Here are the top ten finalists in no specific order. For those who didn’t make it, take heart. All three judges whined about how hard it was to choose because the lines were so good.
Congrats to the finalists. Celebrate for a few hours, then start working on a blurb. You have until 5 PM Central time tomorrow, Friday, May 14th to get a blurb to me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will post them on Monday, May 17th.
There will be no reminder emails for this last leg of the contest. You snooze-you lose. You can have as many as three lines for the blurb, but anything over that will automatically be disqualified. The blurbs will go to Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary who will pick the top three. Those winners will be posted on Monday, May 24th. Prizes are as listed.
The first place winner will receive a first chapter critique by Christine PLUS a beautiful Mysteries and Margaritas tote bag with the new header on it
The 2nd and 3rd place winners will each receive a M & M tote.
Although only the last line was judged, the first line is in italics.
2. Kathy Bremmer (Katt)
My real life -- the one in which I live simply, work hard, and don't sleep with strange men -- is about to come apart, ugly. Friggen appropriate, the bathroom door opens and my live goes down the toilet.
3. Cindy Carroll
Before her eyes, Tracey went from solid to see through, into a puff of white smoke, then she was gone. If she’d been a bad girl when she had the chance, she probably wouldn’t be dying right now.
7. Donnell Bell
“Cassidy, it’s your harmless writer friend on one saying she’s been arrested for an innocent thing called murder.” My mother always wanted me to become a beautician, and as I unzipped the body bag of the three-hundred pound corpse, I snapped the lip of my neoprene glove for not heeding her advice.
9. Claudia Ybarra Lefeve
Wish I had the foresight to bring Grandma Lou's .20 gauge last night, thought Maggie. If you’re running from the law and you are the law, don’t forget your sunscreen.
13. Kimberly Troutt
“Crank it up bongo-boy, me and my sista got us some evil-a** kickin’ to do.”
The two old Voodoo priestesses faced each other in the single-room shack, their eyes wide with fear.
15. Terri Hall
This time he’d make damn good and sure Lara Nash, girl reporter, never left his sight. The stitch in Lara’s right side stabbed like a shiv.
17. Deborah Gilbert
"I've got a horrible singing voice, and all the time in the world." The dead girl stood below Gate B4 of New York's Greater Rochester International Airport.
19. Lyn (Mellyn Tremaine)
Doyle didn't come home till Friday, and he didn't come alone. "There must be sixty billion dollars on the hoof down there in my living room, and my idiot husband is schmoozing the dollar-ninety-eight seance sister."
23. Patrick Vasarhelyi
For now, I gulped three of the industrial strength pain pills I always packed, made my cautious way back to the lobby, and begged my body not to turn to jelly in front of dozens of strangers. Death turned its sights on me Tuesday morning when dying was the last thing on my mind.
24. Donna Labbe
Paige Logan was headed straight for him with a full head of steam. The elevator doors opened facing the sign for Children’s Psychiatry and Seth Bellingham froze.
Good luck, everyone.