Sunday, March 13, 2011

EPICON Conference in Williamsburg, VA

My book Rx For Trust was a finalist in Contemporary Romance

We arrived in Williamsburg on a gloomy, cold and rainy Thursday afternoon, but luckily Friday was partly sunny and Saturday was gorgeous and allowed us to enjoy a lovely time walking and exploring historical Williamsburg. Here is the William and Mary Law School.

Meeting friends from The Wild Rose Press and FRW was a lovely bonus.
Here with Keena Kincaid (Ties That Binds, Paranormal finalist) With Debra Webb Rogers from The Wild Rose Press
With Lyn Armstrong from FRW.
The highlights of the conference were the presentations of Angela Knights on Writing Sex Scenes and that of her husband Lt. Mike Woodcock on Hostage Negotiation. Angela added her part on how to use Hostage Negotiation in a Romantic Suspense.
Debra Dixon talked about Developing your Voice during her keynote presentation.

The winners of the EPICON were announced after dinner on Saturday night. And the winners are:
Mainstream: This Train by Rachel Smith—Whiskey Creek Press
Historical Fiction: Sunset on Ramree by Robert Appleton—Eternal Press
Short Historical Romance: Notorious Eliza by Barbara Monajem—Harlequin Enterprises Ltd
Historical Erotic Romance: The Haunting of Maggie Grey by Lynn Crain-eXtasy Western Romance: Promise Me by Deborah Schneider—Awe-Struck Publishing
Western Erotic Romance: Rocky Mountain Haven by Vivian Arend—Liquid Silver Books
Contemporary Romance: Be My Baby by Meg Benjamin—Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Contemporary Erotic Romance: Safe Harbor by Tymber Dalton –Siren Publishing, Inc.
Anthology Romance: Directions of Love by Luanna Rugh, Lorna Collins, Sherry Derr-Wille, Christie Shary—Whiskey Creek Press
Anthology Erotic Romance: Coming Together: Into the Light by Alessia Brio (editor)
Erotica: Second Chance by Selena Kitt—eXcessica
Mystery/Suspense Fiction: The Pot Thief who Studied Ptolemy by Michael Ordenduff—Oak Tree Press
Suspense Romance: Breaking Daylight by MJ Frederick—Samhain Publishing
Suspense Erotic Romance: More by Sloan Parker –Loose Id, LLC
Science Fiction: Massively Multiplayer by Aaron Potter—Double Dragon Publishing, Inc
Science Fiction Romance: Girl Gone Nova by Pauline Baird Jones-L&L Dreamspell
Science Fiction Romance: Lord of Thunder by Linda Mooney—Whiskey Creek Press
Paranormal Fiction: Frost Moon by Anthony Francis—Bell Bridge books
Fantasy Romance: The Prince of Val-Feyridge by Helen Johannes—The Wild Rose Press
Paranormal Romance: Da Vinci’s Lost Years by Sylvia Rochester—Whiskey creek Press
Fantasy Erotic Romance:
Paranormal Erotic Romance: Desire to DieFor by Jessica Lee—Loose Id, LLC
Horror Fiction: The Hollows by Ben Larken –LL-Publications
Horror Erotic Romance: The Blue Moon CafĂ© by Rick Reed—Amber Quill Press

If you like to travel and love to read, come and enjoy my international romances. I will take you around the world through stories that simmer with emotion and sizzle with heat.

BABIES IN THE BARGAIN winner of 2009 Best Romance Novel at Preditors & Editors and winner of 2009 Best Contemporary Romance at Readers Favorite.
Rx FOR TRUST, winner of 2010 Best Contemporary Romance at Readers Favorite and 2011 EPICON.


Barbara Monajem said...

What a nice surprise to wake up to this morning! I wish I could have been there. :)

Linda LaRoque said...

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Maggie Toussaint said...

I'm glad you had a good time, Mona, and how cool to meet Keena.

It sounds like a lovely conference. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners.


Mary Marvella said...

Thanks, Mona! I know 3 of those folks! I love good news.

Cool photos, too.

Nightingale said...

Thanks, Mona, for taking us to the convention with you. Looks like you had a great time.

Keena Kincaid said...

I so enjoyed meeting you and just hanging out. I agree that Williamsburg is a lovely town. I want to go back when it's busy and spend a couple of days there.

Mia said...

Does anyone know who won the Epic Award in the Children's and YA categories?

So sorry you didn't win, Mona. I thought your book was great! It was a well-deserved finalist.

Molly Daniels said...

Congrats to all the winners and big congrats for being a finalist:)

Mona Risk said...

Congratulations Barbara. I was so pleased to hear your name.

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StephB said...

Wow, Mona, what fun! Again, I love your pics. They make me feel like I was there. That was awesome you could meet Keena.

Congrats to all the winners and I'm glad you had a great time.