Saturday, November 1, 2008

Dark Nights, Bright Lights

Welcome to the Time Of Shadows on Title Magic

Time of shadows was apparently an old Celtic name for the time between Halloween and the winter solstice. I think it's a great title for a book, and if anyone pinches it I will hunt you down.

It's anything but shadowy here on TM at present, because we are pushing the dark nights away with some American Title magic. American Title V. You've met four of this year's finalists - Tamara, Barbara, Edie and Qaey. Next week say hello to Marie Claude, Jessica, Michelle - oh, and me. I'll be talking to Mel on Thursday about ATV and UK author Giselle Green on Friday about starry stuff - using the zodiac to help create your characters.

And that leads me straight into STAR - Launching a Star, which is the contest of the SpacecoasT Authors of Romance. That contest has a special place in the hearts of the Title Magicians as it's the one that launched Anitra into gaining an agent and a three book contract.

The superwoman who does the co-ordinating for the contest, Lee Duncan, blogged with us in May, talking about the competition and the fun, and hard work, she has when pulling it all together. Lee's blog and Anitra's success inspired me to have a go. I have to say Lee is a smashing lady who helped me get my entry emailed in good order, during the hurricane season. We exchanged emails in amongst her picking up large bits of tree from her garden.

Then, this week I got the call - at least my Mum, who was staying with me at the time, got it, but that is completely another story. I've made it to the final, with Out of Sight, Out of Mind, which was the paranormal romantic suspense that finaled in last year's American Title. So fingers, toes, eyes crossed that something good may happen.

Voting in American Title V is just over a week away. The schedule runs from mid November to mid March. There are only 8 contestants this year, so the first two eliminations will be one person only. That will be hard, because when there are two of you it doesn't feel quite so bad. Whatever you do, don't forget to visit the RT site after 10 November to see the entries, and please remember to vote, and keep voting.


Anitra Lynn McLeod said...

I'm crossing my fingers, toes, arms--gosh--everything I have that crosses to send you good vibes! This contest landed me Roberta Brown, one of the best agents in romance--I know you too will find that notice too! :)


Evonne Wareham said...

Thanks Anitra. I know you're super busy at the moment. Looking for more good news from you soon?

Lee R. Duncan said...

Evonne -- What nice things to say about Launching A Star! One of the best things about the contest is the wonderful opportunity it gives to writers who are on the cusp of publication -- a chance to get their work in front of some truly great editors and agents. And we have so much fun with our contest. I love every minute of it.

Evonne Wareham said...

I've enjoyed participating in the contest, and you made entering from across the water so easy.

Edie said...

Evonne, congratulations! I'm sending you good luck vibes that something good will happen.

Evonne Wareham said...

Thanks Edie, see you tomorrow for the next TM interview.

Kristen Painter said...

Thanks for the nice words about Launching A STAR! Lee is the most amazingly organized, giving person I know. It's a real pleasure working with her on this contest.

Congrats on your final!

Savanna Kougar said...

Evonne, I'm so thrilled for you. Wow! the excitement never lets up ~ American Title V and Launch a Star. Crossing my toes and fingies for you.

Marie-Claude Bourque said...

Congratulations Evonne! This is great!
With all these credentials your collecting and a fantastic story, it won't be long until you get THE call:)
Crossing me fingers for you!

Evonne Wareham said...

Thanks Kristen, Savanna and MC!

I need all the good vibes.

Mel Hiers said...

Can't wait to talk to you Thursday, Evonne! And congrats on the final!!! I have everything crossed too. Although it's a bit difficult to type. *grin*