Today we're celebrating with:
Becki Badger: After a year and several hundred thousand words (okay, I might be exaggerating . . . slightly), I have the first (real) draft of the first book in the trilogy I have planned! YAY!
Yay indeed! Way to stick with it.
Jessica Staricka: I'll be getting my first contributor's copy of a magazine in the mail, along with a check, in the next few days! My story was accepted for publication by Starsongs Magazine!
Yay, Jessica! Congratulations!
Katie McCurdy: A few months ago I found out that my WIP, The Princess' Assassin, won second place in the TARA writing contests Romantic Suspense category.
Yay, Katie! You can read more details about Katie's award at her blog.
Those who placed in the 2011 Go Teen Writers contests were automatically entered to win a prize from fab authors like Christa Allan, Melanie Dickerson, and Shellie Neumeier. The winners and their prizes are listed below. (If your name is listed and we haven't talked yet - send me an email!)
Contests will begin again in January - so stay tuned!
From Christy Award winning author Jill Williamson, a copy of her not-quite-released novel Replication: The Jason Experiment.
And the winner of Replication: The Jason Experiment is Kait Culbertson!
Jill Williamson also generously offered a 5 page critique. And the winner of that is Jenna Blake Morris!
The next prize is Melanie Dickerson's, The Merchant's Daughter which I just finished reading. Excellent book.
Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff's vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger.
Ranulf's future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.
The winner of The Merchant's Daughter is Sarah Luckadoo!
(If you're not Sarah, but you'd still like to read The Merchant's Daughter the ebook is being offered for $1.99 for a limited time!)
The next prize is a copy of Driven by Shellie Neumeier. (A great read!)
Robyn loves her friends, enjoys her youth group, and looks forward to meeting cute Caleb Montague. But when a caustic news reporter challenges her school’s prayer team, Robyn must choose: defend their right to meet on campus and pray for whomever they wish or back down at the principal’s request.
Now she must learn what God wants her to do. And she had better learn fast, because there’s a supernatural enemy in town whose sole mission is to stop her—no matter the cost.
And the winner of Driven is Adria Olson!
Also from Shellie Neumeier is a 5 page critique. The winner is Sarah Zakowski!
The next prize is Love Finds You in New Orleans by Christa Allan - a total rockstar of a lady who judged a ton this year.
Raised by her grandparents in 19th-century New Orleans, Charlotte knows little about her long-lost parents. Now facing an arranged marriage to a suitor she dreads, she finds herself attracted to somebody else: a young Creole man named Gabriel Girod. Meanwhile, her grandparents harbor a family secret. Will the truth set everybody free—especially Charlotte?
And the winner of Love Finds You in New Orleans, Louisiana is Carilyn Everett!
The next prize is from Ashley Mays, who is giving away a 2 chapter critique. WOW. Ashley Mays is the former Editorial Assistant for Brio and Brio & Beyond magazines and currently writes her own fiction for teens.
The winner of the 2 chapter critique is Charlotte Buzzard!
The next prize is from Betsy St. Amant, who is giving away her brand, spankin' new release Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK.
Sixteen-year-old Addison Blakely has tirelessly played the role of PK—preacher’s kid—her entire life. But after Wes Keegan revs his motorcycle into town and into her heart, Addison begins to wonder how much of her faith is her own and how much has been handed to her. She isn’t so sure she wants to be the good girl anymore. Join Addison Blakely as she attempts to separate love from lust, facts from faith, and keep her head above water in her murky, fishbowl existence.
And the winner of Betsy St. Amant's Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK is Emma King!
Also from Betsy St. Amant is a 5 page critique. And the winner is Sammie Weiss!
The next prize is Around the World in 80 Dates by Christa Banister.
A decent date. A date where she doesn’t have to pay because he’s “between jobs.” A date where she’s not fabulously fashionably ready to go only to learn “the band just got a last minute gig” and he has to cancel. A date she wants to kiss goodnight—not run screaming from the curb.
Bridget Jones may have had a few more public disasters (Sydney works in print not on the telly), and considerably more cigarettes (Sydney doesn’t smoke), but really, besides that, their lives really aren’t so different. She’s just a girl, looking for love, drowning in a sea of cute couples, determined to keep swimming.
The winner of Christa Banister's Around the World in 80 Dates is Kaitlyn Evensen!
The next prize is Idaho Brides from New York Times bestselling author Erica Vetsch.
Justice is demanded from the McConnell brothers who are tainted by association with their abusive father. Can Alec show that he’s worthy of the boss’s daughter? Can Trace help a distraught woman trust again? Will Cal prove his innocence to a U. S. Marshal in disguise?
The winner of Erica Vetsch's Idaho Brides is Rye Mason!
And from me is a copy of the first book in the Skylar Hoyt series, Me, Just Different.
Skylar Hoyt is a girl who seems to have it all—she’s pretty, popular, and has a great-looking boyfriend. Her senior year should be the best one yet. But a horrible experience at a summer party has changed everything. Now she’s vowing to make better choices, including going back to church. But as Skylar tries to gain new perspective on life, the world as she knows it begins to fall apart.
Her parents are constantly fighting. Her younger sister has a big secret that Skylar is forced to keep. The guy she’s dating is annoyingly jealous. And the new guy down the street is just plain annoying. In the midst of the chaos, Skylar starts to wonder who her real friends are and, even more importantly, who she is.
The winner of Me, Just Different is Gillian Adams!
Congratulations to all the winners!