Looking for feedback on your latest work in progress? Or hoping that a completed piece might catch on with an editor/agent (who is moonlighting as a contest judge)? Check out these upcoming writing contest deadlines.
2017 California Hooker Contest; sponsored by Southern California RWA chapters; Deadline, January 31, 2017; Entry, 3 pages of unpublished manuscript; FMI, https://caldreaminwriters.com/california-hooker-contest/
2017 Great Beginnings Contest; sponsored by Utah Chapter of Romance Writers; Deadline, February 14, 2017; Entry, opening 5 pages of romance novel; FMI, http://www.utahrwa.com/gbcontest.html
2017 Fabulous Five Contest: sponsored by Wisconsin Romance Writers; Deadline, March 1, 2017; Entry, first 2,500 words of manuscript; FMI, http://wisrwa.org/
86th Annual Writer's Digest Competition: sponsored by Writer's Digest Magazine; Deadline, May 5, 2017; Entry, manuscript with entry form; FMI, http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competition
Good luck, Everyone, and have a great week!
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Sunday, January 8, 2017
The Holidays, and its festivities are over. In Philly, we're shoveling snow, dealing with extreme cold, and easing back into our "every day" routines.
It's time for Romance writers to start preparing for Romance Writers of America's annual conference.
This year the conference is being held at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida from July 26th through the 29th.
Conference registration opens on February 7, 2017. FMI, https://www.rwa.org/conference
Have a good week, Everyone!
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Thank you to all who visit my site each week. I'm taking a blogging break to spend holiday time with my family.
I leave you with wise "musings" from the Grinch, and best wishes for the season. Stay safe, Everyone, and we'll "e-chat" some more in 2017!
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Sunday, December 18, 2016
I hope you're checking out, and enjoying, the great reads that are available this season! Today's features are "A Heart for the Holiday" and a great bundle, "Season of Surprises."
A Heart for the Holiday
by Dana Volney
Silver Morgenstern had a thriving, meaningful career as a surgeon working for charity organizations in war-torn countries. Then her life changed with one flick of the wrist. Now she's back in Wyoming, serving as an administrator at the local hospital. But shuffling paperwork is nothing compared to saving lives.
Five years ago, Fisher Tibbs founded the successful social program Combat Children's Hunger. Giving back to kids brings a sparkle to his eye, especially after the loss of his own young daughter, but it can't mend the very real fissure in his heart. Ready to see his child again, he's preparing and planning a future for CCH that he won't get to witness.
But when Fisher's application to be removed from the heart transplant list comes across Silver's desk, her next mission is clear: convince him life is worth the fight. But she never expects that the struggle to rescue his heart might just save her own.
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Season of Surprises
By Various Authors
Noelle’s Surprise by Merry Holly, Amazon Bestselling Author
Noelle has a secret. One she doesn’t know how to tell Chase. Married and isolated on the tropical island they now call home, it’s not what she imagined their life would be. To complicate matters, one of the client’s he’s introduced her to has made her intentions toward Chase public. Noelle believes Chase wouldn’t cheat, yet the doubt has been planted. To make matters worse, the women have elected her to the Christmas in July committee.
Frustrated at Noelle’s unhappiness, Chase has tried everything to combat it. But her mood swings are driving him crazy. When he finds a brochure on plastic surgery, he flips out. His beautiful wife doesn’t need it, nor does he want her to look like the “plastic wives,” of his clients. How can he finish the job and keep her on the island until its completion?
Enticed by a Laird by Gerri Brousseau, Amazon Bestselling Author
She was an Englishwoman of title, and he a Scottish Laird. He captured her heart from the first moment she laid eyes on him, but would her family ever approve? She knew she should forget him and walk away, but how could she when she’d been enticed by a Laird.
Holiday Handbag Extravaganza by Vicki Batman, Amazon Bestselling Author
Christmas Countdown is On! Hunk-a-licious customer, Jack Treadaway, pesters boutique owner, Callie Woods, to locate a vintage handbag for his mother. Too bad the wedge between them is his sister, the meanest girl in town.
Her Frog Prince Holiday by Cara Marsi, Award-Winning and Amazon Bestselling Author
At a Halloween party, uptight gallery manager Bella Cassani lets her friends goad her into kissing a handsome stranger. Yes, a girl has to kiss a lot of frogs to find her prince, but Bella prefers “frogs.” They’re safer than the sexy-but-unfaithful kind. When fate brings the knock-her-hat-off-with-a-kiss guy back into her life, things get complicated.
Chad Prince likes his life just as it is. Working in art galleries, he travels the world with no complicated relationships or family entanglements. There’s more to life than the money and success that were so important to his father, and no woman will betray him again like the last one did. Falling for sexy Bella Cassani is the last thing he wants.
Providence by Bobbi Lerman
Accused of theft, Amy Beale flees a New Year’s party and the detective determined to arrest her. An accident sends her traveling back in time for one last chance to clear her name and find her fate in a love that transcends time and space.
A Day for Destiny by Jane Gale
Destiny’s life is turned upside down after receiving a court summons. A sexy and mysterious man arrives in town throwing her mundane life further into a tailspin. Destiny doesn’t know who to trust or if she should take a chance and risk it all.
Turkish Delight by Madison West
Birthdays have never been kind to Amelia, but on her 28th birthday she receives a birthday gift that changes her life forever when an unexpected work trip takes her to the hauntingly beautiful Istanbul, Turkey in search of a rare tapestry. In a city where East meets West, Amelia finds her past colliding with her future when she unexpectedly falls in love with a fearless world traveler named Owen.
Holiday on the Home Front by Kristin Drew
Betty’s been on the move for as long as she can remember. Van’s a small-town boy turned soldier just days shy of deployment. A chance encounter brings them together for a few spark-filled days before Uncle Sam calls him to battle. Can a new love survive distance? Will her soldier survive the war?
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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Although the calendar still reads Autumn, it's winter cold in Philly. The perfect setting for taking a seat by the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate and a relaxing read. Check out this week's featured holiday offerings, a cozy Christmas mystery and a delightful Holiday bundle!
(A Painted Lady Inn Mystery)
(A Painted Lady Inn Mystery)
by M K Scott
A drive-by murder signals the end of a relaxed Christmas. Donna refuses to accept that organized crime is moving into town, but to do so, she must find the murderer. In the meantime, she needs to host a Victorian tea, pin down a certain detective’s romantic intentions, keep a boozy Santa sober, deal with a cursed clown doll, and hide a hunky underwear model. It’s just another holiday at The Painted Lady Inn.
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by Various Authors
♫♪Put a song in your heart with 20 all-new Christmas Romances from NY Times, USA Today, and national best-selling authors. Each brand-new title is inspired by a Christmas carol and will lift your spirits and bring on the holiday cheer.♫♪
We Need a Little Christmas by Leanne Banks - Can a handsome cynic become a Christmas believer?
Frosty the Snowman by Mimi Barbour - Stranded in an Alaskan snowstorm, strangers Hali and Terry are forced to rely on each other for survival.
Last Christmas by Joan Reeves - Annabelle gave him her heart, but Rick threw it away. He wants redemption, she wants revenge.
Holly Jolly Christmas by Mona Risk - Pregnant at 18. Adoption would save the baby's future but may cost her the man she loves.
Do You Hear What I Hear? by Patricia Rosemoor - Live-in-lovers Shelley and Jake are now in a cold war of their own over Christmas.
White Christmas by Rebecca York - Was she in a coma, or was she in a Christmas fantasy?
So This is Christmas by Denise Devine - He was her child nemesis, now he's her best friend forever.
Grown Up Christmas List by Donna Fasano - All she wants for Christmas is to feel safe... then she meets her guardian angel.
Blue Christmas by the Sea by Traci Hall - Alone for Christmas, Tamsyn helps mystery writer Evan find his mojo--love is a gift neither can refuse.
Santa Baby by Taylor Lee - Lily's only hope was that this time, he wouldn't be able to find her.
Let It Snow by Stephanie Queen - A stranger and a snow storm on Christmas Eve create the ultimate test for Dane & Shana.
Merry, Did You Know? by Jennifer St. Giles - Can a Christmas Miracle change the future of a woman who doesn't believe in love and a man who can't love again?
O Christmas Tree by Alicia Street - Can Piper convince Cody to let go of his painful past and embrace the hope of Christmas and possibly love?
Sleigh Ride by Katy Walters - Miss Sophia Vale faces poverty. Enter the Earl of Breconbridge, renowned as a rake hell with a conscience.
Deck the Hearts by Rachelle Ayala - Can Holly's jolly Christmas spirit help Grinch Gordon Gills save the town of Christmas Creek?
Silver Bells by Jacquie Biggar - Can a Christmas wish bring two stubborn souls together and give a little girl the gift she wants?
Hark the Herald Angel Falls by Michele Hauf - To earn her halo, angel Merit must convince the person who holds her earthly soul in limbo--her husband--to stop loving her.
Little Drummer Boy by Dani Haviland - How could a mere drummer boy help those stranded in the worst winter storm of the 18th century?
I'll Be Home For Christmas by Nancy Radke - When former a former Navy SEAL plucks a woman from the Mediterranean Sea, he discovers a fighter tougher than he.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Cynthia Cooke - A big city girl reunites with a small town boy--magic. A Santa in need of an elf--Christmas magic.
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Have a good week, Everyone!
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Sunday, December 4, 2016
The Christmas Season always brings some great Holiday stories. Consider adding these enchanting reads to your collection!
Her Festive Baby Bombshell
By Jennifer Faye
Life-changing news this Christmas!
Since their spontaneous and magical night together, Holly Abrams has avoided her boss, CEO Finn Lockwood. Neither of these two damaged hearts was looking for a relationship—least of all with a colleague!
When they're thrown together on a charity project aboard Finn's luxury yacht, the tension between them skyrockets. When Holly starts to feel unwell, she puts it down to seasickness, until the doctor confirms that Holly and Finn can expect two unplanned gifts this Christmas—Holly is pregnant with twins…!
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Season of Promises
by Various Authors
Unexpected Holiday Bonus by Merry Holly
CEO Suzette LeBlec has a problem. Well, two actually. She needs a top-notch temporary replacement for her administrative assistant’s maternity leave, and she needs to find a way to outmaneuver a hostile takeover attempt by Mark Adams. To make things worse, it’s almost Christmas, the time when Suzette most feels alone in the world. Too bad that handsome man at the party got away. But when the same stranger applies for the temp job, his almost-too-good-to-be-true credentials set off Suzette’s alarms.
Dirk Harvey worked hard for years to remain anonymous while he built his father’s floundering company back up to its glory days. But when he discovers the stunning woman he’d spotted at a party is hiring, he decides to go undercover as “Dirk Mulligan”, administrative assistant extraordinaire. Besides, he and Suzette have a common problem: takeover King Mark Adams. Maybe they can find a solution together plus a little holiday bonus as well.
The Littlest Angel by Vicki Batman
Lauren MacDonald has always coveted her mother’s ornament, The Littlest Angel. When her mother gave it to another, Lauren embarks on a lengthy search and finds a replacement only to have it snatched from her hands.
Smith Hancock’s grandmother had a little angel which has gone missing. Finding another at a flea market would make her holiday the best ever. Only a feisty girl is claiming it for herself.
Can the twosome find common ground and discover the true meaning of Christmas?
A Promise of Forever by Gerri Brousseau
Her virtue is lost, and her reputation in tatters when a twist of fate sends Lady Roxanne Rothchild from London to the vibrant city of Venice, and into the arms of the handsome and intriguing Danté. But she is not the only one vying for his affection. Anna Maria Delafino de Padova will use everything in her power to drive a wedge between Danté and Roxanne and win his favor, including revealing the truth about Lady Rothchild. Will Roxanne be able to put her blemished past behind her and find love, and will she have the courage to reach for a promise of forever?
Bad Luck Partners by Award Winning Author Cara Marsi
Holidays have never brought Las Vegas hotel concierge Laney Sikora anything but bad luck in the romance department. The worst was her fiancé dumping her on Valentine’s Day. Via text. She’s determined to spend New Year's Eve alone with no romantic entanglements. But when her hunky new neighbor locks himself out of his apartment, she can’t leave him standing in the hallway. What's a girl to do?
Las Vegas is just a pit stop for Chicago native and radio personality Chance Carlisle while he waits for his agent to land him something bigger in L.A. But in the meantime, he keeps bumping into—literally—his adorable, but accident-prone, neighbor. Their private New Year’s Eve celebration leads to a plan: they’ll become the Bad Luck Partners, dating only on holidays and special events, avoiding holiday heartbreaks and matchmaking mamas.
But Fate might have something else in mind for the klutzy cutie and the hotshot talk show host. Can their temporary partnership become a forever deal?
Tillie’s Last Match by Bobbi Lerman
Legendary matchmaker, Tillie has one last heart to mend before retiring, but Miriam & Mike may be her hardest match ever. Can she summon the magic one last time to bring the enchantment of love long given up back to life.
A Christmas Promise by Jane Gale
District Attorney Cherry Stevens is rescued by sexy police officer Drake Boarden during an attempted robbery igniting their passion for not only justice but for each other.
A violent attempted robbery at District Attorney Cherry Stevens’ parents’ convenience store has her setting her sights on the city’s crime boss. Finding herself in the line of fire, Cherry is rescued by the sexiest seasoned police officer on the force.
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Enjoy your week, Everyone!
(poinsettia photo c/o pappalou@morgueFile.com)
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Up the Chimney: (A Pistols & Passion Novella)
by Vonnie Davis
Ciera Parker moves to Willow Bend, New York, to begin a new life away from the scandal her ex-husband created. She loves her job as a dispatcher at the police and fire station in the town. What she doesn’t love is Detective Mason Holt and his overbearing ways. He’s been watching her for two years and she’s beginning to get all hot and bothered. But she’s sworn off men and this one has a reputation of being one step above a manwhore.
Mason Holt is not what everyone thinks. He’s more family man than one would believe. Since his sister’s husband is serving overseas, he takes on duties as a father figure for his two rambunctious nephews and niece. He’s ready to settle down with children of his own and he’s got his eye and his heart fixated on a dark-haired beauty in the communications center.
Now, all he has to do is convince Ciera all men aren’t bad. That he does have his good points—until he gets stuck in her chimney.
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Sweet Christmas Kisses 3: A Bundle of
17 Wholesome Holiday Romances
by Various Authors
Ring in the holiday season with 17 all-new, stand-alone stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 takes you around the globe from small-town USA, to London, England, and even to Africa. Don't miss out on this sweet romance boxed set that's sure to touch your heart, make you smile, and put you in the mood for Christmas.
Mona Risk, On Christmas Eve
She banished him from her life and dreams. But fate throws him in her path again and his tender gaze erases years of loneliness. Can they forgive each other and create a new future?
Christine Bush, Christmas Holly
Can a lonely single father of five-year-old triplets find love on a South Carolina beach? It might just take a Christmas miracle!
Lyn Cote, Mistletoe and Sage
New deputy in town, a single mom, two wounded hearts with a puzzle to solve together--will love spark under the mistletoe?
Denise Devine, A Merry Little Christmas
Merry Connor and Anthony Lewis search for treasure and find true love.
Raine English, The Christmas Gift
When Riley Wayne receives a dog for Christmas, it's not just the pup that makes her heart flutter, the rescue group's handsome owner does too.
Shanna Hatfield, Untangling Christmas
Tricked into helping with Silverton's Festival of Trees, electrician Mike Clarke battles faulty outlets, tangled lights, and a woman determined to share the spirit of the season.
Ciara Knight, A Christmas on Miracle Mountain
When it takes a miracle to heal a heart.
Milou Koenings, The Kampala Peppermint Twist
A twist of fate. An overbooked flight. Christmas in Africa will flip her life upside down.
Magdalena Scott, The Road Not Taken
Francie Standish Carrington has some tough decisions to make and a lot of questions about a past she thought she understood.
Roxanne Rustand, A London Christmas
When Catriona heads to London for Christmas to meet a guy she met online, he steals her purse and disappears, but will a handsome photographer in the pub end up being the man of her dreams?
Alicia Street, Her Christmas Secret
Desperate to help her sister's family, Lila courts a cold-hearted investor for her handmade toys, but learns Christmas has a way of bringing surprises where they're least expected.
Kristin Wallace, Falling For You at Christmas
One expectant mother. One gorgeous innkeeper. Three days that will change her life forever.
Merrillee Whren, Second Chance Christmas
A young boy helps his estranged parents find love again at Christmas.
Cindy Flores Martinez, Christmas Eve Wedding
A maid of honor is swept up in the chaos of planning her best friend's spur-of-the-moment Christmas Eve wedding.
Victoria Pinder, Secret Wish
Luke Morgan doesn't believe in miracles, but this season Christmas brought him Caro Soliz, the family maid.
Josie Riviera, Candleglow and Mistletoe
A rising pianist and a pro stuntman winding down his career find love amid the glow of Christmas candles.
Pat Simmons, Couple by Christmas
Divorcee Derek Washington wants to reconcile with his ex-wife by Christmas. Although he's got a plan, with the help of his six-year-old son, Derek only has two weeks.
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Happy reading, Everyone, and have a great week!
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