Big News: We’re turning 20; you could get published & win a cool, romantic getaway

Wanna get published? And how does 7 nights in the Caribbean with two rooms at a luxury resort sound? That’s just one of 10 getaway prize packages with a total value at more than $35,000 that we’ll award to 10 winning short stories in our Personalized Romance Writing Contest to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Woo-Hoo!

Like all our books, this one will be capable of being personalized so that any couple can star as the hero and heroine in the stories. You’ll need to use the same 23 bits of info for any starring couple, like names, eye and hair color, pet names they call one another, their careers, hometown, best friends, favorite perfume and favorite music.

Get creative with your setting. Our books feature exotic destinations like Tahiti, Rome, the Caribbean, Africa, and at locations like luxury hotels, cruise ships, a ski resort, a dude ranch. We even have detective novels, a golf fantasy book, historical fiction,and a vampire saga.

Don’t forget to include those titillating yet tasteful love scenes that come in our Wild or Mild versions of each book.

We held a similar contest for our 10th anniversary. It resulted in Celebrating Romance, still a popular seller. An impressive six of the 10 winning writers went on to publish full-length books. Marcy Thomas and Gail Gibbs have written full-length novels for LuAnne McLane (with 13 novels under her belt), Lori Pepio, Janet Welch and Regina Hammond all went on to publish books for other companies.

Thank you to our generous prize sponsors – look what you could win:

• 7 nights at Palm Island Resort, Grenadines ( $5,540 value;
• 7 nights at St. James’s Club & Villas, Antigua ( $4,515 value;
• 7 nights at The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua ( $4,200 value;
• 5 nights at Bolongo Bay, St. Thomas, USVI ( $2,354 value;
• 2 nights at Rosewood Country Inn, Bradford, NH ( value $798;
• 2 nights Ozarks Mountain Christmas, Branson, MO ( $700 value;
• 2 nights at Old Edwards Inn & Spa, Highlands, NC ( $625 value;
• 2 nights at Chesterfield Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL ( $538 value;
• 2 nights in Raleigh, NC ( at Oakwood Inn B&B, ( plus personalized tours – a total package value of $500;
• A surprise destination to be announced;
• 10 complimentary copies of Celebrating Romance II valued at $1,270 to each of the winners ranked 1-5; and 5  copies valued at $635 to each of the winners ranked 6-10.

Deadline: Oct. 15, 2011. Please see the official rules and full prize descriptions:

Now get busy writing!

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