Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Support Your Fav Author and Save Your Computer by Not Illegally Downloading Books! Why? Read on...


     “Aw, crud no.” The wizard banged his hand on his keyboard and then frantically clicked around with his mouse checking all his spell files: Text documents of magic words, pictures of runes, spreadsheets of magical creature species. He looked through his entire computer and almost all his data was ruined and hacked. Files missing and damaged.
     “What happened?” He muttered.
      His Internet browser was still open from the night before. Looking at that, he realized what had happened. He downloaded pirated enchantment data for school. When he downloaded it he thought, “What's one stolen spell gonna cost me?”
     But apparently whoever uploaded the data for the enchantment file, hid a virus inside. All the magically formed programs and files loaded into the mystic gems on his hard drive (wizards favored gems over disks and other data storage means) had all been ruined. And maybe even some of his spells had been stolen from him.
      A creepy voice then filled the room, “Youuuuu...I'veeeee comeee tooo tormmeennnttt youuuu forrr the ressssttt of yourrrr dayyyssss...” 
     The wizard put his hand to his head and moaned. He knew that was a ghost. The illegal enchantment he downloaded was not only a virus, but a curse, which also gave him a ghost haunting his computer. 
     Maybe he should have just downloaded the enchantment legally.
Posted with permission from Langdon's Flash Fictions

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hot Prospect Contest for Romance Writers

2016 Hot Prospects Contest
Sponsor: Valley of the Sun Romance Writers
**Permission to forward**
Looking to sign your first book contract, switch from a small press to a large publisher or simply explore another genre of romantic fiction? Turn up the heat on your writing career with the Hot Prospects Contest.
Grand Prize Winner
The grand prize winner of the contest will have their entire Romance manuscript (400 pages, Courier, 12pt, Double spaced) reviewed by two professional editors at Novel Needs http://novelneeds.com

Valley of the Sun RW Members
Non-Chapter Members

Postmark Deadline: September 1st, 2016
E-Submit Deadline: September 1st, 2016

The Hot Prospects Contest is open to any Romance work uncontracted and unpublished at the time of entry.

Trained judges for preliminary round, Editors for final round.

Single Title Contemporary-
Romantic novels released as individual titles, not usually part of a series. Projected word count: over 70,000 words.
Johanna Raisanen - Harlequin

Romantic Suspense-
A suspense/mystery/thriller plot is integrated within a romantic novel. Projected word count: over 70,000 words.
Kate Seaver—Berkley
Melissa Jeglinski—The Knight Agency

Historical Romance
Romantic novels set in a time period prior to 1945.  Projected word count: over 70,000 words.
Rhonda Penders—Wild Rose Press

Futuristic, fantasy, or paranormal elements are integrated within the love story. Projected word count: over 70,000 words.
Melissa Singer - TOR
Michelle Klayman—Boroughs Publishing

Young Adult/New Adult Romance:
Romance novels in which young adult life is an integral part of the plot. Projected word count: over 50,000 words.
  • Editor – TBA
  • Michelle Grajkowski—3 Seas Literary Agency

Inspirational Romance:
Romance novels in which religious or spiritual beliefs (in the context of any religious or spiritual belief system) are an integral part of the plot. Projected word count: over 50,000 words.
  • Victoria Curnan—Heartwarming
  • Agent - Raela Schoenherr—Revell/Bethany House

Erotic Romance: Novels in which strong, often explicit, sexual interaction is an inherent part of the love story, character growth and relationship development and could not be removed without damaging the storyline. These novels may contain elements of other romance subgenres (such as paranormal, historical, etc.).
  • Brenda Chin - Entangled
  • Agent - TBA

Those entries that do not final will be returned approximately October 30th, 2016 to help those who plan to enter RWA’s Golden Heart.
Your synopsis should be between 3-5 pages.
Up to 25 pages of your manuscript.

For more information visit: http://valleyofthesunrw.com/2015-contest-guidelines-and-entry-form/