Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wall of Fame: There's a Whopping 25 of Us!


And we’re all fabulous too.

I wanted to say another big congrats to the Top Ten, especially to Wall of Fame member Leah Aston of Team Jessica with her entry Secrets & Speed Dating.

I also wanted to say a very special thank you to everyone for all their encouragement and support. I’ve read so many fantastic chapters and I really hope that everyone is going to submit the ol’ fashioned way.

There’s a lot of fun to be had in the slush pile ;)
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Monday, September 27, 2010

The Wall of Fame: Tina Vaughn


A belated congratulation to Tina who submitted her New Voices entry on September 22! Tina’s been battling with blogger to get a comment through to me. Don’t you love technology? ;)

Tina’s chapter has a hint of political scandal, a vengeful alpha male and a sparky heroine. Something tells me this hero’s plan for revenge is going to backfire…

You can read all about his plan at:

Tina Vaughn: Seducing His Runaway Wife (Passion)
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Friday, September 24, 2010

The Wall of Fame: Joanne Cleary


CONGRATS to Joanne who submitted her New Voices entry on September 22! Joanne, you sneaky minx you! I missed your entry before I posted yesterday! It’s my own fault, I lost my original list of people I thought were entering and after a while the pink blurs a bit – or it does for me. Note to self: wear reading glasses...

Joanne’s chapter has one sexy Australian athlete, a cheeky nurse, fabulous dialogue and hint of delicious things to come. She’s a tease really ;) I don’t suppose Rachael needs help with her duties? I think I could manage a sponge bath for Trent if I really had to…

Get yourself a sexy Australian athlete with abs of steel at:

Joanne Cleary: Taming the Lion (Contemporary)
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Wall of Fame: Leah Ashton, Aideen Taylora & Jane Murray


CONGRATS Leah, Aideen and Jane who submitted their New Voices entries on September 22! Go ladies!

Leah’s chapter has speed dating, a sexy alpha male and a heroine with straight up honesty that sends one guy scurrying for safety – three great ingredients for a contemporary read! Watch out, her first line’s going to grab you and not let go!

Aideen and Jane nearly snuck by me so a big thanks the Jackie for pointing them out. I’ve got you now!

Aideen’s chapter has a wonderfully relatable heroine and anyone who’s ever been short staffed on Christmas will know exactly how poor Ellie is feeling but hey sexy hero to the rescue! As if that’s not enough check out said sexy hero in a Santa suit, you can’t so no to that, and find out just who he really is to Ellie!

Jane’s chapter has a king, a groom, a bride and a getaway ride on a horse that you can’t miss. Need I say more? Didn’t think so! It’s guaranteed to leave you wondering why and wanting more!

Catch Leah’s, Aideen’s and Jane’s entries at:
Leah Ashton: Secrets & Speed Dating (Contemporary)
Aideen Taylora: Migraines & Mistletoe (Contemporary)
Jane Murray: The Barbarian King’s Bride (Contemporary)


Three days and 17 hours till the judging ends! Get your lucky undies on!

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Wall of Fame: Janette Radevski & Sri Pammi


CONGRATULATIONS to Janette and Sri who submitted their New Voices entries 21 September!

Janette’s chapter has a fabulous speed dating premise, a great conflict, wonderfully sassy banter and one hot alpha male. I’ve got my eye on Blake so don’t get any ideas ;).

Sri’s chapter has a twisted ankle, one hot Italian and raunchy chemistry with the kind of conflict that makes you wonder how this hero and heroine are going to get their happily ever after.

You can find Janette and Sri’s chapters at:
Just 17 hours to go!
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Wall of Fame: Jude Roust, Suzanne Jones & Romy Sommer



CONGRATULATIONS to Jude, Suzanne and Romy who are our latest Wall of Fame additions!

Jude Roust is our first Paranormal Wall of Fame member with her New Voices chapter submitted 19 September.

After reading this chapter you’re going to want your own magic ring, because every girl needs a genie like Lucy’s ;).

You can read Jude’s chapter at:

Jude Roust: Be Careful What You Wish For (Paranormal)


Suzanne Jones and Romy Sommer are our latest Contemporary goddesses hitting the submit button on September 20!

Suzanne’s chapter had me hooked from the start, I love the premise and I suspect her heroine’s already getting herself into trouble, but who can blame her?

You’ll know what I mean when you check out her hero ;) which you can do at:

Suzanne Jones: Manhunt (Contemporary)


Romy’s chapter has sink your teeth into it chemistry and features an unwavering heroine and a (to quote Joanne Pibworth)  swoontastic  Italian alpha male.   You can't say no to that!

Get your hands on him at:

Romy Sommer: Valentino’s Angel (Contemporary)



There's just a day and a half of submissions left, prepare for the flood!  I think we're going to see at least a couple of hundred more.  What say you?
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Monday, September 20, 2010

The Wall of Fame: Abbi Cantrell



Our first Passion entrant!

Abbi Cantrell submitted her New Voices entry 17 September!  I read it, I commented on it, and… I didn’t add her to The Wall! Try and work that one out.

My inner perfectionist is throwing a tantrum and you should all feel seriously deprived because it’s a fabulous chapter! If you love great conflict and a heck of a cliff hanger then you want How to Marry a Brazilian. Desire eat your heart out!

Check out Abbi’s chapter at:

Abbi Cantrell: How to Marry a Brazilian (Contemporary)

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Wall of Fame: Elissa Graham


We’ve got another one!

Elissa Graham entered the New Voices Competition 19 September and I’m pretty thrilled that her entry is already available so thanks to whoever is working on their weekend!

I believe this is also Elissa’s first competition so a huge CONGRATULATIONS on entering Elissa! She’s got one very strong willed heroine facing off against her alpha male but I’m not giving anything away, so that’s all you’re getting!

You can catch Elissa’s entry here:

Elissa Graham: Two Weeks to Transform the Tycoon (Contemporary)

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Friday, September 17, 2010

The Wall of Fame: Denise Covey, Felicity Roger & Caroline Storer




Congratulations to Denise Covey, Felicity Roger and Caroline Storer who have hit the submit button on their New Voices entries! Now you can just sit back and relax... in theory.  We've got two contemporaries and our first historical!

You can find the first chapters of these latest to our Wall of Fame additions at:
I’m heading there now and fingers crossed the computer gremlins don’t want to play with me today ;).

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Wall of Fame: Kerrin Hearfield, Joanne Pibworth & Marcy Bassett Kennedy


A HUGE congratulations to Kerrin, Joanne and Marcy who submitted their New Voices entries today, 13 September!  Grab yourself come cheese, bubbly and a paper bag.  Not that you'll that last one!

In Kerrin's The Price of Passion the hero and heroine have a past and you just know that in close quarters things are going to get even more interesting.

Joanne's Sequins and Secrets has a fabulously unique setting and shhh that's all I'm going to say, but you'll love it so go see for yourself!

Marcy's From One Night to Forever has a spitfire heroine who doesn't need a man to rely on but I don't think that's going to stop her hero.

You can find the entries of the latest additions to our Wall of Fame at:
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Monday, September 13, 2010

The Wall of Fame: Nicole Helm


Nicole Helm dropped by the blog to snag a badge for her New Voices entry submitted 7 September. Congrats on entering Nicole! You can find your name on our Wall of Fame on the left.

I’m about to head over and have a peak, come join me:

Nicole Helm: Love’s Landing (Warm & Cosy).
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Friday, September 10, 2010

The Wall of Fame: Lorraine Wilson


CONGRATULATIONS Lorraine Wilson who blew the world away with her New Voices chapter submitted 10 September. Help yourself to the cheese and bubbly Lorraine!

And since it’s all about Lorraine and only Lorraine today you’re going to want to click the link below because it’s a fabulously funny read, go on, you know you want too. If that isn’t enough to motivate you I have three words: naked alpha male. Enough said.

Lorraine Wilson: “In Too Deep” (Contemporary)

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Get A New Voices Entry or Commentor Badge


When you submit your entry for the New Voices Competition 2010 you get an entry badge, a badge of bravery if you will!  Why?  Because I say so.  I've got one that you can add a link to your story to if you wish and a regular one too.

I'm also happy to change wording etc if you like - multiple heads are better than one and all that.

For anyone who is fabulous enough to be published or isn't entering this year there's a commentor button, because who can resist a blog badge?

The badges are below and they're easy enough to grab, just right click and Save Picture As... You can add it to your blog as a picture gadget and that's where you'll be able to enter your link too.  Any problems don't hesitate to ask!


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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Wall of Fame: Jo Dixon, Jackie Ashenden, Rachael Johns & Angie Peters


A huge congrats to Jo Dixon, Jackie Ashenden, Rachael Johns, Angie Peters who have hit that New Voices submit button and get to eat cheese and drink bubbly while the rest of us talk to our computers.

Jo was first off the mark on the 6th with Jackie, Rachael and Angie hot on her heels on the 7th. I’m thrilled that The Wall is already growing and I’ll get a chance to check out their amazing chapters. It’s been too long since I’ve had my hot little electrodes on their writing!

Details and links (because I know you’re all dying to read them like me):

Congratulations ladies I hope you’re celebrating your bravery and hard work!
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Monday, September 6, 2010

New Voices Launch Day!!

Woot!

Alrighty, anyone submitting a New Voices first chapter gets into the Wall of Fame – please turn to your left. Y’all get your name, submission date, targeted category plus your MS title (if you like) locked in and the mere mortals around you must bow and kiss your feet.

When we all get into the top ten we’ll break out the champagne and fancy cheese.  Hey, I don’t care that they think it’s only going to be ten.  When they get a load of us...

I should catch your own submission announcements but in case a piano falls on my head and I miss it, drop me a line!

Good luck!
 
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Saturday, September 4, 2010

NV and the Synopsis Rumor

Was anyone else thrilled by the distinct lack of the word “synopsis” in the competition? Mills & Boon have recently mentioned that there will be an opportunity for a brief summary of your story and on the author front the ‘s’ word has popped up in the forums. I bet you’re all hoping this is leaning toward a blurb rather than two pages of single spaced torture (I’m feeling dramatic today).

Advice pages from authors:

Note:  Mills & Boon are recommending that the pivotal moment be no more than 1000 words so that gives you 9K to divide between your two chapters.  It's important to keep this in mind in order to submit a practical word count for the first chapter.  I'd hate to see anyone write themselves into a corner.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Forward Your New Voices Questions To...



When The Pink Heart Society grabbed Editor Lucy Gilmour for a question and answer session I was pretty thrilled to get the competition parameters clarified. I had been hearing rumours that the competition was open to more than just the UK lines, and thanks to Lucy we now know that it’s true! You can enter anything from Desire to Nocturne, which opens the field right up. It’s going to be one whopping competition.

Angie Peters also asked some great question that you may want the answers to yourself so pop over to the blog here to read Lucy’s post, the comments and answers so far (including the power of the voters over the end results), and of course to add your own questions.

Thanks Lucy!

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