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Wolf Enforcer is Live on Kindle Scout!

Thursday’s Bite

and oh what a fabulous day!

Squee! Wolf Enforcer is going to be in Kindle Scout and you get to participate!

What’s Kindle Scout?

  • Kindle Scout is a program where you can vote which books you want to see published. The book that gets the most votes in a thirty day period wins!

What does that mean for you?

  • If WOLF ENFORCER wins, everyone who voted get’s a FREE e-copy of the book from Amazon. WOOT!

How does it work?

    • Click HERE to join Kindle Scout and vote for Wolf Enforcer, it’s super easy and you can vote for three different books, so after you vote for Wolf Enforcer, check out the competition. Just remember to leave Wolf Enforcer in your queue so that your vote is tallied on March 18th.

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Remember, to leave your vote up for Wolf Enforcer so you’re sure to win the free ebook when Wolf Enforcer wins Kindle Scout.

  • Want some help remembering? Join my WOLF ENFORCER Facebook group. I’ll have fun prizes for sharing, and excerpts, and all kinds of things going on for the entire 30 day voting period. WOO-HOO!

Cheers!

Jessica

PS After you go vote, then enter to win fabulous prizes! The more you share the more you increase your chances to win!

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Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s newsletter and get your link to download your exclusive FREE book, please click HERE.

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Rom Con 2016 is on Sale and I’ll be there!

 I’m going to be at Rom Con 2016 this year, and they are having a 50% off sale. Ends soon! If you’ll be in Denver  September 30th-October 1st and want to have some fabulous fun with romance writers, check it out!

 Special Mother’s Day SALE! SALE! SALE! Last days!!

50% Off READER Registration for RomCon 2016

 Register Now! 

Use Promotion Code: MothersDay

 Ends May 9th 

*Reader Registration only!

New this year: A special screening of romance documentary Love Between The Covers, an all new mystery event hosted by the delightful and fun NYT bestselling author Heather Graham, an all-author scavenger hunt, killer karaoke and more!

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Win a Kindle Fire 6 with the Chain of Love Authors!

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Find the character Cameron in each of our curvy romance stories and enter to win:

Kindle Fire 6, An E-book from each Chain of Love author, and a $ 25 Amazon Gift Card (US)

2/3- Holley Trent-Lucky Break-out now!
2/5-Aidy Award-Curvy Diversion-out now!
2/7-Sam Cheever-Smart Alex- out now!
2/9-Sandra Kerns-A Chance Event-publishes tomorrow, pre-order today!
2/11-ML Guida-Cupid-pre-order now!
2/13-Jessica Aspen-pre-order now!

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This is a really fun contest. Everyone gets one free entry, but then, all you have to do is read our books and find the Cameron character to get bonus entries. Each of us has “hidden” a character named Cameron in our stories. Mine is extra special to me because he (0r she!) is a character already in another Sexy Shifter book and is getting their own book very soon. (Is that a hint? Maybe!)

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When curvy Cinderella meets a charming reluctant alpha, can he save her from a stepmother who means murder? 

Cinder Vandeburg dreams getting away from her overbearing stepmother and getting a real job—one that pays. When her stepsisters are finalists in a teen modeling competition at a chic resort in the beautiful mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, her step mother offers her an opportunity: prove herself a competent personal assistant and earn not only a stellar referral, but a bona-fide introduction to the movers and shakers of the modeling world. This is Cinder’s chance at freedom but as usual, her stepmother seems to find fault in everything she does—even when she sends her to seduce suspected modeling judge, Aiden Burdock.

Aiden is no modeling judge. He’s a tour guide with a pack of bachelor wolves depending on him to rustle up quality clients and keep their business afloat. But Aiden never wanted to be an alpha. He dreams of freedom and running wild in the hills. Having six…no seven…now eight wolves depending on him for leadership and jobs is more than he counted on when he fled pack expectations in Colorado. But his alpha tendencies can’t be ignored and when he sees curvy Cinder being treated as the runt of the litter, he lies and says he’s a judge to get her away from her malicious boss.

Now Aiden is faced with how to tell Cinder he’s just a working stiff, like her, and a wolf shifter to boot. As Aiden and Cinder’s fairy godmother build up her self esteem and she starts falling in love with a man of secrets, Cinder’s stepmother is determined one of her daughters will win the modeling competition. Even if it means she has to go all the way—and permanently eliminate the competition.

Lions and wolves and bears, oh my.

Discover why readers love the twisted tales of Jessica Aspen’s Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance.

Available for pre order on  AMAZON

Check out the other five books on pre-order now by five fab romance authors in the Chain of Love!

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Chain of Love:

Curvy Women and the Men Who Chain their Hearts

Lucky Break by Holley Trent 

CoL-LuckyBreakA killer finds himself behind the curvy on getting what he wants.

Matthew Smart has lost his Assistant, Cameron, in a brutal killing. Devastated, Matthew has to find out who murdered his employee while interviewing potential replacements. Strangely, the applicants all seem to be blowing off their interviews. So when a bold, softly curved beauty named Alexis McFadden shows up in his office looking to fill the position, he’s tempted to hire her just because she’s the only one who wants the job, although he doesn’t believe she’s a good fit. Lucky for Alex, a tricky new case convinces Matthew that he can really use her help. But what if Alex is smart enough to get herself hired against all odds, while in the eyes of a cold-blooded killer, she’s too smart by half?

Curvy Diversion by Aidy Award

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Author Name: Aidy Award

Book Title: Curvy Diversion

Curvy girls deserve a vacation!

Danica’s run through her eleventeenth sub in as many months and is pretty sure she’s lost her Dominatrix mojo. So when Grant, an old pal, asks her to do him a favor jumping in on a last minute photoshoot in Costa Rica, she’s all in for a vacation, especially from the BDSM scene at Angels and Devils.

Grant can’t wait to get Danica on film or into his bed. He’s done with the friend zone and this trip to paradise is the perfect opportunity to show his college crush he’s the man in charge, of her career and her bed.

A hurricane, a treehouse, and the well-laid plans of the last guy Danica thought wanted to be more than friends has her questioning whether she can survive the storm or a vanilla relationship. All when this trip was just supposed to be a Curvy Diversion.

If you like curvy girl BBW romance with some BDSM power play between a sexy photographer and a Dominatrix you’ll love this book!

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Smart Alex by Sam Cheever

A killer finds himself behind the curvy on getting what he wants.

Matthew Smart has lost his Assistant, Cameron, in a brutal killing. Devastated, Matthew has to find out who murdered his employee while interviewing potential replacements. Strangely, the applicants all seem to be blowing off their interviews. So when a bold, softly curved beauty named Alexis McFadden shows up in his office looking to fill the position, he’s tempted to hire her just because she’s the only one who wants the job, although he doesn’t believe she’s a good fit. Lucky for Alex, a tricky new case convinces Matthew that he can really use her help. But what if Alex is smart enough to get herself hired against all odds, while in the eyes of a cold-blooded killer, she’s too smart by half?

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A Chance Event by Sandra Kerns

A Frazzled Event Planner. A Mugging. A Doctor on a Mission.

Leaving work late, in a snow storm, event planner Charlene is mugged. Dr. Martin DelaHardt, returning home from overseas, comes to her rescue. He may be handsome, easy to talk to, and determined to take care of her, but she doesn’t have time for this. When she refuses to go to the ER, however, he follows her home and spends the night to make sure there are no complications from her injuries.

Complications abound, though not from the concussion. Attraction sizzles between them, but his moral code keeps him from taking advantage. Charlene’s business is taking hits, Martin is uncertain about his future, and Valentine’s Day is still just around the corner. Event planner hell has descended and now her heart has fallen for a man totally out of her league.

Cupid by ML Guida

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Cupid, has a terrible secret—she’s color blind. After accidentally shooting her intended target with an aversion arrow, she tries to fix it by a shooting a passion arrow. But Lethal, the sexy angel of death she has had a crush on forever, blocks her path. Shot by passion’s arrow, he now thinks he’s in love with her.
Lethal knew Cupid was his angel-mate from the moment he saw her. He’s never claimed her because an angry demon promised murder. But when she shoots him with the arrow he can’t keep his true feelings hidden any longer.
The demon makes good on promise and pursues Cupid, but not to kill her. She has a hidden power he wants, one that Cupid doesn’t even know she has. Only true love can unleash her power and by working together, their love will crush the demon bent on destroying them.

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

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The Dark Huntsman Nominated for Best Paranormal Romance in the Rone Awards

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CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

It’s time to vote! The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court has been nominated for a RONE Award and voting starts today! Please jump over to InDtale Magazine and vote in the fantasy romance category.

This contest is a total popularity contest, which I have a tougher time placing in because I’m still a relatively small author, but with your help, I might just make it. 🙂

Voting runs April 14th-20th, so head on over and make your opinions known!
I’m super excited! The RONE award nominations to help decide the best in romance are out and The Dark Huntsman has made the list! (I’m not sure there are enough exclamation points for something like this.) InDtale Magazine nominates all of their top reviewed romances, so once The Dark Huntsman received 4.5 stars it made the list. As if getting such a fabulous review wasn’t enough. ‘grin!’

And if you feel like tweeting or spreading the word on Facebook, go right ahead. I could use any help you are gracious enough to provide.

Thanks to each and every one of you for reading and reviewing The Dark Huntsman. I love reading all the fabulous reviews and I’m so excited that people are enjoying the book. Thank you for voting!

 

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Hot Mojave Knights WOWZA!

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I’m back and tired, but oh was it worth it!

Just a little business before we get to the hotness of romance, romance authors, and romance conventions!

Most important, the Goodreads Giveaway ends tomorrow, and while I’m sure all of you have signed up to win a print copy of my fantasy romance The Dark Huntsman. Just in case I’m re-posting the link. Click HERE to enter to win!

More fun exciting giveaways! Sam Cheever’s Trick or Treat contest runs through Halloween, so click HERE to enter on my site and HERE to find the complete list of authors so you can enter at everyone’s site. Grand prizes include a Kindle Paperwhite, and lots of fun prizes including romances, so enter today!

Traveling is not my strong suit. Sure I love going on vacations and laying on the beach, or better yet, swimming in the ocean, but the actual traveling is a chore. I know that’s true for everyone, I see the people on the plane and in the airport, but for me it’s even worse. I get anxious.

My stomach tightens, my palms itch, and my heart seizes up.

If I am at all late to the airport, it’s worse.

That’s why I  am so grateful that my friends and family support me in my traveling endeavors. No one makes fun of my anxiety, well, almost no one. 🙂

And they all work to get me there on time and in one piece. And home again.

Last night I came back from Las Vegas and the Hot Mojave Knights Readers convention and not only did my dear friend ML Guida and her friend Stephanie, go out of their way to make sure I was at the airport early and in one piece, my husband  drove to pick me up DURING THE BRONCO GAME!

That’s true love.

It’s thanks to friends and family that I am able to  travel  to fun Las Vegas, and participate in such fun events!

Oh, and if you were wanting a blog about the event, sorry! What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, so I’m not sharing about the author panels, the kissing knights, or the big costume party on Saturday night. You’ll just have to come in 2015 and experience yourself!

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Winners of The Dark Huntsman E-book #Giveaway, #Enter New Goodreads Giveaway Today

Announcing Ten Lucky Winners of My fantasy romance e-book Giveaway!

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

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Entry #43Carole S.
Entry #12Katie D.
Entry #21Elizabeth F.
Entry #6Katie D.
Entry #13Elizabeth F.
Entry #25Pauletta M.
Entry #37Carole S.
Entry #23Victoria Z.
Entry #2CJ B.
Entry #32Jasmine J.
And Mary P., who signed up for my new release newsletter, you’ve won too!
I’ll be sending you an email with your copy of The Dark Huntsman soon, so keep an eye out and check your spam! Congratulations to everyone who won and thanks for entering. I hope you enjoy the book.

Now open!

Win one of Ten Print Copies of my fantasy romance:

The Dark Huntsman

Goodreads Book Giveaway

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The Dark Huntsman

by Jessica Aspen

Giveaway ends October 22, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Bewitching Summer Giveaway

For one month only you can enter to win fantastic prizes including a Kindle Fire, Amazon Gift Certificates, and my spicy new adult paranormal romance, Little Red Riding Wolf (my ebook is in Giveaway number four, enter HERE).

Giveaway Runs June 21- July 21

Bewitching Summer Book Giveaway

Rafflecopter Giveaway One: Kindle and swag packs

 Click HERE to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for an amazing swag pack including:

1 Kindle HD -30 authors joined together to offer a spectacular grand prize A Kindle Fire HD 8.9” screen , Wifi ,16GB $269 value Open to US shipping, if outside US you can receive an equal value Amazon Gift Card

1 huge package of book swag from Bewitching Book Tours filled with fun goodies from Bewitching Book Tours, owner Roxanne Rhoads and numerous Bewitching authors including a Starbucks giftcard from Gina Conkle

4 packages of book swag from Bewitching Book Tours- filled with fun goodies from Bewitching authors

1 mixed swag pack of various book swag from Milly Taiden

1 book swag from Constance Phillips

$15 Amazon gift card from Sky Purington

 Rafflecopter Giveaway Two: Print Books

Click HERE to enter Giveaway Two

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1 set of Bleeding Hearts (Demimonde #1) and Blood Rush (Demimonde #2) by Ash Krafton- US Shipping

2 sets of Her Dear & Loving Husband and Her Loving Husband’s Curse by Meredith Allard open to US Shipping

1 Kidnapped by Maria Hammarblad us shipping

1 ROGUE ORACLE and DARK ORACLE by Alayna Williams- us shipping

1 EMBERS and SPARKS by Laura Bickle- US shipping

1 Fall of Sky City by SM Blooding US Shipping only

1 signed set of DARK LIGHT OF DAY and FIERY EDGE OF STEEL by Jill Archer

1 Life After the Undead and Death to the Undead by Pembroke Sinclair- US shipping

1 DiSemblance by Shanae Branham

1 Shield: Allie’s War, Book Two by JC Andrijeski (or Revik: Allie’s War, Early Years) by JC Andrijeski

1 signed copy of VICIOUS CIRCLE by Linda Robertson (or any other title written by her if winner already has VC)

1 DiSemblance by Shanae Branham open to International Shipping

1 The Necromancer’s Seduction by Mimi Sebastian open to International Shipping

2 print copies of The Chosen by Annette Gisby, US/Canada and UK entrants

1 Print or ebook Copy of Night Hawk by JE Taylor to US residents or ebook (mobi or epub) for international folks. If US resident would prefer ebook – that can be done as well.

1 Print or ebook Copy of Hunting Season by JE Taylor to US residents or ebook (mobi or epub) for international folks. If US resident would prefer ebook – that can be done as well

1 Winner’s choice of print or digital (.mobi or .epub) of Royal Street or River Road by Suzanne Johnson, in either U.S. or U.K. editions; open to international.

1 Winner’s Choice of print, audio, or digital (.mobi only) of Redemption, Absolution, Omega, or Storm Force by Susannah Sandlin open to international.

1 All three books in the Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator series The Seduction of Phaeton Black, The Moonstone and Miss Jones, The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter by Jillian Stone. Print or eBook any format, reader’s choice Ebook open international

Bewitching Giveaway Three: YA Books

Click HERE to enter Giveaway Three

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1 Signed print copy Portal by Imogen Rose- US Shipping

1 Signed print copy of INITIATION by Imogen Rose- US Shipping

1 print copy Hollow’s End by Marianne Morea- US Shipping

5 print copies Visionary Unleashed by N. Dunham US shipping

1 THE HALLOWED ONES by Laura Bickle- US Shipping

1 print copy The Ifs (middle grade book) by JD Pooker

1 print set of Reckoning and Relentless by Molly Hall- US shipping

1 ebook copy of Soul Meaning by AD Starrling

1 ebook copy of King’s Crusade by AD Starrling (

1 ebook copy Hollow’s End by Marianne Morea

5 ecopies Visionary Unleashed by N. Dunham

5 ecopies of Portal by Imogen Rose

5 ecopies INITIATION by Imogen Rose

bewitching summer book giveaway fourBewitching Books Tours Summer Giveaway Four- Ebooks

Click HERE to enter giveaway four

1 ebook copy Flashback by Maria Hammarblad

10 ebook copies of Shield: Allie’s War, Book Two by JC Andrijeski (or Revik: Allie’s War, Early Years)

1 Tyrant of Tarsit (Time travel romance) by Holly Hunt

2 ebooks of New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer by John Gisby (international)

1 each Bleeding Hearts (Demimonde #1) and Blood Rush (Demimonde #2) by Ash Krafton

2 copies each Her Dear & Loving Husband and Her Loving Husband’s Curse by Meredith Allard

1 Winner’s choice Caged Heat or Wolf Protector by Milly Taiden

1 ecopy Resurrecting Harry by Constance Phillips

1 The Cat’s Meow by Stacey Kennedy

1 Stavros is giving away 1 of each- eBook copies of Dead Girl: A Romantic Zombie Tale of Revenge, Blood Junky, and Love in Vein

1 Murder on Mars (A New Orleans Mystery) by MM Shelley

1 Little Red Riding Wolf by Jessica Aspen, mobi or epub available

1 Cindy Spencer Paper is giving away an E-book – winner’s choice of any available on her website.

1 eCopy of The MacLomain Series Boxed Set by Sky Purington (Books 1-4), PDF or gifted to Kindle

5 free copies of DRAGONSTONE by Paula Millhouse : pdf, emobi, ePub

5 ecopies of THREE WISHES by Paula Millhouse pdf, mobi, ePub

1 ecopy SMOKE AND MIRRORS (The Gifted, Book 1) by Marie Treanor

1 ecopy SERAFINA AND THE SILENT VAMPIRE (Serafina’s, Book 1) by Marie Treanor

1 BLOOD GUILT (Blood Hunters, Book 1) by Marie Treanor

1 Annie Nicholas is giving away Reader’s choice of any ebook from her backlist winner’s choice of .pdf, epub, mobi.

1 one e-book set of the first two books in the Seven Seals Series (Seal of Destiny and Seal of Surrender) by Traci Douglass

1 ecopy Wucaii by Pembroke Sinclair

2 ebooks of Silent Screams by Annette Gisby (international)

2 ebooks of Shadows of the Rose by Annette Gisby (international)

3 EBOOKS (one set): THE CROSSE HARBOR TIME TRAVEL TRILOGY by Barbara Bretton

1 More Than Friends by Jessica Jayne (.epub, .pdf, .mobi)

1 In Flames by Jessica Jayne (.epub, .prc and .pdf)

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I’m on a Bewitching Tour with Little Red Riding Wolf

It’s Moonday Mania and I’m on tour!

We’re interrupting your regularly scheduled January Goals post for an impromtu blog tour. Here’s the schedule for the week! I’m guest blogging today at Fangs, Wands, & Fairydust as well as enjoying the spotlight at All I Want and More. Come on by and say “Hi” and look for the opportunity to win a copy of Little Red Riding Wolf, just in time to read it before Snow and the Seventh Wolf comes out in February. Check back next Moonday for your regularly scheduled post.

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And check out the rest of the schedule, below:
January 14
Fangs, Wands & Fairydust
January 14
All I Want and More –
January 15
Place of reads
January 15
Victoria Danann
January 16
January 16 promo
Krystal’s Enchanting Reads …
January 17
Little Read Riding Hood
January 17
JeanzBookReadNReview
January 18
Rabid Reads –
January 18
Delirious About Books
January 19
Happy Tails and Tales
January 19
Readaholic’s Reviews
January 20
Books, Books, and More Books
January 20
Pure Textuality
January 21
January 21
A Girl and Her Kindle
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RWA Inspiration

Sensational Saturdays

a blog for the spur of the moment

RWA Nationals.

Need I say more.

Well, yes, I guess I do. For romance writers RWA is the conference of conferences. It’s almost an entire week and every big player in our industry is there. You can rub shoulders with everyone from Nora Roberts to Kristen Higgins. And I did. Okay, not Nora. But I had a fabulous breakfast with Kristen Higgins!

She’s beautiful, way taller than me, and every inch a lady. (And no, I didn’t take a picture. You’ll just have to take my word for it. I only took pictures at Disney. Next time I’ll do better, I promise.)

That’s the kind of thing that happens at Nationals. You are standing there eating with a friend and meeting new people, and it turns out they know someone famous. And that person joins you for breakfast! Moments like these happen during the entire conference, why? Because romance authors are the nicest authors in our industry. We love to be friendly, give a hand up, and share what we know. Even our biggest stars.

And we have an amazing amount of big stars. They put on workshops and won awards and gave speeches that had me crying. I cried at every speech from first to last. And I became aware of something, sitting in that enormous ballroom, looking at four humongous movie screens along the front wall. (Yes, it’s that big) I realized that romance, is fifty percent of the publishing industry. Fifty percent. And sitting in that room were the people who made that happen. And in my small way, I’m a part of that.

That process started with the first official day of workshops and the first official luncheon. Stephanie Laurens was the keynote speaker and at first it was unclear where Stephanie was going with her speech. It seemed a little dry and focused on the mechanics of publishing. And then, like the writer she is, she hit the midpoint. And her speech began to sink in.

She wasn’t there to talk to Harlequin or to Kensington, or to Avon. Although there definitely was a message in there for all the publishers who are holding on tight to an out-moded form of publishing. She was there to talk to us. The authors. Like she’s done since she was one of the founding members of RWA. This was a reminder that RWA was not formed for the publishers, it was formed for authors by authors and continues to be run by authors. She rocked.

Go read her speech.

I’m not sure if reading it will be as powerful as it was sitting there seeing the speaker moved to tears. Seeing everyone at my table dabbing their eyes and the entire room rising to their feet. (Okay, maybe some of those agents and publishers didn’t stand, but they weren’t at my table.) And when you read that speech maybe you’ll have the same epiphany that I did. That RWA Nationals is not for the workshops on grammar or how to write an action scene, you can get all that online. That it’s not for the pitching and querying appointments, you can get those at any conference. It’s not even for the amazing award ceremony that feels like the Oscars. No, Nationals is for connecting with an industry moved by women like Stephanie Laurens. Women who saw that we could help each other write romance and that if we were to succeed in an industry that  didn’t think women could write, didn’t think the readers were important, and didn’t understand the power of romance, we would need each other. And we still do.

Go check out Stephanie Laurens’ speech HERE. Then come back and let me know what you think. 

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Hot, Hot, and HOTR!

Sensational Saturday

a blog posted in absentia

Today I am off at Nationals, but I still wanted to post a blog for everyone. I’m going to brag about the Heart of the Rockies Contest. Or the HOTR (pronounced Hotter!) as we affectionately call it. Unlike the Golden Heart the HOTR is a contest with feedback. Structured feedback. Judges are given a sheet of criteria and they look at each piece of the manuscript individually, before giving a score. This means that you actually find out what the judge was thinking when they give your darling a less than favorable score. And since you can see how it breaks down, you are able to understand why they didn’t love it. Or what worked for them if they did love it.

Another benefit to the HOTR is that everyone gets at least one published author to look at their work. That means that it’s not just a bunch of random judges, or even romance readers. At least one person has been through the editing process themselves. Another benefit is that at least one of your judges gives you a critique. They summarize what the scoring sheet tells you, and it’s their opportunity to share their deeper thinking. All this for only thirty dollars.

Few contests give you this much quality feedback unless you go to the finals, and with the HOTR everyone gets this high quality feedback. So take a chance. If you are an unpublished author, or know someone who is, I’ve posted all the information below. And I’m requesting that everyone of you please forward it.

Thank you!

Jessica

Heart of the Rockies
Unpublished Author Contest RULES

Colorado Romance Writers is pleased to announce the 2012 Heart of the Rockies Contest for unpublished writers. Numerous past Heart of the Rockies entrants have gone on to publication in book-length fiction. This year, there will be nine categories with achievement awards given in each. Entries are limited to the first 215 received. Entries received after the limit is achieved will be returned to the owner.

Every entry will be judged by two experienced judges, at least one of whom will be a published author. Manuscripts that qualify for a final round will be judged by editors or agents. Finalists will be notified no later than September 1, 2012.  First place in each category will receive plaques; all others will receive a certificate. In addition, winners will be announced in the Romance Writers Report.

Entrants will receive one written critique and two comprehensive evaluations of their work based on twenty different potential problem areas. Each category uses an individualized score sheet for its particular genre.

SAVE POSTAGE, PAPER, AND PRINTING COSTS! AN ALL ELECTRONIC CONTEST! NO PAPER SUBMISSIONS!

If paying by PAYPAL, the entry form can be electronic also. If submitting electronically, the person entering the contest understands that submission constitutes a signature.  If paying by check, the entry form must be printed and submitted with a signature by snail mail.

Once we receive your entry and payment, the coordinator will send you an email with a link to which coordinator to send your submission and synopsis.

Names shall not appear anywhere on the submission entry or synopsis.

CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

 

♥ Young Adult  ~ Novels with a romantic element aimed at teens and young adult readers.  Word count more than 40,000 (Examples:  TOR, Kensington)

Long Contemporary Romance ~ Series romance novels that focus primarily on the romantic relationship with a proposal length of at least 60,000 words. (Examples: Harlequin American, Superromance, Silhouette Special Edition)

Short Contemporary Romance ~ Series romance novels that focus primarily on the romantic relationship with a proposal length of less than 60,000 words. (Examples: Harlequin Presents, Romance and Temptation; Silhouette Desire and Romance; Avalon)

Single Title Romance ~ Contemporary romantic novels not printed as part of a series. (Examples: Mira; Avon). Projected length of over 70,000 words.

Romantic Suspense ~ Novels that contain a strong element of suspense or mystery mixed with romance. This may include gothic-style romances if they are set in modern times.

Historical Romance ~ Novels that feature romance in time periods other than the present. Most editors consider historicals as books set in times prior to World War I. Entrants submitting Gothics will have to decide whether their entries fit better here or in the Suspense category. (Examples: Avon, Zebra, Harlequin Historicals and all Regency lines)

Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic/Fantasy ~ Novels that mix romance with elements of the paranormal, time travel or fantasy. (Examples: Love Spell; Jove Time Passages, Magical Love)

Inspirational Romance ~ Novels featuring an inspirational message of personal religious faith conveyed as a major element of the plot and not used as a plot device or subplot. Examples: Love Inspired; Waterbrook Press; Palisades; Barbour/Heart Songs; Multnomah Publishers)

Mainstream with Romantic Elements ~ A work of fiction not belonging in another category that contains a strong romantic element, such that one or more romances contained in the story form an integral part of the story’s structure, but in which other themes or stories may also be significantly developed. ****Warning—The synopsis may be critical in judging this category if the Hero/Heroine do not meet in the 1st 30 pgs and if the romance is not introduced yet.

 

  

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Contest extended until August 1, 2012

RULES

CATEGORIES:
♥ Achievement awards will be given in the following categories: Spicy, Long Contemporary, Short Contemporary, Contemporary Single Title, Romantic Suspense, Inspirational, Paranormal/Time Travel/ Futuristic/Fantasy, Historical Romance, and Mainstream with Romantic Elements. Please indicate on the submission header the category in which your manuscript is entered. If a minimum of 7 entries are not received in a category, we reserve the right to either combine categories OR that category will be cancelled and the entries and entry fee returned to their owners.

JUDGING:
♥ Each entry is judged by two experienced judges, one of whom is a published author. A score sheet focusing on 20 problem areas (with a total of 105 possible points) is used by each. Judges may make comments on the score sheet and may also choose to write on the manuscript.
♥ The entry fee also includes one separate critique discussing the manuscript’s strong and weak points and suggestions for improvement. Please keep in mind that judging is subjective.
♥ Manuscripts that qualify for a final round will be judged by editors or agents. Awards will be announced on October 13, 2012.  First place in each category will receive a plaque; all others will receive a certificate. In addition, winners will be announced in the Romance Writers Report.

AWARDS:
♥ To qualify for an award, an entry must receive a total combined score of at least 160 points (out of a possible combined score from both judges of 210 points). If no entry in a category receives 160 points, there will be no award given in that category. Finalists will be notified by e-mail or phone no later than September 14, 2012.

SUBMISSION:
♥ ELECTRONIC ONLY.  Submission consisting of the first two chapters and the complete 1-5 page synopsis, saved in RTF format only, total entry is not to exceed 35 double-spaced pages. There should be no cover page in the attachment. Only one version of each manuscript will be accepted. Do not submit more than once. Do not follow up with a paper entry.
♥ Include in the body of the email, your real name, address, telephone number, title of the entry, and category in which the entry should be judged. If your PayPal payment is paid by someone other than you, please include that also so we may cross-reference. Your submission should be an attachment using the rich text font format. It will NOT be accepted unless it is saved as an RTF format.
♥ You may enter as many manuscripts as you wish in each category, but each must be accompanied by both an official entry form (photocopies acceptable) and the correct entry fee, either by check or PayPal. If submitting paypal, the entry form may be emailed directly.
At the time of submission, you may not have had this work nor any other work in novel-length romantic fiction of yours accepted for publication, including e-published and self-published.
Entries must be submitted in either Courier New 12 or Times New Roman 12.  If submitting an entry form electronically, the person entering the contest understands that submission constitutes a signature on the entry form.
♥ Submissions should be e-mailed as an attachment to the appropriate Category Coordinator using RTF (rich text font) format. A link will be sent to you following receipt of payment and electronic entry form. PLEASE WAIT FOR CONFIRMATION before contacting coordinators. Contest entry deadline is midnight Mountain Time on August 1, 2012.
♥ If paying by check, the entry form must be printed and submitted with a signature by snail mail, mailed to the appropriate coordinator.
♥ Names or personal information shall not appear anywhere on the attachment, submission entry or synopsis. It may only appear in the body (cover) of the email.
♥ If there are any questions regarding electronic entries, please contact Coordinator Maya Milhous at HORCoordinator1@coloradoromancewriters.org.

MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION:
♥ Manuscripts must be suitable for submission in contest format (typed with the acceptable fonts and double-spaced to be easier on the judges’ eyes, with 1” margins all around, 25-27 manuscript lines per page.) WE ARE AWARE THIS ISN’T ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION FORMAT, HOWEVER, IT IS ACCEPTABLE FOR JUDGING
♥ At the top of each manuscript page in the header, you must print the title of the entry and the category entered. Page numbers will be included at the top of the submission. Your name should appear ONLY on the cover sheet which is the body of the email. If it appears on any of your attached manuscript pages, your entry will be disqualified.
♥ Send your entry as ONE attachment in .rtf format, with your 1-5 page synopsis placed at the beginning of your submission, followed by the Prologue/ Chapters 1 & 2, for a total of no more than 35 PAGES.

FEES:  CRW Members–$25; Non-CRW Members–$30

All fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and must accompany your manuscript. Checks or money orders should be made payable to COLORADO ROMANCE WRITERS. Or use the Paypal buttons on CRW website. A submission will not be considered entered into the contest unless a payment has been received.
NOTE For Paypal entries: When you submit your entry and form, please indicate you used Paypal. Entries received without an enclosed payment or prior to payment through Paypal will be returned. If you’re using Paypal, please type your name, book title and category in the empty box located above the PayPal button before clicking on the button to continue your transaction. Thank you!

MAILING: There will be no mailing of paper submissions this year.

DEADLINE: Manuscripts along with payment and entry form must be received no later than June 15, 2012.

QUESTIONS: Coordinator email: Grace Larradle, HORCoordinator1@coloradoromancewriters.org;

♥ Winners for the 2012 contest will be announced at the CRW’s October Anniversary & PAL tea on October 13, 2012.

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