I got the news today, oh, boy....
Finished third in the TRW's Golden Opportunity contest in the Contemporary Series category. From first in scores to third in rank (of three).
Oh, well, there's always next year. It was good to know I even made the finals.
Here's what the category judge, Harlequin Superromance's Wanda Ottewell, had to say:
How would you rate this entry on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest?
What was strong about this entry?
Really captures the heroine’s unique voice with the narrative. Her personality comes through well so the reader feels connected.
What could be improved?
A more unique, less typical meet between the hero and heroine would be good. While the collision between hero and heroine sparks physical awareness, as a device it gets used a lot.
I knew this about the setup when I set out to write the book, of course. But it is my first book, and after three years of rejigging, it actually rates as not half-bad, so on the scale of things, WIN!
Better luck next time!