Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer
First line: “I’d had more than my fair share of near-death experiences; it wasn’t something you ever really got used to.”
Stephenie Meyer’s third book in the Bella saga, Eclipse, ended on a high note, questioning the future of the protagonist and her immortal love interest and with the promise that the sappy, “my soul isn’t complete without you” melodrama was at a close. The final installment Breaking Dawn, however, takes that high note, shoves it into a ruffled wedding dress and beats it to death with a high-heeled white shoe.
I excitedly cracked open Breaking Dawn on the day it came out in anticipation of Bella’s heartbreaking decision to choose Edward, the annoyingly perfect vampire, or Jacob, her werewolf best friend who not loved her for her. Instead, the story plunged right into pre-wedding bliss, not a whiff of conflict anywhere. A sickly sweet wedding in chapter three oozes into a shiny, plastic honeymoon on a private island. Continue reading
If you’ve placed in the finals of another writing contest, then do we have the contest for you! The OK RWA chapter (my home base) has a new and improved Finally A Bride contest to seek out those writer bridesmaids and make them a bride. Here’s directions to the chapel (how to enter) and who’ll be at the altar (our final judges for each category.)
Seventh Annual ‘Finally A Bride’ Contest -
***Over Half of the Finalists in last year’s contest received Editor Requests***
Sponsor: Oklahoma Romance Writers of America
***NEW LOWER ENTRY FEE***
Fee: $25 (RWA Members) – $30 (All non RWA Members)
Deadline: September 1, 2008
Eligibility: not contracted/published
***NEW – ALL ELECTRONIC ENTRIES***
***NEW – Separate Mainstream category***
Entry: First pages of MS (30 pages max) that has finaled, but not won, in a previous RWA or RWA chapter-sponsored contest. Manuscripts finishing in the top quarter of GH also qualify.
Judges: First round: experienced, pubbed, and/or RWA trained judges.
Final Judges: Two Editors and/or agents judge each category.
Inspirational/Traditional: Melissa Endlich with Steeple Hill and Rebecca Germany with Barbour.
Series Contemporary: Patience Smith with Silhouette and Wanda Ottewell with Harlequin.
Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic: Margo Lipschultz with HQN and Leah Hultenschmidt with Dorchester.
Romantic Suspense: Natashya Wilson with Silhouette and Alex Logan with Grand Central Publishing.
Historical/Regency: Tess Woodward with Avon and Megan McKeever with Pocket.
Mainstream with Romantic Elements: Keyren Gerlach with HQN and Deb Werksman with Sourcebooks Casablanca
FMI, entry form and rules, send SASE to OKRWA FAB contest, 9805 Red Oak Lane, Parkville, MO 64152, email@example.com_ (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) ,