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TTT Contest Finalists & Winners

T/T/T CONTEST WINNERS!

This was amazing–what a great group of finalists! This decision was incredibly tough, but after almost 400 tagline entries, these are the three entries that consistently earned the most votes. I’ll be emailing each of you within a few days with further instructions. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winners!

WINNER #1

TAGLINE: Somewhere over the rainbow, all hell is breaking loose!
TITLE: RUBY STILETTO BLUES
GENRE:Contemporary Romance with Magical Elements
LENGTH: 94,500
AUTHOR: Becke M.

Surrender, Dorothy – my ass!

Dorrie Caselotti stormed out of the diner, taking the three steps to the sidewalk at a fast clip. She mentally counted to ten and forced herself to slow down so her dog’s stubby legs could keep up.

Surrender? Not likely.

Dorrie paused at the curb, squeezed her eyes shut and clicked the heels of her sequined ruby stilettos as she muttered the magic words.

“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.”

She opened her eyes and sighed. Damn. She was still in Emerald City.

WINNER #2

TAGLINE: Everything changed the night the burning man fell from the sky.
TITLE: FALLING UNDER
GENRE: Young Adult
LENGTH: 60,000
AUTHOR: GWEN H.

I’d been reading Jane Eyre well past a reasonable hour, the quilt tented over my iPhone to block any escaping light even though my father was already tucked away in bed dreaming of new ways to make me more perfect. He didn’t know I could read ebooks on it; he didn’t even know what ebooks were. Father just thought he’d finally broken me of reading by flashlight.

It would never have occurred to him that I hadn’t broken—I’d graduated.

Every night, I went somewhere new and pretended to be someone else—someone interesting—on the device he’d purchased to control me more than he already did.

But the burning man falling from the sky pulled me from my far away world. My gaze wandered to the window an instant before he appeared.

And then, slowly, like a feather caught on a light breeze, he willowed past my window, turning his grotesque head towards me, his mouth open in a silent scream. He was more than on fire—he was fire.

HONORABLE MENTION

TAGLINE: Her people conquered his country. Can she conquer his heart?
TITLE: CONQUEST OF THE HEART
GENRE: Historical
LENGTH: 92,000
AUTHOR: Michele S.

England, January 1067

It was harder than he expected, this business of surrender.

Ranulf of Etherby gripped the reins of his horse so hard Saracen stamped one hoof and shook his head. He forced himself to relax his grip, to unclench his teeth, and to take a deep, shuddering breath.

Where had all this pride come from? He thought it had been purged from him years ago by long hours of prayer, by obedience to father superior, by acts of humility. Now here was pride raising its ugly head again just when he needed all the humility he could garner.

He knew his only recourse was to throw himself down at the feet of the conqueror. The responsibility for the welfare of the people of Etherby was on his shoulders, no matter how uncomfortably it sat there, nor how unexpectedly he had had to pick up that burden. He must do what was best for them, no matter the cost to himself. He had just never expected it to be this hard.

T/T/T CONTEST FINALISTS

FINALIST #1

TAGLINE: Somewhere over the rainbow, all hell is breaking loose!
TITLE: RUBY STILETTO BLUES
GENRE:Contemporary Romance with Magical Elements
LENGTH: 94,500

Surrender, Dorothy – my ass!

Dorrie Caselotti stormed out of the diner, taking the three steps to the sidewalk at a fast clip. She mentally counted to ten and forced herself to slow down so her dog’s stubby legs could keep up.

Surrender? Not likely.

FINALIST #2


TAGLINE: When it comes to boyfriends, the phrase “Heaven Sent” has a whole new meaning.
TITLE: THE GUARDIAN
GENRE: Young Adult Urban Fantasy with Darkly Romantic Elements
LENGTH: 81,000

When I was a little girl I thought the shadows could harm me. I was terrified of them. Then I learned there are far worse things in this world than the absence of light… things like hate, racism, pure evil, and high school. Yep, that’s what I said, high school.

FINALIST #3

TAGLINE: Her people conquered his country. Can she conquer his heart?
TITLE: CONQUEST OF THE HEART
GENRE: Historical
LENGTH: 92,000

England, January 1067

It was harder than he expected, this business of surrender.

Ranulf of Etherby gripped the reins of his horse so hard Saracen stamped one hoof and shook his head. He forced himself to relax his grip, to unclench his teeth, and to take a deep, shuddering breath.

Where had all this pride come from?

FINALIST #4


TAGLINE: Home is where the heart is…As long as you don’t mind death for a neighbor.
TITLE: REDEMPTION BY BLOOD
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
LENGTH: 90,000

Getting shot was a bitch.

Every time.

Micah Warren wasn’t focusing on the fall leaves turning red. He wasn’t focusing on the beauty of the rolling Georgia mountains. He wasn’t focusing on anything but his burning desire to not die.

FINALIST #5

TAGLINE: Everything changed the night the burning man fell from the sky.
TITLE: FALLING UNDER
GENRE: Young Adult
LENGTH: 60,000

I’d been reading Jane Eyre well past a reasonable hour, the quilt tented over my iPhone to block any escaping light even though my father was already tucked away in bed dreaming of new ways to make me more perfect. He didn’t know I could read ebooks on it; he didn’t even know what ebooks were. Father just thought he’d finally broken me of reading by flashlight.

It would never have occurred to him that I hadn’t broken—I’d graduated.

FINALIST #6


TAGLINE: Fasten your chastity belt, it’s going to be a wild ride.
TITLE: VIRGIN
GENRE: YA urban fantasy
LENGTH: 94,000

The heat from the final day of summer blasted through the windows of my mom’s rusted VW bug. I watched the yellow emptiness, stretching from the road to the horizon, fly past me in a blur. Wheat fields. The same fields along this same road to the same store I’d seen for my entire life. Nothing changed in the god-forsaken town of Crystal, Minnesota, population six hundred and two.

FINALIST #7

TAGLINE: Falling in love with the werewolf you’re supposed to kill is bad for business.
TITLE: TAKE ME TONIGHT
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
LENGTH: 90,000

Tess had no intention of telling the man holding the gun to her head what she was capable of. If he believed he had the upper hand maybe she’d get out of this alive.

The fact that he had the upper hand was something she decided not to dwell on.

She hadn’t wanted this assignment. Hadn’t wanted to eliminate another vampire.

FINALIST #8


TAGLINE: It’s hard to have a life when you’re the Angel of Death.
TITLE: AN ANGEL’S EMBRACE
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
LENGTH: 97,000

IT’S HARD when an old man takes his last breath.
It’s hard touching a dying woman’s cheek, wet with sorrow.
It’s hard when a child closes its eyes for the last time.
It’s hard to have a life when you’re the Angel of Death.

ALETTA shimmered into the center of Orlando, Florida, cool whispers of air tracing her skin as she metamorphosed into human form.

FINALIST #9

TAGLINE: If you could see your future, would you change your past?
TITLE: A TIME TO CHANGE
GENRE: Historical Romance with Paranormal Elements
LENGTH: 95,000

“I am aware of the way women respond to me, Rose,” Lord Thomas Tipton drawled, as tiny bolts of spit escaped his mouth. He eyed his many guests scattered throughout the ballroom, as if they too knew of what he was speaking and added, “I am, after all, a Duke and this season I happen to be on the hunt for a wife.”

He raised a perfectly arched eyebrow and paused, apparently mistaking Rose’s silent horror at his declaration for stupefied delight. When she continued to gape at him, he stuffed a second quail egg into his mouth, leaned in closer as if to share a secret, and continued. “You and I should get better acquainted, for one never knows what the future may hold.”

FINALIST #10


TAGLINE: Kill me once, shame on you; kill me twice, shame on me…
TITLE: AWAKENING
GENRE: Paranormal Historical
LENGTH: 100,000

Julian Rutherford, Earl of Lindsay, scanned the crowd amassed in the frost-covered dale. Huddled together in small groups, they stamped their feet for warmth. Anxious whispers raised puffs of condensation in the chill morning air. Beyond them hundreds of tents dotted the countryside at the foot of the fells, where soldiers awaited the outcome of the day’s events. His people had every reason to be anxious–today would decide the future of the mageborn.

FINALIST #11

TAGLINE: Caught in the darkest night, lost men yearn for the moon.
TITLE: BETWEEN THE MOON AND YOU
GENRE: 19th Century Gothic Fantasy Romance
LENGTH: 85,000

Tilmore Manor stood gloomy and overgrown on the seaward edge of its property. Evaporating fog carried the scent of the ocean up the cliff’s face, leaving the beach barren of its salty fragrance but bringing it forth to tease Luna Arbeaux with the promise of wide open skies and free crashing waves. She looked past the big house, past the tops of the dying, twisting old trees that flanked it, to the winter clouds that pressed heavily upon the peaked roof, and thought a prayer of hope, of a better life for her child.

Few good things remained for herself, but the child…

Resignation pressed upon her as she trod the remainder of the weed-tangled road toward the house.

FINALIST #12


TAGLINE: All I want for Christmas is you.
TITLE: AS YOU WISH
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 90,000

Vermont was a wasteland.

Trees were stripped of leaves, their branches curved upward to the sky as if pleading for salvation. There was none to be found in the dark night. White, crystallized snow covered pastures, meadows, and hills. The stark nakedness of the state showed all its flaws, none of its beauty.

T/T/T CONTEST SEMI-FINALISTS

Congrats to all!

  • TAGLINE: Death by chocolate: how sweet it is.
    TITLE: CANDY IS DANDY, BUT…
    GENRE: Comedic Murder Mystery
    LENGTH: 90,000 AUTHOR: CL
  • TAGLINE: Sometimes living a lie is the only way to survive the truth.
    TITLE: SURVIVING TRUTH
    GENRE: Young Adult Romance
    LENGTH: 50,000 AUTHOR: KS
  • TAGLINE: Queer Eye meets Jane Austen’s Emma. It’s going to be fabulous!
    TITLE: THE NAKED HEIRESS
    GENRE: Regency-Historical Romance
    LENGTH: 80,000 AUTHOR: SS
  • TAGLINE: When a red hot coffee shop owner and an ice cold brewmaster tangle, things are bound to get steamy.
    TITLE: THE BREWMASTER AND HER BARISTA
    GENRE: Romantic Contemporary
    LENGTH: 87,000 AUTHOR: DG
  • TAGLINE: Home is where the heart is…As long as you don’t mind Death for a neighbor.
    TITLE: REDEMPTION BY BLOOD
    GENRE: Romantic Suspense
    LENGTH: 90,000 AUTHOR: DK
  • TAGLINE: Her people conquered his country. Can she conquer his heart?
    TITLE: Conquest of the Heart
    GENRE: Historical
    LENGTH: 92,000 AUTHOR: MS
  • TAGLINE: When you’re a witch named Trouble, chaos follows.
    TITLE: A SOUL FOR TROUBLE
    GENRE: Fantasy Romance
    LENGTH: 93,000 AUTHOR: CG
  • TAGLINE: Black market magic comes with no guarantee.
    TITLE: ASKING FOR IT
    GENRE: Paranormal Erotic Romance
    LENGTH: 40,000 AUTHOR: KW
  • TAGLINE: In the dark world of a murderous king, a bride is stolen and a warrior redeemed.
    TITLE: SOUL OF A WARRIOR
    GENRE: Medieval Scottish Historical
    LENGTH: 95,000 AUTHOR: TH
  • TAGLINE: It took him four hundred years to build the walls around his heart…it took her four days to break them.
    TITLE: ALL IN
    GENRE: Paranormal
    LENGTH: 100,000 AUTHOR: GA
  • TAGLINE: There is good and evil in everything…Heaven and Hell are not immune.
    TITLE: REINCARNATE THE NIGHT
    GENRE: Paranormal Romance
    LENGTH: 90,000 AUTHOR: LK
  • TAGLINE: Sometimes to survive, you have to trust the enemy.
    TITLE: FROM BAGHDAD WITH LOVE
    GENRE: Romantic Suspense
    LENGTH: 90,000 AUTHOR: GZ

  • TAGLINE: When worlds collide, passions explode.
    TITLE: LEAP
    GENRE: Science Fiction Romance
    LENGTH: 90,000 AUTHOR: KL
  • TAGLINE: Some treasures are worth any price.
    TITLE: A WARRIOR’S CRUSADE
    GENRE: Medieval
    LENGTH: 90,000 AUTHOR: JL
  • TAGLINE: If you could see your future, would you change your past?
    TITLE: A TIME TO CHANGE
    GENRE: Historical Romance with Paranormal Elements
    LENGTH: 95,000 AUTHOR: LF
  • TAGLINE: Sometimes you find magic even when you don’t believe it exists…
    TITLE: THE FOUND GIRL
    GENRE: Fantasy/Paranormal
    LENGTH: 100,000 AUTHOR: EP
  • TAGLINE: One part swords-woman, one part unbeatable Laird, and a dash of King makes for one potent Scottish brew.
    TITLE: HIGHLAND MAGIC
    GENRE: Medieval Romance
    LENGTH: 110,000 AUTHOR: AW
  • TAGLINE: Everything changed the night the burning man fell from the sky.
    TITLE: FALLING UNDER
    GENRE: Young Adult
    LENGTH: 50,000 AUTHOR: GH
  • TAGLINE: Caught in the darkest night, lost men yearn for the moon.
    TITLE: BETWEEN THE MOON AND YOU
    GENRE: 19th Century Gothic Fantasy Romance
    LENGTH: 85,000 AUTHOR: ER
  • TAGLINE: A knight’s victory will be the lady’s undoing…
    TITLE: A KNIGHT’S VICTORY
    GENRE: Sizzling Medieval Romance
    LENGTH: 90,000 AUTHOR: EK
  • TAGLINE: The hardest part of fighting demons and vampires is staying alive. Especially if you’ve been dead once already.
    TITLE: DEMON SOUL
    GENRE: Urban Paranormal Romance
    LENGTH: 95,000 AUTHOR: CA
  • TAGLINE: When all hell breaks loose, you want the devil on your team.
    TITLE: CURSED LEGACY
    GENRE: Paranormal Romance
    LENGTH: 100,000 AUTHOR: SJ
  • TAGLINE: When your life blows up, cupcakes help.
    TITLE: TORPEDOES AND CUPCAKES
    GENRE: Young Adult
    LENGTH: 50,000 AUTHOR: TK
  • TAGLINE: Taking the phrase “crazy in love” to a whole new level.
    TITLE: TO KILL FOR
    GENRE: Romantic Suspense
    LENGTH: 85,000 AUTHOR: AB
  • TAGLINE: Sophie isn’t looking for “happily ever after.” These days, she’d settle for “alive until sunrise.”
    TITLE: BLOOD RUSH
    GENRE: Paranormal Romance
    LENGTH: 95,000 AUTHOR: AK
  • TAGLINE: The depths of hell-a surprising place to find heaven.
    TITLE: THE BARBARIAN’S SOUL
    GENRE: Historical Romance (Roman)
    LENGTH: 95,000 AUTHOR: JK
  • TAGLINE: It’s hard to have a life when you’re the Angel of Death.
    TITLE: AN ANGEL’S EMBRACE
    GENRE: Paranormal Romance
    LENGTH: 97,000 AUTHOR: EP
  • TAGLINE: They live in the same apartment at the Dakota. Just 116 years apart.
    TITLE: DAKOTA WINDOW
    GENRE: Light Paranormal Romance
    LENGTH: 80,000 AUTHOR: MW
  • TAGLINE: Death has a name. It’s Devlin O’Neal.
    TITLE: DEATH’S ANGEL
    GENRE: Paranormal Romance
    LENGTH: 80,000 AUTHOR: CC
  • TAGLINE: Destination: Danger. She should have read the sign.
    TITLE: FINAL DECEPTION
    GENRE: Romantic Suspense
    LENGTH: 90,000 AUTHOR: LT
  • TAGLINE: Would you die for the one you love – twice?
    TITLE: FISTFUL OF FATE
    GENRE: Contemporary Romance with Paranormal Elements
    LENGTH: 92,000 AUTHOR: DD
  • TAGLINE: Bull riders are not ordinary men. Ride at your own risk.
    TITLE: CAUGHT IN THE SPIN
    GENRE: Romantic Suspense
    LENGTH: 93,000 AUTHOR: SS
  • TAGLINE: Falling in love with the werewolf you’re supposed to kill is bad for business.
    TITLE: TAKE ME TONIGHT
    GENRE: Paranormal Romance
    LENGTH: 90,000 AUTHOR: RB
  • TAGLINE: She’s a cigar smoking, gun toting, train robbing gambler, but it’s his outlaw heart she threatens to steal away.
    TITLE: CHERISH ME
    GENRE: American Historical
    LENGTH: 90,000 AUTHOR: CR
  • TAGLINE: All I want for Christmas is you.
    TITLE: AS YOU WISH
    GENRE: Contemporary Romance
    LENGTH: 90,000 AUTHOR: EP
  • TAGLINE: Fasten your chastity belt, it’s going to be a wild ride.
    TITLE: VIRGIN
    GENRE: YA Urban Fantasy
    LENGTH: 94,000 AUTHOR: JN
  • TAGLINE: Kill me once, shame on you; kill me twice, shame on me…
    TITLE: AWAKENING
    GENRE: Paranormal Historical
    LENGTH: 100,000 AUTHOR: LP

  • TAGLINE: When it comes to boyfriends, the phrase “Heaven Sent” has a whole new meaning.
    TITLE: THE GUARDIAN
    GENRE: Young Adult Urban Fantasy w/ Darkly Romantic Elements
    LENGTH: 81,000 AUTHOR: CC
  • TAGLINE: Somewhere over the rainbow, all hell is breaking loose!
    TITLE: RUBY STILETTO BLUES
    GENRE: Contemporary Romance with Magical Elements
    LENGTH: 94,500 AUTHOR: BM
  • TAGLINE: When love deals you a bad shuffle, there’s nothing wrong with a little cheating.
    TITLE: A NOTORIOUS WOMAN
    GENRE: Gilded Age Historical Romance
    LENGTH: 80,000 AUTHOR: EH
  • TAGLINE: She always knew her sins would catch up with her… she just didn’t know that it would be today.
    TITLE: BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
    GENRE: Urban Fantasy
    LENGTH: 101,000 AUTHOR: KQ
  • TAGLINE: Is she his death–or his salvation?
    TITLE: CAT’S PAW
    GENRE: Paranormal Romance
    LENGTH: 95,000 AUTHOR: DO

FIRST-ROUND RESULTS
(these entries made it through to the 2nd round!)

  • CR- She’s a cigar smoking, gun toting, train robbing gambler, but it’s his outlaw heart she threatens to steal away.
  • AB- Taking the phrase “crazy in love” to a whole new level.
  • JD- Stalking is not illegal…if you’re a ghost
  • LP- Kill me once, shame on you; kill me twice, shame on me. . .
  • TK- When your life blows up, cupcakes help.
  • KL- When worlds collide, passions explode.
  • MS- Her people conquered his country. Can she conquer his heart?
  • CC- When it comes to boyfriends, the phrase “Heaven Sent” has a whole new meaning.
  • BM- Somewhere over the rainbow, all hell is breaking loose!
  • CA- The hardest part of fighting demons and vampires is staying alive. Especially if you’ve been dead once already.
  • EP- All I want for Christmas is you.
  • GH- Everything changed the night the burning man fell from the sky.
  • LK – There is good and evil in everything…Heaven and Hell are not immune.
  • EH- When love deals you a bad shuffle, there’s nothing wrong with a little cheating.
  • ML- This time, demons aren’t the only evil she has to fight.
  • CG- When you’re a witch named Trouble, chaos follows.
  • JD- When the ride doesn’t excite you anymore, add another cowboy and hang on!
  • LB- Moral meets mouthy–in the middle of the mattress.
  • RB- Falling in love with the werewolf you’re supposed to kill is bad for business.
  • SG- One man’s amnesia, one woman’s memories, and a reunion they never saw coming…
  • ER- Caught in the darkest night, lost men yearn for the moon.
  • KM- What if everything you knew in life to be truth suddenly wasn’t?
  • CL- Death by chocolate: how sweet it is.
  • LT- Destination: Danger. She should have read the sign.
  • EP- It’s hard to have a life when you’re the Angel of Death.
  • MW- They live in the same apartment at the Dakota. Just 116 years apart.
  • GZ- Sometimes to survive, you have to trust the enemy.
  • SJ- When all hell breaks loose, you want the devil on your team.
  • AK- Sophie isn’t looking for “happily ever after.” These days, she’d settle for “alive until sunrise.”
  • ML- Two clans, two countries, one woman with the power to tear them both apart.
  • AS- Killer new haircut? $40.00… Creepy antique chest? 100… Unleashing hell on Earth? Priceless!
  • JN- Fasten your chastity belt, it’s going to be a wild ride.
  • KQ- She always knew her sins would catch up with her… she just didn’t know that it would be today.
  • TH- They say you can’t fight fate, but she sure as hell is going to try.
  • SS- Bull riders are not ordinary men. Ride at your own risk.
  • EH- When finding your way means throwing away the map…
  • EK- A knight’s victory will be the lady’s undoing…
  • DK- Home is where the heart is…As long as you don’t mind Death for a neighbor.
  • KL- Murder, Blackmail, Temptation, Redemption. It’s been a busy week.
  • DD- Would you die for the one you love – twice?
  • KW- Black market magic comes with no guarantee.
  • JP- Sometimes first love is sweeter the second time around …
  • SS – Queer Eye meets Jane Austen’s Emma. It’s going to be fabulous!
  • CC- Death has a name. It’s Devlin O’Neal.
  • JK- The depths of hell-a surprising place to find heaven.
  • TP- Her mother died, her new boyfriend is a vampire… Then things got worse.
  • DG- When a red hot coffee shop owner and an ice cold brewmaster tangle, things are bound to get steamy.
  • DT- One owns her soul, the other wants to tear it from her, only one can win.
  • HK- To stay alive, their only hope is love.
  • NG- Money, mobsters, and murder: a deadly combination.
  • EP- Sometimes you find magic even when you don’t believe it exists…
  • TH- In the dark world of a murderous king, a bride is stolen and a warrior redeemed.
  • LF- If you could see your future, would you change your past?
  • JM- In a dark paradise, passion flares white hot.
  • JS- We have nine days to Extinction.

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