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Ashes is here!

LIMITED TIME ONLY!

DOWNLOAD ASHES ON BARNES & NOBLE, KOBO, AMAZON & iBOOKS for only 99cents!

Just for you, I’ve put ASHES, my brand new fantasy romance, up everywhere, so it’s available on Ibooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon

This way every single one of you get’s a chance to read the book in their preferred venue.

And because I love you, it’s only 99 cents!

BUT IT WON’T LAST!

Alas, I have a car payment now and that baby needs to be paid every month, so the price will be going up, up, up in just a few days!

AND…

I’ll be taking ASHES down from every distributor except for AMAZON.  So, if you want ASHES on iBOOKS, KOBO  or BARNES & NOBLE, buy it today before it’s gone.

Here’s the link: https://books2read.com/ashesromance

DO YOU READ ON KINDLE UNLIMITED?

If so, then you have the choice—Buy Ashes during release week ONLY for only 99 cents…
or wait, and I’ll put it up on Kindle Unlimited, just after release when I raise the price.

Thank you!

-Jessica

P.S. Hurry and buy the book during release week for the low, low, very limited price of 99 cents. After that, the price will be going up, up, up!!!

Click HERE to download for only 99cents!

 

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ASHES: a twisted Cinderella tale of romance and magic

Princess Ellasin has been living a life of drudgery in her own castle working for her step-mother, the Crimson Queen. When sexy, devil-may-care Finn Aduain breaks in and invites her to take a walk on the wild side, instead of danger—Ella sees opportunity.

Disgraced prince turned charming thief— Finn has his own secrets. But when he meets the charmingly innocent ash-girl, he’s intrigued. Seducing Ella into leaving the life she’s always known becomes his new mission.

Desperate for power, the queen has decreed a ball for Ella’s step-sisters to find husbands and Ella decides—this is the perfect night to escape. With the assistance of Finn, the castle ghost, and her own surprisingly strong magic, Ella finally discovers freedom. But freedom comes at a price. Ella learns that her step-mother drained Ella’s father of his life and his magic—and now intends to drain her too. Ella vows to take back her throne and put an end to her step-mother, once and for all.

Dare to discover Jessica Aspen’s world of steamy, fantasy romance in her brand new twisted fairy tale series: Tales of the Crimson Court

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WOOT! It’s almost time for fairy tale romance!

Hi there!

Super excited to be unveiling the cover for ASHES, the first book in the TALES OF THE CRIMSON COURT. My cover artist spent a lot of time getting this one just right, including changing not only Finn’s eyes to this luscious blue, and adding subtle blue highlights to his hair, but making sure he has the ears of an elf! You wouldn’t believe how hard that is. 🙂

And I love the darling pumpkin coach, it looks just like the one in the book!

An enslaved princess, a charming thief, and a power-hungry step-mother out for revenge…

ASHES: a twisted Cinderella tale of romance and magic

I hope you love it as much as I do and look forward to hearing your opinion on the newly renamed Facebook group: Jessica Aspen Book Party!

Have a great day!
-Jessica

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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

Click HERE to discover Jessica Aspen’s fast-paced world of paranormal romance

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WOOT! The Winter Queen’s Dragon WON!

Hello!

I’m super excited because THE WINTER QUEEN’S DRAGON won it’s category in the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award. Squee!

Thanks so much for your help and getting out the vote!

And it get’s even better!

The TALES OF THE BLACK COURT won for best series in ROMANCE/PARANORMAL/FANTASY/WITCHES & WIZARDS/EROTICA !

Are there enough exclamation points for this!!! (Just sayin’ 🙂

 

Thank you!

Jessica

Want to check out all the winners and runner’s up? Here’s the link:

https://www.paranormalromanceguild.com/2017-paranormal-romance-guild-reviewers-choice-award-results/

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What’s a heroine to do when her dragon captor is not only her enemy’s best defense…
but is also the man of her dreams?

Deep in the north of the fae world of Underhill, Siobhan has been frozen for a hundred years. On gaining her freedom from the ice the only thing on her mind is vengeance. Instead, she becomes the prisoner of the Winter Queen’s Dragon: Atavantador. But nothing is as it seems. To become powerful enough to get her revenge, Siobhan must make an unlikely ally—the dragon’s sexy manservant, Doyle.

Doyle is hiding more than one secret—and all of them are worth his life. To keep the queen on his side he must play the game of dragon so well that no one guesses his true secret: beneath the Winter Palace lies one of the keys to all dragon kind’s survival.

And time is running out.

Can Siobhan trust a man who is secretly her dragon captor and sworn to protect the Winter Palace? Or will she find out that ending a queen’s reign means sacrificing true love in her quest for revenge.

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of fast-paced fantasy romance
 Tales of the Black Court

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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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

Click HERE to discover Jessica Aspen’s fast-paced world of paranormal romance

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Time is running out to vote for The Winter Queen’s Dragon

Hello!

I’m super excited because THE WINTER QUEEN’S DRAGON has been nominated for a Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award. Squee!

But the contest ends soon!

So I need your help.

Just click HERE and head on over to the PRG website. THE WINTER QUEEN’S DRAGON is midway down the page in the   category. If you don’t see the entries there is a link to click way at the bottom of the page that will take you directly to the Google form. That happened to my husband but it was super easy for him to click and go. And then vote! Don’t forget to hit the submit button. 🙂

That’s it!

Voting ends tomorrow, February 18th, so head on over to PRG today.

And thank you!

Jessica

Need that link again? Here it is:

https://www.paranormalromanceguild.com/cast-votes-2017-prg-reviewers-choice-awards/

wnter-queens-dragon

What’s a heroine to do when her dragon captor is not only her enemy’s best defense…
but is also the man of her dreams?

Deep in the north of the fae world of Underhill, Siobhan has been frozen for a hundred years. On gaining her freedom from the ice the only thing on her mind is vengeance. Instead, she becomes the prisoner of the Winter Queen’s Dragon: Atavantador. But nothing is as it seems. To become powerful enough to get her revenge, Siobhan must make an unlikely ally—the dragon’s sexy manservant, Doyle.

Doyle is hiding more than one secret—and all of them are worth his life. To keep the queen on his side he must play the game of dragon so well that no one guesses his true secret: beneath the Winter Palace lies one of the keys to all dragon kind’s survival.

And time is running out.

Can Siobhan trust a man who is secretly her dragon captor and sworn to protect the Winter Palace? Or will she find out that ending a queen’s reign means sacrificing true love in her quest for revenge.

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of fast-paced fantasy romance
 Tales of the Black Court

Buy today at:

buyAZ

kindleunlimited

 

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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

Click HERE to discover Jessica Aspen’s fast-paced world of paranormal romance

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DISCLOSURE: Some of the links on this site are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and purchase. Myself and my coffee fund thank you! 🙂

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Heat Up Your Holidays with FREE Sexy Romance

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Merry Christmas!

It’s that time of year when we’re all super busy with friends and family, and making sure everyone else has a fabulous holiday, so make sure to tuck a little something under the tree for yourself this holiday season. I always do! LOL!

Wishing you a fun and safe holiday season!

Merry Christmas,

-Jessica

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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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

Click HERE to discover Jessica Aspen’s fast-paced world of paranormal romance

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Wolf Enforcer is to be published by Kindle Press-WOOT!

Sensational Saturday

a blog for celebrating!

Woot! We did it!

Thanks to everyone for all your support and nominations on Kindle Scout for WOLF ENFORCER, book one in the Wolf Enforcer series. Because of all your efforts the amazing people at Kindle Press have chosen to publish it and it will be coming out very soon.

Yay! Happy Dancing!

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Here’s what I know:

In the next 30 days all the prep work on my end needs to be completed. Then a publishing date will be set. From what I know about Kindle Press, they like to move fast! And since this book is already edited, has a fabulous cover, and is ready to go, I’m assuming we’ll see publication this spring. But that’s totally an assumption on my part, so stay tuned and I’ll let you know when and what’s going on both here on the blog and in my newsletter.

Speaking of my newsletter. If you haven’t signed up yet for the newsletter, and you want a taste of the Wolf Enforcer Series, then you’ll love the FREE book, ROGUE ENFORCER, that you get in your very first official email. 🙂 Click HERE to sign up.

Now, on to the rest of the series plan.

I’m still working on release dates, but book 2 BLOOD ENFORCER, is in final edits and will be coming out hot on the heels of WOLF ENFORCER. And I’m also writing PACK ENFORCER, the third book. So, this series will be done and out, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

And, as if that weren’t enough, I am also going to be in a super exciting boxed set, THE ALPHAS OF SUMMER, and I’ve written a super special novella set in the Wolf Enforcer series called LONE ENFORCER.

That boxed set comes out in July, and I’ll be letting newsletter people know, as well as here on the blog, and on Facebook.

OH Yeah! Facebook…

I started a group just for the Kindle Scout adventure https://www.facebook.com/groups/WolfEnforcer/ and it’s still live and hopping. I plan to be on there most days and we’ve been sharing fun wolf pictures and other super cool things. I’m going to keep that group open for the rest of the books, so if you haven’t been by yet, come on in and say ‘hi!’

Okay, now I’ve got to get back to work. I now have a ton on my plate, which makes me super happy. I love having plans. 🙂

To summarize:

  1. If you haven’t yet, join the newsletter and get your FREE copy of Rogue Enforcer. http://eepurl.com/zs4Sj
  2. If you want more info on a daily basis, join the Wolf Enforcer Launch Facebook group and check out the fun wolf pics. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WolfEnforcer/
  3. I’ll be updating on the schedule, but for now it’s. TBD and here’s the order of events: Kindle Publishing will set the date for WOLF ENFORCER, and then I’ll set the dates for BLOOD ENFORCER and PACK ENFORCER.
  4. And look out for the fabulous boxed set ALPHAS OF SUMMER that comes out July 3rd.

That’s all folks!

Once again, thank you!

-Jessica

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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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ThanksGetting? Really?

Sensational Saturdays

a blog for those of us who love the holidays

It’s been a funny year, full of ups and downs. My family has had some issues that while not impossible to deal with, have definitely impacted how I spend my time and what I worry about. But overall, it’s been a great year and as I look back I am very thankful.

One of the things I love about the holidays is the time I get to spend with my family, especially the extended family that we don’t see all the time. That’s why when I saw the “massive company not to be named” ad campaign about “ThanksGetting” I nearly choked on my turkey. ThanksGetting? Really?

Brown eyed susans 1It’s bad enough they make all those poor sales people work the day after the holiday, on Black Friday. And now so many of the stores are actually open on Thanksgiving itself, it’s sickening. Who is shopping on Thanksgiving? The only shopping we do is running out for emergency butter. You think by now I’d now we need two pounds, not one, but no. Every year someone has to run to the store for the butter. Oh, and more wine. Can’t forget the emergency wine.

But to actually leave my cozy house and all my guests and the disaster that is my kitchen after the big meal and to go shopping? No way.

Now, I have shopped on Black Friday before, but as soon as I saw that ad with GETTING instead of GIVING. I decided no more. Yesterday, Black Friday, I stayed home. And I wasn’t one of those people shopping on the computer either. No, I worked on getting RED, A Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance, formatted and sent off to Betwitching Book Tours, so that I can get some early reviews. I also finished cleaning the pans that didn’t get done on Thursday night because we were totally exhausted from cooking a meal for eleven people. And I spent quality time with the girls.

It was tea and murder at my house on Black Friday. We watched our favorite Midsomer Murders and had to decide whether we wanted Vanilla Chai or Earl Grey. D1 crocheted and D2 got out a puzzle. And we laughed and we talked and we shivered at the ghosts in the Christmas murder. Because it isn’t Midsomer if there isn’t something spooky.

So, I’m done with being drawn into the shopping frenzy. There is nothing I need badly enough to turn my day of thanks into a day of GIMME, GIMME, GIMME. Thank you ThanksGetting. Thank you to the advertising campaign the big company designed to draw me into their store. I stayed home instead and had a fabulous day with my girls.

What did you do on Black Friday? Is shopping a tradition for you? What about Small Business Saturday? For me, that’s another story.

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.

 

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Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

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Discovering Also Boughts

Thursdays Bite

a blog of the strange and wonderful

I’m giving away two copies of The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court, and guess what? I’ve included international in this one. Many authors don’t include international, because of the shipping, but I want to make sure everyone has a shot at winning. So, if you live anywhere besides the USA now is your chance to enter to win! (Okay, I included US as well, you guys can enter to win.)  Giveaway ends soon! February 28, 2014.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Dark Huntsman by Jessica Aspen

The Dark Huntsman

by Jessica Aspen

Giveaway ends February 28, 2014.

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at Goodreads.

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When you look at the purchase page on Amazon for The Dark Huntsman, at the bottom, you find the Also Boughts. They change based on the day to day sales and purchasing, but for one moment in time these were the books that were Also Bought by people who purchased The Dark Huntsman. I thought you might enjoy taking a peek!

Magic Academy (A Fantasy New Adult Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Jillian Keep

Entreat Me [Kindle Edition]

Grace Draven

Taunting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles) (Kindle Edition)by Amelia Hutchins,Genevieve Scholl

Lizzy Ford

Charred Tears (#2, Heart of Fire) [Kindle Edition]

What other fantasy romances have you purchased? Do you look at the Also Boughts on Amazon to decide what you read? If not, how do you decide what book to purchase next? What about other websites?

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So Long to Sensational Saturdays

Sensational Saturday

a blog for whatever

Hello, loyal Jessica Aspen Writes fans. The good news that on Monday you can still tune in here for Monday Mania, and on Thursday’s, you will still find me writing Thursday’s Bite. But the sad news, the unfortunate news, the it-must-happen-for-the-good-of-the-blog news is that I am discontinuing Sensational Saturdays.

That’s not to say I won’t still be writing the occasional irreverent blog that really has nothing to do with the art of writing or paranormal romance. I will still be posting great posts like: TOO FUNNY! and Why Everyone Needs an Extra Set of Balls but you’ll be finding them on either Moonday Mania or Thursday’s Bite.

Why am I dropping a blogging day?

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Good question. I checked out my site stats and Saturday’s are low traffic days, as are Sundays. Looking on the site stats you all are visiting mostly on Monday’s and Thursdays, with some traffic Tues, Wed and Friday. The weekends you must all be out partying it up! Which is great fun, but not so great for blog traffic. And the truth is that I am getting bogged down in blogging.

Yep, I need to focus more on my writing and less on other things, but I am not giving up blogging! I love it and I love each and every one of you. You are terrific commenters, and lurkers, and sometimes-drop-byers. Thank you each and every one. (OK, I don’t love the spammers, you can all go back to where you came from.) This means that funny, extraneous posts may show up when you least expect them, so be prepared!

What have you done recently to slim down your commitments? Do you find that your social media is taking up more time than you thought? Do you look at your site stats and see how your traffic responds to what you post?

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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.

 

  

Permission to forward

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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