Friday, August 31, 2007

Caren Begs Shamelessly

by Caren Crane

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketIf you read our blog even occasionally, you know the Banditas love a contest! I am participating in a contest run by Gather.com and Pocket Books called First Chapters Romance Writing Competition. The prize is a cash advance and having the book published by Pocket!


I'll admit to having a somewhat *ahem* competitive nature, so I threw myself into the spirit of the competition. The first chapter I have posted is from my Golden Heart finaling manuscript Kick Start. Please go read my chapter (the link is the book title preceding), rate it using the Rate this article option under the chapter (before the comments) and leave me a comment. They are only officially counting ratings of "10".

It would mean the world to me to see my Bandita friends there. And if Pocket publishes it, it will be one more great Bandita book for you. A win-win! Anyone with a question can contact me at: carencrane AT gmail DOT com.

Thanks, everyone, for your help and support!

18 comments:

Anna Campbell said...

Caren, that's a fantastic chapter in the comp. Good luck, my Bandita amiga! You've got my vote!

Helen said...

Caren I loved it can't wait to read the rest of it good luck.
Have Fun
Helen

Caren Crane said...

Thank you, Anna! Have I told you lately that I adore you? I wish I could win tea with Anna Campbell and jet to Australia for tea and cakes!

If you don't know about Anna's contest, check it out on: www.annacampbell.info. Open to Australian residents only. (Rats about that!)

Caren Crane said...

Helen, you are a doll! Thank you so much for your support. You are a Bandita bar none!

AndreaW said...

Great chapter, Caren! You got my vote. Good luck!

~Andrea

Caren Crane said...

Thank you, andreaw. Banditas rock!

doglady said...

My Aussie buddy, Anna, gave me the heads up on your chapter, Caren! I loved it! I wanted to read more darn it! It definitely got a ten from me!

Joan said...

Caren,

I voted early on and voted a 10 because that was as high as I could go. It rated a 100 on my scale.

It was great writing.

And, like so many of our Banditas and Bandita friends said...you rock!

Anna Sugden said...

You have a vote from me and a perfect 10 too, Caren.

Fabulous chapter - hope all our visitors pop across and support you!

V-Anna

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Caren! Hope you win-win and WIN! :> It's a great read and I want to read the rest of it now. Too bad it's only the first chapter, it went so fast...
I too wish I could have tea and biscuit w/ Anna our Bandita Babe in Oz. One lump or two? Where's my silver spoons? Hmmm. Maybe tea's not such a good idea, I think the sugar cubes went to build a school project (igloo.) Snork. Sugar aside, Caren, we're ALL rooting for YOU!

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, guys, I wish you could ALL come to afternoon tea too (and tell me funny underwear stories like the ones in Inara's post. I've been snorting coffee all over my keyboard all morning!). Caren, I hope those votes are mounting up!!!

Kate Carlisle said...

I voted, I voted!! Everyone vote for Caren! Her story's the absolute best!! Pass it on!!

And of course I immediately raced to check out Anna's tea and cakes contest -- and was SHOCKED to find out they wouldn't fly me to Australia if I won!! So unfair!! But for everyone else downunder, it sounds fabulous!

Caren Crane said...

Thank you doglady and Joan! Y'all are the best!

Keira Soleore said...

Done! Sent my vote and comment in. So, when do I get to read chapter two? drumming fingers on desk

Caren, I think it's rather unfair that Foanna cannot overnight us a thermos of tea and a box of cakes.

Anna Campbell said...

But, Keira, it's not the gooey cakes, it's the gooey company that I want! Mwah!!! Mwah!!!

Caren Crane said...

Thank you Kate and Keira and Vrai Anna and Jeanne. You are all so very wonderful to me. I'm back in town (as at my mother's) and trying not to obsess about the voting. It's *so* not working!

And Foanna, we would gladly share our gooey company with you!

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

I voted! Got a ten from me and how can we get the "rest of the story"?

Caren Crane said...

Dianna, thank you so much! Hopefully the story will advance to Round 2 and you'll get to see Chapter 2. As to the rest of the story, it will languish on my computer until someone publishes it, alas. Let's hope it gets picked up!