The race for romance, round 2Â has officially begun!Â On Monday, September 24th, Gather.com announced the 25 finalist who will now move on to round 2 of the First Chapters Romance contest.
The Writin' Wombats, "A convivial group of writers, readers and critics in support of each others' work."Â is proud to be able to say that 15 of the top 25 finalists are members of the group.Â For members of our group who did not advance, we are also proud of your participation, and wish you the best of luck in your own publishing efforts. The other 10 finalists also get wishes of luck from us!
As an added highlight in this round, three of our finalists, Judi F., Jamie C., and Dale C., are pledging to useÂ the Gather points they earn on their chapters to purchase Home Deport cards, to be donated to Habitat for Humanity.Â I've also joined them, and every point I earn from now until the close of round 2 will be donated to the same great cause.Â For details, click here:
Read, review, rave, and rate your favorite entries with ten shiny gold stars.Â The reward for one lucky (and hard working!) writer will be a guaranteed publishing contract with Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster and a $5000 cash advance!Â
And there's a reward for reading and commenting as well.Â Members who post the most insightful comments on each of the 5 winning submissions in the second round,will win a $50 Borders Gift Card!
The following list highlights the entries of our finalist members.Â They all request that you stop by, read their chapters and leave them a thoughtful comment (and maybe be rewarded in the process!).Â And if you fall in love with any of these smart, strong heroines, irresistible heroes, and exciting stories, please gift them with your rating of ten gold stars.Â For the purposes of this contest,
ONLY VOTES OF 10 STARS COUNT.
Â Â Voting is open until 11:59, October 8, 2007.Â
The 15 Wombat finalists in the First Chapters Romance round 2 are, in order of their Wombat membership date:
The Wolf Huntress by Jamie C.
In Over Her Head by Judi F.
Bear Country by Dale C.
Peace, Love, and Chocolate by Layla Morgan Wilde
Beauty and the Geek by Sarah C.
A Scandalous Overture by Jerrica K.
SafeÂ Sex and Home Repair by Lauren C.
Trust Me by Starr T.
Fate and Destiny by Tracy B.
Kick Start by Caren C.
Dancing With My Dream by Dena S.
General Counsel by Isabel B.
Enchanting the Earl by Allison N.
Here Comes the Wedding Planner by Kristin W.
Three Alarm Tenant by Christine M.
Good luck to all the Wombat finalists!