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: June – July

Set * Overcome * Achieve * Receive

June – July

Now that we’re entering the second half of 2014, it’s time to take a look at your yearly goals and assess. Are you on the right track? Do you need to re-evaluate your time management? Do you need to re-think your capabilities? Be tenacious toward your goals yet flexible enough to know when you have to change things up.

Our June Dare to SOAR participants!

Barb Valentin
Cici Edward
Cindy Maday
Chris Foutris
Denise Swanson
Ann Macela
j. leigh bailey
Olivia Grant
Katrina Bauer
Paula White
Raven Q. Bell
Robin Kuss
Savannah Reynard
Sherry Weddle
Stephanie Scott

And our SOARING member of the month is:

j. leigh bailey

officially me2j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything…but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending. 

She wrote her first story at seven, which was, unbeknownst to her at the time, a charming piece of fan-fiction in which Superman battled (and defeated, of course) the nefarious X Luther. She was quite put out to be told, years later, that the character’s name was actually Lex. Her second masterpiece should have been a best-seller, but the action-packed tale of rescuing her little brother from an alligator attack in the marshes of Florida collected dust for years under the bed instead of gaining critical acclaim.

Now she writes Young Adult LGBT Romance novels about boys traversing the crazy world of love, relationships and acceptance. 

Keep dreaming and doing and remember:

You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.
~ E. O. Wilson

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