New Jersey Romance Writer’s annual “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a month away! To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists each day leading up to 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 award ceremony on October 16, 2015.
Spotlight on Short Contemporary: “The Magnate’s Manifesto,” by Jennifer Hayward (Harlequin, Presents)
“Tell me you’re joking,” he repeated harshly.
She pushed a hand against his chest and stood back, her chin lifting to a defiant angle. “What’s the big deal?”
His eyes rounded. “You’re a twenty-seven year-old, former stripper, virgin?”
Her face went even hotter. “Are you going to tag that description on every time you talk about me now, because I’m afraid that doesn’t work for me.”
He closed his eyes and raked his hair back from his face. “I don’t understand how this could happen.”
Her mouth flattened. “Simple. I haven’t gotten into bed with a man. Not that you’d understand anything about that. Half the women in the Valley are walking around with your cute little diamond charm bracelets on as if they were the Medal of Honor.”
He let out a harsh breath and opened his eyes. “It was the combination of your age and background, Bailey. You haven’t exactly been living in a nunnery.”
She put her hands on her hips and stared at him. “What were you hoping? That I’d have all sorts of tricks up my sleeve, living the life?”
His gaze narrowed. “I wasn’t actually thinking, Bailey. As you can imagine after what just happened.”
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Good luck to Jennifer and all our 2015 Golden Leaf finalists!
And it’s not too late to register for the conference. But hurry, registration ends October 4th! Visit our website for more information.