Yay, MLB is a finalist in the SARA Merritt contest!

For those that are already published, this would be no big deal, but this is my first foray into the writing world and so I’m super excited!

Just got the email today that informed me that MUST LOVE BREECHES is a finalist (one of three) for the San Antonio Romance Writer’s Merritt Contest in the paranormal category. I got super-great feedback from the judges, and the cool thing about this contest is that I can take that feedback and resubmit my entry before the final round judging starts. This contest judged the first 25 pages and a 5 page synopsis.

Judge #1 said:

Lovely story, refreshing take on the time travel. I loved that Isabelle will stay ‘modern’ and have to learn to incorporate into her new time. And that Phineas is a flawed and ostracized hero – always a promising situation :)

Another said:

The intrigue [the hero] brings to the table is impossible to resist. He remains a mystery even when we’re in his head, which gives him a surprising amount of depth that I wasn’t expecting. His past is well fleshed out, his goals are commendable, and it’s hard not to dig a guy who can light a woman just by kissing her knuckles.

Isabel is a character that is likable and relatable. Her sense of humor wins me over just as much as her flaws and lack of self-confidence. As a reader, I look forward to seeing her grow into the kind of woman who goes after what she wants and knows what she doesn’t.

There are really two conflicts taking place in this story. First is Isabelle discovering what she really wants, and then there is Lord [Montagu] getting what he wants. Both goals intermingle with each other, while still developing on their own terms. That makes this novel uniquely fascinating. I’m not just watching one really fleshed-out story unfold, I’m watching two.

In other contest news:

In March, I entered the first 250 words in Miss Snark’s First Victim Secret Agent contest. Out of 50, I was one of two chosen by the secret agent.

Thank you

for letting me indulge in celebrating! This business can give you some really hard knocks (hello, rejections!) and so I’m all for getting excited when I get good news :)

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11 Responses to Yay, MLB is a finalist in the SARA Merritt contest!

  1. Stephanie March 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Pardon my language, but OMFG!!!!!!!! Congrats, girl! How fulfilling to get that feedback!

    • angela quarles March 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

      Thank you! It does feel good! As you know, it’s these things that can keep you going through the painful query process 😀

  2. ebdunn March 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    That is SO AWESOME!!! Congratulations, much deserved, and so so so happy for you am I. Huzzah!!

  3. ebdunn March 24, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    Outfreakingstanding! That is SUCH awesome news, and SO well deserved. Good for you, good for us, and good for Phineas and Isabel. Huzzah!!!

    • angela quarles March 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

      Thanks Beth! Those first pages have changed sooo much too since you Beta’ed– your feedback was super helpful :) I’ve got my fingers crossed for you for Monday’s big announcement :)

  4. Chantel Rhondeau March 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    So excited for you, Angela! That is really terrific! MLB is a wonderful book, you are a talented writer, and it is always wonderful to be recognized as such! Congrats!!

  5. Heather Boyd March 25, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    Wow. Congratulations on finalling and good luck with the secret agent from Miss Snark!

  6. Catherine Johnson March 25, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    That’s awesome, I hope you win. Congratulations!

  7. Peter Salomon March 25, 2012 at 10:54 am #


  8. Kate March 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    That is so wonderful! And might I add…very well-deserved! Didn’t I tell you MLB was wonderful? If not, I certainly thought it.

  9. Beth McClarren March 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Congrats! What great feedback you receieved. Good luck!

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