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2016 PYHIAB and Golden Leaf Contest Winners!

New Jersey Romance Writers is proud to announce the winners of our 2016 Put Your Heart in a Book and Golden Leaf Winners Contest! Check out the pictures at the end.

 

2016 Put Your Heart in a Book Contest Winners (unpublished manuscripts)

Historical
1st: Love’s Whisper  Jeanine Englert
2nd: Three Lessons in Seduction  Tracy Johnston
3rd: Taming Julia  Jodie Wolfe

Paranormal
1st: He Loves Me Knot  Sarah McGregor
2nd: Desperate Sacrifice  Linda Schad
3rd: The Seductress  Jessica Grace Kelley

Romantic Suspense
1st: Hit and Run  Lori Matthews
2nd: The President’s Assassin  Renita Bradley
3rd: Beyond Paradise  Barbara Forlenza

Single Title Contemporary
1st: Love Around the Ring  Alleyne Dickens
2nd: Hearts on the Vine  Jessica Holt
3rd: Meadow Wind  Betty L. Unkel

Contemporary Series
1st: The Hottest Guy  Gloria Duke
2nd: Scooped: Confessions of a Former Tattletale  C.A. Speakman
3rd: Trial Run  Masha Levinson

Young Adult
1st: Road to Eugenica  A.M. Rose
2nd: Lucky  Laura Cumbie
3rd: From There to Here  Laura Cumbie


2016 NJRW Golden Leaf Contest Winners (published authors)

Novella
First Place

Christmas Laurel by Christine Bush
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Finalists
In the Spinster’s Bed by Sally MacKenzie
Guarding the Quarterback by Liz Matis

 

Romantic Suspense
First Place
Seconds to Live by Melinda Leigh
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Finalists
Energized by Mary Behre
True Peril by Veronica Forand
When Secrets Strike by Marta Perry

Historical Romance
First Place
Magnate by Joanna Shupe

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Finalists
What To Do With A Duke by Sally MacKenzie
The Daughter of an Earl by Victoria Morgan

Contemporary Romance Short
First Place
Two Doctors & a Baby by Brenda Harlen

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Finalists
Wedding Date for Hire by Jennifer Shirk
The Rancher’s Surprise Son by Christine Wenger
The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal by Barbara White Daille

Contemporary Romance – Mid-Length
First Place
Carolina Dreaming by Virginia Kantra
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Finalists
Her Second-Chance Family by Holly Jacobs
These Three Words by Holly Jacobs

Contemporary Romance Long
First Place
Sunset At Lake Crane by Casey Hagen

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Finalists
The CEO Buys In by Nancy Herkness
The All-Star Antes Up by Nancy Herkness

Paranormal Romance
First Place
Skin Deep by Marissa Doyle

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Finalists
Cottage in the Mist by Dee Davis
Forbidden by Katrina Snow
Heir To The Pack by Laura Welling

Erotic Romance
First Place
Hard Ride by Opal Carew

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Finalists
My Best Friend’s Stepfather by Opal Carew
Operation: Desire Me by Christina James

Best First Book
First Place
The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner

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Finalists
The Love Square by Jessica Calla
Tiger Lily by Wende Dikec

 

Congratulations to all winners and finalists. We hope to see you again next year!

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2016 Golden Leaf winners & finalists

2016 Golden Leaf winners & finalists

2016 PYHIAB winners & finalists

2016 PYHIAB winners & finalists

PYHIAB & Golden Leaf Contest Chairs

PYHIAB & Golden Leaf Contest Chairs

 

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Golden Leaf Spotlight on Novella: Christine Bush

New Jersey Romance Writer’s annual “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is a little over 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 Novella: “Christmas Rose,” by Christine Bush (Self-published)

ChristmasRosenewA giant television screen dominated the space on a table at one side of the room.  Huge.  And bigger than life size, she saw a face on the screen. A strikingly handsome dark haired man who looked as big as a giant in a fairy tale was looking at her. He was talking to her as if he were right in the room.

“Hello, Ms. Robinson,” said the giant, gorgeous, talking head.

Rosie jumped.  She turned and looked at Mary Featherstone, who was now standing behind her, shrinking back toward the door.

“He can see me?” She asked in a puzzled voice.

Mary nodded. “It’s called Skype. You can see and talk to each other.  Just like if he was here.”

Not hardly, Rosie thought, staring at the big face.  It was more like looking at Oz, the great and powerful.

“Ms. Robinson,” said the giant man again. There was a touch of impatience in his voice.

“Mr. Cameron?” Rosie said, staring at him, brow furrowed.  “Can you hear me?”  She raised her voice, as if shouting across a canyon.

“Oh for God’s sake,” said the man, obviously aggravated now.  “I’m right here and yes, I can hear you. And see you. It’s just Skype.”  He took a big breath, and she could see his attempt at calming himself down.

Even with the head shot limitation, she could see he wore a suit, something gorgeously dark grey.  White starched shirt. Red tie with a pattern of little dark diamond shapes.  She could see every detail, the picture was so clear.  His face was clean shaven, freshly so.  Great grooming. Like a Brooks Brothers model.  Rosie was amazed at the details she could see.  This mega pixel screen would have shown even  an errant nose hair.  Not that he had one.

She stared.  Holy smokes, he was a good looker.  Even with the tense look around his eyes, he had a face that would stop traffic. In a good way.  Close cropped dark hair.  How tall was he?  She pushed the wonder away, well aware she was making a fool of herself.

What did it matter what the big head looked like? He was her employer, and she was probably standing here awaiting the ritual firing that past companions had received.  His Uncle Howard would not even open the door to meet her.  A failure before she even began.  Mentally, she began planning her trip back toward town and the motel she had recently left.  Back to another bout as a chambermaid.  She had a child to feed.

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Christine and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

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

 

2015 NJRW Golden Leaf Contest Finalists!

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New Jersey Romance Writers is proud to announce the finalists in our 2015 Golden Leaf contest!! The winners will be announced at the Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 16, 2015. For more information about the conference and to register, please go to www.njromancewriters.org.

* Denotes NJRW members

Novella

Christmas Rose by Christine Bush*

One Little Kiss by Robin Covington

Flirting on Ice by Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley

 

Romantic Suspense

Exchange of Fire by P.A. DePaul*

Meant To Be by Jessica James

Minutes to Kill by Melinda Leigh

 

Historical

A Scandalous Rogue by Janmarie Anello

Sinfully Yours by Cara Elliott

A Lady of Notoriety by Diane Gaston*

 

Short Contemporary

The Magnate’s Manifesto by Jennifer Hayward

Carry Her Heart by Holly Jacobs

Secret Obsession by Robin Perini*

 

Contemporary

All or Nothing by Cheri Allan

Reunion in October by Gina Ardito*

Riding Steele by Opal Carew

Summer on Kendall Farm by Shirley Hailstock*

 

Paranormal

Rising Fire: A Novel of the Stone Circles by Terri Brisbin*

Knight of Rapture by Ruth A. Casie*

Three Wishes by Debra Dunbar

 

Best First Book

For the Love of the Dame by Miriam Allenson*

Triple Threat by Regina Kyle

The Dressmaker’s Duke by Jess Russell

 

Congratulations to all our finalists and best of luck!

2015 Put Your Heart In A Book Contest Finalists!

Congratulations to the finalists of the 2015 Put Your Heart In A Book Contest!

The winners will be announced at the PYHIAB conference award ceremony on Friday, October 16th. For more information about the conference and to register, please go to www.njromancewriters.org.

We hope to see you there!

Historical:

Janna MacGregor – The Secret Affairs of a Duke
Linda Olson – An Improper Pursit
Denny Bryce – Wild Women and the Blues

Paranormal:

Kari Cole – Constant Craving
Harris Fischer – Queen of Hearts
Michelle Edwards w/a Elle McKay – Seducing Death

Single Title Contemporary:

Celeste Deveney – My Fair Mademoiselle
Darlene Pytlinski – Not My Type
Victoria Handel DeLa O – The Rule of Thirds

Contemporary Series:

Sia Huff – One Night Together?
Beth Seeber w/a Sera Cassell – Princes Charming
Rebekah Millet – 15 Days

Young Adult:

Sandra Havriluk – Hide the False Heart
Debbie VanBrunt – Beest
Colleen Oefelein – Bagged

Romantic Suspense:

Harris Fischer – The Keys to Her Heart
Anna Sweringen – All My Sins Remembered
Susan Dunn – Betrayed

Thank you to everyone who entered and best of luck in the final round!

New Jersey Romance Writers PYHIAB Contest Finalists!

Without further ado, and in no particular order, the finalists in the 2014 Put Your Heart in a Book contest are…

 

Historical

Laurie Benson – Sex, Lies, and Portrait Painters*

Marnee Bailey – A Dangerous Chemistry*

Lesli Lent – Dreamer

 

Paranormal

Christy Gronlund – Shadow Dancer

Alleyne Dickens – Stalking Horse

Helen King – Stealing Ever After

 

Romantic Suspense

Brooke Kaylor – Gun for Hire

Helen Jones – Fatal Deadline

Ottilia Scherschel – Daring the Dragon

 

Contemporary Series

Debora Noone – The Prince’s Son

Sophia Bennett – Everything You Want

Tanya Angler – Mistletoe Misgivings

 

Single Title Category

Margaret-Mary Jaeger – Cooking with Kandy

Jennifer Sanchez – First Blush

Adriana Anderson – Blank Canvas

 

Young Adult

Jessica Ruddick – Birthright

Julie Glover – Sharing Hunter

Ann LaBar – Prom Theory

 

*denotes NJRW member

 

Congratulations! Have you registered for this year’s conference? For more information on how to, please find us at http://www.njromancewriters.org.

NJRW Put Your Heart In A Book Contest – 17 DAYS LEFT

Image The New Jersey Romance Writers is celebrating 30 Years of Happily Ever Afters. This means thirty years of helping new and unpublished writers hone their craft, polish their manuscripts, and offer a supportive network of authors, writers, and friends. One of the aspects of the NJRW’s endless resources for writers is the Put Your Heart In A Book Contest. Whether it be through winning, receiving that needed feedback, or a sense of discovery, several Happily Ever Afters have resulted from the contest. Who knows? You might find your own on this very special 30th Anniversary of the New Jersey Romance Writers by entering the Put Your Heart In A Book Contest.

 

Information for the Put Your Heart In A Book Contest:

Entry Deadline: Entry period is from June 1, 2014 until July 1, 2014. Entries must be sent electronically and received by 12:01 a.m., July 1, 2014.

Entry Fee: $25 ~ NJRW members, $35 ~ All others

Eligibility: Unpublished or not Published in last five years.

Categories

Computer counts should be used to determine length. These are projected final word counts for your manuscript.

Contemporary Series: Category romance, 40,000 word minimum romances set in the present day.

Single Title Contemporary: Romances set in present day, 40,000 words minimum.

Historical: Single Title and category romances set before 1945. Includes Regency romances. 40,000 word minimum.

Paranormal: Fantasy, futuristic, paranormal and FFP romantic suspense. 40,000 word minimum.

Young Adult: Romance Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers. 40,000 word minimum.

Romantic Suspense: A work of fiction in which a romance plays a significant part in the story, but other themes or elements take the plot beyond the traditional romance boundaries. 40,000 word minimum.

Please submit the opening chapter of your manuscript, along with a chapter-by-chapter synopsis. Submission should not exceed thirty pages total, including text and synopsis. See Official Rules for details.

Prizes Awarded in each category

  • 1st Place:  $50 + plaque
  • 2nd Place:  $35 + certificate
  • 3rd Place:  $25 + certificate

Final Round Judges

An agent, editor and multi-published author will judge the final entries.

Contemporary Series
Agent: Kathleen Rushall, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Editor: Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks
Multi-published Author: Jennifer Probst

Single-Title Contemporary
Agent: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger, Inc.
Editor: Angela James, Carina Press
Multi-published Author: Roxanne St. Claire

Historical
Agent: Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency
Editor: Renee Rocco, Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing
Multi-published Author: Terri Brisbin

Paranormal
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency
Editor: Mary Altman, Sourcebooks
Multi-published Author: Jeffe Kennedy

Young Adult Romance
Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
Editor: Eileen Rothschild, St. Martin’s Press
Multi-published author: Susan Mallery

Romantic Suspense
Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Greenburger Associates
Editor: Patience Smith Bloom, Harlequin
Multi-published author: Stella Cameron

Contest Timetable

Final rankings will be announced and prizes awarded at NJRW Conference (October 17-18, 2014). You need not be present to win.

Questions? Please contact Katherine Givens, 2014 PYHIAB Contest Chair at pyhiab@njromancewriters.org.

Please put PYHIAB Contest – Your Submission Category in the subject line of your email.

New Jersey Romance Writers 2013 Put Your Heart in a Book Contest

New Jersey Romance Writers 2013 Put Your Heart in a Book Contest

Official Information

Entry Deadline: Entry period is from June 1, 2013 until July 1, 2013. Entries must be sent electronically and received by 12:01 a.m., July 1, 2013.

Entry Fee: $25 ~ NJRW members, $35 ~ All others

Eligibility: Unpublished or not Published in last five years.

•Official rules
•Entry Form

Categories

Computer counts should be used to determine length. These are projected final word counts for your manuscript.

Contemporary Series Category romance, 40,000 word minimum romances set in the present day.

Single Title Contemporary Romances set in present day, 40,000 words minimum.

Historical Single Title and category romances set before 1945. Includes Regency romances. 40,000 word minimum.

Paranormal Fantasy, futuristic, paranormal and FFP romantic suspense. 40,000 word minimum.

Young Adult Romance Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers. 40,000 word minimum.

Romantic Suspense A work of fiction in which a romance plays a significant part in the story, but other themes or elements take
the plot beyond the traditional romance boundaries. 40,000 word minimum.

Please submit the opening chapter of your manuscript, along with a chapter-by-chapter synopsis. Submission should not exceed thirty pages total, including text and synopsis. See Official Rules for details.

Prizes Awarded in each category
•1st Place: $50 + plaque
•2nd Place: $35 + certificate
•3rd Place: $25 + certificate

Final Round Judges

An agent, editor and multi-published author will judge the final entries.

Short Contemporary
Agent: Pattie Steele-Perkins, Steele-Perkins Literary Agency
Editor: Lauren Ruth, Entangled Publishing
Multi-published Author: Katherine Garbera

Single-Title Contemporary
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency
Editor: LaToya Smith, Grand Central Publishing
Multi-published Author: Margaret Mallory

Historical
Agent: Jordy Albert – The Booker Albert Agency
Editor: Tessa Woodward, Avon Books
Multi-published Author: Connie Brockway

Paranormal
Agent: Eric Ruben, Ruben Literary Agency
Editor: Melissa Johnson, Carina Press
Multi-published Author: Eloisa James

Young Adult Romance
Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Editor: Leah Hultenschmidt, Sourcebooks
Multi-published author: Keri Mikulski

Romantic Suspense
Agent: Pamela Harty, The Knight Agency
Editor: Patience Smith Bloom, Harlequin
Multi-published author: Diana Cosby

Contest Timetable

Final rankings will be announced and prizes awarded at NJRW Conference (October 18-19, 2013). You need not be present to win.

Questions? Please contact Janet Pepsin or Lita Harris 2013 PYHIAB Contest Chair at pyhiab@njromancewriters.org.

Please put PYHIAB Contest – Your Submission Category in the subject line of your email.

FMI: http://njromancewriters.org/index.php?/njrw_contest/put_your_heart_in_a_book_contest/