The Neoverse Short Story Writing Competition received several thousand original entries!

We are humbled and excited about getting the Competition off to such a strong start. Such a broad and diverse set of entries gives us an opportunity to acknowledge truly fantastic short stories and their creators—building the foundation for an impactful, long-term award system.

This Year's Costa Short Story Award

Congratulations to the winner and two runners-up who were announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony on Tuesday 26th January! They are:

Winner: Danny Murphy for Rogey
Second place: Erin Soros for Fallen
Third place: Annalisa Crawford for Watching the Storms Roll In

http://www.costa.co.uk/costa-book-awards/welcome/

Embracing what we do not like, because we know God has allowed it for our good, our refining, and our growth isn’t as tidy as it sounds.

It involves late nights of staring at the blackened ceiling, of deliberately not picking up that welcoming and distracting gadget that beckons from bedside, of trying to form prayers that can barely be spoken as they poke up from our hidden recesses of thought. . .

Continue at http://melindainman.com/embracing/

cover: 

About Finch Books:

Finch Books delivers enlightening, influential and refreshing storylines that are designed to inspire the Young Adult audience of today. The Young Adult genre has become instrumental in shaping the minds and impacting the aspirations of our future generations. Finch Books are honoured to be contributing to this significant wave of literature by providing a dedicated platform for authors and readers.


Book submissions for the 2016 Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival will be accepted from January 4 to July 31, 2016.

bookcover: 
Woman in Jeopardy Bookcover
Author: 
George Hatcher
Series: 
Ambulance Chaser
Publisher: 
CasaHatcherPress
Genre: 
Action-Adventure: 
Rating: 
10
ISBN/ASIN: 

978-0-9965927-1-0

Description of Sales Url: 
Purchase from Amazon Kindle store, Itunes or any brick and mortar bookstore
Review: 

Hatcher is a gifted writer and this is clearly obvious in his book, Woman In Jeopardy.

The author plot moves with a smooth pace while pouring on enough suspense to keep the reader turning the pages to find out what happens next. The dialogue is realistic, and the diabolical mindset of Francisco, the key player, and Carmen, the underdog were vividly portrayed with Hatcher's ability to create sympathetic characters that raises this novel to the next level. Although not all of the personalities are given equal treatment or enough stage time to become fully developed, those that are such as Elena, Manuela, Milton and his sister Delores, prove that the author has the skills necessary to craft a story with protagonists the audience can like, hate and relate to.

In addition, Hatcher obvious yet never heavy-handed messages about the strength of Carmen’s love for her sister, that she sacrificed herself to protect her, and in the end, did what was necessary to revenge her death, without a second thought, give the novel added depth. Overall, it is a book that grips you and doesn't let go until the last page has been turned.

Dear Literary Arts Insider,
Earlier this month, we announced the 2016 Oregon Book Awards finalists and fellowship recipients. Winners will be named at the 29th annual Oregon Book Awards Ceremony on April 11, hosted by the award-winning author Heidi Durrow.
Oregon Book Awards Ceremony
Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Gerding Theater at the Armory
Tickets start at $10, available at
BrownPaperTickets.com.


bookcover: 
Author: 
Joanna Fulford
Series: 
Victorious Vikings
Publisher: 
Harlequin Historical
Genre: 
Rating: 
6
ISBN/ASIN: 

9781460320143; 9780373297580

Description of Sales Url: 
Purchase from Harlequin
Review: 

Astrid and Leif Egilsson meet when he does not kidnap her, get acquainted at a wedding where Leif finds out she is from a prominent family, ward of her uncle now that her father is dead. Said Uncle betroths her to an unsavory fellow, and Astrid decides she'd rather walk on the wild side with Leif than abide by her uncle's wishes. Before this can be arranged, Leif is captured and enslaved by uncle. Hence the Domme cover. Then Leif is freed by his men, but only after getting overworked, seriously pissed off, and easily convinced Astrid was a willing lure to trap him. He then kidnaps Astrid for revenge.

I opened this expecting the old style bodice-ripper. I'm not sure what I found. It was a little hard to get into, but that may be partly due to formatting and other errors in the review copy I was reading. Initially, I was distracted by hopping from his head to her head and back, by Astrid's manic-depressive mood swings, and Leif's sporadic need for anger management, and possible treatment for PTSD. I never really connected with the characters, or lost myself in the story. I have read other books by Joanna Fulford which worked for me, but this one just did not connect the dots.

Pages