Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest 2014: I Made it to the Quarter-Finals!

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download (1)A month ago, I received an email from Amazon with a link to the names of all the authors/books who had made it through the first round of cuts for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. I was floored to see my name on the short list AGAIN, yesterday, as I learned I advanced to the Quarter-Finals.

For those who don’t know, the ABNA contest starts with 10,000 entrants and works its way down to a final winner, for a $50,000 check and a big book contract. In the quarter-finals, it has been narrowed down to 100 entrants per category (total of 500). During the semi-finals. If you want to learn more about the contest, click here.

Upcoming Contest Dates:

June 13 – Semi-Finalists are announced (top 5 in each category).

July 8 – Finalists are announced (top entry in each category).

July 8–18 – Customers vote on Amazon.com.

July 21 – Grand Prize winner is announced.

The novel I entered into the contest was St. Charles at Dusk. The book is currently available on all major online retailers. Below the image, I’ve included the formal pitch I crafted for the contest submission.StCharlesatDusk_fullcover

There exists a delicate dance between romance and reason. Between love and loss.

A father’s threats. A tragic accident. Unanswered questions. Oz Sullivan has finally moved past the tangled web surrounding his brief, but intense, relationship with the young, impetuous Adrienne Deschanel. Through his family, and successful career as an attorney, he has forged a tranquil predictability, sheltering him from the effect of the turbulent memories that once threatened to destroy him.

Everyone believed Adrienne Deschanel died in the bayou three years ago, with the rest of her family. Scattered dreams have given her a name, but no memory of the life she once led. Seeking answers, Adrienne and Oz re-converge under a dark shadow of lies and deception. Truth can be a cruel mistress, and understanding does not always follow. Oz’s carefully crafted world is turned upside down, as he must decide how to help her without losing himself entirely.

Oz struggles over what is right, and what seems right; caught between what the world around him will accept, and what it will, perhaps rightfully, aim to protect him from. Adrienne, brilliantly smart, thinks she knows best how to protect those she cares about. Both are misguided, resulting in consequences ranging from messy, to catastrophic.

Revealed through an artfully done tandem timeline, and supported by a rich cast of vibrant characters, the painful truth is exposed, one layer at a time. Journey through love and regret, sharing in the discovery that a careful and orderly illusion is not the same as true happiness.

Set amidst the lush and vibrant backdrop of New Orleans, St. Charles at Dusk tells the sumptuous story of Oz and Adrienne; of forbidden love, and startling heartbreak.

 

 

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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest 2014: I Made it to Round 2!

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Yesterday, I received an email from Amazon with a link to the names of all the authors/books who had made it through the first round of cuts for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. I was floored to see my name on the short list!

download (1)For those who don’t know, the ABNA contest starts with 10,000 entrants and works its way down to a final winner, for a $50,000 check and a big book contract. Now, after this first round, the contest is down to 2,000 (400 in each main category). During the quarter-finals, that list will be narrowed down even further, and so on. If you want to learn more about the contest, click here.

Critical Contest Dates:

March 18 – Round 2 entries are announced.

April 14 – Quarter-Finalists are announced.

June 13 – Semi-Finalists are announced.

July 8 – Finalists are announced. Customer voting begins on Amazon.com.

July 8–18 – Customers vote on Amazon.com.

July 21 – Grand Prize winner is announced.

The novel I entered into the contest was St. Charles at Dusk. The book is currently available on all major online retailers. Below the image, I’ve included the formal pitch I crafted for the contest submission.StCharlesatDusk_fullcover

There exists a delicate dance between romance and reason. Between love and loss.

A father’s threats. A tragic accident. Unanswered questions. Oz Sullivan has finally moved past the tangled web surrounding his brief, but intense, relationship with the young, impetuous Adrienne Deschanel. Through his family, and successful career as an attorney, he has forged a tranquil predictability, sheltering him from the effect of the turbulent memories that once threatened to destroy him.

Everyone believed Adrienne Deschanel died in the bayou three years ago, with the rest of her family. Scattered dreams have given her a name, but no memory of the life she once led. Seeking answers, Adrienne and Oz re-converge under a dark shadow of lies and deception. Truth can be a cruel mistress, and understanding does not always follow. Oz’s carefully crafted world is turned upside down, as he must decide how to help her without losing himself entirely.

Oz struggles over what is right, and what seems right; caught between what the world around him will accept, and what it will, perhaps rightfully, aim to protect him from. Adrienne, brilliantly smart, thinks she knows best how to protect those she cares about. Both are misguided, resulting in consequences ranging from messy, to catastrophic.

Revealed through an artfully done tandem timeline, and supported by a rich cast of vibrant characters, the painful truth is exposed, one layer at a time. Journey through love and regret, sharing in the discovery that a careful and orderly illusion is not the same as true happiness.

Set amidst the lush and vibrant backdrop of New Orleans, St. Charles at Dusk tells the sumptuous story of Oz and Adrienne; of forbidden love, and startling heartbreak.

 

 

FREE Copy of St. Charles at Dusk to Reviewers!

webPromoIn preparation for the release of the second book in The House of Crimson and Clover series, in July, I will be offering a FREE e-book copy of the first book, St. Charles at Dusk, to anyone who is willing to read and give an HONEST review.

I only ask two things:

– That the review is posted before July 1.

– That the review is posted to Amazon, BN, and Goodreads.

If you’re interested in participating, either email me at scradit@gmail.com with the email address where you’d like to receive the file, OR respond with your email in the comments below. The file will be sent via a Smashwords download link, so you’ll be able to choose any format you want.

Last Chance to Read St. Charles at Dusk Free on KDP Through 3/31

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St. Charles at Dusk will be free to borrow through the Kindle Lending Library for two more weeks only.

I posted last month that I was removing St. Charles at Dusk from KDP Select (the Amazon program that makes your Kindle book available on the Kindle Lending Library, and gives writers a share of the profit anytime a book is downloaded), as the program requires you to distribute your work exclusively through Amazon while you’re enrolled. I’ve had readers express interest in the Nook, Itunes, etc versions and this will allow me make it available in those formats as well.

St. Charles at Dusk will be in the program through March 31st. So, if you’ve been looking for a chance to read it, risk-free, before the sequel comes out (Spring 2013!), then, here you go! (Note: To download, you actually need to search for the book via your Kindle device or software)

Cheers,

Sarah

New to series? Read more here.

St. Charles at Dusk- Free on KDP Through 3/31

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Actually, its been free on KDP for about a year, but I’ve decided to remove it. If you’re not aware, the KDP program puts your novel in the Kindle Lending Library (a virtual library that is free for Prime members to borrow one novel at a time), but with the stipulation that you are not allowed to publish your novel in e-book format on any other channel. Which means you can’t sell it through anyone except Amazon. This pays off for some of the more popular writers, but due to the updated algorithms at Amazon (which many others, far more knowledgeable than I, have written about at length), has actually given me almost no downloads. Thus, I’ve decided to remove it, and to start focusing on other channels (BN, Itunes, Smashwords, etc). It will still sell on Amazon as well, just not as a free-to-borrow option. Continue reading