful children who are 13 and 7, and being married and still in love with their Dad after 15 years!

  7. MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO WROTE A RESPONSETO MY CONTEST. EACH WAS LOVELY AND POIGNANT IN ITS UNIQUE WAY.
    If I may share my most memorable moment:
    My only child was born as I was nearing forty. Without a doubt, I loved him from the moment the pregnancy was confirmed. However, I fell in love with the essence of his spirit the day I changed his diaper and he looked up at me with that engaging smile.
    THE WINNER OF MY CONTEST IS SHERRI MYERS. I’LL BE CONTACTING HER SHORTLY. AGAIN, THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO ENTERED.

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