Two 1st place finishes in the Golden Rose writing contest!

I just heard that my New Adult manuscript, Bookish, placed first in its category of the 2013 Golden Rose writing contest sponsored by the Portland (Rose City) chapter of the RWA. And just as I swallowed that bit of good news, I learned that Beyond the Fire won the contest’s Paranormal category. Let me take a moment to say to all in Internetlandia:  The first round judges at the Rose City RWA are tough, amazing critics. Their reads of both submissions provided much food for thought at revision time and informed a few plot choices later in the books. That’s the real win in this often solitary endeavor; sound, honest critiques are a godsend!