Monday, October 27, 2008

Golden Pen Contest and Knight Keeper's Giveaway

Before I do the contest for this week I must give props to the Golden Pen Network and their contest. In case you’re not sure who or what this is, they are a group of people who have all been Golden Heart winners, many of which are now published and alumni of the group.

They hold a contest each year called the Golden Pen and I can’t say enough good things about it. Although you don’t have to be entering the RWA Golden Heart to enter this contest, if you are it’s a fabulous thing to do. Think about it. Your entries are judged by former GH finalist. How cool is that.

Did I enter this year? Yep. Did I final? Nope. But I received amazing feedback from all my judges. There is one judge who went above and beyond and to that person I am here to say, WOW. The person opened my eyes to an area I needed to fix and to look for areas I could cut.

Did they like the story and my writing? Yep. What I did have (no more) was a few areas which could slow the pacing and I needed a stronger GMC for my heroine. She has an incredibly strong GMC after the moment where her world changes, but her GMC until that point wasn’t really strong enough. Now it is. :)

I would highly recommend this contest to anyone who truly wants feedback AND you’re ready to make those changes/cuts.

Now for this weeks contest:

Jessica Andersen’s Knight Keeper is an amazing story using the Mayan Calendar. Check out the blurb below.

As a Miami narcotics detective, Leah Daniels never knows how her day will turn out. But she certainly never expected to be strapped to a stone altar, the human sacrifice in an ancient Mayan ritual meant to coax up a demon from the underworld. Or that she'd be saved by a handsome warrior-priest king who claims to recognize her from his visions...

Jaguar Strike wishes he hadn't made the mistake of reuniting his fellow warrior priests, or broken the law by saving their chosen human sacrifice. Now, he has no choice but to join forces with Leah and invoke dangerous magic in a death-defying race against the end of time.

To read and excerpt, click here

Leave your comments this week and on Friday the randomizer will choose a winner.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,


Minna said...

I would love to read that book!

Jill James said...

Vicki, the Golden Pen is a great contest and congratulations for having the guts to enter it and the brains to make use of the feedback.

I already have this book so don't enter me in contest.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me

Vicki said...

minna - thanks for stopping by,I hope to see you more often. :)

Jill - Right. It was a bit scary, but I decided I might as well hear it from the ones who've been there before.

violetcrush - Hi, I'm glad you came by and you're entered.

tetewa said...

I'm always looking for new authors to read, I've heard alot about this one!