Contests

Information on First Kiss and Bean Pot contests

Winners for the Readers’ Choice Beanpot award and the First Kiss award were announced Saturday at the Conference Awards Breakfast.  Here they are:

First Kiss

First Place – Katy Regnery for “It’s You”
Second Place – Crystal Eliot for “Lessons in Scandal”
Third Place – Virginia Frost for “Prop Girl”
Honorable Mention – Tina Evans for “One More Night”, Susan Chambers for “Dragonfly” and Anna Richland for “The Soldier”

Bean Pot

Contemporary
First Place – Radclyffe for Crossroads
Second Place – Elise K Ackers for The Man Plan
Third Place – Laura Kaye for One Night with a Hero

Romantic Suspense
First Place – Marie Force for Fatal Deception
Second Place – Casey Clifford for An Island No More
Third Place – Radclyffe for Oath of Honor

Historical
First Place – Michelle Marcos for Lessons in Loving a Laird
Second Place – Heather Snow for Sweet Deception
Third Place – Margaret Mallory for The Warrior

Erotic Romance
First Place – Karen Stivali for Marry Me
Second Place – Elle Saint James for Unbridled and Unsaddled
Third Place – Lauren Gallagher for Who’s Your Daddy?

Futuristic; Fantasy; Paranormal or Time Travel
First Place – Cristy Gibson for Tangled Web
Second Place – Kaylea Cross for Darkest Caress
Third Place – Sara Humphreys for Untamed

Mainstream with Romantic Elements
First Place – Anna Lee Huber for The Anatomist’s Wife
Second Place – Mary Ellis for Living in Harmony
Third Place – Barbara Claypole White for The Unfinished Garden

Young Adult
First Place – Katie McGarry for Pushing the Limits
Second Place – Marissa Doyle for Courtship and Curses
Third Place – Chloe Jacobs for Greta and the Goblin King

Congratulations to the six finalists in NEC-RWA’s First Kiss Contest.

Katy Regnery: “It’s You”
Susan Chambers: Dragonfly **
Crystal Eliot: Lessons in Scandal
Tina Evans: One More Night
Virginia Frost: Prop Girl
Anna Richland: The Soldier

These entries will now move on to the final round and be judged by Patience Bloom, Editor at Harlequin.

We would also like to thank all of the judges and our contest coordinator, Janet Louise Campbell, who did a fabulous job on this contest.

**NEC member

We are pleased to announce the finalists and winners in the 2012 New England Readers’ Choice Bean Pot Award
(In alphabetical order)

**NEC Member

SHORT CONTEMPORARY
1st Place **The Heart of a Hero – Barbara Wallace
2nd Place A Rancher’s Pride – Barbara White Daille
3rd Place The Daddy Catch – Leigh Duncan

HISTORICAL
1st Place **Promise Me Forever – Diane Amos
2nd Place In the Barrister’s Chambers – Tina Gabrielle
3rd Place More Than a Mistress – Ann Lethbridge

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
1st Place **Fatal Consequences – Marie Force
2nd Place Deadly Descent – Kaylea Cross
3rd Place Edge of Daybreak – Jannifer Hoffman

EROTIC
1st Place The Closer You Get – LA Witt
2nd Place Take Me Away – Tina Donahue
3rd Place Bastian, The Lords of Satyr – Elizabeth Amber

FUTURISTIC; FANTASY; PARANORMAL OR TIME TRAVEL
1st Place Memories of Murder – Lara Nance
2nd Place Dyad Love – Ann Hinnenkamp
3rd Place **Salad on the Side – Karenna Colcroft

INSPIRATIONAL
1st Place Nightwatch – Valerie Hansen
2nd Place Love on the Line – Deeanne Gist
3rd Place Hometown Dad – Merrillee Whren

MAINSTREAM W/ROMANTIC ELEMENTS
1st Place The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship – Lisa Verge-Higgins
2nd Place Blood Rights – Kristen Painter
3rd Place Promises to Keep – Char Chaffin

NOVELLA
1st Place Painted with Pleasure – Dena de Paulo
2nd Place -tie Drive-In – Kelli Scott
2nd Place -tie Stormy Wedding – Kelli Scott
3rd Place **I Love the Earl – Caroline Linden

YOUNG ADULT
1st Place Awake at Dawn – C.C. Hunter
2nd Place Love Story – Jennifer Echols
3rd Place **Tales Out of the Psych Office – Shirley Ann Howard

 


 

We are pleased to announce the finalists in the 2012 New England Readers’ Choice Bean Pot Award
(In alphabetical order)

**NEC Member

SHORT CONTEMPORARY
A Rancher’s Pride – Barbara White Daille
The Daddy Catch – Leigh Duncan
**The Heart of a Hero – Barbara Wallace

HISTORICAL
In the Barrister’s Chambers – Tina Gabrielle
More Than a Mistress – Ann Lethbridge
**Promise Me Forever – Diane Amos

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Deadly Descent – Kaylea Cross
Edge of Daybreak – Jannifer Hoffman
**Fatal Consequences – Marie Force

EROTIC
Bastian, The Lords of Satyr – Elizabeth Amber
The Closer You Get – LA Witt
Take Me Away – Tina Donahue

FUTURISTIC; FANTASY; PARANORMAL OR TIME TRAVEL
Dyad Love – Ann Hinnenkamp
Memories of Murder – Lara Nance
**Salad on the Side – Karenna Colcroft

INSPIRATIONAL
Hometown Dad – Merrillee Whren
Love on the Line – Deeanne Gist
Nightwatch – Valerie Hansen

MAINSTREAM W/ROMANTIC ELEMENTS
Blood Rights – Kristen Painter
Promises to Keep – Char Chaffin
The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship – Lisa Verge-Higgins

NOVELLA
Drive-In – Kelli Scott
**I Love the Earl – Caroline Linden
Painted with Pleasure – Dena de Paulo
Stormy Wedding – Kelli Scott

YOUNG ADULT
Awake at Dawn – C.C. Hunter
Love Story – Jennifer Echols
**Tales Out of the Psych Office – Shirley Ann Howard

We are pleased to announce the finalists in the First Kiss Contest!

Congratulations!

‘Til There Was You  by  Elle Twifold, Baltimore, MD

Nothing Left to Lose but Me by Lynn Lindquist, Batavia, IL

The Lavender Trail by Cindy Thompson, Thunder Bay, ON Canada

How to Divorce a Vampire by Mimi Jean, Pleasant Hill, CA

The Fire Walkers by Shelley N. Greene, Columbia, MD

Encore by Bobbi Ruggiero,  North Easton, MA

These entries will be sent along to Patience Smith from Harlequin by the first week in January for Judging!

Good Luck to all!

Send us the scene from your book where your couple first kisses. The scene should convey the emotion and romantic conflict between the characters, sparkle with creative dialogue, description, and characterization, and move the story forward. As one of our authors said, “Good kiss scenes are essentially emotional discoveries. The first kiss brings a new closeness… but also a new set of complications.”

First Kiss Contest now open and accepting entries. Click here for more information.

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