Monthly Archives: May 2010
Thanks to another writer I met at the 2009 RWA Nationals, I finally am catching on to what the steampunk genre is. Victorian era with gadgets, YA writer Suzanne Lazear told me at the FF&P (Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal) party. But the next time we talked, her examples hit home: The Golden Compass and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Ah, that I can see — all the neat stuff designed to help when they need it, but in a funky antiquated way. Same stuff I always imagined when reading Jules Verne or H.G. Wells. And, I think, the time traveling steam train from the last scene of Back to the Future III fits. And maybe the flying boat in Stardust?
I’m liking this idea.
If you want to learn more, go to the Steamed! blog where Suzanne and her lolita co-bloggers write about Steampunk, review new releases, feature the latest genre machinery, travel to cons and showcase the cool fashions.
Once there, keep your eyes alert for the 2012 date you’ll be able to pick up Suzanne’s YA Steampunk Fairytale from a bookstore, because she has sold Innocent Darkness, her fourth manuscript and first to be published. Go, Suzanne!
One of my other writing goals this year was to write an article for my chapter’s, the Maryland Romance Writers, monthly newsletter, The Pulse. Today I drafted a “should your chapter include a YA category in your writing contest” piece entitled To Offer or Not To Offer. I’ll post when it comes out. I knew our category winners had entered multiple contests and two had sold, so I put out an email to catch up with them and ask about their contest experiences. It was fun to hear the news and all had valuable tips for contest coordinators and judges in the YA arena, which I received permission to include.
One gal, Lisa Desrocher, has had her YA book Personal Demons inserted into Macmillian’s fall list. It’ll be released September 14, 2010. She’s hosting a contest, with one prize option an ARC of the book.
He …heck, I’d love to read more than the 20 pages I read of her contest entry. I’m in on the contest. Click over to her blog and enter.
My Daphne finalist placing was noted in a post on Science Fiction Romance Brigade. The brigade members have a friendly running points contest going and one of the ways to earn points is by finalling and placing in contests – with your SFR manuscript, of course. When I sent in my win to grab a point, the officer on deck kindly posted.
THE KISS OF DEATH CHAPTER’S 2010 DAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN
MYSTERY/SUSPENSE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE ITS UNPUBLISHED CONTEST FINALISTS
FINALISTS: CATEGORY SERIES ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Orchard County Killer by Deborah L. Kaufman
His Reluctant Witness by Christine Keach w/a Lexi Connor
Rescued by D’Ann Linscott-Dunham
Kira’s Keeper by Jan Schliesman
Blue Ridge Fear by Robin Weaver
FINALISTS: HISTORICAL ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE
A Lady’s Revenge by Tracey Smith w/a Tracey Devlyn
Her Secret Flyboy by Jeanne Dickson
Vengeance is Mine by Linda Friar
Deception by Jennifer Beane
Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow
FINALISTS: INSPIRATIONAL ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE
Illusion of Safety by Dianna Benson
The Shadow of Heaven by C.J. Eernisse Chase
Nightshade by Debra E. Marvin
Submerged by Dani Pettrey
The Peacock Throne by Lisa Karon Richardson
FINALISTS: PARANORMAL ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE
Last Wishes by Caroline Dunsheath
Last Chance by writing team Ann Fischer & Linda Baxter
Hearts of Darkness by Ciara Stewart
Lost Paladin by Tracy St. Hilaire
Passages by Laurel Wanrow
FINALISTS: SINGLE TITLE ROMANTIC MYSTERY/SUSPENSE
He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not by Lena Diaz
In For a Penny by Kathy Franklin
Misdirection by Linda Lovely
Safe in Enemy Arms by Joan Swan
From Baghdad with Love by Gail Zerrade
FINALISTS: MAINSTREAM MYSTERY SUSPENSE
Insight by Polly Iyer
Death Benefits by Arlene Kay
Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Wendy Kunkle-Munk w/a Ann Charles
Pineapples in Peril by Cheryl Linn Martin
Solstice of Death by Robin Weaver
The winners and placement of each unpublished subgenre will be announced on
July 29th in ORLANDO!!! at KOD’s Death by Chocolate. Congratulations to
the finalists, to the entrants, to the judges and to our hardworking
coordinators. Stay tuned for the Published side of the contest as we
announce later on in May.
So there it is folks. According to one of my chapter mates at MRW, the finalists are seated with with the final round judges at the party. KOD is providing finalists’ ribbons to wear on our conference name tags and asking for a picture to be used in a yet-un-named manner. What a nice set of ways to be recognized and treated; the contest and chapter organizers have done an excellent job. Thank you, Donnell Ann Bell, Daphne Coordinator, and all the volunteers working with the contest and award ceremony.
Woo-hoo! I’m doing the happy dance here.
Passages finalled in the unpublished division of The Daphne du Maurier Contest sponsored by RWA’s Mystery /Suspense chapter, Kiss of Death.
I’m thrilled. The Daphne was the first RWA contest I entered four years ago as a newbie romance writer. I entered both times in the Paranormal / Time Travel / Futuristic Mystery/Suspense category. Passages is a futuristic or science fiction romance mystery.
This was one of the limited word contests I posted about back in March – 5,000 words for the manuscript and 675 for the synopsis. Yes, I trimmed my 5 page synopsis to 2 pages for this contest, a worthy exercise by itself. I now am allowed to send up to 25 pages (mine was 18) to the final judges, who are … *drum roll* … Heather Osborn, editor with Tor Publishing and Paige Wheeler, agent with Folio Literary Management.
I’ll post the finalist list when available.