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MAJOR Announcement, coming soon!

J Logo 75I’m sitting on my hands (well, I’m avoiding the Send button on emails and all the writer’s loops) because it’s a bit too soon to share, but trust me. I’m VERY excited.

What I can share, is that 2013 will be a very busy year for me. I’ve accepted the 2nd Vice President position for my local RWA chapter, Northwest Houston. My duties for the year are managing the 2013 Lone Star Writing Competition. This will be my first year as contest chair. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but knew I’d need several years of experience doing the basics before I took on chairmanship. I’ve taken judge’s training workshops and have been category chair for both Single Title and Romantic Suspense categories—two years each category, respectively. So far, I’ve got my calendar marked with all the pertinent deadlines and I’m really looking forward to working with the entrants and judges.

I’ve also entered two manuscripts in RWA’s annual Golden Heart contest for unpublished authors. Fingers crossed and hoping to get that longed-for email on March 26th, but I know the competition is very strong. In any event, it’s another step forward for my writing. The first manuscript has been entered in the Paranormal category. The 25th Hour is a Time Travel Romance with the bulk of the story taking place in the late 19th century in Sheridan, Wyoming. The second manuscript is a straight Historical Romance, but a few characters from the first book decided their story needed to be told. So…The Golden Bridge is Book II, but it’s a stand-alone single title and is also set in Sheridan. Can you tell? I love that location.

Signing off, for now, but watch for my upcoming announcement. It’s good!


The Golden Heart Awards – the Junior Prom of RWA

Entering a manuscript into the RWA Golden Heart contest is like getting a date to the Junior prom. Junior, as in you’ve not yet qualified for the Senior prom which would be the annual contest for published authors, i.e.: the RWA Rita Awards.

So, I’ve entered this year’s GH. Twice. Once with my Time Travel Romance, and once with my Historical Romance. That’s two separate books, each in a different category. To use a high school analogy, does that up my chances of making the finals? (That elusive date to the prom?) I’m no mathematician, and I’m certain this isn’t an Einstein-esk issue, but to me it’s the arithmetic challenge of the year. You can’t go to the dance if you don’t buy a ticket. I just bought two, so let’s see if I get invited to the Junior Prom.

But first, we have the opportunity, this year, to spit-polish-shine our entries until January 2nd at 5 pm, Central. If our revised product is not uploaded by then, well, they’re judging what’s currently in their system. Kinda puts the pressure on, especially if you know your work could still be improved. You want your very best work in the final upload.

That will be me, editing/revising/polishing, right up to the deadline. If I’m not around here very much in the next five weeks, you know what I’m doing. I’ll check back, for sure, once the deadline for entries has officially closed. Happy polishing, y’all!