Daily Archives: June 27, 2007

RRRW Contest

So far we have ONE contemporary series entry, TWO hot and Steamy. The final judges are great. It’s quite an opportunity if you’re eligible.

RRRW announces the Ticket to Write Contest. Snail Mail and E-Entry available. FMI: http://www.redriverromancewriters.com

Deadline: July 7

Published authors/PRO members/ experienced contest judges will critique the first round of judging. Final round judges are:

  • Historical: Hilary Sares, Kensington
  • Contemporary: Susan Litman, Harlequin
  • Hot & Steamy: Kate Duffy, Kensington
  • Inspirational: Patience Smith, Steeple Hill
  • Time Travel, Futuristic, and Paranormal: Chris Keeslar, Dorchester Publishing

Authors unpublished and uncontracted at time of entry, and those previously published authors who have not sold for the past five years either in print or electronic formats. For the purpose of the Ticket to Write Contest, Red River Romance Writers uses the Golden Heart definition of unpublished.

  • Historical- novels settings are prior to WWI with a strong romantic element.
  • Contemporary Series- novels settings are from WWI to present. Romance is the basis for the story and sensuality may or may not be present. Word count to 80,000.
  • Hot & Steamy- contemporary or historical setting, romance is the basis, and sensuality is strong.
  • Inspirational- romance novels in which an inspirational message of personal religious faith is conveyed as a major element of the plot. This includes contemporary and historical.
  • Time Travel, Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal- Romantic novels with any time setting and containing elements such as fantasy, time-travel, angels or other mystical/paranormal themes.
Entry Deadline:
  • Postmarked date: July 7, 2007
  • Finalists notified: September 1, 2007
  • Winners announced: by October 15, 2007
Entry fees
Fees are $25.00 for the first entry and $20.00 for each additional entry.

Book Moment

I read a book cover to cover yesterday (very good thing) but when I was done I decided I really didn’t like the book at all.
The writing was great, the characters were real. Even though the heroine was shallow, her arc was huge and by the end she’d become a much deeper person. It ended in HEA. And yet, when all was said and done, the HEA didn’t ring true. You know how some books get to the  2/3 point and the characters suddenly say I love you but ten seconds before they practically hated each other so there’s no possible way they love each other but the writer felt the words were needed before the h and H actually have sex? That’s the way the HEA in yesterday’s book was. Undeserved and unbelievable. 😦