Celebrating the Romantic Suspense Golden Heart® Finalists / Print ARC winner

While several of my Kiss and Thrill sisters are off having a blast in Atlanta at the national conference of Romance Writers of America®, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight this year’s finalists in the romantic suspense category of the Golden Heart.

From RWA’s website:

The purpose of the Golden Heart contest is to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding romance manuscripts.

Approximately 1,200 romance manuscripts are entered in the Golden Heart each year by writers who have not accepted a publishing offer for a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 words or more (by the contest entry deadline).

The contest is near and dear to all our hearts here at Kiss and Thrill, and this year we are especially excited to have two of our own among the finalists, Krista with BROKEN PLACES, and Sharon with two manuscripts, JULIET’S ROGUE and ROGUE’S REDEMPTION! To celebrate all the finalists’ achievement, we are sharing with our readers the finaling manuscripts’ first lines.

Broken Places by Krista Hall Krista HallLola Sanchez pulled the last hundred dollar bill from her waistband and stuffed it into a slit along the rim of the spare tire.
Crazy for Her by Sandra Owens Sandra Owens“Ambush!” Hissed with urgency, the word crackled in the SEAL Team’s headsets. Lt. Commander Logan Kincaid faded into the shadows along with two of his men.
Juliet’s Rogue by Sharon Wray sharon wrayJuliet’s house had disappeared.
The Predator by Chris Taylor Chris TaylorThe tomb-like darkness of the room was broken only by the light from his brightly back-lit computer screen.
Rampant Perfection by Laurie Cooper Laurie CooperIn a proficient machination of gears and balance, the robotic waitress slid breakfast onto the table then rolled away from the booth.
Rogue’s Redemption by Sharon Wray sharon wraySara Munro adjusted the hood of her field jacket and frowned at the hand-written sign nailed to the ancient oak. Trespassers will be shot. Then prosecuted. No kidding.
The Shadow Hour by Jacqui Nelson Jacqui NelsonBeing an experienced scientist was not enough to earn the patronage of the Royal Institution, pay the butcher or accomplish the one thing that mattered most to Pippa Marley–determining the difference between a loved one’s accident and murder.
Spies, Lies, and Debutantes by Miranda Liasson Miranda LiassonFor a man presumed dead, he was feeling quite chilly.

Huge congrats to all the finalists! All of us at Kiss and Thrill hope you have a wonderful time at the awards ceremony on Saturday night!


And now for Tuesday’s winner of the print ARC of BODY OF EVIDENCE: TrishJ

To collect your prize, within ten days please use the contact page and be sure to provide your U.S. mailing address.

About Rachel Grant

Archaeologist Rachel Grant writes romantic suspense where archaeology, politics, and war collide.

Posted on July 18, 2013, in about us, Krista Hall, Rachel Grant, Sharon Wray and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Great first lines!! Good luck, ladies!

  2. LOVE your blog, Rachel!! A beautiful job. Congratulations to all RS nominees. What a HUGE deal.

    Having breakfast with all my K&T pals right now! Chocolate scones and coffee. Can’t beat it. 🙂

  3. Thank you so much, Rachel! We miss you!!!

  4. Oh I love reading first lines! Hard to pick a favorite! Good luck to all the finalists!! Rachel thanks for posting while the rest of us are eating chocolate chip scones ( that’s right, girlfriend) and having a blast at RWA! Next year – you here!

  5. Congratulations, TrishJ! You’re going to love Body of Evidence!

    I loved reading all the opening lines! Thanks for the shout out, Rachel!

    Good luck to all the GH and RITA noms!

  6. Congrats to all the finalists! Hope you are having a great time at National! Krista, I wish you could be there to enjoy your moment too!

    And Sharon – did you get your second ribbon? 😀 So excited for you and hope you are having a blast as a double finalist!

  7. Congratulations and good luck to Sharon Wray and Krista Hall and all the finalists! We’re so proud of you! Rachel, a lovely post as usual.

  8. Thanks so much, Rachel , for featuring us on your blog. The opening lines are great!!

  9. Thank you so much for putting this together, Rachel. I love all of our first lines!

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