I’ve been battling an enemy. It has made my writing life a horrendous mess with its suicidal attacks and annoying buzzing. Yes, I am talking about a fly. A fly.
For the past three days, I have tried gentle coaxing to make it leave and enticed it to abandon the premises by leaving doors open in a cold day. That sensible behavior has now deteriorated into murder threats and, sliding even further, it has driven me into becoming a raging lunatic waving kitchen cloths and rolled newspapers, all to no avail. The enemy remains within my home.
Today is an important date for us. Today is the anniversary of our collaborative work—or you can say when we really started living life to the fullest. Cecilia and I met three years ago as role players. We had little experience but lots of love for our characters and determination to bring them to life as they were meant to be. We did such a good job as a team—always as a team—that it became second nature when it took a new direction toward playing our own characters.That original experience evolved into a rich and enjoyable writing collaboration where we use our role play skills to augment the show in our stories.
Today, Readers' Favorite announced their 2013 Award Contest Winners. This year they received a record number of entries and each was judged on the quality of the work. We are excited to announce that COUNTERMEASURE—Book 1 in the Countermeasure Series—is this year's GOLD LEVEL winner in the Romance-Suspense Category. Congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions in the numerous categories within the contest.
For more information on the contest and the full list of winners, visit: http://readersfavorite.com/2013-award-contest-winners.htm#cat102
Countermeasure's review on the Reader's Favorite site:
For the last few days, I’ve lived in conflict. Not because of some external real life dilemma or any partnership drama (Cecilia ad I don’t have that stuff) but because being a role player puts me in a unexpected situation and in direct conflict with other characters than the one I identify the most.
For the last three years, I’ve lived and breathed Trevor Bauer’s emotions, struggles, disappointments, and heartbreaks as well as his joys, excitement, and successes. I’ve been under his skin when he married the woman who makes him a better man and I’ve experienced the sensual play he and Cassandra enjoy often.
Now, those who read our books also know of Nathan Nelson, Cassandra’s old CIA buddy and Trevor’s resident PITA.
The Toronto Romance Writers welcomed Mark Leslie Lefebvre, Director of Kobo Writing Life, the self-publishing arm of Kobo. I had been to several TRW events in the past and had always left with great craft and promotional tidbits that Cecilia and I were able to use in our work. Needless to say, I was giddy to attend this one since I had missed meeting Mark at another event earlier this year.
We would like to thank all the bloggers, reviewers, and readers who have participated in our cover reveal for ALTERNATE CONNECTION, Book 3 in the Countermeasure Series.
We were able to reach more readers than we thought possible and it was all due to you joining and supporting us in our excitement.
To all our amazing friends and readers, if you haven't already yet, don't forget to stop by and check out their great blogs and pages.
A special thank you note goes to Ren Reidy for creating the sign-up form and for passing along the information to a huge number of friends.
Those who participated are listed below.
Chris & Cecilia