The 2014 ABNA is open for entries. The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is open until March 2nd or their 10,000th entry. The annual contest is open to manuscripts of 50,000 words or more in the genres of General Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror and Young Adult Fiction. Think of it as the writer’s version of American Idol. :) There’s no entry fee, and it’s a great opportunity. Grand prize is a publishing contract and $50,000 advance, and the four first prize winners get $15,000 each.
I’m polishing up a romantic suspense manuscript and plan to enter, if I get it ready in time. Who else is in?
Nefarious, the first of my Rock Candy Romantic Suspense series, is out today. When better to launch this steamy romance than Valentine’s Day? Want to win one of ten copies I’m giving away on Goodreads? Click HERE to enter. Thanks for stopping by to help me celebrate.
What’s it about? Here’s the blurb:
Harlie Steele is building a new life for herself and her two-year-old daughter, away from her controlling ex-husband. When she falls in love with rock legend Lex Callatori, their whirlwind romance pulls her away from her small-town home and sweeps her into his tempestuous world of paparazzi, tabloids, and bodyguards. She wonders why he’d fall so hard for her when he could have his pick of buxom blonde groupies, and whether the tabloid reports of his violent temper, womanizing ways, and drug addiction could be true. She opens her heart to Lex while emotional scars from years of domestic violence begin to fade.
But trouble looms near, casting a sinister shadow on Harlie and Lex as their passion grows stronger. Driven by jealousy, someone is hell-bent on ending their relationship, one way or the other. Harlie literally fought to stay alive when she left her abusive ex and has no intention of being anyone’s victim ever again, but when an obsessed stalker raises the stakes, her strong spirit and will to survive are put to the test.
Snow is so pretty. To an extent. I mean, I love watching snow fall, especially on a moonlit night, but the ice and sludge and inconvenience I can do without. Snowball fights and sledding full speed down a hill, hell yes. :) Falling on ice and having the internet go out for a week due to frozen signal tower, that I’m not so thrilled with.
We’ve had a beautiful blanket of the white stuff on the ground for well over a week, and I can enjoy looking at it again now that my internet service is back on. Here’s a picture of part of my backyard, taken at sunset a few days ago. The light on the icy tree branches looked awesome, almost like they were crusted with diamonds or Mother Nature had went wild with tinsel.
One small patch under the tree melted enough today for me to see the brown grass underneath, but I still had to use 4-wheel drive to get up the driveway. And the weather dude just said we might get two more inches tonight. So long as the power doesn’t go out, bring it on!