My Vancouver Romantic Thriller finals in a Writing Contest

5 My latest manuscript, a romantic thriller set in Vancouver Canada, finalled in the Southern Heat Writing competition in the Romantic Suspense category.

Kat Hall at Champagne Books and Patience Bloom at Harlequinn Romantic Suspense will be judging the next round and the results will be announced mid July.

I originally called the book, Black Cat Blues, but am considering renaming it, A Lover’s Secret. Whatever it’s called, it’s my favorite story so far.

Logline: When a woman comforts a murder victim, she learns a dangerous secret.

I’m tinkering with the pacing, and strengthening different parts of it, but I love the basic story, particularly the west coast climax which involves a boat chase across the Georgia Strait in storm conditions. It was so much fun to write.

Happy dancing tonight.

(Picture – Granville Island, Vancouver, one of the settings for the story – taken by PJ)

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

10 thoughts on “My Vancouver Romantic Thriller finals in a Writing Contest”

    1. Lee
      Me too. Thanks for stopping by and giving me your well wishes.
      You know, I forgot to mention it in my post, but while I read the email that said I finaled, fireworks were exploding in the harbor near our house. It was quite dramatic.


    1. Hi Jacqui
      Thanks for your congrats. and for recognizing how hard it is to keep at it. I’m growing thicker skin and I figure years from now the hard parts will look like small speed bumps.


    1. Marsha
      Thank you for your kind words. I’m so happy that this manuscript received attention.
      Hope your editing is going well.


  1. I’m delighted for you, Jo-Ann. I remember Black Cat Blues. The characters are so strong and the story line intriguing. I can’t wait to read the whole book. Hmm… those fireworks must be good omens. Keep us posted.


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