April 27th, 2006

Another afternoon of happy phone calls

*putting on contest coordinator hat, a magician’s tophat (darned rabbits hidden inside keep kicking me in the head)*

Southern Magic, the Birmingham chapter of Romance Writers of America, is proud to announce the winners of the 2006 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest for Published Authors.

HISTORICAL
Sabrina Jeffries, To Pleasure a Prince

INSPIRATIONAL
Dorothy Clark, Joy for Mourning

LONG CONTEMPORARY
Bonnie K. Winn, Rules of Engagement

NOVELLA
Linda Warren, Merry Texmas

PARANORMAL
Shana Abe, The Smoke Thief

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE SERIES
Carol Stephenson, Courting Danger

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE SINGLE TITLE
Roxanne St. Claire, Killer Curves

SHORT CONTEMPORARY
Roxanne St. Claire, When the Earth Moves

SINGLE TITLE
Dorien Kelly, Hot Whispers of an Irishman

CONGRATULATIONS to these wonderful authors! Watch the July issue of Romance Writers Report for our beautiful full-page ad featuring their books. The ad was designed by Southern Magic member and graphic designer Paula Graves, whose debut novel, Forbidden Territory, will be out in June.

We had a terrific response for all the categories except Young Adult, which I had to cancel for lack of entries. *sob* If you have a book coming out in 2006 in any of these categories, especially Young Adult, and you’re contest hunting, please bookmark www.southernmagic.org. Next year’s deadline is January 15, 2007.

In other contest news, victoria_dahl has been asked to present the Golden Heart for Long Historical at the RWA National Convention in Atlanta! Watch for me to play Whitney Houston to her Bobby Brown, traipsing onto the stage to blot the sweat from her brow. "I love you!" "I love you too baby!"
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