Beau Monde Royal Ascot Surprise

This past Spring, I submitted three entries to the Beau Monde Royal Ascot and Readers’ Choice contests. The Royal Ascot is the mother of all Regency romance contests, accepting entries in several categories of sexual expliciteness. Regardless of category, the four top-scoring entries are named finalists. Much to my surprise, both The Memory of Blue and Finding Wychwood made the finals. After final round judging, Finding Wychwood placed second and The Memory of Blue third. As a bonus, The Memory of Blue was named Readers’ Choice winner for Sweet and Mild Regency. Although the category sounds like a salsa, I’ll take it! I like salsa very much. And I am grateful to the Beau Monde for a wonderful contest.

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Rules of the Game Wins!

My unpublished manuscript, Rules of the Game, won first prize in the Colorado Romance Writers’ Happily Ever After contest. This contest accepts a brief synopsis and the final several thousand words. How you read the ending without context, I don’t know. I’m glad someone can, though.

To add the joy, my second entry of Finding Wychwood made honorable mention in the same contest. The judges were kind enough to offer useful feedback. Good contest!

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Second Place for Rules of the Game

My manuscript, Rules of the Game, just won the silver in the Windy City Four Seasons contest! How did this happen? I haven’t a clue. I suppose this means that it is time to begin pitching agents. Which means I need to build an agent list. Which means I need to do some research. Which means I should stop posting and get busy now.

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Rules of the Game Is a Finalist!

My manuscript, Rules of the Game, is a finalist in the Windy City Four Seasons contest. The story explores the confounding rules of Regency era society as seen through the eyes of a novice member of the ton. In other words, not much different from freshman year of high school. As I am a novice to the world of contests, the theme is aptly fitting. Where is my locker?

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Finding Wychood Is a Finalist!

My unpublished manuscript, Finding Wychwood, has been named a finalist for the Best Banter Contest sponsored by the Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America. Here’s a quiz. The prize for winning is:

  1. A new car
  2. A lucrative publishing contract
  3. Eviscerating feedback from experts in the field

If you chose #3, then congratulations. Don’t misunderstand me, though! I am happy for feedback from those who know the game, and am pleased to make edits with those comments in mind.

A new car would be nice, though. Just saying.

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Contest Award for Finding Wychwood

My unpublished manuscript, Finding Wychwood, won second place for historical romance in the recent Ignite the Flame contest. This stuns me, as I have only just begun writing romance novels after ten years of toiling in another genre. I can only think of three reasons for this accolade:

  1. Perhaps my writing voice is suited to historical romance, or
  2. Perhaps I got lucky, or
  3. There has been a terrible mistake

I hope to get to the bottom of this. I will keep you posted about the trials and travails of Finding Wychwood as I seek an agent and enter more contests in the meantime. Whether suited, lucky, or the beneficiary of a mistake, I am hoping for a happily ever after. As is fitting.

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