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Contest Final!

I’m please to announce The Farm ( now The Unraveling) has finalled in the NJ Romance Writers’ 2013 Put Your Heart In a Book contest! I entered my steampunk fantasy in the Paranormal category back the end of June, and it’s now gone on to final judging. Winners will be announced at the NJRWA Conference October 18th. It’s a great regional conference; if you’re on the east coast, consider attending.

I’d like to give a shout-out to my fellow writers and crit buddies on Critique Circle. I’ve been working on this New Adult genre novel through this online writing forum and have met a number of great writers there. I regularly exchange critiques with a half dozen of them in the private queues, as well as pop into the public queues, and can’t say enough about how these exchanges have helped me to improve my craft. Check out Critique Circle at www.



I’m thrilled to be two of the finalists –Yes, two! I double finalled!—in the New Jersey Romance Writers 2012 Put Your Heart in a Book contest.

Here’s the finalist list:


Katrina Snow – Bewitched by a Kiss*

Laurel Wanrow – Passages *

Leisl Leighton – Seer’s Blood

Romantic Suspense

Keith Zwingelberg – Medicine Woman

Jenna Blue – The Runaway *

Michelle Sharp – The Dreamer

Single Title

Michele Mahon – Octagon Girl *

Susan J Bickford – Synchrony’s Call

Claudia Handel – Lost in You

Young Adult

McCall Hoyle – Twice Shy

Laurel Wanrow – Seaside Sorcery *

Karen Schwartz – Extra Ordinary Guy


Eileen Emerson – Embracing the Unloved Earl

Mary Jane Esber w/a Miranda Liasson – The Spy Who Loved Me

Jodi Rotondo w/a Joanna Shupe – Drawn to the Earl *

*denotes NJRW member

Congratulations to everyone!

The winners will be announced at NJRWA’s great Mid-Atlantic Put Your Heart in a Book Conference in October. I’ll be attending, my third visit with chapter-mates from Maryland Romance Writers and Washington Romance Writers.

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