Archive | February 2015

Enter the FabFive Contest for Unpublished and Self-Published Authors

The Wisconsin Romance Writers of America’s 2015 FabFive contest submission deadline is closing in. All submissions must be received by March 1, 2015 at 11:59 PM CST.

Some of our categories have low entry counts this year.  That makes your odds of becoming a finalist and getting your work in front of our final round judges better than ever in this highly-popular contest.

Eligibility and Entry. Fab Five is available to writers unpublished in book-length romance fiction.  Self-published authors may also apply.  Your entry must be limited to the first 2,500 words of your manuscript and must be submitted electronically.  For an entry form and complete details regarding rules and eligibility, click the Contests link on our website:

Grab this opportunity for a critique of your work and the chance one of our final round judges may ask to see more of it.

The FabFive Contest fees continue to be among the lowest for contests of this type – just $18 for WisRWA members and $25 for all other entrants.

Deadline for entries is 11:59 CST, March 1, 2015.  Categories are limited to thirty-five submissions each.

Categories and Judges. Here’s the lineup of categories and final round judges for 2015:

Cheryl Yeko, Soulmate Publishing
Jessica Alvarez, Bookends, LLC

Laura Plude, Grand Central Publishing
Elizabeth Pomada, Larsen Pomada Literary Agents

Giselle Regus, Harlequin
Joyce Hart, Hartline Literary Agency

New Adult:
Nicole Fischer, Avon Romance
Patricia Nelson, Marshal Lyon Literary Agency

Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel:
Brenda Chin, Imajinn Books
Shira Hoffman, McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

Romantic Suspense:
Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central Publishing
Lucienne Diver, The Knight Agency

Series Contemporary (Long/short):
Christina Brower, NAL/Penguin Random House
Saba Sulaiman, Talcott Notch Literary Services

Single Title:
Mercedes Fernandez, Kensington Books
Courtney Miller-Callihan, Greenburger Associates

Women’s Fiction:
Jennifer Herrington, Lyrical Press
Victoria Lowes, The Bent Agency

Young Adult:
Alycia Tornetta, Entangled Publishing
Taylor Haggerty, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency

For information contact: 
Molly Maka, FabFive Coordinator,


The lines between genres are blurring, and this author loves crossing those lines.

The Smiling Pains of Novelist Destiny Booze

INTevagordon2015Author Eva Gordon writes steampunk, historical novels, full of romance and paranormal creatures. She loves mixing all the genres in her writing. Want to find out more about this author? Read her interview with me at Coffee Time Romance and More! I think you’ll enjoy it!

Or, read her book, Hand of Miriam. Do you like the multiple elements to this story? What is your opinion of cross genres?

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The Zigzag Effect

JPL Youth Services Reader's Advisory

imagesTitle: The Zigzag Effect
Author: Lili Wilkinson
Recommended for: 7th-12th grade
Pages: 345

Synopsis: Sage is delighted to land a holiday job at a theater. Mostly because it will earn her the money she needs for the photography course she’s coveted since she first picked up a camera. And working for a magician should be interesting, right? Plus there’s a cute stagehand named Herb, who could make it even more interesting.

There is a lot to like about the Zigzag Effect, including learning that zigzag is one word and it won’t find it if you search it as two words!  🙂  The synopsis emphasizes the romance aspect, and the romance was well done–it is romantic, but not steamy.  They kiss, but they also get in fights and have misunderstandings and are real people with problems.  However, the romance is only a…

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The Pleasure Principle

Katherina's Books


24231717[1]By Jane O’Reilly

An education…

When it comes to sex, shy and awkward Verity is as reluctant as a virgin. So imagine her horror and shame when her ex reveals her inadequacies to the internet? To prove that she’s not frigid, as claimed, she’ll sleep with the very next man she sees!

So when her boss, Cal Bailey, a man completely confident in his own sexiness, invites her to one of his legendary parties Verity leaps at the chance. She gets Cal right where she wants him but at the crucial moment her insecurities take over, leaving Cal confused and her frustrated!

Verity, convinced she can’t do it, is set for rejection again but Cal is a sexpert and he’s determined to turn Verity’s pain into her ultimate pleasure…

My review

Hot, hot, hot. Smoking hot. I read it in the plane which might not be the right place…

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Romance Writing Contest: From the Outside In

A Boroughs Publishing Group Romance Writers’ Contest

Who’s sexier than the rule-breaker, the bad boy, the charismatic leader of the rebel faction? What’s more satisfying than exerting your individuality against those who follow society’s most mindless routines?

Whether Robin Hood or Belle, Christian Grey or Han Solo, whether Neo or Zsadist, each of these characters act in contrast to a society, showing the natural conflict between us and our communities, and it’s through that conflict that communities – and people – change for the better.

This contest celebrates all who are different – and those who might learn to love them. Bring us your exiles, your pariahs, your good-at-heart criminals. Bring us your bluestockings and your hoydens, your smugglers and your rakes. Then show us how the world is better for having them – and how two lovers are better for having each other.

  • The Contest is open to all unpublished manuscripts between 45,000 and 100,000 words
  • Entries should be sent to:  
  • In the email subject line put: Outside In Contest Submission 
  • In the body of the email include your name, address & telephone number
  • Entries must be received via email before midnight in California, 15 June 2015
There will be one winner writing in any of the following of sub-genres/categories:
☀ Contemporary  ☀ Erotic Romance  ☀ Fantasy  ☀ Historical  
☀ LGBT  ☀ Multi-cultural  ☀ Paranormal  ☀ Regency
☀ Romantic Suspense/Thriller  ☀ Urban Fantasy  ☀ Young Adult

The winner will be chosen by the Boroughs Publishing Group editorial staff and will be offered a contract to publish the winning submission. The winner will be announced on Friday, 24 July 2015 at Boroughs Publishing Group’s Annual Party at the RWA National Conference in New York City. If the winner is not present, we will contact them directly.