Congratulations to the winners!
We wish the authors success.
The judges of the contest and our team, Zita, Erika, and Denise.
The winners will be promoted on our website, in our March Magazine, on social sites, and the winners will receive a Featured Author page on our website. In addition, the three winner books will be added to our bookshelf http://pubhtml5.com/bookcase/owxs
with a 10 page, 3D book excerpt similar to this presentation:
Kassia is a thief and a soon-to-be oath breaker. Armed with only a reckless wit and sheer bravado, seventeen-year-old Kassia barely scrapes out a life with her older sister in a back-alley of the market district of the Imperial city of Corium. When a stranger shows up at her market stall, offering her work for which she is utterly unqualified, Kassia cautiously takes him on. Very soon however, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery involving a usurped foreign throne and a vengeful nobleman. Most intriguing of all, she discovers clues to the disappearance of her father three years prior.
When Kassia is forced to flee her home, suffering extreme hardship, danger and personal trauma along the way, she feels powerless to control what happens around her. Rewarding revelations concerning the mysteries of her family’s past are tempered by the reality of a future she doesn’t want. In the end, Kassia discovers an unyielding inner strength, and that contrary to her prior beliefs, she is not defined by external things -- she discovers that she is worthy to be loved.
While I enjoyed reading, writing was never anything that even crossed my mind. I enjoyed reading, but writing? That’s what authors did, and I wasn’t an author.
One day while on my lunch break, I visited the neighboring Barnes & Noble and happened upon a book by author Sharon Kay Penman. I’d never heard of her before, but it looked interested, and I bought the book. Immediately I become a rabid fan of her work.
In 2007, when Facebook was very quickly becoming “a thing”, I discovered that Ms. Penman had fan club and that she happened to interact there frequently. As a result of a casual comment she made about how writers generally don’t get detailed feedback from readers, I wrote her an embarrassingly long review of her latest book, Lionheart. As a result of that review, she asked me what would become the most life-changing question: “Have you ever thought about writing?” And The Scribe’s Daughter was born.
When I’m not writing or taxiing my two children to school or other activities, I’m likely walking Cozmo, our dog, or reading. The rest of my time is spent trying to survive the murderous intentions of Minnesota’s weather.
Finalist children’s book
Eva Mason doesn’t think life will ever be the same after having to sell her pony for a move to a new town. But once she gets settled in at the guest house on Grandma Hattie’s ranch, Kelpie and Teagan quickly take Eva under their wing and Eva’s world suddenly turns around.
Finalist women’s fiction
An heirloom quiche recipe and baking rivalry turn up the heat within the French-Canadian mill town of Beauchemins, Rhode Island. Rife with secrets and scandals--misconceptions, misdeeds, and maliciousness wreak havoc on those caught in the crossfire of a tragedy precipitated by reckless behavior.
Theodosia Latimer and her grandfather Reginald are on a mission to discover the past. But when they discover an imprisoned goddess straight out of Ireland’s rich mythological history, they're both amazed and frightened.
Samantha Patrick's cousin Sarah has lived with an abusive husband for thirty years. After a brutal attack she finally finds the courage to leave. Sarah goes to Land's End looking for safety and comfort with her family on this small, idyllic island but the horror is not over yet.