Saturday, February 7, 2009

2009 TARA Contest

We're gearing up for our annual TARA contest!

The TARA contest is open to unpublished writers or any published authors who haven't published in the past three years and are not currently contracted for any novel-length (40,000 words +) books with any publisher (epub, mass market, etc). We have an excellent line up of editors for the final round judging.

The categories and final judges are as follows:

*Series Contemporary-- Wanda Ottewell /Harlequin

*Paranormal -- Danielle Poiesz /Pocket

*Single Title -- Deb Werksman /Sourcebooks

*Women's Fiction -- Lindsay Louis /NAL

*Historical -- Leah Hultenschmidt /Dorchester

*Romantic Suspense -- Amy Pierpont /Grand Central

*Inspirational Anne Horch /Faith Words

Out of 22 finalists last year, 9 entries were requested by editors and one request resulted in a sale!!

Enter the first chapter, 4000 words max, including prologue if applicable. For all the rules and guidelines check out

The deadline for entries is May 1, 2009. :)

Monday, February 2, 2009

TARA Authors

We have many published writers who are members of the Tampa Area Romance Authors (TARA). Seven of them have books being released this week!

Hot Flash by Kathy Carmichael

Dead Right by Cate Noble

Kill For Me by Karen Rose

She Thinks Her Ex is Sexy by Joanne Rock

Something Wicked by Julie Leto

Kiss of the Demon King by Kresley Cole

Lords of Desire by Virginia Henley

Congratulations to all on their latest published books. There's something for everyone in these compelling stories -- romantic suspense, paranormal, historical, sizzling sexy, and romantic comedy.