Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Writers' Wednesday: Call for Submissions

Hey writers! Do you have a holiday-themed story that's looking for a publisher? Here's a call from Avon for upcoming novellas:

Avon Impulse is Avon Romance’s digital-first publishing program. The editors at Impulse are currently seeking 15,000 to 20,000 word novellas for the following themed collections:

Home for the Holidays — these sweet, romantic stories should center around the theme of being home for the Thanksgiving holidays. Stories must include at least one Thanksgiving-appropriate recipe. Quirky secondary characters, small town settings and a feeling of warmth, community and romance are welcome. Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2012.

Five Golden Rings — these historical Christmas novellas will center around a ring. This can be a family heirloom, a fairy ring — any kind of ring. Any historical time period. These should be moderately sensual to sexy. Submit by August 1, 2012

New Year’s Eve and Other Disasters — submit your romantic story centered around surprising things happening on New Year’s Eve. These can be historical or contemporary and may be moderately to super-sexy. Submit your story by September 15.

Submit using Avon’s online form: (

And here's a quick peek at some of what I wrote yesterday, a (very thorough) revision of Tequila Sunrise:

“Oh my God I need a drink.” She collapsed onto the couch.

“You were fantastic.” He offered her coffee, but she shook her head.

“Something stronger than that.” She stared at the television, where Brigitte sat alone on stage now, talking to her audience about some new line of cookware. “How did I look? Really?” She mashed her hands against her cheeks. “Fat?”

He joined her on the couch and took both hands in his. “Gorgeous.”

She stuck out her tongue. “Liar.”

“You gonna use that? Don’t tease me with it unless you are.”

At that, she smiled and relaxed into his embrace. “You’re awful.”

“Not what you said the other day.”

“Mmm.” She closed her eyes and rested her head on his shoulder. “I like you,” she said in a quiet voice. “Have I told you that?”

He ran one hand over her hair, surprised at the swell of happiness in his gut. “I like you too. A lot.”

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