The finalists for the Pacific Hearts Award have been announced and the winner will be revealed at the Romance Writers of NZ Conference next month. This award is a fantastic opportunity for writers of the genre to make their mark and obtain feedback on their work.
Congratulations to the finalists: Becky Watts, Lizzi Tremayne, and Sheryl Buchanan. Good luck!
My own entry didn't make the finals but received some excellent comments from the three judges who graded it, including:
A gripping opening. Lots of elements and a strong writing pace.
Well formed characters.
A great sense of timing with the plot line. You are talented as a writer... I hope to buy a book one day that you have had published.
I was soon caught up in the story...you had your reader or this reader from the very beginning.
I really enjoyed the mystery and mythology.
Your characters were so diverse and different it added to the book.
This was an excellent read.
Overall, they gave it scores of 80/85, 85/85, and 63/85. Not bad for a bloke who doesn't really write romance!
My next step for this particular novel is to expand it a little as I have some ideas that didn't make it into the version I entered and then see what my agent thinks. I'll either have him find a publisher for it or put it out as an indie title. I haven't yet decided. Watch this space!