February 9th, 2007

Good luck finalists!

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Congratulations to the finalists of the Linda Howard Award of Excellence contest for unpublished writers. Winners will be announced at the Romance in the Magic City Conference on March 31, 2007 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. Keynote speakers are Beverly Barton, Gayle Wilson and Linda Howard. For more information go to www.southernmagic.org.

Series Short/Long Contemporary
Final Judge: Susan Litman, Editor, Silhouette

Donna Caubarreaux - ALMOST A VIRGIN
Amy Davidson - HARD AND FAST
Annie Oortman - DIE AGAIN
Cat Schield - THE CHRISTMAS BARGAIN
Candis Lynn Terry - YOUR PLACE OR MINE?

Single Title
Final Judge: Abby Zidle, Excutive Editor, Pocket Books

Carrie A Bolin - BLUE HAWAII
Jacqueline Floyd - SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY
Elizabeth R Graham - BABY MAKES TWO
Paul La Ferriere - CROSSING PATHS
Marian Stevens - SINGLE IN THE CITY

Romantic Suspense
Final Judge: Devi Pillai, Associate Editor, Warner (Hachette) Books

Karen Beeching - FRIENDLY FIRE
Kimberly Howe - RED DIAMOND
Anna Perrin - DEADLY INTENT
Bev Pettersen - WALK, TROT, SHOOT
Billie Jean Te - BACKTRACK

Historical
Final Judge: Alicia Condon, VP, Editorial Director, Dorchester

Alison Hackley - THE ENGLISH BOY
Jennifer Haymore - REVENGE
Elaine Levine - SAGER'S PASSION
Melinda Porter - SCANDAL'S DESIRE
Clare E Wood - WARRIOR'S REVENGE

Unique Genre
Final Judge: Selena James, Executive Editor, Kensington

Gail E Foreman - HER MAN IN THE MOON
Ann Hinnenkamp - DYAD QUEST
Stephanie M Jacobson - THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND
Anitra Lynn McLeod - OVERLORD
Christina Sinisi - BACKWOODS INVADER

Finalists are shown in alphabetical order.
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