Meet Eve Ortega, Chapter Grand Prize winner of Avon's ingenious FanLit competition. She won a trip to NY for a day spent with the gang at HarperCollings. Eve, did you meet my fave HC/Avon publicist, Buzzy? We have to get him here to say hi.
I've only just e-met Eve, and already I think she's great: funny and very professional, a couple things that help folks go far in any biz, but especially the Romance biz.
Eve is a part-time librarian (shhhh!), full-time mommy, and a swing-shift writer living in So Cal. She digs anything Regency and entered FanLit under the alias TessaD (for Darcy?) A warm buongiorno as we learn More About Eve...
In my house, we’re always pleading amnesia.
“Oh, is Tuesday our trash day?”
“I can’t remember the last time I watered that plant.”
“We have two kids? When did that happen?”
So it wasn’t much of a stretch, spinning fake amnesia into a winning storyline for the Avon FanLit romance-writing event. Aspiring romance authors around the country came together for 6 weeks to guide Damien, the Earl of Coulter, and his bride-of-convenience, Patience, on the path to love. My chapter won round 4 of 6 in the online contest, as well as a place in the resulting e-novella, "These Wicked Games."
Amnesia was the least of our couple’s problems. Assumed identities, missing letters, ghastly redecorating, and more – just in the six winning chapters! In the 1,000+ entries, Damien and his lady survived hundreds of boring balls, traveled through time, faced down zombies, and performed an exorcism. And each week, the writers still managed to incorporate a zany collection of required elements – items such as feathers and lightning and pots of chocolate. Wicked games, indeed.
But speaking of wicked games, I just love to see a well-matched hero and heroine square off. When the game is seduction, everyone wins – especially the reader. I’m thinking of books like Eloisa James’ "Kiss Me, Annabel," where Ewan and Annabel trade secrets for kisses. Or Loretta Chase’s "Lord of Scoundrels," where Dain and Jessica keep upping the ante with those delicious words, “I should like to see you try.”
What are your favorite “wicked games” in romance? Or in real life?
And any FanLitters out there – what’s new with you since the end of that wicked game called FanLit?
Oh, and I hear that HOT and WET are the words for 2007 on this blog.
So, because I never would have found FanLit without my Jane Austen obsession…
And because (let’s face it) my Austen admiration would never have bloomed into obsession without Colin Firth …
And because Colin champions the cause of fair trade and looks both HOT and WET drenched in fair-trade coffee …
I will reward one lucky commenter with a pot (okay, a hand-woven basket) of fair-trade chocolate from Global Exchange.
You can learn more about Eve and her novel-in-progress at her website, www.tessadare.com, and her blog "TessaD - A Study in Sleep Deprivation."
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