Archive | September 2014

A Rose in Bloom–Part 15 (Shattered Glass)

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Teaser: The Unsettled Series-S.C. Ellington

Young Adult Book Madness

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Unsettled by S.C. Ellington

Book #1 – Unsettled Series

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After a horrific breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Brooklyn Caldwell is completely disenchanted with the notion of mingling with the opposite sex. Damon Williams had been everything she thought she wanted…until he wasn’t. 

In an attempt to escape her heartbreaking past, Brooklyn seeks refuge in bustling Washington, D.C. where she folds into the fast-paced society unnoticed…until she meets a young entrepreneur, Logan Colton. 

Brooklyn is surprised to find that while she has been successful in keeping the opposite sex at bay, somehow she is defenseless against Logan’s confidence and charm—and it doesn’t hurt that he is absurdly beautiful.  

As much as Logan didn’t plan on pursuing her, he is drawn to Brooklyn’s muted beauty and her witty persona. For all his success, Logan is ensnared in the coveted world of unequivocal wealth and…

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Inspiration Tuesday

Jens Thoughts

Here are a few bits of wisdom and inspiration to power you through your Tuesday.

Freedom

Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.
Kenneth Hildebrand

If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.
St. Clement of Alexandra

Dream big and dare to fail.
Norman Vaughan

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.
Thornton Wilder

The only way of finding the…

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2014 Stiletto Contest–Extended Deadline Closes in Two Days

Sponsored by the Contemporary Romance Writers chapter of Romance Writers of America, the 2014 Stiletto Contest is about to close. FROM CRW:

***ENTER THE
STILETTO CONTEST
FOR
UNPUBLISHED
CONTEMPORARY FICTION***

1) An amazing panel of final judges!

2) Open to published writers with uncontracted manuscripts, too!

3) The ONLY all-contemporary contest! 🙂

The 2014 Stiletto Contest for Unpublished Contemporary Fiction closes to entries this Friday, 9/19!

Full details and to enter, visit here: http://contemporaryromance.org/stiletto-contest/

Questions? Please contact our Contest Coordinator, Lisa Siefert at lisalisalisalisalisa (at) gmail (dot) com.

CATEGORIES AND FINAL JUDGES:

Single Title Contemporary Romance (70,000 words and up)

A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which the romance is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.

Final Judge: Amanda Bergeron, Editor, Avon Romance

Single Title Contemporary Erotic Romance (70,000 words and up)

A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which sexual situations and the sexual relationship of the characters is fundamental to plot and characterization. May use explicit language and contain graphic descriptions. The erotic romance is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.

Final Judge: Christa Desir, Editor, Samhain Publishing

Short Contemporary Romance (40,000 – 70,000 words)

A shorter love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which the romance is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.

Final Judge: Alethea Spiridon Hopson, Editorial Director of Indulgence, Entangled

Contemporary Novel with Strong Romantic Elements (60,000 words and up)

A story set in the contemporary/modern world that includes romantic elements (situations, relationships, etc.) but in which the romance does not have to be the main focus of the novel. Examples of possibly relevant story types include but are not limited to women’s fiction, chick lit, contemporary fiction, etc.

Final Judge: Allison Carroll, Editor, Harlequin HQN

Young Adult Contemporary Romance (50,000 words and up)*

A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which a romance between adolescents is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.

Final Judge: Margo Lipschultz, Editor, Harlequin Teen

Young Adult Contemporary Novel with Romantic Elements (50,000 words and up)*

A story set in the contemporary/modern world centered around adolescent characters that includes romantic elements (situations, relationships, etc.) but in which the romance does not have to be the main focus of the novel.

Final Judge: Elizabeth Poteet, Assistant Editor, St. Martin’s Press

New Adult Contemporary Romance (70,000 words and up)

A love story set in the contemporary/modern world in which a romance usually involving at least one college-aged character (i.e., 18-24) is the main focus of the novel and it has an optimistic or happy ending.

Final Judge: Nicole Fischer, Editor, William Morrow Books

ELIGIBILITY:

All authors, regardless of publishing status, are welcome to enter this contest. All authors must be at least 18 years of age.

Submitted manuscripts must be new, original works of fiction that have not been published, self-published, or contracted to be published. Manuscripts must meet the word count minimums, as described in the corresponding Category section.

Authors may enter as many manuscripts as they choose, but each manuscript may be entered in only one category.

Each category must have a minimum of 10 entries to remain a part of this contest. RWA-CRW reserves the right to close a category if we receive less than 10 entries or more than 50 entries in that category.

The Wednesday Review: Sarina Bowen’s The Ivy Years

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The Wednesday Review is my pick for the book you absolutely, positively have to read this month.They run the gamut from romance to literary fiction, but they all have one thing in common – a story that sinks its claws in and won’t let go.

Last week, Jane from Dear Author posted a daily deal – Sarina Bowen’s The Year We Fell Down for $.99. What got my attention, though, was her tweet – she would personally refund you your money if you didn’t like the book. So I bought it.

I think I ought to pay Jane a dollar for recommending the book.

The Year We Fell Down is the story of Corey and Hartley, two hockey players dealing with injuries that have them on the sidelines. The difference between them, though, is while Hartley’s is temporary – a broken leg – Corey’s is not. She suffered a…

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Telling Our Stories

Jens Thoughts

stories of life


Stories have to be told or they die, and
when they die, we can’t remember who
we are or why we’re here.
~Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly
as difficult as spending our lives running
from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is
risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up
on love and belonging and joy—the experiences
that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we
are brave enough to explore the darkness will we
discover the infinite power of our light.
~ Brené Brown

It is easy to write. Just sit in front of your
typewriter and bleed.
~Ernest Hemingway

Memoir isn’t the summary of a life;
it’s a window into a life, very much
like a photograph in its selective
composition. It may look like a casual and
even random calling up of bygone events. It’s
not…

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