Golden Leaf Spotlight on Best First Book: Alison Atlee

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is only a month away!  And to help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists each day until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference held October 18-19, 2013.

Spotlight on Best First Book: “The Typewriter Girl,” by Alison Atlee (Gallery Books)

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“You’re right, of course,” she said. “Typewriting is dull, and it will be years before the pay is enough to keep me under a decent roof. But did you know it is almost the best job in London a girl could hope for? No, why should you? So you can’t understand how grateful I am to have it, at least until the day I get a fine suit”–her eyes swept from his shoes to his face with that–“and sprout a prick between my legs”–another, more pointed glance–“at which time I’m certain I can secure any sort of work I wish.”

It was then John realized he could look her in the eye straight. Which was more wicked, her tongue or those eyes? He’d not witnessed such coarseness in a woman since his days working on the Severn Tunnel, and the women who followed the navvies were much rougher sorts than Miss Dobson. It made him grin and blush, bless God, and know that if he wished to hire Betsey Dobson, he ought to speak straight, and of money.

Good luck to Alison and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

And it’s not too late to register for the conference. Visit our website for more information.

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