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


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Dare to SOAR: February – March

 Set * Overcome * Achieve * Receive

February – March
Sometimes, we can’t achieve our goals. Sometimes, life gets in the way and we can barely keep up. Sometimes, the real characters in our life need more of our attention than the made up ones and that’s okay. Whatever the reason, find your path and begin again and again and again. Never give up.

Our February Dare to SOAR participants!

Katrina Bauer
Robin Skylar
R. Q. Bell
Savannah Reynard
Sherry Weddle
Jenna DePaul
Sonali Dev

Special kudos to our remote Dare to SOAR participants:

Martha Burch
Amy Alessio

And our SOARING member of the month is:

Sonali Dev

Sonali Dev

Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and writing, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gray hair her mad love for telling stories returned full force, and she now combines it with her insights into Indian culture to conjure up stories that make a mad tangle with her life as supermom, domestic goddess, and world traveler.

Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog.

Sonali’s debut novel, A Bollywood Affair, was on Library Journal’s and NPR’s list of Best Books of 2014, it won the American Library Association’s award for best romance, and is an RT Reviewer Choice Award Nominee and winner of the RT Seal of Excellence. It was recommended by USA Today as a ‘must-read romance’ and hailed by NPR.org as a ‘stunning debut’. She is represented by the wonderful Claudia Cross at Folio Literary Agency.

Keep dreaming and doing and remember:


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