Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Lady of the Stars is a Finalist in the EPIC 2010 EBook Competition!


My big news!

Lady of the Stars, my Regency time travel, is a finalist in the Science Fiction Romance category in EPIC 's (Electronically Published Internet Connection) 2010 EBook Competition. Complete finalist listing here.

I'm still bouncing around, and I'll probably bounce for a while longer.

I've never finaled in a contest before. While I would love to win, I can be very happy with finaling.

As for reviews, Romantic Times Book Reviews gave Lady of the Stars 4 stars (review here, contains spoilers) and LASR gave it 4 1/2 books (review here, contains spoilers)

All reviews are here:
http://lindabanche.blogspot.com/2009/07/lady-of-stars-reviews.html

And you can buy from here:
http://www.thewildrosepress.com/lady-of-the-stars-p-1111.html

BLURB:
A legend spanning time and the man and woman caught in it.

Caroline knows something is wrong the instant she steps from her holiday cottage into that unusual gazebo with two doors. But when a man she knows she will never see again appears outside the gazebo, she flings caution aside and plunges through the back door, crashing into the man--and 1817.

A voyage through time? Impossible. Richard refuses to believe the strange woman's outlandish tale. Still, the lady is lost and alone, and he helps the stranded wayfarer.

But as attraction flares between these two lonely people, Richard's family legend grinds to its ultimate fulfillment--will it bring them together, or tear them apart forever?

EXCERPT:

Caroline followed him into the room she knew was the kitchen and he stepped up to the banked fire.

Fire? Where were the stove and refrigerator? And all the chrome and stainless steel of the ultramodern kitchen she had seen only this morning? This kitchen contained a scarred wood trestle table with several chairs pushed under it. Pots and pans hung on wall racks and reflected the dim firelight. A cupboard stood against the far wall, next to a sink with a pump. A pump?

With shaking hands, she set the lantern on the table and pulled out one of the chairs. She was in trouble, very deep trouble.

As she sank into the chair, she turned her stunned attention to her host.

Unaware of her gaze, he busied himself at the fireplace. His back to her, he placed the candelabrum on the mantle above the hearth, then drew the fire screen to the side of the grate. Dropping onto his haunches, he pulled several logs from the nearby basket, then arranged the wood in a neat pile on the smoldering embers. Almost at once, the flames blazed to full roaring life.

Silhouetted against the light, he straightened, replaced the screen, then removed his hat and tossed it on the table.

Her jaw dropped. Good heavens, the aggravating man was gorgeous. Tall and slim, his broad shoulders tapered to narrow hips and long legs. But where had he found that outlandish outfit? He wore a top hat, out here in the middle of nowhere. His shirt collar was turned up and he wore a huge white tie. And his waist-length, double-breasted jacket had tails, like the one an orchestra conductor wore. Muddy black boots with the tops turned down came up to his knees. Skintight trousers, or were those breeches--of all things?--emphasized every well-formed muscle.

Now if his face matched his form...

What was she thinking? She hadn't felt anything for any man in a long time. Not since...

He turned, and for the first time that night she fully took in his face. She gasped. Had she seen a ghost through the gazebo's back door? "Richard?"

Puzzlement spread over those chiseled features she now saw only in her memories. "How do you know my name?"

Thanks,
Linda
Linda Banche
Regency romance--most with humor, some with fantasy, and occasionally a paranormal
Lady of the Stars--4 stars from Romantic Times, 2010 EPIC EBook Competition finalist, Regency time travel available from The Wild Rose Press
Pumpkinnapper--Regency Halloween comedy available from The Wild Rose Press
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12 comments:

Lindsay Townsend said...

Woot woot, Linda! I'm thrilled for you!

Excellent news!!

Linda Acaster said...

Fantastic news, Linda. Very well done. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

Linda

Linda Banche said...

Thank you, Lindsay and Linda. I'd be overjoyed to win, but I'm happy that I finalled in a contest at least once in my life.

Francesca Prescott said...

Brilliant news, Linda! I'm sending you lots of lucky vibes. Congratultions, and I hope you win :)
xx cesca

Linda Banche said...

Thank you, Francesca. I can use all the lucky vibes I can get!

Savanna Kougar said...

Linda, as Lindsay said 'Woot! Woot!' Are you planning on attending down in, I've heard, it's New Orleans?

Linda Banche said...

Thanks, Savanna. Yes, the convention is in New Orleans, and no, I won't be going. I would love to win, but New Orleans is a long way to go.

KBWalker said...

Fabulous news, Linda, and very best wishes! How do you make your book available for competitions like this?

Mona Risk said...

Linda, congratulations again and again, What an accomplishment.

Linda Banche said...

Thanks, KB.

The EPIC website has info on how to enter the competition: http://www.epicauthors.com/eppies.html

Essentially, I followed their directions and emailed them a PDF copy of my book.

Hi Mona,
Thank you so much. I appreciate it.

LK Hunsaker said...

Congrats Linda!

You have a fun writing style and I'm enjoying Pumpkinnapper. :-)

Linda Banche said...

Thank you, LK, and I'm glad you like Pumpkinnapper!