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A SUDDEN GIFT OF FATE has just made it through the first round — the story pitch — in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award. WOW! The novel joins 1,999 other works selected from a pool of 10,000 entries.
In the second round of judging, Amazon editors and Amazon Vine Reviewers will be reading an excerpt of the novel (roughly the first 5,000 words). They’ll narrow the field down to 500 quarterfinalists to be announced around March 23.
This moment is HUGE. Last year when I entered THE TERMINAL DINER in the contest, it failed at the pitch stage. That was so frustrating because no one read a word of my work. Not this year, buíochas le Dia!
So say a few prayers, light a candle or raise a glass of Finger Lakes wine and send good thoughts toward my novel.
We had to submit a pitch, excerpt (from the first 5,000 words) and the complete manuscript.
The first round cut will come after reading the pitch. Say some prayers, light a few candles or keep your fingers crossed. Better yet, do all of the above!
Should I win, the book will be picked up by Penguin USA. Now THAT would be a sudden gift of fate…
On Friday, Dec. 11, be sure to stop by RiverRead Books for a fun evening of holiday shopping. Starting at 6:30 p.m. there will be live music, I will read & sign my new novel plus lead people through a tasting of Finger Lakes wines. Special guest will be there, too! Click here for more information.
Announcement coming soon. Nov. 30th’s a special day!
Follow updates on the sequel promotion at giftoffate.wordpress.com
Here is the permalink to my interview with Morgen McLaughlin today on Finger Lakes Wine Talk radio. I had a fun conversation during the half-hour interview with Morgen, who has the enviable job of promoting Finger Lakes Wine Country.
You can follow Morgen on Twitter at FLWineLady. Follow the Finger Lakes harvest on Twitter at FLXcrush.
Read more at the Finger Lakes Travel Journal and learn more about the region at fingerlakeswinecountry.com
I’m about to launch the marketing campaign for the sequel, A Sudden Gift of Fate. A review will be posted soon at the blog All Things Irish. Two big events are coming up very soon, also:
- OCT. 21, 11:30 a.m. : Interview w/ Morgen McLaughlin, President of Finger Lakes Wine Country on her BlogTalkRadio show Finger Lakes Wine Talk.
- NOV. 1, 2-5 p.m.: Book launch at RiverRead Books, Binghamton. Reading, book signing and sampling of Finger Lakes wines.
The book has already made its way across the country to Montana, California, North Carolina as well as here in New York. Hope the story continues to have “legs,” just like a glass of fine wine.
I’m overjoyed to announce that my second novel, the sequel to The Cyber Miracles has just been published!
The book costs $20 and is currently available at my eStore on CreateSpace (actually a private storefront connected to Amazon.com). It will be available shortly on Amazon.com.
There will be a launch of the book, with a reading/signing, in a couple of weeks in Binghamton. That info will be posted here as soon as I have the exact date.
I hope you enjoy the novel as much as I have enjoyed creating it, quite a labor of love. Sláinte!
UPDATE: Novel now also available on Amazon.com.
Here’s the design for The Cyber Miracles sequel’s cover. It was done by Jocelyn Bailey, a recent graduate of the University of Buffalo. Jocelyn also designed the cover for my first novel. She felt it was important to retain a similar feel between both designs, with the graded tones. This cover was purposefully done in Riesling-ish yellow-greens, symbolizing the signature wine of the Finger Lakes.
Once this is finished, it will be uploaded and I should get the final proof from the publisher in a couple of days. Can’t wait!