Monday, March 25, 2013

Haunted Writing Contest Success Story!

I am very honored to be the first to share some very good news. The Haunted Writing Clinic and Contest from last October has a success story!

Congratulations to Yolanda Renee who recently signed a contract with Curiosity Quills Press!

In November, Yolanda was selected as a winner and acquisitions editor Andrew Buckley made a full request for Memories of Murder. In late January, Andrew offered a publishing contract for Memories of Murder AND a contract to re-release her first self-published novel, Murder, Madness, & Love. She recently signed both contracts and is now officially a part of the Curiosity Quills family.

I am so thrilled to have been a part of her success story. Also, thank you and to the super villains and criminal masterminds who helped with the contest!!

Murder, Madness & Love and Memories of Murder are the first two books in a three book series, Mystery / Romance / Suspense. The story is set in Anchorage, Alaska, and Seattle, Washington, the protagonist is Detective Steven Quaid. Caught in the web of a black widow spider in Murder, Madness & Love, he comes up against an extraordinary foe, Lucifer, in Memories of Murder. Detective Quaid solves the mystery / brings the evildoer to justice, and saves the damsel in distress, unless she saves herself first!

A message from Yolanda:

Thank you so much for sponsoring that Clinic. I had massive doubts about my chances the entire way through. I didn’t think my Query was good enough, and while I believed in my book, writing a query and posting the first page were daunting. But the announcement that I won was amazing and then the offer of a contract, and not one, but two were, well, beyond words. When Andrew wrote that he didn’t usually read my genre, but liked my story, wow, so unexpected, it sent me over the moon!

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  1. Woohoo! for Yolanda--fantastic news! :)

  2. They're both fantastic books. It's impossible not to love the main characters and just wait until you get a load of the villain.... :)

  3. Congratulations to Yolanda! It's always nice to read success stories. :)

  4. WOW, Sharon, thank you! This is beyond awesome. I finally feel as though this is real -- funny, I had no idea how to announce this, how to share it, but this -- it's well, it's WOW!

    Sharon, thank you, again, for all you've done! Hosting the clinic, and Andrew, especially you, for taking a chance on my genre, and of course CQP, for taking a chance on me!

    I am smiling ear to ear, and jumping up and down, well in my head I am, but truly this is unbelievable, and so awesomely wonderful, you have no idea!

    Okay, maybe you do -- thank you all for celebrating this with me!

    1. I just saw the publication date for the blog, boy am I late for my own party! But you know what, today is the day I needed this kind of surprise, more than any other!

      Thank you!

  5. Found this blog from Ink in the Book. What a great story in getting a self-published book signed.