I’m giving away a $20.00 Amazon gift card on Coffee Time Romance, stop by for your chance to win.
I’m giving away a $20.00 Amazon gift card on Coffee Time Romance, stop by for your chance to win.
This year’s event is bigger and better, with lots of fun and prizes from 22 authors, celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.
Ho! Ho! Ho! The Rafflecopter is open for entries.
Starting December 14th (the First Day of Christmas) and running through December 24th, visit our hosts daily, as they will be sharing their favorite holiday recipes, movies, songs, memories, traditions, gift and decorating ideas. Come back on December 25th to find out if you won one of the 16 fabulous prize packages.
Me and 8 other authors are in the giving spirit this December. We have teamed up to give away books, jewelry, and gift cards. Be sure to enter our rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win one of 12 different prizes.
Click on the rafflecopter link below, or hop on over to my website to view all the prizes and enter directly from there.
Scroll down to find out about the books we’re giving away.
Golden Alexander is trapped in a nightmare.
Kris Pietka is done with women…he’s broken. But when he meets Golden, an overwhelming need to protect her tests everything he thought he knew about himself, and the paranormal.
A bond forged centuries ago thrusts them together as they search for a way to break an ancient Druid curse prophesying their demise. Racing against the clock, they travel from Vermont, to the Carpathian Mountains in Poland, and the Scottish Highlands in search of answers and a way to break the curse
But something evil watches—it covets, and time is running out.
Will fate allow love to prevail against unbeatable odds, or will Golden wake to find it was all a delusion?
Cooper Shaw lives his life under a pen name and enjoys the anonymity it provides during his journeys across the globe as a seasoned writer for a travel magazine. When his job lands him in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts to cover the famous Festival of the Dead, he soon realizes that he can’t stay invisible forever as he faces ghosts from a past he’s been trying to forget ever since he left.
The city holds nothing but bad memories for Coop until he meets a quirky young woman with an old soul and curious insights by the name of Finnley Pierce. While she acts as his tour guide through a town he thought he knew, Finn helps him unearth the truth of his childhood and might even begin to open up his heart.
By unraveling the mystery of his father’s murder, Coop may finally accept who he is, where he came from, and perhaps even realize what he wants for his future.
Fiercely independent and determined to be taken seriously in a man’s world, PI Rose Baxter will do whatever it takes to find the kids who are disappearing from the streets and bring them home safe, even teaming up with PI Marty Brown, a man hot enough to burn whatever part of her gets too close – her fingers, her sheets, her life, and her other nature’s whiskers.
But her other nature knows whiskers grow back and will accept nothing less than this man as her mate for life, a plan Marty’s all in on. Sparks fly when she refuses to be the little woman. Besides, those kids need her and their time’s running out. But, thrown together 24/7 can she fight it?
In the wrong hands, the Turning Stone ring is a powerful weapon for evil. So, when homicide detective Alexi Jordan discovers her secret society mentor has been murdered and his magic ring stolen, she is forced to use her shape-shifting powers to catch the killer. By doing so, she risks the two most important things in her life—her badge and the man she loves.
Rhys Temple always knew his fiery cop partner and would-be-girlfriend, Alexi Jordan, had a few secrets. He considers that part of her charm. But when she changes into a man, he doesn’t find that as charming. He’ll keep her secret to keep her safe, but he’s not certain he can keep up a relationship—professional or personal.
Danny Shaw needs cash for the elaborate wedding his fiancée has planned, so he goes on a mugging spree. But when he kills a member of the secret society of Turning Stones, and steals a magic ring that gives him the power to shape shift, Shaw gets more than he bargained for.
When Delaney Ramsey is enlisted to help train two of the most powerful shape shifters the Turning Stone Society has seen in thousands of years, she suspects one of them is responsible for the disappearance of her daughter. To complicate matters, the man has a secret that could destroy them all. Bound by honor to protect the suspect, Delaney must prove his guilt without losing her life to his terrible powers or revealing to the police captain she’s falling for that she’s a shape shifter with more than one agenda.
The minute Captain Williams lays eyes on Delaney Ramsey, he knows she’s trouble. Uncooperative, secretive, and sexy, he can’t get her out of his mind. When he discovers she has a personal agenda for sifting through all the criminal records in his precinct, and secretly investigating his best detective, he can’t let her out of his sight. He must find out what she’s looking for before she does something illegal. If she steps over the line, he’s not certain he can look the other way for the sake of love.
Two things have helped Nicole cope since the murder of her husband a year ago. One is running her detective agency, and the other is her guardian angel, Mira.
When Mira is killed by a demon, Nicole accepts the help of a Ridge.He is a long haired, cigar smoking diamond in the rough with wings. Things go from bad to worse when a replacement guardian cannot be found.
She has to trust Ridge, which is tricky when she realizes there are no demons or angels, just parasitic aliens that humans have built the myths of these celestial beings around. Ridge isn’t an angel or a devil, but an alien half breed known as a Midworlder.
Nicole finds herself fighting off a Demonic Midworlder who wants to impregnate her so his alien boss can come to Earth. Plus she has an ex priest who wants to attach a demon to her so he can save his friend. She is tough, but has to admit she could do with some help from Ridge, who is as alluring as he is annoying. Amongst all the fighting they manage to fall in love, but nearly lose each other, and their unborn child. What they don’t know is that if they stay together things may change not only for them, but for the future of the world. New rules will have to be drawn up as aliens, humans and Midworlders learn to live with the situation.
This book is the first in a trilogy about other Midworlder couples.
RWA chapter, Music City Romance Writers, will be taking submissions for our annual Melody of Love Contest. This is a FABULOUS way to get your work in an editor’s/agent’s hands (and we have great Final Judges). Submission requires the first 25 pages.
I’m lucky enough to be the Contest Coordinator this year and want to encourage writers to give it a shot and enter. You don’t have to be an MCRW member or even an RWA member to enter, as the contest is open to anyone with a manuscript in the categories of Contemporary romance, Paranormal romance, Historical romance, New Adult, and Young Adult.
Danielle Burby– Agent at HSG Literary Agency
Angela James- Acquiring editor at Carina Press
Victoria Lowes- Agent at The Bent Agency
Brenda Chin– Acquiring editor at ImaJinn Books
Cindy Brannam– Acquiring editor at Soul Mate Publishing
Heidi Moore- Acquiring editor at Samhain Publishing
Janet Clementz– Acquiring editor at Soul Mate Publishing
Eric Ruben– Agent at Eric Ruben Literary Agency
Mary Altman- Acquiring editor at Sourcebooks
Mandy Hubbard– Agent at D4EO Literary Agency
Lauri Wellington– Acquiring editor at Black Opal Books
It’s important to remember that the contest is limited to 75 entries. It is acceptable to submit the entry form and payment BEFORE you submit your pages in order to guarantee your spot. However, all three parts (first 25 pages, entry form, payment) must be received by Sept. 7, 2014. We begin taking entries July 1, 2014 with the final deadline set for September 7, 2014. So take a look at the info below and if you want to enter, visit RWA’s website for links to the official entry form.
Entry Fees and Eligibility:
* Entry fee for MCRW Members: $22
* Entry fee for RWA Members: $27
* Entry fee for non-RWA Members: $32
* All entries must be received by Saturday 11:59 PM EST, September 7, 2014
* Author can be unpublished or published
* Manuscript being entered cannot have been published and cannot be currently contracted to be published via any means at any time, including self or subsidy publishing.
* Manuscript should be a romance or romantic elements novel of 40,000 words or more.
*Entry form and details on RWA website
* Questions? Contact Contest Coordinator Sophia Kimble: email@example.com
Your entry must have the following three elements:
1) Payment Via check or PayPal.
2) A completed entry form.
3) Your manuscript’s first 25 (or fewer) pages, no synopsis, emailed to the coordinator as an attachment. We recommend but do not require that you omit prologues and end your partial at a cliffhanger, even if it means you don’t send 25 whole pages. (Note: finalists may need to provide a short synopsis at the request of the final round judges.)
Send your entry to contest coordinator Sophia Kimble at: firstname.lastname@example.org by September 7, 2014.
1) All entries must be electronic and in standard manuscript format:
2) Pages should include a header with manuscript title, category and word count. Pages should also be numbered. Your name should not appear on the entry.
3) Coordinator will send emails to confirm receipt of entries. Please allow 5 working days (ie, not weekends or holidays) before you ask the coordinator whether the entry has been received.
4) Contest limited to 75 total entries, in order of receipt of all three parts. The optional subgenres (Fiction w/Romantic Elements; Erotic; Inspirational) on the entry form are used only to determine the best judges for your work and do not affect scoring or final round editor assignment.
5) While it is acceptable to submit the entry form and payment before you submit your pages, all three parts (pages, entry form, payment) must be received by September 7, 2014, or your entry will not be counted in the contest. Your entry fee will be reimbursed if this happens. The entry form alone is insufficient to “reserve your spot” should the contest fill up; payment must be included as well.
6) Score sheets will be emailed to contestants.
* Your chapter should be in .rtf or .doc format. Please do not send .docx files.
* Important: Be aware that your name may be in the document properties as the document’s creator because of software settings. If you don’t know how to change it, the coordinator can delete this for you with your permission.
* Do not paste the chapter into the body of the email.
* Use a standard font and standard formatting, as described above.
* Your entry will be test-opened upon receipt; if there are issues, you will be notified. If you do not respond to the notification before the contest deadline and work with the coordinator to rectify the issues, your manuscript may be disqualified. With your permission, the coordinator can standardize the format of the manuscript for you.
1) Three Judges per entry. The lowest score will be dropped, but will be used in case of a tie. All entries will be judged by at least one published author, the other two judges will be a combination of published/RWA PRO/trained judges. All judges’ decisions are final.
2) Barring unforeseen circumstances, finalists will be announced mid October 2014. Finalists may be asked to provide a short synopsis. Finalists will be notified via e-mail and posted on the MCRW website. First round scores of finalists will be emailed as soon as possible; finalists may submit a revised draft electronically before it is forwarded to the final round judges in early November, with a deadline to be specified at that time.
3) Other scores will be released within 30 days after the finalists are announced. Winners will be announced shortly after all final round judges return their scores, hopefully mid-December 2014.
1st place: $50, and a certificate
2nd and 3rd place: Certificate.
An optional benefit for all finalists is a one year membership to MCRW. Due to RWA rules, this benefit can only apply to current members of RWA or members who join RWA within a couple months of finaling in the Melody of Love contest. We are not authorized to extend membership to anyone who is not a member of Romance Writers of America.
All finalists and winners will be announced on our website.
1) Entries received that are found to have been published by any means will be disqualified. No entry may be withdrawn after being submitted to the contest with one exception (see below). Entry fees from disqualified entrants will not be refunded. Entrants who finaled in our contest previously may enter again, but don’t re-enter the finaling manuscript. Membership status of entrants who claim RWA membership will be verified with RWA. For the purpose of this contest, published is defined as available for sale by any means or as a free download via retail sites such as Smashwords and Amazon. Entry fees will be refunded to entrants in any category that does not receive the minimum number of entries unless they request placement in another category. Any entries over the contest limit of 75, or those received after the due date, will be returned along with the entry fees.
2) Here is the one exception about withdrawing your entry. If you receive a contract for your submission or self-publish it before the contest deadline of September 7, 2014, you may withdraw your entry with proof of contract or publication and your fee will be returned.
Romancing the Lakes Romance Writers is sponsoring a contest for unpublished authors.
Minnesota is known for its 10,000 lakes where romance can happen in all seasons, on any one of the lakes. Do you have a scene on a lake or any body of water in your romance manuscript? It doesn’t make a difference what State or Country your story takes place in, or if your characters have a romantic encounter on land or sea.
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
Romancing the Lakes Writers recently opened their 2nd. Annual writing contest for all unpublished writers to enter their manuscripts. The entry must include “a romance and a lake or any body of water”. So what if you don’t have a lake in your story? We as writers need to always be thinking outside the box. That is what makes our writing unique and makes it stand out from the rest. So let’s consider the part where it needs to include a lake or any body of water.
As Minnesotans, we do not have by any means a shortage of lakes when our state boasts over 10,000 lakes! We have no excuses! If you live in any of the states bordered by the ocean, whether it is the East Coast, West Coast or the Gulf of Mexico, you also have an abundance of water near you. Even those who don’t live near the coasts, probably still have a river nearby, such as the “Mighty Mississippi”. Then of course there is Nevada and Arizona which are basically deserts, but even they still have lakes and lots and lots of swimming pools.
Which brings us to the any body of water part. This would include swimming pools, ponds, or even water fountains. But your story may not have any of these various bodies of water in it, so now what? We are writers. We are creative people. If you don’t have a body of water in your story, it is as simple as adding one. Just a line or two, a few strokes on the keyboard and you can magically add a body of water to your story. Your main character could be jogging past a pond, driving alongside a river, swimming in a pool or shopping at a local mall area where they have a water fountain in the courtyard.
Let your mind be creative and open to thinking outside the box. Give it your best shot and enter the Romancing the Lakes Writers Contest. Good luck to everyone!
ROSE MARIE MEUWISSEN
First round Judges: RWA PRO and PAN members, along with trained judges, editors and proofreaders.
All Entries must include:
CallieLynn Wolfe , Executive Editor
The Wild Rose Press
Rhonda Penders, Executive Editor
The Wild Rose Press
Nancy Schumacher, Executive Editor
Melange Books, LLC
Gwen Hayes, Editor
American Old West
Cassie Knight, Senior Editor
Leanne Burroughs, Editor
Sci/Fi & Futuristic:
Garrett Marco, Editor
Gail A. Delaney, Editor
Romantic Mystery/Suspense and Cozies:
Terri Bischoff, Executive Editor
(an imprint of Llewellyn Publications)
Young Adult :
Denise Meinstad, Senior Editor – Fire and Ice
(an Imprint of Melange Books, LLC )
The final top three winners in each category will receive:
First Place Prize in each category:
The Lakes Writing Award
and $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com.
Second and Third place winners in each category:
Receive a Lakes Writing certificate.
Finalists will be notified by Email.
Winners will be announced at:
Romancing the Lakes Romance Writers
‘Road to Publishing Conference’ August 1-2, 2014
Romancing the Lakes Romance Writers- Chapter Contact/Coordinator
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Celtic Hearts Romance Writers Chapter contest:
The Golden Cladddagh!
It’s not too late! You have until May 10th, 2014 before we close for entries. Unpublished and Published authors can enter with an unpublished WIP that has not been contracted.
Get details and entry form HERE.
What is a Gold Claddagh, you ask?
Find the answer HERE.
Below are the guidelines and rules for submission entry.
So sit down at your desk and polish up those first 30 pages!
Enter Celtic Hearts Romance Writers Chapter contest The Golden Claddagh!
We have four categories for unpublished authors and published authors withunpublished manuscripts.
* Young Adult/New Adult
Our contest due date is May 10th. Finalists will be notified by June 15th and winners notified by August 1st–Winners will be announced at the CHRW Annual General Meeting at RWA National Convention in San Antonio, TX in July 2014.
The competition is open to RWA members ONLY.
Manuscripts must be unpublished and un-contracted in any form, including self-publishing. The manuscript rights must belong to the author and be available to contract, should a final judge wish to offer publication.
The GC entry must be a full-length novel (more than 40K). Novellas or Short stories will not be accepted.
Manuscripts must be completed by the time results are returned. Entrant must retain all rights to the entry and not have granted any of them to a publisher or any other party by the contest entry deadline.
If your manuscript is accepted for publication during the time of our contest (dates will be specified) you must notify the contest coordinator; your submission(s) will be withdrawn from consideration and your entry fee(s) returned.
CHRW reserves the right to discard all electronic entries and return fees if a minimum number of three (3) entries are not received in any category. Entrants will be contacted before the entries are returned and given the option to place their entry in another category if it is eligible. We may also refuse an entry that does not follow the rules stated here in the guidelines.
All Payments are Electronic through PayPal. The easy link is here:
If you wish to go directly to PayPal, please use Paypal address: email@example.com
Entry fee: $10.00 CHRW members and $15.00 non-member CHRWA members.
All entries will be read and scored for the first round by two trained judges and one published author, and the lowest score dropped. The three entries with the highest total scores in each category will move to the final round. An editor/agent will judge the final round and select a winner from the finalists in each category.
Future, Fantasy & Paranormal: Romance novel where the mains focus is on the romantic relationship, but the future, fantasy or paranormal elements are integral to the story (includes time-travel).
Contemporary: Includes, single title, long and short romantic fiction with a contemporary setting set after 1945. Main focus is the romantic relationship between the hero and heroine.
Historical: Romance novel set primarily before 1945 — any location. Please specify your time period and setting in your entry.
Young Adult/New Adult: Romance novels in which young adult or new adult themes constitute an integral part of the plot. *Romance subplot not required*
Entry Composition: No Synopsis required! Your entry must have the following:
1. An email “cover page” which includes the author’s real name, address, telephone number(s), e-mail address, submission title, category, manuscript word count and PayPal confirmation # should be submitted in text of the e-mail. Do not include the cover page in the same attachment as your manuscript.
2. The beginning of your manuscript, including prologue, cannot exceed thirty (30) pages. Standard manuscript format must be followed:
3. Manuscript must be in a .doc or .rtf file format.
NOTE: Your entry must not exceed thirty (30) pages total.
SUBMIT ENTRIES TO:
Contemporary Category – firstname.lastname@example.org
FFP Category – email@example.com
Historical Category – firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Adult/New Adult Category – email@example.com
Final Round Judges
Angela James – Carina Press
Kerry Buckley – Carina Press
Laurie McLean – Forward Literary, Inc
Beth Miller – Writers House
Leis Pederson – Berkley Publishing
Julie Mianecki – Penguin Books
Alissa Davis – Carina Press
Elizabeth Bistrow – Penguin Books
Young Adult/New Adult
Nicole Fischer – Avon Press
The FIRST PLACE winners in each category will receive a $50 dollar cash prize and a commemorative pin.
The SECOND and THIRD PLACE winners in each category will receive free workshops through Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.
For questions please contact the contest chair, Alisa Walker at: firstname.lastname@example.org
*PERMISSION TO FORWARD, GRANTED*
Michelle Hauck, better know as the Queen of Crazy Cool Contests, has asked me to partner up with her for a fun new competition called Sun vs. Snow. This query + first page contest promises to brighten up even the worst winter doldrums!
All the credit for this idea goes to Michelle because she lives in Indiana among the sparkling snow, and I live in Arizona basking in the sunshine. Like Heat Miser and Snow Miser, we need to determine which winter weather is the best! Personally, I’m biased. I can drive two hours north for snow, but there’s nothing better than a 75 degree day in January! Go #TEAMSUN!
We were going to hold off another week before announcing, but we’ve had such positive agent response that we are going to share initial information now.
But enough of my blabbering, I know what you want is details…
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