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It’s An Honor to be Nominated…Again!

I’ve had a really strange experience with contests in the RWA (Romance Writers Association).

The year Enchanted came out, I asked my publisher for a box of books so that I might submit them to a bunch of RWA Chapter contests. I mean, Enchanted won the Gelett Burgess Award right out of the gate, so it was a shoe in for any others, right? I wanted to win them all. I especially wanted the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal (FF&P) Chapter‘s coveted PRISM award, since my bestie Leanna had walked away with TWO the previous year.

Leanna Renee Hieber: Award Winning Goofball Whom I Love to Death

I spent a LOT of money in shipping and contest entry fees. I submitted to about six Chapter contests. Enchanted finaled in only one of them.

Le sigh.

Even worse, in the confusion my publisher assumed I had taken the reins completely and was sending books and fees in to every RWA contest…which meant Enchanted completely missed being submitted to the RITA for consideration at all.

Le double-sigh.

This year, I saved my time and money. I did not enter any of the RWA Chapter contests. Hero was submitted for the RITA by my publisher, per usual. Due to some new rules-wrangling, the RITA Awards won’t even have a YA category this year.

Le triple-sigh.

HOWEVER…I lied. I did submit to one Chapter contest. I didn’t tell my publisher about it. (Heck, I don’t even think I told the Mermaids about it.) At the very last second, the 11th hour, last-call for submissions, I entered Hero into the PRISM. And then, as always, life got crazy and I just forgot about it…

…until now, when I just opened the email telling me that Hero is a finalist for this year’s PRISM Award, to be presented at RWA Nationals in San Antonio. And I just so happen to be attending Nationals this year because Kerri Mermaid talked me into being her roommate.

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks, Kerri.

Now if I win that darned thing, I promise to take a picture just like Leanna’s. 🙂

Hero Paperback Cover

 

 

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HERO on the Web Today

This weekend’s launch was FABULOUS…pics to come soon!

In the meantime, I’ve got some GREAT stuff out there on ye olde intarwebs today:

Carrie S. reviewed HERO for Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. The book received a hard-earned B+ from this exceptionally tough review site, and I’m honored! Click on over to see if you agree with her assessment.

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I Smell Sheep is hosting an exceptionally fun character interview with Saturday Woodcutter. I had so much fun doing a character interview with Sunday last year, that I really wanted to do it again, and Sharon was all too happy to host my “punch first and ask questions later” heroine. Click here for much amusement.

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Also falling under the category of “things that will make you laugh on a Monday”, I wrote a craft piece for the RWA’s Future, Fantasy & Paranormal blog about how dating some really big jerk helped me learn how to become a better writer…by stealing. Click here to read “Queen of Thieves.”

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And there’s more…on the way soon! xox

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Washington Loves HERO!

I am proud to announce that HERO has been named the October 2013 selection for Washington Loves Romance!

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Washington Loves Romance is an online book club for the many readers of romance fiction in all its forms with a special focus on the romance authors and readers in the metro Washington, D.C. area.

Each month readers will gather on Facebook to read and discuss two Washington Romance Writers’ books. Baltimore-based book blogger Mandi Schreiner with Smexy Books will moderate the discussion. At the end of each month, two lucky Washington Loves Romance readers will win a gift pack.

In addition, Washington Loves Romance will hold local get-togethers to give Washington Romance Writers’ authors and readers a chance to chat about their books and all things romance. One get-together attendee will win a Washington Romance Writers member swag bag given away during the get-together.

Not only will romance authors and readers get a chance to connect on a more personal level through Washington Loves Romance, they’ll be helping to fight illiteracy.

All profits from Washington Loves Romance branded items will be given to local literacy programs. Romance authors and readers, as well as others who want to help end illiteracy, should visit Washington Loves Romance’s CafePress shop to order T-shirts, bags, coffee mugs and other goodies today.

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Follow Washington Loves Romance on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WashingtonLovesRomance

To preorder HERO from Amazon: CLICK HERE

HERO last cover REALLY I MEAN IT

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MoA&A Interview #7: Kimberly Kincaid

Hello, everyone! Welcome to July, and the Month of Artist and Author Interviews here on the website!

Today’s interview features sexy romance writing yoga diva Kimberly Kincaid. It’s fitting that Kimberly’s interview directly follows Robin’s, as she’s the opposing side of that aforementioned Facebook Man-War Photo Bombing.

Seriously–if you’re into man candy and you’re not following both of these ladies on Facebook, you’re missing out on some…shall we say…very nice posts.

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Author or Artist?
Author

Who are your professional role models?
There are so many! Wendy Corsi Staub, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Louisa Edwards, Cherry Adair, Robyn Carr, Jenny Crusie…I could go on and on with how many writers inspire me.

What’s your favorite writing/sketching weather?
Gray, rainy, and cold. I like to bundle up with a cup of tea and sit at my desk to clack away.

Set your current playlist/musical device to “shuffle all” and hit PLAY. What’s the first song that comes up?
Modern Love, by Matt Nathanson

If you could win any award, which would it be?
RWA’s RITA, no question!

Would you rather have magical powers, or a spaceship?
A toughie…I’ll go with magical powers. I’d like to stop time so I can read all the books in my to-be-read pile, make all the recipes overflowing from my kitchen drawers, and still get all my other stuff done. Oh, and to nap ☺

What was your favorite book as a child?
I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books, but I always tried to write my own endings when my book-fate ended up going badly.

What thing do you wish you could go back in time and tell your 10-year-old self?
To always live boldly. I don’t think I really got that until a few years ago. I missed a lot of bold living, but that’s okay. I’m making up for it now!

What’s your favorite constellation?
The Pleiades (in Taurus). I wrote one of my first manuscripts (which is totally under my bed and never coming out) with a scene that revolves around the couple star-gazing, and the hero tells the heroine a really touching story about the Pleiades. The constellation is often hard to see, but then again, so are a lot of life’s most beautiful things.

What’s your favorite fairy tale?
Hansel and Gretel, because they save themselves by using their smarts.

What thing are you most proud of?
My 3 daughters, who laugh often and read every day.

The Colin Harvey Memorial Question: Name 3 things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
My bucket list is long, but here are three of my favorite items that are written in pen: 1. Learn to speak fluent Italian, then go on a Tuscan wine tour and use my newfound knowledge for the purposes of good 2. Earn a black belt in Tae Kwon Do 3. Be a guest judge on Iron Chef America. Hey, a foodie can dream!

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Kimberly’s passion for the written word knows very little boundaries, and she reads and writes like starving people eat – ravenously and without pause. When she isn’t comfortably cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known affectionately as The Pleather Bomber, she can be found scouring local book stores for a great new read, people-watching like it’s an Olympic sport, cooking or practicing yoga. She lives in northern Virginia with her wildly understanding husband and three children, where she is currently embarking on her newest passion– writing foodie romance.

To follow Kimberly’s career, please view her Facebook page. You can also follow her on Twitter: @KimberlyKincaid

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Marlene Contest Now Open to Entries!

As you know, I’m a member of the infamous WRW (Washington Romance Writers) group. (Yes, that’s the one of which Nora Roberts is also a member.)

Every year, we hold a writing contest called the Marlenes. And it’s time for the 2012 Marlene contest!

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Polish your manuscript and submit it for a chance to win!  The 3 finalists in each category get their manuscript read by an editor or agent, and the category winner will receive a critique by a published author!  All entrants receive great feedback from judges who love to read romance!

The Marlene Awards is a contest for unpublished manuscripts sponsored by the Washington Romance Writers chapter of Romance Writers of America.  Every entry is evaluated by at least three judges.  Finalists are ranked by publishing professionals.  The grand prize winner in each category receives a detailed critique from a published author.  This year’s list of judges and prize critiquers is as follows.

Series Contemporary
Judge: Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin
Critique Author: Liz Talley

Single Title
Judge: Megan Records, Kensington
Critique Author: Jeanne Adams

Paranormal
Judge: Heather Osbourn, Samhain
Critique Author: Kristen Painter

Historical
Judge: Esi Sogah, Avon
Critique Author: Diane Gaston

Romantic Elements:
Judge: Latoya Smith, Grand Central
Critique Author: Deanna Raybourn

Young Adult:
Judge: Holly Blanck, St. Martin’s Press
Critique Author: Diana Peterfreund

Entry fees vary based on entry date. From December 15 to midnight December 31 EST, the fee will be $20 for WRW members, $25 for non-WRW members. From January 1 to midnight January 15 EST, the fee will be $25 for WRW members; $30 for non-WRW members. (FYI…the big change this year is that the contest is now open to ALL
unpublished manuscripts, regardless of the publishing status of the author.)

For a complete list of contest rules, eligibility, and deadlines, please see the Official Marlene Contest Page.

And to all the entrants: BEST OF LUCK!

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Fun with Mermaids

Looking back on my last few posts there seems to be a theme: projects I was involved in that were just a whole lot of stinking fun. And guess what — this one is too!

The Waterworld Mermaids (of which I am a part) have a big Garden Party bash planned for the month of October over at our site. Free original fiction by a bunch of us (including me–I’m up first!), the inspiration behind those stories, and even a trailer to whet your appetite!

See now, I bet you can’t wait until October first.
Luckily, you won’t have to wait very long!

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In the Company of Writers — Part One

I woke up my car this morning.

It’s unique to those of is seasoned conventionistas, that grumbly sound your vehicle makes when you turn the key and politely ask it to dust off the cobwebs and rub the three-day sleep out of its gears. It’s a beautiful sound, full of shiny memories and the anticipation of seeing my own shower, my own bed, and my beloved’s face again.

I’ve been attending conventions since 1996. A decade and a half of seeing new places, shaking hands with my heroes, and making friends from all over the planet. I pretty much know what to expect of the continental breakfast, the bathroom amenities (Douglas Adams Rule: always bring a towel), and the occasional panel or meeting or talk. I’ve donated my fair share to book swaps and raffles and freebie tables worldwide. My head, feet, and stomach have withstood the most horrible of tortures, but never so heinous that I’m not raring to pull up my bootstraps and pin down my tiara and jump into the breach all over again.

And yet, all conventions and conferences are not the same. Like people, each one is special, from place to place and year to year. From the coordinators and the consuites to the guests and the opportunities, each is a bright star in the sky of an author’s life.

In many ways, this weekend’s Washington Romance Writers retreat was the most special of all.

[More tomorrow, when I’ve had a little sleep…xox]

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Alethea’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Week

Last week sucked. It just did. For whatever reason, I had a migraine just about every day (I think at that point they are classified as “cluster headaches” or “suicide headaches.” Guess why). I laid on the couch and watched TV a lot, when I wasn’t sleeping or reading or just plain miserable. And yesterday the Fairy Goddaughters were out of school, so it made for a nice break.

So yes, today I will be catching up on the 84 messages in my inbox (that do include the RWA classes I’m taking but not the RWA yahoo loop posts…my GOD those people talk a lot). No need to ask me if I’ve gotten it…I probably have an just haven’t responded yet. Oh — and my editor gets first dibs. Sorry, folks.

I was also remiss in mentioning an interview with me that went live on author Maya Lassiter’s site. In it I explain why I don’t believe in Writer’s Block (99% of the time it’s just laziness). And yet I had Writer’s Block for almost six years, thanks to a hormone-screwing drug. Click here and read all about it.

More updates on life tomorrow. Promise. Just pray I get out of the weeds enough to catch up.

How has your week been so far?

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Winning

No, silly people. This is not about Charlie Sheen. *sigh*

It’s actually about WINNING STUFF. You like to WIN STUFF, don’t you?

This month is all about winning stuff. You’ll have to forgive me because I didn’t post this ASAP…because there’s an opportunity to win the grand prize EVERY SINGLE DAY…but you still have half the month left to go for it!

Start here: Click over to Crystal Rain Love’s official FOOL FOR ROMANCE CONTEST PAGE and see what it’s all about. At the bottom is a list of the participants, and who is blogging when (I’m the 28th – aren’t you glad I didn’t wait until THEN to tell you about this?).

Then: Click on over to each site and do what that blogger tells you to do. Sometimes it’s a Tweet or a comment…you won’t know until you go look. Each day, that particular blogger will randomly pick one winner and send that name to Crystal.

At the end of the month: All the winners for the month are compiled, and from that list, Crystal will randomly pick a name to win THE GRAND PRIZE…which is a HUGE prize pack made up of prizes donated by EVERY SINGLE ONE of the guest bloggers. That’s right! TONS OF STUFF.

Prizes: Want to see the HUMONGOUS list of prizes? That’s over on the Fool for Romance site too. Check it out, book mark it, discover one new & fabulous author every day…and maybe win a dump truck full of prizes.

Not too shabby for a Tuesday, huh?

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