Confessions of a Pirate Ghost placed first in the Paranormal category of the Las Vegas RWA, I Heart Indie Contest!!!
This is the contest that judges covers and black blurbs.
My cover is the brilliant work of Steven Novak.
I’m particularly happy about this win, because this part of the contest was judged by agents and getting their approval makes me feel like I’m on the right track. I’m so grateful for the Las Vegas RWA chapter for creating this contest, which supports indie writers.
And it’s not over!
The next level of the contest is the “best of the best.” Book clubs will review all the category winners and choose one for this honor. It will be announced at the Vegas Valley Book Festival. on October 21st.
I think I smell the desert heat.
Curious About the Book?
Everyone has secrets
Escaping the clutches of a mobster, art forger Harley Davis dives off a yacht in the middle of the night and swims ashore to Sunset Cove, a small town in the Pacific Northwest, where the only light she sees comes from inside a haunted teahouse. Soaking wet and shaking, she pauses at the door. No one in their right mind would enter such a creepy place, but she has no choice. She needs to hide.
Pirate ghost, Three-Sheets, enjoys his extended life on earth, gambling and flirting with the ladies, but when he meets Harley, he discovers he wants more out of death than a good gambling hand.
As the charming Three Sheets woos Harley, her former boss puts a contract on her head. What do you get when you mix a saucy thief, a pirate ghost and an angry godfather? Another fun, Gambling Ghost story.
This is an interesting contest.
Most contests are interested in the first five thousand words, but for this one I was asked to send in my cover and back blurb. I thought I would give it a try.
And the Pirate came through!!!
Confessions of a Pirate Ghost has finalled in the first round of the contest, which was judged by book clubs. It is now being judged by agents. The final announcement of winners in each category will be in early August.
From the winners, the book clubs involved will choose the best of the best and that winner is announced in October in Vegas.
Hmmm … I wonder if my tea leaves say anything about a trip to Vegas?
Anyway you look at it, it’s good exposure. I’m humbled and pleased by the result.
Now … back to my staycation, which btw is awesome.
Confessions of a Pirate Ghost link
Link – http://AuthorsXP.com/giveaway
Why do I participate in these contests? Because they are a win win. The grand winner gets an e-copy of all the books. The other winners get a copy of a book. I get exposure and more names for my mailing list.
As this is WIP (work-in-progress) Wednesday, I thought I would share my semi-final list for the sorcerer’s name. What am I talking about???
In my last newsletter I asked readers to send in names for the sorcerer in a story I’m writing. It’s the first book in the The Ghost and Abby series, which is a spin-off of A Viking for Valentine’s Day, featuring Eric the sexy spirit from Sweden and the widow Abby. Eric is searching for a way to become alive, so that he can spend at least one lifetime with Abby in that form. He finds a sorcerer (who has no name at the moment) who will grant him his wish for a price, but Eric is unwilling to pay that price. This is the subplot btw.
Thanks to everyone who helped me narrow over forty names down to this semi-final list:
Godwin, Kaliber, Declan, Guiden (Swedish for wizard), Severin Segewick the Soothsayer, Grimland the Great, Gavill of Yeoncil, Gavrill the Grey, Eldrax of Eyancor, Wetzel, Daw Thorne of Eyancor, Lionnous
My DH likes Dingus:)
My final two:
Are you in the Declan or Guiden camp?
The Rone awards are run by the e-magazine, InD’tale. It involves three steps:
1 – To make the nomination list you need a high rating in a book review in their magazine
2 – Readers voting for you (This is the step I’m on now.)
3 – If you make the finals list your book is read by a small team of professionals in the industry.
Of course, I would love to make it to stage three, but I am honored to have made it to stage 2 in the Thriller category. If you feel so inclined, please go to the InD’tale site , sign in and vote for me (top right hand corner for both – I’m week 4 in the Rones).
Yes, in order to vote you must be signed up for the site, but some of you already belong. So that’s my news. If you vote for me – Thank You. If you don’t, I hope you are silently cheering.
And while you’re visiting the Rone site, I’d like to suggest you also vote for:
my daughter JC McKenzie (she has two nominations under Paranormal, but wants you to vote for this one, Beast of All),
my friend Jacqui Nelson– Between Home and Heartbreak (Western)
In my last newsletter I asked readers to send in names for the sorcerer in a story I’m writing. It’s the first book in the The Ghost and Abby series, which is a spin-off of A Viking for Valentine’s Day, featuring Eric the sexy spirit from Sweden and the widow Abby. Eric is searching for a way to become alive, so that he can spend at least one lifetime with Abby in that form. He finds a sorcerer (who has no name at the moment) who will grant him his wish for a price, but Eric is unwilling to pay that price.
That’s the subplot. The main plot involves a haunted manor, a draugr (i.e., a vampire-like creature from Norse legends) diamonds, and of course the regulars from the haunted teahouse in Sunset Cove. It’s a fun story to write, and will be a full-length novel. I plan to release it in the fall.
The following list of names were submitted by readers in my newsletter contest. I post them here to see if any of you have any comments.
Let me know what you think. Do any really stand out for you?
||Thelkar of Threll
||Gavrill of Yeoncil
||Maagar the Cunning
||Sture (Norse, for on the opposite side)
||Griffen of Terra Eyre
||Slystone the Sorcerer
||Warnoc of Edand
||Grimland the Great
||Jezahr of Ravenscar
||Gabriel of Gascony
||Stalius of Snoefell
||Garder of Vinland
||… of Eyancor
||Guiden (Swedish for wizard)
||Severin Sedgewick the Soothsayer
||Gavrill the Grey
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The winner of the Review Contest Draw for Confessions of a Pirate Ghost is [drum roll] Angel Crum. I’ve sent her a $25.00 Amazon gift card, which I hope she will have fun spending.
How did I do it? I put numbers in my skeleton cup and drew one. Each number corresponded to the number in my email list. While I had many reviews, only seven people emailed me a link, so they each had a one in seven chance of winning.
A huge, thank you from the bottom of my heart thank you, to all my readers and reviewers. You’ve helped me push my novella higher than any other story I’ve published. I reached a ranking of 4,223 in Amazon books sales, 7 in short reads Sci fi and Fantasy (and two of the spots ahead of me were taken by JK Rowling and another by a Nebula award winner), 43 in short reads, ghosts and 85 in short reads romance. I also made 2nd in short reads, sci-fi and fantasy hot new releases. I’m pretty excited. Please, keep spreading the word.
Now, I’m going to make myself a cup of coffee, pick up a book and have a good read.