July reads and More good news

The year is sliding by and it’s only a couple more weeks to the RWNZ conference…ack! Have to get that pitch written and polished – when I figure out which darn ms I’m pitching, that is!

Of course, me being me, I couldn’t see myself concentrating on that until I’d finished my current wip. Was soooo close to being finished until flu and school holidays hit and all my plans turned to custard. But I’ve just typed The End on this young adult paranormal so I can now get back to revisions for Robin, my lovely editor at Red Sage Publishing. Don’t worry, Robin, I had already completed them before I went back to working on something else, but I wanted to sit on them for a few days and then print the entire novella out and read it from hardcopy, just to ensure the stuff I’ve deleted and the stuff I’ve rewritten do everything they’re supposed to do for the storyline. Hot off the printer as I write so I’ll be checking it through today.

So because I need to keep this post short and sweet, I’ll just baldly state the good news rather than trying to spin it into something which might benefit other writers. Sorry…this post’s all about me!

The ‘More good news’ bit is I entered three manuscripts in the Clendon Award this year. The Clendon’s unique in NZ in that it is a competition for full-length romantic manuscript. Not only that, but each ms is read by around ten of the avid readers who patronize Barbara’s Books – they’re given out according to the genre each reader likes to read. And the scoresheet these first round judges must complete is extensive, to say the least! Really worth every penny of the entry fee. Anyway, one of my ms finalled, one was highly commended and one was commended, so I’m just buzzing! Check out the Barbara’s Books link on the RHS of the Homepage if you’re interested in this wonderful competition or curious about previous finalists and winners.
My finalling entry is off to New York with the others and will be judged by editor Leslie Wainger. Since my entry is the second manuscript of a series, I’m not holding out too much hope of placing in the final but I’m just soooo darned stoked the readers liked it, I truly don’t care where I come. (I can say that in all honesty because I’ve already had the pleasure of winning the Clendon back in 2006 .)

Ironically, my highly commended ms is the final book in a trilogy – guess the readers really like my series stuff, huh? Pity I can’t leverage either of these placings in the Clendon this year with future queries since one is ‘not allowed’ to pitch more than one ms at a time. Them’s the breaks. It’s almost enough to know there’s readers out there who don’t care about that stuff and just love reading what I write.

And now for July reads…

-Working For The Devil by Lilith Saintcrow
-Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow
-The Devil’s Right Hand by Lilith Saintcrow
-Saint City Sinners by Lilith Saintcrow
-Betwitching by Jill Barnett
-Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
-Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
-Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
-Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
-Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn
-Kitty Takes a Holiday by carrie Vaughn
-Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
-Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
-Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
-I Burn For You by Susan Sizemore
-I Thirst For You by Susan Sizemore
-I Hunger For You by Susan Sizemore
-Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh
-The Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton
-To Hell and Back by Lilith Saintcrow
-A Temporary Arrangement by Roxanne Rustand
-Mr. Imperfect by Karina Bliss
-Fallen Angel by Sophia James
-Kinsman’s Oath by Susan Krinard



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One Response to “July reads and More good news”

  1. annie says:

    Hey Maree
    Just looking at your website…its cool.
    Thanks for the Christmas card and I hope you have a lovely Christmas.
    Let’s catch up in the New Year