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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.
- The latest review of The Cyber Miracles has been posted to my Reviews pages.
- Very soon you will be able to order my book from all the chain, as well as indie, bookstores across the country. Watch here for an update.
- Many people who are new to my work are buying both books at once. Thanks for your support!
- NEEDED: input from my readers. Am thinking of writing one more book in what I’m dubbing the “Maeve Kenny Series.” Would you be interested? Send an e-mail here.
If you want to purchase either of my novels from Amazon.com for Christmas, order by Dec. 17. Click links at left.
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!
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
The Loughmare Winery Gift Shop is now open. Wine lovers, get your official “A Sudden Gift of Fate” gear here!
“Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone…”
Taking a breather @ 11:11 from writing the climax to the sequel of “The Cyber Miracles.” Phew! Le cunamh Dé, it will be finished by nightfall. First I’ll pause to gives some thanks where it’s due, “the author of life,” then back to scribbling out the story on notepad. Feet don’t fail me now…