Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"One of my favourite contests during my unpublished years was the Great Expectations (first in Mainstream with Romantic Elements, 2006; third in Short Contemporary, 2006). There was an extra personal touch and the coordinators were so helpful regarding my entry coming from overseas. Feedback was excellent and the range of final judges was fabulous. It’s still one I recommend to friends!"

Rachel Bailey
Silhouette Desire, Jan 2010

Silhouette Desire, Feb 2010

Rachel Bailey is a lover of books, chocolate, dogs, and ice cream. Luckily, she has three dogs, an ice cream maker, a steady supply of chocolate, and bookshelves overflowing with books, so she's covered on all fronts.
Despite spending her life trying to scam more time to read, she's managed to graduate with degrees in psychology and social work, and now has her dream job - making up stories for a living.
Her books have hit the USA Today bestseller list, are published in over twenty-six countries and have been translated into sixteen languages.

She lives on a piece of paradise (ten acres of native trees on the side of a hill, within driving distance to the beach) on Australia's east coast with her own personal hero. She loves to sit with a dog or two, overlooking the trees and read books from her ever-growing to-be-read pile.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"I'd also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the entire chapter. Way back when I first started writing I naively entered your contest thinking I'd blow everyone away with my superb writing. ;-) I finished second from the bottom and realized much to my chagrin I had a great deal to learn. (Bummer!) Thanks to the constructive and encouraging comments of your judges all those years ago, however, I knew what needed fixed and I worked on that. This year, I'm a finalist. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your chapter rocks."
Dianne Burns
FRANK, INCENSE and MURIEL, 4th Place Inspirational Category

Published as Anne K. Albert

Anne K. Albert has taught high school art, sold display advertising for a weekly newspaper, and worked for a national brand water company, but now writes full time. When not at the keyboard, the award winning author enjoys traveling with her high school sweetheart husband (22 countries to date), visiting friends and family, and of course, reading using "Threegio" her cherished and much beloved Kindle! Visit her online at

What people are saying . . .

"I don't know if you'll remember me, but I won 2nd Place in the Paranormal category of the Great Expectations contest in 2006 with a manuscript entitled DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY. I'm thrilled to report that I've since sold the manuscript to Avon Books (along with the sequel, WHERE THE GHOULS ARE)! Woohoo! Thanks so much."
Terri Garey

DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY, Avon Books 2007


A Southern girl with an overactive imagination, Terri Garey writes award-winning and critically-acclaimed urban fantasy. Her novels have been described as "smoldering" by Publishers Weekly, and "sultry and upbeat" by Library Journal. Even though she's a big scaredy-cat who can't watch horror movies or visit haunted houses, she loves moonlit graveyards, moss-covered headstones and the idea that life goes on even after it's over. You can visit her on the web, friend her on Facebook and occasionally find her on Twitter. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"The Great Expectations is a fantastic contest to enter. I'm a three time finalist with this contest and have gotten valuable feedback as well as editor interest. I would highly recommend entering this one.”

Lindsey Brookes

American Title III Finalist

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Romance author Lindsey Brookes spent part of her life growing up in the deep south, the rest up north where winter brings in the cold and the snow. She penned her first romance, a historical, at the age of seventeen. From there she went on to join Romance Writers of America where she learned the ins and outs of the publishing business and ways to hone her craft. She switched to writing contemporary romance and has finalled in/or won more than 75 RWA chapter sponsored contests with over a dozen different manuscripts. She is also a four time RWA Golden Heart finalist as well as a past American Title III finalist and winner of Harlequin's Great American Romance Novel contest. She's married to her childhood sweetheart, her hero, with whom she has two beautiful daughters.
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"I choose my contests carefully and Great Expectations proved to be a great pick. Even though my story didn't place with the top entries, I received excellent, constructive feedback that bolstered my belief that I'd soon be published. Now, a year later, I'm happy to say that WHERE SOULS COLLIDE (formerly Inkling) will be released this summer by Dorchester/Leisure. Thanks again for this worthwhile opportunity."

Stefanie Worth
HEAVENSENT.COM, Holiday Brides anthology, Leisure Books, October 2009
WHERE SOULS COLLIDE, Dorchester, August 2007

I write fantasy because, well, I believe in magic. From those negligible every day moments when a smile changes a stranger's mood, to those random acts of kindness that alter the course of another's life - magic surrounds us at every turn.

I've been writing practically all my life - reading even longer. The first fantasy book I remember devouring was Mio My Son by Astrid Lindgren. The story must have transformed me because I've been all about Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Stephen King and Dean Koontz ever since. I suppose I've never lost my childhood fascination with the wonder of "what if?"

Since I grew up to be an author, writing gives me the luxury of morphing run-of-the-mill magic into bigger-than-life characters with problems and powers to match. I've fueled my imagination over the years by living a drama-filled life and scrutinizing human nature.

There's no greater feeling than making up an ordinary woman and turning her into the heroine of my book. She's always somebody from today's world who gets caught up in a supernatural situation that tests her smarts and her heart. She'll meet the challenge with grit. She'll make the tough choices. She'll change and she'll win. But the question will always be "At what cost?"
With my stories you'll see: Magic works in mysterious ways. Just believe.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"My manuscript which placed first in the Long Contemporary category in 2005 will be published in June 2007. Laura Shin, who was the contest judge, requested the full, and then after I revised it and resubmitted, she bought the book in October 2006 for Harlequin SuperRomance.

"I gave the Great Expectations contest a plug in my chapter loop. I thought the personal touch with your communication was amazing. The feedback was wonderfully thoughtful and right on target! I thoroughly enjoyed my GE contest experience, even before I sold the book.

"Thanks for all you do for the romance writing community!"

Ellen Hartman
WANTED MAN, Harlequin SuperRomance, June 2007
HIS SECRET PAST, Harlequin SuperRomance, May 2008

THE BOYFRIEND'S BACK, Harlequin SuperRomance, December 2009

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I've been making a living as a writer since I got my creative writing degree from Carnegie Mellon University and went to work for Microsoft. I spent fifteen years writing technical manuals no one ever read until I finally decided to take a shot at writing what I really

Friday, August 29, 2014

What people are saying . . .

"Contests can be the quickest route to an editor or agent, particularly one such as Great Expectations that has category-specific score sheets. I credit contests with helping me sell and establishing my name.”
Dianna Love
Silhouette Intimate Moments March 2005

2006 Rita® Best First Book

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New York Times bestseller Dianna Love once dangled over a hundred feet in the air to create unusual marketing projects for Fortune 500 companies. She now writes high-octane romantic thrillers, young adult (as Micah Caida) and urban fantasy. The first five books in her new Slye Temp romantic thriller series - LAST CHANCE TO RUN, NOWHERE SAFE, HONEYMOON TO DIE FOR, KISS THE ENEMY and DECEPTIVE TREASURES - all met with rave reviews. Her books are available in print, e-book and audio. On the rare occasions Dianna is out of her writing cave, she tours the country on her BMW motorcycle searching for new story locations. Dianna lives in the Atlanta, GA area with her husband who is a motorcycle instructor and with a tank full of unruly saltwater critters. or Join her Dianna Love Street Team on Facebook and get in on the fun!