Avon’s giving away $1,000

Do you ever come up with brilliant ideas for stories but don’t have the time or energy to actually write a book?

Be rewarded for your laziness! Avon’s holding a contest where you can submit a story idea and the winning idea will be written as a novella – It Happened One Season – by four Avon authors: Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D’Alessandro and Candice Hern.

Better yet, the winner gets a $1,000 AmEx gift card!

The constraints:

  • It has to be Regency.
  • It has to take place in one Season (in the Regency sense, not in the weather sense).
  • You need to submit three plot points by 14 February 2010.
  • You need to be a US resident over 18.

Read more on the  It Happened One Season website. If you do submit an idea, I’d love to hear about it!

Get free romance novels!

If you love to read romance, there’s a contest with your name all over it. The lovely folks at RomCon are looking for more judges for their Readers’ Crown contest.

Judges get at least five free romance novels (more if you choose to judge more than one panel). You can choose to have all your books from one category (they’ve got 11 categories, including long contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and short historical romance), or from a mix of categories.

You get to keep the books and just need to fill out a judging sheet online.

Here’s the application to be a judge. Fill it out quick – they’re sending the books out at the beginning of February.

Published authors, you have until 31 January to enter (I’m pretty sure that means they have to have your books in their hot little hands by then).

Winners will be announced at the RomCon Convention in Denver  9-11, which looks like it’ll be attended by some of the genre’s best and brightest.

While we’re on the subject of RomCon, you should check out their blogs, too. Good stuff.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips fails me

It pains me to write this, but my quest to convert my husband to romance reading has failed. And, since I was completely relying on the unending brilliance of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, I think it’s only right that I blame her.

(I know there’s almost no chance she’ll ever read this, but in case she does: it’s not really your fault. It’s my husband’s.)

Hubby got to page 280 of Natural Born Charmer before asking for the third time where he could quit his SEP challenge. At one point, he even said: “They’ve had sex now, so can I stop reading? It’s essentially over, right, even though there are 200 more pages?”

Typical man.

This time I took pity on him and said he could quit. He did have a few revelations, though, which were worth the torture (at least, from my perspective).

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