Monday, November 05, 2007

Annie West's New Years Contest

THE FANTASTIC NEW YEAR CONTEST will run through November and December, drawn on 30 December (Eastern Australian Time). One lucky reader will receive a gift package to start the new year off in style. The prizes include:

• A signed copy of Untouched by Anna Campbell
• A signed, hardcover copy of The Greek Tycoon's Unexpected
Wife by Annie West
• Notepads and sticky notes from both authors
• A coverflat for Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell
• Three other Avon cover flats
• Bookmarks
• A 2008 desk calendar
• Chocolate to enjoy while reading your new books.

What a way to start the new year! Entry is easy. Just email me with 'Contest' in the header and answer these two easy questions:

1. Where is Grace's farm? You'll find the answer in the excerpt of Untouched on Anna's site; and

2. Name one of the things that convinces Stavros that Tessa Marlowe is who she says she is. You'll find the answer in the excerpt of The Greek Tycoon's Unexpected Wife.

The winner will be contacted by email and their name posted on both sites site with permission early in the new year. Please note that by entering this contest, you also agree to Annie and Anna contacting you via email with newsletters or notices of book releases. One entry per person please.


Saturday, November 03, 2007

Sandra Brown - TV - Murder by the Book

From Sandra's PA:

Set your TIVO!

Sandra will be hosting the season premiere of CourtTV's Murder by the Book this Monday night, November 5 at 10:00 PM EST.

Other hosts this season include David Baldacci, Lisa Scottoline, Jonathan Kellerman, Lee Child, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Wambaugh, Kathy Reichs, and Harlan Coben, among other bestsellers.

Please watch the premiere on November 5th when she'll present one of Texas's most captivating and sensational murder trials -- and that's saying a LOT! Check your cable or satellite provider's local listings for actual station and time.

You can find more information here:

Harlequin Presents Writing Competition

My Australian friend and Presents author Annie West sent this to me.....are you an unpublished author, well here's your chance!

by Tessa Shapcott, Executive Editor


Have you always dreamed of writing for Presents?

The INSTANT SEDUCTION writing competition for original first chapters
is coming!

The old saying goes that first impressions are lasting impressions –
and when it comes to a book, that certainly holds true. If the first
chapter doesn't immediately grip the reader, then they just won't
bother to go on any further.

Regular readers of Presents will know that the hallmarks of all our
stories are pace, passion and intensity – and that they expect to see
them stamped on our novels from the very first page.

So, do you harbor a burning ambition to become a writer for Harlequin
Presents? Do you think that you can grab readers' attention and
instantly seduce them with your characters, dialogue, emotional
conflict and sizzling sensual tension from the moment they begin
turning the pages?

Then we want to hear from you!

The INSTANT SEDUCTION Writing Competition

* The WINNER receives an editor for a year!

*TWO RUNNERS-UP will be given critiques of their first chapter
entries and an editorial telephone consultation!

*Pre-competition writer tutorials on writing for Presents for all
available on the site from November 1st! Look out for advice on:
• Living with and loving the Alpha Male
• Developing a Global Writing Voice
• Generating Emotional Conflict
• How to Write a Synopsis
• How to be a professional writer

When can you enter? Competition runs from 1st January to 14th
February 2008. Look out for the competition guidelines – coming very


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