They didn't have it out on the floor but the gentleman behind the counter said he would check the unopened box of new magazines and there it was!
I quickly leafed through it until I found my picture and profile for the "Writing with the Stars" contest. I excitedly showed it to the salespeople and said, "That's me. I'm in the magazine!"
I know. How uncool. But there it is.
I can't help being incredibly excited to be a finalist in Kensington Brava and RT Book Reviews' "Writing with the Stars" contest. The winner lands a book contract.
Now that's cool.
After buying the magazine and checking out my picture and those of my talented fellow finalists, I dragged my 11-year-old over to the Romance section to show him some of the Kensington Brava books on the shelf. From the look of wonderment on his face, I'd say that's the moment he really got it - what this competition is all about. We took a minute to admire the beautiful trade paperbacks together before getting back on task and forging ahead to finish the day's errands.
Getting back to the contest, here's the recap...
There are five rounds of competition. Readers of the RT Book Reviews website and magazine will vote for the winner online.
First round voting continues through October 24. The category is "Best First Paragraph and Last Sentence".
If you're intrigued by the first paragraph of my historical romance, "Seducing Charlotte," I've posted the entire FIRST CHAPTER online. Check it out!
If you'd like to see it as a published book, I hope you'll consider voting for me.