Published and Unpublished Authors’ Contest

This is off my usual subjects, but there’s a great contest for published and unpublished authors if you’re interested. Here are the details.

****Permission to forward to loops and social media sites granted and greatly appreciated. **** Gear up to submit your polished chapter for a chance of getting in front of our awesome line up of final editor judges. (See below)

100% Electronic contest. Fee: $25.00 (U.S. funds) per entry.

Deadline: Entries must be received via upload at www.tararwa.com by May 1st, 2014. Deadline will not be extended.

Contents: The first 4,500 words of a qualifying manuscript (actual word count). First and subsequent chapters up to the maximum entry word count of 4,500 words. *Word count will be verified. Note: No synopsis required in the preliminary round.

Eligibility requirements: The TARA Contest is open to unpublished and published authors of novel length fiction; however, the entry must be the author ’s original work, unpublished and not contracted as of the time of the contest deadline. No entry can have been previously published in any format (on author’s website visible to the public, self-published, ebook, mass market, etc.) Manuscripts that have previously won the TARA Contest may not be reentered. Past TARA winners are eligible to enter a manuscript that has not previously won the TARA Award. (***Complete eligibility rules can be found at www.tararwa.com.)

Final editors Category Romance — Karen Reid – Harlequin Historical — Kerri Buckley — Carina Press Inspirational — Raela Schoenherr — Bethany House Publishers Paranormal — Leis Pederson — The Berkley Publishing Group Romantic Suspense — Amanda Bergeron — Harper Collins Contemporary Single Title — Sue Grimshaw — Penguin/Random House Women’s Fiction — Katherine Pelz — The Berkley Publishing Group

A complete set of rules can be found at www.tararwa.com E-Mail questions to: TARAContest@tararwa.com or TARAContest@gmail.com

If you are a published or unpublished author, this is a great contest to enter.

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Thank you,

Connie Taxdal

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2014 Golden Heart® Finalist

Wednesday morning my husband burst into our bedroom. “You’ve got a phone call.”

“Who is it?” I was groggy. I’d been up till three AM writing on my next novel.

“She said something about your book and a golden heart.”

I’m dreaming…or so I thought until he picked up my hand and slapped the phone into my palm. I transferred the damn thing to my other hand and rubbed my smarting palm on the edge of the bed. “Hello?”

“Congratulations. You’re a finalist in the Golden Heart contest,” said the woman on the other end of the line.

She continued, but I couldn’t comprehend her words over the buzzing in my ears. My body shook. I pounded my chest to make my lungs suck in air before I passed out. I must have responded appropriately, because she congratulated me again and hung up. I ran from the room screaming and crying.

My husband hugged me and endured my strange behavior for a few minutes. “This is unbelievable. I so proud of you, honey.”

I nodded. Totally unbelievable.

Oh. My. God.

What if they made a mistake? Called the wrong person? I rushed to my computer and signed on to the Romance Writers of America’s website.

This is what I read. I’ve highlighted the most important part.

Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring romance fiction authors, announces the finalists for the Golden Heart® Awards. The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts with finalists in seven categories chosen from more than 1,200 manuscript entries each year.

Finalists in the category of Romantic Suspense

“Chasing Damn” by Denny S. Brycegoldenheart

“Dangerous Dreams” by Abbie Roads

“Fatal Fragrances” by Connie Taxdal

“In a Sea of Change” by Deborah Wilding

“Secrets That Kill” by Sarah Andre

“See Her No More” by Sharon Wray

Did you hear me scream again?

Thank you for visiting my website and congratulations to the other five 2014 Golden Heart finalists!

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Connie Taxdal