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Golden Leaf Spotlight on Best First Book: Jessica Calla

 

“The Love Square” by Jessica Calla (Limitless Publishing)
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As he studied Jenna’s warm skin, her big, brown eyes, her pink lips, he remembered Uncle Nino’s party. The day she moved into her apartment downstairs. The first time she told him she loved him, and the time he refused to let her love him. He thought of how angelic she looked on her bed that morning with Dylan, the sun shining down on her bare back.

And today, with her on the grass in her dance rehearsal clothes, her hair back in a messy ponytail, he couldn’t remember a time she looked more beautiful, because in her eyes he saw what he had been trying to avoid since he met her.

Intimacy, yes, but more…

Love.

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Good luck to Jessica and all our Golden Leaf finalists! Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 14, 2016.

 

Golden Leaf Spotlight on Best First Book: Marlo Berliner

 

“The Ghost Chronicles” by Marlo Berliner (Teddy Blue Books)
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He turned the corner. They were now alone in another wing of the school. Without even thinking about it, he stopped and hugged both arms around her. As they embraced, an almost magnetic force pulled him towards her and a flow of electricity ever-so-slightly passed between them. Whoa, talk about being attracted to someone.

Enjoying the warmth of her aura, his eyes locked with hers. What would it be like to kiss her? Would it feel the same as when I was alive? Suddenly, he forgot where they were. He forgot they were dead. He forgot about anything other than wanting to kiss a beautiful girl. Slipping his arms down around her waist, he leaned closer.

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

Good luck to Marlo and all our Golden Leaf finalists! Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 14, 2016.

 

Golden Leaf Spotlight on Erotic Romance: Christina James

 

“Operation: Desire Me” by Christina James (Self-published)
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The power of his kiss bruised her lips, but she only craved more of this delightful intimacy. Never could she imagine a kiss being so wild, so…incredible. Made her think what she was missing in life if one kiss could stun her like this.

Their mouths lost connection as he pulled his head back, gasping for breath like she had suffocated him. She fared no better, sucking in deep gulps of the humid, stuffy air even as goose bumps covered her skin.

“Dammit, Mackenna. What the hell was that?” he demanded, his tone shocking her.

“Um, you kissed me, Cade.” If she could see him, she’d consider a smack to the side of his head for that attitude.

“I know damn well what I did.” He leaned off of her and she sensed him sitting up. “Did you have to kiss me back so good?”

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

Good luck to Christina and all our Golden Leaf finalists! Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 14, 2016.

 

Golden Leaf Spotlight on Contemporary: Gina Ardito

New Jersey Romance Writer’s annual “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is weeks 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 Contemporary: “Reunion in October,” by Gina Ardito (Self-published)

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“You were this close to marrying the wrong man because your mom had you convinced he was perfect for you.”

“That’s not true,” I murmured.

“Yeah, it is. But it’s what you’ve become since Mikey-boy left that drives me crazy. When you’re not at work, you’re cloistered at home, or mowing your mother’s lawn. You’re like Cinderella, always putting someone else’s needs above your own. Now, I’m no prince, but I want to make you smile because you deserve somebody in your life who makes you happy.”

I sank into my seat, the tears welling in my eyes. No one had ever said anything so…sweet…to me.

“And I’ll tell you something else.” Josh pointed his salad fork at me like an exclamation mark. “Mikey-boy will never make you happy. Whether you live here, or in Oshkosh—”

“Oregon,” I corrected.

“Like it matters. No matter where you live with him, he’ll fold you into his one-size-fits-all box, and that’s where you’ll stay: stuck in Stepford-Wife-mode with a closet full of beige suits and practical shoes.”

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

Good luck to Gina 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.

 

Golden Leaf Spotlight on Contemporary: Cheri Allan

New Jersey Romance Writer’s annual “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is weeks 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 Contemporary: “All or Nothing,” by Cheri Allan (Self-published)

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It was a nice chest as bare chests went. A light smattering of hair without being all Sasquatch, and the muscles in his shoulders and in that yummy front area were lean and sinewy without being bulky.

Yes, she was salivating, but she was hungry, and Ian was half naked in front of her.

If the room didn’t smell like fake vanilla air freshener and turkey gravy, it might have been somewhat erotic.

She hurriedly wiped her hands clean and took the T-shirt. “Thanks.”

His lips twisted in amusement. “You’re welcome.”

He stood there, staring at her and, frankly, her staring at him for a few moments longer than strictly necessary to transfer a T-shirt from one hand to another, long enough for Bailey to wonder if he expected her to pull her own shirt off in front of him and change while he was still in the room.

Long enough for her to consider doing just that.

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

Good luck to Cheri 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.

 

Golden Leaf Spotlight on Novella: Opal Carew

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than five weeks away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists leading up 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 award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

We now move away from our Hall of Fame recipients,and onto our 2014 finalists! First up is Novella.

Spotlight on Novella: “Hot Ride,” by Opal Carew (self-published)

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His dark eyes glowed like a blazing fire, glittering with sparks.

In a sudden movement, she felt herself pushed back against the building.  Her breath caught as his big, solid body crushed her tight to the cold brick wall.

Oh, God, had she made a mistake?  He was so big and intimidating, and right now, he looked determined and… almost feral.  He pivoted his hips forward and she could feel a hard bulge against her stomach, proof that he was aroused by her.  Anxiety spiked through her, and a little fear, but right alongside those feelings was a wild surge of excitement.

He grabbed her wrists and pushed them over her head, then held them tight, his striking midnight eyes locked on hers.  She could feel the erratic pounding of her blood pumping through her veins.

She had never felt so alive.

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

Good luck to Opal and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

It’s not too late to register for the conference. Visit our website for more information. But hurry, registration closes October 4th!