Saturday, August 6, 2011Posted by Diana Quincy at 8:26 AM
It was Dianna Shuford, from the Georgia Romance Writers, calling to tell me that my latest work in progress, "Tempting Bella," is a finalist in the 2011 Maggie Contest for unpublished writers.
This is Bella's first contest final. About 30 pages of the manuscript - plus a synopsis - were judged by two published authors.
It's always encouraging to receive validation for my work - a little something that tells me I'm on the right track. Especially from two professionals in the field.
"Tempting Bella" is my third completed manuscript.
It is the story of Mirabella, who is married off as a child to settle her father's gaming debt. After the hasty marriage, she does not see her husband again for almost a decade. She grows to resent the stranger she assumes married her for her fortune and promptly forgot she existed. When they do meet again, neither knows who the other is, but the attraction (of course!) is immediate. You can read more about the story by clicking here.
There are four other finalists in the Maggie contest's historical category.
Avon's Tessa Woodward is the final judge.
The winner will be announced at the Georgia Romance Writers 2011 Moonlight and Magnolias conference in which runs Sept. 29 through Oct. 2.
This is my second time as a Maggie finalist. My first manuscript, "Compromising Willa," placed second in the 2009 contest.
By the way, it's fun to note that the winner that year was Patricia Patton for "Love and the Heir." Later published as "The Heir" - under Patton's pen name Grace Burrowes - the book was named one of Publishers Weekly's Top Five Romances for 2010 and went on to become a New York Times bestseller.
So at least I can say I got beat out by a New York Times bestselling author. Not too shabby!