Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Oquirrh Hills 2012 eBook Contest Winners

Earlier this year my League of Utah Writers chapter held an eBook contest.  There were six categories, and books were judged based on writing, cover design, website, and overall presentation.

Contest generes:
  • General
  • YA/Juvenile
  • Sci-fi/Fantasy
  • Romance/Inspirational
  • Historical
The deadline was extended through March, and the results were announced on the 15th.  Here are the winners: 

1st Place: Counting Crows by T W Abbott 
2nd Place: Kuhlain's Quest by L Charles Grant 

Romance / Inspirational:
1st Place: Love on Laird Lane by Cindy A Christiansen 
2nd Place: Braving the Blaze by Cindy A Christiansen 
3rd Place: Inside Hope by Krista Siegler 

Young Adult / Juvenile:
1st Place: Become by Ali Cross 
2nd Place: The Darkness Within by Sara Fitzgerald 

1st Place: Five Scalps by Jerry A Matney & D A Gordon 
2nd Place: Woman War Chief by Jerry A Matney & D A Gordon 
3rd Place: I, Nephi by K M Mittan 

So, I took first place in Fantasy.  This was pretty exciting.  The contest was a good exercise for me because it made me really think about presentation, and my website, and the cover, and everything else that goes along with ePublishing a story.

Right now you can read the novel for free.  The story works really well standing on its own.  I'd like to make a series based on these characters, something like Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew set in a mythical Anglo Saxon England.  I like the period of history where paganism was slowly being replaced by Christianity, when people worshiped Christ but still invoked Thunor or Woden when they needed a little extra luck.

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