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Congratulations Sharon and Krista!!!

Last week was an exciting one for all of us at Kiss and Thrill, so you’ll have to excuse me for a moment while I pause to brag a bit about my brilliant blogmates.

photo-2First up, huge congrats the the amazing and talented Sharon Wray, who not only won the Single Title Romantic Mystery/ Suspense Daphne award for her manuscript ROGUE’S ESCAPE, but also won the overall unpublished Daphne for having the highest score!

Second, we are all thrilled and delighted that Krista Hall won the Golden Heart® for best Romantic Suspense for her fabulous manuscript BROKEN PLACES! Congrats Krista!!!

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Last, because Krista couldn’t make it to RWA in Atlanta this year, special thanks go to Sarah Andre, who accepted the award
on Krista’s behalf. Sarah was stunning and wonderful as she delivered Krista’s touching speech. (And thank you to Lena Diaz, who recorded the speech so I could watch the excitement at home.)

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!

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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.

Diane Kelly Profits From Tax Evasion!

Author Diane Kelly is actually making money from tax evasion! Death-Taxes-and-Peach-Sangria-115x188 Writing about tax evasion — that is.  Her books are murderously funny, the plot twists keep you dying to get to the end — where everyone gets their just desserts.

I sat down with Diane and found out her ideas come from her real life as a tax attorney.  Please enjoy this short interview, and remember to comment at the end.  Diane is giving away the first book in her IRS series:  Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure  to three lucky people!

Trust me, with April 15th looming in two short weeks, we can all use a laugh about now.

Her latest book in the series, Death Taxes, and a Peach Sangria just came out two months ago, and in honor of St. Patricks Day, she released a non-tax book called Love, Luck and Little Green Men.  As usual, they’re both hysterical.

 So, to win a copy of Diane’s Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure, please remember to answer this question:  What is the funniest or most romantic thing about your taxes? (or leave a comment below).  You can earn an extra chance to win by commenting at DianaBelchase.com, too.  

And when you’re done with taxes you can sit back, think of the joys of spring, and the release of Death, Taxes, and Hot Pink Leg Warmers this June 4th!

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