Contest for Unpublished Romance Writers!

From the Colorado Romance Writers’s President:

The Heart of the Rockies Unpublished Writer’s Contest deadline is tomorrow, 6/30/11. We are low in most categories. Please submit!!!

CONTEST FORMAT: 2011 Heart of the Rockies Contest

Sponsor: Colorado Romance Writers

Fee: $25 (CRW members) $30 (Non-members)

Deadline: June 30, 2011

Eligibility: Open to unpublished authors only

Entry: The first two chapters and a 1-5 page synopsis, 35 pages

total max. Save money on printing and postage! We are accepting

electronic submissions only!

Categories: Young adult, short contemporary, long contemporary, romantic suspense,

single title contemporary, historical, paranormal/time travel/futuristic/fantasy, inspirational,

and mainstream with romantic elements.

Judges: one published and one un-published author

Final Judges:

* Short Contemporary: Laura Barth, Associate Editor, Harlequin

* Long Contemporary: Charles Griemsman, Associate Editor, Harlequin

* Single Title: Stephany Evans, Agent, Fine Print Literary Agency

* Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic/Fantasy: Laura Bradford, The Bradford Literary Agency

* Historical: Sara Megibow, Associate Literary Agent, Nelson Literary Agency

* Romantic Suspense: Laura Baumbach, Editor, Passion in Print

* Inspirational Category: Julie Gwinn, Fiction Manager, B&H Publishing Group

* Young Adult: Megan Records, Associate Editor, Kensington Publishing

* Mainstream w/Romantic Elements: Kristin Sevick, TOR

FMI, entry form and rules, go to http://www.coloradoromancewriters.comhttp://www.coloradoromancewriters.com/  and select the Heart of the Rockies option from the Contests tab. You may also email the contest Coordinator Liz Pelletier at HOTRCoordinator@yahoo.com
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Jen Maitlen

2011 CRW President

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Writer with Sizzle: Miranda Stowe

Please welcome Miranda Stowe! Miranda would like to give away a free eBook copy of her sizzling story Caught in Heat. If you’d like to leave your email address in the comments, that would help her get a hold of you. Thanks!

About Miranda:

Miranda writes erotic romance of the contemporary, paranormal and suspense variety. She lives with her wonderful, Brad-Pitt-lookalike husband (hey, they’re both blond-haired and blue-eyed) and adorable still-needs-to-learn-the-meaning-of-NO toddler daughter on their spacious corn-field-and-cow-pasture-front property in Kansas. Librarian by day and author by night, she is also published in YA and contemporary mainstream romance under a different pen name.

You can find her at:

Website & Blog : http://mirandastowe.blogspot.com/

GoodReads : http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4741738.Miranda_Stowe

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Miranda-Stowe/100002055561651

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/mirandastowebks

Lia: Great to have you here, Miranda. Tell us about your latest release.

Miranda: Caught in Heat came out in May from Cobblestone Press. It’s the beginning of my paranormal novella series called Half-breed Shifters.

The title pretty much says it all. When shapeshifter, Riley, is about to fall into her first mating heat, she frantically searches for a shifter refuge that’ll drug her up without feeling the need for sex.

But…Shaw Griffin, a human shifter hunter who is determined to wipe out the entire shapeshifting species after a pack of wolves slaughtered his family, catches her in one of his traps. As you can image, he just can’t kill Riley when he checks his trap because he’s a bit too turned on by the gorgeous, naked woman begging him to sex her up.

The second book in the series (Dreams of Wolf) just sold to Cobblestone. And its title tells you all you need to know there too!

Lia: Now that’s a hot premise! What is your favorite thing about being a romance writer?

Miranda: The happily ever after.

Lia: I definitely agree. What does your heroine love most about your hero? Least?

Miranda: In Caught in Heat, Riley admires Shaw’s back-down-from-nothing attitude, not even an obviously stronger shapeshifter (he’s human). He doesn’t fear anything.

Least? Well, she doesn’t necessarily appreciate the fact he wants to kill her when they first meet. Kind of a buzz kill!

Lia: LOL! That’s understandable. Have you ever cried or laughed out loud while writing a scene?

Miranda: I have no idea why, but every time I read this one line I wrote in Dreams of Wolf, I just can’t stop myself from cracking a smile. When the heroine finds out the hero is also part deer, she makes him change into his stag side and when she sees him in all his antlered glory, she says, “You probably get this a lot, but…nice rack.”

Lia: Hilarious line! Made me smile too. Do you have a favorite writer you’ve read over and over?

Miranda: I can’t count the number of times I’ve read “London’s Perfect Scoundrel” by Suzanne Enoch. LOVE IT!

Lia: I’ll have to check it out. Where is the wildest place your characters have had sex?

Miranda: In a truck…while the hero is driving home from a funeral (in Taken by a Killer). Or there’s that scene (in Mile High Service) where the h/h get in on in an airplane bathroom on a commercial flight. Or are those places even considered wild? I dunno.

Lia: Oh yeah. I think so. Where can readers find your books?

Miranda:

Whispers Publishing, Cobblestone Press, LLC. Amazon, All Romance ebooks, Fictionwise, Mobipocket. And one is coming soon to Liquid Silver Books!

Caught in Heat Buy Link : http://www.cobblestone-press.com/catalog/books/caughtinheat.htm

Lia: Thanks for being a Writer with Sizzle, Miranda!