My friend finished 2nd in the historical category and I finished 2nd in the Romantic Suspense category of the Happily Ever After Contest. YAY! It's very freaky for us, but pretty cool to have a friend in the EXACT same boat! Last year we both won our respective categories in the Merritt Contest. We're both getting requests for partials and fulls and I'm pretty confident that both our "calls" are just around the corner.
The manuscript that just got 2nd is one that I've had in contests for over a year now. I don't usually enter a lot of contests, but I have with this one because it took me so long to write it and it took a lot out of me emotionally. I love that story, but now I've decided to retire it from the contest arena. It won 2 contests and came in 2nd and I've got it still in 2 more contests that will announce within the next 2 months, but after that I'll focus that energy on queries for it and preparing the current WIP (FP) for queries and contests.
I started reading The English Wife by Doreen Roberts last night. I finished it this afternoon. WONDERFUL book! Although, I'm not sure if it's truly the story or my love for all things British. Either way I would recommend this NEXT novel. And at the back of the book I found a couple of the July books that I can't wait to read. I've only read 3 NEXT novels, but I LOVED 2 of them. I'm actually starting to think that I might be able to target this line at some point too! Anyway, The English Wife made me want to get back to my own WIP.
Speaking of Fractured Paradise, I get a whole day to work on it tomorrow! The family is going on 3 different excursions. I was invited to all, but I'm tired. I love the kids, but I love my "me" time and my writing time and I haven't had a lot of that in the last week. So, I get to play with my manuscript for the whole day!
Unless of course I watch the USA World Cup game. But that'll only be a couple of hours....