Thursday, August 29, 2013

Get your entry into the Hot Prospects contest TODAY!

If you've got a manuscript you're working on and need some editing, this is the contest for you! The grand prize will get it polished, and take a look at the list of editors (one of which is mine) below who will read your work! The deadline is soon, so get your entry fee in today!

2013 Hot Prospects Contest
Sponsor: Valley of the Sun Romance Writers

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Looking to sign your first book contract, switch from a small press to a large
publisher or simply explore another genre of romantic fiction? Turn up the heat
on your writing career with the Hot Prospects Contest.

GRAND PRIZE: The grand prize winner of the contest will have their entire manuscript (400 pages, Courier, 12pt, Double spaced) reviewed by two professional editors at The Author's Red Room.

Announcement by a former winner:

I entered the Hot Prospects contest in 2011 and placed first in the Contemporary Single Title category and won the Grand Prize overall with my erotic legal thriller, Legally Mastered (now Legal Heat by Sarah Castille). The feedback I got from the contest judges was invaluable in helping me polish my book and that year I landed an agent, and a publishing contract with Samhain Publishing and then a second publishing contract with Sourcebooks Casablanca the following year. The Hot Prospects contest was very well run and I recommend it to all my romance writer friends.

Fee: $25 for Valley of the Sun RWA chapter members
$30 for non-chapter members
Chapter website has PayPal capability.

Postmark Deadline: September 1st, 2013
E-Submit Deadline: September 1st, 2013

Eligibility: The Hot Prospects Contest is open to any work uncontracted and
unpublished at the time of entry.

Enter: 3-5-page synopsis and up to the first 25 pages of story (30 pages max). Entry or
synopsis may be shorter, but neither may be longer than specified.

Categories/Judges: Trained judges for preliminary round

Final round judges

1) Historical/Regency

Editor - Holly Blanck, St. Martins
Senior Editor - Esi Sogah, Kensington

2) Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal

Assistant Editor - Kelly Quinn, Tor
Editor –Kristine Swartz, Assistant Editor, The Berkley Publishing Group 

3) Romantic Suspense

Editorial Assistant- Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing
Editor Samhain -Tera Kleinfelter

4) Contemporary Long/Single Title

Editor –Deborah Werksman, Sourcebooks, Inc
Editor at large, Sue Grimshaw, Random House

5) Series Contemporary
Associate Editor – Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin
Senior Editor Sweetheart Rose – Leanne Morgena, The Wild Rose Press

For More Information, entry form, and rules, see website at For questions please email

Those entries that do not final will be returned approximately October 30th,
2013 to help those who plan to enter RWA's Golden Heart.

Linda Andrews
Valley of the Sun Hot Prospects Chair

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Happy Release Day to Erin Quinn with THE FIVE DEATHS OF ROXANNE LOVE!

Err, well, actually it was yesterday, but I had another post I had to put up, so sharing this with you all today. We consult on our books together, so if you like my stories, you'll probably like hers, although she's just a touch darker than I am. Here's the ad she did with all the info about her book, and trust me, this is a book (and series) that will go on your keeper shelf. Mesmerizing, fascinating, can't-put-it-down story...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The awards for the Golden Quill are lovely...

Yes, I received both my awards this year....
The green marble is real cause they are very heavy! I had to buy metal stands for them. Aren't they gorgeous?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My nephew is a talented guitarist with the band BLINDSIDE DROP, please 'like' them here:

They are going for the Kentucky State Fair Young Adult Project to perform at their local state fair. This may be their last performance, as many of them are off to college. Part of the judging involves the number of 'likes' they can get on the website page for the project, and trust me, it would be very much appreciated if you could stop by for a sec and visit them (you must have a facebook account or sign up for one in order to do so). Here's the live link to 'like' BLINDSIDE DROP (click on the 'like' button just below their photo):

Thanks a million!