#SYTYCW15 Top25 announcement and my picks for Top 10

With the official announcement of the Top 10 looming over the semi-finalist today, I thought I should take a second to give all my fellow contestants a huge—and congratulatory—round of applause. Not just the ones who have advanced with me, but the ones who entered all together.

Seriously – this contest is always stacked with some major talent, and this year was no exception. To have reached this point with my second complete contemporary romance novel (OUT OF FOCUS) is an accomplishment I hadn’t expected.

Having said that, of the Top 25, I thought it would be fun to play a game of Who’s Going to Make Top 10?

In no way am I saying that my selections are somehow more or better or whatnot. All of the Top 25 have serious chops or they wouldn’t be there. This is merely for fun and not meant to discourage or offend anyone.

So with no further ado, here are my picks for Top 10, in no particular order:

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#SYTYCW15 Top 25 Semi-finalist!

Pinch me. I must be dreaming.

I have advanced to the next stage of the contest. As of Friday, I shipped off my full MS (manuscript) to Harlequin editors. From here they will read and review all twenty-five finalists to select their Top 10. Those lucky few will move on to the public/ live voting round.

The one to secure the most votes – wins the 2 book publishing contract.

Like – holy sh!t.

I’d entered my book OUT OF FOCUS on a whim, thinking more about the invaluable experience this would be, and all the great friends I would make. I honestly never expected to make it this far.

Obviously I hoped I would, and worked my little hiney off to wrangle up votes. But wow. Just wow. On Oct 20th the final and official Top 25 will be announced by Harlequin, after which point I will draft my top 10 picks.

Let’s see how accurate my predictions prove to be on November 10th 😉

Wattpad and Harlequin team up for So You Think You Can Write contest

I cannot begin to express how amazing the Wattpad community is. Such an invaluable platform that I wish existed when I was that young, painfully shy teen, writing in my “closet”, so to speak. Writing is such an introverted hobby that keeps you sequestered in doors, tangled up in plot and characters and dialogue. Though I find the craft rewarding and exciting, there’s something to be said about being able to connect with likeminded authors, discover new talent and develop a foundation of support/camaraderie.
Wattpad provides all of that and more! If you’re a writer, new, established or even a reader who has dreamt of writing but have yet to find their own voice, I highly suggest you join the ever expanding community of 40+ million strong!
You can find me there as @FallonDeMornay

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Wattpad and Harlequin have teamed up for the 2015 So You Think You Can Write (SYTYCW) contest. For the first time ever, the annual romance writing competition has launched on Wattpad. Writers around the world are able to submit their manuscript on Wattpad for a chance to win a two-book publishing deal with Harlequin.

So You Think You Can Write brings out so much talent every year — and has made publishing dreams come true for many aspiring authors,” said Loriana Sacilotto, Executive Vice President of Global Publishing and Strategy at Harlequin.  “By joining with Wattpad we’re taking the contest to an exciting new level of engagement with writers and readers as well.”

The So You Think You Can Write romance writing competition is open to aspiring authors in the US, Canada (except Quebec), the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. To enter, writers must upload their…

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Mr. Grey Will See You Now…

I’m not a fan of #FiftyShades.

I know. I know. I can hear the masses screaming at me in abject horror and utter disbelief. But, a lid for every pot, right?

So what the heck am I thinking by writing piece of fan fiction for a trilogy I haven’t so much as sniffed at? The challenge. And, perhaps, to gain a better perspective behind why Christian Grey has become the object of almost every woman’s fantasy. To quote famous restaurant critic, Giles Coren, “When you’re eating at a restaurant, always order the unusual or disgusting, because if the chef has any skills at all, he should be able to win you over and change your mind.” Now, I’m paraphrasing, but the sentiment applies here, as well.

I’d finished the first book, at least. So I had a decent foundation on which to build my scene. But, I didn’t want to touch on any threads from the current books on the market, so I’ve picked up after the trilogy closes.

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Christian Grey is accustomed to always getting his way. A man with the world at his fingertips, there isn’t anything he can’t have. Or anyone he can’t conquer.

On the cusp of finalizing his divorce, he’s free to do as he pleases. And he has his eyes set on a prize too captivating to ignore. Her reluctance only adds to the intrigue. Christian Grey always gets his woman.

Laura McVeigh is no man’s doormat. And she isn’t accustomed to accepting failure. She’s a woman who’s fought and clawed to ascend the ranks in a field dominated by men. Making her a force to be reckoned with.

But in the world of commerce, money drives the bottom line and unfortunately she just doesn’t have enough of it.

A proposed merger with Grey Enterprises could solve all of her problems. All she has to do is…submit. Can Laura separate business from pleasure?

Does she even want to?

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Mr. Grey Will See You Now

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