2012 Contest Winners

The Windy City Four Seasons 2012 Contest Winners

Congratulations to all our winners!

Overall Winner:

Must Love Breeches by Angela Quarles

Category Winners:

Young Adult Romance

* Piper Girl by Carla Cullen

Astral by Alex Brown

* Spin Cycle by Dana Wilson Easly

Shot in the Dark by Stina Lindeblatt


* The Estruscan Adventure by Jane Osullivan

* Compromising Ms. Tisdale by Jessica Fleck

* Daggers Destiny by Karen Woodward

* Along the Way Home by Christi Corbett

Single Title Contemporary

Perfect Summer by Katie Graykowski

Love Waltzes by Alana Albertson

* Chokecherry by Stacey Goitia

Extreme Fear by Pamela Vernado


* Must Love Breeches by Angela Quarles

* So Caught Up in You by Tracy Mecca

Redemption by CT Green

Dark Bringer by Mia Celeste/Brenda Davis

Short/Long Contemporary

She Who Dares by Jane O’Reilly

The Crown by Monica Jorgensen

Worth Running For by Kairee Krause

*  Denotes manuscript received a request from an agent and/or editor judge

Recent Posts

Dare to SOAR: April – May

 Set * Overcome * Achieve * Receive

April – May

Sometimes, it takes practice stepping out of our comfort zone, putting your words out there for all to see and criticize and judge. If you find that hard, take baby steps. There are lots of ways you can start to share your words with the world. Maybe you want to post a few pictures and blog about it. Maybe you want to write some poetry and put that out there. Maybe you want to share some book reviews. When you start to put your words, your comments, your opinions out there, it can make you feel raw and vulnerable because no one wants to make a silly mistake or look stupid, but you’ve got to try. You’ve got to start somewhere. Be brave and start small.

Our April Dare to SOAR participants!

Katrina Bauer
Robin Skylar
Stephanie Scott
Susan Gibberman
Cindy Maday
Savannah Reynard
Sherry Weddle
R.Q. Bell
Livia Grant
Aimee Kennedy

Special kudos to our remote Dare to SOAR participants:

Cici Edward
Melonie Johnson

And our SOARING member of the month is:

Susan Gibberman w/a Rachael Passan

susanpippinFirst and foremost, I’m a movie fan.  Have been for all of my life (and I won’t say how long that’s been).

I’m working on the first book in a mystery series, set in present day (mythical) Majestic, California, home to Majestic Studios and some great classic films.

Special Projects Librarian (Ms.) Sydney Blaine is called upon to fact-check a new book out about the murder of Majestic’s top star, Colin Hoskyns, who was murdered on Christmas Eve 1943. Writer Eliot Carpenter thinks he doesn’t need her help. What he doesn’t know (yet) is that Syndey lives in the house where the murder was committed, along with two ghosts:  Dallas Syms, a former Majestic cowboy/stuntman, and Colin himself, who is torn between finally absolving the man everyone thought responsible for his death and keeping up the mystique of being one of the great unsolved Hollywood mysteries.

(And, because many ask, that’s my fuzzy nephew Pippin with me in the picture.)

Keep dreaming and doing and remember:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
Neil Gaiman

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