Beyond the Fire advances to Round 2 of the ABNA! accepts 10,000 submissions for their annual Breakthrough Novel contest. After some whittling down at the pitch stage, roughly 2,000 writers advance to the second round. I get a distinct “whew!” feeling when I type that — seriously — because writing the pitch is my personal Mount Everest, and have I mentioned how woefully out of shape I am?! Amazon will announce who’s advancing to the quarter finals in mid-April, and I’ve crossed all things that can be crossed for my gal Kendra (heroine in Beyond the Fire).