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Fresh Fiction Giveaway!

Who wants a free book? All right, stop jumping up and down all at once. You’re going to cause an earthquake. I’m giving away a free copy of Blood Surfer over on Fresh Fiction. If you haven’t met the Blackwood family and want to know why Scott and Hannah are OTP*, now is your chance. The contest runs through the month of May.

Click on the link HERE and fill out the form on the bottom.

And remember: Scott’s oldest brother Nik finds love and danger this summer in A Secret Rose.  Available right now: short stories featuring other Thunder City favorites: Seeker, Spritz, and newcomer Claire.

*One true pairing (for those of you who aren’t familiar with the acronym).

Blood Surfer selected as a GEM for 2015

Gem2015Good news! Kathy’s Review Corner has selected Blood Surfer as one of the Gems of 2015! I’m so excited because I’m sharing the list of gems along with Sherrilyn Kenyon, Nalini Singh, and Cary Elwes (you read that correctly – Westley, The Man in Black, The Dread Pirate Roberts himself is a 2015 Gem!).

​Along with listing her gems for 2015, Kathy is also celebrating Kathy’s Review Corner’s​  9th anniversary this year.

​ As part of that celebration, she’s ​raffling off a prize package (or two) to members of her announcement loop. I’ll be supplying  swag for the packages. If you are interested in vying for a prize package, all you have to do is join Kathy’s announcement loop here.

Boosting the Signal

I have a couple of public service announcements for events that are close to my heart:

The Volusia County Romance Writers and Central Florida Romance Writers have teamed up to bring you a Super Saturday that is not to be missed:

“From Manuscript to Market”

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Location: Hilton Garden Inn – Orlando, FL
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Featuring Best Selling Author Roxanne St. Claire

Agent: Lucienne Diver, The Knight Agency

Social Media Marketing Specialist, Tonia Brewer

PLUS: We will have the following authors at our Author Signing Event:

  • Roxanne St. Claire – New York Times Bestselling Author of the Barefoot Bay series, the Guardian Angelinos series, and the Bullet Catchers series.
  • Lucienne Diver – Literary agent and author of the Latter-Day Olympians series and the young adult Vamped Series.
  • Barbara Cameron – Carol Award finalist for the ACFW and author of the Quilts of Lancaster County series and the Stitches in Time series.
  • Caro Carson – Debut author of Harlequin Special Edition Doctor, Soldier, Daddy.
  • Heather Ashby – Debut author of Forgive & Forget, the first book in the Love in the Fleet series.
  • Diane Burke – Author of five Harlequin Love Inspired novels including Hidden in Plain View & Silent Witness

Sandwich lunch included (vegetarian options available)

$40 – VCRW/CFRW Members, $45 – Others

FMI: http://www.vcrw.net/index.php/conferences
The Laurel Wreath Contest for published authors awards excellence in published romance fiction. The contest is judged exclusively by booksellers and librarians, and winners of each category are awarded a Laurel Wreath Award Pendant.

Sponsored by the Volusia County Romance Writers chapter of Romance
Writers of America, the annual contest is now open for 2013. Entries
will be accepted until September 18, 2013.

Books must have a copyright date of 2012. Electronic books appearing
for the first time in print in 2012 are also eligible for entry.

Categories are:
* Contemporary Series Romance (40,000  to 70,000 words)
* Contemporary Single Title (over 70,000)
* Historical / Regency
* Paranormal / Time Travel / Fantasy/ Futuristic
* Inspirational
* Erotic Romance

Full contest rules and a printable entry form are available on the VCRW website:

Laurel Wreath Awards Contest

‘Tis the season to enter book contests and this year I’m entering my latest manuscript into no less than five, all of them sponsored by RWA chapters. My own RWA chapter sponsors the Laurel Wreath Awards. Someday my books will be eligible to enter, but until then, I’ll have settle for judging one (or more) of the categories.  If you published a book in 2011, please consider entering. Past winners include: Laura Moore, Anne Green, Jess Michaels, Caroline Fyffe, and Amanda Ashley.

The Laurel Wreath Award Contest for published authors was conceived to award excellence in published romance fiction. The contest is judged exclusively by booksellers. The winners of each category are awarded a Laurel Wreath Award Pendant. Of course, you also get bragging rights!

Sponsor: Volusia County Romance Writers
Fee: $20.00
Deadline: August 31, 2012
Eligibility: Books with 2011 copyright
Entry: 3 print copies of book
Categories: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Young Adult, Erotic Romance, Inspirational.
Judges: Booksellers & librarians.
Top Prize: Laurel Wreath engraved pendant.
FMI, visit http://www.vcrw.net/index.php/contests.

Query Quandary Update

I can hardly be believe it’s been a month since I finaled in NHRWA’s Query Quandary contest. The good news is that Dream of My Soul placed 1st in the paranormal category. Now I have to send in the first ten pages to the final round judge: Janet Reid. I hope to find out the results before or during RWA’s Annual Conference. That would be a nice little tag to talk about during my pitch sessions. I’ve crossed my fingers, toes, eyes, legs, arms and I’m clicking my heels together three times.

Query Quandary

I hate to admit it, but I had completely forgotten about NHRWA’s Query Quandary contest until I received an email saying that Dream of My Soul had finaled in the paranormal category. I was at Applebee’s treating my little brother to a birthday lunch when my smartphone pinged. It’s a new phone and I’m still not used to all of its functions, so it took me a few seconds to figure out how to open the email app. When I saw the subject line reading “Congratulations! You’re a finalist…” I let out a squee and launched myself across the booth to place a big, fat, wet kiss on my brother’s forehead. Since he’s already been hugged and kissed quite thoroughly that day, he squawked, “What? What? What did I do?” I then told him about finaling. He offered to buy me lunch, but it was his birthday, so he’ll owe me for another visit.

Even though my trip north was to visit my family, my folks gave me the time and space I needed to work on revising my query for the next round. One of the judges really knew what she was doing and gave me great advice about how to strengthen what I already had written. I really like the new version and it’s going up on my website today.

The final round judge is Esi Sogah of AVON/HarperCollins. If I win the category, then my query will compete for the Grand Finalist title. That judge is the Query Shark herself: Janet Reid.

I should know if I won the category by the end of June, but the Grand Finalist won’t be announced until after RWA’s Annual Conference this summer. Still, this is a very nice feather to place in my cap.

Golden Palm FTW!

Dream of My Soul won the Golden Palm award in the Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Time Travel category from the Florida Romance Writers. I’m been doing a mental happy dance for the past twenty-four hours. It’s my first contest win and it feels wonderful. I have to thank everyone who helped me pull this story together! Nanites Unite! You know who you are. Thanks, folks. Next round is on me.