Tuesday, July 11, 2017

--PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED AND ENCOURAGED--

The North Texas Chapter
of Romance Writers of America is proud to announce …
The 2017
Great Expectations Contest Winners!

Denotes Request for Partial Manuscript *
Denotes Request for Full Manuscript **

CONTEMPORARY SERIES ROMANCE
Final Editor:  Brittany Lavery, Assistant Editor, HQN

First Place:                    Take Me Away by Jessie Gussman     
Second Place:                How a Heart Beats by Stacie Kaye   
Third Place:                   Discovering Serenity by Haley Burke
Honorable Mention:      What He Wants by Jessie Gussman

HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Final Editor:  Elle Keck, Assistant Editor, Avon Books

First Place:                    The Runaway Bride by Elizabeth King
Second Place:                Love’s Redemption by Jeanine Englert
Third Place:                  The Art of the Deal by Suzanne Turner
Honorable Mention:     The Seduction of Mrs. Smith 
                                      by Elizabeth Everett
                                   
INSPIRATIONAL  ROMANCE
Final Editor:  Raela Schoenherr, Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House

First Place:                    Fresh Brewed Love by Amanda Wen
Second Place:                At Bealtaine's Bidding 
                                      by Mary-Teresa Heath
Third Place:                   Stolen Vows by Darlene L Turner
Honorable Mention:      A Texas Lady by Elizabeth Lukinuk

MAINSTREAM WITH ROMANTIC ELEMENTS
Final Editor:  Marla Daniels, Assistant Editor, Simon and Schuster

First Place:                     Simple Acts of Grace by Adriana Allegri 
Second Place:                What Would Ginger Do? 
                                       by Kimberly MacCarron 
Third Place:                   The Nine Lives of Eric Merry 
                                       by Aubrey Wynne 
Honorable Mention:      Soul Song by Rayn Ellis

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Final Editor:  Lexi Smail, Assistant Editor, Grand Central Publishing

First Place:                    Lovely Digits by Jeanine Englert *
Second Place:                Hit and Run by Lori Matthews
Third Place:                   Forbidden Paradise by Barbara Forlenza *
Honorable Mention:      Emerald:  Drone by Alan Chaput

SINGLE TITLE ROMANCE
Final Editor:  Madeleine Colavita, Associate Editor, Hachette Book Group

First Place:                    Take the Lead by Alexis Daria
Second Place:                Hit Me with Your Best Shot by PJ Ryley
Third Place:                   Tame My Racing Heart by Kelly Duff
Honorable Mention:      Miracle on Tenth Avenue 
                                       by Gabrielle Luthy

SPECIALIZED ROMANCE
(Alternate Earth, Dystopian, Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal, Time Travel)
Final Editor: Kristine Swartz, Associate Editor, The Berkley Publishing Group

First Place:                    Bless Your Heart, 
                                      and Other Southern Curses 
                                       by Heather Leonard *      
Second Place:                Praetorian Rising by Lisa Knight *
Third Place:                  Burn for Me by Christal Murphy
Honorable Mention:     Leap of Fate by Kimberly MacCarron

YOUNG ADULT
Final Editor:  Alice Jerman, Associate Editor, HarperCollins

First Place:                    Loving Outside the Lines 
                                      by Kimberly MacCarron        
Second Place:               Mouthful by C.R. Grissom
Third Place (tied):        All the Feels by Kimberly MacCarron
                                     Unconditional by Kimberly MacCarron     
Honorable Mention:    Covenant Park by Christine Gunderson

Congratulations to our winners and good luck on your road to publication!




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