More award news

Wow, it seems this is the week of award news. I found out that Second Nature is a finalist for an EPIC’s e-book award. The EPIC’s e-book awards were once known as “eppies,” and they’ve been awarded annually since 2000 by the EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection). The winners will be announced at the EPICon convention in Williamsburg, Virginia, on March 10-13, 2011.

LFRC Award — favorite book cover

The LFRCA (Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Award), a program with annual awards for favorite lesbian fiction and favorite lesbian fiction book covers, just announced the results for the awards for favorite book covers of 2009. Second Nature was one of the book covers that received the most votes. Congratulations to Sheri, the graphic artist who created the cover of Second Nature, and thanks to the members of the LFRCA. By the way, the LFRCA is a yahoo group that anyone can join.

Celebrating

Last night, I finally finished the last draft of my work in progress, Hidden Truths. After working on the story for one year (one and a half if I count research) and writing four drafts, it feels great to finally send it off to be published. Again, I want to say thank you to my beta readers, critique partners, and test readers who helped and supported me. I know it’s quite a committment, especially since — like all of my books — Hidden Truths ended up a “monster” of 153,000 words. To celebrate, I thought I’d give away a free …

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test reading Hidden Truths

On June 15th, I finished the second draft of my work-in-progress, Hidden Truths. Since it’s a rather long and complex story with many characters and subplots, I wanted to have a few test readers who read the story as a whole and give me some feedback. So I posted a request for test readers here on the blog and in groups like lesfic_unbound. Reactions were pretty overwhelming. Within a few hours, my mail box filled with offers to test read. In total, I got about sixty offers from potential test readers. Wow. I wasn’t quite prepared for that much feedback …

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50-book challenge V

#41 – Larkin Rose – The Pleasure Planner Brianna “Bree” Hendricks treats love like a commodity to be served up to her clients on demand, but has given up the search for a true love of her own. Logan Delaney is too busy trying to reconcile the legacy of her grandparents’ failed magazine company to invest in anything more than the occasional affair. Can two women who aren’t looking for love find it in each other’s arms? I’d call this one a PWP (Plot, What Plot?). It’s an okay read if you are reading for the love scenes, but the …

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50-book challenge IV

#31 – Lindsey Stone – Awakening to Sunlight Judith Hilford flees from an emotionally abusive relationship and accepts temporary lodging arranged by a friend until she can set her life on a new course. Lizzy Mayfield, a filmmaker who lost her lover three years ago, comes home from a business trip to find Judith and her child unexpectedly living in her apartment. Lizzy wants nothing more than to be left alone, but as Judith has nowhere else to go, Lizzy allows her to stay. While Judith struggles to create a new life for her daughter and herself, Lizzy is confronted …

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GCLS award celebrations

To celebrate the “Goldie” winners and finalists, L-Book gives a 5% discount on all books. This applies to all books, not just the GCLS award winners and finalists. The discount code is: GCLS-4528 In addition, I’m giving away one free signed copy (paperback) of Next of Kin, Backwards to Oregon, and Second Nature. Send me an e-mail (jae_s1978 AT yahoo DOT de) or leave a comment to this blog post, and I’ll enter you in the drawing. If you are interested in one or two of the books in particular, let me know that too.

50-book challenge III

#21 – Megan Carter – Passionate Kisses Sara Stockton, Taylor Jenkins, and James Edwards have been best friends since pre-school. Their strong bond earned them the nickname of the Three Musketeers. When Taylor turned fourteen and announced she was gay, James and Sara stood by her. When James and Sara began dating, Taylor hid her love for Sara and moved on with her life. Now, fourteen years later, Sara and James are about to be married and Taylor is trying to deal with the upcoming wedding by rushing into a new relationship. As Sara and James begin to face the …

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50-book challenge II

#11 – Tracey Richardson – The Candidate Presidential candidate Jane Kincaid–gorgeous, dynamic and extremely driven–is taking the country by storm, passionately outlining her blueprint for America. Voters quickly fall in love with her… and so, unwittingly, does Secret Service Agent Alexandria Warner. Their mutual attraction begins to take on a fiery life of its own, and soon Jane fears that their intense feelings for each other are a tinder box that could destroy the landscape of her career… and alter the history of the country. Jane had always expected the road to the White House would exact a high personal …

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Looking for test readers

I just finished the second draft of my current work-in-progress, Hidden Truths. It’s a historical romance and a sequel to Backwards to Oregon, taking place in 1868. As it seems to be the norm for my novels, at 143,000 words (300 pages), this one is a rather long novel too. I have a few wonderful beta readers and critique partners helping me out, but they have worked with me on this story from the beginning. So what I need now is a set of fresh eyes, someone who reads the story from beginning to end within a few days. You …

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